What does Aldebaran mean in astrology


Aldebaran stands out from the Hyades with its luminosity and red color

Aldebaran[1] (α Tauri) is a fixed star in the constellation Taurus. The name comes from the Arabic الدبران (ad-Dabarān) and means the following, because the star in the sky seems to follow the Pleiades.

It is part of the winter hexagon and is located in the open star cluster of the Hyades, of which it is not, however, a physical member.
Other names are Cor Tauri (Heart of the bull), Parilicon and Palilicon. With an apparent magnitude of 0.87 mag, it is the 14th brightest star in the night sky.


Aldebaran is a star system about 65 light years (20 parsecs) away. The main star is a red giant of spectral class K5 and luminosity class III. It is slightly variable with an irregular period with a brightness fluctuation of 0.2 mag.

The companion is a red dwarf star of the spectral class M2.

The apparent magnitude is 0.8 mag, the absolute magnitude -0.71 mag. The red color is also noticeable to the free-eyed observer.

Comparison of our sun with Aldebaran


Claudius Ptolemy

Ptolemy describes Aldebaran very clearly[2]: "the one star in the head between the Hyades, which, because it shimmers reddishly, is called the torch, belongs to Mars."

Vivian Robson

Aldebaran, according to Robson, bestows honor, intelligence, eloquence, steadfastness, integrity, popularity, courage, cruelty, a tendency to sedition, a position of responsibility, public honors, increase in power and prosperity through others. But the perks are rarely permanent, and on the other hand there is a risk of violence and illness.

  • On the AC: A good comrade in conjunction with the moon, but when the ruler of the ascendant is added it can indicate a murderer, especially if the ascendant ruler is a male planet and the sun is injured at the same time.
  • At the MC: Honor, Promotion, Happiness and the Favor of Women.
  • With the sun: Great energy and perseverance, high material honors with simultaneous danger of losing them again, also danger of legal conflicts, honor and wealth end in disgrace and ruin; cause of suffering, fever and violent death. If Mars is added in conjunction, this can attract epidemic fever.
  • With the moon: Favorable for business, honor and creditworthiness, especially if you are in the 1st or 10th house, but at risk of catastrophe. Convenient for domestic, public and religious concerns, risk of violent death. If Mars or Saturn is added (opposition Antares), this can result in death by hanging or with a sword in the case of the born.
  • With sun or moon to AC or MC: Great honors in connection with violence, connected with difficulties and loss of people.
  • With Mercury: Affects health and domestic affairs, notoriety in mercurial matters, material gain, and many learned friends.
  • With Venus: honors in literature, music or art, creative skills, beneficial to health and marriage.
  • With Mars: Great military career but exposed to great dangers that can lead to accidents, infections or violent death. When the moon is added, especially in aspects, death from stab wound, blow or fall.
  • With Jupiter: great spiritual honors and high military advancement.
  • With Saturn: Great afflictions, bizarre attitudes, malice, sarcasm, eloquence, good memory, docile and reserved manner, legal skill, domestic and material success, loss through mercurial friends. If at the same time the moon is in connection with Antares, the born will die a violent death, possibly by hanging.
  • With Uranus: Scientist, nature lover, critical, fair, domestic and political success, public honors, inclined to the occult, but can thus earn disapproval, long sickness.
  • With Neptune: Associated with science and art, occultism and mediumism, good intellect, loss from fire, electricity or speculation, income from metals, military or scientific equipment, especially when Mars is strong. Lots of journeys, an obstacle to domestic happiness, unfavorable for children, danger of accidents and sudden death.[3]


Alvidas describes the effect of Aldebaran as that of a conjunction of Mercury, Mars and Jupiter[4].

Elsbeth Ebertin

  • Together with the Ascendant and the Sun, Aldebaran is supposed to indicate unusual energies according to Ebertin, which make it possible to gain a lead over others, to gain recognition, to achieve a leading position, but also to make enemies.
  • In connection with Venus, Aldebaran can bring an unusual love life; there is also talk of "misdirected" energies.
  • Saturn conjunction Aldebaran can mean danger or loss due to water in an unfavorable constellation, e.g. in the event of floods, thunderstorms, shipwreck or drowning.
  • Uranus conjunction Aldebaran brings unusual energy and labor; this can be used to achieve reputation and recognition, but also to create resistance, according to Rudolf Steiner (please refer AstroDatabank, Rodden rating but only XX).
  • A connection with Neptune and the moon indicates a risk of poisoning.

Mundan is said to indicate Mars or Saturn with Aldebaran for weather disasters, floods or shipwrecks.

When examining the effects of Aldebaran, it is important to ensure that it is in almost exact opposition to Antares and that both can influence each other.[5]

Johannes Vehlow

Vehlow describes Aldebaran as having a Mars-Neptune character, he emphasizes that the Neptunian aspect of Aldebaran has not received enough attention so far.

According to Vehlow's observation, Aldebaran causes, especially in conjunction with Mars: thunderstorms, shipwrecks; on the ascendant with sun or moon, before with the latter and with bad Neptune positions: poisoning; speculative losses in the 2nd house; in the 12th house by the moon: stroke; with Venus in love and married houses: homosexuality, in the 7th house with Venus divorce due to perversion[6].

Magic symbol for Aldebaran after Agrippa

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Sources and Notes

  1. ↑ General and astronomical information from Wikipedia / Aldebaran accepted
  2. ↑ Claudius Ptolemy: Tetrabiblos. Chiron Verlag, Mössingen 2nd edition 2000, p. 39. ISBN 3925100172
  3. ↑ Vivian Robson: Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology. Pages 120 f. Quoted in: Constellationsofwords
  4. ↑ Vivian Robson: Fixed stars - meaning and constellations in the horoscope. P. 107. Hugendubel Verlag Munich 1990 ISBN 3880344612
  5. ↑ Elsbeth Ebertin quoted in: Reinhold Ebertin; Georg Hoffmann: The meaning of the fixed stars, P. 25 f. Ebertin-Verlag Freiburg 1969
  6. ↑ Johannes Vehlow: Astrological textbook in 9 volumes. Volume II: Basis of calculation of the horoscope, aspects, the system of dignities and weaknesses, sensitive points and fixed stars. As a PDF astrologie-chirologie.com available. Page 249 f.