Astronomical designation: Gamma Orionis



Bellatrix is the Amazon Star, deriving its name from the Latin for ‘woman warrior’. It is the third star of Orion, the Great Hunter, and marks his strong left shoulder. (In complementary medicine, the left side of the body is considered yin, or feminine, while the right is yang and masculine.)


According to the astrological tradition, Bellatrix bestows determination and a martial, even belligerent quality. These days the main weapons of this star seem to be verbal rather than physical, however. Look out for the razor tongue of a Bellatrix person on the warpath! Like so many of the strongly power-charged stars, Bellatrix can bring losses as well as gains. In this case it is about overreach and about being careless of other people’s feelings. If you say the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person, there can be consequences later. The old star lore claimed women born under Bellatrix would be vocal, shrewish and defy (male) authority, but this is sexism using half the human race as a scapegoat. Essentially, Bellatrix bestows force of character regardless of gender, or whether its potency is expressed physically or verbally, creatively or destructively. It grants the spirit of determination to succeed, and the main thing to be sure of is that you fight fair and square for what you want. It will be hard to hold you back, but a little forethought will be useful in the long run – Bellatrix is a star of strategy, strategy, too. Although it’s tempting to rush in, you’ll have more success if you take the time to develop a battle plan. A little subtlety goes a long way with Bellatrix, despite the temptation to be outspoken and tell it like it is. If you can curb your tongue and find the right words, which could be your best weapon or (better still) tool, success and honour can be yours.


Margaret Fuller, journalist, educator and feminist, outspoken advocate for women’s rights, prison reform and slave emancipation – the whole progressive agenda – had an alignment with progressive, democratic Ceres. Another kind of writer who grappled more imaginatively with conflict was Franz Kafka, who had communications planet Mercury linked; for him it was all about the battles of the individual against higher powers often wholly indifferent to the small hapless helpless human. Kafka had Venus here too, bringing up themes of harmony and happiness, and to what extent this was possible given the way the world works. A conquering king – well actually a sultan, Mehmed II – had Bellatrix aligned with Jupiter, the planet of expansion; in vanquishing the Christian hold on Constantinople and turning the city into Istanbul, capital of the old Ottoman Empire, he certainly flexed his muscles. Gore Vidal, brilliant political and cultural analyst and essayist, novelist, polemicist, man of letters, had illuminating Iris close to Bellatrix. Louis Pasteur fought bacteria rather than military or socio-political foes; he had the Moon here, working to benefit all people (a Lunar focus). Coco Chanel, who revolutionized women’s fashion completely, had Juno aligned with Bellatrix: symbol of her power as a woman, and her work to empower other women by liberating them from corsets and cumbersome overdressing. Mystic Emanuel Swedenborg had flowering, strengthening Flora here.

This work is Copyrighted: © Kidston, Roderick 2016. Text extracts are from The Magic of the Stars: How the Stars of Astrology Enrich Your Life. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Link to book on Amazon. Note the book does not contain the otherwise unpublished card deck artworks.