Astronomical designation: Alpha Aurigae



Capella is one of the brightest and most beautiful stars in the heavens. Its name, meaning ‘little she-goat’, symbolizes the goat which nurtured the infant Zeus. The mythical Capella was translated into the heavens by Zeus in gratitude, and her horn is that of the original Cornucopia, the Horn of Plenty which is always over-brimming with food and all good things. Starry Capella sits in the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer, where it is the alpha and brightest star of the pattern.


Capella is rather different in symbolism and meaning from the constellation as a whole, which carries martial qualities often infused with challenge and sadness. Capella grants manifold gifts and good fortune, but can be a bit scattered if self-discipline is lacking. Nevertheless, this is one of the glorious stars, almost as free of negatives as Spica, although some old traditions ascribe perils to Capella when setting, as it was supposed to make its over-inquisitive, clever natives insulting towards others. Maybe… or maybe not… Intellectual giftedness is one of many distinctions here; the downside can play out in excess curiosity, restlessness and a low boredom threshold. ‘Variety is the spice of life’ could be your motto. Best of all, Capella brings variety in the form of abundance, and it’s an excellent aid to manifesting abundance on any level required, too. Something about its magic reminds me of the original story of Cinderella as told by the Brothers Grimm. That Cinderella didn’t have a fairy godmother; whenever she was in true deep need, she went to her mother’s grave, and prayed to the spirit of the tree planted over it to help her in her trials. The tree, which had been watered and nurtured by Cinderella’s tears and devotion, in turn never failed to give her what she genuinely needed. Living in gratitude is perhaps the secret to unlocking the highest gifts of Capella. When your heart is truly open, it can link to the true heart of All That Is.


For all its many creative potentials, there is a worldly and even military side to Capella, and it can be prominent in the charts of soldiers and politicians: English Civil War general and later dictator Oliver Cromwell had idealistic, service-oriented Ganymed; US General George Patton had Capella linked to the rising point; and nineteenth century British Prime Minister Archibald, Lord Rosebery, who had Venus here and also married one of the richest heiresses in England, Hannah Rothschild. Some Capella people have a provocative streak, and are willing to tilt at the status quo. Oliver Cromwell is obviously relevant in that regard. Voltaire had Uranus closest to Capella, and brought an abundance of new ideas and revolutionary provocation to all his writings and interactions with the powerful. George Orwell, another speaker of truth to power, had Flora here. Moving to the nexus of spirit and matter, Summer McStravick has developed the FlowDreaming technique for manifesting abundance on any desired level; although her Midas – all about making wise choices, creating change, and the potential for attracting and managing wealth – is closer to the next star, Phact, the abundance-giving impact of Capella is clearly significant too. South Indian mystic and master of Carnatic music Tyagaraja also had a Midas link, together with Saturn, helping him to ground his awareness of subtle realms and harmonies in the world of form.

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.