Betelgeuse is the famous bright red star in the shoulder of Orion. Currently it is positioned at 28º 45’ Gemini*. Orion is probably one of the easiest constellations to recognise in the sky with three stars in a row for Orion’s belt and the sapphire blue Rigel at his foot. This collection has fascinated sky watchers for millennia. For the Egyptians, Orion was Osiris, the greatest god of them all. The Greeks however, rather down-graded him to the arrogant stalker of his huntress counterpart Artemis.
Legend has it that the virgin goddess of the hunt grew annoyed at Orion’s constant boasting (That he could hunt down and dominate any animal on earth) so decided to bring him down a peg or two. She sent a scorpion to sting his foot, which made him blind. The fixed star Betelgeuse itself seems to have escaped most of the ill fortune suggested the mythology of the actual constellation, but as you will see in the research, sometimes Artemis’s punishment and the resulting rejection bleed through.
Betelgeuse is quite volatile but shows Orion has the ability to resurrect itself after a fall. Betelgeuse is found in the striking arm of the hunter, where he holds a huge phallic club and you wouldn’t want to argue with that! At a 0.5 magnitude, this star is giant, red and aggressive. But even if it seems rather brutish, Bernadette Brady still regards Betelgeuse as a very fortunate in her commentaries, saying it generally gives worldly power, great strength and success.
Other commentators below, who use the longitude method fixed star system, give Betelgeuse more of a military emphasis and in doing so add violent and explosive tendencies. “War and carnage are presaged by Betelgeuse. The star is indicative of great fortune, martial honors and “kingly” attributes. Variable moods and the mind always anxious with the immediate problems of the day.”  Betelgeuse’s Lunar mansion is ruled by the storm god Rudra and is a “ Sharp asterism belonging to the butcher caste and favorable for punishment, torture, imprisonment, exorcism, mesmerism and separation or union when containing the Moon.”
The Moon was on Betelgeuse when the 1st tower was struck on 9/11. I would’ve thought that this warmongering star would have the qualities of Mars with Jupiter, but instead, Ptolemy gives Mars and Mercury to Betelgeuse. Maybe this is because Mercury has the ability to merge between worlds. As a hunter he is cunning and has to be nimble on his feet with fast reactions. In modern times this Martian, conquering element will be expressed in the business world. Mercury rules trade and commerce.
Jupiter and Saturn are said to represent the constellation itself. Diana K Rosenberg gives the following attributes to Orion in general which fit the two social and balancing planets. “Several symbols combine in Orion: giant, commander, warrior, hunter-stalker, brute. There are themes of self discipline, control, strength, power leadership; hunting, searching, stalking, killing; frightful father, brute force, bullying, clumsiness, desire, rape, destruction and/or creation. The spirit that withstands animal instincts. Blindness (Spiritual blindness) and a search for enlightenment. In symbolism, a giant embodies overpowering natural forces; representing the dark side of the personality, which may burst forth with both the marvellous and the terrible, he is a symbol of dissatisfaction and rebellion that may turn up as the defender of the common people against their overlords….the hunt may also be a symbol of passionate striving for spiritual goals, and as victory over (or destruction of) wild animals, it can represent victory over coarseness, disorder and ignorance” 
The Divine Masculine
The “bursting forth” aspect of Orion is embodied in its Alpha (male) star Betelgeuse. This red giant is said to be approaching supernova since it is already old for its size. A story in 2009 about Betelgeuse’s contraction led speculation that it could explode in a year with dire consequences for the earth. We don’t have to worry, as befitting anything to do with overblown Betelgeuse, these stories are simply wild exaggerations. As I said earlier, Orion is Osiris to the Egyptians and corresponds to the Fool in the Tarot. Interestingly both the Fool and Orion have two hunting dogs at their feet.
Osiris is often painted green as is the Fool on the Crowley deck. So this star starts off as a swashbuckling, daring, Robin Hood type of guy in youth, who then grows up to be a belligerent, over-weight general, weighed down with medals. The fool who ends up an Emperor can become a dinosaur if he isn’t careful. The Fool’s keywords are: Freedom, Potential, Excitement, Risk, Daring. The Emperor’s keywords: Power, Control, Confidence, Order, Aggression. Betelgeuse’s does have natural charisma and can give fame, but depending on the rest of the chart it can equally become a conman. Imagine a wheelin’ and dealing wide boy who grows up to be the Godfather. Betelgeuse can be a gout-stricken Henry the 8th or fat Elvis, both dashing and fit in their prime, only to become bloaters..
Part of the awe Betelgeuse inspires is due to its quasi-imminent status of supernova. Super success is always at the edge of expiration as suggested in Rosenberg’s quote above. How far can success blow up before the bubble bursts? Maybe this is why Betelgeuse sometimes turns up in charts of explosions, exploders and wars. But I see Betelgeuse as operating under the sacred masculine principle, which is paternal and defensive but does still have a heroic quality when needed.
Of course, Orion was kept in check by the Scorpion (natural law and the feminine principle) who brought him down by stinging his foot. This brings us back into balance. So Betelgeuse represents a process of evolving, from the young naive prince to overblown tyrant to wise wizard. This is the masculine/solar version of the triple moon goddess. (Maiden, mother, crone.) Betelgeuse is only 11’ from Polaris by longitude, which I believe has more of a sacred feminine energy. But Polaris is well away from the ecliptic so her influence tends to get overshadowed by her bilious neighbour. Maybe once Betelgeuse finally does go supernova, we will feel more of her influence and things will even out. Betelgeuse is also at the end of Gemini about to move into Lunar ruled tropical Cancer. Again we are seeing a process happening here.
I thought it might be interesting to see what events took place after these eclipses to see if we can get an idea of Betelgeuse in mundane astrology. I looked at Solar eclipses in 1917, 1936, 1955, 1974 and Lunar eclipses in 1991 all within a 30’ orb. To save space, the rest of the eclipses are listed here: Betelgeuse Eclipses 1917 – 2010.
“Placed in the angles, preferment, luck, success and everlasting fame are promised. On the Ascendant and in conjunction with Mars there will be danger of death by lightning, fire, explosions, firearms or similar things.”  “When rising or culminating the native will be a superior athlete, being endowed with outstanding agility and speed of body….. Honors and titles will be given the native during his lifetime if the star is rising at birth.”  Luke P Blackburn (12’): Physician, philanthropist, politician and reformer. Ally Sheedy (17’): Hollywood actress. Le Corbusier (24’): Architect, artist and urban planner. Umberto II of Italy (25’): Last King Of Italy survived an assassination attempt. Edie Sedgewick (30’): Heiress, Model, Socialite, Andy Warhol’s “It Girl”. Died of drug overdose. Timothy McVeigh: Oklahoma bomber. Also: Fidel Castro, Aileen Wuornos, Steffi Graff, Sarah Murphy, Irene Cara, Charles Gounod, Michael Caine, Theodore Roosevelt, Umberto I of Italy.
“Great military fortune, command, invention, ingenuity and helps in the perfection of arts and sciences. If at the same time with Sun, Moon or Jupiter, ample fortune and great honor.”  Themes of resurrection and survival here. George Orwell (02’): Writer, Critic. Known for his world famous novel 1984 and his opposition to totalitarianism. John Jacob (VI) Astor (02’): Socialite Businessman known as the “Titanic Baby” as he was an unborn survivor. Amanda Blair (15’): Talk show host Jerry Hall (23’): Actress, Model and Ex Rolling Stone wife. Azaria Chamberlain (25’): Baby killed by dingo in the outback. David Copperfield (35’): Illusionist. Also: Amanda Knox, Silvio Berlusconi, Rick Castro, Walt Disney, Bruce Willis, Nigel Havers, Derek Jacobi, Shirley MacLaine, George Melly, Cybil Shepherd, Sissy Spacek, Igor Stravinsky.
“Interest in and ability for occult and mystical subjects, acute diseases, fevers, honor and preferment ending in final ruin.”  To be influential, successful and have the confidence to pull through. I don’t think there is much evidence of “final ruin” unless it is self-inflicted (Brian Wilson) or one becomes over-ambitious and consumed by ego, fame and its trappings. Errol Flynn (13’): Hollywood swashbuckling, playboy actor. Jay Rockefeller (31’): Senator and great-grandson of oil tycoon John D Rockerfeller. Brian Wilson (31’): Beach boys tortured lead singer. Also: Alice Bailey, Anastasia Grand Duchess Of Russia, Prince William, Paul McCartney, Venus Williams, M. C Esher, Diana Mitford, Nicole Kidman, Igor Stravinsky (+ AC), Charles Gounod (+ AC), K T Tunstall, Eddie Kidd.
“Active mind, strong will, turbulent, rebellious under restraint, military success but suffering through quarrels with superiors, likelihood of great power, honor and wealth….With Moon (As lunar mansion) here at birth native will be insincere, proud, ungrateful, cruel, sinful, deceitful and wicked.”  The use of power to improve the quality of life of the common people. Concern for ones immediate environment and domain. In extreme cases, members of one’s tribe are sacrificed to insure continued dominance of one’s genetic family. Survival of the fittest. Barbara Hand Clow (02’): Astrologer and occultist. Anna Freud (16’): Psychologist. Doris Day (35’): Hollywood Rom-Com actress. Tom Jones (39’): Big-voiced Singer. Also: Spike Milligan, Goldie Hawn, Leonard Nimoy, Shirley Temple Black, Auguste Rodin, Helmet Newton, Steve Winwood, 9/11 Attack, Japan Horoscope, Wallis/Edward VIII Davison.
“Serious, studious, scientific and literary, fame through writings or engravings in metal, favorable for health but liable to accidents.”  Creativity through the writing, speech or singing. Fertile mind. Can equally be a razor sharp or cutting wit. War with words. Skilled in commerce. Tracy Emin (00’): Controversial feminist artist. Christopher Lee (07’): Hammer horror actor. Mo Udall (07’): Witty politician deemed “Too funny to be president” John Hinkley (08’): Attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan. Stevie Nicks (11’): Lead singer of Fleetwood Mac. William Wyler (18’): Film producer famous for Ben-Hur. Sandra Bernhard (27’): Mouthy Comedienne. Also: Nicola Tesla, George III of UK, Tracey Connelly (Baby P’s Mother), John Inman, Kylie Minogue, Kathy Bates, Judy Garland.
“Somewhat retiring and reserved, great ability as a maker of fine ornaments, favorable for gain, some sorrow connected with the family or marriage.”  Fine aesthetic appreciation and talent in the arts. Fashionable and trendsetting. Can marry for financial security. Partnerships will be fruitful and bring bounty. Rick Castro (03’): S & M focused photographer. Casey Donovan (13’): Youngest winner of Australia’s got talent. David Franken (23’); Australian TV Network programmer. Also: Myra Hindley, Vivian Robson, Cher, Dean Martin, Ringo Starr, Harvey Milk, Kathy Bates, Linda Marshall, Katie Price, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Francesco Smalto, Louis XII of France.
“Cautious, reserved, good leader and organiser, honor and preferment in martial matters.”  Ambitious, courageous and enthusiastic empire builder. Work involves precision and detail. Coco Chanel (00’): Fashion designer and founder of word famous Chanel brand. Franklin D Roosevelt (06’), Henry Kissinger (07’): Longest serving American president. James Joyce (09’): Novelist and poet best known for Ulysses. Victoria Beckham (15’): Celebrity Spice-girl. Sean Connery (28’): Actor and James Bond. Also : George Peppard, Mary Cassatt, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Princess Margaret, Eric Gill, Jessica Adams, Giorgio Armani, Jeff Stryker, Sean Lennon.
“Serious and studious mind, shrewd and profitable business dealings, great honor in the Church or law.”  A thirst for adventure and mind expansion. Confident and passionate teacher. Loves to travel off the beaten track. Charlie Sheen (10’): Hollywood actor. Charles Dickens (20’): Novelist. Dane Rudhyar (29’): Astrologer. Also Gaddafi, Mia Zapata, Kenisha Berry, Samantha Ronson, Bjork, Shania Twain, Midge Ure, Wreckless Eric, Charles (Jr ) Lindbergh, Pierre Curie, Houston/Brown Davison,
“Shrewd, cunning, craftily dishonest, treacherous to friends, eventful life with many ups and downs, eventual wealth but little comfort, unfavourable for domestic matters.”  Success in work that involves stamina and hard graft. The ability to take on tedious projects. Enjoying a challenge. Deferred gratification. An investment that bears fruit slowly but surely. Bali Bombing (17’): Islamic fundamentalist attack on tourist nightclubs which killed 202 people. World War I (17’): Start. Robbie Williams (25’): Pop singer. Also: Sigmund Freud, Billie Holiday, Dick Emery, George III of UK, Julio Iglesias, Madeleine McCann, Matt Lucas, Orson Wells, Victoria Beckham, William Hopper, Rufus Wainwright,