Algorab & Corvus ~ Birthdays October 1/9

Algorab is an infamous darkstar found in the constellation of Corvus the crow. Algorab has a reputation of being fiendish but is this notoriety warranted? In this article I look at the mythology behind it, what other astrologers have said about this star and provide some examples of its energy in those who were born under its influence.

The myth goes that the sun god Apollo sent the raven with a cup (Constellation Crater) to fetch some water for his feast. On his way, this raven was distracted by some fine figs on a tree and lost track of time gorging upon them. When the crow suddenly remembered his errand he picked up a passing snake (Constellation Hydra) and used it as his excuse for why he had not filled up the cup as asked.

Another myth says “The Raven, was given a task by Apollo of keeping a watchful eye on Apollo’s pregnant lover Coronis. The raven reported back to Apollo the unwelcome news that she was having an affair with someone else. Apollo in anger cursed the raven, and its colour changed from its former silver hue to the present black.” ~ Corvus 

More on the constellation; “Corvus is like Mars and Saturn. It is said to give craftiness, greediness, ingenuity, patience, revengefulness, passion, selfishness, lying, aggressiveness, and material instincts, and sometimes causes its natives to become agitators.” [1.] I would add to this that they make great gossips, journalists and paparazzi. They sometimes prey on the misfortune of others.


The Stars of Corvus

Libra 10º 44’ ~ Gienah in the left wing of Corvus the Raven. 2.8*
Libra 11º 40’ ~ Minkar in the neck of Corvus the Raven. 3.2
Libra 12º 15’ ~ Alchita in the beak of Corvus the Raven. 4.2
Libra 13º 27’ ~ Algorab in the right-wing of Corvus the Raven. 3.1
Libra 17º 22’ ~ Kraz in the right claw of Corvus the Raven. 2.8

The Lunar mansion Hasta contains all the stars of Corvus. Hasta means hand and also laughter. The crow’s cry does seem to resemble a wicked crone’s cackle. The Moon here creates either mad genius’s or brings out the lowest vibration in the crow. The moon on Algorab according to Robson: “birth native will be active, resourceful, shameless, merciless, and a thief and drunkard.” [2.] Though I’m sure this position can be used in an evolved manner also, as an exorcist perhaps.

Agrippa says the wings of Corvus;

 “maketh a man choleric, bold, courageous, full of thoughts, a backbiter and causeth naughty dreams; (?!) it also giveth the power of driving away evil spirits and of gathering them together; it is profitable against the malice of men, devils and winds.” [5]

In magic, Corvus is used to drive away evil spirits. The wings have a dual role. One the shadow of the other, the trouble is that one can never tell which is the  ‘good’ and which is the ‘bad.’ Fight fire with fire I’d say. It takes a good crow to defeat a bad crow.

Algorab ~ The Behenian Star?

Algorab is the most notorious star of Corvus even though it is not the brightest. There is also some mystery and confusion between the two main stars of Corvus, Gienah (Left-wing, Gamma Corvus) and Algorab (Right-wing, Delta Corvus). In 15th-century star charts, Gienah is marked as being on the right-wing and not the left. This is important because only one of these stars is classed as a Behenian star, which has magical properties and is used in medieval magic.

Wiki lists the name Gienah at 13º Libra 23’ from Agrippa’s 1531 edition which is actually Algorab’s current position. However, Christopher Warnock lists the position for Gienah as 10º 44’ for his ‘Wing of Corvus Rising’ Talisman.

In medieval magic, Algorab is used with “Burdock seed, leaves, and roots, with the tongue of a frog, placed etc. makes men angry, hateful, daring, and evil-speaking, causes wicked dreams, drives demons away, and protects men against demons and evil winds.”

The star Algorab has a terrible reputation, but is Algorab actually Algorab? Somewhere down the line, their names have been switched. Algorab according to Robson “gives destructiveness, malevolence, fiendishness, repulsiveness and lying, and is connected with scavenging.”

More interpretations of Algorab: “A Mars-Saturn star that can show up the more troublesome side of Libra, a variation on the truth when an excuse looks to be safer.” [3] and finally from the Ebertins “Delays and restraint are indicated to come about by fiascos, losses, wrong handling of matters and enmity in general. Accidents or injuries difficult to avoid.” [4]

Algorab

Is one-star evil and the other magical?. The confusion only adds to the shifty reputation of the Crow as a whole. The fact that ‘fiendishness’ is associated with magic reflects the ancient fear of prophetic ability. However, we should not just dismiss this as uptight Christians’ exaggerated fear of witchcraft.

Sorcery in the wrong hands really is dangerous and inviting in malevolent entities is no joke if you do not know how to banish the more dangerous demons from whence they came. The problem with magic is that it is the intention that counts. Dark sorcery or light working miracle is all in the hands of the magician or healer.

I have always used 13º Libra as Algorab’s position and Gienah as 10º Libra, but I will list both Algorab and Gienah natives here so we can see if one list is more ‘magical’ than the other.

Diana K Rosenberg puts Gienah and Algorab in two separate star sets. With the same Sun transits as the birthdays below. In Gienah’s star set, she writes the following which I feel reflects Gienah’s as being the more difficult and less magical star.

“Although their use of words is elegant, some misuse their verbal gifts, going for the jugular with sardonic sneering and sarcasm (and the less sure of what they know the more fiercely they will assert it!” [6]

Rosenberg also brings out the criminal tendencies “Some are tempted into dishonesty, becoming involved with scandals and have trouble with the law; there are both oppressions and struggles against them, and transits to theirs stars often bring changes in laws, mores, governments and ways of thinking, often accompanied, or followed by ‘witch hunts’, explosions of fanatic, vicious intolerance, cruelty and brutality”

corvus constellationWith the word ‘hasta’ being associated with laughter I agree with Rosenberg that Corvus can have a great sense of comedy. I would definitely say satire or anything that rips apart politicians or authority figures is strong here. The crow is an agitator after all.

For Algorab Rosenberg says “The crow is a talking bird, and these people in love with gossip, tidings, what’s happening, what’s new, what’s up – many journalists, newsmen and media people are born under these stars…. ” [7]  This concurs with the trickster/magician archetype being so strong with this bird.

Rosenberg also says Algorab natives “.. often reach positions of power and influence, but poor judgement, weakness of character, suspicion and fear of being victimised may lead them to go on the attack, becoming nasty, destructive, even malevolent.” Rosenberg goes on to say that those with theatrical talent (especially comedy which comes up again)” have a deep fear that they will not get proper credit for their work and may turn spiteful, lashing out with accusations, destroying relationships and threatening their hard-won place in the world.” [7]

Later when I look at prime crow lady, Kate Winslet, we can see how she channels this kind of woman in her roles, but we don’t know what she is like to live with… Rosenberg really doesn’t like this Algorab star-set! She adds “The worst of them are greedy, scavenging, dishonest and exploiting opportunists, sinister, vicious, acquisitive, quick to claim credit for the work of others”. [7]

Malicious, Gossipy, Traitorous?

So here Rosenberg is mirroring Vivian Robson’s very negative interpretations. I suppose we have accept that the worst side to an extremely seductive and charming wordsmith can indeed be malicious, gossipy and, dare I say, traitorous?

You really wouldn’t want to get on the bad side of one of these creatures. Take a look at the list below where you can see there is a certain narcissism in some of the natives. At the same time, there is a clear charm and great sense of humour too. I don’t see any real, heavy-duty villains per se. However, the nature of Algorab is its iron fist in a velvet glove, so these birds will probably not show their nasty side to the world anyhow.
As with all the darker stars, the stars of the Crow have to be considered as part of a whole. With darkest star Algorab, it could be describing what the individual meets in their life. The interpretations should not be taken too personally away from the natal chart.

We are only describing myths and archetypes here and there are evolved and un-evolved ways to express the stars of the crow. I would say that the soul that chooses this path is a brave one and has a great responsibility with how they use their magical gifts. The words of the crow literally are spellbinding.


Corvus Stars ~ Case Study & Research

Sun Gienah ~ Birthdays 1st to 5th (Exact 3rd)**
Sun Algorab ~ Birthdays 5th to 9th October (Exact 7th)

Algorab Natives

Sun Algorab: France (04′), Simon Cowell (35′), MacKenzie/John Philips Davison (54′), Vladimir Putin (68′), R.D Laing (60′), Paul Hogan (70′), Carol Lombard (72′), Bob Geldof (76′), Alicia Silverstone (77′), Le Corbusier (82′).

Moon Algorab: Kate Winslet (01′), Alois Alzeimer (01′), Josef Mengele (13′), Nicolas Cage (19′), Jamie Lee Curtis (20′), Elisabeth Barratt-Browning (26′), Natalie Cole (23′), World War I (48′), Gustav Eiffel (48′), L Ron Hubbard (66′), Brigitte Bardot (73′).

Ascendant Algorab: Erich Fromm (04′), Rupert Everett (15′), Natasha Richardson (08′), Venus Williams (21′), Frida Lyngstad (54′), Billy Connoly (65′), Ferruccio Lamborghini (77′), Barry Gibb (73′), Harry S Truman (80′)

Midheaven Algorab: Dane Rudhyar (18′), Elizabeth Taylor (17′), Jamie Lee Curtis (20′), Tara Gates (38′), Zac Efron (64′)

Gienah Natives

Sun Gienah: Gwen Stefani (01′), Mohandas Gandhi (02′), Exposure Broadcast Jimmy Saville (10′), Gore Vidal (11′), Wikileaks (20′), Charlton Heston (38′), Pierre Bonnard (49′), Susan Sarandon (59′), Kate Winslet (60′).

Moon Gienah: Walt Disney (11′), Antoni Gaudi (30′), Annie Besant (42′), Julian Lennon (47′), Malala Yousafzai (51′), Tori Amos (62′), Helena Blavatsky (68′), Maria Von Trapp (71), Burt Reynolds (73′).

Ascendant Gienah: European Union (01′), New York City (05′), Cat Stevens (10′), Omar Sharif (15′), 9/11 Disaster (41′), Daniel Radcliffe (41′), Boris Johnson (51′), Kate Winslet (56′), World War I (59′), Yoko Ono (77′)

Midheaven Gienah: Lennon/Ono Davison (28′), Matthew Manning (35′), Anjelica Huston (51′), Prince Hitachi (58′), Ian McKellen (84′).

Kate Winslet ~ Triple Crowlady

Kate Winslet should be the craftiest crow of them all since she has Gienah conjunct the sun and rising. Plus her moon pretty much exactly conjunct dastardly Algorab. So in theory, a triple crow!

Unfortunately, Winslet’s birth time is rated DD which is unverified. I have to say I initially thought that Winslet does not strike me as being particularly Corvus looking, especially since there is a good chance this could be just a sunrise chart. However Wiki says Winslet” is particularly known for her work in period dramas and tragedies, and is often drawn to portraying troubled women.” and “ As with her Heavenly Creatures part, Winslet’s roles in these films were those of women with a “mad edge”. So I can see she could be a good example of a Corvus archetype.

AlgorabWinslet came from a close-knit acting family who often struggled to find work. No childhood trauma there it seems, though the family probably suffered stress from their financial difficulties. Being bullied for being overweight at school probably left some scars and Winslet has often struggled with maintaining the typical slimline red-carpet physique. However, Winslet seems to have turned this early wound around in typical crow style “Winslet is known for her willingness to perform nude scenes, having done so in 12 of her films, although she considers its contribution to the narrative before agreeing to it. She believes these scenes promote a positive body image among women.” ~ Wiki

In her personal life, Winslet has married three times and suffered great sorrow at losing her first husband and love to bone cancer in her 20’s. Winslet said in 2008 that she has never gotten over his death. Nowadays it seems Winslet has a happy life and enjoys being the mother of her 3 children. She refuses jobs that take her away from her home for too long. Winslet has currently a settled and stable life with her third husband. They live far away from the Hollywood glitz by on the British coast of West Wittering.

I’m not sure Winslet has had the most Algorab life, though I’m sure she taps into her Sun on Gienah for her more edgy roles. Although most people remember Winslet for her romantic role in Titanic she has also played some gritty and villainous roles. The journalist Mark Harris writes that she specialises in “unsentimentalized, restless, troubled, discontented, disconcerted, difficult women” which is pretty much Corvus energy. “Winslet has said she is interested in parts of “angst-ridden women” with strong dispositions masking flaws and insecurities.”

Looking at the evidence there doesn’t seem to be a notable difference between Gienah or Algorab in their supposed ‘malevolence’. Both Annie Besant and Helena Blavatsky both had their moons on Gienah. This gives the star more credence as being the Behenian magic star since both ladies were leading lights of the theosophical society.

In their day (late 19th century) these women would I imagine have been branded as ‘witches’ by mainstream Christian society. Rosenberg brings up “witch hunts” in her Gienah interpretations and also religious zealots. Generally I feel that all the stars of Corvus have a witchy vibe to them, but most particularly when they align with the Moon.

*Star positions for the year 2000.
** Dates are approximate as precession changes the position the older you are.
1 & 2. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. p.41 & p. 80.
3. The Living Stars, Dr Eric Morse, p.175.
4. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.60.
5. Agrippa. Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. II, Chapter 47, (Tyson ed.) p. 395.
6.Secrets Of The Ancient skies. Diana K Rosenberg. p.65/66
7. Secrets Of The Ancient skies. Diana K Rosenberg. p.79/80
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4 thoughts on “Algorab & Corvus ~ Birthdays October 1/9”

  1. Very interesting information as my son has Algorab conjunct his ascendant and his moon conjunct Spica. He is a musician and when he first went on social media he called himself Raven and his musical project when he was very young he named after the Raven. He still uses the name from time to time in his projects. He has no knowledge of astrology or any of this and I only just discovered the information. Fate or coinsidence, lol!

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  2. yikes – my Mars and I think part of fortune are around conjunct Algorab… is that really bad?
    Great article, even if it did scare the living day light out of me!

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  3. Pretty nice (and generally accurated) post.
    My Sun is at 13•13’, and I feel a lot of the Algorab’s inner strengths and downsides – not AS MUCH, however, those antiqued and christian descriptions, after all, I’m still a good intentioned Libra. But, since I have a strong Mars (Scorpio, also ascending, house 12) and Saturn (Aquarius, house 4), I agree with the need of using well these gifts.
    Anyway, it was nice to read some more about it. Thanks!

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  4. You state – “Generally I feel that all the stars of Corvus have a witchy vibe to them, but most particularly when they align with the Moon.” Would this also include the North Node?

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