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Constellation Auriga, the Charioteer, is a northern constellation sitting above constellation Taurus and below constellation Cassiopeia, between constellation Perseus and constellation Lynx. 


Auriga Constellation spans 14 degrees of the Zodiac in the Sign of Gemini.

Position in the Year 2000       Astronomical Name             Star Common Name                   Magnitude            Orb

              16 ♊38                                         ι                                        Hassaleh                                       2.7                  1°50′

              18 ♊38                                        ζ                                Haedus I (Saclateni)                           3.7                  1°00′

              18 ♊50                                        ε                                         Almaaz                                          3.0                 1°20′

              19 ♊26                                        η                                Haedus II (Haedus)                            3.2                 1°10′

              20♊34                                        μ                                         Alhiba II                                       4.8                  1°00′

              21 ♊50                                        λ                                          Alhiba I                                        4.7                  1°00′

              21 ♊51                                        α                                           Capella                                        0.1                   2°40′  

              22 ♊46                                       σ                                         Alhiba III                                      5.0                  1°00′

              29 ♊54                                       β                                       Menkalinan                                    1.9                  2°10′

              29 ♊55                                       δ                                          Prajapati                                       3.7                  1°10′

              29 ♊56                                       θ                                          Mahasim                                      2.6                  1°50′


Conjunct alignment with our Sun and Earth occurs every year around until .

(day-time mediation in the Northern Hemisphere)

and the Opposite Alignment from around  until 

(night-time meditation in the Northern Hemisphere).

*Note the alignments are the other way around for Southern Hemisphere.

To check on the exact dates, search HERE for Sun returning to Auriga Stars Astrological degrees listed below.

You can also use our free calculator HERE to see if Auriga stars are present in your natal Astro chart or on the day of your interest.


Auriga is usually depicted as a charioteer, holding the reins of a chariot with his right hand and carrying a goat and its two young on his left arm. Even though the image of the charioteer appears in Johann Bode’s Uranographia (1801), none of the stories Auriga is usually associated with have a goat in them.

In mythology, Auriga is most frequently identified with Erichthonius, king of Athens and son of the fire god Hephaestus.

Erichthonius was raised by the goddess Athena, who taught him many skills he wouldn’t have ordinarily learned. He was the first man to tame and harness four horses to a chariot, imitating the chariot of the Sun god. Zeus was impressed and later placed Erichthonius among the stars. Erichthonius is usually credited for the invention of the four-horse chariot, the quadriga.

In another myth, Auriga represents Hephaestus himself, the lame god, who built the chariot so that he could travel anywhere he wanted, whenever he wanted, without difficulty.

In another popular myth, the charioteer is Myrtilus, son of Hermes, who served King Oenomaus of Pisa. Oenomaus had a beautiful daughter, Hippodamia, and was determined not to give her hand away to any of her suitors. He would challenge each of them to a chariot race. If he caught up with them before they arrived to Corinth, they would meet their end at his hands.

With Myrtilus driving the king’s chariot, none of Hippodamia’s suitors survived the race until Pelops, son of Tantalus, came to ask the king for his daughter’s hand. Hippodamia fell in love with Pelops at first sight and asked Myrtilus to let him win. The charioteer, who was himself in love with the king’s daughter, obeyed and tampered with the chariot’s wheels. During the race, the wheels fell off and King Oenomaus was thrown off the chariot and did not survive. Once Pelops had won the race, he cast his rival Myrtilus into the sea. Betrayed, Myrtilus cursed the house of Pelops before he drowned. It was Myrtilus’ father Hermes who placed his son’s image among the stars.

The star Capella, Alpha Aurigae, is associated with Amalthea, the goat who was foster-mother to Zeus. The name Capella is Roman and means “she-goat.” The star is located on the Charioteer’s left shoulder.


According to Ptolemy, the bright stars are like Mars and Mercury. The constellation is said to give self-confidence, interest in social and educational problems. Happiness, but danger of great vicissitudes. The native is fond of country life and may be a teacher or have the upbringing of young people. By the Kabalists Auriga is associated with the Hebrew letter Samech and the 15th Tarot Trump “The Devil”. 

Auriga is one of the most fortunate constellations in the sky, but may still portend earthquakes if situated unfortunately as regard a solar eclipse. This constellation culminating in a chart presages honors, especially in the field of military and political endeavors. A modern astrologer might add sports whenever ancients mentioned military honors.












  • Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.31-32.

  • Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.15-16.

  • Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889, p.83-85.

  • Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, p.305-309.

  • The Witness of the Stars, E. W. Bullinger, 31. Auriga (the Shepherd).

  • Auriga Constellation: source

  • Watermarked images used with permission, source




Julia made a wonderful video about Auriga HERE                                                                and HERE.


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