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Constellation Canis Major the Greater Dog, sits south of constellation Gemini, between constellation Orion and constellation Argo Navis.


Canis Major spans over 20 degrees of the Zodiac in the Sign of Cancer, and contains 11 named fixed stars. including the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius the Dog Star.

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

          07 Cancer 11                           β Canis Major                             Mirzam
          07 Cancer 23                          ζ Canis Major                               Furud
          11 Cancer 44                           ν Canis Major                                Yějī
          14 Cancer 05                          α Canis Major                               Sirius
          17 Cancer 02                          μ Canis Major                                 Isis
          18 Cancer 34                          κ Canis Major                            Hú Shǐ bā
          19 Cancer 36                          γ Canis Major                             Muliphein
          20 Cancer 46                          ε Canis Major                              Adhara
          21 Cancer 00                          o Canis Major                        Thanih al Adzari
          23 Cancer 24                          δ Canis Major                                 Wezen
          29 Cancer 32                          η Canis Major                                 Aludra

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 Bootes Stars Astrological degrees listed below.

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


According to Ptolemy, the influence of the constellation is like that of Mercury and Saturn, though the star Arcturus is like Mars and Jupiter. It is said to give prosperity from work, strong desires, a tendency to excess, a fondness for rural pursuits, together with some liking for occultism. The Kabalists associate it with the Hebrew letter Teth and the 9th Tarot Trump, “The Hermit”.


“His name has long been something of a puzzle, for there are several possible sources for it in the Greek. The probability is that the name comes from a word meaning to shout and clamor, for well armed though he is, he is a protector of all creatures, and does not strike with his weapons if fearsome noise will assert his authority instead. This is certainly how the Arabs interpreted the name, for they made him Al Awwah, the Barker, and also gave him charge of a dog, which the Hebrews before them had managed to see there with him. The name Al Awwah has another significance too, being close to Al Awwal, ‘the First’ implying closeness to God, if not even God Himself. That was in pre-Islamic times, of course; no such human representation is countenanced now. But The Quran does speak of a man as Regent placed upon Earth, with dominion over other creatures, so Al Awwal can be read that way too. Bootes then represents not God but all of us, in the role that God has given us to fill. [3]


“He is pictured as a man walking rapidly, with a spear in his right hand and a sickle in his left hand. The Greeks called him Bo-o-tes, which is from the Hebrew root Bo (to come), meaning the coming. It is referred to in Psalm 96:13:

For He cometh,
For He cometh to judge the earth;
He shall judge the world in righteousness,
And the people with His truth.” 

“Febagh Beg in County Lei trim, Ireland represents Bootes. The Fenagh Beg capstone is in the shape of Bootes showing that we pay too little attention to the shape of the constellations of stars they represent.”










  • Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.34.

  • Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889, p.117-118.

  • Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, book 1, p.34-37.

  • The Witness of the Stars, E. W. Bullinger, 34. Canis Major (the Dog).



Julia made a wonderful video about Canis Major HERE                                                                and HERE.


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