This is an article about the fixed star Kerb or Tau Pegasi and its astrological meaning. Kerb is a 4.6 magnitude star in the constellation of Pegasus (constellation named after the winged horse Pegasus from the Greek mythology). Kerb or Tau Pegasi is radiating nearly 30 times the luminosity of the Sun from its outer atmosphere. We find this star at 01º 11’ Aries (in 2010).
Over time, this star had many names: Kerb or El Kereb, Tau Pegasi, Salm, Markab or Markeb, the last name being shared with other three stars.
The Chinese astronomers referred to a group of stars (an asterism) consisting of Tau Pegasi, Lambda Pegasi, Mu Pegasi, Omicron Pegasi, Eta Pegasi and Nu Pegasi, naming it The Resting Palace (Li Gong). They called Tau Pegasi the Fifth Star of Resting Palace (Li Gong wu).
Kerb Fixed Star in Astrology
Kerb or Beta Pegasi is currently the closest star to 0° Aries. In 2000, it was at 01º 03’Aries. In 2010, his position was 01º 11’Aries. One hundred years before, in 1900, it was situated at 29º 40’Pisces.
In astrology, this fixed star is associated with the effects of some Mars-Mercury hard aspects. It is considered an unfortunate star.
The astrologer George Noonan said that Kerb announces „danger of being jilted by a lover“. When the star manifests its influence, the couples of lovers whose love is not strong enough will separate.
The star Kerb also indicates ambition, vanity, caprice and bad judgment. Sometimes, it can bring intuition and enthusiasm.
What is a Fixed Star?
In astrology, usually we study the influence of luminaries – the Sun and the Moon –, of personal, social and transpersonal planets (like Mercury, Jupiter or Uranus) and of some asteroids (like Chiron or Juno).
But we also study the influence of the stars who are not part of our solar system. These are called fixed stars because, compared the rapid movements of the Sun, the Moon and the planets, they seem almost motionless.
Of course, everything in universe is in a state of constant move. So, the fixed stars aren’t really fixed. Actually, their position moves by 50.2 seconds of arc per year, which means one degree every 72 years.
A fixed star needs to be within one degree and in conjunction to one of your personal planets to have impact. Kerb, for example, have impact when our Sun or a natal planet transits 01º 11’Aries.