Fixed star:  NODUS II 
Constellation: Delta (δ) Draco
Longitude 1900: 15ARI51 Longitude 2000:  17ARI10
Declination 1900:  +67.29' Declination 2000:  +67.39'
Right ascension:  19h 12m Latitude:  +82.53'
Spectral class: G8 Magnitude: 3.2

The history of the star: Nodus 11

from p.209 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
[A scanned copy can be viewed on this webpage]

Nodus 11Delta (δ) Draco, Nodus 11, Nodus secundus of several catalogues, is a deep yellow star marking the 2nd of the four Knots, or convolutions, in the figure of the Dragon.

Al Tizini (Arabian astronomer, first half of 16th century) called it Al Tais, the Goat, as the prominent one of the quadrangle, delta (δ this star Nodus 11), pi (π), rho (ρ), and epsilon (ε Tyl), which bore this title at a late period in Arabic indigenous astronomy; although that people generally gave animal names only to single stars. The Jais, which is found in various lists, maps, and globes, would seem to be a typographical error, or an erroneous transliteration of the original Arabic. Delta (δ this star Nodus 11) also may have been one of Firuzabadi's two undetermined stars Al Tayyasan, the Two Goatherds.

Delta (δ this star Nodus 11), epsilon (ε Tyl), pi (π), rho (ρ), and sigma (σ) were the Chinese Tien Choo, Heaven's Kitchen.

[Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889].

The astrological influences of the constellation Draco

Legend: Draco represents the dragon that guarded the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides. According to other accounts, however, it is either the dragon thrown by the giants at Minerva in their war with the Gods, or the serpent Python slain by Apollo after the deluge. [Robson*, p.43.]

Influences: According to Ptolemy the bright stars are like Saturn and Mars. Draco gives an artistic and emotional but somber nature, a penetrating and analytical mind, much travel and many friends but danger of robbery and of accidental poisoning. It was said by the Ancients that when a comet was here poison was scattered over the world. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Mem and the 13th Tarot Trump "Death." [Robson*, p.43.]


*[Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923].