I will endeavour to lay out some significations on Toliman and its constellation of Centaur by the astrologers Robson, Brady, Hoffman, Coder, Ptolemy and Valens. Then ponder the star names meaning as many star names mythology appear to be significant in the stars signification and at very least worth taking into consideration. I will then explain my own research and give some conclusions.
Achillies was the student at the feet of Chiron
Toliman is currently at a longitude of 29'25 and declination of 60S49 Scorpio its astronomically known as alpha Centaurus and is the closest of the fixed stars to earth with light only taking 4 years to reach us. It’s of a white to yellowish nature and is a binary star with magnitudes 0.01, It’s the fourth brightest in the night sky. And is found on the left foot of the Centaurus constellation and many in the southern hemisphere would recognise it as the left of the two pointer stars below the southern cross also known as the constellation Crux.
Toliman's constellation Centaurus
Ptolemy says of Centaurus. The stars in the human part of the figure are of the same influence as Venus and Mercury; the bright stars in the horse’s part are like Venus and Jupiter.
Toliman is in the horses part or lower hoof of the constelation Centaur, and it is also interesting to note that some depicted the lower half of the centaurs as a goat, and the top half carrying a water jug and animal. As this next astronomical reference from Valens will validate the symbolism of both these.
Valens says of Centaurus It has … stars. According to the Sphaerica,
In the south the rear of Centaurus set <while Capricorn is rising>. The Goat
In the south the rest of Centaurus set <when Aquarius rises>. The Water Bearer
Toliman Name Meaning and Mythology
Toliman is also known as Bungula and Alpha Centaurus, the meaning of Toliman is heretofore and hereafter while the meaning of Bungula is unclear some speculated it means hoof while Alpha Centaurus is to be the first or dominant centaur or couple of centaurs a creature that is half horse or goat and half human. Mythology tells of Pholos removing a poison tip from Chiron the wise teacher and centaur, who had been in eternal agony from the arrow as he was immortal, while doing so Pholos pricked himself and died as he was not immortal. Chiron chose to give his immortality to Prometheus and died relieving his agony, and they were both arguably placed in the sky as the Centaur. Taking into account Valens and Ptolemy’s observations, the myth and nature of a centaur and the fact it has multiple names, it soon becomes clear that there is an element of benefit through hard work, sacrifice, and duality associated with Toliman.
Important References for Toliman
Bernadette says Toliman can be used on the MC, AS, DS, and IC between latitudes of 29° South and 29° North. Further than 29 where it never rises it lessons the effect and further south where it never sets it is strengthened.
Bungula has a Jupiter Venus nature, but there is an added peculiarity that relationships with females often seem spoiled or an existing happy relationship with females is stricken by exceptional circumstances. Well placed Bungula may help the native to gain a position of honour and power.
Erol Judd Coder
Erol mentions the existence of artefacts showing the likeness of centaurs on Mycenean jewellery that shows two centaurs together. And in some cases he says they were shown as half goat and half man.
Bungula, It gives beneficence, friends, refinement and a position of honour.
Robson also gives delineations of conjunctions with the various planets and it would appear the Venus, Jupiter connotations that Ptolemy wrote are agreed with by Robson in general.
Toliman AS Research
In an assessment of 85,000 birth charts, I have narrowed the top ten AA rated charts with the closest conjunctions with Toliman and the Ascendant in order of accuracy. I do this in order to shed some light on how this aspect may affect the natives actions, personality, reputation and in general who they are or were. All of the below charts have conjunctions with less than 1 degree of orb.
1 – Murderer, Male taken from Gauquelin data
2 – Military personnel, taken from Gauquelin data
3 – Dorgeres, Henri (D’Halluim)
A leader to peasants prior to WW2 sacrificed himself on there behalf and was incarcerated during the war only to be released upon the liberation of France for his hard work with the French resistance. Born at a declination of 50 N 40.
4 – Actor, taken from Gauquelin data
5 – Military personnel, taken from Gauquelin data
6 – Buchner, Herman
Austrian born pilot become fighter pilot trainer and during WW2 Luftwaffe fighter ace was awarded knights cross of iron cross at wars end for bravery and battlefield leadership he was shot down 5 times during the war only to return to the sky’s each time. At wars end he founded the Berlin aeroclub for the allies before returning to Austria where he continued teaching pilots. Born a at declination of 49 N 27.
7 – Roy Patrick
Canadian born ice hockey player and goal tender, initially playing for a team he disliked and become well known for his captaincy and playing under pressure. Left the national league to become administrator and coach of national junior team. Born at a declination of 46 N 47.
8 – Feutrier Alain
French born 2 time Olympic skier that didn’t win a medal, he left the sport and started a ski school business where he is the key instructor. Born at a declination of 45 N 14.
9 – Eydoux Henri Paul
French born author who wrote and taught the history of archaeology. Born at a declination of 43 N 13.
10 – Chapelan Maurice
French born journalist ,essayist and scriptwriter. He was an academic who focused on the French language, reading and writing and was best known by his pseudonym (Aristide) from a column he wrote about the usage of grammar in newspapers and not his real name Maurice Chapelan. Born at a declination of 44 N 56.
As conjunct Toliman Conclusion
We can see from this sample that there is an element of sacrifice, teaching and success present in all the known famous cases. And while we cannot speculate to much about the other 4 we can assume without much risk that the two military personnel would have undoubtedly had some level of sacrifice training and leadership present in there life. Also, worth noting is the fact that Toliman would have never risen in the sky at there latitude of birth for any of the top 10 or where they lived most of there life, and yet its conjunction appears overwhelmingly significant. I am not discounting Brady’s work or observations with parans, as I noted in my research on the fixed star Vindemiatrix in an earlier blog, It did seem to make the effects stronger when in a Paran relationship. What this does seem to indicate is if the conjunction is close no matter if the star is visible in the sky or not the effect is still significant to the native. The only other point I wish to make, is the reference that Ebertin Hoffman makes in relation to stricken or strained relationships with women doesn’t appear to be to visible. Although I would agree that in a few cases male masculinity appears to be strong.
Toliman MC Research
In an assessment of 85,000 birth charts, I have narrowed the top ten AA rated charts with the closest conjunctions with Toliman and the Midheaven in order of accuracy. I do this in order to shed some light on how this aspect may affect the natives carer and how they are viewed to the broader world. All of the below charts have conjunctions with less than 1 degree of orb.
1 – Mathieson Muir
Scottish born James Muir Mathieson become the most famous and prolific conductor of music on radio and film during the 30’s 40’s and 50’s after he was educated at Stirling high school and the royal college of music in London. His wish was to see British talent spread throughout the world. He was a mentor to the well known film composer Edward Williams and chose to chose conduct and direct others music rather than his own.
2 – Musician, Gauquelin data
3 – Seabrook’s Sherri
American homicide victim Sherri Seabrook’s was, stabbed over 50 times, 40 of the wounds obtained while trying to protect herself and their baby, November 1992. Her husband Sean's fury was aroused during an argument during which Sherri threatened that he would never be allowed to see their son. Sheri is Japanese and Irish.
4 – Sports champion, Gauquelin data
5 – Caron Stephan
French born academic and Olympic swimmer who left swimming to pursue business, he speaks about making many sacrifices in early life to pursue his carer and hopes to inspire others to do the same. Another French swimmer also followed him into the business field.
6 – Hydman–Vallien Ulrica
The Swedish born artists rose to prominence as a sculpture and sketcher but was persuaded by the Swedish glass industry to lose her independence and work for a glass company, it is though she did this for the greater good of her community. Her inspirational and unique way of painting on glass using mythology made Kost-Boda synonymous with her name, she began freelancing late in her career when she began teaching and travelling.
7 – Nolte Jeff
Ohio Born Jeff Nolte received a BA in fine arts in 1975 and an MFA in visual arts in 1979. He creates doco’s and is a Photography instructor and teaching assistant at York university.
8 – Lisi Nicola
Italian born writer and journalist, and a founding member of the catholic frontespizio an Italian magazine that taught Catholic scripture and art.
9 – Multatuli
Dutch born poet and writer Eduard Dekker, who adopted the name Multatuli which is Latin for” I have carried and suffered much” He had two wives and was said to be a womaniser.
10 – Norwich Billy
American born Billy Norwich is a women’s fashion and gossip columnist who lost both parents at a young age his mother was sick for many years and past when he was twenty. He used pseudonyms at times in his career and has also written two novels.
Toliman conjunct MC Conclusion
Again, with Toliman conjunct the MC in these top 10 samples we don’t really see conclusive evidence regarding difficulties with women, however there is in at least two cases womanising themes. The difficulty in finding evidence for this is of a personal nature and not always made public, so I would not rule this out entirely but use caution in delineation. Once again we can see themes of teaching and sacrifice also duality as a few of the above took on proteges the main theme differences appears to be things take on a more visual nature in there work and they appear to be very keen to inspire others in their fields to do the same.
Overall Conclusion for Fixed star Toliman
The fixed star Toliman is in most, but not all cases benefic in nature as it lends to sacrifice if malefic planets are aspected, this could lead to malefic sacrifices by the native. But when free of Malefic by hard aspect weather in aspect of benefic or not, it gives talents in the areas of athleticism and the arts and honoured positions. It manifests duality like in mentor roles or multiple responsibility’s in the fields of teaching and responsibility’s for the benefit of others. In many cases inspiration is at the very core of Toliman.
References for Toliman
Robson, Vivian. The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology (Kindle Locations 2328-2332).
American Federation of Astrologers. Kindle Edition.
Brady, Bernadette. Brady's Book of Fixed Stars (Kindle Locations 1716-1720). Kindle Edition.
Vettius Valens, Anthologies, Book 1,Page 5, Public domain
Ptolemy, Claudius. Tetrabiblos (Kindle Locations 796-798). Heraklion Press. Kindle Edition.
Coder, Errol. The Constellations: Myths of the Stars . Kindle Edition.
Ebertin Hoffman, Fixed Stars and their interpretation, ISBN 978-0-86690-091-1
Astrology blog written by William Lamont Bellingen astrologer Australia on the fixed star Toliman.