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۞ Alkaid is a brilliant white star on the tail of the Great Bear.

۞ Alkaid is also known by the name of Benetnash, which means ‘hired mourners’. Indeed this fixed star has been associated with death and mourning. In antiquity Alkaid was believed to be bound up with the realm of the dead.

۞ Alkaid’s influence is like Mars-Uranus-Saturn nature. And according to Ptolemy, the influence of Ursa Major is like Mars.

۞ Alkaid gives a quiet, prudent, self-controlled, and patient nature, but also warns of great anger and revengefulness when roused, as well as a suspicious, mistrustful, and uneasy spirit.

۞ Position of Fixed Star Alkaid in the year 5760 (2000 C.E.): 26°56′ Virgo.

۞ Guardianite is the Birthstone of 26°-27° Virgo and the 26th of Elul.