Monday, April 21, 2014

4700 years ago the Nobleman star 天乙贵人 has been a North Pole star


The Nobleman star 天乙贵人 (Celestial Great One 天乙星) is one of the most auspicious stars in Chinese metaphysics. Generally it is believed that it brings good luck and blessings and transforms all obstacles and negativity in life. The famous classic San Ming Tong Hui 《三命通会》 says: "The Nobleman star is the spirit of Heaven... Its spirit is the most respected and wherever it reaches, all evil hides away".  The Nobleman star is a real star on the sky and... surprise!... 4700 years ago it has been the North Pole star! (together with another star - Thuban)

How is this possible? - one would ask. Well, it takes 25,800 years (one Platonic year) for the Earth’s axis to complete one clockwise circle. This causes the line of the North Pole to scribe a circle, thus our North Pole star changes with the time.

The current North Pole star is Polaris
勾陳一, the next one will be Al Deramin (around 7500 A.D.). Then, as the precession continues, Deneb 天津四, Vega 织女星, Thuban (Alpha Dragonis) 右樞 and Kochab 北極二 will also become North Pole stars, like they have been already thousands of years ago.

Thuban  (α Draconis) of constellation Draco was the North Pole star in and around 2700 BC. The red dot on the map below shows the current location of Thuban on the sky:
Celestial Map showing the constellation Draco. Image credit: Torsten Bronger.

In Chinese astronomy Thuban star is known as 右樞 (You Shu "Right Pivot") and it is located at
Zi Wei Right Enclosure (Zi Wei You Heng 紫微右垣). Just next to it is the Celestial Great One 天乙星 (Nobleman star 天乙贵人 Tian Yi Gui Ren).

In modern astronomy, both Thuban and Nobleman star (天乙贵人) are part of the constellation Draco. Thuban is Alpha Dragonis; Nobleman star is 10 Dragonis (also named CU Dragonis).

Prof. Jim Kaler, a respected astronomer and science writer from University of Illinois,  points out that during the time when Thuban was the pole star around 2700 BC, there were actually TWO pole stars - Thuban and 10 Draconis (the Nobleman star 天乙贵人):
"Indeed, there were not one, but TWO pole stars, though the other one, fifth magnitude (4.64) 10 Draconis, which lies just 1.4 degrees to the west of Thuban, is never mentioned alongside its far better known neighbor. And too bad, as of the two it may be the more interesting. If not, it certainly is the more colorful, a red giant that through binoculars or a wide field telescope contrasts very nicely with white Thuban... From a distance of 390 light years 10 Draconis shines with the light of 840 Suns, though the great majority of the radiation lies in the invisible infrared part of the spectrum."
This is so amazing to have had one of the most auspicious stars as the North Pole star, powerfully shining with the light of 840 suns! Even if its radiation is invisible, the beneficial effect of the Nobleman (Celestial Great One) star still reaches all of us.


  1. Two things I'd like to mention regarding this. 1. I find it fascinating in Western Astrology the (ages) correspond nicely with the same equinoctial procession. 2. We make an assumption of the past and future that this has been and will be again the way the North Star arrangement will be. But we also know that the earth has not always tilted on it's axis at 23.5 degrees. so should it change or when it was up right and not tilted, of course we would have to re-work the math and astronomical maps to determine which heavenly star will or were our 'North Star" In the future it could tilt even more or less, we don't have that information or can we predict if and when when it will happen again, but we do have the evidence that the earth has been at different angles and that the poles have shifted from north to south before. We actually only have about 5000 years of historical evidence that the earth is in the position it is now with so good speculation that during the last ice age that ended about 10 000 years ago that it was different. this is all we have to work with. but I suggest one doesn't make the assumption it's has always been or will be this way.

  2. You´re right, Rand... This post of Annie is one of the most important things that astrologers must watch carefully. Polaris have been in constant displacement due to different causes, but especially the tilting of the Earth is one of them, and the Hindus have called it as Ayamansa.It happened many years ago.Geologists and other scientists have now proven this displacement and the angle between the geomagnetic pole and the north pole is about 24.5 degrees. Once the poles have been reversed and now we ride towards the same situation, with the advancement of a new ice age. Thanks for the post.

  3. Wow, thank you Annie! For me, this article brought the plural in NobleMEN into new light. Is it possible that 乙 Yi means two in the term 天乙 Tian Yi ?

  4. Thank you, Simon! For many years I was thinking that 乙 Yi here suggests "second... But then, later I found out in some sources that 天乙 is also written as 天一 ("The Heavenly One", "Celestial Great One"). So, it was also named 天一星.
    However, very close to the Nobleman star is another important star - 太一 Tai Yi (The Great One).According to some scholars, during Zhou and Shang dynasties the North Pole star was namely the Tai Yi star 太一.

    1. Thank you, I was wondering about the same alternatives regarding 太乙 Tai Yi (as one of the Three Styles, besides QMDJ and Liu Ren) and 太一 Tai Yi (as the star you mention here). Could there be connection? There is a Nobleman that has an important/central role in Liu Ren method, probably it has an origin as an actual star on the sky (i.e. Polaris, center of the sky).

  5. Thank you for your comment, Leah Zeinsteger!

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