Honor, which is a light that bright our lives, not just our lives but also others, as a radiant and beautiful symbol, our Order have chosen the royal star "Aldebaran" as
of our noble Institution in the night sky.
Aldebaran, (a Tau / a Tauri / Alpha Tauri), is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus and one of the brightest stars in the nightime sky. Because of its location in the head of Taurus, it has historically been called the Bull's Eye.
As the Eye of the Bull, Aldebaran is called the Eye of Revelation. It is referred to by astronomers and cosmologists as the Eastern Royal Star, one of the four Royal Stars considered the sentinels watching over other stars. It is also known as the Buddha's star, the Star of Illumination, and God'sEye. This magnificent star has been used for centuries in navigation.
Its name is derived from the Arabic al-dabaran meaning "the follower", a reference to the way the star follows the Pleiades star cluster in its nightly journey across the sky. Aldebaran has the appearance of being the brightest member of the more scattered Hyades cluster, which is the closest star cluster to Earth. However, it is merely located in the line of sight between the Earth and the Hyades, and is actually an independent star.
Aldebaran is one of the easiest stars to find in the night sky, partly due to its brightness and partly due to its spatial relation to one of the more noticeable asterisms in the sky. If one follows the three stars of Orion 's belt from left to right (in the Northern Hemisphere) or right to left (in the Southern), the first bright star found by continuing that line is Aldebaran.
The unmanned Pioneer 10 spacecraft was last reported to have been heading toward Aldebaran. Assuming the spacecraft avoids some form of collision, the spacecraft will arrive at Aldebaran in 2 million years.
Astrologically , Aldebaran is a fortunate star, portending riches and HONOR. This star, named "Tascheter" by the Persians, is one of the four " Royal Stars " of the Persians from around 3000 BC. These stars were chosen in such way that they were approximately 6 hours apart in right ascension. To each of these stars was assigned to a season, Aldebaran was prominent in the sky of March and as such, it was associated with the vernal equinox. It formed one of the four royal stars of Persia as "Watcher of the East".
The four Royal Stars with their modern and ancient Persian names:
Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) vernal equinox is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus.
Regulus (Alpha Leonis) summer solstice is the brightest star in the constellation Leo.
Antares (Alpha Scorpii) autumnal equinox the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius.
Fomalhaut (Alpha Piscis) winter solstice is the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus.
Archangel Michael (in the Capuchin church of Santa Maria della Concezione, Rome, 1636) tramples Satan.
The great "red giant", war-like Aldebaran is one of the four "Guardians of Heaven"- sentinels watching over other stars. These were also called Archangel Stars; this star Aldebaran was Michael( Watcher of the East)- Military Commander of the Heavenly Host. The others were; Gabriel ( Fomalhaut ) Watcher of the South; Raphael ( Regulus ) Watcher of the North; Uriel ( Antares ) Watcher of the West.
At one time they marked the two Equinoxes and two Solstices. Aldebaran marked the zero Aries point in 3044 BC, Antares marked zero Libra 3052 BC, Fomalhaut marked zero Capricorn, 2582 BC, Regulus marked zero Cancer 2345 BC.
Hebrews rendered this star God's Eye. Another Hebrew name for this star was Aleph, which was also used for the constellation of Taurus.
In Hindu astronomy, Aldebaran corresponds to the Rohini Nakshatra, the Red Deer - the name of the river in Nepal where the Buddha was born at the time of the May full moon, around 563 BCE.
For the Dakotas (a branch of the Native American Sioux tribe), Aldebaran took on a heroic aspect. The young star was the child of the sun and the lady Blue Star. One day he desired to hunt the white buffalo (the Pleiades). After he pulled up a sapling to make a spear, a hole was made in the ground and he could see all the people of earth down below. The white buffalo took this chance to push him through. He was found by an old woman and was to be known as Old Woman's Grandson. On earth he killed many strange monsters which had been troubling the Native Americans; one monster of which was a serpent that caused drought; he killed it releasing a great stream of water that became the Mississippi River. In time, Old Woman's Grandson remembered the white buffalo and returned to hunting him in the sky to fulfill his destiny.
To medieval astrologers it was one of fifteen Behenian stars , associated with rubies, milk thistles and the kabbalistic sign .
As the 2nd Arabic manzil, Aldebaran influenced buildings, fountains, wells and gold mines.
Aldebaran is called the Eye of Revelation. Life is filled with Metaphors and Revelations. The evolutionary process is essentially a journey into consciousness awareness through Revelation. As we evolve, we perceive more than we ever knew was existent or perceptible, yet we are only perceiving what has always been there.
Aldebaran is known by many civilizations to be connected with the spirits of rain and the fertility of the earth.
Taurus is often associated with ROYALTY and divine power. Throughout the ages Aldebaran has been spiritually recognized for its alignment with divinity. There is a symbolic relation between Aldebaran, the Eye in the head of the Bull , the third eye , or the light in the head, and the diamond. The consciousness of the Buddha has been called the "Diamond- Eye" which is the eclipse and the star tetrahedron of Sacred Geometry which creates the grid patterns of our reality.
General influence of the star: It gives honor, intelligence, eloquence, steadfastness, integrity, popularity, courage, a responsible position, public honors and gain of power and wealth through others.
Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to travel through the asteroid belt, and was the first spacecraft to make direct observations of Jupiter. It was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 's Launch Complex 36A on March 2, 1972. By some definitions, Pioneer 10 has become the first artificial object to leave the solar system. However, it still has not passed the heliopause or Oort cloud.
Pioneer 10 is heading in the direction of the star Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus. It will take Pioneer over 2 million years to reach it. Pioneer 10 was fitted with a plaque to serve as a message for extraterrestrial life, in the event of its discovery.
On board each of the unmanned spacecraft Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 is a plaque with a pictorial message from mankind. The plaque shows the figures of a man and a woman along with several symbols that are designed to provide information about the origin of the spacecraft. It serves as a kind of interstellar "message in a bottle ".
The original idea, that the Pioneer spacecraft should carry a message from mankind, was first mentioned by Eric Burgess when he visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory , Pasadena during the Mariner 9 mission. Together with Richard Hoagland he approached Dr. Carl Sagan who had lectured about communication with extraterrestrial intelligences at a conference in Crima.
Dr. Sagan was enthusiastic about the idea of sending a message with the Pioneer spacecraft. NASA agreed to the plan and gave him three weeks to prepare a message. Together with Dr. Frank Drake he designed the plaque and the artwork was prepared by his wife Linda Salzman Sagan.
The first plaque was launched with Pioneer 10 on March 2 , 1972 , and the second followed with Pioneer 11 on April 5, 1973 . Both spacecraft left the solar system in the 1980s.