The Auspice of Lambs (sa’d al-baha’im)
The Auspice of Lambs (sa’d al-biham)
The Auspice of Lambs is one of the ten Auspicious Asterisms (as-su’ud). The Arabic term indicates good fortune or something that is auspicious, especially a star. The Auspicious Asterisms are all pairs of otherwise unremarkable stars, except for one that is comprised of four stars. The Auspice of Lambs is most likely named for newborn lambs, but the term baha’im/biham can also refer to young sheep or goats more generally, as well as young cattle.
A pair of stars close to each other, one of which is dimmer than the other.
θ PEG (Biham), blue-white star, magnitude 3.5
ν PEG, yellow star, magnitude 4.9
The Auspice of Lambs rose with the Auspice of Auspices and set with the Auspice of Woolen Tents. On account of the precession of the equinoxes, today we can expect to observe the Auspice of Lambs setting in early September and rising in late February, as seen from the latitude of Tucson. (See How to Observe on the About page for more on this topic.)
The Auspicious Asterisms do not figure in the calendar of the rains stars.
The Auspice of Lambs is not one of the lunar stations, but four of the other Auspicious Asterisms are: the Auspice of the Slaughterer (sa’d adh-dhabih), the Voracious Auspice (sa’d bul’), the Auspice of Auspices (sa’d as-su’ud) and the Auspice of Woolen Tents (sa’d akhbiya).
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The Auspice of Lambs is part of the Auspicious Asterisms (as-su’ud, السعود) folkloric celestial complex.
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