(γ Crv / γ Corvi) is the brightest star
in the constellation Corvus
. Its traditional name is Gienah
, however Epsilon Cygni
has an identical traditional name. The name "Gienah Corvi
" (or "Gienah Ghurab
") may be used to distinguish it from this Gienah in Cygnus.
"Gienah" derives from Arabic, from Ulugh Beg's الجناح الغراب اليمن al-janāħ al-ghirāb al-yaman, meaning "the right wing of the crow", although on modern charts it marks the left wing.
In astrology, Gienah is supposed to have a similar effect to Mars and Saturn, tending to promote greed and craftiness. It was one of the medieval Behenian stars, associated with onyx, burdock, and a crow-like kabbalistic symbol . In this context it is sometimes referred to as Ala Corvi, "the wing of the crow or raven."
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