Stars forming configurations for good or evil. In Judges v. 20 we read that “the stars in their courses fought against Sisera,” i.e. formed unlucky or malignant configurations.
... Scourge the bad revolting stars That have consented unto Henry's death.
Shakespeare: 1 Henry VI., i. 1.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894