The new monthly horoscope starts as the Sun moves into a new sign rather than the 1st day of the month. It is divided into the three decans of the sign and looks at what fixed stars the Sun hits in that month. The star interpretations are written for those born with their Sun on that degree, but the general mood of the day will carry that flavour too. I will also look at the sign in terms of its northern hemisphere season and note the Pagan Sabbats and Esbats and some significant Roman festivals that take place in the month ahead too.
To get the best out of your monthly horoscope, use the horoscope maker to find your rising sign and sun sign decan. The monthly horoscope decan dates below are for the Sun signs (Ie Birthdays). These change from year to year by 1 or 2 days.
Sagittarius Decan 3 ~ Dec 11 to Dec 22 This decan can see right through into the sorcerer’s dark soul. The problem is, it doesn’t know why someone gives it the creeps. When this happens, there are accusations of rudeness, anti-social behaviour, coldness and or even being sociopathic. Sagittarius decan 3 wants to fit in and needs to be loved and accepted, so they will feel guilty when they don’t find the false buffoons as scintillating company as everyone else seems to. The Winter solstice is on December 21 when the Sun hits 0º Capricorn. From then on the days will slowly start getting longer again. The Sun is born again!
Monthly Horoscope Aspects
Dec 13 Sun conjunct Mercury gives highly-strung nerves. It may be hard to separate ego from thinking. People can take it far too personally when anyone disagrees with their opinion. Masters of spin are in the news. Dec 15 Venus trine Ceres, Mercury conjunct Venus, Venus trine North Node, Mercury trine Ceres. Dec 16 Sun trine Uranus can be very touchy, highly strung and operate like a live wire. The surface is deceptive sometimes though with a glacial demeanour. Things may de-materialise out of reality in a split second, leaving just the echo behind. Yes, shocking! Uranus brings the unexpected. Dec 17 The Roman holiday of Saturnalia begins and lasts until Dec 23. Dec 18 New Moon at 26º Sagittarius. This is the Oak Moon and falls on the Roman pagan feast day of Eponalia. Epona was a fertility goddess and protector of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Dec 20 Venus trine Uranus. Mother night! (Solstice Eve) The beginning of Yule. Sacred to Frigga. Burn a yule log and jump over the flames. Dec 21 Sun conjunct Saturn on the Winter solstice.
Your Birthday Fixed Stars
Sagittarius 20º 54’ ~ Atria in Triangulum Australe the Southern Triangle 1.9*
Atria the alpha star of the Southern Triangle has no mythology associated with it as it was invisible to the northern hemisphere. It was given the title of the ‘Three Patriarchs.’ later on with travel to the Southern hemisphere. Being of the 1st magnitude, it is very bright for the Antipodeans. An Atria is a central open aired court in a building with rooms leading off it. This star could be associated with careers in architecture and sacred geometry.
Sagittarius 22º 27’ ~ Ras Alhague in the head of Ophuichus the Serpent Bearer 2.1
Sagittarius 22º 42’ ~ Gamma Apus in the Apus the Bird Of Paradise 3.9
Ras Alhague is the brightest star in the snake charmer. This vision of sparkling sapphire falls around the area of the medicine man’s third eye. I have written about this star in detail in the Ophuichus post. This constellation resonates very strongly with Eris. “When Ophiuchus, encircled by the serpent’s great coils, rises he renders the forms of snakes innocuous to those born under him. They will receive snakes into the folds of their flowing robes, and will exchange kisses with these poisonous monsters and suffer no harm”  Robson says of Ras Alhague “It gives misfortune through women, perverted tastes and mental depravity.” As with all stars and constellations related to occult wisdom, this one has got an extremely bad rap.
But the Ebertins give us a clue to Ras Alhague’s higher vibrations “Connected with these are Neptunian tendencies, making the native especially prone to infectious contamination caused by toxins. People thus influenced are easy going in the use of medical drugs, hallucinatory drugs stimulating foodstuffs, too much good living and overindulgence in tobacco and alcohol.…Besides the lower emanations, there are supposedly higher influences attributed to this star, ‘though only very few people are able to attune themselves to these influences’.”
Gamma Apus is in the bird of Paradise. “These birds might represent angels from heaven which are portrayed with wings? An angel is understood to be a celestial being that acts as an intermediary between heaven and earth and are depicted hovering in the air.” Like Ras Alhague, these birds seem to loiter between worlds. However with this bird it is in the most positive sense, not in a zombied out, drug-taking way! It’s very obvious that this Saturn-ruled decan is very close to death and other dimensions, but this can be positive as well as negative.
Sagittarius 24º 01’ ~ Lesath in the stinger of Scorpius the Scorpion 2.8
Sagittarius 24º 12’ ~ Beta Ara in Ara the Altar 2.8
Sagittarius 24º 35’ ~ Shaula in the stinger of Scorpius the Scorpion 1.6
Sagittarius 24º 45’ ~ Grumium in the jaw of Draco the Dragon 3.9
Sagittarius 24º 56’ ~ Alpha Ara in Ara the Altar 2.9
Lesath is quite a notorious star in the stinger of the Scorpion. I have found it to be quite the psychopath in its very lowest vibrations as seen in my Psychopath post. Robson says it: “It gives danger, desperation, immorality and malevolence, and is connected with acid poisons.” Of course Lesath does have a positive side too “Not unexpectedly it gets a Mercury-Mars rating from Ptolemy, what else for deft and swift injector like this? Its qualities in the horoscope are very much those of a probing, sharp intellect and incisive wit, every bit as damaging as a knife to its opponent… It does show them to have an enterprising spirit of keenness of insight, not always thought of in connection with that religio-philosophical ninth sign of the zodiac. People with star strong in their charts are noted for doing well in debate, business, sport, and high office in general. If not well aspected, though, they can be inclined to strike first and ask afterwards, with an embarrassing loss of face.” 
Bill Hicks is a fabulous example of this since he has Sun conjunction Mercury (A genius Cazimi at just 13’ apart) on Lesath. Also in this area we have Shaula right next door, which is also called the sting and has been given much the same meaning as Lesath. Indian astrologers see Shaula and Lesath as a pair, united in Al Shaulah (Arabic mansions), and Vicritau (the nakshatra). The Vedics named them the ‘Two Releasers’. Perhaps this could be some medicinal injection or a shot of morphine, something that would release one from pain or disease. Grumium is found in the jaw of Draco the dragon, see Dec 18 for more info.
Alpha Ara and Beta Ara and two stars in Ara the Altar, and are both surprisingly bright for such an obscure constellation. In myth, Ara is said to represent the altar made by the Olympic gods in celebration of their defeat of the Titians. The Milky Way is said to represent the smokes that bellows forth from it. It could also be the altar unto which Chiron the centaur is taking his sacrifice Lupus to. The “Latin altar, which was borrowed directly into Old English altar, was a derivative of the plural noun altaria, ‘burnt offerings,’ which probably came from the verb adolere, ‘burn up.’ Noah built an altar to God and made an offering: “And when the Lord smelled the pleasing odour…” [Gen 8:21]
There is something very disturbing in that.. But Ara’s astrological meaning cannot be read too literally. Symbolically an altar can be somewhere we purge out base instincts. Anne Wrights Constellation Of Words continues..“The Altar was a place where oaths were sworn: The Greek word for oath was horkos from where we get the word exorcise ‘to drive out evil spirits’, from Greek exorkizein, from ex-out + horkos.” It is interesting that this etymology leads us to the Roman God of the underworld Orcus “’Orcus’ have to do with bonds, boundaries, and barriers: oath (Greek orkos, horkos) ‘binds’; Orcus punishes those who transgress the boundaries; ‘Orcus’ keeps off the living, and receives and keeps the dead within his ‘enclosure’” 
Sagittarius 25º 20’ ~ Kelb Alrai in the right shoulder of Ophuichus the Snake Charmer 2.9
Sagittarius 26º 51’ ~ Galactic Center
Then also in Ophuichus we have Kelb Alrai in the shoulder which has no meaning of its own, but highlights more of the Ophuichus, exiled, demonised energy. To offset all the prime ‘evilness’ in this decan we have the Galactic Centre. Zane Stein has some great links explaining what this amazing point could signify. He quotes Philip Sedgewick “The Galactic Center acts like a satellite dish, directing divinely inspired information straight to the potentially receptive grey matter of our brains. If you believe in God, this might be the voice you hear. Regardless, within this connection you have the ability to pull down wild information which you would otherwise have no way of knowing.”
Zane goes on to say “In his book Phil writes that when an individual ignores this transpersonal link he can experience stress and confusion, but when the link is consciously utilized the individual can grasp information that they may seem to have no outward way of knowing.” The stress and confusion could explain why some Sagittarian decan 3s could experience the negative side of this decan. They need, more than most, to have this vital connection with spirit.
Sagittarius 27º 58’ ~ Etamin in the right eye of Draco the Dragon. 2.4
Etamin is in the brightest star in Draco the dragon and located in its eye. The binary star blinks a beguiling orange. Draco is a massive constellation way off the ecliptic. The dragon’s head seems very at home in this Saturnian decan spanning the end of tropical Scorpio and the whole of Sagittarius. Robson says Draco “gives an artistic and emotional but somber nature, a penetrating and analytical mind, much travel and many friends but danger of robbery and of accidental poisoning. It was said by the Ancients that when a comet was here poison was scattered over the world.”
Interestingly Comet ISON discovered in 2012 did pass through this constellation when it was at its closest to earth between December 2013 and January 2014 and also showered us with a stream of fine-grained debris. The constellation of Draco; “According to tradition, the Saturnian predominance will give a liking for solitude. Good mental concentration. Dishonor and downfall and loss of prestige. Esoteric and philosophical studies.” 
Sagittarius 28º 45’ ~ Acumen star cluster above the stinger of Scorpius the Scorpion 3.2
Towards the end of the decan we find Acumen, which is a star-cluster situated just above Scorpios sting. “It means ‘sting’ in Latin, ‘smarts’ in English and Hebrew. Either way, it smarts (hurts)….it means an enemy, or literally one who rises up against you”. We know that the word Acumen itself means sharp intelligence and skill, but since it is a nebula it can show as eyesight problems. Eric Morse says this notorious star cluster has “.. a tendency towards a morbid outlook, seeing the worst rather than the best in everything. If their religious views are affected, as so often with anything in Sagittarius, there is a tendency to be either the ‘hellfire and damnation brigade’ or to take up a fierce anti-religious and even anti-God stance.”
There is a black sense of humour here and since the decan’s Saturn rulership only makes this zone all the more serious, however Eric goes on to say “But at their best, well aspected, they can have very sharp minds and a perception well above average as though, perhaps ‘blind’ to what we see and take for granted, they see what we do not, at levels where eyesight does not reach. Not for nothing has the word Acumen come down to us as a term for a sharp mind.” 
Sagittarius 29º 45’ ~ Sinistra in the right hand of Ophuichus the Serpent Bearer 3.5
“It gives an immoral, mean and slovenly nature.”  and is associated with depravity. This star is very similar to Ras Alhague in that it can be used at a high or very low vibration. The channeller or medium of this energy must keep themselves pristine with their morals and in their spiritual hygiene. The culture that surrounds them must be uplifting and life affirming. Spending time close to nature, ie; walks in the woods or in unpolluted sea water would help ameliorate any negativity. They need to avoid excesses of drugs or alcohol also.
Evolved souls can use Sinistra’s Neptunian energy to rescue those who have fallen into the swamps of the world. However a high vibration is essential in order to avoid being ‘swamped’ by the very person they are trying to rescue. Unfortunately the saying ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ is very fitting with sinister Sinistra.( the word for ‘Left’ in Italian.) So the most naïve of these mini ‘savours’ can easily become victims themselves.