Virgo decan 3 is ruled by Mercury. The Sun sails through the Lion, the Air Pump, the Great Ship, the Cup and the Great Bear from September 13 to 22. Here we find the famous sharp minds, researchers, perfectionists and organisers. There are some harsh and unfortunate stars here associated with natural disasters and death alongside the holy grail and the ships bellowing sails. It is fitting that this decan of Virgo contains such sharp contrasts since it is ruled by Mercury the mediator between the earth and the underworld. It’s very black and white here.
The unfortunate influence probably comes as a result of our Virgo’s not paying attention to natural law and working themselves into the ground. If one does not take control of regulating oneself, then something from the outside will do it in a more dramatic way, similar to the effects of a Uranus transit. Mercury ruled Virgo decan 3 live on their nerves. They burn a lot of calories just worrying! Their mind is so white hot you can sometimes see quicksilver flashing behind their eyeballs. The problem with having such a strong mind is that their belief program then controls everything. A skeptical Virgo will be very hard to rewire and some find it really hard to trust their intuition, even though they actually have a very fine prophetic ability.
The big challenge for Virgo decan 3 is getting both sides of the brain working in balance. They should be naturals at this but somehow, in our left-brain dominated world, they have allowed that sharp logical side of their head to take over and not even for their own benefit. Virgo’s are prime workers since they are dutiful, self-sacrificial, have fantastic brains. Just what the power elite prey on. You can bet that successful IT companies are stuffed full of Virgo decan 3 drones working their magic, while their Pluto bosses take all the credit and lap up the profit. These sensitive folk anticipate peoples needs so well, like Persephone could not ignore the pleas for help from the dying souls. Virgo decan 3 love to be needed and be of practical use. Therefore it’s very hard for them to turn down an unscrupulous employer who tells the they can make a difference, they are so cherished and appreciated, but erm…we can’t pay that much.. Eventually though, Virgo’s dark side boils to the surface when they realise that everyone has been sucking their energy dry. Sometimes this won’t happen until they get a serious illness, which becomes their wake up call to get out of the rat race.
Sacred Prostitutes & Skeptics
Virgo decan 3 are the zodiac’s natural healers. Mercury is the god of medicine after all and of course Mercury is the natural ruler of Virgo as a whole anyway. The stars in the Crater here are gifts passed down through generations of healers, the healing can be in the form of art, film, song, music, poetry as well as medicine, traditional or alternative. It is vitally important that Virgo decan 3 keeps themselves as clean as possible, as they are also the great purifiers. This means not over-indulging in the toxins of junk food, drugs and alcohol. Like their opposite in Pisces, drug taking can weaken their protective aura. This may not be such a problem with more “selfish” signs with strong boundaries. But Virgo decan 3 especially needs to maintain strong psychic armour, otherwise they find it difficult to place a limit on demands. The weaker their protection the more likely they are to get rail-roaded into rescuing. Sometimes they can really get pulled into the underworld and fall into the trap of becoming the addict or criminal they were trying to save.
Virgo decan 3 can be the victim or saviour here. The cup in Crater is a holy grail and gives them saviour potential, the less fortunate stars in the Lion can play the victim. The stars in the ships sails show the journey between the two polarities, as does the fact that this decan is ruled by Mercury. Water therapy is very strong here, drinking it, bathing in it, cleansing in all its forms. The water pump can be vapour and evacuation. It is the water, the sea, the journey that allows Virgo decan 3 to heal and purge the toxins and toxic relationships from their lives. Travel is important for this decan too, since Mercury is transport working with the influence of the ship. These folk learn best from physical journeys rather than just reading about it. They have to make the pilgrimages, spend three days in the desert, feel the blood, sweat and tears of their purging because this will get them out of their heads and into their bodies.
Which brings us to SEX, yes Virgo’s are sexy, sometimes obsessively so. Like a Virgin? Paaaahhh! This can actually be sex addict territory. Virgo decan 3 make the best sacred prostitutes, tantric practitioners and sex therapists. They can be very promiscuous too just for the hell of it. Or they can be totally celibate more in keeping with the traditionally prissy Virgo view. Virgo decan 3 can be the best or the very worst lovers depending on how open their heart is. If they are just brain driven, it’s all going to be porn and mechanical stuff. Put away that bloody sex manual!! (Oh how they love manuals….) If Virgo 3 truly develop their emotional intelligence, their sensitivity can produce Kundalini-shattering, head to toe orgasms that easily rival the more famous sex- gods Scorpio, Aries and Taurus.
Virgo 21º 37′ ~ Denebola in the tail of Leo the Lion. 2.2*
Virgo 22º 37′ ~ Alpha Antila in the Air Pump. 4.4
Virgo 23º 08′ ~ Avior in the keel of Argo Navis the Great Ship. 1.7
Virgo 23º 41′ ~ Alkes in the base of Crater the cup. 4.2
Virgo 24º 34′ ~ Cor Caroli in hunting hound Chara in Cane Venatici. 2.9
Virgo 26º 41′ ~ Labrum in the lip of Crater the cup. 3.8
Virgo 26º 56′ ~ Alkaid in the tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear. 1.9
Virgo 27º 10′ ~ Zavijava in the left wing of Virgo the Virgin. 3.8
Virgo 28º 12′ ~ Markeb in the sails of Argos Navis the Great Ship. 2.6
*Magnitude. Star positions for the year 2000.
Denebola is a blue star in the tail of the Lion and unlike Regulus was supposed to bring disgrace and ill fortune. Robson says “It gives swift judgment, despair, regrets, public disgrace, misfortune from the elements of nature, and happiness turned to anger, and makes its natives noble, daring, self-controlled, generous and busy with other people’s affairs.” That’s one strange mix. Judging by the very prominent people with Virgo decan 2 rising, it looks like some of the fiery Lion stars here give them the drive to succeed and a need to shine. However the amount of people with this particular star prominent was small. Denebola rising for Roy Orbison (49’) and from Virgo decan 2 Kurt Cobain ( 70’). The Sun is on Denebola in Hitler/Eva Braun’s Davison (04’) and for Amy Winehouse (06’). Do we see a theme here? Powerful, yet vulnerable and sometimes self-destructive. Elsbeth Ebertin says Denebola “has a Uranian nature and…major catastrophes are triggered off by it. Found on the Ascendant and especially in company with Mercury, a quarrelsome nature….It could also mean that this star is the cause of very exciting events” Afflicted and with Uranus it is said to cause mental illness.
Alpha Antilla is in the air pump or vacuum. “Vacuum is from Indo-European root Eue- ‘To leave, abandon, give out, whence nominal derivatives meaning abandoned, lacking, empty’. Derivatives: wane, wanton, (these words from Old English wanian), want, vain, vanity, vaunt, evanesce (to dissipate or disappear like vapor), vanish, (these words from Latin vanus, empty), evanescent, vacant, vacate, vacation, vacuity, vacuum, void, avoid, devoid, evacuate” The void is interesting since from the dark matter of space comes the mother, the Queen of the night. This is Virgo in her Nyx, Queen of the Night mode.
Avior is the brightest star in Virgo decan 3, but carries no specific meaning apart from that of the constellation “Argo is said to give prosperity in trade and voyages, and strength of mind and spirit.” Alkes on the other hand, though not especially bright, has more myth and magic behind it. Alkes is in Crater and is said to be the cup Apollo gave to the raven. “It gives a kind, generous, cheerful, receptive, passionate and hospitable nature” All commentators agree it gives great mental abilities and eminence. But it also brings volatility and unexpected dramas. Also “apprehension and indecision…a disordered life…and great danger of unhappiness” I found Alkes can be a gift though, something precious carried by an individual to pass down the generations of the family, like artistic, musical or psychic ability. Alkes’ talent is usually of a Neptunian nature. The creativity may come as a result of having to adapt and cope with a very unsettled childhood. The other named star in Crater, Labrum, gives “Ideality, psychic power, intelligence, honor and riches in disgrace and purifies to salvation.”  Kevin Costner (Labrum rising 36’) made a film “Waterworld” and his oil-water separation machines helped clean up the BP Oil spill in 2010.
Cor Caroli is a bright star in the collar of Chara one of the hunting dogs. This is some times seen as a heart-shaped figure with a crown on some maps in honor of Charles II. “This constellation gives a love of hunting and a penetrating mind, making those born under it faithful, keen, clever and fond of speculation.” Charles was known as the Merry Monarch who fathered 12 illegitimate children (His Queen bore none living). His court was famously hedonistic after many years of dour puritan rule. Charles ascendant is actually 23º Virgo closest to Markeb (02’) in 1630.
Alkaid on the very tip of the tail of the great Bear is the brightest star of the decan but not close to the ecliptic. It is also known as Benetnash which means hired mourners since the Arabs saw the figure of the big dipper as a funeral procession around a coffin, “This fixed star is supposed to be bound up with the realm of the dead and is therefore associated with death and mourning. In an important position in a mundane map, Benetnash will claim human lives in calamities such as mine accidents, collapse of houses and bridges, mountain slides, earth tremors and catastrophes caused by weather.” Islamic astrologers called Alkaid the “Destroyer of nations”
Some celebrities examples for Alkaid promenant; Rising: Erin Brockovich (08’) Walt Disney (06’), Marie Stopes (20’), Julie Andrews (33’), Kevin Costner (50’). Sun: Jeremy Irons (12’), Greta Garbo (26’), Sophia Loren (52’). Moon: John Claude VanDamme (29’). I haven’t looked any event charts, but both Erin Brockovich and Marie Stopes are connected to death in different ways. Stopes with her abortion clinics and Brockovich helping the dying with compensation for the cancers they got from drinking contaminated water (Crater again!). There seems to be a campaigning zeal here, combined with a need to “clean up”. Maybe those born with Alkiad prominent are good in disasters, strangely calm in a crisis despite having quite tempestuous personalities.
Zavijava is the only Virgo star left in tropical Virgo. It is situated in her left wing. Bullinger says the name comes from the Arab “Al Zawiah” meaning gloriously beautiful. “It gives beneficence, force of character, strength, combative movements and destructiveness.”  Eric Morse gives Zavijava a typical Virgo flavour “Reliable worker, attentive to every detail of the job, will make a good salesman, executive, manager or subordinate commander, but needs someone of higher rank to have given him (or her) the job. If less well aspected, he can be the sort of underling who provokes his men to strike or mutiny by over-playing the ‘little Hitler’ act.” To me it has a real feel of perfection about it. Markeb is in the sails of Argo the ships. I spoke about this in Virgo decan 2 “Vela comes from Velum a sail or veil. ‘To take the veil can mean to become a nun, to become sequestered behind a veil, sectioned off from the rest of society.” Isis first invented sails, for while seeking her son Harpocrates, she sailed on a ship”. The saying “To lift the veil of Isis” means to reveal a great secret. It has a write up too “It gives piety, a wide knowledge, educational work and voyages.”
Sun: Agatha Christie, Amy Winehouse, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth I, Eva Braun, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, Julio Iglesias, Larry Hagman, Jeremy Irons, Oliver Stone, Jamie Partridge, John Smith, Kevin Rudd, Shirley Conran, Stephen King, Fay Weldon, Prince Harry, Alan Villiers, David Copperfield.
Moon: Eva Braun, Gerry McCann, Madeleine McCann, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Nicholson, Sean Connery, Jean Claude Van Damme, John Phillips, John Hinckley, Sarah Aldrete, Alexander Graham Bell, William Wordsworth, Peggy Lee, Howard “Hopalong” Cassidy.
Ascendant: Charles II, Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, Hugh Hefner, Walt Disney, Tiger Woods, Steve Jobs, Silvio Berlusconi, Erin Brockovich, Marie Stopes, Paul McCartney, Roy Orbison, June Carter, Julie Andrews, Debbie Harry, Annie Lennox, Olivia Newton-John, George Melly, Doris Day, Sissy Spacek, Kevin Costner, Bruce Willis, Kathy Bates, Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine, Nigel Havers, Jason Connery, Derek Jacobi, Cybil Shepherd, Carol Channing, Brooke Shields, Jerry Hall, Igor Stravinsky, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, Azaria Chamberlain, Amanda Blair, Ernst Roehm, Amanda Knox, Barbara Villiers, Rick Castro.
1. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.56.
2 & 3 Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923 p.41 & p219