Virgo Decan 1 ~ Aug 23 to Sept 2 2016. The weekly horoscope runs as an Egyptian week, ie 10 days. It will start as the Sun moves into a new decan and looks at what fixed stars it hits during the decanate week. 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. Virgo decan 1 seers usually develop their sensitivity after a period of suffering, dutiful caring and sometimes after a broken heart. You will see that none of the stars here are particularly easy or “fun” in any sense at all. It doesn’t mean that these folk are always dour or miserable. Instead Virgo decan 1 has an ironic, dry sense of humour. They are also good at turning very tragic situations into something humorous.
Guardian Angels, Persephones & Seers
Virgo 00º 29′ ~ Phecda in the rump of Ursa Major the Great Bear. 2.5*
Phecda “In conjunction with planetary malefics, it is said that this star is a possible cause of “a great blood bath”. In conjunction with Neptune and provided relevant configurations with Moon, Venus and Mars are present, it is an indication of a pathological sex nature.” Phecda alongside Megrez and Alioth at the end of this decan are three of the seven stars of the famous big dipper. This is one of the most easily recognisable sights in the night sky.
Ursa Major is also known as the plough or a ladle, with the three stars in the tail being the handle. The ancient Arabs saw this constellation a funeral procession with which the body of the bear constituted the coffin and the tail stars its mourners. This is because the bear appears to solemnly ponder around the pole. These stars never set, so Ursa Major is in an eternal cycle around the poles for all time. Patience and duty! The great bear never rests.
Virgo 01º 04′ ~ Megrez in Ursa Major the Great Bear. 3.4
Virgo 03º 40′ ~ El Kophrah in the hind quarters of Ursa Major the Great Bear. 3.8
Megrez and El Kophrah in Ursa Major. They have no special interpretations but as a constellation Ursa Major “It is said to give a quiet, prudent, suspicious, mistrustful, self-controlled, patient nature, but an uneasy spirit and great anger and revengefulness when roused.”
While Manilus says “ to those born at such a time wild creatures will show no hostile face, and in their dealings with animals these men will find them submissive to their rule. Such a one will be able to control huge lions with a gesture, to fondle wolves, and to play with captive panthers;….he will dispel the fury of the tiger, training it to become a peaceful animal.” One thinks then, of a super-nanny who is able to tame wild children or a social worker who works with young offenders.
Virgo 04º 07′ ~ Alpha Sextans in the Sextant of Uranae. 4.5
Alpha Sextans. A sextant is a navigational instrument it’s “primary use is to determine the angle between a celestial object and the horizon.” I found quite a a few star gazers in the my research. Christians saw the sacred handkerchief of St Veronica in the stars of Sextans. This holy rag contained an imprint of the face of Jesus on it, since pious St Veronica mopped the messiah’s brow as he was carrying the cross to his crucifixion. Such a sterling example of Virgo service and Veronica is also the patron saint of washerwomen!
Virgo 06º 13’ ~ Spindle Galaxy Sextans. Super massive Black Hole. 8.8
Virgo 06º 39′ ~ Alula Borealis in the hind foot of Ursa Major the Great Bear. 3.7
Alula Borealis (and Alula Australis. See August 30.) are a pair of stars in the hind foot of the Great bear. The ancient Arabs knew them as The Leaps Of The Gazelle.~ “The Gazelle being imagined from the unformed stars since gathered up as Leo Minor, and the springing from the Pond (Coma Berenice) of the animal being due to its fear of the greater Lion’s tail.” There is no meaning assigned to these two leggy stars. But they do have a connection with Coma Berenice.
Berenice is the Greek form of the Latin Veronica (St Veronica again!) which means “She who brings victory.” It is also where Nike (Victory) comes from. Maybe these stars show the ability to hop out of danger just in the nick of time. Virgo decan 1 may sense danger long before others do. This prophetic ability gives them an edge. They are survivors.
Virgo 07º 21′ ~ Alula Australis in the hind foot of Ursa Major the Great Bear. 3.9
Virgo 07º 21′ ~ Thuban in the tail of Draco the Dragon. 3.6
Thuban is the alpha star of the constellation Draco. This is the dragon who guarded the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides. 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.” Bernadette Brady says this constellation actively guards and protects, which contrasts with Ursa Major’s passive guardianship. I think Ursa Major can be passive-aggressive.
Virgo quietly obeys and only when they have taken on too much do we see the “great anger and revengefulness when roused” or Phecda’s “blood bath”. Thuban can be anally retentive, holding onto its treasures and talents, afraid to release them into the world for fear of rejection or exhaustion. The person can be a loner with a hoarding instinct. “Thuban, then, can be about sacred matters which have degenerated into the human concepts of jealously guarded physical treasure, or it can be more fruitful and yielding in its influence” 
August 31/September 1
Virgo 08º 56′ ~ Alioth in the root of the tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear. 1.7
The final star Alioth is the brightest star in this decan “it is Mars like and of a destructive kind. Associated with the Sun, suicidal thoughts will be eminent in female cosmograms. Joined with the Moon, it will be an indication of possible danger during pregnancy and delivery.” The Ebertins advise not to include these interpretations as they say they have not found this in their own research. I include it here because they fit with the darker side of Virgo and the fact that it is supposed to be a “barren sign” according to traditional astrologers.
I have also found a self-destructive element in the sense of that if a Virgo can’t be perfect then they become the totally opposite. The quest for perfection can be very punishing on the individual. Madonna has Alioth rising by just 05’ and you can just see the punishing self-discipline in her physique. Maybe one has to destroy to resurrect, and Madge is the queen of re-invention after all. Camila Paglia who has celebrated Madonna and has an Alioth Moon (47’) has “taken radical libertarian positions on controversial social issues such as abortion, homosexuality, and drug use.”  Betty Ford with Alioth rising (81’) is famous for her rehab clinics after her own battle with alcohol and opiate addiction. Proving that the self-destruction can turn itself around.
*Regulus is now officially in this decan at 0º Virgo! However I am keeping to the year 2000 positions for the fixed stars, because most readers will be born with Regulus while it was still in Leo decan 3.
Full interpretation of natal Virgo Decan 1
1 Secrets Of The Ancient Skies. Diana K Rosenberg
2 Brady’s Book Of Fixed Stars. Bernadette Brady. P 135