Capricorn Decan 3 ~ Jan 10 to 20 2017. 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.
Noble Savages & All Seeing Eyes
This decan successfully combines artistic and musical ability with a great business mind. These arty goats are aspirational and think very highly of themselves, but don’t brag about their talents. They are far too elegant for that brash type of behaviour and they will always have enough admirers to blow their trumpet for them.
Capricorn 21º 55’ ~ Sulaphat in Lyra the Harp 3.3*
Sulaphat is from the Arabic As-Sulahfah which means ‘tortoise’. This refers to the tortoise shell found by Hermes which he fashioned into a musical instrument. “Lyra is like Venus and Mercury. It is said to give a harmonious, poetical and developed nature, fond of music and apt in science and art, but inclined to theft.” Depending what planet one has here it would indeed suggest musical ability, but also the ability to lie and cheat. Sulaphat is situated in the claws of the Vulture that is sometimes depicted in the illustrations of this constellation. I have written in more detail about Sulaphat as part of the Lyra constellation post.
Capricorn 22º 30’ ~ Beta Pavo in the Peacock 3.6
Capricorn 23º 28’ ~ Deneb Okab in the wing of Aquilla the Eagle 3.4
Capricorn 23º 49’ ~ Alpha Pavo in the Peacock 2.1
Alpha Pavo and Beta Pavo in the Peacock. Their meaning is rather obvious, the Peacock is supposed to be vain, and loves to display itself. But Robson says it also gives fame and a long life. It makes men particularly attractive since of course it is the male bird that has the beautiful plumage. I found some very handsome matinee idols in my research. “The peacock was endowed with the power to kill snakes, and apparently they are known to eat small poisonous snakes. Because of its ability to swallow snakes and assimilate their venom, it was seen as a symbol of transmutation, and the venom gave its flesh an immunity to decay. It also accounted for its colourful plumage”
This immunity from decay is interesting, suggesting longevity to ones name after death and possibly the ability to preserve ones good looks into old age also. “The shimmering colors of his tail feathers were explained by his supposed ability to transform snake venom into solar iridescence”. Since this decan is also ruled by the sun, I think there is an association with royalty too. These people make natural leaders but there could also be a fascination with royals, or even a believe they are connected to some special bloodline.
The Sun also accounts for the creativity found here and a great sense of theatre. The Peacock is also the sacred bird of Hera. She placed the eyes of Argus Panoptes (the hundred eyed giant who sees all) on the peacock’s tail as a reward for his services. Argus is also associated with the Latin for silver ‘Argentum’, and it was said that Indus, the neighbouring constellation was the discoverer of silver.
The Vulture holds the harp. Deneb Okab is found in Aquilla and gives this decan its aspiring nature and bird-eye overview of situations. It has the “Ability to command. Success in martial arts. “ . The constellation as a whole “is said to give great imagination, strong passions, indomitable will, a dominating character, influence over others, clairvoyance, a keen penetrating mind and ability for chemical research.”
Capricorn 24º 39’ ~ Vulpecula I in the Fox. 4.6
There is more fauna here in the shape of Vulpecula I and Anser, which are in the Fox. This constellation was originally known as the Fox and The Goose (Vulpecula cum Ansere). Anser was the alpha star situated in the Goose that sat between the jaws of the Fox. The Goose is no longer an official constellation, but Anser remains. “In many cultures, the fox appears in folklore as a symbol of cunning and trickery, or as a familiar animal possessed of magic powers….The word shenanigan (a deceitful confidence trick, or mischief) is considered to be derived from the Irish expression sionnachuighim, meaning “I play the fox.”
The fox and goose combine in the stalls of some 13th century English cathedrals and churches, which show the fox preaching in a monks habit to a congregation of geese and other creatures. This ties in with the godly connection mentioned earlier with the Peacocks ‘All seeing eyes’ and Indus’s ‘En Dios’ (In God.) There could be a connection with freemasonry here too with the ‘All seeing eye’ in the pyramid of the dollar bill.