Virgo Decan 3 ~ Sept 13 to 22 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.

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 AND have fantastic brains. Just what the power elite prey on.

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September 12/13

Virgo 21º 37′ ~ Denebola in the tail of Leo the Lion. 2.2*

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 3 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 3 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.

September 14

Virgo 22º 37′ ~ Alpha Antila in the Air Pump. 4.4

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.

September 15/16

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

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.

September 17

Virgo 24º 34′ ~ Cor Caroli in hunting hound Chara in Cane Venatici. 2.9

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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.

September 18/19

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

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. 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 prominent; 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.

September 20

Virgo 27º 10′ ~ Zavijava in the left wing of Virgo the Virgin. 3.8

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.

September 21/22

Virgo 28º 12′ ~ Markeb in the sails of Argos Navis the Great Ship. 2.6

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.”

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  1. This is my absolute TOP favourite format of all your horoscopes, Marina! I’m crazy about Fixed Stars.
    On the composite chart with my SO, Jupiter is conjunct Juno on Spica.
    Jupiter is at 22Libra50
    Spica is at 23Libra05
    Juno is at 23:28
    MC is at 28Libra47, so this configuration hits you right in the eye the minute you look at the chart. Incidentally, the chart is a “cradle” pattern which includes all the main planets, but not all of them touch the angles of the cradle.
    That Jupiter-Spica-Juno sounds so good, right? The King and Queen of the Roman pantheon together with Spica?
    Except that Jupiter didn’t exactly treat Juno with the respect she deserved. In fact, he can be regarded as the usurper of her power … and while Juno is often seen as the marriage asteroid, I have also seen interpretations that point out Jupiter’s serial unfaithfulness to her.
    Hmmmmm …
    Those negative factors actually affected our relationship when we were young and stupid. As we have matured, I have gained his respect now and he (says he) is no longer unfaithful.

    I totally adore your site and how you write on it, Marina! Your insights are rare and special.

    • Hi Irmi, Yes Jupiter is the male’s natural drive to conquer and sew as much seed as possible, which they have to learn to harness. Just as females have to learn to get to grips with over-nurturing and judging things more rationally rather than emotionally. I’m glad you managed to keep your marriage together despite all. I think Jupiter/Juno just show the challenges a marriage will go through if you marry an Alpha male!

  2. Hi Marina, thank you so much for replying!
    You have given me extra insight with your comment about over-nurturing – this man’s Ascendant is in Pisces, so he is adept at needing nurturing. And I have Venus in Cancer … fortunately conjunct Moon in Gemini (orb 1:43). BUT – his Asc degree is in quincunx to his Saturn, Pluto and my Sun and Part of Fortune …
    Every single thing you say about Spica applies to us in one way or another, even the physical unfruitfulness set against the craving for higher learning.
    We didn’t keep our marriage together. We divorced long ago and recently rediscovered each other. It was all very exciting to get together again, but it’s not at all certain that we’ll make it this time. He is an ultra-Alpha male and I have become quite independent during our time apart. We have a bit of a “Twin Flame or Hell Fire” thing, but communicate beautifully if we stay calm and focused.
    The Sun is on Spica TODAY – and there’s this lunar eclipse going on …


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