Aquarius Decan 3 ~ Feb 10 to 19


Aquarius decan 3 is ruled by the Moon and Venus. (Libra Triplicity) It brings the confrontation of the old with the new, so this is the most revolutionary and edgy decan of Aquarius. The Sun travels through the goat, the foal, the water-bearer, the swan and the male water-snake from approximately February 9 to 18.

This decan marries the swan’s unbridled imagination (and libido) with the transformative spiralling tail of the sea-goat. Saturn rules both Aquarius and Capricorn and is the last planet one can see with the naked eye, so it has no illusions and is plain speaking.

Aquarius Decan 3 Fixed Stars

Aquarius 21º 47’ ~ Nashira in the fish-tail of Capricornus. 3.8*
Aquarius 22º 19′ ~ Beta Grus in Grus the Crane 2.2
Aquarius 23º 07’ ~ Kitalpha in Equuleus the Foal 4.1
Aquarius 23º 24’ ~ Sadalsuud in the left shoulder of Aquarius 3.1
Aquarius 23º 33’ ~ Deneb Algedi in the fish-tail of Capricornus 3.0
Aquarius 24º 50’ ~ Sador in the breast of Cygnus the Swan 2.3
Aquarius 27º 45’ ~ Gienah in the wing of Cygnus the Swan 2.6
Aquarius 29º 10’ ~ Delta Hydrus in Hydrus the male water snake 4.2

*Magnitude and star positions for year 2000

This is Aquarius at its most scientific and sceptical, but at the same time is open to exploring other realms, it just needs to test them out first. This testing is very marked in everything they do. Aquarian decan 3 test limits, push boundaries and most of all test peoples patience. The goat’s influence here is at its most capricious and devilish, mainly because of the swan’s poetic influence and the fact it is also ruled by two feminine planets. This means we have a nice balance of masculine, left brain logic and feminine right brain imagination.

Horny Pan Pipers

These are the flirty Aquarians, the ones with a “horny” sex drive and seductive pan pipes since the sea-goat was originally the god Pan. The swan is artistic, the male water-snake is sleazy and the goat loves a good romp, so Aquarius decan 3 is a bohemian hedonist and seducer. This decan works so hard, it believes it has also earned itself the right to play hard too. Aquarian decan 3 can be skittish and playful like the foal.

Some of them, despite their intelligence, can manage to come across as real airheads. I love how the now obsolete constellation of the air balloon used to be positioned here. Others are more like the “Devil-may-care” Fool in the tarot, a wandering troubadour with a dash of Peter Pan thrown in.

They tend to push their luck but somehow get away with it through a blend of genuine innocence and sheer good fortune. Here we find the famous Aquarian commitment phobia. They dump you, but then want to keep their cake and eat it. So you get the line. “ We’ll still see each other, you’re my best friend!…”

Very often Aquarius decan 3 lives on a knife-edge, they are the revolutionary and activist on the frontline of change. These people are the innovators, the breakers of moulds and societies catalysts for change. A restless, experimental, inventive mind will bring success in their career, but inevitably their personal life suffers.

It is very hard for these subjects to get excited about mundane, domestic matters so they are often accused of being cold and distant. Even though these natives might be pretty unconventional, they do have their own moral code that they adhere to quite rigidly.

Aquarius decan 3 is where the fixed sign stubbornness excels. They are very much all or nothing, they do not commit to anything easily because they know how vacillating they can be. Conversely when they do finally jump in, you can expect rock solid immovability.

Judge Mental

Be patient, it really will be worth the wait if you can stomach the manic Saturn testing. This sometimes goes as far as locking you in their lab, conduct a multitude of experiments, then running you through their study over and over again until they are satisfied with the results.

swords of 7

When those Aquarian Peter Pans do finally grow up, the sudden change is often extreme and shocking. One day your Aquarian friend was a punky, leather-clad, chain-smoking, hard-drinking reactionary the next they are a teetotal, clean-cut, respected, pillar of the community. Sometimes it can happen the other way round of course with the midlife crisis turning a ‘goody-two-shoes’ into a debauched drop-out.

The tarot card associated with decan is the seven of swords. This card is about plotting and can be quite sneaky. Successive past lives may have placed the native into such dire circumstances that they may have resort to breaking the law to survive. These folk learnt to live by their wits and built up a persona of the charming rogue.

“Being resourceful, thinking on your feet and trying to outsmart your opponent or competitor is part and parcel of everyday life and there are times when we all have to try to get into someone’s head to find out what it is that makes them tick…. They spend a long time getting to know their opponent by watching and analysing their tactics so that they can go out and play a psychological game.” ~ Teachmetarot. This fits with the ‘testing’ tendencies that this decan displays generally.

Aquarius Decan 3 Fixed Stars

Nashira 21º is found in the tail of the sea-goat. Robson says it “It causes overcoming by evil, which is turned to success and gives danger from beasts.” What a strange interpretation! What beasts? Looks a bit like the transmutation of negative energy from nefarious entities to me. The Ebertins say Dependent on its position in the chart it will bring a life full of change. According to Arabic tradition, this star will make a native become a legal advisor or counsellor and will give such a person the ability to hold a position of trust.

This star makes for integrity and justice and gives a knowledge of man. Therefore we see here a refining Saturn influence, this will be achieved if the natal Saturn is well placed.” [1] The knowledge of man is interesting too. Maybe these folk hold a certain amount of ancient gnosis so that their ability as a “legal adviser” is more to do with innate ability to apply natural law fairly.

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Aquarius Decan 3 Planets & Angles

Sun Aquarius 3


The “occult” influence is obvious as you can see from the natives below’, however there is also surprisingly great success in a conventional sense. Unusual in an area of the Suns detriment, the mystical side can push these folk up the status ladder. The stars then give some power, but the goats fishtail always seems to bring some downfall. I think this would be because of some of these subjects uneasy connection with that difficult “occult” wisdom. The sun in this decan doesn’t bring an easy life. Abraham Lincoln is a good example. He was known to be a religious skeptic, and in the end was assassinated for his abolition of slavery.

On the other extreme there is Paris Hilton…totally a slave to the matrix and its baubles. My guess here is that it’s either all or nothing. If you play the game and surrender your sovereignty 100%, you have basically sold your soul to the devil. Once in a position of power you cannot rebel against your paymaster or you will be brought down. Best keep a low profile with this one and work underground. You can still work to bring down the system, but you have to be very clever about it! Austin Coppock calls this decan ‘The Knot’. He says “On a spiritual level this face represents disenchantment with the fabric of everyday life and its petty terrors. It is a divine discontentment, the same that (the Buddha,) Siddhartha Gautauma felt before he left his uncomfortable home.” [4]

Sun Aquarius 3 Examples: Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Sir Thomas More, Eckhart Tolle, Barbara Hand-Clow, Pamela Colman-Smith, Alex Jones, Thomas Edison, Sarah Palin, Mary Quant, Jimmy Hoffa, Joe Pesci, John Travolta, Matt Dillon, Burt Reynolds, Mia Farrow, Christina Ricci, Philip Glenister, Michael Elphick, Yoko Ono, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams, Sonny Bono, Carol King, Sheryl Crow, Cybil Shepard, Greta Scacchi, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston, Molly Ringwald, Stockard Channing, Barry Humphries, Leslie Nielsen, John McEnroe.


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1. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.179.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.22.
3. Star & Planet Combinations, Bernadette Brady, p.152
4. The 36 Decans. Austin Coppock.p.239

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