Capricorn Decan 1 ~ Dec 21 to 31


Capricorn decan 1 is ruled by Jupiter and Saturn (Capricorn triplicity). It ascends through the constellations of the Archer, the Telescope, the Shield and the Serpent from December 22 – Jan 1. This decan is dominated by the constellation Sagittarius the archer, so these folk aim high with their arrows and shoot to kill. This is a very important time of the year as the Sun crossed the winter solstice point of 0º Capricorn.

Capricorn Decan 1 general meaning

So this is a transition point and gives us the darkest, longest night of the year and shortest day in the northern hemisphere. Capricorn 1 looks both backward (Saturn) and forward (Jupiter.) just like the Roman god Janus, which the next month January is named after. Janus rules gates, doorways, time and endings. 

Capricorn decan 1 combines the ambition and authority of Capricorn with Sagittarian enthusiasm and zeal. They have a strong and honourable work-ethic and are so religiously dedicated to whatever path they choose in life, that every business deal they make is sacrosanct.

Venerating Loved Ones & Crystallising Dreams

Everything in their life is a crusade, no matter how run-of-the-mill the situation might be. But we are still in tropical Capricorn so this crusading is all very serious, even the comedians among them work incredibly hard to get a laugh.

Shooting to kill may sometimes even be literal because of the presence of ruthless Facies here. 99.9% of the time though, the piercing arrow of the archer will just be a very astute symbolic shot to the heart of the matter. These folks deliver rapier-witted one-liners that completely disarm their opponents. On any pulpit (Whether work or at home) their sermon will utterly convince the flock around them. Yes, this is no ordinary goat.

Maybe there is something about these horny hoofed ones that know what it is to be one of the little sheep only too well. With afflictions to this zone, or with Facies prominent, they know how terrible it feels to be the black sheep of the family. Those Capricorn decan 1’s then have a lot to prove to the world.

Two nebulas in this zone bring the inevitable eye-sight problems. These days it’s not such a big deal, but the ancient “handicap” has left its mark. In modern times we can see that these star clusters are amazingly beautiful works of cosmic art, something only possible with the advent of the telescope. In this decan, we do indeed find both stars of the constellation Telescopium. A modern interpretation then would be that these nebulas will give a person vision and foresight to see into the future and the ability to imagine what is beyond the visible.

So these people are practical visionaries. They don’t just dream, they are very driven to crystallize those dreams. In some, this will give the ability to prophesy, but because they tend to be sceptics, they don’t go all woo-woo with it, thinking they just have a good sense of business timing.

Stock Visionaries & Property Developers

Capricorn decan 1 make great stock-market dealers and property developers. They buy houses in naff areas that two years later prove to be “up-and-coming.” Because these folk are so ahead of their time they get laughed at, a lot.

People poke, prod and tease as these goats stroke their beards silently, but are secretly smiling to themselves thinking. “yeah…you’re going to know it mate….” And know it you will! The rebuff will hit you ten years down the line when they now own half the street and you need a favour. Goats never forget.

Capricorn decan 1 were made to be archbishops. They have a strong call to serve ‘our father who art up in heaven.’ They have to be careful they don’t play it so much by the good book that they squash the potential of their great imaginative vision.

A spiritual path is important to them though, in fact, any path really, they like the historical security of many feet having trodden the earth they are winding upwards on.

Capricorn decan 1 have to be careful that they don’t over-focus on perceived flaws and blind themselves to other possibilities. They need a Jupiterian partner to snap them out of their occasional tunnel vision and get them to see the bigger picture.

2 pentacles card

The Tarot card associated with this decan is the two of pentacles “The man in the Two of Pentacles needs to find balance and moderation in his life too.  All work and no play made Jack a dull boy.  If he allows no time for relaxation or fun, he is liable to become tired and tense and he may find his mood fluctuates like the waves behind him, up one day and down the next.” 

Materialism and ‘matter’ is important to this decan, but also the cycle of time. This is where their prophetic ability comes from, the innate knowledge of natural law. “One Pentacle is higher than the other and surrounding them is a figure of eight loop, the infinity symbol…  All energy is recycled whether it is good or bad for energy is simply energy and cannot be destroyed.  What goes around comes around..” ~ teachmetarot

Capricorn Decan 1 Fixed Stars

Capricorn 1º 04’ ~ Spiculum, the nebula in the bow of Sagittarius the Archer. 6.0*
Capricorn 3º 13’ ~ Polis in Sagittarius the Archer 3.0
Capricorn 4º 35’ ~ Kaus Medius in the bow of Sagittarius the Archer 2.8
Capricorn 5º 04’ ~ Alpha Telescopium in the Telescope 3.7
Capricorn 5º 05’ ~ Kaus Australis in the southern part of Sagittarius the Archers Bow 2.0
Capricorn 5º 41’ ~ Eta Serpens in the Serpens the Serpent 3.4
Capricorn 6º 19’ ~ Kaus Borealis in the northern part of Sagittarius the Archers bow 2.9
Capricorn 8º 18’ ~ Facies, the nebula in Sagittarius the Archer’s face. 5.9
Capricorn 9º 01’ ~ Alpha Scutum in Sobieski’s Shield 4.6

* Magnitude. Star positions for the year 2000.

Spiculum 1º means “spear” in Latin. It is the name of a cluster of stars known as the Lagoon or Trifid Nebula. “There is indeed a strong tendency towards depression and a rather morbid outlook religiously…There is often that feeling of negative ‘fear of God’, rather than comfort from the sensing of His Presence” [1] This is one of the nebulas that bring the eyesight problems and there is a sense of foreboding associated with it. However there is also a positive side “well aspected, the Trifid, or Spiculum, shows just the opposite in the person. There can be a very real feeling of companionship with the entire Universe and its Creator and remarkable ability to plunge deeply into the seas of philosophy” [1]

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Capricorn Decan 1 Planets & Angles

Sun Capricorn 1

Facies 8º ~ “An obsessive dedication to one’s goals to the point of ruthlessness. To be drawn to work with the harder, more stressful, or the unseemly, side of life; To have a prophetic vision. A time of terrorism.” [6]

The Sun in Capricorn 1 is one of the most straightforward since this decan has such a very strong theme running through it and the Sun follows its very established path of the ecliptic. We get no-nonsense, practical spiritualism here.

If they are religious, they will be very hands-on in their practice with a missionary type energy. However, this is still a difficult decan for the Sun though as it is physically at its lowest point with the longest night of the year taking place in this decan.(In the Northern hemisphere)

Austin Coppock calls this decan ‘A headless body’ because of trauma experienced by the ethereal soul from its descent to the lowest point of the material realm. Since the Sun represents heads of states or companies, this is not a comforting image for it! However, those that do adjust to the shock of the fall seem to do very well despite the dark prognosis. After plunging to such depths, it takes longer for them to get to their destination.

With those that reach high office, you can be sure they started out on the shop-floor, or even cleaning toilets! This makes them all the wiser as they will have picked up valuable experience at the grassroots level. These goats are usually quite proud of the fact they have had such long drawn-out and sometimes arduous journey to the top, their broad experience at all levels is their badge of honour.

SUN CAPRICORN 1 EXAMPLES: Nostradamus, Carlos Castanada, Louis Pasteur, Mao Zedong, Madame de Pompadour, Catherine of Aragon, Justin Trudeau, Ted Cruz, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Phil Spector, Annie Lennox, Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull, Ricky Martin, Lemmy, Vanessa Paradis, Dido, Jay Kay, Jude law, Gerard Depardieu, Denzil Washington, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Humphrey Bogart, Ralph Fiennes, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Maggie Smith, Marlene Dietrich, Denzel Washington, Sissy Spacek, Sienna Miller, Heidi Fleiss, Helena Christensen, Helena Rubenstein, Cynthia Payne, Janet Street-Porter, Kenny Everett, Tracy Ullman, Mary Tyler Moore, Henry Miller, Tiger Woods, Alex Ferguson.


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1 The Living Stars, Dr Eric Morse, p.93-94-95 2 Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.36. 3 Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.24. 4 Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, Bernadette Brady, 1998, p.299. 5 Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 4, p.241
6 Star & Planet Combinations. Bernadette Brady. p.167.
7 The 36 Faces. Austin Coppock. p. 210 & 213.

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