Sagittarius Decan 1 ~ Nov 23 to 30


Sagittarius decan 1 is ruled by Mercury and Jupiter (Sagittarius triplicity). Sagittarius travels through the constellations of the Scorpion, the Wolf, the kneeling Man, the Serpent Bearer, the Compass and the Triangle from November 22 to 30 (or more accurately 0º to 10º Sagittarius.) Mercury representing this decan gives it its shadow side, since this god could travel between the underworld and the surface world.

Sagittarius Decan 1 Fixed Stars

Sagittarius 0º 24’ ~ Zeta Lupus in Lupus the Wolf. 3.5*
Sagittarius 1º 05’ ~ Kornephoros on the right shoulder of Hercules the Leaning Man 2.8
Sagittarius 1º 30’ ~ Gamma Lupus in Lupus the Wolf. 2.9
Sagittarius 2º 18’ ~ Yed Prior in the left hand of Ophuichus the serpent bearer. 3.1
Sagittarius 2º 22’ ~ Alpha Circinus in Circinus the compass 3.4
Sagittarius 2º 34’ ~ Dschubba in the forehead of Scorpius the Scorpion 2.5
Sagittarius 3º 11’ ~ Acrab in the head of Scorpius the Scorpion. 2.9
Sagittarius 3º 31’ ~ Yed Posterior in the left hand of Ophuichus the serpent bearer. 3.3
Sagittarius 5º 36’ ~ Marfik in elbow of Ophuichus the serpent bearer. 3.8
Sagittarius 5º 46’ ~ Eta Lupus in Lupus the Wolf. 3.6
Sagittarius 9º 14’ ~ Han in the left knee of Ophuichus the serpent bearer. 2.7
Sagittarius 9º 24’ ~ Gamma Triangulum Australe in the Southern Triangle. 3.0
Sagittarius 9º 46’ ~ Antares in the heart of Scorpius the Scorpion 0.9

*Magnitude. Star positions for the year 2000.

As Hermes, Mercury is associated with the caduceus and medicine. Most of Sagittarius decan 1 is made up of Scorpio and Ophiuchus and even the other constellations that fill in the gaps here have a theme of medicine about them. The great attraction for foreign cultures that comes with Sagittarius serves these subjects well when looking for herbs (Or drugs..), cures and enlightenment from far and wide.

Shamans & ‘Privates’ Investigators

There is also a fascination with ancient cultures and their healing wisdom. Sagittarius loves wide-open spaces, fresh air and being close to nature. Shamanic cultures of the native Indians of North America and those that live in the rain forests of South America would hold an appeal for Sagittarius decan 1.

The wolf mentioned earlier has a close connection with native Indians too and was revered and respected as a medicine animal. “Wolf is the pathfinder, the forerunner of new ideas who returns to the clan to teach and share medicine.”

So this decan is medicine all over and also has a deep interest in metaphysics. I found a good amount of notable astrologers and occultists in my research. Not surprisingly, however, the lists below are peppered with some notoriously ‘evil’ specimens as well as some famous modern ‘shamans’ and new agers.

Psychologist and psychonaut Timothy Leary, a Harvard psychologist, was famously called by President Nixon “the most dangerous man in America” for his advocacy of the psychedelic drug LSD. Ironically LSD was a government programme all along, but that’s another story! 

Nowadays “dangerous people” might be those who are more conservative with very traditional values. The point is, that at the time Leary was perceived as part of the counter-culture. Sagittarius decan 1 then will be societies scapegoats, whatever the political leaning of the time is. These natives will take on the collectives shadow and be the bogie man. It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it!

On the other hand Sagittarius decan 1 can also make a career of being the brooding matinee idol. The amount of heartthrobs with this decan rising is quite stunning, the magnetism of sidereal constellation Scorpio clearly bleeds through.

Tropical Sagittarius is not exactly the most celibate of archetypes either with Jupiter’s nymph-chasing influence. But the unlike fire signs in general, the sexuality is not so in-your-face here. Towards Antares, at the end of this decan, you get more of the passion and intensity the red giant star is famous for.

Unfortunately, there really are some ‘ladykillers’ in the lists. The use of that word as a kind of slang for a very sexy guy is in pretty bad taste here.

Bad taste is something that this decan doesn’t really care two hoots about, however, and some of these folk’s antics can really leave you with a really bitter taste in your mouth. The association with poisons and potions here means these people have the ability to intoxicate you with their charm.

These folk are everyone’s forbidden fruit and dark bittersweet cherry. Sagittarius decan 1 may seem quite shady then, but they are not without humour. Of course, the wit will be black, laced with irony and sometimes be quite sick. A night of politically incorrect laughter with them will be very cathartic, the illicit subject matter may leave you gasping for breath on the floor. Nothing so healing as hysterical belly laughs.

Sagittarius decan 1 are natural shamen, forever lurking between worlds like Mercury their ruler. People do find it hard to trust them because of their shifty, trickster aura. This decan does best in the healing and teacher professions because they easily inspire others to improve their life through acquiring wisdom or practising a healthier diet. In business Sagittarius decan 1 can do very well too, in fact probably too well…

Mercury is the god of merchants, but the subjects have to make a special effort to use their powers of persuasion ethically. Sagittarius decan 1 can easily abuse the powerful Scorpionic aspects of this decan and use them for manipulation and control.

A great example is Livia Drusilla, the great-grandmother of infamous Caligula and great-great-grandmother of Nero. Livia is portrayed in I Claudius as “as a thoroughly Machiavellian, scheming political mastermind.” She is rumoured to have poisoned anyone who stood in the way of her son Tiberius taking the throne (Including her own husband Augustus).

8 of wands

Sagittarius Decan 1 Tarot Card

The tarot card associated with this decan is the eight of wands. You can see the intensity of this decan reflected in the frenzy of this card. Mercury and Jupiter as rulers show the desire to juggle many opportunities at once.

“ Things are beginning to move into action now as adrenaline fuels your system.  It is time to make a move so get moving. You must now strike while the iron is hot and when you are so enthused.  You have real momentum building behind you so all you have to do is take the first step and it will snowball after that…. Each opportunity will appear exciting and wonderful.  Each will be hard to resist but it will not be possible to take them all on board. ” ~ Teachmetarot

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Sagittarius Decan 1 Fixed Stars

Zeta lupus 0º, Gamma Lupus 1º Eta Lupus 5º   “Wolf words have associations with higher education. The Lyceum (from Greek Lycos, ‘wolf’), was a gymnasium in ancient Athens, most famous for its association with Aristotle, whose writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, logic, rhetoric, theatre, politics, and ethics… It seems to be our wolf nature that investigates the existence or nature of God.”

By the medieval times the wolf took on a darker reputation and the Christian church used wolf symbolism to signify heresy. In Eastern Europe, the vampire and the werewolf are linked in the Vulkodlak and became associated with witches. The wolf was persecuted further. “Lupa (lit. “she-wolf), a prostitute, so called from her rapaciousness, because she seizes wretched people for herself and takes possession of them.“[2]

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Sagittarius Decan 1 Planets & Angles

Sun Sagittarius 1

Dschubba 2º “ Immoral, dissipated, low associates, many sorrows.” [6b.]
Acrab 3º “Materialistic, too active a mind, ecclesiastical difficulties, bad health. Otherwise similar to the effect if rising. [6c.]
Han 9º “ Sickness, disgrace and ruin. [6b]
Antares 9º “ Pretended religion, insincere, honor and riches ending in disgrace and ruin, military preferment, danger of treachery, violence committed or suffered, fevers and sickness, injuries to the right eye, violent death.” [6a] “To be intense and focused. To attract confrontation and challenges, to be engaged in behind the scenes power games. Narrow views are aired.” [8]

The Sun here illuminates the many folk with criminal tendencies that surface in this decan. Of course there is the potential of great heroic deeds with this position, but usually only if this person ends up biting the corrupt hand that feeds them. The bravest folk here will be whistle-blowers or secret assassins who rid the world of really nasty characters. In this case, taking out one person who causes misery to many might be an honorable act.

Sometimes one has to take a life to ensure the lives of many. Unfortunately, some Sun Sagittarius 1’s take the law into their own hands and in their deranged state of mind do very dark deeds.

Poisoning is their preferred method of conquest with drugs and drink sometimes being used to weaken the defenses of their victim or opponent. The Sun in this decan makes these natives bold and swift in their actions. Once they have a goal they are ruthless in their pursuit and very decisive once they get there.

When they have no mission in life, no dreams to chase and no special beloved to seduce they can get very depressed and self-destructive. It is true that the stars in this decan are very challenging, but what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger. If they cultivate empathy then they can be a very positive force for good in the world, especially in slaying dragons. Their talent is great focus and powers of concentration, with this they can achieve excellence in any field they choose.

SUN SAGITTARIUS 1 EXAMPLES: Winston Churchill, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr, Bruce Lee, Charles Atlas, Lucky Luciano,  Pablo Escobar, Augusto Pinochet, Billy The Kid, Rose West, Ted Bundy, Dennis Nilsen, Erik Menendez, Marina Abramovic, Woody Allen, Ridley Scott, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Nicole Smith, Jimi Hendrix, Myley Cyrus, Tina Turner, Billy Idol, Bette Midler, Billy Connolly, Richard Pryor, Ben Stiller, Imran Khan, Gianni Versace, John Galliano, William Blake, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Mark Twain, Anders Celsius.


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1 Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
2 The Etymologies of Isidore of Seville, 7th century AD, p.223.
3 Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.69.
4 The Living Stars, Dr Eric Morse, p.84-85.
5 Star and Planet Combinations, Bernadette Brady, pg 124 -125.
6a, b & c Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. p 137/8, 172, p.169,
7 The 36 Faces. Austin Coppock. P 196 & 197.
8. Star and Planet Combinations, Bernadette Brady. p.125

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