Sagittarius Decan 3 ~ Dec 12 to 22 (20º-30º)


Sagittarius Decan 3 ~ Fixed Stars

Sagittarius 20º 54’ ~ Atria in Triangulum Australe the Southern Triangle 1.9*
Sagittarius 22º 27’ ~ Ras Alhague in the head of Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer 2.1
Sagittarius 22º 42’ ~ Gamma Apus in the Apus the Bird Of Paradise 3.9
Sagittarius 24º 01’ ~ Lesath in the stinger of Scorpius the Scorpion 2.8
Sagittarius 24º 12’ ~ Beta Ara in Ara the Altar 2.8
Sagittarius 24º 35’ ~ Shaula in the stinger of Scorpius the Scorpion 1.6
Sagittarius 24º 45’ ~ Grumium in the jaw of Draco the Dragon 3.9
Sagittarius 24º 56’ ~ Alpha Ara in Ara the Altar 2.9
Sagittarius 25º 20’ ~ Kelb Alrai in the right shoulder of Ophiuchus the Snake Charmer 2.9
Sagittarius 26º 51’ ~ Galactic Center
Sagittarius 27º 58’ ~ Etamin in the right eye of Draco the Dragon. 2.4
Sagittarius 28º 45’ ~ Acumen star cluster above the stinger of Scorpius the Scorpion 3.2
Sagittarius 29º 45’ ~ Sinistra in the right hand of Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer 3.5
*Magnitude and star positions for the year 2000

Sagittarius Decan 3 ~ General Meaning

Sagittarius decan 3 is ruled by Saturn and the Sun (Leo Triplicity). The Sun slithers its way through the constellations of the Serpent Bearer, the Scorpion, the Dragon, the Altar, the Southern Triangle and the Bird of Paradise from December 12 – 22. I believe that Sagittarius decan 3 might be one of the most difficult decans to be born under in the early 21st century. If I was to do a modern Ptolemy and assign a planet to have rulership here, I would probably choose Eris and Sedna.

Like the new energies, these people are often seen as troublemakers and are often misunderstood, exiled and tortured for their beliefs. If these folk are brought up in a loving family, have access to nature, have an active spiritual life and are free to express their unique selves, then they are as good as gold. But if not, their dark side is the most treacherous of all. More than any other decan, these folk absolutely cannot function as an inauthentic being. They will see right through any false veneer.

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Sagittarius decan 3 doesn’t really use words and often finds it difficult to listen to them. They often just sense things and this is why they get into trouble. A typical example is when they find themselves scowling at someone, who from the outside seems like an adorable, charming person but is hiding something less than savoury within. Sagittarius decan 3 can see right into the sorcerer’s dark soul. The problem is, a lot of the time they themselves don’t know why someone gives them the creeps.

When this happens, Sagittarius decan 3 are accused of being rude, anti-social, cold and even sociopathic. Sagittarius decan 3 wants to fit in and needs to be loved, so they will feel guilty when they don’t find these false buffoons the scintillating company that everyone else seems to. This is when Sagittarius decan 3 starts to believe that the darkness must originate from themselves. Another thing these subjects finds impossible is small talk and flattery. Again, it’s very hard for them to lie about someone’s bulging arse. Yes, it does look big in that. Sorry! Here is where tropical Sagittarius’s judgemental and untactful reputation comes from.


The tarot card associated with this decan is the ten of wands “The Ten of Wands can suggest that someone has put a saddle on your back and will ride you to hell if they want.  They may see you as a workhorse and take advantage of your good nature and willingness to help. You may be given the hardest and messiest tasks to carry out, and because you are obliging and successfully complete them, more and more is then asked of you.” ~ Teachmetarot. This being the tropical sign of the archer, the work-horse metaphor is quite appropriate. The trusting nature too is shown and the Saturn rulership gives the strong work ethic also. It seems they folk either work extremely hard or zone out altogether.

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Sagittarius Decan 3 ~ Fixed Stars

Atria 20º the alpha star of the Southern Triangle has no mythology associated with it as it was invisible to the northern hemisphere. It was given the title of the “Three Patriarchs.” It is a 1st magnitude star, so will be nice and bright for the Antipodeans. An Atria is a central open aired court in a building with rooms leading off it. Maybe this star could be associated with careers in architecture and sacred geometry.


Sagittarius Decan 3 ~ Planets & Angles

Sun Sagittarius 3

Ras Alhague 22º ~ “Reserved, thoughtful, studious, suspicious, solitary, reputation for athletics, little wealth, careless of public opinion..” [1] “A reporter, interested in the stories of events and people. A career which is in some way involved with the stories of human nature. A popular story or novel is released.” [2]
Acumen 28º ~ ” Subjects to attacks on one’s credibility. To experience small challenges which can slowly weaken one’s defenses. Needing to learn how to allow time to sort out issues, needing to learn how to bend and flow with the times. A time when a leader is challenged.” [2]

10 Of WandsSun Sagittarius 3 are the proverbial tough-as-old boots people. They know they have been given the most challenging of missions and they are excited about the journey that lies ahead. These folk are realistic about what they can achieve and stoic in their approach and far less idealistic than your average Sagittarian. Yes, they still have big dreams, but they make damn sure they go a long way into realizing them too. Studiousness is very marked here, and they will not make grandiose statements before researching the backstory to any situation.

These folks are living libraries, they love to be informed and are eternal students of human behavior. They themselves have complex personalities so they seek to understand themselves through the study of extreme characters in history. They are quite fascinated by the criminal mind or the psychopath and don’t balk at getting their teeth into gruesome subject matter.

These folk can often have quite a black sense of humour too, but this conversely prevents them from getting too morose generally. This is a Saturn-ruled decan which actually is a great leveler for Sun Sagittarius 3, for they have a healthy mix of skepticism and hope that people admire. Because of this balance, these folk will often be in great demand as teachers and counselors.

SUN SAGITTARIUS 3 EXAMPLES: Emperor Nero, Joseph Stalin, Bill Hicks, Noel Coward, Philip K. Dick, Steven Spielberg, Benjamin Disraeli, Pope Francis, Mary Queen Of Scots, Ludwig van Beethoven, Giacomo Puccini, Benny Anderson, Robin & Maurice Gibb, Carl Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Edith Piaf, Keith Richards, Frank Zappa, Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift, Connie Francis, Giacomo Puccini, Brad Pitt, Milla Jovovich, Samuel L. Jackson, Beatrice Dalle, Jane Fonda, Keifer Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, Ray Liotta, Jane Austin, Jean Genet, Paul Klee, Edvard Munch, Wassily Kandinsky, Gustav Eiffel, Uri Geller, Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Emmanuel Macron, Jonathan Cainer.


1. Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.333.
2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.72-73.
3. The Living Stars, Dr Eric Morse, p.85-86.
4.The Living Stars, Dr Eric Morse, p.86-87.
5. Virgil’s Aeneid, Semantic Relations and Proper Names, p.179
6. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.74, under Ettanin.
7 & 8 Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology. Vivian E. Robson, 1923 p.193 & p.208
9 Star Planets & Combinations. Bernadette Brady p.207 & p.81
10. The 36 Decans. Austin Coppock. p.208

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26 thoughts on “Sagittarius Decan 3 ~ Dec 12 to 22 (20º-30º)”

  1. Wow, so much to understand about astrology and what makes up people’s personalities. I am a July “moonchild” and can relate to you junemoonchild when you say you have gotten into many “misunderstandings” with men. Even physical at times. The same has happened with me. It could be because my sun in Cancer made me emotional, my moon is in Aquarius (a sign of rebellion), my Mars is in Gemini (a sign that likes to debate), and my ascend. is in Aries (the sign associated with/war).

    I used to have a really bad temper and would snap easily at anybody trying to come with the b.s. but I have learned to tame the “Beast” as I’ve gotten older. I pick and choose my battles because a) life is too short to be arguing with folks who don’t deal with the truth b) there is soo much to accomplish if we just stay focused and c) I just don’t like drama. I need to remain on an even keel at all times or I could potentially land myself in trouble. With age comes wisdom. I guess my moon in Aquarius comes in handy because it allows me to not really care about what people really think if you are not in my inner circle. It also, has made me less emotional.

    Coincidentally, I tend to attract a lot of fire (Sag. & Aries) and air (Aquarius & Gemini) sign men. The total opposite of what I want in a man. At the end of the day no matter how much ? and air I may have in my chart I still do appreciate stability and an emotional connection with a man. Although, I have come to appreciate the honesty that comes with dating a Fire sign or the level of communication one can achieve with an air or fire sign. They just don’t hold anything back. I do find myself questioning what the “f” is wrong with people. Oh and like you junemoonchild…….”A girl just wants to have fun!”???

  2. I agree and I appreciate YOU Chris, for I am a Sagittarius 24 degree Ascendant with Mars close by AND a female. I will never totally agree with the fact that this seems to place me in many a misunderstanding, and sometimes literal physical fighting, with men. Luckily on a good day, you would agree, we can say just the right words to calm others down after a slip of the tongue or a foot in the mouth, or whatever!LOL I thank goodness for my Sag Rising all the time, for it saves my overly-sensitive Cancer Sun and oh-so-serious Cappy Moon from totally shutting the world off and out… I screaming out “What the f%$^ is the matter with the world?! Nobody is having any fun anymore! God there must be another human being like me out there somewhere!”. I also adore Taurus men which astrologically speaking is not the best with Sagittarius yet perfect for Cancer and Capricorn, and this seems to sabotage things so far every time, I mean my Sagittarius side drives them crazy. Ah well :). Next!


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