Taurus Decan 3 ~ May 11 to 20


Taurus decan 3 is ruled by Saturn (Capricorn triplicity.) The sun twists and turns through the constellations of the Ram, the River, Perseus the hero, Queen Cassiopeia, Medusa’s head and some of the Pleiades from May 11 to 20. It is appropriate that the dark lord of time Saturn rules this decan twice over since Taurus 3 contains the infamous star Algol. This part of Taurus is home to bohemians and temperamental, artistic types due to it being jam-packed with so many challenging/volatile/inspiring stars.

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Most of these stars are incredibly emotional since we also have so many weeping sisters of the Pleiades. Decan 3 bovines then are much less set in their ways than the classic Taurus archetype because of the influence of the dashing hero Perseus here. Taurus 3 can be daring, but they are still very much fixed in their determination to pursue their dream.

Taurus Decan 3 Fixed Stars

Taurus 20º 51’ ~ Botein in the flank of Aries the Ram 4.5 *
Taurus 20º 52’ ~ Rana in Eridanus the River 3.7
Taurus 23º 52’ ~ Zaurak in Eridanus the River 3.2
Taurus 24º 12’ ~ Capulus in the sword hand of Perseus 4.4
Taurus 24º 46’ ~ Segin in the left knee of Queen Cassiopeia 3.4
Taurus 26º 09′ ~ Alpha Caelum in Caelum the Sculptor’s Chisel 4.5
Taurus 26º 10’ ~ Algol in Medusa’s Head 2.1
Taurus 27º 41′ ~ Misam in the left arm of Perseus 4.0
Taurus 28º 42 ~ Miram  in the right arm of Perseus 3.9
Taurus 29º 25’ ~ Electra in the Pleiades on the shoulder of Taurus the Bull 3.8
Taurus 29º 26′ ~ Celaeno in the Pleiades on the shoulder of Taurus the Bull 5.4
Taurus 29º 26′ ~ Beid  in Eridanus the River 4.1
Taurus 29º 34′ ~ Taygeta  in the Pleiades on the shoulder of Taurus the Bull 4.4
Taurus 29º 41′ ~ Maia  in the Pleiades on the shoulder of Taurus the Bull 4.0
Taurus 29º 42′ ~ Merope  in the Pleiades on the shoulder of Taurus the Bull 4.2
Taurus 29º 44′ ~ Asterope & Sterope  in the Pleiades on the shoulder of Taurus the Bull 5.8
Taurus 29º 53′ ~ Theemim in Eridanus the River 3.

* Magnitude. Star positions are for the year 2000

Taurus decan 3 are extremely chivalrous; they have impeccable manners and a great deal of class, which means even this breed’s most low-down wretched expression will give off an aura of sophistication. So if Taurus 3 are caught shamefully falling on the pavement (after too much Algol-hol!) they still wobble back onto their high hooves gracefully. Taurus decan 3 has superb taste and appreciation of the aesthetic. These bulls manage to dress like lords even if they can only afford to shop in charity shops. They are also incredibly thrifty and can be creative on a tiny budget.

Artistic Alchemy & Life’s Troopers

Perhaps Taurus 3 are so creative precisely because they are faced with restrictions and hardship. Ironically, with more choice and a larger budget, they are more likely to stagnate artistically. They seem to enjoy the challenge of having someone or something to overcome, like Perseus slaying his Medusa.Taurus decan 3 has a tinge of sorrow and melancholy about it since some of the stars here are associated with tears (Electra) and pain. (Algol). Saturn being the ruler here is also no stranger to melancholia, but combined with Taurus it gives great stoicism.

Taurus 3 is a mix of Fire (From constellation Aries) and water (From constellation Eridanus). Fire is their boundless, heroic passion and water gushes forth creativity and swelling emotions. Taurus decan 3 need to be able to express emotions and release their pain and sorrow into some creative outlet. Ptolemy associated all the stars in Eridanus the River with Saturn (Achernar is the exception). It brings into this decan the love of science and a need to experiment and quantify. These people are clever enough to realise they must underpin their go-with-the-flow lifestyle with a solid structure. On the surface, they can seem flaky as hell, but these people actually do have a backbone, you can lean on them pretty hard and they don’t snap.

The tarot card associated with this decan is the seven of pentacles. Karmically it shows a succession of lives that have been extremely physically and emotionally demanding.

” You have been working so hard for such a long time that you probably haven’t had much time to think about such things. If you don’t, then you run the risk of being a slave to your goals forever or just working for the sake of working. You do not need to make any drastic moves or any changes that will destroy all you have worked so hard for. However, you now have the time to raise your head from all the heavy work and take stock of how you proceed from here.” ~ teachmetarot.

So there is reward here, as this is a card that is about harvest and hard work beginning to pay off. It all depends just how much work you really have done. In this decan, one reaps what one sows and there is no way to cheat nature.

Taurus decan 3 are life’s troopers, they get knocked down, but they get up again, and again and again. Irrepressible, irresistible and iridescent, they have the ability to bewitch. The Bulls sensual energy combined with Algol’s dark edge makes them very alluring. The men can play the dark knight (but in very shiny armour) and the women are smoky-eyed gipsies with wild Medusa hair.

The nearer one gets to Algol by degree the shadier it gets, but generally, this zone is still earthy and you can get a handle on it. These folk are not really “evil” or deliberately malicious in any way. In fact, they wear their demons on their sleeve for all to see and are quite proud of them. Love me, love my depression/addictions/rampant curly hair…

There is a theme of precious metal here when you look at the stars. So as well as the obvious artists of Taurus 3 there can also be money-lenders and porn-brokers. There are inheritance and sorrow connected with money, so Taurus 3 has to be aware of greed and excess turning in on itself and becoming destructive. Fame can also breed indolence and entitlement. Maybe the hard lesson for Taurus decan 3 to learn is that money doesn’t buy happiness.

Taurus Decan 3 Fixed Stars meanings *

Botein 20º is found in the belly of Aries the Ram, this constellation shares the bravery and courage of Perseus. But it has also become more Taurean. “All the Aries stars have been in the sign Taurus for 200-300 years now. Hamal just over 600, (Botein year 505AD) and in this same period we have seen large-scale aggression change its nature from barbaric raiding and migration of earlier centuries to the building of large empires which had to be administered and kept in peace and good order, as well as exploited by their conquerors. This is typical both of the sign Taurus and of the planet Saturn”. This is a Saturn decan too.


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Sun Taurus 3

Capulus 24º ~ “To be harsh or experience harshness. To struggle with male figures, to be identified with struggle, to be involved in violence as a perpetrator or a victim.” [5] 
Algol 26º ~ “Violent death or extreme sickness. If also in no aspect to a benefic, or there is no benefic in the 8th house, and the dispositor of the Sun in a day nativity or if the Moon in the night one is in square or opposition to Mars, the native will be beheaded; if the luminary culminate he will be maimed, mangled, wounded or torn to pieces alive; and if Mars is at the same time in Gemini or Pisces his hands or feet will be cut off.” [4] “To passionately link oneself to an idea or cause, to destroy or create, to seek the edge of chance. Knowing no limits to one’s desire for intensity.” [6]

Most of the examples below certainly have that ‘X-factor’ about them. Some alluring, some unusual-looking with great sex appeal and some definitely carry a dangerous type of attraction. Controversial, yes, but there is great success here too and not too much of the misfortune you would expect from a decan that contains both Algol and the Pleiades. We have no solo ‘evil serial killers’ here either, but it seems that if these Sun Taurus 3 do go down the ‘evil Algol’ route then they must do it on a grand scale.

There are some dictators here with the power to hypnotize a great many followers. Cult leader Jim Jones is a good example of the outcast turned ‘Saviour’. “Childhood acquaintances later recalled Jones as being a ‘really weird kid’ who was ‘obsessed with religion … obsessed with death”. [3] Jim was responsible for the mass suicide of 909 people. 300 were children. They all died of cyanide poisoning. On a brighter note you can see great talent and creativity here amongst the many artistes.

Saturn rules this decan and its combination with the Sun only emphasizes the leadership qualities and also the ‘head’. These folk need to be the at the very top of their game, reflecting the Capricorn influence of the decan. If Sun Taurus 3 can’t be the very best, there can be a tendency to depression. Austin Coppock supports this saying “The light of the Sun illuminates a struggle between hubris and humility, disaster and recovery. Those born with their Sun here have their character tested and shaped not only by events but their response to them.” In medieval magic, this decan is used to make talismans that ward off evil.

SUN TAURUS 3 Examples: Academy Awards, Mark Zuckerberg, Che Guevara, Ayatollah Khomeini, Idi Amin, Malcolm X, George Lucas, Sofia Coppola, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, Grace Jones, Alison Goldfrapp, David Byrne (Talking heads!), Cher, Dame Nellie Melba, Andrea Corr, Burt Bacharach, Pete Townshend, Brian Eno, Enya, Mike Oldfield, Marshall Applewhite, Madeleine McCann, Pierce Brosnan, Cate Blanchett, Laurence Olivier, Katherine Hepburn, Dennis Hopper, Harvey Keitel, Natasha Richardson, Tori Spelling, Tony Hancock, George Carlin, Salvador Dali, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Margot Fonteyn, Eric Satie, Debra Winger, Zara Philips, Wreckless Eric, Florence Nightingale, Pierre Curie, Miriam Stoppard, Jim Jones (cult), Pope John Paul II, Socrates, Elsbeth Ebertin, Deborah Houlding, First Miracle at Fatima (1917), Efron/Hudgens Davison.


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1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. pg 44
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.14.
3. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple. American Experience, PBS.org.
4. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology Vivian E. Robson, 1923. pg 124.
5 & 6. Star & Planet Combinations, Bernadette Brady. Pg 98 & Pg 143

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