Taurus Decan 3 ~ May 10 to 19 (20º-30º)

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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 it 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.

Artistic Alchemy & Life’s Troopers

Most of these stars are extremely emotional since we have so many of the weeping sisters of the Pleiades here too. Decan 3 bovines then are much less set in their ways than the classic Taurus archetype because of the influence of 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 are extremely chivalrous, they have impeccable manners and a great deal of class. This means even the most low-down wretched expression of this breed will give off an aura of sophistication. So if Taurus 3 are caught shamefully falling on the pavement (after too much Algol-hol!) they will still manage to wobble back onto their high hooves gracefully.


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 have superb taste and appreciation of the aesthetic. These bulls managing to dress like a lord even if they can only afford to shop in charity shops. They are also incredibly thrifty and manage to be very creative on a tiny budget.

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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.

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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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Taurus Decan 3 Planets & Angles

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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