Virgo decan 3 is ruled by Mercury and Venus (Taurus triplicity). The Sun sails through the Lion, the Air Pump, the Great Ship, the Cup and the Great Bear from September 13 to 22. Here we find the famous sharp minds, researchers, perfectionists and organisers. There are some harsh and unfortunate stars here associated with natural disasters and death alongside the holy grail and the ships bellowing sails. It is fitting that this decan of Virgo contains such sharp contrasts since it is ruled by Mercury the mediator between the earth and the underworld. It’s very black and white here.
The unfortunate influence probably comes as a result of our Virgo’s not paying attention to natural law and working themselves into the ground. If one does not take control of regulating oneself, then something from the outside will do it in a more dramatic way, similar to the effects of a Uranus transit. Mercury ruled Virgo decan 3 live on their nerves. They burn a lot of calories just worrying! Their mind is so white hot you can sometimes see quicksilver flashing behind their eyeballs. The problem with having such a strong mind is that their belief program then controls everything. A sceptical Virgo will be very hard to rewire and some find it really hard to trust their intuition, even though they actually have a very fine prophetic ability.
Healing ‘Harlots’ & Skeptics
The big challenge for Virgo decan 3 is getting both sides of the brain working in balance. They should be naturals at this but somehow, in our left-brain dominated world, they have allowed that sharp logical side of their head to take over and not even for their own benefit. Virgo’s are prime workers since they are dutiful, self-sacrificial, have fantastic brains. Just what the power elite prey on. You can bet that successful IT companies are stuffed full of Virgo decan 3 drones working their magic, while their Pluto bosses take all the credit and lap up the profit.
The tarot card associated with this decan is the 10 of pentacles. This decan of Virgo is probably the most commercially successful and this is reflected in the meaning of this card. It shows abundance, thriving, high achievement and solid foundations. Karmically this card can suggest marrying into money due to having had helped that family in a past life. “Here we are looking at success, prosperity and abundance on many levels. This Card suggests you have done or will do very well for yourself, not by chance, but by working very hard to achieve it. Wealth and strong financial security are indicated, and more than likely here to stay, as you have well prepared for this time and have done the essential groundwork.” ~ Teachmetarot
Virgo Decan 3 ~ Fixed Stars
Virgo 21º 37′ ~ Denebola in the tail of Leo the Lion. 2.2*
Virgo 22º 37′ ~ Alpha Antila in the Air Pump. 4.4
Virgo 23º 08′ ~ Avior in the keel of Argo Navis the Great Ship. 1.7
Virgo 23º 41′ ~ Alkes in the base of Crater the cup. 4.2
Virgo 24º 34′ ~ Cor Caroli in hunting hound Chara in Cane Venatici. 2.9
Virgo 26º 41′ ~ Labrum in the lip of Crater the cup. 3.8
Virgo 26º 56′ ~ Alkaid in the tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear. 1.9
Virgo 27º 10′ ~ Zavijava in the left wing of Virgo the Virgin. 3.8
Virgo 28º 12′ ~ Markeb in the sails of Argos Navis the Great Ship. 2.6
*Magnitude. Star positions for the year 2000.
Ascendant Virgo 3
Denebola 21º ~ “ Riches, preferment and good fortune attended by many dangers and anxieties through own folly, benefits seldom last, trouble and sickness.” [4a]
Alkes 23º ~ (Heliacal Rising Star.) “To be the living vessel of a sacred body of knowledge or philosophy and to know that your life is about the precious thing you carry. This may be an idea, a talent or even a prophetic gift. To feel born into an idea or situation.” 
Markeb 28º ~ “Profitable journeys in company with Jupiterian and Saturnian people wherein the native is grave and discreet but suffers much injury, which ultimately turns to good. [4b]
The ascendant gives the purest expression of the decan’s energy since no planets will colour its expression. The ascendant is also the relationship axis, so the influences above will play out mostly in how the subject relates to others. With Virgo decan 3 the ‘sacred harlot’ behaviour will be most notable in love relationships. As said in the general section, sex is extremely important to these folk with some being very promiscuous or, in modern parlance, polyamorous! (See Playboy magnate Hefner is on the list below) On the other side of the scale, their sexual relationships are held as sacred. These folk will be the most successful wheeler and dealers since the decan’s ruler Mercury is associated with merchants and Venus is money. Both thee planets can be charming and fickle, flitting from one lover to the other. Other factors in the chart will be needed to ensure fidelity and a stable marriage. With Alkes here we find great talent with the subject being inspired by their many muses and interests.
ASCENDANT VIRGO 3 EXAMPLES: Charles II, Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, Silvio Berlusconi, Hugh Hefner, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Erin Brockovich, Marie Stopes, Paul McCartney, Roy Orbison, June Carter, Julie Andrews, Debbie Harry, Annie Lennox, Olivia Newton-John, George Melly, Doris Day, Sissy Spacek, Kevin Costner, Bruce Willis, Kathy Bates, Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine, Nigel Havers, Jason Connery, Derek Jacobi, Cybil Shepherd, Carol Channing, Brooke Shields, Jerry Hall, Igor Stravinsky, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, Azaria Chamberlain, Amanda Blair, Amanda Knox, Ernst Roehm, Tiger Woods.
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Sun Virgo 3
Denebola 21º ~ “ Honor and preferment with danger, public disgrace and finally ruin, disease, fevers and acute ailments.” [4a]
Alkes 23º ~ ” A person who is a vessel, one who cares something for others. To hold something for others, be it story-telling, art, music, insights or visions. A national treasure is revealed.” 
Some formidable leaders grace the list below in a sign that is not generally seen as being pushy or bossy in any way. But we forget the sidereal overlap of the constellation of Leo with its angry swat of a lion’s tail. Yes, this Virgo can dish out punishment and authoritarianism as well as any Aries, Capricorn or Leo. Austin Coppock also finds more untypical Virgo behaviour with the Sun here “Though often possessed of reserved dispositions, many are subject to wild episodes, for they know that their lives are finite. At times they are liberated by this sense of finity, while at others they rage against it.”  Again this mirrors the action of Denebola the lion’s tail. The stars in the great ship make these folk explorers too and they have a wanderlust that makes them loathed to plant very deep roots despite being an earth sign. The Isis-like devotion to their mates is evident too in some of the subjects below, even when that mate has Plutonic addiction issues. The self-cleansing action of the air-pump and watery Alkes will help to rejuvenate those with their Sun here. We are approaching the equinox where the sun falls into the underworld at 0º Libra, so the ability to resurrect is part of the personality of Sun Virgo 1 also.
SUN VIRGO 3 EXAMPLES: Elizabeth I, Genghis Khan, Confucius, Augustus, Heinrich Agrippa, Prince Harry, Bilawal Zadari Bhutto, Eva Braun, Kevin Rudd, Oliver Stone, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, Greta Garbo, Larry Hagman, Bill Murray, Jeremy Irons, Tommy Lee Jones, Mickey Rourke, Peter Falk, Amy Winehouse, Nick Cave, Julio Iglesias, Katie Melua, Morten Harket, Andrea Bocelli, Leonard Cohen, Liam Gallagher, Joan Jett, Billy Piper, Stella McCartney, Twiggy, Shirley Conran, Stephen King, Fay Weldon, H.G Wells, Agatha Christie, George R. R Martin, Roald Dahl, David Copperfield, Ronaldo.
More Zodiac Decans
1. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.56.
2 & 3 Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923 p.41 & p. 219
4a & b Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson. 1923 p.161 & p.175
5. Star & Planet Combinations. Bernadette Brady. p.104
6. The 36 Decans. Austin Coppock. p. 153