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Advanced Astrology (cont.)

The Lunation Cycle
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune in the Signs

Part of Fortune and Planets

Part of Fortune Surprises

Retrograde Planets
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets A

   Part Four
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets B

   Part Five
   - Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets

   Part Six
   - More Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets


Libra Ingress 1997

The Void of Course Moon
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Advanced Techniques
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Planetary Hours
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four

Capricorn Ingress, 1997

New Year's Resolutions

Lunations 1998

Using New and Full Moons

Eclipses

Reading the Chart
   Part One: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Two: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Three: Examples
   Part Four: Examples (cont.)

Total Solar Eclipse

Astrologers' Dilemma
   - Clinton's Birth Data


Lunar Eclipse

Aries Ingress 1988

Decanates
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four
   Part Five

Decanates:
Part One

In the many years that humans have been observing the skies, they have generated many ideas about the relationship between the skies and themselves. Some of these ideas have failed the test of time. Others have passed into folklore. But there is a body of ideas which have passed the test of time and have become the basis of our astrological knowledge.

Some of those ideas are immediately applicable and must be known by anyone who calls himself an astrologer. Other ideas are like a second helping of dessert. Most of the time, you do not need them. Every once in a while, however, they are just what you need to complete the story. Decanates are an example of something that you must know, even if you use them only occasionally.

Each sign of the zodiac is thirty degrees in length. Are the characteristics of the first portion of a sign the same as the characteristics of the middle or the last portion of that sign? Over the years, there have been astrologers who have seen that there is a difference. Thus was born a division, where each of the twelve signs was divided into three parts of ten degrees each. From this division arose the name decan (10) or decanate. Since each sign has a "ruler," each decanate's ruler becomes a sub-ruler of the sign. Knowing the decanate and its "ruler" automatically adds deeper dimension to your interpretation of a planet in a sign.

There are two ways to determine the rulers of the decanates. One of them is ancient and uses the planets in the order in which their speed was determined in ancient times, when the outermost (and slowest) planet was Saturn. They are in exactly the same order as the planets are in Planetary Hours, which I have thoroughly described elsewhere in the Advanced Astrology Section. In this method, Mars is still the ruler of the first decanate of Aries, but the second decanate would be ruled by the Sun, and the third by Venus. The late Barbara Watters used this method to determine the rulerships of the decanates.

The other method for determining the rulers of the decanates is by the triplicities. This is a much easier way to "read" the decanates and their "rulers." Once one is comfortable with the triplicities, one can name the sub-rulers immediately, without having to resort to a list or table of rulerships. It also gives us the opportunity to use Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto as sub-rulers. This is the method that I use and teach. This article is based on the triplicity method.

Each decanate of a sign will be in the same triplicity (fire, earth, air, water) as the sign itself. They are arranged in the same order as they appear in the zodiac. Thus, the first decanate of Aries is Aries, ruled by Mars, the second decanate is Leo, because it is the next fire sign in the zodiac. Leo is ruled by the Sun, so the second decanate of Aries is ruled by the Sun. The third decanate of Aries would be the next fire sign after Leo, which is Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter.

In the same manner, the first decanate of Taurus is Taurus; the second decanate of Taurus is the next Earth sign in the zodiac, Virgo; and the third decanate of Taurus is Capricorn.

Let us look further into the decanates of Aries. We can describe the first ten degrees of Aries as Aries/Aries or Mars/Mars giving an impulsive and pioneering nature to the planet that is there. The second ten degrees of Aries can be described as Aries/Leo or Mars/Sun giving a less aggressive and more sunny nature to the planet there. The third ten degrees of Aries can be described as Aries/Sagittarius or Mars/Jupiter giving a mutable, outgoing nature to the planet there.

We know that people with the Sun in Aries are not all alike. We know that it takes the whole chart to understand a person. With decanates, we have three different kinds of Sun in Aries. Socially, we astrologers are always told other people's birthdays, and asked to say a few words. With decanates in our heads, we can say more than just a few words, and they will be words that hit the target.

For example, if you were to be at a cocktail party and meet Sandra Day O'Connor of the Supreme Court, and she were to tell you that her birthday is March 26, you would clearly understand why she became the very first woman on the Supreme Court of the United States. Without benefit of an ephemeris for precision, you would know that her Sun is at about 4 or 5 degrees of Aries. This is obviously in the first decanate of Aries. So, her Sun is not only Mars ruled, but is also in the Aries decanate of Aries, where the sub-ruler is also Mars. This is a lady who has pioneered and will continue to do so.

If another lady at the cocktail party is Betty Ford, once our First Lady, and she confides to you that her birthday is April 8, you will immediately know that her Sun is at about 18 degrees of Aries, in the second decanate. The second decanate of Aries is Leo, ruled by the Sun, and associated with show business. Perhaps this is why, at an early age, she struck out on her own (Aries is a pioneer who goes forward) to become a dancer on the stage at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. So once again, the decanate of the sign is illuminating.

I find it most amusing that Wilbur Wright, the pioneering inventor of the airplane, was born on April 16, with his Sun in the third decanate of Aries ... the Sagittarian decanate that speaks about travel.

In the next article, I shall discuss the other zodiacal signs and their decanates.

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