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Constellations of the Decanates


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In addition to the twelve signs of the zodiac the ancients also described thirty-six other constellations that were associated with each ten-degree section of the zodiac. The oldest records of them have been found inside coffin lids in the 10th Egyptian dynasty about 2100 BC. The thirty-six are also mentioned in the Babylonian Enuma Anu Enlil about four centuries later. Through the expansion of the Persian and later Babylonian empires these 48 constellations were adopted and renamed by the Greeks, although the current rulership of the decanates according to the sequence of signs of the same element in the order of cardinal, fixed, mutable is found in Hindu astrology rather than in the Greek which had different rulerships.

Triangulum - Aries Decanate of Aries

Only three stars make up the constellation of Triangulum, which is based on an abstract principle rather than a myth. The basic triad has many interpretations from the creator, preserver and destroyer of the Hindu trimurti to heaven and earth that produce life to the father, mother, and child to the three stages of a woman's life as maiden, nymph, and crone to the Hegelian philosophical process of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. As Mars rules the double Aries decanate, this energy is very active with tremendous initiative and pioneering spirit. The keyword is ACTION.

Eridanus - Leo Decanate of Aries

Eridanus is the name of a Greek river god that has been associated with the Euphrates, Tigris, Nile, and the Po. When Phaethon was struck down by Zeus for mishandling his father's chariot of the sun, he fell into the river Eridanus whose sisters were turned into poplar trees for having encouraged him. The sun which rules this Leo decanate of Aries is exalted here, as spring comes forth with new life. This vital energy has been associated with the fountain of youth. The influence of Leo brings power and ambition. The keyword is DOMINION.

Perseus - Sagittarius Decanate of Aries

Perseus, the son of Zeus, was set adrift with his mother Danae and was brought up by Polydeuctes who encouraged him to go after the head of Medusa whose look could turn people to stone. Using his shield to look at her indirectly he cut off her head and then rescued the chained princess Andromeda. Ruled by Jupiter this Sagittarius decanate of Aries is good at spreading and promoting new ideas and causes. Courage combined with wisdom can greatly contribute to progressive endeavors and new ventures. Enthusiasm enhances public relations, but the negative side is propaganda. The keyword is PROMOTION.

Lepus - Taurus Decanate of Taurus

Lepus, the hare, is a timid animal and a symbol of fertility. This double Taurus decanate ruled by Venus can be very attractive, musical, artistic, and sensual. The nurturing and fruitful qualities of the earth are emphasized, and the ability to acquire wealth and things of value can be great. However, too much lusting for material things can lead to moral and spiritual blindness. The moon is exalted in this decanate. Prosperity based on hard work is usually indicated. The keyword is DETERMINATION.

Orion - Virgo Decanate of Taurus

Orion, the successful hunter who was eventually killed by Artemis or a scorpion, is analogous to the ancient Sumerian story of Gilgamesh who overcame a wild bull and sought immortality. This Virgo decanate ruled by Mercury usually faces many conflicts and challenges for the mind as well as physical ones. Orion hunted many wild beasts before he was killed and placed in the stars. Many obstacles need to be overcome in order to attain success. The keyword is STRUGGLE.

Auriga - Capricorn Decanate of Taurus

Auriga drives a chariot and holds a baby goat in his other arm, representing control and protection of the weak. The story of Phaethon's ill-fated chariot trip with the sun indicates the dangers of losing control over one's life. This Capricorn decanate of Taurus ruled by Saturn is concerned with attaining skills and managing resources. One may be in positions of authority and responsibility that can be used for healing and great benefit to those in need. The keyword is MASTERSHIP.

Ursa Minor - Gemini Decanate of Gemini

Ursa Minor, the little bear, represents the intuitive part of the mind. This double Gemini decanate ruled by Mercury can be very intelligent, perceptive, skillful, and youthful. When one's attention is well directed insights can come from the unconscious mind. The guiding pole star found in this constellation symbolizes the important principle of truth that must ever be one's guide. Interest in communication, education, and the arts may be indicated. The keyword is INTUITION.

Canis Major - Libra Decanate of Gemini

Canis Major is the large dog containing the brightest star Sirius. For the ancient Egyptians the dog-star was associated with the annual flooding of the Nile on which they could depend. The dog symbolizes loyalty to a master, whether it be another person, an institution, or God. This Libra decanate of Gemini ruled by Venus represents loyalty and faithfulness particularly in marriage and partnership. Following the voice of conscience can be very important. The keyword is FIDELITY.

Ursa Major - Aquarius Decanate of Gemini

Ursa Major, the big bear, represents the larger reasoning part of the mind. This Aquarius decanate of Gemini ruled by Uranus can have well developed thinking powers, scientific and literary gifts, and persuasive abilities. The reasoning mind can be very powerful when it is well trained and applied with diligence. Scientific research and inventiveness as well as comprehensive understanding can be developed. The keyword is REASON.

Canis Minor - Cancer Decanate of Cancer

Canis Minor, the little dog, represents a creature who is susceptible to the influences of others. This double Cancer decanate ruled by the moon can be quite emotional and family oriented. Feelings are strong and sensitive and can express through poetic and dramatic arts. One tends to take the shape of the environment and needs to be careful about negative influences though one can also be a positive channel for Spirit. The keyword is MOODS.

Hydra - Scorpio Decanate of Cancer

Hydra was a monster with many heads so poisonous that even its breath could kill. When Heracles tried to kill the monster by crushing its heads, more heads would grow back until his friend Iolaus seared them with a burning branch. The last immortal head had to buried under a heavy rock. This Scorpio decanate of Cancer represents the power and persistence of desires which when repressed can become even stronger. Desires can be sublimated into creative expression, but they cannot be denied without cost. The keyword is REVELATION.

Argo - Pisces Decanate of Cancer

Argo was the ship used by Jason and his argonauts to search for the golden fleece, and it also represents the ark Noah used to survive the great flood that caused the final destruction of Atlantis about 9000 BC when the precession of the equinoxes was moving into this decanate. Restless adventures can lead to stormy seas. This Pisces decanate of Cancer symbolizes the curious mind that continually seeks new horizons and the secrets of Nature. Discontent often stimulates further exploration. The keyword is RESEARCH.

Crater - Leo Decanate of Leo

Crater is a furnace of fire that has tremendous concentrated energy. This double Leo decanate ruled by the sun contains great power that may express as a ruler or leader. Because Leo is the heart, the best expression of this power is through love and giving. The tendency toward the extremes of luxury or asceticism can usually be best directed through moderation and creativity. The keyword is LEADERSHIP.

Centaurus - Sagittarius Decanate of Leo

Centaurus is half man and half horse armed with a spear and a shield. The human spirit learns how to cooperate with animalistic prowess. This Sagittarius decanate of Leo ruled by Jupiter is ready to fight for a cause and always looking to bring about progressive improvements. The spirit of adventure and playfulness are often combined with some higher purpose. The keyword is REFORM.

Corvus - Aries Decanate of Leo

Corvus, the raven, represents a strong bird which feeds on the weak and wounded. This Aries decanate of Leo ruled by Mars can be ruthless and zealous in striving for goals. The effort to lead, accomplish, or rise to the top may be willing to sacrifice oneself or others to reach the power that will lead to desired ends. Survival instincts and power instincts are strong motivators. The keyword is AMBITION.

Bootes - Virgo Decanate of Virgo

Bootes with his sickle represents the harvest of grain and the vine. This double Virgo decanate ruled by Mercury works hard to garner fruit from the fields. This extraction of value involves selection of the good from all experiences by discerning the fruit from the dross. Then what is gained can be applied for still greater accomplishments. The keyword is ACHIEVEMENT.

Hercules - Capricorn Decanate of Virgo

Hercules is the hero who performed twelve labors of heroic proportion. This Capricorn decanate of Virgo ruled by Saturn manages tasks in order to develop even greater abilities. Every experience is a gain for the soul as greater mastery is learned. Planning and ambition diplomatically controlled and organized can overcome difficult challenges. The keyword is EXPERIENCE.

Corona Borealis - Taurus Decanate of Virgo

Corona Borealis is the northern crown that represents the last decanate of the northern signs of spring and summer. The sacrifices and efforts required to complete work for a good cause can make this the crown of thorns. This Taurus Decanate of Virgo ruled by Venus may be called upon to rise to a higher sense of love. Choosing one's duty can mean giving up other pursuits that might be more pleasurable. The keyword is RENUNCIATION.

Serpens - Libra Decanate of Libra

Serpens is the snake that can represent power, wisdom, and temptation. This double Libra decanate ruled by Venus strives to be as wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove. Diplomacy and compromise often enable them to find a balance between extreme factions and opposed parties. The ability to harmonize divergent tendencies and bring people together depends on subtle understanding of human nature. The keyword is POLICY.

Draco - Aquarius Decanate of Libra

Draco comes from the word meaning to see or watch, and the dragon is often guarding something such as the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides. To win the treasure the monster guarding it has to be overcome. This Aquarius Decanate of Libra ruled by Uranus rebels against restrictions and greatly values liberty and autonomy. Principles of justice, equality, and fairness are very important in attaining the balance symbolized by the scales of Libra. The keyword is INDEPENDENCE.

Lupus - Gemini Decanate of Libra

Lupus is the wolf who often preys upon the weak and unwary. This Gemini decanate of Libra ruled by Mercury is responsible for paying back debts and rectifying wrongs. Learning that to injure anyone else is to injure oneself and to help anyone else is to help oneself leads to the practice of the golden rule. Violations of this principle bring difficulties and problems, but those who can accomplish without exploiting others win great rewards. The keyword is EXPIATION.

Ophiuchus - Scorpio Decanate of Scorpio

Ophiuchus wrestles with a serpent symbolizing the struggle with desires and instinctive drives such as sex. This double Scorpio decanate ruled by Pluto is deeply concerned with motivation and relations between the sexes. These energies may be expressed positively or negatively, repressed in neurotic ways, or sublimated into more exalted creativity. The keyword is RESOURCEFULNESS.

Ara - Pisces Decanate of Scorpio

Ara is the altar upon which is placed what is sacrificed to a higher purpose. This Pisces decanate of Scorpio ruled by Neptune tends to turn from the animalistic drives to loftier purposes and endeavors. Moving from selfish gratification to devotion to others one may explore the spiritual heights like the eagle. Mental and spiritual pleasures often yield greater fulfillment than physical pleasures. The keyword is RESPONSIBILITY.

Corona Australis - Cancer Decanate of Scorpio

Corona Australis is the southern crown that represents the laurel wreath of victory and success. This Cancer decanate of Scorpio ruled by the moon can exhibit great loyalty in accomplishing things for the beloved and the common good. The higher expression of Scorpio as the eagle can indicate intellectual endeavors, spiritual aspirations, and other lofty pursuits. The keyword is ATTAINMENT.

Lyra - Sagittarius Decanate of Sagittarius

Lyra is the ancient harp that was played with such skill by Orpheus and David and which can produce heavenly music. This double Sagittarius decanate ruled by Jupiter symbolizes higher consciousness and attunement to celestial vibrations through dedicated effort and practice. Aspiration for the divine and spiritual awareness may be realized by sincere effort. The keyword is DEVOTION.

Aquila - Aries Decanate of Sagittarius

Aquila is the eagle who flies higher than any other creature and has the sharpest vision. This Aries decanate of Sagittarius ruled by Mars has the pioneering spirit to venture into new fields of endeavor in a continual process of discovery. Intellectual and spiritual pursuits may draw one to travel and freedom of thought where many things can be learned and taught. The keyword is EXPLORATION.

Sagitta - Leo Decanate of Sagittarius

Sagitta is the arrow that the archer shoots according to one's aim. This Leo decanate of Sagittarius ruled by the sun usually aims high and far as the consciousness expands and is enlightened. Through concentration and intelligent perception the illusions can be separated from the reality. High ideals keep one ever striving after greater and greater goals. The keyword is ILLUMINATION.

Cygnus - Capricorn Decanate of Capricorn

Cygnus is the swan who migrates twice a year and floats so majestically on a lake. This double Capricorn decanate ruled by Saturn can excel in business and politics with economic craftiness and diplomatic skill. Planning and organizing can lead to greater efficiency and profit. Merging various interests together may require ruthless behavior, but the results can be productive. The keyword is ORGANIZATION.

Delphinus - Taurus Decanate of Capricorn

Delphinus is the intelligent dolphin known for saving Arion when he was lost at sea. This Taurus decanate of Capricorn ruled by Venus can be as smart and affectionate as dolphins. Persistence and perseverance can enable one to build a solid foundation and rise to a high position. Consideration and concern for others can even lead one to deny one's own personal objectives in order to help those in need. The keyword is MARTYRDOM.

Pisces Australis - Virgo Decanate of Capricorn

Pisces Australis is the southern fish who drinks from the flow coming out of the urn of Aquarius. This Virgo decanate of Capricorn ruled by Mercury can be skilled at putting higher concepts and principles into practice for the benefit of all. Hard work and executive ability make good managers. When higher ideals and imaginative solutions are applied, valuable development can occur. The keyword is IDEALISM.

Equuleus - Aquarius Decanate of Aquarius

Equuleus is the head of a horse that symbolizes common horse sense. This double Aquarius decanate ruled by Uranus has a strong intellect and many useful and inventive ideas. The psychology of human understanding as well as scientific knowledge is indicated. There is often interest in progressive and altruistic causes. Such people need to follow their own path but like being with people. The keyword is ORIGINALITY.

Pegasus - Gemini Decanate of Aquarius

Pegasus is the winged horse that symbolizes the ability of the soul and mind to travel in the heavenly realms. This Gemini decanate of Aquarius ruled by Mercury can send and receive messages with the mind by invisible means. The latest innovations and newest concepts of interest can be conveyed to other people in convincing ways. One may excel in literature and the arts. The keyword is INSPIRATION.

Cetus - Libra Decanate of Aquarius

Cetus, the largest constellation, is the sea monster of discord. This whale devoured innocent youths as a punishment for the pride of their queen. This Libra decanate of Aquarius ruled by Venus is concerned with marriage and the difficulty of finding harmony in relationship. When parents do not get along, the children suffer. Much self-awareness and sensitive negotiation and kindness are needed to achieve concord. The keyword is REPRESSION.

Cepheus - Pisces Decanate of Pisces

Cepheus was the king of Ethiopia whose daughter Andromeda was chained to the rocks to appease Poseidon. Cepheus holds a scepter from the tree of life, and his foot rests on the pole star as on the rock of truth. This double Pisces decanate ruled by Neptune (Poseidon) is concerned with truth and illusions. The love of Nature and the search for her secrets inevitably leads into the spiritual realms where mystics find a deeper reality. The keyword is VERITY.

Andromeda - Cancer Decanate of Pisces

Andromeda was a princess praised for such beauty that Poseidon had her chained to the rocks until Perseus rescued her. The story is analogous to the myth of Prometheus who suffered for bringing fire to humanity. This Cancer decanate of Pisces ruled by the moon often suffers persecution or imprisonment for daring to challenge the ills of society or for following some ideal. A feeling of oneness with all humanity stimulates one to act for the good of all. The keyword is SELF-SACRIFICE.

Cassiopeia - Scorpio Decanate of Pisces

Cassiopeia was the queen whose pride of her daughter's beauty caused Andromeda to be chained, but she also gave her children the ram that bore the golden fleece. This Scorpio decanate of Pisces ruled by Pluto may have exciting and intriguing lives involving a variety of experiences, giving them adaptability and flexibility in relating to different people. Psychic ability may enable them to contact those no longer on the earth plane. The keyword is VICISSITUDES.

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