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The Complete Sun Sign Guide
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to Each Decanate Stage
We are going
to ponder upon three main approaches to the study of each one
of the twelve Sun sign types and attempt to think with real
As you know,
astrologers subdivide each one of the Sun signs into three equal
ten-degree sections termed 'decanates' or 'decans'. These triplicities
with their planetary rulers create a triangle of conditioning
forces within each sign.
the Law of Analogy, the three decanates of a sign are to that
sign what the three principle Aspects are to the individual
and Body are the three Aspects of divinity within man and when
the three-fold personality of man-with its physical, emotional
and mental bodies-is fully developed, it is the outward reflection
of the triple energy that constitutes the appearance of a human
soul on Earth. This definition is important because a human
being can be regarded as a personality in truth only when the
body and the soul nature are at-one.
When the soul
dominates the personality and pervades its three Aspects, then
and only then, does the personality measure up to its true significance
as the mask of the soul.
indicates that the three decanates of a sign are to be viewed
as three objective Aspects, stages or phases of one subjective
In other words,
the combination of their triple forces within each Sun sign
provides the appropriate conditions which correctly develop
the three major Aspects of man such that they become true reflections
of the three divine Aspects or energies in human manifestation.
Reflect on this.
courtesy of Lynda J. Vugler!
As an esoteric
astrologer, my chief task in this book has been to describe the
response of the individual soul to the zodiacal decanates of the
twelve Sun signs.
to the subject has to do with the emphasis I have laid upon the
dynamic nature of the integrating principle found within the human
body and which although called by many names in various systems,
I simply call 'the soul'.
I trust that this
study of the human soul will appeal to the sincere reader of astrology
as an illuminating and insightful work because it satisfies the
yearning for further light and calls upon its general readers,
uninitiated into the inner side of astrology, to approach the
Way of Initiation.
I am well aware
that in expounding upon the theme of the decanates I have, in
my endeavor to shed new light on the Sun signs, temporarily increased
the complexity of the subject. I am confident that time and observation
will verify my preliminary postulates and the assignments of rulership
that I ask you to accept now as working hypotheses, and will demonstrate
the veracity of the astrological laws, rules and formulas which
I have laid down as the foundation of this work.
As future research
is undertaken and the forces and qualities of each Sun sign are
studied in detail in connection with individual human beings,
I remain confident that the instructions given here will find
much corroboration and psychological usefulness.
In the interim
it is my task to concentrate upon the clear enunciation and examination
of the decanates of each sign of the zodiac and seek to tabulate,
outline and indicate their rulers, along with their purpose, plan
My readers are
asked to constantly bear in mind that as this is an arcane text
it consistently uses the language of the Ageless Wisdom tradition,
but I have translated this language into modern astrological terms.
As far as I can understand they are correct formulations and interpretations,
but for you they should be regarded as significant hints as to
the direction in which insight may be sought.
I ask you not
to give blind adherence to this presentation. You are requested
however, to maintain an open mind and seriously weigh and evaluate
what appears here. I guarantee you though, held latent in my presentation
is that instruction which can help lead you out of darkness into
the light of knowledge, of experience, towards self-realization,
and which will serve to put you in rapport with your soul.
human being falls into the category of one or other of these successive
stages, the six steps to the seventh or final steprulership
is not determined by your birth date, but the sun sign and its dual,
triple expression: the 6 decanates of each zodiacal sign.
The Ordinary and Reversed Wheels
this work I refer to the fact that there are two ways for the
human soul to travel around the Great Wheel of Life.
What I mean by
this is that the decanates can be dealt with in two ways according
to the direction in which the soul is traveling upon the Wheel
and therefore (to speak in symbols) entering the Sun sign.
My readers are
now invited to consider the effect of the passage of human souls
around the zodiac both from the orthodox viewpoint, that
is, traveling from east to west (right to left) following
the apparent precession of the equinoxes backwards through the
twelve signs of zodiac; and then from the perspective of the consciousness
of the highly evolved individual, reorienting the direction traveled,
moving now from west to east (left to right) and coming
under the reverse order of decanate rulerships.
Ever keep in mind
that the problem of the conscious human being is to live a dual
life simultaneously, and this dual life consists of his apparent
experiences and situations along with his inner awareness and
consciousness of what is happening in reality.
The physical response
apparatus of the personality always reacts to influences coming
to it from the physical Sun based upon its apparent motion (causing
the phenomena of the annual seasons and the cycles of day and
night); but the motivated life activity and the subjective experience
of the conscious inner manin contrastare conditioned
by the energies coming to him based upon the Sun's true motion.
Both motions (the
real and the unreal) are in potent opposition and cause great
difficulty and the intensification of the life of conscious duality.
The disciple is consequently the recipient of two cross-streams
of force operating in contrary directions; hence the increased
conflict, battle and struggle in his life and circumstances. These
constitute the reason for the tests of initiation.
comes a life cycle wherein the man (again speaking in symbols)
reverses himself upon the zodiacal Wheel and from progressing
clockwise around the zodiac he now begins to move anticlockwise.
perfectly clear: it is the antagonistic motion of the Wheel turning
upon itself that leads to the battleground of self-initiation.
simply put, is essentially an expanding series of inclusive recognitions,
and only the man whose sense of identity and sense of duality
are beginning to expand can become initiate.
It is the process
whereby the inner man within the outer personality becomes aware
of himself as the soul, with soul powers, soul relationships and
soul purpose. The moment a man realizes this even in a small manner,
he becomes group conscious and aware of the greater Whole.
Every step upon
the Path of Initiation increases group recognition and identification
with the One Soul of humanity. This is accomplished through a
series of difficult tests and progressive renunciations that involve
the relinquishing of all separative personality reactions.
here is to primarily engage ourselves with the study of the purpose,
plan and process of the decanates and the means whereby the consciousness
Aspect of the human being is serially and sequentially unfolded
and expanded, culminating in a definite series of subjective events
that we term initiations.
the initiatory rulesas delineated by the decanate rulersare
correctly followed, the sequence of events and the appearance
of the desired results are inevitable and unavoidable. My intention
and challenge is to present the process to you in such a manner
that it will truly be helpful.
My principle concern
shall be with the progress of an individualized human being and
his reactions to zodiacal and planetary influences. I am most
concerned with sentient reactions physical, emotional and mental
to both the 'Great Illusion' and to 'Reality' as these two work
out in an individual life, both objective and subjective.
my commentary initially addresses the physical effects of the
thirty-six decanates upon the ordinary or average person and then
focuses on the processes and subjective psychological results
of the self-applied tests of initiation which every human being
undergoes after they reverse their direction upon the Great Wheel
At this latter
stage it is the astrology of discipleship and the relation of
the stars to the activities of the soul that we will regard as
being of supreme importance; it is the astrology of initiation
with which we will be most profoundly concerned, and what is written
here will make clear to the awakening human being the way that
they should go.
attempting to explain this theme I intend to be very practical.
One of the first things which should definitely clearly emerge
in this study is the fact that it is possibleeven for those
who know very little of astrologyto be shown that it is
the force of the Sun sign plus inherited karmic conditions, which
create those environing states and circumstances which offer opportunity
for growth, development and initiation.
It is important
to recognize that the nature of the personality forces to be manipulated
during a single lifetime are indicated to the soul by the month
in which it is to be born. The significance of this statement
will soon be apparent to you.
We begin each
new life with personality vehicles of the same energetic quality
with which we passed away, plus the gain of thought and conscious
evolutionary experience. Because of this logical continuity in
our life process, it will be obvious that the Sun sign directly
points to the karmic nature of our immediately available personality
equipment which is distinctively colored by the experiences of
our past incarnations.
comprehension of your life-path is best gained by a thorough study
of the astrological indications of your birth month with its corresponding
Sun sign. You will then have an accurate indication of your true
place 'in the Sun' and in the general scheme of things, and much
information concerning your soul purpose which governs your entire
life, little as you may consciously know it.
My advice is to
view your Sun sign as providing you with a summation of that which
has been, and indicating the latent possibilities to be unfolded
in this life, thus providing you with your proper karmic background
information. In other words your Sun sign indicates your present
major life problem, inherited tendencies, traits and the sum-total
of the internecine personality forces that constitute your line
of least resistance.
Your Sun sign
reveals your active and recessive personality traits or features.
A correct study of its indications will clarify your present state
of personality integration, the present state of unfoldment of
your soul qualities, your present available personality equipment
and your immediately possible group relationships.
As progress is
made in the understanding of the significance of your Sun sign,
it will be possible for you to determine how to negate or abate
certain of its forces where it is deemed desirable to control
or direct your personal destiny, fate and reactions. When through
its study, you can more truly gauge your opportunity, your capacities
and your limitations, you will be in a position to more justly
determine your vocation and true service, your assets and liabilities
and your true strength and value. You will then have achieved
the point of view necessary to gauge your particular life problem
with sound judicious thought.
As the ages slip
away the human being passes into and out of all of the signs,
learning the needed lessons, broadening the personal horizon,
working at personality integration, and is gradually fitted to
respond to the soul. Constantly therefore, this great cycle of
coming 'in' and going 'out' of incarnation goes on, demonstrating
anew the essential synthesis underlying all human life.
I will give you
much as to the details of the work of the soul and the process
whereby it perfects itself under the influences of the decanatesfar
more than has ever been given before.
It is of the utmost
value to point out that the subject of the decanates is a significant
study because it sheds further light upon the role the planets
play in relation to physiognomy, external life, physical environment,
material circumstance andeven more importantlysubjective
It stands to reason
that the three decanates of each Sun sign should be separately
diagnosed because only in this manner do the characteristic thoughts,
feelings and actions of the cardinal sign type come to full light.
This is the case
because it is the three decanates of a Sun sign which modify its
expression in a triple manner; moreover, although these three
major Aspects are separately represented they are joined together
and cannot be divided from each other or from the overall process
of the sign.
What is symbolized
here are three propositions, orby way of analogya
sacred stool on three feet, each of them carrying their weight
and each necessary to sit safely thereon. Nonetheless, whatever
your decanate rulers, they never wholly outweigh the main type
given to you by your Sun sign with its orthodox planetary ruler.
of our Sun is triple in nature. Our central Star is the supreme
embodiment of the triple energies or fires which hypostatically
animate our entire solar system.
The three Aspects
of the Sun are known as the Physical Sun, the Heart of the Sun
and the Central Spiritual Sun and correspond to the Spirit, Soul
and Body of the great Solar Logos himself.
outset of this study it is well to be conscious that the human
personality is likewise three-fold in nature. Its three major
Aspects of body, emotions and mind constitute a single personality
unit but are also distinctively separate in expression.
Law of Analogy, the Sun is viewed as the fundamental symbol of
the soul, the orthodox planetary ruler of the Sun sign is the
ruler of the entire personality as a unit, and the three decanates
of the sign govern the three Aspectsmental, emotional and
physicalof the personality.
My major consideration
is that of the soul as a definite center of consciousness and of the mental, emotional and physical bodies as centers
of experience. My reader is asked to accept the above statement
as basic and fundamental because it takes its stand upon the self-evident
truth in nature that the purpose of life on Earth for the human
soul is the gaining of experience.
It is useful for
students to observe the reaction of the incarnated soul and see
its consequent enrichment through its response to the superimposition
of the hierarchical forces of a Sun sign working out through its
three decanate rulers. Using the three decanates in this manner
allows for a more superbly crafted and truly detailed portrait
of the principle physical, emotional and mental features of the
main sign type.
It is thus possible
in every case to work out with minute accuracy a complete examination
of the positive and negative personality features, tendencies
or traits, and this accuracy will be increased as we progress
to a fuller understanding of the specific attributes of each decanate
of the zodiac. I strongly suggest to you that one of the most
valuable and practical parts of this study is its recognition
of the peculiar gifts of each particular decanate.
It should be clear
that an astrological examination of the three principle Aspects
of any given person is an exact science, lending itself as it
does to unquestionable personality display and physical exhibition.
It is wise to know the determining Aspects of the personality,
its physical reactions, emotional habits, and mental processesnormal
and abnormal; or again, highly helpful to trace the true nature
of the individual disposition and ascertain the real subjective
causes of its varied reactions, complexes and inhibitions.
To put it simply,
I have endeavored to shed light on the most vital and arresting
problems associated with the science of astropsychology and astrophysiognomy.
I have sought to make a fresh start to enable my readers to arrive
at an accuracy of complete personality description that has until
now been unknown.
This new teaching
on the decanates will be proven as a result of an awakening intuition
and the practical application of its rules. You are entering upon
a course of study wherein the entire purpose will be to throw
you back upon yourself and thus upon your soul which has only,
in many cases, made its presence felt at infrequent intervals.
A great deal of
research remains to be done on the decanates, but along the path
of expanding astrological understanding the opportunity for that
which is new has made its entrance. Whether you know it or not,
I have successfully opened the door of adventure for you. The
door now stands wide open and nothing can succeed in stopping
you from passing through that door if your will is so aligned.
Down the ages people have passed through its portal and have entered
into new and richer realms of investigation, of discovery and
of subsequent practical application.
In the meantime,
behind that door your soul patiently and lovingly awaits you.
It is your task to start considering the basic requirements that
must be met so that you too can move forward along your life-path.
Remember always, the best of which you are now capable is far
short of your future capacities, so remain ready to ever change
your point of view when a higher and a better way is presented
Thanks to Barbara Mare' of WhiteStone Publishing, for her
ever-exemplary editing work.