the Ordinary Wheel
21st to October 21st
the Word said:
Let choice be made
decan Mercury September
21st to October 1st
decan Saturn October
1st to 11th
decan Jupiter October
11th to 21st
Please read the prefatory
material before investigating your own Decanate Stage, as proper
assignment is required. i.e., your birth date does not
indicate the stage of development, rather, you must employ
a subjective recognition of the state of consciousness (point
of advance along the Path of Initiation) which you, or another,
this note on determining the decanate.
One: Physical Man
21st to October 1st
sign of Libra on the Ordinary Wheel is entered from right to left
in the clockwise direction via Mercury in the first decan, Saturn
in the second and Jupiter in the third.
rulership of the physical decan of Libra is the reverse of that
in Virgo wherein Mercury is the orthodox ruler of the sign but Venus
rules the first decan. In the case of Libra, Venus is the orthodox
ruler of the sign but Mercury rules the physical mechanism.
should come as no surprise that it is this dualistic influence of
Mercury which contributes to the accentuated extremes, the lack
of moderation or temperance of the Libran character and appearance.
is a dual planet and Libra is a dual sign, so the inherent
dichotomies produce great extremes from mannish women to effeminate
men. In the best cases Mercury produces a well-formed, refined,
pleasing and balanced body with admirable proportions possessing
something of a long, elegant delicacy. Most people are instinctively
attracted to the fine poise and plastic beauty of the Libran.
this influence the soul is aided in its capacity to create and maintain
a well-formed, equipped and balanced physical vehicle. Even when
the physical body is large and strong the characteristic smallness
of features is retained under the sign of the Scales, with small,
well-molded limbs, hands and feet.
is the stimulation of Mercury which contributes to the inherent
Libran urge and struggle to attain beauty, balance and harmony.
Although the Libran vacillates, often unnoticeably, it is never
truly for long, for they are actually well equipped for the eventual
balancing of the internal forces and this is in fact their task
in this sign.
this decan a strong sense of rhythm produces movements which are
lithe and graceful. Mercury's rule here produces an unruffled activity
which is not at all like the nervous restlessness it produces through
its rulership of the physical decan of Gemini. True to its influence,
there is great physical vitality, but the body and nervous system
suffer greatly under undue strain as the general constitution is
good but lacks robustness.
indulgence, intemperance and lack of moderation of any type cause
the Libran to lose equilibrium and health problems rapidly result
in the physical mechanism. These disturbances to physical health
necessitate continual adjustments in order to re-establish a balance.
This is an important point to grasp about the physical constitution
of the Libran type. A varied multitude of physical health problems
minor and major are the general norm for the imbalanced, ill-tempered
physical sign type.
polarized, sheep-like and blind, young souls in Libra follow the
herd instinct in sexual and social relations and traditional customs.
Their rudimentary state of consciousness is indecisive, bewildered
and confused, especially when called to order and asked to speed
up or to make a decision.
the early stages of physical growth sexual relationships are pursued
in a chaotic, confused and unintelligent manner. Misdirected sexual
habits such as prostitution or homosexuality often constitute a
real problem. The primitive Libran chooses the lowest path of desire
and takes the line of least resistance to satisfy the dominating
and controlling urges of the inherent physical appetites and sexual
cravings instinctually and unconsciously operating within and through
their undeveloped animal bodies. During the stage of physical polarization
this is only natural.
subjects the physically polarized Libran to a continual state of
crisis resulting from the unbalanced use, mishandling and misunderstanding
of the physical forces of sex, law and money. Their love of pleasure
may lead them into extravagance. Libran men can degenerate into
reckless gamblers and Libran women can be extravagant, jealous and
careless about money, sometimes squandering their wealth and talents
in their over-enthusiasm for causes that they espouse. Both sexes
can be great gossipers, as a characteristic of the unevolved Mercurial
type is an insatiable curiosity for tabloid sensationalism that
tempts them to enquire into every social scandal in their circle.
is easy to understand how at the rudimentary physical stage the
characteristic Libran type expresses many of the negative or recessive
traits of Mercury. We can also better grasp why the unevolved soul
expresses itself without refinement in an excessively harsh, rude,
coarse and often vulgar manner.
truly primitive Libran is best known for a false, showy outer materialistic
life; for bigotry, prejudice, untruthful expression, fickleness,
intrigue; for rapid and constant variability. Insincerity, excessive
conformity and moral cowardice are the norm since the incarnated
soul has not yet awakened to the nature of reality or recognized
the illusion of form existence.
the characteristic facial expression of the recessive type an untruthfulness
can be glimpsed in the eyes which appear scheming, untrustworthy,
unscrupulous, sly and secretive. Libran physical types are apt to
leave many false impressions and speak with the intention to deceive.
They do not know a straightforward path and they will prevaricate,
temporize or hedge in the most annoying way. Everything, it seems,
will be done to avoid commitment.
in life many different pursuits will invariably be taken up only
to be thrown aside in favor of something else. This is interesting
because initially, the all-rounded tendencies of the Mercurial temperament
seem to handicap instead of help the career of the struggling soul.
influence of Mercury accounts for the expression of fickleness,
variability, imbalance, bias, prejudice, intrigue and dull stupidity.
At the early stage the absence of a critical faculty leads to unfortunate
material circumstance fraught with perils. Dominated by materialistic
attitudes and expressing a theatrically false outer persona, the
Libran during the physical stage is characterized by a condition
or state of "static unresponsiveness". (EA, p.227)
Mercury is a dual planet, its rulership here indicates that the
unevolved soul is unconsciously trapped and submerged by the essential
dualism that underlies all manifestation. The primitive type is
a long way away from being a center of quiet contentment, happiness,
peace and love. The dualities interact: pleasure and pain, wealth
and poverty, love and hate, heat and cold, good and evil, light
this illusory panorama. the young Libran cannot intelligently make
his way or find the clue or thread of meaning which will lead out
of the maze. This first step is therefore marked by undue distress
and premature interpretation, as the soul cannot as yet distinguish
truth from glamour.
indicates the complete control of maya, glamour and illusion around
the material and personality side of life. Never glimpsing any reality
beyond the physical plane, they easily fall into disharmony, lose
physical balance and are temporarily sidetracked, lost or simply
go wandering. They cannot help but give way to physical desire and
temptation and are ever inclined to head off in hazardous or foolish
a scale is easily tipped, and likewise the Libran is easily pleased,
compliant and yielding. There is a guilelessness, innocence and
an inability to say 'no'. False steps are fatally easy and the erring
recessive physical type is repeatedly dragged down, pushed, shoved
and kicked along the downward path.
negative Mercurial character in this sign exhibits frivolity, flirtatiousness
and shallowness. They are ever changeable and indecisive, impatient
of routine, colorlessly conventional and timid, easy-going to the
point of inertia, seldom angry when circumstances demand a show
of annoyance at least; and yet also paradoxically Librans can shock
everyone around them with sudden storms of rage.
accounts for the unbalanced, unbridled, fiery passion of the Libran
in this decan. It is the potency of individual desire which causes
constant changes and shifts in balance because a coherent sense
of ethics, standards or values has not yet been developed. All actions
produce results, and the undeveloped Libran has yet to learn to
weigh cause and effect correctly.
the process of the first decan eventually enables him to attain
a fluent and facile agility, stability and balance on the physical
plane. This will one day be accomplished through correctly weighing
and bringing to a point of balance the opposite extremes in his
advanced physical type has a good instinct for the health of the
physical body and generally manages to keep the balance and avoid
serious breakdowns of any kind. When devitalized or below par in
any way, the best cure for the Mercurial physical mechanism is proper
rest along with careful diet.
1st to 11th
subjectively speaking, provides obstacles making choice between
the polar opposites necessary and inevitable. The golden Mercurial
coloring of the Libran personality is now enhanced with the superimposition
of the cool emerald green of Saturn.
indicates that the unconsciously emotionally polarized Libran must
ultimately learn to climb freely, choose and become self-directed
in conduct and in attitude. Initially this urge to develop a sense
of self-direction will lead through all of the fields of lower selfish
desire. After due reflection and the balancing of the various inclinations
and possibilities, they do what seems fit; but it is predominantly
selfish desires which are the deciding factor and tip the balance.
The weight of desire turns the soul downwards towards physical pleasures,
material acquisitions and selfish ends.
nature of the battleground on the emotional plane is not yet practically
understood, but under Saturn there is the hard work of building
the emotional body and fulfilling selfish desires, all the while
attempting to preserve some semblance of balance, temperance, moderation,
control and equilibrium. However in the interim period of emotional
growth the Libran is famous for prevaricating and hedging most annoyingly
when a simple straightforward path is actually what is required.
the auspices of Saturn the creative and adaptive intelligence is
embryonically gestated which will one day eventually enable the
man or woman under this sign to work intelligently with other people.
In the interim period however, psychological disorder and chaos
mark the second step, as the unevolved emotional type in Libra is
manipulative, absentminded, vague, uncouth, distasteful, undefined,
devious, deceitful and untruthful.
lives are examples of disorientation, self-doubt, futility and lack
of accomplishment. Demonstrating an amoral materialism, they exhibit
wasted motion—they seem to be always busy or in a constant
rush, they lack patience and appear distracted or preoccupied. Generally
they are careless, inaccurate, restless, scattered and 'spread themselves
too thinly'. They have a 'happy-go-lucky' attitude, disinclined
to worry. They are almost totally lacking in the ability to discern,
judge and evaluate with any sense of real integrity.
the early stages the lower aspect of Saturn produces the host of
Libran dilettantes who do not possess any real understanding of
subjective artistic values and lack aesthetic sensitivity, but who
nevertheless critique, parade around and masquerade as if they do.
At this stage of evolution they have a bubbly social effervescence,
but like foam or froth they sit lightly on the surface without any
feeling free to impose upon other people, the Libran does not like
to be imposed upon and will resist with a display of authority.
They are exceedingly impatient of any restraint. The Saturnian type
lacks flexibility and seeks to imprint or stamp their convictions
with a stern psychic mold upon other people—their children,
marriage partner, family relations or associates. Saturn stimulates
the urge for control and power over others.
decan therefore, produces the ignorant tyrant in home or business
who is ever ready to keep everyone in a "nursery regime".
(EA, p.236) They punish infringement, drastically penalize, restrain
and restrict the freedom of others. They are psychologically coercive,
manipulative, uncongenial, abusive, unscrupulous, opportunistic,
untrusting, apathetic, cold, indifferent, intractable and recalcitrant.
suffer from loneliness but are incapable of appreciating why they
lack friends and admirers. Their tendency to apathy often degenerates
into indolence and so they must work with industry to establish
the emotional stability to persevere steadily through a task. Inwardly
they suffer greatly and take pains to forward their plans. Not trusting
the inherent goodness of other people, they are ready to turn all
circumstance and relations to their own ends. They are infamous
for expressing a high degree of self-interest, accordingly distorting
the true design inherent in the unfolding pattern of their personal
brings to an end unguided, unplanned and undirected activity and
the circumvention of natural laws. The antidote for the misguided
enthusiast is restraint and a redirecting of activity. Ritual, ceremony
or even militarism are helpful at the stage of emotional growth
because as they develop a sense of life's rhythm and timing, the
power to create, order, plan and organize unfolds. These qualities
enable the evolving soul to renovate, transform, build, adequately
manifest and work effectively on the physical plane.
Librans have developed and unfolded great emotional reserve and
patience. Life is for them, far more subdued, quiet and serene.
Disturbance or any form of discord or disagreement is displeasing,
so they learn to develop a real finesse in handling difficult emotional
matters. So much of their general health is contingent on other
people that emotional dependency is indicated. Librans love being
noticed and appreciated. Although they develop elegance, charm,
pleasing manners, high standards and social aptitude in later life,
the emotional disposition is bound to rigid routine, subservient
to habit, over-worked, over-concerned with rules and regulations,
crystallized, rigid and intolerant of the individuality or originality
Saturn does not produce a bold, enterprising or venturesome type,
but rather one who is conventional and entrapped in the past. Unevolved
emotional types are so perplexed and confused that they are afraid
to move forward without retracing their steps.
marks this temperament along with superficial emotional and social
values. Unevolved Librans insist on excessive conformity, leaning
heavily on rank, status, respect and privilege. They are highly
sensitive to the status, actions and mannerisms of others, and perceptive
of etiquette, dress code and so on. As a rule they are bigoted,
sectarian and intolerant of anything new. It would be anathema to
them to lose their social status due to false ambition or failure
to satisfy their many commitments.
a Saturnian facility for fluid evasion makes it easy for them to
hide the truth, in the final analysis they cannot escape, avoid
or evade their task and eventually are forced to develop real sensitivity
through difficult material circumstances and personal relations
involving great pain, suffering and hardship.
grants the incarnated soul the power to define, shape, mold, form,
clarify and express. A highly developed ability to distinctively
render, shape and mold desires is a Libran trademark, as they are
ever searching for the ideal form. Definition is indispensable at
the emotional stage when they must begin to emerge from the forest
of confusion and error.
the apex of emotional development the Libran begins to stop mistaking
one thing for another, overcomes the tendency to indecisiveness
and no longer blindly struggles in a dark, confused, bewildering
and inchoate world. Thus they acquire an emotional agility, tact,
flexibility, fluidity and versatility, culminating when fully developed,
in real social propriety, suave approach and diplomatic virtuosity.
companionship, popularity, good reputation and social acceptance,
emotionally mature Librans have evolved an innate ability to understand
the emotions of others. They have developed reliability and seek
enduring, long-lasting harmonious bonding and relationship.
Three: Mental Man
11th to 21st
the third decan Jupiter governs the mentally polarized Libran personality.
Under this influence the comprehension and capacity of the mind
is greatly expanded. What is finally produced at the apex of the
mental stage is an intellectually focused personality, self-consciously
aware and integrated.
the interim period of mental evolution, the Libran now begins to
emerge from out of the unconsciously astrally polarized mass of
humanity. Initially of course, the unevolved mental type follows
blind social custom and as a consequence is passively conditioned
by prevailing rites, rules and social instincts.
recessive Jupiterian type is shallow, prone to degradation to the
lowest depths, exhibits bigotry and is far too ready to comply with
easily held conventional ideas. They are willing to compromise anyone
or anything in order to gain sought after approbation. Agreeing
with others, they gain popularity and acceptance.
have great need of companionship and so their typical activities
bring them into contact with the public in many professions. Consequently
it is not difficult to imagine how this decan produces the myriad
orthodox exponents of scientific, educational, religious, military,
industrial, artistic, economic, political and philosophical schools
of thought, ever ready to make moral decisions for others and annex
those of inferior mental capacity.
all fairness however, in time Librans become excellent in all fields
requiring leadership, counseling, arbitration, negotiating or public
relations. The more advanced type develops a good critical faculty
and is able to take an objective stand in matters which call for
impartial judgment. But they do not tolerate argument from anyone
who challenges their opinions, for once they have reached a conclusion
its truth seems to them self-evident. Among their faults is an impatience
of criticism and a greed for approval.
Jupiter's beneficent influence leads to the formation of a judicious
and non-biased attitude. A strong concern for honesty, justice,
love and fair play in relationships, partnerships and marriages
is shown as the mentally developed and integrated type attempts
to cooperate and contribute in a positive manner to the greater
prevailing social order.
mind of an accomplished Libran possesses a great capacity for brilliant
oratory, a love of literature, poetry, history and music. They love
learning and work hard to acquire knowledge, proficiency and expertise.
The judicial mind after due reflection and balancing, weighs cause
and effect more correctly than any other mental type. (EA, p.234)
evolved Libran has learned through experience that the first false
step taken can easily be fatal. Jupiter fosters the development
of correct social attitudes, right relations, the ability to demonstrate
self-control and unselfishness.
advanced mental type is known for premeditated and self-conscious
attitudes. There may be real literary talent, and although somewhat
tame, the writing is charming, magnetic and persuasive. They possess
the marvellous ability to acquire the sympathy of other people for
their own point of view. Jupiter bestows a good sense of judgment
and an enthusiastic expression of wisdom. Conduct is straight-forward
and reflects a secure and settled position. Realizing the outcome
of desire and the result of the selfish use of the forces of matter,
mental questioning as to the nature of the interplay of the opposites
is now significantly increasing.
friendly outgoing manner is acquired, while honesty and sincerity
become highly developed. There is a firm and courageous desire to
attain peace and harmony under the rules of appropriate conduct,
law and order.
Libran now truly begins to rise above petty personal pride, bickering,
jealousies, sectarian persecutions, religious narrowness and the
useless wrangling of politicians, economists or theologians. The
mind is clear and lucid, capable of building and expressing well-constructed
thoughts free of obscurities and eccentricities.
evolved type cannot tolerate injustice or unfairness and dislikes
anything that is ill proportioned, discordant or ugly in life. They
have a natural disdain for undue exaggeration, strained feelings
or any extreme emotional expression.
first only vaguely recognized, the first few faint flashes of the
intuition begin to be sensed. At the high water mark of mental growth,
the ever-increasing glimmers of the intuitive mind are knowingly
evidenced and registered. This produces a consequent 'tipping of
the scales' in the higher direction, weighing the balance upwards
towards spiritual decision.
other words, desire becomes refocused into spiritual aspiration.
The scales tip back and forth, swinging the advanced Libran thinker
between the pairs of opposites. Through further experience and experimentation
the higher adjustments proceed apace.
Eventually the first
real vision of the razor-edged Path appears, and the goal towards
which the Libran must ultimately direct his steps. The period known
as the 'Probationary Path' now commences and duality is truly experienced
and known. When the development of a true sense of values and the
power to utilize the balancing analytical faculty of the mind are
sufficiently present, the Path can be safely trodden. The die has
been cast, the Libran has separated himself like the "sheep
from the goats" (EA, p.229) from the mass of humanity and the
place of judgment has been reached.
Then the reversal
of the Wheel takes place and the beginning of the new orientation
upon the Path of Return. The soul now organizes itself for battle
with renewed effort, and for this the outer personality knowingly
awaits; moreover Self and not-Self directly confront, face and recognize
each other. Rung by rung of the ladder, step by step, stage by stage
under law and through the method of gained experience in active
manifestation, the creative plan and the soul immanent emerges into
the forefront of the subjective consciousness.
The goal is now
to become a conscious cooperator in the great creative process and
purpose, balancing material and spiritual law as a wise legislator.
To do so a point of equilibrium must be attained between material
personal desire and intelligent spiritual Love.