Now that we have obtained a pretty fair and accurate idea of the three main elements of Astrological lore, to-wit: The Signs of the Zodiac, the Planets and the Solar Houses, I want to enter into some further revelations which you will not find in any other works of the kind published on this side of the water or in England. I refer to the meanings given to the divisions of the 12 Signs of the Zodiac.
You must be told first, that the Egyptian priests — who became the depositories and perfectors of the ancient science of predicting man’s fate from the stars — had placed each Zodiacal period of 30 days under the guardianship of one of the supernatural beings we call “genii.” They further divided each sign into periods of 10 days, assuming some particular spirit as the power dominating over each of these spaces of 10 days. Finally, each day had its demigod in charge and its separate interpretation.
I do not intend to give you here the names of these strange and powerful beings nor do I propose to explain the meanings and prognostics attached to every one of the 365 days of the year. But, to come a little closer to the understanding of the nature of the subject under examination, I will insert in this volume of brief lessons, the positive and most reliable statements that concern each one of these periods of ten days called in Astrological parlance “Decans” from the Greek word “deka,” meaning “ten.” Instead of following the usual order of the Signs and beginning the year in March, I will start from January 1st.
Decan I. From January 1 to 10 (Capricorn, 12 to 21). — Intelligence devoted to useless pursuit. Constant scheming of unpractical affairs. Warlike disposition.
Decan III. January 21 to 30 (Aquarius, 2 to 11). — Anxiety due to hard struggle for life. Disappointed ambition. Delay in the realization in one’s hopes. Illness in infancy due to neglect of the nurse.
Decan I. January 31 to February 9 (Aquarius, 12 to 21). — Well endowed brain-power. Gentleness of temper, private virtues.
Decan II. February 10 to 19 (Aquarius 22 to Pisces 1).— Extremely delicate childhood until 7 years old. Persistent difficulties through life. Bitter disappointments.
Decan III. February 20 to 28 (Pisces 2 to 10). — Great ambitions, love of glory; boldness in everything the subject undertakes.
Decan I. March 1 to 10 (Pisces, 11 to 20) —Indolence, love of pleasure, sluggish mind.
Decan II. March 11 to 20 (Pisces, 21 to 30). — Restless disposition, confused scheming, fickle tendencies, yearnings for impossible things.
Decan III. March 21 to 30 (Aries, 1 to 10). — Firm, haughty disposition. Contempt for all obstacles and perils.
Decan I. March 31 to April 9 (Aries, 11 to 20). — Noble nature, generosity, aptitude
for commanding, diplomatic talent.
Decan II. April 1o to 19 (Aries, 21 to 30). — Quick and versatile mind. Love of pleasure.
Decan III. April 20 to 29 (Taurus 1 to 10). — High intellectual faculties, inclination toward the exact sciences and political economy. The subject will meet with serious reverses, some of these of a violent character.
Decan I. April 30 to May 9 (Taurus, 11 to 20). — Generosity of mind and heart, lofty inclinations, distinctions due to merit; eloquence.
Decan II. May 10 to 19 (Taurus, 21 to 30). — Obstacles to enterprises; obligation to submit to the authority of others in spite of a naturally independent temper; troubles against which the subject must fight with all possible energy.
Decan III. May 20 to 29 (Gemini, 1 to 19). — Restless disposition which will destroy the subject’s chances in life. Threat of violent death.
Decan I. May 30 to June 8 (Gemini, 11 to 20). — Careless, thoughtless disposition; superficiality, poor understanding of own best interest. Useless, often senseless, talk.
Decan II. June 9 to 18 (Gemini, 21 to 30). — Inclination toward the purely theoretical branches of knowledge that bring neither profit nor glory. Troubles through life. Serious disaster early in life.
Decan III. June 19 to July 3. — This period includes the five Epagomenes or Supplementary Days, thus completing the full 365 days of our regular year. (Cancer, 1 to 10). — Bright, quick mind, sociable instincts.
Decan I. July 4 to 13 (Cancer, 11 to 20). — Abrupt manners. Love of the arts and sciences. Great luck in money-making.
Decan II. July 14 to 23 (Cancer, 21 to 30). — Hard, inflexible temperament, calling upon force to carry out its wishes. Seavoyages predicted.
Decan III. July 24 to August 2 (Leo, 1 to 19). — Violent disposition, fiery passions, often celebrity acquired in such arts as sculpture, architecture, engineering, etc., or as a playwright.
Decan I. August 3 to 12 (Leo, 11 to 20). — Phlegmatic temperament; force of inertia, exaggerated self-confidence. Talent for the plastic arts. Conceit.
Decan II. August 13 to 22 (Leo, 21 to 30). — Great persistency of purpose, egotism, adventurous disposition, highly successful ambition through luck and thanks to a combative spirit. Several marriages.
Decan III. August 23 to September 1 (Virgo, 1 to 10). — Longevity; timidity; aptitude for the analytical sciences and the mechanical arts.
Decan I. September 2 to 11 (Virgo, 11 to 20). — Orderly and saving disposition, sometimes to the point of penuriousness. Patient perseverance in all undertakings.
Decan II. September 12 to 21 (Virgo, 21 to 30). — A passion for gambling or other forms of speculative ventures. Incapacity for useful productiveness, destructive tendencies. Grave fatalities on account of an unfortunate marriage or through relatives. Often an inventive genius.
Decan III. September 22 to October 1 (Libra, 1 to 10). — Love of justice and of truth; feeling of what is right; impulse to defend the weak against all oppression.
Decan I. October 2 to 11 (Libra, 11 to 20). — Ambitious and restless mind. Great cleverness in the handling of men; audacity; success in all bold enterprises.
Decan II. October 12 to 21 (Libra, 21 to 30). — Intense love of all kinds of pleasures, of luxury and of the society of the other sex.
Decan III. October 22 to 31 (Scorpio, 1 to 10). — Disappointment, treachery often met with, perilous travels, chimerical enterprises.
Decan I. November i to 10 (Scorpio, 11 to 20). — Enmity from influential people that will threaten to ruin even the best prospects.
Decan II. November 11 to 20 (Scorpio, 21 to 30). — Ardent passions, unbending disposition, energy that knows no defeat.
Decan III. November 21 to 30 (Sagittarius, 1 to 10). — Haughty disposition, extreme love of independence. Brilliant military career; disastrous married life.
Decan I. December 1 to 10 (Sagittarius, 11 to 20). — Deeply religious turn of mind. Great struggles all through life, terrible fits of anger. Gloomy temper. Scientifically inclined. Many unforeseen perils. Frankness mixed with a great mobility of impressions.
Decan II. December 11 to 20 (Sagittarius, 21 to 30). — Obstinacy, violent temper, shrewdness, often dishonest, versatility, fighting instincts.
Decan III. December 21 to 31 (Capricorn, I to 11). — Disastrous journeys, alternatives of very good and very bad fortune, great love sorrows.
Completing the above statements concerning the Decans the reader must know, that, just as each Sign of the Zodiac is the seat of the Thrones (diurnal or nocturnal) of one of the seven Planets, just so one of these Planets is in charge of each of the Decans, except when the astrological calculations place it somewhere else. I will give herein the list of these “Influences of the Decans.”
Now let me tell you how the knowledge of the influence of the planets on the Decans may be used by you to advantage.
After you have located a birthday where it belongs, in one of the degrees of one of the signs of the Zodiac, you must read carefully the various characteristics I gave you in Chapter III. as referring to those born under this, or that, particular sign. Then, turning to Chapter IV. you will read what I have taught you concerning the various planetary types. If the subject you are studying — either yourself or anyone else, even a total stranger — is born, say on August 3d, i. e., in the 9th degree of Leo, which belongs, of course, to the first Decan of the said Sign, you will find, by referring to the above table, that your subject was directly influenced at birth by the planet Saturn. Thus the reading of what I have told you about Leo and Saturn will already give you a much deeper insight into this particular person’s real nature and into his, or her, past or future, than could be obtained simply by Zodiacal data. But this is anticipating a little, as I reserve for our future lessons the systematic working out of all the mass of classified information herein contained.
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