Lesson Icon 1d - CopyDay 3: The Signs Identification

The 12 signs represent the constellations of the zodiac. The signs are the “how” question one asks about the planets performance. They are the channel through which planets (the what) colour their identity. They help to give a planet more life and character. They demonstrate how the planets manifest their energies. They help to describe the planet by creating an outlet for its manifestation in a particular fashion, like a wardrobe of clothes for a planets body. The signs have their natural element and quality as mentioned and also natural rulership of a particular area of life.

A sign is made up of thirty degrees. Drilling down further a sign has a compliment of all the other signs which are divided up first into 3 decans of 10 degrees each of which contains a ruling planet of the sign in question and the other two signs of its same element. For example the planetary rulers of the fire element of the signs of Aries is Mars 1st decan, and the Sun 2nd decan, and Jupiter the 3rd decan. Here is a table of the planetary rulers for each decan of each sign.

Chart Decans

6. MODULE 2 Day 4 Diagram of Chart Decans


Furthermore a sign can then be broken down into duads of 2.5° which makes up the whole 12 signs in one sign. This is once again helpful if you want to find more out precisely about the energies happening with a transiting planet at the time or an aspect it makes to another planet. This method can be used for any chart to find a planet’s sub energies by noting the sub-sign ruler that comes under the 2.5 degrees part the planet is in. Then once you have the sub sign you can find what house it is ruling in the chart you are working on, and also its ruling planet wherever that is in the chart which will yield further information about the type of energies operating in connection with that planet.

For example Uranus, maybe at 17° 20 min in the sign of Virgo in the seventh house which makes its sub sign Aries and the planet Mars the ruling sub-planet. So we can tell from that the person in their partnerships likes to be inventive and that type of inventiveness can be given a more powerful expression through employment of self-drive and purpose in the relationship through initiative and new beginnings. The sub-planet Mars may be in the sixth house for example in which case we can also add that the self-drive and purpose can be directed through skills in self-improvement and health as active outlets towards the maintaining of keeping the partnership’s spark alive and unique. And if the sub sign Aries is on the eighth house cusp then transformations in shared partnerships will add another dimension as to revealing how the awakening and electrifying creativity of Uranus type energies will manifest through Virgo the sign on the cusp of the 7th house and in the sphere of activities which in this case is to do with a partnership of a sort.

As we can see we are able to uncover and get a lot more information about a situation simply by delving deeper into the planet, and sign, and house subtle links, and hidden qualities and this can be very helpful for determining and deciding on any number of things about the area of life we want to investigate, or improve, or do something about. By searching for the connections to the other areas of the chart and synthesizing the details it can make appear invisible doorways that open up new pathways of opportunities, not only in a particular area of life but also the areas that link to it through the connections from the sub-sign and sub-planets of the degree a planet is in the chart.

In module four “Interpretation Methods” we will be looking at how to do a zodiacal trail which lays out clearly a method on how to trace a planets path. So for now don’t concern yourself too much with learning how to interpret the sub-sign and sub-degrees of a planets position as you’ll will have the opportunity to cover it much more then. For now down load the table on the “sub-signs” you can print out and keep as a guide for future use when calculating a planets sub-sign and sub-planet.

There is also a "interpretation formula" for the "decans and duads" to download just to give you an example of how this formula can make your interpretation when you come to do it very easy to do, which otherwise if not done properly can be very difficult to synthesize and piece it altogether to say the least.

A couple of things that are worth remembering at this point regarding the signs is that on a certain level of awareness there is always the so called negative and positive things that life has about it—meaning the good and the bad, and the right and wrong, and all those things which test the soul in its wisdom and are simply a part of the nature of life itself. They describe the range of human nature and endeavour in evolving to ultimately always try and make it better by good conquering over evil for example.

 In creative astrology for example we learn that when it comes to evaluating the signs at a more advanced level, the energy flows of the qualities and polarities, and decans and duads can actually be seen in the one sign as smaller sub-parts that make up different aspects of the signs nature, especially when looking at the signs ruling planets of the soul and spiritual levels of consciousness. This can result in a much greater awareness and subsequently power of expression, due to an awareness of how these different types of energy  flows interact between different signs and planets.


Astro ActivityModule Two/Day 3 - Activity

* Download the 3 tables: The Signs Identification—The Decans of the 12 Signs—and the Sub-sign Calculation chart which you’ll need for future use. * Each 2.5° covers one of the twelve signs. To find the ruling sub-sign and its sub-planet note what degree the planet is in your chart that you want to find out more about through its links. And then in the sub-sign calculation chart in the far left-hand column with the sign and house numbers in it—to find the sub-sign the planet is in go down the column until you come to the sign the planet is in your chart—then go along the row until you come to the degrees that corresponds with its degree position in your chart and read the sub-sign where the two points meet.

* Once you have it then consult your chart to see where that particular sub-sign is and the house cusp it’s on and also note down where its natural sub-ruling planet is in the chart.

* Once you have written that down, next is to interpret the meaning. For that there is a formula to go by to make it easier.

* Download the "Interpretation Formula for Decans and Sub-signs" (ie the 2.5 degree duads)


Next: Module Two: Day 4