Journey Through Astrology - Understanding Decanates

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Sun signs are what most people think of as their horoscopes or their zodiac sign. Each sun sign has three decanates and each decanate is about 10 days long. Decanates can be seen a little easier if you look at the zodiac circle. In astrology zodiac is viewed as a full circle. The circle is divided into 36 slices (like a pie), every 10 degrees. This showcases how the sun moves through the zodiac, which is about 1 degree every day. Mathematically this equals 360 degrees in 360 days.

What? Where did the other 5 days in a year go? Decanates are based on an old Egyptian calendar. By the time the Egyptians realized they were five days short, their astrology was already in place. They had to add five days to their calendar so they counted them as feast days or holidays and not real days in terms of their astrology. Nowadays astrology has added those five days in the decanate schedule so that no one is left out.

Aries is the beginning of the zodiac sign so that is where we start with the decanate schedule. The first decanate of Aries goes from March 21st to March 31st. Mars is the ruling and sub-ruling planet during this decanate. This means that you will be a dominant person and sometimes over aggressive. The second decanate of Aries goes from April 1st to April 10th and the Sun is the sub-ruling planet. This means that you enjoy change and you are ambitious. The third decanate runs from April 11th to April 19th. Jupiter is the sub-ruling planet during this time and it means that you value your personal freedom.

The first decanate of Taurus runs from April 20th to April 30th. Venus is the ruling and sub-ruling planet at this time which means that you have a kind, sympathetic nature. The second decanate is from May 1st through May 10th. Mercury is the sub-ruling planet during this decanate and it means that you are inquisitive and love to organize. May 11th through May 20th is the third decanate and Saturn is the sub-ruling planet at the time. This means that you analyze things thoroughly before you act.

Gemini's first decanate runs from May 21st to May 31st and Mercury is the ruling as well as sub-ruling planet during this time. This means that you enjoy coming up with new ideas and expressing yourself. Venus is the sub-ruling planet during the second decanate of Taurus from June 1st and June 10th. This means that you enjoy traveling and being with friends. The third decanate runs from June 11th to June 20th. Uranus is the sub-ruling planet during the third decanate. It means that you tend to say what you think and you expect others to live up to the same high standards that you live up to.

The first decanate of Cancer runs from June 21st through June 30th. The Moon is the ruler and sub-ruler planet during this time which means that you are very sensitive to other people. July 1st through July 11th is the second decanate. Pluto is the sub-ruling planet and this means that you have a thoughtful but forceful personality. The third decanate is from July 12th to July 22nd and Neptune is the sub-ruling planet during this time. This means that you are artistic as well as loyal to your family and friends.

Leo's first decanate is from July 23rd to August 1st. The Sun is the ruling and sub-ruling planet during this time which means that you have a colorful personality and enjoy the spotlight. The second decanate, August 2nd through August 12th, has Jupiter as a planet sub-ruler. This means that you have a proud nature with a quick temper. August 13th through August 22nd is the third decanate of Leo. The sub-ruling planet during this time is Mars and this means you constantly need new ideas to stimulate your mind.

The first decanate of Virgo is from August 23rd to September 1st. During this decanate Mercury is the ruling and sub-ruling planet which means that you approach things rationally. September 2nd through September 12th is the second decanate and Saturn in the sub-ruler during this time. This means that you are detail orientated and demand perfection in yourself. The third decanate of Leo is from September 13th to September 22nd and Venus is the sub-ruling planet. This means that you have a talent for writing and an artistic flair.

The first decanate of Libra is from September 23rd to October 2nd and Venus is the ruling as well as the sub-ruling planet. This means that you have a creative nature and love to travel. The second decanate is from October 3rd through October 13th. Uranus is the sub-ruling planet during this time and it means that you are an independent person. October 14th to October 22nd is the third decanate. Mercury is the sub-ruling planet which means that you have a curious mind that is open to new ideas.

Scorpio's first decanate is from October 23rd through November 1st and Pluto is the ruling and sub-ruling planet during this time. This means that you have a critical thinking nature and you are loyal to your friends. The second decanate is from November 2nd to November 11th. Neptune is the sub-ruling planet which means that you tend to give a lot of yourself to your family and at work. November 12th through November 21st is the third decanate and the Moon is sub-ruling planet at this time. This means that you tend to work with projects in the public eye and you have a magnetic personality.

The first decanate of Sagittarius runs from November 22nd to December 1st. Jupiter is your ruling as well as sub-ruling planet which means that you are a life student of human nature. December 2nd through December 11th is the second decanate and Mars is the sub-ruling planet during this time. This means that you have the ability to inspire those around you and influence them. The third decanate is from December 12th through December 21st which means the Sun is the sub-ruling planet. This means that you have the ability to make people laugh and you love to learn.

Capricorn's first decanate runs from December 22nd to December 31st and Saturn is the ruling as well as sub-ruling planet. Due to this, you are an orderly person and your ambition motivates you to do the best you can in all things. The second decanate is from January 1st to January 10th. Venus is the sub-ruling planet at this time and it means you have a gentle, sincere personality. January 11th through January 19th is the third decanate and Mercury is the sub-ruling planet. This means that you are an idealist and you typically treat others with respect.

January 20th to January 29th is the first decanate of Aquarius, Uranus is the ruling and sub-ruling planet at this time. This means that you deal with people easily and you love to find solutions. The second decanate runs from January 30th to February 8th. Mercury is the sub-ruling planet which means that you are honest and have a genuine warm personality. February 9th to February 18th is the third decanate and Venus is the sub-ruling planet. This means that you often form close ties to others and you have an artistic nature.

The final sun sign is Pisces, the first decanate runs from February 19th through February 29. Neptune is the ruling and sub-ruling planet and this means you are a creative person. The second decanate is from March 1st to March 10th and the Moon is the sub-ruling planet. This means you have a very keen observation of people and the world around you. March 11th through March 20th is the third decanate and Pluto is the sub-ruling planet at this time. This means that you are intellectually curious and you feel emotions strongly.

Decanates are the different phases of the sun sign and it changes every ten days. This also marks the period of time when a different planet enters the sun sign as a sub-ruler. The changing of sub-ruling planets can have a great effect on your personality and horoscope. This is why the horoscope in the newspaper doesn't always fit your current situation; they are general and speak to everyone under the same sun sign. Decanates narrow the sun sign down to your more specific traits.

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My name is Jennifer Schroeder. I am currently a Master's student in Adult Education. I am also a caregiver for my partner who has Adult Rhabdomyosarcoma. Together we run a catalog and online store, Jendee Stores, LLC. We can be found at online at http://www.jendeestores.com I'm writing articles about different things that I have encountered or studied within my life. I have joined the 100 articles by July 1st run so if you have an article idea that you would like me to write please let me know.

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This article was published on 2010/04/03