Astrology Decanates
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Chaldean Method Astrology Chart

Chaldean Decans

Astrology to the novice can seem quite confusing and overly complicated, this is because there are several different methods. While the approach to Decanates and Rulership in each of the methods remains much the same, the Decanates themselves are different. In the above chart, (from the outer, working inward) for each sign an element is assigned. If we look at Aries we can see it has a fire sign, it is assigned the numbers 1,2 and 3 because Aries is the first sign and the Horoscope begins here. Aries is Ruled by Mars and the three Decanates are Mars, the Sun and Venus. If we now move to Taurus, the second astrological sign we see that Taurus is assigned an Earth symbol, numbers 4, 5, and 6 and has Mercury, the Moon and Saturn assigned as Decanates. In the Chaldean Method, the Rulers of the Decanates follow the order of the Chaldean Planetary Order which were derived from the geo-centric speeds of the Planets, they are: Saturn - Jupiter - Mars - Sun - Venus - Mercury – Moon. This order is followed from the first Decanate to the thirty sixth and final Decanate in Pisces.

Modern Method Astrology Chart

Modern Method

Where the Chaldean Method uses only the planets which were known at the time of inception, the Modern Method uses all of the planets known today and so we can immediately see a difference in the above chart: Scorpio is now ruled by Pluto, Aquarius by Uranus and Pisces by Neptune and further that the Decanates have changed. There is however another difference, the Decanates are now drawn from the elements that the signs are assigned rather than the sequence of planets in the former chart. Aries now has the Decanates Mars, the Sun and Jupiter: this comes from the Planetary Rulers of the next two Fire signs of the Zodiac. Aries is Ruled by Mars and so the first Decanate is Mars, the next Fire Sign is Leo which is Ruled by the Sun, so the next Decanate is the Sun the final Fire Sign is Sagittarius which is Ruled by Jupiter, which is the third Decanate of Aries.

Modern Method Astrology Chart

Traditional Method

The Traditional Method is the method most commonly used and is better known in astrology circles as "Decans according to triplicity". This method is similar to the Modern Method in that it the Decanates are taken from the Rulers of the signs of the same element: The Decan Rulers of Aries therefore are the rulers of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius (Mars, the Sun, and Jupiter); the Decan rulers of Taurus are the rulers of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (thus Venus, Mercury, and Saturn). While Astrologers using this method might use only the planets known in antiquity, it is also commonplace for the planets recognised today to be used and this is reflected in the above chart, which shows both.

The Decanate Rulerships

AstrologyTraditional-Modern Rulership Chart
Astrology Rulership Correspondence Chart
Astrology Rulership Chart

The Houses

House One

Astrology House 1 Chart1

House one is the house of awakening, it is the first point of the eastern angle and from where the Sun rises. This house is the expression of body and spirit; the essence of true self. It leads in every aspect of one’s life and characterises free will.
House one is a house of Fire. Fire Signs and Air Signs are empowered here: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire) Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air). Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water) are weakened in Fire Houses. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth) are neutral here.
House one is a cardinal House and one of action, this is the place where our goals are established and from where we are driven down our chosen path. As a fire house our identities and life experiences are conceived here. Houses five and nine are also Fire houses.

House Two

Astrology House 2 Chart1

House two is the house of material foundation and all that you might expect this to include; wealth and prosperity. Attitudes to livelihood and money and how they are secured are governed here.
House two is an Earth house. Earth signs and Water signs are empowered here: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth) Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water). Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air) are weakened in Earth houses. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire) are neutral here.
When Earth or Water signs are ruling House two we see financial security. Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the second house tend to indicate volatility when it comes to personal finances. House two denotes order and the ways that we seek to maintain order and security.
Earth houses govern our achievements and our sense of purpose. Houses six and ten are also Earth houses.

House Three

Astrology House 3 Chart1

House three affects our mental development, our social development and how we interact with the world. It affects our relationships with siblings, neighbours and our close social circles. This is the house of intellect and courage. This is where we develop the resources to achieve our aspirations and complete tasks.
House three is an air house. Air signs and Fire signs are empowered here: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air) Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire). Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth) are weakened in Air houses. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water)are neutral here.
House three is a house of learning and development, influencing the way that we progress through life. It relates to the way that we develop, change and react to the hurdles in life.
House three governs the way that we communicate with others verbally and socially.

House Four

Astrology House 4 Chart1

House Four is the house of the soul. In this house we learn to understand our subconscious mind. House four binds us to our ancestry, heritage and past lives.
House four is the home of family and denotes the way that we were raised, influencing the domestic environment that we will keep until adulthood and the relationship with our biological matriarch. Here we see the influence of the mother on the child and its effects.
House four is a Water house. Water signs and Earth signs are empowered here: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water) Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth). Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air)) are weakened in Water houses. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire) are neutral here.
House four governs family and social interactions and establishes ancestral foundations.

House Five

Astrology House 5 Chart1

House five is the house of Happiness, representing numerous areas of life. House 5 signifies procreation, recreation, hobbies and leisurely pursuits.
House five is the home of creativity and innovation and represents our legacy in terms of what we contribute to the world. Here we find the source of our inspiration and motivation for the way that we are inclined to spend our time.
House five is a house of Fire. Fire Signs and Air Signs are empowered here: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire) Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air). Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water) are weakened in Fire Houses. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth) are neutral here.
House 5 is the house of the heart, governing pregnancy, love affairs, romance and pleasure.

House Six

Astrology House 6 Chart1

House six is the home of daily life. House six signifies your career, your work environment and your professional lifestyle, as well as your health and the impact of your lifestyle on your body.
House six is the home of social contribution and signifies the effect of your social contribution on society through your livelihood. Here we find the motivation for creative endeavours, entrepreneurship and innovation.
House six is an Earth house. Earth signs and Water signs are empowered here: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth) Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water). Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air) are weakened in Earth houses. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire) are neutral here.
House six is a house of learning and development, signifying our achievements and sense of purpose.

House Seven

Astrology House 7 Chart1

House seven is The hose of love, domestic happiness and marriage and influences the meaningful relationships that we forge, including business partnerships that affect our route through life.
House seven signifies our most compatible associations both personal and commercial, it is the home of earthly ties, unions, bonds and social contracts. It is where we establish our goals through the aspects of our personality which form relationships and physical attraction.
House seven is an air house. Air signs and Fire signs are empowered here: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air) Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire). Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth) are weakened in Air houses. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water)are neutral here.
House seven is a house of action, which governs the way we communicate with others through social expression.

House Eight

Astrology House 8 Chart1

House eight is the house of sex, money, death and rebirth and indicates issues relating to sexuality and our relationships with commodities and assets. House eight is often known as the death and taxes house.
House eight signifies acquired influence and reveals how we achieve influence, the nature of the influence and its effects and legacies. It is here that we gain self-control over our lives and financial situations, losses and sexuality.
House eight is a Water house. Water signs and Earth signs are empowered here: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water) Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth). Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air)) are weakened in Water houses. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire) are neutral here.
House eight denotes the way that we seek to maintain order over finances and sexual relationships and the effects that this has on our subconscious minds and the Karmic effect on our souls.

House Nine

Astrology House 9 Chart1

House nine is the home of personal spirituality and relates to religion, science and personal philosophy. Here we see the effects of personal growth through study, writing and travel and their connection to higher consciousness, faith and mysticism.
House nine signifies the expansion of the mind, our ways of thinking and our understandings and relates also to long voyages. House nine is the home of pilgrimages and fortune and expresses our personal philosophy.
House five is a house of Fire. Fire Signs and Air Signs are empowered here: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire) Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air). Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water) are weakened in Fire Houses. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth) are neutral here.
House nine governs our sense of personal identity, how we perceive life experiences and our concept of self.

House Ten

Astrology House 10 Chart1

House ten is the home of social status. This is where we discover our highest professional potential, personal gains and our public reputation. House ten is the house of ambition, destiny and achievements, which defines our personal journey and the path that we will travel based on our destiny.
House ten defines the influence of our biological fathers on our lives and the resulting aspirations and traits which express our ambitions. It is here where we become aware of the external circumstances in our lives and who we aspire to be. These attitudes are often related to our fathers and can thus reveal our relationships with them.
House ten is an Earth house. Earth signs and Water signs are empowered here: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth) Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water). Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air) are weakened in Earth houses. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire) are neutral here.
House ten denotes aspects of the self which lead us to establish goals and governs our achievements, triumphs and helps us to define a sense of purpose.

House Eleven

Astrology House 11 Chart1

House eleven is the house of community and how we relate to the social groups that we associate with. This is where we discover how we interact with the collective through social networks and what we seek to gain through our interaction with the world. House eleven gives us a sense of our humanitarianism.
House eleven defines our sense of altruism and reveals our social responsibilities and what we intend to contribute to the world at large. This house signifies our higher purpose in society and the Karmic benefits of our contribution to humanity. Here bad karma from previous lives may be neutralised to ensure an optimal future.
House eleven is an air house. Air signs and Fire signs are empowered here: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air) Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire). Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth) are weakened in Air houses. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water)are neutral here.
House eleven indicates our actual connection to the Divine and the world around us and reveals how we connect to the collective unconscious (God).

House Twelve

Astrology House 12 Chart1

House twelve is the house of self-knowledge, acquired through pain or conflict, it is the home of enemies, difficulties and obstacles and all that limit or confine us. Here we find the things that we are not proud of, the things that we wish to conceal from others as well as ourselves and things which we are afraid confront.
House twelve is the home of learning and development and where we may also find the talents and gifts which we often lock away inside of ourselves when we struggle with the aspects of ourselves that cause us conflict. These often remain undeveloped and hidden but we know intuitively that they exist.
House twelve is a Water house. Water signs and Earth signs are empowered here: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Water) Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (Earth). Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (Air)) are weakened in Water houses. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (Fire) are neutral here.
House twelve signifies our journey through life, our progress and the ways that we exercise freewill when confronted with extenuating circumstances and the role of the hidden self in personal interests and the esoteric or occult. This is the home of the unremembered memory and the karmic accounting of our souls.

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