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In astrology the decans are 36 segments of the ecliptic that consist of 10 degrees each. They are usually used in order to divide each of the twelve signs of the zodiac into thirds.

Definition: The decan is a 10 degree increment that divides the 360 degree ecliptic into 36 pieces. There are three decans for each sign of the Zodiac. This gives more nuance to the general interpretation of a sign, within its decanate.

Third Decan of Taurus (portion of 10°): TAURUS/CAPRICORN

Tenth Dwad of Taurus (portion of 02° 30′): TAURUS/AQUARIUS
(my Dwad Table)

Goetic Demons of Decans by Day
15 (Path of Hé) Aries:
Ascendant-Bael (Cat, toad, man, or all at once)
Succedent-Agares (Old man, riding a crocodile and carrying a goshawk)
Cadent-Vassago (Like Agares) ...

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~ or ~ate-Ten degrees of arc, the first, second or third section of the stack marked by ten-degree intervals.
Harmonic-The use of the stack placed outside each house from cusp to cusp to determine secondary indications of events not readily seen in the rogression.

~ate - The partitioning of each Sign into three equal parts of 10 degrees each. Each part is known as a ~ate. Every Sign is composed of 30 degrees.

~ATE: The division of each sign into three equal parts of 10 degrees each.
DECLINATION: The distance of a planet north or south of the celestial equater
DEGREE: 1/360 of a circle.

~ate: Divide sign into 12 pieces
Navamsa: Divide sign to 9 pieces
Dwadasamsa: Divide sign into 12 pieces
Degree Meaning: Divide sign into 30 pieces ...

~ate: One of three divisions of a Sun Sign ( 0º-9º59', 10º-19º59', 20º-29º59').
Descendant: The cusp between the sixth and seventh houses, the point at which the western horizon intercepts the ecliptic.
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Stephanie Clement
Manilius' System of Dodecatemories (DWADS) ...

~ate Chart
I give you the ~ate chart (bottom of the above symbol chart) in case you want to study interpretation in more depth.

~, ~ates A division of the signs into 10 degrees each of which is subtly different from one another due to the different rulers involved.
Declination A coordinate system measuring positions North or South of the celestial equator. ...

~s or Decanates - each sign splits into 3 parts. 0-9 degrees is ruled by the sign, 10-19 deg sub-ruled by next sign-same element & 20-29 degrees the 3rd sign.

~ate: three sequential 10° sections of all signs: the first 10° of a sign is said to be of the nature of the sign itself; the second 10° is of the nature of the next sign of the same element; the third has the nature of the remaining sign of that element.

SATURN is the planetary ruler of this ~. Because FIRST ~ CAPRICORNS are known to be ambitious resourceful, and determined, they will most probably overcome complex obstacles forecasted for the week of APRIL 4 when MARS opposes SATURN.

Leo ~s
If a person is born between 17th to 27th August, the Sun remains in the 1st ~ of Leo ruled by Sun. It denotes a frank, generous, and ambitious disposition. Fate develops rapidly, and an eventfu life is the outcome of the love of power and the organizing ability.

First ~: activity, adventure, zeal, notoriety, dishonor, misfortune. Second ~: noble affections as the source of power to sway others - the head joined to the impulses of the heart. It is the ~ of Exaltation, in that the Sun is exalted in the nineteenth degree of the Sign.

Each sign is divided into three ~s of 10 degrees. See also Face
Degree ...

Since the ~s are clearly understood to be related to divisions of the signs, this might be called a whole-~ system of houses.

LIBRA- As the ~ate of Libra is the bridging ~ate into the Aquarian Age, Libra's Soul's Purpose is to bridge the activities of humanity, as shown by the House Position of Uranus, ...

This is the planet that has the most dignities in a given place in the zodiac, according to the dignities of house, exaltation, trigon (or triplicity), bound (or term) and face (~ate).
anangke: One of the three fates referred to by Hellenistic philosophers, meaning agnoia, or unwit.

Face Each sign of thirty degrees is divided into three segments called ~s (~ates) of ten degrees, each with its own planetary ruler. This derives from ancient Egyptian astrology, where the zodiac was divided into 36 ~ates of ten degrees each.

(100) Teucer of Babylon, was the first to delineate the ~s astrologically (may be an incorrect tradition). Late First Century, Balbillus. Son or nephew of Thrasyllus and almost as eminent. (76-138) Hadrian reigned (117-138) and was a patron of astrology, his birth data have apparently survived.

The first ~te is ruled by the owner of the Rasi himself, the second by the lord of the 5th Rasi from thee, and the 3rd by the lord of the 9th Rasi.
4) Chaturthamsa: Each sign is divided into 4 parts of 7 Degree and 30 Mts.

The eclipse took place at 19◦06' Aries, which is the degree of the Sun's exaltation in that sign, and in terms of Essential Dignity it is in "the Face of the Sun," or the ~ate of Leo.

The city of Alexandria was founded by Alexander after the conquest, becoming the place where Babylonian astrology was mixed with Egyptian ~ic astrology to create Horoscopic astrology.

The first nova of record appeared suddenly on November 11, 1572, in the Constellation Cassiopeia, in the third ~ate of Pisces - known as the ~ate of Vicissitudes.

It is for instance true, if it is joined with the Lord of the domicile or exaltation or with the Lord of two of the other minor dignities (namely with the Lord of the term and triplicity, or with the Lord of the term and the ~, or with the Lord of the ~ and the triplicity).

The Egyptian constellations were eventually dropped and replaced by the twelve Babylonian-Greek versions but the 36 ~s were incorporated into ten degree segments of the ecliptic, demonstrating further how all three cultures eventually blended astrological techniques together.

] If any Planet be in his ~ate, Decurie or Face, as Mars in the first ten degrees of Aries, or in Mercury in the first ten degrees of Taurus, he is then allowed one essential dignity; for being in his own ~ate or Face, cannot then be called Peregrine.

With Mars(action) and Chiron(healing) conjunct in the last ~ate of Sagitarrius -- also near the galactic center -- opposing retrograde Mercury conjuct Jupiter in Gemini, the cauldron of change is churning with evolutionary elixir.

There were other transits - for example, the Uranus-Neptune-Saturn conjunction in the first ~ate of Capricorn, approaching the Soviet Union's Venus in the 4th house - that suggested that this imminent collapse was going to be like a marriage breakup.

An older (Chaldean) method of assigning ~ sub-rulers is based upon the rulers of Planetary Hours beginning with Mars as ruler and sub-ruler of the first ~ of Aries and continuing the natural order of Planetary Hours' rulers through each successive ~, ...

The Effects of Eclipses according to the ~ates
List of aphorisms from William Lilly's "Annus Tenebrosus" concerning the effects of solar and lunar eclipses according the the ~ates of the Zodiac. (Luis Ribeiro) ...

Hi Molly, I have Jupiter in Leo at 7 degrees (the 1st ~ of Leo) on the 10th / 11th House cusp (I can't figure out which 1). How do you think Jupiter's transit into Aquarius in Jan 2009 will affect me? Jupiter will be opposite my Jupiter. PS: What House will it be in next year?

Advantage, Line of - An imaginary axis that connects the third ~ of the third and ninth houses. The Moon's North Node east of this axis is thought to be in a favorable or advantageous position.
Affinity - A mutual attraction or innate congeniality between planets.

Saravali (two volume classic focuses on planets in houses, ~ates, etc.)
Translated by R. Santhanam
Bhrigu Sutram (a look at each planet in each house, with reference to 4 Vedic classics) ...

Looking at the ~t, it is in the first, ruled by Cancer. The Dwadashamsha is Virgo. The Moon is conjunct the fixed star Mirzam, which is very fortunate and expressed like the nature of Venus. Being a full Moon the NN is conjunt and the Part of Fortune in Cancer.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Planet, House, Astrology, Sign, Degree?

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