Astrology, a fascinating system that seeks to interpret celestial patterns and their potential influence on human affairs, has intrigued countless individuals for centuries. Within this intricate framework, astrological degrees play a significant role in providing a more in-depth understanding of one's birth chart. Today we will explore the importance of degrees in astrology, delving into Sabian Symbols, critical degrees, decans, and dwads. With recent updates, research, and theories, I aim to present an original, unique, and comprehensive perspective on this captivating topic.
Sabian Symbols: The Enigma of Astrological Degrees
The Sabian Symbols, a set of 360 images representing each degree of the zodiac, were first introduced by astrologer Marc Edmund Jones and clairvoyant Elsie Wheeler in 1925. These symbols are meant to provide a symbolic meaning for each degree, enhancing astrological interpretations. However, many astrologers, including myself, have found limited validity in their application. Instead, let's focus on the critical degrees, decans, and dwads, which offer a more nuanced understanding of astrological degrees.
Critical Degrees: Young and Old Energy
Critical degrees, specifically the 0 and 29 degrees of a sign, hold particular importance in astrology. These degrees are said to represent "young" and "old" energy, respectively. A planet at 0 degrees embodies the raw, unrefined energy of a sign, akin to a curious infant discovering their surroundings. On the other hand, a planet at 29 degrees signifies maturity and experience, akin to a wise adult who has learned many lessons throughout their life. I have also found through experience that when progressed planets or transits reach a critical degree that the energy the sign place it occupies, appears to be more intensified. For example when The moon hits 0° or 29 ° of Aries that more news of domestic violence, house fires, and family arguments manifest.
Decans: Threefold Division of Astrological Signs
Each astrological sign spans 30 degrees and can be further divided into three sections of 10 degrees each, called decans. Decans allow astrologers to explore how different planets manifest their energy within a specific sign, providing additional insights into an individual's birth chart.
Using the example of Aries, the first decan (0-10 degrees) represents Aries energy, the second decan (10-20 degrees) embodies Leo energy, and the third decan (20-29 degrees) reflects Sagittarius energy. Therefore, if someone has their Sun at 15 degrees of Aries, they would be considered an Aries Sun/Leo Decan. This distinction highlights how each decan brings a unique flavor to a person's astrological profile.
Dwads: A Finer Breakdown of Astrological Degrees
While decans provide a valuable layer of insight, dwads offer an even more granular view. Dwads break down each sign into 12 sections, with each section spanning 2.5 degrees. This division aligns with the 12 signs of the zodiac, resulting in a more intricate understanding of a person's birth chart.
Returning to our Aries example, an individual with their Sun at 15 degrees would be an Aries Sun/Leo Decan/AquariusDwad. This combination of Aries, Leo, and Libra energies provides an even more detailed understanding of the person's astrological makeup. For example, While you could say this Aries Sun is a focused individual, this may be true during creative pursuits (Leo Decan), and only when in a group of people(Aquarius Dwad).
Degrees in Astrology: Measurement and Meaning
The primary function of degrees in astrology is to measure the celestial circle and the geometrical aspects within it. Certain degrees are considered special, indicating additional attributes or characteristics. However, there is an ongoing debate among astrologers regarding the precise interpretation of these degrees.
Although the Sabian Symbols can provide some symbolic or esoteric insight, it is the exploration of critical degrees, decans, and dwads that truly unlocks the potential for deeper astrological understanding.
Critical degrees reveal the maturity ( or even the intensity) level of a planet's energy, while decans and dwads provide additional layers of interpretation, allowing astrologers to create more accurate and personalized readings. It's important to remember that astrology is a complex and intricate system that benefits from continued research, updates, and refinement.
As our knowledge of astrology expands, we can continue to uncover the subtle meanings behind astrological degrees and their influence on human life. By examining these intricate details, we can gain a better understanding of ourselves and others, ultimately empowering us to make more informed decisions and navigate our lives with greater wisdom.
So the next time you delve into your birth chart or explore someone else's, remember that there are true "levels to this" cosmic art. Take the time to investigate the critical degrees, decans, and dwads present in the chart, and you may be surprised by the additional insights and revelations that emerge.
To use this chart look at your natal chart and note the degree AND minutes of your placements. You can even use the cusps degrees to go further into house energies as well. Find the degree and minute range of that point starting with the sign that it is in.