To picture the possibilities of the first decanates of the zodiac the masters of old traced in the sky a starry triangle. This constellation TRIANGULUM symbolizes the divine fire that those born under the first decanate of Aries have the capacity to inhale. When living in their highest they are true leaders in thought; for the triangle, ever used as a symbol of flame, is also used as a symbol of mind. And again, by its three sides united into one figure, it represents the union of body, mind, and spirit – thus teaching the importance of co-operation. The pioneer spirit of Aries is expressed in this decanate in all its fiery fullness. Zeal and enthusiasm mark the progress of its children. The Aries-decanate of Aries, sub-ruled by the aggressive lord of war, ever seeks new worlds to conquer.
And when the thoughts are permitted to soar untrammeled upward, even as the triangle points to heaven, those born under this influence become the harbingers of better things. But when the lower marital power gains sway they become the avenging agents of death and destruction.
Dr. J. M. Peebles, the great pioneer of spiritualism, had this as his Spiritual polarity, having been born when the Sun was in this decanate. Emperor Paul of Russia had this portion of the zodiac for Mental polarity, the Moon being there when he was born. And Proclus, the great Greek Neoplatonic philosopher, who scaled the height of occult initiation and so impressed his thoughts upon the times in which he lived, was born with the Mars-decanate of Aries Ascending, this being his Physical polarity. It is the decanate of ACTIVITY.
C. C. Zain
Agrippa’s Description of the Decan:
A black man, standing and cloathed in a white garment, girdled about, of a great body, with reddish eyes, and great strength, and like one that is angry; and this image signifieth and causeth boldness, fortitude, loftiness and shamelesness;
2 of Wands Dominion:
Strength, domination, harmony of rule and of justice. Boldness, courage, fierceness, shamelessness, revenge, resolution, generous, proud, sensitive, ambitious, refined, restless, turbulent, sagacious withal, yet unforgiving and obstinate.
Esoteric Title: Lord of Domination
Numerical Keywords: 2: Expansion, Duality, Life Force
Numerical Attributions: Zodiac, Gray, Year, End
Intelligence: Illuminating Intelligence
Element: Fire (hot, dry)
Elemental Keywords: Energy, Action, Inception
Elemental Attributions: South, Summer, Noon
Astrological Attribution: Mars in Aries
Dates & Timing: March 21 to March 30
Qabalistic World: Chokmah in Atziluth
Translation of World: The Wisdom of Nobility
Suit Color: Wands-Red
Keywords: Creative growth, authority, control, success, bold, ambitions, negotiation, planning, preparation, partnership, vision, capable, self-assured, King, Boss.
Ill-Dignified:Restlessness, Indecision, Obstinacy, Proud, Quick Temper, Turbulent, Unforgiving
Interpretation: Calculated risk. Meeting of minds. A situation that requires leadership and decision making. Venturing forth with power. Setting plans in motion. Manifestation of the spark of the Ace.
Reversed Interpretation: Good beginnings might not bear fruit. Domination by others, ambitions clouds judgment. Split passion.
Alan Leo: All matters relating to the head, and also all “first house” affairs, will be prominent in the native’s life. He will want to lead and be at the head of things, and will in all probability meet with some recognition in the sphere in which he moves. He will be more aspiring and ambitious, will desire progress, and will wish to reform existing conditions. He will be actively inclined towards intellectual pursuits, and will be very anxious to learn and gain all the knowledge and information he can. This decanate of Aries rising indicates that he is becoming more progressive, also that he is ready to take a keener and deeper interest in life. He will have abundant opportunities for progress, but be has arrived at that stage wherein the progress will be rather of an intellectual and mental than a purely physical nature. The influence of the planet Mars will come prominently into his life, giving him much mental energy with considerable enthusiasm.