There are many refinements that add great depth and complexity to the planetary placements in a birth chart. One of these is the 36 astrological decans. Not all astrologers use decans; some use all use only a few. However, there are astrologers who believe decan based astrology is more accurate because it reveals 36 types of personalities instead of 12. Another interesting fact is that there are 36 numbered cards in a tarot deck and each represents one zodiacal decan.
What Are Decans?
Decans had their beginning in ancient Egypt where they were used for timekeeping. In modern astrology, they have come to give underlying meaning and understanding of the birth chart and therefore the individual.
Each astrological sign of the zodiac is an arc of 30° in the 360° astrological zodiac. Every sign is subdivided into three decans of 10° each. The decans of each sign are defined by the three signs of the same element or triplicity and the ruling planets of those signs.
The decans are associated with traits which reinforce or modify the essential characteristics of the astrological Sun sign and the other planets and points of a birth chart.
To follow along, you'll need to know what degree the Scorpio Sun was in at birth, or at least how many days the Sun had been in Scorpio before the birth date. Probably the easiest way to find out the exact degree of the Sun on that day is to use the tool at Dailyhoroscope.tech.
The Three Decans of Scorpio
Scorpio is a Water sign, so the three decans of Scorpio are:
- The Scorpio/Scorpio first decan: 0° to 10° Scorpio, ruled by Pluto and Mars.
- The Scorpio/Pisces second decan: 10° to 20° Scorpio, ruled by Neptune and Jupiter.
- The Scorpio/Cancer third decan: 20° to 30° Scorpio, ruled by the Moon
The First Decan of Scorpio - Penetrating Intensity
if you were born between approximately October 23 and November 1, you're a Scorpio/Scorpio ruled by Pluto and Mars. This indicates you're a pure unadulterated Scorpio. The energy is not modified, it's enhanced, and for better or worse, you were born to display the full force of Scorpio and its rulers, Pluto and Mars.
If Pluto and Mars give strong support in the birth chart, these people have an almost magical ability to face danger and stay calm in the most challenging situations. On the other hand, if Pluto and Mars are challenged in the birth chart the fears they carry within can be quite extreme. However, in either case, these individuals are always prepared for the worst.
Scorpio/Scorpio individuals are incredibly driven, have high libidos, strong desires, obsessive behaviors, and are prone to sorrow, loss, grief, and suffering. They don't expect anything to come easy but possess the courage, tenacity, and willpower to overcome all odds, as well as the remarkable ability to rebound from failure and start afresh
The Second Decan of Scorpio - Transmutation
If you were born from approximately November 2 to 11, you are a Scorpio/Pisces. Although still driven, those born with their Suns in the second decan possess the moderating energy of Pisces and its rulers, Neptune and Jupiter. Death and resurrection are common themes in the lives of those born during these 10 days.
These individuals feel their lives have a greater purpose, and they will go through many transmutations trying to find that purpose. If Neptune and Jupiter are well-placed in the birth chart, they can get in touch their real gifts and talents easily. If Neptune and Jupiter are not well-placed, lack of faith in themselves and lack of trust in others can lead to unreasonable fears of failure and betrayal.
Scorpio/Pisces are wisdom seekers who thrive in an atmosphere of hidden meanings, elusive hints, and smoke and mirrors. They are unafraid of the "dark" side of life and are often interested in esoteric religion, the mystical, and the occult. In their search for what's real and authentic, they will sacrifice almost anything.
Their magnetism is raw, unwavering, and seductive. Some are self-sacrificing healers, while others have a God complex and are cunning and manipulative in seeking power and control over others. However, all have a mysterious nature that draws people to them.
The second decan of Scorpio is represented in a Tarot deck by the Six of Cups. The keywords are forgiveness, peace, and harmony.
Famous second decan Scorpio sun examples:
The Third Decan of Scorpio - Manifestation
If you were born between approximately November 12 and 22, you are a Scorpio/Cancer, which means your Scorpio energy is modified by Cancer and its ruling planet the Moon. Those born during the last ten days of the Sun's passage through Scorpio have emotional integrity, trust every feeling they have, and are seldom willing to compromise.
They can be self-sacrificing and take care of people they're close to, but they also have sensitive natures and are easily hurt. Though they won't openly show the pain, they'll never forget and when the time is right, they'll take their revenge.
A deep dark emotional nature hides within a Scorpio/Cancer. If the Moon is challenged, it's not uncommon for them to bury their emotions and feel lost, lonely, and abandoned. If the Moon is well placed, the painful emotions are easier to access and examine, allowing them to find forgiveness and acceptance for both themselves and others.
Scorpio/Cancers also have tremendous willpower and considerable self-confidence. They have the potential to be sensitive do-gooders who can speak or write with incredible force and compassionate eloquence, plus have they a unique, charismatic charm that makes them very effective when they are working with a group or for something in which they believe.
The third decan of Scorpio is represented in a tarot deck by the Seven of Cups. Keywords are soul searching, finding out where you fit in, and self-examination.
Famous third decan Scorpio Sun examples: