The Weekahead

 

 Vol. 488,  November 25, 2008
This column is meant for people with a basic knowledge of astrological principles

 

 

November 27th &  Dodecatemorion or Dwads

It is going to become interesting from Thursday November 27th! Uranus will change from retrograde to direct motion and before that Pluto has entered Capricorn for definite.  Next, there is a New Moon, and Venus is nearing a conjunction with Jupiter (NASA even speaks about the most spectacular night show just after sunset, especially on December 1 when the conjunction is exact and conjunct a crescent Moon).   The New Moon itself in Sagittarius is conjunct Mercury and Mars. In fact, it all looks very promising!!  And I wonder whether I have solved in part my problem as to the why of the financial crisis already taking place with Pluto still in Sagittarius (which was not due until Pluto entered Capricorn, given the fact that it occurred the previous time with Pluto in Capricorn). 

DODECATEMORION (Greek), or DWADS ( from Sanskrit). 

One of the oldest astrological techniques, if not the oldest, is the division of each sign in 21 parts of 2,5 degrees. It was used in the Babylonian culture, where astrology originated. The Babylonians in fact invented the circle of 360 degrees because they wanted to map the positions of the planets in a specific system, so they needed a calculation device. The circle of 360 degrees was then just evenly divided in 12 signs of equal length (30 degrees) independent of the constellations, though in that time the spring equinox was almost conjunct the start of Aries, it being 5 degrees apart from it.  A horoscope with an Ascendant was as yet not invented. But the qualification of each sign was arithmetically furthered by also splitting each sign itself in 12 equal parts of 2,5 degrees: the dodecatemorion. They were simple calculations, nothing to do with trigonometry as yet.   Each first 2,5 degrees was subcoloured by the sign itself, and the next 2,5 degrees got the subcolour of the next sign and so on and so forth.  And that means, that 27,5-30 degrees of Sagittarius, which Pluto will leave this night!!, has a Scorpio undertone.  

    1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
1. 0-2,5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2. 2,5-5 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
3. 5-7,5 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2
4. 7,5-10 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3
5. 10-12,5 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4
6. 12,5-15 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5
7. 15-17,5 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6
8. 17,5-20 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
9. 20-22,5 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
10. 22,5-25 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
11. 25-27,5 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
12. 27,5-30 12 1 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

For 1. read Aries, 2: Taurus, and so on. The 9th sign (so the column under 9) is Sagittarius and for the last bit between 27,5-30 degrees it mentions an 8, which is Scorpio.  Thus you can determine also all the planets in your own chart, it does work! 

I got onto this technique once again by reading the first chapter of a very good book which you can read in part online: History of Horoscopic Astrology by James H. Holden, 2nd printing 2006.   Click here for the link.  

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