Signs: Fixed Cross—Aquarius

Ray 5 triangle

Water of life am I, poured forth for a thirsty humanity

Finding your place in society: what the individual offers to the group

Fixed complement:Leo
Rays:Ray 5
Othodox ruler:Uranus
Esoteric ruler:Jupiter
Hierarchical ruler:Uranus
Esoteric decanates:1st: Saturn, 2nd: Mercury, 3rd: Venus
Retrogressive motto:Let desire in form be ruler
Aquarius triangles:

Aquarius: esoteric meaning

Details to follow.

Aquarius: rulers

Orthodox: Uranus

Details to follow for Uranus as orthodox ruler.

Esoteric: Jupiter

Details to follow of Jupiter as esoteric ruler.

Hierarchical: Uranus

This Creative Hierarchy is related to the ancient transference of lives from the Moon to Earth (not incarnated and on subtler levels),

Scorpio and Aquarius are also in a peculiar relation to each other through the planet Mercury which governs the human family (being the hierarchical planet in Scorpio), and through Neptune which rules Cancer, thus governing expression upon the physical plane. In this connection the Moon is given as the orthodox ruler and the hierarchical ruler of Aquarius. (EA 219)


See the notes about the inconsistency of decanates in Esoteric Astrology. For comparison, Stephen Pugh’s decanate rulers are listed, alongside current orthodox rulers and those given in the book.

Esoteric/developmental: conscious development (annual signs from Aries via Taurus to Pisces)
0-9°: Saturn G: Aquarius, opportunities to destroy that which holds back free expression of the soul
10-19°: Mercury C Gemini, intuitive illumination of the significance of events and relating past and future through the light of the present
20-29°: Venus D: Libra, the union of heart and mind towards creating human fellowship
Exoteric/experiential: humanity in general (precession from Aries via Pisces to Taurus)
29-20°: Venus D: Libra, the pursuit of material pleasure, beauty and comfort
19-10°: Mercury C: Gemini, difficulty and conflicts created by the volatile mind
9-0°: Uranus H: Aquarius, science penetrating the hidden and more advanced side of form life
  • Orthodox: Uranus, Mercury, Venus (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra)
  • EAst e/o: Saturn, Mercury, Venus / Venus, Mercury, Uranus
  • Pugh e/o: Saturn, Mercury, Venus / Venus, Mercury, Saturn

The passages below clearly demonstrate some crucial points about the decanates. The precession of the equinox backwards into Aquarius at this time is part of the long reverse journey through the constellations that affects humanity en masse. Individuals therefore work on their own progression within this broader cultural context.

The decanates in Aquarius are governed (according to Alan Leo) by Saturn, Mercury and Venus, and the effect that they will produce upon human affairs and world conditions is already beginning to appear. Saturn is the planet of discipleship and of opportunity; it is exceedingly active today, presenting to the world disciple those difficult situations and crises which will involve free choice, discriminative pioneering, wise response and correct decision, thus bringing about the destruction of that which hinders without the relinquishing of any true values of which humanity may be aware. The individual disciple has always been faced with these conditioning and releasing circumstances, and today humanity itself is in the same position. We stand at the gateway of the new world, of the new age and its new civilizations, ideals and culture.

Saturn, having offered opportunity and proffered us a choice to bring about the needed changes and to destroy that which holds back the free expression of the soul, eventually stands aside in order to let His great Brother, Mercury, spread the light of the soul—intuitive and illuminating—upon the situation, to interpret for us, through our own illumined minds, the significance of events and to relate the old and the new, the past and the future through the light of the present. Hence, the subjective usefulness of the present general trend towards meditation processes which bring about the capacity to be “impressed from on high” (technically understood) and to be illumined by the light of the soul.

When the task of Saturn and of Mercury has been accomplished, then during the third decanate, Venus, which is the union of heart and mind, will usher in the long hoped for era of love-wisdom, of brotherhood and of expressed brotherly relationships. Opportunity—Illumination—Brotherhood: these are the gifts that Shamballa is planning to confer upon mankind during the Aquarian Age, if man will but prepare for them, accept them, and use them. Only the future will make clear man’s reaction.

According to other astrologers, the three decanates are governed by Venus, Mercury and the Moon. You can here see the relation of astrology to the normal or to the reversed wheel of life. The Moon which here takes the place of Saturn hides the planet Uranus. In this case Uranus, the occult planet, stands for exoteric science which penetrates into the hidden side of form life, and thus we have the period wherein man is not alert enough or conscious enough to seize upon opportunity [Saturn] and turn it to esoteric or soul ends, but can identify… with the more advanced aspects of form. The energy which produces opportunity, illumination, and brotherly love as expressed and attained upon the Fixed Cross, demonstrates upon the Mutable or Common Cross as difficulty, the versatile and volatile mind (unstable and dark) and as sex. (EA 148-49)

Connection with the precession of the equinox towards Aquarius

This is strikingly the case in connection with the sign Aquarius into which sign our sun is now entering, its three decanates, Saturn, Mercury and Venus, bringing inevitably difficulty, illumination and brotherly love. On the ordinary wheel, in all outer affairs, Saturn controls, and we consequently find ourselves today in a state of chaos and trouble, but as far as the consciousness of the race is concerned, Mercury is becoming increasingly active. A steady illumination is taking place and light is being thrown on all problems—light on government and politics through experiments and the study of great and basic ideologies; light on the material nature of the world through all the many branches of science; light on humanity itself through education, philosophy and psychology. This light is spreading down to the very darkest places in our planet and its many forms of life. (EA 172)

The passage below contrasts the effect of the decanates of the sign Aquarius on the evolving individual (forwards after the reversal of the wheel) with the precessional effect of the decanates (backwards by the precession of the equinox into the constellation Aquarius) for humanity en-masse, and the complex interaction between the two, as more people begin the journey of conscious inner development:

The three decanates of Aquarius, from the angle of the disciple, are Saturn, Mercury and Venus. It is in this sequence that they affect… and carry [us] forward on [the] desired way, thus giving opportunity through conflict, the illumination of the mind and eventually the achievement of brotherly love which is wisdom. Ordinarily speaking, the mass of [people] would pass through the sign via Venus, Mercury and Saturn, for… undeveloped [humanity] is influenced by those qualities which can be best described as instinctual mind or affection (Venus), which is brotherly love in embryo; by the slow unfoldment of the mind through the activity of Mercury; finally, as the result of this unfoldment, conflict supervenes and Saturn offers opportunity to suffer and, through suffering, to learn to choose rightly, to analyse correctly and to decide upon the higher values. These points must be carefully considered by the astrologer. But at this time, we are at a point of crisis and the problem takes wider implications, for the reason that, for the first time in its history, humanity is beginning to mount the Fixed Cross of the disciple, thus reversing its progress upon the circle of the Zodiac. Humanity—as a whole and owing to the large proportion of aspirants and thinking idealists—is entering Aquarius, via the open door of Saturn. At the same time, a very large number… are in the non-thinking instinctual stage and their consciousness is predominantly Atlantean [i.e. emotional or desire-driven]. These enter via Venus and hence the conflict. (EA 283)

Esoteric Astrology: 148-9, 172, 283