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The Visual Astrologer: Exploring the Decans through the Rider-Waite Tarot

Every once in a while you come across a book that changes the game a little bit. Over the past year I have added many hopeful contenders to what you might call an astrological "reference library", books so essential that you can't help but come back to them over and over again. We all have our trusty ephemerides, perhaps a book on aspects or a cherished methodology manual.  Some are more technical than others, but none have I found to be both as useful, and a joy to read than Austin Coppock's 36 Faces. The combination of historical scholarship and poetic mastery of language is, in my opinion, unrivaled. As part of my on-going (life-long) education in the language of the planets, I decided to read a chapter each day for every 10-degree decanic phase of the moon. I wanted a first-hand experience of the overall "vibe" of each subsection of the zodiac, and being a Cancerian child of the moon myself, what better way to fuse image with experience. Here's wha…

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