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The decans, divisions of the 12 zodiac signs in to 3 equal parts, are often mentioned as a side note, or not at all, in contemporary astrological texts. Yet these neglected elements of astrology have a lengthy and well-illustrated history- one adorned with hundreds beautiful and disturbing symbolic images. The decans have played an important role in astrology, magic and tarot, yet have been largely neglected up until this point.
36 Faces traces the rich history of the decans through their different incarnations, tracking down symbolism that stretches for four millennia. Not merely historical, 36 Faces also reconstructs the distinct meaning of each decan using a wide range of texts. Each decan is then put through the prism of each of the 7 traditional planets, complete with delineations of their natal power as well as their use in image magic. 36 Faces also contains nearly 50 pages of reference tables for the researcher. It also features beautiful, original images specially created for each Decan by Bob Eames.
The book is 336 pages, and was issued in 4 editions:
- TRADE EDITION PAPERBOUND, limited to 1296 copies
- STANDARD HARDCOVER with dust jacket, limited to 432 copies
- DELUXE HARDCOVER with art wraps and slipcase, limited to 108 copies
- SPECIAL HARDCOVER, handbound in full leather, with one of 36 unique talismanic enclosures depicting the genius of each of the decans, with slipcase