oneiroplanes, on 16 March 2017 - 04:07 PM, said:
I'm about to start an evocation cycle based on the decans sequence and I think three times a month is about right for now. I suspect I will need a big break when the year is up. What have your experiences been?
I know that you're familiar with the following ideas, but for the readership generally:
The Decans of the Zodiac are functionally definable as 10° segments of the Wheel. In context, each Sign occupies a 30° segment, and each Sign can be subdivided into 3 equal parts (the Decans). To further specify, in a Seasonal Zodiac, the Modes of the Signs, Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable, represent the Ascendance, the Peak, and the Decline of the Season. Correspondingly, the Decans represent the Ascendence, Peak, and Decline of the Sign.
Being associated with a 10° segment of a 360° Wheel, each Decan does equate to roughly 10-11 days, adjusting for the fact that the solar year is a little longer than 360 days. Going through them in a years time, starting on the impending Spring Equinox is a venerable plan in my opinion.
Also for the general readership, the schema above can be applied for an empirical exploration, in lieu of any traditional associations with the Decans (the literature to do with The Faces
, etc.). So, the first Decan of the Sign of Aries can be understood as the Ascendant Sign of Spring in its Ascendance, followed by the Ascendant Sign of Spring at its Peak, etc.
To your question, in my experience following a one Spirit/Decan pace and carrying it though the year will require more commitment and perseverance than the average magician tends to manage. Prior experience with a committed annual program of development should certainly help a lot.
By way of encouragement, persevere. Get one done every 10-11 days. By way of advice, try to get the literal evocation done at the beginning of the decanate, so that you can observe the effects for as may of the remaining days as possible.