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Astrological Definitions and their Meaning: Dispositor, Diurnal, Divination, Divisional Chart, Dodecatmoria, Double-bodied Signs, Dragon's Head and Tail
A Dispositor in Astrology is a planet that disposes of, or rules over another, and becomes the main ruler of the particular planetary arrangement. Such disposition can be favorable and even more so when the dispositor is higher in position than the planet that has been disposed or ruled over. Mutual disposition can occur when the dispositor is in its own sign, for instance when the Sun is in Cancer or the Moon is in its ruling planet Leo. Any surrounding negative influences are believed to be diverted by the action of a positive dispositor rearrangement.
The word Diurnal is derived from the Latin diurnus thought to mean 'daily', today in Astrology it is used to describe anything pertaining to the daytime. The term Diurnal marks the planets that are located above the horizon, as opposed to Nocturnal planets situated below it. A Diurnal Arc is a right ascension measured from the rising to the setting points. A Diurnal Chart is a birth configuration analysis for a person born during the daylight hours. Diurnal Signs of the Zodiac are Scorpio, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Capricorn and Pisces as they are found in the Southern Hemisphere of an individual's natal map.
The name Divination comes from the Latin divinationem thought to mean 'the power of foreseeing or prediction'. Many esoteric practices use a form of Divination, in Astrology the planetary influences, symbolic representations and the horoscopes they produce are all considered divining tools. Astrological divination is one of the most complicated methods to learn but it is also does not require any psychic ability. This kind of divination is interpreted in several ways and can provide natal and relationship compatibility charts. Astrologically supplied predictions for time based events or answering specific questions may use divinatory influences.
Divisional Chart
A Divisional Chart is used in Verdic Astrology analysis to attempt to discover all areas of life predictions. It involves the construction of 16 varga charts based on fractional sign divisions and each varga shines a light on different sides of the personality. Each slice of a divisional chart represents specific parts of a person's life and they are sometimes called Amsha, D, or Sub Charts. Divisional Charts focus on money, careers, health, relationships, family, siblings, spiritual thought and overall general happiness. The most popular divisional chart is the Navamsha that divides each zodiacal sign into 9 revealing sections.
The name Dodecatmoria comes from Ptolemaic Astronomy concepts and refers to a two and a half degree twelvefold astrological division . The ancient Greeks often referred to it as 'a division of Fate' in their early observations and predictive methods of the stars. It is sometimes known in modern Astrology as the Dwadishamsha or the twelfth part and is based around the Moon's monthly cycle of phases. The term Dodecatmoria sometimes describes the segments of the houses or other parts of the zodiac in order to differentiate them from the usual divisional degrees of zodiac signs. In Hellenistic Astrology Dodecatmoria is the word used for Mundane Houses.
Double-bodied Signs
In Astrology 3 of the 12 zodiac signs have a representation containing two rather than one symbolic object. These are known as Double-bodied signs or Bi-corporal and also belong to the Mutable sign category. Double-bodied signs are Gemini because of the 'twins' symbol representing 2 individuals and Sagittarius being part Man and part Beast. Also included as a Double-bodied sign is Pisces whose symbol is of a pair of Fishes. Some Astrologers additionally consider Virgo with its ancient maiden and bird depiction as a Double-bodied sign. Astrologically these particular personalities are usually drawn towards variety in their life experiences.
Dragon's Head and Tail
The Dragon's Head is the astrological name for Caput Draconis, Rahu or the Moon's North Node and is considered benefic in its influence. The Dragon's Tail is the opposite South Node of the Moon known as Cauda Draconis or Ketu and is regarded as malefic. The names Dragon's Head and Tail are most often used in Chinese Astrology and are believed to be a major indicator of the likelihood of success in life. In some modern astrological interpretations these significant reference points are thought to possess the strength of planets. They are also important influences with regard to directions and transits in a natal chart.
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