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Astrological Definitions and their Meaning: Zaminium, Zenith, Zero Point, Zeus, Zodiac, Zoidion
A Zaminium is the name for a fortunate conjunction of an astrological planet 'in the heart of the Sun'. This position is sometimes called Cazimi and is formed when the planetary body is in conjunct within 17 degrees of the Sun. A Zaminium placement is believed to be a strong favorable influence that acquires lots of energy from its close solar connection. This strength of this cosmic energy is drawn and fortified from the planets close proximity to the Sun. In Astrology the Sun represents the ego so a planet's authority near its center and in Zaminium will tend to enhance a person with a bright and optimistic disposition.
The word Zenith is used in Astrology to describe the point on the celestial sphere that is observed vertically above. Zenith is the highest pole of the horizon along with the lowest the Nadir. Zenith Houses are a creation of the Astrologer William J Tucker using spatial divisions of the Sun's path in a quadrant defined by this celestial point. The Zenith is situated on the top of a natal chart around the 10th house and influences around this area are thought to determine a person's status and achievements in life. Locational astrological concepts also utilize the Zenith for a predictive guide. Fredrich Sieggruen was part founder of the Hamburg School of Astrology anddeveloped the Zenith Horoscope.
Zero Point
Zero Point in astrological terms refers to the coordinate believed to indicate the place where space and time merge. It is sometimes referred to as The Aries Point and the position that the Sun enters into the start of the zodiac circle. The other cardinal signs of Cancer, Libra and Capricorn also have zero points and these mark the beginnings of each season on Earth. These 4 equally spaced locations of zero degrees and are thought to be indicators of the initiation of cycles. A planet, house or sign at zero point found in a natal analysis will often focus on renewal actions and the commencement of new directions.
Zeus is the name of the Greek mythical King of the Gods who with his thunderbolt and eagle was considered the Lord of the Sky. The skies were Zeus's chosen share of the Universe, his 2 brothers Hades and Poseidon chose and ruled the Underworld and the Sea. The legendary God Zeus was also known as Thor or Wotan and thought to be blessed with immortality, and in Roman times he was referred to as Jupiter. In Astrology the planet Jupiter named after Zeus is the largest in our Solar System and is thought to have a powerful influence on our personalities and fate. It rules the zodiac sign of Sagittarius and Pisces and is regarded as a greater benefic. In Uranian Astrology the representation of Zeus is viewed and consulted as a symbolic hypothetical planet.
The word Zodiac comes from the Greek zodiakos meaning 'circle of little animals' and it refers to ancient Babylonian observations of the skies. As early as the 7th century BCE these people had given each month a symbolic sign. The zodiac began with its first position being in line with the Sun at the vernal equinox point and was named the Age of Aries. These first concepts have developed over the centuries into many branches of Astrology, including Mundane, Horary and Natal. The zodiac has 12 equal 30 degree segments starting with Aries for people born between March 21st and the 20th of April and ending in Pisces for those arriving from February the 20th and March the 20th.
The word Zoidion is little used now in Astrology as the English term of Sign is now the modern and most frequently used alternative, The name Zoidion originates from the ancient Greek zoion thought to have loosely meant 'place for life' and the Latin signum meaning 'image'. So a zodiac representation was called a Zoidion originally but is now commonly known as a Sign. The original descriptive name of Zoidion creatively explains the significance of what a star sign is primarily an indicator of. It also implies that astrological signs are living, growing, flexible instances rather than fixed, predetermined and set in time spaces.