Astrological Dictionary


Dictionary of Astrological Definitions and Terms.
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Applying Aspect
Refers to the relationship of two planets when the faster moving planet in an aspect is in an earlier degree than the slower planet and approaching exactitude. The planets may be both direct, both retrograde, or the faster retrograde while the slower is direct.
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Apsides line
A line connecting the two points of the Moon's Perigee and Apogee, the longest axis of the Ellipse of the Moon's orbit. A Progression of this line causes the Moon's orbit to turn on itself once every 3232.5 days, about 9 years. This produces the Apse Cycle. It can also be defined as a line which connects the perigee and apogee of a body'sorbit, or any eliptical shape in general.
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Aquarius
The 11th sign. ruled by: Uranus & Saturn detached, humanitarian, individualistic, nonconforming, independent impersonal, nowness, let all pull-together-ness, different-ness
through which the Sun transits from about 21 January to 20 February each year. The symbol of the Water Carrier.
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Arabic Parts
So called Arabic parts are derived by adding and subtracting particular planetary, zodiacal positions and cuspal points in absolute longitude to synthesise a part of Lot that has symbolic meaning. It is also often defined as a system of named sensitive points made popular by Arab astrologers working with Babylonion, Egyption, and Greek sources. Abu Ma'shar wrote he learned ninety-seven of the parts from the first two sources. The Part of Fortune is commonly used by modern astrologers. Horary astrologers make use of others, such as the part of death, "find," and marriage.
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Arc
Any part of the circumference of a circle in which the distance is measured from one point to another or, astrologically the distance travelled along the ECLIPTIC by a body over a given period of time. Arc is measured in a number of different units designed for various purposes: radians, grads, revolutions or circles, hours, degrees, etc. The most common unit of arc in astronomy and astrology is the degree, of which there are 360 in a full circle. Degrees are assumed to be the arc unit throughout this work.
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Arcturan
A special house system based on 12 equal segments starting with the East Point.
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Aries
The 1-st zodiacal sign. ruled by Mars active, spontaneous, initiating, self-assertive, energetic, naive, "me first", ardent, leader, get-there-first-ness, out-rushing-ness, get-it-done-ness, push-on-ness, pioneering-ness through which the sun transits from around 21st March to 20th April each year. The symbol of the Ram. The sun's ingress is symbolic of the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere but in reality the Vernal point is in the constellation of Pisces due to precession of the equinoxes.
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Armillary Sphere
Instrument used by ancient astronomers composed of rings to represent the Celestial Equator, The Tropics, the Ecliptic, Horizon and Meridian. De Vore has the inventor as Eratosthenes, Larousse as Thales or Anaximander. In any event, an armillary sphere is constructed with bands representing circles on the celestial sphere, connected along their diameters but free otherwise to rotate about each other to represent all the possible orientations of circles within a sphere.
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Ascendant
The point of intersection of the ecliptic and horizon nearest the East point. The cusp, the beginning degree, based on the time of day and place of birth of the subject, of the first house, and the first house itself. The intersection of the Horizon and the Ecliptic. The sign of the ascendant is commonly called the rising sign.
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Ascending Node
Ascending Node is a points where the Moon crosses the Ecliptic from South to North. The ascending node is also called the north node. The Ascending Node refers to the spiritual power of the planet's function, which becomes highly focalized within the consciousness of the individual.
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Ascension Signs of Long and Short
Because of the oblique angle of the Ecliptic to the equator, certain signs at mid latitudes take longer to rise above the horizon that others. In the Southern Hemisphere, the signs Cancer to Sagittarius are called signs of SHORT Ascension and the signs Capricorn to Gemini are called signs of LONG Ascension. The reverse signs apply in the Northern Hemisphere. Above a certain latitude, some signs do not rise at all. Signs that require longer are called the signs of long ascension, those that rise more quickly the signs of short ascension. In the northern hemisphere, Cancer through Sagittarius are signs of long ascension, Capricorn through Gemini the signs of short ascension. This condition is reversed in the Southern Hemisphere. Why does the angle between the horizon and the ecliptic change? Why does a steeper angle between the horizon and the ecliptic causes the ascending sign to take longer to rise? Imagine a ball with a circle drawn around its middle. As long as the ball is rotated around the pole of this circle, the circle turns evenly. But if it is rotated around a different pole, it will wobble back and forth, thus continually changing the angle it makes with any other fixed circle When the plane of the ecliptic makes its steepest angle with the plane of the horizon, the sign on the horizon will take the longest to rise. A segment perpendicular to the plane of rotation must pass through its entire length to rise, whereas if it is at some angle to this, the amount of time to rise depends on the component in the plane of rotation, which is shorter the more the plane deviates.
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Aspect
Refers to the geometric or Angular relationship between planets in the Ecliptic.; one of a set of particular angular separations between two bodies; one of the angular separations between two bodies or sensitive points accepted by astrologers as qualifying the way in which planetary principles manifest themselves in a chart; more generally, any angular separation between planets.
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Aspectarian
Section in the Ephemeris listing major planetary aspects over a period. Transit-to-transit aspects are those formed by the transiting planets to one another at any given moment.
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Asteroids
Thousands of small celestial bodies mostly orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. The largest is Ceres. The asteroid belt lies between the planets Mars and Jupiter in a large space where, according to the laws of astronomy, a planet ought to exist. Theories abound as to the formation of the aster- oids. The most popular of these is that they are the remnants either of a planet that exploded or of a planet that was unable to form due to the tremendous gravitational influence of gigantic Jupiter. (The "Trojans," two large groups of asteroids, do in fact lie in Jupiter's orbit and revolve around the Sun as part of Jupiter's "entourage.") Some of the asteroids have highly irregular orbits, passing even inside the orbit of Mercury at perihelion. There are literally thousands of these small bodies, ranging in size from less than a meter to several hundred kilometers in diameter. The first four were discovered between 1801 and 1807, and it was another 38 years before any others were discovered. These four, named after four Olympian goddesses, are being used by a growing number of astrologers and seem to symbolize various aspects of the Feminine: Ceres Pallas Juno Vesta Chiron has often been classified as an asteroid, even though it does not lie in the asteroid belt (orbiting primarily between Saturn and Uranus). It has also been called a comet, a planetoid, and a minor planet.
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Astrocartography
A computerised system whereby the natal planetary data is superimposed onto a map of the world.
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Astroeconomics
The astrology usage in business and finance.
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Astrolabe
An ancient instrument, predecessor to the sextant, for observing the positions of heavenly bodies and determining their elevation above the horizon. The astrolabe of Christopher Columbus was on display at the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial. The oldest known example, called "The Mathematical Jewel," is of Persian origin. It was made by Ahmad and Mahud, sons of Ibraham (q.v.) the Astrologer of Isfahan, and is in the Lewis Evans collection in the Old Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, England. The invention is attributed by some to Hipparchus (q.v.) but others credit it to the Arabs, some 400 years prior.
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Astrologer
Trained practitioner of the art and science of Astrology. The term can be equally applied to both sexes.
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Astrology
Study of the relationships between people and events on earth, and the cycles, position, aspects, and motion of the Sun, Moon and eight planets along the ecliptic. Such a relationship is an expression of cosmic law, manifestation of the harmony pervading the universe. Astrology is a guide to the undestanding of this order.
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Astrometerology
Investigation of the relation between the Solar system bodies and the weather.
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Astronomy
The science that deals with the heavenly bodies: their positions, motions, magnitudes and conditions. Astronomy provides the visual data but does not interpret it symbolically.
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Autumnal Equinox
The measurement of 180 degrees of right ascension on the celestial equator or of celestial longitude on the ecliptic measured from the Vernal equinox (determined as 0 Aries, therefore the autumnal equinox is determined as 0 Libra. However, due to precession the synetic autumnal point is now in Virgo. In the southern hemisphere this marks the Vernal Equinox, thus contradicting any ideas based on a seasonal zodiac. In the northern hemisphere, this occurs around September 23, and in the southern hemisphere around March 21.
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Average Daily Motion
Also called Mean Motion. The average motion of a planet during a 24-hour period. Travelling slower than average is considered a debility in traditional astrology. The average motion of the Transneptunian planets is expressed in years.
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Ayanamsa
The difference is celestial longitude between the sidereal sign and its corresponding tropical sign. An exact value of 24 degrees was computed in 1950 by astrologers Fagan and Bradley. Because of precession the value of the ayanamsa increases by 1.4 degrees per 100 years. A Sanskrit term that is also used to indicate the difference in arc between the starting point of the Tropical and the Sidereal zodiacs. An astrological chart referred to the Tropical zodiac may be converted to the Sidereal zodiac by subtracting the ayanamsha for the same date. Several different ayanamsas are currently in use.
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Azimuth
The primary angle of the Horizon system of coordinates. A measurement of a planet's angular distance from the Horizon in Degrees and Minutes Westward from where the Meridian intersects the south point of the Horizon to a vertical containing the planet, or, an angle made by the vertical of the planet to the Meridian. Astronomy uses this measurement as Zenith distance.
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