Astrological Dictionary


Dictionary of Astrological Definitions and Terms.
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Prime Vertical
The great circle which passes through the East and West points of the Horizon, and the Zenith and Nadir of a particular location. Perpendicular to the plane of the meridian, it passes through the East Point, Zenith, West Point, and Nadir of a particular location at right angles to the Meridian.
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Ptolemaic Aspect
Ptolemy distinguished four major aspects between zodiac signs: sextile, square, trine, and opposition. He referred to the conjunction as 'corporally conjoined'. The following set of particular angular separations between two bodies: 000? ... Conjunction 060? ... Sextile 090? ... Square 120? ... Trine 180? ... Opposition Note that Ptolemy did not make use of the Semisextile (30?) and Quincunx (150?) partile aspects.
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Quadrant
One of four quarters of the Celestial Sphere transposed to the horoscope as three houses. It is defined by the intersection of the Axis between Ascendant and Descendant and Midheaven and Immum Coeli. Also used to describe the quadrisection of the zodiac, with Aries-Libra as one axis and Capricorn-Cancer as the other.
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Quadrate
Another name for a square aspect.
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Quadruplicity
The set of four signs with the same quality, either Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable. These groups are formed by taking the first, second and third sign from each of the four quadrants of the zodiac. Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are Cardinal; Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius are Fixed; and Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces are Mutable.
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Querent
The person who asks the horary question.
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Quesited
(L. quaestio, past participle of the above) Horary astrology - What the Querent queries. The person or matter asked about.
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Quincunx
The 150 degrees aspect. Ptolemy writes of disjunct signs in Tetrabiblos I.16, signs which have no "familiarity" with one another according to conditions he enumerates previously, and which lie either adjacent or five signs apart; in other words, they are not separated by any of the multiples that produce sextiles, squares, or trines, the recognizes aspects after the conjunction and opposition.

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Radical
adj. [L. radix, root] The birth chart, also known as the radical chart. In horary astrology, a radical chart is one that is likely to give a valid answer. Synonymous with fit to be judged.
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Radius Vector
Distance at any given time of a planet from the Sun's Centre. Kepler's second law states that even though planets speed up and slow down, the radius vector sweeps over equal areas in equal times.
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Rational Horizon
the Geocentric Horizon projected into space. Identical to the Astronomical Horizon.
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Refranation
When an applying aspect is 'refrained' from reaching perfection. Often when one of the significators turns retrograde preventing perfection of the aspect. Refranation in a horary chart indicates that the matter questioned about is blocked from a conclusion. Let's say however that Mercury having separated from a conjunction with Venus turns retrograde and procedes to meet Venus again; there would be no refranation here, as the aspect does complete. In general, refranation does not occur, in spite of retrograde motion, when the two planets eventually complete an aspect within the sign in which they are originally place; such a condition would signify delay in the resolution of the question. The rules of refranation were set down before astrologers worked with Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Modern horary astrologers work with these planets in relation to the faster moving bodies and as topical significators. They generally do not consider the aspects these three planets may form among themselves. Aspect time scales, now a popular feature on astrology computer programs, simplify spotting refranation in a horary chart.
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Regiomontanus House System
A system of house division based on dividing the quarters of the Equator defined by the Ascendant/Descendant and Midheaven/Immum Coeli axes into equal spatial arcs and projecting them back onto the Ecliptic. Named after Regiomontanus (Johannes Muller), who devised the system 100 years after that of Campanus. The MC and ASC are, respectively, the cusps of the 10th and 1st houses. The arcs along the Celestial Equator, between the MC and ASC, and between ASC and IC are trisected, and House Circles passed through the trisection points; where these House Circles intersect the Ecliptic marks the cusps of the intermediate houses.
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Regulus
Cor Leonis (the heart of the lion). A fixed star, the most "royal" of the four royal stars. It is referred to by Ptolemy as "kardias lampros," the bright spot upon the heart. Ptolemy gives it the qualities of Mars and Jupiter. William Lilly delineated directions of planets to some fixed stars in Christian Astrology.
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Retrograde
When a planet appears to be moving backwards (westward) due to the relative speed of the earth to the planets. This is only apparent and only from a geocentric perspective. In horary being retrograde is an accidental debility. In psychological astrology being retrograde is thought to internalise the energy.
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Right Ascension
Hours measured along the celestial equator, starting from the March equinox (intersection of the ecliptic with the celestial equator). The units of right ascension are hours, since the celestial equator is divided into 24 equal portions. Each hour of Right Ascension is divided into 60 equal minutes. By convention, the starting point, or 0 hours of right ascension, is a point on the celestial equator called the vernal or March equinox. Right Ascension is also measured northward from the east point of the equator to the vertical circle (90? to the equator) that runs through the planet or point to be measured.
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Rising Planet
Planets are rising toward the Ascendant in the axial rotation of the chart. Usually a planet within a given orb of conjunction with the Ascendant. In astronomy - a planet above, and within 5?, of the eastern Horizon.
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Rising Sign
The astrological sign that is on the eastern Horizon at the moment of birth; the sign of the zodiac containing the Ascendant.
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Ruler
The planet assigned as influential to one or two of the signs.
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Separating Aspect
An aspect that has already perfected and where the planets are now moving away from the earlier exact aspect.
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Serpentis
Considered a malefic degree of the zodiac. It happens to be occupied now (Epoch 1990) by the fixed star called the North Scale (19?14'), which is said to bring tragedy along with the "benies" [you gonna let that one go?] of honors and intelligence. [need some research on this one] 19? Scorpio happens to be exactly disjunct or inconjunct the reputed degree of exaltation for Aries, which signs share the malefic Mars as their ruler. [? coincidence? something more about the exalted degrees...]
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Sextile Aspect
A 60-degree aspect. One of the major or Ptolemaic aspects. Traditionally a soft aspect. Unites signs of same polarity. The sixth harmonic.
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Sidereal Day
The True rotation of the Earth measured by two successive transits of a fixed star over the observer's Meridian. The mean length of one sidereal day is 23h56m04.09054s (86164.09054s) of Civil Time. Note that this interval slightly shorter (0.0084s) than the mean time required for a fixed star to twice transit the Upper Meridian, due to the Precession which occurs in a single day.
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Sidereal Time
The Hour Angle of the Vernal Point. Mean Sidereal Time is measured by the diurnal motion of the mean Vernal Point ("mean equinox of date"), which is affected the secular quantities of Precession; Apparent Sidereal Time is measured by the position of the true Vernal Point ("true equinox of date"), which is affected by Nutation. The difference (Apparent minus Mean) is called the Equation of the Equinoxes (called Nutation in Right Ascension, before 1960). Apparent Sidereal Time on the observer's meridian is called LST (Local Sidereal Time); on the Greenwich meridian, it is called GST (Greenwich Sidereal Time). The difference (LST-GST) is equal to the geographic longitude of the observer. The value of GST is tabulated in an ephemeris under the heading "ST" or "Sidereal Time." The argument used to compute the GST is the UT (Universal Time), which differs from the ET (Ephemeris Time) used to compute the planets. Sidereal Time is a direct measure of the diurnal rotation of the Earth, and is, therefore, independent of the value of Delta-T.
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Sidereal Year
Time required for the Earth to return exactly to the same position with reference to the same fixed star. 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes and 9.5 seconds.
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