Astrological Dictionary


Dictionary of Astrological Definitions and Terms.
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Tropic of Capricorn
A "Small Circle" 23?27' South of the Earth's Equator where the Sun reaches its highest declination South. This relates to the Sun's position at the Solstice. It is the same angular measurement as the earth's tilt to the plane of the Ecliptic. Named after the tropical sign of Capricorn, for incorrect reasons.
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Tropical Signs
Cancer and Capricorn because the Sun reaches the Tropics as it enters those signs.
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Tropical Year
The time between successive passings of the Sun through the Vernal point. 365 days 5 hours, 48 minutes 46 seconds. The Tropical year is just over 20 minutes shorter than the SIDEREAL YEAR. Sometimes called Solar Year.
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Tropical Zodiac
1. The coordinate system which measures Celestial Longitude eastward along the Ecliptic, beginning with the Vernal Point, and measures Celestial Latitude along great circles perpendicular to the Ecliptic. In this system, Tropical Aries begins at the Vernal Point. Also called the Hipparchus Tropical Zodiac.
2. No less than five Tropical Zodiacs existed during the Greco-Roman period. Each placed the Vernal Point in various degrees of their respective `sign' of Aries: ARI 15? - Eudoxus of Cnidus ARI 12? - Cleostratus of Tenedos ARI 10? - Naburiannu ARI 08? - Kidinnu (Greek: Cidenas) ARI 00? - Hipparchus (and Ptolemy) By far, the most popular of these was that of Kidinnu (ARI 08?). The value used by Hipparchus (ARI 00?), which has become the modern Tropical Zodiac, was prefered only by Posidonius, Geminus (his pupil), and Claudius Ptolemy. The confusion which existed among the Greeks on these assignments is clear from their written accounts, and demonstrates their lack of knowledge of more ancient Egyptian and Babylonian astrology. ---or A coordinate system which rotates with respect to the stars. Named for the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Longitude is measured from the Vernal Point, which moves westward among the stars at a rate of about 1? each 72 years. No less than 5 Tropical Zodiacs were used by Greek astrologers.
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Trutine
Ptolemaic formulae. For example, the trutine of conception states that at the time of conception the Moon should be in conjunction with or in opposition to the natal Ascendant and the Ascendant in conjunction or opposition with the natal Moon. This formed the basis of the prenatal chart or lunar epoch chart introduced by Sepharials.
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Under Duress
Horary astrology When a significator is besieged by two malefics within tight orbs.
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Under the Sunbeams
Horary Astrology. When a significator is within 8.30 degrees and 17 degrees of the Sun. Anthony Louis suggests that the origin of this term might be \"the heliacal rising of the Moon which is obscured by the Sun\'s light until it is 17? away from the Sun.\"
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Universal Time
Is the time at the longitude of Greenwich Observatory in England. It comes in several flavors: UT0, UT1, UT2, and UTC.
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Upper Culmination
Same as upper meridian - the point at which any given heavenly body or point reaches its highest point after rising in the east and before setting in the west. Upper Culmination (or Transit) refers to the crossing closest to the observer's zenith; Lower Culmination refers to the crossing farthest from the observer's zenith. Both culminations can be seen only for circumpolar stars.
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Uranian Planets
One of the eight planets "discovered " by Witte, a German Astrologer of the WW-I period, in conjunction with Friedrich Sieggruen. To date, there has been no physical confirmation of their existence. Some astrologers regard them as "psychic planets" (bodies existing at a level more subtle than the physical). They are named: Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Appollon, Admetos, Vulcan, Poseidon.
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Uranian System
Also known as the Hamburg school. Developed by Alfred Witte.
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Uranus
Major planet - the first of the planets not visible from earth with the naked eye. Discovered by Sir William Herschel on March 13 1781. Modern ruler of the sign Aquarius it has a sidereal period of 84.02 years. Keywords: Freedom, innovation, sudden changes and events. Independence, individuality, individuation, originality, unexpectedness, excitement, eccentricity, inventiveness, extremes. Electricity, inventions, explosions, flashes, awakenings, natural grasp of metaphysical laws, humanitarianism, revolution, change, thrills, surprises. Is highly individualistic and independent; an unusual and unpredictable person; highly intuitive; rhythmic -- with a natural sense of pattern and design; flashes of genius; innovative -- with great enthusiasm for the new and untried. In the business chart: Erratic behavior, independence, technology or advanced methods concerning matters of the houses Uranus occupies or rules.
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Ursa Major
The Big Bear, third largest of the 88 constellations with seven stars. In America they are called the "Big Dipper" and in Britain the "Plough" One of the most easily recognizable groups of stars in the northern sky. It is circumpolar because it never completely sets below the horizon, but is visible in northern skies year-round.
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Ursa Minor
Little Bear. Constellation near Ursa Major, contains the star Polaris. The whole sky seems to rotate around Polaris once a day, since it is located near the north celestial pole.
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Venus
(and Mercury) Because of Regular Retrograde motion these planets sometime appear in front of or behind the Sun in position on the Ecliptic. This occurs when the planets are at their greater elongation East or West of the Sun so appear during the dark hours. Venus - one of the 10 major planets. Ruler of Taurus & Libra. Known as the Morning Star or Evening Star when it appears in the eastern sky at dawn or the western sky at dusk, respectively. Keywords: Love, affection, relationships, the way in which one relates. The way we value, cherish, or appreciate. Harmony, peace, art, aesthetics, the sense of form and relatedness, beauty, grace, contentment, ease, feelings, social life, the pleasure principle, enjoyment, flowers, perfumes, ornaments. Has a love of harmonious and beautiful surroundings; is graceful, gentle, attractive and artistic. In the business chart: Bodes well for matters of the houses it occupies or rules, but is not usually enough in itself to bring about the desired effects.
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Vernal Equinox
That time of the year when the Sun crosses theEquator, going North. This occurs in the Spring, around March 21.
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Vernal Point
The beginning of measurement of right ascension on the celestial equator or of celestial longitude on the ecliptic. O degrees. The Spring equinox in the Northern hemisphere. Due to precession the synetic vernal point is now in Pisces. In the southern hemisphere this marks the Autumnal Equinox, thus calling into disrepute, any notion of a seasonal zodiac.
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Vertex
Astrologically, the point defined by the western intersection of the prime vertical and the ecliptic, opposite the anti-vertex in the east. Generally, it is the point on a limb of an object farthest from an observer's horizon. The Moon's vertex is used in observations of lunar occultations. The longitude of the Vertex may be computed with the formula: ARCCOT (-((COT f x SIN e) - (SIN RAMC x COS e))/COS RAMC), where e is the obliquity of the ecliptic and f is the angle between the zenith and the RAMC. For the mid latitudes, the position of the vertex with an astrological chart is predictable, occurring one or two houses either side of the Descendant angle. Time of day, time of year, and exact latitude are variables in the position of the Vertex. For subtropical latitudes the position of the Vertex is very erratic, just as the position of the Ascendant is in extreme northern or extreme southern latitudes. For a birth at 0 latitude, the Vertex and the Descendant would be one and the same, as would the Antivertex and the Ascendant. In other words, the Vertex and Equatorial Ascendant axes are one and the same for births at 0 latitude. Jayne observes that the Vertex is the descendant of the horizonal house system. Today, the vertex is generally thought of as a sensitive "relationship point"; an astrologer would look for contacts between the vertex and transits or progressions, or planets in another's chart. For example, one person's vertex in conjunction with another's person's Venus: this establishes a love connection. The vertex has even been noted in horary charts, allying the querent with the quesited person (the ascendant in a horary chart is frequently used in this way). Jayne and Johndro are credited with simultaneously and independently giving the vertex interpretive prominence in astrology. Johndro called the Vertex the "electric ascendant" and Jayne thought of the vertex as the whole Vertex/Antivertex axis, and wrote of its "significant end . . . on the setting side of the chart." Using traditional astrological interpretation of the eastern half of the horoscope as "personal" and the western half as "impersonal" (the split occurring along the Midheaven axis), Jayne called the vertex "the most fated of the three Angles" (the others being the ascendant and midheaven): The vertex is naturally of interest in assessing relocated natal charts, since as the "third angle" of the chart it is sensitive to change. For example, relocation moves Venus from the fifth house to the sixth house, and moves the vertex to a partile conjunction with Venus (where there is a separation of several degrees in the natal chart); relocation, then, involves a sort of double emphasis on relationships, bringing Venus, which relates to love, together with the vertex, a sensitive point in relationships. In this sixth house, this relocated suggests a "nonseparation" of work and love with a very critical element; aspects to this formation would determine the nature and productivity of the criticism.
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Vespertine
A Ptolemaic term. A tern describing a planet setting just after the sun. Opposite of Matutine.
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Via Combusta
The region from 15 degrees Libra to 15 degrees Scorpio, considered a malefic zone. The Southern Stream may have been the origin of this legend, brought back by early sailors, then variously positioned by Northern Hemisphere astrologers.
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Vigintile
Also called Semidecile. An aspect of 18 degrees.
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Virgo
Sign of the zodiac identified by the Sun's transit between approximately 23 August and September 22 each year. Its symbol is the Virgin or handmaiden. Keywords: discriminating, service-oriented, productive, health-conscious, analytical, critical, take-it-apartness, analyticalness, subsidiaryness.
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Void of Course
A planet is Void of Course when it no longer makes a major aspect (0, 60, 90, 120, 180 degree aspects). In the modern definition, the Moon or a planet is void of course if it makes no further Ptolemaic aspects before leaving its current sign. Lilly says the Moon is void of course when it is not within orb of applying to a major aspect with any other of the seven classical planets (Moon through Saturn).
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War Time
Adjustments made to time during World War 2.
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Water
In modern Tropical Astrology (i.e., post- Ptolemaic times) One of the four elements. Water is associated with the emotional processes. The Triplicity of Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
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