Astrological Dictionary


Dictionary of Astrological Definitions and Terms.
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Critical Degrees
The cusps of the lunar houses or asterisms. Certain positions in the Zodiac are considered critical -mostly based on the Lunar Mansions. Sometimes referring to 0 degrees and 29 degrees of zodiac signs. Lunar Mansion degrees are: 0 degrees, 12 degrees 51', and 25 degrees 43' of Cardinal signs; 8 degrees 34' and 21 degrees 26' of Fixed signs; and 4 degrees 17' and 17 degrees 09' of Mutable signs.
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Culmination
A general term for the hightest and lowest points a planet or celestial body reaches in the sky relative to an observer.
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Cusp
In mathematics, a "double point" at which two tangents to the curve are coincident. In astrology, the boundary between one house and the next or between one sign and the next.
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Triplicity
Fire signs: Day ruler Sun, Night ruler Jupiter. Earth signs: Day Venus, Night Moon. Air signs: Day Saturn, Night Mercury. Water signs: Day Mars, Night Mars
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Day House
Also called solar house. The sign a planet rules by day. Each planet rules a masculine (yang) sign by day. (Traditional astrology often refers to house meaning sign)
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Day rulers
Sun, Sunday; Moon, Monday; Mars, Tuesday; Mercury, Wednesday; Jupiter, Thursday; Venus, Friday; Saturn, Saturday.
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Debility
A weak or afflicted planet. Detriment or Fall are Essential Debilities. Essential debility occurs in the form of detriment, when a planet is in the sign opposite that which it rules, and fall, when a planet is in a sign opposite that in which has its exaltation.
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Decanate
Signs divided into three 10-degree divisions. In contemporary astrology the first decan of a sign is governed by its natural ruler. The second and third decans are governed by the rulers of the signs in the same element. Traditional rulership differs slightly, where each sign has three 10 degrees faces ruled by the seven classical planets in Chaldean order, starting with Mars ruling the first Face of Aries.
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Declination
The angular distance measured in degrees north and south of the CELESTIAL EQUATOR defined as 00. The Sun reaches maximum declination of 23degrees27 ' at the summer and winter SOLSTICES and 00 or no declination at the EQUINOXES when it passes from south to north and back again - i.e. crosses the equator. Distance north of the equator is measured positive, south negative.
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Decreasing In Light
Waning visible light in the phases of the Moon, Venus, or Mercury.
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Decumbiture
Chart erected for the moment when an ill person takes to his bed The ascendant represents the sick person even when that person did not ask for the horary. A decumbiture determines the course of an illness, using primarily the transiting Moon in a determination of critical days.
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Degree
A measurement of 1/360th of a circle. Special symbols (?,',") are used to denote specific angles. For example, 15?27'38" refers to 15 degrees, 27 minutes, 38 seconds.

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Derivative Houses
Counting the houses by placing the house ruling a Horary question on the Ascendant (1st house) and the other houses then numbered in order. Also called Turning the Chart. In a horary question such as "When will my sister get better," the 3rd house of the radix chart becomes the 1st house of the sister. The radix 4th becomes the sister's 2nd, etc. In a child's natal chart, information about a 10th house parent's job is read from the 7th house, which is ten houses counterclockwise from the 10th house in the child's chart.
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Descendant
Degree and sign opposite the Ascendant. The 7th house. One of the angles in a chart ; sometimes refers to the region of the horoscope from 25? above the descendant point to 5? below it.
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Detriment
Weak position for a planet in the opposite sign to that which it 'rules' ; an essential debility or weakness in a planet's position.
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Dexter Aspect
Aspect formed by a faster moving planet to a slower one when it is behind it in the zodiac. It appears to be to the right of the slower planet. A sinister (left-hand or waning) aspect occurs with the natural order of the signs, such as when the Moon at 9? Pisces trines the Sun at 13? Cancer. Dexter aspects have traditionally been considered more powerful than sinister aspects. Dexter in the northern hemisphere is sinister in the southern hemisphere (and vice versa). (Observers in the southern hemisphere face north to look at the planets, while observers in the northern hemisphere face south.)
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Dignity
Planetary strength. Essential dignity is strength by sign, accidental dignity by house position and aspect.
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Direct
The apparent forward motion of a planet, through the Zodiac. Also describing a planet-to-planet contact, as opposed to indirect, which describes a planet-to-midpoint contact.
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Directing
The forecasting of future positions of the planets and aspects they will make to those in the Natal Chart.
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Directions
Compass directions with the Ascendant - East; the Descendant - West; IC - North and MC - South. Intermediate houses correspond to the intermediate compass direction.
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Dispositor
Same as ruler of the sign. Said to 'dispose' or dominate the planet in the sign. The Sun is the dispositor of Mars in Leo. Jupiter, by exaltation, is the dispositor of Venus in Cancer.
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Diurnal arc
Measurement in degrees of a planet from rising to setting also called Daily Arc.
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Diurnal motion
The daily motion by which the stars appear to revolve around the north pole roughly once every 24 hours. The Sun, Moon, planets, and stars all move westward across the sky each day (that is, from east to west). They repeat this general westward motion about a day later. All rise roughly in the east, ascend in the eastern sky until they reach their maximum height (when they "transit the meridian"), then descend in the western sky until they set roughly in the West.
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Diurnal planets
Saturn, Jupiter, Sun.
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Domiciled
The certain position of a planet in the zodiac by sign and house.
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