Astrological Dictionary


Dictionary of Astrological Definitions and Terms.
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Increasing in Light
When the Moon is waxing, i.e. separating from a conjunction and moving toward opposition with the Sun and appears to increase in light when viewed from the Earth. Once the Moon passes its opposition to the Sun, it appears to decrease in light. This is waning. Identical to waxing. Opposite of Decreasing in Light, or waning.
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Inferior Planets
The minor planets, those whose orbits are within that of the Earth: Mercury and Venus
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Infortunes
Malefics, traditionally Mars and Saturn. The Moon's South Node is an unfortunate point. There are also malefic fixed stars, such as Caput Algol.
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Ingress
(Astronomically) Used in discussing the transit of one body over the disk of another, especially of Mercury or Venus over the Sun's disk. Exterior and Interior Ingress are, respectively, the moments when the planet first, or last, makes contact with the solar disk. Astrologically, the entry of any of the planetary bodies or luminaries into a sign of the zodiac. Astronomically, the entry of the planetary bodies into a different constellation.
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Intercepted
zodiacal sign (Tropical or Sidereal) whose 30?-extent along the Ecliptic is wholly contained within the House Circles which define a house (in a specific House System). In other words, the same sign appears on the cusps of two adjacent houses; the opposite sign appears on the opposite cusps; and three houses from each a sign and its opposite are "skipped." Signs of short ascension are more most often intercepted (Capricorn through Gemini in the northern hemisphere, their opposite signs in the southern hemisphere). A planet that lies in an intercepted sign. In horary astrology, an intercepted planet is said to be less free to act.
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Jayne Charles
October 9, 1911, 10:39:30 PM rectified time (10:53 PM given) Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. (d. December 31, 1985, 8:32 PM, Goshen, New York). Jayne is the father of modern technical astrology, at least from the tropical standpoint. This is a matter of record, for it is impossible to examine the great many articles and books he wrote. He wrote his first technical article (on eclipses) in 1939. He worked on eclipses, sensitive points, cosmic structure, locatlity astrology, recitification, long- term cycles, and pre- and post-natal charts. Jayne was the model of what has become the standard among modern astrologers: the mixture of both astrological insight and technical proficiency. L. Edward Johndro, to whom Jayne was always quick to acknowledge his debt, was a forerunner in mixing intense concern for precise astrological techniques with spiritual insight. Jayne was particularly interested in the astronomical structure of astrology. Jeyne understood astronomy to be the physical signature of the spiritual and the intuitive. Astronomy fueled his theoretical leanings. He would remark, "The physical universe is but the shadow of God." At the same time, Jayne was no friend of mediocrity and fought it wherever it appeared. In particular, he couldn't bear astrologers arrogating themselves or making money based on what he considered faulty or erroneous astrological logic or concepts. Jayne has a continual vision of getting the best astrologers together with each other for a face-to-face exchange of ideas. He and Michael Erlewine formed ACT (Astrological Conference on Techniques). Jayne also created the Johndro award, given to astrologers who have made a major technical contribution to astrology and who exhibit generosity of spirit. Jayne participated in a wide variety of astrological groups and associations. He was vice-president of Nicholas de Vore's Astrologic Research Society. He also authored many articles in de Vore's Encyclopedia of Astrology (including a number that did not carry his name or initials; almost all of the sections on cosmic structure were his work). He founded his own Astrological Bureau in 1953 and the Astrological Research Associates in 1958, which published the first international astrological periodical, In Search. Jayne, along with Charles Emerson, Harry Darling and Dr. Edgar Wagner, founded NCGR. He was president of the Astrologers Guild of America from 1958 to 1960. In 1970, he created ARC, the Association for Research in Cosmecology. He and clinical psychologist David Goodman created the Astro-Psychological Consultation Center in New York City in 1973. Jayne formed a great many symposia in conjunction with major astrological associations. He served as chairman of the resolutions committee at the 1972 AFA convention. He also gave countless classes, seminars, and weekend workshops, on top of his counseling practice, which was constant. Jayne appeared in Life magazine and was on radio and TV a number of times, including appearances on the David Susskind show. For over nine years, he ans hiw wife Vivia (a first- rate astrologer in her own right) wrote what has been called the best daily newspaper astrology column ever, in the New York Daily News. Jayne studied philosophy at Princeton University, electrical engineering at Virginia Plytechnic Institute, and psychology at Columbia University. From 1961 to 1969 he was a technical analyst on Wall Street. He was also schooled in occult theory in general and Theosophy in particular. He held one of his teachers, Miss Eleanor Hesseltine, in particularly high esteem. Jayne is recognized for bringing order and conscience to an astrology suffocating from too much psychology and humanism. It is interesting to compare the careers of Jayne and Dane Rudhyar, who perhaps not coincidentally left this world around the same time; both were seed men and great astrologers; both assisted in developing an approach to astrology each of which now has an enormous following. This is not to say that Rudhyar did not value technique or that Jayne disdained psychology -- that would be the wrong reading. Rudhyar gave an entire generation a feeling for astrology, developing the psychological and humanistic side of the field. Jayne, almost his alter ego, did all he could to restrain and prune this outgrowth; he was an advocate of science and facts (though a science that fed on inspiration and inner direction rather than on itself).
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Johndro L Edward
American Astrologer said to have co-discovered the Vertex. Best known for his seminal work in Locational astrology.
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Jones Marc Edmond
American Astrologer, scholar and and author. A Protestant Minister his work is very influential. Founder of the Sabian Assembly Jones is responsible for the classification of aspect patterns which are used extensively in contemporary astrology.
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Joy
An ancient form of house rulership about which the literature is contradictory. Joy is used in horary astrology. Houses where planets traditionally most 'enjoyed' occupying. Venus rejoices in the 5th house, Saturn rejoices in the 12th. The Moon has joy in the 3rd, the Sun in the 9th, Mercury in the 1st, Mars in the 6th, and Jupiter in the 11th. The traditional list is as follows: first house, Mercury; no planet enjoyed the second house; third house, the Moon; no planet enjoyed being in the fourth house; fifth house, Venus; sixth house, Mars; no planet enjoyed being in the seventh house or eighth houses; ninth house, the Sun; none for the tenth, although the Sun and Jupiter were said to do well there; eleventh house, Jupiter; and twelfth house, Saturn. Saturn, for example, enjoyed being in the twelfth because it reveled in misery; Venus enjoyed the fifth because it liked an environment of love. Planets can "rejoice" in each other by occupying different but related houses. Thus the Sun, Jupiter, or Mars would joy when any of the three occupied a house relating to fire (1, 5, 9). Planets could also rejoice in each other by virtue of shared nature; for example Mars and Saturn mutually enjoy their malefic natures, Venus and Jupiter their benefic natures.
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Juno
The fourth largest of the Asteroids, discovered in 1804. It is named after the Juno, the wife of Jupiter, and is associated with marriage.
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Jupiter
Planetary ruler of the sign Sagittarius, and traditional ruler of the sign Pisces. Largest planet in the solar system with a sidereal period of 11.86 tropical years.
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Kabala
Also Cabala, Caballah, Kabalistic, Kabalism. Philosophical system based on the mystical interpretation of scriptures as practised by Jewish rabbis and some medieval Christians. 1. Kabalists presume that each word of inspired writing contains a secret meaning, to which only they have the key. 2. A collection of ancient lore which is credited to the ancient rabbis of Israel.
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Kepler Johannes
(1571-1630) German mathematician, astrologer, and astronomer. Born at Weil der Stadt, Wurtemberg; died at Regensburg, Bavaria. Son of a professional soldier, he suffered an attack of smallpox at age 3, which crippled his hands and weakened his eyes. He, therefore, initially planned a career as a minister. He was graduated from the University of Tubingen in 1588, and received a Master's degree in 1591. He taught science at the University of Graz in Austria. As professor of astronomy, he calculated `horoscopes' and carefully studied the Greek writers in a genuine desire to raise astrology to the level of a respectible science. His clients included Emperor Rudolf II and General Albrecht von Wallenstein. He explored the use of astrological methods to probe various Biblical passages. And, he derived the year BC3992 for the date of Creation. He accepted a position at Prague with the aging Tycho Brahe. On Tycho's death, in 1601, Kepler inherited the elder man's valuable collection of careful observations of the apparent motion of the planet Mars. With this precise data, was able to formulate a new theory of planetary motion (so-called `laws'), which eliminated the complex system of Ptolemaic astronomy, with its epicycles and deferents, in favor of simple elliptical orbits. He successfully applied his theory to the motion of the Galilean satellites of Jupiter, but his attempts with the Moon were not so pleasing (the Moon's motion was too complex). Supported by two Holy Roman Emperors, Rudolf II and Matthias, Kepler was able to continue his work (although both rulers were usually late with salary payments). Kepler used the natural logarithm tables, published in 1614, by Napier for his difficult calculations. In 1627, he published his planetary tables (called the Rudolphine Tables, in honor of Rudolf II), dedicating them to the memory of Tycho. This major work was completed in spite of family and financial problems (he had 14 children), wars, and religious upheavals. In 1620, his mother (who was interested in the occult) was arrested as a witch. [She was not tortured, but after prolonged efforts on Kepler's part, she died soon after release.] Kepler corresponded with Galileo, and used one of the latter's telescopes to observe the satellites of Jupiter. He wrote descriptions for an improved telescope (using two convex lenses), and for a parabolic mirror, which was later used in the reflecting telescope of Newton. Kepler's determination of the moments when the planets Mercury and Venus would transit across the Sun's disk led to a new triumph in astronomy; such phenomona had not previously been observed. Not until 1631, after Kepler's death, was the transit of Mercury observed by Gassendi. He wasted much time in his attempt to match planetary motions with musical notes ("music of the spheres") as advocated by the Pythagoreans, and in the use of regular geometric solids to approximate the relative mean heliocentric distances of the planets. He was the first astrologer to formulate a general theory of aspects, both major and minor, and he introduced the quintile aspect. One of Kepler's other books, which contains his "third law", is full of mystism, and was dedicated to King James I of Great Britain. A century after Kepler's death, Catherine II of Russia purchased Kepler's manuscripts, and they are now preserved at the Pulkovo Observatory, Russia.
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Kite
An aspect pattern involving two planets in opposition, with one of them trine two other planets, which are both trine each other and the second polarity planet, then sextile those planets. This is a powerful configuration, combining the selflessness and vision of the grand trine type with the practicality and groundedness of the opposition.
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Koch House
Also called the Birthplace House System. A system of house division developed by Dr. Walter Koch and based on dividing the quarters of the chart formed by the Ascendant and Midheaven axes into three equal time segments. For cusps above the Horizon, the semidiurnal arc (along a small circle) of the Rising Degree (Ascendant) is trisected; then, altitude circles (small circles parallel to the Horizon) are constructed through the points of trisection; finally, the cusps are determined by the intersections of these altitude circles with the Ecliptic. For cusps below the Horizon, the seminocturnal arc is used. The MC and ASC, are the same, respectively, as the cusps of the 10th and 1st houses.
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Latitude
A measure of angular distance above or below the Ecliptic. Extension of earth's latitudes.
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Lights
Sun, Moon, and in some sources, the planets are referred as the Lights.
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Local Time
The time at a location within a time zone. Noon local time occurs when the Sun crosses the meridian of that location. Local Apparent Noon occurs when the Sun crosses the observer's meridian. Not much used in modern times. Occasionally, historical times are found which are expressed in "Sundial Time", and it becomes necessary to convert such measurements into Local Civil Time. Local Apparent Time (LAT) can be determined from Local Civil Time (LCT) and the Equation of Time.
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Local Space
A method of Astrology using Altitude and Azimuth as measures to define geographical relationship with the planets. First developed by Michael Erlewine in the early 1970s, Local Space has become very poplular both in the U.S. and the continent. It is of most interest as a relocation technique.
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Long ascension
Signs Cancer through Sagittarius takes longer to rise during the months of June through November.
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Longitude celestial
One of the two coordinates of the ecliptic coordinate system (the other is celestial latitude). A measure of angular distance along the 360 degrees of the Ecliptic starting at the first point of Aries.
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Lord
he planetary ruler of a sign or a house. Examples: With Aries rising, Mars is lord of the first house; with Libra culminating, Venus is lord (or lady) of the tenth house (in most house systems). It is often extended to include such figures as lord of the hour, lord of the chart, etc.
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Luminaries
Ancient term for the Sun and Moon. It refers to the fact that they are our major sources of natural light.
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Lunar Mansions
One of 28 divisions of the zodiac circle used to determine the Moon's position by Mansion on any day of the 28-day lunar month.
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Lunar Node
The two points at which the Moon's path intersects the ecliptic are called the ascending and descending nodes. They are analogous with the March and September equinox points where the ecliptic similarly intersects the celestial equator. Ptolemy refers to the lunar nodes in a discussion of bodily injuries and diseases in Tetrabiblos III.12: [translate Robbins p. 325 lines 17ff beginning with "Again"]. In other words, if the new or full moon -- especially at an eclipse or square to the nodal axis or in one of the five signs mentioned -- "bears upon" angular Mars or Saturn, or vice versa, then various body deformation results. Some astrologers treat the Moon's nodes in much the same manner as if they were physical bodies, i.e., similar to planets.
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