Astrological Dictionary


Dictionary of Astrological Definitions and Terms.
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Lunation
The term also refers to the synodic month or period between two New Moons.A conjunction of the Sun and Moon is called a lunation. This occurs every 29.3 days.
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Lune
A portion of the celestial sphere. Each of the 12 sections of the sphere we call Houses is a LUNE. Each of the sections of a sphere representing the twelve houses is a lune.
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Major Aspect
The conjunction - 0 degrees (technically speaking, the conjunction is not an angular aspect between planets, but it is most often referred to as an aspect), sextile - 60 degrees, square - 90 degrees, trine - 120 degrees, and opposition - 180 degrees. Various astrologers use other aspects, most commonly the half division multiples of the square, the semisquare and sesquiquadrate. Astrologers are in general agreement that the closer the aspect to being exact, the stronger the influence. For example, a sesquiquadrate between two strong planets, within 3 arc-minutes of exact, would carry the weight of a major aspect.
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Malefic
Mars and Saturn in Traditional Astrology. The Moon's South Node and some fixed stars. The outer planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto have been ascribed varying degrees of badness since astrologers became aware of them. A humanistic trend in interpretation thinks of maleficity simply in terms of one's challenges or obstacles to enlightenment. The term malefic is also used to describe any inharmonious aspect.
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Masculine Sign
Positive, extrovert signs: Signs in the fire and air element group. These are Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius. Image at right: An eighteenth century manuscript depicting the constellation of the Masculine or Positive sign: Aquarius. Another arrangement occurs by calling the rising sign (sign on the Ascendant) a masculine sign and alternating the gender of the signs thereafter counterclockwise or in zodiacal order. A third arrangment is obtained by assigning the gender value by quadrants, those on the cusps of the 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, and 12 houses designated as feminine signs. The distinction between masculine and feminine relates.
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Matutine
Also Matutinal. [L. matutinus, of the morning] Ptolemaic astrology. A planet that rises just before the sun in the mornings.
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Mean Motion
The average daily motion of the planets taken over the course of a number of years. The mean motion of a planet is based on the presumption that it moves in a circle at a uniform rate about the Sun. Actually the planets move in elliptical orbits, in portions of which this motion is accelerated and retarded in ratio to their distance from the gravi- tational center.
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Mean Solar Time
The MEAN is the AVERAGE of the Sun's apparent passage since the Sun does not move uniformly through the Zodiac. In astronomy it is time measured by the motion of the Mean Sun over the observer's Upper Meridian.
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Meridian
A GREAT CIRCLE, specific to a location on earth, perpendicular to the Horizon, intersecting it at its north and south points and passing through the Nadir and Zenith. The Sun is on the meridian at apparent Noon. It is divided into two semi-circles: the upper meridian, which lies above the horizon; and the lower meridian, which lies beneath the horizon.
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Meteor
Millions scattered through the Solar system. These are known as Shooting Stars and are masses of debris. Shower meteors come in swarms such as the LEONIDS each year in November, with a 33-year massive swarm. Sporadic meteors appear from any direction at any time. Usually consumed by Earth's atmosphere, one that lands on earth is called a Meteorite.
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Midheaven
The point at which the Meridian and the Ecliptic intersect at any given time, due South of the location for which a horoscope chart is cast. Also, where the Sun is at Noon local mean time. The point of culmination of the Sun. The highest point on the Ecliptic where it intersects the meridian. The MC should not be confused with the zenith, which is the point directly above the observer. The MC is the cusp of the tenth house in most house systems.
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Mixed Reception
when Receptions are mixed for example, a planet in the term of another and the second planet in the exaltation of the other.
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Moiety
Half the traditional orb of a planet. The orb of a planet is the diameter of an imaginary sphere of light surrounding the planet. The moiety is the radius of that sphere. The sum of the moieties of two planets gives the maximum orb of an aspect between two planets. Modern astrology assigns orbs for convenience; traditional moieties were specific. It is assigned moieties to the planets as follows: Sun, 8.5?; Moon, 6.25?; Mercury, 3.5?; Venus, 4?, Mars, 3.75?, Jupiter, 6?; and Saturn, 5?. Modern astrologers refer to the sum of the moieties as the orb of an aspect.
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Moon
Satellite of the Earth. Called a planet for convenience it represents the reflective side of human nature. Key words: Matrix, environment, surroundings, scene, circumstances, sustenance, support structure, early environment, younger generation, sensitivity, moodiness, fluctuation, empathy, emotion, nurturing.
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Movable Signs
The Cardinal signs. Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn.
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Mundane Astrology
The study of human affairs through the horoscopes of political leaders, historical events, or celestial phenomena ; as distinguished from natal astrology, which is the astrology of the individual.
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Mutable Sign
Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. These signs are characterised by their mental and adaptable quality.
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Mute Signs
Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces; so named by the Arabians because symbolized by dumb creatures that emit no sounds. Arabian astrologers deemed that Mercury afflicted in these signs was liable to indicate dumbness, especially when afflicted by Saturn.
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Mutual Reception
Refers to two planets, each in a sign ruled by the other, with a subsequent strengthening of both planets. In horary astrology, mutual reception is said to indicate a sympathy, concordance, or exchange of affinities between two planets. If the planets are significators, mutual reception may be sufficient cause to give an affirmative judgment in the question.
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Nadir
The Poles of the Horizon which indicates its extremities according to cardinal points of the compass, South to North, East to West. (Nadir is directly below the observer, Zenith overhead.) A line drawn between Zenith and Nadir would be in the direction of the gravitational pull, like hanging a pendulum or plumb line. The nadir is in the horizonal coordinate system what the Imum coeli or lower midheaven is to the ecliptic coordinate system; the two cannot be used interchangeably.
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Natal Astrology
The branch of astrology dealing with the interpretation of the horoscopes of individual people made for the exact time and place of a person's birth. Also called Geneathlical Astrology
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Native
The person for whom a horoscope is charted.
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Nativity
The birth of an individual or event for which a chart is erected.
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Natus
Birth chart.
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Night house
The sign a planet rules by night.
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