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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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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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