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Radical
adj. [L. radix, root] The birth chart, also known as the radical chart. In horary astrology, a radical chart is one that is likely to give a valid answer. Synonymous with fit to be judged.
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Radius Vector
Distance at any given time of a planet from the Sun's Centre. Kepler's second law states that even though planets speed up and slow down, the radius vector sweeps over equal areas in equal times.
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Rational Horizon
the Geocentric Horizon projected into space. Identical to the Astronomical Horizon.
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Refranation
When an applying aspect is 'refrained' from reaching perfection. Often when one of the significators turns retrograde preventing perfection of the aspect. Refranation in a horary chart indicates that the matter questioned about is blocked from a conclusion. Let's say however that Mercury having separated from a conjunction with Venus turns retrograde and procedes to meet Venus again; there would be no refranation here, as the aspect does complete. In general, refranation does not occur, in spite of retrograde motion, when the two planets eventually complete an aspect within the sign in which they are originally place; such a condition would signify delay in the resolution of the question. The rules of refranation were set down before astrologers worked with Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Modern horary astrologers work with these planets in relation to the faster moving bodies and as topical significators. They generally do not consider the aspects these three planets may form among themselves. Aspect time scales, now a popular feature on astrology computer programs, simplify spotting refranation in a horary chart.
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Regiomontanus House System
A system of house division based on dividing the quarters of the Equator defined by the Ascendant/Descendant and Midheaven/Immum Coeli axes into equal spatial arcs and projecting them back onto the Ecliptic. Named after Regiomontanus (Johannes Muller), who devised the system 100 years after that of Campanus. The MC and ASC are, respectively, the cusps of the 10th and 1st houses. The arcs along the Celestial Equator, between the MC and ASC, and between ASC and IC are trisected, and House Circles passed through the trisection points; where these House Circles intersect the Ecliptic marks the cusps of the intermediate houses.
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Regulus
Cor Leonis (the heart of the lion). A fixed star, the most "royal" of the four royal stars. It is referred to by Ptolemy as "kardias lampros," the bright spot upon the heart. Ptolemy gives it the qualities of Mars and Jupiter. William Lilly delineated directions of planets to some fixed stars in Christian Astrology.
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Retrograde
When a planet appears to be moving backwards (westward) due to the relative speed of the earth to the planets. This is only apparent and only from a geocentric perspective. In horary being retrograde is an accidental debility. In psychological astrology being retrograde is thought to internalise the energy.
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Right Ascension
Hours measured along the celestial equator, starting from the March equinox (intersection of the ecliptic with the celestial equator). The units of right ascension are hours, since the celestial equator is divided into 24 equal portions. Each hour of Right Ascension is divided into 60 equal minutes. By convention, the starting point, or 0 hours of right ascension, is a point on the celestial equator called the vernal or March equinox. Right Ascension is also measured northward from the east point of the equator to the vertical circle (90? to the equator) that runs through the planet or point to be measured.
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Rising Planet
Planets are rising toward the Ascendant in the axial rotation of the chart. Usually a planet within a given orb of conjunction with the Ascendant. In astronomy - a planet above, and within 5?, of the eastern Horizon.
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Rising Sign
The astrological sign that is on the eastern Horizon at the moment of birth; the sign of the zodiac containing the Ascendant.
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Ruler
The planet assigned as influential to one or two of the signs.
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