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Venus
(and Mercury) Because of Regular Retrograde motion these planets sometime appear in front of or behind the Sun in position on the Ecliptic. This occurs when the planets are at their greater elongation East or West of the Sun so appear during the dark hours. Venus - one of the 10 major planets. Ruler of Taurus & Libra. Known as the Morning Star or Evening Star when it appears in the eastern sky at dawn or the western sky at dusk, respectively. Keywords: Love, affection, relationships, the way in which one relates. The way we value, cherish, or appreciate. Harmony, peace, art, aesthetics, the sense of form and relatedness, beauty, grace, contentment, ease, feelings, social life, the pleasure principle, enjoyment, flowers, perfumes, ornaments. Has a love of harmonious and beautiful surroundings; is graceful, gentle, attractive and artistic. In the business chart: Bodes well for matters of the houses it occupies or rules, but is not usually enough in itself to bring about the desired effects.
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Vernal Equinox
That time of the year when the Sun crosses theEquator, going North. This occurs in the Spring, around March 21.
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Vernal Point
The beginning of measurement of right ascension on the celestial equator or of celestial longitude on the ecliptic. O degrees. The Spring equinox in the Northern hemisphere. Due to precession the synetic vernal point is now in Pisces. In the southern hemisphere this marks the Autumnal Equinox, thus calling into disrepute, any notion of a seasonal zodiac.
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Vertex
Astrologically, the point defined by the western intersection of the prime vertical and the ecliptic, opposite the anti-vertex in the east. Generally, it is the point on a limb of an object farthest from an observer's horizon. The Moon's vertex is used in observations of lunar occultations. The longitude of the Vertex may be computed with the formula: ARCCOT (-((COT f x SIN e) - (SIN RAMC x COS e))/COS RAMC), where e is the obliquity of the ecliptic and f is the angle between the zenith and the RAMC. For the mid latitudes, the position of the vertex with an astrological chart is predictable, occurring one or two houses either side of the Descendant angle. Time of day, time of year, and exact latitude are variables in the position of the Vertex. For subtropical latitudes the position of the Vertex is very erratic, just as the position of the Ascendant is in extreme northern or extreme southern latitudes. For a birth at 0 latitude, the Vertex and the Descendant would be one and the same, as would the Antivertex and the Ascendant. In other words, the Vertex and Equatorial Ascendant axes are one and the same for births at 0 latitude. Jayne observes that the Vertex is the descendant of the horizonal house system. Today, the vertex is generally thought of as a sensitive "relationship point"; an astrologer would look for contacts between the vertex and transits or progressions, or planets in another's chart. For example, one person's vertex in conjunction with another's person's Venus: this establishes a love connection. The vertex has even been noted in horary charts, allying the querent with the quesited person (the ascendant in a horary chart is frequently used in this way). Jayne and Johndro are credited with simultaneously and independently giving the vertex interpretive prominence in astrology. Johndro called the Vertex the "electric ascendant" and Jayne thought of the vertex as the whole Vertex/Antivertex axis, and wrote of its "significant end . . . on the setting side of the chart." Using traditional astrological interpretation of the eastern half of the horoscope as "personal" and the western half as "impersonal" (the split occurring along the Midheaven axis), Jayne called the vertex "the most fated of the three Angles" (the others being the ascendant and midheaven): The vertex is naturally of interest in assessing relocated natal charts, since as the "third angle" of the chart it is sensitive to change. For example, relocation moves Venus from the fifth house to the sixth house, and moves the vertex to a partile conjunction with Venus (where there is a separation of several degrees in the natal chart); relocation, then, involves a sort of double emphasis on relationships, bringing Venus, which relates to love, together with the vertex, a sensitive point in relationships. In this sixth house, this relocated suggests a "nonseparation" of work and love with a very critical element; aspects to this formation would determine the nature and productivity of the criticism.
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Vespertine
A Ptolemaic term. A tern describing a planet setting just after the sun. Opposite of Matutine.
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Via Combusta
The region from 15 degrees Libra to 15 degrees Scorpio, considered a malefic zone. The Southern Stream may have been the origin of this legend, brought back by early sailors, then variously positioned by Northern Hemisphere astrologers.
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Vigintile
Also called Semidecile. An aspect of 18 degrees.
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Virgo
Sign of the zodiac identified by the Sun's transit between approximately 23 August and September 22 each year. Its symbol is the Virgin or handmaiden. Keywords: discriminating, service-oriented, productive, health-conscious, analytical, critical, take-it-apartness, analyticalness, subsidiaryness.
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Void of Course
A planet is Void of Course when it no longer makes a major aspect (0, 60, 90, 120, 180 degree aspects). In the modern definition, the Moon or a planet is void of course if it makes no further Ptolemaic aspects before leaving its current sign. Lilly says the Moon is void of course when it is not within orb of applying to a major aspect with any other of the seven classical planets (Moon through Saturn).
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