Astrological Dictionary


Dictionary of Astrological Definitions and Terms.
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Abscission of Light
Abscission occurs when, one of the significators first aspects a slower planet, or a faster planet first aspects one of the significators, before an aspect between two significators can perfect. In either case, the light of the approaching significator is cut off by the rays of the third planet, which fall, by aspect or conjunction, between the two others which are forming an aspect. Symbolically, abscission may interfere with whatever is promised by the forming aspect between significators. The "cutting off" or preventing of anything shown by one aspect, by means of another.
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Abscission
Occurs when, before an aspect between two significators can perfect, one of the significators aspects a slower planet, or a faster planet aspects one of the significators. The 'light' of the applying significator is 'cut off' by the third planet.
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Absolute Longitude
Also called Celestial Longitude. The degrees of the ecliptic where a planet might be placed according to its sign placement. A Planet at 15 degrees Aries is at 15 degrees Absolute Longitude whereas one at 15 degrees Libra is at 195 degrees Absolute Longitude (Libra being placed at 180 degrees) Absolute longitude can be calculated either from a heliocentric or geocentric perspective.
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Accidental Dignity
Also called Accidental Fortitude. When a planet is so placed in the chart that by its house position or relationship with other planets is strengthened. . In general, angular houses are the strongest, cadent the weakest, mutable in between.
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Aduar cycle
360 Solar years ascribed to Albumazar.
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Affliction
An outdated term, which considered certain aspect or positions to be bad. Contemporary astrology teaches there are no such things as just good or bad aspects but the term is still used in Horary Astrology. Many astrologers now include all eighth harmonic aspects (45? multiples) in this category. This produces some tension and lack of ease between the planets. The more afflictions a planet receives, the more problems and challenges that planet will cause in the personality.
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Ages
(e.g. of Aquarius) Time taken for the Vernal Point to move backwards through one sidereal constellation - approx 2,150 years. It is probable that midway between the Equinoctial points are the Earth's Nodes, where the plane of its orbit intersects that of the Sun, at an inclination of approx. 50 degrees; but since the Equinoctial Point is now considered as a fixed point and the motion takes place only within its frame of reference, it appears that a study of the circle which the celestial pole describes around the pole of the Ecliptic will be required in order to determine when it passes an East point, to mark the time of beginning of the first of twelve astrological ages of 2150 years each, into which the precessional cycle is subdivided. On this manner of reckoning the Earth might now be in the Capricorn Age, as well as any other. At least there is no justification for us to consider mankind as now in the Aquarian age, even though a recent astronomical treatise speaks of the Signs of the Zodiac as "now precessed some 25? west of the constellations of the same name." Historical records show the Equinox as having once began in Taurus, at which time Taurus was considered to be the first Sign of the Zodiac. v. Precession.
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Air Sign
One of the four elements, associated with mental processes, exchange and communication. The Air sign Triplicity: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Thy also called the mental or intellectual Signs.
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Algol
Also called Caput Algol, a malefic fixed star, representing the Gorgon whose hair was composed of snakes. At 26 degrees 10' Taurus in 2000. Treated as a malefic and used mostly in horary, electional, and mundane astrology. Figuratively signifies decapitation ("losing one's head"). Caput Algol represents the snake-haired Gorgon whom Perseus beheaded using a mirror, symbolizing cleverness.
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Akuar cycle
120 solar years ascribed to Albumazar.
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Alcabitus
House division based on a quadrant system. The midheaven and ascendant are the 10th and 1st cusps, respectively; the remaining cusps are determined by trisecting the semidiurnal and seminocturnal arcs of the ascendant. Houses are formed by the lunes created by the house circles which pass through these cusps and the north and south points along the Horizon.
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Altitude
Height above sea level, measured in meters or feet. Common usage also employs the word elevation for this same linear measure. In the Horizon coordinate system, the measurement of a planet in degrees and minutes from the horizon up towards the zenith. It is the planet's angular distance from the horizon measured vertically.
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Anareta
(anaretic degree) Gk.anairetes = destroyer that which kills, if such a term may be applied to a planet that unfavorably aspects the hyleg. (q.v.). A malefic or planet in an unfavourable aspect to the HYLEG.
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Angles
Points at which great circles intersect the ecliptic. Astrologically they are called as Ascendant and its opposite point the Descendant and the Midheaven or Median Coeli and its opposite point the I.C. or Immum Coeli.
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Angular House
Houses 1, 4, 7, and 10. Sometimes called the cardinal houses.
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Anomalistic Period
The period of time required for a body (such as a planet) to travel from perigee to the next perigee, or from perihelion to the next perihelion, or in the case of the Moon, from one perigee to the next. Orbit, almost the same as a sidereal period.
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Antipathy
An inharmonious relationship of planets either because of their different natures, by aspect, or by rulership or opposition. For example, Mars, which rules Aries, is antipathetic to Venus, ruler of Libra. It can be also disharmony of two bodies, usually planets, which rule or are exalted in opposite Signs. For example, Saturn ruling Capricorn, has an antipathy for the Moon, ruling Cancer.
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Antiscion
Also called solstice or mirror point. Points at which planets are equal in distance from the 1st degrees of the tropical signs Cancer and Capricorn and their opposite relationship. Reflections of the planets positions in relation to the axis of the solstitial points. Correspondences are - Gemini=Cancer | Taurus = Leo | Aries = Virgo | Pisces = Libra | Aquarius = Scorpio | Capricorn = Sagittarius. Antiscia sign pairs have the same declination (daylight is equal when the Sun is positioned at antiscia degrees). Parallels of declination are a modern use of antiscia. Using the 90? dial, and in Uranian astrology, antiscia and contra-antiscia are identical (as are the four cardinal points) and only the term antiscia is used. As indicators in Uranian astrology, antiscia signify career, vocation, and one's relationship with the world.
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Antivertex
Intersection of the Prime Vertical with the ecliptic in the east. Opposite the vertex. The anti-vertex was called the electrical ascendant by L.Edward Johndro.
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Aphelion
(apo - away Helios - Sun): The point in the orbit of a planet or comet when it is furthest from the center of the Sun.
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Apogee
(apo - away Gaia - Earth): The point in the orbit of the moon furthest from the center of the earth.
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Apparent horizon
A plane tangent to earth from a specific location - what can be actually seen is horizon dividing earth and sky and depending on elevation of the location above seas level.
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Apparent Motion
Motion observed from a geocentric position. . It is defined by the apparent position of an object, which has been corrected for planetary aberration (light-time for Sun, Moon, and planets), parallax, and refraction.
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Apparent Solar Time
Measured by the Sun 's apparent motion around the earth. "Sundial Time" or the observable rising of the Sun one day and again the next day. Apparent noon is the moment when the Sun crosses the local upper meridian.
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Application
The movement of a planet toward another planet, cusp, or sensitive point, as an aspect forms between them. Some authorities have used the term approach as synonymous with apply. The faster moving body is said to be applying to an aspect of the slower moving one. Precision in this regard might indicate for example, that Saturn in direct motion could be applying to an aspect of a retrograde Jupiter, although generally speaking Saturn can apply to an aspect of Uranus, Neptune or Pluto only. Aspects are more powerful when forming than when separating. If either planet be retrograde the influence is said to be injurious, or the promised result so subject to delay that it is of little value when it materializes.
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