Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
ENCYCLOPEDIA
Glossary
What's New
Most Popular
List of Articles

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

November/December 2014 Gift Guide Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Encyclopedia

Subject: Astrology

Afflicted

In Astrology, an archaic term still used by some astrologers to describe a planet that has challenging aspects (such as squares, oppositions, and quincunxes) linked to it.




Age of Aquarius
Due to the astrophysical process known as the precession of the equinoxes, the exact date of the equinoxes slowly moves backwards through the zodiac. As the equinox enters a different sign it is considered a new "age." Because of the vast distances, there is no hard and fast date between the last and next age. Depending upon the astrologer, the date of the beginning of the Aquarian Age ranges from between 1904 and 2680.


Air Signs
The “thinkers” of the Zodiac: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.


Alunsel

Alchemical measurement meaning a drop.




Anaretic Degree

In astrology, a name given to the 29th degree of any sign; it is sometimes called the degree of fate. When a planet is in the anaretic degree of a sign (especially the Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces), spiritual qualities (including intuition, intuitiveness, psychic abilities, and empathy) associated with the planet and sign are enhanced.




Angles

On an astrological horoscope, the "angles" are the lines formed by the ascendant (0 degrees), the I.C. (Latin for Imum Coeli, "bottom of the sky," at 90 degrees), the descendant (180 degrees), and midheaven (270 degrees). These are considered to be important points in a chart and are said to represent Cardinal qualities.




Angular
The Angular houses of the birth chart (1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th) are considered strongly expressive; planets in these houses are more easily recognized by others or may be expressed in a more physical manner than other planets.


Aquarian Age

Due to the precession of the equinoxes, the Earth goes through different astrological ages lasting about 2,150 years (the exact number of years is up for debate). Depending upon the astrologer, we are either currently in the Piscean age, are in the cusp with the Aquarian age, or actually in the Aquarian age. Roughly thought of as equivalent to the "New Age," most astrologers seem to hold we have not yet fully entered the Aquarian age. The signs of the Aquarian age include increased freedom, independence, and spirituality.




Aquarius
The best quality of Aquarius is your humanitarian attitude. The worst quality is argumentativeness. A key phrase is “I know.” Aquarians are seen as progressive. When we speak of the Age of Aquarius, we are speaking of a period beginning now and extending into the future, with all the possibilities the future has to offer. Aquarians may be well informed or even visionary in your thinking. You may not be grounded in the practical application of your ideas. Focused on a universal goal, you may not attend to the needs of individuals in ordinary circumstances.

Aquarians have advanced ideas. You are original and scientific in your methods, and you are strongly interested in education, for yourself and for others. You often prefer to learn through conversation with others, rather than through straight book studies. There is an unconventional quality in your thinking – you can take apples and oranges and make something greater of you.

Aquarians are generally pleasant, but you are also assertive. Your determination can turn to argument when you don’t get your way, and you can be unsympathetic to the views of others. Your temperament is affected by the world outside yourself, and can become cranky at times, or even rebellious. Your usual cheerful manner and understanding of human nature make you skillful social beings, but you may be somewhat reclusive, needing a lot of private time to think things through. You are not terribly practical and have to learn to manage time and money.

Aquarians are generally kind and are influenced by the kindness of others. This may be because you have moments when you are unsympathetic, and you recognize the need for this quality. Aquarians value your freedom, and thus respect the freedom of others. You are interested in metaphysical subjects. Your lack of demonstrative behavior may be your way of keeping your feelings to yourself.


Aquarius

The Reformer
Key Phrase: I KNOW

Aquarius is the experience of individuality, and can be highly autonomous. As the Fixed Air sign of the zodiac, Aquarius expresses focused mental energy, and can show a strong level of ingenuity. Although most people think of Aquarius as progressive, it also has the capacity for fanatical attachment to an idea or ideal. Aquarius is the rebel and anarchist, but can be unselfish and altruistic, much like Uranus, which rules this sign. Symbolized by the Water-Bearer, Aquarius pours forth ideas streaming from the mind; in its highest form this is stimulated by intuitive awareness. Aquarius seeks to develop the true, unconditional love of friendship. Its cool detachment can be directed in positive ways to bring about change, but can also seem hurtful on a personal level. Where you see Aquarius in your chart, you see your need for the unconventional, and for the development of your individuality.



Arabic Parts

In astrology, a special calculation (attributed to Arabic astrologers) resulting in points on the chart that are believed to be impactful. To determine them you add the positions of two parts of a chart (such as the Ascendant and the Moon) and then subtract a third factor (such as the Sun).




Arc

In astrology, an arc is the difference on a chart between a progressed planet and the position of the planet on the natal chart. The Solar Arc is the most used form of this calculation.




Aries
The best quality of Aries is leadership. The worst quality is officiousness. A key phrase is “I am.”

The Aries personality is energetic and ambitious. Aries wants to be in command and to be in the forefront of every activity. Courage is a strong personality trait.

The Aries mental process is active as well. Not liking to be confined, Aries will entertain any idea and will refuse to be limited by precedent or environment. Enterprising in all things, Aries is no less goal-oriented in the mental realm. There is usually a bright, optimistic attitude that carries over to a confident demeanor. Aries is a good conversationalist, but don’t expect to change his or her mind.

Your temperament is daring. The fiery will of Aries expresses through forceful engagement in life’s activities. Self-willed, Aries wants to be in charge and may not take instruction well. Independent and impulsive, Aries can be rash at times. The desire to be ahead of others often leads to a competitive demeanor.

As mentioned above, the thought processes and temperament often lead Aries to be combative, or at the very least assertive. You make good executives because you have the drive to get ahead. Still, your headlong rush into things can be less than inspired at times. The keen mental edge and incisive wit make Aries interesting to be with, but tiresome when wit turns to sarcasm and mental activity becomes obsessive.

So why is a potentially obsessive or sarcastic individual a good leader? Because beneath these possibilities lies the resourcefulness to try something different in order to make a difference. Like the ram, Aries sees a target, puts its head down, and charges. After the initial thrust, he or she looks around, resets its direction and charges again. Enthusiasm is contagious, and Aries can be the source of it. Self reliance and enterprise are traits we admire in leaders, as we know you will be able to manage in difficult circumstances. And just as you demand your own personal freedom, you recognize that others need personal space too. Aries’ color is red; its part of the body is the head.


Aries

The Initiator
Key Phrase: I AM

Aries is the initiator, displaying independence, courage, and the leadership necessary to get things started. The Cardinal Fire sign of the zodiac, Aries has everything to do with movement, and is uncomfortable standing in one place for too long. Ruled by Mars, Aries is strongly self-directed, and can be highly impetuous and abrasive, sometimes showing a rash or careless approach to issues. Symbolized by the Ram, Aries tends toward headstrong, "me-first" expression. Exuberant and self-reliant, Aries is capable of standing alone. This quality can also inspire others to follow suit—but Aries is not likely to wait around to see who is following behind! Where you see Aries in a chart, there is eagerness and self-will.



Ascendant

The ascendant, or rising sign, reflects your persona – what you choose to show to the world. Whereas the Sun sign is your individuality and does not change a great deal, you have the capacity to choose the nature and level of expression of your Ascendant. You can choose the most destructive expression, or you may choose to show a side of yourself to the world that is full of optimism and promise.

The ascendant is frequently useful in describing your physical characteristics and general health. Aside from geographical and ethnic realities, the rising sign shows complexion, hair and eye color, stature and weight. A Gemini would be rather taller than average, and Taurus might be on the stocky side, within the range of family tendencies.

The ascendant offers suggestions for what kind of clothing looks good and what color will make you seem stronger. The general shape of the head and face are linked to the Ascendant. The sign also indicates a part of the body that you can show off to good advantage. It may not be your favorite part of yourself, but it is one that will respond to careful treatment in terms of clothing, movement, etc. The Taurus may not think about the throat very much, but this is a key area to focus on to create a strong effect on others. Aquarians can benefit from careful selection of shoes, as the ankles are “the thing.”

As you learn about your Ascendant, you will find a whole array of new considerations for how to present yourself to the world. Should you be flippant or stern, gregarious or darkly serious? The rising sign can provide a wealth of imaginative possibilities.

Because the ascendant is the way others see you, physically and in every other way, it pays to understand what they are seeing. You can develop a whole range of clothing, movements, communication styles and general attitudes based on your rising sign. You can overcome limitations in other areas by emphasizing the positives here. In this way you actively participate in creating the impression you want others to have, and you become more influential as you project a well thought-out image.




Ascendant
In astrology, the start of the First House; rules the demeanor and the physical body.


Aspecting
Astrology: when a planet enters a certain geometric (i.e., 90°) relationship with another planet.


Aspecting
Magick: A description of part of an invocation, where a person takes on certain qualities—even the appearance—of a spirit or deity being invoked. In the Pagan ritual of Drawing Down the Moon, a High Priestess may aspect the Goddess to give advice and blessings to a group. Most often a part of a group ceremony rather than an individual rite.


Aspects
Relationship between points in the chart. They are angles measured from the center of the chart. Specific angles are found to be significant.


Aspects
On a circular chart, it is easy to see interrelationships between the planets, Sun, Moon, and other significant astrological points. These relationships are measured in geometric terms, and are called aspects. Aspects are measured by the number of degrees which separate two planets or points on the chart.


Asteroids

In astronomy, there are between 1.5 and 2 million small bodies known as asteroids that are a kilometer or larger in size. If you include smaller sizes, that number can jump to tens of billions. Although they are primarily found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, some (such as Chiron, which is between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus) are outside of that range. In astrology, there are four asteroids that are commonly used: Ceres, Juno, Pallas, and Vesta. These are also known as minor planets.

In 1982, a massive joke was played on the astrological community by Batya Stark and Mark Pottenger when they published The Asteroid Ephemeris, a book that supposedly delineated the asteroids Dudu, Dembowska, Pittsburg, and Frigga. Some people believed this to be valid, and have requested updates to this ephemeris from the publisher.




Astral Twins
Two people born at the same date and time. They are often seen to have very similar personalities and may even have physical appearances that make them look like twins.


Astrological house

Each planet in your birth chart resides in a house. The chart’s houses symbolize different facets of the self. Think of them as the fields of experience upon which you live your life. Each relates to a certain environment and specific relationships.

One way to understand the houses is to consider the way you might act or dress if you were being interviewed by a prospective employer, and contrast that with the way you act or dress at home around people who know you on an everyday level. These experiences illustrate the differences between two different houses in your chart.




Astrology

Astrology is a science that examines the action of celestial bodies upon all living beings, non-living objects and earthly conditions, as well as their reactions to such influences. The study of the stars is one of the oldest sciences known to humankind, tracing its origins back to ancient Sumer and even earlier. The astrological arts were well known to the Egyptians, Hindus, Chinese, Persians, and the great civilizations of the ancient Americas.

Astrology is the progenitor of astronomy, and for many years the two existed as one science. Nowadays, astronomy is considered an "objective" science of distances, masses, speeds, etc., while astrology is a "subjective" and intuitive science that not only deals which the astronomical delineation of horoscopes, but can also be called a philosophy which helps to explain the spiritual essence of life.




Astrology
The practice of interpreting the positions of objects outside the Earth’s atmosphere and how they indicate or reflect events found here in the past, present, or future. In the past, some people saw this as fatalistic: “If it’s in the stars it must happen.” This is more accurately described as astromancy. Today it is generally accepted that the stars impel but do not compel.


Astrometeorology
The use of astrology to predict major weather patterns, especially hurricanes, tornadoes, violent storms, and other, weather-related dangers.


Battlefield Activation

In astrology, when there is strong, challenging relationship between Mars and Neptune it can signify potential violence in a relationship.




Biquintile
(144 degrees)—Planets separate by two-fifths of the zodiac indicate the quality of inborn talents.


Birth Chart
Your birth chart, or horoscope, is drawn from calculations based upon the date, time, and place of your birth. Every element of the horoscope (which, if it’s like most Western horoscopes, will be drawn on a circular wheel) is expressed symbolically. Each symbol in the chart represents a celestial body, sign, house, or aspect.


Birth Data

This is the important data needed to construct an accurate natal astrological chart. Although many newspapers give astrological predictions or forecasts based only on the date of birth, that is like trying to fully understand how a car works by looking at the gas cap. For an accurate chart you need three things:

  1. Date of birth
  2. Time of birth
  3. Location (the latitude and longitude) of birth.

If one or more of these factors is not known, but if the time, date, and location of important life events is known, some astrologers will do a very time-demanding research (known as chart rectification) to create an accurate natal horoscope.




Cadent
Cadent houses in the birth chart (3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th) are said to be less forceful; planets placed in these houses may operate on a more mental or detached level.


Cancer
The best quality of Cancer is the ability to nurture the self and others. The worst quality is holding on to things too tightly, or smothering. A key phrase is "I feel.” The Cancer personality is family- and home-oriented. The emotional well-being of the home environment is key to Cancer's emotional balance, which is even-tempered when it flows. When opposed, the Cancerian temperament can display other water characteristics, like freezing or flood stage emotions.

Never let the emotional side of Cancer fool you into thinking you are not leaders – this sign provides leadership in the feeling arena and can be influential in all areas where subjective feelings are important.

The Cancerian mind will often ask "how does this feel?" before deciding what action to take. You are true to your belief system and may be difficult to steer into any activity you cannot support on the "gut" level. This attention to inner feelings puts you in a good position in industries that appeal to the mass market, as you don't lose sight of individual preferences in the pursuit of the big picture.

Cancer is a water sign. Water takes the shape of the vessel that contains it, and water runs downhill. The Cancer temperament will go with the flow when that is convenient, and can be quite happy if the vocational, relationship, or recreational container suits the individual. Sometimes you surprise people, though, when you resist going a certain direction "on principle." Stick to those principles, as you set you apart from people who either don't seem to know what you really believe, or are not able to hold your ground in the face of opposition.

Generally you respond to others in a caring or nurturing context. You may consider what will help move a process along, or you decide what people should wear or eat, based on your needs, not yours. At the same time you can be a skillful manager, helping others to map out a clear, well-defined process for your activities. You are good at keeping projects on track – you know how to find the strongest current in the river, and then keep your craft headed into that current.


Cancer
The Nurturer
Key Phrase: I FEEL

Cancer is expressed through feeling, and can be purely emotional. It embodies the qualities of protection and tenderness, and shows a high degree of sensitivity. As the Cardinal Water sign of the zodiac, Cancer initiates emotions, both in the self and others. Like its symbol, the Crab, Cancer can be indirect and defensive, and may even show a tendency toward manipulation and passive-aggression. The most patriotic of the signs, Cancer will defend home and country, and has a soft spot for mothers. Sensitive, sympathetic, and intuitive, this is the sign associated with mothering and lunar energy. When carried to an extreme, it can be smothering, moody, and suspicious. Where Cancer is found in your chart, there is receptivity and a need to be emotionally connected.


Capricorn
The best quality of Capricorn is diplomacy. The worst quality is deceitfulness. A key phrase is “I utilize.” To understand Capricorn, one must understand that there is not much difference between diplomacy and deceit. Capricorns tend to be honest and conscientious in your dealings with other people, but you may learn through experience to not say everything you know. You have the capacity to take the practical path to a material goal and leave the precise truth to someone else. That said, Capricorns are responsible, self-disciplined individuals who can be very patient in the pursuit of your goals, and you generally act on a well-defined sense of moral right and wrong. You recognize and accept duty as a part of life.

Thoughtful and methodical, Capricorns are the masters of synthesis. You are methodical and organized in your thinking. Persistence is a quality that you cultivate. You find power in self-control and mental concentration.

By temperament Capricorns are cautious. You are subtle about how you gather the information you need, and you are subtle about how you apply your efforts to any task. You make good managers because of your excellent sense of organization, but you can brood or be overly exacting in what you expect. You are able to adapt situations to your own needs. You tend to be somewhat conventional in dress and demeanor.

Capricorns are able to take advantage of circumstances. You are mentally prepared to take action when the time is right, and you are efficient in your actions. You can appear unsympathetic to the needs of others, yet you faithfully fulfill what you see as your duty. While you sometimes seem rigid or selfish in your behavior, you are capable of self-sacrifice and are not unjust in your actions. Going back to the key phrase, “I utilize,” it is helpful to remember that Capricorns make skillful use of the people and situations around you, and you are generally not concerned about the popularity of your actions.


Capricorn
The Pragmatist
Key Phrase: I USE

The most ambitious sign of the zodiac, Capricorn is focused, cautious, and sensible. As the Cardinal Earth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn knows how to make the best use of the material, physical plane. The patience and discipline seen in Capricorn can help to provide a stable foundation for growth. But Capricorn can also resist change and become controlling, inhibited, and rigid. Symbolized by the Goat, Capricorn prefers the sure-footed path toward ascension, and will stand firm for a long time rather than back down. When hurt, Capricorn can be melancholy; when uncertain, driven by fears. Sometimes thought of as miserly, Capricorn rather prefers to be responsible and frugal, making the best use of all resources. Through its connection with the energy of Saturn, Capricorn desires to be the quintessential authoritarian. Where you see Capricorn in your chart, you find a need for structure and conscientious effort.


Cardinal
Assertive, ambitious, impatient. The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.


Cardinal Signs
See Cardinal.


Celestial Body

An expression used by astrologers to mean an object that physically exists in space. Examples would include planets, stars, moons, asteroids, comets, etc. The ecliptic, an imagined circle of the sun's apparent path through the sky, is not a celestial body.




Ceres

Although Ceres is just one of thousands of known asteroids, in astrology it is often treated as a minor planet. The asteroid is named after the Roman harvest goddess and is a version of the Greek Demeter. Keywords used in astrological interpretation of Ceres include: abandonment, agriculture, anger, compassion, domesticating, ecological, fertility, foster parenting, governess, menopause, mother, nanny, nurturing, animal husbandry, and survival.




Chart Ruler

An expression used by astrologers that generally indicates the planet that rules the first house (also called the Rising Sign or Ascendant) of a horoscope chart. Some astrologers use a different definition, describing the Chart Ruler as the planet nearest the first house cusp, which is very close to the Ascendant.

No matter the definition, the effects of a Chart Ruler are often quite profound, and according to some are associated with one's physical appearance.




Chiron
Chiron is an asteroid traveling in orbit between Saturn and Uranus. Although research on its effect on natal charts is not yet complete, it is believed to represent a key or doorway, healing, ecology, and a bridge between traditional and modern methods.


Chiron
In your birth chart, Chiron represents your deeper sense of purpose, and adds a subtle yet powerful drive to achieve a connection to higher values. Chiron may also indicate areas of vulnerability or emotional wounding which need special attention. Authorities have not yet determined Chiron’s influence is so well-established that many astrologers include it along with the Sun, Moon, and planets in their basic natal chart analyses.


Cinderella Linkage

An organization called The Magic Society® describes the Cinderella Linkage as an aspect generally between Chiron and another planet (Venus, Jupiter, or Neptune) and also between Venus and either Neptune or the Sun (or combinations of these aspects). They claim that a connection between two people with any of these aspects (when positive in the chart) impels a "rags to riches" life.




Climacteric Year

A very ancient astrological belief, possibly dating back to the Chaldeans, that certain years, especially multiples of 7, are important in a person's life (especially when it comes to the appearance of the body). Supposedly, a person is more likely to die during a climacteric year than during other times.




Composite Chart

In astrology, a composite horoscope is created taking the mathematical midpoints between the same planets and points on two different horoscope charts, thus creating a new chart that blends planets, points, etc. Such a Composite Chart is believed to quickly reveal a relationship's dynamics. 




Conjunction
(0 degrees)–Planets that are together in the zodiac. Indicates prominence of the two energies.


Conjunction
Conjunction occurs when bodies are 0 degrees apart. The influence of the conjunction is variable, depending upon the nature of the two bodies or points involved. It indicates a unification and intensification of planetary energies.


Constellation

An artificial grouping of stars. They are often given names and mythologies that become fixed over time, such as the constellations of the zodiac




Contraparallel

The name used by astrologers to describe the situation where the declination (distance in degrees north or south of the celestial equator) of two planets is the same, but one is north and the other is south. There is usually a bit of leeway here, up to about three degrees. Contraparallels are usually interpreted as being like oppositions.




Cosmobiology
Used by a small group of astrologers, Cosmobiology and its principal tool, midpoints, was developed in Germany in the 1920s. Cosmobiologists do not use houses or traditional aspects. Instead, they read charts with the midpoints, or the halfway point between any two planets. The theory is that the midpoint is the place where the energies of both planets unite. The midpoint is also considered a sensitive point in predictive astrology. Cosmobiologists use midpoint “trees,” a listing of the midpoints for an individual chart, and not the contacts made by other planets, which result in what they call “planetary pictures.”


Cusp
A dividing line between signs or houses in a chart.


Death Chart

An astrological chart drawn up for the time and location of a person's death.




Decan
A measurement of 10° of the zodiac.


Decanate

In astrology, every sign is composed of 30 degrees. Each sign can be divided into three equal parts of 10 degrees. Each part is known as a decanate.




Decile

In astrology, an aspect observed between two planets, corollary points, or cusps that has a relationship of 36 degrees. Also called a semi-quintile.




Declination

In an astrological (or astronomical) chart, the term declination refers to the number or degrees something such as a planet is above or below (north or south) of the celestial equator. 




Descendant
In astrology, the start of the Seventh House; represents other people.


Detriment
The sign opposite the sign of rulership. This is a sign where the planet's energy requires effort in order to be successful.


Dignity
A classical astrology term used to indicate comfort or standing of a planet in a particular sign.


Direct Motion

In astronomy and astrology, direct motion is a description of the appearance of normal forward motion of a body such as a planet through the zodiac signs. Sometimes, due to orbits of the planets in relation to the earth, the motion of the planets seems reversed or retrograde.




Earth Signs
The “maintainers” of the Zodiac: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.


Ecliptic
The great circle of sun’s apparent path through the sky. This circle is divided into 12 zones (30 degrees each). Each zone is associated with a specific constellation or sign. The tropical zodiacal system, the one most used in Western astrology, links 0 degrees of the sign Aries with the Vernal Equinox (around March 21).


Egyptian Days

Although a popular concept with Medieval calendars, Egyptian Days were supposedly listed by Egyptian astrologers as being unlucky. New enterprises and surgeries should not be performed on these days:

January 1, 26

February 4, 26

March 1, 18

April 10, 20

May 3, 25

June 10, 16

July 13, 22

August 1, 30

September 3, 21

October 3, 22

November 5, 28

December 7, 22




Electional
Electional astrology is utilized in choosing the most appropriate time to begin something. The intent is to achieve a successful outcome, and the rules applied are very specifically set toward that end. Many of the rules have their foundation in horary astrology, the counterpart to this work. Unlike horary, which answers after the fact, electional astrology approaches the matter beforehand and “elects” an appropriate time to achieve a desired outcome. Though the rules are the same, they are applied differently.


Electional Astrology
The art of timing. It is utilized in choosing the most appropriate time to begin something.


Electional Astrology
Branch of astrology based on the theory that some dates and times are preferable to others for initiating an activity. It is often used by people in the know to schedule a wedding, business opening, job interview or acceptance, listing a home for sale or buying a home, signing contracts, and major purchases such as vehicles. There is no perfect time for anything, so the electional astrologer selects the best possible date and time to maximize the planetary positions in favor of the election.


Elements
The zodiacal signs are divided into four groups called "triplicities," and in their order they represent the four elements, fire, earth, air and water. Fiery Triplicity is composed of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius Earthly Triplicity: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn Airy Triplicity: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius Watery Triplicity: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces


Elements
Traditional feng shui utilizes five elements: wood, earth, fire, water, and metal. The elements embody the types of archetypal energy that shapes all things and symbolize the process of change. The interactions among the elements produce a continual cycle of growth and decay.


Ephemeris
A book or list that gives the planetary positions daily for long increments of time.


Equinox
Equal night. That time, or place, in the ecliptic where the days and nights are of equal length, which happens twice yearly when the Sun enters Aries (Vernal equinox) and Libra (autumnal equinox), from whence these signs derive the term, equinoctial signs.


Exaltation
A classical astrology term for the sign or house where a planet is capable of its best expression, with the possible exception of domicile (the house or sign the planet rules).


Fall
The sign opposite the sign of exaltation. This is a sign where the planet's energy tends to "fall away" from the highest or best expression.


Feminine Signs

An astrological expression for the Earth and Water signs: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.




Financial Astrology
Techniques to determine general economic trends and as a tool for investing. Involves the use of ingress and lunar phase charts for trends, and incorporation and first-trade charts for investing.


Fixed
Stable, consistent, patient. The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.


Gemini
Gemini’s best quality is versatility. The worst quality is changeableness. A key phrase is “I think.” Being a mutable sign, Gemini is changeable, and this can be the best or worst of qualities. Your versatility allows you to learn a little about just about everything and to develop skills in many areas. This makes for a good executive or manager, as you are able to oversee multiple activities and keep track of many projects at once. Other people can almost see the wheels turning. Gemini appears to be open-minded. Yet a time comes when no more oddball ideas can be wedged into the system. Then Gemini draws upon skillful thought processes to decide what to keep and what to discard.

Gemini is a mental sign, often intellectually driven. The capacity for communication includes both listening and telling, and thus you make wonderful companions and writers. Where Taurus wants physical expression, Gemini seeks out mentally challenging activities. You like the learning process. Gemini is intuitive, able to see into the future and gauge the results of your actions – another worthy executive trait.

The Gemini temperament is volatile in the true meaning of this term. You can vaporize at a relatively low temperature and you seem to be able to fly. Some people see this as the fickleness of a butterfly flitting from one flower to the next. The strength is in the ability to rise above the pettiness of situations to see the larger picture. Your mantra might be, “It just doesn’t matter.” Gemini is dexterous of hand, eye and wit, able to turn a situation or conversation in a new direction at will.

In spite of apparent adaptability, Gemini is sensitive at heart. You are aware of what others are thinking and feeling, and often take a diplomatic path to avoid hurting others. This could be at your own expense, although you don’t let us know it. Tolerance should not be mistaken for a lack of emotional depth. Gemini’s part of the body is the arms and lungs. Monochromatic or bright colors
are best.


Gemini
The Questioner
Key Phrase: I THINK

Gemini is ever-curious, and indicates the experience of diversity. The Mutable Air sign of the zodiac shows a high level of flexibility and cleverness. Gemini is ever-youthful, witty, inquisitive - and sometimes nervous. Symbolized by the Twins, this is the primary quality of duality, and can present at least two sides to every picture. Gemini can also play the prankster, and show a high degree of fickleness. Intellectual pursuits, mental gymnastics, and wordplay all engage Gemini, which is ruled by the planet Mercury. Versatility is its higher expression; its most frustrating expression is distractibility and a lack of focus. "Jack of all trades, master of none" can describe Gemini in its weaker form. But when positively focused, there is little which can compare with the articulate, incisive, and intuitive perception associated with this sign. The placement of Gemini in your chart shows your need for adaptability and versatility.


Generational

An astrological term that relates to the very slow movement of the outer planets on a horoscope. Because of that extremely slow motion, entire age groups or generations are born with virtually the same aspects of the outer planets in their charts. 




Genethliacs
Divination system based on the position of the stars at birth; astrology.


Geocentric

In most astrological systems, horoscopes are drawn up as if the Earth were the center of the local planetary system. This is known as being geocentric. Debunkers have attacked astrology for this because our solar system is heliocentric, or sun-centered. However, the main chart used in astrology, the natal horoscope, is simply a picture of the skies at the time and place where a person was born, indicating relative positions of planets and stars. As such, it is a completely accurate view. Currently, there are some astrological systems that use a heliocentric model, but they are most often used as secondary resources.




Geometric Planetary Configurations

A term used in astrology to describe an image where planets in a birth chart form a geometric shape such as a triangle, star, or square. There are currently eight accepted shapes:

  • Beneficial Geometric Planetary Configurations (The Star of David, The Grand Trine, The Kite)
  • Ambiguous Geometric Planetary Configurations (The Yod or Finger of God, The Basket, The Golden Rectangle)
  • Turbulent Geometric Planetary Configurations (The T-Square, The Grand Cross)

Beneficial Geometric Planetary Configurations are believed to indicate a person's major life themes or life purpose.




Grand Cross
When four or more planets form two sets of oppositions that combine to form four squares, there is a grand cross or grand square. These planets are also usually related by mode (Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable). This is a difficult configuration, and may produce more frustration than the T-square, but there is usually great strength accompanying it to endure and develop character.


Grand Trine
When three or more planets are 120 degrees from one another in three parts of the birth chart, they form a triangular configuration called a grand trine. Usually, the planets are in the same element (Fire, Earth, Air, or Water), and the formation is described, for example, as a "Fire" or "Earth" grand trine. This pattern shows special protection and can be beneficial, although it does indicate a closed circuit of energy. It may also show areas where the person is self-sufficient.


Hard Aspect

In astrology, an aspect is a relationship between two points in a chart. Hard aspects indicate challenges, tensions, disagreement, and friction. Three major hard aspects are squares, oppositions, and quincunxes.




Harmonics

The use of harmonics in astrology is quite old and was practiced to a limited extent in ancient India. Today, thanks to the use of computers, determining harmonics, a numerical relationship between aspects, has become easier, so the use of harmonics in astrological interpretation has become more popular.

Harmonic charts multiply the positions of planets by a number, resulting in the planets appearing at new positions. Generally, the number is from 1—12, although theoretically other numbers (up to 360) could be used. Harmonic charts are most often used to add specialized information to interpretations.




Heliocentric

An astrological chart where the Sun is the center rather than the Earth. Unlike the more common geocentric system, a heliocentric chart shows the Earth and not the Sun. The inner planets, such as Venus and Mercury, can have quite a different position in heliocentric and geocentric charts, while the distant planets will show very little difference.




Horary Astrology
Horary astrology is the art of answering a question by analysis of a chart drawn for the precise moment of the question. Within the horary chart lies the answer to the question, and all circumstances surrounding the matter.


Horoscope
Your astrological chart, or horoscope, is drawn from calculations based upon the date, time, and place of your birth. Every element of the horoscope (which, if it’s like most Western horoscopes, will be drawn on a circular wheel) is expressed symbolically. Each symbol in the chart represents a celestial body, sign, house, or aspect.


Horoscope

A "map" of the planetary positions at any moment of time as seen for a point on the earth’s surface. It is the form from which astrological interpretations are given based upon thousands of years of observed coincidental phenomena.

Suggested Reading:

Perry: Saturn Cycles: Mapping Changes in Your Life

Clement: Mapping Your Birthchart: Understanding Your Needs & Potential




I.C.

See Imum Coeli.




Imum Coeli

Latin, "Bottom of the Sky.") In astrology, the Imum Coeli, or I.C., is the point found at the bottom of a horoscope. It is exactly opposite the Midheaven.




Ingress

A term used in astrology to mean the entrance of a planet or other moving object into a zodiacal sign or quadrant.




Intercepted Sign

In astrology, an intercepted sign is one that is completely within an astrological house and does not appear on the cusp of that house. These always appear in pairs, with another sign also intercepted on the opposite side of the zodiac. For example, if Aries is intercepted in the second house, Libra will be intercepted in the eighth house.

The imagery of a sign being hidden within a house gives rise to the interpretation that intercepted signs relate to the unconscious mind. So, it is quite likely that if there are many planets in an intercepted sign, the person can have a powerful unconscious related to those planets. However, since it is within a house, the implication is that it may be challenging to access those unconscious strengths. 




Juno

Because of its large size, it was originally considered a planet; however, its shape and location required it to be redefined as one of the thousands of known asteroids. It is often treated as a minor planet. Juno is named after the Greek queen of the gods who is also the goddess of marriage. Some astrologers consider Juno to be important and use it in their computations. Keywords for Juno used by astrologers for interpretations include: spouse, wife, partnerships, law giver, judge, women's issues, weather, money, and seduction. Depending upon its location in a chart, Juno can also represent rape, sex as a weapon, spousal abuse, and persons so abused. May sometimes refer to alternative lifestyle relationships.




Jupiter
Jupiter is in its rulership in Sagittarius. Jupiter is the planet that can tell you about processes in your life. On the physical level Jupiter relates to glandular function, specifically the liver. The sign and house placement indicate the general level of glandular function, and may indicate the most appropriate diet. Aspects to Jupiter can indicate the timing of diet and nutritional changes to achieve healthier processing within the body.

The same is true for the mind. Jupiter indicates a philosophical level of thinking. Its placement and aspects suggest how you relate to the world on the mental level, where you thoughts tend to expand, and how you approach new situations mentally. Jupiter reflects the area where you are most optimistic about life. It can also show where you can become extravagant or how you tend to exaggerate.

Jupiter also shows how you approach religious concepts. Do you examine the details Virgo style? Do you go with what is comfortable Taurus style? Jupiter shows how you come to understand the Universe and God, what inspires you to greater faith, and how you hold onto your beliefs once they have developed.

Jupiter is idealistic. Its placement and aspects show where idealism will take you during your life. Jupiter provides a reflection of how you pursue your mission in life. Here I am referring to your spiritual mission, but also to your career as that pertains to your spiritual development.

Jupiter reflects the human capacity for forgiveness. Each of us has a personal style where relationships are concerned, and each of us forgives the errors and differences in others. Jupiter’s placement and aspects show how we learn to forgive ourselves for weaknesses and mistakes as well. This is how we come to understand ourselves, not as vessels of perfect human expression, but rather as spiritually guided beings who seek our own most inspired, most confident, most successful expression. Jupiter allows us to indulge in excesses, while at the same time guiding us to our goals. This planet shows how your individual sense of humor works. Through Jupiter we come to understand humanity n general and ourselves in particular, both aspiring to be spiritually wise and understanding of self and others.


Jyotish

The system of astrology primarily practiced in India. It has three major differences from Western astrology:

  1. It uses a sidereal zodiac rather than a tropical zodiac
  2. It focuses on predictions rather than psychological interpretations
  3. It gives specific remedies to resolve problems

 Although it is sometimes called Vedic astrology, astrological research in India pre-dates the book known as the Vedas.




Leo
The best quality of Leo is kindness. The worst quality is domination. A key phrase is "I lead." The Leo personality is strong, even majestic. Leo wants to be dignified in every situation, and also may want to dominate. Stability is a pronounced trait. The Leo mental process tends toward large ideas. Leo is determined to rise to a position of authority and despises petty tasks. The desire for personal glory sometimes leads Leo’s reach to exceed the grasp in the pursuit of honors or high office. The individual will is generally focused, and cannot be easily swayed.

The passionate temperament of Leos makes you exciting to be around. You can be entertaining, as you seek the limelight, if not the love of the audience. You act from emotion or intuition, and may fail to consider the price of your actions. Impulsive and daring, you make good leaders, determined to win. You can also be willful, holding your own position in spite of the wisdom of the alternative.

The Leo disposition is sympathetic and warm-hearted for the most part. In leadership situations these qualities may manifest in the fact that you do not demand the impossible of others – that you reserve for yourself. Once committed Leos are faithful and trust in others. You are not very good at taking orders.

Leos are fair opponents. You recognize a good challenge and bring courage and nobility to the battle. You can be persistent in the pursuit of your goals, and thus provide leadership in difficult situations where others might quit. Like the lion, Leos wish to dominate your surroundings, but are willing to bask in the sun in a dignified manner. Once you have made a decision, you are outspoken in your expression of your position. You can be overbearing when you determine to get your own way. It is better to seek your agreement than to try to force you to accept someone else’s views.


Leo
The Loyalist
Key Phrase: I WILL

The regal sign of the zodiac, Leo certainly knows how to claim the center of attention! Operating as the Fixed Fire sign, this is the quality of determined inspiration which develops a sense of loyalty, pride, and steadfast honor. But Leo can also be ego-centered, and in its more negative forms of expression shows arrogance and pomposity. Leo may be most comfortable at play, where the ego can relax and creative energy run free. There is magnetism associated with Leo, and a flair for the dramatic. Leo is as difficult to ignore as the Sun (which it is ruled by), and can be domineering, controlling, and dictatorial. But when expressing its more positive dynamics, Leo’s warmth and generosity are unmatched. Where Leo resides in your chart, there is a need for attention and an ability to show high levels of creativity.


Libra
The best quality of Libra lies in your natural social skills. The worst quality is your capacity to vacillate or approve without careful thought. A key phrase is “I balance.” The Libra personality is peaceful in general, although you can be formidable champions of justice when aroused. You are changeable, willing to go along with the decisions of others in all cases where the outcome is not of deep personal importance to you. The tendency to be indecisive may change as you gather experience, but you may always go through a “what if” scenario or two before choosing a course of action.

Vacillation has its positive side in adaptability. Libras are willing to dabble in many different areas, and this is how you gather enough information to hold your own in any social situation. You can be perfectionists in matters of personal importance, and can surprise others with occasional definitive expressions of your ideas and ideals.

The Libra temperament is sensitive and refined. There is an artistic quality to your mental and emotional outlook – you seek harmony in all things. Libras go along with the group, but this does not mean you are submissive. You are fully able to hold your own ground intellectually. You often supply the argument that leads to synthesis and equilibrium.

The Libra disposition is sympathetic and kind. You are considerate and would never think of causing harm intentionally. You enjoy social interaction and can meet others with impartiality. You are generally approving of the actions of others, and in leadership positions you will find gentle ways to point out the proper path.

The desire to be around other people inspires a cooperative attitude. Your clarity of communication can make Librans an inspiration to others – when you express your beliefs, you reveal your ideals, your creative sense, and your ability to integrate data into a balanced assessment of the needs of the moment. You appreciate the efforts of others.


Libra
The Judge
Keyword Phrase: I BALANCE

Libra’s refined sensibilities are seen in artistry of all forms. Social and diplomatic, Libra can be highly impartial. As the Cardinal Air sign of the zodiac, Libra represents the need to initiate relationships and make connections. Yet Libra can also be distant, inconsiderate, and conceited. Symbolized by the Scales, Libra strives for balance and harmony, but is sometimes caught in indecision. Libran energy tends toward a high degree of logic and consideration, but can also be expressed through placating or argumentative attitudes. Ruled by the planet Venus, Libra is continually judging the value of everything. Libra knows there are two sides to every story, and when called upon to mediate, can be an exceptional arbitrator. Where you see Libra in the chart, there is a need for harmony, beauty, and refinement.


Lilith
In astrology, a hypothetical dark second moon of Earth, about one-fourth the size of the moon. The existence of Lilith was first proposed by eighteenth-century astronomers, on the basis of a few sightings (probably of an asteroid). Charts of Lilith’s estimated positions have been drawn up, and a few modern astrologers make use of Lilith in chart interpretation.


Luminary
From the Latin lumin: light. Luminary is a poetic term for the astronomical bodies that generate or reflect light. In our solar system they are primarily the Sun, Moon, and planets.


Luna

Latin name of the Moon and the Roman Moon goddess. In the Kabalah, Luna corresponds to the ninth Sephirah on the Tree of Life. Astrological keywords for Luna include: emotion, feelings, things that are reflected, changeability, mother and mothering, instinctual, all things to do with the home, the subconscious, memory.




Lunar
Having to do with the Moon.


Lunar Astrology

"Man is subject, like other mammals, birds, and even insects, to the mysterious law that causes normal processes, such as gestation, as well the maturation and duration of various diseases, to follow lunar periods."

—Charles Darwin: The Descent of Man





Lunation
In astrology, a term indicating the exact moment the moon is conjunct with the sun. The new moon.


Mars
Mars rules Aries. Mars is energy. It is the kind of energy that your body uses to contract muscles, to assimilate food, and to fire synapses in the brain. It is the kind of energy that makes gasoline burn, pushing pistons up and down, thereby moving your car. It is the dynamic energy of all action in the material world.

The god Mars was responsible for two distinctive kinds of energetic activity: He was the god of war, going around sowing terror and fear in the enemy and inspiring courage as well. On the other hand, he was a god of agriculture, encouraging the planting and tending of crops, and even encourage the crops themselves to grow.

The sign and house of Mars show where your personal energies tend to go when you are not guiding them. It also shows where you can concentrate your energy through decisive action for the strongest results. There is a certain reckless quality to Mars. This planet has to do with sharp instruments and vigorous force. We need to understand this planet in order to manage energy well, or it can become angry and destructive. Thus reading about Mars in your chart can provide answers to your questions about why some situations may have turned out badly, and how to use your physical and emotional energy more successfully in the future.

Mars is also the planet of desire. We all tend to use our energy to get what we want when we want it. Desire is a good thing, because it impels us forward to something new and better. It helps us to find partners and mates. It helps us to find satisfying food, clothing, and shelter. On the mental level, desire helps us to choose an area of study, to select books or movies we want to experience. On a still higher level, Mars indicates the direction of our spiritual passion. It shows what religious or spiritual path will satisfy our desire to understand the universe and master our own actions.

The aspects of Mars in your chart indicate the directions in which you can most easily direct your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energies. Understanding Mars helps you to direct your actions to gain the best results.


Mercury
Mercury was the messenger of the gods, and the planet is the fastest in motion. It moves back and forth through the sky, changing its apparent direction six times each year. This apparent back and forth movement is a reflection of how we learn. We listen, then we try. We go back to correct a pattern and we try again. Once we grasp a concept we can move forward quickly to the next challenge.

Our mental processes have two basic patterns. Inductive reasoning is something we are born with. It is the capacity to remember an experience and apply it to future situations. “Once burned, twice shy” is one way of looking at inductive reasoning. The other is deductive reasoning. This is the ability to take a number of observations and draw conclusions from the information. This is the ability of abstract thought. Statistical research has inductive qualities. If we ask ten people if they like a certain candy and six say yes, we tend to assume that 60 out of a hundred will like it too. Sherlock Holmes used deductive reasoning, putting several seemingly unrelated facts together to learn about his quarry.

Mercury provides us with a specific path for both kinds of reasoning, based on its sign and house placement. And Mercury, more than any other planet, takes on the attributes of its sign, house and aspects. Just as the god Mercury delivered a message without changing it, Mercury in your chart shows how you deliver your personal message. The sign shows your personal bias—how you typically choose to express yourself—and the house shows the area of life in which self-expression is the most important to you.

Mercury in your chart has to do with all kinds of communication. It shows the speed and quality. It indicates how you use the senses. It shows the area of your life where the reasoning processes can best be exercised. Thus it shows where you are likely to achieve the clearest and most potent expression of your inner thoughts to others. Aspects from other planets show how your communication is influenced by the events and people around you.


Mercury
(Alchemy) The alchemical element described as fluid, creative, uniting, and neutral or androgynous.


Midheaven
The Midheaven is the first point in the chart to be calculated. The Midheaven is the part of the zodiac that is the highest (most elevated) visible point in the sky at the time you are born. If you ask the question, “How long has it been since zero degrees of Aries was at the Midheaven?” the answer tells you what degree of the zodiac is there in terms of time. If the Sun is at zero degrees of Aries, the Sun will be at the Midheaven at noon. Noon in this case is based on Local Time. Standard and daylight time can affect the zero Aries Sun’s position, placing it to one side or the other of the Midheaven point.

The Midheaven reflects what you know—or can know—about yourself. It represents ego-consciousness. Infants have little or no boundary between Self and Other. As children grow and learn, they come to understand themselves as separate beings, and they learn to depend on their own intelligence, emotions and skills. In short, they learn about themselves as they learn about the world. The Midheaven reflects this self awareness.

Psychologically healthy adults have a clear sense of Self, distinguished from Other. They know what their core motivations are, and they know what skills they have to achieve their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual goals. The sign the Midheaven occupies indicates the nature of self-understanding, and provides the springboard from which you can dive into the process of gaining ego consciousness—understanding of what moves you on a deep personal level.

The Midheaven offers a way to understand yourself better, and is key to developing a flexible ego. We all know people who seem brittle and inflexible. We sense that they might “break” if they are pushed too hard in certain areas. Flexibility means developing an ego structure that can withstand the onslaught of life experiences and adapt or adjust to them. Astrology points out one path toward the development of broad-based ego skills, and it describes both the limitations of your ego and the positive potential of self awareness.


Midheaven
In astrology, the degree of the zodiac at the highest point in the sky at the time for which a chart is cast. In natal astrology, the position of the midheaven is often used to interpret the highest goals or potentials a person may achieve in life.


Midheaven
In astrology, the tiptop of the chart, signifying worldly recognition and status. The Midheaven is the start of the Tenth House. Also known as the MC or Medium Coeli.


Midpoints

In astrology, a midpoint is the exact point (degree and minute) that is midway between two points (such as two planets, a planet and an angle, etc.).  




Minor Planet

See Asteroids.




Modality

Also known as the quadruplicities, there are three modalities: Cardinal, fixed, and mutable. The modalities are often associated or even considered to be the same as the traditional alchemical or magickal elements: fire, earth, air, and water. However, it's more accurate to describe them as the way an element functions, rather than the element itself. 

  • The Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Cardinal signs are considered to be pioneers, but once they explore or start something they can get bored or tired of it and give it off to someone else. Someone born under a Fixed sign is the likely recipient for this. 
  • The Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. "Fixed" is a good description, as people born under these signs are often quite "fixed" in their ways. This is good for achieving stability, but they also can exhibit stubbornness. 
  • The Mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. People born under one of these signs can be flexible and adaptable, but they can also be fickle and changeable.



Moon
The Moon is in its sign of rulership in Cancer. The Moon is visible to us because of reflected light from the Sun. Its monthly motion through the heavens and its phases are timers we should all take seriously. Hospital employees tell stories of increased birth rate or emergency room traffic as the Full Moon approaches. Astrologers know that important activities are best begun just after the New Moon.

The Moon in your chart reflects your subconscious mind. Its sign and house describe your emotional bias—the way your express your feelings most easily and directly.

It is interesting to note that the Sun and Moon appear to be exactly the same size in the sky. If this were not so, we could not have total eclipses of the Sun. But what does this mean to the astrologer? It means that the vitality of the Sun is equal in importance to the action of the Moon in your life. The expression of your individuality is equal in importance to the nurturance of your emotional well-being. Conscious awareness is equal to subconscious motivations. Studying your Moon sign can provide clue to your inner life and suggest paths to increased personal satisfaction with life.

In terms of career, the Sun may show what you want to be when you grow up, but the Moon shows the path—the means—to that end. (This relationship happens to be true for all kinds of astrological charts—for events, nations, weather forecasting, etc.) Learning about the sign and house of your Moon will provide answers to many questions you may have about how to take positive action. This is the area of the chart that shows your emotional changeability, and it also reflects your best path to any other kind of change in your life.

Finally, the Moon shows, by its sign and house, how and where you can be comfortable. It suggests the physical surroundings, the material objects, and the emotional tone that is pleasant for you. It also shows how you assimilate—food, information, emotional vibrations.

The Sun and Moon together form a team. You will find that be considering them together, you get a fuller, richer sense of who you are and how you can become happier and more successful.


Moon Phase

As the Moon orbits the Earth, its relative position with the Sun and Earth light the surface of the Moon, giving the impression of the Moon growing or shrinking. This is generally divided into four phases, the growing or waxing phase, the shrinking or waning phase, the full Moon and the dark or New Moon. Some systems add more phases to this model.




Moon Sign

The zodiacal sign in which the moon is located, determined by the moment and location for which a horoscope is drawn (such as the time and place of birth). Many astrologers believe the moon rules emotions (and rules the intuition along with Neptune); therefore, the Moon sign in a birth chart will reveal a great deal about a person's personality. 

Many astrologers believe the three most significant parts of a birth horoscope are the Sun sign, Moon sign, and ascendant.




Mundane Astrology
The study of countries, cities, provinces, and states. Each has a birth chart that is used to forecast trends and major events affecting that entity. Mundane astrologers would use a city’s chart, for example, to forecast a natural disaster, or a country’s chart to forecast the general welfare of the people for a certain time period.

This branch of astrology also includes the study of wars, peace agreements, presidential inaugurations and other government-initiated events. From the birth chart erected for the start of the event the astrologer can predict the outcome.

Weather forecasting, or astrometerology, is another area included in mundane astrology.


Mutable
Adaptable, responsive, restless. The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.


Nadir

In astrology, the point at the bottom of the horoscope chart. 




Natal Chart
Your natal (birth) chart, or horoscope, is drawn from calculations based upon the date, time, and place of your birth. Every element of the horoscope (which, if it’s like most Western horoscopes, will be drawn on a circular wheel) is expressed symbolically. Each symbol in the chart represents a celestial body, sign, house, or aspect.


Neptune
Neptune is in its rulership in Pisces. All that is glamorous, mystical, metaphysical, and inspirational participates in the energy reflected by Neptune in your chart. Like Uranus and Pluto, Neptune remains in one sign for many years, so your friends all share a similar grasp of Neptune’s energy. The house placement and the aspects to Neptune color your sensitivity in a more personal way.

What you consume is what you are on the physical plane. The placement of Neptune indicates how you assimilate food, drink, medications, and other drugs. It shows your tolerance for foods and other substances, and indicates where your physical system can get out of balance most easily. Therefore, Neptune indicates an area where care can prevent or lessen harm.

Confusion and deception are part of the Neptune picture. Vagueness and glamour can be part of fraudulent activity, or they can be the essence of entertainment. Magic shows are all about deceiving our senses in order to surprise and entertain us. Neptune’s placement shows your level of susceptibility to deceit and your level of ability as well.

Imagination is part of Neptune’s realm. Your creative style depends on the ability to use your feelings and intellect to make something new and different. Problem-solving means imagining solutions and then trying them on for size mentally before rushing into action. Dreams are a function of this energy, and Neptune’s placement can show a lot about the nature of your dreams and their role in your life.

Spirituality is a significant part of human life. Neptune speaks to this area by showing you what area of your life needs a spiritual boost. It also show you what career or other activity will satisfy your inner spiritual yearning. Neptune’s movement through your chart will indicate times when spiritual measures are called for.

Psychic impressionability is in Neptune’s realm. Your ability to tune in to others can be defined by examining Neptune in your chart. Your best path to psychic development may be described by Neptune’s placement and aspects.


New Moon
The New or Dark Moon is the beginning phase, when the Moon and Sun are together (conjunct) in the sky. This occurs each month and in each sign, with the occasional 13th New Moon falling in the last degrees of the same sign as the previous New Moon. This event is called a "Blue Moon," and the term "once in a Blue Moon" is used to indicate a rare event.


Nodes
The nodes are mathematical points that represent where the orbit of the Moon around the Earth crosses the ecliptic (which is the apparent path of the Sun around the Earth). The North Node and the South Node are always exactly opposite each other in the chart.


North Node
The North Node is the point where the Moon's orbit rises above the ecliptic. See Nodes


Novile

In astrology, a lesser-used relationship where two points, such as two planets, are at an aspect of 40°. Some astrologers equate the Novile aspect with the ability to understand and make use of information that can lead to evolutionary growth.




Opposition
(180 degrees)—Planets opposite each other in the zodiac indicate where the individual will be aware of differences.


Out-of-Bounds

The apparent motion of the Sun each day follows a path through the sky that in relation to the horizon appears higher or lower. The amount above the horizon is called the Sun's declination. Usually, the position of the planets is between the north and south limits of the Sun's declination. However, they can move outside this range. In astrology, when planets are outside of the Sun's north and south declination limits, they are said to be out-of-bounds. When such positions are considered by astrologers, it is said to indicate unique or outside-the-box thinking or activity in relation to the impact of the planet.




Out-of-Sign

In astrology, this refers to the situation when two planets have a certain aspect to each other, but the signs they are in do not match that aspect. This may refer to the concept that a relationship on the surface is not the same as a deeper aspect.




Pallas

One of the thousand of known asteroids, it was the second to have been discovered and one of the largest. It was originally considered a planet. It's named after the Roman goddess who served as the ruler of the sky who is associated with the Greek goddess Athena (goddess of wisdom, courage, civilization, justice, mathematics, strength, the arts, crafts, etc.), becoming Pallas Athena. Some astrologers use Pallas in their horoscopes and give it keywords that include: wisdom, creativity, intellect, war and peace, political activism, social concerns, strategy, literacy, martial arts, competition, the military.




Parallel

In astrology, an aspect where two planets are at the same degree (either north or south of the horoscope's equator). Usually, only a very small Orb of difference is allowed when claiming planets are parallel.




Part of Fortune
In astrology, a point in the chart that shows where joy and fortune can be found.


Piscean Age
Because of the precession of the equinoxes, the position of the stars in relation to the Earth slowly changes, moving through one sign of the zodiac every 2,100 years. Since there are no lines of demarcation in the universe, just transitional areas, the full effect of entering an age may begin to occur a hundred years or more before any date given as the beginning of an age, and may not completely manifest for hundreds of years after the age has officially started.

The Piscean Age reflects what has been called the “Christian Dispensation,” and perhaps its most obvious feature in this aspect is the dependence upon someone or something other than yourself for spiritual evolution. Dates given for the end of this age range from 1904 to later than 2200, but that does not mean that the effects of the change to the next era are not being felt. Even in song we are told that we have entered “the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”


Pisces
The best quality of Pisces is sympathy. The worst quality is hypersensitivity. A key phrase is “I believe.” The Pisces personality is dreamy and idealistic. You like to float in an ocean of sensitivity, relating to your own feelings and the feelings of others in a direct way. You are the classic romantics, wanting to indulge the senses. You sometimes appear to be vague.

Mentally Pisceans are prudent people, balancing the emotional side with the capacity to worry about details. Because your strength lies in the feeling realm, you may feel inferior in the mental realm. It is important to remember that the capacity for sound judgment lies as much in feelings as in logic. Pisces uses psychic senses to make decisions, and may need to learn how to back up these impressions with facts.

Pisces mirrors the environment.You can appear very different in different situations, and you can be responsive to the needs of others. More than that, you can inspire other people through your own emotional strength. You may be able to see into the future, but this very ability takes you out of the present, and therefore may keep you from completing projects.

Pisces is a peaceful sign. You often are retiring, preferring to be on the edge of things watching than to be in the middle of the action. You tend to worry and may feel slighted by others. You believe what you feel.

The great strength of Pisces lies in the ability to respond in two worlds—the world of practical social dealings and the internal world of mystical experience. You may need to develop the strengths of planets in other signs to get you around in the day-to-day world, but you are well-equipped to understand the realm of spirit. Your adaptability usually gets you what you need on the material side, even while you have your minds on Utopian quests. Compassion can be one of your strongest qualities.


Pisces
The Visionary
Key Phrase: I BELIEVE

The most sensitive sign of the zodiac, Pisces represents imagination, idealism, and compassion. As the Mutable Water sign, Pisces can show exceptional flexibility, but can also be unfocused and uncommitted. Pisces tends toward the visionary, psychic, and poetic aspects of life, and has qualities of the mystical. Ruled by Neptune, Pisces can also be the escapist, and may relish the roles of victim, martyr, and/or rescuer. Symbolized by two Fish tied together and swimming in opposite directions, Pisces can likewise spend a lot of time going in circles, feeling confused. But its positive expressions of empathy and tenderheartedness turn our attention to the plight of humanity and the fact that we are all one. Pisces can transcend the trap of co-dependency through quiet awareness of the inner self. Where this sign resides in your chart lies your need for imagination and vision.


Planetary Metals
Alchemical association of metals with the astrological qualities of planets. Different sets of associations exist, but one of the most popular ones is:

Moon: Silver
Mercury: Quicksilver
Venus: Copper
Sun: Gold
Mars: Iron
Jupiter: Tin
Saturn: Lead


Planets

In Western astrology, planets are objects that move through the sky. The planets most used in astrology are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Chiron, and the asteroids. Earth is not considered a planet, as Western astrology is geocentric and has the Earth as a point of reference around which the planets appear to move. Since, from this viewpoint, the Earth doesn't move in the sky, it's not considered.




Pluto
Pluto is the god of the Underworld. His actions are mysterious and even frightening. The planet was discovered in the 1930s at a time when the underworld of gangsters was thriving, causing serious disruption and turmoil. The power of such activities is only one expression of Pluto’s kind of energy. Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio.

Obsessive thinking and compulsive action are indicated by Pluto. The house position and aspects of Pluto show where you can get caught up in destructive thought patterns and activities that are not in your best interest or do not serve the general welfare of people. Often the impulse behind such activities is control at any cost, regardless of the results.

Transitions and transformations of all kinds are a broader expression of Pluto-type urges. The god of the Underworld rules over death; Pluto in your chart can indicate how you face and accept major changes in your life and in the lives of family and friends. It shows the kind of events that come into your life due to outside forces, and therefore how you develop flexible responses to pressure.

All invisible activities are part of the Pluto picture. You may find that many people in your age group share your views concerning ESP, psychic forces, and things magical. You also will find that you see particular uses for such energy, and your use will be different from theirs. You may feel this is of grater or lesser importance in your life. Learning about Pluto’s place in your chart can set you on a path of discovery of your own “magic.”

Transmutation and rejuvenation are not the least important of Pluto’s expressions. By learning to control less constructive impulses and actions, you can channel your energy into positive directions like hands-on or spiritual healing, strengthening your body’s immune system, and generally revitalizing every area of experience. As you come to understand your hidden urges and control your responses to outside influences, you can experience a rich diverse experience on all levels—you will have choice.


Polarities

In astrology, the polarities describes a division of the signs into two sets of groups, often related to masculine and feminine qualities. Many modern astrologers use the Chinese terms Yang (masculine) and Yin (feminine) to describe them. The first sign of the zodiac, Aries, is Yang. The second, Taurus, is Yin. This alternation continues through the twelve signs.




Predictive Astrology
Used to forecast trends and events in an individual’s life. There are many techniques, the most popular being the progressed and transiting planets aspecting planets and angles in the birth chart. Solar returns are also used by many astrologers.

Predictive astrology is a valuable tool in that it provides advance information an individual can use in decision making. It is helpful to know what’s on the horizon, when to pursue career goals, when to conserve and when to spend, when relationships will be upbeat or strained, and when to expect developments in an ongoing matter.


Progressions
A set of methods for creating a new astrological birth chart based on a combination of the original birth data (date, time, location) and the current date. The most popular method is to draw up a chart that is one day later than the original for each year a person has been alive. This chart, also known as a progressed horoscope, is used to indicate influences for the current year, as opposed to the influences at birth. While this may seem arbitrary, it has been used successfully for centuries. Often used with transit charts.


Quadruplicities

See: Modality




Qualities

In astrology, the signs are classified in several ways. One way is by their Qualities (Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable). Qualities are also referred to as modes, modalities, or quadruplicites.




Quincunx
(150 degrees)—Planets five signs apart indicate the nature of adjustments the individual will be required to make.


Quindecile

Pronounced as if it is an Italian word, ("kwin-deh-chee-leh"), it refers to 15 degree increments of aspects in an astrological chart between two planets, corollary points, or cusps. This is based around the twenty-fourth harmonic, and 360° of a circle divided by 24 equals 15. Since this has to do with increments, the quindecile expression refers to relationships of 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90, 105, 130, 135, 150, 165, and 180 degrees. 

According to Noel Tyl, one or more quindecile aspects appear in as many as 85% of horoscopes. They can suggest an important focal point or extreme concern, mania, upheaval, etc. 




Quintile
(72 degrees)—Planets separated by one-fifth of the zodiac contribute creatively to each other.


Rectification

Rectification is an important part of astrology that has become easier to accomplish with the aid of computers. The precise time of birth is important when making a horoscope, but many people do not have a birth certificate with an accurate time. Rectification is a technique that uses known events, relationships, and experiences, as well as personality traits, to determine a precise birth time, allowing for the creation of an accurate horoscope.




Relocation Astrology
Used to determine the most optimum locations in the world for life activities such as relationship happiness, career success, vacationing, or retirement. The astrologer relocates the individual’s birth chart to a new location as if the person had been born there.


Report

In astrology, a report is the name given to an interpretation of a birth chart. Llewellyn offers many such reports; click here to view them. Reports are also called delineations or interpretations.




Retrograde
Actually an optical illusion, a planet is called retrograde when its course appears to turn backward. When a planet is in retrograde motion at one’s birth, its energy is turned inward and must be developed from an inner awareness before it can be fully expressed externally.


Retrograde
From our viewpoint on earth, planets other than the Sun and Moon appear to back up at certain times of the year. They aren’t really moving backwards but appear to be moving backward in the zodiac from an earthly perspective.


Rising Sign
The rising sign, or ascendant, reflects your persona—what you choose to show to the world. Whereas the Sun sign is your individuality and does not change a great deal, you have the capacity to choose the nature and level of expression of your Ascendant. You can choose the most destructive expression, or you may choose to show a side of yourself to the world that is full of optimism and promise.

The Ascendant is frequently useful in describing your physical characteristics and general health. Aside from geographical and ethnic realities, the rising sign shows complexion, hair and eye color, stature, and weight. A Gemini would be rather taller than average, and Taurus might be on the stocky side, within the range of family tendencies.

The Ascendant offers suggestions for what kind of clothing looks good, what colors will make you seem stronger. The general shape of the head and face are linked to the Ascendant. The sign also indicates a part of the body that you can show off to good advantage. It may not be your favorite part of yourself, but it is one that will respond to careful treatment in terms of clothing, movement, etc. The Taurus may not think about the throat very much, but this is a key area to focus on to create a strong effect on others. Aquarians can benefit from careful selection of shoes, as the ankles are "the thing."

As you learn about your Ascendant, you will find a whole array of new considerations for how to present yourself to the world. Should you be flippant or stern, gregarious or darkly serious? The rising sign can provide a wealth of imaginative possibilities.

Because the Ascendant is the way others see you, physically and in every other way, it pays to understand what they are seeing. You can develop a whole range of clothing, movements, communication styles and general attitudes based on your rising sign. You can overcome limitations in other areas by emphasizing the
positives here. In this way you actively participate in creating the impression you want others to have, and you become more influential as you project a well thought-out image.


Ruler

In astrology, each planet has certain qualities and is linked to a zodiacal sign with similarities or an affinity to that sign. The planet is said to be the sign's ruler. If the planet appears in that sign in a horoscope, the effect is enhanced. If it appears in a sign that is at odds with the sign it rules, its effect is diminished.




Sagittarius
The best quality of Sagittarius is loyalty. This is true for Sun sign Sagittarians, and also for people with other planets in this sign, although with other planets, the loyalty may extend only to matters concerning that planet. The worst quality is indiscriminate game-playing. A key phrase is “I aspire.” The Sagittarius personality is generous, ambitious, and loyal. Self-reliant, Sagittarians can go off on world travels alone without a qualm, and tend to throw youselves into life with the same energy you would pack for such a trip. You can make effective decisions, and therefore are often found in executive positions. You reveal your enthusiasm and positive attitude toward life.

You like to travel mentally as well. You can study subjects deeply, and enjoy
philosophical conversations. You tend to be somewhat conservative, as you would expect for your time of year—it is the conservative harvesting of summer’s bounty that feeds us in December, after all. Once you understand the theory of
a subject, you are able to take effective action in the practical realm.

The Sagittarius temperament is outspoken and frank. In fact, sometimes you may wish you could restrain your speech. Still, you are usually open-minded, able to listen to what others have to say. You tend to hold to your own opinions
tenaciously, yet you are able to change your minds when a suitable argument is presented. Generally able to make quick decisions, you can be too hasty at times.

Sagittarius is usually proper in demeanor. You can give or take orders, and thus are solid companions, able to share leadership cheerfully. When you engage in sports, you learn the rules and abide by you, just as you respect the rules in all areas of life. Your understanding can come across as magnanimous at times, and at other times you seem self-righteous. You aspire to lofty heights and may be disappointed if others do not attain the same level. You seek to comprehend, both on an interior basis and on a practical level, and once you understand the dynamics of a situation, you cheerfully accept your proper role.


Sagittarius
The Adventurer
Key Phrase: I UNDERSTAND

Sagittarius is the optimistic quality which inspires us to have faith in ourselves and our futures. As the Mutable Fire sign of the zodiac, Sagittarius expresses the ability to maintain an open mind. Philosophical and tolerant of differences, Sagittarius can show great wisdom, and through the energy of Jupiter, its planetary ruler, is stimulated to reach toward broader horizons. Yet it can also be tactless, blunt, and even condescending. Sagittarius must have an opinion about everything - in a pinch, it will generate one on the spot. Sagittarius looks for adventurous and philanthropic opportunities; when carried to the extreme, it can become overly zealous and gluttonous. Symbolized by the Archer, Sagittarius is always looking upward and forward, and may sometimes gallivant into the sunset leaving others behind. Where you find Sagittarius in your chart, there is a need to expand and to develop tolerance.


Saturn
Where Jupiter showed process, Saturn shows structure. Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn. Its placement and aspects indicate how structure is perceived either as limitation and restriction that keep you from pursuing your desires or as a container in which you can lead an orderly and productive life. On the whole structure is a good thing. The structure of bones allows us to move about and stand erect. Our skin provides a container without which we would surely die. It is how we perceive the container and what we do with it that makes all the difference.

As Saturn moves through the signs, its cycle defines major life changes. Around age seven you develop a new sense of personal responsibility, at about 15 you become a young adult, able to use abstract thinking in your decision-making process. At age 21 you become an adult in the eyes of the law, and around age 28 to 30 you experience your first Saturn return (It takes Saturn 28 to 30 years to go through all of the signs one time), and you undergo a shift from an extended growth period into an extended productive period. This structure is more or less the same for everyone.

The sign and house placement of Saturn indicate how you can best pursue your career, whatever that career may be. Should you start out owning your own company Leo style, or should you undertake humanitarian goals Aquarius style? By following Saturn’s indicators you can plan a career course that allows a steady development.

Saturn provides a barometer for you in the form of feedback. Sometimes you feel limited in what you can do, and you can use this as feedback about what educational opportunity to pursue. Sometimes you are afraid of the next step, and you can use this fear to show you where to seek emotional support. You will experience authority and responsibility in your life in constructive or destructive ways, based on where Saturn is found. Saturn can become your inner teacher and guide, as well as a timer for major changes throughout your life.


Scorpio
The best quality of Scorpio is resourcefulness. The worst quality is the ability to cause trouble. A key phrase is “I desire.” Intensity is the principal personality trait of Scorpio. Whatever career or vocational interests you pursue, you do it with tremendous force. The strength of desire is seen in every serious effort a Scorpio makes. You are proud, and can become the nemesis of anyone who insults you.

The Scorpio mental process is meditative. You can take a set of data and ponder it, penetrating the surface evidence to find the deeper meaning. You can cope with difficult and disagreeable tasks because you understand that such tasks will eventually be completed and you will return to the center of your life’s current none the worse for the effort, and perhaps stronger for the experience of surviving under pressure.

Secretive and intense, Scorpio’s temperament is sometimes difficult to tolerate. These very qualities, however, are part of the magnetism that draws people to you. The intensity can be expressed through healing or destructive energy, and only the Scorpio can determine which way you will go. Probably no sign indicates a stronger will. Personal experience teaches the Scorpio how to direct that will.

Scorpios often are rather reserved. You are unyielding to the sorts of pressure that work well with other signs, and often do well in careers where independent action is encouraged. Your ability to focus on a single task and put all your energy into it is often seem as skillful. You are often respected for your determination, but perhaps not loved, as you are not manipulators of gentle energies.

No one can exert the pressure that Scorpio can. You make devoted friends who will tell the truth boldly. When you lie, the lies are equally bold, and it may not be possible to tell the difference. The trained Scorpio mind seldom has to resort to a lie, as the truth is seen as a much stronger weapon. Desire lies at the root of all Scorpio action.


Scorpio
The Catalyst
Key Phrase: I CREATE

Scorpio is passionate. As the Fixed Water sign of the zodiac, it illustrates the qualities of strong and abiding attachment. Ruled by Pluto, Scorpio serves to bring healing and transformation. Despite an often cool, calm exterior, it senses everything and misses nothing. Symbolized by the Scorpion and Eagle, Scorpio represents powers of destruction and regeneration. Scorpio is erotic, sensual, and incisive, but can be an extremist and unrelentingly vengeful. Scorpio explores and investigates until the core is exposed, often displaying exceptional research abilities. But there can also be an obsessive quality with Scorpio, and repressing emotions or holding onto pain are difficulties that can arise with this sign. Yet Scorpio has direct access to the energy necessary for birth and rejuvenation. Where you find Scorpio in your chart, there is intensity and strong feeling.


Semi-decile

An minor aspect created between two planets, corollary points, or cusps that has an arc of 18°. Also called virgintile, it is considered mildly positive or beneficial.




Semi-quintile

See Decile.




Semisextile
(30 degrees)—Planets that are exactly one sign apart on the zodiac. Indicates growth; can be uncomfortable.


Semisquare
(45 degrees)—Planets exactly one and one-half signs apart in the zodiac indicate internal tension and stress.


Sesquiquadrate
(135 degrees)—Planets four and one-half signs apart indicate agitation, which may not be evident to observers.


Sextile
(60 degrees)—Planets that are two signs apart are able to cooperate to produce opportunities.


Sextile
In astrology, two bodies or celestial points that are 60 degrees apart in the zodiac. A friendly relationship or aspect.


Sidereal Zodiac
Due to slight changes in the movement of the Earth around its axis, the positions of the stars in the sky relative to the equinoxes and solstices slowly change in what is called the Precession of the Equinoxes. In the common Western form of astrology, which uses the Tropical zodiac, the Vernal Equinox always is associated with 0 degrees of the sign Aries. With the Sidereal Zodiac, which is found in other forms of astrology such as Jyotish, the astrology of India, the equinoxes and solstices move slowly backward through the signs of the Zodiac at a rate of one degree between 70.59 and 72.15 years.


Signs

See Signs of the Zodiac.




Signs of the Zodiac
The Zodiac is a circle of space surrounding the Earth. It may be imagined as a belt in the heavens about 15 degrees wide in which the planets travel. It is the Sun's apparent path, called the ecliptic. The zodiacal circle is divided into twelve parts, each part containing 30 degrees of space called the Signs of the Zodiac. Thus a sign is a one-twelfth division of the zodiacal circle and is defined as containing 30 degrees of celestial longitude: 12 signs each measuring 30 degrees constitute the circle of the zodiac or 360 degrees. In this circle the planets travel each in its own orbit, one outlying beyond the other. The zodiac, then, is a circle divided into twelve signs through which the planets travel or transit from west to east, going through one sign after another in their order from Aries to Pisces. Although the zodiac is generally referred to as a circle it is, in fact, elliptical. Each sign possesses a certain specific influence of its own.

The motion of the Earth around the Sun once a year causes the Sun to appear to pass through one of the 12 signs each month. Its influence, according to location, determines not alone the seasons but the general nature and character of persons born at that time.

The signs in order are Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Cancer the Crab, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Virgin, Libra the Scales, Scorpio the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Archer, Capricorn the Goat, Aquarius the Water-Bearer, and Pisces the Fishes.


Sol

Latin for the Sun, the only star in our solar system. In Astrology it is treated as a planet, the ruler of the sign Leo. On the Kabbalistic Tree of Life it corresponds to the sixth Sephirah, Tiphereth. When interpreting horoscopes, astrological keywords associated with the Sun include: identity, vitality, creativity, ruler, king, ego, pride, self esteem, inner self, forcefulness, leadership, will power, egotism, authority, boss.




Solar Return

In astrology, a solar return chart is a horoscope created for when the Sun returns to the exact degree/minute/second of its position at your birth, usually within a day or two of your birthday. Because the other planets move at different speeds, they will be at different positions in this chart compared to your natal horoscope. This new solar return chart may be interpreted to give a report for the upcoming year.




Solstice
Standing Still. The point in the earth's orbit around the Sun in which the ecliptic reaches its maximum obliquity. The Summer Solstice occurs annually around June 22, when the Sun enters Cancer at 23.5 degrees N declination, highest overhead in the northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year. The Winter Solstice occurs annually around December 22, when the Sun enters Capricorn at 23.5 degrees S declination, its lowest point in the northern hemisphere. The shortest day of the year.


South Node
The South Node is the point where the Moon's orbit falls below the ecliptic. See Nodes.


Square
(90 degrees)—Planets three signs apart indicate challenges.


Square
In astrology, two bodies or celestial points that are 90 degrees apart in the zodiac. A stressful relationship or aspect.


Stationary

Because the motion of the planets around the sun is relative to the position of our vantage point here on Earth, some of the planets, especially the inner ones, will at times appear to move backwards (retrograde) in their motion. During the time they are changing from direct to retrograde or retrograde to direct, they appear to be stationary. Also known as "making a station," when stationary retrograde (changing from direct to retrograde), it can symbolize a delay or a reversal. When a planet is stationary direct (changing from retrograde to direct), it implies a revitalization, re-energization, or renewal. The Sun and Moon are never stationary.




Stellium
When three or more planets are in conjunction with one another, a stellium is formed. This adds intensity to the sign and house in which they occur. A stellium creates a sense of self-absorption and can add a self-centeredness to the personality, but it also provides a sense of focus. The difficulty arises when the individual needs to change focus or make adjustments.


Succedent
Succedent houses of the birth chart (2nd, 5th, 8th, and 11th) are sensitive; planets placed in these houses are likely to carry a more passionate charge.


Sun
The Sun rules Leo. Vitality is the energy reflected by the Sun in the astrological chart. Just as the Sun is the source of life for all living things we know of, the Sun’s position in your chart is an indicator of the way you approach life. Nearly everyone knows their Sun sign and a little bit about it. We read the astrology column in the newspaper to see how the day will be for our sign. Many people like the time of year around their birthday, not just because it is near their birthday, but because the energy of the Sun sign is so conformable.

Young children express the Sun sign energy clearly and directly. We tend to move away from this clarity as we learn different forms of expression, yet we always come back to the foundation of the Sun sign, learning to perfect the strengths that it indicates and to compensate for any weaknesses. The Sun is, in addition to being the source of life, the sustainer of our individual character. When you understand the deeper nature of your Sun sign, you also understand the core direction for your personal expression in the world.

The house position of the Sun in your chart indicates one area of life that takes on greater importance than any other. It is the area where you are perhaps the most self-conscious, it is where your will can be best expressed, it is where you can develop the greatest arrogance. You will focus loyalty and generosity in that area, as well as discover your own personal dignity.

The house and sign of the sun indicates an area in which you will strive to express yourself, and you will want to be recognized for your activities in that area of life. As you gain experience in living, you may become bolder in your efforts to attain your Sun sign goals. You can become a leader in this area because you understand the deepest and broadest values of this area of your life.

When you read about your Sun sign, take the details to heart. Make a personal effort—use your will—to develop the highest and best expression of this sign. It is your birthright, and the area where you can learn to speak and act with authority.


Sun Sign

In astrology, the zodiacal sign in which the Sun could be seen at the time of birth. When someone asks, "What's your sign?" they actually are asking for your Sun sign. 

While the Sun is certainly an important planet in a horoscope, it has been stressed in simplistic books and in newspaper astrology columns, giving many people the idea that Sun Sign astrology is the entirety of astrology, and a straw man often used by debunkers and pseudo-skeptics against astrology. 

To astrologers, the Sun is considered to indicate the Outer Self that a person reveals to the world; their apparent personality. In contrast, the Ascendant in a horoscope is believed to indicate the "True Self" or inner self.

While much can be revealed by knowing the Sun sign, the Sun is merely one of the planets, asteroids, and other points used in a horoscope. Along with the Sun sign, the Moon sign, and ascendant are considered to be the three most important elements in a birth chart.




Synastry
The astrological practice of interpreting the natal charts of two or more people to judge compatibility and relationship advantages and challenges. Traditionally, this involves comparing how planets in one chart are in aspect to the planets of the other. Also involved is interpreting the house positions of each person’s planets as they fall in the other chart(s).


Synthesis

Synthesis is the name for the techniques of uniting all the separate bits of information and themes of a divination or reading together, determining the relative importance of each of these things to stress what is more important, and blending them into an internally consistent and harmonious whole. Although most commonly used by astrologers, the idea of synthesizing the bits of data in a reading can apply to any divinatory technique, such as a Tarot reading.




Taurus
The best quality of Taurus is stability. The worst quality is stubbornness. A key phrase is “I have.” The Taurus personality is industrious, sometimes even plodding. It is easy to imagine the Taurus still going, like the Energizer Bunny, when everyone else has quite for the day. Once you get on a roll, you don’t want to stop. Taurus is seen as being reliable and generally consistent. You know the value of money and appreciate material possessions.

The Taurus mentality leans to things practical. Generally careful, you can discriminate quality and tend to be perfectionists. You have enormous energy reserves. You can pursue a single task for a long time, then switch tracks and take on another. You may not know when to rest. Taurus is immovable. Once you have made up your mind, changing it is like moving the whole earth. You may listen to the opinions of others, but you stick to your own. You are interested in the psychic realm as it is so close to the present moment.

Conservative in temperament, Taurus appreciates the traditional way of doing things. You are unlikely to abandon a system just because it has a flaw—you are more likely to capitalize on its strengths and find a way around the problem. Taurus is patient. You can wait for the right time to act, and you allow others the time you need to accomplish your tasks—that is only practical after all! Taurus enjoys a daily routine, a weekly routine, an annual routine. Generally you cannot be rushed into action. You are like a train—you only move as fast as you move. Yet Taurus is usually efficient, not wanting to waste effort, and therefore discovering the most direct path.

Taurus generally has a reserved disposition. You dislike change and are therefore less likely to force change on others. You are possessive and therefore do not demand that others give up your possessions. Taurus, like the bull, is placid, willing to take what comes, as long as it doesn’t irritate overmuch. Taurus’ colors are pastels, especially pinks and blues. The part of the body is the throat and lower jaw.


Taurus
The Maintainer
Key Phrase: I HAVE

Taurus is conservative, and prefers to maintain the status quo. Operating in a Fixed mode and the Earth element, Taurus can be extremely stabilizing—like the Rock of Gibraltar. Through a natural connection with the energy of Venus, Taurus loves the good things of life, and can be highly affectionate. A natural, earthy sensuality is associated with this sign, which can also be highly possessive. Taurus is calm, steadfast, and enduring, but can become a raging bull when angered to the extreme. The symbol of the Bull associated with this sign shows the power behind it, yet there can also be a slow, plodding pace connected to Taurus. The desire for a stable financial and emotional base can lead to extreme materialism when those of this sign feel insecure. But in its most positive expression, Taurus is the essence of deep and abiding love. Where you see Taurus in the chart, there is focus and conservatism.


Transits
The relationships of the positions of the planets in an astrological chart in comparison to their position in another chart. Usually, this compares the positions of the planets at a specific time (such as a birthday or at the time for making a decision) with the positions of a natal or birth horoscope. The transits can also be tracked on a daily basis. This information can be used by skilled astrologers to provide information on current ups and downs in a person’s life.


Transpluto

In astrology, an undetected theoretical planet with an orbit outside that of Pluto. Astrologers believe such a planet has to do with learning wholeness and being able to integrate your relationships.




Tredecile

A minor astrological aspect between two planets, corollary points, or cusps that are 108° apart.




Trine
(120 degrees)—Planets four signs apart indicate comfortable conditions where their energies are concerned.


Trine
In astrology, two bodies or celestial points that are 120 degrees apart in the zodiac. A friendly relationship or aspect.


Triplicities
The zodiacal signs are divided into four groups called "triplicities," and in their order they represent the four elements of fire, earth, air, and water.

Fiery Triplicity is composed of Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Earthly Triplicity: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Airy Triplicity: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Watery Triplicity: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces


Triplicity

In astrology, the zodiacal signs each have characteristics of one of the four natural elements of fire, earth, water, and air. 
Although it can be confusing to call them triplicities (there are four elements, so shouldn't they be called quadruplicates?), since there are 12 zodiacal signs, the pattern repeats three times to give each sign one of the elements.




Uranian Planets

Eight hypothetical planets "discovered" by Alfred Witte and Friedrich Sieggrun at the beginning of the twentieth century. Ephemeredes for their positions exist. These hypothetical planets are called Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Apollon, Admetos, Vulcanus, and Poseidon.




Uranus
Uranus rules Aquarius. If you have wondered why and how sudden changes come into your life, look no further. Uranus may be the answer. This planet reflects the energy of sudden change and also provides the intuitive information you need to deal with beginnings, endings, and even catastrophes.

Let’s look at the independent, unconventional actions inspired within us and reflected by Uranus in the chart. This planet shows what part of your life will be the focus of your independence and where you will take an unconventional approach to family, career, relationship—everything. Disruptive ideas and events come along to bring you back into balance. Have you noticed that the more eccentric your behavior, the more life gives you a push and forces you to conform? This is Uranian type energy working to bring you back into balance.

Next consider the role of intuition in your daily life. As you have disruptive episodes, you begin to be able to anticipate them, making adjustments ahead of time to minimize the upset. For example, once you slide on the ice a few times you learn how to keep your balance. Then you learn how to control a skid while driving a car. Then you understand how to manage a spiritual disruption ore easily. This is due to your developing intuition—you can foresee the future partly because of past experiences themselves and partly because you recall intuitive flashes that preceded or accompanied them. Uranus shows how this works for you personally.

When you find yourself detaching from people and events, this is Uranus in action. You have the capacity to take an aloof position, a more analytical and less active role in situations. The placement and aspects of Uranus show how you can best achieve an impersonal attitude in the face of difficulty (or it shows you how to remain connected in those moments when you would really rather be doing something else). This energy focuses your attention on invisible inner perceptions of your world in a way that is similar to everyone in your age group (all your friends have Uranus in the same zodiac sign), yet utterly personal in its development and expression, based on the house placement and aspects to other planets.


Venus
Venus is the goddess of beauty, and is the ruler of Taurus and Libra. She makes everyone feel comfortable. She has a positive outlook on life and imparts that feeling to others. Venus in your chart may indicate, by its sign and house, the part of your body that is most attractive, or a part of the body that you find attractive in others. The seductive part of your personality can be described by looking at Venus. This capacity is clearly not restricted to sexuality, but extends into every area of your life. Venus shows how you can convince others, not through force of will, but through a magnetic attraction.

As an indicator of how you interact well with others, Venus does not suggest co-dependence. It does suggest interdependence, something that has been essential for human development. Babies have a perfection of form that makes us fall in love with them. Movie stars are dressed and made up to be as attractive as possible. Politicians demonstrate the magnetic charisma that convinces us to vote for them, sometimes in spite of all logic.

There is a rhythm to this magnetic attraction and beauty. We get closer to someone to find out what they are like, and then we withdraw to consider how we are feeling about what we discovered. The sign and house Venus occupy describe how all of these functions work. It shows what we like, what about us is the most attractive, and how we engage in the interactivity of human life. It shows how we approach companionship in general.

Venus also indicates where we look for harmony in our lives. When you seek cooperation from others, you want it to fit in with your ideal of harmony. Thus, whatever the context, you will put your personal spin on the situation, molding other people to suit your thoughts on how things work best. Occasionally you may find that the way you want to do things is not practical in the situation, or doesn’t work so well for other people. By understanding Venus in your chart, you can develop alternative methods that both achieve the desired goal and provide a level of comfort for you personally. This refinement process is indicated by Venus’ sign, house and aspects.


Vernal Equinox

See Spring Equinox.




Vesta

One of the thousands of known asteroids, it is named after the Greek goddess who served as a comforter, keeper of the sacred hearth, and sacred harlot. In Astrology some practitioners treat it as a minor planet and interpret it using keywords such as: sister, sexuality, fertility, comforter, charity, sacred chastity, sacred warrior, sacred harlot, sacred sex, diplomacy, rituals, secret societies, hospitality, and tradition.




Virgo
The best quality of Virgo is analytical ability. The worst quality is petty criticism. A key phrase is “I analyze.” The Virgo personality is nothing if not practical. You can be attentive to details to the point of obsession. Virgos have encyclopedic memories for detail, and can often recall casual references to minor subjects. You thrive on meticulous examination of the facts, and are able to manipulate statistics easily.

Virgos can take the thoughts and ideas of others and organize you into a working whole. Your orderly approach to most subjects insures that you will not overlook any significant information in your pursuit of an answer to a question. Once you have completed an analysis, you can seem to be arbitrary in your decisions. Never think, though, that you have not considered the question first. Virgos can be ingenious at dissecting a problem to get to the heart of a matter.

Virgos are worldly. You understand the nature of material reality. You are fastidious about your own appearance, and often have orderly homes, offices, and vehicles. Virgos make good followers, but as you progress through life you accumulate the knowledge and experience to make you good leaders. Your analytical style does not have the flamboyant energy of the Leo, unless you have planets in Leo, but your dependability and honesty are strong management traits. Virgos tend to judge by results.

The Virgo disposition is discerning and critical. You are able to discriminate among diverse offerings and identify the best and worst qualities in people or things. You inquire into the why and how of things as much as into the concrete facts of what, where, and when. Generally economical in decision-making, you tend to buy quality and then keep it.


Virgo
The Modifier
Key Phrase: I ANALYZE

Virgo’s expression is practical, neat, and precise, with a high degree of analytical ability. The Mutable Earth sign of the zodiac, Virgo prefers an approach to life which makes sense, and can be uncomfortable in the face of frivolity. Ruled by Mercury, Virgo’s mental energy tends toward problem-solving. This is the quality of methodical, painstaking attention to detail, which when carried to extremes can become overly critical, nit-picking, and tedious. But without Virgo qualities we would have no precision tools, and find ourselves trudging through a wasteland of disorganized ideas! Symbolized by the Virgin with Sheaves of Wheat, Virgo represents the harvest, and the importance of applied knowledge and effort. Virgo’s worst form arises in self-deprecating insecurity and general (although sometimes pointed) intolerance. Where you see Virgo in the chart, there is a need for perfection and efficiency.


Void of Course
The Moon is "void of course" when it has completed all its major aspects while in a specific sign. The Moon could be in any phase and also be in the last degrees of a sign. Void of course means without a course, or path, to aspect another planet. Generally the major aspects are thought to include conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition.


Waning
The Moon from just after Full Moon until it disappears.


Zodiac

The Zodiac is a circle of space surrounding the Earth. It may be imagined as a belt in the heavens about 15 degrees wide in which the planets travel. It is the Sun's apparent path, called the ecliptic. The zodiacal circle is divided into twelve parts, each part containing 30 degrees of space called the Signs of the Zodiac. Thus a sign is a one-twelfth division of the zodiacal circle and is defined as containing 30 degrees of celestial longitude: 12 signs each measuring 30 degrees constitute the circle of the zodiac or 360 degrees. In this circle the planets travel each in its own orbit, one outlying beyond the other. The zodiac, then, is a circle divided into twelve signs through which the planets travel or transit from west to east, going through one sign after another in their order from Aries to Pisces. Although the zodiac is generally referred to as a circle it is, in fact, elliptical.

Each sign possesses a certain specific influence of its own.

The motion of the Earth around the Sun once a year causes the Sun to appear to pass through one of the 12 signs each month. Its influence, according to location, determines not alone the seasons but the general nature and character of persons born at that time.

The signs in order are Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Cancer the Crab, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Virgin, Libra the Scales, Scorpio the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Archer, Capricorn the Goat, Aquarius the Water-Bearer, and Pisces the Fishes.



Zodiac
The zodiac is divided into twelve signs, each comprising 30 degrees. The signs of the zodiac do not correspond to the constellations of the same names, although the mythologies of the signs and the constellations are related.



I have always been fascinated with the concept of magic. Fairy tales and science fiction have always filled my bookshelves, and I have favored stories that emphasize characters that have ordinary lives, but have extra-ordinary abilities. As a child, I would read and re-read these tales, convinced that there was something more, something hidden... read this article
Witch Crystals Casting Stones for Divination and Magic
5 Ways to Make Enlightenment Work in Everyday Life
The Lost Secrets of Western Magick Revealed
Communicate with Your Loved Ones in Spirit
Your Tickets to Past Life Exploration

Most recent posts:
The Spiritual Work of Winter
Winter is a time that we, in the Northern Hemisphere, naturally turn inward. Well, I should say that it would be the perfect time to turn inward, but...

To Fly in the Clouds, to Walk on the Water: The Grimoires and Magickal Super Powers
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Aaron Leitch, author of several books, including Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires, The Angelical...

3 Reasons to Be Self-Compassionate--And 1 Way to Do It
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Catherine Dowling, author of the new Radical Awareness. Compassion flows from spiritual experiences....




Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar
82nd Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar

By: Llewellyn
Price: $14.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
$11.99 US,  $13.59 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2015 Witches' Calendar Llewellyn's 2015 Witches' Calendar
By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 US,  $15.95 CAN
$11.19 US,  $12.76 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2015 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2015 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $10.99 US,  $12.50 CAN
$8.79 US,  $10.00 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2015 Daily Planetary Guide Llewellyn's 2015 Daily Planetary Guide
Complete Astrology At-A-Glance

By: Llewellyn
Price: $12.99 US,  $14.95 CAN
$10.39 US,  $11.96 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2015 Moon Sign Book Llewellyn's 2015 Moon Sign Book
Conscious Living by the Cycles of the Moon

By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $13.95 CAN
$9.59 US,  $11.16 CAN On Sale!