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  • #16
    Glossary Terms Q/R – Quadrant, Quindecile, Reception, Retrograde . . . .

    Quadrant: one of the four sections of a horoscope composed of one angular, one succedent and one cadent house.

    Quadruplicity: one of the three groups (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable) that all signs are assigned to.

    Quincunx: a 150° aspect of the twelfth harmonic that makes little irritating adjustments in your life.

    Quindecile: 24° aspect of the 15th harmonic. The common pronunciation is quin-deh-chee'-leh, though some say 'quin-dehss-aisle'. In charts, it represents obsession (with a capital ‘O’) It speaks to a point of focus, often a place of extreme concern and effort in life, even to the point of turmoil and disturbance.

    Quintile: 72° aspect of the 5th harmonic that indicates extreme creativity in the areas indicated by the planets, signs and houses.

    Radix/Radical: another term for natal

    Reception: See also Mutual Reception

    Rectification: any of the various systems to calculate the chart when one of the key birth data values is missing (most commonly birth time). It’s a very time-intensive and complex process, where the astrologer links important events in the native’s life to parts of their potential chart.

    Regiomontanus: a similar house system to Placidus but without the awfully complex trigonometry. It is the preferred system when casting horary charts.

    Retrograde: the apparent backwards motion of planet, as observed from the Earth, even though it really doesn’t go backwards. See also Apparent Motion

    Right Ascension: the measurement, eastward from 0°Aries, along the celestial equator. (As opposed to, of course, the Wrong Ascension)

    Rising Planet: any planet on or near the Ascendant

    Rising Sign: See Ascendant

    Ruling Planet: the planet that disposes of the Ascendant, or rules the sign it’s located in. If you have Virgo rising, Mercury is your chart ruler. See also Dispositor
    Last edited by KEishin; December 18th, 2006, 05:42 PM.
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    • #17
      Glossary Terms S – Sabian, Sagittarius, Saros, Syzygy. . . .

      Sabian Symbols: an occult division of the zodiac by degree, used for divination.

      Sagittarius: the ninth sign of the zodiac, symbolized by an archer, the element of Fire and ruled by Jupiter. This is a mutable sign.

      Saros Cycle: the 18-year cycle of eclipses, which is 223 lunations or 6585 days in which the Sun, Moon and Moon's Node return to almost the same relative places. Eclipses in one cycle follow the same sequence in the next cycle. There are 38 Saros Cycles, and each contains between 70 and 74 individual eclipses. Each Saros series begins at the North or South Pole as a small partial eclipse, and each successive eclipse in the series moves a little closer to the equator and is of a slight larger magnitude. Each eclipse in the Saros series gains in magnitude until they become total eclipses. When eclipses in the series reach the equator they are at their strongest. The following eclipses in the series progressively move away from the equator and become weaker until they finally reach the opposite pole from where they started about 1280 years later.

      Saturn: The sixth planet form the Sun, it represents, rules, authorities, restrictions and where we feel weakest. It has a period of approximately 28 years. It is dignified in Capricorn, in detriment in Cancer, exalted in Libra and in fall in Aries. Ancient rulerships have it also dignified in Aquarius and in detriment in Leo.

      Scorpio: the eighth sign of the zodiac, symbolized by either an Eagle (old) or a Scorpion (new), the element of Water and ruled by Pluto. This is a fixed sign.

      Secondary Progressions: a method of progressions that uses a “year for a day” symbolism. Each day after birth is considered to represent a year in the native’s life.

      Seesaw: a chart pattern that equally distributes all the planets in two hemispheres, where most oppose each other, like on the ends of a seesaw. See also Chart Patterns

      Semi-Sextile: a 30° aspect of the 12th harmonic. It indicates a little bit of friction, but also where you can capitalize on struggle.

      Semi-Square: a 45° aspect of the 8th harmonic and it acts much like a weak square.

      Separating Aspect: an aspect that has reached partile and the planets involved are now moving apart.

      Septile: a little used 51 3/7° aspect, based off the 7th harmonic. It brings reserve and wisdom and may be connected with receiving knowledge or teaching. Planets in septile never share the same element or quality. The effect could feel harmonious or it could be slightly disruptive, depending on the signs and planets.

      Sesquiquadrate/Sesquisquare (‘seas-kwi-‘kwa-draite): 135° minor aspects from the 5th harmonic which acts much like a semi-square.

      Sextile: a 60° aspect from the 6th harmonic, which is an agreeable connection between two planets. They are either in feminine or masculine signs together.

      Sidereal Time: this refers to the actual movement of the stars as distinguished from the standard clock time of the Earth. Sidereal Time is linked to the rotation of the Earth on its axis relative to the fixed stars (unlike Solar Time or normal clock time which is linked to the rotation of the Earth relative to the position of the Sun).

      Sidereal Zodiac/Astrology: this system is most commonly used in Eastern astrology. The equinoxes and solstice points move slowly back through the zodiac from year to year, due to precession which occurs at the current rate of about one degree every 71.85 years. So the signs match the actual constellations.

      Significator: the fast moving planet in an aspect. So in an aspect between the Moon and Mars, the Moon is faster, but an aspect between Neptune and Mars would have Mars as the significator. It’s also used interchangeably with Planetary Ruler.

      Singleton: a planet that is the only inhabitant of the hemisphere, element or quality in which it is found.

      Signs: the twelve divisions of the zodiac

      Solar Chart: a chart used to guesstimate the Ascendant, by putting the Sun on the rising degree.

      Solar Arc: a method of progression that takes the Sun’s daily motion and advances each planet by the same amount.

      Solar Eclipse: See Eclipse

      Solar Return: a chart for the exact time the Sun returns to its position in your natal chart

      Solstice: the two points of the ecliptic where the Sun reaches its highest (0° Cancer) or lowest (0° Capricorn) points, signaling the change of seasons. At the time of the two solstices, the Sun reaches its most northern and southern degrees from the equator. The moment of the Solstice corresponds with the longest and shortest days in summer and winter respectively.

      South Node: the mathematical point where the Moon’s orbit intersects with the ecliptic in the south. See also Cauda Draconis

      Splash: a chart pattern where the planets are evenly distributed around the zodiac.

      Splay: a chart pattern for planets scattered randomly around the zodiac with no discernable pattern.

      Square: a 90° aspect from the 4th harmonic. Occasionally (but rarely) called a Quadrate, Quartile or Tetragon

      Station, Stationary: the point where a planet appears motionless, as it’s either about to turn retrograde or direct

      Stellium: a conjunction of three or more planets, where each planet is conjunct all the others. See also Aspect Patterns

      Succedent: the houses that “follow” the angular ones. They corresponded to the fixed signs.

      Sun: the center of the solar system and represents the ego of a person. It is dignified in Leo, in detriment in Aquarius, exalted in Aries and in fall in Libra.

      Superior Planets: planets whose orbits are larger than Earth's. The term is sometimes restricted to the three outermost planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

      Synastry: a group term for any of the methods used to compare two horoscopes at the same time. In other words, it’s relationship astrology, for both romantic persons and non in your life. You can do a chart to find out if you and your current sweetie are compatible or if you and your boss will get along. See also Composite Chart

      Synodic: See Lunation

      Synthesis: the art of combining the various factors revealed in a horoscope and building a balanced judgment of the chart as a whole.

      Syzygy (siz-i-jee): the point where a planet is opposite the Sun; usually in reference to the Moon during an eclipse. (Plus it’s a killer word in Scrabble.)
      Last edited by KEishin; December 18th, 2006, 05:43 PM.
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      • #18
        Glossary Terms T – Terminal, Topocentric, Transit, Triseptile . . .

        Taurus: the second sign of the zodiac, symbolized by a Bull, the element of Earth and ruled by Venus. This is a fixed sign.

        T-Cross: See T-Square

        Terminal Houses: those houses ruled naturally by water signs: four, eight and twelve. They pertain to endings and results and symbolize occult interests. See also Cadent Houses

        Topocentric: another variation of the Placidus house system, supposedly more accurate.

        Traditional Astrology: basically, the way it used to be done, before the "Modern Age". It has very clear, black and white interpretations of each planet and sign. There are very firm rules about what each planet means and how it should be applied. This is what is thought of when people talk about the 'court astrologer' predicting the success of a battle based on a comet or eclipse. It is a very complex system and the progenitor of the "pop" astrology of today. There is really very little intuition used in this form of astrology.

        Transit: the comparison of the planets in their current positions to those in your natal chart, used in predictions. So you can have Saturn in Virgo in your natal chart but Saturn in Leo (its current location) affecting your chart too. How it affects it depends on what you might have aspecting Saturn in Leo.

        Translation of Light: a term used in horary astrology to describe a planet that applies in aspect, in turn, to two other planets that are separating from a mutual aspect, thereby translating "light" or energy and symbolically reuniting the planets and the matters they represent.

        Tredecile, trecile: a minor easy aspect belonging to the 10th harmonic (decile) group; separating distance 108°. Also called a sesquiquintile

        Trine: a 120° aspect from the 3rd harmonic

        Triplicity: the group of three sign belonging to the same element (i.e. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are the water triplicity).

        Tri-septile: a seldom-used inharmonious minor aspect, belonging to the septile (seventh harmonic) family; separating distance, 154°17'.

        Tropic of Cancer: The Earth rotates on its axis at an inclination of about 23 degrees to the ecliptic (called the obliquity of the ecliptic). When the summer solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere (Sun at 0° Cancer) the Sun's declination reaches a maximum of about 23° north and is referred to as the Tropic of Cancer.

        Tropic of Capricorn: The Earth rotates on its axis at an inclination of about 23° to the ecliptic (called the obliquity of the ecliptic). When the winter solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere (Sun at 0° Capricorn) the Sun's declination reaches a maximum of about 23° south and is referred to as the Tropic of Capricorn.

        Tropical Signs/Zodiac: the positions of the signs/constellations as they were in the sky approximately 2000 years when western astrology was being developed and the common system in the West.

        T-Square: an aspect pattern involving two planets in opposition, with a third square both of them. Surprisingly enough (like you couldn’t guess from the name) it looks like a ‘T’ in the horoscope.
        Last edited by KEishin; December 18th, 2006, 05:45 PM.
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        • #19
          Glossary Terms U/V – Universal, Under the Sun, Via Combusta . . . .

          Under the Sun’s Beams: a term used in Traditional, Electional and Horary astrology where a planet is between 8.5 degrees and 17 degrees from the Sun. Such a planet is said to be outshone by the Sun.

          Universal Time: See Greenwich Mean Time

          Uranian Astrology: a school of astrology founded in Germany. It believes in several conceptual planets beyond the orbit of Neptune. As well they developed the system of midpoints, which figures what the exact middle point between two planets would be and uses that to make predictions.

          Uranus: The seventh planet from the Sun, it represents, rebellion, sudden change, electronics and originality. It has a period of approximately 84 years. It is dignified in Aquarius, in detriment in Leo, with no currently accepted exaltation or fall positions.

          Velocity: the speed of a planet or point along the path of the ecliptic as expressed in degrees per day. A planet in direct motion will have a positive velocity while a retrograde planet will have a negative velocity.

          Venus: the second planet from the Sun, it represents love, lust, personal values and the arts. It has a period of 225 days (about 7 1/2 months). It is dignified in Taurus and Libra, in detriment in Scorpio and Aries, exalted in Pisces and in fall in Virgo.

          Vernal: Another word for spring – the vernal equinox

          Vertex: the intersection of the ecliptic and the prime vertical, found in the western half of the horoscope. It’s often considered a ‘third’ angle and a very sensitive point

          Vesta: one of the five asteroids, named for the Roman goddess and indicative of where we give 150% in our lives. It has a period of 5 years.

          Via Combusta: literally ‘fiery way’; refers to the section of the zodiac that falls between 15° Libra and 15° Scorpio. Used primarily in horary astrology as an indication of unfortunate or ineffectual situations

          Virgo: the sixth sign of the zodiac, which is symbolized by a virginal woman, the element of Earth and ruled by Mercury. This is a mutable sign.

          Vocational Astrology: astrological career counseling

          Void-Of-Course: the period when a planet is separating from its last major aspect (conjunction, sextile, square, trine, quincunx, or opposition) before it changes signs. Traditionally this is a time of confusion in the area of life ruled by the planet. Like the 29th degree, it refers to a planet changing signs. It can be thought of as a cosmic “gone fishing” sign from that planet. A v/c can last anywhere from minutes to days. Consult your local astrologer for details.

          Vulkanus: the seventh symbolic planet used in Uranian astrology. Vulkanus stands for great energy, power and force. (No relation to the place Star Trek’s Mr. Spock is from.)
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          • #20
            Glossary Terms W/Y/Z – Water Signs, Yod, Zenith . . .

            Waning: this is the Moon phase where the light decreases. This is a time to turn inward, harvest and work on more introverted tasks.

            Water Signs: the signs ruled by the element of Water: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

            Waxing: the phase of the moon where the light is increasing on the Moon’s surface (moving anti-clockwise across the face). A time for growth, new beginnings and fertility.

            Yod: an aspect pattern composed of one planet quincunx two other planets that are also sextile each other. It looks much like an isosceles triangle and represents an area where the native has to make a lot of adjustments. It’s often viewed as coming from events larger than life, hence the ‘Finger of God’ appellation.

            Zaminium: See Cazimi

            Zenith: the point opposite the nadir in the celestial horizon. (The ‘up’ direction)

            Zeus: the third symbolic planet used in Uranian astrology. In interpretation, it represents leadership and creativity.

            Zodiac: the common name for the twelve signs that are used in Western astrology, from a Greek word meaning, ‘Circle of Animals.’
            Last edited by KEishin; December 18th, 2006, 05:46 PM.
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