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Since a birth chart is a map of the sky drawn from our perspective here on earth, planet earth does not appear in the birth chart. Used to designate one of the four elements into which the zodiac signs may be categorized. Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are the signs of the element Earth.
East Point (also called Equatorial Ascendant):
A sensitive point defined as 90° east of the intersection of the meridian with the ecliptic. Used by some astrologers as an auxiliary Ascendant.
The orbit of the earth around the Sun. As a Great Circle projected out into space, it is more properly called the celestial elliptic. If you gaze at the sky at night, over a period of time, you will be able to see the Moon and the planets change their positions along the arc of the southern sky. They are moving through the signs along the ecliptic. A more obvious movement that we all notice is the Sun rising in the east, culminating overhead and then setting in the west. We see all of this from our vantage point on Earth, so even though we and all of the other planets are really orbiting the Sun, we see their apparent motion as though they were orbiting around Earth.
Eighth of the 12 Houses of the Zodiac. Also known as the House of Death, Sex, Secrets and Inheritances. It’s planetary ruler is Pluto, its sign, Scorpio.
The branch of Astrology that deals with selecting the best time to initiate any given activity or project.
Refers to the four elements: fire, earth, air and water.
Eleventh of the 12 Houses of the Zodiac. Also known as the House of Groups, Associations and Friends. Its planetary ruler is Uranus, its sign is Aquarius.
An astrologer’s reference book which lists the positions (signs) of the planets at exact points each day over a long period. Used to construct birth charts, among many other things.
Means a time of equal day and night. This occurs twice a year and marks the beginning of Spring and Autumn.
The presence of a planet in a sign that derives a particular type of (usually enhanced) energy and affinity. The manner in which this energy operates depends greatly on the planet and sign involved
Failed Long-term Relationship:
According to the MAGI Society, this activation involves Chiron and
Neptune and indicates that the relationship between two individuals with
this activation usually will ultimately not last.
Fair Hearing Linkage:
A connection made between Jupiter and Mercury which allows one or both
parties to more effectively communicate with each other peacefully.
A planet placed in a sign which is opposite to its sign of exaltation is referred to as its sign of fall. Its properties are out of context with the influence of the sign in which it is placed. Fall planets may be indicators of past-life debts to be repaid.
Fatal Attraction Activation:
A turbulent connection involving the Sun and Pluto which, when positively
aspected (trine, sextile) results in covert stalking or the desire to know
every little aspect of the life of another without literally following or
stalking the individual. When negative or turbulent, this connection can
result in physically following through with the desire to possess the
individual for whom the Pluto person feels the obsession.
The Earth and Water Signs, comprised of Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.
Fifth of the 12 astrological houses. Also known as the House of Creativity, Romance, Children and Pleasure. Its planetary ruler is the Sun, its Zodiacal ruler or sign is Leo.
Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are the signs of the element Fire.
First of the 12 astrological houses. Also known as the House of Self. Its planetary ruler is Mars, its sign is Aries.
One of the three modalities of signs; Taurus Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are the Fixed signs
Plotting the movements of the planets to determine upcoming trends.
According to the MAGI Society, this connection signifies long-term
romance and union. Harmony, peace and serenity make up this
connection. This aspect binds the native long-term to each other.
Fourth of the 12 astrological houses. Also known as the House of Home, Family and Emotions. Its planetary ruler is the Moon, its Zodiac sign is Cancer.
refers to aspects between outer planets that move so slowly that whole age groups will be born with essentially the same aspects in their birth charts.
Viewed from the Earth, as if Earth were the center of the Universe. Since a person on Earth sees the Cosmos from an earthly perspective, the birth chart is drawn with that vantage point.
Geometric Planetary Configurations:
Planets in the natal chart which form a geometric shape such as a
triangle, star, square or rectangle. There are currently eight known
shapes: Beneficial: Star of David, Grand Trine, Kite; Ambiguous: the Yod
or Finger of God, The Basket (Grand ? Sextile) and the Golden Rectangle;
and Turbulent: the T-Square and the Grand Cross. The beneficial
configurations are said to point towards the native’s major life themes
and/or Life Purpose.
Etymologically derived from the Greek glyphè, or ‘carved work,’ also
referred to as a symbol. Each planet and sign is designated by a glyph
by which we recognize it, thus providing a shorthand method of writing it,
rather than spelling out the word.
Same as the Cinderella Linkage, except that this connection focuses
mainly on the ability to make money together. Excellent connection to
have for both business and intimate partners.
A configuration in which four planets form mutual squares. It creates much tension, but as with most squares, creates the motivation necessary to reach our goals.
A Grand Trine is formed when three planets of the same Element, meet 120 degrees apart from each other to form a triangle. The energy of this configuration is harmonious, but can also cause laziness, since there is ease or fluidity in the interaction of the three planets and any function or characteristic represented by them.
Aspects which create tension and friction. Squares, oppositions, and quincunxes are all hard aspects.
The astrological study of integral divisions of the circle by integer numbers (e.g., 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 …. etc.,).
This activation involves Chiron and the Moon, and/or Chiron and Saturn.
When these planets are negatively aspected, the relationship usually
results in heartbreak and pain.
Charts using the perspective of the Sun as the center. Earth appears in these charts, instead of the Sun, The further a planet is from the Sun the less its geocentric position varies from its heliocentric one. The inner planets (Mercury and Venus) can vary by as much as 180°.
The art of answering questions through astrology. A chart is erected for the time a question is asked and the answer is sought by interpreting the horoscope using the rules of Horary astrology.
The branch of Astrology devoted to answering specific questions by means of a chart drawn up for the time the question is asked.
In this century, the word “horoscope” has become synonymous with the daily 20-50 word predictions offered in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. Actually, a true horoscope is calculated (cast) for a precise time (hour and minute of a specific day, month and year) plus precise location (longitude of birth).The original meaning was “search for the hour.” It is more often used today with reference to a natal (Radix) chart.
The celestial sphere taken as a 360-degree circle divided into twelve sections. These sections are referred to by their numbers, such as “the First House,” “the Second House,” etc. Houses are generally numbered counterclockwise from the ascendant (starting at the nine o’clock position), with the House which begins at the ascendant known as “the First House.” Each House covers a particular component of one’s life.