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Affliction – A difficult and frustrating aspect like a square or opposition.

Angles – The first, fourth, seventh and tenth houses.  Sometimes called angular houses. They usually signify high points of energy or activity.

Arabic Parts (Points or Lots) – Points that are arithmetically derived on the ecliptic which represent the synthesis of two or more causal factors acting in the irrational sphere, called by Plato “the circle of the Other.”  The use of the Arab Parts gives the astrologer a profound insight into the “inner” workings of a figure – whether natal, mundane, horary, or electional.  Ninety-seven parts were commonly used although medieval Arabian and Persian astrologers devised and used many more.  The most common in western astrology is the Arabic Part of Fortune.

Arabic Part of Fortune (Part of Fortune or Fortuna) – An arithemic calculation made by day and/or night.  It signifies the life, the body, and all of its soul, its strength, substance, fortune, and profit, honors and recognition, good and evil, hidden and manifest and it has signification over everything.

Aries Point – The first degree of the zodiac or zero Aries.  The point discharges a lot of energy and signifies events in connection with the world at large.  The personal affairs of an individual can be activated if a planet transits or moves over this point. The significance of the Aries Point can be applied to any type of chart reading.

Aspects – Usually geometric patterns assigned to planets in relation to one another.  The aspect determines the significance – favorable or not – of the planet.  Widely used aspects in western astrology are conjunction (zero degrees), semi-sextile (30 degrees), sextile (60 degrees), square (90 degrees), trine (120 degrees), quincunx (150 degrees), and opposition (180 degrees).

Astrolabe – An astronomical instrument used by classical astronomers, navigators, and astrologers. Its many uses include locating and predicting the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars; determining local time (given local latitude) and vice-versa; surveying; and triangulation. In the medieval Islamic world, they were introduced by Arabs and used primarily for astronomical studies, as well as in other areas as diverse as astrology, geography, navigation, Qibla, Salah prayers, surveying, and timekeeping. In the European nations, astrolabes were used to construct horoscopes, for astronomical studies, and for navigation.
Astrology – The science of the planets as it pertains to their movements and relationships to one another, and their affect on the affairs and conditions of earth inhabitants.  The practice dates back to the Greco-Roman world, in Egypt, Babylon, Mesopotamia, in the Orient, India, in Africa and Gaul.  The Aztecs also practiced a form of astrology producing an Astrological Book of Fate. Branches include:  Horary, Electional, Mundane or Judicial, Medical Meteorological, and Agricultural.

Astronomy – The science of the physical attributes and locations of the planets in the celestial sphere.   Astronomy is a modern derivative of astrology because one must know where the planets are and their seasonal movements.

Benefic Planets –  Usually refers to Jupiter and Venus although the Sun is seen as a benefic as well.  They are associated with fortune and benefits.

Cadent Houses – The third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth houses. They are houses that are subordinate and/or regarded as houses that denote a temporary condition of obscurity.

Cardinal Signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.  These signs show at the start of a new season like spring, summer, fall and winter.  The energy potential of these signs are similar to the angles.

Conjunction – This is an aspect formed with two or more planets are within 1 to 5 degrees of range to one another.  It is consider a hard aspect and can be dynamic and event producing.

Critical Degrees – Points of stress and energy within an astrological sign.  For cardinal signs they are Zero, 13, and 26 (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).  For Fixed signs they are 9 and 21 (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius).  For mutable signs they are 4 and 17 (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces).  The matters of the house ruled and occupied by a planet in one of the critical degrees are grave, serious, and climatic.  You should pay special attention to the critical degrees if they are on a house cusp.

Cusp – The line that divides one house from the next in a horoscope.

Decan (Decanate) – Ten degrees of each zodiacal sign are dedicated to a plaent which assumes influence when it passes this ten-degree space.  This ten degree space is called a decan.  There are thirty-six decans at ten degrees.  In these the planets alternate.

Descendant – The seventh house cusp of a chart and is a relational point.

Delineation – An explanation, evaluation, observation, interpretation or any discussion of aspects and planetary configurations in a chart.

Dragon’s Head –  (North Node) a point at which the ecliptic is intersected by the orbits of the planets where it begins its northern latitude.  In astrology the Dragon’s Head is delineated as a point of intake  or gain that is involved or associated with earthly matters and material acquisition.

Dragon’s Tail –  (South Node) a point at which the ecliptic is intersected by the orbits of the planets where it begins its southern course.  In astrology the Dragon’s Tail is delineated as the point of release of accumulated energy and indicates sacrifice or selfless compassion.  It shows qualities mastered in previous lifetimes.

Eastern Houses – The eastern houses are the tenth, eleventh, twelfth, first, second and third house or the left side of the horoscope chart.

Elevated Planet – The planet that is nearest the Midheaven is considered to be an elevated planet and holds significance in that respect.

Eclipse – An astronomical phenomena which involves the obscuration of the light of the Moon by the intervention of the Earth between it and the Sun (lunar eclipse) or the obscuration of the light of the Sun by the intervention of the Moon between it and a point on the Earth (solar eclipse). A preponderance of astrological research has shown eclipses to be the precursor of events affecting the condition of Earth inhabitants.

Ecliptic – The Sun’s trajectory or apparent yearly path of the Sun.

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