Astrology Dictionary - A

Astrology Dictionary - A

ASTROLOGY DICTIONARY ó A

NOTE: Words that are highlighted are listed elsewhere in the Glossary.

Jump to a letter page:  Or click any word in the left-hand column.

Share |

Back to Glossary Index Page

A
Age of Aquarius • Air • Angles • Aquarius • Archetype • Aries • Arrowhead • Ascendant • Aspect • Aspect Configuration

B
Birth Chart • Boomerang

C
Cancer • Capricorn • Cardinal • Cazimi • Centaurs • Chart • Chiron • Collection of Light • Collective • Collective Unconscious • Combust • Conjunction, Conjuct, Conjoin • Contra-Parallel • Cradle configuration • Cusp

D
Declination • Descendant • Direct • Dispositor • Dissociate Aspect

E
Earth (element) • Earth (planet) • Eclipse • Ecliptic • Element • Equinox

F
Final Dispositor • Fire • Fixed • Full Moon

G
Gemini • God's Fist • Grand Cross • Grand Sextile • Grand Square • Grand Trine

H
Hard Wedge • Houses • Houses (meanings)

I
IC, Imum Coeli • Inconjunct • Intercepted Planet • Intercepted Sign

J
Jupiter

K
Kite • Grand Trine Kite • Yod Kite

L
Leo • Libra • Lights, Luminaries • Lunar Eclipse • Lunar Nodes

M
Major Aspects • Mars • MC, Medium Coeli • Mean Lunar Node • Mercury • Mercury Retrograde • Midheaven • Modalities • Moon • Moon's Nodes • Multiple Conjunction • Mutable • Mutual Reception • Mystic Rectangle

N
Nadir • Natal Chart • Neptune • New Moon • North Node

O
Octile • Opposition • Orb • Out of Bounds • Out of Sign Aspect

P
Parallel • Part of Fortune, Pars Fortuna • Pisces • Planet • Pluto • Points • Precessed Solar Return • Precession of the Equinoxes • Progressions • Ptolemaic Aspects

Q
Quadriform • Quincunx

R
Retrograde • Rising Sign • Rolling Conjunction • Rosetta • Ruler • Rulerships

S
Sabian Symbols • Sagittarius • Saturn • Scorpio • Semi-Sextile • Semi-Square • Sesqui-Quadrate • Sesqui-Square • Sextile • Shadow (planetary) • Shadow (psychological)
• Sidereal Zodiac • Sign • Solar Eclipse • Solar Return • Solstice • South Node • Square • Station(ary) • Stellium • Sun

T
Taurus • Thor's Hammer • Traditional Rulerships • Transits • Transpersonal Planets • Trapeze • Trine • Tri-Octile • Tropical Zodiac • True Lunar Node • True vs Mean Nodes • T-Square, T-Cross

U
Uranus

V
Venus • Virgo

W
Water • Waxing, Waning • Wedge

Y
Yod

Z
Zenith • Zodiac

 

Age of Aquarius

This term refers to the fact that the beginning of Aries (measured by the April equinox) has gradually shifted against the backdrop of the fixed stars (see Precession of the Equinoxes). This Aries point has travelled backwards through the sign of Pisces (the sign before Aries) and is about to move into Aquarius (the sign before Pisces). Since there are different ways of measuring where Aquarius ends and Pisces begins, it is not possible to calculate a specific date for when the Age of Aquarius begins. However, since there are about 2,000 years per zodiacal Age, the transition is likely to be a gradual one anyway. See also: Precession of the Equinoxes. Top of Page  

Air

One of the four Elements. air qualities include: intellect, mind, ideas, thoughts, awareness, communication, exchange of information, interaction. air signs are: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius. Top of Page  

Angles

A term referring to the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven and IC. See also: House. Top of Page The Angles of the chart - Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant, IC

The Angles of the Chart

Aquarius

Traits for the sign of Aquarius are: rebellious, unique, independent, eccentric, detached, thinking outside the box. Planetary rulers: Uranus (modern) and Saturn (traditional). Associated with 11th House. Fixed air. Top of Page Aquarius symbol

Aquarius Symbol

Archetype

A term used by psycho-theorist Carl Jung to describe the essence of concepts and experiences. These can manifest in many different ways, according to the personís culture, family norms, individuality, etc. In astrology, it is helpful to think of the planets, signs and houses as expressing and symbolising different levels of various archetypes in the human psyche. Pronounced: AR-keh-type. Top of Page  

Aries

Traits for the sign of Aries are: pioneering, direct, courageous, fast, enthusiastic, on the move, wilful, flirtatious, youthful. Planetary ruler: Mars. Associated with 1st House. Cardinal Fire. Top of Page

Aries symbol

Aries Symbol

Arrowhead

Aspect configuration. Also known as a Quadriform, Thor's Hammer or God's Fist. See Quadriform. Top of Page  

Ascendant

The eastern horizon point in a chart. If you are born at sunrise, the Sun would be found around the Ascendant of your natal chart. The zodiac sign rising on the eastern horizon at the time of birth is considered significant and is called the Ascendant or Rising Sign. The Ascendant is also the cusp (starting point) of the 1st House in the chart. The Ascendant sign, and any planets in the 1st House, show the outer personality and self-expression. Sometimes abbreviated as Asc. Compare: Descendant. Top of Page Ascendant - one of the Angles

The Ascendant

Aspect

The geometric relationship between planets (or points) in the chart, measured in degrees of arc around the circle. When two planets are a certain number of degrees away from each other (give or take a certain "fudge factor" called an orb), these planetary energies relate to each other and combine together in a certain way, according to the aspect involved. For example, some aspects are stressful but motivating (Square, Opposition), some indicate talents or easy flowing energy (Trine, Sextile), and some are irritating but promote awareness (Quincunx, Semi-Sextile).

See also: Aspect Configuration, Dissociate Aspect, Ptolemaic Aspects. Top of Page

 

Aspect Configuration

Three or more planets in aspect to each other, forming a kind of "circuit of energy" together. This means they operate collectively, as a group, resulting in an effect that is greater than the sum of their parts. This is a whole level of chart interpretation that goes beyond simply looking at planet-to-planet aspects. Bruno and Louise Huber have done some very impressive research into aspect patterns. Their book Aspect Pattern Astrology (now available in English) is highly recommended for more information about these fascinating planetary patterns. See examples of well-known aspect configurations in this Glossary: T-Square, Grand Trine, Grand Cross, Kite, Yod, Wedge Top of Page  

Thank you for buying your astrology books
through Evolving Door Astrology!


© 1996-2017 Wendy Guy, all rights reserved. The graphics, diagrams and articles on this site are copyrighted by Wendy Guy, public domain, fair useage, used with permission and/or credited to the copyright owner. Material on this site may be copied or printed off for strictly personal use. To use this material online (e.g. forum, social media, blog, website) or to print it off for distribution (e.g. classes), "fair usage" quotations may be used (e.g. a couple/few paragraphs), provided you include credit to the author and a link back to this website. Beyond strictly personal or fair usage, you may not copy or hotlink to content without written permission. Thank you! Please contact us for usage permission or to report website errors. The information on this website is presented for educational and entertainment purposes only. Space pictures courtesy of NASA. CSS Drop Down Menus on articles index page based on © 2009 PureCSSMenu.com. This page last modified on