Astrology Dictionary - E

Astrology Dictionary - E


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

Birth Chart • Boomerang

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

Declination • Descendant • Direct • Dispositor • Dissociate Aspect

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

Final Dispositor • Fire • Fixed • Full Moon

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

Hard Wedge • Houses • Houses (meanings)

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


Kite • Grand Trine Kite • Yod Kite

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

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

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

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

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

Quadriform • Quincunx

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

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

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


Venus • Virgo

Water • Waxing, Waning • Wedge


Zenith • Zodiac


Earth (element)

One of the four Elements. Earth qualities include: stability, dependability, seriousness, manifestation, structure, down-to-earth, grounded, realistic. Earth signs are: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. Top of Page  

Earth (planet)

The planet Earth isn't usually used in astrology charts (only in a specialised area called Heliocentric Astrology). Rather, Earth-related points are used, which relate to the horizon (Ascendant, Descendant) and the geological meridian (Midheaven, IC) of the chart's location. Top of Page  


Eclipses occur when the Moon and Earth are aligned so precisely that one passes through the other's shadow (cast by the Sun). There are two kinds of eclipses: Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse. Each type of eclipse typically happens twice a year.

The Solar and Lunar Eclipses are actually New and Full Moons, but have supercharged energy because they are so precisely aligned! A Solar Eclipse is also a New Moon, and a Lunar Eclipse is also a Full Moon.

Most of the time, eclipses happen in pairs – Solar-Lunar or Lunar-Solar, each spaced about 2 weeks apart (just like New and Full Moons). The two weeks between these eclipses often feel very intense – like two weeks of Full Moon energy!

We get a set of eclipses about every 5½ months. That means there are 2 sets of eclipses each year – sometimes sort of 2½ if a set from the previous or following year overlaps at the turn of the year.

Eclipses are visible in different locations around the world at different times, so you might not actually see it where you live. However, even if the eclipse is not visible where you are, the astrological influence is still there. And be sure you go out to see the Moon at night, since it is especially bright in the sky in the weeks before and after the eclipses.

Occasionally there is an extra eclipse, so that we have a kind of triple eclipse set. When that happens, there are 3 eclipses in a row instead of the usual 2 – Lunar-Solar-Lunar  or Solar-Lunar-Solar. This happens only about 12% of the time, on average. An even rarer occurrence is when both sets of eclipses in the same year are triple eclipses! That happens only about 3% of the time. The last time it happened was 1951 and it won't happen again until 2096.

You should NEVER look directly at the Sun during a solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Although may be safe to look directly at the Sun ONLY when it's FULLY covered by the Moon, your eyes could still be damaged if there is even a sliver of light peeking out around the edges of the eclipse. Therefore, be sure to use special glasses and gadgets that will allow you to watch solar eclipses safely without damaging your eyes.

On the other hand, it's okay to look directly at the Moon during a lunar eclipse.

How can you tell if it's a solar or lunar eclipse? Easy! If it's nighttime, it's a lunar eclipse. If it's daytime, it's almost certainly a solar eclipse.

How long does an eclipse's energy last? Well, it depends... More about that on the Timerange page.

See also: Eclipse times, Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse, New Moon, Full Moon Top of Page


Eclipse times

Here at Evolving Door Astrology, the exact dates and times of the eclipses are shown for when the Sun and Moon are aligned zodiacally – in other words, when they are at the same degree (Solar Eclipse) or opposing degrees (Lunar Eclipse) of their respective signs.

However, news media and science-oriented websites will often report a slightly different time for eclipses. Why? Because the scientific time shows when the eclipse reaches its maximum peak during the hours-long process of the eclipse. This typically differs from the zodiacal alignment time by less than an hour.

So, if you want to watch an eclipse, it's better to look up the local timing for your location, which can be found on websites that provide that information. However, if you want to know exactly when the Sun and Moon are aligned by degree, it's best to check out the times here in The Low-Down on the Far-Out.

See also: Eclipse, Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse, New Moon, Full Moon. Top of Page



The path of the Sun through the heavens, from Earth's viewpoint. The planets also travel close to the ecliptic, within a certain distance of it. The zodiac signs correspond to the constellations that the Sun travels through along the ecliptic.

Diagram - Celestial Equator

Compare: Celestial Equator. Top of Page


Each sign is associated with one of the four Elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Each sign is a unique combination of Element and Modality. See also: Modality. Top of Page  


Vernal Equinox

Spring Equinox

March Equinox

Autumnal Equinox

Fall Equinox

September Equinox

This is when there is equal day and night on the Earth, caused by a particular alignment of the tilt of the Earth and its relationship to the Sun. This happens twice in a year — in March and September.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox is the start of Spring, and the September equinox begins Autumn. In the Southern Hemisphere, these are switched: March begins the Autumn and September begins the Spring.

Astronomically, the equinoxes occur when the direct line of the Sun's light crosses over the equator. In the Tropical Zodiac, the March equinox marks the Sun's entry into Aries and the September equinox marks the Sun's entry into Libra (for both hemispheres).

Equinox when the Sun's rays are directly over the equator

The traditional names for the equinoxes are the Vernal Equinox (March) and the Autumnal Equinox (September). However, these correspond to the seasons of the northern hemisphere: vernal means "spring" and autumnal means "fall." In our ever-encompassing global world, there are new attempts to name these events in a way that is more universal and not dependent on which hemisphere or culture you're in or which type of calendar you use. None of the options put forward are accepted universally as yet.

In an attempt to be inclusive and bridge at least some of these differences, this website typically uses the terms "March Equinox" and "September equinox."

Pronounced: ECK-kwin-nox or EEK-kwin-nox. Compare: Solstice. Top of Page


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