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Quick Tip: Don’t know how to draw an expression on certain angle? Grab yourself a mirror and depending on how you place it you can get the same expression in two different angles! (I think this might work with two mirrors so you get three angles at the same time but I guess that would require an extra hand)

An Abbreviated Astro-Glossary

Air Signs – [Gemini, Libra, Aquarius] the triplicity that represents the function of thinking, and the communicative process

Angles – the term used to identify the two most “important” axes of a natal chart, and thus four most “important” points. The Horizon (Ascendant-Descendant) and the Meridian (Medium Coeli-Imum Coeli)

Angular Houses – the houses corresponding to the Cardinal Signs

Aquarius – the eleventh sign, an air sign of the fixed modality

Aries – the first sign, a fire sign of the cardinal modality

Ascendant – the degree of the zodiac that is rising on the horizon at the moment of birth, also known as the Rising (usually the cusp of the First House)

Aspects – specific geometrical relations between two bodies in a chart

Cadent Houses – the houses corresponding to the Mutable Signs

Cancer – the fourth sign, a water sign of the cardinal modality

Capricorn – the tenth sign, an earth sign of the cardinal modality

Cardinal Signs – [Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn] the quadruplicity existing at the initiation of a season (equinoxes and solstices). These signs serve to initiate change and begin the cycle of creation

Composite Chart – a type of relationship chart created by calculating the mid-points of two different charts, in an attempt to describe the energetic quality of the relationship

Conjunction – a major aspect, in which the two bodies are overlapping

Cusp – the dividing line between two consecutive signs or houses

Decan or Decanate – a further division of each sign by three, each subsection totaling ten degrees

Degree – one 30th part of a sign, or one 360th part of a circle

Descendant – the degree of the zodiac that is setting on the horizon at the moment of birth (usually the cusp of the Seventh House)

Detriment – the placement of a planet in a sign or house opposite to the one that it rules

Dignity//Domicile – the placement of a planet in the sign or house that it rules

Duplicated Signs – signs that rule two houses in a natal chart, accompanied by Intercepted Signs

Earth Signs – [Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn] the triplicity that represents the function of the senses, and the need for practicality in our lives

Ecliptic – the apparent motion of the sun through our sky as the Earth orbits around. Divided into 360 degrees and then twelve sub sections of thirty degrees called Signs

Exaltation – the placement of a planet in the sign or house in which it best expresses its energy

Fall – the placement of a planet in the sign or house opposite to its Exaltation

Feminine Signs – the three earth signs and the three water signs that represent the perceptive-emotional functions. The signs of negative polarity

Fire Signs – [Aries, Leo, Sagittarius] the triplicity that represents the function of feeling, and our passions and drives

Fixed Signs – [Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius] the quadruplicity that exists as the proliferation of a season. They serve to maintain and develop the change of the Cardinal Signs

Gemini – the third sign, an air sign of the mutable modality

Houses – the twelve sections of a chart that correspond to various spheres of activity in our lives (see here)

Imum Coeli – the degree of the zodiac that is directly below the earth at the moment of birth, also known as the Nadir (usually the cusp of the Fourth House)

Inconjunct – a minor aspect, in which two bodies are separated by 150 degrees

Intercepted Signs – signs completely encased within a house and who thus rule no houses in the chart, accompanied by Duplicated Signs

Leo – the fifth sign, a fire sign of the fixed modality

Libra – the seventh sign, an air sign of the cardinal modality

Lord – the ruler of a sign or house

Masculine Signs – the three fire signs and the three air signs that represent the rational-communicative functions. The signs of positive polarity

Medium Coeli – the degree of the zodiac that is directly overhead at the moment of birth, also known as the Midheaven (usually the cusp of the Tenth House)

Midpoint – the ecliptic degree halfway between two bodies or points

Modality – [Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable] the mode of operation of a sign, and the way in which it directs its energies

Mutable Signs – [Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces] the quadruplicity the exists as the end of a season. They serve to transform the developments of the fixed signs to pave the way for cardinal creation.

Nodes – the Lunar Nodes: the points in the Moon’s orbit that cross the ecliptic, also known as the North and South Nodes, the Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail, or Rahu and Ketu

Opposition – a major aspect, in which two bodies are separated by 180 degrees

Orb – variation of degrees from an aspect

Pisces – the twelfth sign, a water sign of the mutable modality

Planets – the ten heavenly bodies that correspond to various drives and energies in our lives (see here)

Quadruplicity – a set of four signs with the same modality

Retrograde – the apparent backwards motion of a planet in our sky due to their relative motion

Sagittarius – the ninth sign, a fire sign of the mutable modality

Scorpio – the eighth sign, a water sign of the fixed modality

Sextile – a minor aspect, in which two bodies are separated by 60 degrees

Signs – 30 degree sections of the Ecliptic beginning at the Vernal Equinox

Square – a major aspect, in which two bodies are separated by 90 degrees

Stellium – a grouping of 3 or more planets in a sign or house (potentially 4 or more depending on the planets involved and the astrologer)

Succedent Houses – the houses corresponding to the Fixed Signs

Synastry – the study of relationships in astrology utilizing inter-chart overlays and the creation of a composite chart

Taurus – the second sign, an earth sign of the fixed modality

Transit – the current movement of the planets, and the interaction between them as well as their interaction with a natal chart

Trine – a major aspect, in which two bodies are separated by 120 degrees

Triplicity – a set of three signs with the same element

Virgo – the sixth sign, an earth sign of the mutable modality

Water Signs – [Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces] the triplicity that represents the function of emotion, and our intuitive abilities

Zodiac – The Circle of Animals. The imaginary belt surrounding the Ecliptic in which the Zodiacal Constellations fall. Note that these are different from the Astrological Signs

“I wish you hadn’t stayed

My vision’s clearer now but I’m unafraid” 

- The Modern Age, The Strokes (2001)