Astrology Glossary Part 2

Astrology glossary is here for our readers. It covers both Western Astrology  and Vedic Astrology. Astrology Glossary will be updated regularly.

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Battlefield activation:

A turbulent connection involving Mars and Neptune and which contributes

to violence in a relationship.

Birth Chart:

A “map” detailing the positioning of the planets in the signs at the specific moment of an individual’s birth. Using the individual’s place, date, and time of birth as the data source to calculate the “map”. Most birth charts are round or pie shaped; however some astrologers, especially in Vedic astrology, use square charts or grids.

Birth data:

The factors needed in order to calculate a birth chart: date of birth, time of birth, and location (latitude and longitude) of birth.


An aspect created between two planets, corollary points, or cusps that has an arc of 144° 00′

Cadent Houses:

Houses 3, 6, 9, and 12 of the horoscope.


One of the three modalities into which signs are categorized, its signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn

Cardinal Signs:

Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn..

Celestial body:

A physical form that exists in space; such as a planet, moon, sun, asteroid or comet.

Chart Ruler:

The ruler of the chart is normally the planet ruling the first house’s (or Ascendant) sign. Some Astrologer’s consider that the ruler is the planet closest to the first house cusp, which is very close to the Ascendant. The effects of a Chart Ruler are usually very significant. Additionally, a number of Astrologer’s consider that the chart ruler affects our physical appearance.

Cinderella Linkage:

An aspect involving Venus and Chiron, Jupiter and Chiron, Chiron and

Neptune, Venus and Neptune and/or the Sun and Venus.   It is referred to

as the Cinderella Linkage (by the MAGI Society) because a connection

between two individuals with any of these (beneficial) aspects results in a

‘rags to riches’ type relationship.

Classic Schism:

Terminology used by the MAGI Society involving Chiron and the Sun,

Chiron and Saturn, Chiron and Mercury and the Sun and Neptune.

Turbulent connections (square, opposition) between the afflicted planets

generally result in the relationship being torn apart, hence the ‘schism.’

Composite chart:

Two individual charts that are merged to form one. It shows the relationship between the individuals whose charts are combined.


An aspect created between two planets, corollary points, or cusps that has an arc of 00° 00′ , though even two planets in the same sign are also said to be conjunct, even if their orb or arc is off by a few degrees.


Groups of stars that have been given names and mythologies. Although there are typically 12 Zodiacal constellations, there are in fact many more constellations which aren’t used in the astrological natal horoscope.


An aspect in declination when two planets have (within a 3° orb) the same degree of declination, but one is north and the other is south. Read by most astrologers as similar to an opposition.

Cupid Linkage:

A term coined by the MAGI Society.  A beneficial connection which

involves the Sun and Venus and/or Venus and Neptune.  The Cupid

Linkage provides an extremely powerful attraction, usually felt more by

the Venus person. An indicator of romance, though not necessarily love.


The midway point between two signs of the zodiac; also used to refer to the start of a house within the chart wheel. If a planet falls on a house cusp, it should be read as though it were influencing both houses. Also refers to the beginning of each Sun sign.


The partitioning of each Sign into three equal parts of 10 degrees each. Each part is known as a decanate; every Sign is composed of 30 degrees, therefore someone born between the 1st and the 10th day of any sign is said to be born in the First (1st) Decanate.  Those born between the 11th and the 20th, the Second Decanate, and those born between the 21st and the last day of any sign are said to have been born in the Third (3rd) Decanate.

Decile (semi-quintile):

An aspect created between two planets, corollary points, or cusps that has an arc of 36°00′.


The arc of measurement in degrees north or south of the celestial equator.  The number of degrees a planet is placed vertically from the ecliptic or the horizon.   In other words, looking at the night sky, from the horizon, one would look upward to note the position or height of said planet from the horizon to the zenith or topmost part of the sky.


A unit of measurement commonly used in astrology to denote the positions of one sign/planet from another.  The Zodiac circle or horoscope consists of a total of 360 degrees, or 12 houses with 30 degrees to each house.


The opposite point from the ascendant; the cusp of the Seventh House. The Descendant describes one person’s interaction with another.


A planet placed in a sign that is opposite to its sign of rulership. This generally causes a lack of synergy. For example, Mercury rules Gemini and is in detriment in Sagittarius.


A Hindu term, also used in Buddhism, which refers to one’s duty or obligations in life.  Some believe that this pertains to the Life Purpose, but there is no evidence that this is strictly the case.

Direct Motion:

The normal forward motion of a body through the zodiac signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc.). This is opposite to retrograde motion, in which a planet moves apparently (but not in actuality), backwards.

Disharmony and Distrust activation:

A turbulent connection which involves Venus and Jupiter and causes

disharmony and distrust of one toward the other.

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