|Another term for
|Another word for a
aspect configuration. See:
the sign of Cancer
are: nurturing, intuitive, feeling,
caring, heartfelt, protective, family/home oriented.
Associated with 4th
See also: zodiac article on Cancer.
the sign of Capricorn
are: structured, cautious,
responsible, leader/authority, realistic, serious, ambitious,
logical. Planetary ruler:
Saturn. Associated with 10th
See also: zodiac article on Capricorn.
|One of the three
Capricorn. Cardinal traits are:
goal-oriented, purposeful, ambitious, leadership, self-starting,
opportunistic, restless when not focused on ambitions.
This term refers to a planet (including the Moon, even though it's not technically a planet)
when it is conjunct the Sun within a mere 17 minutes of arc.
Classical astrologers have written that a planet is extremely powerful and strong when it is Cazimi.
This differs dramatically from when the planet is conjunct the Sun within 8½° of orb, when it is said to be Combust
and weaker in strength.
The seemingly arbitrary measurements are actually related to the visibility of the planet, which becomes blotted out
by the beams of the Sun and is therefore invisible and disadvantaged. By contrast, a Cazimi planet is "in the heart"
of the Sun and therefore becomes fused with the energy of the Sun.
Some astrologers feel a Cazimi planet should also be parallel, as well as conjunct. And still other astrologers
question the validity of Cazimi strength altogether. At the very least, it could be that while a Cazimi planet doesn't
guarantee a positive expression of that planet's energy, being Cazimi may give it an extra boost to make the best of
whatever situation it is applied to. (This is discussed in a wonderful article by classical astrologer,
Deborah Houlding, in
the December/January 2014 issue of
Pronounced: Ka-ZEE-mee. See also: Conjunction, Combust.
Centaurs are a number of minor
celestial bodies whose orbits run
between inner and outer planets in our solar system. Mythologically, the
centaurs were half-man and half-horse, and these planet-like objects in
our solar system are named after them. The first of
these to be discovered was Chiron, in 1977. Since then,
other similar bodies have been discovered and these bodies were
named after mythological Centaurs, and thus have become
collectively known as "the Centaurs." Most of these Centaurs are
large and composed primarily of ice, making them technically
classified as comets, but they do not come close to the
like comets usually do. Pronounced: SEN-tore. See also:
(in glossary) and article on
Chiron and article on Chiron
chart is like a map of where the
planets are on a
particular date, time and place. It is a 2-dimensional map of the
3-dimensional sky; a bit like a snapshot. A birthchart or
chart is a chart for a person’s moment and place of birth. See
also: Natal Chart.
Chiron symbolises woundedness,
"the wound that never heals," "the Wounded Healer," maverick behaviour, and
balancing physical/practical needs with spiritual/divine potential.
Discovered in 1977. Mythologically, Chiron was a
centaur—half man and half horse.
There is no agreed-upon sign rulership
for Chiron, although arguments have been made for
among others. Chiron is
technically classified as a comet because it is composed mostly of
ice. Somewhat slow moving – takes from 2-8 years to go through a sign, and
about 50 years to go through all 12 signs.
Pronounced: KYE-ron. See also: Centaurs. See
also: article on Chiron
and astrological humor on Chiron mythology.
Collection of Light
planets are close to being in
aspect to each other, but
they're just a little too far away to be within
orb. Ordinarily these planets would not be considered to be aspecting one another. However,
if a third planet forms an aspect to both of them, that third planet can
act as a bridge that joins the other two planets. This is called
"Collection of Light."
For example, say we have
Chiron at 7 degrees and
Neptune at 18
degrees, both in
Aquarius. At 11 degrees apart, these two planets would
not be considered to be in
conjunction. However, if we have
Saturn at 13
Leo, then Saturn is within orb to be in
opposition to both of
them. This would bridge the gap and pull the energies of Chiron and Neptune
together, acting as if they were in conjunction. This would not be
considered a strong conjunction energy, but the merging of their energies would be in effect. And since this bridge takes place through a third planet, the nature of that
bridge planet can "flavour" the combination of the other two.
This actually happened at the
New Moon in
Leo in July 2006. As the
Sun moved up to conjunct Saturn, it too created a collection of light
that bridged the gap between Chiron and Neptune.
Collection of Light
term is used on this website to mean essentially the combined
presence of others. This could be society at large or your religious
community or your local community or your group of friends, or even the
infamous "they" that we all refer to. Or it could be a communal "we"
that you feel a part of. It refers to the collective will or the "hive
mind" or group norms. Or it could simply refer to your perception of a
group of other people as being distinct and united in some way,
especially if you feel yourself as being separate from it or a part of
it. It is the unified entity that is "greater than the sum of its
parts." Astrologically, the Collective is most reflected in
Aquarius and the 11th
groups, friends, communities, associations and the masses. Although, the
family is another type of Collective (Cancer,
4th House), as well as the local community and neighbourhood (Gemini,
3rd House), or conventional society (Capricorn,
a term used by psycho-theorist Carl Jung to refer to the
commonality that all humans share through our Unconscious. Most people
are familiar with Freud's idea of the personal unconscious, which
contains suppressed feelings and perceptions. But Jung believed that we
all share certain common experiences of life at an unconscious level,
which emerge as parallel stories and themes in areas like cultural
stories, mythology and personal dreams. The Collective Unconscious is
where archetypes are found, which reflect
the essence of those common experiences. Some astrologers regard the
astrological zodiac signs as being reflections of universal archetypes. See also:
|This refers to a planet
(including the Moon, although this is not technically a planet) when it is
conjunct the Sun within 8˝ degrees. In classical astrology, a Combust
planet's energy is said to be greatly weakened. Since the Sun's rays make it impossible to see that planet, its physical
invisibility reflects its lack of strength as well.
By contrast, in modern Western astrology a planet conjunct the Sun is often
regarded as being very strong, since the Sun's energy is combined with that planet. In the natal chart the person usually experiences and expresses that planet's energy with great force,
since it affects their sense of self and identity (the Sun).
However, it has also been suggested (I wish I could remember by whom) that a Combust planet is in fact weaker, in the sense that it is so fused with the Sun's energy, it is unable to act on its own or express its own pure energy.
For example, in the natal chart, the person experiences and expresses the Combust planet as a part of their identity, unable to separate it from their
subjective sense of self or work with that planet objectively.
Pronounced: com-BUST. See also: Conjunction, Cazimi.
between two planets which are found at around the same
degree, usually in the same zodiac sign (give or take several degrees; see
orb). Very powerful, merging the creative energies of the
Some astrologers feel the two planets must be in the same sign in order to be conjunct, whereas others feel that as
long as the planets are within a certain orb (a certain number of degrees apart), the conjunction is in effect, even if they
are in adjacent signs (see dissociate aspect).
A note about grammar: Sometimes it's not easy to know how to use specialized words in astrology. It is correct to say "Two
planets are conjunct," or "Two planets conjoin each other," or "Two planets are in conjunction." However, it is bad grammar to
say "Two planets conjunct each other." There's your Virgo lesson for the day. ;-)
Conjunction Aspect Symbol
|When 2 planets
are Contra-parallel, they are the same distance from the Earth's equator in
Declination, except that one is north and the other is south.
As with Parallel, it doesn't matter where the planets are in the Zodiac;
they are measured only by Declination.
Compare: Parallel. See also: Declination.
|An aspect configuration consisting of two planets in an opposition aspect. There are two more
planets, each forming a trine aspect to one side of the opposition and a sextile to the other.
In effect, there are two Wedge configurations. In a Wedge, the apex planet (that trines and sextiles the opposed planets) provides a release or relief
point for the stress of the opposition. The apex planet can be a source of great creativity that channels the stress into positive, constructive activity,
although the stress of the opposition may or may not finally be resolved by this. The apex can also be a place of escapism where the stress is simply
avoided and never resolved.
The Cradle configuration has two Wedge figures in it, providing two different ways to potentially escape from the stress — or
transform it into creativity. However, with so much opportunity to avoid problems, the temptation to take the easy way out is very strong. As a result,
someone born with a Cradle configuration in their natal chart may find it very difficult to resolve and heal the conflicts in their life represented by the
opposition. By not fully facing this challenge, part of the maturation process is missed and the person may remain under-developed in some ways. Hence the
The more the person can learn to face and resolve the conflict of the opposition, the more they will be able to use the talents and natural abilities in
the Cradle in ways that are healthy, constructive and healing. On the other hand, the avoidance of problems can generate some pretty impressive creative
ability, in the broadest sense of the word - not just artistic but any innovative, original or imaginative approach to the obstacles and challenges of life.
See also: Aspect configuration, Wedge.
Cradle Aspect Configuration
point of a house or sign.
Think of it like a doorway
or entrance into that house or
illustration at right shows lines radiating from the centre of the wheel,
each of which indicates the cusp
of a house. The lines around the edge of the
circle show the area of that house.
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