Astrology Dictionary - D

Astrology Dictionary - D

ASTROLOGY DICTIONARY — D

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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 • 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 • T-Square, T-Cross

U
Uranus

V
Venus • Virgo

W
Water • Waxing, Waning • Wedge

Y
Yod

Z
Zenith • Zodiac

 

Declination

Declination refers to how far above or below Earth's equator the Sun appears to travel. The Sun isn't actually moving anywhere—it only looks that way from our perspective due to the 23.45° tilt of the Earth's axis.

The Earth's tilt remains the same as it orbits the Sun. When the north pole is fully tilted toward the Sun, that is the northern Solstice and marks when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer, and when the Sun is aligned with the latitude called the Tropic of Cancer. When the south pole is fully tilted toward the Sun, this is the southern Solstice, when the Sun moves into Capricorn and aligns with the Tropic of Capricorn.

When the Sun is aligned with the equator, this marks the Equinoxes when the Sun enters Aries and Libra. Therefore, there is a limited band within which the Sun can be aligned with the Earth, and that band extends up to 23.45° north and south of the equator.

Southern Solstice

Pronounced: DEEK-lin-ay-shun or DECK-lin-ay-shun. See also: Out of Bounds, Solstice, Equinox. Top of Page

 

Descendant

The western horizon in the chart. If you are born at sunset, the Sun would be found around the Descendant of the chart. The Descendant also forms the cusp (starting point) of the 7th House of close relationships, marriage and partnerships. The Descendant sign, and planets in the 7th House, indicate the kind of partner the person is attracted to and what the person looks for in a relationship. Compare: Ascendant. Top of Page Descendant - one of the Angles

The Descendant

Direct

This is the normal forward motion of all planets through the zodiac. Compare: Retrograde. See also: Stationary, Shadow (planetary). Also see the articles about Retrograde Planets. Top of Page  

Dispositor

A planet is a dispositor of another planet when it rules the sign it is in. For example, if the Moon is in Libra, Venus would be the Moon's dispositor. This means the Moon would take on some qualities of Venus in the chart. So, if Venus was well aspected or in her own sign (Taurus or Libra) or exalted (in Pisces), the Moon would work well with Libra energy. However, if Venus was very stressfully aspected or badly positioned (in Virgo, Scorpio or Aries), then the Moon would find the Libra energy more difficult.

Pronounced: dis-POS-itor. See also Final Dispositor, Mutual Reception, Rulership. Top of Page
 

Dissociate Aspect

The major aspects (a.k.a. Ptolemaic aspects) consist of conjunction (0°), sextile (60°), square (90°), trine (120°) and opposition (180°). These aspects are based on the elemental and modal relationships between the signs, usually when they are close to the same degree of those signs (give or take a few degrees or orb).

However, sometimes two planets are within orb of forming a major aspect but are not in signs that are aligned with the usual elemental or modal relationship. They are said to be in dissociate aspect with each other.

Some astrologers totally discount dissociate aspects, considering them nonfunctional. For other astrologers, this kind of aspect is often considered to be weaker (since it doesn't have the elemental or modal support of the signs involved). Even if not considered weaker, a dissociate aspect is certainly more complex since it connects planetary energies without involving the usual signs.

An example of a dissociate aspect would be the Moon at 28° Aries and the Sun at 2° Capricorn. They are only 4° away from being in a trine aspect, but are not in signs that share the same element (Moon in Fire, Sun in Earth).

Pronounced: dis-SO-see-it. See also Aspect, Ptolemaic Aspects, Elements, Modalities. Top of Page
 

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