Astrology Dictionary - E

Astrology Dictionary - E


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

Birth Chart • Boomerang

Cancer • Capricorn • Cardinal • Cazimi • 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 • 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 • 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 isnít 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 chartís location. Top of Page  


This occurs when the Moon and Earth are aligned so precisely that one passes through the shadow of the other, cast by the Sun. There are two kinds of eclipses: Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse. Each type of eclipse typically happens twice a year. For diagrams and a more detailed explanation, see also: Solar eclipse, Lunar eclipse. There is also more information about eclipses here. Top of Page  


The path of the Sun through the heavens, from Earthís 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. 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 Ė 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 Sunís entry into Aries and the September equinox marks the Sunís 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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