Astrology Dictionary - E

Astrology Dictionary - E

ASTROLOGY DICTIONARY ó E

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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

 

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  

Eclipse

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  

Ecliptic

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  

Element

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  

Equinox

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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