Planets are parallel when they are have the same Declination. In other
words, they are the same distance north or south of the Earth's equator.
Where the planets are in the Zodiac ("left to right") doesn't matter.
Parallel refers only to planets that have the same Declination, with both
north or both south of Earth's equator.
When planets are parallel, the effect is a bit similar to when they are
conjunct (around the same degree of the Zodiac). Their energies are
connected and they interact; there is a combined effect.
Compare: Contra-parallel. See also: Declination.
Part of Fortune
One of many
derived points used in Arabic
astrology (called Arabic Parts), which are
calculated using the positions of certain planets and
points (e.g., angles). The
Part of Fortune is derived
from the Sun, Moon and
and represents an especially beneficial point in the chart.
Sometimes written as: Pars Fortunae or Pars Fortuna.
traditional astrology calculate the Part of Fortune differently,
depending on whether you were born during daylight or night time
(whether the Sun was above or below the horizon).
The formula for
calculating the day time Part of Fortune is (using the 360 degree
positions for each point):
PF = Ascendant + Moon - Sun
The formula for the night time Part of Fortune is:
PF = Ascendant + Sun - Moon
Modern Western astrology has typically used only the day time formula
for many years. The existence of different calculation methods was
mostly lost to Western astrologers, until the ancient texts began to be
retranslated by Project Hindsight in the 1990s.
Since then, many Western astrologers have begun using the two
calculation methods, although some prefer to use only the day time for
convenience. However, each calculation method will result in completely
different zodiac positions for the Part of Fortune.
the sign of Pisces
are: creative, artistic, dreamy,
non-rational, intuitive, changeable, feeling, private,
compassionate, sensitive. Planetary
Neptune (modern) and Jupiter (traditional). Associated
with 12th House. Mutable
Pronounced: PIE-seez. See also zodiac
article on Pisces.
refers to the major planets (Mercury,
Sometimes astrologers also refer to the Sun
and Moon as planets, for the sake of convenience, even
though of course they are not planets in the usual sense of the
word. Sometimes astrologers will also include minor celestial
bodies under the general term of "planets" – like asteroids or the
Centaurs (e.g., Chiron).
You can find separate entries for each of the planets in the Glossary.
The planet Pluto
symbolises power, lust, obsession, tenacity, concentration,
death, rebirth, transformation, secrets, the Great Mysteries, the
occult, and the Shadow (what we don’t
want to face in ourselves). Discovered in 1930. Planetary
ruler of Scorpio
(modern). Very slow moving – takes from 13-32 years to go through
a sign, and about 248 years to go through all 12
Pluto Symbols (2 symbols; either may be used)
This is a
term used to refer to non-planetary parts of the
including the angles (Ascendant,
Descendant, Midheaven and
IC), the Lunar Nodes, the
Part of Fortune, and other derived points
(calculated, rather than based on an actual physical body).
A method of calculating when the
Sun returns to its natal position relative to your birth
Precession of the Equinoxes
refers to way the equinoxes move backwards very slowly
through the zodiac, due to a wobble in the
rotation. The Sun’s
position can be measured against the fixed stars, and the
equinoxes provide a handy time to take that
measurement (since this is when day and night are equal).
Sun's measured position creeps
slowly backwards (precessing) through the zodiac,
which is called the Precession of the Equinoxes. It
takes about 23,000 years to go full circle around the
zodiac, and roughly 2,000 years
to precess through one sign.
equinox point, which marks the change of seasons and the
Sun's entrance into the
sign of Aries, has
physically traveled backwards through the constellation of
Pisces (the sign
before Aries). It is now almost all the way
through Pisces and is very close to
(the sign before Pisces).
When exactly does the Age of Aquarius begin? No one can say for sure
because there are no distinct lines to show us where one star
constellation ends and the next one begins. There are many different
ways we could measure it. However, since we're talking about 2,000 years
per "Age," the end of one and start of the next is likely to be a
gradual transition in any case. Suffice to say: We're in it!
Age of Aquarius; Tropical Zodiac;
Sidereal Zodiac. (Note: Precession of the
equinoxes has nothing to do with retrograde motion, which only applies
to planets, not the whole zodiac.)
Progressions are one of the predictive techniques used by astrologers,
applied to an individual's natal
(birth) chart. There are several different
types of progression techniques used, but the most common one is called
Essentially, it uses every 24-hour period after the person's moment
of birth to represent a year in their life. Whatever astrological events
were happening in that 24-hour period reflect events in the person's
life during the year that corresponds to that day. As an example, if the
Sun changes signs 25 days after the person's birthdate, this indicates a
significant shift in the way the person experiences and focuses their
identity, vitality and life purpose at around age 25.
Secondary progressions are a much slower cycle than
(where the planets
are in real time). Often they have more of a background effect than
transits which tend to produce more specific events (although every
astrologer has their own perspective on this!)
It is considered very significant when a planet changes
or enters a different house
in the natal chart, which can show a significant shift in the way that
person uses that planet's energy for many years to come. When a
progressed planet forms a major aspect
to a natal planet, it activates that natal planet in the person's life.
And when a planet turns retrograde
by progression, this indicates a major change in how they experience and
express that planet's energy.
was a great ancient astrologer (among other things) who lived in the 1st and 2nd centuries CE.
He wrote a four-volume treatise about astrology and its techniques, called the Tetrabiblos, which is still one of the
texts on which modern astrology is based.
Ptolemy advocated using a limited group of aspects (geometric relationships between the planets), consisting of the
conjunction (0°), sextile (60°), square (90°),
trine (120°) and opposition (180°).
These are known as the Ptolemaic aspects, or major aspects, and are based on the elemental and modal relationships between signs. For example, planets close to the same
degree in different signs of the same element are in a trine aspect (120°). So if the Moon is around
10° Taurus and the Sun is around 10°
Capricorn, they are in a trine aspect.
In the same way, signs with the same element (Fire, Earth,
Air, Water) are in trine. Signs with different but compatible elements (Fire and Air, Earth and Water) are in
sextile. Signs that have the same modality (Cardinal,
Fixed, Mutable) are in square or opposition to each other.
See also: Aspects, Dissociate Aspects, Conjunction,
Sextile, Square, Trine, Opposition,
This is an aspect
configuration is known by
several different names: Quadriform, Arrowhead, Thor's Hammer or God's
It consists of two planets in
square aspect (90 degrees) and both in an
sesqui-quadrate aspect (135 degrees) to a third planet.
The energy of this aspect pattern is a little like a
T-square, since it has stressful, dynamic energy. However, the
octile aspects (based on dividing the circle into 8 pieces) tend to be a
little more complex than the square or opposition
(based on dividing the circle into 4 pieces).
Some astrologers see the energy originating in the tension of the two
square planets, which finds an outlet through the third (apex) planet.
This means the apex planet must find a creative way to resolve the
conflict of the square, or else it could vent that tension
destructively. This perspective reflects the image of an Arrowhead.
Other astrologers see the energy flow originating in the apex planet,
which then must find a way to wield the power and dynamic stress of the
square planets. It's a little like holding a live grenade - what do you
do with it?? You need to find a way to use it constructively and
creatively, or the energy can become destructive. This image is like a
Hammerhead or God's Fist.
By cultivating support for the energy of the apex planet, it is
possible to give it strength to work constructively and creatively with
the square planets.
Pronounced: QUAD-rih-form. See also: Aspect configuration, T-square,
aspect, square, octile.
Quadriform Aspect Configuration
between two planets, which are 150 degrees apart (give or
take a few degrees; see Orb). Planets in
Quincunx to each other are usually five signs apart. An irritating, frustrating
energy that can increase awareness and appreciation of life’s
complexities and subtleties. Pronounced: KWIN-kunks.
Quincunx Aspect Symbol and Diagram
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