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  Written by Alison


Air


In astrology, the air signs share the same element, in signs at a distance of 120 °. The three signs of air are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Between them are affinities born from their common elements and they form trigons between them.
In the symbolic order of appearance, air is the third element, after fire and earth and before water.
The air signs are characterized by their intellect and their sense of communication.


Angles (of the theme)

On the map of the sky, the angles are the 4 houses that are located at the four cardinal points: the Ascendant to the East, the descendant to the West, the bottom of the sky to the North and the midheaven to the South.


Aries


Enthusiastic and independent, Aries (March 21 - April 20) is endowed with amazing energy resources that allow him to accomplish challenging tasks with courage. He is constantly moving; he hates the brakes and the constraints; he is impulsive and impatient. Aries needs recognition and encouragement.


Astral Affinities


Astral affinities between the signs of the zodiac exist both affinities and repulsions.The signs of the same element are generally understood without difficulty. Thus the signs of fire: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius; the signs of earth: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn; the signs of air: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius and the signs of water: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
There are also affinities between fire and air: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius get along with Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. It is the same attraction between earth and water: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn with Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

Signs square to each other are harder to match: Aries with Cancer and Capricorn, Bulls with Leo and Aquarius, Gemini with Virgo and Pisces, Cancer with Aries and Libra, Leo with Scorpio and Taurus, Virgo with Gemini and Sagittarius.


Astrological sign


The symbolism of the signs dates back to the dawn of time and their design is linked to the shape that the constellation takes in a clear sky.


Astrology


Astrology is a discipline that studies the movements of planets in the solar system and the effect they have on someone's personality, which is established at birth or events likely to occur in the future.
To analyze this data, the astrologer must interpret the phenomena observed based on a complex symbolism.
The sun symbolizes character and personality, it is the zodiac sign of a person.
The moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars are fast, so-called "personal" planets that teach us about emotions and reactions (moon), mind (Mercury), feelings (Venus) and physical energy (Mars).
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are slow planets that usually concern an entire generation.


Aquarius


Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) needs space and freedom to invest in tasks that give him the opportunity to do what he wants, at his own pace. He has a power of adaptation that allows him to be comfortable in all environments. Deeply unconventional, his lifestyle is unusual, and he does not support constraints. He is an open mind, of a fertile originality, always in the vanguard, he fights for his ideas and traces his way far off the beaten track.


Black moon


The black moon is an astronomical point, it is not a solid body but the second focus of the lunar orbit ellipse. It's revolution in the zodiac lasts about 9 years.
The black moon indicates what behavior is problematic and what type of energy is being deprived. It symbolizes the painful way to get to know oneself and to accept oneself.


Cancer


Cancer (June 22- July 22) is made for family life, for the sweetness of the home, it is with his tribe that he finds his salvation and his happiness. Very endearing and faithful, his affection is deep and lasting. We find in him an excellent companion, sweet, devoted, attentive. He is also an excellent parent who is constantly dedicated to his children.


Capricorn


Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) is energetic and determined. He is a being of action, even if his coolness and his apparent calm leave nothing to be seen. He is solid, endowed with deep feelings and deeply rooted convictions. We can count on him in all circumstances. Under his reserved appearance, he hides treasures of loyalty and goodness, he is appreciated by his family.


Cardinal


The cardinal signs represent the beginning of each season. Aries announces spring, Cancer announces summer, Libra announces autumn and Capricorn announces winter.


Clusters


In astrology, we speak of stellium or clusters when several planets are in the same place, in the same sign or the same house.


Conjunction


When two planets are in the same place, within 10 degrees, they are said to be " conjoined" This aspect reinforces the influence of each planet concerned by the energy input provided by the other.


Cusp


The cusp is the tip of a house. The sign where this cusp is located determines which house is a planet, even if the house covers the next sign.


Decan


Decans are subdivisions of each sign into three sequences. An astrological sign covers 30 ° of the zodiac and is divided into 3 decans of 10 °. Decans are used to qualify the interpretation of a sign.


Dominant


A planet is dominant when it is near one of the four angles, when it has many aspects with other elements of the sky chart and when it is in its reference sign or is exalted in it.


Earth


In astrology, the earth signs share the same element, in signs distant from 120 °. The three signs of earth are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. They have affinities between them born of their common element and form trigons between them.
In the symbolic order of appearance, the earth is the second element, after fire and before air and water.
Earth signs are characterized by their realism and calmness.


Elements


Traditional astrology takes into account four elements that present themselves, starting from the spring equinox, in this order: Fire, Earth, Air and Water.


Exil


A planet is said to be in exile when it is in the sign opposite to the sign it governs. For example, the sun is in its sign of reference when it is in Leo but in exile when it is in Aquarius.


Figures


The figures are geometric shapes formed by several aspects connected to each other.
For example, two squares supplemented by an opposition form a square. Three touching trigons form a large trine.


Fire


In astrology, the signs of fire share the same element, in signs distant from 120°. The three air signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. There are affinities between them born of their common elements and they form trigons between them.
In the symbolic order of appearance, fire is the first element, before earth, air and water.
The signs of fire are characterized by their dynamism and their will.


Fixe


The fixed signs represent the middle of each season.Taurus for spring, Leo for summer, Scorpio for autumn and Aquarius for winter.

Gemini


Gemini (May 21 – June 21) needs movement and animation. He hates tedious tasks, he needs to feel free from his actions in his daily life, while being cleverly busy because he likes to enrich himself intellectually, to discover, to learn and to understand. He is attracted by encounters, discoveries and all forms of exchange, communication and commerce.


GMT ou UTC


Greenwich Mean Time : Greenwich Mean Time: Greenwich Mean Time or Universal Time is the reference time.
In France, since the Second World War, the hour has been advanced by one hour and, since 1976, by two hours in summer.
It is necessary to reduce the time of an event (a birth, for example) to universal time to be able to mount it on a sky chart.


Hemisphere


In geography, the earth is divided horizontally by the equator, between the two poles. The northern hemisphere is the northern half of the earth, including Europe, North America and much of Asia. The southern hemisphere is south of the equator and includes much of Africa and South America.


Houses


The zodiac circle is divided into 12 houses depending on the place and time of birth. These houses each symbolize a sector of life.

House 1 or Ascendant:
Motivations and behavior

House 2:
money

House 3:
Relationships with the environment

House 4 or Background of Heaven:
The home

House 5:
Loves, children

House 6:
Daily life

House 7 or Descendant:
Contracts, marriage

House 8:
Passions, crises

House 9:
Travels, ideals

House 10 or Midheaven:
The social status, the profession

House 11:
The friends

House 12:
Hidden trials, secrets


Jupiter


Jupiter is the 6th planet from the sun. This is the first of the so-called "slow" planets, its revolution around the sun takes 12 years.
Jupiter symbolizes luck, expansion, evolution but also excess.


Latitude


Latitude is the position of a point on the Earth's surface relative to the equator, north or south.


Leo


Leo (July 23 – August 22) is a voluntary sign, proud and organized. His mastery is based on his desire to control everything that happens around him. He cannot stand mediocrity and is haunted by the fear of displeasing. He is constant, loyal and honest. He is a friend who can devote himself body and soul but beware of those who would disappoint him! It is a stubborn sign which admits with difficulty his errors and shows himself willingly authoritarian.


Libra


Libra (September 23 – October 22) needs to live in a harmonious environment and surround himself with beautiful things. This sign is also attentive to his appearance but the essential for him is to live in peace, in peace with himself and in good relationship with others. It is stimulated by idealistic or philanthropic tendencies. Beauty in all its forms attracts him while violence and disorder revolt.


Lighting


By convention, we call luminaries the sun and the moon.


Longitude


Longitude is a geographic coordinate indicating the east-west position of a point on earth. The longitude of reference is the Greenwich meridian.


Lunar knots


The position of the lunar nodes is indicated in the ephemeris. They are always in opposite signs.
The south node symbolizes our past and previous life.
The north node symbolizes the way to go, in order to evolve in our current life.


Lunation


The lunation is a lunar cycle consisting of the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon correspond to the portions illuminated by the sun, visible from the earth. The moon rotates in orbit around the earth, these portions keep changing according to the position.
New Moon (0 ° to 45 °)
First Crescent (45 ° to 90 °)
First Quarter (90 ° to 135 °)
Gibbous (135 ° to 180 °)
Full Moon (180 ° to 215 °)
Disseminator (215 ° to 270 °)
Last Quarter (270 ° to 315 °)
Balsamic (315 ° to 360 °)


Moon


The moon is Earth's only satellite, it is the planet closest to us and the one that seems to have the most influence in everyday life.
The moon symbolizes emotions, reactions and the unconscious.


Mars


Mars is the 5th planet from the sun. It is the last of the so-called "fast" or personal planets, its revolution around the sun lasts about 2 years.
Mars symbolizes energy, will and fighting spirit.


Master / Mastery


Each planet in the solar system is connected to a constellation that becomes its symbolic "master" . When this planet crosses its reference sign, it is said that it is at home: it can express all its power.
When she is in the opposite sign, she is then in exile and her power is weakened.
When she is in a friend sign, she is in exaltation.
When she is in an incompatible sign, she is falling.


Mercury


Mercury Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. It is always in the same sign as the sun, in the preceding sign or the following.
Mercury symbolizes intellect, expression and exchange.


Middle of the sky


The middle of the sky is the house 10. This is the point which is at the zenith, south of a place at a given moment.
The middle of the sky symbolizes social and professional life.


Modes of Vibration


In astrology, there are three vibratory modes of vibration : The "cardinal" signs at the beginning of each season, the "fixed" signs of the middle of each season and the "mutable" end-of-season signs. The vibratory modes distil different energies according to whether one was born at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the season.


Mutable


The mutable signs represent the end of each season. Gemini is the last sign of spring and Virgo is the last sign of summer, Sagittarius is the last sign of autumn and Pisces is the last sign of winter.


Neptune


Neptune is the 9th planet from the sun. It is the 4th slow planet, its revolution around the sun is about 165 years and mainly concerns the community. Neptune symbolizes intuition and dreams.


Opposition


When two planets are within +/- 180 ° of each other, they are said to be in opposition This aspect causes an alternation between the energies of the two planets involved.


Orb


An astrological aspect is determined by the gap between two planets but we tolerate a gap, this tolerance is called the orb. The orb is the number of degrees more or less that we tolerate in relation to the exact appearance.
One commonly admits a 10 ° orb for conjunctions and oppositions, 8 ° for squares and trigones and 2 ° for sextiles.


Pisces


Pisces (19/02 – 20/03) is sensitive, enigmatic, intuitive and endearing, he understands things instinctively. He has a peaceful and cheerful character who willingly shares his joie de vivre. His exceptional ability to adapt allows him to be comfortable in any socio-cultural environment. He is able to render great services because he intuitively perceives and understands things that escape others. He is also an incorrigible romantic idealist.


Pluto


Pluto Pluto is the last slow planet, the furthest from the sun, its revolution around the sun takes about 248 years and influences an entire era, several generations. Pluto symbolizes what is hidden and instinctive. It influences destruction and renewal, death and rebirth.


Precession of the equinoxes


The precession of the equinoxes Precession of the equinoxes is the slow change of direction of the axis of rotation of the Earth.


Retrograde


In astrology, a planet is said to be in retrograde when, seen from the ground, it seems to retreat. It is an optical illusion that comes from the difference between the speed of movement of a planet and that of the earth. As a result, the planet that is in retrograde is visible longer in the same place.
All planets retrograde except the sun and the moon.
During a retrograde the energies of the planet concerned are slowed down, blocked or reversed, with various consequences in behavior and exchanges.


Sagittarius


Sagitarius (November 22 – December 21) is characterized by his frankness and his peaceful nature, spontaneous and ambitious. He seduces easily with his enthusiasm and good humor. He has a taste for discovery, he does not tolerate to be limited in a too small frame. He is passionate about anything that can expand his field of vision or knowledge. He knows what he wants, and the obstacles do not discourage him. Civic sense, respect for laws and morality remain price values in his eyes.

Saturn


Saturn is the seventh planet from the sun. It is the second slow planet, its revolution around the sun takes 29 and a half years.
Saturn symbolizes authority, rigor, control and stability.


Scorpio


Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) has a great power of seduction; he is distinguished by his nonconformist behavior, kindness and dairies which, where appropriate, fascinate or disturb those around him. He is an iron fist in a velvet glove; he has character and sense of responsibility. It's an independent sign that wants to live in his own way, without giving any account. Stubborn and fierce, he thrives in areas where he can give free rein to his initiative. His will is matched only by his ambition.


Sextile


When two planets are within +/- 60 ° of each other, they are said to be sextile . This aspect occurs between signs and compatible element, and energizes the two planets concerned.


Share of fortune


The share of fortune share of fortune comes from Arab astrology. It is a fictitious point that is calculated with the Ascendant, the sun and the moon.
The share of fortune symbolizes in what area and in what way everyone can access their fullness.


Solstice


The solstice occurs when the apparent position of the sun, seen from the land reaches its southernmost or northernmost point. He opposes the equinox that occurs when the apparent position of the sun is located on the celestial equator. The solstices corresponds to a minimum day (the 21st of December in the northern hemisphere) and a maximum day (the 21st of June in the northern hemisphere).
These dates vary slightly according to the year and according to the movements of the axis of rotation.

Square


When two planets are within +/- 90 ° of each other, they are said to be square . This aspect occurs in signs that are not very compatible and blocks or diverts the energy of the two planets involved.


Sun


The Sun reveals the basic personality, it influences who animates us and how we come into contact with the world.


Synastry


A synastry is a comparison of astrological themes. The study of synastry is that of relationships that exist between two or more people.


Taurus


Taurus (April 21 – May 20) will cultivate common sense and practicality. His main concern is to live in security and peace, he built on solid foundations and aspires to live in a pleasant and comfortable setting. Whatever the modesty or richness of his environment, provided that it is harmonious and that he can live at his own pace.


Transits


The sky is in perpetual motion ( transit ) and the planetary influences on our destiny are constantly changing.
The astrologer analyzes these movements and interprets the influences on a personal map or a given situation.


Trine


When two planets are within +/- 120 ° of each other, they are said to be in a trine . This aspect occurs between signs of the same element and reinforces the energy of the two planets concerned.


Uranus


Uranus is the eighth planet from the sun. It is the third slow planet, its revolution around the sun is 84 years old. Uranus symbolizes change, independence and freedom.


Venus


Venus, like Mercury, is between the sun and the earth. From the earth, Venus is always in the same sign as the sun or in one of the two adjacent signs.
Venus symbolizes love and material gains.


Virgo


Virgo (August 23 – September 22) is distinguished by his qualities of order and his sense of precision. Modest and timid, this sign prefers to act discreetly; he is governed by logic, his analytical gifts make him an irreplaceable collaborator because he can criticize, dissect and weigh the smallest details. He is naturally good at studying. He needs benchmarks and likes to refer to laws and rules to reassure himself. He also needs to make himself useful, to help others.


Water


In astrology, the signs of water share the same element, in signs distant from 120 °. The three signs of air are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. They have affinities between them born of their common element and form trigons between them.
In the symbolic order of appearance, water is the fourth element, after fire, earth and air.
Signs of water are characterized by their intuition and affectivity.


Zenith


The zenith is the celestial point that is vertical to a given place. For example, the sun is at the zenith at noon, solar time (1pm in winter, 2pm in summer in France).


Zodiac


The zodiac is the circle of the celestial sphere. The astrological zodiac has twelve 30 degree signs, which the sun seems to cross in one year. The twelve signs of the zodiac come from the associated constellations.




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