Astrological Terms

Yod

When you’re looking at a chart and you see one planets that is 150° from two other planets, and they’re separated by 60°, then you have a yod. This is a rare occurrence on a chart, and it looks like a ‘Y’ when it’s lined up and you draw lines between the planets. This situation is a sign that something special is coming up in your life at that point, and that you need to pay attention.

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Uranians

When you’re looking into astrology, you may have noticed there are a number of different schools of thought. One such school is the Uranian school of astrology. Alfred Witte in Hamburg, Germany founded this school of astrology. Unlike other schools of thought, this school relies heavily upon the midpoints of a chart, interpreting them in relation to other points in the chart. What’s also interesting about this system is that there are other planets used in the readings, including: Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Apollon, Admetos, Vulkanus and Poseidon.

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Transiting

Even if you’ve never read a birth chart before, you can guess what the idea of transit is. Every day, planets move across the sky and this impacts the way that a chart is read. These planets are said to be transiting, and where they transit and when they transit can impact the way that the energy of the chart might be interpreted. What is important to note is that all planets are always transiting, so even when the energy of a situation seems to be tense, know that it will pass.

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Square

Also called a quadrate, quartile or tetragon, a square is found in the fourth harmonic, or 90°. This is a time when you will have a hard aspect, and that is a sign of challenge and concern. You will find that when things on your chart are square that you will have to deal with feeling of unease or tension. While these are normal parts of life, these square times might be more challenging to those who are already in times of uncertainty.

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Retrograde

The sky can be a tricky thing to navigate, especially when you’re looking up at it from Earth. While it can seem like the stars are moving in one direction, and this makes sense, what you might also realize is that the planets can appear to move backward at times.

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Sextile

Located in the sixth harmonic, or at 60°, a sextile in a chart is a time of benefit for the person whose is the source of the chart. Called an easy aspect, when you find a sextile position in your chart, you can look to see how this energy will benefit you or how it will create opportunities in your life. You might find that these times are when everything just falls into place, even though you’re not doing anything in particular to change the way that you are living or interacting.

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Progressions

Like the word indicates, each person, as they move through their life, goes through a series of progressions. They change, they grow, and they become something new with each year. Each time you look up at the sky, while it might appear to be the same, it actually shifts slightly with each passing day. Though this doesn’t seem to be significant, over time, the changing of one’s chart influences the way that you behave and the way that you want to behave in the world.

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Saturn Return

A Saturn return is often a feared event in one’s life, or it’s something that astrologers point to as being a turning point, a time of change. Based on the idea that it takes Saturn 29.4 years to orbit the sun, each time Saturn returns back to your place in the sky, this is a time of great transition. To have one’s Saturn return is to find one’s self in a completely new position in life, and one for which you might not be completely prepared.

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Personal Signs

While there are many different ways to define this term, the best possible way to use personal signs in astrology is to think of these as the sun sign under which you were born – or the person who is getting their chart done. Since so many of us use the zodiac to determine the main ideas of our character, it makes sense that we might consider these to be our personal signs.

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Rulership

When you say that a planet or a sign rules a chart, you are saying that this part of the chart will influence the rest of the chart in some way. Though this doesn’t sound like it will change the way that a chart is read, when you think about the way that this interaction can impact the way you look at your life, you can see that having one energy over all other energies is a significant thing to know.

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Out of Sign Aspects

Out of sign aspects are times on a chart when two planets are in aspect yet these planets are in signs that do not match the aspect. As a result, the planet’s energy is in sync for the aspect, but the planets do not express in a way that is harmonious with the aspect. During these times, you might find that you’re engaged in a lot of introspection and confusion. While you might understand things that are happening around you, you may not have as strong a grip on just why these things in your life are conflicting with each other. Additionally, you might find that you’re unable to understand why certain things in your life are in conflict, when they generally are not.

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Rising Sign

The rising sign is the sign that is your ascendant. These words are often used interchangeably and they are a large part of what makes up your personality. When you look at your chart, you can find the rising sign and then use that as a part of a profile for yourself or for the person whose chart you might be creating. In either case, you can determine your rising sign in the same way that you might find your ascendant.

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Opposition

Unlike an inconjunct, the opposition is a time when a chart includes a second harmonic aspect, with a separating distance of 180°. This is known as a major hard aspect, or a time when you will find the energies of your life to be particularly challenging. While no one wants to hear that things will be tough, sometimes, these times of introspection become the best times for growth into possibility. When we’re not worried so much about whether something bad will happen, we can prepare for the worst and deal with it in a calmer fashion.

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