GLOSSARY

a
Antiscia: relation between signs equidistant from the Midheaven or IC.
Aphetic place, aphetēs: starting-point on the chart for calculation relying on prorogation (looking ahead to see where the planets cross particular points in the future).
Ascendant: the degree or sign of the zodiac rising over the eastern horizon at a given moment, horoscopos in Greek: the First Place.
Aspects: specific angular relationships between planets and other astrological entities. The aspects are conjunction, opposition, square, trine, and sextile (see Figures 18-21).

b
Benefic: planets, signs or relationships which are especially lucky.

c
Cardines, Cardinal Points: the Ascendant, the Midheaven (MC), the Descendant and the IC.
Chorography: sub-discipline of astrology relating geographical areas to planetary and zodiacal influences.
Clima: a zone of latitude, fixed according to the maximum day-length. Rising-times were normally listed for seven climata.
Climacteric: time of particular danger.
Conjunction: when two or more planets occupy the same approximate longitude, or sign.

d
Decans: three-fold divisions of the zodiac signs, normally allotted to different planets, adapted from Egyptian system of time-keeping (see Figure 15).
Descendant: point opposite the Ascendant: the entire Seventh Place.
Dodecatemories: twelfth-parts, originally referring to the twelve-fold division of the zodiac, but then to twelfth-parts within the signs, or smaller parts assigned to planets. Planetary dodecatemories are found in a common method by multiplying by twelve

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  • Title Page iii
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  • 1 - Historical Background: Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece 9
  • 2 - Greece and Rome 32
  • 3 - The Triumph of Christianity 64
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