The Astrological Alphabet
SIGNS - The Twelve Human Archetypes or Universal Qualities ~
ARIES - The Initiator, Pioneer, Warrior
TAURUS - The Earth Spirit, Manifester, Builder
GEMINI - The Communicator, Networker, Student
CANCER - The Nurturer, Mother, Water Child
LEO - The Leader, Golden Child, Performer
VIRGO - The Server, Healer, Worker, Humble One
LIBRA - The Harmoniser, Diplomat, Relater
SCORPIO - The Transformer, Seeker, Psychologist
SAGITTARIUS - The Philosopher, Explorer, Wise Teacher
CAPRICORN - The Purposeful One, Father, Time Lord
AQUARIUS - The Humanitarian, Reformer, Global One
PISCES - The Compassionate One, Mystic, Dreamer
PLANETS - Psychological Urges & Needs or Aspects of the Personality ~
THE SUN - Creative potential, Personal Identity - the urge to create and to be
THE MOON - The Past, Nurturing, Receptivity - the urge to nurture, respond and feel
MERCURY - Thinking, Analysing, Networking - the urge to know, to think and to communicate
VENUS - Relating, Love and Beauty, Sense of Values - the urge to love, appreciate and relate
MARS - Energy, Aspiration, Motivation, Sexuality - the urge to act and motivate
JUPITER - Expanding, Philosophising, Searching for Meaning - the urge for growth and meaning
SATURN - Boundaries, Limitations, Concretisation - the urge to build structure and stability
CHIRON - Healing, Integrating, Wholemaking, Teaching, Mentoring - the urge to be healed, to heal, teach and mentor others
URANUS - Collective Mind, Illumination, Awakening - the humanitarian urge
NEPTUNE - Collective Feeling, Universal Love, Imagining - the spiritual urge and the need for unity
PLUTO - Transformation, Purpose, Regeneration - the urge for evolutionary growth
NORTH NODE - The Path of Future Growth
SOUTH NODE - The Past, Karma, Inherited Potential
HOUSES - The 12 Universal Departments of Life or Fields of Experience ~
1st - Self Awareness, Self Discovery, Persona
2nd - Personal Resources, Values, Skills
3rd - Communication, Mental Activity, Learning
4th - The Hearth, Feeling at home, Inner Security
5th - Creative Extensions of the Self, Children
6th - Self Improvement, Daily Life, Work, Health
7th - Awareness of Others, Relationships
8th - Depth Interactions, Sharing, Letting Go
9th - Awareness of the Cosmos, Religion, Travel
10th - Vocational Purpose, Taking Power, Career
11th - Group Contribution, Collectives, Friends
12th - Transcendence, Spiritual Path, Solitude
1st - Awareness of Self; 7th - Awareness of Others
2nd - Personal Resources; 8th - Shared Resources
3rd - Immediate Environment; 9th - Expanded Horizons
4th - Inner World (Home); 10th - Outer World (Vocation)
5th - Personal Creativity; 11th - Group Creativity or Contribution
6th - Daily Life; 12th - Spiritual Life
THE FOUR ANGLES OF THE CROSS OF MATTER
ASCENDANT - ASC - cusp (beginning) of 1st house - The degree of the zodiac rising on the Eastern horizon at the moment of our birth. The point of Self Awareness. "I am".
THE NADIR - IC - cusp of 4th house - The degree of the zodiac directly below us at the moment of birth. The most private and deepest parts of ourselves. The Inner Self. "My Roots".
THE DESCENDANT - DESC - cusp of the 7th house - The degree of the zodiac rising on the western horizon at the moment of birth. The point of Awareness of Others. "I Relate to An Other".
THE MIDHEAVEN - MC - The cusp of the 10th house - The degree of the zodiac directly above us at the moment of birth. The most public and outer part of ourselves. "I Function in the World".
ELEMENTS - Patterns of Energy - The Four Temperaments
Fire - The path to LOVE (Focussed on Identity) - Choleric
Earth - The path to SERVICE (Focussed on Materiality) - Melancholic
Air - The path to BROTHERHOOD (Focussed on Mental and Social Interactions) - Sanguine
Water - The path to PEACE (Focussed on Emotional & Feeling Realm) - Phlegmatic
SIGN AND ELEMENTAL POLARITIES
Yang - outgoing, active, freedom oriented - Fire and Air signs
Yin - ingoing, reflective, security oriented - Earth and Water Signs
MODALITIES - Energy Movement
Cardinal - Initiating Action
Fixed - Manifestation of Purpose
Mutable - Adapting to Change
THE Sun-Moon-Ascendant TRIAD
THE SUN - our essence, core self, conscious purpose and sense of identity, creative potential. The Integrated Personality. The Present.
THE MOON - the innermost core of our being, private feelings, subconscious habits. Karma. The Past.
THE ASCENDANT - our outer self, how others see us, our persona, the filter through which all the planets are expressed. The Soul's Purpose. The Future.
* Aspects are the angular relationships between the planets.
* They describe pathways of energy.
* The meaning of a planet in the birth chart is determined by its position in a particular sign and house, and is further modified by its relationships to all the other planets (the aspects).
* The interpretation of a birth chart is the art of synthesising all of these individual factors into a whole.
The Conjunction - 0 degrees. A powerful concentration or marriage of the planetary energies. The potential for Strength through Unification and Subjectivity.
The Sextile - 60 degrees. An aspect of opportunity and productivity calling for the practical application of one's understanding and experience. The potential for Realizing One's Goals through Building New Talents, Skills and Techniques and Making New Connections.
The Square - 90 degrees. An aspect of confrontation, challenge, internal tension, construction, strength and motivation. The potential for Action, Productivity and Achievement through the Mobilization and Focus of Energy.
The Trine - 120 degrees. An aspect of harmony, co-operation, creativity, growth, vision, flow and ease. The potential for Creative Expression.
The Quincunx - 150 degrees. An aspect of contradiction and paradox. The need for adjustment between the real and the ideal. The potential for Transformation, Focus, Maturity and Clarification through Adjustment.
The Opposition - 180 degrees. An aspect of conflict between opposing energies, calling for awareness, cooperation and compromise. The potential for Integration and Objectivity through Balance.
CREDIT: The 'Potential' Keywords have been adapted from the work of Demetra George and Douglas Bloch in 'Astrology for Yourself', A Workbook for Personal Transformation, p. 163.
Copyright © 1984, 1995 by Candy Hillenbrand