Astrology dictionary section D to G

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Astrology dictionary section D to G

DAILY MOTION

The angular distance shown in degrees, minutes and seconds that a celestial body travels each day is its daily motion.

DEBILITY

A planet, the Sun or the Moon are in debility when they are in the sign of their detriment or fall.

DECAN

Each sign has three decans; the first decan is 0 degrees to 9 degrees 59 minutes 59 seconds, second decan 10 degrees to 19 degrees 59 minutes 59 seconds, the third decan 20 degrees 59 minutes 59 seconds. The decans are influenced by different signs of the same element. For example: the first decan of Aries is ruled by Aries; the second decan of Aries is ruled by Leo; the third decan of Aries is ruled by Sagittarius. If the Sun is in the third decan of Aries then Sagittarius will also have an influence on the Sun sign. The influence of the decan is not strong but it can be used to complement a chart.

Decans

                                  1st Decan               2nd Decan               3rd Decan

Aries                         Aries                       Leo                          Sagittarius

Taurus                     Taurus                   Virgo                       Capricorn

Gemini                     Gemini                   Libra                       Aquarius

Cancer                     Cancer                  Scorpio                     Pisces

Leo                             Leo                       Sagittarius                Aries

Virgo                        Virgo                     Capricorn                 Taurus

Libra                          Libra                     Aquarius                  Gemini

Scorpio                    Scorpio                  Pisces                     Cancer

Sagittarius              Sagittarius             Aries                        Leo

Capricorn                Capricorn               Taurus                     Virgo

Aquarius                  Aquarius                Gemini                    Libra

Pisces                        Pisces                    Cancer                   Scorpio

DECLINATION

The measurement in degrees, minutes and seconds of celestial bodies north or south of the celestial equator is the declination. A plus sign [+] is used for 0 degrees to 90 degrees north of the equator in a direction towards the north celestial pole; a minus sign [-] is used for 0 degrees to 90 degrees south of the equator towards the south celestial pole.

DECREASING IN MOTION

If a celestial body is moving slower than is was on the previous day it's decreasing in motion.

DELINEATION

The delineation is an interpretation of an astrology chart.

DESCENDANT

The descendant is exactly opposite the ascendant

DETRIMENT

A planet, the Sun or the Moon are in their sign of detriment when they are in the sign opposite to the sign they rule. When a planet, the Sun or Moon are in detriment their influence is weakened.

DIGNITY

A planet, the Sun or Moon are in (domicile) dignity when they are in the sign they rule. The influence of the planet is strengthened.

DISPOSITOR

A dispositor is a planet that rules a sign where another planet is located; the Sun and Moon can also be dispositors. For example; if the Moon is in Aries the Mars is the Moon's dispositor because Mars is the ruling planet for Aries.

DIURNAL ARC

A diurnal arc is a variable arc where a celestial body travels from sunrise to sunset.

DRAGON'S HEAD AND TAIL

The Dragon’s head and tail is an alternative name for the North Node and South Node of the Moon.

EARTH SIGN

Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are earth signs. The element earth in astrology is associated with stability, materialism and practicality. An excess of earth in an astrology chart can indicate inflexibility, materialism, a strong need for security and restriction due to tradition. A lack of earth can indicate difficulty with reality, impracticality and possibly little common sense.

EAST POINT

The east point is where the ascendant would be if the chart is created for a person or event if the location is at the equator.

ECLIPTIC

The ecliptic is the path the Sun appears to take around the Earth. Twice a year the ecliptic appears to cross the celestial equator at each equinox. The ecliptic is also where eclipses occur. the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined to the celestial equator by about 23 degrees 30 minutes, which is known as the obliquity of the ecliptic.

ELEVATION

The elevation is the altitude of a celestial body above the horizon.

ELONGATION

The angular distance between the Sun and a celestial body; also the distance between the Moon and Earth are called an elongation. The longest elongation Mercury and Venus can be from the Sun is about 28 degrees for Mercury and 47 degrees for Venus. 

EPHEMERIS

An ephemeris is an astrological almanac that lists the daily positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, nodes; sometimes other celestial bodies and astrological information.

EQUATOR

The equator is a line around the Earth which separates the North and South hemispheres.

EQUINOX

There are two equinoxes each year; the spring (vernal) equinox and the autumn equinox. When there is an equinox the day and night are of equal length. the equinoxed occur when the Sun is at the point where the celestial equator crosses the ecliptic. At the vernal equinox the Sun is at the first point (0 degrees) Aries and crosses into the northern hemisphere. At the autumn equinox the Sun is at 0 degrees Libra and crosses into the southern hemisphere.

ESSENTIAL DIGNITY

When a celestial body is in the sign it rules it's in essential dignity.

EXALTATION

A planet in exaltation is in harmony with the sign where it's located.

FALL

A planet is in its fall when it's in the sign opposite to the sign where it's in exaltation. It's where discomfort or overcompensation for what is lacking may be expressed.

FAST IN MOTION

When a celestial body is travelling faster than its mean or average daily motion it is fast in motion.

FEMININE SIGNS

Six of the zodiac signs are feminine signs; they are Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces. They are considered to be receptive and increase introversion.

FIXED SIGNS

Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are fixed signs. In astrology readings they can show resistance to change and persistence.

FIRE SIGNS

Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are fire signs. The element fire in astrology is associated with action, expression and impulse. An excess of fire can indicate a tendency to quickly express anger, carelessness and insensitivity. A lack of fire can indicate pessimism, little enthusiasm and low energy.

FIRST POINT OF ARIES

The first point of Aries is at 0 degrees Aries, which is also the point of the vernal equinox.

FOUNDATION CHART

A foundation chart is created for the moment the construction of a building has begun.

GEOCENTRIC ASTROLOGY

Geocentric astrology has the Earth at the centre with the measurements of planets and other celestial bodies from the point of view from the Earth.

GREGORIAN CALENDAR

Pope Gregory XIII introduced a new calendar in 1582 to replace the Julian calendar. Ten days were removed from the calendar so the 5th October 1582 became 15th October 1582. The length of the Gregorian calendar is 365.2425 days. Different countries adopted the Gregorian calendar at different dates; it was not used in England until 1752.

GREENWICH MEAN TIME

Greenwich Mean Time is the local time for Greenwich, United Kingdom which is at 0 degrees longitude. It is also called universal time and is used worldwide by astrologers.