The Signs are classified by their Qualities:
Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable. Also referred to as
modalities or quadruplicities.
An arc of 150 degrees. Also known as the
inconjunct; this aspect creates a certain
uneasiness and a feeling of discomfort and has
karmic lessons to teach us. It is a minor aspect.
An interpretation of one's birth chart. Also known
When a planet appears to be traveling backwards
from our perspective on Earth. The energy of a
retrograde planet is less assertive and more
Also known as the Ascendant. The degree at
which the Zodiac rests over the eastern horizon of
the birthplace at the moment of one's birth;
commonly refers to the Sign which is peering over
the horizon at that very moment. A new Sign rises
approximately every two hours. The Rising Sign
represents one's persona and image to the world.
Represents discipline, responsibility, ambition,
restriction, limitation, and delays. It also rules older
people, tradition, authority, structure, patience, and
wisdom through perseverance and age. It teaches
us our lessons in life.
Also known as the House of Possessions. It
describes your material assets, monetary income,
and the potential ways it may be earned. It also
indicates what you value throughout life.
An arc of 30 degrees. This aspect creates unease;
it is a minor aspect.
Also known as the House of Partnership. It
represents marriage, joint partnerships, ventures,
and business partnerships. It also rules divorce,
legalities, open confrontations, contracts, lawsuits,
An arc of 60 degrees; this is a favorable aspect.
The planets involved are usually in compatible
Elements. A sextile allows the influences of the
planets to work in harmony; it brings forth
See "Sun Sign."
Also known as the House of Health. It is about
your job, routine, daily responsibilities, diet,
employees, pets, and physical fitness. It also
addresses a fulfillment of duty and the conscious
When the Sun reaches its maximum declination.
This occurs twice a year, at the beginning of
Summer and Winter.
An arc of 90 degrees which is traditionally regarded
as unfavorable. It represents the struggle of two
forces at cross purposes. A square brings stress
and denotes obstacles which can inspire growth
through concentrated effort.
See "Sun Sign."
A meeting of three or more planets or points which
usually occurs within one Sign or House and is a
focal point of energy.
Represents the ego, self, willpower, your
uniqueness and your individuality. It is your
identity. It also represents the Father and male
influences in one's life.
What people think of as their "Sign" or "Star Sign."
It is the position of the Sun in the Zodiac at the
moment of one's birth. The Sign placement of the
Sun shows an individual's basic character. It is the
core of one's potential and uniqueness as an
Comparing natal charts to find strengths and
weaknesses in the area of compatibility.
The configuration formed when two planets in
opposition both square the same third planet (and
form a "T" in the heavens). This is a challenging
focal point for planetary energies.
Also known as the House of Social Status. It
represents one's vocation, career, profession,
ambition, reputation, authority, prestige, and
achievements and also rules government. It
addresses one's parental influences.
Also known as the House of Communication. It is
the way in which we express ourselves and think
on an intellectual level. It also represents
consciousness, siblings, neighbors, and our local
environment as well as early education,
mechanical dexterity, and short trips.
The position and movement of a planet or point on
any given day.
An arc of 120 degrees; the most harmonious
aspect. In most cases, it joins planets in congenial
Signs of the same Element. These energies
combine with ease. The drawback, however, is the
lack of challenge -- benefits are derived without
Also known as the House of the Unconscious. It
represents the hidden or unknown, the
subconscious mind, the intangible, sleep, dreams,
karma, and spiritual debt. It rules solitude,
confinement, fears, sorrow, secrets, hidden
enemies, non-reality, institutions, and charity.
Represents the erratic, the bizarre, and the
different. It rules freedom, inventions, originality,
computers, technology, science, electricity,
revolution, rebellion, and change. Uranus breaks
through barriers and tradition.
Represents love, romance, beauty, culture, the
aesthetic, affection, one's social appeal and
acceptability, good taste, harmony, and values.
Void of course:
A term describing a planet that does not make a
major aspect before changing Signs. It is used
primarily with respect to the Moon.
Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Signs belonging to
this Element represent an emotional, sensitive, and
From the Greek "zodiakos," literally meaning
"circle of animals." A band in the heavens divided
into twelve Signs, each containing 30 degrees of
longitude and acting as the barometer for various