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4 articles for "Angle"

Angle [Astro*Index]

Old terms cardines or pivots.

The four main "centers" of the ecliptic marked on a horoscope by the ascendant in the East, the midheaven in the South, the descendant in the West, and the lower midheaven or imum coeli in the North. In most house systems, the angles correspond (in the sequence just given) to the cusps of the first, tenth, seventh, and fourth houses. Planets that reside on or near the angles are said to be stronger by virtue of their position. Astrologers also take note of aspects with these points by transit, progression, direction, or eclipse.

Renewed interest in the angles came with the development of astrolocality mapping in the 1950s and 60s under the siderealists. Jim Lewis, guided by this group, in particular Donald Bradley, thoroughly developed the interpretive possibilities of astrolocality mapping beginning in 1976 with Astro*Carto*Graphy®. This technique shows planetary conjunctions to angles as a function of geographical location. Whereas astrologers can also relocate a natal chart to a specific new location, the interpretive significance of which lies in a new set of angles and house orientation for the planets, Astro*Carto*Graphy shows on a single map the complete set of angle possibilities for the entire world (or portion chosen thereof. Planetary conjunctions with the angles are mapped across the world as functions of a given date and time of birth. Using angles, the astrologer can compare compatibility between an individual and different locations. For example, Mars may bear no standard aspect relationship to the ascendant in the birthchart but conjoin the ascendant in the present location; Mars, by virtue of its angularity, is a more influential planet for this individual in the new location.

See also:
♦ Angular House ♦ Astro*Carto*Graphy
Angle [Prima]

Old terminology: cardines or pivots

The angles refer to the four main directions that divide the horoscope into quadrants: the ascendant in the east, the midheaven in the south, the descendant in the west, and the opposite of the midheaven (also called Imum Coeli, Latin for "bottom of the sky") in the north. In most house systems these angles correspond to the cusps of the first, tenth, seventh, and fourth houses respectively.

The angles are recognized by most astrologers as powerful points in the horoscope. Planets that reside near them in the birthchart are said to be stronger by virtue of their position. Astrologers also take note of aspects to these points natally or by transit, progression, direction, or eclipse.

Astrologers consider aspects to the angles (major or minor) to be important within the natal chart itself. The angles are treated as sensitive points as powerful as any planet. They are the most dynamic points of the chart — transiting the entire zodiac in a day; the Moon (the next-fastest body) requires nearly a month to do the same.

See also:
♦ Angular House ♦ Astro*Carto*Graphy
Angle [DeVore]

(L., a corner). Any one of the four cardinal points in a Figure, or map, of the heavens; variously referring to the Zenith, or South Vertical, the Nadir, or North Vertical, and the East and West horizons: the cusps of the Tenth, Fourth, First and Seventh Houses, or the Medium Coeli, Immum Coeli, Oriens (Ascendant) and Occidens (Descendant) of a Solar or, indeed, of any Celestial Figure. Usually identified as the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western angles. They are the most powerful and important arcs in Astrology. Planets therein become immensely potent for good or ill, according to the nature of the planets and their aspects. The term may refer to the shape and position of the House as placed on the square maps employed by the ancient astrologers. v. Map of the Heavens.

Many depose that the Ascendant is the most powerful angle in any Figure, though Ptolemy gives preference to the Midheaven, or Zenith, since the celestial bodies are uniformly more potent in their effects at their meridian altitude than when rising.

See also:
♦ Angular House ♦ Astro*Carto*Graphy
Angle of the Vertical [Astro*Index]

The angle between the geocentric zenith and the geodetic zenith.

See also:
♦ Deflection of the Vertical


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