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2 articles for "Elevation"

Elevation [Astro*Index]


Same as Altitude. Distance of a planet above the Horizon. In a chart, it refers to a planet's distance above the line of the Ascendant, and thus it's proximity to the Midheaven (MC) and the cusp of the tenth house. A planet so located is said to be dignified, and its influence on the native is said to be increased.

See also:
♦ Altitude ♦ Horizon ♦ Ascendant ♦ Midheaven
Elevation [DeVore]

Astronomically, the distance of a planet above the horizon; its altitude.

Elevation of the Pole.
As this increases as one advances N. or S. from the Equator, it is the equivalent of Latitude, hence is seldom now employed in this sense, to avoid confusion with the use of the term in reference to the relative House positions of the planets.

Elevation by Latitude.
Of any two planets, the one that has the more latitude, either N. or S., is said to be "in elevation by latitude." If the latitudes be the same, that which has the least declination is the more elevated.

Elevation by House Position.
That one of the Ascending planets which is nearest to the cusp of the Tenth House, the Midheaven or highest point in the map, is said to be elevated above the others. Loosely applied to any planet that occupies a position above the horizon in a geocentric chart. Elevation is one of the Accidental Dignities. (v. Dignities.) A malefic in elevation above the luminaries, especially if in the Midheaven, indicates much adversity-unless mitigated by strong and favoring aspects. If the malefic is anareta, it presages a violent death; if it be elevated above a benefic, the benefic will be powerless to prevent; but if the reverse, the benefic will moderate the anaretic tendency. If either of the luminaries is elevated above the malefics, their power to harm will be greatly lessened.

See also:
♦ Altitude ♦ Horizon ♦ Ascendant ♦ Midheaven


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