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2 articles for "Hyleg"

Hyleg [Astro*Index]

The strongest planet occupying one of the aphetic places in a chart. If the sun occupied an aphetic place, it became Hyleg. Otherwise, the moon was next tested. If neither, the planet which had the most Dignities at the preceding lunation. Otherwise, the ascendant for a day birth; or, Fortuna for a night birth. The time required for the hyleg to progress to an aspect to the anareta was used as an indicator of the length of an individual's life. This practice is considered unethical by professional astrologers.

See also:
♦ Apheta ♦ Lunation ♦ Ascendant ♦ Fortuna ♦ Anareta
Hyleg [DeVore]

The Giver of Life. Said of a planet so located as to have influence upon the longevity of the native. It is one of the most complex and controversial subjects in the field of astrology, but which has fallen more or less in disfavor as the result of the concept that any attempt to predict the time of death is now generally considered unethical. The strongest planet that occupied one of the Aphetic places became Hyleg, and was deemed to be the Apheta, the giver of life. When it had progressed to an aspect to the place of the Anareta, the taker-away of life, the native was presumed to have run his span and death ensued.

The Aphetic places were from the 25th degree of the Eighth House to the 25th degree of the Eleventh House; from the 25th degree of the Twelfth House to the 25th degree of the First House; and from the 25th degree of the Sixth House to the 25th degree of the Seventh House. If the Sun occupied any of these arcs, it became Hyleg. If not, the Moon was the next choice. Lacking either, the planet which had the most dignities at the moment of the Lunation next preceding birth. Otherwise in a Day birth the Ascendant, or in a Night birth Fortuna, became Hyleg. The Anaretic places were those occupied by Mars or Saturn, or by Sun, Moon, or Mercury if aspected by Mars or Saturn. Otherwise the Descending degree. Wilson's Dictionary gives several pages of rules and exceptions, and then characterizes the whole subject as so much rubbish. It merely amounts to a consideration of aspects formed by progressed or transitory planets to birth positions and aspects, with special attention to a prognosis of death -- an application of astrological analysis that is generally frowned upon by modern astrologers.

A planet conjoined to Caput Algol, if joined to the Hyleg, was in earlier days deemed to threaten beheading; the modern equivalent is perhaps defeat at the polls.

See also:
♦ Apheta ♦ Lunation ♦ Ascendant ♦ Fortuna ♦ Anareta


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