Descendant - The descendant is the sun sign that is on the
cusp of the 7th house.
Elements - The elements are Fire, Earth, Air, and Water.
- Fire signs are active and enthusiastic: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
- Earth signs are practical and cautious: Taurus, Virgo,
- Air signs are intellectual and sociable: Gemini, Libra,
- Water signs are emotional and sensitive: Cancer, Scorpio,
Ephemeris - A book containing the placement of every
planet for every day of the year.
Geocentric - Geocentric acts as though the planets revolve
around the earth. Since we are on the earth, this seems like a
reasonable way to figure out how the planets would affect us here.
This is the form of astrology that we use.
GMT - Greenwich Mean Time. This is Universal Time, the
time at the prime meridian.
Heliocentric - Heliocentric is just like the scientific
way, the planets revolve around the sun.
House Cusp - A chart is like a pie that is divided into 12
pieces. Each piece of the pie is called a house. The dividing line
between two pieces of pie is called a cusp. The ascendant is the
cusp of the first house, and so on.
MidHeaven - The MidHeaven is the sun sign that is on the
cusp of the 10th house.
Natal Chart - A natal chart is like a picture of where all
the planets were at the moment you were born.
Retrograde - When the planets appear to be going
Sidereal Zodiac - Sidereal zodiac moves with the
constellations. When the constellation of Aries moved, the
constellation of Pisces moved into the position it vacated. Sidereal
now calls the area of the chart traditionally ruled by Aries Pisces.
The definition of the area is still the same, just the name was
changed to show the movement of the constellations.
Solar Return - A Solar Return is a chart that is drawn at
the exact moment that the sun returns to it's position on your natal
chart. This occurs either on your birthday or a day before or after.
This chart shows what your major focus for the year will be.
Tropical Zodiac - Tropical zodiac assumes that the
constellation of Aries is still the same. It does not change the
names of the areas of the chart to reflect the movements of the
constellations. This is the form of astrology that we use.
StarWise Astrology Symbols - Use this guide to the
astrological symbols used in all StarWise charts.