EXPLANATIO N of the TECHKICAI- W ORDS and 'J £ l< MS of A R T uicd in A S T R O I, O G Y.
"I "*|IR]J!(JTION fignifies a planet moving 011 its natural conrie, from * ' welt to ea!t, according to the fucccflion of the figns in the zodiac ; thus, a planet is direct, when it moves in confeyventia, from Aries to Taurus, from Taurus to Gemini, &c. Direction is a'.fo a calcu!uty whereby to find the time of any accident or remarkable event that will happen to the perfon who propounds a queftion, or lus has nativity call. For ir.ltance, a perfon enquires how many years he may live, by the courle of the planets at the time of birth? Hav.ng ulablilhed the Sun, Moon, or Attendant, as fign ill eaters for life, and Mars or Saturn as promittors or portentors of death, the dirctlion is a calculation of the length of time which the lignificator will be in meeting the prom.ttor ; and this refolves the queftion. in thefe calculations, the ligmricator is fometimes termed cpheta, or giver of life, and the pronnti-or anareta, or giver of death. Ine directions of all the principal points of the heavens, planets, and fixed flars, as the Afcendant, Mid-heancn, Sun, Moon, and Part of Fortune, are worked by the fame rule.
Stationary is undcrftood of a planet, when, to the eye or fenles of a beholder here on earth, *t appears to Hand 11.11, without any progiellive motion in its orbit. Not that a planet eycr is or can be naturally in this (late, but is only rendered fo in appearance, by the inequalities which arile from the politions and motions of the earth , for, were the planets to be viewed from the Sun, or centre of the fyllerr., they would alwavs appear uniform and regular.
R.etfogr,\dation implies an apparent motion in the planetsr whereby they feem to go backwards in the eciiptic, and to move in an'.e-eedentia, or towards the antecedent figns, viz. from eall to weft, contrary to the order of direction and to the fuccellion of the ligns of the zodiac. This alfo is an appearance produced by an oppofite motion of the earth to that of the other planets.
Aitlication fignines the approach of two planets together, either by conjunction or alptct, and is of three k.nds : the iirll is, when a planet, fwift in motion, applies to one of ilower progrefs; for example, rup-pofe Mercury pofited 111 lixteen degrees of Gemini, and Mars in twenty-one degrees of the fame lign, both being direCt in motion ; Mercury, b. having the greater apparent projectile force, would overtake and form a
No. 7. K k conjunction cop"; unit ion with Mars, which ;s termed a direct application. The fecond kind is termed by two retrograde planets ; as 1'uppollng Mercury in iixteen degrees of Gemini and Saturn in fifteen degrees of the fame fign, both retrograde, Mercury, being the lighter planet, applies to the body of Saturn, a more ponderous planet, by retrogradarion ; and this is termed a ;ct;ograde application. The third kind is occafioned by one planet going direct in motion^ and meeting another planet that is retrograde ; for inftance, iuppoie Mercury retrograde in iixteen degrees of Gemini, and Saturn cneCt in twelve degrees of the fame fign ; here Mercury, being the lighter planet, applies to a conjunctioh of Saturn by a retrograde motion , and thefe two lait are deemed evil applications. It mtiil alio be cbferved that the liiptrior planets never apply to the inferior but by a totrograde motion ,, whereas the inferior planets appty both ways.
Sfparation is underwood of two planets that have been cither in partile conjunction or aipeCt, and are "ail: departed or feparated from it. Thus, a we luppofe Saturn in twelve degrees of Sagittary, and Jupiter in thirteen degrees of the fame iign, Jup-'er will be then feparated one degree from a perfect or partile conjunction with Saturn, but they would ltill be in a plaric conjunction, becaufe they are within the moiety of each other's radiations, which is four degrees and a half each, confe-tpiently thefe planets would continue 'n platic conjunction until they were ieparated n nc degrees, and then the afpeCt would entirely ceaie. 1 he exact knowledge of every degree of the leparations of thefe afpects is of the utrnofr confequence in giving judgment upon various important occaiions. For inflance, fuppofe it were demanded whether a certain treaty of marriage would take place o; not? when ail the afpects arc collected upon the horofcope, and the two planets thai are iign,heaters of the parties arc found applying to each other in a coriunCtion, and in common or fixed iigns, the marriage may probably take place in* fome length of time, if the iignificators are pofited ir. moveable iigns, angular, and approachirg fwift in motion to a comunCtion, it may then be confummated in a very fnort time; but, if the fignificators are feparated from a conjunction only a few minutes of a degree, one may iafely corciude that there has been great probability, only a few days before, that the wedding would have taken place ; but by this afpeCt the parties appear to be hanging in fufpence, and fome dilike or ehirige of fenti-ment feerns to have taken place; and, as the iigniticators gradually fepa-rate from the partile and platic conjunctions, m the fame gradation will the rreaty and afFeCtions of the parties alienate and wear away , and, by the comparative time that the afpect will occupy before it entirely ceaies, fo will the time be fo many weeks, months, or years, before the parties ihali wholly reiinquiih the connection.
Prohibition indicates the ftatc of two planets that are iigniricators of lomp event, or the bringing of foinc tsnfmefs to an iifue or conclusion, and arc applying to each other by conjunction ; but before fuoh conjunction can be formed, a third phnet, by means of a fritter motion, infer-pofes his body, and deitroys the expected conjunction, by forming an. aipect himfelf; and this indicates that the matter under contemplation u'll he greatly retarded, or utterly prevented. For example, fuppofe Mars was poi.ted in feven degrees of Aries, Saturn in twelve degrees, and the Sun 'ii fix degrees, of the fame iign , Mars is the fignificator ot the buiinefs in hand, and protmfes the itfue or complcMon of it fo fbon as he comcs to a conjunction with Saturn ; but the Sun, being fvvifter in motion than Mars, pafles bim, and prevents their conjunction, by furm.ng the afped himfelf. This indicates, that whatever was expected from the approaching conjunction of Mars and Saturn is now prohibited by the Sun's firit nipediting Mars and then Saturn ; and this is termed a con-junHional or bod'ly prohibition. There is alio a prohibition by afpect, cither fextile, quartile, trine, or oppoiition ; and this happens when two planets are going into conjunction. Soopoffc Mars to be in feven degiees of Aries, iSatWto in thirteen degrees of the lame fien, and the Sun in live degrees of Gemini; the Sun, being lwiiter ;han Mars in his diurnal motion, will quickly overtake bin, and pafs by theifextile dexter of Mars, and form a fextde dexter with Saturn, before Mars can reach h:m; by this means theii conjunction is prohibited.
Frustration imports a ftvift or light planet approaching to an afpcCt with one more flow and ponderous; but, before they can approach near enough to form that afpcCt, the weighty planet is joined to fome other, by which the firft ifpect is fruftrated. To inftance this, luppoie Saturn pofrted m fixteen degrees of Gemini, Jupiter in fifteen degrees of Leo, and Mars in eleven degrees of the fame iign ; here Mars applies to a conjunction with Jtipitefi 'oui> before he can reach it. Jupiter meets a fextile afpect from Saturn, which frufirates the conjunction of Mars, and, in practice, utterly deitroys whatever was prom.fed by
Rebranhtion is the flate of a planet :n direCt motion, applving to an a:peCt or conjunction Wi($i another planet, but before they can meet becomes retrograde, and ihus refrains to form the afpect expected. Sup-pofe Jupiter in the twelfth degree of Gemini, and Mais 111 the eighths here Mars, the fwifter planet, promifes very foon to overtake Jupiter, and form a conjunction with him ; but juft at the .nftant falls retrograde, and refnins from the conjunction, by taking an oppofite courfe irom Jupiter
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