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Astrological Terms Beginning With P

Pairing - Refers to any 2 planets of a Magi Quad that interact with each other on a primary level. In the case of longitudes, the pairings are always between 2 planets that form one of the two parallel lines. In the declinations, the pairings are between 2 planets that form the 2 midpoints that are parallel to each other.

Pallas Athene - The warrior queen. An asteroid seen by modern astrologers as significant.

Parallel Aspect - Planets having equal distance in declination on the same side of the equator. A similar effect to the conjunction. Contra-parallel is the equal distance in declination on opposite sides of the equator and is similar in effect to the opposition aspect.

Parallel of declination - This occurs when two planets are the same number of degrees of arc North or South of the Celestial Equator.

Parallel of latitude - This occurs when two planets are the same number of degrees of arc North or South of the Ecliptic.

Paran - Angular relationship between a planet and a fixed star in a chart. Parans can occur when any planet (esp. Sun or Moon) is angular and any star is also angular.

Pars Fortunae - The Part of Fortune, one of the most important of the Arabic Parts. The point lies the same distance in longitude from the ascendant as the Moon lies from the Sun. Its house represents an area of life where one finds happiness and natural tranquility, expressing innate abilities. It indicates an area wherein the self is easily expressed.

Parts - Calculated points in the horoscope.

Partile - An aspect is described as partile when it is exact (ie within 1 degree of arc). Traditionally, to be truly partile, the planets should also be in the same degree of latitude, as well as longitude.

Part of fortune - The benefic point on the Ecliptic as far from the Eastern Horizon as the Moon is from the Sun. The Part of Fortune and its dispositor are helpful in matters of finance and in finding lost objects.

Peregrine - When a planet is void of essential dignities. Planets in mutual reception cannot be peregrine.

Peregrine planet - A peregrine planet is one that has no essential dignity at its current position in the zodiac. A planet in one of its debilities with no essential dignity is still considered peregrine.

Perfection - When an applying aspect between two planets becomes exact, the aspect is said to reach perfection. If the aspect signifying a matter can be brought to perfection without impedition, then the matter itself can be accomplished or "brought to perfection."

Perigee - The place in a planet's orbit which is nearest to the Earth.

Perihelion - The point in a planet's orbit where it is closest to the sun and moving as fast as it can. This often intensifies the planet's effects on us.

Perpetual Progression - A concept in Magi Astrology referring to the condition where an "applying" Progression lasts many years. Most successful companies have Perpetual Progressions of either Pluto or Neptune making an enhancement angle to Venus.

Personal Aspect - An aspect that exists in the chart of a person or other living entity.

Personal Planet - A faster moving planet that represents "ordinary" states of awareness or everyday workings of the mind. Includes the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Also known as inner planet.

Phlegmatic - One of the four temperaments, associated with the element of water. The phlegmatic personality indicates a withdrawn, sensitive, emotional, somewhat unstable temperament prone to moodiness and self-protective behavior.

Pivot - This is what the Greek astrologers called an angular house.

Places - Ancient term for Houses.

Placidus system - Method of house division, named after the 17th century astrologer Placidus de Tito, using time division to trisect the diurnal semi-arc.

Placing the question - The method of identifying which of the twelve mundane houses relate to the horary question. The planets ruling the signs on the cusps of those houses become the chief significators. Unless the question is located in the proper houses, the answer given by the aspect between significators will be no better than chance.

Planet - describes any heavenly body which when viewed from Earth appears to move, as distinguished from fixed stars.

Planetary Eclipse - Any two planets creating an eclipse only refers to Sun and Moon. A conjunction and a parallel equals a Planetary eclipse - very strong aspects.

Planetary Geometry - Any line or lines, shape, or pattern that is formed when connecting lines are drawn between the planets. Besides the planets, Planetary Geometry can include the Ascendant, Midheaven, Asteroids, and Comets and any other astrologically significant factor, whether real or calculated. Aspects are the simplest forms of Planetary Geometry.

Planetary hours - The hours of the day are ruled by planets in their order from Saturn inward to the Moon. More on Planetary Hours.

Planetary Personality - In Magi Astrology, it is believed that each planet has a personality, just like each of the 12 signs.

Planetary strength - The power of a planet in a horary chart due to the sum total of the planet's dignities or debilities, both essential and accidental.

Planetary Storm - A pattern containing a large number of planets interconnected by many close aspects, typically lasting for 1 or 2 weeks. Planetary storms show up in the A5 Spectrum as strong, tall waveforms , with clearly defined harmonics, that persist for a long time.

Planetary Synchronization - Planetary Synchronization is the Focus of every chart . Itrefers to the condition where at least 3 planets are within orb to all make aspects to each other. This can occur in the longitudes or declinations.

Platic aspect - An aspect that is not exact or partile but is within orb.

Pluto - Until recently, the furthest known planet from the Sun. Rules Scorpio with Mars.

Pluto Square - A difficult aspect.

Point of Fortune - A mathematically calculated point in the sky which is the same distance from the Ascendant as the Moon is from the Sun. It is associated with success, happiness, and luck.

Polar Elevation - A body in the heavens at a certain elevation from the meridien towards the horizon. The lattitude for which a chart is cast.

Polarity - Polarity of the horoscope is the lattitude of the place on which it is cast. Polarity of a relationship is the balance between the masculine and feminine forces.

Polarities - A division into two, usually the gender of a sign: Feminine/Masculine.

Ponderous - A planet that is moving slowly is said to be ponderous. The slower of two planets is more ponderous than the faster one. The more ponderous planet receives an aspect; the lighter (faster) planet casts one.

Post-ascension - This is what the Greek astrologers called a succedent house.

Postnatal Eclipse - An eclipse, either solar or lunar, which occurs in the months immediately following the birth of the native.

Power of the aspects - In traditional astrology, the conjunction is most powerful, followed in order of decreasing power by the opposition, dexter square, sinister square, dexter trine, sinister trine, dexter sextile, and sinister sextile.

Precession - Due to the pole of the equator revolving around the pole of the ecliptic, the equinoctial point moves backward with relation to the constellations at the rate of approximately 50" per year. It makes a complete revolution through the twelve constellations in the great cosmic year of 25,920 earthly years, or 2160 years to pass through one constellation.

Precessed Solar Return - Solar Return Chart corrected for precession.

Precession of the equinox - The "backward" motion of the vernal equinox, which marks 0 degrees Aries, against the backdrop of the fixed stars. A complete cycle takes about 25,800 years. The gravitational forces of the Sun, Moon, and planets on the Earth cause a westward movement of the intersection of the planes of the Equator and the Ecliptic at a rate of about 50.23 seconds of arc per year.

Prenatal Eclipse - An eclipse, either solar or lunar, which occurs in the months preceding the birth of the native. Not usually considered more than 12 months prior to the birthdate.

Prenatal Epoch - The astrological moment of conception, approximately nine months before birth. The Moon's place on epoch day, or its opposite, becomes either the ascending or descending sign and degree at birth.

Primary Directions - Method of directing based on a degree for a year.

Primary Focal Planet - A planet that recurs so often in the first 6 M/Qs of an Occurring Magi Sequence that its importance cannot be ignored and its symbolisms must be given highest priority in an analysis of the birth chart as a whole.

Primary Magi Quad - The most influential and powerful M/Q in an Occurring Magi Sequence; usually the first one.

Prime vertical - The vertical East-West great circle, whose plane is perpendicular to the plane of the meridian, and which passes through the East Point, Zenith, West Point, and Nadir of a particular location. An observer who is standing upright and facing south will be standing in the plane of the prime vertical.

Profection - This is the moving of some point or planet at the rate of one sign per year , 13 signs in 12 months in the case of the monthly profection, and either 1 sign per day or 1 sign per 2.5 days.

Progressed Horoscope - A chart calculated for as many days after birth as there are years in the life of the querent.

Progressed Super Transit - A Progressed Transit that is a Super Transit.

Progression - Movement of or aspect to planet or sensitive point in progressed horoscope.

Prohibition - When one significator is applying to a major aspect with another, symbolizing perfection of the matter, but a third planet aspects one of the significators before they can aspect each other, a prohibition occurs.

Project - Refers to the concept that midpoints can be simultaneously in the same degree of opposing signs.

Promittor - Significator of certain events. In a Horary question of marriage, for instance, the lord of the seventh is Promittor.

Pronoia - One of the three types of fate according to the Greeks, associated with the Moon.

Prorogator - The Alpheta: planet which upholds life.

Proper Motion - Direct Motion through the zodiac in order of the signs.

Proximity Enhancement - A term in Magi Astrology referring to the condition where any 2 planets are in equal-degree aspect to each other, and the aspect is closer than 0:30 degrees. Such proximity of 2 planets is aspect to each other is considerably more favorable than a wide aspect of the same 2 planets.

Ptolemaic aspect - Ptolemy distinguished four major aspects between zodiac signs: sextile, square, trine, and opposition.

Ptolemaic System - Ancient geocentric cosmic schema, based in the belief that the planets, Sun, Moon and stars revolved around the earth. Formalised by Hellenic astrologer Ptolemy.

Psychological astrology - The practice of astrology, the purpose of which is to provide information, insight or advice about psychological issues or issues of personal or spiritual growth. The primary tool is the natal chart.