Unusual astrological terms

Unusual Astrological Terms

This blog post introduces and defines ten rare and unusual astrological terms. These terms, ranging from medieval to modern astrology, provide unique insights and enrich the interpretive tools available to astrologers. Whether you’re a seasoned astrologer or a curious beginner, these terms will enhance your astrological vocabulary and deepen your appreciation for the complexities of celestial influences.

Astrology is a vast field with a rich lexicon of terms that help astrologers interpret the movements and influences of celestial bodies. While many are familiar with common terms like Sun sign, Ascendant, and retrograde, there are numerous rare and unusual astrological terms that add depth and nuance to chart readings. In this blog post, we’ll delve into ten intriguing astrological terms that you might not encounter every day but are worth knowing for a deeper understanding of this ancient practice.

Ten Rare and Unusual Astrological Terms

1. Anareta

In medieval astrology, the Anareta is a planet or point in the natal chart that is considered to be harmful or destructive to life, often associated with causing significant life challenges, health issues, or periods of hardship.  It is not necessarily a predictor of premature death, but can indicate periods of difficulty or vulnerability.

2. Cazimi

A term used when a planet is in the heart of the Sun, within 17 minutes of arc. This position is believed to greatly enhance the planet’s positive qualities, as it is seen to be “in the throne room” of the Sun.

3. Pars Fortunae (Part of Fortune)

 A calculated point in the natal chart that represents luck, success, and well-being. It is derived from the positions of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.

4. Dexter and Sinister Aspects

 Terms used to describe the direction of an aspect.  These terms are not universally accepted or applied, and their meaning can vary depending on the astrologer and their specific approach.

5. Hyleg (Apheta)

The Hyleg is the “giver of life” in a natal chart. It is a critical point or planet used in lifespan determination, often considered in conjunction with the Alcochoden.  The Hyleg is typically the Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, depending on the time of birth and other factors in the chart.

6. Almutem

The planet that has the greatest dignity in a specific point or degree of the natal chart. This term is used in traditional astrology to determine the planet with the most essential dignity in a given context.  It is important to note that the planet with the most essential dignity is not always the Almutem. Other factors, such as the planet’s placement in the chart and its aspects, can also influence the Almutem.

7. Firdaria

 A time-lord system used in medieval and Persian astrology that divides the life into planetary periods, each ruled by a specific planet, to determine the prevailing themes and experiences during those periods.  It is not the only time-lord system used in astrology; other systems, such as the “Profections” mentioned later in the blog post, also exist.

8. Void of Course Moon

 A term describing the period when the Moon is not making any major aspects before it changes signs. During this time, it is believed that actions initiated may not have the desired outcome.  However, some astrologers believe that a Void of Course Moon can be a time for reflection, introspection, and planning.

9. Profection

An annual predictive technique that advances the Ascendant and other house cusps one sign per year to provide insights into the themes and events for that year.  Profection is often used in conjunction with other methods, such as the Firdaria system.

10. Syzygy

The alignment of three celestial bodies in a straight line, commonly referring to the New Moon (Sun and Moon in conjunction) and Full Moon (Sun and Moon in opposition). In astrology, prenatal syzygy refers to the last New or Full Moon before birth, which holds significance in chart interpretation.  It is important to note that the prenatal syzygy is not always considered significant in all astrological traditions. Some astrologers may not give it as much weight as others.


Astrology is a discipline rich with specialized vocabulary that allows practitioners to capture the intricate dance of the cosmos. By exploring these rare and unusual astrological terms, we gain a deeper appreciation for the subtleties and complexities of astrological practice. Whether you’re incorporating these terms into your own readings or simply expanding your astrological knowledge, these ten terms offer valuable insights and enhance the art of astrology.

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