Ascending Node in a Geocentric Figure. The line of advantage runs between the cusps of thethird decanates of the Third and Ninth Houses. A position of the Node East of this line is judgedto be favorable.Related to it are the Arcs of Increased and Dwarfed Stature. From the middle of the First House,clockwise to the middle of the Eighth House, is the arc of Increased Stature, with its peak at cuspof the Twelfth House; and from the middle of the Seventh House, clockwise to the middle of theSecond House, is the Arc of Dwarfed Stature, with its peak at the cusp of the Sixth House.
See Nodes, Moon's.
A binding by mutual attraction. The Sun is said to have an affinity with all the planets;Mars with Venus, in a magnetic or physical sense; Venus with Jupiter, in a philanthropic senseas one who loves his fellowman; Venus with Mercury, in an artistic sense.
(Afflicted by / in affliction with): Unfavorably aspected. Loosely applied to: (a) anyinharmonious aspect to a planet, or (b) to any aspect, particularly the conjunction, parallel,square or opposition, to a malefic planet. Also by some authorities applied to a mundane or zodiacal parallel with, or when, besieged by both Infortunes (q.v.). Some authorities consider that the sensitive degree on any House cusp can be afflicted, though any such consideration must be confined to instances where the birth-moment is known to a certainty.
As anciently considered, a period of roughly 2150 years during which the point of the Spring Equinox recedes through one sign of the Zodiac of Constellations. Since theconstellations have no precise boundaries, the points of beginning and ending are mereapproximations.
However, it is an absurdity to date the beginning of the precessional cycle, of presumably 25,800years, from the particular time in history when it was decided no longer to treat the Equinox as amoving point, but instead to freeze it at 0º Aries. It is probably that midway between theEquinoctial points are the Earth's Nodes, where the plane of its orbit intersects that of the Sun, atan inclination of approx. 50º; but since the Equinoctial Point is now considered as a fixed pointand the motion takes place only within its frame of reference, it appears that a study of the circlewhich the celestial pole describes around the pole of the Ecliptic will be required in order todetermine when it passes an East point, to mark the time of beginning of the first of twelveastrological ages of 2150 years each, into which the precessional cycle is subdivided. On thismanner of reckoning the Earth might now be in the Capricorn Age, as well as any other. At leastthere is no justification for us to consider mankind as now in the Aquarian age, even though arecent astronomical treatise speaks of the Signs of the Zodiac as 'now precessed some 25º westof the constellations of the same name'. Historical records show the Equinox as having once began in Taurus, at which time Taurus was considered to be the first Sign of the Zodiac.