A Glossary of Astrological Terms for the letter "F"
- Use this glossary to look up the meanings of words you come across on this website, or in your astrological reading. Just select the first letter of the word you need and click on it in the table below to go straight to that sector.
- Each sign of thirty degrees is divided into three segments called decans (decanates) of ten degrees, each with its own planetary ruler. This derives from ancient Egyptian astrology, where the zodiac was divided into 36 decanates of ten degrees each. In modern astrology, each decan is divided into a positive (active) and a negative (receptive) face of five degrees, expressing the polarity of the planetary ruler of the decan. Thus, according to Alan Leo, each sign has six faces, three positive and three negative, depending on the rulership of the decanates. Decanates themselves are also regularly referred to as faces, especially in traditional astrology, so many astrologers use the two terms interchangeably and do not consider the so-called positive and negative approach to faces.
- A planet is in fall when placed in the sign opposite to that of its exaltation. A debility.
- Falling Amiss
- A traditional debility, occurring when a planet is in a sign which is in aversion to its domicile.
- Any aspect or reception between planets.
- The doctrine that all events are predetermined by fate and are therefore unalterable. A widespread criticism of astrology by its opponents is that astrology entails either a fatalistic belief in cosmic determinism and a denial of free will, or at least an acceptance that events in life are beyond human control, because the stars determine everything. This is denied by most astrologers, who follow the maxim that "the stars incline, they do not compel".
See Karma, also Astrology, Destiny & Intent.
- Inexorable events beyond an individual's control, predestined by a supernatural power
- A power or agency that predetermines and orders the course of events
- In Greek mythology, three ancient goddesses, The Fates (moirę), determine the path and duration of life:
Even the gods were held subject to these stern, implacable powers. The Romans called the three Nona, Decuma and Morta. More on The Fates [offsite].
- Clotho, "the spinner", spinning the thread of life
- Lachesis, "the measurer", preparing one's lot in life and measuring its duration (via the horoscope)
- Atropos, "she who cannot be turned", cutting the thread with her dreaded shears at the appointed moment of death
- Destiny is fate with a purpose. It is held that one can transform one's fate into destiny by consciously fulfilling the higher calling implicit in one's natal chart, as opposed to merely following the unconscious promptings of the cosmic forces.
- Feminine Planets
- Moon; Venus; probably Neptune, despite the mythology. See Masculine & Feminine Planets. Some modern astrologers assign gender to asteroids also, so we have Ceres, Juno, Vesta and Pallas Athena all being considered feminine. This is supposed to right the gender balance.
- Feminine Signs
- Taurus; Cancer; Virgo; Scorpio; Capricorn; Pisces. See Masculine & Feminine Signs.
- Feng Shui
- "Wind" and "Water". Designed to control the flow of natural energies in the home and business, this is an ancient Chinese discipline still widely employed among Chinese communities. Once an essential part of building and landscape design in China, it was suppressed by the Communist regime, but has recently enjoyed a renaissance and has also become popular in the West.
- Feral Signs
- Leo; last half of Sagittarius
- Fertile Signs
- Cancer; Libra; Taurus. Scorpio is considered fertile by most modern astrologers, despite being ruled by Mars (probably because it is feminine and watery). Pisces and Sagittarius are described by Ptolemy as "fecund". Pisces is fertile and fruitful, but is Sagittarius? Sagittarius (hot and moist) certainly likes to scatter seed to the winds, but does not seem particularly nurturesome to me. Still "fecund" does not mean "nurturesome", merely "able to reproduce prolifically" so it must be because prolific Jupiter rules them both. Lilly too says Sagittarius is fruitful – due to the influence of Jupiter being dignified there by both domicile and joy.
- Fiducial Degree (Fiducial Point)
- The accepted, or trusted degree for the beginning of the zodiac: 0° Aries in the Western Tropical System (Latin: fiducia = trust).
- Fiery Element
- One of the four astrological elements. A masculine element, it stands for action, positivity, matters to do with spirituality and so on. The other elements are Water, Air and Earth.
- Fiery Triplicity
- The Fire Signs: Aries; Leo; Sagittarius. These signs are hot and dry by nature and choleric by temperament.
- Fifth House
- The fifth segment of a chart. It represents
recreation, creativity, hobbies, gambling, risks,
children, love affairs and the extension of the self
through children or love relationships.
- Chart, horoscope, map, nativity.
- In hellenistic astrology a figure (schema) is more specifically defined, namely when a planet forms an applying schematic relationship with regard to another, in one of the major whole-sign aspectual relationships: hexagonal (sextile), tetragonal (square), trigonal (trine), or diametrical (opposition). Figures can be completed either by image (sign) or portion (degree). A figure need not be a completed aspect, which is defined as being three portions either side of the partile aspect.
- Finger of Fate
- See Finger of God.
- Finger of God
- Also called the Finger of Fate or Yod. Comprises two planets in sextile (60°) aspect to each other, each making a 150° aspect focused on the same third planet (opposing their midpoint). Indicative of a special life purpose, it creates the sensation of steadiness, special passion, deep aspiration
and a strong inner drive to accomplish something very important and special.
- see Alfridaria
- see Fiery Element
- Fire Signs
- Aries (cardinal), Leo (fixed), Sagittarius (mutable). Fire signs tend to be outgoing, active, energetic, egocentric, dynamic and spirited.
- The sky, or the vault of the Heavens. In the ancient Geocentric Model of the Universe, the celestial sphere to which the fixed stars were attached. (Latin: firmamentum = strengthening support).
- First House
- see Ascendant.
- Fixed Houses
- 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th houses.
- Fixed Signs
- Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius. Fixed signs tend to be strong, stubborn, determined, controlling, loyal and reliable.
- Fixed Stars
- These do not move across the ecliptic, as do planets ("Wandering Stars"). Those near the ecliptic and of significant magnitude have considerable influence. More on Fixed Stars.
- Fixed Stars (Behenian)
- Fifteen particularly powerful stars anciently used in magical applications. See Behenian Fixed Stars.
- Fixed Zodiac
- See Sidereal Zodiac.
- A benefic Fixed Star in the 4th degree of Pisces. One of the four Royal Stars.
- Predictions based on an analysis of planetary configurations.
- Part of Fortune, named for the Roman goddess of luck and wellbeing (Greek: Tyche). See Pars Fortunae.
- Fortuna Chart
- Chart constructed using the degree of the Part of Fortune as the ascendant.
- Fortunate Degrees
- Certain degrees are traditionally designated as able to increase fortune. According to William Lily, these are:
|Sign||Fortunate Degrees|| ||Sign||Fortunate Degrees|
|Aries||19|| ||Libra||3, 15, 21
|Taurus||3, 15, 27|| ||Scorpio||7, 18, 20
|Gemini||11|| ||Sagittarius||13, 20
|Cancer||1, 2, 3, 4, 15|| ||Capricorn||12, 13, 14, 20
|Leo||2, 5, 7, 19|| ||Aquarius||7, 16, 17, 20
|Virgo||3, 14, 20 || ||Pisces ||12, 20
|Note that the degrees are set in the traditional manner, i.e., 1=00°01'–00°60' etc
- Jupiter and Venus; also Mercury and Moon unless afflicted. The Sun and Neptune can be fortunate when unafflicted, and in good aspect to Jupiter or Venus. Bear in mind that the Sun is considered an infortune (malefic) in Indian Vedic Astrology and in Western Astrology when in conjunction (see Combust), or opposition. Fortune or otherwise has to do with the balance of sect, elements and humours; it may also be that in hot climates the influence of the Sun is felt to be more hostile than it is in colder climes. See also Infortunes.
- Four Pillars
- Shi Chen Ba Zi, the Four Pillars of Destiny in Chinese Astrology. The Four Pillars (Ba Zi) are Year, Months, Days, Hours. More on Chinese Astrology.
- Fourth House
- Fourth segment of an astrological chart. It represents the end of matters,
religious and philosophical beliefs, the home, real
estate and the querent's father (though in modern astrology can also represent the mother, or parental influence in general).
- Fruitful Signs
- Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces; Lilly considers Taurus, Libra and Sagittarius to be fruitful, due to the influence of Venus and Jupiter; he also classes Aquarius as "without doubt more fruitful than barren", but does not give a reason.
- When a planet applying to an aspect is deflected by a third before the aspect is complete, it is described as having been frustrated. Used in Horary Astrology.
- Full Moon
- Occurs when the Moon opposes the Sun. This important event happens once every month, when the face of the Moon is fully lit up by the light of the Sun. Lunar Eclipses can only happen at the Full Moon.