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A Glossary of Astrological Terms for the letter "Q"

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.
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Go to Top Qabbala
Esoteric teachings that deal with mystical ideas of creation and concepts of a spiritual nature, based in the Hebrew/Gnostic scriptures. Qabbala (Kabbalah, Cabala, or other variant translation from the original Hebrew קבלה) features interpretations of the Tree of Life, the Zohar, numerical keys to the Bible etc.
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Subtle energy of the life-force, the control of which is one of the goals of yoga, tantra, tai chi, qigong and similar disciplines. Also known as Chi, Ch'i, Ki and in Yoga, Prana.
Go to Top Qigong
Traditional Chinese exercise designed to cultivate qi (vital energy, or life-force).
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The four quarters in a chart, or the four seasons in the year, or the zodiac.
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Major malefic square aspect of 90 degrees, dividing the circle of the zodiac into quarters, four equal segments.
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Quincunx aspect, see below.
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Moon's dichotomes: changes, phases or quarters. Frequently referred to as the square aspect.
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Quality, or Modality.
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Modality, or Quadruplicity. Each sign is characterised by the combination of its Quadruplicity or Quality (Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable) and its Triplicity, or Element (Fire, Earth, Air, or Water).
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Possible scientific basis for the "action at a distance" implied by astrology and denied by skeptics. For a non-technical outline, see Quantum Entanglement by Dave Jarvis.
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There are four quarters, or quadrants, of the zodiac and indeed of the year. A quarter of the zodiac extends between the first degree of the first Cardinal Sign, Aries, and the first degree of the Cardinal Sign, Cancer and so to Libra and Capricorn. There are 360° in the zodiac and each sign occupies 30°, so a quarter of the zodiac in signs is 3 signs and in degrees is 90°. In this way the seasonal peaks are marked by the Equinoxes and Solstices.
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The Quarter Days mark the days of the Equinoxes and Solstices.
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When the phase of the Moon is displayed in the heavens as half light and half dark. See Moon Phases
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In Hellenistic astrology, a time lord system based on quarter phases of the Moon.
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North, South, East, West
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Square. A major malefic aspect of 90 degrees. See Quadrate, also Square.
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Person asking a question of the astrologer. In horary, the Ascendant and its lord are the usual significators of the querent, as well as the Moon.
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Person or thing enquired after in an horary question. In horary, the seventh house and its lord are the general significators of the quesited, though should the quesited be specifically ruled by a certain house or planet, this must be considered.
Go to Top Quincunx
An aspect of 150°, creating stress, unhappiness and sorrow, where matters seem to be somehow out of joint. The aspect has a 6th or 8th house effect, depending on whether the swifter planet is applying or separating from the opposition to the slower. Technically this is not a proper aspect in the traditional sense, as a planet is unable to "see" another in this relationship. Classed as inconjunct and considered particularly unfortunate by the ancients, this aspect is not thought unduly malefic by many modern astrologers, but is to be ignored at one's peril. See Inconjunct.
Go to Top Quindecile
A minor 24 degree aspect. Somewhat favourable. Quindecim means 15 in Latin and 24x15=360, the number of degrees in a circle, and so the zodiac. Influential contemporary astrologer Noel Tyl in 1996 called the 165° aspect (usually known as the Johndro) "quindecile", because he says that all the other 15° increments are already named, except the 105° interval which is insignificant. He says the 24th harmonic is what we are talking about, rather than the 24° interval. This is a moot point, as yet undetermined in practice, though Tyl says that in some 900 charts it indicates passionate obsession, unrelenting motivation, determination, upheaval, disruption, even separation. Maybe not so favourable, then? Or maybe more research is needed! Clearly Tyl is confusing the issue, because the name quindecile has been applied to the 24 aspect at least since James Wilson in his 1819 Dictionary of Astrology, supported by such influential 20th Century writers as Llewellyn George in his A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator.
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Fifth alchemical principle. The underlying spiritual basis underpinning the four elements, corresponding to the idea of the æther, or space-time continuum. Not used in practical astrology. See Akasha, also Dark Energy.
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Kepler's somewhat favourable aspect of 72 degrees. One fifth of the zodiac, its influence is associated with 5th house matters, bringing artistic or creative use of crisis situations. So it is also a bit of a pressure-cooker.
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