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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms




Inferior / Superior planets

- the 'superiors' are the planets which were traditionally conceived to be placed above the sphere of the Sun: Mars, Jupiter and Saturn; the 'inferiors' those which fall beneath its sphere: Moon, Mercury, and Venus.

Modern definitions say inferiors are those whose orbits fall within that of the Earth, superiors those outside of it, which amounts to the same result but misses the point about the Sun being central to the traditional definition.

It is a principle of traditional astrology that the heavier, superior planets are less subject to the detrimental influences of the lighter, inferior planets, whilst the inferior planets are readily susceptible to the influences of the superiors.





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