Astrology vocabulary begins with the letter C

Cadent Houses:
Houses 3, 6, 9, and 12 of the horoscope.

Cardinal:
One of the three modalities into which signs are categorized, its signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn

Cardinal Signs:
Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn..

Celestial body:
A physical form that exists in space; such as a planet, moon, sun, asteroid or comet.

Chart Ruler:
The ruler of the chart is normally the planet ruling the first house’s (or Ascendant) sign. Some Astrologer’s consider that the ruler is the planet closest to the first house cusp, which is very close to the Ascendant. The effects of a Chart Ruler are usually very significant. Additionally, a number of Astrologer’s consider that the chart ruler affects our physical appearance.

Cinderella Linkage:
An aspect involving Venus and Chiron, Jupiter and Chiron, Chiron and Neptune, Venus and Neptune and/or the Sun and Venus. It is referred to as the Cinderella Linkage (by the MAGI Society) because a connection between two individuals with any of these (beneficial) aspects results in a ‘rags to riches’ type relationship.

Classic Schism:
Terminology used by the MAGI Society involving Chiron and the Sun, Chiron and Saturn, Chiron and Mercury and the Sun and Neptune. Turbulent connections (square, opposition) between the afflicted planets generally result in the relationship being torn apart, hence the ‘schism.’

Composite chart:
Two individual charts that are merged to form one. It shows the relationship between the individuals whose charts are combined.

Conjunction:
An aspect created between two planets, corollary points, or cusps that has an arc of 00° 00′ , though even two planets in the same sign are also said to be conjunct, even if their orb or arc is off by a few degrees.

Constellation:
Groups of stars that have been given names and mythologies. Although there are typically 12 Zodiacal constellations, there are in fact many more constellations which aren’t used in the astrological natal horoscope.

Contraparallel:
An aspect in declination when two planets have (within a 3° orb) the same degree of declination, but one is north and the other is south. Read by most astrologers as similar to an opposition.

Cupid Linkage:
A term coined by the MAGI Society. A beneficial connection which involves the Sun and Venus and/or Venus and Neptune. The Cupid Linkage provides an extremely powerful attraction, usually felt more by the Venus person. An indicator of romance, though not necessarily love.

Cusp:
The midway point between two signs of the zodiac; also used to refer to the start of a house within the chart wheel. If a planet falls on a house cusp, it should be read as though it were influencing both houses. Also refers to the beginning of each Sun sign.

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