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Dictionary and Glossary of Astrological Terms starting with letter 'L'



Laghu Kalyani
Transit of Saturn through the 4th and 8th from the Moon, also know as Dhayya.
Lagna
The sign rising on the eastern horizon, also known as the first house or Ascendant.
Latitude
Measurement of distance in degrees of any planet, star or point, north or south of the equator or ecliptic.
Leo
Leo or Simha is the fifth sign of the Zodiac. It is indicated by head of a Lion. The symbol of Leo is indicates by Leo's mains. In heavens it starts from 120 degrees and extends up to 149 degrees. The Sun stays in Leo from 17th August to 16th September as per sidereal zodiac which is followed by Vedic Astrologers and from 23rd July to 23rd August as per Tropical Zodiac followed by Western Astrologers. Leo is ruled by the Sun it is fixed, fiery, masculine sign, governs the heart, back, spine, and the fifth house of the horoscope. Its characteristics are self-consciousness, courage, desire for dominance and self-realization, egocentrism, vitality and creativity. It symbolizes achievement of self-consciousness, building of personality, achievement of goals, and triumph of self-realization.
Libra
Libra or Tula is the seventh sign of the Zodiac. It is indicated by a pair of Scales. The symbol of Libra is indicates by the setting Sun halfway below the horizon. In heavens it starts from 180 degrees and extends up to 209 degrees. The Sun stays in Libra from 17th October to 15th November as per sidereal zodiac which is followed by Vedic Astrologers and from 23rd September to 22nd October as per Tropical Zodiac followed by Western Astrologers. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus it is cardinal, airy, masculine sign, governs kidneys and the seventh house of the horoscope. It characteristics are yearning for harmony, pleasure and partnership and the consciousness of balance. It symbolizes relationship with others, their goals and characteristics and our picture for others.
Lights
Astrological reference to the Sun and the Moon.
Light Collection
A term used in horary astrology to describe developments when two planets not in aspect both apply to a third, slower planet that "collects their light" or unites their energies, symbolically establishing a relationship between the two.
Light of the Time
If any event or birth takes place in the daytime the light of the time is the Sun, if at night, the Moon.
Lilith
Lilith or The "Black Moon", a supposed invisible satellite of the Earth. There is as well an asteroid called Lilith.
Line of Advantage
An imaginary axis that connects the third Decan of the third and ninth houses. The Moon's North Node east of this axis is thought to be in a favorable or advantageous position.
Linkage
An inter aspect that is formed by any enhancement angle or a quincunx.
Linkage Angle
An angle that forms a linkage, which is any of the 4 enhancement angles or the quincunx.
Local Mean Time
The actual time in a given location based upon the Sun's position at the Midheaven (noon) of the place. Abbreviated LMT; also called True Local Time (TLT).
Local Space
The name for all the concepts related to how the sky appears to an observer from the Earth's surface. Astrologically, local space ideas are used to describe how planets affect the mundane affairs of everyday living for a person.
Local Time
Sun time. The actual time at a location within a time zone. Noon local time occurs when the Sun crosses the meridian of that location.
Locational Astrology
The practice of casting a horoscope for the place in which a person resides, or would like to reside, rather than the place of birth. This system is often used to determine the location likely to prove most congenial to a particular individual.
Locomotive Pattern
Some Astrologers believe that the structure of the natal chart from the perspective of the distribution of planets around the Zodiac has special significance or meaning. The Locomotive Pattern occurs when all the planets are gathered in 2/3rd of the Zodiac and the balance 1/3rd is an empty space.
Long Ascension
Signs of long ascension take longer to ascend than others. In the Northern Hemisphere, the signs of long ascension are Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. Long and short ascension are reversed in the southern hemisphere.
Longitude
Measurement along the ecliptic in terms of signs and degrees from the point of the vernal equinox. Distance in degrees, minutes and seconds of any place east or west of Greenwich, England. Also measured in hours, minutes and seconds.
Lord
Refers to the planet ruing a particular sign. For example Sun is the lord of Leo and Moon is of Cancer.
Luminaries
The Sun and the Moon are also referred to as Luminaries.
Luna
The ancient Roman Moon goddess.
Lunar Eclipse
A natural phenomenon occurring when the Earth comes in between Moon and the Sun and the Moon seems to disappear by the Earth's shadow. Eclipse have special significance in Astrology depending on which personal point or planet gets aspected by any particular Eclipse.
Lunar Mansions
Vedic Astrology uses 27 constellation or Nakshatra of the zodiac. It is based on lunar calendar as Moon spends one day in each constellation. Each mansion is of 13° 20' duration.
Lunar Nodes
The points on the zodiac where the plane of the Moon's orbit intersects the plane of the ecliptic, the Earth's orbit. These points are called the north node and the south node. They are generally considered to describe a person's karmic patterns and goals.
Lunar Period
The time taken by the Moon to return to a particular point in the zodiac; the Moon's zodiacal period, around twenty-seven days.
Lunar Return
Time of the month when the transiting Moon is conjunct natal Moon. A very significant time in life when the progressed Moon reaches the conjunction with natal Moon for the first time at around age 27, marking the first part of the difficult transition from the phase of Youth to the phase of Maturity.
Lunar Return Chart
A chart cast for the time the Moon returns to the exact degree, minute, and second it occupied at the moment of an individual's birth.
Lunar Year
A lunar year is a year of 12 lunar months (12 synodic periods), or 354.367 days. There are 34 such lunar years for every 33 solar years.
Lunation
A lunar period, measured from one place in the zodiac until the Moon's return thereto. A chart made for the moment the Moon conjoins the Sun is called a Lunation Chart.
Lunation Cycle
The Moon's phases relative to the Sun as it moves from one new Moon to the next; the time interval between two successive lunation is approximately twenty-nine and one-half days, a lunar month.


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Written by Sanjay Sharma, © 2011, revised August 2015