Astrological Terms under Letter C

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- Also known as Apoklima. It I refers to the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th houses in a natal chart related with spiritual quest.

Cadent house

- Houses 3, 6, 9, and 12. "Falling away" from the angles.


- Thirteenth century astrologer and mathematician who devised the house system that bears his name, which divides the prime vertical into equal 30° arcs.


- The fourth sign of the zodiac. Cancer, the crab, is a cardinal, water sign. Ruled by the Moon, it is the exaltation of Jupiter.


- The tenth sign of the zodiac. Capricorn, the sea-goat, is a cardinal, earth sign. Ruled by Saturn, it is the exaltation of Mars.

Caput Algol

- The Gorgon's Head. A malefic fixed star, causing one to "lose one's head in the situation", located in Taurus 26°.

Caput Draconis

- The Dragon's Head (Moon's North Node).

Cardinal signs

-Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, which fall naturally at the cardinal points in a horoscope; east, north, west, and south, respectively, points indicated by the angles. Cardinal signs are associated naturally with the angular (cardinal) houses; the first, fourth, seventh, and tenth.

Cataclysmic planet

- Uranus, which combines both magnetic and electric qualities and thus produces sudden upheavals.

Cauda draconis

- Tail of the Dragon, or the Moon's South Node.


- "In the heart of the Sun" - within 17 minutes of arc of the Sun's Ecliptic position and therefore corporally joined to the body of the Sun. The sun's radius on the Celestial Sphere was considered to be 17 minutes of arc. Traditionally a Cazimi planet is fortified.


- A heavenly body, such as a planet. Celestials are often considered to be beings rather than objects.

Celestial equator

- The projection of the Earth's equator onto the Celestial Sphere in the same plane as the Earth's equator.

Celestial sphere

- The imaginary sphere whose center is the center of the Earth and on which the fixed stars, planets, Sun, Moon, and the zodiac are located.


- The first asteroid to be discovered (1801), named after the Roman goddess of agriculture. Ceres is thought to indicate productive areas in a natal horoscope.


- Circle, disc-the perfect symbol of the cosmos. It refers to the natal chart depicting distribution of planets in different houses. In spiritual literature, chakras refer to the seven energy centers extending from the spinal cord to the astral body and to other invisible counterparts of the human aura.

Chakra Dasa

- A method of calculating planetary ruler ship. If a person is born during daytime under this system, the sequence of ruler ship, is from the ascendant, if he is born in nighttime, it is from the Moon sign; if born in the afternoon, then from the 9th sign. The lords of these signs enjoy the ruler ship for 10 years which is followed by the lords of subsequent signs, the duration of each being ten years.


- A planetary combination formed by Rahu in the 10th, house lord of the 10th house in ascendant, and ascendant lord in the 9th house. It makes the individual the administrator of a region after the age of twenty; he commands an army and is very respected.

Chaldean order of the planets

: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon. The first (geocentrically outermost) Chaldean planet, Saturn, is the "heaviest" or "slowest," and the 7th or last Chaldean "planet," the Moon, is the "lightest" or "swiftest."


- Ancient astrologers, originally based in Babylon, a city in Mesopotamia (Iraq), the birthplace of Western Astrology. Subsequently a term for astrologers in general.


- A planetary combination in which the ascendant lord in exaltation is placed in a cardinal house expected by Jupiter. Alliteratively, if two benefices occupy the ascendant, the 7th, 9th or 10th houses, Chamar Yoga is formed. It makes the individual wise, philosophical and a good orator. Such an individual is generally born in a royal family.


- Moon; also known as Soma (a celestial drink, as well as a Vedic deity), Shita Rashmi (soothing rays), Abaja (born of water), Shitanshu (cool rays or cool lustre), Mriganka (eyes of a doe), and Klesha (anguish as well as worldly occupation).


- A son of Rama's brother, Lakshamana, Chandra-Ketu (which means Moon and its south node) ruled over Chakora, a country in the Himalayan region.

Chandra Yoga

- A planetary combination constituted by an exalted planet in ascendant expected by Mars, while the lord of the 9th house is placed in the 3rd house. It makes the individual administer, an adviser, or the commander of an army. The individual is courageous and lives for more than six decades.

Chandrika Yoga

- A planetary combination in which the ascendant is occupied by the lord of the sign in which the 9th lord is also placed while Mars is posited in the 5th house. Persons born under it are powerful, attain a high social status in life but do not have male issues.

Chapa Yoga

- It is a planetary combination in which all planets occupy the 10th to the 4th houses. Persons born under it are expert thieves, and are socially despised.Chapa Yoga is also formed if the Sun is in Aquarius, Mars in Aries, and Jupiter in its own sign, which makes the individual a globetrotter like a king.


- A map of the heavens with emphasis on the Solar System. The modern Astrological Chart shows the Eastern horizon as the ascendant and the location of all the planets in relation to where the subject was born.

Chaturmukh Yoga

- A planetary combination formed by Jupiter in a cardinal house from the sign occupied by the lord of the 9th house, Venus in a cardinal house in respect of the sign occupied by the lord of the 11th house, and the ascendant lord and the lord of the 10th house themselves placed in the cardinal houses. This combination makes the individual erudite and successful in his undertakings and much respected even among the Brahmins. He is well provided with material possessions and lives a very long life.

Chatursagar Yoga

- An auspicious planetary combination formed by all planets, benefices as well as malefic, occupying cardinal houses. It bestows wealth, affluence, and high status in life. Such a person becomes famous and remains so long after his death.


- Fourfold division of a zodiacal sign, each consisting of 70 30'. The deities presiding over the four divisions are Sanak, Sanandan, Sanat, and Sanatan, respectively. The planetary ownership of these divisions belongs to the sign lord for the first division, the lord of the 4th sign from it rules over the second division, the lord of the 7th sign from it over the 3rd division, and the lord of the both sign over the 4th division.


- Also known as Siddhamsa. It refers to the 1/24th division of a zodiacal sign.


- The shadowy body of the wife of Sun, Sanjna, kept by her to attend to the needs of her husband while she herself was away on a visit to her father's place. From Chhaya were born Saturn, Savrni (a Manu), Tapti (a river), and Visthi (a son).


- Full Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Ketu are Chhadakas for the 2nd and 12th houses from them. Jupiter owning a malefic house and becoming a malefic to the native becomes a Chhadaka for only the 12th house; others thus placed are Chhadaka for the 2nd house only.

Chhatra Yoga

- A planetary combination formed by all planets situated in the first seven houses of the chart. It makes the individual very happy from the beginning of his life till the very end.


- The most recently discovered asteroid of astrological interest, discovered by astronomer Charles Kowal, Hale Observatories, in 1977.


- The 14th asterism extending from 1730 20' to 1860 40' of the zodiac. It is ruled by Mars; its presiding deity is Tvastra, the celestial architect. Its primary motivation arises from Kama, desire; and its basic attribute is Tamas, inertia. It is classified a farmer by caste, a tiger by species, a demon by temperament, and a human by animal type. The asterism is concerned with west direction. It leads to involvement in Mayavic (illusory) existence, but for spiritually advanced individuals the asterism makes them highly creative, enabling them to produce original artifacts. The asterism is symbolised by a pearl.

Chitra Bhanu

- The 16th in the cycle of 60 Samvawtsara (q.v.). It is ruled by Brahma. Birth during this year makes the individual brilliant, proud, devoted to gods; but he, sometimes, indulges in dishonourable activities.


- One of the four temperaments, associated with the element of fire. The choleric personality is believed to indicate an optimistic, youthful, impulsive temperament, prone to spontaneous outbursts of emotion. See also Melancholic, Phlegmatic and Sanguine.


- From the Greek "chrematistikos", meaning profitable. In other words: a profitable place in which a planet can conduct affairs.


- Derived from the greek word "chronos", meaning "time" and "crator" meaning "lord", hence: time lord. It is a planet that has governance over an individuals life for a period of time on a given subject.

Circle of the Same

- Refers to the motion of the celestial sphere caused by the daily rotation of the earth.


- A form of progression known as primary directions.

Climacterial periods

- Years in life, which are multiples of seven or nine based on the Moon's progression and Saturn's transiting cycle. The progressed Moon squares its natal position approximately every seven years and trines it every nine. Transiting Saturn follows a similar cycle relative to its natal position. Thus, climacterial periods are ages seven, nine, fourteen, eighteen, etc. Primary climacterial periods are the forty-ninth, sixty-third, and eighty-first years (doubly climacterial: 7 x 7, 7 x 9, 9 x 9).

Collection of Light

- When a planet receives aspect from two others which are themselves not in aspect.


- A planet is combust if it lies in the same sign as the Sun beyond the Sun's body (17') but within the moiety or half-orb (8.5 degrees ) of the Sun. Being combust burns up and thus weakens a planet. Traditionally the Moon is especially debilitated when combust.


-A bright star-like heavenly body, composed of masses of tiny particles and gases, which follows an eccentric orbit of the Sun that for some comets can take thousands of years to complete. Most comets form luminous "tails", bits of meteroic material and gases that stream off into space, when they near the Sun.

Commanding signs

- Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo - considered more powerful than the other six signs because they are nearer the Zenith. Also called Northern Signs, they have power over the Southern Signs. Presumably, when the observer is south of the Equator, the northern signs would obey and the southern signs command.

Common signs

- The Mutable signs.

Composite chart

- A single horoscope made up from two or more natal charts by averaging house cusps and planetary positions of the natal charts. A composite chart gives insight into the relationship that exists between the persons whose natal charts are combined.

Concordant in Itinerary

- Signs ruled by the same planetary ruler (such as Gemini and Virgo, both ruled by Mercury).


-An aspect involving three or more planets.

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