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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms


- Also known as 'fortunes' these are planets that assist in a positive outcome. Traditionally, Jupiter is known as the 'Greater Benefic' and Venus as the 'Lesser Benefic'. Both are temperate planets, Jupiter being moderately hot and moist, and Venus moderately cold and moist, bringing fertility and assistance. They offer benefits and protection and when in good aspects to the significators.

However, if the benefics are in a damaged condition and make difficult aspects, or act as rulers the houses that are traditionally considered unfortunate, ie: - 4th, 6th, 8th and 12th - they cease to be beneficial and are capable of causing affliction.

The North Node is also considered to be a beneficial point and is thus traditionally termed a benefic.

The article on the life and work of Ptolemy explains the humoral philosophy behind benefics and malefics.

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