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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

Feral / wild

- when a planet is alone in a sign without any companions and is out of orb of all aspect with any other planet.

Johannes Schoerner, in his Opusculum Astrologicum assigned three points of debility to a feral planet and wrote of it:

"It is called feral when it is in a sign where there is no other planet, nor even the rays of any other planets. As long as it is in the sign in that state it is sad to be feral; it is a planet that is in a sign alone without even the other planets rays".

Al Biruni (11th cent.), wrote:

"When a planet is in a sign and no other planet has been in aspect with it from the time of its entry to that of its exit, it is said to be feral in its course. This is practically impossible with the superior planets and the Sun, and can rarely occur, but with the Moon it frequently occurs ... Some people say that when the Moon is feral, this is a substitute for conjunction with the planets in whose terms it happens to be within the sign, but this opinion is trivial and quite unsupported."
- The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology v.504 & 505

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