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Dictionary of Astrological and Astronomical Terms

Compiled by Julene Packer-Louis, Evan Bortnick, and Jackie Goldstein

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Collection of Light

Collection occurs when a slower planet receives aspects from two faster planets which are not themselves in aspect. The slower planet collects the light of the faster planets and symbolizes that the matter can be perfected through a third person or intermediary described by the slow third planet.

Traditionally each faster planet must receive the collecting planet in one of their Ptolemaic dignities. In other words, the slow (heavy) collecting planet must occupy a region of the zodiac where each faster planet has some dignity

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