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Dictionary of Astrological and Astronomical Terms

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

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A lying-down due to illness. A chart cast for the time a person first becomes ill or takes to the sickbed. Horary rules are used to interpret a decumbiture chart. The Ascendant signifies the sick person.

Lilly appears to have regarded the question, "Whether one absent be dead or alive?" as a variant of a decumbiture chart when the querent bore no relationship to the missing person. Lilly says that when the "Querent hath no relation to the party, then the 1st house, the Lord of that house and the Moon shall signify the absent party." The 8th house, any planets therein or within 5 degrees of the 8th cusp, show the death of the missing person.

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