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Dictionary of Astrological and Astronomical Terms

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

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Dexter Aspect

Dexter means "on the right-hand side." A dexter aspect is one in which the faster planet is waxing, or increasing in light, with respect to the slower one. The faster (applying) planet is casting its rays to the right (dexter) to form the aspect because the more ponderous planet lies on the right side of the applying planet as viewed from the Earth. Lilly says, "Dexter Aspects are contrary to the succession of Signs;" that is, the rays of the faster planet flow clockwise around the wheel to reach the slower planet as viewed from the Earth. If planets are direct in motion, a dexter aspect forms as a result of increasing angular distance between them so that the planets are moving toward an eventual opposition.

For example, the Moon in Aries would cast a dexter square to Jupiter in Capricorn. Ptolemy regarded the 11th house of the Good Daemon as sextile dexter to (sextile and to the right of) the 1st house. Dexter aspects are traditionally more potent than sinister ones. Remember those sketches of an angel sitting on the right shoulder and a devil on the left one? See Sinister. (Dorothy Kovach added that a dexter aspect takes place when a faster moving planet aspects a slower moving planet in a direction contrary to the natural direction of the zodiac.) The terms "dexter" and "sinister" are not used much by modern astrologers, having been replaced with "waxing" and "waning."

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