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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 planet is said to be under the rays of the Sun when it lies within a distance of the Sun's orb (twice the Sun's moiety). Thus a planet within 17 degrees of the Sun is "under the Sun's rays" or "under the Sunbeams." When the planet gets within half the Sun's orb, it is combust or burned by the Sun's rays. When it lies within 17 minutes of the Sun's center, it is Cazimi, or in the heart of the Sun. An applying planet casts its rays to the right of itself to form a dexter aspect and to the left of itself to form a sinister aspect.

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