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Dictionary of Astrological and Astronomical Terms

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

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This occurs when an applying aspect is refrained from reaching perfection. Lilly regards refranation as happening when one of the significators turns retrograde while the other one continues to move ahead in the zodiac, thus preventing perfection of the aspect.

Some astrologers use refranation to refer to an aspect that does not become exact while the two planets remain in the same sign they occupy when the chart is cast. For example, if the Sun is at 29 degrees Taurus, and Mercury is at 1 degree Taurus, by the time Mercury moves ahead to conjoin the Sun, the Sun will be well into Gemini, and the conjunction in Taurus will be refrained from happening. Here "perfection is denied because the significators cannot meet from the signs they inhabit." Lilly discusses charts in which an aspect perfects shortly after one or both planets leave their original signs in the horary chart. Jonathan Clark pointed out that Lilly is following ibn Ezra.

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