Astrology Definitions – G

Gabriel
The angel (q.v.) of the Moon.
Galactic Center
The gravitational center around which the Sun revolves. Astrology has hypothetically placed this at 0° Capricorn, which is exactly confirmed by recently published results of thousands of calculations of spectroscopic radial velocity measurements, and other thousands by the parallax method of determining proper motion, by Charlier, Stromberg, Wilson, Campbell and More, and Smart and Green. In consequence the astronomers have arrived at a position of the center of the Milky Way Galaxy at R.A. 270°, declin. +29.7°. Therefore at the time of the Winter Solstice, the Galactic Center is a few degrees South of the Sun.

The Sun’s actual travel is estimated at 200 miles per second in orbit. As it is placed about 30,000 light-years from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, one complete orbit is estimated to require 200 million years. Its apparent motion toward a point near Wega in the constellation Hercules, as measured by nearby stars, is 12 miles per second – which should not be confused with its computed actual rate of travel.

The plane of the Sun’s orbit is presumed to be approximately that of the Galactic Center, which is inclined to the Earth’s orbit by about 50 degrees.

Galactic Latitude
The angular distance of a celestial body from the median plane of the Milky Way.
Galaxy
A star-cluster or group of stars. The Sun and its system are a unit in the Milky Way Galaxy, which moves around a gravitational center that must be in the vicinity of 0° Capricorn, as viewed from the Earth, geocentrically considered. In that event, the Sun’s path, at right angles to this point, must be along the line between 0° Aries and 0° Libra, which the Earth intersects at the Equinoxes. The inclination of the Earth’s axis, that causes this phenomenon, may thus be due to the inclination of the plane of the Earth’s orbit, or in response to the attraction from the gravitational center that bends the Sun’s travel into an orbit, or a combination of these and other influences.
Gemini
The Third Sign of the Zodiac.
Genethliacal Astrology
Natal astrology – that which deals with the geniture in a nativity.
Genethlialogy
That department of Astrology which deals with the birth of individuals, whereby one forms a judgment of the characteristics of a person from a map of the heavens cast for his given birth moment.
Geniture
A Birth or Genesis. A term that is approximately synonymous with Nativity, as referring to the subject whose birth horoscope is under consideration. A reasonable discrimination would be to employ Nativity in reference to the person, and Geniture to the configurations which show in his birth map. Ptolemy speaks of Lord of the Geniture in referring to the Ruling planet in a given horoscope of birth.
Geoarc
A term applied by some modern authorities to one of the house divisions of a map erected for a given moment, when there is under consideration the effect upon an individual, at a given point on the Earth’s periphery, of his motion around the Earth’s center – in the Earth’s daily rotation. The same subdivision of the same map is called a heliarc, when there is under consideration effects based on the actual motions in orbit around the Sun, of all the planets – including the Earth. In other words, Geoarc is synonymous with House, and Heliarc with Solar House, emphasizing the character of the motion to which the subdivisions apply. A geoarc considers the Earth as a rotating body, imparting an appar- ent motion to celestial points and objects. A heliarc views the Earth as a fixed point from which one considers the effects of the actual motions of celestial objects. The heliarcs are 30° arcs measured from the Sun’s position on the day for which the Figure is erected.
Geoarc Figure
One in which the cusp of the first Geoarc is the degree rising at a given moment. If the Sun’s position becomes the first cusp, it is a Heliarc Figure. However, the subdivisions of either map may be considered either as Geoarcs or Heliarcs, or both.
Geocentric
(1) Having the Earth for a center. The geocentric positions of the planets indicating their position. These are now generally calculated from the heliocentric places as given in the Nautical Almanac. The difference between the two is incorrectly termed the parallax. All astrological considerations are based on the geocentric positions of the planets, on the theory that Astrology is concerned with planetary motions only as they affect the Earth.
(2) The distance along the Ecliptic from 0° Aries, as viewed from the Earth.

Heliocentric Longitude is expressed in degrees of Right Ascension, from 0° to 360°, while Geocentric Longitude is expressed in terms of the Signs of the Zodiac.

Gibbous
(see Phases.)
Gnomes
An esoteric name for the invisible Nature-spirits that belong to the Earth Triplicity.
Golden Number
The number of any year in the Metonic Cycle of 235 Lunations (q.v.), which equals 6939d. 16h. 31m., or approximately 19 years. It is used in fixing the date of Easter. The cycle begins with the year in which the lunation falls on January 1st in the tenth degree of Capricorn, which it did in the year beginning the Christian era (1 B.C.). To find the Golden Number of any year: Add 1, divide by 19; the remainder indicates the number of the cycle. If there is no remainder the Golden Number is 19. Because the sum of solar and lunar inequalities vary in different years the matter of determining the date and longitude of the lunations may be in error as much as 2 days – either earlier or later. At the Gregorian Reformation of 1582 it was superseded by the Epacts.
Grand Cross
(see Cosmic Cross.)
Grand Trine
Two planets trine to each other, both of which are trined by a third planet.
Guarded
Applied to one or more elevated planets guarded on the East by the Sun and on the West by the Moon.

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