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    A Glossary of Astrological Terms for the letter "K"

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    Esoteric teachings that deal with mystical ideas of creation and concepts of a spiritual nature, based in the Hebrew/Gnostic scriptures. Kabbalah (Qabbala, Cabala, or other variant translation from the original Hebrew קבלה) features interpretations of the Tree of Life, the Zohar, numerical keys to the Bible etc.
    Evil spirit. See Cacodæmon.
    Kal Sarpa Yoga
    A very serious debility in Vedic astrology, when all visible planets are lined up either on one side or on the other of the Nodal axis, i.e., between the north node and the south node. (The outer planets, asteroids etc are not considered.)
    Alternative Sanscrit name for the Moon's south node (a.k.a. Ketu) used mainly in Buddhist teachings. Lit. "Flame of Time".
    One of the four aims of life in traditional Indian society, namely enjoyment, pleasure, and desire. The other aims are Dharma (righteousness), Artha (wealth), and Moksha (liberation). In Indian astrology, the domains of Kama are the 3rd, 7th and 11th houses from the radix ascendant and also from the Moon. Not to be confused with Karma.
    In Vedic astrology, a term for significator, or "indicator".
    1. Cosmic cause and effect, including the moral content of activities of all kinds.
    2. Reaping the effects of past actions, including those from previous incarnations.
    3. Hidden energies designed to awaken our spiritual awareness through the overcoming of seemingly intractable obstacles.
    Katarchic Astrology
    One of the three main systems of Hellenistic Astrology, which corresponds today to a form of Electional Astrology and Event Astrology. Katarchic means "pertaining to a beginning".
    Kuiper Belt Object. Small rocky bodies orbiting beyond Neptune in the Kuiper Belt. Pluto has been classed by some contemporary astronomers as a KBO.
    In Vedic astrology, a term for angular house. See Angles.
    Johannes Kepler, born Weil, Wurtemburg, Germany on December 27, 1571 was a famous astrologer who became the father of modern astronomy. A popular astrology computer program, Kepler has been named after him, as has Kepler College, an astrology school offering certification and (until recently) degrees in astrology.
    Keplerian Aspects
    Minor aspects defined by Kepler, including 72°, 135° and 144°, developed as a musically-based extension of Ptolemy's Major Aspects.
    Kepler's Laws
    While working in Prague under Tycho Brahe, Kepler discovered his three laws of planetary motion, based on the idea that planetary orbits are elliptical, rather than circular as proposed by Galileo. These have revolutionised modern astronomy, though they have little astrological significance. More on Kepler's Laws (offsite).
    Name for the Dragon's Tail, in Indian Astrology. See Dragon's Head.
    Key Words
    Words that encapsulate the meaning of an astrological factor. For example, Cancer: "I feel".
    Subtle energy of the life force, the control of which is one of the goals of yoga, tantra, tai chi and similar disciplines. Also known as Chi (Ch'i) or Qi, and in Yoga, Prana.
    Killing Planet
    See Anareta.
    A Grand Trine with one of the planets making an opposition to a fourth planet which in turn makes sextile aspects to the two others of the Grand Trine. The need to place creative expression of talents in a grounded context, supplied by the opposition.
    A time-based system of house division published in 1971 by Walter Koch. Also called the Birthplace system, it is said to be similar to an earlier system of Alcabitius. Though Koch did not himself develop his system (it was invented by Fiedrich Zanzinger and Heinz Specht), he advocated it and held that it was an improvement on the popular Placidus system, which it resembles. Neither Placidus nor Koch are reliable for polar latitudes.
    Kolisko Effect
    When a metal associated with a given planet is less reactive during that planet's occultation. Metals placed in solution and allowed to crystallise produce unusual and remarkable patterns when the planet ruling the metal is under occultation, if indeed any crystallisation is observed at all. First demonstrated by Lily Kolisko in the 1920's.
    1. One of the lesser-known Ayanamsas used to convert the tropical positions to the sidereal in Indian Astrology. It has a current arc of 22° 21' 50".
    2. Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986), an influential spiritual philosopher of the 20th Century, intensely tutored by C. W. Leadbeater, Annie Besant and others of the Theosophical Society, who had believed him to be the next great incarnation of the World Spirit (Maitreya). Increasingly uncomfortable with his role as the Chosen One, he split in 1929 with the Society and dissolved the massive worldwide "Order of the Star" that had been instituted to support him and his work. This led to a crisis in the TS from which it has never fully recovered. Krishnamurti continued to teach, but repudiated the idea that he was a messianic leader or guru, holding that truth was best found by individuals through meditation, rather than following the teachings of others. He received the UN Peace Medal in 1984. See Wikipedia on Krishnamurti.
    Kuiper Belt
    A vast region of icy, rocky bodies beyond Neptune's orbit. It has no known astrological significance in itself, but Pluto is located in this great frontier area, some 3 billion miles (4.8 billion km) from the Sun.
    Kuja (sanskrit: "the fair one")
    In Vedic astrology, a name for Mars.
    Mars affliction, affecting married life. See Mangalik Dosha.
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