Critical Degrees

The point of the intersection of the Lunar Zodiac (Moon Mansions) with the Solar Zodiac are considered Critical Degrees.

Each Moon Mansion is 12 degrees, 51 minutes and 26 seconds in size.

The math for this overlay begins at start point of 0˚ Aries for both the Solar and Lunar Zodiacs;

the 2nd Moon Mansion cusp begins at 12˚51’26” of Aries,

the 3rd at 25˚42’52” of Aries;

The 4th at 8˚34’18” of Taurus and so on…


Rounded up to the degree, they are 0, 12, 26 of Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), 9, and 221 of Fixed Signs (Taurus,  Leo ,Scorpio,  Aquarius), 4 and 17 of Mutable Signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces).


The actual critical degree is the exact degree and minute of the degree according to the math, rather than the rounded up figure.   Particular attention would be noted if the Sun or Moon resides on on of these degrees and/or if the Sun and Moon are in hard aspect connected to these degrees, in a natal horoscope for instance.

Medical Astrology utilized these and critical degrees in making prognosis.  In  earlier times,  doctors were versed in astrology as part of their training in medicine.  The critical list is still part and parcel of medical terminology, though other scientific means are used in determining such status.


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