Ascension, Long and Short

Ascension, Long and Short

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

If one stands in front of a building, it may appear to be 20 feet wide. If one then walks 10 yards or so to the left or to the right and examines the building from a different perspective, it will appear to be narrower than before. Because the belt of the zodiac is slanted at 23/12° to Earth’s equator, we see some astrological signs from a slanted perspective. This causes, particularly at middle-latitudes, a noticeable variation in the length of time it takes for different signs to rise (ascend) over the horizon. Those requiring more time are referred to as signs of long ascension; those requiring less time, signs of short ascension. In the Northern Hemisphere, the signs of long ascension are Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius, with the “longest” signs being Virgo and Libra. The signs of short ascension are Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini, with the “shortest” signs being Pisces and Aries. This situation is reversed in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sources:

Brau, Jean-Louis, Helen Weaver, and Allan Edmands. Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology. New York: New American Library, 1980.
Lee, Dal. Dictionary of Astrology. New York: Paperback Library, 1969.