Translation of Light

Translation of Light (Borrowed Light)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A translation of light occurs when a transiting planet is separating from an aspect with one planet while simultaneously applying an aspect to another. The transiting planet briefly connects the two planets (which may otherwise not be in aspect with each another), imparting the influence (the “light”) from the planet from which it is separating to the planet to which it is applying. For example, say that in an individual’s natal chart, Mars is at 12° Aquarius and Venus is at 24° Aquarius. As the transiting Moon reaches 18° Aquarius, it is separating from a conjunction with Mars and applying a conjunction to Venus. While thus in between conjunctions, the Moon is said to be translating (imparting) the light (the energy) of Mars to Venus.


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