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descendant

[di′sen·dənt]
(geology)
A topographic feature that is formed from the mass beneath an older topographic form, now removed.

Descendant

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The descendant is the cusp (beginning) of the seventh house. In a natal chart, it corresponds to the western horizon at the moment of birth and is thus the point where, over the course of a 24-hour period, planets “descend” out of the sky. As one of the four angles—the others are the ascendant (first-house cusp), the midheaven/medium coeli (tenth-house cusp), and the nadir/imum coeli (fourth-house cusp)—the descendant is one of the more powerful locations for a planet. Thus, a planet in a close conjunction with the descendant is traditionally regarded as having a strong influence over the entire chart, although such influences are more marked in the case of planets conjunct the ascendant and the midheaven.

Sources:

Bach, Eleanor. Astrology from A to Z: An Illustrated Source Book. New York: Philosophical Library, 1990.
Fleming-Mitchell, Leslie. Running Press Glossary of Astrology Terms. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1977.
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