part of Astrological Glossary

- is the westernmost intersection point with the ecliptic. Because the Descendant is the principal west point in the horoscope, the Vertex has been likened to a “second descendant”. The Vertex together with its opposite point, the Anti-Vertex, create the auxiliary axis of the horoscope. The Vertex relates to seemingly fated or random events, for example, notable encounters with highly influential people in the native’s life.


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