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Dictionary and Glossary of Astrological Terms starting with letter 'N'

Nabhasa Yoga
It is a group of 32 Yogas or planetary combinations which are classified in 4 categories. Akriti (shape) Yoga are 20 in number, Sankhya (number) Yoga are 7, Ashraya (dependence) Yoga are 3 and and Dala (petal) having 2 in its group.
The lowest point below the horizon or opposite point to the highest point that is Zenith. It is the cusp or starting point of fourth house also referred to as Imum Coeli or I.C.
The 7th, 16th, 25th star or Nakshatra from the birth star. It is also know as Vadha or Death Tara and is malefic.
Naisargika Bala
Inherent or permanent strength of a planet as distinguished from Kala Bala or temporal strength.
Naisargika Dasha
Naisargika Dasa or Natural Dasha is not identical with Moon's position or any sign or any of the other dasha or planetary period. Planetary period of Moon of 1 year start with the birth for every individual and continues as per length of time allotted to different planets, which are as follows, Moon: 1 year, Mars 2, Mercury 9, Venus 20, Jupiter 18, Sun 20 , and Saturn 50 years.
Nakshatra Charana
Each of the 27 Nakshatra or Lunar constellations in Vedic Astrology spans 13 degrees and 20 minutes and is subdivided into four padas or charana of 13 degrees and 20 minutes each. These charana are mostly used in marriage compatibility as per Ashtakoota system and determining the first letter of name at birth of a child.
Nakshatra Paya
Base of which Nakshatra one is born under one can have either Silver or Copper or Gold or Iron Paya. Silver Paya occurs when the birth is under Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Ashlesha, Magha, Poorva Phalguni, Uttara Phalguni, Hasta, Chitra, Swati, Vishakha, and Anuradha Nakshatra. Copper Paya occurs when the birth is under Jyestha, Moola, Poorva Ashadha, Uttara Ashadha, Shravana, Dhanishta, Shatabhisha, Poorva Bhadra, and Uttara Bhadra Nakshatra. Gold Paya occurs when the birth is under Revati, Ashwini, and Bharani Nakshatra. Iron Paya occurs when the birth is under the rest of the Nakshatra.
The 27 Lunar Mansions used in Vedic Astrology. For more details visit our Nakshatra
Natal Astrology
The branch of astrology dealing with individual person, showing life potentials, traits and predicting events in that person's life. It is also know as Genethliacal Astrology.
Natal Chart
Horoscope drawn for any individual, also know as the Birth Chart.
Natalization occurs when a person engages in a any type of activity for the first time, the astrological chart of that time becomes the natal or birth chart for that activity, used in pretext for that particular person.
Subject of a Nativity, or the person whose Natal Chart or horoscope is referred.
A Horoscope cast for the exact time and place of birth, as opposed to cast for the Electional or Horary astrology.
Natural Chart
A horoscope with 0° Aries on the cusp of the first house, it is also called a flat chart.
Natural House
There is a natural association or relationship between each of the 12 signs and the 12 houses. Aries is always associated with the first house, Taurus with the second house and so on and so forth.
One-ninth division of a sign or the sing is divided into nine parts of three degrees and twenty minutes each. The position pf planets in Navamsa significantly affect them for better or worse. If a planet occupies the same sign in the natal and the Navamsa charts, it attains great benefic power and is known as Vargottama.
Literally meaning Nine (Nav) ratna (gemstones), each prescribed for nine planets. Ruby or Manik for Sun, Pearl or Moti for Moon, Red Coral or Munga for Mars, Emerald or Panna for Mercury, Yellow Sapphire or Pukharaj for Jupiter; Diamond or Heera for Venus, Blue Sapphire or Neelam for Saturn, Hessonite or Gomedh for Rahu and Cat's Eye or Lehsunia for Ketu.
Negative Signs
All even-numbered signs are Negative signs also know as female signs. Taurus (Rishabh), Cancer (Karka), Virgo (Kanya), Scorpio (Vrischika), Capricorn (Makara) and Pisces (Meena) are Negative or Feminine or Night Signs.
The change of the Moon to New Moon.
The 8th planet of our solar system, it was discovered in September 1846 by Adams and Leverrier. It was assigned as the ruler of the sign of Pisces.
Neutral Planets
Mercury and Neptune are Neutral Planets. These two planets are counted as benefic when aspected or are with benefic and unfavorable when with or forming aspect to the malefic.
New Planets
New planets are Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, which were not part of traditional astrology.
Newspaper Astrology
The generalized astrology found in newspapers, magazines, and other publications which are solely based on sun signs or taking Sun sign as the ascendant. Sun-sign astrology has got special appeal to general people because of its simplicity. All it needs is a person's birthrate but it fails to take other eight planets and hence is rarely accurate.
Night Horoscope
A night horoscope is a horoscope in which the Sun is below the horizon.
Night House
The sign a planet rules by night. Except for the sun, whose night house is Leo, each planet rules a feminine (even numbered) sign by night. The Sun has Leo as its only house.
Ninth House
The ninth chart segment, governing higher learning, religion, spirituality, higher education, long distance travel, legal system and publishing to name a few things. The natural 9th house of the zodiac is Sagittarius which is the 9th sign.
Nirayana System
Also know as Fixed or Sidereal zodiac; this is the system used in oriental or Vedic astrology. Both systems (Vedic & Western) use the 12 signs we all know, they use different points of reference for Aries, the starting point of the zodiac. The tropical zodiac used by most western astrologers places 0 degrees of Aries at the spring equinox on March 21. The Nirayana System or the sidereal zodiac used by Vedic astrologers, however, use a fixed star reference from which to begin the first sign. The difference is due to a slow movement (one degree every 72 years) of the Earth and the solar system through the galaxy. This celestial phenomenon is known as the precession of the equinoxes. Approximately 2000 years ago, there was no difference in the two zodiacs. Over time, the gap increased so that now there is almost a 24-degree lag between the tropical and sidereal zodiac (Nirayana System).
Nocturnal Arc
The distance measured in space or time of a planet passed after sunset till sunrise.
Nocturnal Chart
Horoscope of person born at night.
Nocturnal Planets
Planets below the horizon, that is between the first and seventh cusps.
Nocturnal Signs
The zodiacal signs which are powerful during night. Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Sagittarius and Capricorn signs are nocturnal ones and all others are Diurnal signs.
Nodal Degree
The degree of the Moon's Nodes regardless of their sign position.
The point in the zodiac where a planet passes from southern to northern lattitude is called the North Node and when moving in the opposite direction (crossing from north to south) is called the South Node of that particular planet.
Non Planets
Non planets are everything else placed in a horoscope apart from the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Most common non planets are the lunar nodes, the part of Fortune, asteroids etc.).
Noon Mark
Mean local time at birthplace when it is noon at Greenwich, England or 0 degree longitude.
North Node
Common name for Rahu, used by western astrologers. Also called "Caput Draconis" or "head of the dragon". It indicates ones karmic potentials and lessons in the present life.
Northern Signs
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo and Virgo are know as Northern Signs because in these signs the Sun has northern declination.
A minor aspect of 40 degrees, also called a nonagon or a nonagen aspect. It signifies karmic test, realization and/or redemption.
An ancient science of numbers. It assigning numeric values to names and date of birth for calculating personality and future prediction.
It is the effect or small irregularity in the precession of the equinoxes due to the periodic cycle of Sun and Moon which is equal to a approximately 19-year.

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Written by Sanjay Sharma, © 2011, revised August 2015