Declination. What is it?
1. Every schoolchild knows that it is the Dianthus caryophyllus, cultivated in the Mediterranean region for more than 2000 years and favoured by Vettius Valentine in his collection of blossoms. Although some say it was already cultivated in the hanging gardens of Babylon.
2. It is what any sensible planet does after it has encountered the equator. It is ‘cross and distances itself.
3. It is what occurs when one occupies a chaise longue after a long day at the charts.
4. The word has been misspelled. You mean D-E-C-L-I-M-A-T-I-O-N. Like in the declimation of interference.
5. Declination is part of a coordinate system that shows the position of an object with respect to the equator. Its companion coordinate is right ascension.
6. Declination is a form of inflection much used in hoary astrology, particularly in questions where number, gender, case and possession play a major role.