(af·flic·tion) NOUN: 1.) A condition of pain, suffering, or distress. 2.) A cause of pain, suffering, or distress. During the nineteenth century, a disability was commonly referred to as an "affliction" and implied divine intervention in people's lives.
An outdated term that describes either a difficult aspect (i.e. Squared or Opposition), or a placement of a planet or angle in a sign that does not suit it, (i.e. Mars in Pisces). Also describes a relation with a " malefic " such as Saturn.