Aspects - How Things Get Along
An astrological chart can be drawn for any moment in time, showing
the position of the planets by degree and sign at that instant. Aspects
measure how far apart the planets are from each other in degrees.
Some aspects form angles that allow the energy of the planets involved to flow
easily and harmoniously together, while others are difficult and work against
each other. In judging whether a given aspect is in effect, an Orb of
some number of degrees away from exactitude is allowed, depending on the type of chart being
The aspects are grouped together as Major Aspects and Minor Aspects.
The most commonly used aspects are the Ptolemic Aspects, since they were defined by Ptolemy in the 1st Century AD. These
include the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition.
The Conjunction: 0 degrees apart
United We Stand
The Conjunction is a total combining of the energies of the planets involved.
The energy generated by this complete merging of identities is bigger than both of them.
The conjunction is the most powerful of all the aspects.
Your task is to figure out how to use this energy wisely and how to avoid being overcome by it.
The Sextile: 60 degrees apart
It took me a long time to really get a feel for the Sextile, but I've
come to realize that the planets involved in a Sextile aspect are your support staff.
These are the guys that have your back when you need it.
You can use the traits described by the planets and the interests of the houses
they are in to help you succeed.
The Square: 90 degrees apart
Not On Your Life!!
With the Square, there is just no compromise.
The planets and the houses they are in describe just what this blockage is.
The squares might not be fun, but they are the aspects that bring action. They're not easy and complacent. They make you
decide what has to be done even and then they give you the will do just do it!
Your task is to figure out how to resolve the differences...no easy task, but well worth it.
The Trine: 120 degrees apart
The Trine is an easy, harmonic flow of energy between the planets involved.
It feels good,it makes you happy, and it doesn't take a lot of energy.
But Trines can take you down back alleys as easily
as down main street.
Your task is to avoid becoming complacent and to
use this energy for its higher purpose.
The Opposition: 180 degrees apart
It's A Tug of War
The Opposition is a dilema, pulling the energies of the planets on each
side first in one direction, then the other. It feels like you're
between a rock and a hard place.
Your task is to find a way to find the balance between the two different energies.