the Earth and any two other celestial bodies, as observed from the Earth’s surface, as these relate to ahoroscope cast for the observer’s position, the date, and the time of the observation.Suppose an astrological chart has been erected to answer a question (a horary chart); to predict theoutcomes of an event (an electional chart, for timing a ceremony, ritual, etc.); or to analyze the possibleramifications of some unpredictable event, such as an earthquake, outbreak of war, etc. (an event chart).The
or ruler of that chart, i.e., the Planet ruling the Sign on that chart’s Ascendant,determines the answer to the question, consequences of the ceremony, or implications of the eventrepresented by that chart according to the aspects which it makes by progression to the Planets or other sensitive points in the chart. If the Significator in a horary chart makes no applying aspects to anythingof significance in that chart before leaving its Sign (or, in some cases, taking its station and goingretrograde within that Sign), or isn’t within orb of application to any other body in the chart during thattime, then the Moon becomes the chart’s Significator.* Like transiting Saturn, the progressed Moonmoves through the sky at an average of about one degree per month. By Her progressed motion and themajor aspects She makes as long as She is still in the Sign of Her original placement in that chart, She brings all things into manifestation.***In event charts, separating aspects can also be of significance.**For horary charts, major aspects to other Planets, the Part of Fortune, and other applicable points in thechart include the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, opposition, and parallels of declination. For event charts, this list is expanded to include the quincunx or 150
aspect. The quincunx, sometimescalled the inconjunct (a term also used for semisextiles), isn’t considered to be a major aspect inhorary charts, but as a secondary influence it is considered to be of great importance, since itsappearance in a chart is often indicative of grave illness or a disaster such as an earthquake.Quincunxes usually abound in event charts erected for disasters such as earthquakes and the outbreakof war. The geometric supplement of the quincunx, the semisextile, an angle of 30
, may be of significance with respect to the inception of conditions leading to injuries, disasters, ill-health, etc.See the Glossary in the Appendices to Volume I of this work for complete definitions of types of aspects as well as separating vs. applying aspects., etc.
are those which have major astrological effects upon the celestial bodies and theastrological chart under consideration. They include the
(also sometimes called
, an angle of 150°);
(same declination, or distance from the celestial equator, on the same side of it),
(samedeclination, on opposite sides of the celestial equator), and
(conjunct and parallel each other at the same time, so that the body nearer to the Earth eclipses the observer’s view of the farther one).
, whose effects tend to modify other things in the chart but aren’t themselves major influences, include the
(30°; sometimes also called an
(135°), and others.*For further discussion of these and other minor aspects, see Emma Belle Donath,
Minor Aspects Between Natal Planets
(Tempe, AZ: The American Federation of Astrologers, 1982),
.The aspects of significance in a horary chart, one erected to answer a question, include the parallel,*the conjunction, the sextile, the square, the trine, the opposition, and the occultation.*The two bodies involved in a parallel may both be on the same side of the celestial equator, or onopposite sides. In either case, in horary and event charts the aspect is considered to be a parallel, andinterpreted as such.