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The nature of the aspect depends on the number of degrees separating the two planets. Aspects are of utmost importance in assessing the natal chart because they help in identifying the nature of the relationship, whether hard or soft, between the energies released by the planets involved, which constitutes all the complexity and richness of the personality. Aspects express themselves more or less strongly according to their importance, or lack of. Moreover, angles between planets never exactly match the standard definition of aspects. Thus, the exactness of the aspect, referred to as "orb" in astrology, is to be considered. If the orb is tight (almost exact aspect), the aspect is more powerful. If the planets are linked by a wide orb aspect, their influence is less strong. Each aspect is allowed a different orb, and traditionally, some astrology schools assign them slightly differing coefficients. In natal charts, usually accepted orbs (exactness of aspect) are 9 to 10 degrees for oppositions and conjunctions, 7 to 8 degrees for trines and squares, 4 to 5 degrees for sextiles, 2 degrees for quincunxes and sesqui-squares, around 1 degree for semi-sextiles and semi-squares, and often 0.5 to 1 degree for quintiles and their family (semi-quintiles and bi-quintiles). Much smaller orbs are used in forecasting and synastry works because these techniques require that aspects be more exact if they are to be efficient. In our programs, we take 11 aspects: the Conjunction, the Opposition, the Trine, the Sextile, the Square, the Semi-Sextile, the Semi-Square, the Sesqui-Square, the Quincunx, the Quintile, and the Bi-Quintile. Here are the major aspects that may be found:
As indicated by its name, it is formed when two planets are on the same degree, or when they are very close to each other. The conjunction takes a positive or negative influence, depending on the other aspects formed. It can also be neutral. It may also depend on the nature of the two planets involved. Its function is to combine and blend the characteristics of the planets' energies.
The aspect connects two planets posited 180 degrees apart, and thus, in two complementary signs. Such planets are said to be in opposition. They are in contradiction with each other and try to gain the upper hand on the other one, which results in the native's being psychologically torn between the two poles of the opposition. Traditionally, it is considered a negative aspect since it brings about tensions, but it allows to evolve if one strives to master its contrasts. At maturity, it is possible to turn the tension into an asset and strength by harmoniously blending the characteristics of the two planets so connected.
It may also depend on the nature of the two planets involved. or when they are very close to each other. The Square It is formed when two planets are 90 degrees apart. It is an aspect of good luck and psychological comfort. Squares prevent them from keeping still and prompt them to continuously move ahead. The Sextile It is formed when two planets are posited 60 degrees apart.The Trine It is formed when two planets are posited in signs belonging to the same element. They are the semi-sextile. depending on the other aspects formed. and evolve.. create. There are also minor aspects. Such planets support each other and create a feeling of well-being and easiness since they are in harmony with each other. its effects are more concrete than with the trine and are expressed more outwardly. it is beneficial and is a factor of harmony between the planets involved. even though it is obviously desirable to also have a few soft aspects such as sextiles and trines. too much easiness is no incentive to effort. it proves quite delicate because two adjacent signs are always very different from each other. Its function is to combine and blend the characteristics of the planets' energies. In practice. The semi-sextile is a 30 degree-aspect considered rather harmonious. The square is the most interesting aspect. Like the trine. the quintile. the semi-square. and you can have fun checking them out. The planets involved perfectly and actively exchange their energies. The conjunction takes a positive or negative influence. Indeed. and the native strongly feeling their struggle. . provided that the person has much courage and tenacity. since immobility is difficult to bear when such constant tensions crop up. Actually.). Leaders and people with exceptional destinies often have many squares in their natal chart. the quincunx. Like the opposition. it is an aspect of tension. and thus compatible. he must continuously fight against the difficulties set by their energies. it favours self-indulgence and passivity. this aspect is considered the aspect of communication par excellence. but they help to fine-tune the chart analysis. the biquintile etc. the sesqui-square. The aspect endows with strength and the ability to overcome a great many hurdles in life. However. However. In order to overcome them..As indicated by its name. with the planets in constant conflict. It can also be neutral. They are less important than the major aspects. it is formed when two planets are on the same degree.
and offers their assets to the native. The semi-square (45 degrees) and the sesqui-square (135 degrees) are minor aspects of tension like the square. In our compatibility programmes for example. the Sun and the Moon. but on condition that on the one hand. but some sort of incomprehension may settle in a fatalistic way and drive the partners apart in spite of themselves. So. blends their characteristics.). It is not easy to systematically give them a negative influence. etc. Mercury and Uranus. and as such. where planets are 150 degrees apart. Moon/Mars. complementarity may play an active role and considerably pep up the couple. and when its exactness (the orb) is narrow (less than half a degree. . with the difference that they are generally less used. It unites two energies of different elements and modalities. Venus/Saturn. in synastry work (the relationship between two persons). a very interesting aspect which takes its nature from both the trine and the square. When planets are of a different nature. Regarding squares and sesqui-squares. there is the quincunx. they make the native move ahead and evolve. and can add excitement into the relationship. and as with any tension. preferably). Quincunxes are interesting because they are a blend of square and trine. which are soft aspects too. because of unexplained misunderstandings. it is obvious that the most delicate challenge is to be able to properly deal with harmonious conjunctions which are also connected with tensions: the couple tends to get closer and idealises everything.e. and is used to carry out the calculations of compatibility indexes.The quintile is a very positive aspect which is formed when two planets are 72 degrees apart. A panoply of harmonious and clashing pairs of planets is thus created. for instance). oppositions are considered complementarity in most cases when the planets involved are not of a contrary nature (Mars/Saturn. Kindly take note of the following pieces of information: Tensions play out differently in a natal chart than in a compatibility analysis between two charts. and preferably. since tensions do not allow them the time to do so. It is of a spiritual nature. and on the other hand. tensions become difficult to deal with for both partners. eleven astrological aspects which are all processed in view of the final assessment of the couple's compatibility indexes and planetary dominants. that they are complementary (Mars and Venus. The quintile family also includes the semi-quintile (36 degrees) and the bi-quintile (144 degrees). it is obvious that there are tensions. Regarding multiple aspects. Over time. he accepts to put up the required efforts. we use ALL the aspects mentioned here. that the planets involved are not of opposite nature. Lastly. i. and with an even stronger impact. it plays out as powerfully as a sextile or a trine. but in a less intense way than the square. they manifest themselves as attractions at the beginning.
or Pluto is rather a danger when it starts to come into play. This configuration enables to explain a few unusual behaviours which elude the classical analysis of the natal chart. and Venus are never very far from one another). even though there is a danger of pride with the Sun. similarly to a wild horse reacting to its instinct only. Concerning Uranus and Neptune. On the contrary. especially when it receives a major transit. those who use seven aspects and exclude the sesqui-square and the semi-square. Jupiter and Venus are regarded as assets. square. Astrologers do not totally agree among themselves regarding the type of relevant aspects to be considered. As for the Sun. and in between. and Mercury. and so forth for the ten planets of the natal chart. the quintile and the bi-quintile are left out because they are too minor aspects. the fact that they are unaspected is deemed rather positive. Saturn.Unaspected Planets There is quite a rare case. and seductive. smiling. A general remark: the nature of the planet indicates whether the fact of being unaspected is most likely to be a danger or an asset. Someone with an unaspected Mars may at time turn into a quarrelsome or short-tempered warrior or an overly active entrepreneur whenever his Mars is hit by an important transit. It is usually considered that an unaspected Mars. the sesqui-square. . the Moon. they can yield the best as well as the worse. It is referred to as unaspected planet. depending on the rest of the chart. whereas proponents of a looser rule take into account nine aspects (the five major aspects. Purists accept only the five major aspects (conjunction. Being unaspected does not constitute a personality facet strictly speaking. trine. since the Sun. but it may be the cause of significant differences in the planet's expression as compared to its "regular" nature. adorable. may be abnormally affectionate. that of a planet which makes no aspect to any other planet.5% of people. Mercury. Aspects to angles must not be taken into account for this peculiarity. in fits and starts. a person with an unaspected Venus (one of the rarest case with only 1. the quincunx. of laziness or passivity with the Moon. opposition. but also the semi-sextile. Usually. and the semisquare). and sextile). For instance. How is an unaspected planet interpreted? Most astrologers agree that a planet left to its own devices and having no link with the rest of the natal chart is an unbridled energy which has no outlet or diversion mechanism and can manifests in all its pureness and strength. and of scattering or nervousness with Mercury.
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