ASPECTS IN ASTROLOGY
Next on your deep dive into your natal chart and the world of the stars would be to learn about the major Aspects of Astrology. Think about it like you are a child again; in order to figure out who we are and who we want to become, we first learn about the world from our parents. Our parents, then, if they have strong relationships with one another, become our guide for how we treat others and what we strive for in a relationship. Aspects are the in-depth explanations of the relationships between a planet and the signs that come along with it in your own chart with another planet. Knowing the actions of the relationships of the planets in your chart will help you understand yourself and the zodiac much better. You'll often hear astrologers say things about different Aspects like, Mercury is opposing Mars this week", but that's just a glimpse into them. Whenever we talk about any movement in the Planets, were talking about that Planets' position in the zodiac, which is to say, the sign the planet is in. So when astrologers say something like Jupiter is opposing Uranus what they're really saying is, the sign Jupiter is in (or the Libra) is in opposition to the sign Uranus is in (or the Aries) because Libra and Aries are opposites. Are you ready to learn more? Read the passages below to find out more about the Aspects!
A Conjunction is formed when the energy and wavelengths of a certain planet (or planets) and points on the natal chart are in sync. They blend together so they act in unison with each other. Conjunctions function better the closer they are together, as the combined energies become stronger. They don’t stand alone, and they have a difficult time truly acknowledging each other as distinct or separate. Though, the weakness of a Conjunction is that it could also be a blind spot in your chart. For example, if you are skilled in reading your own chart, you can note the difference when the Sun is in close conjunction to Neptune. On the flip side, though, if you are new at your natal chart, it can be hard for the native to distinguish between their sense of individuality and their spiritual, evasive, or
roundabout nature. The native may just assume, naturally, that others are much the same way.
Any planets involved in a Square can clash together, creating tension. Even if some tension is necessary in order to create action, too much tension can become stress in the stars. The planets involved in a Square are defending themselves at the crossroads of each battle. With the presence of Squares, we may overdo and run into countless obstacles before we can finally conquer them. However, squares force us out of complacency to get the ball rolling in acting on any of our whims. Dealing with Squares are more difficult when we are young, as these kinds of aspects
force us to grow and learn our lessons.
Sextiles in chart, much like their other Aspect brother, Trines, point to some talent and ease. However, Sextiles have more flavor to them. Sextiles are the communicative Aspects, open to any kind of relationship. While any Trines in someone’s chart come so easily to people that they can be reminded of their own talents or tendencies, sextiles are a little more overt to the naive. This Aspect reveals any talents that people appreciate in themselves. In return, they may be more inclined to notice and work on these talents.
Planets in the Trines are accepting, just like their placement in their Sextile sister. Though, in the Trines, planets are more at ease, in harmony. They allow us to accept others, ourselves, and situations. The flow of energies that Trines offer are so natural that they are almost unconscious to a normal human. The traits of Planets in the Trines, however, are often not tapped by an individual because they might not know how to handle or hone their talents. For example, if an individual has Venus trine Neptune, she may be poetic, romantic, or artistic, and she might be very accepting of his romantic partner for who he/she is. Another person with Venus square Neptune may have similar qualities and may possess a strong desire to accept his partner blindly, but doing so is not as natural as the first person. He has to work on it and might come up against difficult situations in which he feels taken advantage of by his partners as a result of
Oppositions in astrology are created by dividing a circle into two. The key to this aspect is relationships. People with oppositions seek out others as if to mirror their own internal struggles or to experience something completely different to what they already know. It is through interactions with different people that they can learn and grow. Very often, oppositions cause us to swing from one side to the other and we feel torn. While the Square aspect is urgent and courageous, an Opposition is unstable by nature, the same sides of two magnets that refuse to stick together. When we use our Oppositions correctly, we are more willing to consider the other side and we can learn how to further compromise to move forward.
Quincunx aspects are created from any combination of planets that are roughly 150 degrees apart. The planets and points involved in a quincunx don’t understand each other. Unless it’s a nonlinear quincunx, the signs that meet are not only of different elements like Fire and Water, but they are of different qualities. For example, when we think of a Fire and Water sign, let’s take Leo- Pisces. Leo is Fixed Fire, while Pisces is Mutable Water. It’s difficult to see common ground between
the signs. It can be very hard to merge the energies of the planets along the Quincunx. But take into account that no two can really be merged, but they can exist harmoniously.