energy of any one planet or planets in the position they rent in zodiac houses
are also affected by how the planets are positioned with respect to each
other at any time. This is the conversation, if you will, that takes place
that influences the effect on the person's chart. Some positions produce
arrangements that reinforce these positive energies. While others bring about
disruptive and difficult effects. The relationship between the planets are
called Aspects. They refer to the ANGLE or degree the position describes.
The major aspects are: conjunctions, oppositions, squares, trines and sextiles.
The effect of an aspect
between two planets is strongest when the fastest planet reaches the exact
angle of the aspect. However effects can be felt over several degrees (called
the orb), depending on which planet is involved and on whether it is a major
or a minor aspect.
The interpretation of aspects is based impart on
how the planets fall into signs with similar or conflicting elements and qualities.
For example, the square aspect has planets in the same quality or mode, but
conflicting elements (e.g., fire and water) while the trine aspect the planets
are in the same element, but stimulated by different qualities.
The aspects are described as harmonious or inharmonious.
Harmonious aspects can help matters along. Inharmonious aspects ("badly" aspected
planets) introduce stresses, many of which can actually help you if you learn
to deal with them. A brief description of the meaning of the major aspects
is as follows:
*Note: in determining the aspect an astrologer counts SIGNS between
the two planets and NOT houses. This is particularly important when dealing
with a chart that has an intercepted house or sign.
These are the Major Aspects:
Conjunction (10 degrees or less)
Keywords: Emphasis, Intensity
A conjunction occurs when two planets are from 0 to 7(or 10) degrees of
each other. Their energies combine or reinforce each other, giving emphasis
to the planet's expression. A conjunction can be favorable or unfavorable
depending on the planets involved and whether or not these planets are harmonious
or opposite in character. This aspect merges and intensifies the energies
of two planets. Inner tension can arise if the planets have conflicting natures.
Keywords: Cooperation, Awareness
An opposition is an unfavorable, major aspect in which two planets are 180
degrees apart, plus or minus 7 degrees (173-187 degree orb). An opposition
indicates areas where there is a need to balance opposing forces or circumstances.
Through an opposition, you have an opportunity to gain greater awareness
of yourself as well as others. Sometimes these forces can't be resolved and
the only solution is to compromise. Since the conditions represented by an
opposition can't be changed, they must be dealt with or accepted as they
are. Inharmonious aspect creating inner tensions between your
planetary urges. It also creates dynamic tensions with others, which you
must reconcile if you want to maintain harmonious relationships.
Keywords: Challenge, Obstacle
A square is considered to be a major, unfavorable aspect in which the planets
involved are 90 degrees apart, plus or minus 7 degrees (83-97 degree orb).
In this aspect, the energies of the planets are clash with one another, each
trying to make the other to conform to it's manner of expression. Squares
in a chart indicate where you will need to apply effort and determination
to achieve your goals. Inharmonious aspect
causing tensions and obstacles for you to overcome. It forces you to choose
between your conflicting inner needs and urges.
Squares signify action: in the Cardinal squares this action is swift; in
fixed squares, the action is gradual and cautious and in mutable square,
the action is changeable and influenced by other factors.
Trine (120 degrees)
Keywords: Harmony, Easy Luck
A trine is a major,
favorable aspect in which the planets involved are 120 degrees apart, plus
or minus 7 degrees (113-127 orb). The trine represents harmony, creative
inspiration and generosity. Trines in a chart can help a person to overcome
difficulties and it's influence can bring good luck and easy attainment;
also indicates where things come with little effort. It also identifies natural
talents and where success is most easily attained. Harmonious aspect
that brings the two energies into an easy interplay. This can create such
beneficial consequences that things become to easy for you and you become
Sextile (60 degrees)
A sextile is considered to be a major, favorable aspect in which two planets
are 60 degrees apart plus or minus 5 degrees (55-65 degree orb). The planets
involved are of the same in gender, quality, and functions harmoniously.
Sextiles in a chart show where opportunities are presented in life. They
represent circumstances that when acted upon can lead to achievement and
success of a goal. Harmonious aspect that helps energies flow toward
attainment of your goals, provided you make some conscious effort to achieve