All About Astrology, Part 6: Aspects

Aspects in astrology are referring to the angles that planets form between each other on an astrological chart. The major aspects are conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition. As we discussed previously, all of the planets have personalities and traits. Just like people, when the planets are in relationships with other planets, their relationships can be neutral, harmonious, or tense. On your birth chart, these relationships can reveal areas in your life where you may excel or experience hardships.

The Major Aspects

Conjunction: A conjunction is when two planets are zero degrees away from each other in the same zodiac sign. This causes the personality of both planets to combine with each other. Depending on which two planets are together in this aspect, can determine how easy or hard this area of your life can be.

Sextile: A sextile is when two planets are 60 degrees apart from each other. This aspect is considered positive and causes a harmonious connection between the two zodiac signs. The areas where we find sextiles are probably areas of our life that we already appreciate and acknowledge the gifts we have in these areas.

Square: A square aspect happens when two planets are 90 degrees apart from each other. This aspect tends to create tension between the two planets and signs they are in and it may manifest itself in a visible way in your life. This aspect is thought to create tension to motivate us to take action.

Trine: A trine occurs when two planets are 120 degrees apart from each other. Trines are considered lucky and fortuitous. These areas of your life tend to be easy for you and where blessings come easily.

Opposition: Opposition is when two planets are 180 degrees apart from each other. This aspect implies that the two planets are in conflict with each other. When we have this aspect in our chart, we need to learn to balance the opposites of the planets. It can teach us to see both sides of a situation.

The Minor Aspects

Semisextile: This occurs when two planets are 30 degrees apart from each other. Thisn always happens with two consecutive planets so they have different elements and modalities. Even though they are different, they must try to get along since they are neighbors.

Semisquare: Semisquare happens when two planets are 45 degrees apart from one another. This angle can cause blocked energy between the two planets. This tension can manifest as events in your life that appear over and over. A sesquiquadra is when two planets are 135 degrees apart and that placement has the same effects that the semisquare has on someone’s life.

Quentile: A quentile is when two planets are 72 degrees apart. This aspect can show us where we are naturally talented. It happens between two planets that are similiar and work together harmoniously. A biquintile is when planes are 144 degrees apart and these planets have a similar effects as the planets in a quintile.

Aspects are yet another component of astrology that has an effect on our life and personality. Do you have any aspects in your birth chart?

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