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Aspects are the angular correspondences formed between planets, angles and other points in a chart. Aspects are the angular connections between two planets or points in a chart. They are measured in degrees and minutes of longitude. Aspects are a function of simple geometry.
Every planet will usually have some aspects.
Not all charts will contain all the aspects.
It is unlikely that all planets will have every aspect.
Not all planets will aspect each other.
Some planets may not receive any aspects.
Often charts will have a preponderance of the one particular aspect.
Aspects and aspect patterns show the main storylines within a chart. The dialogue between the planets and chart points is found by the planetary connections expressed through the aspects.
Aspects are like a conduit passing information between two planets. Two planets in aspect will communicate with each other for better or for worse depending on the actual planets and the aspect in question.
Where do aspects come from?
Aspects angles are created by dividing the 360° chart wheel by different numbers.
Major and minor aspects
We will focus on the major and minor aspects. The major aspects are the ones used by the Greeks and are today known as “Ptolemaic aspects” after Claudius Ptolemy. The minor aspects are those found to have value in chart interpretation.
An unaspected planet has no Ptolemaic aspects (conjunction, sextile, square, trine or opposition) nor minor aspects (semi-sextile, quincunx, semi square or sesquiquadrate) to another planet (not a point) in a chart.
Interpreting Unaspected Planets
Unaspected planets can go one of two ways.
They can be the rogue planet in a chart if prominent and unfettered.
Or they can rise to be the purest expression of themselves because they are not “tarnished” or influenced by an aspect from another planet.
Example chart Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie the prolific crime writer has an unaspected Mercury and she used it at its highest vibration and wrote good books.
The astrological aspects are the angular relationship between the planets and points (the Ascendant and Midheaven etc.) in a chart.
In your chart some planets will be in aspect to each other and some will not have aspects. Some planets may have easy aspects and some may have difficult aspects.
There are five main aspects.
More on the conjunction
Planets in sextile work well together and support each other. They suggest that you have latent talents in the nature of the planets involved and this can be brought forward for the creativity and vision in your life. The sextile is a soft aspect.
Planets in trine to each other are easy going and let the other planet be themselves. This is the best aspect of support and being positive. The trine is an easy or soft aspect.
Planets that are square to each other have some tension between them. Their energies compete for dominance and challenge each other. Planets in square create internal dilemmas for you. The square is a hard or difficult aspect.
Planets that oppose are in tension with each other and will struggle to work together. These planets create external dilemmas for you and can indicate where you project the issues to the other. The opposition is a hard or difficult aspect.
And another – The Quintile Aspect
Although not one of the big five aspects I use the quintile aspect as well as it is the aspect of creativity. Planets in quintile to each other show your creative expression in line with the meaning of the two planets. The quintile should always be considered when analyzing creative expression and outlets in your life.