The Aspects

As a planet moves through the zodiac, it continually makes and remakes relationships with other planets. These relationships, or aspects, are defined as an angle, or fraction of a circle. The number of degrees between two planets placed on the zodiac circle forms an imaginary line when observed from the Earth. In astrology, certain angles are of importance. These major aspects are 0?, 60?, 90?, 120?, and 180?. Thirty degree and 150? angles have some influence, as do 45? and 135?, but the major aspects, known as conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition, are the ones that have the most effect on a birthchart.

The combination of any two planets in an aspect will bring the influence of those planets together, in either a good or bad way. To give an example, if the Sun and Saturn were placed 120? apart in a (positive) trine aspect, they would combine to bring honesty, organisation and power of concentration. The conjunction, sextile and trine are regarded as being positive in nature, and help the individual to use his or her talents carefully and wisely.

The square and opposition are often thought to be negative in nature, as they represent conflict between the two planets. At a first glance, this may seem to be a bad thing, but the square and opposition also symbolise obstacles that need to be overcome before an individual can progress. This is often the biggest challenges that have to be surmounted to achieve anything in life, and as such, is positive. If the Sun and Saturn were placed 90? apart in a square aspect, they would bring lack of confidence, an inflexible attitude and pessimism. This aspect suggests that the individual concerned would have to work hard to build up his or her own confidence, learn to be adaptable and try to be optimistic. It is only by adopting these attitudes could the individual progress in life.

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