Hi out there, everyone! It feels like it has been forever since I’ve posted a blog. October is always a crazy busy month for me (and anyone in the witchy hustle, honestly…)
As we move into November, I’m hoping to have a much more steady release on content.
Also - if you’ve been listening to the podcast, then you know that I’m opening up a store! So, that’s been a lot of work as well.
Thanks, as always, for your support and patience in all of this!
In my last Astroblog, I promised we would go over aspects here and I would share some summary charts that kind of summarize everything we’ve discussed in the blogs to date. So, that’s what we’re gonna do.
In keeping with our theater/film model for understanding the chart, in the astrological language, aspects are how the planets “talk to one another.” They describe how our planetary placement plays out on the stage with all the other players (planets) in each of us.
A brief note on aspects: While we describe aspects as “easy” or “hard” in the astrological language, I’m not a fan of those terms. They hold positive and negative connotations, respectively. However, nothing in a chart or in nature is good or bad (including aspects.) Easy aspects bring ease and harmony, but also blind spots. Hard aspects can be more challenging to work with on the front end, but the spoils of working with a hard aspect appropriately hold great positive potential for the individual. It’s the yin and the yang, the wheel of fortune (if you’re a tarot person) – for every upside, there is a downside. We will all experience good luck and bad luck, positive and negative, light and dark – it’s all about the balance.
Conjunctions (Conjunct) - Easy Aspect - 0° – planets are very close together (same sign):
The energy experienced here is BLENDING.
The energies of the planets blend – they form an alliance
Opposition (Opposite/Oppose) - Hard Aspect - 180° - planets are directly across the chart from each other (6 signs apart):
The energy experienced here is POLARITY. BALANCE. MIRRORING.
Oppositions bring opposing energies – there is an “either/or”, pulling feeling, but the work and reward come in finding the higher, third order of “both” – it’s all about compromise
Trine - East Aspect - 120° (4 signs apart):
The energy experienced here is EASE. HARMONY. LUCK.
Trines = synchronicity. Since all the planets involved in a trine are in the same element (being 4 signs apart), they are all working on the same agenda and supporting each other in doing so.
Square - Hard Aspect - 90° (3 signs apart):
The energy experienced here is STRUGGLE. CONFLICT. TENSION.
When planets are squaring one another, you can expect to feel some conflicting energy. Rather than having planets in the same elements (as with a trine), the planets involved in a square will be of the same cardinal/fixed/mutable nature – so expect each side of the square to be stubborn – like with an opposition – compromise is key.
Sextile - Easy Aspect - 60° (2 signs apart):
The energy experienced here is COMPATIBILITY. COOPERATION
In Sextiles – the planets are in earth/water (yin) or fire/air(yang) pairs – everything flows and cooperates with each other within the sextile. *Sextiles are an aspect of lesser strength than a trine or conjunction.
*There are also some additional aspects not covered in this blog. Semi-Sextiles, are a hard aspect (1 sign apart), and Quincunx’s are another hard aspect (5 signs apart). For the purposes of this class, we’ll mention them, but focus in on the heavy-hitters in the chart above).
Additionally, I’ve listed out some common aspect patterns below. These can take a little time to be able to spot with the naked eye in a chart, but like with anything, practice makes perfect. While you’re learning to spot them, I recommend using apps like astro.com or Time Passages which can help you identify special aspect patterns.
Notable Aspect Configurations:
Stellium – A stellium occurs when three or more planets are sitting in one house or sign on a chart. Stelliums show a heavy and dedicated focus to the house or sign in which they fall in – meaning that the traits or area(s) of life governed by that sign/house would be a primary meditation for the chart owner and an area of life that receives great focus and attention.
Grand Trine – A grand trine occurs when three planets are all in trine with one another. It forms an equilateral triangle on the chart. In order for it to be a true grand trine, all of the planets must be in the same element (i.e., you could have a grand trine in earth or a grand trine in fire, etc.). Grand trines are somewhat rare, and they give a person a natural set of talents/gifts/abilities in the element in which the grand trine occurs. However, with everything good, there is always a downside…these people also tend to experience “blind spots” in one or more of the areas that the grand trine doesn’t occur in.
Grand Cross/Grand Square – This occurs when 4 planets are in square with one another. The aspect pattern forms a cross pattern on the chart. This is a difficult, but productive aspect pattern to have. The pattern forma a series of squares and oppositions. We already know that both of those hard aspects pull us in different directions. So, these people can constantly feel like inner parts of themselves are dueling. The grand cross/grand square requires the utmost ability to compromise, balance, and negotiate in order to get all of that square/opposition energy to work together rather than acting for cross-purposes. However, the people who master this aspect pattern are really productive. So, there are certainly rewards to reap by working with this planetary energy constructively.
T-square – A T-square is formed when three planets are locked in tight 90° squares. It basically becomes a three-way battle of wills (each planet with its own agenda) and one planet attempting to be the peace-maker. Like the Grand Cross/Grand Square, the T-square requires a strong ability to balance and compromise. Also, like with the grand cross/grand square, the people who can learn to manage this energy effectively are productive and flexible.
Yod – A yod, sometimes referred to as “the finger of fate” or “the finger of God,” is a rarely occurring aspect pattern that involves three planets forming an isosceles triangle. Two planets will be sextile to one another, and both of those planets will be quincunx a third planet. This is a widely debated aspect pattern. Some astrologers believe it’s supposed gravity in a chart is bogus. However, many believe that a Yod denotes a special mission or destiny in life. This is considered to be a hard or challenging aspect pattern to have, but it holds great potential for spiritual evolution and increased awareness in the individuals who master it.
Now that we’ve covered aspects, I’d like to switch gears a little bit and provide some summary charts to wrap up and summarize everything we’ve been discussing for the past few months.
Alright folks - that’s all for now! That’s a lot of information to soak in! Hopefully these charts help to summarize and group the information in a way that highlights how everything locks together.
I’m probably not going to be posting another Astroblog until November. I just need to make some time and space to work on the store a bit.