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Aspects/Houses

Okay guys and gals, I had an urge at 3 am on August 4th to sit down and write a comprehensive research on aspects and how to interpret them. I need to thank beforehand three brilliant astrologers, Robert Hand, who wrote an amazing book “Horoscope Symbols,” Mohan Koparkar, an author of “Mathematical Astrology” and my dear friend Adam with whom I had numerous discussions on different aspects and their influence on individuals. So first I had to define a term “aspect”. By the end of August 4th, I realized that this is turning out to be a complete introduction to natal chart but I am not swaying away from my main focus, which is ASPECTS.

An aspect is the distance between two planets or two points in space in relation to our planet Earth. The aspects are a part of the basic foundation of astrology. It is used in every branch of astrology: natal, progressed, solar arc, horary, synastry and etc. All aspects are derived by dividing 360 degrees circle by small whole numbers. There are many aspects that are existing and have been classified as an aspect with a special meaning in astrology; however there are only six of them that have been classified as “major aspects” : conjunction – 0 degrees, square – 90 degrees, trine – 120 degrees, inconjunct -150 degrees, and last but not least opposition – 180 degrees. ohh and I forgot sextile - 60 degrees .. THANK YOU, KERRI!
In simple language, the whole wheel is 360 degrees, right? So, we divide 360/1 = 360 degrees to represent conjunction, to get an opposition we grab 360 degrees and divide by 2 to get 180 degrees, to get a square, we take 360 degrees again and divide by 4 to get 90 degrees. Guess what it takes to get a trine? If you guessed 3, you got it.

Little run down the lane through history. The Greeks divided a circle into one, two, three, four and six, in another words, conjunction, opposition, trine, square and sextile. They are called “classical” or “Ptolemaic” aspects after Claudius Ptolemy in 2nd century AD, who was the most influential person on astrology and astronomy. To Greeks affiliated the circle as symbol of universal completion. They were more than fascinated with completing and perfecting SELF during their life. The clearest example of their hunger to understand SELF was carved upon the entrance to Delphi oracle “Know Thyself Know Thy Way.” Astrology in ancient Greece came from Mesopotamia. The Greeks did not use inconjunction – 150 degree aspect. In the Renaissance, the second major wave of astrology came about with Alchemy Era, astrologers started messing around with dividing the wheel by five, seven, eight, and twelve. The era of the quintiles, biquintiles, septiles, the biseptiles and the triseptiles was born. Not to forget to mention semisquares/octile, sesquiquadrate, semisextile and inconjunction. Two major astrologers who were behind the expansion of aspects were Johannes Kepler and Morinus. By the way according to Robert Hand, he says that division by seven never took off but division by five did a little better. Also, he mentions that people started paying attention more to abandoned divisions. John Addey and his followers reintroduced the idea of aspects as harmonics and focused on classifying each aspect as a part of harmonics sectors. To simplify this, John Addey split each family of the aspects to define what it represents as a symbolism. Another interesting link Robert Hand writes in his book, he says I am paraphrasing here, if one is to interpret the aspect as a part of harmonics whichever this aspect belongs to it maybe linked to the waves that are being studied physicists. Okay, so to simply this as Robert Hand says that “the cycles of planets are mathematically identical to waves of light, sound, the ocean or a pendulum, which differ from astrological cycles mainly in that they are faster.” That is on page 107. With planets we have conjunction, then it goes into sextile, then square, then trine, then opposition. Anyway, let’s go back to aspects.

There are several factors that should be taken into consideration when one is attempting to determine the aspect’s effect on an individual or the situation, whichever case it maybe. I will be talking strictly about natal astrology without touching transits or synastry. In order for someone to understand an aspect, one must understand if the aspect is bonding positively or negatively one planet to another. A planet represents the raw energy, whereas the house that planet occupies finely channels its expression. When you combine two planets, whatever aspect may be it combines two planetary energies and defines its quality, power, and visibility to individual. Sounds confusing? Usually an astrologer will look at planets individually before they look at their aspects between all planets. so let’s say, two individuals were born with Venus in 10 degrees Cancer and Saturn in 15 degrees Libra. The first individual had Venus in 12th house and Saturn in 4th house. The second subject who was born on the same day has Venus in 2nd house and Saturn in 6th house. The power to act and express their energies will be different because of their locations.

When we touch aspects, we also learn about the orbs. Not all aspects end up being with 0 degree exactness. That is where the term “orbs of influences” come in. In simple terms, the orb is the amount of degrees that is made by two points that differ from the exactness of an aspect. Here is an example, Moon is 10 Cancer and Venus is 10 Pisces. Moon and Venus are in perfect trine – 120 degrees. In the second scenario, Moon is 15 Cancer and Venus is 10 Pisces. Moon and Venus are still in a trine but the orb is not 0 but 5 and separating. The orbs can extent to the extreme 12 degrees. It is highly debated subject. Some people feel them more intensely than others. How can you tell? Well, not easy topic but I will try to explain. Let’s say you have Moon/Venus 6 degree conjunction with no other planets that is aspecting either Moon or Venus, you will feel it powerfully. It is pure raw unspoiled aspect. With another individual the same Moon / Venus aspect with 6 degree orb and he/she has other planets closely aspecting Moon or Venus or both might feel this conjunction weaker because of the distribution of energies of the planets is split between or among other planets Moon / Venus produces.

Last but not least there are aspects that will cross each other if they fall into each other’s orb of influence. So check this out, this is crazy. Some of the aspects are close to each other and do not leave any room for transition. So pick the closest aspect! What?! Okay, this took me a while to figure out but I think I got the theory. The aspect distance between two planets is 179. It is closer to opposition but if the distance between two planets is 177 degree is called a neutral zone because it is a midpoint between 180 degree aspect and 174. This is only mentioned in Mathematical Astrology.

I am sure everyone has read what each planet stands for. I personally want to run through them briefly. There are two main groups: personal planets and mundane/outer planets.


Personal Planets are
Sun corresponds with your ego, drive, your physical vehicle.
Due to the nature of the Sun, Sun performs the best in cardinal and fixed fire signs – Aries and Leo.
The weakest when it is in the water and mutable signs.
It is a bit stronger in Capricorn than if you compare it to Taurus or Virgo.
If you were compare strength of Sun in Sagittarius or Gemini, Sun in Sagittarius performs stronger.
The Sun shines the best in 1st, 5th, 9th, 10th, and 11th houses
The Solar energy drops in 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 12th houses.
Sun in 2nd house is somewhat neutral but it is more positive than negative.

Moon is all about emotions and the whole dome of your inner action
Moon is the strongest in Earth, female fixes sign of Taurus and in water, female, cardinal sign of Cancer for obvious reasons.
She is very potent in Pisces, however she is the weakest in all make signs, especially in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius. She does not do well in Capricorn and is heavily being tested in Scorpio.
The Moon also can be quite happy in Virgo and Libra, only when the Moon is given security and shelter when she mixes in synastry with the other person’s chart.
The best lunar positions are 2nd and 4th but extremely weak in 1st and 10th. She is inclined to be a bit stronger when she is placed in 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th. She is leaning to be frail in 3rd and 6th.

Mercury is all about your conscious mind and how you communicate
Mercury is the strongest in its own sign, Gemini and Virgo. It does quite surprisingly well in Aquarius Capricorn and Aries. Mercury as an adoptive planet therefore it does express itself better in mutable and cardinal signs rather than in the fixed except in Aquarius because of the nature of Aquarian mixture of being fixed and unpredictable. In general, Mercury does not do well in water signs. The weakest Mercury is when it is in Pisces, Sagittarius, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Libra and Leo however it likes to be in 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 10th and 11th houses. Mercury is least productive in the 12th, 4th, 7th, and 8th.
Depending on a sign of Mercury, it tends to express itself either good or bad in 2nd house.

Venus is how you feel about yourself in terms of love, affection, and satisfaction.
Lovely Venus just loves to be in Taurus and Libra and also shines in Cancer and Pisces. If you are into artistic or involved with anything to do with finances, Venus gives you an advantage when she is in Capricorn and in Leo. She is out of luck in Aries, Virgo and Scorpio and some neutral extent in Gemini, Aquarius and Sagittarius.
Her energy feels comfortable in pretty much all elements except fire. Venus is very much at home in 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th houses.
If you are looking for more spiritual path in your life, Venus in 12th will provide you a light in that direction.

Mars is all about drive / initiative, aggressiveness, assertiveness also the musculature of the body. Mars is the strongest in Aries, Scorpio, Capricorn and Leo. The weakest when Mars is in Taurus, Libra, Cancer, Gemini, Aquarius and Pisces. It somewhat impresses when Mars is in Virgo. The most active and noble expression comes out from Mars when Mars is in the fire signs, and can be a double edge sword when it is in Scorpio. Generally speaking, watery and mutable Mars does not express itself unless it gets a help from the house where Mars is found. The strongest house placement for Mars is 1st 5th, 8th, 9th, and 10th house. In opposition it is not popular nor feels comfortable when Mars is in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 11th or 12th.

If a personal planet defines and sets you apart from another person, outer planets relate to the outer world.

Jupiter and Saturn are very important to look at because they are not fast yet they are not slow comparing to Pluto and Neptune. Jupiter and Saturn often show the person’s social environment vs. person’s life.

Jupiter is fond of the Fire signs and water signs (Cancer and Pisces). It is very gentle in Earth signs but not the best sign to be in. All houses receive Jupiter quite well, however Jupiter feels extremely comfortable in 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th and 12th houses.

Despite bad reputation in regards to Saturn, Saturn is the most beneficial when it is in Capricorn, Libra, Aquarius and Gemini. It is quite negative in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.
Saturn brings down the house whichever it is sitting in BUT if it is well situated and well placed, Saturn is quite positive in 10th, 11th, and 7th houses.

Uranus, Neptune, Pluto on other hand are beyond what is on Earth, literally. It is native’s attitude and views on Universe and how the person views or gets associates him/herself to human experience on a grand scale. Those mighty three planets MIGHT play a huge role in your chart IF they are prominently sitting on your angles and/or aspect a fast moving planet or better yet a part of a midpoint! Midpoints are fascinating!

Uranus is very potent and positive in Aquarius, Gemini, Libra.. it is quite happy in Sagittarius and Aries. It is not easy for Uranus to be in Leo, Taurus, and cancer. It is very happy to be in Scorpio and can be quite positive in Pisces if an individual is on spiritual path. Uranus is at home when it resides in 3rd and 11th houses, and is disruptive when Uranus is in 1st house or 4th.

Neptune picks Pisces and Cancer. It inspires the arts, anything to do with movies/music related professions. Neptune in Libra can cause mayhem but the worst is when Neptune is in Virgo, Aries, Taurus, Capricorn, and Scorpio. Neptune in Scorpio should be noted to have some positive combination ONLY when a person is in touch with his spiritual world. It is most comfortable in 4th, 9th, 12th houses. Least contented in 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 10th.

Because Pluto moves so slowly, its influence in all signs is yet to be fully tested, however, astrologers noticed that Pluto performs at full strengths in Scorpio and Aries. and it favors being in Gemini, Sagittarius. Pluto is not fully potent in Taurus, Cancer, and Capricorn. The house positions have been analyzed enough to draw the conclusion that Pluto feels at home in 1st, 8th and 10th. It is somewhat positive in 9th and 11th. Pluto can raise hell in 2nd, 7th, and 12th. Pluto’s house location should be analyzed with the connection to other planets. I will cover unaspected planets one day hopefully soon.


We all have these planets in our charts but how are they working?
It is very important to pay attention to essential strength or debility of the planets.
If you have a mutual reception, say like Moon in Capricorn and Saturn in Cancer, it is mutual reception by sign. They are very super powerful but you gotta be careful because they can get you out of trouble but a lot of time you get yourself into a trouble.

Then there are people who have a lot of planets in dignity or exaltation. Yeah it is nice to have it BUT terrible for everyone else around them. On top of that, they do not see any imperfections. The general rule is more planets you have in dignity and exaltation, the more likelihood there is that you do not have any interior recognition of anything wrong which can lead to arrogance. Everything is perfect so you think!

Unlucky *j/k* people with falls and detriments especially in personal planets, they keep chewing themselves and trying to perfect their inner world cause they think they are not good enough. Robert Hand wrote somewhere that he noticed that more planets debilitated, the owner of that chart tries harder to improve himself and his world inside him/herself

Speaking of signs….. Positive and Negative signs! Well, Air and Fire are positive while Earth and Water negative. Now, Earth and Water people are not bad people! More planets you have in negative, more introverted you are. Just the opposite goes to positive signs.

I cannot close my eyes and ignore houses. They are the backbone of the natal chart. There are dozens of housing systems created, invented and used in astrology. Yet no one seems to come up with a perfect system that applies and works for all. According to Robert Hand, he is using Koch system because it makes more sense. He tends to like the idea which derived from ancient Greeks that “a cusp is the peak of a house’s energy, though not the beginning of the house.”

- to be continued -

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