The Aspects are: The angular relationship between two points in the 360-degree wheel of the zodiac. All the planets in a horoscope are located in the zodiac and the angle between any two planets, given in degrees, is called an aspect. The number of degrees is significant and each aspect has a particular meaning. All aspects are measured by the angle viewed from the Earth.
The main aspects are:
Conjunction: Although there is not an angular relationship between two or more planets that occupy a similar degree this placement is highly sensitive. The orb of influence can be up to ten degrees. A conjunction produces a concentrated force of energy that can stimulate enthusiasm and the willingness to take up life challenges. It can have an Aries feel to it.
Sextile: This is when two planets are in a sixty-degree relationship with an orb of up to 3 degrees. This aspect shows the subjects are of interest to the individual and how he or she thinks. The individual can be curious, clever, inventive, articulate and communicative according to the themes of the planets, signs and houses involved. This aspect has a Gemini feel to it.
Semi-square: When two planets are in a 45 degree relationship to each other with an orb of 4 degrees. It is an internally challenging aspect. The themes and issues that emerge are connected to the planets involved.
Square: When two planets are within a 90- degree relationship, allowing an orb of 8 degrees. This is the most internally challenging aspect and indicates specific soul lessons to be learned. It is only by becoming conscious of the psychological issues involved that an individual can constructively harmonize the energies. Our life tests come via the squares however they also produce the greatest transformation and soul growth. Ill health can occur when the individual rejects the opportunity for psychological transformation.
Trine: This is when two planets are within a 120- degree relationship, allowing an 8 degree orb of influence. This pattern indicates an easy flow of energy; can feel like a soothing sedative and is mostly positive. However it can also incline the individual towards laziness unless there is a square from one of its points. It can also indicate an easy flow of negativity. There is no internal pressure experienced through a trine.
Quincunx or Inconjunct: When two planets are separated in a 150 -degree relationship within a 4-degree orb of influence. This aspect links planetary influences between signs that have little affinity for each other. It usually creates mental strain, pressure and stress. Many adjustments to old thought patterns need to be made before internal resolution can occur. Ill health can result through internal stresses and the unwillingness to become conscious of, and change, old “stinking” thinking.
Opposition: When two planets are within a 180 – degree relationship to each other with an 8 – degree orb of influence. The planets involved are usually in opposite zodiacal signs and the individual experiences an internal “tug of war” between the energies.
Internal pressure can be resolved through accepting personal responsibility for one’s psychology and deeds. This happens by choosing to identify and consciously balance and harmonize our internal opposing forces. The internal challenging forces are connected to the involved zodiacal signs, the houses and planetary themes.