In my more recent forecasts, I have started to include some information regarding different planetary aspects so I thought it might be useful to do a post explaining more about the different aspects, what they are and what they mean…
What are Aspects?
Aspects describe the angles that the planets form to each other on the wheel of the zodiac as they move through the sky. As much as each of the planets have their own unique qualities and personalities, that govern different areas of our lives and are influenced by the sign they are in at any given time, each of the angles - and the relationships they form with each other - means something different too.
These relationships are known as aspects, and they are represented by the angles the planets form with each other on the zodiac wheel
There are five major aspects we look at in Astrology; Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines and Oppositions and each has a different meaning.
Some are considered hard aspects - these generally bring about more difficulty and struggle - and some are considered soft aspects - these are generally thought of to be gentler, positive and auspicious. Conjunctions, aren’t aligned with either category, as they can go in either direction depending on the planets involved.
When looking at astrology, you will do well to consider, this all depends on the planets involved. You can have helpful squares, you can have a difficult trine - they all look different based on the planetary players.
The Five Aspects
If two or more planets are within 0° of each other on the zodiac wheel, it’s known as a conjunction.
A Conjunction is when two or more planets fall under the same sign. This aspect is very focused - it blends the qualities of the planets and makes their energies intense. If the planets compliment each other, it can be a positive aspect that can bring about high energy. If the planets don’t get along with each other, it can be a difficult aspect that can bring about more challenging vibes.
If two or more planets are 60° apart, this is known as a sextile.
Sextiles are fun, positive and generally full of good vibes! This energy is relaxed and compatible and does not tend to bring drama. Sextiles are not, however, action oriented and therefore do not carry a huge drive of energy. They are pleasant and comforting.
Sextiles usually occur between fire and air signs and earth and water signs.
When two or more planets are 90° apart, they form a square.
A square is intense and, unlike a sextile, dictates action. Squares carry a dramatic vibe - think hard angles and corners. Squares, however, are not always bad, they just generally mean that work will be needed to produce your favoured outcome.
When two or more planets are 120° apart, they form a trine.
Trines are THE BEST! These are the ones you want to see They bring luck, positive changes and synchronicity. When planets are working within the signs of the same element, they naturally get each other’s motives, making their energies easier for us to work with.
Trines are not to be ignored. They bring an amazing opportunity to make positive changes into our lives!
When two or more planets are 180° apart (or directly across from each other on the zodiac wheel) they form an opposition.
As you have probably guessed, this position can be challenging. With the whole zodiac wheel between two opposing planets, they are as far apart in the chart as they can possibly be, and because the two types of energies across the wheel are so distant to one another, this aspect can make it difficult for them to come together in harmony… However, opposites attract! So by seeking a balance between the planets’ energies and working progressively towards a more beneficial resolution, there is the potential for us to make an opposition run smoothly.
I hope that all made some sort of sense! If you have any questions please ask. The next post I’m working on is a back-to-basics astrology post, that covers the Signs, Houses and Planets and delves into the different qualities that each embody. A lot of you may already know the answers, however, I thought it might be a good reference point to have to hand.
Love & Light to all