Astrological Aspects

What Are Astrology Aspects?

As I mentioned in the birth chart section, in order to read a birth chart, we need to interpret the positions of the cosmic bodies in the signs and houses of your birth chart.

The second part of chart reading, related to the relationships between the different cosmic bodies and cardinal points in your chart.

A birth chart constitutes a circle, and therefore has 360o. Aspects are defined by measuring the distance between planets and cardinal points in degrees upon the birth chart circle.

If, for example, when you were born, Mars was 2o away from the sun and Pluto was 115o away from the sun, it means that Mars conjuncts your sun and Pluto trines your sun. In your chart, you will see that Mars and the sun are tight together, indicating the conjunction. You will also see a long blue line going from Mars to Pluto, indicating the trine relationship.

Why Are Aspects Important?

Aspects between planets and cardinal points, especially when they are formed with the sun, moon, and ascendant, have a great influence on your personality. Some aspects are considered harmonious and beneficiary. These are marked in blue lines. Some are considered challenging. They are marked in red lines. Conjunctions can be both empowering and challenging. 

  • When a planet has a beneficial aspect to your sun, it means that the positive qualities of this planet enhance and support your personality.
  • When a planet has a beneficiary aspect to your moon, it means that the positive qualities of this planet enhance and support your emotional inner world.
  • When a planet has a beneficiary aspect to your ascendant, it means that the positive qualities of this planet enhance and support your soul.
  • In the same way, challenging aspects mean that the challenging qualities of a planet will challenge your personality (sun), emotional world (moon) and soul (ascendant).

Aspects’ Orbs

Below is a list of the major aspects and the degrees that define them. It is important to understand that aspects relate to a range of degrees called orb. For instance, conjunction between planets does not require that the planets will be at the exact same degree. Even if the distance between them is 5o , they are still considered in conjunction to one another. 

It is acceptable by most astrologers, that if an aspect is formed with the sun, moon or ascendant, the orb is +/- 10o. If the aspect is formed with another planet or cardinal point, the orb is +/-5o.

For example – if the moon is in 12o Virgo, any planet that is in the range of 2o to 22o Virgo, will be considered in conjunction with the moon. But if Mars is in 12o Virgo, a planet will be considered in conjunction to Mars if it is in the range of 7o to 17o Virgo.

Review the list of aspects below. Can you identify them in your birth chat? 

Major Birth Chart Aspects

Aspect:
Name:
Conjunction
Influence:
Variable
Indication:
Close proximity
Meaning:
A conjunction is one of the most powerful and significant aspects in a chart, especially conjunctions to sun, moon or ascendant. The personality aspects represented by the sun, moon or ascendant receive all the qualities of the cosmic body in conjunction to them, both beneficial and challenging.
Aspect:
Name:
Sextile
Indication:
Short blue line
Influence:
Harmonious Aspect
Meaning:
Sextile is very similar to trine, only that it is weaker and not always felt.
Aspect:
Name:
Square
Indication:
Short red line
Influence:
Challenging
Meaning:
A square aspect usually occurs between two zodiac signs of the same modality. A cosmic body squaring sun, moon or ascendant challenges the personality aspects they present.
Aspect:
Name:
Trine
Indication:
Long blue line
Influence:
Harmonious
Meaning:
A trine usually occurs between zodiac signs of the same element.When a cosmic body trines the sun, moon or ascendant, it strengthens the personality aspects they represent.
Aspect:
Name:
Opposition
Indication:
Long red line
Influence:
Challanging
Meaning:
Opposition is very similar to the square aspect but is considered easier to harmonize, since usually elements of opposing signs work well with each other (fire and air or earth and water).