How The Aspects Are Connected To The Ascendant

1. Now we must explain briefly why we have said that certain houses are aspected to the ascendant but others turn away from it. These last we have called "passive" or "alien."

2. All signs are of necessity mutually aspected. Why we have said this you can soon learn. We have explained that all signs have 30 degrees. If you put all these together twelve times, you arrive at the number of 360 degrees, which are divided among all the bodies of the signs, so that these signs are respectively aspected to each other by the nearness of the relationship. Whichever add up to 360 degrees by the addition of a whole number of degrees joined together, these are related when their sum is added up.

3. We have described how the sextile aspect is related to the ascendant and to other points. We have stated before what sextile is, and now we shall describe it in particular. If you take 60 degrees from the ascendant, that will be the side of the sextile. If then you take 60 six times, so that the total of 360 degrees is reached, each of these is mutually aspected.

4. Trine is the fifth house from the ascendant and from any other point, whether it be right trine or left. We have said that it is most powerfully pspected to the ascendant and to other houses. We shall explain briefly JiPW this comes about. If we start from the first degree of the ascendant 3hd count off 120 degrees we find this house. If then we take 120 degrees three times we get a total of 360 degrees. This is the way each hoyse is aspected to the ascendant, and all trines are aspected to each other in this way.

5. We have a}so said that quartile is very strongly aspected to the ascendant. I shall briefly show the calculation for this connection. Setting out from the degree of the ascendant we stop at 90 degrees. Then, multiplying this by four, we reach the total of360 degrees. The number of 90 degrees multiplied by four adds up to the sum of 360 degrees, and is therefore called a square. This is the calculation for all squares.

6. Oppositions, too, as we have said, are aspected to the ascendant, but I shall explain the calculation of the aspect as well. Starting from the first

Diagram VII. The Aspects.

degree of the ascendant we arrive at 180 degrees and stop. Therefore, if we multiply the number of 180 degrees by two, we get a total of 360 degrees. Because therefore the two—that is, 180 taken twice—give the sum total of 360 degrees, these houses are very strongly aspected to each other. This is the calculation for all oppositions.

7. When instead the houses are so placed that their degrees, when multiplied by two, three, or four, do not make up the total of 360, they are not at all aspected to the ascendant or to any other signs. And, because of this, whatever sign is found outside of this number is called passive and ableptum.

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