The idea that different planets have different influences should be at least a little familiar to most of you who have read some astrology columns in magazines or newspapers. For example, you are probably familiar with astrology's concept that Venus rules attraction, romance, and desire; whereas Mars rules sex, war, and aggression. These differences between the planets' powers are called their symbolisms, or sometimes they are called rulerships. Each planet has its own unique set of symbolisms and rulerships. Astrologers use a planet's particular symbolisms to interpret the results and effects of a planetary aspect that is formed by any two planets. When two planets form an aspect by matching degrees, we can usually accurately predict the meaning of an aspect simply by combining and integrating the symbolisms of the two planets that make up the planetary aspect.
For example, when Venus and Mars create a planetary aspect (by being in the same degree of the constellations, thus matching degrees), then astrologers interpret the meaning of the Venus-Mars aspect by combining and integrating the symbolisms of Mars to the symbolisms of Venus. Venus symbolizes desire, and Mars is symbolic of war. By combining these two symbolisms, we get an interpretation of "desire and war." The next step is to integrate these symbolisms; when we do that, we get "desire for war" or "desire of war." But what is most important is that we can use any of the valid symbolisms of a planet in our interpretation; this means that each aspect has a range of interpretations. Another possible interpretation of an aspect formed by Venus and Mars is "attracted to aggression." This is because Venus rules attraction as well as desire, and Mars is ruler of aggression as well as war. Also, a more palatable interpretation of the Venus-Mars aspect is "desire for sex," since Mars rules sex, and Venus symbolizes desire.
So we can combine any of these symbolisms to interpret the influence of a VenusMars aspect. In this way, each planetary aspect has a RANGE OF VALID INTERPRETATIONS, and the variation is dependent on the range of the symbolisms of the planets that form the aspect. We will discuss this in more detail later in this book.
To many of you, all of this may be new and not fully understandable yet, but we will give many more examples as we continue. So please don't get stuck on the issue of how to interpret aspects. Just read on.
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