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The sextile involves two planets that are 60° or two signs apart. The allowable orb is 5°. Active or positive signs sextile each other; passive or negative signs sextile each other. Fire and air signs sextile each other; so do earth and water signs. With this compatibility, sextiles create an ease in understanding, in the gathering of information and in expression. The planets cooperate with each other.
As always, keep in mind which planets are involved, as well as which signs and which houses. For example: Moon sextile Mars. Here we are combining the emotions (the Moon) with Physical energy and drive (Mars). If the fifth and seventh houses are included, lave affairs and partnerships are involved. If the sextile is in Aquarius and Aries, then we are dealing with intellect and independence (Aquarius) plus individualism and impulsiveness (Aries). Let's assume that the Moon is in the fifth house and Mars in the seventh house:
This would indicate that what you seek in love affairs or romance (fifth house) is similar to what you seek in a partner (seventh house). The sextile helps to blend and integrate these two planetary forces.
General Rules and Guidelines for Aspecting
Keep these general rules in mind when you analyze a horoscope for aspects.
1. Each sign has thirty degrees in it, from 0° to 29°.
2. Aspects are always figured by counting signs, not houses; otherwise you might overlook a sign that is intercepted in a house. Just because a sign is not on a cusp does not mean that it is not there. It is, and it has thirty degrees just like any other sign. If the first house cusp is in Cancer and the second house cusp is in Virgo, the sign Leo is intercepted in the first house. Each house does not necessarily contain thirty degrees.
3. When a planet is exalted or dignified (see lesson 3) it can integrate well and can handle all aspects in a more positive manner.
4. Check for out of sign aspects; these occur when a planet is at thd very beginning or end of a sign. For example: Jupiter at 4° Leo square Saturn at 28° Aries.
This is an out of sign square, but it is within the allowable orb, so it is still a square.
5. An applying aspect is stronger than a waning aspect. For example:
Applying: the Moon at 10° Taurus trine Mercury at 16° Virgo.
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In the applying aspect the Moon is moving toward Mercury and is thus said to be applying; in the waning aspect the Moon has moved past Mercury and is thus said to be waning. The faster planet is always listed first, whether applying or waning. The applying aspect shows something you are working towards; the waning aspect shows something that has been recently learned. The relative speed of the planets is shown in lesson 3. The aspecting (faster) planet is the doer, and the aspected (slower) planet is the receiver of the action.
6. Aspects to the Sun are the root, seed and plant of the character. Basic character is formed by the most exact aspects in the horoscope. Aspects show tendencies, abilities and disabilities, rather than attainment. In other words, the natal chart shows your potential, but your free will dictates how much or how little you do with it.
7. Since Mercury is never more than 28 ° away from the Sun, the only aspect it can form with the Sun is the conjunction. Since Venus is never more than 46° away from the Sun, the only aspects it can form to the Sun are the conjunction, the semi-sextile and the semi-square. Because we are only studying the major aspects now you needn't look for more than conjunctions between Venus and the Sun.
In the example of the Moon sextile Mars which we gave on page 63, we illustrated once more the logic of astrology. The basic meaning of each sign, each planet and each house never changes; the keywords stay the same. As time goes on and your knowledge increases, you will add your own words based on your understanding of the nature of each sign, planet and house.
This same logic and basic understanding continues when you are learning to aspect. You already know that in astrology we always keep the flat chart or natural wheel in mind. (See lesson 1.) When we delineated Roosevelt's horoscope (lesson 5), we added a Capricorn overtone to his Cancer Moon located in the tenth house because in the flat chart Capricorn is the natural sign of the tenth house.
The conjunction is a 0° aspect. Keeping the flat wheel in mind, we always start with the first house; the first house is the natural house of Aries and its planetary ruler is Mars. Thus all conjunctions have a first house/Aries/Mars feeling, a feeling of drive, activity and intensity, no matter where a conjunction actually occurs in a chart. This adds to the feeling of emphasis which naturally occurs when two or more planets are placed together in a chart. (See lessons 2, 3 and 4.)
The square is a 90° aspect. In your mind picture a 90° angle. This angle again starts with Aries, and 90° to one side takes us to Cancer/Moon and the fourth house. In the other direction 90 ° takes us to Capricorn/Saturn and the tenth house. We are talking of an angular and cardinal feeling. Cardinal always implies dynamic action and intensity (lesson 4); thus the square always signifies action, challenge, stimulation and stress.
The opposition is a 180° aspect, and it does just what the word says: one planet opposes the other. Opposite to Aries/Mars and the first house we find Libra/Venus and the seventh house. It is an angular and cardinal position, and its challenges and dynamics are similar to the square, but here the I-oriented Aries is now reaching out to the cooperative we-oriented Libra. Aries needs to learn cooperation and balance. When Aries changes self-awareness into awareness of others, the conflict of this opposition becomes a cooperation. All oppositions reflect this Aries/Libra conflict, regardless of the actual position of the aspect.
The trine is a 120° aspect. It involves Aries/Mars and the first house and either Leo/Sun and the fifth house or Sagittarius/Jupiter and the ninth house. Because Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are the three fire signs, this is a harmonious aspect, creative (Leo/Sun) and even at times indulgent (Sagittarius/ Jupiter). All trines reflect this basic pattern which we see in the flat wheel, no matter which element they occur in.
The inconjunct is a 150° aspect. It involves Aries/Mars and the first house and either Virgo/Mercury and the sixth house or Scorpio/Pluto and the eighth house. Quick, impulsive Aries has to cope with the exact, studious and down-to-earth Virgo in matters related to duty, work, health or habits (the sixtb house). Some sort of adjustment is needed to draw these diverse attitudes into alignment. On the other side of the wheel, Aries/Mars/first house needs to cope with the penetrating, determined and over-sensitive Scorpio in matters relating to other people's resources or in areas of research and regeneration. Both of these instances show two natures that are very divergent. A clear perspective and some kind of reorganization are needed before these signs can function well together. You can see that the inconjunct is a difficult aspect; it can produce stress and strain because it is always an aspect between divergent energies.
The sextile is a 60° aspect. It involves Aries/Mars and the first house and either Gemini/Mercury and the third house or Aquarius/Uranus and the eleventh house. In either case we are dealing with the combination of fire with air, which are compatible elements. Here outgoing Aries joins hands with communicative and intellectual Gemini and the third house or with humane, intellectual, progressive and friendship-oriented Aquarius and the eleventh house. All sextiles are between compatible elements (either fire and air or earth and water) and are always combinations that work in an affable way, expressing themselves easily.
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