How To Analyze Astrological Aspects

READER ALERT: With this chapter, we plunge still deeper into the technical end of astrology, and so some of you who are newcomers may want to put this book aside until your studies are more advanced.

Aspects are the key to many areas of astrological interpretation. The zodiac is a 360° circle, and angles formed between two planets in that circle—like 30°, 60°, or 90°--are called aspects. For instance, if Jupiter is three signs and about 90° away from Neptune, then Jupiter and Neptune are considered square to one another. The effect of an aspect is to blend the energies of two planets together in a way that modifies the way they both function. Coffee is always coffee, but Starbucks is counting on your knowing that with steamed milk it's a different drink than plain black coffee. Aspects are like that.

The type of connection formed between the planets in an aspect is determined by the nature of the angle—for instance, a square (90° angle) is generally considered a stressful aspect, while a trine (120° angle) is generally harmonious. Aspects greatly modify the way a planet is expressed and are an important key to understanding not only the birth chart but compatibility between people (chart comparison), current events in one's life (transits or progressions) and other important applications of astrology. The CHEAT SHEET on the next page is a summary of the major aspects we'll work with in this chapter.

There are astrology texts that interpret each planet in all possible aspects to each other planet. Nonetheless, if you rely primarily on books to analyze aspects, you'll be stuck with memorizing interpretations by a variety of experts, and you won't develop confidence in your own ability. What I'd like to teach you is to analyze the aspect first, and then, if need be, look it up in a reference book to verify your work. Hopefully, this chapter will give you tools to begin that type of analysis. Another drawback to relying on interpretations in a book, no matter how good it may be, is that the sign and house of each planet in the pair have to be considered, and no book can encompass that much material. Moon in Scorpio square Jupiter in Aquarius will be very different in nature from Moon in Sagittarius square Jupiter in Virgo, yet books can only give you a general interpretation of what it means to have the Moon square Jupiter1.

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