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5 Major Astrological Aspects

For people just starting to learn astrology, planetary aspects can be one of the more difficult topics to pick up on. The topic contains a lot of nuance in terms of specific planet relationships. In addition, one needs to know both the signs and planets fairly well before they can start to make inferences on how the planets are affecting one another.

Aspects are considered to be the relationships between planets. Does the energy between Saturn and Venus get along? Perhaps the vibrations clash. Maybe they are indifferent to each other. Aspects give us information about energetic interactions and how the energy of a planet may be dampened or increased by the others.

As an introductory article I will only cover the five major aspects. They are:

  • Conjunction: 0 Degree difference (between two planets)
  • Sextile: 60 Degree difference 
  • Square:  90 Degree difference
  • Trine: 120 Degree difference
  • Opposition: 180 Degree difference

There are two things I believe will be helpful before we go deeper.

First, each aspect has what is called an Orb of Influence. The orb allows for there to be a range of degrees in which an aspect can form. A rule of thumb is the orb is never wider than eight degrees on either side. However, depending on what charting software you use, some more powerful aspects may have a slightly larger orb. 

Although, what is important to know is the larger the orb, the weaker the aspects. A trine aspect (strong, positive) which forms at 128 degrees, would barely qualify. It is still important for drawing conclusions about the chart, but would not be as potent as a 122 degree trine aspect.

The second is a tip for quick chart reading. Each house is 30 degrees. Knowing this, we can quickly scan aspects by the number of houses which separate them. Six houses for opposition, four houses for trine, three for square, etc. On many programs the aspects are listed on a table separate from the chart so this will keep you from having to flip back and forth. 

Let’s dive deeper into the aspects!

A conjunction is when two planets are in the same sign. It is often considered the most influential aspect. So is it good or bad? Well that depends on the chart. I think of a conjunct as an intensifier, which also makes it quite unique. If the other aspects the planet has are positive, then the conjunct is positive. If the other aspects are negative, then it makes them more negative. 

Another way to think about it is if two planets are in the same sign, then they more fully embodied that sign. Someone with three planets in Gemini will be more true to the qualities of Gemini. Now whether those qualities are positive or not, that usually depends on their level of emotional and spiritual maturity, i.e evolved or unevolved. 

The next aspect is sextile and occurs at 60 degrees, or two houses apart. Sextile is considered a positive influence with moderate strength. The individual may need to develop their skill set when a sextile influence is present, yet they will have a natural predisposition to doing so. 

The aspected planets will also denote what the skill set is. So if Jupiter and Mars are sextile, one can infer the individual will be predisposed for material success because of masculine traits they carry. This is a very broad interpretation however, and the more aspects we know, the signs, and the houses all enable us to get a more detailed understanding of the individual.

Third on the list is the square (90 degrees) and is our first inherently negative aspect. Planets which are squared to one another dislike each other. It is a moderately strong, negative, aspect. It usually shows us where there are opportunities for growth. While it is a negative aspect, it isn’t a death sentence. An individual can oftentimes overcome the squared aspects with diligence and persistence. One might think of them as the lessons your soul came here to learn.

Then we have the trine aspect (120 degrees) and as mentioned earlier, it is a strong and positive influence. Trine aspects show us where a person is naturally talented. They are gifted areas the individual can use to succeed in life, but more importantly, assist in learning the lessons the soul came to learn.

 A skilled communicator may struggle in romantic relationships. Part of their journey may be using their gift of speech to work out problems with those closest to them. The growth might entail learning to become vulnerable. Unfortunately, a trine simply shows what a person is skilled in. It is possible a master manipulator would have a trine mercury placement showing they have strong intellect and communicative skills.

Lastly, we come to the opposition aspect (180 degrees). This is a strong, negative relationship between planets. When planets are in opposition their energies clash. They may feel torn between two desires. You could think of these as karmic lessons, or areas of growth your soul ignored in past lives. They typically are areas we struggle in a great deal. If one persistently applies themselves, they can still be overcome. It is my personal belief, anyone can accomplish anything they desire with proper application.

As you can see, planetary aspects give us a lot more information about the individual’s life progression than simply looking at the planets or signs individually. A great deal can be learned just from knowing all the planet placements. However, aspects (and house placements) are how astrologers are able to make accurate predictions about a person’s behavior beyond just the broad and generalized interpretations. In addition, aspects help in Mundane astrology to predict societal and environmental phenomena. Cool stuff!

I hope this article helped you to deepen your understanding of astrology. Perhaps it gave you more insight into your own chart too. Now to be a successful astrologer, go out and read some charts! If you have questions or want to learn a specific topic, make sure to check out my book a lesson tab for one-on-one help or check out some of my other articles. Don’t forget to link up with me on social media for updates on new content!

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Age of Aquarius

Every generation progresses a little bit differently than the previous. With all the memes about Millennials and “Boomers”, one must wonder if every generation is as radically different as the previous. Oftentimes, the shifts that take place are much more incremental, yet, there are several reasons, both physical and spiritual, that are causing such a huge divide between generational lines.

You may have heard people mention “we’ve entered the Age of Aquarius,” and that’s all fine and dandy, but what does it mean? Well it means several things and I will do my best to give you a breakdown of them all. However, before we can understand the Age of Aquarius, we must first discuss The Great Year.

If you remember from middle school, the Earth sits on a tilt called an axis. This tilt is responsible for the seasons as we orbit around the sun. The cardinal zodiac signs are important in chronology, the study of time, because they mark the four seasons. When Aries is at 0 degrees, that is the celestial equator and celestial ecliptic are on the same mathematical point, then we know it is officially spring. A more layman term would be the March Equinox. 

The earth’s axis is also responsible for The Great Year. The axis points towards a specific zodiac sign and this is how we define the “Age of ____”. Over the course of roughly 2,160 years, the axis of the earth shifts signs marking a new zodiac age. Each of the different ages are called “Great Months” (creative, I know). After the axis has traveled through all the signs, returning to 0 degrees Aries on the March Equinox, a Great Year will have passed (roughly 25,8000 years).

Okay, well then how come we are going from Age of Pisces to Age of Aquarius? This is because of something called precession. The Earth’s axis slowly moves backwards, about one degree every 72 years. Over the course of 2,160 years, this means what was 0 degrees Aries on the March Equinox, is actually 0 degrees Pisces on the March Equinox.

So are you not the zodiac sign you think you are? Well a key difference between Western and Vedic Astrology is Western doesn’t account for precession whereas Vedic does. In my personal experience as an astrologer, I have found western astrology to hold true when giving chart readings. I urge every astrologer or enthusiast to explore this for themselves and come to their own conclusion.

But back to The Great Year.

The Great Year is defined by twelve great months each one being ruled by a zodiac sign. Whatever month the planet is in is believed to be a marker for the global consciousness of all living things on Earth. Over the 2,160 years the Earth will be in each sign, the characteristics of the specific sign are expressed in every individual on the planet. That is not to say you don’t have qualities of your own signs, but as a collective our behavior will be representative of the great month.

This can be seen when looking at the previous great month, Age of Pisces. The qualities of Pisces are those of duality. It has been called the sign of the starving artist because there is great creative force but also a self destructive tendency. The sign also rules over the spiritual aspects of life. We see both of these appear throughout the last two millennia. There was a significant change in consciousness with the teachings of Jesus Christ, who is believed to have lived around the start of the new age. However, there were also 200 years of crusades and killing, specifically fighting over these same teachings. We saw massive leaps in science and art during periods like the Scientific Revolution and Renaissance. Yet we also saw horrible atrocities like slavery and two world wars. There was deep spiritual growth and philosophy during the Enlightenment period, but also the exposure of religious institutions using spiritual teachings as a form of control. (Okay Matt, we get the idea.)

If we look at history, the similarities are uncanny. To be able to claim the planet’s axis will affect the psyche of every individual on the planet sounds ridiculous (check out my other article The How and Why of Astrology). Yet, we can’t deny there is something taking place.

Many people have heard the saying “As above, So below” and while most associate it with a biblical reference, it is actually from a much older scripture known as the Emerald Tablets. It states that everything within us is also outside of us. This can be stretched infinitely. Science has even shown us, the particles which make up our bodies are the same which make up the stars. In short, if something affects the earth, it also affects me as an individual.

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Well what does the new age look like then?

As we slowly move into the Age of Aquarius, we will see the qualities of the sign appear more and more on the planet. In many ways, they already have. Aquarius rules electricity, technology, democracy, social revolution and humanitarian values. In just a very short period of time, we have seen technology grow exponentially. We have also seen an outcry for social equality and a big push for more democratic forms of government. In addition, there have been riots and civil wars to achieve this equality. At times this revolution may seem scary, but it is part of the push for all humans to have equal standing in society. A very Aquarian trait. 

Arguably, we are still in the transition phase between Pisces and Aquarius. A big counter argument to The Great Year is constellations overlap so how do we know which Age we are in? Astrologers would answer we are in a ‘cusp’ which is when we technically are in both signs and have qualities of each. In a lot of ways we still hold the attitudes of the past. As new generations are born, they will become more and more Aquarian in nature, having been raised with the progressive values of their parents as models. 

We cannot say for sure what will unfold in this new era. There is likely to be a lot more turmoil in the beginning as we transition, but no part of time has ever been truly free of conflict. What we do know is it will be exciting (maybe more than some would hope). There is no day like today, no moment like the present moment. Everything we see happen in this world will be a result of our individual contributions to the whole, so be the change you want to see in the world!

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The Outer Planets: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

Most people who know their natal chart remember their “big” planet placements, that is, the planets that affect them directly. These are the personal planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon and of course, the Sun. The sign placement of these planets is nearly as important as the house they are in because they move throughout the zodiac constantly. In this article I am going to talk about three other planets that get overlooked in the personal chart, and usually overlooked by the collective too. These planets are Uranus (yours, not mine), Neptune and Pluto.

First, a little backstory on the outer planets. During the time astrology had the most development these planets were not even known. Uranus is barely visible from earth even with perfect conditions. It is likely they considered it to be a random star in the night sky as the other planets are much brighter. Neptune and Pluto are not visible without the use of a telescope. It wasn’t until 1781 that Uranus was discovered. Neptune was discovered in 1846 and Pluto was discovered as recently as 1930. Around 1650 societal changes within the church and scientific discoveries heavily stigmatized astrologers and their craft, so you can understand why there isn’t as much credit paid to these planets. Lastly, these planets are so far from Earth, they may only change their zodiac sign once in a decade. Uranus is the fastest of the three, changing roughly every eight years, but Neptune takes roughly 16 years and Pluto averages 21 years!

Despite the cards being stacked against them, these are some of the most powerful celestial bodies in our solar system. In your individual natal chart, you will want to look at their house placement to know how they affect you more than the sign they are in, however I liken these planets to an earthquake. They may be slow to change but once they do, it is going to alter an entire generation of people.

So what do these planets do anyway? In a nutshell, they influence the planetary consciousness. These three planets will impact the psyche of a whole generation and because of that, we have to look at history to gain an idea of how these planets work. As we stretch back hundreds of years, we can find patterns for how society will act during certain sign placements for these planets.

Let’s focus on the first of three, Uranus.

Uranus
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Not too long ago in 2018, Uranus entered the sign of Taurus and it will remain in Taurus until 2025. Taurus is the sign of security and money. It values material possessions and comforts. It is a sign that is slow to change, but when it does, it is usually a drastic shift. Knowing this, we can predict there will be some significant changes to promote security and financial abundance between 2018 and 2025.

If we look back through time at when Uranus was in Taurus before, we can see the accuracy of this pattern. The last time Uranus was in Taurus was from 1935 to 1942. Only a short while before this, The Great Depression happened in America. Unemployment and poverty were higher than ever. One could say it was the result of the two previous Uranus placements, Pisces and Aries, which tend to be frivolous and impulsive with their money. This short sighted spending led to The Great Depression. However near the end of Uranus’ transit through Aries, Roosevelt was elected and started to implement massive social reform to increase the financial security of the nation and its citizens. Interestingly enough, these social reforms coincided with Uranus entering Taurus. 

Being an American, I know US history the best, however worldwide, many nations were struggling at some point after WWI. Germany had been thrown into a depression due to the war, but here comes Uranus in Taurus and their depression subsided by a national increase in production and trade.

Again we can see the same pattern happening roughly 70 years earlier. Uranus entered Taurus in 1850 and just two years earlier in 1848 the official start of the California Gold Rush took place. The majority of the gold rush took place while Uranus was in the financially abundant sign of The Bull. Similarly, Communism began to gain popularity around this same time; an ideology based on meetings everyone’s needs for comfort and material security. 

For a greater in depth look at Uranus in Taurus click here.

Next up Neptune

Neptune
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The planet of the sea god, Neptune, is currently in the sign Pisces. This planet rules over mysticism, illusions, deception, the subconscious, dreams and most everything else related to spirit. Pisces is a sign of duality. There is the ability for great creation and also a likeness for escapism and self destructive behaviors. The strength of Neptune to influence the subconscious promotes both the creative aspects and the self inflicting harms of Pisces. I will take a similar look as I did with the last planet.

When Neptune was last in Pisces, it was interestingly enough 1847 through 1862, so a lot of the stuff I recently mentioned was happening. You’ll find the outer planets work together a lot of times when big historical events are taking place. However, I’m going to add some Neptune/Pisces notes to this.

All throughout Europe, countries were having their own revolutions and civil wars. From one view this would be Uranus enacting change, although a civil war can also be seen as very self destructive. The nation has so much inner turmoil the only answer is for brothers to take up arms against each other and fight for their ideology. 

From the creative side of Pisces. In 1849, Armand Fizeau first measured the speed of light. Herman Melville published the famous literature Moby Dick (1851) and Darwin published his Origin of Species (1859). Obviously Pisces isn’t all bad. 

Before that Neptune traveled through Pisces from 1684 to 1698. We will see how much of the period used religion, which is associated with Pisces, to exert control over people. There was a banning of every religion except Roman Catholicism in France (1685) and the Salem witch trials took place in 1692. Yet again, there is a creative side to Pisces as Bach was born during this period along with other famous Musicians, and Newton published Principia (1687), a basic text for science at the time.

Some of these patterns can feel repetitive but I believe this provides us with accuracy for predictions. This is a good source for a broad history of Neptune in Pisces. 

Lastly, Pluto

Pluto
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This planet rules over power structures, control, death and rebirth. It currently resides in Capricorn, a sign which strives for power, status and dominion. With this combination, the influence of Pluto will strongly affect political structures, large corporate entities with wide reach, and the general essence of patriarchal systems. So it’s no surprise the last time Pluto was in Capricorn, Russia saw a political assassination of their Czar, Peter the Third; Britain and France had their Seven Year War; and the United States sought Independence through the writing of the Constitution and American Revolution.

Given the context of what happened last time these three planets were in the respective signs, I think it’s safe to say things will be changing. The whole planet has been suffering from the Corona pandemic, there is civil unrest throughout America (we approach our first pluto return in 2025) and many more changes are taking place throughout the world. 

You may feel like the world is going crazy at times. However, if history tells us one thing, it’s that WE WILL get through this. All of these events took place decades to centuries ago and humans are still around to tell the stories. I hope this article didn’t rile up too much angst in you and you learned something valuable from it. Make sure to check out my other content and link up with me on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Relationships & Astrology

One of the most common things people like to use astrology for are romantic relationships. I can’t tell you how many times someone has gotten a natal chart reading from me and the next thing they ask is “well what about my partner?” Doing a chart comparison is rarely simple and to really understand the relationship you need to compare every planet in the chart with every planet in the other persons’ chart. Luckily we have computer programs that can do this for us, but I want to talk about some planets that often get overlooked when talking about relationships. 

A quick disclaimer. Just because the natal charts of two people may clash, doesn’t mean they can’t have a successful relationship. Chart comparison is simply a guide for which areas the couple may need to work on more and which areas will naturally flow. Any two people can be together if they are both willing to put in the work required of any relationship. No match is perfect.

So, when doing a chart comparison, the biggest part of it is aspecting. These are angular relationships between planets and they modify the expression of those planets. You might have read a horoscope that says “the Moon squares off with Mars today”. The “square” is the angular relationship between the two planets. Because the planets are always moving, astrologers look at the changing aspects between planets to understand what is going on.

In chart comparisons, we find aspects by comparing the placements of the planets in person A’s chart to the placement of planets in person B’s chart. Here the aspects may dictate areas where one person has more influence over the other, areas where both parties behave similarly, or areas where they clash entirely. Keep in mind this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Now that you understand chart comparison a little more, let’s move onto the planets.

Most people look at Sun sign compatibility to understand their relationships. An aries and a leo will get along because they’re both fire signs. Cancer and a pisces will do well because they are both water. However a cancer and an aries won’t get along because one is fire and the other is water; when you mix the two you get steam. While all of this is fairly true, that’s not to say that cancer and aries will never work out or that an aries and leo will always do well.

The easiest planet to look at after the Sun would be the Moon. The moon rules over your emotions and home life. It is an indicator of how you feel on the inside even though others can’t always see that. If person A has the same Moon sign as person B’s Sun sign, then this aspect creates a harmonious understanding of emotions. This enables the two people to relate to each other even if the sun signs don’t mix.

This type of aspect is called a conjunction. It happens when two planets are in the same zodiac sign and for brevity sake, I will mainly focus on this aspect. Whenever there is a conjunction, it functions as an intensifier. The all qualities of the sign will be more heavily expressed. Aspecting is a huge part of astrology, but I don’t want to get too off track.

The next planet I want to talk about is Venus, the planet of beauty and partnership. This planet when well aspected can be very favorable for friendships, business partnerships or marriage. When person A’s Sun is conjunct person B’s Venus, these two will likely enjoy the same activities and one another’s company. There is also a chance of an emotional connection between the two. While these two may not end up being romantically involved, it is likely they will be good friends. 

If A’s Moon is conjunct B’s Venus, then love is in the air! The two will share a deep emotional link and be a source of security and comfort for the other. There is a good chance they will be sexually or romantically involved, if appropriate, and if other placements are favorable, chances are it will be a lasting relationship. If the two planets are afflicted by negative aspects of other planets, the relationship may still workout but they may be prone to laziness and hedonistic tendencies. 

If the two individuals share the same Venus placement, there is also a good chance it will work out. The two will have similar tastes in art and music, likely enjoy the same activities, and have a strong attraction to one another. They will be able to provide comfort as they understand the emotional needs of the other. 

One thing worth pointing out is Venus never strays far from the Sun. The Venus placement of an individual will never be more than two signs away from their Sun sign in either direction. If someone is a Gemini Sun, their Venus placement will fall somewhere between Aries and Leo.

The last planet I want to mention is Mars. This planet rules over action, physical attraction, and aggression. While the previous planets do well for partnerships, Martian energy can be intense and short. If A’s Sun is conjunct B’s Mars, they will likely succeed in their goals, but may have severe ego conflicts. It will be important to respect each other’s freedom and independence if it is to work out. If the Moon is conjunct Mars, they will likely not get along. Person A will feel that B is too aggressive and B will feel that A is too sensitive and become irritated. In the case with Venus and Mars, the relationship is likely to be hot and steamy. There will be a strong sexual attraction despite. If other planets are favorable, then it can work well, but if not, then it could be a very toxic relationship. 

All in all, this is just a brief look at chart comparison and I am really only addressing one part of relationships. There are many different types of relationships and other planet placements may be important in certain types. This article mainly addresses friendships and possible romantic compatibility.

I hope this brief article helped with whatever rabbit hole you’re digging in right now. For more info, check out my other posts or videos and make sure to link up with me on YouTube, Instagram or Twitter! 

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The How and Why of Astrology

In today’s world, a lot of people discredit Astrology as hocus-pocus or charlatanism. After all, why would the location of Saturn which is 854 million miles away have anything to do with me?! Well, the answer to this question may or may not be as complex as you’re expecting.

When we look at the universe by Newtonian Laws, which are the traditional laws of physics, we would likely all agree there is minimal or no influence. From this perspective, particles can only travel so far before they stop moving because they constantly bump into other objects. This is what we call friction and is a characteristic of the Third Spatial Dimension.

However, if we look at this question from the perspective of Universal Wave Function, then we can see the distance the other planets are from us does not hold as much importance. This theory states that everything takes place in the form of a wavelength and everything in the universe is vibrating. In fact, matter is just an extremely slow and dense vibration that causes it to appear “stationary” in the third dimension. 

For example, I can still pick up a rock and throw it, but shining a flashlight on it won’t cause the rock to move. My body is of a similar wavelength to interact with the rock, however the light is a much faster vibration. This causes the light to simply “move” through the rock. If the rock has holes then the light will easily pass through to the other side but my finger might not fit. Large bodies like planets have very strong fields of energy which are not being slowed by fiction.

Another important part of understanding this question is knowing these wavelengths are constantly vibrating. Just like the Sun is always beaming light at the planet, these wavelengths are always hitting our planet. It would be nearly impossible for someone born on Earth to not have the energetic imprint of the planets on their psyche, however some planets hold more influence for certain people. These energies are always present and the biggest difference in them is their expression

Now let’s talk about the astrology. 

Saturn

Each of the planets holds an energetic signature which is representative of psychological archetypes. Since I already mentioned Saturn I will continue on that vein of thought. An archetype of this planet is the Law-Maker. Saturn represents order, structure, and organization. It seeks to build discipline and perseverance. It requires certain rules to be followed and this is all for the betterment of the individual and whole. It is the school of hard knocks, and if need be, it will dish out a little punishment. 

Each of the zodiac constellations represents an expression of this archetype. Sometimes a cop pulls you over and he lets you off with a warning. Sometimes a cop pulls you over and on top of giving you a ticket for being 5 over, he also brings up the unpaid parking ticket you forgot about. Each zodiac sign is like a marker on a map telling us how this archetype is being expressed. 

Some people in life seem to skirt by the rules and we feel as if they could get away with murder. Some of us seem to have any and every obstacle pop up in life despite how hard we try. And still, most of us fall in the middle, learning the lessons of life and building strength of character along the way. Each of these are examples of the prominence, or degree of influence, Saturn may hold in a person’s life.

Now let’s tie it all together.

As was mentioned earlier with universal wave function, everything has a wavelength. So too, our consciousness is expressed in the form of wavelengths. So much so that even our different states of thinking have different wavelengths associated with them. When I am physically active in my environment I am functioning in Beta Wavelength. If I am feeling relaxed and watching TV then I am likely in Alpha wavelength. The full spectrum of brain function from fastest to shortest is Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta.

This is where the wavelength of the stars merge with the wavelength of our soul.

When we first leave the womb, the energetic qualities of the stars become imprinted on our soul like a carnival stamp. At the beginning of our life we are more likely to be acting unconscious and display the energies we have been stamped with. As we age, the hope is we become more aware of ourselves and behaviors and can then choose how we wish to act. By the end of our life we may only display a portion of the qualities we had but we still carry the experience of our life. Thus the carnival stamp is faded, but we know which rides we like and don’t like.

However, for this type of change to take place it is important we become aware of our behaviors. I can’t expect to solve a problem if I don’t first know there is a problem. Likewise, I can’t choose which behaviors are good if I am not reflecting on those behaviors. A flamboyant Aries in his 20s may still act like a flamboyant Aries in his 60s. The difference would likely be when, where, and with whom, he chooses to be the center of attention. Although, maturity looks a little different for everyone.

In summary, astrology influences us because it is a projection of energetic signals. Each planet holds an energetic signature that can be expressed in different ways and even though we grow and change in life, some qualities always stay with us.

To truly understand how astrology influences someone, it is important to look at the whole natal chart, not just the Sun Sign. Only then are we able to get an understanding of what energetic signatures have been imprinted on their psyche during this incarnation. 

I hope this brief article helped with whatever rabbit hole you’re digging in right now. For more info, check out my other posts or videos and make sure to link up with me on YouTube, Instagram or Twitter!

May your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!