Aspects

What is a Conjunction Aspect in Astrology?

In astrology, the aspect called conjunction describes two separate points in the solar system that unite and blend their energies together. These points are often planets, such as Earth, Mars, Jupiter, but can also be other luminary bodies such as Chiron, Lilith and more. Even though the Sun and Moon are not technically planets, they are counted as such within astrological systems.

From our perspective on Earth, points that are in the conjunction aspect seem to move together. In natal charts, they are planets that are 0 degrees away from each other (give or take a margin of 6 degrees) and appear within the same zodiac sign. Once these energies are mixed, they move and act as one united force.

The Conjunction Aspect and Planets

However, not all united energies are as harmonious as others are. Even though the powers of those planets are combined during a conjunction aspect, that doesn’t always mean they will be compatible with each other. In fact, some energies will not be able to work well together at all, while others are compatible and cooperate. For example, a Moon and Venus conjunction aspect is certainly more compatible than Neptune and Mars. The Moon’s focus on feelings and Venus’s talents for love and attraction work in tandem – but Neptune’s dreaminess and knack for the fantastical can aggravate Mars’ strong desire for action and competition. All of that depends on the particular planets and points involved.

What Can The Conjunction Planetary Aspect Reveal About Personality?

So, why is this important in astrology? Well, if you can understand where all the planets were located at the time of your birth, you may have a clearer understanding of the forces at work in the universe that can influence your personality – and therefore your strengths and your weaknesses. Finding out which planets were in the planetary aspect conjunction could give you a hint on what areas of your life you are likely to find drive and focus. 

In another example, let’s say the planet Mercury and the planet Neptune were in conjunction when you were born. Since Neptune’s energy represents creativity and Mercury’s energy represents communication, this would mean you’re a creative person who also happens to know how to express their creativity. Your talents would be wasted perhaps if you went instead into strict statistical work.

What is a Sextile Aspect in Astrology?

In astrology, the sextile planetary aspect represents a special 60° angle between two planets in the natal chart. The energy created between these two planets with a sextile aspect is one that is very cooperative. This means that each of the planet’s energies inspire and encourage each other instead of holding each other back. Because of this, new ideas and opportunities can flow smoothly between different aspects of one person’s life.

The Sextile Aspect and Planets

Let’s look at an example of what that means in the natal chart. In our example diagram below, we have the Moon sextile with Venus. Their positions in the chart can tell us more about what this aspect brings, but we’ll keep it simple for now. The Moon is usually representative of emotions, the unconscious and instincts, while Venus is symbolic of attraction, love, harmony and beauty. Both are characteristically feminine planets, one representing the Roman goddess of love, and the other associated with the ancient energy of the night. Those with this aspect in their natal chart tend to have something soft and gentle about them, deeply in touch with their divine feminine. They are rather charming and tend to be popular, and lucky with relationships.

What Can the Sextile Aspect Reveal About Personality?

Those who were born with sextile planetary aspects sometimes can discover hidden talents relating to the planets involved. It can also make certain goals related to those planets very attainable. When the energy between the planets are comfortable and work well together, there’s an easiness to that relationship. Although this may seem like a good thing, the sextile aspect can bring some disadvantages to a person’s life as well.

For starters, a person with the sextile planetary aspect may realize their ideas and know what their goals are, but this doesn’t mean they’ll follow through with them. The problem with the sextile aspect is that it doesn’t have much friction, which means that a person won’t be motivated or pushed to actually take any action on their ideas. Instead, these ideas will just remain in their head while nothing ever gets done about them.

However, since the sextile aspect is not disruptive, people usually see it as a positive thing because it remains a pleasant force in a person’s life. In fact, many people don’t even notice they have a sextile planetary aspect until they look at their natal chart and research that aspect for themselves.

What is a Square Aspect in Astrology?

When you divide the natal chart by 4, you get a 90° angle. With this, we get the square planetary aspect, which represents challenges and conflict between the planets involved. When the planets in our natal charts are square to each other, each planet becomes stressed – there is no easy win that is available to either of them – meaning each has to put in effort to meet the other halfway.

The Square Aspect and Planets

In the square planetary aspect, neither planet will want to compromise – creating a kind of internal conflict within the self.

Let’s take a look at an example of the square planetary aspect at work. Let’s say we have a natal chart where Venus in Sagittarius, which means you can be more adventurous than most and you are usually not worried about the negative consequences of your actions. Then, you can have Jupiter in Virgo which means you analyze each small detail of an action. If these two planets were to form a square, there may be moments when you’ll want to be adventurous and carefree, while other times you’ll want to be careful and study each detail.

For example, if we had a natal chart where Mercury (ruling communication, ideas, intellect) squares the Moon (feelings, unconscious, habits), that person may have a hard time communicating their emotions. The rational side of the character, represented by Mercury, will have a hard time accepting the deeper, inner emotions of the Moon.

As a result, the planets with with this aspect will take a lot more time to find achievement in those areas areas. However, the upside is that the hard work of the struggle tends to pay off in the end as the two come together. This won’t be a harmonious integration, but rather a tough adjustment as the gains await to be realized.

What Can the Square Aspect Reveal About Personality?

There’s a tendency with the Square aspect to avoid big decisions pertaining to those planets unless faced with no choice. There will come a point in time when the square’s energy will push you into a situation where change is inevitable. As this is happening, you need to examine all the good and bad things about the situation and then negotiate for the best possible outcome. The square planetary aspect will also make you more self-reflecting – you’ll need this in order to regain balance after taking action on the areas in your life where the square aspect takes place.

There can be up to 4 planets that form a square together, although it is normally just 2 or 3 planets. A T-Square is when it’s 3 planets come together, and Grand Square is when it’s 4 planets.

What is a Trine Aspect in Astrology?

When the natal chart is divided three ways, it forms a 120° angle called the trine. In astrology, the trine planetary aspect occurs when two planets are in synchronicity with one another. This is because they’re sharing the same element, such as air, fire, water, or earth. Because of this, planets with the trine aspect are working toward the same agenda and want the same outcome. If you check your birth chart and notice the trine aspect, you may find a lot of fortune where those planets are located.

The Trine Aspect and Planets

Let’s look at Mercury and Jupiter as an example. If a big and lucky planet like Jupiter and the planet of communication and ideas, Mercury, are trine, their energy will give you great knowledge and understanding, as well as luck when it comes to expressing yourself. When it comes to making decisions around how to communicate and say the right thing, this will be easy without any internal conflicts or struggles. Sometimes, it can be too easy because the results happen so quickly.

What Can The Trine Planetary Aspect Reveal About Personality?

The trine planetary aspect allows energy to flow easily back and forth between each of the two planets. This will not only give you a lot of natural talents and abilities, but you will have a lot of good luck because amazing opportunities will come your way. In fact, you will have it so good with the trine aspect that you’ll tend to get used to having luck in your life. You may take the opportunities and talents you’ve been given for granted. Somebody with many “wasted talents” will likely have a few trines in their natal charts.

To be successful with the trine planetary aspect, you need to manage the energy properly. Otherwise, you will become lazy and expect good things to keep happening to you without any hard work. The best thing to do is never fully depend on your good fortunes and to always be striving to develop your skills on your own. The more you build your work ethic, the more you will prosper as your hard work brings you the greatest fortunes.

What is a Opposition Aspect in Astrology?

If you take a natal chart and divide it by two, you’ll get a 180° angle. In astrology, this angle is a planetary aspect called an opposition. This means each of the two planets will be totally opposite from one another on the chart. The distance between them creates a lot of tension between the planets involved. However, if the planets can compromise and find fairness, then that innate conflict between them can be used for good.

The Opposition Aspect and Planets

For instance, Mars is a planet that wants to move quickly and is rather impatient. Saturn is a cautious planet that wants to be careful before it moves. If these two planets are in opposition, they are going to be in total conflict with one another. But, they don’t have to be in conflict with each other. They have the ability to compromise and be objective about the other’s position.

Each planet may benefit from the other’s strengths. Mars can benefit from Saturn helping it pause and more calculated decisions. Meanwhile, Mars can help Saturn take advantage of opportunities quickly and not hesitate so often. This means both planets can grow and develop, finding a middle path. They can create a sort of balance between each other that supports the others weaknesses.

What Can The Opposition Planetary Aspect Reveal About Personality?

In life, the planetary aspect opposition may cause a lot of tension and frustration. Sometimes this tension can be resolved quickly but other times, it may require you to push yourself harder and harder to find a balance between conflicting parts of your personality. With the opposition planetary aspect, there’s a lot of work that can be done to make you grow as a person. If you check your birth chart to see where in the chart you have oppositions, this will help you determine how much effort you will need in creating a compromise between the two forces in your own personality.