In astrology, aspects are relationships created between planets, based on their position within 360 degrees of a circle. The planets, as well as the houses and signs where they’re placed, are brought into each others influence, often with one planet dominating the other or modifying its effects.
Astrology aspects are indicated on your chart by lines drawn between some planets. Those marked in red are traditionally considered challenging, while those marked in blue are considered flowing or easy. However in reality all astrology aspects can be beneficial or detrimental depending upon the strength of a person’s character and the manner in which they choose to create themselves. The charts of those who are successful in life and strong in character generally show both ‘difficult’ and ‘easy’ aspects.
The major astrology aspects are as follows. Angular sizes are given exactly. In reality an ‘orb’ of plus or minus several degrees is allowed, depending on the type of aspect and the planets involved.
It must be remembered that the working of each aspect is two-way; one planet interacts and reacts with the other. Moreover, the effect of the aspect is further modified by the planets’ sign and house placings, as well as any other aspects formed to them.
When considering an astrology aspect, take note of which planet is stronger. Sometimes this will be obvious (e.g. one planet is the Sun, Ruling Planet or a major dispositor), but often you will have to study the chart carefully. It is important to have a good understanding of which planets in your chart are ‘running the show,’ so to speak. It will then be much easier to grasp the power relationships involved in the aspects and other connections between them.
For more on astrology aspects read this excellent article by Astrodienst.
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