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Lesson 4: The Planets, Aspects & Orbs


PLANETS:  in astrology are the VERBS in the story.  Whether we’re looking at a birth chart, relationship chart or forecasting; the planets show what we DO.  Each planet holds symbolism that corresponds with a house and a zodiac sign or two.  See the appendix for a correspondence chart for quick, easy reference.

ASPECTS:  The geometry between the planets and planetary points are the aspects.  The angle of the connection will describe how the planets affect each other.  There are different flows of energy, some are soft aspects, meaning easy and some are hard aspects, or difficult.  The level of difficulty or ease depends upon the planets involved, which will be explained below.

ORBS:  The astrological chart is a circle, which is 360 degrees.  This 360 degrees is divided into 12 equally sized zodiac signs of 30 degrees.  The planets in the chart will fall into the 30 degrees of a particular sign, and they will be flavored by that sign as well as the ruler of the sign.  The degree of the planet is then compared to other planets and points in the chart and the closer the geometry of the angle between two planets is 0, the closer the aspect.  The size of that difference is the orb. There is a range from 0 to 10 that most astrologers will allow for an aspect to be considered.  For it to be strong enough to be part of a chart analysis, most consider orbs less than 5, and for it to be exact less than 2 degrees.


SUN

The Sun rules the ego and the native’s life force.  It represents the individual person in the birth chart and how they express their will. 

THE INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY
Sun | 5th House | Leo 

  • The person in the birth chart (the native)
  • The day (in electional astrology)
  • The entity (such as the business or the marriage in electional astrology)
  • Will
  • Life force
  • Vitality
  • Self-esteem
  • Confidence
  • Leadership
  • Heart & circulatory system
  • Essence of the person.

SOFT NATAL ASPECTS

SUN CONJUNCT OR TRINE MOON: highly self-directed individual, a combination of self-will and emotion, will need to feel an emotional connection to projects, will have a more emotional nature, depending on the element this will display as either fiery, sensitive, grounded, or as a magnification and increased importance placed upon the symbolisms of the zodiac sign their sun/moon, look to the house to see the area of life where the native focuses ego energies

SUN CONJUNCT OR TRINE MERCURY: talkative, communicative nature, needs to speak and be heard, mentally alert and active, possible nervous system or anxiety issues

SUN CONJUNCT OR TRINE VENUS: a certain sweetness, pleasantness or physical attractiveness; will tend to be a peacemaker, may have difficulty with expressing their needs due to being a harmonizer

SUN CONJUNCT OR TRINE MARS:  bold, dynamic personality, may be more masculine, assertive, aggressive, actively expresses desires

SUN CONJUNCT OR TRINE SATURN: a serious, “grown-up” nature, perhaps a desire to follow the rules of right and wrong, may demand justice, willing to step-in to solve problems

SUN CONJUNCT OR TRINE JUPITER: optimistic, growth oriented nature, light-hearted, may have a large need to express the ego which will be affected by the zodiac sign

SUN CONJUNCT OR TRINE URANUS:  freedom loving, contrarian, naturally hard to pin down, unpredictable expression of their needs, on/off nature to what they want, can be unreliable or selfish about duties to others or commitments

SUN CONJUNCT OR TRINE NEPTUNE: an idealistic bent to self expression, can be deluded about their personal abilities, either over or under confident about their talents, depends on zodiac signs, if in water the person will tend to keep desires unexpressed

SUN CONJUNCT OR TRINE PLUTO: powerful, strong-willed person, can cause extreme reactions in other people, stubbornness, ability to see other’s psychological motivations

HARD NATAL ASPECTS

SUN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MOON: a strong personality with a tension between ego desires and emotional needs, mother/father issues are a possibility i.e. relating to one parent but not the other, when they get what they want there can be conflict with how it makes them feel

SUN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MARS: an aggressive personality, may be prone to fighting or having an assertive personality, may have ego drives that are uncomfortable with taking action, or may take action in ways that are not supportive of the personality

SUN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SATURN:  a seriousness, cautious with interpersonal relationships, fort Knox, requires time to let someone into the inner sanctum, right and wrong way to do things

SUN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE JUPITER:  similar to sun jupiter conjunction/trine, optimistic, larger than life, positive personality, may have a big ego, or an unrealistic vision of themselves

SUN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE URANUS:  contrarian, unorthodox, unpredictable, detached to social norms, self-expresses in a way that can be flaky, here one day/gone the next, strong need for freedom, can be a “runner” in relationships

SUN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE NEPTUNE: these natives have a compassionate, self sacrificing nature, sometimes have a hard time with identity, constantly seeking for their purpose or what they believe/do with their lives

SUN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE PLUTO:  these natives bring out strong reactions in others, people will love or hate them, may be manipulative and controlling, may need to dominate, the circumstances where they need to dominate will be seen via house placement


THE MOON

The Moon rules emotions, instinct, home, sense of belonging and reaction style.  To quickly understand a person, the moon is a very clear indicator of what motivates the native.

THE HEART
Moon | 4th House | Cancer

  • The subconscious mind
  • Nurturing
  • Empathy
  • Impressionability
  • Ingrained psychological habits
  • Mother & Home
  • Intuition
  • Fear
  • Greed
  • Mood swings, compulsions, emotional stability or instability
  • Caprice
  • Dependency needs
  • Self- care
  • Reactivity
  • Subjective beliefs
  • Fanaticism

SOFT NATAL ASPECTS

MOON CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN: highly self-directed individual, a combination of self-will and emotion, will need to feel an emotional connection to projects, will have a more emotional nature, depending on the element this will display as either fiery, sensitive, grounded, or as a magnification and increased importance placed upon the symbolisms of the zodiac sign their sun/moon, look to the house to see the area of life where the native focuses ego energies

MOON CONJUNCT OR TRINE MERCURY: a person who has a natural head/heart connection, need to feel passionate about a project, will fuse emotion into their logic or will be someone who “thinks” through their emotions.  Depends on zodiac sign and house placement.  Fire signs will be more spontaneous, earth signs will have a strong proclivity towards building and maintaining status quo, water signs will place high value on emotional intuition in the decision making process, air signs will lean towards logic/rational

MOON CONJUNCT OR TRINE VENUS:  a naturally romantic person, females are naturally very attracted to marriage and family, even if in a non-committal sign like Aquarius and another air sign, the native will crave closeness through romance, but might do it in a unique way.  These natives are natural “softies”.

MOON CONJUNCT OR TRINE MARS:  a passionate, ardent emotional nature. Prone to spontaneous action driven by feelings.  Will protect loved ones with courage.  Fight to the death.  Gives a need for competition.

MOON CONJUNCT OR TRINE SATURN:  emotions are quieted by this aspect, especially fire & water signs, there is a need to feel safe through responsible, reliable action, to be a “grown-up”, to work towards building a future, to take care of their homes

MOON CONJUNCT OR TRINE JUPITER:  big emotions, very happy, very sad, “dramatic”, optimistic nature, growth oriented, naturally positive about life and growth, progressive

MOON CONJUNCT OR TRINE URANUS:  detachment to emotions, not a very nurturing natal aspect, strong need for freedom to make decisions based on personal values, stubbornness about opinions, non-judgmental, freedom loving and giving, may have a tough time with commitment,

MOON CONJUNCT OR TRINE NEPTUNE: a romantic natal aspect, compassionate, need for closeness in love, desire for the ideal in emotional relationships, self-sacrificing, devoted

MOON CONJUNCT OR TRINE PLUTO:  powerful emotional nature, obsessive, controlling/manipulative, deep understanding of psychology, jealousy is possible, gives the native an emotional loyalty and courage

HARD NATAL ASPECTS

MOON CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN: a strong personality with a tension between ego desires and emotional needs, mother/father issues are a possibility i.e. relating to one parent but not the other, when they get what they want there can be conflict with how it makes them feel

MOON SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MERCURY: emotional needs are very different from the natives thought/communication process, might feel like they are misunderstood, or might have a problem communicating their needs, hard time communicating how they are feeling, a disconnect between the heart & the mind

MOON SQUARE OR OPPOSITE VENUS:  what native needs and what native wants are two different things, a classic schism for men, these are the men who have a hard time finding a woman who is both what they want and what they need, so they remain single, the mother vs the lover

MOON SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MARS: inner struggle between aggression and heart, may feel misunderstood and this will cause anger, passions may be more than other people can stomach, over the top with competition

MOON SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SATURN:  blocked emotions, denial of emotional connection in relationships, seriousness, judgmental of others who are free with emotions, takes time to trust others enough to let them see their vulnerability

MOON SQUARE OR OPPOSITE JUPITER:  when these natives feel an emotion, it can be overwhelming, if they have an air or fire moon this may lead to them cutting off their feelings completely, if in earth and water the effect is less problematic

MOON SQUARE OR OPPOSITE URANUS:  unpredictable emotions, flakiness in relationships,  in love one minute/gone the next minute, detachment, strong need for freedom to the point that it may feel selfish, lessened desire to sacrifice for others

MOON SQUARE OR OPPOSITE NEPTUNE:  blind to their own emotions, martyr, self-sacrificing, victim mentality, may not realize when they are being too much, clingy, externally validated emotionally

MOON SQUARE OR OPPOSITE PLUTO:  strong need to control environment, attraction to powerful people and situations, ability to manipulate, or may find self attracted to toxic manipulative situations.


MERCURY

MERCURY

Mercury rules the mind, thinking, learning, communication and all mental processes.  Strong mercury indicates intelligence, logic and weak mercury indicates a confused mind.

THE MIND
3RD & 6TH Houses | Gemini & Virgo

Thinking, communication, writing, classification, teaching, intelligence, analysis, the conscious mind, fact-finding, mental and physical exploration, information, intellectual curiosity, travel, automobiles, airplanes, trains, motorcycles and bicycles, speed of all kinds, reflexes, photography, computers, software, the brain and nervous system, the eyes, the ears, the respiratory system, reflexes. Eyeglasses, cameras, lenses, copiers, fax machines, vehicle manufacturing and transportation companies. Authors, writers, singers, architects, any profession whose primary requirement is use of the mind or of communication, travel agents, pilots, flight attendants, delivery services and drivers, truck and taxi drivers. Psychology and psychiatry. Co-rules singing and poetry with Neptune. Co-rules the internet with Uranus.

SOFT NATAL ASPECTS

MERCURY CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN: talkative, communicative nature, needs to speak and be heard, mentally alert and active, possible nervous system or anxiety issues

MERCURY CONJUNCT OR TRINE MOON: a person who has a natural head/heart connection, need to feel passionate about a project, will fuse emotion into their logic or will be someone who “thinks” through their emotions.  Depends on zodiac sign and house placement.  Fire signs will be more spontaneous, earth signs will have a strong proclivity towards building and maintaining status quo, water signs will place high value on emotional intuition in the decision making process, air signs will lean towards logic/rational

MERCURY CONJUNCT OR TRINE VENUS: a gift for communicating, depending on house placement, will explain how this aspect plays out, if in the fire or air houses, the native will have a need to be heard, if in the earth or water houses, the native’s communication style will be gentle and about harmonizing people

MERCURY CONJUNCT OR TRINE MARS:  similar to sun conjunct mercury, these natives have a forceful communication style, a need to be heard, an enjoyment of competitive debate, active minds, good physical coordination, impatience with slow thinkers/communicators, like to get to the point

MERCURY CONJUNCT OR TRINE SATURN:  natives who prefer practical thought, not as interested in abstractions, a gift for planning solutions, setting goals, enjoy knowing what to expect so they like itineraries, may be quite opinionated about the “right” way to do things, a tendency to be judgmental

MERCURY CONJUNCT OR TRINE JUPITER:  enthusiastic communicator, forward thinking, like to focus on the positive, may over-promise, may be overly optimistic, not as bad as the Mercury square/opposite Jupiter natives, strong need to talk/chat/text, and quite prolific, enjoys many different people to talk with

MERCURY CONJUNCT OR TRINE URANUS: a propensity for scientific, spacey, new-age, possibly conspiracy theory thinking…hard to pin down Uranian thought process, but always different than the average person, may feel like they have a direct connect to cosmic source, ability to manifest thoughts in to reality

MERCURY CONJUNCT OR TRINE NEPTUNE: dreamy, imaginative thought, love of music/art/fantasy, may indicate a desire to escape via the mind/communication, could even be online social media/games/video games/music, depending on house placement and ruler, the focus of the mind and it’s desire to escape can be sussed out.

MERCURY CONJUNCT OR TRINE PLUTO:  strong gift and ability to uncover hidden truths or mysteries, probing mind, good at asking questions to figure out the heart of the matter, can be paranoid, suspicious

HARD NATAL ASPECTS

MERCURY SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MOON: emotional needs are very different from the natives thought/communication process, might feel like they are misunderstood, or might have a problem communicating their needs, hard time communicating how they are feeling, a disconnect between the heart & the mind

MERCURY SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MARS: gives a hair trigger communication style, strong desire to communicate, may talk over people, argumentative, lots of mental energy, may cause nervousness, need for physical movement while talking

MERCURY SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SATURN: a block in the mental capacity or the speaking style, can also indicate a rigidness in thought processing, may be stubborn to try new things, much like Mercury trine/conjunct sat but more of a “set-in-their-ways” thinking style

MERCURY SQUARE OR OPPOSITE JUPITER:  a big talker, big promises, risk taking with planning in business, sales ability, could be prone to mis-truths, growth oriented–wants communication with many different types

MERCURY SQUARE OR OPPOSITE URANUS: can cause the mind to be highly unpredictable, or the thinking process to be “on” one day and “off” another, indicates the cosmic source connection, divine inspiration from elsewhere, need to write down dates in a schedule book, can be forgetful

MERCURY SQUARE OR OPPOSITE NEPTUNE:  gives a powerful imagination, native can have problems with linear thinking such at mathematics or being clear about logic, there is a fogginess about how to solve problems, and a tendency to avoid using logic in favor of imagination

MERCURY SQUARE OR OPPOSITE PLUTO: strong compulsion to be heard or to discover the truth, can be a “stalker” indicator, or the desire to research a person/topic to the point of obsession, gives the ability to be a good investigator, can be a workaholic indicator


VENUS

Venus is benefic and a romance planet.  It’s placement shows what the native values and what gives them pleasure.  Indications of their social nature are also seen through the Venus, This is a planet that “softens” other planets when placed in close aspect.  

VALUES & LOVE
2nd & 7th Houses | Taurus & Libra

  • Beauty and creating beauty
  • Beauty industry, fashion, luxury, jewelry
  • Grace
  • Manners, poise & social nature
  • Pleasure, comfort, indulgence, hedonism
  • Affection and attraction but not always true love
  • Charm & diplomacy
  • Harmony & balance
  • Cooperation
  • Transitory money, possessions, cash flow
  • What we value
  • Taste in people and objects
  • Female sexuality
  • Seduction
  • Lovemaking
  • Laziness
  • Vanity
  • Superficiality
  • Victory

SOFT NATAL ASPECTS

VENUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN:  a certain sweetness of disposition, pleasantness or physical attractiveness; will tend to be a peacemaker, may have difficulty with expressing their needs due to being a harmonizer, usually an attractive or soft quality, handsomeness/beauty, interested in relationships and producing harmony in interpersonal settings

VENUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MOON:  a naturally romantic person, females are naturally very attracted to marriage and family, even if in a non-committal sign like Aquarius and another air sign, the native will crave closeness through romance, but might do it in a unique way.  These natives are natural “softies” with a compassionate nature and they enjoy thinking about romance, may seek security through romantic relationships, music/art lover, peacemaker

VENUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MERCURY: a gift for communicating, depending on house placement, will explain how this aspect plays out, if in the fire or air houses, the native will have a need to be heard, if in the earth or water houses, the native’s communication style will be gentle and about harmonizing people

VENUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MARS:  natives have an ability to use their bodies in a coordinated or beautiful/graceful way (such as athletes/dancers) or they have a beautiful body, a sexual aspect so gives a sexiness, more of a pretty boy or girl next door sexy vibe, native enjoys sex as a physical manifestation of  love

VENUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE SATURN:  slow to warm-up in love relationships, but once in love they have staying power, appreciate responsible people, tend to see what needs to be done and will then take action

VENUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE JUPITER:  a naturally sweet, generous, giving temperament, this is a combination of both benefic planets, so the native is blessed with a warm-hearted happy go lucky nature, very interested in love and romance, tends to lean towards long-term partnership

VENUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE URANUS:  a love of change, these natives are restless in relationships, but there is a natural interest in the sciences/new age/unorthodox culture

VENUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE NEPTUNE:  romance aspect for women, desire for marriage and family, females with this aspect are very feminine, males with this aspect are soft/passive, especially in love relationships, seeking for the ideal relationship

VENUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE PLUTO:  intensity in approach to relationship, also attracted to powerful people (females with this aspect are especially attracted to prominent men)

HARD NATAL ASPECTS

VENUS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MOON:  what native needs and what native wants are two different things, a classic schism for men, these are the men who have a hard time finding a woman who is both what they want and what they need, so they remain single, the mother vs the lover

VENUS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MARS:  ardent in nature, these people have a need for love/hate in their relationships, they tend to have a hard time finding the right timing or the right partner to fill their romantic needs at certain points in their life

VENUS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SATURN:  there tend to be blockages in the natives love life, or their need for love expression (given or received), may give a cynical nature, serious attitude taken about their commitments in relationship/duties, these people will avoid making commitments if they can’t follow through

VENUS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE JUPITER:  over eager in relationships, may get caught in too many relationships at once, or move too quickly in new relationships, too much of a good thing

VENUS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE URANUS:  a strong need for freedom, feels restless under the weight of emotionally clinginess or neediness, must be free to be era in life, can be detached and labeled as cold/uncaring/selfish

VENUS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE NEPTUNE:  classic schism in love, these natives are always seeking the ideal romantic relationship, they see their partners through rose-colored glasses initially, but then become disillusioned over time, apt to fall in love with the wrong “types” because they see what they want to see

VENUS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE PLUTO:  similar to Venus Conjunct/Trine Pluto, but more prone to obsessive, compulsive behavior, jealous, secretive about relationships, or craves toxic relationships with manipulative individuals


MARS

MARS

Mars is a sexual planet and a minor malefic, meaning it can cause friction and irritation.  But, it’s also the planet of passion, fight and desire.  The placement will show you what the native DESIRES and how they will fight for what they want.

PASSION & DESIRE
1st House & 8th House | Aries & Scorpio

Energy, dynamism, vigor, stamina, ego drives, assertion, aggression, initiative, frustration, anger, athletes and athletic competition, competitiveness, dancers, dance and ballet, professions requiring physical effort or labor, farmers, carpenters, force, the military, war, weapons, male sexuality, sex drive, independence, enthusiasm, immediacy, action, will, insistence on one’s own way- one’s own beliefs, etc., macho attitudes, vulgarity, willingness to attack/defend, temper, competition, need to be right, risk-taking, conquest, recklessness, violence, intolerance, the body, muscles. Co-rules competition with Pluto.

SOFT NATAL ASPECTS

MARS CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN: bold, dynamic personality, may be more masculine, assertive, aggressive, actively expresses desires

MARS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MOON: a passionate, ardent emotional nature. Prone to spontaneous action driven by feelings.  Will protect loved ones with courage.  Fight to the death.  Gives a need for competition.

MARS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MERCURY: similar to sun conjunct mercury, these natives have a forceful communication style, a need to be heard, an enjoyment of competitive debate, active minds, good physical coordination, impatience with slow thinkers/communicators, like to get to the point

MARS CONJUNCT OR TRINE VENUS: natives have an ability to use their bodies in a coordinated or beautiful/graceful way (such as athletes/dancers) or they have a beautiful body, a sexual aspect so gives a sexiness, more of a pretty boy or girl next door sexy vibe, native enjoys sex as a physical manifestation of  love

MARS CONJUNCT OR TRINE SATURN:  native has a natural tendency to take action in an methodical way, may be slow to change course, prefers knowing/planning for a particular outcome, a level of responsibility

MARS CONJUNCT OR TRINE JUPITER: gives an expansion to the aggressive/competitive nature of the native, lots of physical energy, may also indicate physical aggressiveness, a need to move the body, or a need to exercise/dance/physically express, possibly expressive with body language, underscores the mars in their birth chart, pay attention to the zodiac sign, house placement and rulers for clues about the way the native takes action in their life

MARS CONJUNCT OR TRINE URANUS:  strong need for freedom, may be afraid to commit, needs much change in physical surroundings (i.e. ants in the pants/can’t sit still), variability with bodily functions, may have nervous system and cardiac issues (Uranus rules the nerves of the body), need for change in the sex life, a restlessness in committed partnership

MARS CONJUNCT OR TRINE NEPTUNE:  an interesting combination, mars is a sexual planet and neptune is a romance planet, the combination creates an individual who will fight for their ideals, spiritual warrior, soldier of love

MARS CONJUNCT OR TRINE PLUTO:  gives raw physical power and an increase in sexual compulsions & libido, native is forceful and passionate in relationships and for causes they believe in, would be  a good combination for someone in the military or civil service, combining aggression with power, native will likely enjoy power play in the bedroom

HARD NATAL ASPECTS

MARS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SUN: an aggressive personality, may be prone to fighting or having an assertive personality, may have ego drives that are uncomfortable with taking action, or may take action in ways that are not supportive of the personality

MARS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MOON: inner struggle between aggression and heart, may feel misunderstood and this will cause anger, passions may be more than other people can stomach, over the top with competition

MARS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MERCURY: gives a hair trigger communication style, strong desire to communicate, may talk over people, argumentative, lots of mental energy, may cause nervousness, need for physical movement while talking

MARS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE VENUS: ardent in nature, these people have a need for love/hate in their relationships, they tend to have a hard time finding the right timing or the right partner to fill their romantic needs at certain points in their life

MARS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SATURN:  a blockage with accessing physical strength/movement, may feel blocked when it’s time to take action, can show up as sexual dysfunction or shame issues around asking for what the native wants sexually, places the critical father into the bedroom

MARS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE JUPITER:  quick temper and impatience, Jupiter is a benefic planet but Mars is a malefic planet, so Jupiter expands the negative aspects of Mars, such as misplaced aggression, selfishness, sexual energy

MARS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE URANUS:  highly likely that this native has a strong need to be free from long term conventional partnership, Uranus gives a highly individually focused nature to the native, is most apt to enjoy more than one partner, or if Mars is in Earth or Water, then there may be a pattern distance in partnership, or an interest in sex that is not the norm, it can even indicate a proclivity for porn, cyber sex, sexual experimentation, or unorthodox sexual preference

MARS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE NEPTUNE: passive-aggression and a tendency to swing from ardent and sexual to apathetic, a tendency to see the partner as an ideal and then a pattern of falling into disillusion

MARS SQUARE OR OPPOSITE PLUTO:  powerful personality, a craving for power-play/domination & submission in all areas of life including work and interpersonal relationships, may attract powerful partners who use control and manipulation in the relationship


JUPITER

JUPITER

Jupiter is the major benefic.  It expands and brings out the good in the other planets it aspects.  If it is aspecting Mars, it can have the tendency to bring out the shadow side.

WISDOM & GROWTH
9th House & 12th House | Sagittarius & Pisces

Good fortune/ good luck, abundance, optimism, hope, wisdom, genius, royalty, God, spirituality and spiritual Grace, ability to receive higher Guidance, success via synchronicity/ Universal assistance, having needs met and prayers answered, philosophy, benevolence, benefit, overcoming of obstacles, honor, integrity, peace, faith, truth, justice, success, reliability, selflessness, protection, truth, leadership, true genius, knowledge and learning, opportunity, open- mindedness, good judgment, banks, lenders, the law, higher education. Co- rules venture capital and investment banking with Pluto.

SOFT NATAL ASPECTS

JUPITER CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN: optimistic, growth oriented nature, light-hearted, may have a large need to express the ego which will be affected by the zodiac sign

JUPITER CONJUNCT OR TRINE MOON:  big emotions, very happy, very sad, “dramatic”, optimistic nature, growth oriented, naturally positive about life and growth, progressive

JUPITER CONJUNCT OR TRINE MERCURY:  enthusiastic communicator, forward thinking, like to focus on the positive, may over-promise, may be overly optimistic, not as bad as the Mercury square/opposite Jupiter natives, strong need to talk/chat/text, and quite prolific, enjoys many different people to talk with

JUPITER CONJUNCT OR TRINE VENUS: a naturally sweet, generous, giving temperament, this is a combination of both benefic planets, so the native is blessed with a warm-hearted happy go lucky nature, very interested in love and romance, tends to lean towards long-term partnership

JUPITER CONJUNCT OR TRINE MARS: gives an expansion to the aggressive/competitive nature of the native, lots of physical energy, may also indicate physical aggressiveness, a need to move the body, or a need to exercise/dance/physically express, possibly expressive with body language, underscores the mars in their birth chart, pay attention to the zodiac sign, house placement and rulers for clues about the way the native takes action in their life

JUPITER CONJUNCT OR TRINE SATURN: a generational aspect

JUPITER CONJUNCT OR TRINE URANUS: a generational aspect

JUPITER CONJUNCT OR TRINE NEPTUNE: a generational aspect

JUPITER CONJUNCT OR TRINE PLUTO: a generational aspect

HARD NATAL ASPECTS

JUPITER SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SUN:  similar to Sun/Jupiter conjunction/trine, optimistic, larger than life, positive personality, may have a big ego, or an unrealistic vision of themselves

JUPITER SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MOON:  when these natives feel an emotion, it can be overwhelming, if they have an air or fire moon this may lead to them cutting off their feelings completely, if in earth and water the effect is less problematic

JUPITER SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MERCURY:  a big talker, big promises, risk taking with planning in business, sales ability, could be prone to mis-truths, growth oriented–wants communication with many different types

JUPITER SQUARE OR OPPOSITE VENUS: over eager in relationships, may get caught in too many relationships at once, or move too quickly in new relationships, too much of a good thing

JUPITER SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MARS:  quick temper and impatience, Jupiter is a benefic planet but Mars is a malefic planet, so Jupiter expands the negative aspects of Mars, such as misplaced aggression, selfishness, sexual energy

JUPITER SQUARE OR OPPOSITE URANUS: a generational aspect

JUPITER SQUARE OR OPPOSITE NEPTUNE: a generational aspect

JUPITER SQUARE OR OPPOSITE PLUTO: a generational aspect


SATURN

SATURN
Saturn is the major malefic planet. It’s placement in the chart shows where the native experiences restriction, constriction and/or blockage.  On the high side, Saturn is about planning and following through to completion by following known methods or processes.

RESTRICTION & RULES
10th & 11th Houses | Capricorn & Aquarius

Control, dominance, criticism, imbalance- too much or not enough, bad luck, severance from God, atheism, inability to receive higher Guidance, bad judgment, selfishness, problems and mistakes- especially problems coming to a head, negative consequences, failure, pessimism, unhappiness, depression, desire to harm, revenge, hatred, bad public image, prejudice, bigotry, narrow- mindedness, being judgmental, fear, loss, disruption, deception, temptation, deceit, rigidity, stagnation, limitation, blocks, obstructions, isolation, loneliness, poor health, low energy, negativity of all kinds, divorce, and break- ups of all kinds. Co-rules deception with Juno. Saturn rules misfortune.

SOFT NATAL ASPECTS

SATURN CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN: a serious, “grown-up” nature, perhaps a desire to follow the rules of right and wrong, may demand justice, willing to step-in to solve problems

SATURN CONJUNCT OR TRINE MOON: emotions are quieted by this aspect, especially fire & water signs, there is a need to feel safe through responsible, reliable action, to be a “grown-up”, to work towards building a future, to take care of their home, pets and family

SATURN CONJUNCT OR TRINE MERCURY: natives who prefer practical thought, not as interested in abstractions, a gift for planning solutions, setting goals, enjoy knowing what to expect so they like itineraries, may be quite opinionated about the “right” way to do things, a tendency to be judgmental

SATURN CONJUNCT OR TRINE VENUS: slow to warm-up in love relationships, but once in love they have staying power, appreciate responsible people, tend to see what needs to be done and will then take action

SATURN CONJUNCT OR TRINE MARS: native has a natural tendency to take action in an methodical way, may be slow to change course, prefers knowing/planning for a particular outcome, a level of responsibility

SATURN CONJUNCT OR TRINE JUPITER: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

SATURN CONJUNCT OR TRINE URANUS: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

SATURN CONJUNCT OR TRINE NEPTUNE: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

SATURN CONJUNCT OR TRINE PLUTO:This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

HARD SATURN ASPECTS

SATURN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SUN: a seriousness, cautious with interpersonal relationships, fort Knox, requires time to let someone into the inner sanctum, right and wrong way to do things

SATURN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MOON: blocked emotions, denial of emotional connection in relationships, seriousness, judgmental of others who are free with emotions, takes time to trust others enough to let them see their vulnerability

SATURN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MERCURY: a block in the mental capacity or the speaking style, can also indicate a rigidness in thought processing, may be stubborn to try new things, much like Mercury trine/conjunct sat but more of a “set-in-their-ways” thinking style

SATURN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE VENUS: there tend to be blockages in the natives love life, or their need for love expression (given or received), may give a cynical nature, serious attitude taken about their commitments in relationship/duties, these people will avoid making commitments if they can’t follow through

SATURN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MARS: a blockage with accessing physical strength/movement, may feel blocked when it’s time to take action, can show up as sexual dysfunction or shame issues around asking for what the native wants sexually, places the critical father into the bedroom

SATURN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE JUPITER: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

SATURN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE URANUS: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

SATURN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE NEPTUNE: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

SATURN SQUARE OR OPPOSITE PLUTO: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study


URANUS

Uranus is the sideways rotating oddball of our Solar System.  It was discovered during the scientific revolution and holds space for all things fringe, eccentric, unorthodox and revolutionary.  Breaking the old models of behavior, rules and social structures, in order to live a life of greater freedom.

REVOLUTION
11th House | Aquarius


Independence, the urge for independence & freedom, rebelliousness, unconventionality, restlessness, revolutions and revolutionaries, resistance to limits, iconoclasm, excitement and seeking excitement, change and changeableness, moodiness, coyness, fun-lovingness, always seeking novelty or greener pastures, originality, revolutions, radical elements, innovation, invention, future-orientation, cutting edge, fame and anything to do with fame, mass media- broadcasting & the news, entertainment- movies, radio, TV, acting, fame, positive image, politics, the public and the masses, adaptation and adjustments, universality, technology, astrology, flying, space travel, physical coordination, balance and depth perception. Co-rules the internet with Mercury.

SOFT NATAL ASPECTS

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN: freedom loving, contrarian, naturally hard to pin down, unpredictable expression of their needs, on/off nature to what they want, can be unreliable or selfish about duties to others or commitments

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MOON: detachment to emotions, not a very nurturing natal aspect, strong need for freedom to make decisions based on personal values, stubbornness about opinions, non-judgmental, freedom loving and giving, may have a tough time with commitment,

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MERCURY: a propensity for scientific, spacey, new-age, possibly conspiracy theory thinking…hard to pin down Uranian thought process, but always different than the average person, may feel like they have a direct connect to cosmic source, ability to manifest thoughts in to reality

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE VENUS: a love of change, these natives are restless in relationships, but there is a natural interest in the sciences/new age/unorthodox culture

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MARS: strong need for freedom, may be afraid to commit, needs much change in physical surroundings (i.e. ants in the pants/can’t sit still), variability with bodily functions, may have nervous system and cardiac issues (Uranus rules the nerves of the body), need for change in the sex life, a restlessness in committed partnership

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE JUPITER: a generational aspect

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE SATURN: a generational aspect

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE NEPTUNE: a generational aspect

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE PLUTO: a generational aspect

HARD NATAL ASPECTS

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN: contrarian, unorthodox, unpredictable, detached to social norms, self-expresses in a way that can be flaky, here one day/gone the next, strong need for freedom, can be a “runner” in relationships

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MOON: unpredictable emotions, flakiness in relationships,  in love one minute/gone the next minute, detachment, strong need for freedom to the point that it may feel selfish, lessened desire to sacrifice for others

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MERCURY: can cause the mind to be highly unpredictable, or the thinking process to be “on” one day and “off” another, indicates the cosmic source connection, divine inspiration from elsewhere, need to write down dates in a schedule book, can be forgetful

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE VENUS: a strong need for freedom, feels restless under the weight of emotionally clinginess or neediness, must be free to be erratic in life, can be detached and labeled as cold/uncaring/selfish

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE MARS: highly likely that this native has a strong need to be free from long term conventional partnership, Uranus gives a highly individually focused nature to the native, is most apt to enjoy more than one partner, or if Mars is in Earth or Water, then there may be a pattern distance in partnership, or an interest in sex that is not the norm, it can even indicate a proclivity for porn, cyber sex, sexual experimentation, or unorthodox sexual preference

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE JUPITER: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE SATURN: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE NEPTUNE: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

URANUS CONJUNCT OR TRINE PLUTO: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study


NEPTUNE

Neptune is the planet of the oneness.  It rules everything from the most spiritual high side, to escapism through drugs, alcohol, sex and other addictive behavior.

ONENESS CONSCIOUSNESS 
12th House | Pisces


Health and healing, romance, unselfish love, creativity, inspiration, artistic talent, gentleness, submission, tolerance, serenity, inner peace, oneness with God, nirvana, universal love, transcendence, impressionability, idealism, rose-colored glasses, sensitivity, ecstatic experiences, empathy, intuition, long-term relationships, longevity of all kinds, music, poetry, medicines and the medical professions, youthfulness and being young at heart, long-term assets such as real estate, land, minerals and mineral rights, all natural resources, copyrights, inheritances, long-term financial security, selling, food, electricity & electrical devices, computers, water, the sea, shipping, creative inspirations, all creative professions. Co-rules life and death with Chiron. Co-rules patents with Pluto.

SOFT NATAL ASPECTS

NEPTUNE CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN: an idealistic bent to self expression, can be deluded about their personal abilities, either over or under confident about their talents, depends on zodiac signs, if in water the person will tend to keep desires unexpressed

NEPTUNE CONJUNCT OR TRINE MOON: a romantic natal aspect, compassionate, need for closeness in love, desire for the ideal in emotional relationships, self-sacrificing, devote

NEPTUNE CONJUNCT OR TRINE MERCURY: dreamy, imaginative thought, love of music/art/fantasy, may indicate a desire to escape via the mind/communication, could even be online social media/games/video games/music, depending on house placement and ruler, the focus of the mind and it’s desire to escape can be sussed out.

NEPTUNE CONJUNCT OR TRINE VENUS: romance aspect for women, desire for marriage and family, females with this aspect are very feminine, males with this aspect are soft/passive, especially in love relationships, seeking for the ideal relationship

NEPTUNE CONJUNCT OR TRINE MARS: an interesting combination, mars is a sexual planet and neptune is a romance planet, the combination creates an individual who will fight for their ideals, spiritual warrior, soldier of love

NEPTUNE CONJUNCT OR TRINE JUPITER: a generational aspect

NEPTUNE CONJUNCT OR TRINE SATURN: a generational aspect

NEPTUNE CONJUNCT OR TRINE URANUS: a generational aspect

NEPTUNE CONJUNCT OR TRINE PLUTO: a generational aspect

HARD NATAL ASPECTS

NEPTUNE SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SUN: these natives have a compassionate, self sacrificing nature, sometimes have a hard time with identity, constantly seeking for their purpose or what they believe/do with their lives

NEPTUNE SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MOON: a romantic natal aspect, compassionate, need for closeness in love, desire for the ideal in emotional relationships, self-sacrificing, devoted

NEPTUNE SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MERCURY: gives a powerful imagination, native can have problems with linear thinking such at mathematics or being clear about logic, there is a fogginess about how to solve problems, and a tendency to avoid using logic in favor of imagination

NEPTUNE SQUARE OR OPPOSITE VENUS: classic schism in love, these natives are always seeking the ideal romantic relationship, they see their partners through rose-colored glasses initially, but then become disillusioned over time, apt to fall in love with the wrong “types” because they see what they want to see

NEPTUNE SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MARS: passive-aggression and a tendency to swing from ardent and sexual to apathetic, a tendency to see the partner as an ideal and then a pattern of falling into disillusion

NEPTUNE SQUARE OR OPPOSITE JUPITER:

NEPTUNE SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SATURN: a generational aspect

NEPTUNE SQUARE OR OPPOSITE URANUS: a generational aspect

NEPTUNE SQUARE OR OPPOSITE PLUTO: a generational aspect


PLUTO

Pluto is the powerful slow-moving planet of deep karmic transformation.  It indicates the place of potential power in the birth chart.

TRANSFORMATION
8th House | Scorpio

Power of all kinds and preservation of power, love of power, hunger for power, powerful people, entrepreneurs, big business, the establishment, corporations, politics, advertising, great wealth, investments, banking, stocks, bonds, the stock market, loaning money, the ability to repay loans, acquisitions and the urge to acquire, capitalism, gambling and betting, never being satisfied, professional sports, lust, raw sexuality, intensity, extremism, dictatorships, ego, arrogance, oppression, secrets, mysteries, possessiveness, jealousy, greed, research, metamorphosis, destruction and rebirth, inevitable change, sex organs, detectives, nuclear power and weaponry. Co-rules competition with Mars. Co- rules venture capital and investment banking with Jupiter. Co-rules obsessions and compulsions with Sappho.

SOFT PLUTO ASPECTS

PLUTO CONJUNCT OR TRINE SUN: powerful, strong-willed person, can cause extreme reactions in other people, stubbornness, ability to see other’s psychological motivations

PLUTO CONJUNCT OR TRINE MOON: powerful emotional nature, obsessive, controlling/manipulative, deep understanding of psychology, jealousy is possible, gives the native an emotional loyalty and courage

PLUTO CONJUNCT OR TRINE MERCURY: strong gift and ability to uncover hidden truths or mysteries, probing mind, good at asking questions to figure out the heart of the matter, can be paranoid, suspicious

PLUTO CONJUNCT OR TRINE VENUS: intensity in approach to relationship, also attracted to powerful people (females with this aspect are especially attracted to prominent men)

PLUTO CONJUNCT OR TRINE MARS: gives raw physical power and an increase in sexual compulsions & libido, native is forceful and passionate in relationships and for causes they believe in, would be  a good combination for someone in the military or civil service, combining aggression with power, native will likely enjoy power play in the bedroom

PLUTO CONJUNCT OR TRINE SATURN: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

PLUTO CONJUNCT OR TRINE JUPITER: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

PLUTO CONJUNCT OR TRINE URANUS: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

PLUTO CONJUNCT OR TRINE NEPTUNE: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

HARD NATAL ASPECTS

PLUTO SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SUN: these natives bring out strong reactions in others, people will love or hate them, may be manipulative and controlling, may need to dominate, the circumstances where they need to dominate will be seen via house placement

PLUTO SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MOON: strong need to control environment, attraction to powerful people and situations, ability to manipulate, or may find self attracted to toxic manipulative situations.

PLUTO SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MERCURY: strong compulsion to be heard or to discover the truth, can be a “stalker” indicator, or the desire to research a person/topic to the point of obsession, gives the ability to be a good investigator, can be a workaholic indicator

PLUTO SQUARE OR OPPOSITE VENUS: similar to Venus Conjunct/Trine Pluto, but more prone to obsessive, compulsive behavior, jealous, secretive about relationships, or craves toxic relationships with manipulative individuals

PLUTO SQUARE OR OPPOSITE MARS: powerful personality, a craving for power-play/domination & submission in all areas of life including work and interpersonal relationships, may attract powerful partners who use control and manipulation in the relationship

PLUTO SQUARE OR OPPOSITE JUPITER: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

PLUTO SQUARE OR OPPOSITE SATURN: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

PLUTO SQUARE OR OPPOSITE URANUS: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

PLUTO SQUARE OR OPPOSITE NEPTUNE: This is a generational aspect and not as important to study

Planetary Aspects

Planetary aspects indicate the flow of energy between the symbolism of the planets. The most powerful aspects are ones that are as close to exact degrees. The orbs fall into categories of minor and major, as well as soft (flowing) and hard (blocked). The following will move through each  planetary aspect.

SOFT PLANETARY ASPECTS

SEMI-SEXTILE 30° two planets form a 30° angle to one another.  This is a very minor soft aspect and general give an easy flow of energy between the two planets, even if one is Saturn, although the Saturn energy will add a rigidity to the expression of the two planets meanings.

SEXTILE 60° two planets make a 60° angle to one another.  This is a benefit soft aspect, much like the Trine but less pronounced.  More of a supportive energy, unless it is part of a complete planetary formation.

TRINE 120° two planets that are from the same element.  Easy flow of energy.  The classic benefic aspect.  With Saturn this creates a kind of structure or rigidity.  As an interaspect between two people, it tends to glue the people together.

QUINCUNX 150° two planets will typically be across from each other on the wheel, one zodiac sign removed from being opposite signs.  This is usually an interesting aspect, the planets are in signs that don’t share elements or modalities.  There can be lessons to learn from each other, but with luminary to luminary contact, there will be differences in that could make for conflict.

HARD PLANETARY ASPECTS

CONJUNCTION 0° two planets fall within 0-2° orb from each other and create a sort of “super” planet.  Energies of both planets are combined with this aspect. Varies in its effect with the nature of the planets involved.  When Mars or Saturn are involved there is an activation (Mars) or a blockage (Saturn) of the the other planet’s expression. CAN BE SOFT OR HARD.

SQUARE 90° the two planets form a 90° angle to one another with an allowable orb of 4° and are of the same mode. Considered the most rigid and typically the most stressful aspect between two planetary energies.  Luminaries or personal planets expression will be restricted (with Saturn),  overly inflated (with Jupiter), unpredictable  (with Uranus), foggy or spacy (with Neptune) and dominating (with Pluto)

NEUTRAL PLANETARY ASPECTS

CONJUNCTION 0° two planets fall within 0-2° orb from each other and create a sort of “super” planet.  Energies of both planets are combined with this aspect. Varies in its effect with the nature of the planets involved.  When Mars or Saturn are involved there is an activation (Mars) or a blockage (Saturn) of the the other planet’s expression. CAN BE SOFT OR HARD.

OPPOSITION 180° two planets from opposite sides of the zodiac, they typically mirror each other and make up an axis.  See Lesson 1: Cosmic Alphabet for axis descriptions.  Like the conjunctions, this aspect is neutral in expression depending upon involved planets.

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