Aspects in Astrology

 

Aspects represents the angles which are measured between two points in the chart. We are interested especially by the aspects between planets, and by the aspects of 0, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45 degrees. The degrees of the aspects tell us about the way the two energies of the planets combine. So, aspects show what relation is established between different points of the chart.

How we can find the type of relation symbolized by every aspect? Well, aspects signification is based on their correspondence with numbers, more exactly by the number with which we must divide the circle (360 degrees) to get the aspect. Following this principle we can see that the opposition (180 degree aspect) is signified by number 2, because 180 is 360 divided by 2. So, the square (90 degree aspect) is signified by number 4, because 90 is 360 divided by 4.

 

The meaning of Aspects

 

Conjunction – 0 degree

 

Semi square- 45 degree

 

Sextile – 60 degree

 

Square – 90 degree

 

Opposition – 180 degree

Houses in astrology

 

Houses are symbols which represent in astrology different areas of life. Any planet placed in a house works in the area of life symbolised by that house.

Even the meaning is simple, houses generate other important problems like the systems used to divide house or where should be placed the beginning of a house influence.

Nowadays, the most used system of houses is Placidus. Other house systems with many users are: Koch, Whole Sign Houses or Campanus. I use Whole Sign Houses.

 

For a better understanding of the houses symbolism, let’s read Liz Greene’s opinion:

 

"It is useful to think of the houses as stages sets representing particular spheres of life. The houses are like the empty stages at the beginning of the play, before the actors appear, and each one has its characteristic decor, furniture, and objects, according to the domain which the house rules and the sign on the cusp of the house. We all have the same twelve houses in our chart, and they are the broad arenas in which we seek and encounter life experiences. A house in the abstract sense has no backdrop and no lighting; this is dependent on the sign on the cusp, which gives it its particular colouration. But then the actors come on stage, and these are the planets. Then we are going to meet something very powerful in this sphere of life, and we will have to engage in a dialogue, and involve ourselves in the drama"

 

"When a planet is placed in a house, it is like meeting a god. There is a archetypal pattern at work, a kind of vortex of energy in which one immediately becomes caught up. The moment one enters the affairs of that house, all the matters concerned are affected by the planet. A sign on cusp doesn’t have this kind of power."    

 

The meaning of the Houses

 

House 1 – Ascendant, personality

– physical body, health, vitality;

– appearance;

– what a person can do in the world, her ability to be useful, her skill, how she is perceived by others, personality;

– character, will, intellect.

 

House 2 – Money, values

– wealth, money, property;

– our attitude toward money and other values;

– financial matters;

– resources which support the physical body or our personality;

 

House 3 – Communication, relatives

– "lower mind", communication, day to day level;

– interactions with immediate environment, neighbors, relatives, brothers, sisters, friends;

– information, news, books, to read;

– short journeys;

– education;

– messages, writing.

 

House 4 – Home, traditions

– home, personal life, intimacy;

– family, mother or father, forebears;

– childhood, traditions, past;

– real estate, lands;

– hidden treasure, hidden resources;

– collective unconscious;

– end of life.

 

House 5 – Self – expression, creativity

– amusement, play, creativity, originality;

– what we enjoy to do, to have fun;

– children;

– gambling, sport;

– love affairs, pleasures.

 

House 6 – Work, sickness

– work, service, servitude;

– subordinates;

– sickness, problems of the physical body;

– small animals.

 

House 7 – Partnership

– marriage, one to one relations;

people that react to yourself, the reaction at the action symbolised by the Ascendant;

– open enemies;

– lawsuits.

 

House 8 – Other people resources

– partner’s money, assets, values;

– taxes, legacies, insurance;

death, transformation, resurrection;

– sexuality;

– emotional issues,

– psychic and occult matters.

 

House 9 – The higher mind

– wisdom, activities that let us to understand the world, to expand our consciousness;

– philosophy, religion, law, moral ideas;

– foreign travels, long journeys, far away places;

– higher education.

 

House 10 – Social status

– career, profession, social status;

– reputation, how you are seen in society;

– father or mather;

– employers, those in command.

 

House 11 – Friends, hopes

– friends, groups, acquaintances, clubs, society;

– hope, ambition, comfort, luck.

 

House 12 – Secrets, solitude

– self sacrifice, service to others;

– the unconscious;

– isolation, prison, anxieties;

– infirmity, bad luck;

– secret enemies;

– karma.

Pluto

 

Pluto_1.jpgThe physical Pluto is the second most massive dwarf planet from our Solar System, originally classified as the ninth planet from the Sun.

In modern astrology it is the ruler of Scorpio.

 

In the horoscope Pluto symbolizes:

– a process of total transformation of the being or the system;

– death and resurrection;

– manipulation, to work behind the scene;

– desire to control, love of power;

– a complete breakdown of the current reality;

– death, sexuality;

– politics, the ability to convince or manipulate people.

 

Strengths for people with a dominant Pluto in their horoscope

– the power to help in the process of transformation, healers, therapists;

– courage, power.

  

Weaknesses for people with a dominant Pluto in their horoscope

– mental illness;

– people who force the change, terrorists, criminal;

– people who lie or manipulate others in order to gain power, love of power, abuse of power;

– doping.

  

Weaknesses for people with a weak Pluto in their horoscope

– inability to transform yourself or to accept the change.

 

More about Pluto:

Pluto in mundane astrology

 

Famous people with a dominant Pluto in their horoscope

Lance Armstrong (September 18, 1971 – Pluto with the Sun, Moon and Mercury in Virgo), Marquis de Sade (June 2, 1740 – Pluto on the Ascendant in Scorpio), Vladimir Putin (October 7, 1952 – Pluto on the MC in Leo, Ascendant in Scorpio), Steven Seagal (April 10, 1952 – Pluto on the Ascendant in Leo).

 

References 

Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand

Neptune

 

neptune_1.jpgThe physical Neptune is the eight planet from the Sun, having a similar composition with Uranus, both called "ice giants".

In modern astrology it is the ruler of Pisces.

 

In the horoscope Neptune symbolizes:

– the unreal world, the truth and divinity perceived by mystics, Nirvana;

– an ego-denying energy;

-a process which creates a connection between people and the transcendental world.

  

Strengths for people with a dominant Neptune in their horoscope

– awareness of the transcendental world;

– psychic people, extrasensory perceptions;

– a good spiritual life can be developed;

– detachment from the material world;

– intuition, imagination, inspiration, artistic creativity.

   

Weaknesses for people with a dominant Neptune in their horoscope

– illusions, people may lose contact with the real world;

– ego weakness, lack of confidence, people who run from direct confrontation;

– people who may use alcohol, drugs, poison in order to run from reality.

 

Weaknesses for people with a weak Neptune in their horoscope

– not to be able to pass the material world, to be stuck in the material world.

 

More about Neptune:

Neptune in mundane astrology

 

Famous people with a dominant Neptune in their horoscope

Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – Neptune on the MC in Leo), Josef Mengele (March 16, 1911 – Neptune on the Ascendant in Cancer, Sun, Mercury, MC in Pisces), Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809 – Neptune with Saturn on the Ascendant in Sagittarius).

 

References 

Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand

Uranus

uranus_1.jpgThe physical Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, having a similar composition with Neptune, both called “ice giants”. Uranus is placed at the limit of naked eye visibility.

In modern astrology it is the ruler of Aquarius.

 

In the horoscope Uranus symbolizes:

– a process of creativity, innovation, change that is directed especially towards transpersonal, social issues, not individual ones;

– a process that expose the individual to greater, impersonal laws;

– to foresee, a vision of the future, revelation;

– little awareness about personal values or day to day activities; it is not about individuality, it is about unconventional acts, as Liz Greene notes;

– the area where the person acts free, without restrictions, limits, rules and even disobeying the social order created by the energy of Saturn; idealism;

– a process which tests the order created by Saturn by creating outbreaks of abnormal events, disruption.

 

Strengths for people with a dominant Uranus in their horoscope

– the courage to be different and to propose alternatives to the traditional way to act;

– innovation, creativity (not a Sun creativity, more a received revelation), to become aware;

– a vision of the latent potential in all forms;

– people who bring progress, reforms, the ability to always doubt the current system, the current procedures; a revolutionary perspective of life;

– intuitive flashes that lead to new discoveries;

– detachment from the material world;

– good, quick mind;

– enthusiasm, excitement in front of new ideas.

Weaknesses for people with a dominant Uranus in their horoscope

– difficulties to integrate in a group, generally those people are seen as eccentric and even as a threat to the established order of the organization;

– isolation, alienation, loneliness (at least emotionally);

– instability, oscillation in attitude, restlessness;

– stubbornness, problems to accept others ideas; rigidity of thinking;

– anxiety in front of the instable environment created;

– to propose ideas for progress that may cause unexpected problems, an unstable system;

– rebellious attitude, especially against those who have the power;

– the feeling of doing something illicit, the feeling of being “suspected”;

– insensitive, ruthless attitude; feelings doesn’t matter;

– to lose contact with the personal life, in favor of the collective life.

 

 

Weaknesses for people with a weak Uranus in their horoscope

– inability to accept change, innovation, new experiences;

– to remain stuck in a comfortable situation, people who don’t have the desire to look in the future for alternatives.

More about Uranus:

Uranus in mundane astrology

 

Famous people with a dominant Uranus in their horoscope

Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 – Uranus on the Ascendant in Libra), Karl Marx (May 5, 1818 – Uranus and Neptune on the MC in Sagittarius), Madonna (August 16, 1958 – Uranus with Sun and Venus in Leo, 7th House), Fabio Capello (June 18, 1946 – Uranus in conjunction with Sun and Ascendant in Gemini). 

 

Mythological lore

Uranus is more often associated with Prometheus the Titan, descendent of the god Ouranos and Gaia, the Earth, his sister- wife. Prometheus means “foresight” and he is credited with the creation of human beings from clay and with artistic and cultural skills. He teaches people astrology, navigation, architecture, everything that involves knowledge of the cosmic world, he is “a king of inspirational daimon”.

The most important action of Prometheus, was when he stole fire and gave it to humans against the whishes of Zeus. Fire is associated with creativity, enlightenment, intellectual and spiritual awakening, cultural and technological breakthrough, awareness of self, imagination, vision, consciousness. After this act, Prometheus was punished by Zeus, who chained him to a mountain and left him to an eagle which came every day to eat his liver, which is always regenerating to keep him in a constant agony. Also humans were punished when Pandora was sent on Earth with her box of woes.

The punishment of Prometheus symbolise the effect of the Uranian activity: isolation, the impossibility to deal with all the results of the creation, the use of creation in bad ways, the price to be paid.

As a symbol of Ouranos, father of Prometheus, the planet Uranus may symbolise the ideas that precedes physical creation (Ouranos emerged from chaos) like Plato’s Ideal Forms.

 

References 

The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope by Liz Greene

Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand

 

Saturn

 

saturn.jpgThe physical Saturn is a slow moving planet, the last one of the seven traditional planets, at the limit of our visible solar system.

It is the ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius.

 

In the horoscope Saturn symbolizes:

– represents a process opposed to Jupiter; if Jupiter symbolize expansion and new experiences, Saturn sets limits, borders, restrain activity and symbolize a solidification process;

– the formation of individuality, a separating, crystallizing process;

– issues around father, authority, self – expression, standing in the world, faith in oneself;

– the limits, the rules, the process of restrain; 

– it deals with social issues, it is about a reality accepted by the society in a defined moment;

– it represents the structures, the tradition, those activities established in time in a society, validated by people, and which resist to change;


 

Strengths for people with a dominant Saturn in their horoscope

– objectivity, realism, a person who understands the rules, the order of the society and plays according to those rules;

– order, modesty, discipline;

– persistence, tenacity, the power to obtain a social position;

– responsibility;

– strategic thinking, to organize, people who think before acting;

  

Weaknesses for people with a dominant Saturn in their horoscope

– rigidity, fear of change, routine, lacks the ability to anticipate the unprecedented;

– materialism, arrogance;

– lack of morality, people who will do anything for a better social position or other material advantages;

– loneliness, melancholy;

– to become exhausted by the work provided.

 

Weaknesses for people with a weak Saturn in their horoscope

– subjectivity, lack of order, lack of rules;

– irresponsibility, people who act without to think at the consequences;

– people who can’t control their lives, people who depend on others.

 

More about Saturn:

Saturn in mundane astrology

 

Famous people with a dominant Saturn in their horoscope

Jose Mourinho (January 26, 1963 – Saturn in conjunction with Sun and Moon in Aquarius, the Ascendant in Capricorn), Sean Connery (August 25, 1930 – Saturn with the Ascendant in Capricorn), Queen Elizabeth II (April 21, 1926 – Ascendant in Capricorn, Saturn on the Midheaven in Scorpio). 


Mythological lore

Kronos – Saturn was the son of Ouranos and Gaia. Kronos castrated Ouranos, separating it from Gaia, act which symbolizes the separation between spirit and matter and the end of the creative act of Ouranos. 

 

References 

Saturn by Liz Greene

The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope by Liz Greene

Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand

Jupiter

 

jupiter.jpgThe physical Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet from our Solar system. It has two and a half times the mass of all the other planets of our Solar system combined.

It is the ruler of Sagittarius and Pisces

 

In the horoscope Jupiter symbolizes:

– the process of expansion by which we encounter new experiences, a new area of work, a new life experience etc.

– the process of understanding: also by having new experiences, by reading books, travelling, encounter new people etc., we seek to understand, to get wisdom.

– the process of understanding and learning symbolized by Jupiter is different from that signified by Mercury, where is a practical, logical, quick intelligence; the process symbolized by Jupiter is about understanding from a holistic view, to understand how all the system works, to see from a general perspective, to understand life etc. This process is appropriately described by what we call wisdom.  

– another process of Jupiter is about the integration in society, about having a social position and playing an important role in the society; it gives political skills, but also economical aptitudes;

– in natal chart the place of Jupiter symbolise the area where we try to understand, it is an area where we will become experienced and we may give opinions, advices and act like a teacher with students;

– the principles after a person guides her life;

 

Strengths for people with a dominant Jupiter in their horoscope

– people that like to learn, always expand their knowledge and seek new experiences;

– wisdom, in time people become real sages, teachers that like to learn, talk with others and share their knowledge;

– people that play an important role in society, politicians, business people;

– friendly, sociable people, popularity;

– people with moral principles, people which put ethics before materialism;

– optimism, courage, enthusiasm, hope, people that will always fight for their ideals, no matter what;

 

Weaknesses for people with a dominant Jupiter in their horoscope

– illusions, they may look for great ideals, targets, but miss the current situation, possibilities, which many times are limited;

– excess, waste, arrogance; 

 

Weaknesses for people with a weak Jupiter in their horoscope

– don’t have a general understanding of the situation, limited wisdom, may take narrow-minded positions;

– lack of generosity, altruism, benevolence;

 

More about Jupiter:

Jupiter in mundane astrology

 

Famous people with a dominant Jupiter in their horoscope

Woody Allen (December 1, 1935 – Sun with Jupiter in Sagittarius).

 

References 

Exploring Jupiter by Stephen Arroyo

Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand

Mars

 

mars.jpgThe physical Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet from our Solar system.

It is the ruler of Aries and Scorpio

 

In the horoscope Mars symbolizes:

– the process by which we fight to impose our position, to take what we need;

– the process by which we maintain our separate identity, by which we defend our individuality;

 – energy, fight, competition, aggression, adrenalin; 

  

Strengths for people with a dominant Mars in their horoscope

– confidence, energy, courage, power to show themselves to others, power to impose themselves on others;

– determination, power to convince others;

– people who like to be in action, to make sport, to live a challenging life;

 

Weaknesses for people with a dominant Mars in their horoscope

– difficulties in relationships, problems to collaborate with others at work or in other situations;

– people who act before thinking, relentless people.

 

Weaknesses for people with a weak Mars in their horoscope

– fear, people which don’t have enough courage, force to impose themselves; 

– lack of energy, passivity, lack of initiative;
 

Famous people with a dominant Mars in their horoscope

Cristiano Ronaldo (February 5, 1985 – Ascendant with Mars in Aries), Steven Seagal (April 10, 1952 – Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in Aries, Mars in Scorpio), Toni Blair (May 6, 1953 – Ascendant with Mars in Gemini).

Venus

 

venus.jpgThe physical Venus is the second planet from the Sun which makes her to be the second brightest natural object on the night sky after the Moon.

It is the ruler of Taurus and Libra.   

 

In the horoscope Venus symbolizes:

– love, the type of person we will love, how we manifest our love, how we get in love, what we love;

– friends, relations, how we relate with others;

– beauty, creativity, fun, happiness, how we enjoy life; 

– music, art, dance;

– harmony;

– the process represented by Venus makes people unite in order to create a better, complete manifestation and is opposed to the force represented by Mars which is a processes which separates;

  

Strengths for people with a dominant Venus in their horoscope

– sociable, friendly people;

– people who express very well their feelings, their love;

– popularity, people with a good image among others;

– people who know to feel good, to have fun;

– talented people in artistic activities (dance, music, painting etc.);

– people who feel they are loved and have a beautiful, pleasant life.

  

Weaknesses for people with a dominant Venus in their horoscope

– passivity, people who will not take initiative, but wait for the others to act;

– excessively fond of luxury and comfort, irresponsibility, to expect that all life to be a beautiful game, like a continuous party;

– fond for cheap, but glossy things; kitsch products;

– people who have many friends, but don’t have love.

 

Weaknesses for people with a weak Venus in their horoscope

– they express very hard their feelings, love;

– problems to have relations, difficulties in relations;

– they don’t appreciate much a relation and don’t realise the importance of love in life; also they will not appreciate the people they relate with as much as it should and this will bring problems in the relation;

– loneliness. 

 

Famous people with a dominant Venus in their horoscope

Bill Clinton (August 19, 1946 – Ascendant in Libra with Venus, Jupiter and Mars, the Moon in Taurus), Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – Sun with Venus in Leo), Paulo Coelho (August 24, 1947 – Venus in Leo with Mercury and Sun).

Mercury

 

mercury.jpgThe physical Mercury is the smallest planet of our Solar system and is the closest planet to the Sun.

It is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo.

 

In the horoscope Mercury symbolizes:

– the mind, reasoning capabilities;

– the capacity to learn;

– the capacity to communicate, our senses, the ability to discover our environment;

– capacity to observe, to make quick connections, to be smart;

– what a person “see” first, the things we look at;

– the ability to work with abstract symbols at different levels in order to learn many foreign languages, advanced maths etc.

– the process of mapping the environment in order to find the best solutions. 

 

Strengths for people with a dominant Mercury in their horoscope

– intelligence, great capacity to learn and also they learn quickly;

– the ability to find quick, practical solutions;

– creativity, spontaneity, improvisation;

– they find a solution in almost any situation;

– the art of compromise, they are good negotiators; sellers.

 

Weaknesses for people with a dominant Mercury in their horoscope

superficiality, they jump too quickly from one thing to another;

– people who think only about how to act to gain in a certain moment, they don’t see the whole situation or the long term evolution and may act without ethics;

– people which try to impress a lot with words or by their image, but they lack in consistency, or the most important part of what they offer is not as they say; burglars;

 

Weaknesses for people with a weak Mercury in their horoscope

– difficulties to learn;

– communication problems; people which don’t understand what others want to tell them and which have problems to make others understand what they want to tell;

– reason mistakes, difficulties in choosing the most efficient, practical, simple solution; sometimes people don’t see the simple, big solution who is right in front of them.

 

Famous people with a dominant Mercury in their horoscope

Andrea Bocelli (September 22, 1958 – Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Ascendant in Virgo), Lech Kaczynski (June 18, 1949 – Sun, Mercury, Mars and the Ascendant in Gemini), George H. W. Bush (June 12, 1924 – Sun in Gemini, Ascendant in Virgo, Mercury at 29 in Taurus).