Astrology Language: Aspect Delineation, Reading Aspects
|October 13, 2010||Filled under Astrology, Learning, Aspects|
How to do it
The following is a simple way to delineate / read an aspect.
Start with the planet furthest away (from outer to inner planets); then find the contact /aspect type (i.e. Square); followed by the activated planet (from inner to outer planets). It’s like reading Arabic right to left or French (backwards, forwards).
When you have the hang of it, it can be read from left to right or read from the middle outwards.
We will read the meaning behind the term: Venus Square Neptune.
Neptune is furthest away (outer planet) so we will look at that planet first.
Like every word, there is a longer meaning or other words that can be used in its place.
Keywords for Neptune –> Dreams, illusions, stupors, letting go, dissolution, disillusionment, disappointment, cheating, idealizing, metaphysical, drunken, magic, thirsty, salt water, spiritual, quietness, enchanting, retreat, spas, trance, chaos, craziness, smoke & mirrors, glamorizing, subconscious, intangible, temptation, sacrifice, martyr, suffering, confusion, emotions, delusions, insincerity, hypnotic, boundless, altered reality, photographic, filmography, subversions, devotion, psychic, fantasy, deception, ghosts, visions, visionary, abstraction, secrets, the hidden, invisible, anesthetics, sponging, abuse, the psyche, alcohol, drugs, running away, disorder, silence, intoxication, unemployment, giving, steamy, blue & green, indulgence, gas, fog, merging, mystery, veil, the divine, addictions, neuroses, drowning, betrayal, evasion, helpless, acceptance, higher states of consciousness, Kundalini, escapism, vulnerability, weakness, transcendence, inspiration, imagination, the muse, hallucination, sleepiness, mysticism, secret society, subtlety, mystical creatures, otherworldly, artistry, acting, make-believe, poison, fakery, colour
Then we look at the Contact Type which is a Square.
Keywords for Square –> Challenged, blocked, tension, discomfort, conflict, needed adjustments, stubborn, irregular, hang-up, restrain, restrict, shut-off, obstruct, thwart, pressure, stress, struggle
Then finally we take a look at Venus, the activated and inner planet.
Keywords for Venus –> Love, affection, art, balance, sensuality, beauty, softness, receptivity, femininity, passivity, happiness, peace, contentment, nature, earthly pleasures, idealizing, brown & pink, tradition, co-operation, indulgence, service, devoted, the muse, kindness, compassion
Putting it all together
By choosing a keyword representing each planet and quality of connection (i.e. Square), for Venus Square Neptune we could say it can mean:
- Fog (Neptune) stresses (square) love (venus). i.e. Not being able to see clearly causes one to be stressed about their love.
- Dreams (Neptune) challenge (square) beauty (venus). i.e. The ideal beauty in one’s mind is not realized.
- Deception (Neptune) obstructs (square) happiness (venus). i.e. Saying things that are untrue does not cause genuine happiness.
Getting More Out of Delineating
Planets rule one or two signs and in the case of ruling two, one sign is more at home than the other. In fact, I would say one of the signs are a cherished guest. All signs have their own home except for two, Virgo and Libra. When delineating aspects I first look at the home and guest sign for that planet.
So with the Venus Square Neptune aspect above we have Taurus being the home (H) sign and Libra the guest (G) and Pisces being the only home sign for Neptune. Taurus is more at home with Pisces (sextile) than Libra is (inconjunct). So here there are TWO possible energies for this aspect and one of them is unlikely to materialize in a constructive way.
If the guest tells the host what to do it’s GAME OVER. So when delineating find out whether the guest or host is calling the shots.
Table of Home (H) and Guest (G) signs
Sun – Leo (H)
Moon – Cancer (H)
Mercury Gemini (H) Virgo (G)
Venus – Taurus (H) Libra (G)
Mars – Aries (H) Scorpio (G)
Jupiter – Sagittarius (H) Pisces (G)
Saturn – Capricorn (H) Aquarius (G)
Uranus – Aquarius (H)
Neptune – Pisces (H)
Pluto – Scorpio (H)
Another example would be Mars Square Uranus. If Mars is operating as Aries instead of Scorpio and square to Uranus (causing a natural sextile) will offer a really great opportunity than the square to Scorpio.
Masculine or Feminine? Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable?
I also look at whether the planet, sign is masculine or feminine; its modality (cardinal, fixed, mutable).
What sign is in the planet or luminary?
Is the sign that is taken care of by the planet or luminary: at home (domicile), happy (exalted), fall (you don’t belong here), in detriment (this sucker is gonna cause you problems) or neutral (doesn’t matter one way or another)? This will help you figure out who and how the shots are called.
For example, lets say Venus contacts Mars by a Square. We will know there is going to be a lot of tension, possibly exciting given the planets involved but will it be more love or sex tension? Well if Venus is in Taurus (domicile) and Mars is in Aquarius (Neutral), Venus is calling the shots and this aspect will be about ROMANTIC LOVE & Pleasure. But if Mars is in Aries (Home) and Venus is in Cancer (Fall), Mars is calling the shots and this aspect will be about HOT SEX & aggression more than anything else.
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