Astrological Contact Types in Planetary Aspect (now including Sesquiquadrate)
|November 23, 2010||Filled under Astrology, Learning, Aspects|
In astrology there’s a contact type or energy that form between planets / luminaries (Sun, Moon) and all together this creates what is called an aspect.
When we first meet someone, an immediate first impression forms based on a gut reaction. We notice something similar or different about them and we instantaneously decide if we like or dislike a person. As an astrologer, I believe this is related to how aspects make up an individual, aspects that form between two people, aspects that transit each person (native) and the combined energy of those transits overall. In psychological astrology, aspects make up the personality and how a personality is likely to interact with another personality.
When planets notice each other, they react in the same ways. That reaction can be harmonious, challenging, or neutralizing.
Astrology has a way of looking at the small details and nuances that we often otherwise miss. That’s one reason I love astrology. It’s acts like DNA and each aspect is like a DNA strand. Depending on level of expertise, an astrologer can tell us all about why we are attracted / repelled and the purpose of our relationships as well as our personal psychological make-up.
As if one. Has same energy. Overpowering urge to merge. No distinction. Inseparable. Like the Sun. A
.Astrology3D has an interesting observation that I have had : Basically, look to the signs of the planets to understand further how the planets interact and how they fit with that planet or not. And this is something I haven’t thought of yet: A planet strongly compatible to the sign of conjunction can dominate the energies of the other planet. THIS is an awesome understanding, awareness, observation. Why? Because in the case of a Venus – Mars conjunction, for example, we can tell whether Venus or Mars is calling the shots. Whether the conjunction will be more on the loving or sexy side. 🙂
Synastry Conjunction Example: Moon conjunct Moon aspect would lead to the couple being able to project emotions onto each other, be telepathic, etc. If the Moon is in Cancer or Virgo, the conjunction is likely to be nurturing and psychic. If the conjunction is in Capricorn it is likely to be difficult, feeding off the insecurities and the sense of feeling exposed. There’s still much to learn from ALL aspects but in the case of this conjunction, it really can put one in touch with their feelings once and for all.
180º A clash of wills. A wall between. Blind-spots. Impatient. Complementary. Polarity. Two sides to the story. Like oil & water. A natural inclination to separate. A separation. Attraction vs. Repulsion. Push vs Pull. Back & Forth. Same goals but with different ways of expressing them. Think Square Opposing Square. Like Mars. WizardsNet says complementary, balancing, strong tendency to project the polarity of one side on another. Astrology3D says an opposition causes an awareness.
120º At ease with other. Just there. Lazy. Protected. Can be boring. Friendly. Lucky. Like Jupiter. WizardsNet adds grace, good fortune. Astrology3D says getting benefits without effort. Lack of challenge. A Wikipedia article mentions the Trine indicates natural talent and inspiration as other key qualities. And because a Trine causes no desire to work for something, too many trines in a chart can spell inertia. So while it’s often said too many squares is bad, the opposite is actually true as long as the stress of the square causes the desire to reach the heights of a Trine.
60º Stimulating. Understanding. Fascination. Opportunity. Requires action to experience benefits. Like Venus.
30º Vacillates between sextile & inconjunct. On & off but more on. Flashes. Separate yet related. Like Neptune. WizardsNet says mild, variable influence, similar to sextile.
150º Difference. Missed connection. Hearing something loud and clear but not sure where coming from. Ignoring. Blind-spots. Turning away. Like clairaudience (a whisper that’s hard to hear). An itch that can’t be scratched (ref – M.Gelder.) Unsettling. Uncomfortable Rumours. Like Uranus. WizardsNet says Paradox, riddle, destiny, need for adjustment.
90º Challenged, blocked, tension, discomfort, conflict, needed adjustments, stubborn, irregular, hang-up, restrain, restrict, shut-off, obstruct, thwart, pressure, stress, struggle. Like Saturn. WizardsNet adds crisis, difficult to integrate. Astrology3D says struggle of two forces at cross-purposes. Obstacles which can bring growth through concentrated effort. A Wikipedia article offers other keywords: inhibitions, disruption, limitations, and inner conflict.
45º Vacillates between square and inconjunct (between Saturn & Uranus). Digs. Can see both sides. Off & on. More off than on. Flashes. Separate yet related. Like Pluto.
135º Contains smaller versions of the Square & Semi-Square both of which fit inside a full-size square. Add 45º to the Sesquiquadrate and you arrive at the Opposition aspect (see Astrological Aspects article). The Sesquiquadrate is not as offensive as the Opposition; however, it has a similar “disconnection” within the realm of Square types (see below) :).
A Sesquiquadrate acts like a “square against semi-square”, Might against mini-might, that dilutes both energies. A smaller semi-square is trying to obtain relief from the smaller square but wants to get there on its own too. There’s a feeling of some common ground but it’s uncertain, and unsure as if it’s infantile since the Square and Semi-square types are full sized (grown).
The semi-square wants inside or maybe it’s trying to escape but can’t quite make it. It needs some help to fully complete tests so it may mature but there’s something holding it back. Mature outside support is needed whether it’s accepted or not. The Sesquiquadrate works best with another to resolve / combat problems to make up for the difference in size (maturity) or it needs much time to pass so it evolves on its own.
The Sesquiquadrate is like a disability (different ability) and another aspect could be used as a crutch (resource) to solve the question (problem) or perhaps with the aid of a specialist can be armed to handle the challenges that a Sesquiquadrate presents. It’s a special challenge.
I also get a Saturn-Uranus type feel from it. A parent-teenager push/pull influence.
So we can get that feeling of wanting to break away and do our own thing but having to face the consequences of our parents thinking we are doing something that isn’t realistic, smart, or responsible. And that supports what Alice Portman says in her article about Thor’s Hammer “Sesiquadrates give criticism from others” .
Now, I also see that the symbol can look like the back of a monitor with stand. What would that mean?
Learn more about Sesquiquadrate.
I call minor aspects SHADOW Aspects and major aspects COMMON or POPULAR aspects. ©
Shadow aspects are often Hidden, something that just happens rather than something that you may be conscious of; however, those that are very observant can see it clearly in others. And the shadow aspects can be on & off, not consistent, which may cause people to overlook it. Humans LOVE consistency (maybe not in self but in others for sure), am I right? lol
Finer is not minor!! Finer pinpoints areas that may have been overlooked or underdeveloped and given the chance to be nurtured would possibly result in FAME!
72º Similar to a conjunction but creatively or oddly different. Natural born talent that needs to be recognized and nurtured. Inspired. A quintile can indiciate the native receives acclaim either for criminal or seedy behaviour OR divine inspiration. Like a Sun-URANUS aspect. WizardsNet says artistry, special talents and gifts, change
144º Similar to an inconjunct but creatively or oddly different. Dreamstate. Off and on. Odd or different ways of handling things. Not consistent. Like a Sun-Neptune aspect and Uranian.
Contact Type > Energy > Planet
Conjunct > Power > Sun
Opposition > Polarity > Mars
Trine > Luck > Jupiter
Sextile, Quintile > Opportunity > Venus
Semi-Sextile, Bi-Quintile > Dreamstate > Neptune
Inconjunct > Difference >Uranus, Mercury
Square > Obstacle > Saturn
Semi-Square > Digging > Pluto
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Images taken from Wikipedia article.
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