Aspects: Sesquiquadrate featured w/ Square and Semi-Square – Part One
|January 6, 2011||Filled under Astrology, Learning, Aspects|
The Sesquiquadrate is also known as: Sesquisquare, Sesquare, Square-and-a-half, Quartile-and-a-half, and/or Trioctile
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Originally I wrote this in one big article. Over time, I noticed other bloggers writing “series” and so I became comfortable with breaking up a very long article and separating them into parts…
Part One (you are here) | Part Two | Part Three
The visual representation of a Sesquiquadrate (aka Sesquisquare) is that of a reduced-in-size semi-square and square. The symbol also looks like the back of a monitor with stand. What could that mean?
This aspect has six terms used to identify it. SIX?!? No wonder it has a “nebulous” and confusing quality to it.
For now, lets use the term: Sesquiquadrate? How the heck do you pronounce Sesquiquadrate anyway? It’s a mouthful! And, to me, that translates to complex and hard to understand and that might be part of the problem. Is it even worth delineating? To me, fortunately or not, it is!
Other than reading that the Sesquiquadrate (inversion of a Semi-square) is less evil, I haven’t read much about it that differs it from a Square or Semi-Square. (Thank you Jan Bird for posting some links in the comments section!! I welcome more links as well)
Many astrologers (to my knowledge) do not speak about it in regards to how it affects a chart or transit. Is that because it’s known as a “minor aspect”?
So here’s where I have been: I wasn’t able to find any transit or delineation of aspects on the Internet or in tons of astrology books to help me get a grasp on its meaning or even a substantial definition.
And after seeing it in many charts and my own — I have Saturn Sesquiquadrate Uranus and Neptune Sesquiquadrate Chiron — I felt the need to make something of it.
Since I have read little – that would suggest what type of influence a Sesquiquadrate has – and I’m not an astrological scholar, I gained most of my insight through patterns, intuition, taking a look at the other aspect symbols as well as this one, adding / subtracting, and my personal yet limited experience delineating charts with this aspect.
Shown here, is the symbol of a Sesquiquadrate fitting inside a full-sized square with a bit of Uranian wiggle-room to the right. The semi-square also fits inside a square. Could this mean: Bottled up tension even when tension is relieved? Attempts at containing rebelliousness? I think it does.
Read on: Part Two & Part Three
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