Data Fundamentals – the aspects

An aspect is an angular relationship between two planets. And the power and functionality of your astrology code is primarily influenced by the aspects formed by the planets in your birthchart. The relative power of each aspect is measured in astrodyne power units. The relative harmony of each harmonious aspect is measured in harmodynes. And the relative discord of each discordant aspect is measured in discordynes. So the power, harmony or discord of each aspect in your chart, corresponding to a mental component within your thought and feeling world, is measured. The self is quantified.

A harmonious aspect gives the astral energy and its mental equivalent a harmonious mode of expression. The harmony signs for a fortunate encounter with the environment. Support and assistance mark for pleasure, comfort and peace of mind.

A discordant aspect gives the astral energy and its mental equivalent a discordant or dysfunctional mode of expression. The discord signs for an unfortunate encounter with the environment. Difficulties and problems mark for pain and discomfort.

A neutral aspect gives the astral energy and its mental equivalent a neutral mode of expression. The absence of pleasure or pain signs for a neutral encounter with the environment and a mental and emotional response that is feeling neutral.

The aspects in your birthchart mark for easily identifiable states of consciousness within your thought and feeling world. They reveal why your life is arranged the way it is and how your various life-matters and relationships are predisposed to influence each other.

A conjunction aspect is formed when two planets are in the same degree of the zodiac. It has an orb of + or – 15º and its relative strength, which varies greatly, is measured in astrodyne power units. This aspect indicates a neutral encounter with the environment – there’s an absence of pleasure or pain – so the driving force comes from the power of the unconscious push rather than environmental forces beyond personal control. The aspect’s key word, prominence, describes its influence and a conjunction aspect in your birthchart is easy to identify. It marks for a prominent thought-structure in your unconscious mind that expresses conspicuous behavior traits and a powerful interest in a very important life-matter or activity that constantly engages your attention.

An inconjunct aspect is formed when two planets are 150º apart in the zodiac. It has an orb of + or – 4º and its relative strength, which is always weak, is measured in astrodyne units. This aspect indicates a neutral encounter with the environment and the absence of pleasure or pain and the weak unconscious push can make it inconspicuous and difficult to identify. The aspect’s key word, expansion, describes its influence. An inconjunct aspect in your birthchart marks for a thought-structure in your unconscious mind that expresses a weak desire for expansion with some life-matter or interest, but the weak unconscious push needs to be mobilized and focused if it is to achieve the expansion it desires.

The parallel aspect is formed when two planets are in the same degree of declination either north or south of the celestial equator. It has a 1º orb and its relative strength, which varies greatly, is measured in astrodyne power units. This aspect indicates a neutral encounter with the environment – there’s an absence of pleasure or pain – so whatever happens is the result of personal effort rather than environmental forces beyond personal control. The aspect’s key word, intensity, describes its influence. A parallel aspect in your birthchart marks for a powerful, but loosely formed thought-structure in your unconscious mind whose interest in some life-matter or activity gradually builds and intensifies over time.

A semisextile aspect is formed when two planets are 30º apart in the zodiac. It has an orb of + or – 4º and its relative strength, which is always weak, is measured in astrodyne power units. This aspect marks for a mildly pleasant encounter with the environment – support and friendly relations – and its functional harmony is measured in harmodyne units. The aspect’s key word, growth, describes its influence. A semisextile aspect in your birthchart marks for a thought-structure in your unconscious mind whose harmony intent, by attracting support and small advantages, promotes personal growth. But the thought-structure’s potential, due its lack of unconscious push, should always be rated as weak.

A sextile aspect is formed when two planets are 60º apart in the zodiac. It has an orb of + or – 8º and its relative strength, which varies from moderate to weak, is measured in astrodyne power units. This aspect marks for a pleasant encounter with the environment – support, assistance and pleasant conditions – and its functional harmony is measured in harmodyne units. The aspect’s key word, opportunity, describes its influence. A sextile aspect in your birthchart marks for a thought-structure in your unconscious mind whose harmony intent actively seeks opportunities and favorable living conditions. But the opportunity, which can be transient, needs to be grabbed immediately when it comes along.

A trine aspect is formed when two planets are 120º apart in the zodiac. It has an orb of + or – 12º and its relative strength, which varies greatly, is measured in astrodyne power units. This aspect marks for a very fortunate and pleasant encounter with the environment – support, assistance and pleasant conditions – and its functional harmony is measured in harmodyne units. The aspect’s key word, luck, describes its influence. A trine aspect in your birthchart marks for a thought structure in your unconscious mind whose harmony intent, as intense and prolonged feelings of pleasure, actively seeks very fortunate events and conditions. Luck and unexplained good fortune has nothing to do with chance. It’s the result of a luck thought-structure in your unconscious mind doing its thing.

A semisquare aspect is formed when two planets are 45º apart in the zodiac. It has an orb of + or – 6º and its relative strength which tends to be weak, is measured in astrodyne power units. This aspect marks for an irritating, unpleasant encounter with the environment – annoying personal relationships – and its dysfunctional discord is measured in discordyne units. The aspect’s key word, friction, describes its influence. A semisquare aspect in your birthchart marks for a thought-structure in your unconscious mind whose discord intent actively seeks to create a friction situation. Its level of dysfunction should be rated as moderate. And while the aspect tends towards uncertainty and change, you can use the friction as a spur to greater effort.

A sesquisquare aspect is formed when two planets are 135º apart in the zodiac. It has an orb of + or – 6º and its relative strength which tends to be weak, is measured in astrodyne power units. This aspect marks for an antagonistic encounter with the environment – a disturbing situation – and its dysfunctional discord is measured in discordyne units. The aspect’s key word, agitation, describes its influence. A sesquisquare aspect in your birthchart marks for a thought-structure in your unconscious mind whose discord intent actively seeks to break up existing conditions. Its level of dysfunction should be rated as moderate. And while the aspect’s influence is sharp and disruptive it marks for change that usually opens up new doors and conditions.

A square aspect is formed when two planets are 90º apart in the zodiac. It has an orb of + or – 12º and its relative strength which varies from strong to weak, is measured in astrodyne power units. This aspect marks for a very stressful and unpleasant encounter with the environment – a very frustrating situation – and its dysfunctional discord is measured in discordyne units. The aspect’s key word, obstacle, describes its influence. A square aspect in your birthchart marks for a thought-structure in your unconscious mind whose discord intent actively seeks to frustrate your intentions by placing stumbling blocks in your way. Its level of dysfunction – as an uncontrolled violent response and a lack of adaptation to the environment – should be rated as very high. And the acute crisis and temporary periods of struggle the aspect signifies usually result in radical change.

An opposition aspect is formed when two planets are 180º apart in the zodiac. It has an orb of + or – 15º and its relative strength, which varies greatly, is measured in astrodyne power units. This aspect marks for a very unpleasant and stressful encounter with the environment – an agonizing situation – and its dysfunctional discord is measured in discordyne units. The aspect’s key word, separation, describes its influence. An opposition aspect in your birthchart marks for a thought-structure in your unconscious mind whose consciousness of discord actively seeks to bring about a conflict of interest where two equally desirable things cannot exist side by side. Its level of dysfunction – as a slow, inflexible rendering asunder – should be rated as very high. A choice has to be made and to have one thing you will have to lose the other.

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