Aspects in Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Planetary Relationships in the Horoscope Illustrates how aspects can offer a profound depiction of an individual and his or her destiny. This Book Contains comprehensive sections full of interpretations for every planetary combination, Concepts are explained through the use of actual birth charts and diagrams.
Much of the art of astrological interpretation lies in the capacity of the astrologer to bring different symbols together and synthesise them. At every step of the way, this is what the interpreter is doing. The astrologer considering, for example, Mercury in Sagittarius in the 4th house has to bring together their understanding of the planet, the sign, the 4th house, and the houses that are ruled by Mercury.
The average student of astrology can usually manage to juggle around with these different factors but when presented with the fact that Mercury is not isolated but is in fact in ‘aspect’ – that is, forming a relationship with other planets or points in the chart – can feel totally overwhelmed. This is not surprising. Interpreting aspect configurations is a very complex business and not easy, even for the most experienced practitioner.
Nevertheless such interpretation is worthy of effort for it is the aspects that provide the energy in the chart, the energy that transforms the horoscope from the description of a lifeless puppet into something symbolising an alive and vital human being, complete with conflict and joy. Above all else in the chart, the aspects describe the prima materia, the raw stuff out of which every individual has to build their life.
Horoscopes can be set up for anything; their use is not confined to the study of human nature and human life but whatever the birth-chart depicts – the time of an event, a question, a live being. The aspects describe the drama, they describe what actually happens. And in terms of people, aspect configurations describe what psychologists call ‘complexes’ (groups of interacting symbols), of which the psychologist C.G. Jung commented that it is not so much people who have complexes but complexes who have people. In other words, aspects play a large role in describing what might be termed our ‘fate’ inasmuch as they describe what we have to deal with.
The birth-chart by its very nature is unique and has to be viewed as a whole; thus it must be clear that any astrological ‘cookbook’ such as this one is always going to have its limitations, interpreting as it does one piece of information out of the context of the rest of the chart. Nevertheless, the interpreter has to start somewhere and it is hoped that this book will provide some help.
– Part One: The Principles of Aspect Interpretation
- The Planets
- Dividing the Circle and Calculating Aspects
- The Meaning of Aspects
- Interpreting Aspects in Practice
- Qualities, Elements and Signs in Aspect
– Part Two: A Planetary Cookbook
- Sun Aspects
- Moon Aspects
- Mercury Aspects
- Venus Aspects
- Mars Aspects
- Jupiter Aspects
- Saturn Aspects
- Aspects between the Outer Planets
– Part Three: The Angles
- The Ascendant–Midheaven Complex
- Planets and Angles