Interpreting Aspects in Traditional Astrology

Interpreting Aspects in Traditional Astrology

Objective and Overview

The word aspect, derived from the Latin term aspectus, infers to the act of seeing or looking. Essentially, it is the sense of sight: the visibility, appearance, aspect, presence, mien, countenance, form, and color. Therefore, indicative of the word aspect, in Hellenistic astrology, configurations perform an optical operation: the ability to visualize planets.

According to theoretical principles, the composition of an astrological configuration varies between traditional and modern practices. In traditional astrology, aspects are largely based upon optical theories and planetary affinity. The concept of minor aspects, later introduced by Kepler in rebuttal of the zodiac signs (while labeling the 12 places or houses as “Arabic sorcery”), became more prominent in the 20th century. Noting these disparities, this article’s objective is to explain, from an introductory level, the aspect principles in the context of traditional astrology. Additionally, this information intends to supplement aspect delineations provided throughout this site, generating further context and specifications when analyzing any given configuration.

Sign-Based and Degree-Based Configurations

A notable difference regarding traditional configurations is the ability of two planets to ‘witness’ each other independent of degree. Sign-based configurations are possible via trine, sextile, square, and opposition, on account of the visual spectrum between two planets. Copresence, the final configuration included in later Hellenistic texts, is essentially equivalent to the modern-day conjunction. Again, like other sign-based configurations, copresence can also exist independent of degree.

Degree-based configurations involve two planets in mutual testimony while punctuating their acuity by degree. While degree-based aspects are a popular construct of modern astrology, in traditional astrology, these configurations must still, in accordance with theoretical principles, bear witness to one another. This is why the introduction of ‘minor aspects’ such as the ‘inconjunction’ or ‘quincunx’, ‘semi-sextile’, ‘semi-square, ‘novile’, ‘quintile, and ‘bi-quintile’, to name a few, cannot logically cohere to the traditional aspect doctrine.

Planetary Aversion

The absence of affinity by sign creates planetary aversion, which can can have both mitigating or afflicting implications. For example, in electional astrology, placing the malefic contrary-to-sect in aversion to the first house can help protect planets positioned in said place. Contrastingly, an of-sect benefic in aversion to the Hour-Marker cannot benefit the chart ruler, again, because it is unable to witness the planet in question. Therefore, planets in aversion can work favorably or unfavorably, depending on their qualities and tasks in any given chart.

Exact Degree-Based Configurations: The Seven Partile Rays

A basic note to keep in mind is this: at any time, a planet aspects seven signs while remaining in aversion to the remaining four.

Venus scrutinizes seven planets.

Similarly, each planet incessantly emits seven partile rays. The word partile is indicative of exactitude via degree. In an acute aspect, a planet emitting a partile ray has complete visibility, entirely beholding another planet in exact degree. As a celestial composition of consistent mobility, each of the seven traditional planets are constantly witnessing and emitting seven partile rays. Once a ray strikes any given planet, an aspect is acutely activated, and its delineation is dependent upon the significance of the planetary emitter. Remaining in aversion to 4 places, each planet hurls 7 partile (degree-based) rays: 2 sextiles, 2 squares, 2 trines, and 1 opposition. While planets witness each other via sign-based configurations, they keenly scrutinize (katopteuō) each other when configured by degree.

The Branches of Copresence: Assembly and Adherence

Copresence, also known as the conjunction (both bodily and degree-based) is considered the first original configuration. Independently defined from the four optical aspects, copresence occurs when two planets occupy the same zodiacal sign. Implying affinity via bodily presence, this configuration was initially separated from the remaining four visual aspects. In later Hellenistic texts, it was introduced and combined with the other configurations by authors such as Rhetorius.

Under the branch of copresence, there are two variations, namely termed assembly and adherence. Within the same sign, assembly is an applying aspect more than 3 degrees apart but less an 15 degrees away. With adherence, the traditional term for the more commonly known ‘conjoining’ aspect, one planet applies bodily within three degrees to another planet. Technically, assembly and adherence are both forms of copresence, yet the orb narrows as adherence becomes the closest (degree-based) branch of copresence.

Engagement and the Four Optical Aspects

Engagement, an applying ray effecting any of the four optical configurations (as discussed below), is neither a bodily conjunction nor a form of copresence. Instead, engagement is simply considered an applying aspect within three degrees, via trine sextile, square, or opposition. The important principle regarding engagement (as opposed to adherence, for example) is that it corresponds via degree, or the ray of one planet as it applies to another.

The Four Optical Configurations

Initially, the four traditional configurations indicate one face of an entire shape or figure. In fact, configurations are literally regarded as figures, alluding to the form of each associated polygon. Succinctly, the four geometric aspects correlate with the malefics and benefics in Hellenistic astrology as follows:

  • The tetragon or square. The square is four signs apart, or separated by 90 degrees. It is deemed the signature aspect of (lesser malefic) Mars.
  • The diameter or opposition. The opposition is seven signs apart, or separated by 180 degrees. It is deemed the signature aspect of (greater malefic) Saturn. Via opposition, each exalted planet witnesses its sign of depression. With each rise and fall, these extremes contrast the equilibrium and efficiency of planetary domicile.
  • The hexagon or sextile. The sextile is three sign apart, or separated by 60 degrees. It is deemed the signature aspect of (lesser benefic) Venus.
  • The triangle or trine. The trine is five signs apart, or separated by 120 degrees. It is deemed the signature aspect of (greater benefic) Jupiter.

Diurnal Exaltation Trines

Note: By trine in the diurnal exaltation scheme, each exalted planet aspects its domicile. The exalted Sun in Aries trines its domicile in Leo, exalted Jupiter in Cancer trines its domicile in Pisces, and exalted Saturn in Libra trines Aquarius.

Exaltation Scheme

Nocturnal Exaltation Sextiles

Similarly, in the nocturnal exaltation scheme, exalted planets aspect their domiciles by sextile. Again, the correlation between day, trine and Jupiter echoes the night, sextile, and Venus.

The Luminaries and the Optical Configurations

The Luminaries

The luminaries aspecting the benefics and malefics.

With each planet in its domicile, the solar and lunar hemispheres reflect the quality of each optical configuration. With Mercury in aversion, each light casts a sextile, square, trine, and opposition, mirroring the distinct signature aspects of the benefics and malefics. Jupiter and Venus govern the trine and sextile, respectively, as the malefics, Saturn and Mars, govern the opposition and square, respectively. This planet-aspect association (regarding the benefics and malefics) adds an additional layer to delineation, especially when coupled, for example, with considerations such as overcoming and upon the tenth. The two latter considerations are discussed below.

Overcoming and ‘Upon the Tenth’

Upon the Tenth

Left: Jupiter, upon the tenth, overcoming Mars. Right: Mars overcoming Jupiter.

Overcoming, especially when ‘upon the tenth‘, is often considered one of the most potent configurations in Hellenistic astrology. On the right side of a chart, planets positioned earlier in zodiacal sign exert a prevailing influence, considered the superior position, over inferiorly positioned planets on the left. Of the two, the overcoming planet directs the relationship, independent of degree. For example, taking the tetragon or square, Venus overcoming Mars differs from Mars overcoming Venus. In the former, the benefic dominates the configuration, in the latter, the malefic prevails. This occurs independent of degree.

Regardless of degree, a planet in the tenth sign relative to another planet forms a superior, sign-based square. Termed ‘upon the tenth’, this branch of overcoming can extend either benefic or malefic implications, relative to the qualities of the dominant planet. When delineating configurations, concepts like overcoming and upon the tenth can help direct prevalence regarding planetary dominance. Again, using the above chart example, Mars overcoming Jupiter via superior square has, doubly, the essence of Mars by placement and configuration (the square being associated with Mars).

Containment or Beseigment 

Containment

The Sun contained by Saturn’s rays.

A planet is contained or besieged when located in a sign encapsulated by the sign-based rays of another planet. As each planet emits seven partile rays, a benefic like Jupiter or Venus can mitigate a besieged planet by protecting it with a sign-based aspect. Similarly, a malefic can contain another planet by emitting rays to that planet’s surroundings. As a result, the besieged planet feels obfuscated by the malefic rays, and benefits from a sign-based aspect from a benefic planet.

Enclosure

Either bodily or via degree-based configuration, enclosure occurs when a planet is between two planets in the same sign. As with containment, the center planet can be maltreated or bonified, depending on the planets that enclose it. If a planet is enclosed by malefics, a degree-based aspect from a benefic can help mitigate its condition. Conversely, a planet that is shielded by the enclosure of benefics can be maltreated if a malefic planet aspects the otherwise graced planet.

Aspects in Traditional Astrology: Summary

Derived from the Latin term aspectus, an aspect infers to the act of seeing or looking. Essentially alluding to the sense of sight, aspects infer to the visibility, appearance, and presence of planetary formations. According to theoretical principles, the composition of an astrological configuration or aspect varies between traditional and modern practices. In traditional astrology, aspects are largely based upon optical theories and planetary affinity.

The subtle gradations within the spectrum of degree-based and sign-based configurations in Hellenistic astrology can provide valuable insight and precision into an otherwise basic aspect delineation. While this article is intended as an introductory guideline to traditional configurations, and various specifics have been omitted (serving as the initiatory article of a forthcoming series), the intent is to define and differentiate traditional aspect delineations from the modernized approaches in order to facilitate further precision and accuracy.


References:

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology

Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

*Etchings by K. Kalynovych

*Hand-drawn chart illustrations are my own.


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Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo

Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo

Latin for lion, Leo is the only sign in the zodiacal sphere portrayed as a predatory animal, or ‘beast of prey’. The Latin etymology of Leo, namely, to ‘blot out, to annihilate, to destroy’, aligns with the foundational nature of the lion, described by Ezra as embodying a scorching and deconstructive heat. Leo synthesizes with the human body’s fifth division via motion, and the anatomical parts corresponding with the heart and motor nerves. Concerned with dividing, lifting, and circulating the blood, the heart’s great mass of muscular tissue receives Aries’ initiatory blaze. Harmoniously laboring with the Ram, all precipitated energy must be constructively forged by the Lion.

At 0°51′ Leo, the total lunar eclipse occurs near the ascending Lunar Node in Cancer, in Jupiter’s bound, and under the Saturn-ruled, first decanate of Leo. While the eclipse is exact at 12:14 AM EST, lasting one hour, one minute, and 59 seconds, the Moon will also be perigee at 2:59 PM EST. Following the initiatory, solar eclipse in Capricorn, this lunation culminates a 2.5 year cycle (including the foreboding Full Moon at 25°52′ Aquarius of 8/18/16), of eclipses on the Leo-Aquarius axis. Unsurprisingly, both Saturn-ruled luminaries chisel an opposition, the Time Keeper’s signature configuration. Via superior, sign-based trine, Mars overcomes the Moon, further punctuating the elemental fire-air composition of this eclipse. As Saturn overcomes Mars via sign-based, superior square, the applying Mars-Saturn configuration is nearly exact via degree. When Mars’ swift severance is halted by Saturn, the primal drive is consistently oppressed by apprehension. Both malefics, Mars and Saturn, are poised in their diurnal and nocturnal domiciles, respectively.

In the background, the applying Venus-Jupiter conjunction narrows, further bonding the affirming grace of both benefics. While a trine is forged as both benefics grace the red planet, the final Lunar eclipse still encompasses the densely dramatic captivity of light. While it’s proximity to the ascending lunar node in Cancer further amplifies cascading emotive heights, reciprocal nurture, and instinctively maternal inclinations, the presence of the Dragon’s Head or Rahu cautions against egoism and the potentially deconstructive heat of the Leonine eclipse.

Leo Decan I: The Feline’s Ferocity

Often, discordance with malefics spawns from the displeasure imparted by their subjectively cruel lessons. Habitually, Mars does not operate lovingly, it opposes Venus. Naturally, Saturn does not function emotively, it opposes the Moon. Yet it is often the most excruciating trials that obligate life-transmuting perspectives. The final eclipse in Leo surveys the first decanate of the Gatekeeper, a stoic and cautionary presage against the Lion’s illimitable and annihilating blaze.

The excessive unrestraint of the ascending Lunar Node and its proximity to the first decanate of Leo is fittingly illustrated by Agrippa as “… a man riding on a Lion; it signifieth boldness, violence, cruelty, wickedness, lust and labours to be sustained.” The seemingly minimal imagery of a man riding a predatory wildcat emphasizes the inexhaustible primal will, a theme sternly punctuated in this final lunar eclipse. When in “the face of strength, liberality, and victory”, one’s primal core truly unsheathes. Accentuated triumphs often dismantle the true character beneath thinly-veiled veneers. Considering the ‘heroic’ and seemingly victorious undertones of this decanate, this final lunar (and solar) eclipse in the Leo-Aquarius axis can consummate with boundless engorgement.

Al-Jabhah, The Lion’s Brow

The total lunar eclipse in Leo falls under the Al-Jabhah, the tenth lunar mansion, originally posited in the Leo constellation along with Regulus (the royal fixed star now in Virgo). Know as “The Brow”, Al-Jabhah is claimed to assist in recovery and bestow fortitude. However, a total lunar eclipse near the ascending Lunar Node still accentuates both the captivity of light and excessive voracity.

Giraftagi: The Light’s Captivity

During a total lunar eclipse, earth’s penumbra veils the Moon. Al-Biruni calculated that the ratio between the size of the earth’s penumbra cloaking the moon’s facade and the size of the moon was 2 3/5 to 1, corresponding with the results obtained by Ptolemy and Al-Battani. The subtle sunlight that absconds through earth’s atmosphere is refracted on the Moon, casting a transfixed, tenebrous tint. From Luna’s perspective, a blackened sphere barricades the Sun, carving a circular glow upon earth’s silhouette. Known as giraftagi, this captive light results from earth’s obstruction. Thus, during a lunar eclipse, the earth’s spherical glint plunges before the Moon.

“And in whatsoever countries or cities we discover a familiarity of this kind, we must suppose that some event will occur which applies, generally speaking, to all of them, particularly to those which bear a relation to the actual zodiacal sign of the eclipse…”

As the total lunar eclipse is exact, North America, South America, parts of Western Europe, and Africa will witness the eclipse’s complete visible spectrum. Apart from Madagascar, all of Africa will see a partial eclipse, as will the Middle East and Afghanistan. In Asia, the eclipse’s visual impact will be omitted, as the event occurs during daylight hours, and is void of lunar visibility.

Of fixed modality, the final lunar eclipse in Leo reaches a critical stage of culmination, suggesting long-term, finalizing results in both intimate and global settings. Legislation, leadership, public groups and political arenas are some possible arenas of manifestation.

The total lunar eclipse in Leo is exact on 1/21/19, at 12:14 AM EST.


References:

Raza, S. Jabir. “Al-Biruni on Eclipses.” Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, vol. 56, 1995, pp. 293–300., http://www.jstor.org/stable/44158632.

Agrippa, Henry C., The Three Books of Occult Philosophy

Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

Warnock, Christopher, The Mansions of the Moon


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Mercury Cazimi in Aquarius

Mercury Cazimi: January 29, 2019

The King’s Heart

When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE.

*There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. For example, in the Renaissance tradition, William Lilly extends Cazimi to 17′. As a general rule, I choose to focus on (or work within) the 16′ range, particularly when merging Cazimi portals with electional astrology.

Meticulous Messenger: The Traditional Associations of Mercury

Traditional associations of a dignified Mercury punctuate sharp intellect and cogitation. Here, debaters and logicians mastering knowledge and articulation are rendered, as are seekers of mysteries, amalgamating information without external guidance or teachers. Of additional Mercurial attributes, Lilly emphasizes those being “ambitious of being exquisite in every Science, desirous naturally of travel and seeing foreign parts: a man of an unwearied fancy, curious in the search of any occult knowledge; able by his own Genius to produce wonders; given to Divination and the more secret knowledge; if he turn Merchant, no man exceeds him in a way of Trade or invention of new wayes whereby to obtain wealth.”

Mercury Cazimi in Aquarius

Currently of swift motion, on 1/29/19, Mercury Cazimi is exact at at 9°54′ Aquarius. The Mercury-Sun conjunction is posited in Saturn’s diurnal domicile, in the affirming bounds of Venus, and simultaneously journeying through the final arc minutes of the Venus-ruled, first decanate. The Mercury-Sun conjunction is in aversion to Saturn, and overcomes Mars via sign-based sextile. Mirroring this month’s earlier (Saturn) Cazimi, both charts unfurl with a Libra rising and angular malefics in their domiciles. In the background, Saturn overcomes Mars via superior square, a configuration that also echoes the backdrop of the final lunar eclipse in Leo.

Mercury remains in Cazimi past midnight, come 1/30/19, in the bounds of Venus. Likewise, the Messenger is in an applying sextile to the Moon as the benefics overcome the Sun-Mercury conjunction. As an inceptional chart, clarity in communication is accentuated, along with presentation. Although in detriment, the solar rays are persuaded by mercurial matters: decisions, logistics, and contractual matters are favorable under this configuration. Third place matters receive the benefics’ affirmation, via sign-based sextile, and siblings, friends, learning, and quotidian excursions can benefit from this brief Cazimi. As with the previous chart, in aversion to the Cazimi and first house placements, Saturn merely emits a partile ray to Mars, as both separate from a square.

As the Messenger journeys through the Water Bearer, be advantageous and efficient in mercurial matters. Come 2/11/19, Mercury enters its detriment in Pisces, followed by its retrograde. Aptly, The Messenger enters Aries on the day of Mercury, 4/17/19, in the term of Jupiter and decanate of Mars. By then, with Mars in Gemini, mutual reception will mitigate both planets.


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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Jupiter Cazimi

img_1533November 2018 Jupiter Cazimi

When in its own domicile, a planet is considered impervious to the Sun’s beams. As Jupiter approaches the King’s Heart on 11/26/18, he will be enveloped within 16 arc minutes of the solar rays. This condition, known as Cazimi, is the Medieval astrological term that defines closely conjoined planets (within 16 arc minutes).* When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. In the case of Jupiter, he will be doubly fortified, considering he is already in his domicile.

Jupiter Cazimi (in Sagittarius): Fiery Fortitude

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While Jupiter Cazimi occurs yearly, Jupiter Cazimi in Sagittarius occurs once every twelve years. Exact at 3°56′ Sagittarius, both the Sun and Jupiter are joined in a stellium with Mercury retrograde. The exact Jupiter Cazimi chart, while nocturnal, does have the sect‘s malefic, Mars, in applying square to the Sun and Mercury. Likewise, the waning Cancerian Moon (in domicile) opposes Pluto. The malefic contrary to sect (Saturn), although in his domicile, is angular in the fourth place. In electional astrology, a foundational principle is to avoid placing malefics in angular houses, especially if contrary to sect. Although Saturn is dignified and slightly mitigating Mars via sextile, in a night chart, angular Saturn, coupled with challenging aspects (in this case, applicable to both Saturn and Mars) are fundamental themes to avoid. While there are positive features to this chart, the benefits of Cazimi do not necessarily override its challenges.

The King’s Heart

When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE. *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. William Lilly, for example, extends Cazimi to 17′. Considering all three variations, I choose to focus and work within the 16′ range. 


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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Sun Square Mars

Sun square Mars

Rembrandt, Pallas Athene, oil on canvas, 1655

Sun Square Mars

The Square aspect between the Sun and Mars in a Natal Chart

The purpose of this article is to provide an understanding of the the square aspect between the Sun and Mars. An explanation of the square configuration, along with a summary of each planet’s meaning and correspondence will be provided, in order to provide context prior to the interpretation of the Sun-Mars square.

The Square Configuration or Aspect in the Natal Chart

The square is a 90° angle with a 6° orb range. Planets in a square aspect share modalities (cardinal, mutable, fixed).

The square aspect is considered dynamically challenging, since its difficulties propel significant work on the issues indicated by the planets involved. Planets in the square aspect are at cross-purposes: their tension can produce frustration, although diligent labor and perseverance can foster triumph. The level of resolution over the square aspect is the result of successful integration of two disparate principles (as indicated by the planets involved). Because this aspect is considered to be traditionally challenging, we look to the signs (meaning, dignity, and condition) and places/ houses involved in order to understand where adjustments, integration, and patient application must be employed. Again, with the square aspect, growth is always the result of incessant laboriousness, but this should not suggest that its limitations are not without resolve. For the purposes of this article, it is also helpful to understand a chart’s sect, in order to understand a chart’s diurnal or nocturnal components, and further understand the significance of the planets involved.

* Note: Single aspects should neither be isolated nor fixated upon in interpretation, as the overall chart can demonstrate mitigating or contradictory factors. Instead, a thorough chart analysis will bring the necessary clarity and cohesion of celestial influences.

Sun square mars

Meaning of the Sun in Astrology

The Sun represents the visible intelligence and perception of the soul. The solar orb is, in essence, the all-bountiful fire that supports the existence of life. Therefore, the Sun indicates the central, physical vitality and conservation of each human organism. The Sun oversees the ego and moral principles, as indicated by self-esteem and conscientiousness.

The Sun Correspondences in Astrology

The Sun, (Helios in Greek, called amongst poets and historians as Sol, Titan, Ilios, Phoebus, Apollo, Pean, Osiris, Diespiter) is hot and dry, of choleric temperament (considered more temperate than Mars), masculine, and the luminary of the diurnal sect. Placed in the center of all planets, he passes through all twelve zodiacal signs once per year. His mean notion is 59 minutes and 8 seconds, yet his diurnal motion is sometimes 57 minutes and 16 seconds (sometimes more, but never exceeding 61 minutes and 6 seconds). The Sun always moves in the ecliptic and is void of latitude. [1] In Hellenistic astrology, the Sun finds his joy in the ninth place.

The Sun has his domicile in Leo, is exalted at 19° Aries, in adversity/ detriment in Aquarius, and receives his depression/ fall at 19° Libra. By day, the Sun governs the fiery triplicity (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, respectively). The Sun is always direct, and although his pace in movement can oscillate, he is never retrograde. His day is Sunday, overseeing the first and eighth hours. He befriends all planetary bodies, aside from his energetic resistance, Saturn.

Sun square Mars

Meaning of Mars in Astrology

Mars represents the spirit of energy, courage, and enterprise. His energy, when implemented strategically, is the polarity of shiftlessness and cowardice. At its best, Mars accentuates a warrior’s unconquerable energy and potent will. This is the necessary masculine energy that initiates and asserts without subjection to reason.

The Correspondences of Mars in Astrology

Mars (also known as Mavors, Ares, Pyrois, or Gradivus), appears as a fiery star of sparkling color. He is a masculine, nocturnal planet of the night sect. His temperament is hot and dry, choleric and fiery. His approximate course completion is one year and 321 days. His greatest northern latitude is 4°31′ while his southern latitude is 6°47′. [1] Mars has his domicile in Aries and Scorpio, is exalted at 28° Capricorn, sees its depression/ fall at 28° Cancer, and is in detriment/ fall in Libra and Taurus. Mars stations before his 80-day retrograde, and governs the water triplicity (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, respectively). In traditional astrology, Mars is known as the lesser malefic, and finds his joy in the sixth place. He governs Tuesday, in the first and eighth hour from the Sun. He solely befriends Venus, remaining antagonistic to all other planets.

Interpreting Sun Square Mars in the Natal Chart

The Sun-Mars square initiates fiercely courageous, self-confident natives, even when offset by other factors in the natal chart. There is a distinct amount of assertiveness and impulsive behavior. When this aspect is stimulated by transits, the Sun-Mars stimulates action. There is ample energy and vitality associated with this (and all) Sun-Mars aspects, which must be channeled constructively in order to prevent self-sabotage and harm. When this energetic current is well directed, and the native develops necessary patience and forethought, there is much potential for success in various endeavors. Likewise, this aspect, when tempered, grants the native an abundance of energy and enthusiasm that can be applied to any course of action.

The square formed between the Sun and Mars generates an eruption of anger and brashness that can lead to unnecessary and potentially detrimental conflicts. Because the Sun and Mars are fiery planets without the temperance of calculation, there can be a notable lack of patience and forethought prior to action. As a result, the analytical mind needs to intervene before the primal instinct takes control of the native. Slowing down can become challenging, as can immediate reactions to circumstances.

This aspect’s amelioration is best accomplished via cultivating persistent self-discipline, patience, and the dispersal of excessive energy into exercise regimes or physically creative endeavors. The Sun-Mars square cultivates an impenetrable will, and can, with time, be used to constructively and consistently build upon any endeavor. With time, the native learns how to deter self-sabotage, one of the most challenging themes of this aspect (for the implementation of temperance and discipline must be progressively built). Once this challenge is surpassed, the Sun-Mars native will find an energetic reservoir that is impervious to obstacles or hindrances.


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

Agrippa, Henry, Three Books of Occult Philosophy

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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