©6-29-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Over time, I plan a series of articles in which we jointly explore little-known minor aspects like the septile (51.5°), semisquare (45°), and sesquiquadrate (135°) in action. Nobody really knows what these aspects mean. All you ever read about them is one fairly abstract phrase. It gets repeated over and over in books, journals, or online with no real documentation.
Authors rarely give interpretations of these aspects in people’s charts with case examples of how they work in their lives. It’s all theory, no application. What I’m looking for here and what seems missing in the literature are real-life experiences of individuals who have these aspects. That’s where you come in.
A few weeks ago, we worked with septiles, and 70 readers shared their thoughts about examples they found in their own charts. In the process, we discovered fascinating new facets of ourselves. For instance, the more I tease out the effects of my newly-discovered Mercury-Mars septile, the more I see about certain deficits in cognitive and motor skills that aren’t explained sufficiently by other, more common aspects.
To one reader who wondered if these aspects were really important, I replied that we don’t know, since nobody talks about them–and maybe one reason they don’t talk about them is because nobody knows what they mean. It goes around and around in a loop. Maybe with research like this, we’ll get more understanding of what they really do in people’s lives. We’re adding to the body of knowledge in our field! To me, this is one of the most exciting potentials of blogging.
The other thing is that they’re harder to spot in the chart, although you can tell your software to find them. The more common aspects based on 30°, 60°, 90°, 120°, 150°, and 180° are relatively simple to find and analyze, because they deal with whole signs and an orderly progression through the signs by element and mode.
Today, let’s work with the semisquare, a 45° angle between two planets a sign and a half apart. The orb would be no more than 3° either side of the exact aspect. The glyph is shown at the left. I’d like to gather real-life examples of these aspects and how they’ve worked in your life. Look at your chart and see if you find any semisquares there. (AstroDienst—or your own software program– would tell you if you have any.)
Early on in my astrological studies, I was given a one-word definition of semisquares. I have SIX of them in my chart, so I’ve observed them and FELT them over the past several decades, and that definition does seem to work. I’m not going to repeat it here, because what I want from readers is an unbiased view of the aspect at work that can lead us to a deeper understanding than a single word can convey.
Once you locate any semsiquares in your own chart or someone’s close to you, think about the meanings, urges, and needs represented by the two planets in the aspect and about how they affect each other. Ask yourself whether you can see that combination of planets operating in your life and how.
How do they show up in your life in terms of behavior patterns, feelings, urges, repeated situations or events, and inner and outer conflicts?
Conversely, what gifts, abilities, and personality traits do they convey? Think of specific, concrete details, not abstractions. Then share about it in the comment section by scrolling down below the bottom of this article. Are you in?
More Articles from the Series about the Lesser-Known Aspects:
- The Not so Minor Aspects—Results of Our Research
- Understanding Semisquares—Your Input Needed
- Understanding the Sesquiquadrate—Your Input Needed
- Understanding Septiles–Your Input Needed
- Understanding Quintiles—What’s YOUR Talent?
- Understanding the BiQuintile—Your Input Needed
- Quincunx vs. BiQuintile–an Answer from Numerology?
- Understanding the Mundane Square—Your Input Needed
- Mundane square case study: Outtake from a Moon-Pluto Life
- Breathing Refined Air: The Esoteric Aspects
- Is the Semi-Sextile a Good Aspect or a Bad One?
- Pluto and the transiting Antiscia–not Over ’til It’s Over
- The Antiscia are Coming! The Antiscia are Coming!
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