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The quintile is a 72° aspect with an orb of 2° that makes up 1/5 of the 360° circle. The symbol used most often is a big Q.
I’ve been debating whether to include it in our series of research projects on the little known aspects. It’s little known among astrology fans, but it’s well-known among us pros. We’re always glad to find it in a chart for an uplifting aspect to present clients when we’ve had to deliver lots of bad news.
Depending on how over the top an astrologer is, we might call it a gift, maybe a talent, or if our own Jupiter is especially strong, we’d rave about it and say it makes you a GENIUS.
The brain trust in our field has done plenty of investigating the quintile in charts of the geniuses of all times. If you Google “quintile” you’ll doubtlessly find plenty of articles about the historical greats. You may even, if you’re scientifically inclined, find additional information about the quintile under something called harmonic charts. The quintile is the basis of the 5th harmonic chart, again attributed to our talent or genius.
Do I believe the quintile shows talent? Yes, I do—occasionally even genius, if you have enough of them with the right kind of planets. A mix of outer and inner planets, maybe. However, we tend to think of talent in terms of the creative and performing arts, and that’s a very limited view.
Maybe you have a talent for finding the best deal in town on anything you want to buy—or bartering to get it for nothing. Maybe you have a gift for adapting really tasty recipes so that people on very restrictive diets can have foods they love. Maybe you have an amazing ability to befriend rebellious teens and get them to believe it’s their idea to adopt a project that will help your whole town and earn the teens some good will. Now, THAT’S genius! The quintiles in your chart might just reflect those gifts.
I have 3 quintiles myself: Sun-Neptune, Mars-Uranus, and Chiron-Uranus. Of the 3, I relate the most to the Mars-Uranus quintile.
Over the past 40 years, it’s made me consistently a leading edge astrologer with a restless streak who keeps prodding my peers about hot-button issues. The way I describe my role in our field is that I’m a TRAIL BLAZER/TROUBLE MAKER.
It’s not like I WANT to make trouble, you understand, it’s just that I can’t keep from doing things that I think need to be done. And I’m not gifted with the patience to try to make those things happen at the snail’s pace they’d unfold in an organization, so I wind up doing them myself.
As for the Chiron-Uranus quintile, it’s between 2 of the slower-moving planets and may be been in orb for most of a year, so it’s only specific to me because Chiron and Mars are conjunct in my chart.
In general, if 2 outer planets are quintile, then everybody born on the planet within that year or two would share it, so it’s something special your generation brings to help solve the needs of the collective during your lifetime. It would only be strongly personal if the inner planets or the Ascendant or Midheaven were also involved.
What about you, Readers? Do you or your loved ones have any quintiles? What planets and signs are involved, and what gifts do you have that would fit the picture? Leave your discoveries in the comment section.
(You’ll find short interpretations of many quintiles at http://www.cafeastrology.com/natal/quintile_biquintile.html, but you’d want to add in specifics from your own chart by including the sign and house. If the interpretation says you have musical talent and your housemates would beg to differ, then look for something else the aspect might represent.)
If you haven’t been around for our studies of the previous little-known aspects in this series, you’re welcome to explore them at the links below and to share your findings in the comment sections for those posts.
More Articles about Little-Known Aspects:
- Understanding Semisquares—Your Input Needed
- Understanding the Sesquiquadrate—Your Input Needed
- Understanding Septiles–Your Input Needed
- Understanding the Mundane Square—Your Input Needed
- Is the Semi-Sextile a Good Aspect or a Bad One?
- Neptune & Uranus in Mutual Reception
- Pluto and the transiting Antiscia–not Over ’til It’s Over
- The Antiscia are Coming! The Antiscia are Coming!
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