©7-28-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Since the quintile was the last “minor” aspect we considered, it’s only fitting that we look into its big brother, the biquintile. The quintile (72°) is 1/5 of the 360° circle, while the biquintile is twice that—144° or 2/5 of the circle, give or take 2-3°. Why do we use the biquintile but not the triquintile or the quadriquintile?
More importantly, why do we automatically assume that the biquintile is just like the quintile? You see, I’ve never been convinced it is. Have a look at an entirely different aspect connection I noticed in my earliest student days…
Using an orb of 3° before and after the exact aspect, here’s a strange thing that happens in the region between the biquintile (144°) and the quincunx (150°):
What is it about that 147th degree? Is it some kind of pivotal point? If the biquintile and the quincunx really are substantially different, what happens at that meeting point? Notice that the names both contain QUIN, which means 5, and in numerology, 5 is a quirky, restless number that promotes change.
One of my early teachers, Charles Jayne, studied quincunxes and felt that resolving the tensions between two planets, signs, and houses in that aspect required a creative leap. If both the biquintile and the quincunx are associated with creativity/talent, then where is the real-life separation between them? Are they different, or is the pressure they create the same?
(Before you ask, I do have plenty to say about the quincunx, and, no, I can’t say it right now out of fairness to the August-September issue of The Mountain Astrologer, which has my article about quincunxes, along with many other fine articles. It’s called, “Heinous Hybrids: Why the Quincunx is no Minor Aspect.” If you can’t find it in your local metaphysical bookstore or health food store, order it from The Mountain Astrologer.)
This enigma is why we’ll apply the same methodology to studying the biquintile as we have the other lesser-known aspects in this series. Look for quintiles, biquintiles, and quincunxes in your charts. Tell us in the comment section what you find. Here are some questions to address:
First of all, do you have any biquintiles, and how do you see them operating in your life?
If you have both quintiles and biquintiles, do you sense any difference in the ways they operate?
If you understand your quincunxes, can you see how they would be similar to the biquintile?
For the more advanced student, if you have both biquintiles and quincunxes, what are the degrees and orbs involved? Do you, for instance have quincunxes that aren’t 150-147° apart but instead are 151-154° and thus could be seen to not have any connection to the biquintile?
I appreciate your input, folks! You may be a key to an astrological mystery that has intrigued me for 40 years!
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 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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