(c)7-29-2010 by Donna Cunningham and CJ Wright
Donna says: In the post about biquintiles, I posed a question that has intrigued me for more than 40 years. 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, derived from the Latin word for 5, quinque. 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?
CJ Wright of Auntie Moon responded by analyzing the two aspects from a numerological perspective:
Perhaps numerology has some answers to the puzzle of the difference between the biquintile and the quincunx. I’m looking at the numbers involved and made a few observations that immediately stood out.
The biquintile is 144° (1+4+4=9).
The quincunx is 150 ° (1+5+0=6).
The degree that joins these two aspects is 147° (1=4=7=12=1+2=3).
I always enjoy seeing a string of 3-6-9 numbers. They indicate “divine intervention” or “blessings” to me. You mentioned that “magic” 147° , which adds to a 3. I’ve always associated the number 3 with creativity, expression, and growth. (I also associate the number 3 with Jupiter, btw.)
You said, “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.” Perhaps that leap lies in the creativity of the 147th degree?
For “divination” purposes, Julia Line in Discover Numerology, gives the meaning of 147 as the divine favor of a long and happy life or a long and happy life filled with divine favor. This is divination, so the meaning is a bit mystical, but who wouldn’t like that prognostication?
The 147th degree reduces to the numbers 12 and 3. If you align those numbers with the tarot, you get the Hanged Man (12) and the Empress (3). The Hanged Man asks that we look at something upside down to see it more clearly, and the Empress is the epitome of creativity.
Interestingly, “quincunx” reduces to 11 and “biquintile” reduces to 55. These are both “master” numbers, requiring special skills to incorporate easily into daily life (also a meaning of the aspects?).
The 11 signals the master teacher and the 55 is the number of the master mediator. Containing two 5’s, there is a high level of Mercurial influence here. I’d add a dash of Uranus to that (the higher octave of Mercury) as an influence of forward movement and reconcilation of oppposing ideals and viewpoints.
Donna says: This is fascinating. I can see that they are both powerful aspects and do relate to one another after all. But I have one more question for CJ: what do the letters QUIN signify by themselves–would this tell us more about what the quintile, biquintile, and quincunx have in common? (I’ll paste in her answer when I hear back from her.)
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 the Lesser-Known Aspects:
- Understanding Quintiles—What’s YOUR Talent?
- Understanding the BiQuintile—Your Input Needed
- Understanding Semisquares—Your Input Needed
- Understanding the Sesquiquadrate—Your Input Needed
- Understanding Septiles–Your Input Needed
- Understanding the Mundane Square—Your Input Needed
- Mundane square case study: Outtake from a Moon-Pluto Life
- 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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