©4-6-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
If you haven’t seen Heinous Hybrids—Why the Quincunx is No Minor Aspect, I highly recommend it–and not just because I wrote it. The sharing in the comment section is absolutely amazing!
People who have quincunxes (a.k.a inconjuncts, a 150° angle) in their birth chart were asked to write what the aspect felt like and how they were managing the tensions they create. And share they did! There were so many great insights and tips, it became a kind of self-help workshop on the care and management of the quincunx.
If you don’t have any quincunxes in your birth chart, one way to get familiar with that energy is by tracking transiting quincunxes to natal planets–it’s really strong and palpable. (The orb for feeling–natally or by transit–it is about 3°.)
Since I don’t have any natal quincunxes, transits have been my only experience of the tensions involved. At one point, when I’d struggled a long time with balancing my two careers of social work jobs and an astrology practice, I had transiting Uranus quincunx my Midheaven on one side and transiting Neptune quincunx it on the other.
(Uranus would represent astrology, and Neptune would represent social work, especially my brand of it, which was mainly in hospitals and chronic care facilities.)
When Uranus got to the exact quincunx of my Midheaven, I woke up one morning and said, “that’s IT!” I went to work, turned in my resignation, and never worked full time again in my life. So, yes, a transiting quincunx can be life-changing.
One memorable set of transiting quincunxes changed ALL of our lives. From 1998-99, when he was elected Governor of Texas, Uranus in Aquarius was quincunx George W. Bush’s 13° Cancer Sun. The Midpoint of a Uranus-Neptune conjunction was 12-13° Aquarius for the early years of the new millennium. Then, from 2003-2005, Neptune in Aquarius was quincunx it.
Since the Sun of the United States is also 12° Cancer, we as a nation were heavily impacted by the erratic way he handled that pair of transits. The entire rest of the world was affected by the decisions he made during his administration as well. (For his chart, see Bush, George W.)
A more recent transiting quincunx had a profound impact on the global economy. Read about it here: The Saturn-Neptune Quincunx and its Part in our Economic Woes.
Do you have a transiting quincunx going on this year? The signs and degrees affected by transiting quincunxes for the rest of 2011 are:
- Saturn at 14-25° Libra is quincunx 14-25° Pisces and Taurus
- Chiron at 0-5° Pisces is quincunx 0-5° Leo and Libra
- Uranus at 1-4° Aries is quincunx 1-4° Virgo and Scorpio
- Neptune at 28° Aquarius to 0° Pisces is quincunx 28° Cancer and Virgo to 0° Leo and Libra
- Pluto is at 4-7° Capricorn is quincunx 4-7° Gemini and Leo
Special Case: If a natal quincunx is being set off by transit–or if a transiting planet is turning a quincunx into a yod–you really have an opportunity to work on the issues, tensions, and mixed messages of the natal quincunx. Analyze the planets, houses, and signs involved to see what the tensions are and figure out how to give each end of it quality time in your life. (See Part 3: Steps in Analyzing a Quincunx plus More New Insights for tips doing just that!)
(To find out what transiting quincunxes you may have had in the past, download my FREE TRANSIT TRACKER. This handy one-page reference summarizes the transits of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto from 1990-2012. Use it to look back on past transits to your chart or your clients’ and to look forward for the next few years. Download it here: Transit Transit Tracking Table for 1990-2012.)
What about you, Reader? Have you had quincunxes by transit? What was your experience of them? Share them in the comment section.
- Heinous Hybrids—Why the Quincunx is No Minor Aspect
- Part 3: More Insights into the Quincunx
- Part 4: How to Harmonize the Tensions of a Quincunx
- Part 5: The Royal Family: A Quincunx Coincidence—or a Yod Occurrence?
But first, since the quincunx has only a 3° orb, make sure your quincunx isn’t really a biquintile (144°):
More Articles on 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 Mundane Square—Your Input Needed
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