Quintiles and Biquintiles


blue crystalsThe quintile and biquintile are based on the division of a 360° circle by multiples of five. A quintile occurs between two planets that are 72° apart and the biquintile occurs between two planets that are 144° apart. If you keep dividing a 360° circle by multiples of five you will also find the vigintile (18°), decile (36°) and tredecile (108°).

From Aspects in Astrology by Sue Tompkins,

…a quintile will not only say something about an individual’s personal style but also the style and technical quality of their creative work. …The quintile series is strongly emphasized in the charts of people who are preoccupied with making, forming, linking and arranging things.

In some ways the quintile series has associations with Virgo and Mercury.

Being drawn to a particular way of linking information ideas together can indicate an obsession with a particular subject matter.

In Horoscope Symbols Robert Hand writes that the quintile series,

…seem to grant the ability to turn creative inspiration into concrete end products. …the quintile and the biquintile, the two most powerful aspects in this group, appear to be extremely so, perhaps more than all the three series aspects except for the trine.

The three series includes the sextile, trine, semisextile and quincunx. The obsessional quality of the quintile series also points to an association with Pluto. The ability to take disparate elements and combine them into a cohesive style shows a kind of translation, or even transformation, of information- all information- audio, visual, taste, etc…

Unlike other aspects, the quintile series doesn’t seem to be inherited. The quintiles are unique gifts and ways of linking information, ideas and concepts that are entirely your own. However, the presence or absence of quintiles doesn’t show whether a person will be creative, or whether that person will actually produce creative work.

Insight into the number five from tarot

mirrored fixturesThe quintiles show the ability to connect information in a unique way. They imply a preoccupation with a way of connecting information. In the book Tarot Constellations: Patterns of Personal Destiny Mary K Greer writes that fives have specialized knowledge and the ability to communicate that knowledge in a particular style. Fives translate information and make it understandable to the general public. Fives are also concerned with teaching and learning. They absorb and pass on information and knowledge.

If you have a quintile series aspect, you may be actively learning about your quintile energy, or you may be actively teaching that energy to other people. Greer mentions that fives often become authorities on what they have learned and become teachers and guides on that understanding. Quintiles may point to particular energy qualities that you can use to guide other people.

The difference between quintiles and biquintiles

The quintile is a step between the sextile (60°) and the square (90°). The biquintile is a step between the sesquiquadrate (135°) and the quincunx (150°).

The quintile is wedged between the opportunity to develop a talent (sextile) and creative crisis (square) while the biquintile sits between uncomfortable dissonance (sesquiquadrate) and the need for adjustment (quincunx).

The biquintile seems to show a greater urgency to let go, or spread, an idea or style before changing it or moving on to something else. The quintile seems filled with more expectation and excitement, but less urgency.

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  • Nin3yes

    Thank You!…Didn’t realize I typed my question twice! Appreciate it and thanks for responding :]

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  • Nin3yes

    Hi, I hope I’m not too late for this trend.
    I’m an avid fan of astrology and I’ve been studying it for quite sometime now. I am very interested with anything occult related and I am trying to find astrological aspects that might be determinant with this. Needless to say I have stumbled to this article and I’m astounded of its in-depth explanation. I too have some Quintiles/Biquintiles in my chart only 4 but they are all <2 degrees with 2 exact. 1) Pluto quintile Ascendant 2) Pluto biquintile NorthNode 3) Venus quintile Saturn 4) Neptune biquintile M.C. I would really appreciate it if you can decipher these astrological aspects for me. I tried to look at other websites for specific meaning but unsuccessful. Thank you in advance!. =]

  • Ludwig Hess Von Buss Strümpell

    Anyone already have seen Mozart´s chart? He had 17 quintiles!!!

    • Wow, that’s a lot! I just recently watched the movie, Amadeus … have you seen it?

    • In my database I see 12 quintile aspects … obviously it depends on the orbs.

  • Ludwig Hess Von Buss Strümpell

    I have a Moon Pisces biquintile ascendant, a Moon Pisces quintile Saturn, a Saturn in Capricorn biquintile Ascendant, and a Mercury in Aries quintile Mars. These are my quintiles.

  • Demessi

    Do you have any articles explaining the quincux?

  • Gb

    I enjoy reading the articles here, thank you! This is the first time I’m posting. I have 2 biquintiles:
    Libra Pluto 144 Taurus MC and (orb 23′).
    Capricorn NN 144 my Leo Asc (also 23′ minutes).
    I also have one quintile: Cancer Sun quintile Aries Chiron (orb 4′).
    I am creative (music, arts) and consider it to be my main interest. How would you interpret my biquintiles? I’m having trouble finding anything on that. Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Gb,

      Can I see your chart?

      • Gb


        Thank you very much for the reply! Here it is. (I forgot to mention the mercury-vertex biquintile).

        • Gb

          I see that everyone post the chart form of astrotheme.com. So just in case…

          • Libra Pluto 144 Taurus MC and (orb 23′)

            With Pluto in the 2nd house, your strong drive for material comfort helps push you toward higher achievements.

            Capricorn NN 144 my Leo Asc (also 23′ minutes)

            Your outgoing nature and talent for attracting attention without much effort help you turn any hobby into a business (NN Cap 5th house)

            I also have one quintile: Cancer Sun quintile Aries Chiron (orb 4′)
            You have a natural talent in being both sensitive and being able to take the initiative to drive into the heart of painful experiences.

            • Gb

              Thank you so much Michelle 🙂
              I’m not sure I can identify with Pluto in the 2nd House (never really did). Can it be considered a 3rd house Pluto? (3 degrees orb from the cusp of the 3rd with Placidus). Would it then be a strong drive for deeper communication/expression or something like that?

              • Yes, it would be in the 3rd house using Plaidus.

  • Aimee

    I have two, possibly three depending on charts I’ve looked at–why would they be different? Anyway here are mine–
    Mars quintile North Node
    Mars quintile MC
    North Node quintile AC

    I can’t find anything on this. Is this significant? Thanks so much!!

    • 3 quintiles is not a huge amount. I’ve seen charts with 9. The quintiles you have show some talent to grow and gain prominence by asserting yourself and putting yourself forward. Judging from just these 3 aspects, people probably don’t perceive you as being pushy, even though Mars is involved.

  • Samakah


    How would you interpret “North Node quintile Midheaven”? I’m having trouble finding answers!

    • Hi Samakah,

      IIf I had to venture a guess it would mean that following the north node path opens up creative pathways to gaining fame, reputation, status, and achievement.

      • Samakah

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/397021a4ab3c732e48ece5eba548da56c12c53cf9d9f3a74ab9cc783d3f4bc7a.jpg Hi thanks so much for the response! Does the rest of my chart support this?

        • Samakah

          Sorry with is with the north node quintile aspect (I think there are two others on there) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a0904aac3841d90962702b873ec0792990cc15f235e2f0be512f00c92936c44.jpg

        • Well, you have a strong creative dynamic to your chart. The ruler of your south node (Venus) opposes the traditional ruler of your north node (Mars). The modern ruler of your north node is Pluto in the 8th house, showing deep creative potentials. You’ll need to overcome complacency and the tendency to be content with being an oddball to access that energy.

          • Samakah

            It’s so weird that you’ve mentioned complacency because I’ve been feeling that way recently and it’s something I’m used to changing and then slowly back into the feeling of being content. So the consistency is an issue I have.

            I have a lot of confusion about what I should be focusing on in order to create something for myself because any idea I have, I either destroy with insecurities or I find I struggle to see myself doing something in reality.

  • Loubaba Elmandry

    Thank you so much for this article!
    I have saturn in Aquarius quintile pluto in Scorpio
    And i have sun in Sagittarius quintile MC in Aquarius 🙂 but i really don’t have any idea about what it means 🙂

    • Do you have true grit?

      • Loubaba Elmandry

        I ve just googled it and it refers to a movie or people who keep doing something even if everyone has given up on them..
        If it’s the first one than no i didnt watch it..
        If it is the second one than yes cuz am still fighting to achieve my bachlor degree even if i fail alot and everyone is telling me to quit…. plz explain me will i achieve it ? :'(

        • You will achieve it. Stay focused and keep going. It took me 6 years to get my bachelor’s degree. There were some semesters I could afford to go only part-time.

          • Loubaba Elmandry

            Thank you so much, next year will be my 6th year also…. i just cant give up even if everything and everyone is telling me to do so but i cant…. it is like i have no option.. i have to get my bachlor but how? I dont know how but im fighting for it.. thank you very much for your positive support… it sounds great to hear that you had the same experience and that you achieved your goal .. <3

            • Stick it out. You will never regret completing your education.

          • Loubaba Elmandry

            I also was thinking of giving up but I couldnt …

        • It’s the name of a movie but it refers to ability to be tough and keep going no matter what.

  • Brian Honeycutt

    Thanks for the article! Curious what a Pluto/Mars bi-quintile might mean? I am very interested in psychology and the depths, so get the Pluto side. I can be very perseverant so maybe that’s part of it?

    • Yes, I’d think so. Are Pluto and Mars significant in your chart in other ways too?

      • Brian Honeycutt

        Yeah I’ve got Pluto in 1st quincunx Sun and Chiron, conjunct Saturn, and making a sextile with Neptune which also quincunxes my sun (making a YOD). Mars conjuncts my Sun and Chiron.

        I guess I’m wondering about how Pluto/Mars themes might show up as linking information or obsessing, or what sort of teachings or manifestations this aspect might have. Any thoughts?

        • Hi Brian,

          Can you post an anonymous version of your chart?

          • Brian Honeycutt

            Are you able to see this one? If not, do you know how I ought to format it? thanks

            • I wouldn’t attribute it to a quintile. The quincunx of Saturn/Pluto to Sun/Mars/Chiron is much meatier in terms of obsessions and making connections.

              • Brian Honeycutt

                Gotcha. I guess I was thinking of quintiles as obsessing about the type of stuff represented by the planets involved. In the case with the stuff in my chart, would you think there’d be any certain theme or themes that get obsessed over? Maybe themes of self and ego and structure given Sun and Saturn? thanks

                • Hi Brian, I wonder whether the quintile would show the style of the obsession rather than the content of the obsession. So, I’m going to contradict my previous comment and say that you could have a relentless style of aggressively communicating on taboo subjects in an effort to come deeply face to face with yourself, in an effort to relate to others.

                  • Brian Honeycutt

                    Yeah I can relate to that. I dunno how aggressive my communication is given my libra rising and venus semi-square sun, plus moon in 12th and Neptune/Sun quincunx, but I do like communicating about that stuff in order to really relate to others. I am more of a perserverant slow plodder Taurus than really aggressive Mars, especially as I get older

  • Joseph Thomas

    Hello! have you ever seen venus biquintile or quintile juno in someones natal chart? and if so how do you think this would manifest? I have this aspect exact along with mercury biquintile north node and moon quintile mars

    • Hi Joseph,

      Sorry I missed this comment. I can’t think of anyone offhand.

  • john

    I also just realized the asteroid Casonova is in my 5th house quintile my Sun by 24 minutes and biquintile Eros by 1 minute. I like that theme lol hopefully it’s more talent than quirkiness.

    • Very nice 🙂 Romance novelist?

  • Moon biquintile MC – people view your emotional responses and creative and interesting. Your emotional nature enhances your reputation. Authority figures view your needs in a favorable light.

  • john

    how would you interpret Eros quintile Sun? eros is in gemini 10th house quintile aries 8th house Sun with a 30 min orb. how does quirky and sexy mix

    • Something like that …

      Maybe also, what turns you on somehow inspires you creatively or makes you feel more confident. People may be fairly accepting of your kinks.

  • sarah roberts

    how would you interpret Eros quintile Sun? eros is in gemini 10th house quintile aries 8th house Sun with a 30 min orb. how does quirky and sexy mix

  • tori

    I have Pluto in Virgo 50 min away from exact Quintile to Venus in Scorpio which is also only 40 min away from exact Quintile to Saturn in Aquarius, and of course this means Pluto is 10 min away from exact Bi-Quintile to Saturn. Please, does this setup have a name? I also have even more Quintiles and Bi-Quintiles in my chart but not as tight as these three.

    • Hi Tori,

      The only configuration I know of with quintiles is the grand quintile: http://alabe.com/quintiles.html

      • tori

        Hi AstroFix
        I have never been on a blog or communicated with anyone over the net before so please forgive my abruptness and excitement. thank you for any info you can give me on how quintiles aspects work.

        • Hi Tori,

          You’re doing fine. The quintile shows creative talent. Do you do anything creative?

          • tori

            Hi again AstroFix,
            Thanks, I kind of needed that bit of encouragement. As for my creative talents, well lets just say I channel it into what ever I can but never into what I really want because my body currently (and for quite some time) isn’t able. We are currently trying to fix the problem.
            I finally read the article “The Grand Quintiles of October” that you have on your home page (I think that’s the terminology). The October 1, 2004 chart is almost an exact match degree wise to my “almost Grand Quintile”. For anyone else who wants to check all my Quintiles and Bi-Quintiles, my birth data is as follows: October 4, 1962 at 9:35PM Standard time, 33N25’20” 111W49’19”, Time Zone: 7 hours West.
            I have a Gemini Ascendant at 17 Degrees 33′ which Bi-Quintiles my Neptune at 12 Degrees 4′ Scorpio in a separating aspect of 31′ minutes in my 6th House.
            The almost Grand Quintile is as follows: Sun at 11 Degrees 29′ Libra 5th House (conjunct Mercury at 14 Degrees 37′) Quintiles Moon at 22 Degrees 6′ Sagittarius 7th House in an applying aspect of 1 Degree 22′. Moon is Quintile Jupiter at 3 Degrees 47′ Pisces 10th House in an applying aspect of 0 Degrees 19′. Jupiter is Bi-Quintile Mars at 26 Degrees 19′ Cancer 2nd House in an applying aspect of 1 Degree 28′. The Sun and Mars are in a separating aspect of over 3 Degrees so can not be included and there is no planet in Taurus (I have not checked Asteroids or Dwarf Planets).
            There is also the previously mentioned Quintiles and Bi-Quintile of Pluto at 10 Degrees 57′ (conjunct Uranus at 3 Degrees 22′) Virgo 4th House Quintile Venus at 22 Degrees 7′ Scorpio (in a wide conjunction to Neptune) 6th House Quintile Saturn at 4 Degrees 47′ Aquarius 9th House (conjunct the South Node at 5 Degrees 20′).
            As you can see, every Planet except Uranus and Mercury are in a Quintile aspect. With Mercury as the Ruler of my Ascendant it could be in play. That leaves Uranus which is conjunct Pluto but is tightly aspecting Jupiter in opposition. I do know Chiron is conjunct Jupiter in Pisces at 7 Degrees 47′, but not in play directly.
            Now returning to the Grand Quintile of October 1, 2004 you can see how closely my chart matches it with Saturn on my Mars Degree and Uranus on my Jupiter Degree. Pluto is within 3 Degrees of my Moon, and the Sun within 3 Degrees of my Sun.
            Any suggestions on how to interpret this would be much appreciated.

    • tori

      If I can remember correctly a Grand Quintile is 5 Planets 72 degrees apart in aspect to each other circling the chart. I almost have this in my chart but am missing a planet in Taurus and my Mars and Sun are considered out of aspect of a Quintile by 3 degrees. Thank you so much for responding. I have tried reading every book I can find that even mention Quintiles. I have a total of 5 Quintiles/Bi-Quintiles in less then a degree aspect, another 4 in less then 2 degrees and the one mentioned above that is considered out of aspect, so Quintiles are very important to me,

  • Star

    I have an interesting set of quintiles and biquintiles : my ascendant is conjunct Venus and Jupiter in Capricorn (orb 0.8 and 0.1) Pluto in scorpio in 9th quintiles this triple conjunction, (1.9) and chiron in 5th gemini biquintiles them too (between 0.3 and 1.2).

    I’m new to astrology so I’m not sure how they apply, but I started studying astrology compulsively without any way of stopping. I love how there are patterns emerging all the time. Before this, I was obsessed with the universe and how its fabric connects in fractals and so forth. I make drawings that started out as architecture technical drawings, to evolve in descriptions and dissections of the universe and the way the brain works. Very schematical. I like teaching people (used to teach drawing to students) and love expressing my thoughts and emotions and findings through drawings.
    Not sure if mercury conjunct moon in sagittarius has a say in this, but it would be interesting to find out what your take on this is


    • Not sure if mercury conjunct moon in sagittarius has a say in this
      Yes, I would think so! You feel happiness through expansive mental activities 🙂 Think about big concepts and ideas nurtures you.

      • Star

        Indeed, they nurture me and I feel complete when having a nice expanding debate. When I talk about little things it’s like I’m dying on the inside and I get bored right away.

  • You should write anyway if it pleases you and makes you feel good. The Moon likes to feel good.

    • AnnaLFC

      Well, I currently don’t really want to write, but I know that this urge will come back. Moreover I have Venus trine Neptune and Mercury sextile Neptune, two aspects that suggest a “talent” for writing.

  • AnnaLFC

    I finally found an article that doesn’t say the biquintile is a weaker version of the quintile.
    I have :
    Moon (Virgo, 7th house) Quintile Mercury (Sagittarius, 8th house) ; orb : 0 degree 58
    Mercury Quintile Uranus (Aquarius, 12th house) ; orb 0 degree 39
    Venus Quintile Chiron (Sag, 9th house), but the orb is 1 degree 52, so it’s maybe not a “real” quintile
    Venus (Virgo, 7th house) Biquintile Jupiter (Aries, 1st house) ; orb 1 degree 47
    Moon Biquintile Uranus ; orb 0 degree 18
    North Node (Leo, 6th house) Biquintile Ascendant (Pisces) ; orb 0 degree 56
    Jupiter Biquintile Chiron ; orb 0 degree 04

    My Moon Biquintile Uranus means I have the urge to express my emotions in a unconventional way ?…

    • Lots of quintiles … what are your creative interests?

      “My Moon Biquintile Uranus means I have the urge to express my emotions in a unconventional way ?..”

      Yes, something like that. Maybe your emotional responses are not predictable. You don’t react the way people expect you to.

  • QueenJ

    Oh I forgot the Sun is in Taurus, 10th house, Leo Moon in 1st, and North node in Pisces house 8

  • QueenJ

    Hi Michelle great website. My Sun Quintile North Node and Moon Biquintile Northnode, do you know how this plays out?

    • Hi QueenJ,

      Sorry for the delay. I’m going to write the Sun/NN and Moon NN posts really soon. Let’s address the biquintiles in the comments of those posts.

      • QueenJ

        Hi Michelle,
        Thanks for the reply.

  • Monalisa

    I’ve got three: Venus Quintile MC Orb 0°18′, Sun Quintile Mars Orb 0°37′, Mercury Quintile Pluto Orb 0°44′.

    Sun in Capricorn (8th)
    Mars in Libra (6th)
    Venus in Scorpio (7th)
    Mercury in Capricorn (9th)
    Pluto in Scorpio (6th)
    MC in Aquarius

    I’d love some insight!


    • Rose

      Sun quintile Mars means that your inner will (Sun) can be creatively expressed with your aggression and drive (Mars) combining them together gives the individual a strong will. Especially in sports and any form of physical activity. This can be an outlet for you.

      Mercury quintile Pluto adds depth and insight into your mind. You can be engrossed in whatever subject (like literacy or astrology) and you’ll be able to discover anything, It makes you a good researcher (especially on things that you’ll be able to penetrate deeply into) and it is likely that you’ll be very in-depth.

      I really like those aspects. Especially the Mercury-Pluto one. I’d be great if I can get into the depth of any subject. But anyways, I hope this helped you 🙂 This is just what I had in mind.

      • Thanks for the insights, Rose.

  • Accelnano

    Mercury in Libra (2nd house) quintile Uranus in Saggitarius (end of 4th house, near to 5th house) , aspect less than a degree
    Mercury in Libra (2nd house) quintile Venus in Leo (12th house), aspect is close to a degree
    Venus in Leo (12th house) biquintile Uranus in Saggitarius (end of 4th house, near to 5th house), aspect is around a degree and 30 minutes.

    This aspect I think have something to do with artistic talent!? Or can I combine the aesthetic and technical parts of certain objects, scene in order to understand and communicate it properly!? I think my sense of beauty is quite weird, and I need to appreciate the beauty behind an ideas, works, having a very “alien” imagination, thinking in order to understand it better!?

  • Black Hand Ninja


    I have no quintiles, but I have 2 biquintiles in my chart. They both make sense considering the way that I operate.
    Sun biquintile Mars and Moon biquintile Venus. 

  • concept09

    excellent entry. I currently have 2 quintles:

    saturn quintile midheaven 
    mercury quintile jupiter

    for me, saturn quintile mc is that my long term efforts, perseverance, seriousness and obstinate nature to achieve something can prevail, gradually being rewarded and becoming successful. When I was training to be a hairdresser this was exact attitude I had set forth, the amount of creative work I produced just by this quintile was great. 

    at the same time  mercury quintile jupiter is a very obvious one for me, my mercury is in the the 8th house and my jupiter is in the 5th, so, for me researching, learning, expanding my horizons, communications, philosophies – i seem to have this knack of just educating people and sharing my knowledge on that front, in addition to researching …expand on that front, sharing it with others. 

    however michelle your input on my interpretation would be fantastic. 

    i have one bi-quintile moon bi-quintile mars (moon 1st house, mars in 8th house)

    i am not quite sure what this means, 

    • Unfortunately I’m not doing individual interpretations on the blog. However, I am considering writing a series of posts exploring each quintile/biquintile combination.

  • Nige_moon_man

    Hi. I have an interest in astrology that began in 1984, mainly because I have an identical twin brother and we are completely different – like chalk and cheese.

    We were born only 25 minutes apart but this makes it that my twin has a leo Ascendant of 27degreess and I have a virgo ascendant of 0.32degrees.

    I am a fitness fanatic, health concious type of person and have even written a book to help other people live better and become happier – but my brother has only managed to became a drug addict, adictive smoker of 40+ a day and quite old before his time.

    I have always thought that our different ascendants were the main reason for our differences until today.

    Today I checked my astrology chart once again (I’ve probably looked at it a million times) concentrating on my closest aspects and I noticed one that I have always disregarded/ignored/overlooked becuase it just seemed so minor — = I have a Moon biquintile Ascendant which is 0.07degrees apart.

    When I surfed the internet and found pages (like this one) about this aspect I realised that although minor it could be quite big for me, much more than I ever thought before – this aspect could well be a major difference between my brother and myself.

    Ive always regarded my moon as unaspected and a problem area for me. Is it possible that such a minor aspect between my moon and ascendant could actually be my main driving force in life???

    Everthing that I have read about this aspect sounds like me!!!…

    For anyone interested I was born in Swansea, Wales, Uk, on the 16th of August 1965 at 6:50am.

    I also have an interesting retrograde mercury conjunct my sun with good aspects to Jupiter and mars. My brothers ruling planet is the sun and mine is mercury!

    The retrograde mercury I have in my 12th house makes a lot of sense to me: I definitely view the world differently to most people and am a deep thinker (I can be quite insightful), it’s explaining to people through speech (I seem to have a blockeage there) which has always been very difficult for me, only through writing can I can fully explain myself.

    • Having different ascendants makes a big difference. Not only are your ruling planets different, but there’s a good chance that the rest of your house rulers are different too. The biquintile certainly helps your Moon find an outlet for expression.

      • Nige_moon_man

        one twin is always the ruler and the other one the follower, guess which one I was ?

    • Nige_moon_man

      I have a bi-quintile from my moon to my Ascendant, it is almost exact at 0.07 deg – this is my strongest aspect.

      I was suprised to find Hitler has a lot of bi-quintiles and quintiles and a golden yod.

      I saw that his moon is at 6.37 Capricorn Bi-quintile his Neptune at 0.51 gemini.

      My moon is 6.39 Aries bi-quintile my Ascendant at 0.32 virgo.

      My bi-quintile aspect is my inner core and the driving force of my life.

      My second strongest aspect is my bi-quintile between Mars and chiron at 0.08 deg.

      I’ve watched footage of Hitler’s life for the past few days and have studied and analized him.

      Until now I have always regarded Hitler as an insane lunatic who was completely hell bent on mass murder – cold and calculated.

      Hitler’s sun is at taurus 0.49. same degree and with my ascendant 0.32 virgo making a close trine.

      When I studied the video footage of Hitler, I used my moon/ascendant
      bi-quintile to look inside of him. Even just from camera footage I can
      do this (I only have to talk to people and I can see inside of them).

      I saw an unexpected results from hitler.

      • He was a mass murderer, hell-bent on ethnic cleansing. He also got away with a lot of behavior that shouldn’t have been tolerated by anyone.

      • re: Hitler
        think about the planets in combination
        Saturn quintile Neptune
        Saturn/Neptune biquintile his Moon Jupiter conjunction
        mass destruction/dissolution/suffering
        directed (*point* of his golden yod) toward a large populace

        creation or destruction

  • meow

    Hi, Michelle. Cool article again, although I must say I am not particularly feeling it..
    “a quintile will not only say something about an individual’s personal
    style but also the style and technical quality of their creative work.
    …The quintile series is strongly emphasized in the charts of people who
    are preoccupied with making, forming, linking and arranging things.”

    I am very scattered, never found organizing and aranging natural. Dunno about forming or linking..it’s been almost a decade since I enjoyed being creative.
    I have Venus quintile Uranus, Venus quintile Moon, and Moon-Mars-Jupiter biquintile Uranus.

    • Michelle

      Those are the words of another astrologer, a well-respected one, so I can’t particularly argue with it. 

      Did you read the most recent post about quintiles? http://astrofix.net/2011/06/28/quintile-and-biquintile-quirks/

  • Anonymous

    I’ve discovered several quintile/biquintile aspects in my natal chart:

    1. Venus (Pisces, 5th house) Biquintile Pluto (Libra, 1st house)

    2. Mars (Pisces, 5th house) Biquintile Pluto (Libra, 1st house)

    3. Neptune (Sagittarius, 3rd house) Biquintile Chiron (Taurus, 8th house)

    4. Moon (Aries, 6th house) biquintile Part of Fortune (Virgo, 11th house)

    5. Neptune (Sagittarius, 3rd house) Quintile Ascendant (Libra)

    6. Chiron (Taurus, 8th house) Biquintile Ascendant 

    7. Sun (Aquarius, 4th house) Biquintile Midheaven (Cancer)

    However, I can distinctly feel only the first three aspects, especially the biquintiles made from Pluto to my Venus and Mars. Later I will write more about my perception of them…

    And I think that Neptune in the 3rd  bq Chiron in the 8th helps me to transcend the pain and vulnerability connected with the 8th house matters in a Neptunian way – through unconditional love, forgiveness, spirituality, letting go of my ego, and selflessly helping the others to heal their own deep emotional wounds, often in a form of speaking and writing with them about their problems, and using the transformational (8th house) power of words (3rd house)… 
    Besides that, this aspect also helps me to let go of the excessive attachment to the 3-dimensional physical world (Taurus) and find a new meaning in pursuing less tangible, spiritual and idealistic goals (Sagittarius).

    Unfortunately, I’m still quite unaware of the effects of the quintile/biquintile aspects made to the angles and points of my natal chart – but I hope to find an answer one day!

    • Michelle

      Well said!

      I think that Neptune in the 3rd  bq Chiron in the 8th helps me to transcend the pain and vulnerability connected with the 8th house matters in a Neptunian way
      I especially like this.

      You write beautifully.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you so much Michelle!

        I’ve been reading your blog since a couple of months but only now I finally dare to share some of my own thoughts and observations!

        I instantly got fascinated with your writing style, it’s like some beautiful stream of consciousness!
        So I became inspired to respond to your articles!

        P.S. Please excuse me for some possible mistakes – English is not my mother tongue, and I’ve been out of practice for quite a while…

        • Michelle

          beautiful stream of consciousness!
          Thank you!

  • I have Venus quintile Mars, moon biquntile venus, Venus quntile uranus, Venus quntile pluto,, moon quntile pluto also…

  • Mert

    İ have Jupiter(6th Leo) Bi-Quintile Uranus (11th Capricorn) with 0.07 orb :S
    and mars Bi-quintile Neptune
    what can they mean?

    • Michelle

      Check out the Mars/Neptune post for possible meanings for Mars/Neptune. I’ll get to Jupiter/Uranus eventually. Do you have any ideas about what it means for you?

  • Tc

    Interesting! I have two quintiles in my chart: Venus in Libra (7th house) quintile Jupiter in Sagittarius (Jupiter is right smack on my midheaven, so I guess Venus is quintile that too) and Mars in Virgo (7th) quintile Uranus in Sagittarius (9th). Both are very close (1 degree). I’ll have to think more about how to interpret them, because even with your excellent insights, I’m still a little stumped. Thanks for this post, though! Most astrology sites don’t bother addressing minor aspects, but it seems like any connections between planets are important.

  • Anonymous

    mars is quantile to juno and it is one of my tight aspect.

    • Maybe you are aggressive in pursuing a marriage partner.

      • Anonymous

        yes i am. i dont know why but i have this inner desire to partner and to be with a man. and guess what 28 years of my life, the longest relationship ive had is barely 2 years. just recently, i found out that my ex bf got married. it was last feb 2 when venus hit my juno at exactly 28 deg sagitarrius. it was square uranus. this guy is a muslim and obviously our relationship is complicated because his family wants the same etc etc. i cried for 2 days. =( we both know that we could have a future but things got complicated. now my instincts is telling me that he made a mistake. its confusing because how can venus create such bad news. is venus suppose to make thing beautiful?

        • Venus may want things to be beautiful but it just doesn’t always work out that way.

  • Phil Covitz

    Please correct the typo on your page– dividing the circle by 20 yields a vigintile aspect, not a “virgintile.”

    • Thank you for pointing that out Phil – fixed.

  • Here’s what I got:

    1) 8th House Aries Sun Quintile 10th House Gemini Jupiter
    2) 3rd House Scorpio Neptune Quintile Virgo Ascendant
    3) 1st House Virgo Uranus/Pluto conjunction Quintile 10th house Cancer Vesta
    4) 7th house Pisces Saturn/Mercury/Chiron conjunction Quintile Gemini Midheaven

    OK I’m a bit stumped with this though I just realized that all of these involve the angular houses. My 4th house is empty but Jupiter rules it.

    • I haven’t covered any of those aspects yet in the Planet/Planet Aspect series, but when I do, the quintile will have some of the same feeling.

      Are you a lot more talkative at work?

      • Looking back as I’m currently not employed, yes I am. However the “talkativeness” has only come about in the last 7-8 years. My internet presence I consider my avocation now, is definitely a reflection of my increased level of communication. I like to share knowledge that sparks transformation in ways of doing things.

        Planets and points aspecting the Ascendant and Midheaven are not covered that much so I guess that’s why I’m having a hard time grasping them since the quintile reflects an innate talent.

        • Yes…I would expect a certain expansiveness and generosity in the way you communicate information that has transformational potential.

          Some of my goals for blog content this year include covering aspects to the angles.

  • I think you did a good job interpreting these Qs and BQs. For the nadir, it’s more than just home, it’s your psychological home base and your roots. So, with the Sun you might have a way of expressing the root, or essence of who you are in everything you do.

    • Joyrjw

      Thank you for the compliment.
      I definitely wasn’t sure of myself with this. 🙂

      I had forgotten that I had been here.
      I’ve been all over the place lately.lol!

      Yes, that makes sense…Sun Quintile Nadir…. I think the way you define it
      gives it more significance. 🙂

      I always thought that there was more to the Nadir than just “home” , there seems to be
      a more subconscious and spiritual property to it, at least too me., it seems more beautiful to me
      than just …home.
      and now you’ve confirmed
      it more so for me…..Very Cool.

      • there seems to be a more subconscious and spiritual property to it, at least too me., it seems more beautiful to me
        than just …home.

        I completely agree.

        • Anonymous


  • Robin D

    I have 8 Quintiles and 2 biquintiles.
    I’m not sure what I think .

    Most I can only guess on….

    Pluto Descendant Crescent + 3 ° 56 ‘ Quintile 75 ° 56 ‘ – Psychological transformation through relationships? or maybe I transform people I’m in relationships with in creative ways?

    Venus Midheaven Crescent – 2 ° 40 ‘ Quintile 69 ° 20 ‘- Creativity /art and charm in my career?

    Venus Jupiter Full – 0 ° 25 ‘ Biquintile 215 ° 35 ‘-
    You have a keen appreciation for good art and you may have a strong interest in cultural activities or entertainment. You appreciate and support creativity and the arts. Sports, games, and other entertainments can be very happy affairs, but you may avoid sports when the emphasis is on competition and discipline rather than creativity and amusement.

    North Node Saturn Last Quarter – 4 ° 38 ‘ Quintile 283 ° 22 ‘- spirtual transformation through wisdom and responsibility?

    Sun Ascendant Full – 0 ° 48 ‘ Biquintile 215 ° 12 ‘- Creative self expression?

    Sun Moon Last Quarter – 3 ° 17 ‘ Quintile 284 ° 43 ‘- You love creativity. You take great delight in clever and creative works and in games. Even in your later years, this trait keeps you young, and you don’t easily become bored because you find life so interesting.

    Sun Nadir Last Quarter – 0 ° 32 ‘ Quintile 287 ° 28 ‘- Creative self expression at home?

    Moon Ascendant Last Quarter + 2 ° 29 ‘ Quintile 290 ° 29 ‘- Emotions creatively expressed through appearance?

    Mars Nadir Last Quarter – 3 ° 11 ‘ Quintile 284 ° 49 ‘- Drive expressed creatively in the home? Creative energy flow in the home?

    Jupiter Midheaven Last Quarter – 3 ° 05 ‘ Quintile 284 ° 55 ‘- Not sure?

    If anyone has any suggestions on how to interpret my aspects, please feel free to say something…thank you:-)

    Thank you Michelle for creating this article:-)

  • Heidi

    Venus in my chart sits entirely unaspected with other planets (Gemini 4th house), besides a biquintile with Pluto (Scorpio 8th house).
    Sometimes I wish to knock on Venus’s door and ask “hallooo is anyone even there?” since it’s such loner! I think PIuto bQ Venus might be an all-or-nothing aspect in all ways, even highly critical in selection of partners or having paranoia of being attached. I’m beginning to think it’s an old maid aspect. Any insights?

    I have Saggi Saturn and Uranus (both 10th house) Quintile my Ascendant. I am creative in erratically innovating and limiting my personality…I think, but then again Pisces Ascendants are known to have chameleon-like personas.

    3rd House Taurus Jupiter Quintile my North Node. It makes me happy, I feel like it’s a bouncy aspect since N.Node is destiny and life path. And Jupiter in 3rd house, perhaps I can push people (through writing?) to think out of their box?

    • I can see how the bq from Venus and Pluto in Scorpio in the 8th would give an all or nothing feeling to your love life.

      I wouldn’t think that Jupiter would push other people, especially not Jupiter in Taurus. It could be that your comfort level with writing and the joy it gives you helps you along your path. Where is your North Node?

      • Heidi

        “It could be that your comfort level with writing and the joy it gives you helps you along your path. Where is your North Node?” Ah yes yes, you touched upon a heartstring of mine that I never noticed. Thank you for that 🙂
        My N.Node is in Pisces, it conjuncts my ascendant widely, about 6 degrees.

        I have read here http://www.astrologyweekly.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13644 that quintiles/biquintiles could be read as a outwardly manifesting trine to people encountering the native but to the native who has the quintile they are often not aware of those qualities, so it feels more like a sextile.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful post! Since I am pretty new to astrology, I must admit that I struggle when it comes to putting forth my own delineations, but I thought I would try my hand at it. Feel free to offer your own interpretations of these quintile aspects.

    The following can be found in my natal chart:

    1. Sun in Virgo (2H) bi-quintile Jupiter in Aquarius (6H) –orb of 1
    2. Moon in Scorpio (4H) bi-quintile Saturn in Cancer (11H) – orb of 1
    3. Moon in Scorpio (4H) bi-quintile Chiron in Aries (9H) – exact
    4. Mercury in Virgo (2H) bi-quintile Jupiter in Aquarius (6H) – orb of 2
    5. Saturn in Cancer (11H) quintile Chiron in Aries (9H) – orb of 1

    possible interpretations:

    1. An eagerness to spread my values of tolerance and love of diversity to others.
    2. A tendency to restrain the emotions in service of meeting responsibilities &
    obligations to friends and family or using intense emotions to creatively fulfill responsibilities to others; perhaps feeling responsible for the intense emotions of friends and family and protecting those emotions.
    3. Healing intense emotional wounds thru the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge.
    4. Thinking about and practically, logically communicating about the good fortune that can come from being tolerant, fair, inventive, impartial and cooperative; and/or writing about these values & traits.
    5. Urgency to try to find a creative way to balance responsibilities to my friends and family and my divine need to obtain a sense of identity and purpose thru spirituality, religion, philosophy, education .


    • I’m thrilled that you decided to delineate your own aspects.
      These are just extra ideas to add to what you already wrote.
      2. Your strong feelings blend with a style of cautious reserve when it comes to emotional expression.
      3. Authentic emotional expression that blends with direct perception of people’s sore spots. Cutting through emotional bullshit and directly addressing people’s pain.
      5. A sense of emotional responsibility that makes you impatient to heal.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for your useful input. I’m not very good at this yet, but your blog has been very helpful in helping me piece this all together. 🙂

  • LB

    Hi Michelle – This is a great post; I think you’ve explained these aspects very well and really appreciate you passing along this information. I have a few quintiles and biquintiles (won’t bore you with all of them) and I think the descriptions you’ve shared pretty much sum them up.

    For instance, I have Sun (Libra/2nd) biquintile Mars (Gemini/9th), with Uranus (Leo/12th) quintile them both. I seem to have the ability to perceive (and translate) information that others miss (Uranus in the 12th), and then research/communicate the truth (Mars in the 9th) in a way that results (thanks to the urgency of the biquintile) in practical results (Sun in the 2nd). I’m always making “connections” and love to pass along the specifics of what I’ve learned – which often contradict what we’ve been led to believe.

    I also have this weird talent for organizing, decorating and design. I can make things fit just because they need to; my closets and drawers look like a professional organizer did them, and in fact, I’ve been paid to organize the spaces of others. Obsessed with organization? Um, yea maybe. 🙂

    Recently I became aware of an ability to channel energy through my hands which resulted in my becoming a Reiki practitioner (still a rookie, though). Asteroid Reiki (in Leo/11th almost conjunct Uranus/12th) is quintile my Mars (0 degrees). I think this relates to the transformation you mentioned; in this case, it’s the transformation (and relaying) of universal energy.

    • I remember you mentioned you did emergency work the quintiles from Uranus to Mars and the Sun must have helped with that.

      I love the way you explain your aspects.

  • firetiger

    i have mercury and venus quintile my MC and moon biquintile pluto— i would say that i definitely have my own way of expressing myself to other people whether it be through a different (and a little bit ‘matter of fact’ ) point of view and the way i socialize with people.. i take pride in that. as for moon biquintile pluto ~ i would say that in terms of my emotions i now take the time to feel them completely then start a ‘destroy and rebuild’ process where i get to the truth of my own motivations and source of emotions, tiggers, etc. it’s important for me to that in order to grow and move on.

    • That such a great way to describe your Moon/Pluto bq.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the post. I’m a newbie to studying Astrology and I haven’t really read anything on Quintiles and Biquintiles – so this is very interesting.

    I looked at my chart and found that I have 3 Quintiles listed.

    Jupiter (4th H Sag) Quintile Mars (6th H Aqu) 73 degrees apart
    Neptune (4th H Sag) Quintile N. Node (6th H Aqu) 71 degrees apart
    Moon (10th H Gem) Quintile Chiron (8th H Aries) 70 degrees apart

    Any ideas on how to interpret these aspects?

    Could the first be (bringing in the terms listed above) – Being excited and being filled with more expectations concerning working from home? This could fit since I recently came to the conclusion that this is what I should be doing and it only took me almost 21 years to figure this out! Talk about less urgency.

    Any feedback would be most appreciated! Thanks!

    • That sounds like a very good interpretation of your first quintile. I imagine you would have a great deal of enthusiasm for working from home. Does Saturn aspect either Jupiter or Mars?

      • Anonymous

        Saturn in the 10th is opposite my Jupiter.

        You’re welcome for reading – I enjoy learning from your site!

        • That Saturn opposition probably helps give a bigger sense of commitment. Jupiter/Mars by itself might offer short-lived enthusiasm.

  • Idan

    I have venus quintile my north node(NN in 5th house) and moon quintile uranus.
    Thoose aspects are really intresting…

    • How close are they?

      • Idan

        Very close, just 1 degree diference.

  • Zodiacal_macaw_1210

    Out of bi-quintiles and quintiles, this is what I have (and think it means, so please correct me if I’m wrong):

    (2nd House Aquarius) Moon bi-quintile (9th House Virgo) Jupiter
    (10th House Libra) Venus quintile (1st House Sagittarius) Neptune
    (9th House Virgo) Jupiter bi – quintile (2nd House Aquarius) Juno
    (1st House Sagittarius) Saturn quintile (11th House Scorpio) Pluto

    If I read this article right, with the Moon bi-quintile Jupiter, deals with a sense of urgency to let go or to spread an idea or style with how I manage my emotions and intuition with philosophies and what I’ve been taught.

    According to another post I saw, Venus quintile Neptune means, “You are a gifted artist and a deeply compassionate and spiritual person, bringing an ethereal quality to all of your artistic expressions. You are naturally attuned to dreams, symbolism and mythology, and have an exceptional talent for capturing the imagination of your listeners as you tell stories or elucidate your vision. You may be very glamorous or mysterious, and are definitely gracious and kind” (with the fact that Venus is in my MC and Neptune in my ASC, does that mean that my works will impact society and represent who I am?) while that same article that said that Saturn quintile Pluto means, “You are masterful at wielding power and holding positions of authority. It is very likely that you will gravitate to executive positions and/or amass great wealth. You have an uncanny business instinct. You are highly sensitive and perceptive, and you penetrate to the essence of whatever or whomever you direct your attention to. Despite being of a rather serious and intense temperament, you can utilize surprise, play and creativity to great effect, which makes you an excellent leader or teacher. You may be gifted in the physical sciences.”

    As far as Juno bi-quintile Jupiter, I’m guessing I have creative energy concerning how I attract good luck and fortune when I’m in a committed relationship (?).

    • Zodiacal_macaw_1210

      I also have Pallas Athene (11th House Scorpio) quintile Psyche (9th House Virgo). So does that mean that I have creativity concerning strategy and healing of the mind?

      • It certainly could. I would absolutely keep quintiles between asteroids to a 1 degree orb or less- is this a close one?

        • Zodiacal_macaw_1210

          Well, lol, the quintile between Pallas Athene and Psyche is as tight as you can get it, 0 degrees.

    • Venus is in my MC and Neptune in my ASC

      Are Venus and Neptune actually conjunct those points, or just in the 1st and 10th? Venus/Neptune does point to artistic gifts, but also a style of relating that’s more spiritually than physically oriented.

      It seems like quite a few people have Saturn quintile Pluto- I have it. I think, like most things in astrology, it depends on the rest of your chart. Saturn/Pluto can also mean a style of tight control. Whether or not that style of tight control actually leads to great wealth depends on how much effort you’re willing to put into it, and how focused you can stay. I would think Saturn/Pluto would also give a style of transformation within narrow channels.
      How tight is that Juno/Jupiter bq?

      • Zodiacal_macaw_1210

        My Venus doesn’t conjunct to my Midheaven, it’s in the Midheaven, same goes with Neptune in the Ascendant.

        And I like your perspective with the Saturn quintile Pluto, since Saturn is concerned with restriction and limitation and Pluto is concerned with radical change.

        As far as how tight the Jupiter bi-quintile Juno is, it’s -1 degrees so it too is a tight aspect.

        • Jupiter/Juno probably also has something to do with jealousy/commitment issues. You could have a way of being “bigger” than petty jealousy, maybe laughing off lapses in judgment- that’s a big “maybe” !

          • Zodiacal_macaw_1210

            One of my exes did tell me that I take things over the top. When it comes to jealousy, I do have my jealousy “pangs and bouts” but I try not to let them get to me but I don’t ignore my hunches and intuitions so maybe that’s part of the lapses in judgment. I’ve never had problems with commitment and keeping my word but when I sense that there isn’t any more passion or it’s becoming stale, I break off the relationship (I don’t believe in wasting time in matters of the heart).

  • Zodiacal_macaw_1210

    Again, thank you for posting this post 🙂

    I definitely learned a lot from this post. I was told that a quintile and a bi-quintile were all the same but this disproves that case (well, not entirely but you get what I mean).

    • Yeah 😀 I don’t think I proved or disproved anything, but my guess from looking at celeb charts is that there is a slight difference.

  • Anonymous

    This a bit for my head to handle, but I’m happy you’re discussing it! I have 4 Quintiles in my chart (all rather tight actually)
    Mercury (11th House Sag) Quintile Jupiter (2nd House Aqua)
    Saturn (11th House Sag) Quintile Jupiter (2nd House Aqua)
    Neptune (1st House Cap) Quintle MC (Libra)
    Pluto (10th House Scorpio) Biquintile Chiron (6th house Gemini)

    I do have a lot of energy & excitement invested in expanding and growing through organizations/ groups I enjoy and a lot of hope & excitement in Money, Career, learning out to be financially secure and leading a prosperous career. Its pretty much what drives me at the moment. Learning how to be an adult, putting money in savings, looking into investing in property etc. None of this has actually occured, but its where my mind goes occasionally. I’m excited about being secure 🙂

    Not sure about Pluto/Chiron though. Thoughts.

    • I thought I was keeping it fairly simple. I like the idea of the Saturn/Jupiter quintile being related to long term goals and money, being in the 11th and 2nd. I looked at number of different charts for this article, but it was just too complicated to include the. One was J K Rowling (Harry Potter author, I’m sure you know). She has Neptune in the 1st biquintile Jupiter in the 8th. There’s a real emphasis on epic fantasy. I noticed quite a few people who had (bi)quintiles from the first house forged a very clear point of view about a particular topic. Another was Carl Jung who had Saturn in the 1st (I forget which planet it quintiles).Pluto biquintile Chiron could show a style of deep or powerful healing. That’s an aspect that could tie into your Chinese medicine training (was it acupuncture?)

      • Anonymous

        You’re probably right about the Pluto-Chiron aspect. (It is Acupuncture & Herbology, thanks for remembering 🙂 ) I think I’ve always looked for ways to heal myself, astrology being my first healer, followed by other occult sciences, reading, studying family psychology in undergrad to heal my own wounds there, and now in medicine. In healing myself I learn ways to heal others, and not surprisingly its related to career (Scorpio Pluto in 10th) and work/healing (6th house Chiron) I hope I can heal others as deeply as I’ve managed to heal myself 🙂

        • That sounds right. I found your chart and saw that you also have Mars conjunct Pluto in Scorpio- a powerful physical force that you can siphon off into healing activities.