The energy of the planets is in sync for the aspect but the expression of the planets conflicts with the aspect.
When using the major aspects (conjunction, opposition, square, trine, sextile and quincunx), out of sign aspects always involve one planet at the very beginning of a sign and a second planet at the very end of a sign.
Example #1: Moon at 27 Aries opposite Mars at 0 Scorpio.
- Aries and Scorpio are naturally quincunx, yet the Moon and Mars form an opposition by degree.
- The Moon and Mars are 183 degrees apart. A perfect opposition is 180 degrees. This aspect is within 3 degrees of forming a perfect opposition.
Example #2: Mercury at 1 Gemini trine Jupiter at 29 Virgo.
- Gemini and Virgo are naturally square yet Mercury and Jupiter form a trine.
- Mercury and Jupiter are 118 degrees apart. A perfect trine is 120 degrees. This aspect is within 2 degrees of forming a perfect trine.
In example #1 The energy of the Moon and Mars is opposed, yet the way that energy is expressed is as if there is an adjustment being made.
What does that mean?
With the Moon and Mars in opposition, this person would have an energized emotional life and may feel anger coming towards him, or that his emotional life conflicts with his ability to act. With Aries and Scorpio quincunx, the expectation that his needs will be met instantly is amended by a tendency to be too intense in going after what he wants. What he needs and how he acts are opposed. How he expresses his happiness (Moon) – spontaneous and with little complication (Aries) – never quite matches the way he asserts himself (Mars) – covert, probing and intense. He may be the type to say, “Why can’t I get what I want – now?” Then he makes it nearly impossible for people to guess what he wants by being difficult and enigmatic.
In example #2 The energy of Mercury and Jupiter is in harmony, yet the way that energy is expressed is as if the energy is working at cross purposes.
What does that mean?
With Mercury and Jupiter trine, this person is naturally broad-minded and has confidence in her opinions. With Gemini and Virgo square, the way she takes in information causes tension with her need to put that information into a system. She may be overrun with ideas and be at a loss as to how to organize those ideas in a way that she can use them. When she attempts to express her opinion, she may not be able to get her facts straight, or she might talk so much that her point is lost entirely.
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