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Aspects between the planets – how to analyze them. Elements of the horoscope – part 3

24 July 2010 / 11:07:53  GRReporter
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Author: Galy

In this article I will give you basic guidelines for analyzing aspects between the various planets. I have already explained the basis on which this analysis should be build:

Before we pay attention to what exactly is the aspect we must first take into account the following parameters:

1. Which planets are involved in it

2. What "tasks" do those planets have, what do they "promise" us.

In his Tetrabiblos Ptolemy does not mention anything about how planets get along with each other when entering into relationships, or in other words, when they are in aspect.

Imagine two people who themselves have certain characteristics. And what happens when something brings them together – they either built instinctive sympathy for each other or antipathy, or they are simply indifferent to each other.

Similarly, the planets may "like" each other. Or they might not like or be indifferent to each other.

Everywhere is provided information on the true nature and meaning of a given planet, extracted on the basis of astronomical facts (see article for planets

Saturn, for example, is described as the planet which provides the limits, the detention, the barriers. Its main quality is to cool and dry. All this is attributed to the astronomical fact that Saturn is farthest from the Sun and Earth, it symbolically marks the boundary of the solar system (the apparent limit, because Saturn is the last visible to the naked eye planet). Because of this distance the least amount solar heat and moisture from the Earth reach to it.

Based on the above mentioned quality assessment, is made a division into two groups:

• planet which create good (benefices)

• planets that create evil (malefitsi).


The principle of this separation stems from the fact that planets having qualities such as, "dry and cool" are harming life and living creatures while planets with qualities such as "wet and warm" support it - the life.

This division is quite relative and should NOT be taken literally. Life is diverse and nothing exists only as black and white. When dealing with these two categories the question: "What is good and what is bad?" must be present. One planet is not just "evil and destructive." It is such to something specific. It is able to destroy something. The same is also true for "goodness". To what and whom is it directed? In other words - what are the "tasks" of a given planet. How are they defined, is one of the most important stages in astrology.

The planets "evildoers" might be one of the positive indicators in the horoscope, because they may have the task to destroy the negative indicators. Similarly, the planets "good doers" can function negatively – they just take great care and flow a lot of energy into maintain a constant negative indicators, if they are responsible for them in the horoscope. This is something very simple and yet one of the most difficult to understand concepts in astrology.

So the Sun, Venus and Jupiter are placed in category benefices. Mars and Saturn - malefitsi category. Mercury can be both. It depends on his status and the planets, which binds with.

For the moon is applied the condition growing / not growing. It is believed that when the moon is increasing, it accumulates power (heat from the sun) and is beneficial. When it decreases, it is losing strength and influences more unfavorably.

The situation of the Sun is somewhat special. While it is not possible to treat it the same way as the planets with natural tendency "malefic", in certain cases, it affects as such. Everyone knows what happens where in the hottest summer days the sun shines with all its power. It is able to burn all that fall under its direct light.

So far so good. But planets are not alone for themselves. They are forced to "cohabit" together. Just like humans. Here is involved a category called "Planetary friendship / rivalry / neutrality". This category is rarely mentioned. And I do not know why.

In Indian astrology, one of the most fascinating things is that they perceive planets as living human beings. Assigning them human attributes. In western astrology this has been done until a certain historic moment, but then was gradually forgotten.

What would happen if two friends are placed in a situation in which they have a conflict? They will confront, but they will still maintain good tone with each other and will not cause trouble to each other. That's what happens when two planets, which by nature are friendly to each other are placed in a tense, disharmonious aspect. The tension between them creates something new, there is some change. But instinctively they will not harm each other, they will not bite too painfully. They are able to function well with one another even in more intense situations.

Even better when two friendly planets are in harmonious aspect. They will support each other in the best possible way.

However, what happens if two planets are hostile to each other? Even in the most beautiful harmonious aspect they still work hard with one another.

Here I will provide the classification for planetary relations that existed at the birth of astrology and is now preserved in the Indian astrology.

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