An aspect is the angular distance between two planets, and is measured in degrees of arc. The orb is the number of degrees outside the exact angle for an aspect to be "effective".
|Conjunction||0||8||Planetary energies combine, a "variable" aspect depending on the nature of the planets concerned. It emphasises the area of the chart in which it falls.|
|Opposition||180||8||Indicates external conflict, "Self versus Other'.|
|Trine||120||8||Indicates an harmonious flow of energies, a creative, external aspect.|
|Square||90||8||Indicates internal conflict, inhibition, frustration, creates tension, but may provide drive and hence success.|
|Sextile||60||4||Indicates the potential for harmonious, creative flow of energies, helpful.|
|Semi-square||45||2||A little stressful.|
For aspects to the Asc., Desc., M.C., I.C. and Moon's Nodes only a 2o orb should be used since these are not planets but sensitive points in the chart.
The orb of any aspect may be expanded by 2o if the Sun or Moon is involved.
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