QUESTION: What Aspects and Orbs to Use?
Modern astrologers prefer using the major aspects (conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition). Many astrologers believe the conjunction to possess the most power. The reason being is the energy whacks a punch. In truth, there really isn’t the same conflict inherent as we experience with our squares and oppositions unless the planets themselves are not compatible. The major aspects are outlined on Astrodienst, and it includes all of those other minor aspects. The minor aspects were used mostly by traditional astrologers, but there are many modern practitioners using some of them today. Those little leaguers add subtleties to a horoscope reading. If one finds an exact minor aspect, sometimes it is quite significant, but there aren’t a lot of interpretations found on those contacts for any deeper investigation.
Most people, generally, prefer to stay with the major aspects. Moreover, the conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition aspects have the most powerful vibrations. We refer to them as interrelationships, symbolizing a more complex way of viewing our psychology, rather than only planets, signs, and houses. The aspects delve further into our personality, create complex, dynamic, internal drives, and add fascinating layers. The difficult aspects – conjunction (sometimes), square and opposition, demand more effort and create greater tension. The sextile and trine live in harmony and live in a place of easy expression, showing our abilities and talents. Jung led the way in this challenging area of aspects since he viewed astrology as something akin to alchemy. In this light, we are definitely transforming our being on many levels through the natal chart.
In Jungian astrology, it is also thought that the astrology chart represents aspects of the personality (well, obviously), and we know it is the great illuminator of the human character. Jung even went as far to say that astrology represented the summation of all psychological knowledge of antiquity, he held astrology in high esteem.
The orbs are covered in this article.