The major aspects in astrology (conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition), all represent vibratory energies of various intensity. They represent our psychic conflicts and tensions, cooperating and supporting powers. Each aspect is a different view of someone’s personality, they give a different insight into a particular individual. Energy is the most important thing here, for we can get a sense of an individual’s drive, vibrancy, and passion.
The horoscope is like a bowl of psychological stress and ease, showing creative outlets and potential struggles. An important part of understanding our behavior is acknowledging its components and its essential aspects. Our personality encompasses many different fundamental characteristics and constituents that make up a person’s whole being. We need to understand what these factors are in order for us to better appreciate our unique personalities. The Oxford Dictionary defines personality as the visible aspect of one’s character as it impresses others.
Dane Rudyhar points out; the birth chart should deal with opportunities and potentialities needed for individuals. In this sense, we have a chance to learn more about our capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. The closer the orb of an aspect in a horoscope, the more unconscious and habitual it is likely to be according to psychological astrology, almost acting blindly. Some Astro-teachers believe we have more room to move around regarding the aspects with wider orbs. With increased time and expanded self-awareness, we eventually face constructively – challenging parts of our personality, enabling greater transformation.
The soft aspects (sextile and trine) are indicators of our innate talents and potential; we can take these gifts for granted, they are second nature to us. However, we can also be talented in other areas, involving the hard aspects – conjunction, square, and opposition. They take some constructive utilizing, and can be handled better, usually once the light of greater consciousness is attained. Once we achieve greater mindfulness, we approach challenging areas in a much less blind state, without blaming others, or condemning the world. The expression of awareness is key to synthesizing our energies, but this does not mean we will be free of conflict. However, we can always progress further, learning to integrate splits. The hard aspects can show where things become out of proportion, and the energy is mighty powerful and the dynamism they represent can be utilized to push an individual forward.
Modality of the Aspects
The hard aspects in the horoscope repeatedly demand action, they don’t allow us to idly approach issues that need resolving. They confront us, obstruct us, and interfere with our expression. Apart from this being plain infuriating, and creating inner and outer conflict in our reality, we also feel the need to release this powerful energy. Sometimes this is done negatively and through unhealthy outlets. Other times, it is the needed push, enabling us to deal with a challenge from a higher perspective, and, in doing so, develop greater inner strength.
Other Considerations for Understanding Modality
CARDINAL people (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) are dynamic, crisis focused, and extremely active. They have massive issues to do with relationships, home, family life, career, as well as the development of the identity.
FIXED people (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) are incredibly powerful, astrologers often keep an eye on this energy, for it is highly self-motivated and determined and once a course of action is set in motion, it rarely turns back. The satisfaction of desires is paramount; refusing to compromise they resist anybody attempting to control their expression.
MUTABLE people (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) are highly restless, scattered and changeable, they are considered to be easily adaptable. Ideas, thoughts, and philosophies are utmost, and they have plenty of nervous energy to scatter. A multitude of interests keep them in constant motion in the spiritual or mental realms, but they usually need a destination to keep them from running in too many directions.