T-Squares [Astrological Aspects]

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The T-square is one of the most common composed aspects in astrological charts, and understanding its energies is critical to interpreting all kinds of charts. They occur in natal, synastry, composite, and return charts. They can easily describe a person’s, or a couple’s, central life drama, depending on how they are wired into the chart, so knowing how to interpret them is key to distilling the meaning in a chart.

After some notes about their dynamics, I’ll interpret one to show how it works in practice. Continue reading “T-Squares [Astrological Aspects]”

Quintile Yods [Astrological Aspects]

Quintile Yod

In Yods, I explained and analyzed the traditional Quincunx–Sextile–Quincunx yod, which is often called “the finger of God” because it has peculiar energy that people often feel is “fated.” In this post, I’ll explain the energies of quintile yods, which have a similar shape but are even narrower. Quintile yods are formed when two planets (or points/angles) are quintile each other (72°), and both are biquintile a third planet/point (144°).

Quintile yods, sometimes called golden yods, are a different animal, but they have in common with normal yods (quincunx/sextile) that they create driven energy that builds on itself, and they often have the same issue of the planets they connect sitting in signs that have nothing in common. Unlike normal yods, though, they are joined by a quintile at the base and biquintiles on the (long) sides, and the (quintile) fifth harmonic adds a distinct character to their energy. Continue reading “Quintile Yods [Astrological Aspects]”

Yods [Astrological Aspects]

Traditional yod: quincunx–sextile–quincunx

Yods are a fascinating irregular, triangular “composed aspect” that can be powerful and defining in a person’s life. What is rarely discussed is that there are several kinds of yods, and they operate quite differently, so I’ll share my insights and experiences here.

The most well known yod is a thin triangle that’s formed when two planets have quincunxes (a type of inconjunct) to a third planet—and are sextile each other, and it is the subject of this post. Obviously, astrologers are no strangers to hyperbole as this yod is commonly called “the finger of God.” This expression points to one of yods’ defining characteristics, that their natives often feel “fated” as they are drawn into situations they don’t want but cannot seem to avoid. Karen Hamaker-Zondag’s The Yod Book has numerous examples and case studies, and I have shared my curated links below. Continue reading “Yods [Astrological Aspects]”

Depth Astrology 201: Aspects [Angles]

I call the kind of astrology I practice “Depth Astrology” to differentiate it from the relatively superficial type that most of us are familiar with. This is the second of a series on the basic elements of a natal (birth) chart, which is the fundamental astrological tool. After explaining the meanings of the angles and whence they are derived, I’ll share some examples.  Continue reading “Depth Astrology 201: Aspects [Angles]”

Unconscious and Dreams

I have learned that Unconscious can extend my awareness very far beyond Ego. I have learned so much from dream interpretation, and I am humbled by it.

I associate Ego most closely with my intellect and conscious mind, so I’m most aware of Ego. I became aware of Unconscious in stages, and I have found that Unconscious enriches my awareness and life incredibly. Continue reading “Unconscious and Dreams”

Ego and Universe

I approach Ego and Universe as a sort of balance, and my current context around “Ego” is mostly Jungian. So I use Ego to refer to the part of myself that is into survival, so he’s got a strong zero-sum perspective. He is “egocentric” in the classic sense. He is very personal, takes things personally. Life is all about him.

The universe is impersonal, vast, unknown, infinite. It contains all things that I can perceive and infinitely many things I cannot. I have found that I can create amazing joy by recognizing and appreciating Ego within the context of the universe. They seem to be opposite ends of a polarity. Continue reading “Ego and Universe”