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Planetary Aspects

planet aspects

When looking at an astrology chart, it is not enough to assess each planet’s position on its own. You should also consider its position relative to the other planets. Distributed around the chart circle, each planet forms an angle with another one. Certain angles hold special significance. When two planets form such angles, it is called an aspect.

There are major and minor aspects. The major aspects in astrology are: conjunctions (0 degrees), sextiles (60 degrees), squares (90 degrees), trines (120 degrees) and oppositions (180 degrees). These aspects are considered to hold effect as long as they fall within an orb of 8 degrees (+/-), but this can vary. Additionally, each aspect represents a dynamic that is either harmonious (easy) or tense (hard). Oppositions and squares are considered hard while conjunctions, sextiles and trines are easy.

Major Aspects

Aspect Name

Distance Symbol Effect Orb
Conjunction 0° degrees unifies or blends 8° degrees
Sextile 60° degrees supports 6° degrees
Square 90° degrees creates friction 8° degrees
Trine 120° degrees assists and brings opportunities 8° degrees
Opposition 180° degrees opposes 8° degrees


This occurs when two planets are in close proximity, typically within 8-10 degrees of each other. It signifies an intense merging of energies, often amplifying the traits of both planets. Conjunctions are the most powerful aspect in astrology and it is mostly beneficial but not always. When two otherwise afflicted planets come in conjunct, it can be like putting a cobra and a mongoose in a small room together.


Sextiles occur when two planets are approximately 60 degrees apart. This aspect is considered harmonious, suggesting opportunities for creativity, cooperation, and positive change. This aspect is similar to trines but less powerful. Unlike trines, it indicates that opportunities and benefits will only come through effort.


Squares happen when two planets are about 90 degrees apart. They represent stressful challenges and tension, pushing individuals to address issues and make changes in their lives. Squares generally represent inner turmoil and internal conflict.


Trines occur when two planets are roughly 120 degrees apart. They are harmonious and indicate a flow of energy, making it easier for individuals to express their talents and abilities. Trine is the most favorable aspect, allowing good things to come with ease. Too many trines in a chart however, can result in a weakness of character and laziness for lack of challenges and obstacles to overcome.


An opposition happens when two planets are approximately 180 degrees apart. It signifies discord and conflicting external energies, often requiring balance and compromise in the areas of life represented by the opposing planets. Oppositions are unharmonious, but can represent the obstacles to achievement or a catalyst for necessary change or growth.

These aspects play a crucial role in interpreting an individual’s birth chart and understanding their personality and life experiences.

Minor Aspects

Aspect Name





Semi-sextile 30° degrees mildly supportive 2° degrees
Semi-square 45° degrees mildly irritating 2° degrees
Quintile 72° degrees Q promotes creativity 2° degrees
Sesquiquadrate 135° degrees stressful and active 2° degrees
Quincunx or inconjunct 150° degrees indecisive, on again/off again 2° degrees


This aspect occurs when two planets are approximately 30 degrees apart. It represents a subtle connection, suggesting opportunities for adjustment and small, helpful changes.


The semi-square happens when two planets are approximately 45 degrees apart. It signifies a minor challenge, often requiring adjustments and addressing minor conflicts.


A quintile occurs when two planets are about 72 degrees apart. It is associated with creativity and talent, indicating a unique and artistic expression of the planets involved.


This aspect occurs when two planets are approximately 135 degrees apart. It suggests a combination of tension and opportunity, often requiring adjustments and compromises.

Quincunx or Inconjunct:

The quincunx happens when two planets are approximately 150 degrees apart. It represents a sense of discomfort and the need for adjustment, often involving issues that are not easily reconciled.

These minor aspects add nuances to the interpretation of a birth chart, offering insights into subtler aspects of a person’s personality and life experiences.

Conjunction Aspects:

Sextile Aspects:

sun sextile moon
sun sextile mercury
sun sextile venus
sun sextile mars
sun sextile jupiter
sun sextile saturn
sun sextile neptune
sun sextile uranus
sun sextile pluto
moon sextile mercury
moon sextile venus
moon sextile mars
moon sextile jupiter
moon sextile saturn
moon sextile neptune
moon sextile uranus
moon sextile pluto
mercury sextile venus
mercury sextile mars
mercury sextile jupiter
mercury sextile saturn
mercury sextile neptune
mercury sextile uranus
mercury sextile pluto

venus sextile mars
venus sextile jupiter
venus sextile saturn
venus sextile neptune
venus sextile uranus
venus sextile pluto
mars sextile jupiter
mars sextile saturn
mars sextile neptune
mars sextile uranus
mars sextile pluto
jupiter sextile saturn
jupiter sextile neptune
jupiter sextile uranus
jupiter sextile pluto
saturn sextile neptune
saturn sextile uranus
saturn sextile pluto
neptune sextile uranus
neptune sextile pluto
uranus sextile pluto

Square Aspects:

sun square moon
sun square mercury
sun square venus
sun square mars
sun square jupiter
sun square saturn
sun square neptune
sun square uranus
sun square pluto
moon square mercury
moon square venus
moon square mars
moon square jupiter
moon square saturn
moon square neptune
moon square uranus
moon square pluto
mercury square venus
mercury square mars
mercury square jupiter
mercury square saturn
mercury square neptune
mercury square uranus
mercury square pluto

venus square mars
venus square jupiter
venus square saturn
venus square neptune
venus square uranus
venus square pluto
mars square jupiter
mars square saturn
mars square neptune
mars square uranus
mars square pluto
jupiter square saturn
jupiter square neptune
jupiter square uranus
jupiter square pluto
saturn square neptune
saturn square uranus
saturn square pluto
neptune square uranus
neptune square pluto
uranus square pluto

Trine Aspects:

sun trine moon
sun trine mercury
sun trine venus
sun trine mars
sun trine jupiter
sun trine saturn
sun trine neptune
sun trine uranus
sun trine pluto
moon trine mercury
moon trine venus
moon trine mars
moon trine jupiter
moon trine saturn
moon trine neptune
moon trine uranus
moon trine pluto
mercury trine venus
mercury trine mars
mercury trine jupiter
mercury trine saturn
mercury trine neptune
mercury trine uranus
mercury trine pluto

venus trine mars
venus trine jupiter
venus trine saturn
venus trine neptune
venus trine uranus
venus trine pluto
mars trine jupiter
mars trine saturn
mars trine neptune
mars trine uranus
mars trine pluto
jupiter trine saturn
jupiter trine neptune
jupiter trine uranus
jupiter trine pluto
saturn trine neptune
saturn trine uranus
saturn trine pluto
neptune trine uranus
neptune trine pluto
uranus trine pluto

Opposition Aspects:

sun opposite moon
sun opposite mercury
sun opposite venus
sun opposite mars
sun opposite jupiter
sun opposite saturn
sun opposite neptune
sun opposite uranus
sun opposite pluto
moon opposite mercury
moon opposite venus
moon opposite mars
moon opposite jupiter
moon opposite saturn
moon opposite neptune
moon opposite uranus
moon opposite pluto
mercury opposite venus
mercury opposite mars
mercury opposite jupiter
mercury opposite saturn
mercury opposite neptune
mercury opposite uranus
mercury opposite pluto

venus opposite mars
venus opposite jupiter
venus opposite saturn
venus opposite neptune
venus opposite uranus
venus opposite pluto
mars opposite jupiter
mars opposite saturn
mars opposite neptune
mars opposite uranus
mars opposite pluto
jupiter opposite saturn
jupiter opposite neptune
jupiter opposite uranus
jupiter opposite pluto
saturn opposite neptune
saturn opposite uranus
saturn opposite pluto
neptune opposite uranus
neptune opposite pluto
uranus opposite pluto

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