There is also a certain amount of “play”, which means that an aspect is said to “work” or be operative within a few degrees either way of being exact. This margin of “play” is defined by the orbs. (see below)
Here are some of the major aspects:
Conjunction – 0°
The conjunction tends to be a harmonious aspect. Its quality depends greatly on the planets involved, as well as on how close the aspect is. For example, a conjunction between the Sun and Mercury is generally regarded as harmonious. If, however, the distance between them is less than a few degrees, Mercury is said to be “burnt” or “in combustion”, with corresponding results. In general, the conjunction shows an immediate connection which usually works in one way or another.
Opposition – 180°
Although the opposition is generally regarded as “disharmonious” or dynamic, it often has quite a motivating and energizing effect. Here too, the quality of the aspect depends on the planets involved, and on what one makes of it. On the whole, an opposition between two planets creates tension between them, often with positive results.
Square – 90°
The square is regarded as a disharmonious aspect, the planets involved seem to be “blocked”. The problems that arise from the square keep on turning up, like a bad penny. The difficulty lies in trying to reconcile two forces that are trying to move in completely different directions. Usually this takes the form of desires and needs which are mutually exclusive.
Trine – 120°
The trine is a harmonious aspect, the planets involved work together in a complementary fashion, enriching one another. Trines show where our natural talents lie, whether we actually make use of them or not is up to us.
Sextil – 60°
The sextile tends to have a harmonious effect, depending of course on the planets involved.
The House Dividers are set on the 12 House Cusps — which are the 12 dividing lines that appear on the Chart. Locate the degree of the first House Cusp on your Natal Chart and adjust the Zodiac board so that your 1st House divider piece is located at the 9:00 o’clock position – which is the same place as your Rising Sign. Place the 1st House piece in that corresponding sign and degree on the board. Now place the remaining House pieces in their appropriate House cusp positions which will run consecutively and counter clockwise from the First to the Twelfth House.
The 1st house, referred to as the Ascendant: the Self, demeanour, and vitality.It describes the personality, the natural demeanour of the native as he faces the outside world, and also his physical appearance. It is an essential component for the interpretation of the natal chart, and it is one of the four angles of the natal chart (the four most important houses, which are dealt with below). It is located on the left hand side of the natal chart and corresponds to the place where the sun rises.
The 2nd house: money earned and material goods.It describes material goods, how they are managed, and how money is earned. In brief, it includes all financial matters but also represents greed and all sorts of possessions.
The 3rd house: immediate surroundings, siblings, short trips, and studies.It deals with communication, the close environment (siblings, colleagues, schoolmates), primary and secondary education, apprenticeship. It also describes short trips, transportation, modern means of communication and all practical things.
The 4th house, referred to as the Imum Coeli: family, home, origins, heredity, and the father.It represents the native’s family, ancestors, roots, and home, both the home he comes from and the one he will set up. This house also describes the real estate patrimony, childhood, and emotions. It is located at the bottom of the chart, and like the Ascendant, it is an angular house.
The 5th house: love matters, pleasure, leisure, children, and creations.It describes the person’s creative and recreational activities, his hobbies, as well as his love affairs, his luck in gambling, his relationships with children in general, including his own. This house covers all pleasant things in the native’s life.
The 6th house: everyday life, daily work and colleagues, lower-ranking co-workers, and health.It describes the native’s everyday life, his behaviour at work, minor obligations, servitudes, lower-ranking co-workers, and pets. It also concerns health, medicines and minor illnesses.
The 7th house, referred to as the Descendant: unions, marriage, other people, associations, and contracts.It is opposite the 1st house and thus, represents other people, the native’s behaviour towards other people, his partner (spouse or associate). It concerns contracts, associations, marriage and open enemies. It is through the 7th house that the native perceives other people. It is opposite the ASC, and is located on the right hand side of the natal chart and corresponds to the place where the sun sets.
The 8th house: passions and crises, transformations, death, financial investments, and sexuality.
It concerns the native’s birth and death. However, it does not necessarily mean actual physical death. It may be a symbolic death, and thus, it is synonymous with evolution and transformation. This house also represents inheritances, money earned by other people, but also sexuality, power, all things hidden, and interest in occultism.
The 9th house: travels, abstract and higher concepts, spirituality, and foreign matters.
It is the realm of spirituality and philosophy, higher ideals, faraway travels, both physical and inner ones. Contrarily to the 3rd house, this house represents higher education and universities, as well as the understanding of abstract topics. It is also related to law and legality, and religion.
The 10th house: referred to as the Midheaven: social success, professional destiny, and the mother.It is opposite the 4th house and corresponds to the native’s professional career, as well as his social elevation as compared to his family background. It symbolises his ambitions and his achievements in the society. It is also related to the general public, potential fame, and the mother’s influence. The 10th house is in the Southern part of the natal chart and located at its top.
The 11th house: friends, collective projects, supports and protections in life.It represents the native’s projects, his friends, and his protectors. It describes the nature of his friends, his group activities, and the place he occupies within the group, contrarily to the more individualistic 5th house. This 11th house is related to all kinds of humanitarian topics.
The 12th house: enemies, difficulties, solitude, hidden ordeals, and secrets.It corresponds to the native’s inner self, ordeals underwent his whole life through, hidden enemies, and serious illnesses. It is related to places of confinement such as hospitals, prisons, convents, etc., and also includes solitude and major inner crises.