Aspects: an esoteric overview

Aspects in esoteric astrology (see all aspects)

There is no direct information in Esoteric Astrology about astrological aspects (the angles formed by planets from the polygons each number makes in the circle of the horoscope) so esoteric astrologers must find their own path. However, given their numerical and geometric origins in the numbers 1–12, and certain passages in the book, aspects can be integrated with esoteric astrology (details here).

Relating the three aspect families to the three crosses can help assess the esoteric weighting of a horoscope, especially if one aspect aspect family predominates e.g. many conjuctions, quintiles and septiles reveals a ‘Cardinal’ emphasis to the relationships between the planets. However, the use of aspects is supplementary to the overall emphasis of the chart by cross and ray, so needs to be weighed accordingly. Here is a summary, connecting aspects and crosses, using the digital root for 10, 11 and 12 (1, 2, 3—see: aspects under the three crosses):

Cardinal cross
synthesis, potentiality
odd numbered aspects from polygons of 1, 5, 7, 10 sides (10 = 1+0 = 1)
(not divisible by 2 or 3)
Conjuction, Quintiles, Septiles, Deciles
what may be, skills and traits that require effort, inner focus or a concentrated will to develop and deploy
Fixed cross
intensity, subjectivity
aspects from polygons of 2, 4, 8, 11 sides (11 = 1+1 = 2)
(divisible by 2, but not 3)
Opposition, Square, Octiles, Hendeciles
our responses to the impacts of life and contacts with others, how we contain conflict and harmonise intensity
Mutable cross
activity, actuality
aspects from polygons of 3, 6, 9 sides (12 = 1+2 = 3)
(divisible by 3)
Trine, Sextile, Noviles, Dodeciles (semisextile/quincunx)
the givens, the built-in traits and fates of our life, and personality patterns that exist and are there to be lived out

Overall, it is up to each esoteric astrologer to include or ignore aspects in their practice, or use them as a connection between the esoteric and orthodox charts. however, aspects can be harmonised with the primary scheme of esoteric astrology under the 3 crosses and the seven rays, through their geometrical and numerical properties.