What conjunction, sextile, square, opposition, trine mean in astrology

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The aspects of astrology — conjunction, sextile, square, opposition and trine — are what create the daily mood. Shutterstock

Ever wonder why some days are just better than others?

There’s a reason for it — and it’s called planetary aspects.

Astrological aspects can be likened to the “cosmic mood” or “astro-weather.” If you’ve ever wanted to know how astrologers make horoscopes or astrological predictions, this is your key way to get started.

From our viewpoint here on Earth, we split the sky into a 360-degree circle, with each of the 12 zodiac signs covering 30 degrees of their own. Our planets and luminaries represent archetypes and aspects of life — and, depending on where they are dancing in the sky, they end up taking on the characteristics of that sign.

When they meet at certain geometric angles, they create conversations in the sky that are reflected here on Earth. By splitting a circle by one, two, three and four, we end up having several very specific angles — or astrological aspects. As planets link, we receive a very specific effect in our lives — whether it’s a friendly or more challenging influence.

Take a quick peek into them here!

Conjunction

First up: we start at the beginning. If two planets are extremely close together — or literally in the exact same place in the sky — we will notice these planets merging their energies intensely in a conjunction. Often, they’ll be united in the same zodiac sign. That often marks a new beginning or cycle (such as when the sun and moon unite, creating a new moon each month). Depending on the planets, this can be a very strong union that brings happy effects — or it can be one that is very intense if the planets are not easily blended. The situations that take place now will echo out and start a new pattern until the planets once again return to a conjunction at a later time. Some planets meet in a conjunction once a year — whereas some planets do not experience conjunctions with one another for hundreds of years.

Sextile

Next, as the two planets separate (because each planet moves at a different speed from our viewpoint here on Earth), they will meet in the first major aspect when they’re roughly 60 degrees apart. This is a super easy and sweet astrological aspect called a sextile. The planets will be two zodiac signs apart — meaning that they’ll be in highly compatible elements. Fire and air empower one another, whereas earth and water support each other. The planetary energy flows softly and tends to bring support, camaraderie and opportunities. However, the key to using this energy is to take action and use the planetary support because while the chance at finding something great will manifest — it’s up to you to take full advantage.

Square

Buckle up for our first challenging astrological aspect — the sharp clash of a square. This is when two planets are now three zodiac signs apart, or separated by roughly 90 degrees. This will create a tug of war between the energies that the planets rule because all zodiac signs that are three apart fall within the same quality — such as Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. While you’d think outright that this would be supportive, it’s actually not because zodiac signs that share a quality don’t have anything else in common. In fact, squares create conflicts, struggle, tension and drama. While we may feel blocked or attacked, the only way to use this energy productively is to see how the friction is making you stronger and giving you an opportunity to adjust your progress on your journey. Find ways to compromise — even though that’ll be the least favorite option presented to you.

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Squares create conflicts, struggle, tension and drama, but you can still embrace how the friction is making you stronger.

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Trine

Woo-hoo! Finally, as two planets continue their dance apart from one another, they will meet at one of the best astrological aspects of all — when they are four zodiac signs apart and linked by 120 degrees. Whenever they’re separated by this angle, it will mean that the planets are resonating within the same element: fire, earth, air or water. The vibe is perfect because trines offer opportunities, blessings and luck. Since the flow is just so easy, we may be able to find rewards easily or even have them pop up out of nowhere. This will depend on how you’ve been building since the beginning of your story and faced the challenges of the square or opposition. On one hand, this will bring fortune, but it could also make us quite lazy since we don’t need to exert much effort to find good news. To maximize this vibe, seize the day!

Opposition

Lastly, we come to the most intense astrological aspect of all: the opposition. This takes place when two planets are exactly across the sky from one another at 180 degrees apart. This means they’ll be separated by six zodiac signs that share a quality once again, such as Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable. They’ll also be in compatible elements, such as fire and air or earth and water. Oppositions are also known as zodiac polarities. While oppositions give us the opportunity for union and compromise, balancing the energy perfectly like a yin and yang, they can also create extreme drama, conflict and power struggles. Obstacles could pop up, but oppositions ultimately teach us that to persevere, there needs to be a change or compromise to move forward.


Kyle Thomas is a globally recognized pop culture astrologer who has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, ABC Television, Hulu, Bustle, Elite Daily, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, YahooNews, MSN and more. He is known for his cosmic guidance for celebrities, business executives and prominent influencers. His work harnesses the power of the stars in regards to entertainment lifestyle and trends affecting people worldwide. For more information, visit KyleThomasAstrology.com.

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