In Astrology, we use the term ‘aspect’, when speaking of the relationship between two bodies of a chart. To be more mathematically correct, it is the angular distance between two points/planets - and when they are a certain degree away from each other, they form an aspect. They are also called 'lines of force’ for the points/planets they connect are brought into a dynamic situation, both influencing the other. Therefore?, when heavenly bodies connect in such way, it always alters how we should interpret it; the planet would no longer express its qualities as they would have remaining untact. Defined by the degree, the aspect would also show us, how the planets/points would combine.
But first, let’s talk about what makes some aspects more or less important. To start, we should note whether the aspect is a major or a minor one (see table ˇˇˇ) - obviously, the major aspects are linking main zodiacal groups, hence they would be more powerful and prominent, while the minor aspect are rather considered for fine-tuning.
Another factor when deciding on the strongness of an aspect, is the exactness, thus, of course, if an orb is tight, the aspect bears bigger influence over the individual. Piece of cake, right? If you tie things together closely, they would have no choice, but have an impact on each other, whereas let them wander on a loose leash, and they could decide whether or not spend time with each other. Like, living in the same house, but in different rooms. This is why in forcast and synastry smaller orbs are used, to gain a clearer, less-generalized interpretation of it. When two planets are moving toward an aspect (meaning they are getting closer and closer to 0°) is when that aspect is considered an applying one. Aspects like this are also viewed to be more 'intense’ than the ones leaving exactness (separating aspects). Which again, makes sense if we look at the aspects as magnets, for example. As they get closer to each other, the force of attraction grows, whereas when they get past each other, this force weakens with distance.
Harmonious or challenging?
Many of you are probably familiar with the expressions above, but it’s a bit hazy maybe. The essence of an aspect, whether it’s an easy, soft one, or with a malefic undertone, is dependent on the number of degrees separating the heavenly bodies. There are both minor and major aspects of both, and they explain if the planets involved are friends or foes. The harmonious aspects, such as the trine and the sextile provide an easy flow between the two points (hence the synonym 'flowing aspect’). They are innate talents, effortlessly expressed. When you’re with someone who is gifted with many soft aspects, the feeling they emanate is similar: calming, easy-going. They don’t have to come to terms with themselves, because they already are, and it simply wins others’ symphaty for them. However, this can be taken for granted just as easily. These aspects don’t add enough friction so the individual would feel the need to develop these talents to the maximum. It’s comfortably numb. The challenging aspects do exert this type of tension. They are formed (usually) between two planets in incompatible signs. They arise difficulties and problems between these contradicting energies, struggling to blend them - that’s why hard aspects demand more care and attention from the native. Even when solving these problems, there are only more obstacles emerging, and the individual might fall for one side or the other, but they are driven to overcome these planetary disagreements, thus they’re much more dedicated to reach the potential the interaction has to offer. All in all, no type is better than the other, but they have two sides to them. It is always more beneficial to have a balance of both challenging and harmonious, to have the skills to solve the complications, and vice versa, have the motivation to evolve.
So I was thinking the other day about INTJs and how creative we actually are. Yet the stereotype is that we are always logical and more into mathematics and the sciences.
But I’m a writer. And the the funny thing is I used to be amazing at math, I loved it, I always did well in school because of my logic and my system of thinking. But I chose to abandon that and become a writer, and I asked myself why?
My answer, simply put, was that writing required no answer. With other academics there’s always a right answer, and only ever one answer. But with writing there are many, possibly infinite ways, to get to a right answer-or rather a right story.
This intrigued me because my goal was to be challenged. And math for all of it’s complexity and purpose of solving everything, was actually why I wasn’t choosing it. Instead I thought writing and something unconventional proved more challenging to me, and thus more interesting, than always seeking a single right answer.
And my question to you now is this: for the other creatively-inclined INTJs out there, do you choose it for the same reason I do? Is being creative simply more challenging than traditional subjects?
My favorite part of Sawbones is the part in every episode where Sydnee starts talking about something graphically horrific and you can just see Justin, through the sound waves in this podcast, just absolutely dying
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” - E.B. White (died: 1 October 1985)
Loki was in a deep sleep when he awoke too loud pounding on his chamber doors. The knocking seemed frantic and as he rushed towards the stairs, he noticed Frigga’s door was open but thought nothing of it. The knocking turned to pounding as he reached the bottom stair.
NaKniCroMo Day 24
Most Challenging Project. This shawl is the second thing I ever made. I couldn’t get the beginning right and to this day it has a mis-shapen lump on the top of the straight edge! I gave it to my mum, she didn’t mind!!!
These moths. I designed them myself. They only took me a few weeks to make, but the reason I choose them as the most challenging, is that every single time I try to recreate these, or draft a pattern, I am stumped. I have no idea what sort of creative juices were flowing, but I kick myself everyday for not taking notes while making these. I really, really wish I could recreate them. Maybe some day when I find the time, I will master these little bugs.
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” - E.B. White (born: 11 July 1899)
Original Imagine: Imagine Odin tells Loki that he has to marry and it’s you. You’ve hated him for years. Every time he sees you in the palace he smirks knowing all the duties you’ll have to perform as his princess, making you cringe. He isn’t exactly fond of you either, but can’t help looking forward to the challenge.
Frigga had informed Loki later that evening that Edgar had an old friend who lived a few hours away and wished to attend. She asked him to kindly retrieve the man as he was very old and couldn’t travel alone. He and Erika were happy to oblige and Frigga was relieved he’d be away from the palace for a day.
Initially, Edgar’s send off went well and there was a gathering afterwards. Many in the palace shared stories of his kindness and were all sad to see him go, especially Frigga. Unfortunately, she hadn’t time to grieve as her attentions were forced elsewhere. An unusual amount of guards were present and knowing Odin was responsible, she quietly approached him. “Was this really necessary? I did not request it.”
“No, it was my request as I ‘did’ feel it necessary.” He replied.