New students in astrology get sent all kinds of misleading messages about good and bad in a horoscope. It is completely misleading and I’ll even say that these things are wrong. This kind of thinking is an extension of the days of old, hundreds and even thousands of years ago.
At the top of the list of things that new students are taught as being bad is the square aspect. You know that it measures 90 degrees but what does a square mean? When things are square to each other, the intrinisically slower moving planet in the square is modifying the symbolism of the planet it is aspecting. It shows an imbalance between the two symbolisms. When a balance isn’t achieved, the symbolism of the planet being aspected is taken over by the aspecting planet.
For example, Neptune square Mercury is saying that idealism, confusion, creativity and all those things you know about Neptune dominate the need to think and communicate a certain way. If the energy is being used creatively, spiritually, or some things like that, what can happen is a loss of focus, too much daydreaming, avoidance of reality and those types of things. When a balance is achieved, the Neptune-Mercury contacts is an absolute strength.
When we stand up, our bodies are 90 degrees to the surface of the ground. When you lay down, your body is parallel to the ground. It takes no energy to lay down but standing up requires a lot of energy. Just think about that a second. To do anything effective, to accomplish or achieve anything requires standing. When you feel badly, what do you say? “I am going to lay down. I don’t feel so good.” When you faint, you fall. You are not accomplishing much in that condition. right?
Squares represent the kind of energy and tension that one needs to achieve things. I have 5 figures worth of horoscopes of very successful people and you know which aspect does NOT dominate in those horoscopes? It’s the trine. The horoscopes shown above represent seven extraordinarily wealthy people, alive and dead. You do not see a preponderance of things in these horoscopes that beginning astrology labels as “good.” Oprah has the Sun in the 2nd House squared by Saturn. Any book or web site you go to will describe this scenario as an almost guarantee of poverty.
Steve Jobs’ horoscope, for all intents and purposes, has a Grand Cross. Bill Gates’ horoscope has the best possible wealth aspect there is - Jupiter conjunct Pluto, and it is in the 2nd House but the rest of the horoscope is a mass of tension, not a lot of “good” stuff.
Begin to see squares as the energy that provides the motivation to do something, not something BAD you have been fated with by the heavens. If you manage the squares, they become an absolute strength for you. Take a guy like Arnold Schwarzenegger who came from a tiny place in Austria, went on to body-building notoriety, film recognition, held public Office, and married a Kennedy. Take a look at his horoscope. It’s ALL strength: the Sun is conjoined by Saturn and Pluto. Mars in the 6th is quindecile 5 planets and the Ascendant. Where are all the trines and “good” aspects???? There are none. It’s just a mass of tension. Tension motivates achievement WHEN it is managed.
If there IS something about squares that has a dark potential, it has to do with health. Horosopes that are dominated by hard aspects have a tendency to experience health concerns moreso than charts without it but that can be easily avoided by eating nutritiously.
Horoscopes of American Presidents are just full of tension. I think the only one I have seen that has, say, a Grand Trine, is that of President Bush, the father. Otherwise, they are dominatd by hard aspects. You need that kind of strength to get to that position. Horoscopes dominated by sextiles and trines are typically easily content. Contentment isn’t very motivating.
Be proud that you have squares! Be glad that you have a horoscope dominated by hard aspects and not dominated by trines. Hard aspects represent strength!!!