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(Q): When there is a huge stellium of planets in a chart all conjunct within a 10-degree orb and another planet aspects that stellium, there can exist more than one type of aspect, i.e., quintile and square. What is the rule governing this? Does one incorporate both aspects within their analysis? (Henrik)
(A): Yes. (Rad)
(Q): When a planet aspects this sort of stellium, does the planet's aspected dynamic in equal measure affect all the planetary dynamics held within the stellium, by virtue of the conjunction, regardless of the degree of orb?
(A): Yes.DEGREES AND ORBS
Orbs – how long one has been working on any given issue
The orbs simply correlate to how long a person has been working on any given issue, eg 10 degree orb relative to a square would mean that this would be the first lifetime for a person to work on whatever the two planets/archetypes/dynamics are. Conversely, for example, those same two planets could be in a 6 degree orb relative to the square, and this then suggests, in evolutionary terms, that the person has already been working on those evolutionary issues prior to the current life for at least several lifetimes. As such it is not ‘new’ to the person, there would be previous experience, and thus the orientation, and behavior, would be different than the person who had the 10 degree orb. (JWG)
Part of of that is that when looking at outer planet aspects like Mars/Pluto, a Soul may require more than one lifetime to progress through ONE crescent/first quarter Mars/Pluto square – 20 degrees. Thus, “how long the person has been working on the issue.” Again resisting necessary changes is the underlying issue. Aspects occur WITHIN phases – they are the transition points, mile-markers along the journey through the phases. You can’t separate them from phases. (Steve)Working with wider orbs
Aspects are considered as parts of phases, as evolutionary gates or markers to be specific. Thus we work with wider orbs because the orb is seen as part of the evolutionary transition. The closer the aspect is to exact, the stronger the effects will be felt (in most cases) although as always there are exceptions. There are people who are sensitive enough that they feel an upcoming Pluto transit at 12 or 13 degrees away, while others will be almost in exact aspect and tell you they don’t feel much going on. EA uses orbs that are wider than many traditional astrologies do. For example, there are four types of squares (crescent, first quarter, disseminating, and last quarter). The meaning of each of those types of square is quite different. Thus it’s necessary to understand the archetypes of the phases to truly be able to interpret the meaning of a square.
When you are dealing with a sensitive tuned-in aware Soul, these energies can start affecting that Soul even outside of those guidelines – feeling a Pluto transit with a 12 degree orb, for example. It’s an individual, case by case scenario. So some people would feel and be affected by sesquiquadrate at 3 degrees, others at 4, others at 5. None of those numbers are cast in stone and the only true answer. They were given as guidelines. The context around those numbers in the message board transcript was Jeffrey saying each astrologer had to determine for themselves what those orbs were, for them. And newer people saying they didn’t have the experience to determine those yet. So Jeffrey posted those lists, of what he used, as guidelines, not as literal truth. Every case is unique. Another, for example, might not really be affected by a Pluto square until an 8 degree orb had been reached. (Steve)
Also:Motion of Planetary Nodes
There is a natural progressive cycle to the Planetary Nodes, meaning forwards through the zodiac. Yet they can also go in retrograde motion at different parts of the year, in the overall cycle of each Planetary Node. But the mean motion is forwards, not retrograde as in the Moon’s Nodes. You can even have a situation, due to the irregular planetary motion of the planets where, for example, the South Node of Mars can be retrograde, yet its North Node is not. One needs to look into the tables for the Planetary Nodes in Solar Fire, for example, to see all this. There is a progressive movement of the Planetary Nodes through the zodiac at their mean motions. Of course they can go retrograde at times, yet the mean motion is progressive or forwards. The planetary motions are not constant whereas the motion of the Moon relative to Earth is. Thus when the various planets move above or below the elliptic of the Earth the Nodes that this then correlates to are not constant: they are irregular. (Rad)
Your graphic is marvelous!!
Hope this helps,