Aspects are angles made by planets, with respect to the centre of the Earth. They are measured along the ecliptic (path of the Sun through the zodiac). For example, an ‘opposition’ aspect is 180° degrees while a ‘square’ aspect is 90°.
According to the late John Addey, 2 prime-number aspects often ignored by astrologers had an especial connection with the idea of ‘creativity’. Deriving from the numbers 5 and 7, they are the Quintile and Septile aspects. The quintile was invented (or discovered) by Kepler, while the Septile has only been used in fairly modern times..
John Addey also proposed how the orbs of these small or ‘minor’ aspects should be determined: they should have orbs of 12/n° where n is the ‘harmonic number’. For Quintiles the number is 5, as gives an orb of ±2°.20′. Likewise the family of Septiles are here shown, with a 12/7 orb as comes to ±1°43′. One would expect just over 2 Quintiles per chart, and likewise for the Septiles.
Note: The Quintile interpretations apply especially to the Quintile (72°) and BiQuintile (144°). They also apply to the weaker Decile (36°) and TriDecile (108°). They should be taken into account along with a weak version of the interpretation of the Square when considering the meaning of the Vigintile (18°), TriVigintile (54°), SeptVigintile (126°) and NovVigintile (162°). They should be taken into account along with a weak version of the interpretation of the Trine when considering the meaning of the QuintiTrine (24°), BiquintiTrine (48°), QuadquintiTrine (96°) and SeptquintiTrine (168°).
The Septile interpretations apply especially to the Septile (51.4°), BiSeptile (102.9°) and TriSeptile (154.3°). They also apply to the weaker SemiSeptile (25.7°) and TrisemiSeptile (128.6°).
The Novile interpretations apply especially to the Novile (40°), BiNovile (80°) and QuadriNovile (160°) aspects.
The SemiSquare interpretations apply especially to SemiSquares ((45°) and SesquiSquares (135°). They also apply to the somewhat weaker SquiSquares (22.5°), TrisquiSquares (67.5°), QuinsquiSquares (112.5°) and Septsquisquares (157.5°). It is worth noting that SemiSquares themselves are by and large not too dissimilar from weaker Squares, being derived from the same prime number circle division combination (multiple factors of ‘2’), so consider also the interpretations of Square aspects between the planets concerned in all these cases.
Natal Quintile/BiQuintile Aspects
Sun Quintile Moon
Living one’s life in an orderly, patterned way; preoccupied with style, and with self-image; seemingly stylized and artificial behaviour; a creature of habit.
Sun Quintitrine Mercury
Thinking about oneself and one’s environment in orderly, patterned ways; building elaborate thought structures around oneself; communicating about self and opinions in terms of these structures.
Sun Decile/Quintitrine Venus
Developing styles of behaviour which will attract other people and make one feel comfortable in their presence; tending (if one cannot find a style of behaviour to fit the occasion) to become withdrawn and taciturn.
Sun Quintile Mars
Developing a style of forceful action through which one can express one’s personality; being a ‘stylist’ in everything that one does.
Sun Quintile Jupiter
Finding a style of behaviour within which one can develop one’s own freedom and growth; projecting a stylized image of oneself as a free, uncluttered ‘larger than life’ personality. A common aspect among actors.
Sun Quintile Saturn
Developing self-restricting styles of behaviour, which help one to come to terms with one’s limitations and one’s destiny; projecting an image of oneself as a controlled and down-to-earth person.
Sun Quintile Uranus
Developing precise, sharp, clearly-defined styles of behaviour which emphasize one’s difference from other people; rejecting ‘fuzziness’ and ambiguity.
Sun Quintile Neptune
Developing styles of behaviour which emphasize one’s sensitivity, caringness, concern for humanity and lack of concern for self.
Sun Quintile Pluto
Developing self-punishing styles of behaviour; working relentlessly; denying expression of the more carefree sides of one’s personality.
Sun Quintile Ascendant/Descendant
The person needs to display himself – his true nature – to the world through his style, and so this will decrease his ability to develop styles and mannerisms whose purpose is to deceive or to hide the self.
Sun Quintile Midheaven/Nadir
May decrease the desire to develop styles and mannerisms whose purpose is to deceive or to hide the self.
Moon Quintile Mercury
Adopting a style of intelligent perceptiveness and of articulate communication of feelings; creating a rational structure of thought for understanding the world; seems to be connected with wit, humour and especially with satire.
Moon Quintile Venus
Responding to beauty of form and structure; adopting a graceful, sensitive and attractive style
Moon Quintile Mars
Adopting a style of quick, dynamic and forceful response to events, and of open, direct and powerful communication; may be connected with knock-about humour.
Moon Quintile Jupiter
Adopting a style which involves strict control of feelings; instinctive over-acting and self-dramatization.
Moon Quintile Saturn
Adopting a style which involves strict control of feelings; adopting a ‘hard’ attitude to the world, with deliberate lack of sensitivity; dry humour; building defensive structures against the environment.
Moon Quintile Uranus
Adopting a style of vivid and electrifying response to events, with assertion of one’s originality; very conducive to the development of new, dynamic and sometimes ‘shocking’ styles in art, music, literature, acting or politics.
Moon Quintile Neptune
Adopting a style of response which emphasizes universal values rather than individual differences; seeing the world in terms of idealistic systems, structures and codes
Moon Quintile Pluto
Adopting a hard, ruthless, self-punishing style of behaviour in response to events. In some cases the person seems to be bent on self-destruction (physical or mental) through his behaviour; in other cases there is a facade of hardness and ruthlessness.
Moon Quintile Ascendant/Descendant
Responsiveness (acting as a mirror to the world)
Mercury Quintile Venus
Adopting a stylized charm; finding stylized ways of communicating wittily; charmingly and persuasively, and of communicating the feminine side of one’s nature; building beautiful thought-structures or rational theories of beauty.
Mercury Quintile Mars
Adopting a forceful, dynamic, rugged, aggressive style of communication; masculine patterns of thought; having positive thought systems that determine one’s actions.
Mercury Quintile Jupiter
Adopting an open style of communication, with a tendency towards free association and lateral thinking; having thought-systems that centre around ideas of freedom and growth; finding stylized ways of communicating one’s impressiveness and one’s freedom from restraint; talent as an educator.
Mercury Quintile Saturn
Adopting a style of controlled and disciplined thought and communication; having thought systems that centre around practical reality and the absence of illusion; finding stylized ways of communicating one’s earthiness and practicality; can lead to great articulateness; can also provide the mental discipline which leads to success in various creative fields.
Mercury Quintile Uranus
Adopting a precise and individualistic style of thought and communication; having thought systems that emphasize one’s originality and separateness from other people; communicating in a ‘clipped’ and precise fashion (with a tendency to taciturnity, since there may be an obsessive desire to avoid cliches or accepted patterns of thought).
Mercury Quintile Neptune
Adopting a sympathetic and caring style of thought and communication.; having thought systems that emphasize one’s common humanity and de-emphasize one’s individuality; conducive to the creation of poetry and imaginative fiction.
Mercury Quintile Pluto
Adopting a self-denying style of thought and communication, often with a self-deprecatory style of humour; having thought systems that emphasize the insignificance of the individual and the need for self-castigation and for relentless mental routines.
Mercury Quintile Ascendant/Descendant
Intellectuallism, theory-making, talkativeness, communicative skills
Venus Quintile Mars
Adopting a style which combines masculine force with feminine persuasiveness, or masculine strength and vigour with feminine grace and beauty; a very seductive aspect.
Venus Quintile Jupiter
Finding stylized ways of expressing a love of freedom; having value systems that centre around the love of freedom and growth; above to attract others by one’s openness and generosity; a love of free and unrestrained forms in art.
Venus Quintile Saturn
Finding stylized ways of expressing a love of duty; having value systems that centre around discipline, control and restraint; able to attract others by one’s earthiness and devotion to duty; a love of restrained and disciplined forms of art.
Venus Quintile Uranus
Finding stylized ways of expressing a love of clarity and originality; having value systems that centre around innovation and adventure; having a vivacious charm, able to attract others by one’s sharply-defined individuality; loving original, exciting and sharply-defined forms of art.
Venus Quintile Neptune
Finding stylized ways of expressing a universal love of humanity or sympathy for the human condition; having value systems that centre around the submergence of individuality in the greater good; developing an elusive charm, able to attract others by one’s air of caringness and sensitivity; a love of flowing forms of art, with no sharp boundaries or vivid effects.
Venus Quintile Pluto
Finding stylized ways of expressing a love of dedication and single-mindedness; having value systems that emphasize the single-minded pursuit of goal; able to attract others by one’s dedication and ruthlessness in pushing one’s abilities to the limit; loving consistent and uncompromising forms of art.
Venus Quintile Ascendant/Descendant
Stylized attractiveness; habitual judging and valuing
Mars Quintile Jupiter
Finding stylized ways of expressing a love of freedom in action; developing skill in activities which involve a display of physical impressiveness; daring and independence; in art, preferring grand and uninhibited gestures and free expression.
Mars Quintile Saturn
Finding stylized ways of expressing a love of controlled and disciplined action; developing skill in activities which involve the channelling of physical effort and the determined application of a set of rules. (a common aspect among astrologers)
Mars Quintile Uranus
Finding stylized ways of expressing a love of vivid and electrifying actions; developing skill in activities which call for a completely individualistic approach, and for the display of sheer physical energy.
Mars Quintile Neptune
Finding stylized ways of expressing a love of idealistic and sympathetic action; developing skill in activities which involve subordinating one’s individuality to a common cause.
Mars Quintile Pluto
Finding stylized ways of expressing a love of ruthless determination in action; developing skill in activities which require total dedication and relentless self-punishment in order to achieve success.
Mars Quintile Ascendant/Descendant
Stylized force and aggression; stylized ways of releasing energy.
Jupiter Quintile Saturn
Having a style which combines expansiveness with restraint; able to move expansively towards controlled expression, or in a controlled way towards expansive expression.
Jupiter Quintile Uranus
Having a style which combines expansiveness and ‘free form’ with sharpness, clarity and originality.
Jupiter Quintile Neptune
Having a style which combines expansiveness with sympathy and caringness; able to express universal significance in an expansive way.
Jupiter Quintile Pluto
Having a style which combines expansiveness with ruthlessness.
Jupiter Quintile Ascendant/Descendant
Behaviours involving risk-taking; grand and impressive gestures; exhibitionism; absence of inhibition
Saturn Quintile Uranus
Having a style which combines sharpness, clarity and originality with control and restraint; able to express one’s uniqueness in a restrained or down-to-earth way.
Saturn Quintile Neptune
Having a style which combines control, restraint and earthiness with sympathy and caringness; able to present oneself as a selfless person who gives priority to the needs of others.
Saturn Quintile Pluto
Having a style which combines control, restraint and earthiness with ruthlessness and single-minded consistency; ruthlessly developing a disciplined style of behaviour.
Saturn Quintile Ascendant/Descendant
Behaviours involving restraint, self-control, down-to-earth practicality, habitual and self-imposed inhibitions.
Uranus Quintile Neptune
Having a style which combines clarity and originality with outgoingness and caringness; a style which conveys the message ‘I am in my separate individuality but i am willing to meet you in yours’, or alternatively a style whose purpose is to invest one’s individuality with universal significance.
Uranus Quintile Pluto
Having a style which combines clarity and originality with ruthless consistency; ruthlessly developing an original style of behaviour.
Uranus Quintile Ascendant/Descendant
Will tend to adopt stylized patterns to behaviour which display on the surface the Uranian characteristics such as clarity, precision, eccentricity and emphasis of one’s own uniqueness and originality.
Neptune Quintile Pluto
Having a style which combines ruthless consistency with a concern for the needs of others, and a concern for universal truth and mystical significance.
Neptune Quintile Ascendant/Descendant
Behaviours involving closeness to other, sympathetic gestures, submergence of one’s individuality
Pluto Quintile Ascendant/Descendant
Behaviours involving ruthless dedication to a task
Sun Septile Moon
Having a romantic vision of oneself and the world; seeming to others to be a romantic and inspiring person; impulsive, unpredictable; having a sense of one’s mission to inspire others.