02 August 2016

Mars Jupiter Aspects ♂♃

Aspects between Mars and Jupiter bring lots of energy and enthusiasm. These people are very driven to the point of being hyperactive. They are very motivated, energetic, and enthusiastic.
They do not shy away from confrontation. Actually, they can come on more strongly than they intended. They may surprise themselves, because they can be so aggressive, direct, and proactive.
Their energy levels are off the charts and they believe in whatever they are doing so they openly promote themselves and can be rather pushy.
They don't quite know what's enough and when to stop.
These people may also overextend themselves and end up depleting all their energy at once.

Mars-Jupiter is really good at motivating others or inspiring them to take action.
Since Jupiter is the guru and Mars is the warrior, this combination is kind of like the Nike slogan "Just do it."
Taking inspired actions and acting on your beliefs or believing in what you do is the biggest strength of this aspect. Because they have so much faith in themselves, what they do often turns out well and inspires others.
These are the people you will find fighting for justice and defending morals, too.

Sailor Jupiter

With their faith in winning and expectation of victory comes great risk-taking, too.
The Mars-Jupiter person can be somewhat of a gambler, and often successfully so.
Being daring often leads to them becoming lucky (unless Jupiter is somehow debilitated in the chart).
They will spontaneously say yes to new opportunities or create them themselves.
Because of their optimism, they never stop standing up after falling down - they never lose their good spirits or give up on something they want to achieve.

"What is defeat? Nothing but education; Nothing but the first step to something better." 
Bruce Lee (Mars opposite Jupiter)

Being unable to accept defeat can, however, also be a weak point of this aspect.
The Mars-Jupiter individual is a really bad loser, simply because they won't even accept being a loser.
They will just try again until they win and unless they do, it was just "practice" or somehow "unfair".
There is an exaggerated need to prove one's potency and masculinity. Even the women with this placement will be really competitive and have a need to show their strength.
They're very reactive to dares and hate to be seen as cowards so they tend to push themselves towards being overly reckless and brave.

Since Mars also has to do with irritability, people with this aspect also typically have an abundance of pet peeves - it's really easy to agitate them and for them to get annoyed or lose their patience.
Since their battles are fought in the realm of beliefs and worldviews, they will often attack other people's beliefs or feel attacked once people express differing worldviews.
Because they connect personal belief systems with fights and confrontations, they may either avoid the topic or actively seek out the discussions - usually depending on whether the chart is more pronounced on positive or negative signs.
Either way, they'll usually be quite self-righteous and will defend their own beliefs, not wanting to reconsider them or admit that the other person has a valid point.

Remember: You can do anything. If you believe.

01 August 2016

★ How to find the strongest aspect in your Birth Chart / Natal Chart ★

Aspects were one of the last things I studied when I got into astrology. It probably took me almost two years to really start considering them. They seemed complicated and rather insignificant then.
However, the planets are the protagonists of the chart so their relationships to each other are crucial.
Plus, aspects are so important because, even though the zodiac signs may change when you use different zodiacs (tropical or sidereal) and the houses may change when you use different house systems (placidus, koch, equal... there's a lot!) the spaces between the planets and thus the aspects stay the same.
That is why aspects are the most reliable part in chart interpretations!

Finding the strongest aspect of a person can tell you a lot about them and their main way of interpreting the world and reacting to it.
If you don't know what exactly aspects are and how to find them in your chart, read my blogpost about aspects first! :-)

Rules for aspect strength  

1. The tighter the orb the stronger the aspect
2. Aspects involving at least one personal planet (sun, moon, mercury, venus, mars) or the ascendant are strongest in an individual
3. The hard aspects (conjunction, opposition, square) are stronger than the soft aspects (sextile, trine)
4. The applying aspects are stronger than the separating aspects (more about this later!)
5. Aspects of two generational planets (uranus, neptune, pluto) arent as relevant for the individual

Finding the tightest orb with astro.com 

First of all, you should look at which of your aspects are closest to being exact.
There's a calculator on astro.com that helps you do that;

Once you have your Pullen aspect grid, you will see little numbers under the aspect symbols. Those are the orbs.
The smaller the number, the closer the aspect is to being exact, and the stronger it will be!

In an example chart I used, I would consider the conjunction between the Sun and Saturn as the strongest aspect.

Although there is an aspect between Mercury and Uranus that has a smaller orb, that one is a sextile and the hard aspects are usually stronger than the soft ones.

You can also see that there's either a + or - in front of the orbs.
Those are the applying (+) and separating (-) aspects.
The applying aspect are those that are getting closer to being exact and the separating ones are those that were exact and are now moving away from exactitude.
As stated before, the applying ones are usually stronger! (if the orbs are roughly the same degrees)

Finding the tightest orb with the Aura Astrology app 

I really love the Aura Astrology app and I've mentioned it a few times on tumblr.
It's only available for android, though, I believe.

This app also allows you to find your aspects and their respective orbs.
Go to Initial Data and then choose Make new chart.
Once you have your natal chart, go back to the main menu, then to Tables and choose Aspects.

What is nice about the aspect grid on this app is that the tighter the orb of the aspect is, the bigger the symbol of the aspect.
This makes the whole thing a lot less confusing, especially for beginners.
Although this does help you see your strongest aspects at a glance, it does not show whether the aspects are applying or separating.

Once you know which of your aspects have the smallest orbs, try using the rules above to find your strongest aspect. Often, there is not one single aspect that stands out.
Finding three or so of the strongest aspect can already help you narrow down all the different factors in your chart a lot.
And once you read about each of the aspects, you will probably know which one dominates your personality and life.
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