Square Aspect Astrology is crucial in love match astrology and what are called compatibility horoscopes or synastry charts. This is especially true when “squares” fall in love. Square aspect astrology is also of major importance when casting business and financial charts. In fact, a square aspect in almost any chart is of primary concern.
A Square forms a right triangle, and in sacred geometry, right triangles operate on the level of what the Greeks called “nous” which is the realm of the spirit and of the higher self and higher guidance. Squares also operate on the mental/emotional level (what the Greeks called the “soul” level) and therefore can be quite challenging and stressful configurations. The key to working with astrology squares is to learn how to tap into the higher levels of guidance and to discover different and more supportive ways of releasing the stress and pressure through taking action with the apex planet.
Squares are one of the major aspects of astrology that occur when the Sun, moons, planets, and other bodies in our solar system are at right angles (90 degrees). In astrology, squares always indicate tension, motivation, and action, and they are perceived as uncomfortable influences. The tension develops over time, and once it reaches a certain point, we take action to reduce some of the pressure. Squares, and particularly very tight orbed squares, can be hard aspects to ignore. Squares are initiative aspects placing the apex planet under considerable pressure to act and react when the T-square is triggered.
Square angles indicate action that be can be either constructive or destructive, but because squares are a 4th harmonic aspect and related to the world of form and structure, they usually require some sort of physical, external expression. Squares, particularly very tight squares, are very difficult aspects to ignore. The apex planet, receiving two simultaneous squares, is under the greatest pressure. Squares are an aspect of irritation and annoyance.
A Grand Cross (also called a Grand Square) involves four signs, four planets, four houses, and four areas of life that are connected together. Not only are there four squares in the Grand Cross, there are also two oppositions. Essentially, a Grand Cross consists of four planets in the same mode or quality (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable), which form the four squares and two oppositions.
Because the Grand Cross involves a combination of squares and oppositions, it is an aspect pattern that affects action and drive (squares) as well as perspective and balance with others (oppositions). Depending on our actions/reactions, squares can be both constructive and destructive. When the opposing influences are balanced, then they are wielding the same amount of force on the planets that are connected by the square aspects and create a solid foundation. With too much attention being directed to one influence over the other, the structure can not hold up, and the squares (frustration) take center stage.
The T-Square consists of three planets in the same modes (qualities) that include two squares and one opposition. A T-Square is similar to a Grand Cross, but is missing a 4th planet. Because of this, the T-Square functions differently than the Grand Cross. The T-Square is less stable. All of the pressure is placed on the planet that receives the two squares, the apex planet. On the other hand, T-Squares have a built-in focus planet, which the Grand Cross lacks. The apex planet of a T-Square is the focal point. This is the planet that provides motivation, drive and is also the most critical placement of the T-square.
When examining the energy influence of the T Square we look at these factors: what is the mode of the T Square. This element usually illuminates the kind of action that the T-Square will tend to generate. The Cardinal T-Square is concerned with the question of identity. Again we examine the focal planet in a Fixed T-Square. So we would look to the opposite planet of the focal planet to focus on stability for this t-square. With a Mutable T-Square the challenge is focus and coherence on the transformation mutable signs seek. In this t-square, the focal planet often is the energy that is scattered the most largely because it doesn’t handle stress well. The practice of escapism is a characteristic of the energy of this t-square. The knowledge of the sign and house of the empty leg of the chair shows us where the much needed balance and guidance for that T-Square. The “empty leg” of the T-Square is where this anchor is found. You can see how this looks on the Grand Cross example when we add the planet Chiron to the T Square to form the Grand Cross.
Where the planetary ruler is positioned in the natal chart also clues us in on the energy of the t-square, particularly if it is part of the configuration. Examine closely any aspects from the ruler to the t-square. Does the ruler assist the T-square resolution or does it work with the tension of the t-square. Does the t-square consist of the personal planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars), luminaries (Sun and Moon), or social planets (Jupiter and Saturn) or transpersonal (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto). If the t-square is of the personal planets, the t-square energy has been and gone. It is safe to say this individual will most likely understand the energy of the resolution of this t-square later in life so this is not as passing as the personal planets. Do any other aspect configuration intersect with the points of the T Square. The point is you can not just look at the t-square in a vacuum.
See a story unfold with the energy of the T-Square as it interacts with the other planets within the chart. Check the degrees of the 1st and 4th houses and see if there are planets forming the t-square. When considering a T-Square, pay close attention to the element of the sign that the Apex planet occupies. This will help describe the kind of action that the T-Square will tend to generate (Fire = physical, tangible, identity-oriented – Earth = material, practical – Air = mental, social – Water = emotional, spiritual). There’s a lot of anticipation (fear, dread, excitement, etc) about this year’s cardinal t-square and grand cross. The “keys” to effectively handling the Cardinal T-Square challenges involve each of the big cosmic players – Pluto, Saturn and Uranus.
A Grand Cross consists of four planets in the same modality (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable), which form four squares and two pairs of oppositions. Because the Grand Cross is composed of Squares and Oppositions, it is an aspect pattern that is concerned with both action (Squares) and perspective and balance (Oppositions). When the Opposing planets are balanced, then they are exerting the same amount of pressure on the planets that they Square, creating a solid foundation. When the Oppositions are out of balance, however, the structure can not hold, and the Squares take center stage again.
The T-Square consists of three planets in the same modality, and includes two squares and one opposition. A T-Square is simply a Grand Cross with a missing planet. A T-Square functions quite differently than a Grand Cross, however. Instead of forming a potentially stable structure, a T-Square is far less stable. All of the pressure is placed on the planet that receives the two squares, the apex planet. T-Squares then have a built-in focus that the Grand Cross lacks, and they can often become extremely productive and a key motivating force for an individual. The apex planet of a T-Square is the key. Some astrologers consider this point (the point opposite the apex planet) to be the “release point” of the T-Square. A T-Square is about moving forward, taking action with the apex planet, not about diffusing or redirecting that action. When a planet transits this point, creating a temporary Grand Cross, it often indicates an opportunity to unleash the power and energy of the T-Square in a very focused and directed manner because the transiting planet provides the awareness of balance for the Apex planet, and at the same time triggers the two squares.
As with the Cardinal Cross, the Cardinal T-Square is concerned with the question of identity. And also as with the Cardinal Cross, impulsiveness is a very prominent concern with a Cardinal T-Square. The Cardinal T-Square is by far the most active of the T-Squares, but it is not necessarily the most productive.
An awareness of the empty leg and house can provide some much needed balance and guidance for a Cardinal T-Square. The Apex planet in a Fixed T-Square, being under the greatest pressure, will also tend to be the planet and area of life in which the individual is the least flexible and has the most resistance to change. With a Fixed T-Square, however, this cease-fire between the Opposing planets may seem only to exist because each planet has decided to confront the apex planet as a common enemy. Ultimately, the Apex planet of a Fixed T-Square will need to take action, and to change something that Fixed signs are perfectly happy to do so long as they feel that the action or the change was their idea and not something that is prompted by any outside influence. The lesson of the Fixed T-Square is one of flexibility, particularly with respect to the planet, sign and house that makes up the Apex of the T-Square.
With a Mutable T-Square, as with a Mutable Grand Cross, the challenge is focus and coherence. The Apex planet in a Mutable T-Square is the one that will tend to scatter the most, because this is the planet that is under the most pressure. Working with the opposing point, and maintaining an awareness of the energy and lessons of the opposing sign is particularly important with a Mutable T-Square because this can provide a sense of focus and direction for the Apex planet. Uranus opposes Saturn during this time and Pluto squares it. What not as many people know is that the stress from clashes between outer planets often manifests when there’s a considerable distance between the outer planets, often around 8-10 degrees from a square or opposition. Cancer is the release point of the cardinal T-square, the point at which a person can find some relief from the “storm” of planets in his head. Therefore, having Saturn, Uranus and Pluto transit your Sun (or other planet or point) all at the same time, during this cardinal t-square is a once in a lifetime event.
During the Great Depression Jupiter was in square aspect to Pluto, an aspect which suggests great tension. While a square aspect and an opposition aspect are different, what they both have in common is that they indicate tension and difficulty. Saturn /Pluto conjunctions, squares and oppositions have often been associated with either war or economic depression.
In July we have Uranus retrograde on the 6th, a Solar eclipse on the 12th, Saturn’s ingress into Libra on the 22nd, Jupiter’s retrograde station on the 23rd, Jupiter square Pluto on the 25th and Saturn opposite Uranus on the 27th. Some of the outer planets square and oppose each other again in the next couple of years, but not all at once as they are doing now.
In astrology, any kind of a T-square creates tension between two lights and/or planets to such an extent that neither planet can be “expressed” comfortably. The T square will involve Uranus and sometimes Jupiter in Aries, opposite Saturn in Libra. For some people, a simultaneous cardinal T-square and a Saturn-Uranus opposition could be a perfect opportunity to just take a step back and go do something else, but for others, it might feel like there’s absolutely nowhere to step, so all you can do is dwell.
When 3 planets square each other, they form a triangle called a T-Square. In a T-Square, there is one planet that squares 2 other planets that oppose each other. If you envision a planet at 0 degrees Aries with a planet square it from 0 Capricorn and another at 0 Cancer, this is a T-Square. If there is also a 4th planet in square with the others, for example a planet at 0 degrees Libra, this creates a Grand Square pattern. A T-Square is a challenging aspect that signifies a struggle that intensifies and eventually leads to a resolution. While T-Square configurations are common, they signify an inherent challenge that forces growth or change that can lead to success in life.
The focal planet, or planet that squares the opposing planets, is the key to the T-Square and shows where tension is most likely to show up. Conflict resolution may be aided by the missing or empty part of the Square (opposing the focal planet).
Due to the coming Cardinal Uranus, Saturn, and Pluto T-Square, astrologers worldwide are talking about its possible effects – everything from the economy to climate change, and of course your personal life could mirror what is going on out there. Bear in mind that the “hard” aspects (squares and oppositions) do not always forebode great difficulties, nor are the “soft” aspects (sextiles and trines) always favorable.
The t-squares start off with fewer planets and less cardinal energy involved, but as we move through late July and early August, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are all active in the t-squares and all in cardinal signs. This may be even more challenging than the others, as the square between Saturn and Pluto is exact. The set-square configurations whack directly into the natal charts of about 2 billion people. In personal charts, the cardinal signs of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries will be effected by this square, especially those born in the very early degrees of these signs. The focus of the event is on a difficult triangle of astrological influences called a cardinal t-square that Pluto, Saturn, and Uranus are forming in the sky for many months this year and next.
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