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Understanding the Aspects – II

By Bob Makransky

Individual aspects represent particular responses to particular stimuli. Consider, for example, the case when one (or both) planets involved in an aspect are posited in the first house, so part of the meaning of the aspect involves how the natives come on to people; their characteristic behavior upon meeting someone new (if the 7th house were involved part of the meaning would be what the natives seek in partnership – i.e. it would describe the partner; if the 2nd house, how they deal with money issues and where they get it from; etc.).  People with Venus-Jupiter aspects (for example) react upon meeting new people in an accepting, nonjudgmental, eager-to-please-and-to-learn-from-this-person mode; whereas people with Mars-Saturn aspects will tend to react to meeting new people in a guarded, suspicious, defensive, who-is-this-guy-and-what-does-he-want-from-me fashion.  Venus-Jupiter aspects tend to bring opportunities into the life – particularly with regard to the affairs of the houses which they occupy; and Mars-Saturn aspects tend to bring frustration and obstacles.

Let’s see how the aspects operate in two very different planetary combinations: a highly favorable one (Venus-Jupiter) and a highly unfavorable one (Mars-Saturn).

Venus-Jupiter indicates an open, expectant, eager outlook which tends to bring felicitous circumstances.  Venus-Jupiter aspects reveal natives’ optimistic adaptation to their social milieu, particularly the need to be heard and appreciated.  Venus-Jupiter aspects make for popularity:  these natives possess pleasant personalities and are good listeners and congenial companions.  They have a touch of gallows humor, as if to acknowledge the fact that we’re all in the same leaky boat.  They are blithe and hopeful, but a trifle cool and standoffish.  These natives assume an avuncular, hale-fellow-well-met role in their social milieu, so they are sought out as trusted confidants, advisors, and adjudicators.

Venus conjunct Jupiter makes for a low-key manner and the ability to take things in stride.  These natives are poised, relaxed, and unhurried; with a positive attitude and a practical sense of proportion.  Gregarious, convivial, and companionable, they don’t let things get to them but have a facility for focusing on the present moment rather than resenting the past or worrying about the future.  They are judicious, considered, and sober-minded rather than effusive: theirs is the voice of calm reason in their social circle, and their democratic bonhomie invites the confidence and confidences of others. They possess a sense of fitness and rightful belonging in any milieu: they easily assume their place with dignity and aplomb (and are generally accepted on their own terms).  Their lofty pride can at times verge on haughtiness and condescension; and they refuse to bother themselves much with anything which is not in line with their own personal aims and concerns.  Their calm, unruffled nonchalance gives people assurance in the midst of hard times.

Venus opposition Jupiter natives possess an aloof, imperturbable manner which remains unfazed and unaffected even in the face of turmoil and confusion (especially in the face of turmoil and confusion – the opposition tends to attract more opposition than does the conjunction).  They don’t break a sweat but remain in possession of themselves under all circumstances.  They are less self-contained than the conjunctions: they may cultivate some specialty (of which they are the undisputed masters) which attracts the admiration and plaudits of those in their circle; and they show their stuff with unabashed alacrity and glee.  They are intellectually curious and experimentative, and are always on the lookout for new adventures and acquaintances to demonstrate their skill and augment their repertoire.  On the negative side, their irreverently droll cynicism and patronizing smugness can be overdone at times, and are especially unappreciated when push really comes to shove and something more earnest than above-it-all chintziness is called for.  But their spry resiliency and ability to keep their cool under pressure are a rock for the people who depend on them.

Venus trine Jupiter natives are thoughtful, considerate, and kindly.  Their gentle, genteel, and inviting manner accepts people for who they are; they withhold judgment and are willing to give others the benefit of the doubt.  These natives are soft-spoken and self-effacing: they rely on their own upstanding conduct and probity rather than reason or argument to influence and convince others.  They have high moral standards which guide their actions; and they always listen to their conscience and do what they know is right even when this is to their personal disadvantage.  Unlike the flashy Venus-Jupiter opposition and the glib sextile types who love the spotlight and applause, the trine natives prefer to stay in the background and watch the proceedings passively and disinterestedly.  On the negative side they can be hesitant and vacillating when taking a stand is called for: they are slow to react because they take other people’s feelings and sensibilities into account before making a decision; but they are quite firm in their convictions once they have made up their minds.

Venus square Jupiter is socially awkward and self-conscious.  They have few or no close friends because their outreach often misses the mark – either because they are too timid or else too blatant.  Usually Venus-Jupiter squares are soft-spoken and hesitant; but there’s another type which is pushy, strident, and jarring (which can depend upon the signs – e.g. Venus in Aries with Jupiter in Capricorn).  In any case, they are discomfited in a social setting and are at pains to win acceptance.   There is something plaintive and a bit pathetic about them – they mean well, but find it difficult to just be themselves since they feel as though all eyes are on them.  A sense of misunderstanding or lack of appreciation (perhaps originating in their relationship with their parents) creates an incumbency to try hard to fit in – too hard.  Nor do they know how to stand up for themselves – they either back down in an effort to please (or at least not make waves); or else they go overboard with righteous indignation.  Naturally they take rejection very much to heart; and they close up into themselves and sulk at the slightest provocation.  On their positive side they are – like the other Venus-Jupiter types – cordial and attentive to other people’s feelings.

Venus sextile Jupiter natives are cool-headed, efficient, and breezy (on the negative side, trifling).  They have a mischievous twinkle in their eyes and a pixiesque sense of humor which makes them adept at wheedling and charming people to get their own way.  Their saucy, playful manner wins people over; and their irreverent humor and pert camaraderie makes even humdrum routines exciting and fun.  They possess a plainspoken simplicity of manner and childlike ingenuousness which disarms people, and enables them to fit into any social circle by just being themselves.  They possess an abundance of energy and are usually buzzing about pursuing some project or other of the moment; and their contagious enthusiasm enlists willing accomplices and collaborators to implement their plans and schemes.   At times they may lack staying power and the discipline needed to persevere in the face of obstacles and disappointments: they just shrug their shoulders indifferently and turn their attention to something more captivating.

Venus parallel / contraparallel Jupiter natives are spunky, plucky, and doughty.  The Venus-Jupiter aspects have a sense of aristocratic superiority, unaffected by the hurly-burly of the hoi polloi.  They are basically jovial people; but they also have a hard edge of stubbornness and prejudice in their mindset, turning a deaf ear to anything they really don’t care to hear.  The parallels are as genial and unconcerned as the aspects, but they are more down-to-earth, less pretentious.  They have a deeper insight into themselves than the aspects do, and are more comfortable within themselves.  Where the aspects strive for some form of acceptance from others, the parallels are accepting and appreciative of others.  They are truly interested in people – in learning from them (rather than impressing them) – and their manner is welcoming rather than lofty.  They are not so much fearless as indifferent to fear.  They are animated by a great intellectual curiosity, the desire to learn and to know everything they can about life, other people, and themselves.  They are more poised than the exuberant aspects: their irrepressible good humor is the product of an inner delight rather than a calculated pose.

The difference between Venus parallel and contraparallel Jupiter is that the former is more outgoing and demonstrative (especially if Venus is also conjunct Jupiter); these people have great personal flair and like to guide and advise other people.  On the other hand, the contraparallel is more reserved, analytical, and knowing (especially if also opposition); these natives hold back and observe what is happening with disinterested aplomb.

Continue to Understanding the Aspects – III

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