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When we are deciphering a natal chart we often come across oppositions. For those that are unfamiliar with what oppositions are in the natal chart, here is a quick definition:

An opposition involves a minimum of two planets which are found at opposite ends of the chart. The angle of separation is 180 degrees. We allow an orb of up to ten degrees of separation, so any two planets that are between 170-190 degrees apart from one another are defined as oppositions. The tighter the orb (closer to 180 degrees), the stronger the opposition in an Astrology chart. A direct opposition will be 180 degrees in separation and will be a very powerful agent in the horoscope.

When we have oppositions in the natal chart defined by house positions, we are torn in two separate directions. The houses define the areas of life involved in this aspect. There is a strong need to find a release valve between these two opposing forces. In many cases we will need to take into consideration the planets involved in the equation, as the energies of one planet can certainly overpower the energies of the other planet. However, these planets need to find expression and often one will dominate the other, but remember, they are opposing forces.

An example might be Saturn in the second house in opposition to Uranus in the eighth house. Saturn seeks security either from an internal standpoint through finding a concrete evaluation of self-reliance or through hard work and internal reliability and a willingness to look within for reassurance, or as the second house deals with financial security, through money and the security it can bring.

Uranus is quite opposite in its energies. While Saturn seeks structure and reliability, Uranus seeks freedom of expression and freedom to move in whatever direction it wishes, as well as new and innovated ways of integrating information into our lives. Saturn seeks out is tried and tested and Uranus pushes for change and learning from new adventures.

The eighth house deals with joint finances, the occult teachings, inner reflection and big business among other things. The energies of Uranus in this position might seek out ways of joining finances to find shared resolutions to any financial crisis, but in a larger sense wants to explore avenues of expression linked to the occult and spiritual understanding. It wants to open the door to these concepts.

In our example, Saturn seeks out ways to establish concrete financial security using slow meticulous methods, while Uranus wants to explore ways related to financial structures through joint finances that entail something new and exciting pushing in a new direction.

This example may also be saying that Saturn is looking to achieve internal security through planning, organizing and structuring life in such a way that it promotes security that lasts the long haul. Uranus on the other hand may seek out independence through becoming involved in the teachings of the occult and the practice of reaching beyond what is considered safe and known.

We are going to continue our look at house polarities and oppositions in our next astrology post on January 15, 2021.

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