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THE MINOR ASPECTS - THE SESQUIQUADRATE

We are continuing our look at the minor aspects in Astrology. The Sesquiquadrate is an 135 degrees aspect and it has an orb of influence of no more than 2 degrees. The tighter the aspect to being direct the more powerful the influence. This is considered a minor aspect and is said to have similar qualities to the square and the semi-square. There is a confusing quality, however, to the Sesquiquadrate.


This minor aspect is said to carry the qualities of Uranus. Its energies stimulate the desire to break free and to be a non-conformist. This aspect also carries the qualities of Saturn as it stimulates the need for structure, definition and discipline. Put these two energies together and it is no wonder that the Sesquiquadrate is a little vague. It is similar to someone fighting between the qualities of an adult and of a child, molded into one. One part of this individual wants to rebel against the structure and discipline yet another part of their personality wants and needs the structure and discipline. Because of these opposing behaviours, there is tension and unpleasant behaviours linked to the Sesquiquadrate.


It operates at its best when there is outside assistance from other planets linked to the planets involved. For instance, if there were a smooth flowing trine from Mercury to aid in finding a solution to the typical issues face by an adolescent. Saturn wants to contain the rebellious nature of Uranus, as there will be times when the choices made by Uranus’s rash behaviour can be a bit disturbing. Uranus wants to reform and challenge orthodox Saturn to build something new and let go of old outdated ways and thinking.


As you can see there will be quite a conflict of ideas and Saturn wants to win out because the tried and tested ways work better than Uranus’s ideas of bringing something new to the table. We are never certain which will win out, however. This is why we need assistance from another sources. Perhaps Neptune can add to the flavour of the combatants and add a mystical quality to the disarray of these concepts. Perhaps visualization and intuition hold the answer.


One thing is for certain, it will take some time to resolve the conflict and for the conditions to evolve. Taking into consideration the planetary energies involved and the house placements will help to understand what the problem might be and perhaps offer some solution to the dilemma. Many Astrologers continue to feel that the energies of the Sesquiquadrate are similar to the semi-square in that it is a minor irritant that would go unnoticed without other challenging conditions within the horoscope to emphasize the issue.


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