Minor Aspects in the Natal Chart, by Transit, and by Progression

Observations in Progressions and Transits— as well as some natal considerations.

Note: These are my lecture notes from a lecture that I gave for the NCGR in 1996 in Florida.

SEMI-SEXTILE (30 degrees)

Reluctance, ambivalence, difficulty moving forward; not using the energies of the planets correctly as they have nothing is common. You are aware of the energies but you are unable to use them. This can be read as an inconjunct.

NOVILE (40 degrees)

A waiting in anticipation influence; you feel in a limbo state as you wait for a transition to occur. Frustration is experienced since you do not know that you are really in a waiting state. Some the next Progressed Moon aspect marks the period to move forward. You must wait for the events to unfold.

SEMI-SQUARE and SESQUIQUADRATE (45 and 135 degrees)

These operate like the inconjunct/150 degrees. I interpret then as problems with which you are not directly involved. Do not get pulled into another’s problems. Even in natal aspects, these aspects rule excessiveness so that it is easy to get pulled into a problem not your own – then it becomes bigger than it first appeared! It is not a square unless you get involved.

45° RESEARCH: Approaching an opposition, problems occur through getting involved into another’s critical complaints; Separation from an opposition could draw you into another’s interfering behavior.

135° RESEARCH: Approaching an Opposition, discriminating ability is not yet refined. They question and over-analyze to the point of missing the point; Separation from the Opposition cause their excessive desire to share to be annoying to others. Excessiveness results from their lack in skill in disseminating information.

SEPTILE (51+ degrees)

“Out of Left Field” solution to a problem. You need to trust that “something will just happen.” This aspect has an obsessive-compulsive quality to it – something just takes over you. It has occult implications as it is the 7th Harmonic aspect. Obsessive-Compulsive types often have this aspect strong natally, creating extremes of ups and downs. The Septile event is often such a surprise that the individual is unable to take advantage of the opportunity. Psychologists do find that obsessive personalities are often highly creative and inventive.

RESEARCH: My personal research has associated this aspect with bizarre events in the life such as Princess Diana and Roy Sullivan, struck by lightening 7 times and he finally committed suicide. This only occurs when there are many of these aspects. Roy has 7 in his natal chart. It is the Solar Arc Septile that often triggers these events. The Septile aspect natally works best with Quintiles.

In a research project that I initiated in the early 1990s, I found this aspect to have occurred in the charts of children who were put to death in concentration camps. In these situations, other minor aspects were prominent, showing events that are fated and beyond one’s control.

Septiles rule sudden, extraordinary events that come as a surprise. In practical affairs, its rules a surprise opportunity but it is usually such a surprise that you cannot take advantage of it

QUINTILE and BI-QUINTILE (72 & 144 degrees)

This is a highly creative aspect, even in a natal chart. Persuasiveness is a part of its influence. The Bi-Quintile is considered much more persuasive than the 72° Quintile. Its influence on an event is to bring a creative solution to a problem, a logical resolution rather than a Septile-Type solution. In problems, your personal ingenuity, creativity and influence can manipulate your way out. A student found that a negotiating deal was resolved when the Progressed Moon was Quintile Mercury. Minor aspects manifest near exactness.

In the natal chart, the planets involved in the Quintile aspect often describe personal talents and qualities for which we become known – Hitler had a Mars-Pluto Quintile; Marilyn Monroe had a Venus-Neptune Quintile.

It is said that Quintile Dominant personalities have a strong sense of mission but they must first define what they want in order to get it!


These aspects represent problems in which you are only peripherally involved. If you get involved, it will become an opposition, a conflict with another. A new situation requires too much adjustment but there is nothing that you can do about it. Do not travel or you will wait on circumstances, causing delays. New situations, such as creating a new computer system, require that you learn something new and adapt.

When prominent in the natal chart so that a YOD is formed, these people experience many fated events in their lives, events that seem beyond their control. These aspects imply a need for great personal transformation and these people are actually given many opportunities for a major metamorphosis. The 150 degree aspect involves planets, signs and issues that cannot be reconciled or compromised such as with the opposition. The person must totally change his/her attitude about the planets – to re-learn and re-program themselves.

With any inconjunct, the individual is programmed with this misinformation. The analogy that I use in my classes is that they have been taught that somehow a lamp and a stuffed rabbit have something in common. They spend their lives pulling the ear of the rabbit to get the lamp to turn on— but it never does! They must re-program themselves so that they use the lamp switch and not the rabbit ear!

The inconjunct is out of touch with the energy of the planets involved. This condition does not cause a direct conflict. It operates indirectly so that the individual is less inclined to see the importance of the problem. The conflict never seems so bad that the individual is forced to do something about the unfulfilled energies involved. Because it is an indirect problem, the solution is indirect. For example, a Mercury inconjunct aspect needs to learn to communicate indirectly using examples, stories and humor to get their point across…indirectly!

With the YOD, it is as it God has given you 99 chances to correct the dilemma of the inconjunctions. It becomes difficult to even want to change because the individual can too easily rely upon the energy of the sextiles. After 99 chances have passed, God takes over, grabs you by the scruff of the neck and makes the decision for you. The Apex becomes activated. Once activated, the individual completely changes, even the appearance is not the same. With this occurs, the individual often wonders why it took so long to accept the change. Their life becomes dominated by the energy of the Apex planet.

  1. Lynn Koiner Says:

    HELEN (2-2012): The best books that I have read are Alan Epstein’s PSYCHODYNAMICS OF INCONJUNCTS. I dissect the inconjuncts in the Yod using his interpretations. Read what Alan says about the Mars inconjunct and the difficulty expressing anger appropriately.

    Bil Tierney wrote a book years ago, DYNAMICS OF ASPECT ANALYSIS, and he discusses the Yods. has all books so talk to Dave

  2. Shaktananda Kalimacharya Says:

    What is now usually called as a Quindecile Aspect (165°) is actually, properly, a Contraquindecile. The real Quindecile is a 15° Aspect (quin = 5, decile = 10, 5 + 10 = 15). I am certain that you are asking about the Contraquindecile that everyone now calls as the Quindecile. Only one word is necessary to describe the Shakti (Energy) of the Contraquindecile: OBSESSION. That Aspect Natally causes a lifelong obsession, and in transit or progression causes a passing one. To reduce Venus to only two words (unfair, but sometimes oversimplification is useful toward making a point), Venus is DESIRE | RELATIONSHIP. I do not know what you mean by Transpluto. Transit Pluto? Pluto = REVOLUTION | UPHEAVAL | EMOTIONAL CRISIS. So if you have Venus Contraquindecile Pluto then ask yourself (objective thinking, is, objectively, impossible, in Shakta philosophy, at least, but try your best) if you have an obsession associated with an upheaval or emotional crisis influencing a desire or relationship. If the matter is in transit then it will pass and you had likely best let it pass. If the Aspect is present natally, you should run a sidereal Fagan-Bradley chart to see what Signs the two grahas (planets) are really in, as the tropical Zodiac is off by almost one whole Sign from the real-sky Zodiac and is only about 20% accurate, while the sidereal Zodiac is 80% accurate (and few persons practice real-sky astrology yet because software does not enable it, for the most part, so getting to 100% accurate, is generally not possible and you will get as close as possible with a Fagan-Bradley sidereal chart).

  3. maya Says:

    Wow..I am amazed by the explanations of the semi-sextile..I thought these are useful but turns out that is blocked energy;
    I have saturn semi-sextile moon,uranus,neptune. lilith semi-sextile asc. What is the block in here? :(

    Oh and I cannot find the meaning of my sun sesqui-quadrate ascendant anywhere!
    Also have moon sesqui-s jupiter, mercury sesisqu NN, jupiter sesqui neptune….any insight on these

    I found out about bi-q and quintiles- I have mars bq jupiter and venus quintile chiron and I know the meaning of these.
    Also mars inconjunct MC

    But really hoping u can give an insight on semi-sextiles and sesqui-quadrates,


  4. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MAYA (9-2014): It would be impossible for me to analyze various aspects, especially ones that I rarely use. I will recommend Alan Epstein’s book on the 150 and 30 aspect — THE PSYCHODYNAMICS OF INCONJUNCTS.

    To be honest, I would not worry about these little aspects and I do not use them in my readings. There are so many other aspects to consider – 150 – 180 – 90!

    There are actually 4 Liliths so I have no idea when one you use. And, I do not use it.

    The 135 aspect is very much like the 150 but I only use and other minor aspects in transits when there are no major aspects occurring during the year. It warns the individual to stay out of problems that are not one’s own so you will be sucked into another’s problems and even get blamed for them.

    Sorry that I cannotbe more helpful.

  5. maya Says:

    Thank you a lot!

    It was helpful! :)

  6. jen Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Could you provide your insight on a configuration involving a trine, septile, and quintile pattern triangle? Astrology 101 website relates these aspect as harmonious and highly creative referring to it as a “Mystic Trine”, although I cannot find anything else on the net regarding this configuration:

    “The mystic trine is another quite similar pattern, where a trine is divided by a planet making a quintile to one planet of the trine and a septile to the other. This is an exceptionally fortunate pattern, because the natural ease of the trine is enhanced with the remarkable creativity and talent of the quintile, and charged with the sense of destiny or divine purpose implied by the septile. There is an indication of great potential for creativity, growth and accomplishment within this pattern.”

    For example, how the energies/relationships of Mars/Pisces/Twelfth quintile Venus/Sagittarius/Ninth and septile Saturn/Taurus/First, with Venus/Sagittarius/Ninth making trine aspect to Saturn/Taurus/First.

    Your insight would be greatly appreciated. :)


  7. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JEN (5-2015): When I was first studying astrology, I would observe the patterns but I no longer to this, except for the traditional ones. I pay more attention to the individual aspects and what they mean. And, It is impossible for me to visualize what you are describing. Most likely, I would look at the individual aspects and made an interpretation of each one. Septiles need a balance with Quintiles – ups intelligence and inventiveness.

  8. jen Says:

    Thank you. :)

  9. Peter Says:

    Hi Lynn!

    Another interesting website. I am conjunctly experiencing transiting Uranus, Pisces, 5th house inconjunct my natal Mars, Scorpio, 12th house. Is the adjustment about integrating the revolutionary changes I am experiencing with the transit of Uranus through my 5th house with the restrictions and limitations of having Mars in a fixed sign in the 12th house?

  10. Lynn Koiner Says:

    PETER (2-2018): We can always integrate but the 150 aspect is about not getting drawn into problems that are not our own or they become BAD aspects – problems about which you can do nothing but react to circumstances.

  11. Lynn Koiner Says:

    PETER (2-2018): The subject of integration applies only to those in the natal chart, NOT transits of progressions. I presumed that you were asking about a transit. What I said applies to a transits or progressed aspect, not natal.


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