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. Tim Says:

    Thank you for your insights. In your research on children killed in concentration camps, what were the other minor aspects which were prominent, showing events that are fated and beyond one’s control did it also depend on the planets involved and the houses?
    Thanks for your help

  2. karen cromer Says:

    Dear Lynn,

    I loved your analogy ,with the in-conjunct. The rabbits ear, seems to be the Saturn in Leo. The light switch seems to be the moon in Capricorn.
    I am forever trying to feel the power via others.
    Thank You Karen.
    (vertex in Leo)

  3. Toni Martin Says:

    I have searched your site and cannot find anything on
    Venus quindecile Transpluto. Can you tell me anything about this aspect?

  4. Lynn Koiner Says:

    TONI: (7=2011) I am sorry to say that I have done nothing with this aspect.

  5. Helen Says:

    Hello Lynn,
    I’ve been searching high and low and can’t find a possible interpretation for a yod that has Venus and Saturn, and the apex is Mars. It’s a man’s chart.

    To top it off, his Mars is in the 12th house!

    Any help in direction is appreciated. Thank you!

  6. 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

  7. Adrift Says:

    Love the 135 take as I have a few of those in my natal chart. Your explain provides something to work with to relieve the dead panic I was in thus far reading about this aspect.

  8. Shaktananda Kalimacharya Says:

    Namaste Toni Martin:

    I read your question and unfortunately do not know how to reply directly to you. Perhaps you have found a suitable answer to your question already, yet I wished to respond in case you have not.

    I am an American-born Shakta Hindu Priest and I blend a sidereal Vedic astrology base with reverse-sidereal readings appended (reverse Sign/House order, the true processional direction, or precessional if you prefer, of long-term Time in the Astrological Ages that comprise each 26,000-Year Great or Platonic Cycle around the Zodiac) and an ample use of Western techniques, including Transits, Tertiary Progressions, and so-called “Minor” Progressions which are not minor at all. I am retired from Seva (selfless, unpaid, service, to over 14,000 persons worldwide, as a servant of Our Mother Kali) but occasionally see a question somewhere and wish to try to help.

    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).

    If I can be of any (free) further assistance, please feel free to email me at shaktanandakalimacharya at gmail dot com. My American name is Acharya Dan and I am happy to help now and then even though my exhaustive and exhausting Seva period is done.

    Wishing you the blessings of Our Divine Mother,
    Acharya Dan

  9. Joe Says:


    Your other post discussed inconjuncts from transiting pluto, and having taken years to realise things that are clearly represented there I wondered if I could shortcut a bit of my progress by engaging here.

    Natally, I have one inconjunct from Venus to Neptune. I wondered if this has contributed to a deluded idea in the past in soulmates. To be clear, I am not in any way a stalker or particularly predatory, but it became a strong part of my thoughts despite a complete lack of sense.

    This is confusing to me, because soulmates are not a massively unusual idea in the metaphysical. What I mean is, hypnosis research and others use those sorts of ideas without there being a problem. (I guess). It would seem with this aspect the solution is to simply never think in terms of ‘soul mates’.

    Anyway, thanks. I have gotten no sense as of yet, anywhere else on the inconjunct.


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