Category: Astrology Basics Written by Robert Wilkinson
The aspects are angular relationships between various points in the “whole cycle.” Each represents a unique phase relationship between two planets or planets and points. There are various aspect series created by the division of the circle by integers.
Today we take a new look at three of the most important aspects in a chart involving the 7th harmonic series of the septile, biseptile, and triseptile. Whether we find them in the natal or progressed positions, or transits to these and other transits, these are three of the most important aspects, since they represent points where we choose our destiny.
I first offered my take on the basics of the septile and novile series aspects in my 1978 book Astrology and the Spiritual Path, out of print for many years. I recently gave you a post about my history using the 7th, 9th, and 11th harmonic series plus their glyphs in the article Astrological Aspects – The 7th, 9th, and 11th Harmonic Series Aspects and Their Symbols. As I gave you in that article, the 9th harmonic, or novile series, deals with points of spiritual realization either preceding or coming after a time of gestation. The 11th harmonic, or elftile series, deals with various points in a cycle when we must make “leaps of faith” to resolve a duality to come to some form of mastering that type of duality. The 7th harmonic, or septile series, deals with nonrational points of choice and change where we determine our future destiny by our choices in the present.
Today we’ll take a deeper dive into the septile series aspects, so that you can apply some of your observations about these crucial points of decision which create our future. By noting the various septile-series aspects in play in your charts and in the transits, this can help you understand why things can be so weird at times, why there seems to be no reason for some things to happen, and why often all of our thinking and reasoning and explaining still doesn't help us choose when confronted by critical decisions. These are “forks in the road of destiny” when they happen, since they mark times when we confront crucial character decisions, which shape our destiny as time goes on.
How Do Septiles Work?
The septile series is found in the angles which result when we divide the circle by 7. When we divide the circle of 360 degrees by 7, we are given the septile (51+ degrees), biseptile (102+ degrees), and triseptile (154+ degrees). Due to the non-rationality of the numbers produced when the circle is divided by 7, it is assumed that these aspects represent non-rational points in the cycle.
On a personality level they can show as obsessive or compulsive behavior, irrationality, or weirdly inexplicable points in the process. Naturally, there are harmless compulsions and harmful compulsions, and even irrationality can be turned to genius.
When operating interpersonally, they are points of meeting people who are important in shaping our choices, or realizing that we can no longer go forward with someone in an old way. They may coincide with us meeting a Soul Mate, as discussed in my book The Magic of Venus: Friendships, Soul Mates, and Twin Flames, where our lives change forever as a result of our meeting that person and dancing down the Path of Life, whether for a day or a lifetime.
When operating transpersonally, these aspects represent when we choose to fulfill Dharma, or Tao, making conscious choices to follow the good, further the good, and accept the changes shown at these forks in the road. They are moments when we see we must choose a direction, and so are moved to understand what direction will best fulfill our highest intention. When we confront circumstances which force us to choose which way we will define our personality and therefore our future, there’s always a transit making a septile-series aspect to our natal or progressed positions.
As I mentioned, the septile is a “7th harmonic” aspect, derived by dividing the circle by 7. In numerology 7 is Saturn's number. Since Saturn is associated with our Dharma, “Ring Pass Not,” and all the other symbols of spiritual maturity, we can associate these points deal with “destiny.” Saturn rules all "7 stage processes" where we make choices at critical junctures which bring us turning point in our destiny along our road of Life.
All 7 planets have their part in the dance, and each also has 7 stages in any process where that planetary Light reveals its secrets within our higher purpose. Each of the 7 visible planets has its department of labor, the totality of which help us guide our lives through understanding into wisdom. The 7 "Planetary eyes" feed their light into the "All Seeing Eye" of Uranus, or Divine Wisdom.
I explain how Saturn and Uranus work together to awaken us to our Higher Powers to take command of our destiny in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization; in Capricorn, it teaches us how to accept and use personal power within a socially responsible context, while in Aquarius it teaches us how to make a greater contribution to our civilization and come together with others in a great effort “ensouled by a great vision.” Coupled with Uranus having awakened us to the fact that the old answers aren’t enough along with the need to accept spiritual power to shape our world, we are collectively “breaking on through to the other side” into an unfolding Higher awareness.
Each time you read any section of this book you will find new insights about your power to throw off all the attitudes and memories which hold you back from finding and living the life and purpose. If you’ve haven’t already gotten your copy, you can go to the Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend to find out more about how to make friends with your inner Saturn and take command of your Self-unfoldment.
All 12 Areas of Human Existence Have Their Turning Points
Our lives are a mish-mash of potentials, As we make our way through our various life cycles, we confront certain points where we must choose to precipitate change or keep on track leading to more of the same. Through the timing indicated by septile series aspects we learn to awaken to potentials that lead to choices fulfilling certain kinds of karma and negating other karmas.
This is the true "response-ability" that we accept as a result of Saturn's lessons. Any planet septiling, biseptiling, or triseptiling any other planet has hit a fork in the road of that process, a point where reason and logic may not be helpful in making the choices that need to be made, or where we may confront a decision that will change our lives in the future.
The septile, falling 51 degrees 26 minutes from any given point, shows the first or last fork in the road relative to the conjunction. In a transit, the waxing septile comes after the first internal crisis of growth at the waxing semisquare and precedes the productive period shown by the waxing sextile.
The waning septile comes after the final productivity of the waning sextile phase of the process and the choice at the waning septile precipitates the internal crisis at the waning semisquare. The waxing septile is a point of emergent choice showing which way the process will develop, while the waning septile is the final choice before the disintegration of the old form, forming the seed that will grow anew at the new beginnings indicated by the next conjunction.
The biseptile, falling 102 degrees 52 minutes from any point, is said to be a point of "exteriorization of destiny." While sounding very dramatic, in fact it is simply the next fork in the road of the process that starts at any conjunction, or the next point where the irrational elements of being will show up.
It is the natural decision point after the crisis of the waxing square before the productive period of the waxing trine, and usually involves some deep foundational material, since it falls in the fourth house relative to any point. The waning biseptile has the same irrational "exteriorization of destiny" qualities, but since it falls in the ninth house relative to any point, it is the culminating fork in the road to seeing the truth of a thing, and it precedes the culmination point of the waxing square.
The triseptile comes in at 154 degrees 17 minutes, and indicates a non-rational, cooperative-collective point in the process, since it always falls in the sixth or seventh house relative to a point. It is like the other points in quality, except that it usually involves other people who are also at a critical fork in their own cooperative road. These are interactive points of adjustment, refinement, shifts in how and who you related to, and show you how others are or are not a part of your larger “destiny.”
A final important note: if you have two or more planets in a septile, biseptile, or triseptile to each other, they will naturally create resonant "void points" where other septile series aspects fall. These are trigger points for irrational conditions or personality "destiny" elements to come forth in the life. Though these periods can seem very weird indeed, they are points of choice, decision, and movement where reason may fail even though major things are in motion.
For example, if someone has an occupied point at 14 Cancer and another occupied point at 19 Sagittarius, it’s about 155 degrees, which is a triseptile. Each and both of these will be triggered by progressions and transits around 4-6 Virgo, 26-28 Libra, 9-11 Aquarius, 1-3 Aries, and 22-24 Taurus, because each of these zones makes a septile, biseptile, or triseptile to the two occupied points in Cancer and Sagittarius.
If there are three or more occupied zones, it sets up a very powerful evolutionary configuration field. If 14 Taurus, 6 Cancer, and 19 Libra are all occupied it automatically sets up harmonic resonance zones around 27 Leo, 10 Sagittarius, 2 Aquarius, and 23 Aries. Any planet moving through these zones will trigger all three occupied points. This has important implications in terms of what house they're in and what signs are ruled by the affected planets. Because all the zones are transited by the inner planets at least once a year, and once a month by the Moon, it’s easy to see how we’re always moving through things which may not make much sense but require wise choices on our part.
By understanding the 7th, 9th, and 11th harmonic aspects as all working to bring forth our spiritual Self, we can see the different “phase relationships” between the planets, both natally, progressed, transit to natal, and transit to transit as all contributing to our greater realizations By noting the septile series aspects we can understand when our choices are crucial; by noting the novile series aspects we can know when something is finally ready to come forth, as well as when it’s time to put something on the shelf or take it off the shelf; and by noting the elftile 11th harmonic aspects, we can see when it’s time to make a leap of faith to overcome a duality, leading us to master all forms of that type of duality.
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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