Astrology Teaches that you must know, every Sign contain in longitude thirty degrees, and every degree sixty minutes. The beginning is from Aries, and so in order one Sign after another: so the whole Zodiac contains 360 degrees, the second degree of Taurus is the two and thirtieth degree of the Zodiac, the tenth of Taurus is the fortieth, and so in order all throughout the twelve signe; yet you shall ever account the Aspects from the degree of the Zodiac wherein the Planet is, as if Saturn be in ten degrees of Gemini, and I would know to what degree of the Ecliptic he castes his sinister Sextile Aspect; reckoning from Aries to the 10th degree of Gemini, I find Saturn to be in the 70th degree of the Zodiac, according to his longitude; if I add 60 degrees more to 70, they make 130, which answers to the 10th degree of the Sign Leo, to which Saturn castes his Sextile Apsect, or to any Planet in that degree.
When two Planets are equally distant one from each other, 60 degrees, we say they are in Sextile Apsect.
When two Planets are 90 degrees distant one from another, we call that Aspect a Square Aspect.
When two Planets are 120 degrees distant, we say they are in Trine Aspect.
When two Planets are 180 degrees distant, we call that Aspect Opposition.
When two planets are in one and the same degree and minute of any sign, we say they are in Conjunction.
So then if you find Saturn in the 1st degree of Aries, and Moon or any other Planet in the 1st degree of Gemini, you shall say they are in a Sextile Aspect, for they are distant one from another 60 degrees, and this Aspect is indifferent good.
If Saturn or any other Planet be in the 1st degree of Aries, and another Planet in the 1st degree of Cancer, you must say they are in a Square Aspect, because there is 90 degrees of the Zodiac betwixt them: this Aspect is of enmity and is good.
If Saturn be in the 1st degree of Aries, and any Planet in the1st degree of Leo, there being now the distance of 120 degrees, they behold each other with a Trine Aspect; and this doth denote Unity, Concord and Friendship.
If you find Saturn in the 1st degree of Aries, and any Planet In the 1st degree of Libra, they being now 180 degrees each from other, are said to be in Opposition: A bad Aspect: and you must be mindfull to know what sign are opposite each to other, for without it you cannot erect the Figure of a Natal Chart.
When Saturn is in the 1st degree of Aries, and any Planet is in the same degree, they are then said to be in Conjunction: And this Aspect is good or ill, according to the nature of the question demanded.
This article introduces the subject of Astrology based on the book Christian Astrology by William Lilly. Adapted by Dion Aitken for Astrologers – Astrology for everyone!
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