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In chapter 5 Other Points in the Chart are presented briefly other positions that deserve attention in a chart like node-type points, planetary nodes, asteroids, fixed stars etc. and some points that are not giving important results yet like Vertex, the East Point, the Aries Point or the hypothetical planets. Arabian parts, planetary pictures, midpoints and antiscia are also presented here.
6. The Aspects. Introduction
Excluding three pages about parallels there is nothing special in this chapter, are just well-known general characteristics of aspects.
7. The Aspects: Core Meanings
Here the aspects are explained in connection with numbers. We can read about “the two series or hard aspect” which means opposition (360/2), square (360/4), semisquare (360/8), sesquiquadrate (360*3/8), “the three series or soft aspects” which are the trine (360/3), sextile (360/6), semisextile (360/12), quincunx (360*5/12) and other harmonics like the five-series, seven-series or nine-series. It is a logical approach for explaining the meaning of the aspects because when you have an aspect you have a number and if you know what this number means you know how the energies work together.
The two series generates instability and change. So, a person with many squares and oppositions in her chart should expect to have a lot of difficulties, experiences, risks. In this way they can gain wisdom by learning many lessons in life or if can not handle the energies they seem to have no luck, to lose most challenges.
The opposition is different from square because generates a conflict whit something that seems exterior and also it has a greater awareness. The square energies can be only from inside and are forcing us on a certain direction, we do not have many options. We must understand what is the path to choose because if we resist to this aspect the problems will appear over and over again.
The three series give stable energies that resist to change and keeps the balance. If one has too many trines or sextiles he may not evolve a lot because is always self-satisfied and this is a trap on long-term.
The sextile (60) is 360/3*2 so has 3 but also 2. This means is not only like a trine but also like an opposition. It results opportunities, situations where you must act in order to take advantage. It is a more dynamic aspect that the trine.
Then, Rob tells a couple of words about the five series aspects (are like Pluto, bring destruction and concrete creation), the seven-series (mental and emotional difficulties, inspiration, religion) and other harmonics.
In the final part are presented some special configurations like: multiple conjunctions or oppositions, grand trines, grand crosses, T-squares, grand-quintiles, grand-sextiles, kites, mystic rectangles, minor grand trines, yods.
8. Midpoints: Introduction
These is another technique that is not very often used nowadays. Rob writes that he gets good results with midpoints and a planet conjunct with a midpoint is colored with the influence of the other two planets involved. I didn't get very clear results with this technique until now but I will be testing it in the future.
In chapter 9 Brief meanings of Planetary Pairs is presented every possible pair with the related explanations. This should be helpful especially in analyzing midpoints.