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Professional astrologer Stefanie James explores various aspects of astrology from the basics and up to intermediate and advanced subjects and techniques.

Typical areas of discussion will be various modern, psychological and traditional astrological techniques, current astro-weather, notable points in history, interviews, and natal chart analysis including the charts of listeners.

Stefanie is a Professional Astrologer with an international client base, Reiki Master, published writer and former Horoscope Columnist for ELLE Magazine.

Jun 4, 2021

When planets are in aspect with one another in the natal chart, they create a dialogue which expresses itself in multiple ways in your life experience.

Each aspect varies depending on the number of degrees apart and the ‘orb’ or ‘wiggle room’ you allow if they don't sit perfectly in alignment with one another.

Last week we took a look at the conjunction which is when two or more planets meet at or around the same degree in the same sign (or in very close proximity to each other straddling two neighbouring signs).

This week we are discussing the opposition (psst – the clue's in the name!) this is where planets are in a stand off against each other in opposing signs. Sometimes they sit at the end of one sign and the beginning of another but not perfectly opposite each other in opposite signs – you could view it like a see-saw or tug of war.

The circle is divided by 180° as each planet in this stand off is opposite each other in direct view of one another. In this ‘Full Moon’ position, these planets have the ability to highlight each other.

Again, 8° either side is considered acceptable orb, though if the Luminaries are involved, or an expansive planet like Jupiter, you could be more generous and include a few extra degrees.

As planets can be characters in the play of our natal chart, planetary see-saws can indicate where we have interactions with others where each side is representative of each party in the communication.

And it isn’t a given that you’ll always play the same role in the opposition – you’ll experience both sides of the see-saw at various points in your life – you could switch between them on a daily basis!

What is indicated is that relationships will play a key role in your personal development and as we have experienced on our walk through the houses, the opposing signs and houses are related to one another.

Planets that sit in polarity to one another can introduce an enhanced experience of the principle that opposites attract, and also the sense that opposites may embody the qualities the other is lacking, providing a sense of completion when together.

I hope you enjoy this edition of The Stellium Astrology Podcast. As usual I always enjoy creating these episodes for you!     

Do you have an opposition in your natal chart and do you recognise this pattern playing out in your relationships?


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