Importance of Increasing (Waxing) Aspects
and Decreasing (Waning) Aspects
in Heliocentric Astrology

by Luc Vergely

Many astrologers do not differentiate between waxing and waning aspects. This is a tempting simplification, but one that removes much of the precision that can be achieved with a consideration of aspects.

I will speak here only from my observations in heliocentric astrology. This must also be applicable to geocentric astrology, but I personally consider heliocentric astrology much simpler and more natural and relevant. Furthermore the Sun is the receiving and generating center of the cosmic energies of our solar system, and the Earth is like an immense magnet that takes advantage of this inexhaustible source.

To understand the importance of increasing (waxing) and decreasing (waning) aspects, it is important to understand what an aspect is

In astrology, each planet is always in a cyclical phase with each of the other planets. An aspect between two planets is the angular difference between the positions of those planets on the ecliptic as observed at a specific time from the Earth (in geocentric astrology) or from the Sun (in heliocentric astrology). When the angular difference is close to 0, the combined energy of those two planets will have a significant impact on the personality of a person affected by this aspect

A cycle corresponds to a logical sequence of stages of development of a single process, comparable to birth, life and death. Every thing, every relationship, every project, every idea, every feeling is born, grows, experiences crises, is fulfilled or fails, and comes to die one day. We can also talk about the maturation cycle as we see in everything around us, starting with Nature. From an astronomical point of view this is also true, and one could even say that this incessant ballet of celestial bodies is at the origin here on Earth of all the events that can be observed, even the microscopic

A cycle is repeated in time, but always in a different way, like an evolutionary spiral.

We can therefore meet people who are mature from a professional point of view, but surprisingly immature from an emotional point of view. The opposite is true too. No need to dwell on it. The important thing to understand is that the cycle of maturation or evolution is almost endless. We are all affected and guided at different levels, and with a wisdom and a synchronicity that are beyond our understanding

In any aspect there is a faster planet and a slower one. It is the fastest that sets the main goal of an aspect and that tells us what the slowest must assimilate to grow and develop. The aspects between fast planets are to be considered as personal energies with short cycles, whereas the aspects between slow planets are collective aspects with long cycles.

The first half of the cycle (from 0 to 180) is dominated by an energy of youth and discovery that will allow us to benefit from the help available to us to mature. The second half of the cycle (from 180 to 360) corresponds more to spiritual development and the evolution of consciousness, leading to a greater maturity, which will allow us to express what we have received and to make it benefit our entourage in affinity

To interpret the aspects from conjunction to opposition and back, I present here a description of each phase of a complete cycle thus giving an explanation of the main aspects

From 0 to 15: Conjunction (waxing)
Waxing conjunction corresponds to the mixtures of two planetary energies as well as the beginning of a cycle. It gives the impetus to make new projects. The planets involved are obliged to work together. If this merger is affirmed, the result is a force that favors any business. It is a phase of bravery, candor and temerity.

From 15 to 45: Semisextile (waxing)
Waxing semisextile represents the physical vision of what we aspire to. It attracts material resources that will need further development. It is in a way an exchange that is created but which is not yet functional. It is therefore a phase of learning through new lived experiences.

From 45 to 75: Sextile (waxing)
A waxing sextile encourages people to acquire knowledge and gives us the motivation to learn and assimilate everything that will allow us to perfect ourselves. It corresponds to our psychic resources and represents a real quality, a potential that remains to be exploited and that will have to stand the test of time. It is a phase of communication and exchange to acquire new capacities.

From 75 to 105: Square (waxing)
A waxing square indicates our weak points, our vulnerabilities. It forces us to a crisis of action through our personal will to eliminate anything that can harm our development. It is a first hurdle to pass but it allows us to strengthen and evolve. It is a phase of work on oneself, perseverance and courage.

From 105 to 135: Trine (waxing)
Waxing trine is oriented towards pleasure and ease. It indicates a period of well-being and ease in our progression, an era of harmony. However, we must be careful not to fall into passivity or sloppiness. It's a phase of fulfillment and success.

From 135 to 165: Quincunx (waxing)
Waxing quincunx represents our frustrations in everyday life and pushes us to more rigor and practicality. This is the last-ditch aspect, the right time to correct what needs to be before it becomes a problem. This is an aspect of correction and rectification. It is a phase of responsibility for our freedom and purification.

From 165 to 180: Opposition (waxing)
Waxing opposition corresponds to a culmination for good or bad of our past actions, carrying tensions if we did not learn to reconcile the two planetary functions involved, and fulfillment otherwise. We come to the end of the first half of the cycle and the opposition therefore includes the idea of a balance sheet, a necessary rebalancing. Note that the results of the opposition can be very positive if we managed to benefit from the waxing square and to enjoy the quincunx to solve latent concerns.

From 180 to 195: Opposition (waning)
Waning opposition is a synchronization phase. We must learn to make decisions that generate resolutions following the rebalancing of the opposition. It's a stabilization phase. It's a big step in maturation because we open up to another dimension.

From 195 to 225: Quincunx (waning)
Waning quincunx indicates regeneration. It pushes us to a positive reorganization of our mind to open to intuition. We can not go back. Our resolutions must become action. This corresponds to a commitment phase. We are no longer alone, and the consequences can harm others. One must be vigilant to avoid falling back into the traps of the past. We must not feel guilty, because it is our mistakes that make us the person we are today.

From 225 to 255: Trine (waning)
Waning trine is synonymous with our relational commitment through sharing with others. Our creativity is expressed in communion and in cooperation, helping to maintain what has been achieved. It is therefore a phase of action and gratitude for the conscious fulfillment of our full maturity.

From 255 to 285: Square (waning)
Waning square generates a crisis of conscience and forces radical decisions for our stamina and perseverance. The constraints generated by this square make it possible to develop new means and consolidate our position in the face of criticism. It is a phase of humility. Without humility one cannot access living knowledge.

From 285 to 315: Sextile (waning)
Waning sextile indicates a structural reorganization, the need and the ability to react in order to perpetuate our knowledge. It is therefore a phase of unification and solidarity, which encourages us to share the gifts and goods we have acquired through previous phases. However, we have already returned with this aspect in a certain conscious detachment that encourages us to write our memoirs.

From 315 to 345: Semisextile (waning)
Waning semisextile calls for a period of assessment on the positive and negative actions of the cycle that is about to end. It is also an inclination towards a future still unknown, the beginning of a new cycle that is arriving. It is a phase that allows us to test one last time our living knowledge in order to make it a second nature for a future evolution. It's a return to oneself.

From 345 to 360: Conjunction (waning)
Back to the conjunction. This period could be compared to retirement. Some people will stay active, others will feel exhausted and prefer to enjoy a well deserved rest before taking action again. The level of wisdom is perhaps the best determinant of this phase.

0: New cycle


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