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In our discussion of the Zodiac it became clear that – besides its technical setup (1.2) – the inherent significance of the Zodiacal Signs, too, arises from ourselves, as a projection onto our environment (24.2). Yet we usually live our life assuming that the events occurring in it are not called forth by us, but are happening to us, in the sense of ‘coming at us from the outside’. This leads us to the question along which invisible route that projection may be have been established.
The Zodiac as receptacle for the aspects
As we have seen before, the planets in the horoscope are real celestial bodies present in the actual sky, whereas the Signs of the Zodiac merely represent projected values (24.1). However, in the horoscope, these two factors do interfere with one another. For the Zodiac does not just serve as a background for the appearance of the planets, or as a measuring rod for the progression of time (24.4), but is also the receptacle for the planetary aspects.
As readers will know, the aspects are formed in relation to inscribed, regular bodies within the circle, particularly the square, triangle and cross.
For the aspect, the planetary positions in the Zodiac serve as their points of force application. Whenever the Zodiacal angle between two planets coincides with the angles of one of these regular bodies, we say that those planets make an aspect with each other . When both planets are found in Signs of the same element (Fire, Earth, Air or Water), the resulting triangles are called harmonious, whereas in the case of squares and oppositions, the elements will be different and therefore create tension.
The circumference as circumstance
Depending on which inscribed regular body they are based on, the aspects emerge in specific Sign combinations: the sextiles (60°) in two positive or two negative Signs, the squares (90°) and oppositions (180°) in two Signs belonging to one of the three crosses (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable), and the triangles in two Signs of the same element. Any aspect will express the character of the specific regular body that serves as the point of force application for that aspect angle.
So in the Zodiac surrounding us, these regular bodies are the receptacles of the aspects, which we in turn experience as circumferential factors that ‘stand around us’, or in other words, as our circum-stances.
The midpoint as reference point
As we have seen in text 24.2, the Zodiac is derived from the angle of inclination of the Earth’s axis. Seen from Earth, this angle is found within the Solar field (15.1).
In addition to this, the Earth’s axis calls forth an energetic field of its own, as a result of its rotation (14.2). In this field, we do not consider the planets as being arranged in the field of the Sun, but as being arranged in the field of Earth, with the Earth’s axis as its rotating pivot (18.5 and 14.1).
Valid only for the Earth
Standing on Earth, we see the planets make specific angles with each other against the background of the Zodiac. Please note that from a different planet, we would see a different Zodiac and those same planets would appear to make different angles or aspects with each other (1.3). Therefore, the planetary aspect, as seen from Earth, must also be considered as an exponent (18.1) of Earth, for just like the spherical arrangement (14.2) and the Zodiac (1.3), it only exists in relation to that rotating, revolving Earth (3.2).
Again an exponent of the Earth
This leads us to understand the aspect to be another outer manifestation of a projection from the Center, a projection (against the background of the Zodiac) that may occur to us as a circumstantial factor, but actually is an exponent of ourselves.
This shows us that the aspect, as it appears at the circumference, actually arises from the Earth as center. The Earth’s rotating axis is the agent that casts out the angle to the circumference. This angle tightens the circumference along the trajectory of the planets’ distance to each other.
By analogy, for us human beings, we can say that our Self in its Center provides the tension or pulling force for an imprint in matter, which will have an effect in our physical bodies and personal circumstances.
Application and effect of the Center’s potential
Now in a rational sense, we have no knowledge of any potential of the Center (17.1). And the Self is not a concrete, demonstrable factor either. Yet we do know both of them to be the organizing center of their respective surrounding fields (17.1). And although their influence may not be knowable in itself, once it has a point of application in matter, we can get to know it by its effects.
Perhaps the interference mentioned above can shed some light on the mechanism through which the tension cast out by the Center expresses itself in manifest, outer activity.