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Opposition Aspect – A Route to Harmony

posted by AstroManda on July 31, 2010

An opposition aspect in astrology is when two natal bodies are separated by 180 degrees in the birth chart.  There are many pairs of opposing forces in nature like the north and the south earth magnetic fields, the centripetal and the centrifugal, but the goal of these oppositions is to create harmony and balance.  According to ancient Chinese philosophy, relationship between opposites, even man and women can be represented through the Ying and Yang. Yang is considered the expansive male energy and Ying is the flowing female energy, and both are needed to create balance on earth. Our natal chart is no different, when one has an opposition between 2 natal bodies, irrespective of the process, the final goal here is to harmonize. Unlike square aspects, even the chaos and confusion or competition that is sensed in an opposition is only a process to reach unity. So awareness and learning is the key to balance oppositions, and the idea is that it gets better as you live and learn the energies involved in the opposition.  Rabindranath Tagore in his book “Sadhana” says “there is an unbreakable continuity of relation in the physical world between heat and cold, light and darkness, motion and rest, as between the bass and treble notes of a piano.   That is why these opposites do not bring confusion but harmony.” According to Jung, life energy rest on opposites and the goal should be to maintain both values and at the same time recognizing their contrast.

For example if you find a Saturn in the 8th house in Libra and Uranus in the 2nd house in Aries, very clearly there is a pull between wanting structure  and tradition (8th) and relying on others (8th house) in the manner of  partnership ( 7th) and the need to be original (Uranus) and rely on oneself (2nd house) in an independent and individualistic way (Aries).  The ideal solution is to be aware of both the energies and how it works in your life, and then making space for both of them to operate.  Seesawing between the two energies is one way of giving recognition to both the energies but this is not the best solution, because both the energies involved in an opposition are operating at all times, they are not in a switch off and on mode.  The opposition between the 2nd and the 8th house can operate in any different way but taking the above example to a mundane level, the person may want to have a joint investment with his wife that is cooperatively managed, but at the same time he may want to hold and operate some money in an individual account for which he is not accountable to anyone.  This may be one way of balancing the opposing 2nd and 8th house energies.   Also, I have mentioned in the square aspect, there are differences that just have to be accepted and respected rather than trying to actively resolve it.  It is the same with 2 people whose natal sun is squared, like Cancer and Aries, or Cancer and Libra – respect and just keep your distance in areas that won’t work for you.  However, with an opposition (like Libra and Aries) the key is to go ahead and have that head-on collision if  the need arises with the hope of more awareness and peace at the end of it all!

Let me know how you handle the oppositions in your chart or share any interesting experiences you have had with people whose natal sun opposed yours, like Cancer and Capricorn, Aries and Libra, Gemini and Sagittarius, Scorpio and Taurus, and Aquarius and Leo.


3 Responses to “Opposition Aspect – A Route to Harmony”

  1. leah green Says:

    Nice article – very true about oppositions

  2. DonnaBahama Says:

    I agree with your description of Opposites. Personally, I like oppositions. To me, the two planets seem like strangers at a cocktail party, sitting the farthest apart they can. They ask, “Who is that mysterious stranger over there?” And hopefully, when they find out they can work on the merging.

  3. Manda Selva Says:

    DonnaBahama, I like the example you used – it explains the love and hate, admiration and envy, attraction and polarization that happens between opposite aspects.

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