A square aspect between 2 planets is when they are separated by 90 degrees and is one of the most difficult aspects for various reasons. For example, if the Sun is posited in 10 degrees Aquarius and Neptune is posited in 10 degrees Scorpio then those two bodies are said to square each other. They callenge each other because they are in incompatible elements (fire, air, water and air) although they share the same mode of action (cardinal, fixed or mutable). Cardinals signs like to be leaders, mutable signs are flexible and changeable, and fixed signs as their name indicates tend to be determined and unchangeable. The basic goal of a square is to offer challenge and resistance to foster growth and change. A square aspect in a natal chart shows that some point the person may have faced adversity that fostered development in an emotional, intellectual or spiritual manner.
Let’s take the example of Moon in Gemini in 10th square Saturn in 7th in Pisces. Since Moon is in air sign and Saturn is in water sign, they are not compatible because Air is objective while water is more emotional. However, they have same mode of action which in the case of Gemini and Pisces is mutable. Although the goals are same, the way they go about achieving them, are different. An air sign’s mutability will show up in their varying intellectual interaction and a water sign’s mutability will shows up in their wide range of emotions. So we are not just talking about competition but there is also the issue of not trusting each other since the “how to” of getting to the same goal is different. In the above mentioned example,the need for Moon in Gemini to nurture itself through learning diverse things is restricted by the need by a unfocused Saturn in Pisces. This could be experienced by the person as emotional distancing of the mother in their early years which in turn could have stifled their need their learning. As an adult the person may have a hard time nurturing themselves but this at the same time fosters emotional growth, awareness and sometimes a certain kind of skill or talent. So the square foster the kind of learning that only comes with facing adversity.
Even in synastry, squares fosters growth. once both people accept and respect each other’s differences. Some people whose planets are squared may choose to follow a more difficult route where the energies are incessantly trying to undercut each other causing tension and failure. For example a Cancer and Aries could get along with each other if they accept their differences, give genuine compliments and see other’s point of view. This can happen if the Aries can understand that a cancer maybe not as upfront but nonetheless still genuine and sincere in their motivation, and that a Cancer’s intuition is as powerful as the Aries’s passion. On the other hand, it would help if Cancer can empathize with the directness of an Aries (which often gets them in muddy waters) as it is really about getting to the goal in the fastest way possible.
The same is true of two planets squaring each other in a natal chart The two energies can be used to manifest positive things just by finding new and creative ways in which the energies can interact with one another, and this ain’t going to be easy but is worth the trouble. With square aspects, there is no shortcuts. Let’s use another example of Moon in Gemini in the 10th square Uranus in Virgo the 1st in a natal chart, The Moon is trying to find comfort and safety through interaction in one’s career, and is in competition with Uranus, which is needing to project oneself in an independent and original manner. In the beginning, the person was not happy in their choice of career until but they had to experiment and try out many fields until they found a job in a field serving and interacting with diverse people, which also offers some flexibility and independence. This person found a way to make the squares work but it was not easy. However, squares are great for manifesting goals.
Each square in a chart can be viewed as a karmic lesson, a way to grow up, and manifest change in one’s life. So cheer up! Squares aren’t negative in the long run.
How do the squares operate in your natal chart? Have you noticed more tension in interaction with people whose sun is squared with yours?