Not all relationships are created equal. Astrologically speaking, some signs are meant for each other, while others are truly incompatible. Interaspects are an aspect in astrological synastry where planets in two birth charts are the unifying bond between people. Some interaspects are simple while other produce complications. Incompatible interaspects don’t signal doom or a romance, but instead requires increased awareness, work, and compromise. Ultimately, it is up to each partner to determine the value of the relationship as compared to the work required.
Planets quincunx each other in synastry
The quincunx (inconjunct) is the most difficult introspect to process. This 150° aspect links planets in two signs that lack any commonality. Each sign is connected to a different element (air, fire, water, and earth), a different modality (cardinal, fixed, or mutable), and a different polarity (positive and negative). When two planets that are five signs apart fall within a 1-2° orb of the quincunx, they connect and produce problems in a relationship.
- Aries quincunxes Virgo and Scorpio
- Taurus quincunxes Libra and Sagittarius
- Gemini quincunxes Scorpio and Capricorn
- Cancer quincunxes Sagittarius and Aquarius
- Leo quincunxes Capricorn and Pisces
- Virgo quincunxes Aries and Aquarius
- Libra quincunxes Taurus and Pisces
- Scorpio quincunxes Aries and Gemini
- Sagittarius quincunxes Taurus and Cancer
- Capricorn quincunxes Gemini and Leo
- Aquarius quincunxes Cancer and Virgo
- Pisces quincunxes Leo and Libra
Degree of difficulty
Synastrically speaking, a quincunx between two planets translates in misunderstandings. This may produce a range of experiences from minor annoyance to unmovable hurdles in a relationship. Yet, much depends on the importance or prominence of the natal planets and points in each chart.
Navigating a quincunx
Each quincunx requires frequent adjustments by both partners to create viable solutions to a disagreement. Both must remember that neither is wrong, but process things differently and each much venture beyond their comfort zone to meet each other’s needs.
Squared planets in synastry
Zodiac signs that are square to each other (90-degrees) are deemed incompatible due to a difference in elements. The closer the square gets to 90° the more pronounced the aspect becomes and the greater the amplification of the planets. Squares in synastry showcase obstacles, but may produce sparks that keep relationships fresh and filled of growth potential for both partners.
- Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn
- Fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius
- Mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces
Issues with squares
Synastric squares produce miscommunication and strife. The degree of conflict stems from the planets, signs, and houses involved. For example, Saturn square Moon can feel heavy and depressing to the Moon, while Jupiter square Moon challenges the Moon to explore boundless opportunities.
Opposing planets in synastry
Planets that are directly opposite each other on a chart will cause a couple to navigate frequent power struggles related to the signs involved.
- Aries opposes Libra
- Taurus opposes Scorpio
- Geminin opposes Sagittarius
- Cancer opposes Capricorn
- Leo opposes Aquarius
- Virgo opposes Pisces
Oppositions can actually be complementary due to facilitating the continued understanding of each other. It will be tricky to traverse as both have to process conflicting needs or desires. At times it might seem their dynamics are straight out of a bad romantic comedy, but their differences can be stimulating in many ways. Whether in romance friendship, or business, people with planets in incompatible signs can work together successfully so long as they:
- Understand each other’s wants, needs, goals, thoughts, and behaviors.
- Have a willingness to accept each other as they are, including their likes, dislikes, and quirks.
- Appreciate each other’s points of view, no matter how much they may differ from each other.
There will never be a perfect partner. Therefore, it’s not worth you stressing about anyone’s faults. Find acceptance between yourselves as you are, and focus on each other’s positive attributes, even when they may differ from your previous expectations or wants.
Many misunderstandings can easily be resolved by talking with each other. Never focus your views or thoughts on someone else and instead work to understand their point of view. By not blaming each other for a shortcoming, you both can be clear and forthright on your wants, needs, goals, emotions, thoughts, and feelings.
Conflict will always happen in a relationship. Compromise when possible or be willing to vacate your position in order to focus on the more positive aspects of your dynamic.
Astrology and relationships
Relationship questions drive people’s interest in astrology. Yet, it is important to remember that although astrologers can speak to the potential and challenges of a relationship, they will never fully understand your particular dynamic. Your success or failure as pair will rely on the amount of love, patience, work, and understanding that you both put in, every day.