Since I’ve started studying Astrology, I have been told that quincunxes were minor aspects and that they weren’t that important. But as my experience expands, I keep encountering this aspect in natal chart, synastry, transit, and can’t help but notice its extreme importance. The quincunx is an aspect formed when two planets are 150° apart (3 degrees orb allowed).
In synastry, I have seen an overall great synastry with a tight quincunx creating a lot of blockages and misunderstanding. In a natal chart, I have seen a fluid chart becoming extremely blocked in the presence of a quincunx. In transits, I’ve seen people experiencing depression when nothing else but a quincunx (well a Yod in this case) was there to explain the symptoms. These experiences lead me to believe that the discussion on quincunxes wasn’t where it should be.
Why is a quincunx so hard to define and explain? I think the answer lies in the fact that, a quincunx is such a weird combination of energy. A quincunx always occurs with two placements that have nothing in common. The element is different, the mode is different, and therefore it’s like taking two persons from different backgrounds and with completely different personality, and forcing them to hang out together. Weird right?
Therefore with the quincunx, we are taking two incompatible energies and we’re trying to make them work. In a natal chart, it leads to a lot of frictions in the way the person reacts to a situation. For example, one part of them wants to shut down and deal with it on their own (fixed sign) and the other part want to react to the situation and talk about it, compromise, or rebel (Cardinal). They may be doing both at the same time, which can be extremely confusing for a partner or for the entourage: What exactly does this person want?
Depending on the planets involved, signs, houses, and the overall chart, a quincunx can be more or less a pain to deal with. For example Venus and Neptune are more comfortable together than Mars and Neptune.
How to deal with it? Flexibility is one of the key words, as well as creativity. Moon-Uranus, find a living situation that allows you to move around a lot. Venus-Saturn, finding pleasure in responsibilities / staying in love in committed relationship. Venus Uranus, finding a way to live your relationships that preserves your freedom. Mars-Saturn, find a way to be lasting in your action without losing all your energy.
How to deal with it in a relationship? Well that is a even harder question. Quincunxes in relationships represent a mismatch, and somehow quincunxes seem to attract people together as it is really often found in synastry. It represents huge possible areas of growth, but it is really hard depending on the two person natal chart and their willingness to provide the effort. A quincunx requires a lot of flexibility and adaptation, and most of us don’t really want to adapt that much. I myself remember saying to a partner with who I had quincunx “we need to laugh more at this”, and this is one of the advices for quincunx couple: Laugh more, as there are going to be a lot of trivial disagreements.
Another thought is that people who find quincunxes in their relationships probably need to learn the skill of adaptation and compromises for their own personal growth. It is a tough skill to master but very rewarding on the long run.
As far as the energy flow goes, quincunx and Yod holders have consistently quoted Reiki as a great solution to reconcile incompatible energies in their natal chart.
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