The T-Square Aspect Pattern - Pressed for Success

The T-Square Aspect Pattern - Pressed for Success

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The T-Square is a common aspect shape that has an agitating, and motivating effect. 

It's a triangle that takes up a hemisphere or side of the chart.  This is different from the Grand Trine, also a triangle, but which takes up the whole chart. 

This planetary pattern is made up of an opposition, and those are both square to the same third planet.

An entire book has been written on this topic, and the author noted that it shows up in 40% of birth charts.

  Astrologer Bill Tierney notes that it's a common feature in the charts of successful people. 

I've noticed it hints at a lifelong inner conflict, that's more intense at certain times than other times.  But it's always there, seeking expression, and that inner friction pushes the person onward. 

Oppositions are often played out in relationships, where the other person may have those traits of the polarity that's less dominant (or is repressed).

The Apex Planet - Rabblerouser

The planet that's in a square (90 degree) angle to the two opposing planets is known as the Apex planet.  The tension of the square keeps that dilemma of the opposition front and center.  It stays active, provoking and inspiring. 

The Zodiac sign and House position of the Apex planet is an important key to how the tension of the T-Square finds its way to resolution.

Bil Tierney notes in Dynamics of Aspect Analysis that the apex planet acts as a mediator for the oppositional planets.

  It keeps the heat on with conflict that pushes a resolution of the push and pull of the opposition. 

He writes, "Constructively applied, all excess energy evoked by the powerful T-Square often becomes highly provocative, pushing and driving the individual onward with a well-defined sense of aim and direction, while forcing him to confront and overcome obstacles in his path."

The Missing Leg

With the T-Square, there's a missing corner, and if filled in, it would become the Grand Square.  Many astrologers have pointed out that this empty corner is a point to ponder, if you have this stressful aspect.

This may hint to paths of resolution that aren't part of the stress that's felt, so it has to be purposefully cultivated.  It potentially creates stability, since it forms the four-cornered Grand Square, that's known to be less perpetually off-kilter than the T-Square.

The Zodiac sign and House position of the Missing Leg guides you to how this balancing energy can be cultivated.  The empty leg is a sign with the same quality, so there's some complimentary energies there.

Which Quality?

With the opposition and the two squares, this means the Zodiac signs involved are usually in the same quality (or mode/modality).  What this reveals is how those planets are expressed or how they behave.

The tension of the T-Square is expressed then in an initiating (cardinal), stabilizing (fixed) or highly changeable way (mutable).

Cardinal T-Square

This is the person that's restless to push into new ground.  They are very driven individuals, with an intense urge to make an impact and achieve goals.

  May at times be frustrated with progress, and feel dissatisfied until certain benchmarks are reached.  May be hard to relax and enjoy the process, not just the end goal.

Fixed T-Square

This is the one that puts his or her head down and puts their mind to long-range goals.  They can have an enviable focus, and even an obsession.  You could say they need goals that absorb them mind, body and spirit.  The fixed energy in this tense trio activates a drive to stabilize, protect and to doggedly go after desires. 

Mutable T-Square

This is a person who is endlessly curious and knows instinctively the only constant is change.  The combo of mercurial, jovial or Neptunian energies gives them a heightened sense of perception itself. With this T-Square, the tensions lead to new ways of seeing, but also potentially to a sense of crazymaking instability.

  It's wise to find a satisfying medium for these mixing energies of the intellect and imagination.  And to experience some stability, while being free to continue your experiment in constant change.