by Robert Wilkinson
There has been a lot written about the Quintile series of aspects, much of it vague and very generalized. Since these angles occur with great frequency, there is relatively little written about them, and a very important one is occurring at the present time, I thought I should offer you some insights about this misunderstood but very powerful series of aspects.
The entire series is based on division of the circle by 5, yielding 72 degrees as the primary aspect in the group, also known as the Quintile. This aspect represents specialization, gifts, and unique conditions. It is an aspect of creativity. No matter how similar it may be to other quintiles in other charts and times, each quintile is a unique quality or condition, a "quintessential" circumstance that has been weaved out of the "biospheric" responses of the "4" into the human "5th."
It represents a high degree of specialized force or form, something unique brought forth, transformed out of the generic materials. Thus it shows a point of high individualization, a unique stage of development, or a talent or gift recognized and/or articulated. All the other aspects in the series to some degree show this energy of specialization, just in different phases than the Quintile. I touched on this series, as well as the Septile series, in this article. And in Astrology Class - The Quintile, Biquintile, 5-Pointed Star Patterns, Kite Configurations, and Void Points I explain some possible ways the Quintile configurations can manifest.
For example the Decile, or Semi-quintile, is a 36 degree aspect showing a partly developed creative uniqueness, a minor gift, or some other manifestation of specialized creativity. It either secures a unique tendency, or is the final flowering of a gift already realized. The Biquintile, as the name implies, is a 144 degree aspect showing a unique interactive situation, where one gift interacts with another gift, creatively and/or regeneratively. It is an interactive unique form of self-expression that often involves other people and their unique gifts, whether they align harmoniously with yours or not.
Last but not least, we now take a look at the least-understood aspect in the series, the Tredecile, which precipitated this article for reasons I'll make clear shortly. This is a highly specialized aspect of 108 degrees, which besides being a mythological "Sacred number" symbolizing Divine Mother Energy, is also the complementary angle to the Quintile. Thus the Tredecile indicates a very special type of unique energy that complements whatever uniqueness, gifts, or specialized quintessence are occurring at the moment in a situation.
I have seen this aspect operate in several fashions, and all seem to involve a circumstance presenting itself that perfectly fits a unique gift or need, or a gift or unique quality that fits the need of a pre-existing circumstance. The Tredecile is complementary, interactive, and specialized, the "quintessence" of a thing perfectly complementing the "quintessence" of a circumstance. When active, it seems to bring forth unique qualities in situations that involve interaction to bring forth awareness, completion, polarization, or re-polarization. The points opposite the planets in Tredecile are often associated with how the energies manifest, some need being fulfilled, some promise brought to expression, or some specialized gift or talent completed.
I have given it the keyword "SERENDIPITY." I believe this is the best descriptor for how the Tredecile works its magic. So exactly what does this word mean? We are told the definition of Serendipity involves "the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for" and "an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident" and "good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries."
It is a word of relatively recent origin, invented by the noted author Horace Walpole in one of the more than 3,000 letters he wrote. Specifically, we read from dictionary.com that
In a letter of January 28, 1754, Walpole says that "this discovery, indeed, is almost of that kind which I call Serendipity, a very expressive word." Walpole formed the word on an old name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. He explained that this name was part of the title of "a silly fairy tale, called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of...."
Back to the present as prologue: The rapidly separating Jupiter biseptile Saturn has now briefly slipped into the first of several Tredeciles between these two heavyweight planetary forces in our world. They show major shifts and phases in the larger socio-cultural life we all live in, and give us a sense of the larger forces we feel compelled to respond to. When they are in trine, forces are stabilized, When they are in square, forces are in dynamic change. When they are in biseptile, the world's governments and people confront forks in the road of collective destiny. What about the Tredecile?
When Jupiter tredeciles Saturn, it's a unique interactivity between complementary forces represented by these planets. In the life of a nation it works out several ways. In the life of a corporation, it works out in a variety of other ways. And in an individual life, it works out in many ways on both inner and outer levels.
It shows that our Sag and Pisces within us are now in a unique interactive relationship with our Cap and Aquarius parts. Any of our planets either of these aspect is subject to specialization, and if either of these form a Quintile, Decile, Biquintile, or Tredecile to any other planet, it lights up the points of a 5-Pointed Star pattern in our lives, a very special thing indeed.
This is the first of the three Tredeciles, and will last till the end of the month. The next one comes after the trine and occurs with Jupiter RX in late June and early July, just before the next Jupiter biseptile Saturn on its station beginning late July 2007. That biseptile lasts through early November, after which the third and final Tredecile between Jupiter and Saturn will take place the end of November and first half of December 2007.
Each of these times is conducive to highly specialized, unique, complementary interactions on every level, so take note, express your gifts, and you may just see the "quintessence" of a thing come forth. It's probably great for artists, scientists, and philosophers of all stripes, so stay alert for opportunities to bring forth unique and gifted things.
The 5-Pointed Star should come into acute focus when the Moon conjuncts Jupiter and tredeciles Saturn on Jan 15, deciles Jupiter and biquintiles Saturn on Jan 17-18, quintiles Jupiter on Jan 20, tredeciles Jupiter while biquintiling Saturn Jan 22-23, and biquintiles Jupiter while tredeciling Saturn Jan 25-26.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson