Who Put The Sex In Sextile? 7

"sun sextile pluto"

It’s a leap year this year. Tomorrow is February 29th. We usually have only 28 days in February.

My mother died in a leap year but that was using the Jewish calendar. Her yartzeit (anniversary of a death) is in early March. In the Jewish tradition, a 24-hour-burning candle is lit the night before. The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar.

I didn’t wake up thinking of this but it came to mind when I looked at my astro-calendar for something to blog about, some aspect happening today.

Well, the Sun already sextiled Pluto. The Moon will sextile Mercury this afternoon.

Sun and Pluto together: you turn crisis into gold.

Moon and Mercury together: you get along with yourself.

What do you make of the sextile?

I used to think they were overrated and sometimes I still say that. That they make you a “pleasant” person and not much else. My chart is full of them though so I took them for granted.

Not a sexy aspect.

I’ve changed my mind though. New appreciation for the sextile.

I knew someone years ago with a very “hard chart” — very VERY few soft aspects. All intensity and challenge. And her fixed planets made it hard to move forward.

Sextiles do help. Consider them to be a working aspect. You don’t get the famous automatic flow and ease like with a trine. They say with a sextile that you have to do something to activate it. And I was just about to say that sextiles make people like you and then I decided to turn again to the lovely March and McEvers to read their little list about sextiles and you know what they say?



self expression


Yup. Sounds about right to me!

Got sextiles? What else?


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Hello my name is Aliza and I help people. I'm a Tarot Reader and Astrologer, Teacher & Writer. Cancer Sun, Mercury, and Mars. Virgo Moon Pluto Hekate conjunction in the 1st House. If you aren't sure what all that means, I'll be happy to explain it to you! Or maybe you'd rather hear about your own chart :) I blog and do readings for a living. Poet and playwright, Iowa MFA, I got obsessed with astrology in my late 30s and the rest is history. For the moment.

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7 thoughts on “Who Put The Sex In Sextile?

  • Mitraya

    The only sextile I can think of off the top of my head is Venus sextile Pluto. I think Pluto helps unbury my Venus from under all that earth (stellium in cap with Venus in the middle of it all). It’s hard for me to reach my romantic side, but I know it’s there.

  • Sha

    When i try to gain some grain of understanding in those least coveted aspects, i turn to harmonics .. for the lack of better imput / or / simply because it seems right 4 to me .. i find very useful to observe the dial of the major ones in regard to the nature of the constellations of the Zodiac. As the aspects deal with dividing the circle – the “whole” – into particular parts, they deal with division of consciousness into particular “angles of view” too. More than any other aspect of astro, with the aspects we are less concerned with their immanent aspect, and eaven more so with their active one, the “what they do” over the “what they are”. In regard the constellations, astrology is very clear what each of them mean and do .. but when we go quantum deeper, the structural division of the Zodiac is subdued to pure cyclical progression .. everything else is side-dishing appropriate for that particular place and time …. This cycling mechanics can easely be applyed on the housing and the aspecting layers without imparting any substantial dammage to their true vocation. Hmm, pushing the discourse a bit more, and we can say the constellations being of ‘cardial’, the houses of ‘fixes’ and the aspects of ‘mutable’ nature basicly :/

    So with the sextile, we would introduce the themes of Virgo by defalut. Is no biggie why the sextile doesent appear as glamurous and desirable as some other aspect can .. The

    “Consider them to be a working aspect”
    “They say with a sextile that you have to do something to activate it”
    ring some big bells in this respect :)

    So, here we would introduce her the themes of :

    – polarity yin / receptive
    – second quadrant matters / awarenes of others, incorporating others within the self
    – element earth / materialization
    – modality mutable / flexibility, mobility
    – ruller Mercury / mental earth, mind made matter

    Some keywords*
    – small
    – fast
    – humility
    – grace
    – taking care of what needs to be looked after
    – organization
    – details
    – on the micro level
    – acute attentiveness
    – devotional attention
    – producing / productive
    – concentration
    – finding ways (for things) to “fit into the bigger picture”

    Getting around the sextile and allmost instantly you’re catapulted into the spiritual layer of the Virgo expression .. yes, definitely you have to ‘build’ on this aspect before being able to “see on it” :)

    By comparision the trine would be of Gemini nature, still Mercury but of opposite element .. no much density to ‘hold’ or cristalize the flow therefor .. live in the moment i guess } ¤ {


    • Sha

      Sorry 4 my crappy english, is 2am here and i’m fairly tired .. :P

      So, mobilization of assets, getting arround with small elements to assert the “bigger picture”, the (earth?)mastering aspect .. I’m thinking now, the sextiles could easely be those elements that function as briges and smooth the overall flow of energy / rough patches in a chart ?


      • Sha

        Why, thank you for bringing attention to the matter ! :) I too have a bunch of sextiles in my chart, and sincerely, never really payed much due respect to them .. when in fact, i am very appreciative of the Virgo energy and contribution ;)