The septile series are found by dividing 360 degrees by 7 so the septile aspect = 51 degrees 25 minutes 43 seconds. Multiples of this give bi-septile = 102° 51’26”; tri-septile = 154° 17’ 08”; quad-septile = 205° 42’ 51”; quin-septile = 257°08’34”; sen-septile 308° 34’17”. This makes up a seven point star.
This translated into the degrees of the zodiac starting from 0 Aries give the septile degrees as 21-22 Taurus; 12-13 Cancer; 4-5 Virgo; 25-26 Libra; 17-18 Sagittarius; 8-9 Aquarius. These degrees carry the septile energy even if they are not involved in a septile pattern.
The Septile aspects are the first of the ‘infinite’ aspects as when 360 is divided by 7, you don’t get a round number but one that continues forever (51.42857143..) Therefore septiles are ‘wisdom seeking’ aspects.
If a septile pattern is formed in the natal chart it is often an indication that a measure of wisdom has been attained by the individual. Septiles give an interest in and ability to comprehend realities other than the norm, so they fit well with the Vertex axis which gives access to other realities. If septile patterns involve outer planets it is usually an indication of a person who quite different to the normal run of humanity. Its negative side is that it can lose touch with the reality that is considered normal.
So you find septile series people in science, religion, astrology, research, psychic areas – in fact any area that could be considered deeper or more recondite to the norm for a culture. For instance I know a veterinarian who can easily communicate with most animals, reptiles and birds who has a planet conjunct his 6th house Vertex which is also involved in a big septile-biseptile-triseptile pattern in his natal chart.
Septile people are often highly inventive, especially if an outer planet is involved in the pattern. I have found a number of them involved in artificial intelligence areas.
Unlike quintile series people, septile series people tend to be quiet, sometimes shy and very modest. Usually only people involved in the same area realise the extent of their considerable abilities and skills. If they have quintiles running off one of the planets involved in the septile pattern they can be highly creative (or destructive) with their knowledge or skill.
The septile patterns connected to the quintile patterns can be an indication of creative genius. E.g Albert Einstein had an Ascendant-Uranus-Moon septile pattern that tapped into his Moon-Jupiter-Neptune quintile pattern. So his genius Uranus had an excellent creative outlet.
Just as angles are considered in aspect patterns, so can house cusps. Albert Einstein’s strong septile pattern was enhanced by the Porphyry 5th cusp at 22 -23 Libra, septile Uranus and Moon and giving midpoint structures of Uranus = Asc/5th cusp and 5th cusp = Moon/Uranus. This would increase his creative enjoyment of the septile energy.
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As the septiles give the ability to understand other realities it fits well with the Vertex axis, which is a doorway to other realities, so you often find the two combined in some way in the charts of exceptional people. For example, Albert Einstein had his Vertex in Scorpio, with the ruler, Pluto, conjunct the antiVertex and in septile aspect to Mercury Saturn. He also had a septile pattern involving Asc-Uranus-Moon. The Moon was involved in a quintile pattern made up of Moon-Jupiter-Neptune and Uranus was biquintle Mars, so he was able to become an expert in his chosen field (septile) and develop further creative/destructive use in that area (quintiles). (click to see chart Albert Einstein quintles
One of the signatures of psychic ability is a septile aspect or pattern running off the Vertex axis, though people with this configuration usually do not enjoy publicity and prefer to keep their skills private.
It is not unusual to have a planet in a septile series aspect to the Ascendant. In fact, it is always there in the few charts I have that I know have an absolutely accurate time of birth, so I am considering that perhaps it is a signature of the birth process. This becomes very powerful if there is an actual septile pattern involved with the Ascendant.
Septile transits are always important if you are looking at the charts of people who have specialised knowledge in their field and/or are involved in the ‘wisdom’ areas of life.
Because the septile energy is very finely tuned it is difficult to work with it in prediction as it tends not to produce obvious outward events. However check out 1915, the year before Einstein published The General Theory of Relativity. That year he had transiting Jupiter retrograding back and forth over 27 Pisces, one of the empty legs of his septile pattern, giving him enormous inspiration for his work.
Copyright © Alice Portman September 2009
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