You open your birth chart and see planets sprinkled here and there around the chart, all except for two planets huddled closely together, nearly touching. This is called a conjunction in astrology, but what does that mean, exactly, and is it important?
A conjunction in astrology is a neutral aspsect where two planets sit 8 degrees apart or less on an astrological chart. This placement creates a blending effect where the planets involved meld together and become a singular energy. This influencial duo is considered a powerhouse in a chart reading.
Keep reading to learn more about conjunctions in astrology, including how to begin to read your own!
Table of Contents
- 1 What does conjunction mean in astrology?
- 2 At what degree do conjunctions happen?
- 3 What does a conjunction look like?
- 4 Are conjunctions good in astrology?
- 5 Are conjunctions bad in astrology?
- 6 Can planets be conjunct in different signs?
- 7 How do you read a conjunction in astrology?
- 8 Can more than two planets be conjunct?
What does conjunction mean in astrology?
To astrologers, the planets, which in astrology include the Sun and the Moon, are highly energetic and influential beings. Two of these powerhouses nearly merging on a natal chart is considered by some to be one of the more important aspects of a birth chart.
The effect of a conjunction is described as a melding of the two into one. Yes, the two planets work together, but it is almost as though each planet foregoes its own personality for a shared identity that is a blend of the two.
This merged “super planet” becomes a more important feature in a chart reading than the two planets separately may have been otherwise.
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At what degree do conjunctions happen?
Two planets with 8° of separation or less on an astrological chart is considered to be a conjunction. If the Sun or Moon are involved, up to a 10° conjunction could be considered. The orb size used for conjunctions, or any aspect for that matter, varies from astrologer to astrologer, however.
In astrology, an orb represents the number of degrees planets are away from making an exact angle of an aspect. The smaller the orb, the more close the planets are to making a perfect aspect angle.
For a conjunction, then, the orb would symbolize how far the two planets are from overlapping one another on a chart. The closer the orb is to 0°, the closer together the two planets are and the stronger the conjunction is.
Of course, the planets aren’t actually near one another in reality. Not even close!
A chart is making a 2D representation of something that is 3D, the heavens, so the fact that the planets are “close” or “touching” is only happening on paper, not in real life. And visually, they only appear to be close in the sky due to our perception from Earth, but they are still a vast distance from one another.
What does a conjunction look like?
In astrology, the symbol for the conjunction aspect looks like this: ☌. On an astrological chart, a conjunction looks like two planets that are touching or nearly touching. If two planets have 8° of separation between them or less on a chart, it is considered to be a conjunction.
In the example chart above, you can see how close Jupiter and Venus are. These two planets are conjunct. Jupiter is at 8° 49′ Cancer and Venus is at 10° 10′ of Cancer. The orb is 1° 21′ which would be considered to be a strong conjunction.
You can also find conjunctions by using an aspect table. If you use Astrodienst, as I have used here, the table will look like the example below.
This is the aspect table for the example chart shown above. If you find Venus and follow its column down to Jupiter, you can see the symbol for conjunction, ☌. Next to that, you can see a “1” which stands for the size of the orb for this aspect.
Are conjunctions good in astrology?
Just like with anything in astrology, nothing is inherently good or bad. It’s how you work with what you have that matters.
Conjunct planets in astrology blend together. This does mean that the planets are cooperating and could be seen as a good thing. However, how the individual expresses this combined energy determines whether a conjunction is “good” or not, and some planets make smoother conjunctions than others.
The Moon conjunct Venus, for instance, could make for a smooth conjunction. This combination could inspire someone to be fantastic at forming caring and respectful relationships quite easily, which could be seen as “good.”
Are conjunctions bad in astrology?
Again, with any aspect or placement in astrology, how you work with a specific energy is what determines if it is expressed in a “good” or “bad” way.
A conjunction in astrology is a blending of the energy of two planets which could be seen as “bad” depending on which planets are involved and how opposed their motivations are. Many astrologers view conjunctions as a neutral aspect because the planets could find harmony or be a constant challenge.
In our example above we paired the Moon and Venus which could bring a bounty of loving relationships into an individual’s life. However, what would happen if the Moon and Saturn were conjunct instead? This could be a different story.
The emotional Moon paired with practical Saturn could influence an individual to have a constant internal battle between thinking and feeling. Expressing what they are feeling could be difficult.
On the other hand, this combination could create a great balance in a person where they are able to employ both logic and feeling in a healthy way. They could feel as though both emotion and reason are important when making a decision and become able to utilize both.
This is why conjunctions aren’t inherently “good” or “bad” because so much is dependent on how the planets mix together and how an individual expresses what is in their chart.
Can planets be conjunct in different signs?
Many astrologers believe that conjunctions are still valid even if the planets fall in two different signs. These are referred to as out-of-sign conjunctions. Out-of-sign conjunctions may be more difficult to interpret, however, as the motivations of two planets in two signs must be considered.
How do you read a conjunction in astrology?
To read a conjunction in astrology, look at the sign the planets sit it and ask yourself how each planet can achieve its goals with the tools and characteristics of that sign. Then, brainstorm how the planets, influenced by the sign, could meld together into one force and be expressed.
Some combinations will seem to blend together more naturally than others, and some may feel more challenging to combine. Regardless, conjunctions are influential parts of a birth chart so giving them consideration will add more dimension to your reading.
Can more than two planets be conjunct?
Two or more planets can be conjunct, but when three or more planets are close together in a natal chart it is referred to as a stellium.
Planets in a stellium blend together in the same way as a conjunction and will be a powerhouse in your chart reading. Its house will also be vital in your life.