Solar aspects

NB! This page is being updated - with the research results from 2,520 male murderers' birth dates instead of the previous 1,260. The update is done paragraph by paragraph. When it is completed, these 2-3 first lines will be deleted.

In this research project I havechecked out almost 1,000 aspects between the Sun and other celestial bodies. This approach has consequences for the way I deal with statistical significance. Normally a phenomenon is statistically significant, if P <= 0.05 or when the chance is 1 out of 20 for the result happening by chance. With 1,000 aspects 5% as the dividing line means that 50 of the found aspects must have happened by chance. It's clear that the bar has to be raised - but how much?

The exact number of aspect I have researched is 931. Let's see what happens, when P is lowered:

  • P <= 0.05: 78 aspects. 47 expected to be accidental, 31 left.
  • P <= 0.01: 24 aspects. 10 expected to be accidental, 14 left.
  • P <= 0.005: 12 aspects. 5 expected to be accidental, 7 left.

We kan make the following observations:

  • As you can see there is always a surplus, no matter where we set P. This means that we can expect some of the aspects to reoccur in a replication test - but not all of them.
  • Statistical signficance is at the end of the day an estimate.

 My conclusion has been to set P to 0.01.

When I work with aspects, I use the orbis recommended by John Addey:

  • Conjunction - Cnj: 12 degrees
  • Opposition - Opp: 6 degrees
  • Trine - Tri: 4 degrees
  • Square - Squ: 3 degrees
  • Quintile and biquintile - Qnt: 2:24'
  • Sextile - Sxt: 2 degrees
  • The series of septiles - Spt: 1:43'
  • Semisquare and sesquisquare - Ssq/Sqs: 1:30'
  • The series of noviles - Nov: 1:20'
  • The series of deciles - Dec: 1:12'
  • The series of undeciles (or 11th harmonic aspects) - Und: 1:05'
  • Semisextile and quinqunx - Ssx/Qqx: 1 degree

The celestial bodies, I have researched, can be categorized in the following categories:

  • Planet: The "regular" planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. However, I have included the lunar node and the mean lunar apogee (also known as Lilith the Black Moon); both are invisible points derived from the lunar orbit.
  • Ressonant KBO's: You will have to look up the definition of "Resonant KBO" at Wikipedia, but I can inform you that "KBO" is an abbreviation for "Kuiper Belt Object". The Kuipber Belt is outside Neptune's orbit. I have included 10 resonant KBOs in this project. among them is Pluto.
  • Cubewano - also known as "Classical KBO's": Apparently they are the KBO's, which are not "resonant", and in my project I have included 17, among them the biggest and probably most wellknown is Makemake. You can read more at Wikipedia about Cubewanos here.
  • Scattered Disc Objects - also known as SDO's. As I understand it the SDO's are outside the Kuipber Belt and not influenced by the gravity of Neptune - but I am not sure about the latter. So far I have only included 7 SDOs, among them the biggest and most wellknown is Eris. You can read more about the scattered disc here.
  • Asteroid Belt: There is an infinite number of celestial bodies in the asteroid belt - I have include 18 of them in this project, among them the biggest and probably most wellknown is Ceres.
  • Near Earth Objects - als known as NEOs. NEOs are asteroids with orbits between the Asteroid Belt and the Sun. In astrology one of the most wellknown NEOs is probably Eros, which I have seen mentioned in several astrology books. I have included 7 NEOs in this project. You can read more about NEOs here.
  • Centaur: In mythology a centaur is half human and half horse - i.e. a centaur is something, which breaks with the conventional definitions by being a mixture of different things. "Centaurs typically behave with characteristics of both asteroids and comets." (Quote: Wikipdia) In astronomy centaurs are minor planets with orbits outside the asteroid belt. I have included 11 centaurs in this research project, among them most wellknown are probably: Chiron, Pholus, Chariklo, Nessus and Hidalgo.

I didn't include other types of celestial bodies in our solar system such as trojans or comets.

I am not using the term "dwarf planet" for any category, because astrologically it does not make sense to put Ceres into the same category as trans-Neptunians such as Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. Furthermore, a lot of the trans-Neptunians, which haven't been designated "dwarf planet" yet, may become dwarf planets in the future, which means that the label "dwarf planet" is very unstable. I assume that category labels, which I have selected, are more stable.

Table 1: Statistically significant aspects

Table 1 shows the statistically significant aspects I found with the 2,520 male murderer birth dates. The following explains, describes and interprets the table.

 The column labes are:

  • Aspect: You have already been introduced to the aspects and their abbreviations. After each aspect abbreviation comes an abbreviation for a celestial object - they will be dealt with below.
  • O for observed counts
  • E for expected values
  • ChiSqu cotains the result of the Chi Square calculation.
  • P is the probability.
  • 1:x is the odds - e.g. 1:329 for Sun trine Neptune, which means that the chance that this aspect occurred by accident is 1 out of 329.
  • % is the +/- percentage.

 The colour coding is as follows:

  • Green means that P was equal to or above 0.005.
  • Orange means that Pe was equal to or above 0.01 but below 0.005.
  • Light yellow means that the celestial object in question didn't have a name, so instead I took the liberty to give it a temporary nickname. Table 2 provides you with overview of abbreviations and names of the celestial bodies found in Table 1.


  • None of the centaurs came out with statistically signficant aspects. If this is true for other categories (such as professions) then it is an error, when astrologers include them in their chart interpretation.
  • The cubewanos seem to be by far the most interesting category, when it comes to the selected category of male murderers. By definition the cubewanos are outside the orderly world represented by the planets - you could say that they are outside "law and order".
  • The resonant KBOs do seem to have influence on the selected category of male murderers but less so than the cubewanos, maybe because the resonant KBOs are influenced to some degree by the "law and order" of the planets?
  • The planets do have influence on the selected category of male murderers but even less so than the resonant KBOs.
  • The SDOs are represented by only one statistically signficant aspect, and this aspect has its P-value above 0.005. It is nearby to conclude that we can rule out the influence from the SDOs as a category.
  • The statistically significant aspects of the NEOs are relatively few and weak - none of them has a P-value above 0.005. NEOs are very small - maybe they don't have sufficiently gravity to influence us astrologically?

Table 2: Abbreviations and names of the celestial bodies with statistically signifcant aspects

Can we draw any conclusions from the research results?

In Figure 1 I have summed up the statistically signficant aspects for each aspect type. The oppositions is the most important aspect followed by the conjunctions. Conjunctions and oppositions - and astrologer would interpret these aspects as a sign of extroversion, since the conjunction is about me and being egocentric (reflecting the zodiac sign of Aries), while the opposition is about other people and being social (reflecting the zodiac sign of Libra). By definition a murderer is extroverted.

The Ssq/Sqs and Ssx/qqx aspects are both absent in Figure 1. 

Figure 1: Chi Square output summed up for statistically significant aspects

In Figure 2 I have first summed up the statistically signficant category and then divided it by the number of elements within the category in order to be able to compare the 7 categories. For instance, summing up the statistically significant Chi Square output for the Cubewanos renders 74.9986, which is again divided by 17, because I have included 17 cubewanos in my research project. The result is 4.4117, which makes the cubewanos the most promiment category in this research project. On the other hand the centaurs and the SDOs are the least prominent in this research project.

Figure 2: Average Chi Square output for categories of celestial bodies

(C) Copyright Eskild Rasmussen. This page was last edited June 23rd 2019.