The shades of equilibrium
The number 6, representative of the sextile aspect, is the product of 3 x 2; therefore, it brings together the harmonisation potential of two ternaries. In the symbolism of the trine, we examined how the triangle represents the synthesis or resolution of dualism (its neutralisation). In the figure of the hexagon obtained from the division by 6 of the zodiacal circle, we can inscribe two equilateral triangles intersecting and with equidistant vertices: it is the Seal of Solomon, which represents the spiritual and creative forces (the triangle with the vertex at the top) and the unifying earthly forces (the triangle with the vertex down), which together contribute to the formation of the individual. The number 6 is still the number of the Son of God, a perfect example of the union between spirit and matter. The sign of Virgo, the sixth of the Zodiac, symbolises the mother of Christ or the divine principle that manifests itself within creation. The sixth Sephira of the Kabbalistic Tree, Tiphereth, Beauty, is the balance point of the Tree, the centre where the meeting and transmutation of the spiritual and formal planes take place. To conclude, we recall the sixth Arcanum of the Tarot, The Lovers, which in its esoteric meaning, refers to the necessary balance between the evolutionary and formative aspects of the individuals during their incarnation.
Once transposed the meaning of the number six to the sextile, we get the indication of an accentuated balance between the planets involved in the aspect, a sort of willingness to compromise with a view to a peaceful life. At the destiny level, this can translate into low resistance offered by external circumstances, ease of action, pleasant and non-hindering contacts, and facilitated businesses and initiatives. Think, for example, of a Mars-Venus sextile between the sixth and eighth Houses (ability to manage and harmonise daily challenges and changes); or again to Mercury and Saturn between the seventh and ninth Houses (wisdom at the service of relationships and communication).
Despite being counted among the major aspects, the sextile is often underestimated. That is partly due to its mediating function, which leaves little room for the formation of apical events in the individual’s destiny; furthermore, the higher one rises in the vibrational frequency of the aspect, the more “subtle” the effects become, which requires a refinement of the interpretative process. That is even more true for transits in which, unless there are concurrent aspects, the impact of a sextile planet on a sensitive place in the natal chart may go unnoticed.