The imprint of fate
The septile aspect results from a division of the zodiacal circle by seven, for an angular amplitude of approximately 51° 26′ (51° 25′ 42.8556″). Expressed in decimal numbers, the result of the division is a rational but periodic number (51, 428571…, the six digits after the comma are repeated indefinitely); consequently, the heptagon that is generated cannot be inscribed precisely in the circle.
Let’s think of mathematical data in a symbolic key. From this point of view, the periodic number represents a vibrational frequency that tries to stabilise itself in a form or a state of reality without fully succeeding, as is the case with the aspects examined so far. However, we do not make the mistake of confusing the periodic number with the irrational one, as is the case with pi or the square root of 2, where there is no repeated sequence after the comma; periodicity here means that there is an attempt to assume a stable structure but on a different level than the initial one.
We can consider the numerical subdivisions up to the sextile as symbols of the relationships that in the individual have to do with the vital and social expression, with the creative manifestation and the balance between internal and external dynamics. With the septile – which has the same meaning as the number 7 and the septenary – we are motivated to choose a different order of representation which, while maintaining the previous matrix, defines a new beginning on a separate evolutionary plane or the subtle perception of a hidden reality. As long as we remain stuck in ordinary vision, the septile aspect is not resolved, and the numerical periodicity is repeated indefinitely. However, the moment we accept to go beyond the veil of appearances, it occurs as a phase shift, and the vibration settles into a new scenario.
That is why the septile has the reputation of a mystical aspect capable of activating spiritual vision. However, as with all aspects, it is necessary to approach the teaching of the septile consciously. In a positive sense, it proposes again the myth of the phoenix that is reborn from its ashes; it is the path to the immortality of the soul, the ability to regenerate oneself to access life as a whole, without thinking that the essence of one’s nature is limited to the individual form. When the negative phase prevails, the risk is to remain blocked or bound to the work of dismantling the old personality; in this case, the effects can range from simple regret for the missed opportunity to the disintegration of some psychic instances if the transformation process is already in an advanced state.
At an interpretative level and observing things from a more “worldly” point of view, the best definition of this aspect is linked to the concept of “fate”. The fatum, the inevitable fate, was, for the Latins, the irrevocable word of the divinity, which no one could oppose. From an astrological perspective, fate represents the realisation towards which we are destined beyond any logical reasoning or personal or social impediment that may come between us and the destiny we are assigned to. It can be an earthly or spiritual achievement, an agreement of particular circumstances that inevitably leads us to a goal. It may also include adverse events necessary to remove obstacles hindering evolution.
For example, a Mars-Neptune septile guides the will towards the widening of one’s worldly or spiritual horizons, but at the cost of sacrifices, in the manner of Joan of Arc; the septile of Mercury and Uranus between the eighth and tenth House makes the inquiring intellect aiming at extraordinary discoveries or which, in adverse cases, leads to the consumption of mental resources.