I asked this question almsot 2 years ago and this is what I have experienced with this aspect:
A quincunx a.k.a. inconjunct is an aspect that makes “integration” a challenge. This is an aspect that should not be skipped over because it is actually an important piece of your Life puzzle.
Quincunx means “integration.” The quincunx is asking you to change something or make an adjustment in the 2 houses where the planets sit that create the quincunx. A quincunx is a 150 degree angle (8degree “orb” or less). In medical astrology, the orb is said to be (2 degree to 5 degrees) and is considered the most important aspect in the chart. The quincunx glyph looks like a semi-sextile that is upside down.
A quincunx is often described as “being between a rock and a hard place.” Therefore, the quincunx is described as a “hard” aspect, meaning it brings challenge. And challenges eventually build a stronger character. Through your own inflexibility, the quincunx will teach you to either “bend” or “break.” Either way, you’ll learn. And whether you learn the easy way or the hard way is certainly up to you.
A quincunx is thought to be one of the most difficult aspects to work with because it will not allow for retreat. There’s no backing down when it comes to this aspect because you can’t just think your way out of it, you have to take action on those thoughts. The quincunx will challenge you to trust your own intuition. Intuition is a very big deal when it comes to quincunx'. Remember, 2 quincunx plus 1 sextile makes a “yod,” which means the “Finger of God.” Couple the intuition with the “yod” and you have a blast of intuition coming through to your “I AM” presence. This is your inner voice, which is God speaking to you and through you.
The quincunx is asking you to trust your inner voice. Use that intuition, so that you can change the dynamics going on in your Life. When you change the dynamics, then transformation takes place. When transformation takes place, then integration occurs. You will integrate “you” into your Life path instead of standing on the sidelines waiting for something to do it for you. You must do it.
Quincunxes show areas of weakness, in terms of low self-esteem, that others find easy to prey upon. The individual, by not accepting the areas of life represented by the planets in quincunx, leaves himself or herself open to being taken advantage of. Quincunxes point to an area where we may have an inferiority complex. We have difficulty integrating these energies into our personality to the point where we are not happy with either energy. Feeding one planet’s needs is a separate activity from feeding the other planet’s energies. A vague sense of guilt is often the result, and this can undermine confidence with both energies.
The key to handling quincunxes is, firstly, knowledge, and then integration. Awareness that the discrepancy lies within the personality is essential before integration can occur. Quincunxes can often make us feel that external events or other people are forcing us to separate, compartmentalize, or redirect the energies of the planets involved. We need to understand that it is, in fact, ourselves who are compartmentalizing. These needs are especially difficult to integrate because they are not as “in your face” as aspects like the square or opposition, and the nature of the quincunx itself is awkward.
One of the books explaining the Inconjunct in depth is: ‘UNDERSTANDING ASPECTS: THE INCONJUNCT’ by Alan Epstein.
Hope this helped :)
Yods and Quincunx thread
Actually, I don’t agree that quincunxs are difficult, stressful and/or challenging. there is lack of understanding, underlining stress that could leak out as health matter. For example I have venus quincunx saturn and I have found that father, men, authority figures really don’t understand what brings me pleasure (venus) this has not been difficult, stressful or a major focus in my life…It can also suggest a lack of affection in childhood and/or lack of structure, boundaries that were maybe lax from father for whatever reason.
Sometimes these quincunxs (aka Inconjuncts 150’) are obvious and recognised in personality, other times it can take a lot of self examination to identify with the planets energies and of course they (like all aspects) don’t operate 100% of the time, they are simply a facet of your personality. Some say they cause health issues that are unresolved, underlying, dormant waiting to be triggered…. some say you stay at one end, to the detriment of the other, OR end up see-sawing between the two until you learn balance, integration of two unlikely pairings.
Next look at the signs, then houses and then aspects. Now the others aspects from these quincunxs/Yods as they can act like escape routes, that can help or hinder the expressions. A chart with lots of Yods (Finger of God) will always be searching for the divine answers to the meaning of life, to find synthesis
What tends to happen with quincunxs is that with progessions and transits will create temporary Yods aka ‘Finger of god’ configurations. Like with common TSquares, they create a temp Grand Square…
If someone has the ‘generational Pluto sextile neptune’ (born after 1940) then there is always a possibility of creating a temporary Yod with quicker moving planets, progressions, solar arcs even and difficult situations where you could be forced into making decisions and worrying that you have made the wrong one. Saturn, Uranus are generational to and unless these two fall in first quadrant (the most personal) the may not even be felt if they create a temporary Yod…this could be transformation through suffering type aspect
Hello, all. I myself have a Quincunx that connects my four planet Stellium in 2nd House Virgo to my Midheaven. And Wandergeist said above: “A vague sense of guilt is often the result,” which I think is true for me. It seems to cause me problems with deciding upon a career, as I’ve never stayed with anything long enough to hand out all my business cards for the activity, lol. Anything I seem to choose has a way of making me feel guilty/ or incomplete, like I chose the wrong thing (for Mankind’s sake, or course). It is, indeed, a vague thing that needs to be analyzed and I can’t say I’ve mastered it yet…)–:
I didn’t know this aspect has the weight it does. Thanks to your Birth Chart Essence report I read for the first time about my Moon quincunx Chiron and was amazed. Just want to share here what it says: “Self-doubt has plagued you since you were a child. Once you develop confidence in your capacity to love, you may finally conquer jealousy, possessiveness and a need for control. You exhibit great empathy for the underdog, and tend to overcompensate for your own insecurities by helping others. You are the one whom your friends, family and colleagues rely on just a little too much. Watch out for people who take advantage of your kindness.” It’s all so true, and I thought it was all mainly due to being a Pisces. Thanks again!
I find it interesting that astrologer Richard Idemon described quincunx as EROTIC. According to him, planets involved in quincunx are like magnets with opposing poles, so that when you tried to push them together, they repelled one another and would snap apart. The harder you pushed, the stronger the repulsion.
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Interesting how there are so many different interpretations of this one mystical aspect.
I think of a quincunx in synastry as irrational attraction. The parties have no affiliation but yet — a connection forms. Much like the way if a partner’s planet fell in your 8th house, you would be entirely enamored by them. But the main “obstacle” needs to be resolved in order for the relationship to last or it dissolves into yucky crumbles of bitterness that can linger around for years.
In a single chart, it is accept your life circumstances unhappily—keeping the status quo or take action happily in the face of it.
Unfortunately, if you don’t take action (develop the necessary traits) when transits or progressions demand it—then opportunities to grow beyond the difficulty of this aspect pass by and much like the lovers scorned in the previous paragraph, it can leave one with a forever-nagging sense of unfulfillment.