Aspects and Houses
Houses are numbered 1 to 12. House 1 is your Ascendant sign and the other signs follow. Planets in your first house are conjunct(in the same sign) as your Ascendant. Planets in the following house or sign are semi-sextile to your Ascendant and so on around the wheel. The Midheaven is the celestial sphere, which has as its source, the Earth's Inner Central Sun, and should be treated as a planet. It has nothing to do with the 10th house, other than the fact that it is frequently situated there.
Too much emphasis is given to degrees in Astrology, resulting in aspects that don't exist, including "out of sign" aspects which are purely mathematical but not astrological. There are seven basic aspects, five of which double up(just like the sign rulership scheme) and that's that. Forget about quintiles(72degrees) and semi-squares(45degrees) -they are not astrological. The only valid astrological aspects are based on sign relationships, and just as the double rulership scheme is singling out, so should the aspect scheme. In other words, there are actually 12 and not 7 aspects.
Aspects by degree only intensify what is already there by sign or element, so that all planets are always relating to one another to some degree, just as all parts of your body are always relating to one another to some degree(otherwise you would become dismembered!).
Here is a list of the aspects in their exactness and their associations with the other elements of astrology...
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