Separating Aspect

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Reinhold Ebertin's Rule of Aspects

An aspect which, although still in orb, has passed the point at which it was exact. An aspect is separating when the faster moving of the two planets has passed this point and is moving away.

In modern western astrology, this distinction is not so important for natal chart interpretation, but in Horary Astrology an aspect is generally considered to be finished once the faster-moving planet in aspect is a few minutes past exact.

One exception to this rule in horary astrology is when another planet combust the sun (within 8.5 degrees in either direction).

Traditionally in other types of astrology a separating aspect is considered to be weaker than an applying aspect in which the faster moving planet is still approaching the point at which the aspect will become exact.