Mohan Koparkar, Ph.D., 1976: Mohan Enterprises, P.O. Box 18334, Rochester, N.Y., 14618; $8.95, paperback 6" x 9"; 80 pages; glossy white cover with black lettering and small stars and drawings; also noted on the cover: All Major and Minor Aspects Synthesized Using the Process of Magnification. ISBN# 0-918922-06-2.
This is a great book on aspects! Since most astrologers use the "common" aspects (sextile, semisextile, trine, square, semisquare, opposition, sesquiquadrate, and conjunction), this manual opens up a whole new world for delineating a horoscope. Astrologers are aware that aspects represent the integrating mechanisms for planetary energies and guide and control them. Koparkar shows how simple it is to do this. The author also instructs not only how to understand the personality structure by combining the planets involved with the quality of that aspect but also the role the houses, karma, and the lunar nodes play in defining the chart's individuality.
Magnification is explained as a process of synthesizing a point in space in terms of harmonics or "waves". Since every wave function can be expressed astrologically in terms of signs and houses, every point in space has a special meaning. The author, who holds a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, goes into detail to illustrate the geometrical rationale that creates "magnification." The point of all this is to gain more astrological information.
Next, the author gives two methods of aspect evaluation that give a more thorough picture of the individual. Then the appropriate aspects are presented. Due to the characteristics of the wave function, some aspects are close together: 6°, 8°, 9°, 10°, 12°, 13.5° while others have a wide gap or neutral zone between them: 60°, 72°, 80° and so forth.
The author begins with the 0° aspect, the conjunction, and describes the house influence and key words. In this example, the conjunction has "no house influence as it is universal in nature" and its key words are: "unification, pure blending, homogeneity, miscibility, condensation, individual coexistence, self awareness, subjectivity, personalized, identity bound, and direct merging (p. 16)". Excerpts from the commentary are: "This is a pure case of unifications... Adaptability in so many ways that it affects almost every spectrum of life... Conjunctions often create a lumpy imbalance in the chart as far as good and bad qualities are concerned. This often disrupts or supports the sequenced of the life events... Human control is almost nil in this aspect due to the heavy universal play involved (p. 16)".
Since we are already familiar with the Trine (120°) and the Sesquiquadrate (135°), let's look at the 125 4/7° aspect. The house influence here is the reversed fifth house. Key words are: "unusual creativity, frustrated romances, speculative tension, manipulative actions, lack of sporting spirit, confused emotional values, craftiness by virtue of strange plans, and display of self energies (p. 48)." The author explains: "This is the reversal of the sextile aspect. Planets in this aspect will have little difficulty mixing their energies as far as fifth house activities are concerned. They often act and react out of phase in terms of creative coordination. The efforts are seen positively by both planets but they lack efficiency or coordination. A co-operative spirit is missing... Thus, one gets what is not necessarily demanded... The more nervous they become, the better the creativity that comes out of them... The individual becomes a pressure chamber... However, from time to time, the control is almost impossible to achieve without prior discipline... (p. 48)."
The Arabic Parts always catch my attention. Fortunately, this author considers one of them to be very significant and encourages its use in delineation. On page 14, a very interesting aspect combination that sheds light on the delineation of the Part of Fortune is revealed to the reading audience. This involves an unusual relationship between the sign ruler of the Part of Fortune to the Part of Fortune itself. I tried this "formula" on my own chart and was surprised at its accuracy. So, if getting "to the core" of individuality and character is important to you, you'll want this book in your personal library.