How to customize orbs in Astro-Charts

Learn how to customize orb degrees for aspects (ie conjunction, sextile, square...) on your charts in Astro-Charts

You can now customize aspects on Astro-Charts by adjusting the orb degrees to amounts you prefer.

What are orbs?

Orbs are the degrees up to which you'd like to count an aspect. For example, a conjunction indicates two planets are in the same location as one another, or 0 degrees apart. But often planets up to 8° apart are still considered in conjunction. This is because they are still so close relatively to other planets - and the effect of the conjunction can still be felt.

In this case, 8° indicates the standard orb given to the conjunction aspect. Each aspect has a different standard orb that goes with it, with the most common and significant types of aspects being given the larges orbs.

How to customize your orb

Now in chart settings (see the graphic above), you can see Astro-Charts' default orb setting for each type of aspect. You can input an orb number you prefer into the input box next to each aspect.

You do not need to alter or fill in all of the aspects. You can greatly expand your orb ranges, or decrease them down to zero if you would like. To save your orbs permanently across all your charts, go to your User Settings page and save your settings.

Adjust orbs for Synastry charts

You'll notice Synastry charts have a different orb settings section for them. This is because Synastry charts tend to have default orbs that are half of the orbs typical in a birth chart.

There are twice as many aspects within a Synastry chart because there are twice as many planets involved than in a birth chart. However, usually it is only useful to focus on the most significant aspects, as is done by default in our charts. If you would like to customize the orbs to be wider, this is where you can make those edits.

You'll notice that once the new settings are applied, not only do the aspects listed change, but the display of the chart and chart patterns will change as well.

Above is an example of a Synastry chart with default orbs and then the same chart with custom orbs applied. You'll notice most of the chart remains the same. However some aspects have disappeared because they no longer apply with tighter orbs in place.

You can use this feature to fine tune the chart creation process to what your preferences are. Enjoy!

Astro-Charts default orbs for Birth & Composite charts

Conjunction (8° default)
Opposition (8° default)
Square (7° default)
Trine (8° default)
Sextile (6° default)
Quintile (1° default)
Septile (1° default)
Octile (1° default)
Novile (0° default)
Semi-Sextile (1° default)
Quincunx (5° default)
Sesquiquadrate (1° default)
Aspects between the outer planets Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto (3° default)
Aspects between asteroids and special points like Lilith, Ceres, Chiron, Juno, MC, North Node, Pallas, Vesta (4° default)
Aspects between Sun and Mercury (because these planets never veer far from one another) (3° default)
Aspects between Sun and Venus (because these planets never veer far from one another) (6° default)


Astro-Charts default orbs for Synastry charts

Conjunction (4° default)
Opposition (4° default)
Square (3° default)
Trine (4° default)
Sextile (2° default)
Quintile (0° default)
Septile (0° default)
Octile (0° default)
Novile (0° default)
Semi-Sextile (0° default)
Quincunx (1° default)
Sesquiquadrate (0° default)
Aspects between the outer planets Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto (0° default)
Aspects between asteroids and special points like Lilith, Ceres, Chiron, Juno, MC, North Node, Pallas, Vesta (2° default)