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Trine Planetary Configuration (See Example
One of the most common aspect configuration is
the GRAND TRINE. This involves three planets or luminaries (Sun and Moon).
Each of the players are forming a TRINE (120 degrees angles) between each
other, forming a equilateral triangle. Usually, the three celestial bodies
within their respective signs are representative of one ELEMENT (AIR,
WATER, FIRE or EARTH). (see illustration) or TRIPLICITY represented. (SEE
The Grand Trine divides the GREAT
CIRCLE of 360 degrees into thirds. This makes it the THIRD HARMONIC ASPECT.
Esoterically, in sacred geometry the equilateral triangle represents the
level of pure Being. If the Grand Trine in a chart also has one of the
planets as the RULER of the chart involved in the formation, then the
energy being expressed is considered DIVINE in nature. The ascendant is
where Divine Spirit enters the chart so the energy flow is coming from
the East of enlightenment. With or without that as a factor, the Grand
Trine is a pure expression of the ELEMENT.
Trines in Air Element: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
three signs are the expression of the intellectual
The element of Air expresses its energy in mental and relationship
responses. Individuals with this Grand Trine will most likely
social and relationship-oriented.
Individuals with planets in Air Signs iare all about networking,
communicating and focussing on ideas. The understanding
the concept of duality is center with their values and belief system
as each air sign symbol is a double sign ,,
and . Thus each air sign seeks
out the mid point between the opposite to discover the flow between
the polarity. For Gemini those
midpoint characteristics would be akin to the traits associated
in the signs of Virgo and Pisces. For Libra,
the polarity characteristics would be alike to Cancer and Capricorn.
And last for Aquarius the
be similar to the description of Taurus and Scorpio. With
the trine energy we see this expressed in all the Air signs by
having the natural ability of understanding the other side of a
position in a debate and to communicate effectively their opinion
with emotional detachment from the results.
People with an abundance of planets in air signs could legimately
be called “air heads” as there is a tendency for the
emphasis of activity of the mental versus the physical, spiritual
Logical thinking and detachment are easy functions for those predominant
with Air Signs. Where they are uneasy is dealing with the intense
It is unlikely you would see an Air sign Grand trine, delving deeply
into their own emotional wounds. Their reaction would be more along
the lines of recognition then turn and runaway. Deep analysis of
emotional matters are non-existent for air signs. They are great
talkers of ideas but not so good at the follow through on the on
those ideas. Unfinished projects are common with Air Grand Trines.
You will find the Grand Trine Air in individual natal charts who
may have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. Falsely,
I add, because often it isn’t about the lack of focus as
it is about the discernment that what task is before them is not
their energy or time OR the task is not intellectually
stimulating enough to sustain their interest.
Grand Trines in Water: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
This element finds its expression in the emotional realm.
Sensitivity to their own emotions as well as others is often how
this Grand Trine energies are expressed. Grand Water Trines indicate
individuals who are deeply connected with transformative energies,
both conscious and unconscious. Their reaction to life is first
through FEELING and then through mental analysis. Acting on intuition
is innate with these folks.
The depth and intensity of their emotions is largely due to what
planets are the players and what houses they are in. On the challenging
side of this trine you can see as a result of this trine, oversensitivity,
and prone to emotional drama. These folks may create a crisis in
order to experience the healing and the transformation.
Grand Trines in Earth: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
signs find their expression in the physical and material realm.
Earth Grand Trines are not as energetically expressed as the
other elements in Grand Trines.
One of the reasons for this is the element of Earth is associated
with the material plane, and individuals with a Grand Trine in Earth
will tend to be very grounded and practical in their approach.
Earth signs enjoy organization and security. Earth signs are have
a propensity for the sensual and therefore indulge themselves in
world pleasures and creature comforts.
Grand Trines in Fire: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
signs find their expression in the spiritual realm.
Fire is identified with spiritual energy as it represents LIFE.
The element of Fire energy expresses through action and activity.
Individuals with a Grand Trine in Fire may be like the Energizer
Bunny and keep going and going until their battery finally wears
out. As a result their major challenge is not to over-extend
The element of Fire, like a flame, will burn as hot as it can
until all of its fuel is gone. These folks also are very truthful
fault. Sometimes their honest to others can be brutal and without
tempering. The energy expressed is expansive and along with that
can be explosive in both happiness and friction. Most Grand Fire
folks will need to be learned to conserve their energy and explore
the all emotions instead of just the emotional one.
Depending on what houses and planets
are the Grand Trine, this is also an indication of spiritual inspiration
in a chart. Many great spiritual leaders so Grand Fire trines. On the
other side, Grand Water trines can indicate that as well.
The trine formation is considered beneficial
and a harmonious flow of energy. However, I would caution the reader to
watch over-generalizations in any astrology delineation. As in life the
energy is about friction and flow, positive and negative, to reach the
point of BALANCE. A chart with many trines and few SQUARES can act have
the potential of being challenging because it does not have the balance.
The abundance of trines in a chart may indicate a lack of stimulation
to achieve and may indicate energy flow of complacency. On the other side
of this is the person who needs no outside help for motivation and is
quite driven. As a result the individual may lack a sensitivity to other
folks needs, wishes or desires.
When looking at a chart that has Grand Trines,
it helps to ask a few questions. (NOTE: we are only dealing with natal
interpretation and not transit/progression interpretation)
What is the Ruler of the chart?
2) Where is the Ruler of the chart in relationship to the Grand Trine?
3) Is there a final dispositor that is part of this Trine?
4) What are the missing components in the chart? Aspect, element, house
5) Any unaspected planets?
6) What is the predominant ASPECT in the chart?
7) Do the squares balance off the Grand Trine?
There are other questions you can
ask once you see the chart, but these are just a few to give you an idea
of what you have to consider when delineating the Grand Trine and other
aspect configuration. Again, the caution is made not to over-generalize.
View the BIG PICTURE first and then the Picture within the Picture.