Too Many Trines
Too many trines (those blue lines – 120 degrees, usually of the same element) can make peeps complacent. But nice.
Let’s Revisit the Aspects
The birth chart is but a map of the solar system when someone or something was born. A la the most ancient of esoteric principle, we reflect that moment. The aspects are measured in degrees but really just describe the relationships between those planets, Sun, Moon and less tangible points such as the Ascendant or North Node.
The main aspects are the Conjunction, Square, Opposition and Trine. Then there are the (arguably) less powerful aspects such as the Sextile and Quincunx. There is also the Quintile – which has a staunch group of advocates barracking for its importance as a sort of “new age aspect that we are only now evolved enough to grasp sort of thing.”
Now the orb – as in how many degrees “out” you should consider an aspect to be happening – is arguable. If you’re stretching to try and make something so, pull out and narrow that orb. For example, you’re hot for a person and wondering if your Venus and their Jupiter conjunct by 12 degrees still counts because you want it to be SO badly, don’t worry about it.
If in doubt, always narrow the orbs and consider THOSE aspects the big players in the scene. Because they ARE.
The unaspected planet
What do we make of unaspected planets? It is what it is. Rather than seeking to buffer it up via some minor planets or random asteroids, see this planet (or Sun/Moon) as a lone warrior, a secret agent, a solitary sage – whatever fits the vibe.
But it IS interesting to see what occurs when something unaspected becomes suddenly in aspect via a progression or a major transit. EG: i have seen people’s lives deepen and shift in the most amazing ways when an unaspected (say) Mars is suddenly conjoined or squared (any of the major aspects) by Pluto.
But unaspected planets are not “bad” – it just may take more work than usual to incorporate that vibe into the rest of your psyche.
Example of Too Many Trines
It can be really hard to find “example charts” of well known people – whose lives are broadly familiar to the point that astrological students can learn off them- who have heaps of trines and not many “difficult” aspects.
Why? Because they often don’t do that much. They’re not driven. Squares, Oppositions and quirky quincunxes – they drive you. They’re motivating as hell.
Something to prove?
Image: Richard Powers