Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for Trine

Hello everyone and welcome to my "T" post! Today's topic is the trine in astrology.

One of the most interesting parts of astrology is the aspects of the various planets in a chart, which is the relationships of the celestial bodies to each other. 

You can think of the planets kind of like a corporation: The sun is your CEO, the moon your VP of human resources, Mercury your CIO, and so on and so forth. Anyway, like people, sometimes the planets get along well, and sometimes they don't.

When two planets in a chart are around 120 degrees apart, they are trine one another. This is typically a rather harmonious relationship, since it's quite likely that the two bodies involved will be of the same element (fire, earth, air, or water). NOTE: How close to 120 degrees they must be can vary from astrologer to astrologer, but I'd say within 5 degrees of 120 is considered a trine for me.

The power of the trine really depends on the planets involved, but it's safe to say that trines to the sun and moon can have a great positive impact on a chart.

An even more powerful aspect is called the grand trine, where three planets in a chart are 120 degrees from each other. When that happens, the element that the grand trine is in is truly energized in the chart. A grand trine in air, for example, may give someone outstanding communication skills, while a grand trine in earth may make working or making money easy. It totally depends on which planets are involved in the grand trine and what houses they are in.

Having trines in a chart is a good thing, but having too many trines or other "positive aspects" can be a potential problem. Too many positive aspects can keep a person from really moving forward because things come too easily. In other words, since "negative aspects" (like squares, planets at 90 degrees apart) can be challenging, someone whose chart is very harmonious may have difficulty because there are fewer obstacles. In fact, some of the real movers and shakers in the world have some very dynamic--and challenging--aspects.

Remember, however, that in astrology, just as in life, you can only play the cards you're dealt. If you happen to know that two planets are trine in your chart, dig a little deeper and find out more about them. Use that fantastic relationship to your advantage. :)

Thanks for tuning in! Come back tomorrow for my "U" post. 


  1. My niece has a grand trine in air. Oy. We're doomed. :-)

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  2. I concur, hon. She will be a chatterbox for sure! :)