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Working with Asteroids

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Hi Everyone!

We're here with a tut asteroid astrology, basically the Named Asteroids, what they are and how we can use them in our charts.

Here is a quick Youtube tutorial to get you started, or refreshed.

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What is Asteroid Astrology?

There are hundreds of thousands of asteroids, more named every day. They are found between the Sun and Earth, Venus and Jupiter, and Saturn and Neptune. Then there are the KBO’s beyond Pluto and now, with the discovery of Sedna, possibly myriad more Ort Could objects taking over a thousand years to orbit the sun. If we plot them all in the natal chart, it would be filled in, blacked out.

Not recommended.

The trick of working with asteroids, especially the 'name' asteroids is to be selective.

You want to choose those significant to the immediate question or investigation. If you're looking at relationship, for example, asteroid Eros, Psyche, Amor, Sappho, Cupido and Adonis are interesting to added, and others as well. And the 'name' of your beloved, or cute-curious new meet. You can use thir first name, surname or nickname.

Tips for studying Asteroid Astrology

  1. Don't worry about spelling. If you are looking for Aaron but can only fine Aaryn 2366, go with the closest SOUND.
  2. Stick to topic. Is it career, financial, love or family related? Sports or health. Decide, then check names.
  3. Use generous orbs, but know the really tight ones, 0 - 1.5 degrees, are making the strongest statement.
  4. Consider them by house and aspect first, then sign. I've found house placements real eye openers.
  5. Transits count. Check where an important name (person) is transiting your chart today.

How do you read them?

Mostly they will show up as red flags, highlighters of talents, connection, or indications of interest.

With the mythic names, for example, if Hephaestus is conjunct the Sun, there could be an interest in craft, black-smithing and working with hand tools. If asteroid Shakespeare is conjunct the fifth house cups, work in the theater, play-writing or acting could be a form of creative expression. Hygiea conjunct the Moon could indicate working in women’s health. Icarus to Mercury might write or defend freedom of speech.

If your new love interest's name is conjunct the Sun, she/he might feel like a golden ray of light. Conjunct your Saturn and you might be wondering if they are ever away from work long enough to connect. Considering a new business partner? Put their name asteroid in your chart (and check by transit and progression) for hints on where they meet you. Is it 10th house biz, 11th house group collaboration, 6th house mind-body-spirit, 12th house mystery or maybe secrecy?

How to find these name asteroids in your chart?

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-14-01-pmGo to Astro.com and click on your natal chart.

Scroll down to Extended Chart Selection.

 

 

 

Scroll down to Asteroid name/number.

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screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-37-13-pmCheck the box of the asteroids you want to see in your natal chart.

Exit list and 'click to show the chart'.

Examples of Asteroid Astrology in Action

Below is a quick example of the name asteroid Briggs in my natal chart, conjunct Mercury and in the 10th. This is the name of a man I married. We met on the job and had a very verbal, student-teacher dynamic (I was not the teacher at that point in time). Briggs is also the surname of my son who I have collaborated with on both music production projects and novels.

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Also interesting in the above, asteroid Jason is conjunct the sun and I will say I've have more than my fair share of energy with that name in this lifetime!

Give it a go in your own natal chart, or any celeb etc you want to play with (like where the name asteroids fall for those the asteroid was named for.)

Questions and insights welcome in the comments.

See you there.

xxKimmy

PS. Another way to do it is go to the online Asteroid Ephemeris and type in your favorites as transits (the day's date) or on your birthday (for the natal positions) and then plot them in your chart.


The Draconic Zodiac

mardukdracon_ishtar_gate Draconic ZodiacThe Marduk dragon – restored Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin

Hi Everyone, this is one of my favorite astro-techniques, straight from ancient times!

Welcome to the world of the Draconic Zodiac

Get ready to be blown away because this is a rich and magical aspect of astrology. Not many astrologers use it in modern times, but I find it extremely valuable.

The word ‘Draconic’ is from the Latin ‘ draconem’ (nom. draco) “serpent, dragon,” from the Greek drakon (gen. drakontos) meaning “serpent, seafish.” In astrology, the Caput Draconis is the ‘Dragon’s head’ or North Lunar Node and the Cauda Draconis is the ‘Dragon’s tail’ or South Lunar Node. The Draconic chart, or Draco/Draconic Zodiac then, is another reference system for plotting the chart but instead of starting 0 degrees Aries at the vernal equinox as the familiar Tropical Zodiac does (the one we use in Western Astrology and is calculated at astro.com etc), The Draco Chart begins 0 Aries at the Moon’s North Node.

Hang on! It’s not a complex as it sounds!

It just means that instead of the node being at the particular degree you’re accustomed to seeing it, it is ‘dialed back’ to 0 degrees of Aries. The planets all stay in the same houses and have the same angular relationship (aspects) to each other as in the tropical zodiac (T) charts but the signs and degrees are altered. Here is an example.

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Tropical Zodiac transit chart for December 6, 2007. Notice that the North Lunar Node is at 1 degree Pisces 27′ Rx:

Read this to create your Draconic chart by hand

This will help you fully understand how this ‘other zodiac’ is determined. Or skip on to the next Para if you simply want to trust the ancients philosophy here.

To find YOUR Draconic chart, you can subtract the North Node in degrees of longitude from 360 and and add the difference to all the planets and house cusps. In the case above, the North node is 1 Pi 27 which (rounded) translates into 331 degrees of absolute longitude. Subtract that from the full circle, [360-331=29]. Add [29] degrees to every planet, point and angle and you have the Draconic coordinates. For example, the Sun in the tropical chart above is 13 degrees Sagittarius. We add [29] degrees to it [13 Sag + 29 = 42 (-30) or 12 degrees of Capricorn.

Read Below to get the Computer Version

For those not wanting to learn the basis for this zodiac yet, you can go Astro.com and choose Extended Chart Selection, then click the Natal Chart drop-down option and click Draconic Chart.

Draconic Zosiac on Astro.com

Below is the Draconic Chart for the exact same moment as the tropical zodiac chart above. All the planets are in the same position by house and aspect but the signs have shifted the exact number of degrees the North Nodes was away from 0 Aries.

draconic Zodiac chart 1aHow do we read the Draco Zodiac Chart?

Like the North Node, the Draconic chart says something about where we are headed, if we chose to reach out, and also like the South Node, it says something about where we have been, what’s comforting, familiar and secure. Some think of the Draco chart as as the “purpose” behind the soul’s intention and link it to a sense of destiny or fate.

I like to think of the natal Draconic chart as a layer of “soul fabric” that lies underneath the outward personality. You can’t see it unless you look deep. Like the silk lining of a jacket, we never think about it being there and it never fully shows, yet it is a substance that makes the wearing of the coat more comfortable—a better fit—and when the breeze flips up an edge and we get a glimpse of that contrasting color and silky texture, we go “ahhh”.

The Draconic chart is something like that.

In this metaphor there is no “blending.” The Draconic chart is not woven into the natal chart like a tweed. It is the satin underneath, distinct and of its own, usually different, nature.

NOTE:

If you were born in 1950, 1969, 1987, 2006, check that your Node is exactly 0 Aries. If so, then your Tropical and Draconic charts will be identical, suggesting that your soul fabric is a perfect match to this lifetime’s expression.

Consider the Draconic chart and it’s relationship to the NODES. In the Draco system, the North Lunar Node is ALWAYS Zero Aries and the South Lunar Node is always 0 Libra. This is a major hint as to the meaning and purpose of the chart.

The Nodes, which have so much to do with unconscious patterns from the past and new conscious directions towards the future, are the points in the chart that say “This is where you have been and what is comfortable (South) and this is what you can experience if you reach out into the new and unexplored (North). Life is a balance between the two and the Draconic chart resonates with this theme—where we’ve been and where we are going. Remember, everyone has the SAME nodes in their Draco Chart. That is a KEY to understanding the principles at work.

To top it off, the Lunar Nodes in the Draconic chart are ALWAYS on the Zero degree Aries point! Talk about destiny meeting intention! (North Node on the AP)

Working with the Draconic  Zodiac Chart

North Node as the first degree of Aries, suggests how our “will to be”, or sense of I AM, moves out from the subjective and into manifest reality. The Node here gives everyone an incredible sense of self-assertion and WILL to move forward, IF they choose to develop it.

South Node as the first degree of Libra says, “I relate”, showing how our drive to interact with others in socially significant ways moves from our inner world and out towards other individuals. Because it is “from the past” it can indicate a feeling of too much reliance on “what others think” or letting others do things for us, or even run our lives. In this Libra – Aries polarity we have to make our own decisions and find how growth comes form our own experiences and adds to our capacity to relate.

In the Draco chart, there is no “sitting on the fence” or hesitating about “what to do” if we want to seek our destiny, and any aspects to the natal chart can be quite instructional. Remember, the ONLY thing different in the Draco chart is the signs of the house cusps and the signs of the planets. This tells us about an underlying orientation that we have, but may not always see.

Working with the Draconic Zodiac

There are two main ways to work with the Draconic Natal Chart. It can be read as a stand alone, checking the difference between the orientation of the signs (element, polarity and modality) in the natal chart, and it can also be read in aspect to the natal chart. The fist technique is works best if you compare the two Zodiacs planet by planet, cusp by cusp. For example if the Natal chart has the sun at 2 degrees of Gemini in the 10th house, we might say there is a need to communicate widely and knowledgeably in ones chosen profession–to feel distinct, this person needs to shine before the public in a sharp, dynamic, witty way. If the Draconic sun is there (it will always have the same house position and aspects) in the sign of Capricorn, there may be an underlying need for that public recognition to reap tangible results–something Gemini alone is not too concerned with. It also amps ambition. Going through all the planets and angles in this way brings insights.

The second technique is a way of comparing aspects between planets and points otherwise not revealed. The measurement, remember, is the distance of any planet from the North Lunar Node. If, for example, the original natal chart has the Moon 32 degrees ahead of the North Node and the Draconic Chart has Saturn at 2 degrees of Taurus (32 degrees ahead of the Draconic North Lunar Node or 0 Aries) there is a conjunction between the Moon and Saturn that otherwise would not have been obviousd. This can explain much in charts were there is no original aspect between planets but a powerful conjunction in the Draco to Tropical charts.

Below is an example of a natal chart (inner wheel) with the Draconic chart placed around the outside as you might place transits or progressions. Here many contacts are seen that are not apparent by the natal alone. (D) Saturn is conjunct (T) Mercury and Venus, (D) Pluto is conjunct (T) South Node, (D) Uranus is conjunct (T) Chiron, and (D) Jupiter is conjunct (T) Part of Fortune.

draco_natWith this kind of comparison it is best to keep orbs tight. Look particularly at conjunctions and/or oppositions within 0 – 2 degrees of orb. Remember, all the planetary aspects in each chart are identical. What is going to be interesting is how the Draco chart relates back to the natal. More examples are in the tutorial below.

The main thing to keep in mind is that there are TWO zodiacs in play here.

Draconic Zodiac Chart Synastry

Synastry describes the technique of comparing the natal or progressed charts of two or more people. It literally means ‘stars in the same place’ such as when one person’s Sun is conjunct another person’s Moon. All aspects between the two charts are important, the angle, or type of aspect, being less relevant than the actual link. Each planet contact brings its own symbolism to life in a relationship and evaluating them in synastry charts can supply information as to the needs, purpose and desires that are awakened when two people meet, connect and interact.

People are like permanent transits. When you meet someone who has their natal Jupiter conjunct your natal Sun, it’s like having Jupiter on the Sun whenever they are around! This is an easy contact to spot when comparing the tropical zodiac natal charts but they many also have their Draconic Pluto on your Mars, and that might feel a little different. It might also go a long way in explaining some intense dynamics in the relationship that might not otherwise be obvious.

There are several ways of using the Draconic zodiac in relationship comparisons. You can look at Draconic to Draconic or Draconic to Tropical natal or progressed charts. In this way, there may be connections under the surface that aren’t obvious in the Tropical Zodiac charts but make a lot of sense when they show up in the Draco. Here is one example:

Examples

draco_synIn this chart the (T) Mars of one person is conjunct the (D) Mars of the other. There is no Mars aspect in the tropical synastry and the feisty, sexy, battle & banter nature of the union is well explained by looking at the Draconic links. There is also a Jupiter/Mercury/Venus contact not see in the Tropical charts alone, and boy can these two talk!

Another method is to make a composite (midpoint) chart of the Draconic natal’s. This may be very different than the tropical composite and progressed composite charts, shedding new light on the purpose and energy of the relationship. Some useful exercises for reading these charts will follow in the tutorial below. Draconic Transits

Transits to the natal Tropical chart from Draconic positions can be insightful as can the reverse–Tropical transits to the Draconic Natal. Again it may be most instructional to keep orbs tight, within a few degrees, and focus primarily on the conjunction and opposition, at least to begin with.

Transits of any kind are often associated with outer events. Although this may be an accurate association, the initial effect is usually an inner one. Some part of the psyche, some interior figure or archetype, awakens. Concurrent with the nature of the transit, house and sign position, once awake it generally starts looking around for recognition. That means it looks for a crown, a throne and lots of patronage. If the recognition is readily forthcoming and conscious awareness is placed on the needs, desires and offerings of the figure, what it represents can transform into what we consciously express without a hint of an outer event. We simple add the new aspect of being into the multiplicity of ourselves.

If, on the other hand, the needs and wants of the figure are denied by consciousness, we will meet them outside ourselves. Jung said “We people our lives with bits or ourselves,” and what we deny inwardly we bump into in the daily life as a person, place or thing. In this case, the event can be disruptive. This disruption, (or exhilaration), insures acknowledgement of the waking archetype, one way or another.

Summary

To sum it up, remember, the entire chart needs to be considered when evaluating Draconic Zodiac transits. Those, and the other major and minor Tropical transits and progressions. for example, if there is a Saturn transit to the Sun with a Draco Jupiter transit to the Nodes, the Draconic transit may be less prominent. If there is a transit to the Draconic Moon and a Tropical New moon conjunct the Ascendant, the impact can be far greater regardless of the outer planet transits. Draconic lunar events can also be considered as a “timing” device like Mercury, suggesting when major transits may manifest in an inner or outer event.

How to get started reading Draconic Zodiac Charts

Step One: Construct your natal Draconic Chart by using a computer program or by subtracting the North Lunar Node in degrees of longitude from 360 and then adding that figure to all the planets and house cusps.

Step Two: Start a page with columns. On the left, list all your planets out from the Moon, Sun etc to Pluto (include Chiron and any asteroids you like) It would start for example, like this:

1. moon2degree Gemini23′

 

Step Three: Add a few key words to describe the ORIENTATION of each planet in that sign. Focus mainly on what it “Wants, Needs and has to offer.” You can be as brief or elaborate as you like.

1. moon2degreeGemini23′ – Loves communication, offers curiosity.

 

Step Four: In the right hand column, place the Draco sign and degree and its orientation. Focus also on “Wants, Needs and has to offer.” It might look like this:

1a. Tropical moon2degreeGemini23′ – Loves communication, offers curiosity.

1b. Draconic moon15degreeCancer25′ – Loves deep feelings, offers sensitivity.

Continue on with this until all your planets are listed. You can actually SEE the difference in orientation by polarity, element and modality. The Draco positions say something about that silk lining, what is underneath your tropical needs and orientation. Remember: This doesn’t negate your tropical chart or BLEND meaning. It ADDS a new dimension.

You can expand on this by comparing transits, progressions and synastry placements to other people as well.

Step Five: Do the same exercise above using your Tropical house cusps in the left hand column and your Draconic house cusps in the right. It might look like this:

1a. Tropical ASC. 10degreeAquarius 34′ – Initiates in unique ways, zany energy.

1b. Draconic ASC 29 degreeVirgo 12′ – Initiates after much analysis, quick mind.

Continue this through all 12 houses, focusing on the needs of the signs as they apply to the qualities of each house. You can take this further by considering the rulers of each sign on each cusp and were they fall in both the Tropical and Draconic chart. In the example above, the (t) Asc is ruled by Saturn and Uranus where as the (d) Asc is ruled by Mercury.

These above exercises are a great way to become familiar, step by step with your Draconic Chart.

Step Six: Find any aspects (look for the conjunctions and oppositions first) between the natal Tropical placements and the Draconic. As in the chart example above, consider the conjunction between (d) Saturn and (t) Mercury/Venus. How does that make the natal chart different? What is underneath the Mercury/Venus conjunction that was not obvious before?

Homework

Now, approach this at the level you feel comfortable. You might want to run your Draco chart and compare the sun sign, Moon and Ascendant. That’s plenty to start with. Others of you will go through the whole tutorial. It’s all good. My goal here is to inform you of this other zodiac, and give you the tools to get started.

So, any questions? Insights? Let’s all discuss them in the comments.

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Fun with Derivative Houses

mixed-media-collage-tree-and-houses-karla-gerard - Derivative Houses
Image by Karla Gerard

What are these houses?

The derivative houses have been around for a long time. They are used extensively in horary astrology, but that’s not all. By looking at your natal chart, they can shine a spotlight on other people in your life, showing how you naturally experiences them in different situations. It can really help with deliberate creation and getting into alignment with what you really want.

5 minute derivative houses tutorial
5 minute derivative house tutorial

Derivative houses are also a great tool for finding where joy, abundance, talents and showing where skills, stimulation, contrast and excitement can be found. So, by looking at the natal placements and signs through this lens, as well as considering transits, progressions and synastry placements, the derivative houses offer a wealth of information and insight, explain some quirky MO’s, and line us up, Astro-LOA style. To get a quick grasp, watch this 5 minute tutorial, then come back and we’ll have some fun with individual charts. (it’s all about turning the wheel!)

How to Use Derivative Houses

Now for some fun examples! Who wants to volunteer? Let me know in the comments and we’ll play with ‘turning the wheel’ so you can all practice. (I’ll be putting charts up here, but without the birth data for privacy!

Example #1 – Jacqueline – Her questions are around business, health and home.

Jacaqueline's Chart

Here is Jacque’s natal chart. Her first question is about business, so we look to the 10th house. With the South Node there, part of her really needs to ‘let go of outcomes’ which isn’t an easy vibe for Aries Rising! So we will use derivative houses to get some hints on what will support her best ever business vibe. To do so, we’ll turn the chart to put the 10th house, or MC, on the horizon, making it of first house importance.

janette_Derivative HousesWith the 10th on the first, we see right away that of the actions she listed: coaching one-on-one, group programs, writing/blogging, product creation, the first and most supportive is going to be, ‘get thee a business plan! The 2nd from the 10th (the $$ and support form business) is ruled by Capricorn with Saturn in the house! Set a goal. Set an intention. Aries rising likes to wing it, and Libra can shilly shally, but the Saturn in you wants to have a solid, grounded, well organized plan. Just doing that OPENS the doors to support, success and increased $$. (Note –  the plan itself doesn’t matter. You simply amp up your success by making one).

The Next thing would be to go with the one-on-one coaching. Can you see why I would choose this as major support? Look at her Libra (connect, talk, counsel, coach) Sun and Venus! When we turn the chart to put the 10th on the horizon, the Sun and Venus in Libra are in the 10th house of success! (the 10th from the 10th is the 7th). One on one will support her more than group work (where she has Mars/Neptune – 11th from the 10th – which is super creative, and mystical, but may lose focus in groups – or the group is about as easy to lead as a room full of cats). Making sense?

Jacqueline’s Derivative Houses
Jacqueline’s Chart with the 10th house on the horizon – we have turned the wheel until house 10 is rising.

Turning the wheel

Writing supports her when she is on the perfect-for-Jacque-path as we see the North Node in the 2nd (support) house from the 3rd (writing).

For health boost, the best suggestion is a personal trainer, running buddy, cohort or side kick. Not that when we put the 6th house on the horizon, Jupiter (for enthusiasm and gusto) is in the 8th.  (1st house is 8 from the 6th). That means sharing this journey with a buddy. Also, Saturn (stick to it discipline) is in the 6th (daily routine) from the 6th (health) so she’s going to want to, again, have a plan, and bring a friend.

As for the 4th house of the Home, roots, and ground, when that comes to the horizon, we see the Moon ruling her 2nd (support) from the 4th (home) and that means, self-love. Whatever makes her smile, feels nurturing and comforting, she wants to do more of that. This is a Cancer moon, and Cancer moon is nurtured by 1) loving and caring 2) feeling needed/useful 3) sharing emotions. I am seeing this is perfect alignment with self-care, home, health and successful one-on-one coaching practice (where she is needed, useful and sharing powerful emotions).

Thank you Jacqueline, for letting us use your chart.

Anyone else want to have a go? Let us know in the comments.

See how informative this is? Derivative houses rock!

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Four Basic Building Blocks of Astrology

Astrology Building Blocks

Learn the Four Basic Astrology Building Blocks

Hi Everyone! For those just starting out, this Video Tutorial will show you the four basic Astrology Building Blocks , the constructs of the horoscope or natal chart. This includes groundwork on the  planets, signs, houses and aspects - in under 3 minutes!

A Metaphor for the Astrology Building Blocks

Think of Astrology as a symbol system where the planets are the actors. The the signs are the their costumes they wear. The houses are the stages, the sets they act upon, and the aspects are the scripts they’ve been handed. How they are scripted to interrelate.

Remember, YOU are the director, and you call the shots, decide when to say Action and when to say cut!

Exercises for learning the basic Astrology Building Blocks

  • Learn to recognize and draw the planetary glyphs. Follow the online tutorial for help there - learn to draw the signs and learn how to draw the planetary glyphs.
  • Spot each of your planets in your chart and note which sign and house they are in. This goes into your notebook. Leave room under each entry to add more insights and data as you go along.
  • Add planetary themes and energies to your notebook, Pinterest astrology board or vision board.

Enjoy, and see you in the comments for Q & A.

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Aspect Patterns

aspectpattern1Hi everyone,

There are a lot of beliefs floating around out there about what aspect patterns in the chart may mean. Some definitions are misleading. I'm here to set a few things straight.

First up, aspect patterns are still just ASPECTS - planets and points connected by mathematical degrees. And aspect pattern ties together three or more planets into a geometrical shape. They are CONNECTED to each other. Scripted to interact.

Remember:
Planets are energy - the actors.
Signs are expression - the costumes the actors wear.
Houses are environments - the stage on which the actor struts her stuff.
Aspects are the scripts - the dialog between actors who are connected.

Second point, think of aspects like table legs. If you pick up one leg of a table, all the others come up with it. In a T-Square aspect pattern between Moon, Venus and Mars, if you activate the Moon (pick up that leg of the table), Venus and Mars (the other table legs) ARE ACTIVATED TOO. This applies to all aspects, recognized patters or not. I learned this from the amazing astrologer, Richard Idemon.

Third, aspect pattern are neither good nor bad. They are energy, just as it is. How we utilize the energy is what matters.

Fourth, aspects patterns are not immutable fate. Even the YOD! They are the default. With awareness, you can used them for your own well being and abundance. They don't 'use' you, unless you let them.

Fifth, do consider the Ascendant and Midheaven in the aspect pattern, as long as you remember they are not planets/energies as such but modes of expression/environments. If the Asc is part of a T-Square, you will likely use it, or the Descendant, to express the two planets that are involved. The Asc becomes the conflict resolution or filter for the energy.

Summary: ANY aspect between two or more planets means they are scripted to dialog with each other. They are connected so that if one is active and 'doing something' the connected one wakes up too. They are partners, of sorts.

Let's look at some real life examples. I won't go through all the patterns as once you get the idea, you can work out the meaning yourself. I will cover three favorites of mine: the Grand Trine, T-Square and Yod.

I'm choosing examples that are famous and infamous, to give you contrast and bring home that the patterns don't mean 'good or bad', they are energy for use to put to use.

The Grand Trine

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The Grand Trine consists of three or more planets trine to each other to form an equilateral triangle. The Trine aspect is 120 degrees of the circle, connecting planets and points of the same element. The orb (leeway) is 10-12 degrees. * NOTE 28 Aires is trine to 28 Leo Trine to 28 Saggo, Trine to 28 Aries creating a Grand Fire Trine, BUT, it might be 28 Aries, 3 virgo, 22 Saggo. Aspect patters that include different elements are said to be out of sign.*

People think the Grand Trine is all kinds of karmic money in the bank. They use words like lucky, fortuitous and abundant. If it's a Grand Fire Trine they are super creative visionaries, Grand Earth, incredible with money and finances, Grand Air Trine, eloquent writers and speakers, Grand Water Trine, sensitive, psychic healers. Lucky Lucky Lucky.

Sometimes this is absolutely true when the individual is raised with love and fostered to develop their many abilities. What the Grand Trine can also mean is THEIR vision of the world is so beautiful that the reality of their life is a devastating contrast that crushes them psychologically. It happens. Best leave the notions of luck and good karma out of the equation when reading a chart with a grand trine, until you sus what the client has 'done' with it. Trines are slippery slopes, and inherently lazy. There isn't much to get the energy moving, unless the person feels the ecstasy ... or agony of how it fits in their life. Mahatma Gandhi has a Grand Fire Trine and his creative vision and charisma changed the lives of millions of people.

But then there's Peter, Kürten, aka the Vampire of Düsseldorf, who was a serial murderer, rapists and, well, bad guy all around. Behold his beautiful Grand Earth Trine involving the Asc/Neptune, Uranus and the Moon. He used the energy in very macabre ways. He was the 3rd born in a poverty stricken family of 13 children where he witnessed his father beat and rape his mother and sister. I won't go on. Just imaging how this 'heaven on earth' grand trine, Neptune on the Asc, Venus ruled sensitive child handled it. No DoCS to the rescue. He would run away from home and be dragged back. The unfairness of the world would have been crippling psycholoically. And it was. He murdered his first victims when he was 9 years old. Kürten was executed on 2 July 1931 by guillotine in Cologne.

Not all Grand Trines are heavenly.

The point is we don't idealize aspect patterns. They aren't magical indications of greatness, or even difficulty. They show how planetary energies are connected. If you have a terrible home life like Kurten, and your Moon (home, mother family) is connected to Uranus (unusual, innovative, genius) connected to Neptune (longing for reunion with the divine/madness) on the Asc (outer expression) you might just find pleasure and nurturing in bizarre ways that control life (by taking it away).

The Yod

The Yod is the name for an astrological aspect between three (or more) plants or points where two planets are 60 degrees sextile and both 150 degrees inconjunct (or quincunx) to a third. This is one of my favorite patterns, not just because I have two. They combine planets/energies that are a different modality, polarity and element. ie, nothing gets along easily, at first. Check out Will Smith's yod.

willsmithWith the Yod, you want to note where the 'finger' is pointing. In Will's case, it's to a 10th house Saturn. Ambitious man. REALLY ambitious, and competitive. It's where all the energy is headed, pulling from the fuel of Jupiter in the 3rd (words that impact LARGE arenas, and Neptune in the 5th, the illusion of the theater/creative drive, imaginations, deception (acting). There is contrast! Saturn is grounded in the real world. Jupiter is all about the vision. Neptune, the ideal. What Jupiter and Neptune 'see' is perfect, imagined without flaw. When it is manifested in reality, aka Saturn, the vision is no longer infinite and perfect. It becomes real, hence flawed. The only way to deal with this dichotomy is to find a balance. Allow both imagined perfection and 'reality' that falls short.

The cool thing about this Yod is that it pulls in Mercury by opposition, so will can achieve his ambition by LEARNING (Mercury). He actually says, 'I have a moderate amount of talent. But what I do know about is skill development. That's where I excel with ridiculous amounts of time/work.' He claims to have a 'sickening work ethic.' Can you see it? Can you imagine what he would do if he didn't have the creative outlet he has gained?

To sum it up, the Yod means that three or more planets are in dialog with each other and it's up to the pointing planet to harmonize the energy. It's called the finger of fate or God/gods because for most people this is a default. Wherever it sits in the chart, (what houses or areas of life are activated) describes where a pattern of behavior or external events occur. More on the YOD here ...

The T-Square

In this pattern, three or more planets (of or near the same modality) are 90 square each other and two, or more, are 180 opposition. The orb is 10 to 12 degrees. There is often tension, and contrast in this aspect, but it MOVES energy. There is a feeling of 'forced growth,' unlike the trine.

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We hear that T-Squares are trouble, right? Meet Oprah Winfrey, according to Wikipedia, the "Queen of All Media", the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America's first and only multi-billionaire of African/American descent. Several assessments regard her as the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. Harvard!

Yes, she has a Grand Air Trine with an exalted Mercury trine Jupiter trine Neptune, but check out the T-Square. Mars square Pluto (god of war and god of death, opposite Mercury square Mars. That could be a whole lot of anger, aggression and darkness. She grew up in extreme poverty, born to a teenage single mom, was molested by family members from the age of 9 and had a baby who died shortly after birth when she was 14 ... but unlike Kurten, she didn't become the Vampire of Mississippi.

Whatever your feelings towards her, she overcame incredible adversity both personally and culturally, to be something 'more than' in the world. Note the Grand Air Trine (communication) is in Earth Houses (money, work, career). She was not lazy with this aspect pattern and the T-Square helped her there.

Focusing on the T-Square, the third house Mars can suggest anger/violence and square Pluto in the 12th can bring a whole collective of prejudices, race, gender, creed ...opposite that exalted Mercury. It's like she was a true alchemist, turning a mix of mud, s**t and old carcasses to gold.

When you look at the T-square, note the 'empty' leg (where if there WAS a planet there in Taurus, it would be a Fixed Grand Cross). T-Square people will often attract the empty leg in some way, in Oprah's case Taurean types people, or 9th house things, (like an honorary degree from Harvard!)

And below is the infamous Mata Hari. Her chart shows, like Ophra's, a Fixed T-Square and a Grand Trine, this one in the element of Water.

She was an exotic dancer and courtesan, convicted of spying for Germany in the first world war. The trial was over before it began, and she was executed by firing squad in France at age 41. The idea of an exotic dancer working as a lethal double agent using her powers of seduction to extract military secrets from her many lovers made Mata Hari an enduring archetype of the femme fatale ... I included her in the discussion to support idea that aspect patterns do not dictate a persons reality, but they fuel it in whatever direction we point.

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Here are more aspect patters to look at. Don't go nuts with them, but do familiarize yourself with the names and how they tie energy together.

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Check your chart for aspect patterns like the Grand Trine, T-Square, Grand Cross, Yod, Kite, etc. Explore the example charts too, if you like, or any family, friend, or celeb charts you have. If you can post the chart here, or link to it, all the better for discussion.

This is great practice in spotting aspects with your eye, a skill that will help you in chart reading as you connect with the geometry of the circle.

See you in the comments!

xxxKimmy

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