Grand Trine

Pure grand trine energy is about harmony and ease, the line of least resistance. Trine people have a real charm about them, seductive and languid, like falling back onto a giant, pluffy, triangular marshmallow. However the grand trine could easily also be the most over-rated aspect pattern of all. It all depends very much on the state of the rest of the chart and also the planets involved in a grand trine. If the trine should contain some powerful stars this will make it less likely to disappoint and give it some real power. Sugar-coated describes the trine quite well, transits can pass us by quite easily because we didn’t notice the medicine going down.

To make the best use of grand trines is to probably to break some bad news to someone while experiencing them. It will go down better. Grand trines don’t cause any good luck by itself, we still have to make it happen. So what do we make of someone with a grand trine in their chart.

First of all trines do not spell out instant fame and success or even necessarily great talent. They show three planets who are passing energy around each other in an easy,  unquestioning way. The energy goes round and round without interruption, ad nauseam….Hence the reputation of tines being lazy. For this uninterrupted current can get quite trance-like, comforting and euphoric.

Grand TrineThe trine is rather like a massage, soothing out all those knots in your back. Sooooothing, very soothing, until your whole body becomes like jelly. It can get hypnotic. So the danger with grand trines is that they can become complacent, they don’t really have much will or drive inside them. What makes a grand trine really fly is when it contains an opposition inside it, giving it some back bone.

This is known as a Kite which I will talk about in another post. A person with a grand trine may actually have chosen to incarnate and just be. This is the person to exude calm and harmony over fraught situations. They don’t want to shake things up, trines like to make you a cup of tea and say “There, there” They are happy being the sofa everyone snuggles on at the end of a hard day and there is nothing wrong with that.

Healing Trines

Grand trines used at a high vibration can be incredible healers. On the negative side, a grand trine in the chart might indicate a person who takes the easy path and gets away with things. That could by why the trine has a lucky reputation. The native may just attract good luck, things fall into their hands without them even trying. The problem I think is that of not appreciating either the gifts they have or the good luck because they have not actually worked for it. Again this is why they are sometimes ignored; it’s just too easy.

The Grand TrineTrine people may trigger anger from others because they appear to not even recognise or enjoy their good fortune. This can infuriate a square person who would give anything for the good looks, inheritance or freebies the trine person has had thrown at them. They can also attract jealousy also for the same reason.

There is no question that a grand trine can be a wonderful talent that can be used beneficially once it is recognized. The key is making the most of the three planets contained therein and remember to snap them out of their trance once in a while. The fire/assertive planets are less likely to zone out however, so a Jupiter/Mars/Sun trine is more likely to be a high achiever than a Moon/Neptune/Venus.


146 thoughts on “Grand Trine”

  1. Saying asteroids and other points cannot be involved in aspects is like saying mathematical rules only work in certain situations — well then they wouldn’t be a rule, would they?

    I think it’s not ‘good astrology’ if you can’t expand the application across the entire system.

    • The Huber system which I use does not consider any aspects to anything other than the classical planets. It would ruin the sacred geometry and turn it into one big mess. You wouldn’t be able to see the wood for the trees. I’m a little more flexible than them however. I will consider trines to Ceres. I used to consider Lilith, Juno, Pallas Athena, Eris and Chiron. But after adopting the Huber method I decided to keep it simple and more focused. This is such an old post! I took off my old examples using those asteroids.
      The Huber Method

  2. I just found out I have a water grade trine. I am an Aquarius and I have become extremely enlightened over the last few years and I am trying to discover who I am as a woman. So I started looking into my birth chart. I really don’t understand a lot of it but I do know I also have a YOD.

  3. you do not have a grand trine, lilith can not be considered as part of a grand trine . only planets and ascendant descendant midheaven and possibly nadir. no asteroids or nodes. pretty soon everybody has a little of everything and nothing worth having. it becomes meaningless, even though by doing so, people are looking for more . you have enough .

  4. i think asteroids should not be included in consideration for grand trines t squares any major aspects. it’s just not good astrology. one could go on infinitely with aspects … chiron part of a grand square with such heavy hitters as mercury saturn and uranus. no. i don’t understand. yes, some of these things are important … chiron is ver interesting. but it cannot be part of a major aspect. that’s an absurd idea. there’s quite enough going on in most charts, as they are with traditional interpretations…


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