Grand Trine

Grand TrinePure 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 them is to probably to break some bad news on a trine transit. It will go down better. But they 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.

The 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.

Trine 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.


Grand TrineKylie Minogue has a sexy electric DC/Lilith/Uranus trine, which is quite obviously effortlessly magnetic. Joan Baez made great use of her gift of a Mars/Pluto/Eris trine being a folk singer and activist. Her strong vibrato uses the trine to harmonising difficult subject matter into something more palatable. Cilla Black has a long and successful career as a TV personality with Mercury/Juno/Neptune she was most famous for her for her matching-making program “Blind date”. Bob Geldof Vertex/Moon/Eris A popular activist. Evel Kenevel Venus/Pluto/Eris Daring and dashing. Reginald Kray AC/Sun/Lilith Trines used in the negative manner, to entrance and hold mesmerised.  Jane Mansfield Vertex/Ceres/Pluto. Sexy and voluptuous with pulling power. Donald Trump  DC/Jupiter/Uranus. Lucky and unexpected cash good fortune through others. Tina Turner Sun/Pluto/Eris. Isn’t it just! Oscar Wilde AC/Chiron/Uranus.The charming eccentric. Robin Williams AC/Moon/Uranus. Professional Loon. Sean Lennon Sun/Ceres/DC. Famous Dad passes on his gifts. Russell Crowe Mercury/Ceres/Uranus. Gifted Actor. David Tennant (Dr Who) Moon/Ceres/Pluto. Regeneration and time-cycles! Rose West DC/Sun/Eris. Alison Goldfrap Vertex/Ceres/Pluto. Courtney Love Sun/Juno/Chiron. Dark seductive trines. George W Bush AC/Lilith/Eris. Warrior Queen… Fidel Castro Mercury/Saturn/Jupiter with Eris/Uranus in a stellium. Certainly not an inert trine there. Nick Clegg Proud owner of 3 grand trines. Moon/Lilith/JupiterAC/Juno/Eris Vertex/Saturn/Neptune. Mr lucky pants. *All aprox 1 deg 30′ orb.

I note the high frequency of Eris and Uranus, it seems there has to be one activating/aggressive type planet in there to make the trines more famous and successful. Of my friends I noticed more in the way of Chiron/ Neptune/Venus and these where not particularly ambitious and quite happy with their lot.

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140 thoughts on “Grand Trine

  • January 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Along the same lines of what Tsilikat said, I’ve found some of the Grand Trines formed using asteroids are pretty amazing. I have a close one (less than 1 degree orb) made up of 12th house “Karma” (#3811), 4th house Saturn and 8th house South Node – and that particular asteroid – through transits and progressions – has played a BIG role in my life. It’s one I pay serious attention to.

    Karma is 6 degrees away from natal 12th house Uranus (which opposes Chiron), so Uranus/Saturn/South Node is the second Grand Trine (or Kite) I suspect operates within my astrology.

    I’m looking forward to the future posts you mentioned, Marina. Your insights are always enlightening. :)

    • January 31, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks LB, you are a fellow Astro-naut then with the Uranus opposition to Chiron. I always felt I was cheating saying I had a grand trine because Asteroid Lilith (2nd) made one to Chiron (10th) and Neptune (6th). But my first reading from Karmic astrologer Zsusanna Griga pointed this out to me.
      It is actually a Kite like yours because of the Chiron opp Uranus/Pluto as the rod in the middle. I do love that even if you don’t want to count asteroid Chiron, Jamies DC completes that trine for me.

      I love that Asteroid Karma is in your 12th house!

    • February 1, 2011 at 3:03 am

      What do I know, but I’d count Chiron (and in the 10th, makes such sense for you!) as well as Asteroid Lilith . . . and of course, Jamie. Reminds me of that line from the movie “Jerry Maguire” – “You complete me.” :)

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    great article , and good research. greetings.

    Here’s mine great trines
    DC ( 29 Aquarius ) / Venus( 28 gemini ) / Uranus rx( 29 Libra) / , almost like Kylie
    another one is Sun,MC ( 20 Taurus ) / Eros ( 18 Virgo ) / Vertex ( 21 capp ) ,
    and it all means ” love and sex ” , right ?

    • January 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      Hey that first one is very groovy with Venus probably on Betelgeuse, with Uranus it will ramp its energy right up. Yep that’s pretty sexy. The second one is more seductive I think. Erotic pulling power with the Vertex.
      Ha ha! Your Eros on my Pluto and Vertex on my Mercury.

    • February 1, 2011 at 2:57 am

      So that is the connection .
      Thanks Marina , it is an honor to read your comments.

      That means also you have Trine Pluto / Mercury , same here.
      Pluto ( 6 Libra ) / Mercury ( 6 Gemini ) , the Chameleon aspect.

      You are correct , my ruler Venus is on Betelgause ( 28 45′ Gemini ), and all my love relationships ended like the nature of Betelgause. ” Red eyes , it’s sad story of my life”, but just reading on your site it more orange right now.

      Just saved the my the most powerfull Grand Trine for the end.
      Moon, Jupiter, Eris ( 14 Aries ) / Neptune ( 12 Sagg ) / Fortune (11 Leo )

      So the question is , why Im not still famous , since all of this and AC is on Regulus ? Maybe I am , but according to astrology I should be a Porn Star ( 8th house – Mars , Moon , Jupiter , Eris ) :)

    • February 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      “all my love relationships ended like the nature of Betelgause. Red eyes” Blimey! But very well put though, like it.

      Yes I’m still waiting for a big fat red sack of golden coins to fall on my head with Betelgeuse on my Part Of Fortune.But since the eclipse i admit something IS happening :)). So maybe soon Ill have the red eye of champagne hangover joy when I really hit the bigtime

      Maybe you would be famous if you DID become a porn star! We won’t tell anyone…

  • February 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

    The only way I get any kind of “grand trine” is if there is something I’m not seeing in the end of Aquarius in my natal chart.. trining Natal Mercury/BML/ASC in Gemini and then the Ceres/Eros/Juno in Libra.. (3 degrees Pisces MC does not count, as it is too far from 28 degrees, with such a small orb)

    On the other end.. there is a Natal Psyche in Scorpio at 9 degrees trine Sun in Cancer at 9 degrees so if there IS anything at 6 to 11 degrees in my Natal Pisces 10th house.

    I guess transits have been friendly with Neptune recently.


  • February 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Hi, Marina. Great article. I have the kite that you are talking about. I also have lots of trines. As I have 6 planets in earth signs. Of course three of those planets in earth signs square my sun as well as pisces in chiron. My kite has the tip of the kite conjunct to my jupiter in taurus (retro), with the bottom of the kite opposing my venus in scorpio conjunct the ic and my neptune in scorpio. I have a stellium of mars/uranus/pluto in virgo in the 2nd house and the other side is in my fifth conjunct my moon in cap which also conjuncts my vertex in cap.
    Its been a long road. I work hard even with the lucky stuff. Thank the heavens I have had the lucky stuff. I have had some pretty tough times.
    I am still working towards my own personal success.
    Well, I will never give up. I can not. I think that it is good that I have the earth stuff. Since I am a sag and well sag is never get things finished. At least this sag used to have a really hard time. Now, I am getting good at completing things. I am getting good at making the complete package. Hmmm. It took so long to get here.

    • February 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Thats a really active and action packed trine, but it’s not really a true pluffy toblerone trine. Thats such a Kite!
      I don’t think you can extract the trine from the Kite. The opposition is there and the tension it fuels in the middle cannot be avoided. I guess that would account for your tough times.
      So its the benefic Venus/Jupiter opposition that drives the trine which is even better. Not too harsh.

    • February 8, 2011 at 4:19 am

      I guess you are right. I have tough times but at the same time I have this lucky stuff with the venus and the jupiter being there in opposition. Not as tough as let us say an opposition between saturn and mars or something like that. I am looking forward to your future article on kites….

      Thanks for replying and this great post!!!

  • February 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    i am looking foward to that article sorry i forgot to mention that… i have so much to learn still….ahhhh
    again thanks very much


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