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Splash

Very rare configuration displaying planets fairly regularly scattered around the Zodiac without displaying any major configurations. The maximum distance between any two planets is 90 degrees. It heralds a potential for varied centres of interest. The native can shift from one field to another with flexibility and relevance, with the capacity to land on his feet in any given situation. The individual has a wide range of abilities and experiences but may fail to concentrate sufficiently on any one goal.


Bowl

All planets are posited in a single hemisphere. With such a pattern, relatively frequently found, the native usually has very characteristic and marked features, and he is deeply aware of his assets. The concentration of planets in a single hemisphere, or a half of the chart, may yield an abundance of energy, although less than that provided by the bundle pattern. Nevertheless, there is an acute awareness that the other half of the bowl is missing.

Most often, the native wants to make up for this lack, symbolized by the central part of the void (the empty part of the bowl opposite the tenanted part). Like in the locomotive pattern, the principle of leading planet and " cannonball " planet is also found here, although it is expressed less strongly.

The peculiarities of the bowl pattern are quite varied, and its consequences on the native's personality can be classified into eight categories, depending on the orientation of the bowl in terms of the four directions, North, South, East, West, and the combinations of two directions: North-East, North-West, South-West, and South-East.

The interpretations depend on the hemispheres and quadrants' usual meaning: the North, with the IC or Imum Coeli as focus at the bottom of the chart, indicates a rich and prevailing inner life that is not very visible from the outside. The South, with the MC or Medium Coeli as focus, heralds a destiny with many achievements, most likely a remarkable and public one. The East suggests that the character is strong and uncompromising. The native does not pay too much attention to what others may think and moves ahead according to his nature. The West indicates that other people are always of utmost importance and play an essential role in the native's decision-taking process.


See-Saw

Two stellium, near opposite one another. All of the planets are split up into two distinct groups and separated by at least 60 degrees. This suggests a person who may be pulled in two completely different directions. There may be an awareness of opposing possibilities and an ability to manipulate these.

See-Saw patterns are extremely rare. The native is constantly torn between one group or the other. The personality is characterized by a duality that is quite difficult to solve in the beginning because the decision-making process is necessarily tainted by hesitancy, and striking a balance proves quite gruelling. In most cases, as the native matures, the integration of the two separated parts is achieved gradually and more easily if Saturn is strong. Ultimately, the see-saw pattern offers the rich fullness of the two opposite and complementary ends of the personality.


Bucket

All planets are posited in one hemisphere of the Zodiac, with the exception of one planet (or a tight conjunction of planets) on the opposite side and isolated. The singleton planet is the 'handle' of the bucket and assumes extra importance. As in the Bowl pattern, the concentration of energy is also very high, with a leading planet and a trailing planet (always taken in the natural order of signs, i.e. Aries, Taurus, etc. through Pisces). The concentrated energy is released through the isolated planet, also known as the Apex, which channels the entire dynamism of the chart and constitutes the native's privileged focal point. Its meaning depends on the usual factors such as signs, houses, dignities, aspects and rulerships. The energy available here is more powerful than in the bowl pattern, and if the native chooses his assets properly, he will gain many more means than the native who has a bowl pattern.


Bundle

All planets are gathered in approximately 120 degrees. The individual tends to focus on one part of life's potential and ignores the rest. This pattern is especially strong if all the planets are on one side of either the Ascendant-Descendant axis or the MC-IC axis. With such a concentration of energies in the same area, the native is likely to be a specialist in the fields indicated by the house(s) that are most tenanted by the bundle. Although the native's talents and assets are truly unique, powerful and specialized, in other areas of life, he is likely to be lost, rejected and marginalized. The happy conclusion for the owners of this type of chart is to live their passion without fear because it is the only way for them to achieve harmony and fulfillment.


Fan

A bundle pattern with an isolated planet, or a conjunction of planets, clearly separated from the cluster. The duality between the isolated element and the cluster is so strong that it is very understandable that the isolated element takes an importance that is even stronger than in the bucket pattern. The APEX (the name of the isolated planet or conjunction) becomes not only the point through which the native can channel the energy provided by the cluster, but it is also a tool. It seems that, as the apex becomes the dominant of the cluster, it also becomes an integral part of it.


Locomotive

All planets are posited within approximately 240 degrees (opposite of the Bundle). In this pattern, possibly the most frequent one in asymmetric charts, two planets are emphasized: the planet leading the locomotive in the natural order of the signs (counterclockwise), which plays the role of the leader and somehow pulls the personality. Its assessment is carried out according to the sign and the house where it is posited, as well as its dignities and its aspects. The other emphasized planet is the last planet of the locomotive, or trailing planet. Its energy is expressed in less powerful and more passive ways. The unoccupied sector of the chart tends to remain unexpressed.

The native's energy is potentially more intense here than in the splash pattern, but the empty part may bring about problems. The evolution challenge is to try to fully integrate the weak areas in order to benefit from the additional strength provided by the concentration of energy, particularly by the leading planet, instead of undergoing its drawbacks. If we were to make an analogy with a sign, Aries would best fit the locomotive pattern, with its strong personality that is subjected to the goal of the moment, but that could also shift from high energy to deep despondency, always for a short time.


Tripod

Resembles the See-Saw, but has a planet or a conjunction of planets clearly separated from the two other groups. Its influence makes the See-Saw keep changing from side to the other, depending on the planets involved. The instability is stronger in the tripod pattern than in the see-saw pattern. Mastering the tripod is generally quicker because the native is exposed to unsteadiness much earlier in life and learns how to make use of the third group, or isolated planet, in order to get rid of - let's say to integrate - the duality of the personality that is intrinsically linked to the presence of the two main groups.

The versatility is stronger here than in the see-saw pattern. The native has a greater scope of action and handles the tripod's energy more easily thanks to the isolated planet or the third group, which plays out as the "wild card", and at the same time retains a higher level of concentrated energy than in the Splash pattern.

Splay: The planets are grouped in tight bunches emphasizing a few houses and signs. This suggests a person who may be highly motivated in several completely different directions.


Grand Square or Grand Cross

One of the most prominent configurations is the Grand Cross. It is also called a Grand Square because it involves four signs, four planets, four houses and four areas of life that are connected together. Not only are there four squares in the Grand Cross, there are also two oppositions. Essentially, a Grand Cross consists of four planets in the same mode or quality (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable), which form the four squares and two oppositions. A true Grand Cross includes a planetary placement in each element: Fire, Earth, Air or Water. Because the Grand Cross involves a combination of squares and oppositions, it is an aspect pattern that affects action and drive (squares) as well as perspective and balance with others (oppositions).

A Grand Cross is characterized by the mode (quality), and each Grand Cross mode has its own unique expression and interpretation. However, one factor that each type of Grand Cross shares is that they are all fundamentally stressful configurations. Squares motivate action, and they are perceived as uncomfortable influences; the tension develops over time, and once it reaches a certain point, we take action to reduce some of the pressure. Depending on our actions/reactions, squares can be both constructive and destructive.

Squares, and particularly very tight orbed squares, can be hard aspects to ignore. The productive factor to a Grand Cross is that it does offer a solid foundation; a nucleus with structure and strength that can be a tremendous resource. However, finding the point of assimilation and balance in order to be able to take advantage of this gift can be exceedingly challenging. The key, of course, comes from developing balance between the two oppositions. When the opposing influences are balanced, then they are wielding the same amount of force on the planets that are connected by the square aspects, creating a solid foundation. When the oppositions are out of balance (i.e. too much attention being directed to one influence over the other), the structure can not hold up, and the squares (frustration) take center stage again. Taking the time to focus in on the basis issue of each mode (i.e. Cardinal signs impact identity, Fixed signs impact self worth, and Mutable signs impact healing and reasoning) can also discover the commonality that the four signs in the Grand Cross have.

Grand Cross: A configuration of intense aspects, formed by four points of a horoscope which occur as pairs of oppositions connected by squares.

P.Globa cites the Grand Cross as the most clearly operating configuration which symbolically corresponds to the element of Fire.

M.Kozyritskaja and M.Levin state that from childhood the owner of a natal chart with a Grand Cross tries to find himself in different fields of activity, but in all activities he is inflexible, inclined to impose his designs on the world, and perceives little of the world's reaction to his actions. Such people are very confident in their correctness and do not turn aside, but concede only under great pressure, and then only for a while.

M.March and J.McEvers reckon that when the Grand Cross is present in the radix the person is capable of surprising efforts and vigorous activity. The direction of these efforts and actions depends on the cross of qualities and houses in which the points of the Grand Cross are located. The cardinal cross always indicates speed of action, the fixed cross strongly pronounced resoluteness when acting, while the mutable cross in many respects depends on the actions and reactions of other people.

F.Sakoian and L.Acker remark that any attempt to solve a problem associated with one planet of the Grand Cross burdens the other planets connected in the configuration with problems. The native is thus compelled to hasten from one crisis situation to another, unable to concentrate on any one situation for long enough to truly find a constructive resolution. If all the points of a Grand Cross are in one cross of qualities or cross of houses qualities, the problems of this cross will dominate the life of the native. Working with the planet of a Grand Cross which has the greatest number of harmonious aspects to planets not involved in the Grand Cross will enable the person to redirect energy for easier advancement.

A.Podvodnyj states that it is better to treat the Grand Cross as a balance of oppositions, not concentrating efforts on one particular planet or horoscope house as a specific objective, but carefully tracing a rhythm of destiny like balancing on the crest of a wave. People with a Grand Cross in the natal horoscope have protection, but too high to conjecture a direct attribution.

See also: Grand Square or Grand Cross; Grand Cross; Grand Cross

Grand Square or Grand Cross: Carlos Castaneda, Aleister Crowley, Tenzin Gyatso, Steve Jobs, Ken Kesey, Charles Manson, Vaslav Nijinsky, Evelyn Robert de Rothschild, Albert Schweitzer, Bobbie, Keith, Komala, Q, Shiloh, Tammy, Travis


Cardinal Grand Cross

When the Grand Cross is in Cardinal Signs, problems and difficulties are more likely to result in energetic and assertive behaviour.

Cardinal signs are typically focused with the question of self and identity as well as actions surrounding these. The focus gets directed based on whether the individual has the ability to impulsively express the self (Aries), the emotional identity is nurtured (Cancer), the social and intellectual identity is connected (Libra) or the tangible manifestation of our identity is recognized (Capricorn). In essence, the Cardinal Cross could become a crisis of identity. The four planets involved are each pushing to express the facet of the self, yet each operates from a different level and perspective of the self. Cardinal signs encourage action, initiation and sometimes, impulsivity. The test with a Cardinal Grand Cross is reflected whenever there is a transiting aspect to it. That is when all four of the placement's energies try to competitively spring into action simultaneously, and each in its own direction. This can cause the individual to feel overstretched or being pulled apart. The influence can also cause frustration based on the desire to take action without a sense of focus or direction. The action or reaction lacks an outlet. Remembering that the key when dealing with the Cardinal Grand Cross is to be alert to the stressors and how those stressors relate to one's identity. Maintaining a sense of focus on the "prize" while acknowledging that there is an action needed in order to express the self and uniqueness of the self makes it less difficult to make decisions.

Cardinal Grand Cross: Tenzin Gyatso, Steve Jobs, Evelyn Robert de Rothschild, Bobbie, Keith, Komala, Travis


Fixed Grand Cross

When the Grand Cross is in Fixed Signs, people may hang on to their problems and be exceptionally stubborn and resistant to change.

The Fixed signs are focused on the questions of self-worth. The focus gets directed based on whether the individual has the ability to acknowledge the worth of the self and mastery (Taurus), creativity and spirit (Leo), vulnerability and trust (Scorpio), and humanity and brotherhood (Aquarius). The main purpose of the Fixed signs is to uphold and maintain the activity that the Cardinal signs created and initiated. The Fixed signs are not ready to "move" from the course of action taken and may resist any efforts to implement change. When the Fixed Cross is activated by transiting aspects, the tendency is for the four planets to hold their course and resist outside pressures for change. Resistance seems to be the main energy of the Fixed Grand Cross in an effort to carry on or maintain homeostasis, rather than flow with an energy that might change the course. On the other hand, when the Fixed Cross individual does initiate action, it can be exceedingly difficult to stop the momentum. The Fixed Cross is like a locomotive - slow to start but once in motion, stays on track and is exceedingly difficult to stop until it has run its course. The self-worth of the Fixed Grand Cross develops unconsciously, for better or for worse. The value that the individual has of the self will be exhibited in their self-esteem. The challenge for the individual with a Fixed Grand Cross is to find the ability to allow flexibility into their activities and to share their accomplishments with others.

Fixed Grand Cross: Carlos Castaneda, Aleister Crowley, Albert Schweitzer, Q, Shiloh, Tammy


Mutable Grand Cross

When the Grand Cross is in Mutable Signs, people may be very adaptable but may also exacerbate their problems by evading them.

Mutable signs are focused on healing and reasoning. The focus gets directed based on whether the individual has the ability to integrate thoughts and feelings (Gemini), organized concepts and healing (Virgo), diversity and wisdom (Sagittarius), compassion and spirit (Pisces). Mutable signs, similar to Cardinal signs, are easily scattered and disjointed when under pressure. While Fixed signs have no difficulty staying focused, the main challenge for individuals with a Mutable Grand Cross can be the inability to gather their thoughts into a collective cohesion of ideas. Learning how to sustain a sense of balance and coordination should be the Mutable Grand Cross individual's goal. The Mutable Grand Cross individuals gain the most when they learn how to juggle their activities while maintaining a sense of consistency relative to the planetary placements in their chart. The inclination of the Mutable signs is to remain adaptable and flexible. When transiting aspects trigger the Mutable Grand Cross, the impulse of the four planetary energies is to transform; to adjust, and to avoid any obstacle that has just been placed before it. The four energies scatter in different directions in an disconcerted effort to find homeostasis. The problem is not in the desire to change. The problem arises from the non-unified reactions of the planets.

Mutable Grand Cross: Ken Kesey


T-Square

A configuration of aspects formed when two points of a horoscope are in opposition to each other and in quadrature to a third planet. This brings tension and sharp, pressing problems, the result of which may be great energy and consequently a better than average chance of success throughout life. When interpreting a T' Square all the factors involved - planets, signs and houses - must be taken separately and then built up into a picture of the choices, difficulties and solutions which each planet suggests.

F.Sakoian and L.Acker find in the T-square the character of Saturn, and consider that this configuration gives certain obstacles and the necessity of overcoming them, and also a strong, vigorous, ambitious aspiration to act, indicative of its Saturnian character. Pressure and an appreciation of conflict are necessary here for resolving a planet in quadrature. When the energy of T-square moves a mature person, it frequently leads to significant achievements. The T-square is a push to success, and many well-known people have it in their natal charts. In interpretation it is necessary to take into account the cross of qualities in which the T-square occurs. Sakoian and Acker remark that the T-square indicates immediate crisis situations, and this quality is strongly accented in cardinal signs or angular houses.

M.March and J.McEvers state that in a T-square the opposition is connected with attitudes and the square with actions; as a whole, it is a dynamic configuration from which the native derives driving strength. If the T-square is in cardinal signs the person is dynamic, quick and starts to act instantly, even if the situation is extremely dangerous, and is inclined to interfere with other people's affairs. When the T-square is in fixed signs the native operates slowly, but is resolute; as a preliminary, he will always find out all the possible problems before starting to act. A mutable T-square usually indicates a person opposed to people and ideas; obstacles here can be indecision and wavering.

In M.Kozyritskoj and M.Levina's view the T-square is perceived by associates of the native as forceful, clumsy aggressiveness. This configuration occupies a semicircle of the horoscope, and the native feels an emptiness in other hemisphere, and intuitively tries "to fill the void" in order to counterbalance the figure. There is a problem of self-assurance. According to some astrologists great attention should be given in the analysis to the zone diametrically opposing the planet with the two square aspects. Subconscious promptings are focused into this area as the native's discontent with destiny grows. In daily life it is necessary to monitor closely transits through this area - during these periods there are often fateful life events. If the person is not sidetracked by self-assurance issues, he or she can solve very complicated problems, such is the power of the acquired T-square. In the half of the chart where the strong-willed pressure is required, the energy for uncommon success is possible in those areas, for example, politics.

T-Square: The T-Square consists of three planets in the same modes (qualities) that include two squares and one opposition. A T-Square is similar to a Grand Cross, but is missing a 4th planet. Because of this, the T-Square functions differently than the Grand Cross. The T-Square is less stable; all of the pressure is placed on the planet that receives the two squares, the apex planet. On the other hand, T-Squares have a built-in focus planet, which the Grand Cross lacks. The focal planet or the Apex can often become dynamic and an important motivating factor for the individual.

The apex planet of a T-Square is the focal point. This is the planet that provides motivation, drive and is also the most critical placement of the T-square. Squares are initiative aspects placing the apex planet under considerable pressure to act and react when the T-square is triggered. The best use of the apex energy is to pretend that the apex is being opposed and incorporate that opposing energy into the necessary activities. That is the release for the pressure. The key to utilizing the T-Square is to move forward; to become proactive with the apex planet, while minimizing the scattered feelings that may result when the T-Square is being triggered. Acknowledging that the opposing energy is missing, is what consciously provides that stabilizer in the decision making process. Take note that when a transiting planet moves into the opposite of the apex, forming a pseudo Grand Cross, it could be providing the individual with an opportunity to release the productive energy of the T-Square in the most direct approach because the transit shines on the Apex placement, bringing awareness of the need for balance to the Apex planet while tapping onto the two squares.

To properly assess the needs of the T-Square, take note of the element of the sign that the Apex planet is in. The element provides guidance in understanding the nature of the action that the T-Square will likely produce: Fire => spirit, enthusiasm and identity orientation; Earth => practical, tangible, worth and value; Air => intellect, social and intuitive; Water => perceptive, emotional and spiritual. Assessing the houses that the planets are in will also provide clues about the areas of life that the pressures are most likely to be felt. The key to getting a T-Square to become productive is by defining these areas in the chart so that the individual can have access to the most supportive features of these elements and house placements and comprehend the best way to release the pressure imposed on the Apex planet.

See also: T-Square; T-Square; T-Square

T-Square: Woody Allen, Alan Arkin, Lucille Ball, Marlon Brando, Warren Buffett (2), Al Capone, George Carlin, Wilt Chamberlain, Charlie Chaplin, Dick Cheney, Cher, Sean Connery, Salvadore Dali, Bette Davis, Robert De Niro, James Dean, John Dee, Princess Diana, John Dillinger, Albert Einstein, Queen Elizabeth II, Bobby Fischer, Jane Fonda, Sigmund Freud, Mahatma Gandhi, Judy Garland (2), Ernest Hemingway, Aldous Huxley (2), Michael Jordan, Martin Luther King, Jr,.Bruce Lee, John Lennon, Carl Lewis, Maharaj Ji, Mickey Mantle (2), Shirley McLaine, Joni Mitchell, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Jack Nicklaus, Barack Obama, Cathy O’Brien, OmNi, George Orwell, Osho, Arnold Palmer, Jack Parsons, Dolly Parton, George Patton (2), Elvis Presley, Ramana Maharshi, Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan, Robert Redford, Will Rogers, Bertrand Russell, Babe Ruth, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Gloria Steinem, Sting, James Taylor, Nikola Tesla, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jesse Ventura, Gore Vidal, Swami Vivekananda, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Robin Williams, Robert Anton Wilson, Tiger Woods, Joanne Woodward, Paramahansa Yogananda, Abbe, AbbieJ, Alford, Alicia (2), Andrew, Antonio, Arrow, Ashira, Beth (2), Bobbie, BobG, BPoe, Cate, Cesar, CharlesS, ChrisTr, Cynthia, Dewitt, Dheeraj, Dipesh, DJenkins, Erin, Eva, Fergus, Fisher, Flossie, GaryCl, Geoff, George, Gina, Ivy (3), Jack, Jason, JerryP, JJ, Johanna (2), JonathanG, Joy, Joze, JRosh, Jude, LaurieSw, Leen (2), Leigh, Lori, LucJr, Marcy, Mark, Marybeth, Michael, Nancee, Nirvesh, Olof, Patrice, Raga, Roberto, Silas, Steve, Sugeet, Suzanne, Suzie, Tammy, Tyler, Victoria, Yarrow, Zeno


Cardinal T-Square

Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. When the 'T' Square is in Cardinal Signs, there is exceptional dynamism and energy.

The sign of the apex planet indicates where the integrative, focal point is:
Aries is about individual identity; Cancer is about emotional identity; Libra is about social identity; Capricorn is about physical expressions of identity; accomplishments.

Cardinal planets are impulsive. Waiting is not something they relish. They are natural born leaders with inclination to act; not ponder, and their actions can be productive to the extent that their impulsivity doesn't waste energy.

The apex planet indicates in what realm the focus of activity can best lead to success.

Cardinal T-Square: Similar to the Cardinal Grand Cross, the Cardinal T-Square focuses on the identity of the individual. The Apex Planet's sign will zero in on where integration of the focal point will be (Aries => identity of self; Cancer => identity through emotions; Libra => identity through social connections; Capricorn => identity through accomplishments). Similar to the Cardinal Grand Cross, impulsiveness is a prominent feature. Planets in Cardinal signs feel a need to act immediately. Patience is not a priority here. The Cardinal T-Square tends to be the most active of the T-Squares, although not the most productive. Coercing the three placements to work together can be the challenge. The nature is for each energy to do its own thing, causing conflicts and disjointed activities to become the main focus. Remember, being aware of the "empty space" opposing the Apex planet can give the individual guidance for a Cardinal T-Square. When all the planets are focused on the same task oriented activity, moving forward becomes much easier. The difficult task will be learning how to get these three disparate energies to unite.

Cardinal T-Square: Woody Allen, Alan Arkin, Marlon Brando, Warren Buffett (2), Al Capone, George Carlin, Cher, Sean Connery, Bette Davis, James Dean, Aldous Huxley, Mickey Mantle, Shirley McLaine, Jack Nicholson, OmNi, Osho, Arnold Palmer, Dolly Parton, George Patton, Elvis Presley, Bertrand Russell, Paul Simon, Gloria Steinem, Sting, Nikola Tesla, Jesse Ventura, Gore Vidal, Swami Vivekananda, Robin Williams, Tiger Woods, Paramahansa Yogananda, Abbe, AbbieJ, Alford, Alicia, Andrew, Ashira, Cate, CharlesS, Cynthia, Eva, Fisher, GaryCl, Ivy, Jane, Jeff, JerryP, JJ, Leen, Marybeth, Nirvesh, Olof, Raga, Roberto, Silas, Suzanne, Suzie, Yarrow, Zeno


Fixed T-Square

Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. When the 'T' Square is in Fixed Signs, people may be excessively stubborn, fighting personal battles to the bitter end.

The apex planet and the element which it is in will indicate where the most stress is in one’s life and where the inertia against change may lie.

Taurus points toward possessiveness; Leo indicates personality dramas and poor leadership; Scorpio is about secrecy; perhaps paranoia ; and Aquarius shows progressivebut not necessarily grounded thought.

The zodiacal position opposite the apex planet indicates where flexibility and therefore stability and positive transformation can be found.

Fixed T-Square: The Apex planet in a Fixed T-Square will reveal where the individual is most inflexible. The opposing sign of the Apex planet, although still a Fixed sign, can help to force the individual to find a compromise. The Apex Planet's sign will guide the individual based on the focal point (Taurus => worth of self and mastery, Leo => worth of creativity and spirit, Scorpio => worth through vulnerability and trust, Aquarius => worth through humanity and brotherhood). It will usually involve another person tapping into the individual's needs during an opposing transit aspect that will create enough discomfort or clash to cause the individual to reach that compromise. With a Fixed T-Square, the compromise between the two realms may only be reached after a very ugly confrontation. Fixed signs, remember, are focused on and maintaining self-worth. The Apex planet of a Fixed T-Square will eventually take action in order to reduce tension - something that Fixed signs are perfectly happy to do so long as they feel that they are in total control of the situation. The Fixed T-Square that learns how to incorporate flexibility into the decision making process receives the best rewards.

Fixed T-Square: Lucille Ball, Charlie Chaplin, Dick Cheney, Aleister Crowley, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II, Bobby Fischer, Mahatma Gandhi, Aldous Huxley, Michael Jordan, Bruce Lee, John Lennon, Carl Lewis, Mickey Mantle, Marilyn Monroe, Barack Obama, Cathy O’Brien, Jack Parsons, Ronald Reagan, Babe Ruth, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Robert Anton Wilson, Beth (2), Bobbie, BPoe, Cesar, Dheeraj, Dipesh, Erin, George, Ivy, Jane, Jason, Jeff, Johanna, JonathanG, Jude, LaurieSw, Leen, LucJr, Marcy, Mark, Michael, Patrice, Steve, Sugeet


Mutable T-Square

Mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. When the 'T' Square is in Mutable Signs, the native may try to solve, or even avoid, the problems associated with the 'T' Square by being flexible and adaptable.

All three planets in the mutable t-square are concerned with completion and healing. However, there is a tendency toward passivity, rather than dynamic action. The apex planet is often the most scattered in its energy and inclined to avoidance.

The mutable t-square person often struggles to find their own direction in life. A major issue in their lives can be a fear of independence; almost as if they will remain in neutral if left to fend for themselves. They can however be quite productive if someone in their lives can act as a guide of sorts, someone to point them in a way as to get them focused and working on one thing at a time.

This t-square works relatively well with the opposition because of the ease of adaptability inherent to this configuration, along with potential discovery of the inner harmony being sought.

Mutable T-Square: The most difficult factor for the Mutable T-Square is focus and consistency. The three planets are tapped into the concepts of healing and reasoning, however, the reasoning and protective nature may be to avoid confrontation. The Apex Planet's sign provides the guidance through the focal point's needs (Gemini => integration of thoughts and feelings, Virgo => integration of organized concepts and healing, Sagittarius => integration of diversity and wisdom, Pisces => integration of compassion and spirit). For the Mutable T-Square, the Apex planet will be the one most likely to discombobulate since this is the planet under the most pressure. Unlike Cardinal or Fixed T-Squares, the opposition aspects are less aggressive or confrontational since the nature of the mutable sign is to adapt. The key to working with the opposing energy is to acknowledge the tendency to side-step the issues and hold on to the direction that the Apex planet needs in order to accomplish the task or to reach a decision. Avoid the tendency to get hung up on the desire to rationalize the problem away.

See also: Mutable Squares

Mutable T-Square: Wilt Chamberlain, Robert De Niro, John Dee, John Dillinger, Jane Fonda, Judy Garland, Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King, Jr,.Joni Mitchell, George Orwell, George Patton, Ramana Maharshi, Robert Redford, Patti Smith, James Taylor, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joanne Woodward, Alicia, Antonio, Arrow, BobG, Dewitt, DJenkins, Fergus, Flossie, Geoff, Ivy, Johanna, Joze, JRosh, Leigh, Tammy, Tyler, Victoria


Grand Trine

The Grand Trine occurs when three planets are in the same element (Fire, Earth, Air or Water), while forming Trines to each other. Having a Grand Trine is similar to having a planet in a sign that it rules. It is believed that a Grand Trine is, collectively, the purest expression of an element. Planetary influences circulate with ease. This brings a wealth of natural talent indicated by the signs and houses containing the planets, but may require tense aspects to provide the motivation for its expression.

Trines, and particularly Grand Trines, have a reputation for being positive and creative aspects. However, this wonderful reputation is not wholly deserved. Each aspect has its own highs and lows, and none are any better or worse than the other aspects. The tendency of the Trine is harmony and flowing.   Grand Trines represent an opportunity granted with open and effortless flow of energy between the planets. While Trines can reveal where one's talents and comfort zones might be, Trines can also indicate where the individual might be lazy or uninvolved in conscious decisions. The Grand Trine energy can take on a life of its own with the individual simply tagging along rather than being an active participant in life.

Grand Trines can simply be too good and too much. The Grand Trine comfort zone may be in taking the easy way out, failing to encourage the individual to respond or participate. The reward of the challenge seems to be missing. The potential of that Grand Trine may never be tapped by the individual who feels content to go with the flow, but at the same time is afraid to explore the passions that are hidden below the surface of the Grand Trine's great flow of energy. Each element represents a Grand Trine influence.

Grand Trine: A configuration of aspects formed by three trines, whose planet pairs connect together three points of a horoscope.

It is a harmonious and very stable configuration. To the person with a Grand Trine as the fundamental configuration in the radix chart (and if the required abilities are in evidence), the vicissitudes of life are frequently not terrible, and external conditions help him to move ahead in life more successfully and faster than others, and moreover, with ease. However, as M.Kozyritskaja and M.Levin observe, this is true only in the first phase of life; during the period from 24 to 30 years old there are inner pressures connected with the necessity for development and the embodiment of initial abilities and opportunities. The negative side of this configuration is that it is so stable that the person seldom ventures beyond the habitual. The stability of the Grand Trine turns on its static character - the unwillingness to develop. A native is able to harmonize with external situations, or even find them easy, not having considered or resolved the problems involved. In charts of great people the Grand Trine is extremely seldom a leading configuration. But, as F.Sakoian and L.Acker remark, if a Grand Trine has Mars and Saturn, the problem connected to inertia and absence of motives for dynamic action does not enter. These researchers underline that to harness the potential of a Grand Trine it is necessary to be guided and to use it in creative self-expression and efforts directed on spiritual self-improvement, otherwise it will stay idle. When analyzing a Grand Trine in a specific horoscope it is necessary to pay special attention to what signs contain the given configuration (usually they are signs of one element) - this will indicate the likely manifestation of the Grand Trine.

If one of the three points of a Grand Trine is in opposition to a planet, it gives the Grand Trine an opportunity to manifest more brightly. In such configurations the most important point of the Grand Trine is the point which has the opposition aspect; and the point opposing it reveals unrealized aspirations, the fateful area of a horoscope.

See also: Grand Trine; Grand Trine; Grand Trine

Grand Trine: Muhammad Ali, Fred Astaire, Sri Aurobindo (2), Lucille Ball, Warren Beatty, Shirley Temple Black, Marlon Brando, George Bush, Sr., George Carlin, Prince Charles, Dick Cheney, Ty Cobb, Tom Cruise, John Dillinger, Sally Field, Bobby Fischer, Dustin Hoffman, L.Ron Hubbard, Elton John, Alex Jones, Nicole Kidman, Martin Luther King, Jr,.Groucho Marx, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Jack Nicklaus, Barack Obama, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, George Orwell, Osho, Jack Parsons, Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharshi, Karl Renz, Babe Ruth, O.J. Simpson, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., H.G. Wells, Abbe, Andrew, AndyF, AndySc, Bram, DJenkins, Elijah, Farmer (2), JonathanG, JRosh (2), JT, LucJr, LucSr, Mark, Medwick, PapayaJ, Phylissa, Ralph, Ray, Robert, Samp, Shiloh, Silas, Sugeet, Tyler


Fire Grand Trine

When the Grand Trine is in Fire Signs, talents lie in enthusiasm, and the search for new possibilities.

Fire Grand Trines tend to be constantly busy with one activity or another. Individuals possessing a Fire Grand Trine are likely to over-extend themselves in the process because the tendency of the Fire element is to burn until there is no more fuel (or oxygen) left. A Grand Trine in Fire can often contribute to a sense of self-confidence and will tend to aspire for the highest highs possible. They tend to be outgoing and perhaps a bit dramatic. Intensity might appear to be the norm in their overall nature. Expressive and perhaps explosive while demonstrating their emotions, the Grand Trine Fire individual would benefit by learning to conserve their enthusiasm and impulsive nature as well as learning to tap into other expressions of emotion that are more progressive.

Fire Grand Trine: Fred Astaire, Sri Aurobindo, Shirley Temple Black, Marlon Brando, Sally Field, Nicole Kidman, Osho, Andrew, AndySc, Farmer, JRosh, PapayaJ, Robert, Silas


Earth Grand Trine

When the Grand Trine is in Earth Signs, talents lie in practical work and experience.

Earth Grand Trines tend to be considerably less action oriented than any of the other elements. The Earth Grand Trine individual can see no productive reason for zipping around like a humming bird, expending all that energy. Dependability, creature comforts and practicality tend to be the goals of the Earth Grand Trine. Consistency is the true nature of the Earth element. While the Earth Grand Trine person may be a bit more inclined to fall into bad habits and routines that are not the most productive, the Earth Grand Trine individual is the person most likely to succeed in quitting these bad habits if they feel that it is necessary. Creativity and talents ranging from music to art is a typical manifestation of the Grand Trine nature. The Earth Grand Trine individual finds comfort in routine and structure. They are also likely to see the broad picture of reality when contemplating their next action.

Earth Grand Trine: Sri Aurobindo, Muhammad Ali, Lucille Ball, Dick Cheney, Ty Cobb, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Jack Nicklaus, Barack Obama, Ramana Maharshi, Ludwig van Beethoven, H.G. Wells, JRosh, JT, Mark, Sugeet


Air Grand Trine

When the Grand Trine is in Air Signs, talents lie in intellectual work and the communication of ideas.

The Air Grand Trines tend to be highly idealistic. Since the element of Air is associated with the intellectual and social interactions, these Grand Trines may have an affinity for socializing and mentally challenging others. There is a nature of duality in each of the Air signs (two twins, two scales, and two currents). Mentally, the Grand Trine Air may be turbo charged, talking almost as fast as they are capable of thinking. They can cognitively explore a concept and discard it quicker than most other individuals. The Air signs are adept at forming ideas, developing connections and expanding on the mental faculties with great ease. They are also more prone to depression, short attention spans and skimming the surface in an effort to get a project done more quickly. Actual physical action is not the name of the game and can list a litany of reasons why they should not invest their time in such draining behavior. In other words, if the activity involves too much physical work, they will quickly direct you to one of their cousins with a Fire or Earth Grand Trine.

Air Grand Trine: George Bush, Sr., John Dillinger, Bobby Fischer, Alex Jones, Groucho Marx, George Orwell, Karl Renz, Bram, Elijah, Farmer, Medwick, Phylissa, Ralph, Samp, Shiloh


Water Grand Trine

When the Grand Trine is in Water Signs, talents are rooted in sympathy, compassion and intuition.

The Water Grand Trines tend to possess the most in-depth creative potential. The Water element is the most comfortable of all the signs when dealing with emotions and the spiritual realm. The Water Grand Trine individual will typically experience life with an emotional intensity. The Water element signs react to life's events at a seemingly subconscious level; instinctively. They tend to "feel" their choices rather than needing to think about them first, and their intuition is usually correct. But all this feeling can be draining at a spiritual and psychological level. Oversensitivity can be a problem for the Water Grand Trine person, and an urge to self-medicate in order to drown out all these emotions may feel like the right way to handle the situation. In an emergency, the Water Grand Trine individual is your best ally since they have the best tools in place to help heal, nurture and transform. What they may be lacking are the tools to help themselves.

Water Grand Trine: Warren Beatty, Tom Cruise, L.Ron Hubbard, Paul Newman, Ramakrishna, Babe Ruth, O.J. Simpson, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Abbe, AndyF, DJenkins, JonathanG, LucJr, Tyler


Kite

The Kite configuration is an extension of the Grand Trine. There is a fourth planet that opposes one of the three Trine planets. Kites will always be in the same polarity, either masculine (Fire and Air) or feminine (Earth and Water).

This is an extremely useful combination of tense and harmonious aspects in which the two planets connected by trines and sextiles provide outlets for the tension of the opposition.

The influence of the Kite pattern is similar to Grand Trines with added motivation and potential. The opposition is especially productive in spurring individuals to utilize the opportunities and gifts offered up by the Grand Trine. Oppositions, however, are not always the best at creating actions without having another individual involved in the process. The opposition influence is not self-sufficient but, instead is interaction oriented, by nature. At its best, the Opposition provides a sense of bearing and of spotlight. For the Kite configuration, the planet in the Grand Trine that is being opposed becomes the focal point. Think of the Trine as being a type of cross bow with the sextile aspect being the bowstring. The arrow would be the opposition reaching across the chart, from the sextiles to the tip of the Trines. The quiver end of the arrow sets the stage, while the blade of the arrow guides the individual in the direction for action. Check out the house and sign where the two trines and the opposition meet up to develop a better understanding of that focal point.

While the individual with a Grand Trine might generally have an easier time in life, the individual may lack a sense of purpose, awareness or perspective until they are made aware of the Grand Trines potentials. On the other hand, The individual with the Kite is likely to sense that there is something more, but may not be aware of how to tap into their talents. Consistently finding the motivation for the best expression of that Kite configuration may be the more difficult task for the individual.

Kite: The configuration of aspects formed when three points of a horoscope form a Grand Trine, and two of them are in sextile to a fourth point (Grand Trine with Bisextile).

M.Kozyritskaja and M.Levin state that a Kite gives internal stability, flexibility, and successful realization of abilities. To these are added the aspiration to transform surroundings, early accomplishment, activity, and aggressiveness. The Kite is a big driving force: it combines the abilities and stability of the Grand Trine with the skill inherent in the Bisextile to reap results. At the point of opposition of the "spine" - the tips of the two Kite-making triangles - the native receives additional stability in moving thru life. Possibly there could be constant external problems which require attention, or simply inner discontent.

M.March and J.McEvers reckon that the biggest problem of the Kite is that the configuration comprises three different aspects, and can lead to excessive concentration on part of a horoscope and, correspondingly, to adverse utilization of other opportunities which are contained within the horoscope.

See also: Kite; Kite; Unique and Special Nature of the Astrology Kite Pattern, 12/21/15

Kite: Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Warren Beatty, George Bush, Sr., Dick Cheney, Tom Cruise, Sally Field, Bobby Fischer, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Palmer, Ramana Maharshi, DJenkins, Andrew, AndySc, Bram, Elijah, JRosh, LucJr, Mark, PapayaJ, Phylissa, Ralph, Ray, Robert, Samp (2), Silas (2), Tyler


Mystic Rectangle

A rare and sometimes misunderstood Mystic Rectangle pattern develops when two sets of oppositions are sextile to each other. The aspect pattern must have the following connections: two oppositions, two sextiles and two trines. The Mystic Rectangle will always contain the same polarity of elemental energies; masculine (Air and Fire) or feminine (Earth and Water). Generally, this configuration is considered to be a "mild" aspect pattern in that it generally does not generate a lot of discomfort, resistance, or require convoluted actions in order to gain productivity. This combination of tense and harmonious aspects produces the best possible potential for the constructive use of natural talents. The individual with a Mystic Rectangle does gain considerable benefit from the planetary configuration's balance and structure. There is a high degree of synchronization between the four planets when the Mystic Rectangle is triggered. Unfortunately, understanding and acknowledging the balance is not the rule - the individual must consciously react with awareness and mindful endeavors. Placing too much attention onto any one of the four placements will throw the energies out of balance and set the individual's well-intended efforts adrift.

The power of the Mystic Rectangle takes practice in order to gain the most benefit from it. The masculine reception of the Mystic Rectangle is expressed through an extrovert nature by the individual. The feminine reception of the configuration is expressed through an introvert nature. The problem arises through the two oppositions which can cause the individual to bounce out of control between four opposing influences. The sextiles and trines must be used to unify and support the polarities. Another danger for individuals with this pattern is to become too self-contained and over-powered by the influences. Once the individual has learned how to harness the energies of the configuration, the decisions and choices in life become much easier to initiate and participate in.

Mystic Rectangle: Also called simply a 'rectangle', two opposition aspects are woven together with two trine and two sextile aspects. This can make for a time of enormous questions, yet it also brings potential solutions and openings which arise either by default or by apparent good luck. The flowing aspects take much of the tension out of the opposition aspects. There is much to work out, but it looks as if great things are possible. Abilities and assets search for a cause to be engaged in. Dilemmas can have difficulty being resolved in the usual ways, but they seem to work themselves out anyway in other ways. Letting go is the main way through: the state of mind is often the obstacle, when in fact there is an open road ahead. Here there can be exceptional skills which overcome immense obstacles, through synthesizing apparently different elements into an original and appropriate package. The rectangle brings marked results.

See also: Mystic Rectangle; Mystic Rectangle

Mystic Rectangle: Tiger Woods, AndySc, ChrisC, Geoff, Raga, Robert, Samp, Silas


Minor Grand Trine

A common aspect pattern, which occurs when one planet sextiles two planets that are in a trine aspect to one another. This favorable pattern is associated with creativity and intelligence. Depending on the planet that sextiles the other two, above average communications abilities may also be present. If you have a Minor Grand Trine in your chart, you can depend on being able to put your plans into action and achieve positive results. This pattern also highlights intuition and insight.


Cradle or Trapeze

The Cradle is formed when four planets are connected by three sextile aspects, two trine aspects and one opposition. It is also called a Half-Hexagon because it looks like one-half of a Grand Hexagon (Grand Sextile) configuration. The Cradle is similar in energy to the Grand Sextile. It will be in either Receptive of masculine (Fire and Air) or feminine (Earth and Water). The Cradle energies are not as self-contained as the Grand Sextile. The Cradle lacks the continuity of the polarities and modes, to balance and harmonize with the two center planets. The planets in the opposition set the dominant mode (cardinal, fixed or mutable) while the other two planets tag along as step siblings from the other two modes.

Like the Grand Sextile, the Cradle provides a type of mixed blessing to the individual who has one in their chart. The Cradle provides potential at an inspired and congruent level when the individual learns how to blend the three mode energies. On the other hand, it tends to lack determination or may disperse the energies across the four areas of the individual's life based on the house placements. Like the Grand Sextile, the masculine will incline the individual to react with active drive and an independent attitude, lending an extrovert tendency to the individual. The feminine will incline the individual to react more passively with a communal attitude, lending an introvert tendency to the individual. The Cradle individual must work more diligently at developing discipline, patience, ambition and endurance if they are ever to master the energies of the Cradle. When the Grand Sextile is triggered, the individual tends to scatter their energies rather than consciously collect these energies into a unified force and miss out on many potentials and opportunities attainable through the Cradle's influence.

Cradle: A configuration of aspects formed when four points of a horoscope are uniformly connected by three sextiles, with the first and last points in opposition.

P.Globa states that a native having a Trapeze in the radix can gain energy only from within a context of struggle. The native can take from life only what they have gained, i.e. as long as life contains no disorder, restriction, or active engagement, he cannot forge something new. In human life this is more important than the force of creation - but without refusing something, without choosing, the native cannot construct the best future. The person can step aside from the struggle, but this is just a delay, like being in a comfortable prison. The Trapeze does not give in a life of protection, and you will not gain from it. At worst a constructed building can fail, if a person has chosen a situation of protection without having prepared and cleared away the foundations. Likewise also in character, firmness can collapse, and calmness and stability can be replaced by hysterical erraticness. When the opposition which is in the Trapeze is also included in a T-square, a seemingly strong basis can collapse with a crash.

J.Negus reckons the Trapeze is basically a harmonious configuration demanding some balance. The Trapeze indicates aid from the outside which at critical moments appears in the right place at the right time.

See also: Cradle or Trapeze

Cradle or Trapeze: Bobbie, Flickinger, Joze, Jyothi, Nirvesh, Olof


Long Triangle

The Long Triangle configuration is very common within a chart. It is one-half of the Mystic Rectangle configuration with three planets connected by one opposition, one sextile and one trine. It also contains the same polarity of elemental energies; masculine (Air and Fire) or feminine (Earth and Water). Generally, this configuration is considered to be a "mild" aspect pattern in that it generally does not generate a lot of discomfort, resistance, or require convoluted actions in order to gain productivity. Unlike the Mystic Rectangle, it is less likely to become too self-contained because it is not as balanced, but more lop-sided due to the fact that two planets share the same element while the third planet is in another other element.

The Long Triangle configuration energies tend to be passive or active, depending on the receptivity of the signs. The masculine Long Triangle energies are active in nature and a force of "show it to the world" may be expressed by the individual. The feminine energies are passive in nature with a force of quiet determination and dedication most likely to be expressed by the individual. Neither is better than the other, but the male individual with the feminine Wedge configuration in their chart is more likely to feel a sense of frustration until he understands that the outlets to these energies are best released in activities involving the house placements of the Long Triangle's planets.

Long Triangle: Fred Astaire, William Blake (2), Warren Buffett, Johnny Cash, Charlie Chaplin, Prince Charles, Aleister Crowley, Salvadore Dali, John Dee, Jane Fonda, Mahatma Gandhi, Judy Garland, Melanie Griffith, Robert Hand, George Harrison, Alfred Hitchcock, Steve Jobs (2), Angelina Jolie, Ken Kesey, Nicole Kidman, Timothy Leary, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Karl Marx, Marilyn Monroe, George Orwell, George Patton, Friedrich Nietzche, Vaslav Nijinsky, OmNi, Al Pacino, Ramana Maharshi, Joseph Ratzinger, Will Rogers, Mitt Romney, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Bertrand Russell, Peter Sellers, Paul Simon, Gloria Steinem, Sting, Albert Schweitzer, James Taylor (2), Mother Teresa, Donald Trump (2), Ted Turner, Jesse Ventura, Gore Vidal, Swami Vivekananda, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Robin Williams (2), Robert Anton Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Joanne Woodward, Malcolm X, Paramahansa Yogananda, Mark Zuckerberg (2), Abbe, Alicia, AndyF, Antonio, Ashira, BenT, BillH, BPoe, Cate, ChrisTr, Dewitt, Dipesh, Donny, Eva, Farmer, Fergus, Fisher, Flossie, GaryCl, Gina, Ivy, Jack, Jane, Jason, Jeff, Jen, JJ, Johanna, JonathanG (2), Jude, Judin, JudyPl, Kay, Keith, Komala, Kyle, Leigh, Lori (2), LucSr, Marcy, Medwick, Merrill, Michael, Michelle, Mikael, Nicole (2), Olof, PaulS, Roberto, Sarik, ScottS, Shakura, Shiloh, Steve, Suji, Suzie, Tara, Travis, Tyler, VinCar, Yarrow, Zeno


Yod

The Yod is a fairly common configuration, involving three planets including one planet at the apex of two quincunx (150°) aspects and a sextile aspect joining the two quincunx ends together. It indicates a special gift or talent which should be used by the person, but the talent may not be utilized. The focal planet could be referred to as the mission in life, the finger of God, the finger of fate, the ultimate destiny.

Some will suggest that the apex planet must be the faster moving planet of the three. The planets listed by fastest to slowest are: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Some astrologers place the Sun before Mercury, immediately after the Moon since the rate or transit by Mercury and Venus is close to the Sun's rate of transit when the Retrograde Motion is included. The fact is that the Earth transits the Sun which adds confusion over the speed of the planets' transits.

Since some astrologers do not bother using the Quincunx aspect in their reports, many students are not familiar with the yod or the energy that the Quincunx aspect produces. The Quincunx is the "adjustment" aspect. It produces a sense of tension between the two planetary placements which, based on elements (fire, earth, air and water), modes (cardinal, fixed and mutable) and receptivity (masculine or feminine) would appear to have nothing in common. The Quincunx is similar to the Opposition aspect, except that the two planets in the Opposition do share the same receptivity, which is not the case with the Quincunx. The two energies have no common ground, making decisions or choices more difficult when a transit taps on either end of the Quincunx placements. However, on occasion, there is some common ground based on rulership when the quincunx is formed between Aries and Scorpio (ruled by Mars) or Taurus and Libra (ruled by Venus). Because the quincunx is a minor aspect, the orb must be tighter than the Ptolemy aspects. The orb for the quincunx must not be more than 2°.

The Yod typically is identified with timing and crisis or the need to act. The need will develop through the apex while the opportunity to the action will develop through the sextiled planets. The nature of the Yod is to produce disrupting thought patterns since there is little energy within the chart configuration to unify these planets. The two sextile planets tend to work together to the detriment of the apex planet. When the Yod is transited, the Yod individual tends to feel the urge to react immediately, then sensing that the decision to act was wrong, will wait too long to correct the first action. Individuals who can plan their actions to the timing of a transit to the first sextile planet and to end during the transit of the second sextile planet may begin to sense the "Finger of God" description given to the Yod. The annoying factor of the Yod is that the individual tends to feel that important information is missing when it is time to make a decision. When the individual learns to trust the timing and the Yod is integrated into their decisions, the individual then begins to grasp the "higher order" status of the configuration.

Yod: This is a quincunx-sextile-quincunx. It features a crisis of - and a need for - perspective, in which the energies of the two sextiled planets find difficulty integrating with that of the apex, quincunxed planet. This dichotomy is not directly a conflict, rather a bewilderingly dualistic, seemingly irresolvable and compromising situation. This is an 'appointment with power' in which consciousness and its capacity for seeing are tested. It is a secret to be decoded, an intense dilemma, or a visitation from the Unknown. This is where intentions refuse to gel with realities: the solution is available as soon as clarity and insight dawn - there's a hidden secret underneath which needs dredging up. Allowing things to happen rather than seeking to steer them is what is called for here: yet, underneath, there is a new kind of adepthood which brings in a new form of control without holding on, if we can see it.

The yod can be accentuated when an opposition is thrown in, with two semisextile aspects too. The opposition forces the issue, and the apex planet then becomes very critical: what it represents needs to be consciously worked, owned and integrated.

See also: Yod; Yod; Yod

Yod : William Blake, Helena Blavatsky, Marlon Brando, George Bush, Sr., Jim Carrey, Aleister Crowley (2), Tom Cruise, Jane Fonda, George Harrison, Bill Hicks, Elton John, Carl Jung, Carl Lewis, Meher Baba, Willie Nelson, Vaslav Nijinsky, Pablo Picasso, Mitt Romney, Peter Sellers, Meryl Streep, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Alicia, Andrea, AndySc, BenSt, Bram (3), DJenkins, Ellen, Elroy, Erika, Flossie, JerryP, JJ, Joy (3), Judin, JudyPl, LucJr (2), LucSr, Marie (2), Mark, Medwick (2), Nicole, Paulo, Phylissa, Roberto (2), Samp, ScottS (2), Shiloh, Suji, Yarrow (2)


Boomerang

The Boomerang looks very much like the Kite configuration except that the opposition is connected to the apex planet of the Yod. The Opposition in the Boomerang is similar also to the Opposition in the Kite as it adds an important piece of perspective to the configuration.

The fourth planet in the Boomerang typically added an important element that seemed missing in the Yod; a sense of understanding what the goal will be. The opposition provides an added focal point in regards to timing and actions which is missing with the Yod. The semi-sextiles connecting the opposition to the base of the Yod are also integral in blending the energies of the Yod into a unified force. The danger of this configuration is that it can become too self-contained, seeming to control the individual rather than the other way around.

Boomerang: Aleister Crowley, Bram, Shiloh, Suji


Stellium

A Stellium is technically a group of three or more planets forming conjunctions to one another within an orb of 10° or less. Most astrologers are adamant that the Stellium must occur within the same sign. Actually, I've found that the house placement is most important with Stelliums and the conjunctions should not be divided up between two different houses.

The tighter the orb is for the conjunctions, the stronger the effect of the Stellium. Stelliums involving several personal planets will be more significant than, say, a personal planet conjunction with two outer planets. An example would be the Uranus and Neptune conjunction between 1989 and 1996. Anyone born in the sign of Capricorn during these years has a higher chance of having a Stellium involving Uranus and Neptune. The outer planets represent collective energies while the personal planet's conjunction to the outer planets, although still profound, is less likely to impact them at the same level as the individual with three personal planets forming the Stellium. That's not to say that the outer planet to personal planet Stellium is not valid. The personal planet connection to the outer planet will provide a level of insight to the individual that taps into the collective conscience of that generation. These individuals are more like the "go to guys" in helping that generation to understand themselves better.

While assessing Stelliums, the individual planets within the Stellium will accentuate the life experiences for the individual as a representative of the particular sign containing the Stellium. The tighter the orb of the conjunctions, the more intense the experiences and energy of the Stellium in that particular sign. In essence, the energies of the planets weave together with each other, making it more difficult to separate out the distinct needs of each planet. In very tight Stelliums, the planets are almost like conjoined triplets sharing essential organs and life experiences as a combo package. One could almost consider these tight Stelliums as a self-contained "mega-planet" that takes over the individual's chart.

The key factor with Stelliums is to not become consumed with this one area in life. Individuals with a Stellium might discover that they are devoting mega-energy and time into a certain activity that is often revealed by the sign and house of the Stellium. Assessment of the way that the individual consciously and unconsciously focuses on life can free up a lot of lost energy. It would become important for these individuals to explore the manner in which they spend their time throughout the day and decide whether the time is productive or wasted. The best way to determine whether the individual is making effective use of their energies is to look at the opposing sign to assess whether that area of their life is also receiving equal attention. If the needs of that portion of their chart is also being met, then the individual can rest assured that he/she is doing a good job of finding the correct balance in life.

Stellium: Muhammad Ali (aq), Ammachi (li), Woody Allen (sa). Ursula Andress (pi), Ingrid Bergman (ca), Shirley Temple Black (ar), Helena Blavatsky (vi), G.W. Bush (li), Al Capone (sa), George Carlin (ta), Jim Carrey (cp,aq), Johnny Cash (pi), Wilt Chamberlain (vi), Madonna Ciccone (le,vi), Bill Clinton (2 – le and li), Hillary Rodham Clinton (le), Milton William Cooper (ge), Salvadore Dali (ta), Johnny Depp (vi), Princess Diana (le,vi), Walt Disney (cp), Robert Downey, Jr. (2 – ar and vi), Bob Dylan (ta,ge), Thomas Edison (aq,pi), Sally Field (sc,sa), Sigmund Freud (ta), Art Garfunkel (ta,ge), Uri Geller (sc), J.Paul Getty (sc), Robert Hand (sa), William Randolph Hearst (ta), Jimi Hendrix (2 – ca,le and sa), Bill Hicks (sa), Dustin Hoffman (vi), Howard Hughes (sa,cp), Michael Jackson (le,vi), Mick Jagger (le), Angelina Jolie (ar), John F. Kennedy (ta), J. Krishnamurti (ge,ca), U.G. Krishnamurti (ca,le), Bruce Lee (sc), Carl Lewis (le,vi), Groucho Marx (ge), Paul McCartney (2 - ge,ca and le), Terence McKenna (sc,sa), Shirley McLaine (ar,ta), Willie Nelson (vi), Benjamin Netanyahu (li), Paul Newman (cp), Jack Nicholson (ar,ta), George Orwell (ca), Osho (cp), Al Pacino (ar,ta), Pablo Picasso (ta), Brad Pitt (cp), Elvis Presley (cp), Ramakrishna (aq,pi), Joseph Ratzinger (pi,ar), Robert Redford (vi), David Rockefeller (ge,ca), Mitt Romney (pi), Evelyn Robert de Rothschild (vi), Lynn Forester de Rothschild (ca), Susanna Arundhati Roy (sc), Bertrand Russell (ar,ta), Arnold Schwarzenegger (le), Suzanne Somers (sc), Bruce Springsteen (li), Sting (2 – le,vi and vi,li), Elizabeth Taylor (pi), James Taylor (le), Nikola Tesla (ge,ca), Mark Twain (sa), Ludwig van Beethoven (sa,cp), Vincent van Gogh (ar,ta), Gore Vidal (li), Swami Vivekananda (cp,aq), Robert Anton Wilson (cp,aq), Joanne Woodward (aq), Mark Zuckerberg (sc), Al (vi), AlexP (vi,li), Andrea (sc,sa), Andrew (sc), AndyF (le,vi), AndySc (le), Antonio (sa), Arrow (ca), BenT (cp), Beth (vi), Bobbie (li), Carolyn (li), Cate (ta,ge), Cesar (sc), Cheri (le), ChrisTr (vi,li), Collon (li), Cynthia (cp,aq), DavMcC (li,sc), Donny (le), Duane (li), Dunja (vi), Ellen (pi,ar), Elroy (ge), Erika (2 – le and vi), Flickinger (ta,ge), Gina (sc), Jane (sc,sa), Jean (vi), JerGar (li,sc), JerryH (ca), Johanna (le,vi), Joy (pi,ar), Joze (ge,ca), Ju (sc), Judi (ta,ge), Judin (pi), Jyothi (ca,le), Kay (ge), Keith (li), Komala (ge), Kyle (ca), Leif (sc), Lina (vi), Lorraine (2 – sc and cp), LouG (pi), MarieBr (pi), Maureen (sc.sa), Merrill (aq), MFor (2 – vi and li), Michelle (li,sc), Miriam (li), Pankaj (aq), PapayaJ (sc), Paulo (ge), PaulS (ca,le), Pete (li), Prabhukar (sc), Prabhuta (le), Ralph (ca,le), Ricardo (sc), River (li,sc), Robert (ar), Roberto (li), Roy (cp), RoyO (ge), Sarik (li), Seligma (vi), Shakura (sa), Sky (vi), Supr (ca,le), Suzanne (pi,ar), Tom (2 – aq and ar), TonyC (ge), TonyO (le,vi), Victoria (le,vi), VinCal (li), Virginia (le)

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