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Trine Aspects in the Horoscope
Harmony Between Inner Powers in Authentic Astrology
The harmony of things well related,
working somehow to each others advantage,
a balance of things making good sense.
Trine is the aspect (special angle) where planets or other horoscope points are about 120° apart in the Zodiac circle.
The authentic astrological meaning of a trine is that the powers involved are in harmony, so that they stimulate one another to increased activity and success. So, both sides of the trine are enriched by the aspect between them. It is not as strong an aspect as the conjunction and the opposition, but it still enhances the planets involved, compared to what their importance would be without that aspect. The closer the trine is to 120°, the stronger the aspect is, and the more it enhances the planets involved.
In some cases, there can be three or more planets or other points in a trine, if one or both sides of it has a conjunction. Of course, such a trine is even more important.
OriginThe origin of the astrological significance of the trine is from the Zodiac: it is the aspect that connects Zodiac signs of the same element (fire, earth, air, or water). Such signs have very much in common, so forces within them cooperate fine if they are connected in an aspect. Also, there is math in the aspect: the circle's 360° divided by three is 120.
KeywordsThere is no room here to describe all the possible trines and how they should be interpreted. Instead, see the keywords for the planets below, and you will probably figure out what their trines will signify. Also take into consideration the Zodiac sign each planet is in, which tells you more about the nature of that planet's influence - and even more so the Houses of the planets, which inform you of where in your life the trine is mainly active. Here are the keywords for the planets and other points that form aspects:
Sun basic drive
Ascendant, AC attitude
Medium Coeli, MC self-image
For example, the moon in trine with Mercury means that your longing and your curiosity are in harmony, stimulating one another: when you are involved in one, the other is also stimulated. The House of the moon will tell you what you long for the most, and the House of Mercury will tell you what you are the most curious about.
Here are the twelve Houses, and keywords for what part of life they describe:
1st House Identity
2nd House Resources
3rd House Communication
4th House Home
5th House Pastime
6th House Work
7th House Partners
8th House Unknown
9th House Travel
10th House Career
11th House Ideals
12th House Shortcomings
So, the 1st House is always in trine to the 5th House, since one's personality is smoothly expressed in spare time activities. The 2nd House is always in trine to the 6th House, since one's personal resources are connected to and exploited in one's work, which is usually the main way to increase one's resoruces. And so on.
Also the twelve signs of the Zodiac have natural trines, as mentioned and seen on the illustration above.
Mercury and Venus never form a trine, since they are never more than 76° apart.
Native trinesTrines in a birth chart never change. They show characteristics that you are born with and will keep all through your life. Pay attention to what Houses they are in. That shows in what area of your life the trines mostly express themselves.
Also, consider how long the trine lasted in the sky, at the time of your birth: Some come and go very quickly, so they are quite personal, whereas others (those of the outer planets) remain for years, so they are shared by a whole generation.
Transit trinesTransit trines are those formed by the planets up in the sky to the points in your horoscope chart. It happens twice during each planet's orbit around the sun - once when approaching the transited planet or point in your horoscope, and once when moving away from it. For example, every year the sun forms two trine aspects to each of the points in your horoscope, eight months apart. For the moon, this is done in just a month. The slowest planet Pluto takes 248 years to complete its orbit, so you may need to reach your eighties to experience its trine with each of the points in your horoscope, and it will only happen once.
Here are the times it takes for the planets and other points to make one rotation around the Zodiac, in round numbers - from a geocentric perspective, ie. as seen from the earth.
Sun 1 year
Moon 1 month
Mercury 1 year
Venus 1 year
Mars 2 years
Jupiter 12 years
Saturn 29 years
Uranus 84 years
Neptune 164 years
Pluto 248 years
Ascendant, AC 1 day
Medium Coeli, MC 1 day
The frequency of a transit trine decides how important it is in your life. So, Pluto causes big and lasting changes, whereas the moon does little more than influence your mood at the moment.
ProgressionsProgressions are aspects formed by imaginary movement of the planets and other points in the birth chart. They don't correspond to any actual movement of the planets. Therefore, they should be used with care. But many astrologers regularly consider progressions, so you may want to try it. I rarely do it, which is why I don't present it further here. Transits make much more sense to me.
OrbOrb is the measure of what angle is to be regarded as an aspect. For transit aspects of any kind, I would not recommend an orb grater than 1°, so that a transit trine is active when the transiting planet is 119°-121° from the natal point. That usually takes more than a year for Pluto, but no more than about four hours for the moon.
Be aware that some transit aspects return once or twice, because of the retrograde movements of the planets, as seen from the Earth. So, usually a transit passing is followed by a retrograde passing, and then finished with a third passing when the planet resumes its forward movement. That means the event triggered by the transit tends to announce itself, then seem not to happen, but then finish by happening pretty much as it was originally announced. That's how much in life works, because of this stellar rhythm.
In the case of aspects in your native horoscope chart, orbs vary according to aspects. For the trine I recommend an orb of no more than 4°, i.e. from 116°-124°, but there are astrologers that use as much as 8°. You can also allow the orb to vary according to what planets are involved, but that should be done moderately.
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