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Professional astrologer Stefanie James explores various aspects of astrology from the basics and up to intermediate and advanced subjects and techniques.

Typical areas of discussion will be various modern, psychological and traditional astrological techniques, current astro-weather, notable points in history, interviews, and natal chart analysis including the charts of listeners.

Stefanie is a Professional Astrologer with an international client base, Reiki Master, published writer and former Horoscope Columnist for ELLE Magazine.

Jun 18, 2021

We’ve covered the neutral and hard aspects now we’ve reached the mathematical sweet spot: the 120° trine!

The trine can be found by dividing the circle by three. What trines have in common are the fact they share the same element.

However, they share different modes. If you’ve covered the elements episodes then you’ll know that these signs are motivated and engage with their environment in similar ways. In essence they work harmoniously with each other.

(If you haven’t listened to the Elements and the Modes, definitely go back and have a listen!)

It is possible to have planets in trine to each other but in different elements. This happens when the planets are at the very end or beginning of a sign and have a wider orb (most astrologers use an orb of 6°-8° either side).

For example, you can have Pluto at 27° Libra and Mars at 1° Pisces which means this is an out-of-sign trine with Cardinal Air and Mutable Water communicating with each other.

This doesn’t weaken the power of the trine, but it does create a different style of communication between the planets by adding an extra layer of complexity to the expression.

Trines are considered a fortunate, lucky or ‘easy’ aspect, but unlike squares which encourage a proactive approach to problems, trines can promote a sense of complacency.

I know many people with trines in their natal charts who are aware and working consciously with them – usually because things just seem to happen synchronistically, there is an element of luck by being in the right place at the right time.

But when it comes to problem solving, trines can lie dormant. They don’t vie for attention in the same way a square can. In fact they just aren’t pushy at all!

However, when the planets communicate through the trine, it usually describes an easy and cooperative communication.

This is great if the planets are operating at their best – for example a Mercury–Saturn trine can indicate a positive relationship between methodical thinking, structured outlook, academic ability.

But people may have a natural gift for this and not need to push themselves in this area so they wouldn’t achieve as much as they might if they had a square between the same planets.

Do you have any trines in your natal chart and are you aware of them in the way you might be aware of some of your other aspects?

Are you complacent in certain areas of your life represented by the trines you have?

Or do you utilise your gifts and make the best of them?

Let me know in the comments below!

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