Let's Go Fly a Kite!
The Grand Trine Kites of 2007
ost of us know that a kite is a deceptively simple object that sails on the wind, controlled by its operator from the ground. Usually we think of the diamond-shaped kite (like the one at right).
In astrology, a Kite is one of many aspect configurations or aspect figures (a group of planets that act as a "team," playing out a collective energy). The Kite starts with a symmetrical triangular figure (most commonly a Grand Trine) and adds a fourth planet in opposition to one of the other planets, forming a diamond-shaped figure that looks like a kite (see diagrams below).
From March through June of 2007, we have a whole series of four Grand Trine Kites! They all involve the Jupiter-Saturn trine, as well as the Saturn-Neptune opposition. Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune are relatively slow-moving planets, so they don't move very much during this time. Then there are four faster-moving planets—Venus, Sun, Mercury and Mars—that combine with the slower planets to create a Grand Trine Kite. One by one, these four planets move in to form the third point of the Grand Trine triangle. The Saturn-Neptune opposition turns the Grand Trine into a Kite figure, forming the "spine" of the Kite.
The faster-moving planets (Venus, Sun, Mercury, Mars) form a series of unified groups that take on a life of their own. And they provide a variety of opportunities for us to tap into and utilize the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune combined energy. The areas of life associated with these faster planets can become the vehicle through which we experience the slower planetary energies. (For instance, through relationships or finances, in the case of Venus. See more about each planet below.)
The Grand Trine takes place in Fire signs. Fire brings a burst of enthusiasm, physical energy, anger, motivation and forcefulness. Since Saturn and Jupiter are involved, this Grand Trine creates a cooperative, blending energy between expansion and containment; vision and practicality; imagination and rationality. At its best, we have access to visionary leadership, discipline for a greater purpose (then just for its own sake) and spirituality that is grounded in realism.
Our ability to use the Grand Trine to its fullest hinges on resolving the conflict and challenge of the Saturn-Neptune opposition (exact passes are 31-Aug-2006, 28-Feb-2007 and 25-Jun-2007). Much has been written here about this transit (see also: Lunar Eclipse in Virgo, Solar Eclipse in Pisces, Grand Trine Kite to Venus, Grand Trine Kite to the Sun, Grand Trine Kite with Mercury, Grand Trine Kite with Mars).
To meet the Saturn-Neptune challenge, we must find a workable balance between "what is" and "what we wish it could be." Our vision of an ideal world that we reach for and long for is held up against the sometimes lacklustre or harsh reality that we must navigate day to day. It can be easy to get stuck in one extreme or the other, which often results from our emotional reactions, like our hopes and fears. The idea is to gradually expand our understanding and awareness, so that these diverse energies can coexist in the same universe.
To a lesser extent, Chiron is also involved in the Kite figure. We have technically finished the exact passes of the Saturn-Chiron oppositions (final exact pass was 20-Jun-2006). However, this aspect is still "in orb" from March through June of 2007, even though these planets don't make an exact aspect. This energy is therefore another factor in this series of Grand Trine Kites. Chiron's role in this development of growth and change is that before we can aspire to something greater than ourselves, ironically we must first accept our inherent limitations. We struggle with our existential condition of being BOTH physical creatures AND sentient beings with the power of choice about how to guide our lives. This is not so much a riddle to be solved, as it is a continual rebalancing act that leads us through and into evolution and growth at the deepest levels of our psyche and spirit.
What is the Chiron evolutionary process? Let's use an analogy: In order to leap into the air, you need the limitation of the earth to push against. And you need to be prepared to come back down again without hurting yourself. In the same way, we often use harsh circumstances to "push against" in order to propel ourselves beyond those limitations. And just like we come back down to earth after we jump up, the progress we make in our lives always brings us to new challenges and obstacles to be overcome. Problems lead to solutions which then generate new challenges and problems. It helps if we can be flexible in our expectations and assessment, so that we don't interpret that natural (and perhaps inevitable) "descent to earth" to mean that we have failed. This is the lesson of Chiron—to remind us that limitations and problems can push us toward a higher purpose.
ssentially, the more we are able to stabilize and balance all these (seemingly) incompatible energies, the more we can tap into and work constructively with the Grand Trine energy. Additionally, the Grand Trine energy is also a resource we can draw on to help us to find that Saturn-Neptune cooperative balance. One hand washes the other.
So how do we access the Grand Trine energy? And how is this Grand Trine energy likely to manifest in our lives? Primarily through the faster-moving planets that one by one come along to form the third point in the Grand Trine triangle between March and June. Here's a rundown of the planets involved, when they are active and examples of how the combined energy may come into your life.
March 03-12 – Grand Trine Kite with Venus
This figure can be accessed through the Venus principles, as well as affecting them in your life: Love, harmony, peace, balance. Interaction, relationships, partnerships, socializing. Money, possessions, resources, attracting what you desire.
April 5-14 – Grand Trine Kite with the Sun
This figure can be accessed through the Sun principles, as well as affecting them in your life: Identity, sense of self, who you are becoming, how you see yourself inside (as opposed to how others see you), self-esteem. Creative self-expression, playfulness, fun, games.
April 19-23 – Grand Trine Kite with Mercury
This figure can be accessed through Mercury principles, as well as affecting them in your life: Communication, expression, "finding your voice," having something to say, being "the messenger." Thoughts, ideas, writing, reading, lecturing, debating, teaching, learning.
June 1-10 – Grand Trine Kite with Mars
This figure can be accessed through Mars principles, as well as affecting them in your life: Assertiveness, being pro-active, courage, daring, enthusiasm, anger, being direct or blunt, taking action, energy (physical, emotional, mental, etc.), libido, desire. Aggression, hostility, temper, recklessness, reactions, force, conflict.
These four months (March through June 2007) offer a rare opportunity to create something worthwhile and exciting in your life and in the world around you. Each of these time periods shows a different stage of development and growth that can be used to move your plans and dreams to the next step. The best results will happen when you maintain "balance in motion." In other words, allow the momentum of change and growth to be steered by your best judgment and intentions. The momentum of one phase will be part of the fuel that drives the whole process—kind of like the motion of walking becomes part of what keeps you walking. That motion means you don't have to expend as much energy later as when you first start out.
o learn more about aspect configurations like the Grand Trine Kite, I highly recommend Aspect Pattern Astrology: A New Holistic Horoscope Interpretation Method by Bruno, Louise and Michael Alexander Huber. You'll get more out of it if you already have some basic knowledge of astrology. Stephanie Clement has also written a book on planetary and aspect patterns that is worth checking out, called Aspect Patterns: What They Reveal & How They Are Triggered.
Do you have a Grand Trine Kite in your natal chart? Many people do! To learn more about the aspect configurations in your natal chart, it is best to get a personal reading with your astrologer.
© 2007 Wendy Guy. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied without written permission from the author. Photograph of kite obtained from www.morguefile.com