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What’s happening this week? If you keep up with the astrological picture then you probably already know that this week is huge as it’s the week of the Grand Trine. What’s that? It’s an aspect pattern, formed when three planets each arrive at the same degree of the three different signs of the same element. In other words, if you joined the dots you’d come up with a huge equilateral triangle stretched across the heavens.
This Grand Trine is in the water (the feeling function) signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, and is especially important as it involves three major (slower moving) planets – Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. So this is a rare event. As such there is a great deal of speculation out there as to what it actually means. How does the astronomical picture translate into astrological information? What meaning do we assign?
The aspect of a trine is considered harmonious – two planets 120 degrees apart – but a Grand Trine can sometimes be overload. Consider the natal charts of Diana, Princess of Wales with her Grand Trine in water (incl Chiron), Eddie the Eagle (remember him?) with his Grand Trine in fire, throwing himself into the Olympics ski jumping with more potentially neck breaking enthusiasm than skill, coming last in his events which made him far more popular than winning could ever have done, or the client with his Grand Trine in earth, born as a “last chance” baby to middle aged parents who brought him up with puritanical rules and absolutely no imagination.
So, the word of warning then is to be aware of “overload”. On a more positive note this aspect pattern feels like “a plan coming together”, the time to make major changes and to do anything aimed at turning dreams into reality.
This is reinforced by the other major event of the week which is Mercury turning direct (hurray) at the weekend, having been retrograde since 26 June. Remember the text book definition of “problems with transport and communication”? Top prize goes to the airline pilot who announced to an incoming flight here in Greece that the local time was one hour ahead of the UK. We are in fact 2 hours ahead. This explained why, having said goodbye to a couple of friends on Wednesday evening, I saw them walking along the road with their bags the next morning, an hour after their departure coach had left for the airport. They had spent the entire week living in the wrong time zone. I couldn’t take them to the airport as my car was in the garage, and I couldn’t book a taxi as my regular taxi driver had changed his mobile number! Happily another taxi driver was on the scene.
This story – apart from the amusement factor – was interesting to me as it illustrated the point of how we often accept unquestioningly information that comes from an authority figure. It underlines the retrograde Mercury message of “don’t believe everything you’re told”, so this coming weekend look out for information coming to light. Truth outs and new pictures are revealed.