If You Have a Grand Trine in Your Birth Chart, You're Cosmically Lucky

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Look up at the sky. What do you see? Stars, hopefully—but even if you can't see them, you know they're there. As the stars and planets move across the sky, they link across the tapestry of the night in a multitude of angles. Not only do we watch how they meet, smile, wink, and fight with one another on a daily basis, but we observe how they flow in a birth chart, too.

Astrology is the research and understanding of this flow of energy. By peering into how it's moving—in the past, present, or even future—we can comprehend the patterns that are likely to occur. The angles two planets make with each other—a conjunction, a sextile, a square, a trine, and an opposition—are very important, and they're what astrologers call aspects. But did you know that there can be even more intense aspect patterns beyond just two planets aligning? One of the most important, rare, and magnificent is called a grand trine, and it involves three planets. Let’s take a peek into what it means!

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First a birth chart calculator

If you're not sure if *you* have a grand trine in your birth chart, simply put your birth info in the calculator below and look for an equilateral triangle, or by see ingif you have planets or points in all three signs of the same element (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius; Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn; Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius; or Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces).

This birth chart calculator was created by www.astro-seek.com in collaboration with astrologer Narayana Montúfar. Learn more about Narayana's work on her website www.naramon.com.

What is a grand trine?

First and foremost, let’s just talk about the basics. *clears throat* A grand trine is an astrological aspect pattern that happens when three planets all trine one another. ICYDK, a trine means two planets are 120 degrees apart. Usually a grand trine takes place between three planets, like three points on a perfect triangle. However, it can include more than three planets is if an extra planet (or more) are conjunct with one another (aka they're in the same place in the zodiac).

For instance, an example of a grand trine would be the Sun in Leo trine Jupiter in Sagittarius, with both also trine Venus in Aries. This is an example of three planets in a grand trine. However, let’s imagine that Mars is also in Leo, so it's conjunct the Sun in Leo and also trine with Jupiter in Sagittarius and Venus in Aries. Now you get the picture of how a grand trine can sometimes include more than three planets!

We typically experience grand trines in the same element. Sometimes we’ll get a “mixed grand trine,” though, if planets are in two different elements. This just means that the aspect pattern (or person) will have an even more unique combination of talents and energy.

What does a grand trine mean?

In general, a single trine aspect denotes a harmonious flow of energy between two planets (or points in your birth chart, like your Rising sign). This signals opportunities and a positive relationship. A grand trine is even more harmonious, denoting a balance. The three planets—and the houses of the birth chart—flow in total equilibrium.

When we experience a grand trine in mundane astrology (aka day-to-day life), we feel very at peace, productive, and balanced. Our lives and relationships flow easily and things fall into place and “just feel good.”

What if you have a grand trine in your birth chart?

When there's a grand trine in a birth chart, that person will experience a natural talent or gift in a specific area of life. For hints about this talent or gift, we look to the houses and planets that are involved in the grand trine. The person will be able to grow, flow, and embrace these innate talents freely and without inhibition.

But as much as a grand trine can bring someone great success, happiness, or fulfillment, it doesn’t guarantee it. In fact, since things are just “so easy” in an area of life, the person may take it for granted and become lazy. This is why a grand trine can be the greatest blessing—but also a curse if someone isn’t going to take full advantage of it!

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Grand trines and the four elements

Grand fire trine

A grand fire trine takes place between three points or planets in the fire signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. As an element, fire represents action, initiative, passion, desire, and boldness. Because of this, someone with a grand fire trine will find they have a natural affinity with expression, creativity, and extroversion. They will likely love to be in the spotlight and embrace adventure and pursue their passions with courage. They will be very active and brave individuals.

Grand earth trine

A grand earth trine takes place between three points or planets in the earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. As an element, earth represents stability, security, strength, and practicality. Because of this, someone with an earth grand trine will find that they are able to create results out of nothing and build for the long-term. Their ability to manage themselves and others through consistent hard work and focus will allow them to create mighty and long-lasting structures. They may move very slowly, but they often win big in the end.

Grand air trine

A grand air trine takes place between three points or planets in the air signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius. As an element, air represents thought, communication, curiosity, and movement. Because of this, someone with an grand air trine will crave knowledge, exploration, travel, and wisdom. They will likely be master communicators, hungry for social interaction. Planning, strategy, and vision will be important to them. They will likely not want to stay in one place for too long, as they crave new experiences and new ideas.

Grand water trine

A grand water trine takes place between three points or planets in the water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. As an element, water represents emotion, intuition, sensitivity, and imagination. Because of this, someone with a grand water trine would be granted incredible depth of feeling and an ability to connect with the heart and soul of others. They will likely possess tremendous resources of emotion, in which they can engage positively, such as being a healer or as in being a creative.

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  • Jaden Smith

  • Salma Hayek

  • Reese Witherspoon

  • Amy Adams

  • Emily Blunt

  • Christian Bale

  • Jared Leto

  • Paul Rudd

  • Eva Mendes

  • Richard Madden

  • Tyrese Gibson

  • Charlie Hunnam

  • Lindsay Lohan

  • Emma Roberts

  • Andrew Garfield

  • Morgan Freeman

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

  • Billy Dee Williams

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