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A Grand Trine occurs when three planets all trine each other, ideally in signs of the same element. As seen above, the Grand Trine visually creates a large triangle across the chart. Since it essentially consists of three separate trines, this is considered a very beneficial aspect in traditional astrology. At its best, the individual with this aspect is endowed with much creativity, self-confidence and an inner optimism that events will eventually turn out in his favor. This aspect often indicates a certain amount of ‘luck’ factor in the individual’s life.
On the other hand, too many trines in a chart can make an individual complacent and take things for granted at times. Since the needs are generally provided for by others most of the time in the early stages of life, the individual may unconsciously grow up seeking special treatment and privileges, without developing drive to work for those benefits and rewards himself. Too many trines in the chart can actually have the adverse effect of producing a self-indulgent individual who avoids self-discipline and responsibilities, becoming overly reliant on others for support. There is a general lack of self-motivation to work through the struggles in life or the unwillingness to accept challenges.
The Fire Grand Trine
The individual with a Fire Grand Trine is first and foremost, an independent person bestowed with bounds of potential and creative drive as the fire element is the most self-expressive, spontaneous and vital of all the four elements. Hence, such individuals are likely to appear courageous, adventurous and rather impulsive as well. Unless influences in the chart indicate otherwise, this is the type of individual that is unlikely to remain still for any length of time and needs to constantly find things to keep himself occupied. There tends to be little fear without much forethought when it comes to taking risks and initiating. The faith in oneself is usually unshakable and once committed to a personal objective, nothing can stop them from achieving their goals.
Because they tend to regard it as their birthright to do whatever they please, humility does not seem to be one of their virtues. One can appear egoistical and self-centered to others at times. This simply reflects the basic traits of fire, which is essentially a royalty element. The individual can appear to be unconsciously demanding of time, attention and loyalty from others while remaining oblivious to their needs. What they are seeking for ultimately is an outlet to pour out their creative energies into. In some cases, individuals with such strong fire emphasis can actually appear totally self-absorbed, emitting the vibes of aloofness or reservation in social situations. It is thus recommended that people with this configuration actively seek out leadership roles or those which allow them to develop their creative talents, in order to avoid stagnation.
The Earth Grand Trine
The individual with an Earth Grand Trine essentially feels a deep sense of inner security and stability associated with materialism and the physical world. The capability to attract, accumulate and skillfully manage resources is usually powerfully developed in such individuals. They most probably possess excellent organizational ability and practical knowledge, since an heavy emphasis of the earth element indicates an above-average ability to manifest ideas and thoughts into structure and form. When this aspect is positively manifested, one can use his endurance and persistence in concentrating on concrete objectives without being easily distracted. Once committed to an objective, the individual is focused and works hard towards achievement of his goal. In addition, an abundance of common sense is inherently present in such individuals.
Because the element of earth can be bogged down by the weight of gravity, those individuals with the Earth Grand Trine can be so security-minded that they become adverse to risk-taking and fail to venture out of their comfort zones like the Fire Grand Trine individuals. This often produces a dull, conventional and conservative temperament which lacks charisma and the sparks of imagination. Individuals with this aspect can become so preoccupied with work and productivity that they often become stuck in a rut and are unable to see beyond the physical world, like their inner spiritual growth and development. Such individuals seldom respond well to sudden, radical or drastic changes as they are essentially creatures of habit.
The Air Grand Trine
The individual with an Air Grand Trine is first and foremost, a thinker type who possesses above-average ability to conceptualize and create on an abstract level. Such individuals are also usually blessed with excellent communication skills and are socially active, curious and open-minded in outlook. Socially charismatic with a friendly demeanor, this type easily attracts friends and admirers The intellectual capacity is emphasized here and there is often a strong inclination towards education and learning new skills and knowledge. This type, more than other elements, tend to be the ‘perpetual student’ type.
Nevertheless, the element of air is the most detached among all the elements. This ability to view life from a broader, impersonal level can be an asset when he has to deal with matters from an objective point of view but the individual can easily lose touch with the reality of his external social environment as well. The natural inclination for such individuals is to retain personal freedom through remaining detached and non-committal in the interaction with others. There is usually great inner satisfaction only when they are allowed to navigate freely and enjoy a variety of relationships that put as few demands on him as possible. As such, they can be viewed as superficial and shallow when it comes to social interaction. In extreme cases, this type of configuration can be found in the con-artist type who uses his powers of persuasion and wit to coax others into falling for his schemes.
The Water Grand Trine
The individual with the Water Grand Trine is inherently bestowed with the ability to get in touch with the subconscious and the inner world of feelings, as well as respond to subtle undercurrents in life easily. The powers of detecting other people’s motives are usually present, bestowing a certain degree of psychic sensitivity in them. When used positively to connect with the hidden psyches and aspects of people, such individual can make significant contributions to the healing and nurturing professions and many make excellent psychologists, counselors or spiritual healers. They are able to bring much creativity and beauty to the external world as they often find success while probing into the hidden mysteries of life.
This ability to fully connect on the emotional realm also suggests that such individuals are prone to seclude themselves into their own inner private worlds of feelings. The tendency to be self-contained implies that they can be difficult to get to know on an intimate level. Indeed, they may find the most satisfaction when they are withdrawn and engaged in the vivid world of imagination, fantasy or reflecting on the past. This can lead to the individual becoming a dreamer type with escapist tendencies or an exaggerated need for emotional dependency from the harsher realities of life. Because they can become so caught up in the world of the subconscious and emotions, there is a danger of losing with the conscious awareness of oneself. If more stabilizing factors are absent in the chart, this can lead to feelings of defeat, insecurity or loneliness in life.