Day 4: Triangles
Another part of astrology geometrics that you’ll find in the chart are triangles. These configurations are really useful in a number of ways. If you’re looking to solve the problem of opposing energies which are challenging, always look in the chart for an outside planet elsewhere as that makes a third party and this can balance out the energies and complement the mixture of currents. Triangles are the keys for restoring flow. The most common type of triangle in astrology is the trine aspect of 120° apart. They are useful especially when used in conjunction with squares which are known to be challenging at times and the other aspects of the chart which we will cover more in module three in astrological aspects.
The key to triangles in the chart and determining the extent of their value is recognizing the principle of “Three”. For example in the quarterly divisions the areas of life are divided up into groups of three. This indicates they all have something in common in relation to that quarterly division. In the first quarter it’s the first three houses followed by the next which makes six, then the third quarter which makes nine and then the last quarter with its three which makes up the whole twelve houses. The numbers three and four are common factors which often work well together if you’re seeking to discover more of the hidden secrets buried in a chart.
Another aspect of “three” is the planets expression which are better understood and easier to interpret when their threefold expression of personality and soul and spiritual values are learnt. And the same goes for each group of signs which come under the same element. Each of the three signs represents a particular part of a threefold expression unique to their natural element. Altogether the four elements each with three signs are like three strands which wind and fold around like a DNA helix with each sign group symbolically representing the three vital forces in matter of differing densities which operate within the human body and maintain the vital organs and energy system of the subtle bodies.
30 Degree Divisions
In the natural order chart the signs are conveniently suited to match the 12 houses which are divided up into 30° divisions all of which make up a circle of three hundred and sixty degrees. 30° is a perfect way to break down the 360° wheel. Aspects which are the angular relationship in degrees between two or more planets are measured in 30° increments. Each has its own particular energetic expression and defines a certain way in which the celestial bodies interact with each other.
You will notice however in a chart that is not a natural order one that the houses may not correspond directly with the cusp or start of the 30° sign. In fact there are large angles with more degrees in some areas and smaller angles with less degree in other areas. This is due to the latitude and longitude of the geographical location to which part of the chart creation is derived from. The signs however you will see are always marked in 30° increments and so therefore shows that a house may contain degrees from some sign and then degrees from another sign which means it can be two types of energies working in relation to that house.
In an ephemerides thirty degrees is an easy way to measure the path of a transiting planet or progressed planet as it passes through the sign on a daily basis and the type of energies and influences it connects with during that time.
An interesting feature of a house or a sign which is not often considered as important in interpretation but can be highly useful for drilling down and discovering more about a house and sign is that each sign actually contains within it the other 11 signs and houses. This is a microscopic view of the whole chart within one sign or house. It’s a simple measurement of 2.5° to each sub-sign and is a very useful way for the astrologer to determine extra fine points and details and information that one might want to know regarding things about the particular type of energies and forces of a planet and its aspects and transits when it’s at a particular degree, which can be helpful in ascertaining and evaluating certain future trends and directions or meaning about an event or something that’s happening at the time, or whatever it may be one wants to further find out more about.