Major Planetary Configurations:

As was implicit in the preceding section, the aspects are angular distances between planets that divide the chart in whole numbers. A given aspect (with the exception of the conjunction) would connect two separate sensitive spots in the chart, provided that these spots are filled with planets. When more than two sensitive spots and/or more than three planets are involve, a Planetary Configuration is form. A Planetary Configuration has a stronger effect that a single aspect. The major planetary configurations are:

  • Stellium:

    This configuration is based on the conjunction, but instead of two planets within 12 degrees of each other you have three or more planets. At times the distance between the first and last planet is less than 12 degrees. This would be a compact Stellium. At other times the planets would be joined by consecutive conjunctions where planet a would be less than 12 degrees from planet b, and planet b would be less than 12 degrees from planet c, and so on. In this second case the distance between the first and last planet would be more than 12 degrees, but still all the planets would be considered as forming a Stellium.

    The strongest Stelliums, however, are form when all the planets involve are close together, in just one sign and in just one house. This was the case, for example, in February 5, 1962 at 2:00 pm in Bethlehem, Israel, when there were 8 planets in the Sign Aquarius, in the Eight House. This, by the way, was perceived by Jeanne Dixon as the birthchart of a "New Leader" that would revolutionize Christianity. To many this "New Leader" is none other than the Antichrist himself.

    This strong Stellium in Aquarius would also explain the strong Aquarian mood of the Sixties. Thus, it was not that "the Era or Aquarius'" as the song said, was starting but that the influence of Aquarius had been momentarily augmented by a Strong, once in a lifetime Stellium.

  • Grand Opposition:

    This configuration emerges when two groups of planets are in opposition to each other. At times the entire chart is configure as two groups of planets, opposite each other. This has the effect of dividing the chart in two antagonistic conglomerates of inner drives that oppose one another. If the individual identifies himself with one of the two groups then he will most likely identify the characteristics of the other group with those individual with whom he relates, either friends, partners or enemies.

  • Grand Trine:

    Planetary pattern arising out of the trine aspect. The trine aspect divides the chart in three sectors 120 degrees apart, plus or minus 4 degrees. The Grand Trine is form when all three sensitive spots are filled with planets. In the natal chart, at least one of the planets should be natal planet. The other two may be transiting planets. When all three planets are natal planets the configuration has a permanent effect upon the psyche. When one or two of the planets are transiting planets, the effect would come and go as the transiting planets move through the respective empty sensitive spots in the chart.

    The Grand Trine gives the native an inner sense of momentum and impetus. He would be a driven person, needing no external stimulus to get moving or keep going. This independence of stimulus may make him insensitive to the needs, wishes or desires of others.

  • Grand Square:

    Planetary configuration based on the square aspect. It is form when four planets are in consecutive sensitive spots 90 degrees from each other, plus or minus 3 degrees. This configuration combines four consecutive squares and two crisscrossed oppositions. Thus it will combine the sense of inner tension of the opposition with the perception of problems and obstacles of the square. the native, as a result would be a persons accustomed to see life as a place full of conflicts and obstacles where you must fight continuously to get ahead. this attitude fits perfectly in today's society. Thus people with Grand Squares would must likely be successful, provided that no major trauma or adverse circumstances limit them irremediably.

  • T Square:

    Another configuration based on the square aspect. But this time only three of the four possible sensitive spots are filled with planets. It is similar to a four legged chair with one missing leg. There would be a sense of instability. The native would feel the need to fill the empty spot. Occasionally the transitive planets would pass through this spot. Then the T Square would become a Grand Square, if just for a few minutes, hours or days.



Jones Patterns:

Besides the planetary Configurations based on aspects, there are other planetary patterns that researchers have found to be singularly important. These patterns were first formerly identified by the late Mark Edmund Jones and latter developed by other writers. As they became a standard element of conventional Astrology, their use have been refined even more. The most widely known and used Jones Patterns are:

  • The Bundle:

    In order for this configuration to exist all planets should be confined within a trine (1200) orbit, plus or minus 12 degrees.

    Significance:

    As the configuration itself suggest, the interest and skills of the native would be limited or focused upon certain specific area of life. However, his ability to focus intensively will help him to reach his goals. The area where the planets are located indicate the skills and capacities of the native. A point opposite the middle of the occupied area would indicate what the native feels he needs to achieve or get out of life. How the native would seek to do this is determine by the leading planet, assuming the planets follow a clockwise movement.

  • The Fan:

    In order for this configuration to exist, (1) all the planets must be within the limits of a trine (1200) orbit of plus or minus 12 degrees, and (2) One focal planet must located in the empty area, separated by at least 15 degrees from either rim planet.

    Significance:

    The Fan is basically similar to the Bundle, but in this case the Focal planet becomes the center of attention. As in the Bundle, the native seeks to get the things he needs. In the Bundle the area where he would seek to get this things was around the center of the empty area. In the Fan this area would be wherever the focal planet is located. In the Bundle the attention was focused upon the conglomerate of planets; in the Fan the attention is focused upon the focal planet. In the Bundle the input came primarily through the entire house and sign opposite the middle point of the conglomerate of planets; in the Fan the input area is more restricted to the Focal Planet and a small orbit around it.

  • The Bowl:

    In order for this configuration to exist (1) all planets should be within one half (1800) of the chart. (2) The border planets should be in opposition, plus or minus twelve (12) degrees, and (3) There should not be more than 60 degrees of empty space in the occupied area.

    Significance:

    This configuration indicates a self-sufficiency in the area of life covered by the signs and houses occupied by the planets. As in the Bundle, the occupied area indicates what the individual has to give; his natural abilities and inner resources. The halfway point in the empty area indicates what the individual "needs" to get out of life.

    This configuration is very similar to the Bundle, but in this case the interest and natural abilities of the native are more diverse; his ability, however, to focus his attention upon a given subject is somewhat diminished. More diversity but less intensity. Also, there the leading planet do not exert as much influence as in the Bundle.

  • The Bucket:

    In order for this configuration to exist: (1) All planets should be located within 180 degrees, (2) The rim planets should be in opposition, plus or minus 12 degrees, (3) There cannot be more than 60 degrees of empty space in the occupied area, (4) There should be one planet in the 1800 empty area, separated by at least 15 degrees from the rim planets. This will become the focal planet. and (5) Another planet may be in close conjunction with the focal planet (orbit less than four degrees).

    Significance:

    The first three conditions of the Bucket are the same of the Bowl. The difference is in the 4th and 5th conditions. The behavior of the bucket is similar to the bowl, but in this case the focal planet(s) will serve as output for the other planets. The planetary drives will flow primarily through the sign and house occupied by the focal planet. If the focal planet is in opposition to any other planet the energy flow will intensify; also,if it squares the rim planets (forming a Grand Square) the energy flow will peak. In this case the person should express great strength of character in the affairs of the house and sign occupied by the focal planet.

    The Grand Square would turn the person into a hard boiled individual used to face tension, obstacles and opposition. The Bucket configuration would blend all the energies of the chart into a unified main energy stream that should give him/her the power and confidence to overcome those problems and difficulties. Of course, these would be modified by the specific positions and angular relationships between the planets, the environment where the individual grew and the physical characteristics of the physical body the individual is inhabiting (something that is primarily determine by hereditary factors). In general, however, when the Bucket configuration is present we would expect to find a hard boiled, "tough cookie" individual.

  • The SeeSaw:

    In order for this configuration to exist: (1) The planets should be arranged in two groups separated by at least 60 degrees of empty space in each side, (2) There should be no more than one empty house in each group, (3) There should be at least two planets in each group.

    Significance:

    This configuration divides the native's interest in two groups. The native would feel the need to establish a balance between the two. Like Libra, the native feels a need for balance and harmony in the world; and like Gemini the native finds it hard to stay still. He would like to switch back and forth between different options.

  • The Splay:

    In order for this configuration to exist: (1) The planets should be arranged in three distinct groups. One planet from each group should trine one planet from each other group (orbit plus or minus 4 degrees) forming a Grand Trine. (2) There should be no oppositions. (3) Each group should not occupy more than 60 degrees of space.

    Significance:

    The Splay when developed in a Life Affirmative manner becomes the configuration of the Wise-Man; but when develop in an ego-centered way then it becomes the configuration of the Know-it-All. A Wise-Man is a person who knows much and is willing to use this knowledge for the common good. The Know-It-All is a person who thinks that he knows it all but only uses his supposed knowledge to promote his own self interests.

    The great danger with The Splay as with any other configuration based on the Grand Trine, is the tendency of the native to become self-sufficient and even self-centered, feeling no need to rely or depend on others.

  • The Locomotive:

    In order for this configuration to exist: (1) The planets must be evenly distributed throughout the chart, except for an empty area of 120 degrees, plus or minus 12 degrees. (2) If there is a trine the configuration would be much more stronger, but it is not a necessary requirement. (3) There should be no more than 60 degrees of empty space in the occupied area.

    Significance:

    This configuration is based on the Grand Trine. It would establish a repetitive rhythm in the life of the native: 240 degrees of occupied space followed by 120 degrees of empty space. The tendency would be to establish a monotonous life style. The center point of the empty area would determine what the native feels he need to get out of life, while the leading planet (as the planets moves in a clockwise manner) would determine how the native would seek to do whatever he feels needs to do.

  • The Splash:

    In order for this configuration to exist; (1) All the planets should be evenly distributed around the chart. (2) There should be no empty area larger than 60 degrees. (3) There should be no more than 3 empty houses in total.

    Significance:

    The native would exhibit great diversity of interests and capacities. There is a touch of Gemini and Sagittarius. The Universal man, "The Man for all seasons." "Jack of all trades master of none." This configuration have no focal point of any kind; thus, the native would exhibit no specific area of interest or dominant inclination.

    Of course, other specific details in the chart or any relevant experience during his lifespan may give the native one specific overall goal or distinctive skill. However, in his style or way of doing things, he will still be a Jack of All trades.


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