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PATTERNS IN ASTROLOGY PART VI (Splay)

We come back to our look at patterns in the Astrology chart. See our posts from April 23, 25, May 2, 4 and 7, 2018 for more information on other patterns.


Splay or Tripod Pattern



The Splay or Tripod pattern is very similar to the Grand Trine. There should be three main groupings of planets involved in the equation. A tight grouping would allow each individual group to be no more than 60 degrees apart from the next group. If by chance a Grand Trine forms within this grouping and the groups are all enclosed within a 60 degree area then the energies of this pattern becomes much stronger and adds to the story being told by the grand trine.


A reminder, a Grand Trine’s energies are strong when all of the planets are found in the same element. If planets and luminaries are not in the same element, this is considered a weak Grand Trine.


A tight Splay pattern would consist of the three groups involved all forming conjunctions or close aspects and the three groups all trining one another. This would be difficult as the three outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto have not been in the same element for many generations. However, this can be found when these outer planets fall within a few degrees of the adjoining element or sign.


If Uranus and Pluto were both in Virgo for example and Neptune was in close sextile in the sign Scorpio and the other planets lined up in either the element earth or water, this would form a Splay pattern.


Those with this configuration would be considered quite unique and would confidently follow their own set path. They adhere to their own set of rules and are self-contained. This would be particularly so for those who have a Grand Trine in the mix.


Well known author and Astrologer, Noel Tyle, defines those with a Grand Trine as, “closed circuits of self-sufficiency”. These individuals can be self-motivated and do well within the confined of the elements involved in the Grand Trine. The houses involved and the signs of the planetary links will help define what areas of life are involved.


In closing, we have covered a lot of information on patterns in the chart over the past few weeks. However, personally, I have found that although these patterns are a useful tool and add to the story, it is more important to review the aspects and major configurations (The Stellium, the Grand Trine, the Grand Square, the T-Square and the Yod) within a given chart. These configurations provide a much more definitive and relevant description of the unfolding story the chart is relaying. The overall chart patterns simply add a finishing touch.


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