Unaspected planets in your birth chart are like wild, untamed animals within your psyche. They can “run away with your horoscope,” becoming a defining trait within your personality whether you approve or not.
Unaspected Planets: Definition
Unaspected planets, referred to as peregrine planets by Noel Tyl, are those planets in your natal chart that lack any Ptolemaic aspect (i.e. conjunction, sextile, square, trine or opposition) with any other planet.
Guidelines for Interpreting Unaspected Planets
- Unaspected planets do not connect with the rest of the psyche – much like someone in a foreign land, it is disconnected from the surroundings, and integration becomes challenging.
- This can be mirrored as a feeling of disconnection in outer relationships, especially if a key body such as Sun or Moon is unaspected. With unaspected Sun or Moon, there may be a feeling that the world doesn’t quite understand you. You may “march to a different drummer.”
- Unaspected planets can function either as strong talents or excessive, overcompensatory habits: For example unaspected Mercury could suggest someone whose emphasis on thoughts or speech is pronounced, like the writer Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote “The Power of Positive Thinking.” However, it could also suggest someone that talks incessantly out of nervous habit.
- Unaspected planets may be interpreted as strong and dominant, or excessive and vulnerable to isolation. Consider these multiple potentials when you interpret the unaspected planets within your own birthchart.
Unaspected Planets: Possible Meanings and Keywords
Here are some keywords you may want to consider when exploring the interpretation of unaspected planets in a horoscope.
Unaspected Sun: Intensified Ego Drive
A person with unaspected Sun tends to march to a different drumbeat. There can be strong emphasis on self expression and leadership, as well as a strong need for ego recognition.
Unaspected Moon: Possible Emotional Disconnection
Natal Moon with no major aspects tends to magnify the needs represented by Moon’s sign. A good example is Steve Jobs, who had unaspected Moon in Aries (“the need to be Number One”). Unaspected Moon possibly suggests emotional disconnection from the parents, and later from other people. There may also be a need to express a caring, nurturing or educational behavior in order to connect with the world.
Unaspected Mercury: Hyperactive Mind
Unaspected Mercury tends to emphasize an overactive mind, which could result in nonstop talking, thinking, or worrying. If the wild mental energy can be harnessed toward a productive direction, unaspected Mercury can become a strong asset providing you with impressive mental faculty and communication skills.
Unaspected Venus: Intensified Emotions and Social Needs
Unaspected Venus magnifies the emotional and social needs represented by your Venus’ sign.
For example, unaspected Venus in water signs (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) emphasizes emotional expression in relationships – either as emotional drama, or an ability to care deeply for others.
In contrast, unaspected Venus in earth signs (Capricorn, Taurus or Virgo) may emphasize the material aspect of Venus, perhaps generating more interest in becoming financially successful or secure.
In general there may be an emphasis on being attractive, flirtatious, charming or understanding in order to be liked and appreciated (the archetypal expressions of Venus).
Unaspected Mars: Untamed Energy
Unaspected Mars is like a wild horse – powerful and potentially dangerous. You may need a special focus for directing your energy, especially your anger. With the right outlet for your energy, the fire of motivation will keep you going for a long time.
Unaspected Jupiter: Dominant Higher Mind
Unaspected Jupiter suggests emphasis on philosophy, education and international or spiritual dimension. This tends to suggest a mind hungry for higher learning.
Unaspected Saturn: Disconnected Father, Intensified Ambition
Unaspected Saturn possibly suggests a lack of support from the father figure. Emphasis on work accomplishment or self-discipline may compensate for initial insecurity. Unaspected Saturn can also suggest intensified ambition, especially in terms of Saturn’s sign and house placement.
Unaspected Uranus: Heightened Individuality and Progress
Unaspected Uranus suggests intensified individuality, an eye for progress, and the need for achieving social significance. Inventor Thomas Edison’s horoscope has unaspected Uranus (using a tighter, 4 degree orb for sextile), Uranus being the planet of invention and scientific progress.
Unaspected Neptune: Vision and Ideals
Though somewhat rare, unaspected Neptune may manifest as heightened aesthetic sensitivity and strong ideals.
Unaspected Pluto: Power and Influence
Unaspected Pluto can suggest prominence, power and influence. John F. Kennedy’s horoscope has unaspected Pluto.
Summary: Integrating Unaspected Planets
Unaspected planets can be hard to tame. Integrating the unaspected planet into our psyche may feel like trying to have a tall Westerner blend in with a crowd of Japanese people – it can’t help but stand out.
Rather than trying to make unaspected planet conform to a social norm, you may want to find a challenging outlet for its energy – be it writing a book, learning a foreign language, forming a nonprofit organization, or practicing martial arts. With positive direction, unaspected planets can become your strongest asset.
Do you have an unaspected planet in your horoscope? (Remember we’re only counting conjunction, sextile, square, trine or opposition here.) How does it get expressed in your life? Please feel free to share your experience in the comment section below.
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