A Grand Trine is a triangular aspect pattern involving three or more planets separated by an angle of 120 degrees each. The planets in the signs are in the same triplicity and due to the harmonious nature of the trine aspect, the planets cooperate in an easy flowing manner.
According to traditional textbooks, the grand trine is seen as an extremely fortunate asset, implicating special talents, favourable circumstances and good opportunities. The various theories of the Grand Trine configuration have many different interpretations such as a “blessed” astrological pattern. Every Grand Trine consists of one of the four elements – FIRE, EARTH, AIR and WATER and this often means the individual is particularly heavy in one of the astrological, elemental groupings.
The Grand Trine has a gift for materializing physical desires and they have a sense that life provides for them. Astrologer Carol Rushman commented on clients possessing a Grand Earth Trine who were on state benefit. But also, among their many talents there is a natural business acumen or a natural ability in art or craft. New age astrological literature is also now telling us that what was once thought to be a beneficial chart configuration in the natal chart, may describe an individual who takes a lazy approach to his affairs, and expects too much ease. Modern astrologers have come to view the lack of tension in the grand trine as an indication that the native can have a certain inertia or laziness present, with no real impetus that pushes the individual into action.
Because trines are soft aspects the native is unusually lucky, particularly in matters related to the signs and houses affected by this configuration. For example, the individual with easy aspects involving the earth trigon will often have money land in their lap, work and career opportunities come with ease and without much effort. However, unless there are some hard aspects in the chart, such individuals are not presented with enough challenges and this beneficial configuration actually handicaps the individual.