The unaspected planet in the natal chart receives no aspects whatsoever from any other body. And this situation is believed to confer difficulty in expressing some of the planet’s qualities. In some ways, your Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto looks kind of lonely and isolated on the horoscope, sitting in the chart without any threads connecting, no fastening lines of forces to any of the other planetary gods. Yet, this lonesome planet could become a more powerful force in your life as it screams to be heard among all of the other planetary aspects creating dynamic relationships to each other natally. While, the individual with this placement may not realize its expression, usually others recognize this planetary power unmistakably. In some cases, a unaspected planet can provide an important life theme and offer another very significant aspect to your personality.
Aspects in the astrology chart create all of the vitality, energy and animation in the horoscope; they are the driving forces of your personality. Without aspects, you would probably live a less complicated life (especially without the hard contacts), but it would be less fulfilling, for there would be no real challenges to confront. Aspects are also lines of communication to other energies in the natal chart, further coloring any planet’s expression. An aspect makes you more aware of the other archetypal essences, something you must express and become familiar with as part of your inner values. Liz Greene says, “An unaspected planet is likely to reflect a complex that is very far away from consciousness – at least initially. That is because it does not have any easy – natural routes for integration into consciousness, which is what aspects to the personal planets provide. When deeply unconscious points appear in the chart, they tend to have a very archaic and mythic quality when they are finally triggered.”
Unaspected planets will always, sooner or later, receive an important aspect from a transiting or progressed planet, or they will be activated through relationship, by the planets in someone else’s chart. An unaspected planet doesn’t stay unaspected. Life provides aspects for it. A planet may begin as a very unconscious and unconnected point in the horoscope, but the moment one gets involved in a relationship with another person, the planet will start finding avenues of expression in the context of the relationship…It can prove immensely creative, and gives one a chance to get acquainted with what has previously been a deeply unconscious dimension of the psyche. The Horoscope in Manifestation: Psychology and Prediction
If, say, you have an unaspected Mars, this could make you active and independent, but its power comes unexpectedly and with huge bursts of energy. Unaspected planets in the horoscope frequently lead to quiet moments, without much overt communication and then BOOM! It’s right in front for all to see. According to psychology astrology, an unaspected planet gives rise to a sub-personality, with a powerful independent action forcing its way among all other planetary manifestations and making itself heard.
The following remark was made to me by a client with an unaspected Mars. “I have been accused of going through life with one eye closed: to man’s inhumanity to man; violence; injustice; corruption; cynicism. How can one successfully compromise one’s ideal world with the one around us? ” The psychology astrologer would be interested. To have one eye closed to life is surely indicative of a lack of integration, and corresponds to a failure to coordinate one of the planetary energies with the rest of the team. Astrologically Speaking
So, the unaspected planet may not be as integrated into the horoscope as other personality factors:
An unaspected Sun in the birth chart can suggest that it will take longer to find the Sun inside, because the relationship with the father may not be solid enough to allow the archetype to be embodied. Father as a real person does not have to be perfect. He just needs to be human enough for the child to glimpse the Sun in him, have it mirrored back and say, “This is what I admire, ” or, “This is the opposite of what I want to be.” An unaspeted Sun doesn’t indicate that there is no father. But it can describe a certain absence of contact. When the relationship with the father is tenuous, the solar principle cannot be mediated easily, and it it is difficult for the Sun to be internalized and rooted in everyday life. Liz Greene
The task for those in possession of an unaspected planet in the nativity is to involve the planet in the total picture, developing a more clear understanding so that it won’t feel disconnected or intensely focused on one part of life. Liz Greene thinks the unaspected planet can be unintegrated, unsocialized with the rest of the horoscope and may act instinctual, raw and archaic. A planet unaspected is closer to acting out in pure energy, and the abundance of energy surrounding this body often dominates the birth chart. In the chart, an unaspected planet is not common, and are nearly always overtly expressed in the individual’s nature.
These are a puzzle, for the simple reason that there are fewer factors to go on. I don’t think there is a quick and easy answer as to how to think of these. As always, that depends on the whole chart. How, then, did I answer this question that was put to me some years ago.” Astrology books seem to avoid discussion of the unaspected planet. I have Mercury unaspected. Is this a disadvantage or advantage?” I told her that in some cases unaspected planets can provide an important key to character. Aspects are energy combinations, and so the absence of aspects gives no helpful clue (in this instance, with Mercury unaspected) as to whether communicative qualities of the individual are made forceful and combative by Mars, or limited and suspicious by Saturn, and so forth. So we have to look elsewhere, remembering that we are considering a whole person. Perhaps we find a strongly aspected Moon and Venus in the same chart so that the native is ruled by his emotions and reason plays a lesser role. As a palmist would say, his heart rules his head. I recall a man with Mercury strongly placed in its own sign of Virgo. It was unaspected, yet prominent. He believed himself to be a writer but in fact had never published a word. No general statement can be made to cover every case of unaspected planets. Try studying the whole team of energies and think of the unaspected one as an energy which is not integrated with other energies in the whole. Even then it can be a strong or weak, helpful or mischevious, active or lazy loner. Astrologically Speaking
It could be surmised that an individual is more limited in the house of the unaspected planet as there isn’t a lot to bring out its energy into action. But as Liz Greene pointed out, this isn’t necessarily true as transits will cross over the planet at various times, and so it is never really without any activity to excite and stimulate it. Astrologers such as Dane Rudyhar believed that an unaspected planet actually brings more freedom to the individual, and it is viewed as a maverick – archetypal figure, but it is still something of a “wild horse” in the personality, unleashing its power at any moment. Other astrological writers think that an unaspected planet may lead to problems with the planet:
What if Saturn is unaspected? If Saturn is unaspected, the defence mechanisms are likely to be deeply unconscious. Sometimes this can reflect a problems in establishing healthy boundaries; the positive side of Saturn is not available for the ego’s use. Sometimes it can suggest someone whose defences are incredibly powerful because they are very primitive. They are not mediated or tempered by the ego. When something is deeply unconscious, it tends to remain in a very primitive or archaic state. We’ll “civilise” planets in our chart through the mediation of consciousness. When this does not occur, we see a much more obviously archetypal, almost mythic, expressions of the planet’s qualities….I have known people with an unaspected Saturn who are very obsessively defended, but they have no understanding of how or why. The emotions attached to such defences are expressed in one particular area of life, often in a highly ritualistic way, and form a sort of pocket obsessive behavior which makes no sense to the individual. Barriers and Boundaries: The Horoscope and the Defences of the Personality