Holy Trinity in Astrology
The midpoint of any planetary combination is the place where their combined influence is optimised and much has been said about pairs of planets and how their two midpoints can expand and deepen chart interpretations (Robert Hand's Horoscope Symbols 1981). A pair of planets has two points to consider, so three planets have three midpoints. The Trinity Point relates to the three outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, and is located at one of the three positions found by calculating the average of their longitudes. Usually it is fairly clear which of the three possibilities to use, if not then we consult the appropriate Sabian Symbols and make an intuitive decision to select which point is most indicative of its principle. The three possibilities are always trine to one another, and the other two can be seen as wings that offer support and wider context to the chosen Trinity Point itself.
DO IT YOURSELF
To convert the three outer planets to absolute longitude, add multiples of 30 :
(Taurus 1 is absolute longitude 31 degrees, Pisces 22 is absolute 352 etc.)
Uranus Cancer 6:37 (+ 90) = 96:37
Neptune Libra 17:26 (+180) = 197:26
Pluto Leo 17:27 (+120) = 137:27
Find the average of these 3 numbers
(remember there are 60 minutes in a degree not 100)
431:28 divided by 3 = 143:49
Convert back to normal zodiac position
(143 minus 120 for Leo) gives 23:49, so...
Leo 24 as Trinity Point
(We could also consider the two trines at Sagittarius 24 and Aries 24)
Significance of Trinity Point
Most of us begin our long process of studying astrology and deepening self-awareness by confirming that we behave much as our inner planets suggest. Yet soon we find that outer planets require us to become aware of issues larger than our personal concerns. Typically their transits awaken within us another dimension, a spiritual aspect, which brings into perspective the collective part of who we are, and we come to realise that all things are connected and interact in unseen ways. We may more frequently and enthusiastically celebrate the more individual expression of self yet, on some hidden level, we are well aware of ourselves as an aspect of something beyond our comprehension and ability to express. We may call it Allah, God or Life Itself – that really matters not – yet we do call upon it. Who am I? What should I be doing? What is the meaning of life? The search for meaning is shared as a question that often dominates our curiosity and is an itch that grows more persistent as we scratch.
That which is not freely expressing itself creatively towards an evolutionary purpose is not soul-centred. Religions offer paths, philosophers argue principles and hippies suggest mind-expanding drugs; some try desperately hard not to offend society's moral and legal codes and others simply resign themselves to a meaningless lifetime of disappointment and suffering, which is slightly offset by Prozac, alcohol and watching videos, and in keeping with cynical bumper stickers that explain it all thus: Life's a shit, then you die.
Yet with our understanding of the essence of the outer planets – as freedom, creativity and evolution – we can affirm that our access to life's meaning and therefore the very source of our spirituality, our spiritual power, is found where these three fundamental life principles conjoin. This is defined as the Trinity Point. The Sabian Symbol of our Trinity Point shows the best and easiest way for us to unite the three fundamental energies of Creativity, Freedom and Evolution.
When you understand your Trinity Point you can know the momentary state where your greatest freedom brings forth the fullest evolution through creative expression – for example with music or dance. You can then explain its Sabian Symbol with flair and grace and how this wisdom is the gateway to unlock your spiritual power. A major perceptual shift occurs that realigns your self-image from seeker to troubadour (troubadour means “I have found”). Having found the Trinity Point, you can then seek to express this wisdom through the Unity Point in the manner of a humble person looking for nothing.
It is almost universally understood that we live in a world defined by opposites. Examples such as male and female, day and night, up and down, come to mind and we observe that states of being are only properly defined in relation to their polarity. What does big mean without small? And yet, a higher degree of awareness comes when we add a third factor that explains the meaning of the opposites. This simple truth may well have been taught since the time when Lao Tzu explained that it is the Tao that gives the meaning that reconciles yin and yang, but still we mostly give our attention to the excitement that arises from conflict of opposites – as in sex and violence for example.
The spiritual path is not the path of duality, it is the path of reconciliation of three principles. In Hindu philosophy, Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu have a similar correspondence. We astrologers have our own Holy Trinity – Uranus is the new idea, Pluto is the promise of its birth and death and Neptune is the illusion of its meaning (or narrative).
We can approach the Trinity Point in different ways, by looking at the relationships between the three fundamental principles. There are specifically 7 paths, 6 of which are shown figuratively so:
Bringing all together simultaneously is the final challenge - the Path of Life
7 Paths explained
Path of Power
Freedom is creative evolution. When we are free from habits of behaviour and thinking, we make up ways to expand our life experience and grow. The path of power finds the reconciliation between No and Goodbye by developing greater clarity of choice and discipline of control, then we experience the freedom to evolve according to our own creative imagination.
Path of Magick
Freedom evolves our creativity. By letting go of what binds us we become better able to awaken and access the source of our inspiration and imagination, and so create new and inventive outcomes in form. The path of magick finds the reconciliation between Hello and Please with new ideas, resources and contacts, which act as an evolutionary force upon our capacity to imagine further horizons of visionary possibility.
Path of Soul
Creativity evolves our freedom. Freedom itself has an evolutionary aspect – in other words, the soul is evolving – and it is creative expression that brings this about. The path of soul finds the reconciliation between Goodbye and Yes by opening up to opportunities to move forward – which has an evolutionary impact upon our expression of freedom.
Path of Truth
Creativity frees evolution. We have to re-write the narrative of who we are by imaginatively creating our own version of self rather than accept the distorted caricature that developed under the pressure of parental and other formative influences. Thus freed, we find that we evolve into a much more authentic person. The path of truth finds the reconciliation between Sorry and Hello because forgiving our own negativity frees the mind to adopt an evolved creativity.
Path of Awareness
Evolution frees creativity. As we evolve as individuals with greater levels of spiritual awareness, we find that limitations on our freedom dissolve and our creative imagination expands in fuller expression of our higher station. The path of awareness finds the reconciliation between Thanks and Sorry, and the evidence of expanded spiritual consciousness is found in the deepening of appreciation for life and the ease with which we move away from our troubles.
Path of Joy
Evolution creates freedom. The more evolved we become, the more scope we have to find imaginative new ways to experience the joys of life unrestrictedly. The path of joy finds the reconciliation between Yes and Thanks, and we see that an evolved being finds imaginative new ways to express the soul’s freedom-urge.
Path of Life
When all three of these essence-energies are equally well experienced and expressed, then we are in alignment with our Trinity Point and so can readily access the source of our spiritual power. We are then better able to be a strong and true character moving through the changes that reflect who we are easily, spontaneously and authentically. In practical terms, we find that all energies merge into one unified field of appropriate, graceful action and responses arising out of spontaneous, joyful authenticity.