Earth and Water – A Grand Trine Story

Earth and Water – Taurus ♉ and Pisces ♓

If you are familiar with the basic concepts of astrological compatibility, you might know that in general, Earth signs (Taurs, Virgo, Capricorn) and Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) signs relate well together. As a Taurus (earth) I’ve had quite a few friends born under the sign of Pisces (water). Most of my Piscean friends displayed otherworldly artistic talent to envy and each and every one of them that I can recall contained a distinct affinity for exercises of the imagination.

A beautifully articulated Article by Molly Hall on states:

“Earth signs can help the emotional Water signs find tangible outlets for imaginative gifts. Like the banks to a flowing river, the Earth sign can guide the Water sign toward a goal. Water can help Earth by softening its rigid structure. If you think of how a potter uses water to soften, and then re-shape clay on the wheel, you get the picture. Water nourishes the ground of Earth with a feeling of being cared for, and this can add a dimension of meaning to their lives.”

I’ve studied the natal charts of many musicians for my radio show, and I have to say that Neptune is certainly a powerful artistic influence in the charts of an abundance of successful artists and Pisces is among the most creative signs.

Like most astrologers, I follow the yearly path of the Sun ☉ across all twelve signs of the zodiac as the location of the Sun in a natal chart at a person’s exact time of birth determines which sign of the zodiac they are. Our Sun spends about a month in each sign, traveling at an average rate of 1° per day. Currently, the Sun, is nearing the end of its travels through the sign of Pisces and preparing to enter the sign of Aries on March 20th.

Seeing as how my own natal chart is primarily composed of planets placed in Earth and Water signs, the  recent astrological weather and the abundance of Piscean energy has been quite nice for me. I have found myself naturally engaged in an abundance of wonderful creative and imaginative projects that I will be posting here on Aphelion Blog as well.

I wrote the following about the astrological sign of Pisces on February 19, 2012:

“Pisces represents gentility, peace, transcending the ego in favor of collective needs, and is often characterized by a boundless imagination, and spiritual resolve.”

Pisces is a water sign, along with Cancer and Scorpio meaning that it is somewhat ruled by the emotional realm. While Cancer and Scorpio tend towards being  more self-protective, Pisces is indeed the most receptive to an array of emotional and/or environmental influences and this is part of what makes them such great seers. Although innately sympathetic and compassionate, the dark side of the sign includes a go-with-the-flow attitude and martyr-like behavior. However, many of the world’s unparallelled artists, and insightful visionaries were born under this highly creative, versatile, receptive, and intuitive water sign including; Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and  Michelangelo.

Positively expressed Earth energy is materially conscious, grounded, productive and practical while the opposite extreme can entail rigidity, skepticism, and too much self control.

Grand Trine Earth – Mars ♂, Jupiter ♃, & Pluto ♇

Furthermore, we have a less common aspect called a Grand Trine in the sky between the Earth Signs: Mars in Virgo, Jupiter in Taurus, and Pluto in Capricorn. This aspect is indicated by the light blue triangle on the right in the center of the wheel.

Simply put, a Trine is formed when two planets are 120° degrees of each other and a grand Trine is when three planets all Trine each other. The Trine is thought to be an extremely fortunate aspect, although it is also indicative of complacency. I was born with a configuration of two Grand Trines in my natal chart in the elements of Earth and Water, also known as a Star of David and I can say that the general interpretations about Grand Trines are true.

The beginning of the Mars retrograde period this year in the sign of Virgo brought focus and determination as it formed a conjunction with my natal moon, and formed a Trine to my natal Sun, Moon, Neptune, and Uranus. Transiting Mars in my House VI (Home) also translated into a change of residence, however temporary. Despite the many fluctuations I have faced, I have managed to remain very grounded and focused.

Will Weisenfeld of Baths was born on April 16, 1989 under the sign of Aries in Los Angeles, CA.


This year I made three resolutions effective on January 1st, 2012:

1. Creative discipline
2. Self-sufficiency
3. Eliminate all things that have outlived their usefulness.

It’s now three months into 2012 and it feels good to know that I have been staying true to my personal commitments. Of course, Aphelion Blog ties in nicely with resolution number one. I’ve had the idea of creating a blog in the back of my mind for quite some time since I began my radio show, The Ecliptic, with Garron Ballard, in August of 2011 and just recently, as the Sun travels through the sign of Pisces ♓, has this event come into fruition accompanied by a torrent of inspiration and creativity.

I want this blog will serve as an outlet for my many hobbies and professional endeavors including but not limited to:

Astrology | Graphic Design | Music | Photography | Creative Writing | Technology | Science | Sci Fi

As an astrologer, I love to look at natal charts, so here is the chart for the moment Aphelion Blog was created. I quite like this chart for a number of reasons including:

  • Aquarian ♒ Ascendant (progressive and intellectual )
  • Neptune ♆ rising with Chiron ⚷, Pallas ⚴, and the Sun ☉! (creative power pocket)
  • Chart rulers Uranus ♅ and Saturn ♄ are in Houses II (money, talent, and inner values) and IX. ( meaning, higher learning, publishing)
  • Transiting Uranus ♅ and Mercury ☿ are conjunct in pioneering Aries ♈, and also conjunct my natal Venus ♀ at 0 Aries ♈. (wonderful for initiation and mental activity)
  • Moon ☾ in depth-oriented Scorpio ♏ Trine the Sun  in Pisces ♓. (I came up with the words profundity in perspective before I even realized this.)
  • Venus ♀and Jupiter ♃ conjunct in aesthetically focused Taurus ♉ (artistic, espansive, and beautiful)
  • Mars ♂ in Virgo ♍ (Technical and industrious)
  • Grand Trine in Earth Signs (Solid and Practical)

As an astrologer who often examines these charts, I tend to wonder what a human being would be like if they were born at a beautiful moment like this!