Unaspected planets are rather simple to define: they have no connection to any planet in the chart. All the mathematical points like ascendant & mid-heaven are excepted, as are the asteroids and the Arabians parts.
Karen Hamaker-Zondag, way back in 1990, wrote about them in several of her books highlighting them in the title of the Yod Book and Unaspected Planets. She has very small orbs for her planets that applies even to luminaries (the sun and the moon), so in Steve Bannon’s chart below, he gets two unaspected planets: Mars and Saturn.
We at Sabian Earth disagree with that.
Not two…Just one
Instead we feel, as we wrote here, that Bannon’s Mars is sextiled his Sun & also squared his Uranus. The latter is a constructive aspect because of his use of a Martian affinity for metal harnessed to Uranus’s electronics as a career. That does indeed work for Mr. Bannon who is a media mogul worth ten billion and counting, by hitching his wagon to electronic media — both on the Internet (the liberal HuffPo & the conservative Breitbart ) and on television (the agnostic Seinfeld series).
The Astrology club in Arizona agrees with ourorbs: twelve and half for the luminaries and eight for all else. Their page on unaspected planets, from 2000, is very helpful as it discusses the one unaspected planet that Mr. Bannon has: Saturn.
Hamaker-Zondag in another book², further reveals that aspects with the Ascendant and Midheaven are not strong enough to change the dynamics of what is an “unaspected planet.” Here is a short note from that book.
Another person whom we did previously that has an unaspected planet is little Marie “Killer” Schneider. For Marie, her unaspected Mars works well in her chart — her desire for the gold earrings, the quick push, the “I don’t know why” reason. The red line shown on her chart above is an opposition to the midheaven, that both we and Dr. Hamaker-Zondag ignore but at 03.19 Sagittarius suggest that her life will be marked by impulsiveness. The green line partly hidden by our notes, is a sextile to her ascendant that we also ignore on the same grounds — they are not planets just mathematical points and but are the only two aspects that we can find. We blacked the rest of the planets out following Marc Jones piano key method where only the planets under consideration are shown.
In short, unaspected planets, though hard to find in a chart, are important because the individual overemphasizes them in their life. The British astrologer Sasha Fenton¹ has an unaspected Neptune and openly admits that she has “worked in every kind of Neptunian field, including prisons and mental health hospitals,” and so an unaspected planet works like a focal determinator in the chart.
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- Fenton, Sasha, The Planets: Discover the power of the planets. London, UK: the Aquarian Press, an imprint of HarperCollins, c. 1994.
- Hamaker-Zondag, Karen, Aspects and Personality, York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, Inc. c. 1990
We constantly vet our posts for accuracy. This essay was updated on 10 May 2018.