Do you have any unaspected planets in your birth chart? The qualities of a planet are exposed in potentially constructive ways. There are two theories about unaspected planets (those that lack any Ptolemaic aspect [i.e. conjunction, sextile, square, trine, or opposition] with any other planet in the birth chart). One theory is that the unaspected planet has difficulty expressing some of its qualities. It sits in the chart without any major connection to other planets. The other line of thought is the interpretation preferred by noted astrologer Noel Tyl, which is the preferred interpretation these days. Being unaspected can make the planet a more powerful force, as it screams for attention among all of the other planetary aspects. The individual might not realize its expression in their behavior, but others recognize it unmistakably. Unaspected planets can function as strong talents. They can also express as excessive, over-compensatory habits.
Transits will make aspects to the unaspected planet at times, which can excite and stimulate it into action. The individual can have a hard time controlling the unaspected planet's traits at those times.
With an unaspected Sun in the natal chart, both its strengths and challenges can increase. The person's charisma is strengthened and this can facilitate success. The Sun's negative features can also prevail. These include social maladjustment, paralyzed willpower, unawareness of one's rude behavior, self-centeredness, egoism, and vanity.
With an unaspected Moon in the natal chart, more than any other unaspected planet, it endows the individual's changing disposition with charismatic powers. The unaspected Moon can lead an individual to express themselves without restraint or to shut themselves away in their inner world. Hypersensitivity can leave the individual vulnerable to fleeting impressions or to stimuli barely perceptible to other people.
Mercury is seldom unaspected in a chart since it’s never very far from the Sun and Venus. With an unaspected Mercury in the natal chart, the individual's nature can be quick, unstable, and changeable. The intellectualism and the nervousness that Mercury naturally bestows might blow up out of proportion. What can be beneficial about an unaspected Mercury is less inclination to become scattered and distracted, compared with a heavily-aspected Mercury.
Venus is seldom unaspected in a chart since it's never very far from the Sun and Mercury. With an unaspected Venus in the natal chart, there can be alternating outbursts of emotions and heightened material and sensual desires. Venus' charm and kindness are less pronounced than with a well-aspected Venus.
With an unaspected Mars in the natal chart, the effects are without doubt the most noticeable among the ten unaspected planets. Mars' very nature is synonymous with action, aggression, and anger. Sexuality, too. Unaspected Mars sometimes activates the aggressive and quick-tempered side of the individual's nature. When Mars is unaspected, there is always a concrete impact. The energy tends to be directed outward. It is usually direct, visible, and instant.
With an unaspected Jupiter in the natal chart, there can be an emphasis on philosophy, education, and an international or spiritual dimension. This suggests a mind hungry for higher learning. Jupiter naturally seeks out social interaction. With unaspected Jupiter, there can be a tendency towards solitude.
With an unaspected Saturn in the natal chart, individuals might experience inhibition, inferiority complex, melancholy, and failures. On the positive side, unaspected Saturn can also suggest intensified ambition.
Most astrologers agree that when one of the trans-Saturn planets (Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto) is unaspected in a chart, its collective nature limits its scope. With an unaspected Uranus in the natal chart, there can be periods of compulsion for freedom and independence, with a strong taste for whatever is original, even fringe. Passions can prompt the individual to rebel. There can be an overwhelming urge for achieving social significance.
With an unaspected Neptune in the natal chart, it might express as heightened aesthetic sensitivity and strong ideals. It can also bring paranormal gifts and moments of mystical ecstasy. Neptune is the planet of mysticism, intuition, imagination, and faith. It is also the planet of depravity and addiction to forbidden substances. Unaspected Neptune can result in moments of doubt, confusion, and indefinable disturbances.
With an unaspected Pluto in the natal chart, it can suggest prominence, power, and influence. The individual sometimes feels very strong impulses that they cannot escape. As astrologer Bil Tierney notes, Pluto is the planet of the isolationist. Individuals with unaspected Pluto can be distant and remote. They can relish in standing apart from others. Unaspected Pluto is associated with periodic spurts of obsessive or compulsive behavior.
Thomas Edison has unaspected Uranus in his birth chart. Uranus is the planet of invention and scientific progress; Edison has been described as America's greatest inventor. He held 1,093 US patents in his name, for devices in electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures.
A non-conformist, Janis Joplin has unaspected Jupiter in her birth chart. She was an American rock, soul, and blues singer and songwriter, and one of the most successful and widely-known female rock stars of the 1960s. After releasing three albums, she died alone in a hotel room from a heroin overdose. She was only 27. A fourth album, Pearl (also her nickname), was released in January 1971, just a few months after her death. Pearl reached number one on the Billboard charts.
Vincent Van Gogh has an unaspected Sun in his birth chart. He was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. He channeled the more challenging aspects of unaspected Sun, including social maladjustment, paralyzed willpower, and self-centeredness. Van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions. Though he worried about his mental stability, he often neglected his physical health and drank heavily.