Betsy Asks:

“I have three planets in Libra in the first house: Sun, Moon, and Neptune, plus Saturn in Libra in the Second House, and a Libra ascendant. What is the significance of this absolute abundance of Libra? And how do you interpret the meaning of a Stellium?”

Kevin Answers:


A Stellium (which is technically three or more planets conjunct each other in the same sign, but which can also be considered, by extension, three or more planets in the same sign, conjunct or not) simply represents a tremendous amount of focus on the energy of that sign. It’s obvious, but it’s also true.

Individuals with Stelliums chose to concentrate, at least in part, on the lessons and experiences that are associated with the sign in question. Obviously, with a Stellium even more than with any other aspect pattern, the planets involved make all of the difference as to how the energy can be experienced and expressed. When Saturn is involved, and conjunct personal planets, this can often indicate that free expression of the energy of the sign, and of the planets in the Stellium may be at “worst” limited and restricted, and at “best,” extremely structured and well-defined. Jupiter, on the other hand, can encourage free and extravagant expression of the planets and the energy of the sign, but often to excess.

With Stelliums, often the most important lesson is one of balance and perspective, and this lesson is best taught through the opposite sign of the Stellium. In your case, this would be Aries, and learning how to understand, express and integrate the Aries energy will help you to find balance and focus with your Libra Stellium. If you happen to have a natal planet in Aries opposing your Stellium, this planet will naturally become the balancing and focal point for you; otherwise, you will find that you have ample opportunity to discover balance and Aries energy every time you experience a planetary transit through Aries.

Planets that are in a true Stellium, that is, planets that are within orb to be conjunct each other, and not simply spread out through the same sign, tend to function as a unit—a “superconjunction” if you will. These planets are very closely connected in our planetary/astrological/psychological “wiring” and will almost always act as a unit. They are joined at the hip, you could say. This can be powerful and challenging enough with a single close conjunction, particularly when the two planets do not necessarily “get along” with each other, and the situation can become even more volatile when there are three or more planets involved.

Of course, whenever one planet is activated by transit, direction or progression, so are all of the other planets in the Stellium. Again, the closer the planets are to each other, the more powerful these transits and triggers will be—particularly when the planet doing the triggering is one of the outer planets. Pluto might take up to 6–7 years to cover a 12-degree orb, but if you have planets conjunct within 2–3 degrees, they will be hit together.

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