Castle Patterns in Astrology: Explained!

There are a number of aspects in astrology (such as square or trine), but when many of these lines come together in a significant way, it can create bold aspect configurations in the chart.  One such configuration is called a castle pattern. 

What Is a Castle Pattern?

A castle pattern is actually quite rare, as it’s composed of a Grand Trine (3 planets 120º degrees apart) that has two sides punctuated by sextiles (60º apart). 

While trines and sextiles are considered ‘easy’ aspects, the castle pattern also inherently contains two oppositions made by those sextiling planets. The oppositions are also considered more challenging.

Due to castle patterns taking place only once in either the heavier elements of Earth and Water or the lighter elements of Air and Fire, it will dictate exactly how much significance the pattern will have in your chart. 

Every Grand Trine will occur in one of the four elements. They tend to manifest as an easy talent or flow in someone’s life, and they can make people rather self-sufficient.

Sextiles occur between either the heavier elements (Water/Earth) or the lighter elements (Air/Fire). Because of this, every castle pattern will occur with all five planets in either heavy or light elements, which brings a strong sense of concentration on either side.

Additionally, since castle patterns have two oppositions within them, people who have a castle pattern in their birth chart may be more inclined to seek out relationships with others who are completely different from them. They may find the dynamics between duality more interesting than most people.