A Kite is a planetary aspect pattern that occurs when three planets in the chart form a Grand Trine and a fourth planet is opposite (180°) one of the Grant Trine planets, and thus forms a sextile aspect (60°) to the other two configured planets.

Kite patterns share many of the characteristics of the Grand Trine, but the fourth planet, in opposition, adds an additional point of tension and challenge to the pattern. This planet, sometimes known as the focal planet, often forms a point of emphasis for the native with this pattern—a place they can channel the talents inherent in the Grand Trine. The sextile aspects create areas of potential resolution for the tension inherent in the opposition.

While natives with a Grand Trine can lack the motivation to live up to their potential, natives with a Kite aspect in their chart are often driven individuals with significant energy for realization of their gifts and vision.

Further Listening:

The Astrology Podcast, Episode 266, Aspect Patterns in Astrology, Chris Brennan & Carole Taylor, August 5, 2020.


Article Information:

  • Author(s): Claire Rootjes
  • Editing or additional contributions: Chris Brennan
  • Originally published: October 26, 2020
  • Last updated: October 26, 2020
  • Cite this article: Claire Rootjes, “Kite,” The Astrology Dictionary, October 26, 2020, ‎