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 applied 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 being a constructive aspect suggesting using that a Martian affinity for metal would be best served by harnessing it to Uranus’s electronics as a career. That does indeed work for Mr. Bannon who is a media mogul who has done very well (ten billion and counting) by hitching his wagon to electronic media — both on the Internet (the liberal HuffPo & the conservative Brietbart) and on television (the agnostic Seinfeld series).
The Astrology club in Arizona agrees with our orbs: 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 does have: Saturn.
In another book, Personality & Aspects, Hamaker-Zondag, she further reveals that aspects with the Ascendant and Midheaven are just not strong enough to change the dynamics. Here is a short note from that book.
Another person whom we did previously that has an unaspected planet is little Marie “Killer” Schneider. The original outing is here For Marie, her unaspected Mars works very well in her chart — the gold earrings, the quick push, the “I don’t know why” reason. The red line is an opposition to the midheaven, that we and Dr. Hamaker-Zondag ignore; the green line is a sextile to her ascendant we also ignore on the same grounds — they are not planets just mathematical points.
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