In an astrological reading we talk a lot about aspects. These are the angular connections between planets and points in the chart. There are several major aspects: the conjunction (0 degrees); the sextile (60 degrees); the square (90 degrees); the trine (120 degrees); the quincunx (150 degrees) and the opposition (180 degrees). There are also minor aspects such as the semi-sextile (30 degrees) and many more obscure aspects including the semi-square (45 degrees) and the sesquiquadrate (135 degrees). However, if your chart contains a planet which does not form any major aspects to any other planet or point, it is classed as an unaspected planet.
Not having any aspects is quite rare, so before you analyse an unaspected planet in your chart, you must first make sure that it really doesn't form any major connections to anything else. All aspects have a few degrees on either side to allow an aspect to take place without being exact. This is called an Orb. In a natal chart, the maximum allowable orb is seven degrees, although some astrologers use a narrower or wider orb. So, for example, if your natal Sun is positioned at 6 Aquarius, any planet at any degree from 29 Capricorn to 13 Aquarius will be in conjunction with your Sun.
A person with unaspected Sun will have a strong emphasis on self expression and leadership, as well as a strong need for ego recognition.
An unaspected Moon suggests emotional disconnection from parents, and in later life, from other people. On the positive side, there may be a need to express a caring attitude or behaviour in order to connect with other people.
Unaspected Mercury tends to emphasise an over-active mind, which could result in non-stop talking, thinking, or worrying. If this energy is focused in a productive way, the person will be imbued with impressive mental and communication skills.
Venus without aspects emphasises emotional expression in relationships – either as emotional drama, or an ability to care deeply for others. However, because Venus also represents possessions and money, the person may have great talent for becoming financially successful. There may also be an emphasis on being admired and appreciated.
Unaspected Mars is powerful and potentially dangerous. Directing your energy positively might be a problem, especially anger. A special talent for sport is also indicated.
Jupiter with no major aspects suggests an interest in philosophy, education and higher learning.
Unaspected Saturn tends to show problems connected to the father, and a very powerful sense of ambition. A lack of support from the parents may result in excessive self-discipline to compensate for emotional insecurity.
Natal Uranus with no aspects shows an intensified need for individuality, and a talent for invention and science.
Unaspected Neptune is very rare but when it occurs there is usually heightened sensitivity - including ESP - and a strongly idealistic outlook.
Pluto without major aspects suggests prominence, power and influence. A special ability to investigate anything hidden or secret is often present.
It's important to remember that any planet with no aspects is out on its own. It's energy is more powerful because it's not being influenced by any other planets. Therefore, if it can be used in a very positive, productive way, it could become your strongest asset.