Ask anyone with some knowledge of astrology what aspect they’d most like to have in a future life and the likelihood is that they would go for a Grand Trine in Air signs.
The reason for this is simple. Trine aspects are made up from planets that are 120 degrees apart in the same Element. This means that their energies will combine effortlessly. The trine aspect is the one that keeps on giving, it endows innate natural talent and makes everything seem easy.
A Grand Trine is the ultimate Universal gift, it consists of three or more planets covering all of the signs in the particular Element. Air is the Element of intellect, and communication, it has a lightness of touch and freedom of movement.
George Best, by common consent of all who watched football in the 2nd half of the 1960s, had it all. His peak came when he played for Man United and he was the first celebrity footballer, being dubbed ” the 5th Beatle “.
In a way you could say that Best had two Grand Trines in Air both based on his Moon in Aquarius. The Moon was trine to Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Gemini, but also trine the Sun in Gemini and Neptune in Libra.
His style of play was as an old fashioned winger who would dribble with the ball, beating several opponents with a combination of trickery and stepovers that would stretch even Cristiano Ronaldo, but then would go back and beat them again just for the hell of it.
As befits someone with 5 planets in an Air Grand Trine he seemed to hover above the ground.
During his time at the top, defenders were able to get away with far more violent tackles than today but he was seldom floored.
Joe Mercer, the manager of neighbouring rivals Man City said ”It seems impossible to hurt him. All manner of men have tried to intimidate him. Best merely glides along, riding tackles and brushing giants aside like leaves “.
This was because in a manner not normally associated with a Grand Trine in Air, Best had tremendous physical strength too. This came from the Kite formation in his chart. A Kite is added to a Grand Trine if there is a planet that provides an opposition to one of the 3 in the same Element.
Best’s Moon was opposite a Mars / Pluto conjunction in Leo. This gave him great confidence as well as strength together with an explosive burst of speed and a deep passion for the game.
George notoriously lived his private life in the same way that he played his football. In his own words
“People say I slept with seven miss worlds, I didn’t. It was only four, I didn’t turn up for the other three” and
“In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol and it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.”
His hedonistic lifestyle brought much criticism. The ultimate laddish tale tells of the night when a waiter delivering champagne to Best’s hotel room saw thousands of pounds of casino winnings and the current Miss World both arranged tastefully on the bed.
The scene prompted the legendary question: “Mr Best, where did it all go wrong?”
The only potential downside to a Grand Trine is that the person concerned gets so used to having everything come easily to them that they stop making the effort needed to succeed. It is an aspect that can make one lazy.
Most people recognise that whilst he may well have been the most gifted player in history, his achievements were well below what they should have been and many less gifted have more honours.
Best played for Man United for 10 years, and continued to turn out for teams right up to his late 30s but by common consent his time at the very peak of the game was not much more than 5 years.
Ultimately his subsequent extravagant lifestyle led to various problems, most notably alcoholism, which he suffered from for the rest of his adult life. These problems affected him on and off the field throughout his career, at times causing controversy. He died in 2005, age 59, due to complications from the immunosuppressive drugs he needed to take after being controversially granted an NHS liver transplant in 2002.
Neptune the planet that rules alcohol was conjunct his Moon in 2002 and opposite his Mars in 2005.
But George was unrepentant to the end.
“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars – the rest I just squandered”.
He was however, simply the best, and watching five years of him at his peak was worth twenty of anyone else.