What is a Stellium?

Posted on August 31, 2019

​What is a stellium? You’ve probably heard this term here before. We often use it right around the time that the Sun changes zodiac signs, which happens every four weeks on the nose. Every zodiac month, most of the planets keep on moving. And when the Sun enters a zodiac sign, that means we are closer to that zodiac sign’s birthday. The smaller planets follow suit: Mercury enters the sign, Venus, then Mars does too.

These planets stick around in that sign for a few weeks. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, take longer journeys in their signs. And the Moon? The Moon travels into a different zodiac sign every few days, and every month the birthday’s zodiac sign gets their own New Moon. And their opposite sign gets a Full Moon. Confused yet? Don’t be. We’re going to answer all of those obscure questions right here.

What is a Stellium?

For astrology purposes, the technical definition of a stellium is a collection of 3 or more planets in one zodiac sign or astrological house.

We also refer to the Sun and Moon as planets in astrology. That’s significant if you know someone that always wants to argue about whether or not the Sun and Moon are planets, such as my science teacher big brother is always doing with me. For me, they are. For him? Not so much. And that’s okay.

In astrology, the Sun and Moon ARE planets, but you can also call them luminaries or luminary bodies. But they do count as one planet in a sign or house when we are talking stelliums.

So right now, for example, we are experiencing a stellium in Virgo. We have the Sun in Virgo, a New Moon in Virgo on August 30, Mercury in Virgo until mid-September, and Venus in Virgo until mid-September.

So that my friends, is a stellium. Ta-dah! Easier than you thought right?

Stellium Transits Vs. Stelliums in Birth Charts

The next question to answer is, is there a difference between a stellium in the natal chart or birth chart, and a stellium in our everyday lives? The simple answer is no. When it comes to the definition of a stellium, the definition is the same whether the stellium is in our natal chart or our everyday lives.

A stellium is simply a collection of planets (typically 3 or more, depending on which Astrologer you ask!) in the same sign or house.

Stelliums are significant because when multiple planets are in one sign, whether that is in your birth chart or in your Daily Horoscopes, it means the same thing. It means that the power of that zodiac sign is amplified even more than usual on any given day.

For example, we have a stellium in Virgo right now. A lot of people have what is infamously known as Virgo anxiety. This theme of Virgo is amplified when we have a stellium in Virgo. Happy Birthday, Virgo! And thanks for sharing your pacing and worrying with the rest of the Universe.

Quick Check: Do You Have Virgo Anxiety?

But Virgo has many other wonderful themes. Virgo is flawlessly detailed, organized, practical, and as real as they come. They are also very logical.

The aforementioned science teacher I mentioned? A Virgo. And he’s a pacer. And a worrywart. But he’s as real and logical as they come, down-to-Earth like the Earth sign that he is. But he’ll also tell you the Moon isn’t a luminary because it’s dark most of the time, and that the Sun isn’t technically a planet.

And I just smile and say,” yep, you’re right.” Although I do think I may need to get my favorite Virgo some serenity oil for Christmas if this argument comes up one more time.

This is a better example of what a stelllium is in everyday life. Now, let’s talk a bit more on what a stellium is in your natal chart.

The Stellium in Your Birth Chart

The definition of a stellium in your birth chart is the same. You must have three or more planets, and yes that includes the Sun or the Moon, in one zodiac sign or house. You can find that out by just getting a copy of your birth chart, which is readily available for free right here.

The significance of the stellium in your birth chart is that during this life path of yours, you will feel the power of that zodiac sign more intensely. Sometimes you don’t even have your Sun in the stellium. So you will portray the themes of the stellium in your personality before you would anything else.

This answers another question beyond, “what is a stellium?” You may have asked yourself before why you aren’t anything like the Sun sign you were born under according to traditional astrology. One of the reasons for that may be, because you have a stellium somewhere else. So you may be a Scorpio, but your Virgo stellium means you identify more with Virgo traits than you would otherwise.

Make sense? It doesn’t have to yet. You can get your birth chart and begin to slowly make sense of it all.

A Final Word On Stelliums…

When it comes to stelliums, you are not alone when wondering, “what is a stellium?” But now that you have the basic gist of it, you know how you can use it in your life. Check out your birth chart and see if you have a stellium of sorts. Now you know what your superpower is! Use those themes to win in life, in every way.

Do you have a stellium? How does it affect your Sun sign?

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