This section is from the book "Understanding Astrology", by Ezequiel Gonzalez. See also Joanna Martine Woolfolk - The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need.
Besides the planetary Configurations based on aspects, there are other planetary patterns that researchers have found to be singularly important. These patterns were first formerly identified by the late Mark Edmund Jones and latter developed by other writers. As they became a standard element of conventional Astrology, their use have been refined even more. The most widely known and used Jones Patterns are:
In order for this configuration to exist all planets should be confined within a trine (1200) orbit, plus or minus 12 degrees.
As the configuration itself suggest, the interest and skills of the native would be limited or focused upon certain specific area of life. However, his ability to focus intensively will help him to reach his goals. The area where the planets are located indicate the skills and capacities of the native. A point opposite the middle of the occupied area would indicate what the native feels he needs to achieve or get out of life. How the native would seek to do this is determine by the leading planet, assuming the planets follow a clockwise movement.
In order for this configuration to exist, (1) all the planets must be within the limits of a trine (1200) orbit of plus or minus 12 degrees, and (2) One focal planet must located in the empty area, separated by at least 15 degrees from either rim planet.
The Fan is basically similar to the Bundle, but in this case the Focal planet becomes the center of attention. As in the Bundle, the native seeks to get the things he needs. In the Bundle the area where he would seek to get this things was around the center of the empty area. In the Fan this area would be wherever the focal planet is located. In the Bundle the attention was focused upon the conglomerate of planets; in the Fan the attention is focused upon the focal planet. In the Bundle the input came primarily through the entire house and sign opposite the middle point of the conglomerate of planets; in the Fan the input area is more restricted to the Focal Planet and a small orbit around it.
In order for this configuration to exist (1) all planets should be within one half (1800) of the chart. (2) The border planets should be in opposition, plus or minus twelve (12) degrees, and (3) There should not be more than 60 degrees of empty space in the occupied area.
This configuration indicates a self-sufficiency in the area of life covered by the signs and houses occupied by the planets. As in the Bundle, the occupied area indicates what the individual has to give; his natural abilities and inner resources. The halfway point in the empty area indicates what the individual "needs" to get out of life. This configuration is very similar to the Bundle, but in this case the interest and natural abilities of the native are more diverse; his ability, however, to focus his attention upon a given subject is somewhat diminished. More diversity but less intensity. Also, there the leading planet do not exert as much influence as in the Bundle.
In order for this configuration to exist: (1) All planets should be located within 180 degrees, (2) The rim planets should be in opposition, plus or minus 12 degrees, (3) There cannot be more than 60 degrees of empty space in the occupied area, (4) There should be one planet in the 1800 empty area, separated by at least 15 degrees from the rim planets. This will become the focal planet. and (5) Another planet may be in close conjunction with the focal planet (orbit less than four degrees).
The first three conditions of the Bucket are the same of the Bowl. The difference is in the 4th and 5th conditions. The behavior of the bucket is similar to the bowl, but in this case the focal planet(s) will serve as output for the other planets. The planetary drives will flow primarily through the sign and house occupied by the focal planet. If the focal planet is in opposition to any other planet the energy flow will intensify; also,if it squares the rim planets (forming a Grand Square) the energy flow will peak. In this case the person should express great strength of character in the affairs of the house and sign occupied by the focal planet.
The Grand Square would turn the person into a hard boiled individual used to face tension, obstacles and opposition. The Bucket configuration would blend all the energies of the chart into a unified main energy stream that should give him/her the power and confidence to overcome those problems and difficulties. Of course, these would be modified by the specific positions and angular relationships between the planets, the environment where the individual grew and the physical characteristics of the physical body the individual is inhabiting (something that is primarily determine by hereditary factors). In general, however, when the Bucket configuration is present we would expect to find a hard boiled, "tough cookie" individual.
In order for this configuration to exist: (1) The planets should be arranged in two groups separated by at least 60 degrees of empty space in each side, (2) There should be no more than one empty house in each group, (3) There should be at least two planets in each group.
This configuration divides the native's interest in two groups. The native would feel the need to establish a balance between the two. Like Libra, the native feels a need for balance and harmony in the world; and like Gemini the native finds it hard to stay still. He would like to switch back and forth between different options.
In order for this configuration to exist: (1) The planets should be arranged in three distinct groups. One planet from each group should trine one planet from each other group (orbit plus or minus 4 degrees) forming a Grand Trine. (2) There should be no oppositions. (3) Each group should not occupy more than 60 degrees of space.
The Splay when developed in a Life Affirmative manner becomes the configuration of the Wise-Man; but when develop in an ego-centered way then it becomes the configuration of the Know-it-All. A Wise-Man is a person who knows much and is willing to use this knowledge for the common good. The Know-It-All is a person who thinks that he knows it all but only uses his supposed knowledge to promote his own self interests.
The great danger with The Splay as with any other configuration based on the Grand Trine, is the tendency of the native to become self-sufficient and even self-centered, feeling no need to rely or depend on others.
In order for this configuration to exist: (1) The planets must be evenly distributed throughout the chart, except for an empty area of 120 degrees, plus or minus 12 degrees. (2) If there is a trine the configuration would be much more stronger, but it is not a necessary requirement. (3) There should be no more than 60 degrees of empty space in the occupied area.
This configuration is based on the Grand Trine. It would establish a repetitive rhythm in the life of the native: 240 degrees of occupied space followed by 120 degrees of empty space. The tendency would be to establish a monotonous life style. The center point of the empty area would determine what the native feels he need to get out of life, while the leading planet (as the planets moves in a clockwise manner) would determine how the native would seek to do whatever he feels needs to do.
In order for this configuration to exist; (1) All the planets should be evenly distributed around the chart. (2) There should be no empty area larger than 60 degrees. (3) There should be no more than 3 empty houses in total.
The native would exhibit great diversity of interests and capacities. There is a touch of Gemini and Sagittarius. The Universal man, "The Man for all seasons." "Jack of all trades master of none." This configuration have no focal point of any kind; thus, the native would exhibit no specific area of interest or dominant inclination.
Of course, other specific details in the chart or any relevant experience during his lifespan may give the native one specific overall goal or distinctive skill. However, in his style or way of doing things, he will still be a Jack of All trades.