What I know about transits…so far…

In the lead up to Christmas I’ll be posting bits and pieces to help you use astrology to set and achieve your goals in 2017…Tuesday Toolboxes, but not always on a Tuesday.

I remember Christmas 2006 well.

For one thing, it was just a few months before I turned 40 and I was a bubbling mass of restlessness. It sat in my chest and fluttered constantly, as if there were a chaos of butterflies waiting to be let out.

That restlessness hit a sort of a peak on a Monday night a few weeks before Christmas with something that I hadn’t seen coming. A single occasion that, somehow, changed me in a deep and transformational way. I wouldn’t be where I am now, I wouldn’t be writing astrology, I wouldn’t have been writing fiction, I wouldn’t be who I am now if it wasn’t for that night.

I didn’t know it then, but I know now that Pluto was about to exact the first of three squares to my Moon.

Then in March 2007, as the restlessness was almost too much for me to contain- ok, it had already well and truly broken free- I went to my first formal astrology class.

I didn’t know it then, but I know now that Uranus was conjunct my Ascendant, and Jupiter was conjunct my Midheaven. I didn’t know it then, but I know now that my progressed Sun was about to change signs. (Don’t worry if you don’t know too much about progressions, we’ll touch on it in a separate post.)

It’s been ten years since that night and over that time I’ve had a multitude of transits. It’s been one hell of a ride. I’ve ticked more items off my bucket list than I ever thought possible. I’ve added a whole lot more. I’ve done so many things that had never occurred to me to do. I’ve given up things I never thought that I would. I’ve lost things that devastated me. I’ve gained so much more.

In some cases, it’s been more than I thought I could bear, in others it’s been so much less than I wanted it to be. But looking back, I can honestly say that today I’m a different person, with a different look, a different outlook, a different career, a different circle of people, a different set of ambitions, and a different set of experiences to what I was back in Christmas 2006.

That one event, borne from the restlessness that was already in me, kick-started everything else that followed.  For that reason I’ll never regret it. I can’t regret it.

I’m asked a lot of questions like:

‘What does this mean for me?’

‘What will happen?’

“When will it be over?”

My answer? I don’t know.

Ask every Scorpio Sun their experience of having Saturn conjunct their Sun and you’ll get a different answer. Ask every Taurus Sun their experience of having Saturn oppose their Sun and you’ll get a different answer. There may be some similarities in the theme, but the outcome will be different. Why? Because as each chart is individual, so too is each experience.

We’ll talk next time about transits, how to read them, and how to use them in your 2017 goal-setting, but for now I thought I’d take a moment and tell you a little about what I’ve leaned about transits since that first class back in 2007. Some of this advice is harsh or confronting- for that I make no apology. Anyways, here’s what I know for sure about transits…so far.

  • That I’m still learning. I hope I never stop learning. I’ve got pretty good (in my humble opinion) at determining the themes and the areas of life that will be impacted, but as for the events themselves? Nope. Am I concerned about that? Nope.
  • An event doesn’t necessarily need to be something that happens directly to me. In fact, more often than not, nothing actually happens. Sometimes it happens around me, sometimes it happens to someone close to me, sometimes it happens within me. I’ve learnt to see all of these things as being Events can be physical, emotional or relational.
  • I always look at the transits within the background of whatever the progressed Moon is doing in my chart. Always. It changes, ever so subtly, but absolutely importantly, the prevailing and evolving emotional conditions. It’s the progressed Moon that really makes transits personal.
  • Your experience of a transit will be different to mine. Yours will be personal to you, based on the promise of your chart, and the other things that are affecting your life right now.
  • You can’t play transit poker. Your Pluto-Moon transit might be seriously shitty on the surface but turn out to be amazing and bring you tremendous accolades, but your friend’s Jupiter Return could be crappy indeed.
  • Transits take on a bit of a hierarchy in terms of the size of the change they bring – we’ll talk about this another time.
  • If you’re in a relationship with someone, the connections their planets make to your chart will also mean that transits to their chart will, by synastry, impact yours. I call this transits by association and I wrote about it here.
  • Sometimes your transit will be activated not by an event as such, but by someone with those characteristics coming into your life. My Uranus transit was first activated in this way. In the case of a Pluto transit, it could be someone in power, an authority figure, perhaps a therapist, or maybe someone who inspires control issues in you.
  • Transits in themselves aren’t malicious, and you are not a helpless victim with this thing happening to you- even though it might feel like it at the time. If you’re receiving a challenging transit, ask yourself honestly what it is that you should be learning from it.
  • You can’t control the change or the future. You can choose to accept it, you can choose to roll with it, you can choose to let the fear run through you and you can choose to watch it leave you.
  • I actively look for a silver lining, but that doesn’t always mean that there’s always one that’s immediately obvious.
  • Sometimes I fake it until I find it – the silver-lining, that is.
  • The actions you take, the decisions you make are all a function of your chart. Knowing your chart, and its promise, will provide you with the information that you require in order to make informed choices about the way in which you act and react. It enables you to treat your transits with more intention.
  • No matter how intentional you might be, life happens and gets in the way of the best laid plans.
  • If you can’t wait for something to be over, you could miss the cool stuff along the way.
  • Life needs the texture of up and down – even if sometimes it feels more down more often than up.
  • I never use a transit as an excuse not to do something – but that’s just me. My inbox is full of stories of people too afraid to go for a job interview or a date with someone they’ve been crushing on for ages because the transits aren’t right. All the planets do is provide the background weather – it’s up to you to go outside or stay in. I’ve always chosen to go out in the rain – but I do try and dress appropriately or be prepared for my hair to get super frizzy…continuing with the weather analogy.
  • It’s easier to say this stuff (or write it) than to do it or live it.
  • In order to make things personal to you, you must look not just at the planets being aspected, but what their story is in your life, and what parts of life they rule. There is no point saying something like Pluto is squaring your Moon if you don’t know what your Pluto story is, what your Moon story is, and what each need and represent in your life. Know your chart.
  • Know the condition, or dignity of the planets receiving aspects. Take that Pluto square Moon as an example. If you natally have Pluto in aspect to the Moon, you’ll “get” the energy of the transit much quicker than if you don’t.
  • Any loner or unaspected planet in your chart will feel the influence of a transit in a…purer (for want of a better word) way because that planet is not used to talking with others. Eg my Saturn is a stand-alone guy and transits from or to Saturn for me are the most difficult of all because I’m not natally good at integrating Saturn energy.
  • Transits to planets with multiple aspects to other planets can cause mass chaos as the energy bounces around your chart. Eg a transit to any planet in my kite configuration will be felt in many areas of life.
  • A transit will only deliver to the natal promise of the chart. If your chart doesn’t hold the promise or potential for you to be a leader, no amount of challenging Pluto transits will push you into that position.
  • Challenging aspects have more potential to bring truly great things than the so-called “easier” ones do. Why? Because they push you out of your comfort zone and place you in a position where you have two choices: to grow and step up, or to give up.
  • If a planet stations direct or retrograde on a natal planet or chart point take notice. Highlight it, put it in flashing lights or whatever. Just. Take. Notice. Take extra notice if the planet stationing is Saturn or Jupiter. Take even more notice if the planet doing the stationing is Uranus, Neptune or Pluto.
  • Outer planets generally have 3 (sometimes more) hits at a planet- and each will feel different. The 1st direct pass is an uncomfortable shock, the retrograde is about absorption of the lesson and the last can be the knife in the back that jolts you to take notice.
  • Sometimes you don’t know the value of a transit and the changes it’s brought until many years later.

Next time: The theory of transits…

What I know for sure about transits…so far…

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I remember 2006 well.

For much of it, I was a bubbling mass of restlessness. It sat in my chest and fluttered constantly, as if it were a mass of butterflies waiting to be let out.

I didn’t know it then, but I know now that Uranus was sitting in my 12th house, and had got as close as a degree to my Ascendant before going retrograde.

That restlessness hit a sort of a peak just before Christmas that year with something that I hadn’t seen coming. A single occasion that, somehow, changed me in a deep and transformational way.

I didn’t know it then, but I know now that Pluto was about to exact the first of three squares to my Moon.

Then in March 2007, as the restless was almost too much for me to contain- ok, it had already well and truly broken free- I went to my first formal astrology class.

I didn’t know it then, but I know now that Uranus was conjunct my Ascendant, and Jupiter was conjunct my Midheaven.

It’s now more than seven years since Uranus first crossed my Ascendant. In fact, Uranus has now moved into the 2nd house. Just before he left, I had a final burst of that restlessness that he originally brought with him.

Since then, I’ve had a multitude of transits. It’s been one hell of a ride. I’ve ticked more items off my bucket list than I ever thought possible. I’ve added a whole lot more. I’ve done so many things that had never occurred to me to do. I’ve given up things I never thought that I would. I’ve lost things that devastated me. I’ve gained so much more.

In some cases, it’s been more than I thought I could bear, in others it’s been so much less than I wanted it to be. But looking back, I can honestly say that today I’m a different person, with a different look, a different outlook, a different career, a different circle of people, a different set of ambitions, and a different set of experiences to what I was back in Christmas 2006.

That one event, borne from the restlessness that was already in me, kick-started everything else that followed.  For that reason I’ll never regret it. I can’t regret it.

I’m asked a lot of questions like:

‘what does this mean for Taurus?’

‘What does this mean for Virgo?’

‘What does this mean for me?’

‘What will happen?’

My answer? I don’t know.

Ask every Scorpio Sun their experience of having Saturn conjunct their Sun and you’ll get a different answer. Ask every Taurus Sun their experience of having Saturn oppose their Sun and you’ll get a different answer. There may be some similarities in the theme, but the outcome will be different. Why? Because as each chart is individual, so too is each experience.

I know that there are many of you out there worried about the Grand Cross that’s currently active…and the repeating square between Uranus and Pluto. So I thought today we could talk a little about what I’ve learned about transits since that first class back in 2007.

Some of this advice is harsh or confronting- for that I make no apology. Anyways, here’s what I know for sure about transits…so far.

  • That I’m still learning. I hope I never stop learning. I’ve got pretty good (in my humble opinion) at determining the themes and the areas of life that will be impacted, but as for the events…
  • An event doesn’t necessarily need to be something that happens to me. In fact, more often than not, nothing actually happens. Sometimes it happens around me, sometimes it happens to someone close to me, sometimes it happens within me. I’ve learnt to see all of these things as being events. Events can be physical, emotional or relational.
  • I always look at the transits within the background of whatever the progressed Moon is doing in my chart. Always. It changes, ever so subtly, but absolutely importantly, the prevailing and evolving emotional conditions. It’s the progressed Moon that really makes transits personal.
  • Your experience of a transit will be different to mine. Yours will be personal to you, based on the promise of your chart, and the other things that are affecting your life right now.
  • You can’t play transit poker. Your Pluto-Moon transit might be seriously shitty on the surface but turn out to be amazing and bring you tremendous accolades, but your friend’s Jupiter Return could be crappy indeed.
  • If you’re in a relationship with someone, the connections their planets make to your chart will also mean that transits to their chart will, by synastry, impact yours. My Husband has Venus at 10 Libra. This means that Pluto, Jupiter and Uranus had all making challenging aspects to this point in his chart. My daughter has Mars at 14 Aries. She too is being impacted by what’s going on at the moment. This means that even though I have no planets in my chart being aspected by the Grand Cross, I am being impacted by the transits they are having. This is transits by association. I wrote about it here.
  • Don’t forget the concept of antiscia*- especially if you’re looking at the connections your chart makes to others. If you don’t know about antiscia, that’s ok, but if you do, check for it. That Venus of my hubby’s? By antiscia it’s conjunct my Sun. Because the connection is one of antiscia, the effects are more subtle, hidden and very much under the surface.
  • Sometimes your transit will be activated not by an event as such, but by someone with those characteristics coming into your life. My Uranus transit was first activated in this way. In the case of a Pluto transit, it could be someone in power, an authority figure, perhaps a therapist, or maybe someone who inspires control issues in you.
  • Right now, if someone with a strong Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn signature comes into your life, they’ll be representing the cardinal cross.
  • Transits in themselves aren’t malicious, and you are not a helpless victim with this thing happening to you- even though it might feel like it at the time. If you’re receiving a challenging transit, ask yourself honestly what it is that you should be learning from it.
  • You can’t control the change or the future. You can choose to accept it, you can choose to roll with it, you can choose to let the fear run through you and you can choose to watch it leave you.
  • You might be able to predict the themes and the areas of life being activated, but can you really know what will happen? I don’t think so.
  • I actively look for a silver lining, but that doesn’t always mean that there’s one that’s immediately obvious.
  • Sometimes I fake it until I find it.
  • The actions you take, the decisions you make are all a function of your chart. Knowing your chart, and its promise, will provide you with the information that you require in order to make informed choices about the way in which you act and react. It enables you to treat your transits with more intention.
  • No matter how intentional you might be, life happens and gets in the way of the best laid plans. I had intended to retreat and write a book while Neptune was conjunct Mercury. Instead I’m getting my head around a complicated set of numbers. It is what it is. Interestingly, I just checked back on this post and the offer that was made back then didn’t come to pass- at that point- just as the aspect wasn’t exact back then. The same offer was made a few weeks ago, and I said yes.
  • It’s easier to say this stuff (or write it) than to do it or live it.
  • In order to make things personal to you, you must look not just at the planets being aspected, but what their story is in your life, and what parts of life they rule. There is no point saying something like Pluto is squaring your Moon if you don’t know what your Pluto story is, what your Moon story is, and what each need and represent in your life. Know your chart.
  • Know the condition, or dignity of the planets receiving aspects. Take that Pluto square Moon as an example. If you natally have Pluto in aspect to the Moon, you’ll “get” the energy of the transit much quicker than if you don’t.
  • A transit will only deliver to the natal promise of the chart. If your chart doesn’t hold the promise or potential for you to be a leader, no amount of challenging Pluto transits will push you into that position.
  • Challenging aspects have more potential to bring truly great things than the so called “easier” ones do. Why? Because they push you out of your comfort zone and place you in a position where you have two choices: to grow and step up, or to give up.
  • Sometimes you don’t know the value of a transit and the changes it’s brought until many years later.

*There’s a bit of a spiel about antiscia at the bottom of the Basics page…

Want to know more about Uranus transits of the Ascendant? Check out this post.

Want to know more about the theory behind Grand Crosses? Check out this post.

 

 

 

Transits by association….

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Saturday 12 October

Moon in Capricorn

I didn’t publish yesterdays daily planets post. It was a little too Capricorn Moon in style. Todays was likely to be the same, so I’m not posting it either. Despite the blue skies, I’m finding this Capricorn Moon cycle particularly bleak. Don’t worry, it won’t last- there’s a Sun/Jupiter square around the corner…

But, as my mother said, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all…or talk about the weather.

So I didn’t post. I strategized and plotted. Trust me, under this little floaty Piscean exterior lies a lot of Pluto. And there’s nothing like a sexually transmitted Saturn transit to get my Scorpio Mars into full on seething mode.

It made me think, though, about transits. About how things don’t just happen to us. When you’re in a relationship, any sort of relationship, transits don’t just impact you, they impact your partner through synastry. Just as your chart makes connections to theirs, so too do the transits received by each.

What do I mean by that?

Take mine and hubby’s chart as an example. Hubby is currently having a pesky Saturn transit. Soon Saturn will be conjunct his Mars and trine my Ascendant. Because his Mars is trine my Ascendant, my Saturn/Ascendant transit will be flavoured by his 6th house Saturn-Mars transit. When Saturn was conjunct his Sun, it was also conjunct my Mars and gave a Saturn feel to our Mars-Sun connection. Next year when Saturn moves to sextile his 10th house Saturn/Jupiter conjunction, it will also trine my Sun.

In our case, because his Saturn makes easy aspects to mine, and because his Scorpio planets make easy aspects to mine, these Saturn transits of his may just provide opportunities for both of us. Besides, he deals with Saturn well- much better than I do.

When Saturn was in Libra, the only major aspect he made to my chart was an opposition to Venus. Yeah, that was tough, but somehow it felt tougher than I expected that it would. It also zapped at my vitality and my image of myself. Yet, Saturn wasn’t making any (traditional) aspects to my Sun or Ascendant…was he?

When Saturn conjoined his Libra Venus- and trined his Gemini Moon- because his Moon squares my Sun and Ascendant, I also received his Saturn transit. He sailed through it- after all, he does Saturn and Venus positively. I do neither well, so I didn’t enjoy his transit much at all.

Likewise, he suffered more from my Uranus conjunctions than I did- because I’m more comfortable with Uranian energy than he is.

Get the idea?

Don’t just look at your nearest and dearest. What happens when your business partner is copping it from Pluto? Does the part of her chart receiving that transit connect with yours? Also, don’t look just at the potentially difficult side of this. My forthcoming Saturn-Ascendant trine will potentially be helped by his Saturn/Saturn sextile.

Take it even further. What about if the Prime Minister is receiving a transit from Saturn- how does that impact the chart of Australia? Our new Prime Minister’s Sun is at 11 Scorpio. That’s one helluva powerful Saturn-Sun conjunction he’s just had. In the chart for Australian Federation, Australia’s Sun is at 10 Capricorn. Yep. Regardless of the politics (I’m so not going there on this one) that’s a pretty big opportunity for change…I’d comment on whether I think that the change will be positive, but, as my mother says, if you can’t say anything nice… the sun is shining and the sky is blue.

And so it is…

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I must confess that I’m struggling.

You know how I like to try and put a positive spin on transits? See the future silver lining through the shit cloud? Bury my head in the sand a little? Right now I’m struggling to do that.

I’m watching someone who doesn’t deserve it go through something so chronically crappy that my heart breaks every time I think of it. I can’t do anything- nor do they expect me to- no one really can. There are simply no words, only ears or hugs or support. And you’re right, who does deserve it? I try to be normal, but my normal is no longer our normal and is especially no longer their normal. I, at least, still have a normal.

Today we talked about how long this set of transits has to run, what else could possibly happen. I know the answer to the first, but not the second.

Uranus is involved, Pluto is involved, the Ascendant is involved, the Midheaven is involved. Once those aspects are finished, Uranus will go on to join their Aries Mars and Sun, with Pluto back for another stoush later.

To paint the picture a little clearer, we’re talking right now:

  • Moon in Scorpio on the cusp of the 8th. Saturn will station direct on it.
  • Transiting Pluto to the MC. Pluto stationed exactly on the point…it will be back twice more.
  • Uranus transiting the Ascendant. It’s just past it now- by a degree…it will be back twice more.

It won’t be non stop- outer planet transits aren’t like that. There’ll be periods of respite, and periods of action, periods where they’ll feel like jumping out of their skin with restlessness, or running from the ball of something that seems to be lodged in their chest. There’ll be times where the exhaustion goes bone deep and they don’t feel like they’ll ever sleep again, and times where they’ll feel like something is about to blow. There’ll be breakthroughs and, with luck, happiness- or something like it. And in the background, the loneliness of the Saturn/Moon conjunction.

I went through the same set of transits for a few years a while back- but, although I experienced the emotions described above, what  I copped was relatively nothing- although at the time it didn’t feel like nothing. I didn’t experience any real loss- a little bruising perhaps. For someone who lives with the ease of grand trines (more on that next week…), any set back seems like Mount Everest…

I still feel the remains of that ball of pain or whatever it was in my chest that I needed to run from. I live daily with Pluto and Uranus oppositions- perhaps that made a difference…I don’t know the answer. I know others who’ve escaped completely intact.

The thing is, when I looked at the chart earlier this year we talked about how stuff would get hurled that would change the direction of their life, their role, their family story, their relationships. For ever. We talked about how this would be bigger than anything that’s been hunted down and dealt with before. It felt like that. It felt bigger than that.

I would never have predicted what’s happened- nor would I have wanted to.

My mother asked me that the other day- why I don’t look at trying to predict particular events. My answer to her was simple:

  • because if it is something good, I’ll be so focused on waiting for it to happen, that I’ll forget to enjoy today
  • because if it is something dreadful, I’ll be so worried about something that I’m powerless to change, that I’ll forget to enjoy today.

What my friend is going through is random and uncontrollable. Pluto is involved so it’s all powerful. Uranus is involved, so it’s unpredictable. For someone whose nature is to assume control and fix stuff, this is unimaginable.

The only thing I can safely predict with a Pluto/Uranus transit of this nature is that a few years from now my friend will look back and not recognise their life. What was normal before this began will be replaced by a new sort of normal. It will be something that they currently have no idea what it will look like. It will be something that will somehow emerge from the ashes of what is currently there- or rather, no longer there. But how can they think about that now? Why should they? It doesn’t help- not yet. Why should they feel anything other than a deep to the bones sadness and anger at the unfairness of life?

It’s why it pisses me off hearing people talking about journeys and gifts and some greater fricking plan. Sure they mean well, but it doesn’t help. They all have a normal to go back to.

I hope that I’ll always try to find a bright side to scary transits- we all experience them differently.

But right now? I’m struggling.

 

Imagine…

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I’ve (half) joked in the past that I have the worst possible Mercury in history.

I’ve taught myself how to, I guess, overcome it in order to cope and succeed in normal society.

I’ve even managed to hold down and succeed in relatively senior and responsible roles. Roles where I’ve been required to train my Mercury into behaving in a logical and organised fashion- the way a real world Mercury is supposed to behave. It’s a little like how teachers used to force left handed children to use their right to write.

Over the years I’ve taught myself to dull down the other stuff- the dreams, the intuition. Instead I’ve forced myself to use my business skills- the same skills that allow me to organise projects, assess risks, manage budgets and cashflows, prioritise tasks. All of this is learned behaviour- it’s what has allowed me to exist and achieve goals. They might not necessarily have been my goals, but I have achieved them.

Neptune conjunct Mercury

With Neptune less than a degree away from my natal Mercury- the lines of normal communication are even more blurred than usual.

I’m finding it harder to see things clearly, tougher to make decisions, priorities seem somehow distant and my ability to rationalise is seriously compromised.

On the up side, I’m inspired. I’m aware of the synchronicity in daily life (although I still hate the word). My imagination is running overtime, I have more ideas than I can recall having, and my ability to slip in and out of my characters voices is enhanced. When I’m writing, it’s as if I’m living their life for that period of time. I’m seeing the world through their eyes.

What’s happening is an amplification of the natural qualities of my 12th house Pisces Mercury. I’m not convinced that that is a problem- although logically I know that it should be.

The other day a friend made me an offer of sorts. It was something that had come out of the blue, yet strangely, I had dreamed it the night before.

For the next two days I struggled with the decision. Should I? Shouldn’t I? What if? But?

My instinct was simply to say yes and see what happens. So that’s what I’ll do. I figure if it comes to anything, it was meant to- if it doesn’t, it wasn’t.

The thing is, I know that at the moment I shouldn’t be making any business decisions.

I know that at the moment I can be even more easily deceived than usual- by others as well as by myself. I know that at the moment I am living in a semi permanent state of Mercury retrograde and need to check, double check and triple check all arrangements and contracts and whatever else.

There’s no point in thinking too hard about it, or fighting it, or triple guessing it or over analysing it…it just is.

I suspect some great stuff will come out of this, I suspect that there will be times that I struggle with the confusion.

I also figure that this period will be easier (relatively speaking) for me because of the nature of my natal Mercury- being retrograde, in the 12th and in Pisces, it’s almost as if I have a permanent Neptune/Mercury conjunction. That’s pretty well business as usual for me.

In fact, those of us with Mercury in Pisces should, in general, have an easier time with this transit (relatively speaking) than Mercury in Aquarius did. Why? Because we’re attuned to the energy- even though we may have been trained to ignore it.

Neptune trine or sextile Mercury

If you have Mercury in Cancer or Scorpio, Neptune will trine it while in Pisces. If your Mercury is in Taurus or Capricorn, you’ll be receiving the sextile.

What does this mean? Essentially the energy will be “easy”. You may not even notice it. The opportunities that come up, the inspiration that strikes, may seem as elusive as a butterfly to catch hold of.

This will be a time where it seems that your rational mind and your intuition are operating in sync. The good news is you get the best of Neptune’s imagination, with the ability to still know what is a product of your imagination and what is real.

You’ll be able to communicate intuitively with sensitivity, empathy and creativity. Any natal talent you have for writing, poetry or teaching at this time will be enhanced- but notice that I said “any natal talent that you have…” Transits can enhance innate potential, perhaps make you aware of something that you’ve taken for granted. Transits alone won’t create it.

The downside?

Your imagination might be so stimulated that the real world seems, well, boring. Rather than seeking an escape into something more exciting, try not to fall for the illusion. Instead, look for the wonder that’s around you…trust me, it’s there.

Neptune square, opposing or quincunx Mercury

What about if you have Mercury in Gemini or Sagittarius? If this is you, at some point over the next 12 years, Neptune will square this point. If you have Mercury in Virgo, at some point over the next 12 years, Neptune will oppose it. If you have Mercury in Libra or Leo, the aspect will be a quincunx.

Ok, I’ll be blunt. This will be tough. Especially for those of you with Mercury in Gemini and Virgo. You’re so used to Mercury working in the way that it’s supposed to work, that now you feel as if your brain has been surrounded by fog, or filled with cotton wool- a little like if you’ve had sleeping tablets and haven’t quite got them out of your system.

You’ll try to do what you normally do- organise your thoughts, rationalise your decisions, analyse your options- but now nothing seems to work.

For the period of the transit, you may be subject to the deceit of others (and yourself), delusions (both your own and others), and intuitive feelings that you struggle to find an explanation for.

You will misunderstand messages, jumble your words, make basic errors in communication and fail to grasp the consequences behind decisions.

You may find that somehow you’ve been involved in dishonest dealings with someone else- you may be the one doing the dishonest dealing. You may find that you’ve been led astray by someone you thought that you trusted. You may have fears that are completely groundless, but that scare you witless. You will know things, strange things, without knowing how.

What to do?

Play it as straight as you can. Avoid misrepresentation- it will come back and bite you. Try and look beyond the gold exterior to the cheap plastic within. Accept that the mystical doesn’t need a reason. Try very hard not to make life changing decisions unless you absolutely have to.

Or, you can just accept that this transit is here to make you slow down, to force you to change your way of thinking, to see and feel other possibilities…you can just go with the flow.

Analysing the Transit

Check out this post for help on timing and analysing the transit- as far as you can do either when Neptune is involved…

A Final Word

My message to you?

Have a read of my posts on Mercury in Pisces- like it or not, this will be you- for the length of the transit- even if your Sun is in Aquarius or Aries.  If you want to make this difficult for yourself, just continue to try and rationalise everything, or organise it or compartmentalise it.

Read also the “rules” around Mercury retrogrades- you’ll need to live these. And finally?

Don’t think so much…feel what is right…

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Dumb Things

You say it best- when you say nothing at all. Mercury in Pisces

 

 

Dumb Things…

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Navigating Neptune Transits

“Your ego’s job isn’t to serve you. Its only job is to keep itself in power. And right now, your ego’s scared to death cuz it’s about to get downsized.

You keep up this spiritual path, baby, and that bad boy’s days are numbered. Pretty soon your ego will be out of work, and your heart’ll be making all the decisions. So your ego’s fighting for its life, playing with your mind, trying to assert its authority, trying to keep you cornered off in a holding pen away from the rest of the universe. Don’t listen to it.”

This quote is from Elizabeth Gilberts’ Eat Pray Love and is so appropriate for Neptune transits of the Sun that I could probably end this post right here and now.

We know that Neptune transits are particularly dreamy times, hard to talk about, hard to pin down and hazy from a memory viewpoint. Before writing this post, I went back to the trusty ephemeris to see what was happening in my life the last time that Neptune transited any part or point on my chart. And when I say transited, I’m talking serious stuff, the transits I should have been able to remember, ie the conjunctions, squares and oppositions.

Neptune square Neptune, a typical mid-life transit, was the most recent- at 24/25 Aquarius it was a few years ago. I know exactly the crap that was going down at that point in time, but can I talk about it? Nope. My idea of my dreams dissolved into a blinding wave of fairy dust. It was crappy and beautiful- all at the same time.

Other than that, the last Neptune transit of note was in 1998 when she glided into Aquarius, sextiling natal Saturn. All my existing structures and belief systems were dissolved in the most beautiful way. Life was never the same again. I gave birth to my daughter during that transit.

The rest is just too far back to talk about.

According to Steven Forrest in The Changing Sky, Neptunes’ gift is the experience of serenity, inspiration and vision. Nice.

Conversely, her trap is “the temptation to deceive or undo ourselves with glamorous falsehoods and easy self-destructive patterns of escape…eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may die.”

Hmmm, both sound like my attitude to life as a Neptunian…

Neptune does come with the most palatable remedy, though…in theory anyway. There are no mountains to climb (Saturn), electrical storms of unexpected ferocity (Neptune) or depths to descend into (Pluto). Neptune expects you to do nothing, just relax into it. Chill out, open yourself to feeling. Dude.

Sound good? As I said, in theory.

Letting it all just flow, Man, is not how we are programmed these days. Can you imagine saying to your boss “sorry Dude, but I’m having, like, this really spacey Neptune transit at the moment and my astrologer told me to just let it flow and open myself up to the beyondness of life. So, I’m heading off to meditate on top of a mountain for the next two years…you’d be cool with that?” Right?

Rather than detaching from our ego, everything that we do every day is exactly the opposite. We are encouraged to use our head rather than our heart, crappy decisions made by profiteering executives are justified as being ok because they are “business decisions”. The work we do doesn’t sing to our soul, but it satisfies our need to put a roof (or the right roof) over our head, clothes (and the right brands) on our back, and a label (or title) on our masthead.

Neptune transits arrive at a time when we need to be reminded that our ego has become too important to itself, too attached to its own sense of rightness and too intent on pursuing a course that has no real feeling or spiritual relevance.

If you don’t embrace the Neptunian influence willingly, ie if you aren’t willing to let go, Neptune will do it for you. If you don’t relax, Neptune will make sure that you have no choice. The number of people who report feeling listless, no energy, and chronically fatigued during a Neptune transit is incredible. Neptune forces them to opt out.

During Neptune transits smart people do things that they normally wouldn’t do, things that they should have known better than to do.  Dumb things. During Neptune transits we fall in love with people we shouldn’t fall in love with, entangle ourselves in things we shouldn’t be entangled in, become addicted to things we shouldn’t be addicted to and escape to places that we would be better off never visiting.

All of these things serve the purpose of bringing us out of our egos, showing us that we are human, and presenting us with another alternative that forces us to feel.

That Neptune square I referred to? I did some real dumb stuff over the period of that transit. Dumb things that I knew from the outset were dumb, but that I also thought were real. I believed people who I knew at the time were lying to me. I willingly laid myself open to be hurt. The outcome of that transit is that it dissolved my idea of who I am, or rather who I thought that I should be.

And, if I’m being honest, the reason that we do dumb things is because they are so fun. Losing yourself can be fun…at the time… The consequences of those decisions and actions, however, often are not- fun, that is. That’s why they are dumb. We know that, but under a Neptune transit we often do them anyway.

Analysing Neptune Transits

What will happen? Here are some guidelines (taken from, as always. The Eagle and the Lark, by Bernadette Brady):

  • What house is Neptune in natally? What house is the planet being transited in by Neptune natally? These areas will be where the transit starts to happen.
  • What house is Neptune transiting? This is where the main action will be occurring.
  • What house is ruled by Neptune natally? What house is ruled natally by the planet being transited? These are the areas of life that will be affected by the outcome of the transit.
  • What is the nature of the aspect? This will tell you whether the transit will be “easy” or “hard”- and that doesn’t mean “good” or “bad.”

The Nature of the aspect

When Neptune is conjunct a planet or chart point, her energy is fused with that planet. She takes over that planet. Her energy is stronger than the planet she is invading. When Neptune is in Pisces- this will be any other planet in Pisces.

When Neptune is opposing a planet or chart point, “someone or something “out there” is doing something to you and furthermore, it’s their fault.” A decision is necessary. When Neptune is in Pisces, she will oppose any planets you have in Virgo.

When Neptune is square a planet or chart point, there is tension and frustration- something happens which will force you “into a mode of action that you have not yet explored…results stimulate actions rather than decisions.” This will be any planets you have in Gemini or Sagittarius.

When Neptune is trine a planet or chart point whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily. Obstacles will be removed. This doesn’t mean that it will be good or painless, just that whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily! This will be the case with planets in Cancer or Scorpio.

When Neptune is sextile a planet or chart point opportunities may arise. As there are feminine signs involved (Taurus and Capricorn) you will be responsible for creating the opportunity- something that you do will uncover something cool, provide you with a door than can be opened. It won’t drop into your lap.

When Neptune is inconjunct or quincunx a planet or chart point, there will be a change, separation of letting go of something- whether you are ready for it or not. Brady describes this as being as if someone has stepped onto the stage, stopped the play, changes the actors and the script, or moved everyone to a new theatre.

Timing the aspect

Neptune is a slow moving planet, so the impact might not be felt until the aspect is about a degree out.

For conjunctions, squares, and oppositions I use orbs of 2 degrees each way. As an example, I started to feel the influence of Neptune on my Mercury (6 Pisces) at 4 Pisces and should continue to do so until Neptune reaches 8 Pisces.

For the trine, sextile and inconjunct, use 1 degree each side.

2013: 1-5 Pisces

Neptune will start the year at 1 Pisces. The high point will be felt at 5 Pisces 22’ on 6 June 2013 before tracking back to 2 Pisces 34’ and finishing the year at 3 Pisces.

The following points will be impacted.

0-7 Pisces- this will be by conjunction

0-7 Virgo- this will be by opposition

0-7 Gemini or Sagittarius- this will be by square

0-7 Cancer or Scorpio- this will be by trine

0-7 Capricorn or Taurus- this will be by sextile

2014: 3-7 Pisces

Neptune will start the year at 3 Pisces. The high point will be felt at 7 Pisces 35’ on 9 June 2014 before tracking back to 4 Pisces 48’ and finishing the year at 5 Pisces.

The following points will be impacted.

1-9 Pisces- this will be by conjunction

1-9 Virgo- this will be by opposition

1-9 Gemini or Sagittarius- this will be by square

1-9 Cancer or Scorpio- this will be by trine

1-9 Capricorn or Taurus- this will be by sextile

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the astrology of a full moon meltdown…

So, last night, almost exactly as the Moon was full, I had a meltdown.

It was a meltdown fitting for a Cancer Full Moon…it was cyclonic, it was also, in retrospect, textbook for the transits the Moon was making to my chart.

We’ve talked before about how transits of the personal planets, including the Moon rarely, by themselves, bring long lasting change. Usually they are little more than a good or bad hair day, extra energy, a spot of comfort eating or a temper tantrum.

What they often are, though, is trigger points for deeper change being instigated by the outer planets. The straw that broke the camels back, so to speak. Especially when it’s a lunation ie a new or full Moon hitting that point.

Think of it like a cyclone- all the little factors come together and then, if the weather conditions are right, bam!

The weather conditions last night were perfect- take a Pluto transit, add a Cancer Moon for extra emotion, fear and insecurity, make it full, add some more Pluto, a dollop of Uranus and a smidgeon of Saturn, and as a final touch, one hell of a lot of end of year “what have I done?” musings. The outcome is a low pressure cell of cyclonic proportions, plenty of bluster and a lot of moisture.

In my case, I’m not having any seriously major outer planet transits. Which makes a nice change after a number of years filled with Pluto squares, Uranus conjunctions and Saturn oppositions.

The transits I’m having now are of the ‘you’ve been through the shitty stuff, you’ve done the work, now you need to do what you have to do to move forward…or not…the choice is yours.’

Pluto is currently sextile Mercury (final pass), trine the North Node (so sextile South Node). There are opportunities (sextile, trine) to move forward (North Node) and achieve huge stuff (Capricorn) or stay/ go back to what I know (South Node).

Pluto is always going to be hard, but the nature of this transit is I have opportunities- if I’m prepared to do the work.

Last nights Full Moon triggered that.

Falling in the 4th/10th, and in easy aspect to Mercury and the nodes, it all came under the spotlight.

Retrograde Jupiter has also put his few words in, being square natal Mercury, as is Saturn, just past a conjunction with South Node.

The Moon rules my 5th house, so this was always going to be a player in the outcome of the transit.

Essentially what happened was that I received the report (Mercury) in from my structural editor/manuscript assessor on the chick lit novel that time forgot (my baby, 5th house). I figure he’s Pluto- ‘cos his job is to get to the depths of the issue and drag it back to life.

It wasn’t bad, not in hindsight, in fact he’s done a bloody good job of getting to the bottom of the work I need to do to whip this thing into publishable format- but I couldn’t see that last night. It’s just that the Pisces dreamer in me wanted him to come back and say something like ‘this is amazing, and publishers should be calling for it now.’

All I could see last night was how hard it all is, how very very much I want this. Then the “what ifs” came calling. But what if the only things I’m good at are the things I don’t want to be doing ie the corporate stuff? What if I’m really shit at this? Should I just throw the whole dream away, pull on the business suits, swallow my pride and go back to fulltime corporate work?

Just lately a very good friend has been constantly dropping comments around when I’m going to get a real job…what if she’s right? What if my family is right? What if everyone has been humouring me for the last year and just waiting for me to come to my senses?

After all, no one would blame me for giving up- right? It would be nice to have the good salary again… Under this transit I can do either…

In the cold light of morning and after not a lot of sleep, I’m about to start the re-write. Hubby says to wait, but if I wait, I’ll take the South Node option- and that’s not what I want. I don’t want my later years to be full of visits from the coulda, woulda, shouldas- those bad boys are worse than the “what ifs…I wrote about them here.

The thing is, I know this is hard. There are even fewer publishers out there then there are available men. The other thing is, growth and transformation only happens after a lot of other clearing away. It’s why I have the koru tattooed on my hip- to remind me. It’s why I used the image of the cyclone (which is also a koru spiral) to illustrate this post today. To remind me.

So, I’m pressing forward. It’s what Pluto would want me to do. I’ll leave the meltdown in 2012…

 

 

 

 

Wake Up Call- Uranus Transits in 2013

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules.

And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.

They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

I have no idea where this quote comes from, but my daughter built it into this picture (above) that she gave me.

My mother read it, turned to her and said, ‘well, this is your mother, alright!’

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Uranus touches most of my chart, but, given that it’s in opposition to my Ascendant, Sun and Moon, I tend to struggle with the concepts- going from chaos and rebellious individuality back to Piscean dreamer and right back again…usually in the blink of an eye.

For me though, it’s an aspect I need to get a handle on in order to be me in my most unedited, unapologetic form.

We’ll talk more about this another time, but for now, the important point is that Uranus transits points in our chart at the very time when it’s most important that we do seek and live with freedom and authenticity.

If you are receiving or expecting a Uranus transit, for a while- at least- you might just be able to identify with this too.

What will happen? Who knows- that’s the nature of Uranus. One thing I know for sure is the more you resist, the harder it will be.

If you want some hints on how to interpret your own transit:

  • Look at the nature of the planet transiting (in this case Uranus) and look at the nature of the planet being transited and put some key words around each. The nature of Uranus is to electrify, to authenticate, to free. It is unpredictable, unexpected and unique to you.
  • Check out the Outer Planets tab at the top of the page- here you’ll find some hints courtesy of Bernadette Brady’s The Eagle and the Lark.
  • Work out the timing
  • Check out also if any other outer planet transit is overlapping- there’s usually a theme to these things.

I’ve not long come out of a lengthy series of Uranus transits- hello, I’m Pisces personified, so whenever Uranus touched one of my Pisces planets, it was felt around the whole kite formation.

Taking the Uranus-Moon as an example, this is how it looked:

Transiting Planet Natal Planet
Planet Uranus Conjunct Moon
Natal House Location 7 1
Transit House Location 1
Houses ruled by planet 12 5

Now, I’m not going to disclose what went on (it’s a 12th house secret)- let’s just say it involved things which brought me undone (12) and things I took a risk on and had some fun with (5).

Relationships (7) and myself (1) were where the trouble started, and at the end of it I was almost completely different (1). All the action was around me questioning me, needing to reinvent me, everything to do with me. For a while there, my Moon was very Aquarian.

It was a ride and a half that I’d do again tomorrow.

So, what is Uranus doing in 2013?

  • Jan 2013 4 Aries 46’
  • 17/7/13 Rx at 12 Aries 31’
  • 17/12/13 Direct at 8 Aries 35’

The tighter the aspect, the more you will feel it.

You may feel the vibration of the conjunction, square or opposition up to 2 degrees out, you may not feel the easier aspects much at all- a lot will depend on how your relationship is natally with Uranus.

However you look at it, one phrase is common to all Uranus transits- each is a wake up call.

I found this on Facebook, apologies, but I have no idea who to give credit to.

 

For other outer planet movements:

Under the Influence- Neptune in 2013

Something about Saturn in Scorpio

…I haven’t written the Pluto post yet!