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.

 

 

 

Suddenly I see…

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Uranus Direct

So anyways, Uranus has been retrograde for pretty well the last six months. While Uranus was retrograde all of that bubbling, electrical energy that Uranus brings was happening within you instead of to you. Eventually it has to explode.  Suddenly you see exactly what you need to see- just like in the Partridge Family song when you wake up with something that keeps knocking at your brain.

There is nothing subtle about Uranus. He has neither the time nor the energy to faff around with subtlety and lessons and opportunity. Instead he gets off on giving totally unexpected and utterly unavoidable shocks to get you moving out of your rut and into something that is more authentically you.

He pokes and prods at you until you have no choice but to make the changes that are necessary to become yourself. Uranus is uncomfortable and indiscriminate. If work is not right, expect stuff like failed projects, difficult clients, problems with money. Likewise if relationships need changing, problems will arise in this area. Get the idea?

If Uranus passes back across a natal planet or chart point for you during this transit your time is …now! Think about the bid for freedom you may have made when Uranus 1st touched that planet. The retrograde period has given the opportunity for those feelings to be directed inward and observed objectively. What went wrong then? What could you have handled differently?

If a break out is still required or a change absolutely needs to be made, when Uranus goes direct over that planet you will have the opportunity to make the change real… or risk regretting it forever.

But what will happen? I hear you ask… Who knows. The one thing I do know about Uranus is expect the unexpected.

Where is Uranus in your chart? The cause of the transit can be found where Uranus is natally. The house through which Uranus is transiting is where most of the action is taking place, and the house ruled by Aquarius is the area where the transits’ energy will be manifested.

The centre of the transit will come from the house that Uranus is transiting in your chart- this is where you are being pushed into making changes that will ultimately result in a more authentic you- he makes you confront your own individuality.

The planets will tell you the nature of that transit. And trust me, resistance is futile. The more you struggle against the Freedom Fighter, the tighter the chains that bind. If Uranus thinks that changes need to be made he will not be content with a minor renovation- if your life needs an overhaul, repainting a room will simply not cut the mustard- although it may calm your restless urges for a time. If you think that you can control your environment, think again- the area of life that Uranus is transiting becomes totally unpredictable. And, let’s face it, most of us need to feel some discomfort in order to change our circumstances.

The more that you have done what is expected of you, or the responsible thing and been who other people want you to be, thought the way other people want you to think and felt and loved the way society tells you that you should feel and love the harder these transits will be for you.

Now, I know that some of you are going to run to your laptops and write and ask me how this will be affecting them and just how bad it’s likely to be- especially with everything else that’s going on with the astro weather at the moment.

Firstly, If you have planets or chart points at or around 8 Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn, you will be having one of the more challenging Uranus transits now-ish. Keep the orbs narrow- say a degree, no more than two.

If you have planets or chart points at or around 8 Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius or Gemini, you will be having one of the easier Uranus transits now-ish.

Remember, the challenging transits aren’t necessarily bad, and the easy ones good. 

What they will do, is push you further along your personal Uranus lesson- the aim of which is to teach you to be you…whatever it is that version of you looks like….and, while there’s no denying that at times this can be tough, that, to my mind is ultimately exciting.

Remember also that the planets don’t do things to you- they do, however, provide an environment within which events occur that might prompt you to react in certain ways, make decisions in certain ways, and deal with both the challenge and potential within your birth chart…I’ll leave you with that…

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Something about something to think about…

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Monday December 16

Moon into Gemini

There’s not a huge amount happening in the sky today- well, other than a few lunar aspects. And that’s a problem because with the Moon in Gemini, we need to talk about something…

I know…with Uranus about to turn direct (there’s a post scheduled for a day or so) some of you will be wanting to know about your Uranus transits. If it’s a conjunction with an Aries planet, you’ll be sitting in the front row asking ‘but what about me?’

Now, I can tell you until the cows came home about my Uranus transits. They’re burned in my memory in all of their technicolour glory. But my transits won’t be the same as yours.

One of the reasons why is because of the modality of the planets and points involved.

I was having a text discussion on the train with the oh so sparkly one on Saturday morning (on my way to yet another lunch) about this very subject.

You see, when Uranus joined my Ascendant, he was in Pisces, and Pisces is a mutable sign. Mutable signs react by adapting and adjusting. And that’s what I did. I reinvented (Uranus) myself (Ascendant) by changing course, by responding to the circumstances and events occurring around me.

For those of you with planets in Sagittarius and Gemini (who received the square when Uranus was in Pisces) and Virgo (who coped with the opposition), they did the same. Naturally, the experience would have differed from person to person depending on their Uranus life lesson (as taken by Uranus’s position in the birth chart) and how they incorporate Uranus into their life.

Uranus in Aries will be very different, because Aries planets respond differently. Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are cardinal signs and cardinal signs tend to initiate action when something threatens the survival of what they are charged with:

  • The identity or self: Aries
  • The family, the tribe, offspring: Cancer
  • The partnership and relationships: Libra
  • Achievement and position in society: Capricorn

Cardinal signs are called to action, they don’t just go with the flow…for that reason, their experience of the transit will be very different to that that we mutables had. Not easier, not harder, just different.

As for the Fixed modalities (Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio and Taurus), you guys are associated with consolidation, security and solidifying and generally need to be made pretty uncomfortable before you’re forced into change. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but it can make transits by planets like Uranus very difficult for you to deal with.

Clear as mud? Something to think about?

Good. As you were…

This is who I am….

I have no idea who to credit for this- but whoever you are, thank you.
I have no idea who to credit for this- but whoever you are, thank you.

We’ve talked before about how the stationing degree of a planet- especially an outer planet- is important.

Because the outer planets move so slowly and take a while to pick up any sort of speed, they tend to be at or around the station degree for quite a while.

We saw it earlier this year with Saturn who was at or around 11Scorpio 30ish for ages.

We’re seeing it now with Uranus sitting 12 Aries 26, after turning Rx a couple of weeks ago at 12 Aries 31’.

What we haven’t spoken so much about is what happens when an outer planet sits on the cusp of a house at the stationing point- especially the retrograde station point.

You see, nothing happens without reason. I tend to believe that concept more than most others. Even when it’s crap stuff and you’re a nice person, there’s a reason…even if you don’t like the reason, there’s a reason.

When one of the slow movers gets almost all of the way out of a house and then turns around and comes back in, it can only mean one thing- there’s something that you haven’t finished learning or doing or changing.

I’ve spoken before about Uranus and his transit through my first house.

Uranus and I are well acquainted. He sits on the other side of my chart opposite my Ascendant, Sun and Moon. He chats easily to Jupiter and Neptune, turns his back on Venus and schemes up things with Pluto.

Pisces and Neptune influenced Suns don’t normally get the Uranus message easily- it’s because we don’t have the boundaries that other signs do. It’s also because if you don’t know where you end and the next person begins how can you be unapologetically you? So much of who I am changes depending on who I’m with- very few people see anything more than what I allow them to see. That’s a very Neptune and Pisces thing to do.

In the 7th house, my Uranus life lesson is to learn how to be authentically myself in relationship. I think it’s fairly safe, in light of the above statement, to say that I’m not quite there yet. Yet every Uranus transit is designed to bring me closer to that- that’s what Uranus transits are supposed to do. Sorry- they don’t do it, I do…the transit simply provides the right climate in which to do so.

Anyways, Uranus and I met for the first time properly back in late 2005 when he joined up with my natal Mercury.

At the time I was being hit from all corners by Pluto squares being fired from somewhere at the top of my chart- first to the Ascendant, then to the Sun. It was a little like when you join a striped candy up with a freckle in Candy Crush and it fires laser shots all around the board.

Then, a couple of years later, as I turned 40, Uranus crossed my Ascendant for the first time. Pluto was squaring my Moon. And life as I knew it changed forever. I felt younger, I felt like more was possible, I felt trapped and I felt free- all at the same time. Not immediately, it was more subtle and sudden and amazing and hard than that. And yes, I’m aware that these terms all contradict each other.

Over the last six years Uranus has been back and forward over my Ascendant, Sun, Chiron, Moon and Saturn. He’s opposed Pluto, opposed himself, linked hands with Jupiter and Neptune and fought off assaults from a try hard Saturn- who, when he was in Virgo, was urging me to slow down and be aware of the consequences.

Throughout it all, Uranus’s mission has been unchanged- to push me towards a version of me that was different in many ways to the version that I had been existing with.

The restlessness started in my chest and kept me awake at nights.  At first I resisted. I ate and drank too much- in an effort to not feel it, to resist the temptation. I knew that if I allowed myself to feel it, I’d be likely to do something just for the sake of releasing the butterflies that go with that level of excitement.

Suppressing it didn’t work and resisting it just resulted in disruption. So I changed tack- I began to run with it- literally. I was fitter than I’d ever been and far from pushing the excitement away, the exercise gave me the courage to take action.

Situations were presented to me that I would never before have recognised, let alone contemplated. What followed was an amazing roller coaster of a ride. In letting go of expectations, whole new possibilities opened up.

Because the transit was through my 1st house, my appearance changed, my job changed, my home life changed and my relationships changed. And, in hindsight, all for the better.

Uranus is still in my 1st house, but hasn’t made any important aspects since a conjunction with Saturn (at 1 Aries). Life has settled down, but just lately I’ve been noticing a few things.

I’ve got scared again. I’m beginning to dress dowdier, older, frumpier- the way I dressed before it all started. I’m feeling my age and, I think, looking it. I’m drinking more and putting on weight. I’m re-building layers around myself- unattractive layers designed to protect me from who knows what- when every instinct is telling me to peel them back. I’m trying to suppress the wildness that is building inside me again. I really should know better.

The other day, when Mars squared Uranus it hit me- the way that I’m feeling now is exactly the way that I felt all those years ago. Uranus isn’t doing this to me- nor is Saturn (the main culprit in the aging and fear process)…I’m doing it to myself.

Another thing hit me- Uranus had turned retrograde just minutes before he would have moved out of my 1st house.

I obviously haven’t yet learnt what it is that he needs to tell me.

And that’s when I went back to my chart- Saturn’s transit through my 8th house and Scorpio was when the layers started to come back. Fear. Specifically fear of losing control, of losing power, of losing income and of other 8th house themes.

And you know what? Saturn did the same earlier this year- teetered on the edge of leaving my 8th house and came back again.

I haven’t yet learnt what it is that he needs to tell me either.

Which brings me (finally) to my point- free will always comes into play. The planets aren’t something we can blame when things don’t turn out the way we hoped… they simply provide the environment- what we do with it is up to us.

again thank you to whoever...
again thank you to whoever…

 

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!

…and all at once I wake up…

my green shoes…

Apparently the colour for next year (according to Pantone, the people who know these things) is Emerald green. Nice.

So the other day I bought a pair of platform shoes to mark the occasion- I’m wearing them with my sky blue toe nail polish as we speak.

They will probably be only green thing I buy all year.

I didn’t buy them because of the green, I bought them because they were a little different to everything else in my wardrobe and I seriously needed some different.

It could possibly be because I straightened my hair the other day.

My hair has, for the last 5 or so years, (ironically the time that Uranus has been transiting my first house) been my little rebellion. I wear it out- long, thick and unruly. I curse the knots and battle the frizz, but secretly relish the chaos of it.

For most of my life it was kept short- cropped short. My Mother didn’t like long hair.

When I left home I started to grow it- just into a bob length- but cut it again when I began taking my career seriously. Laugh if you will, but you rarely find unrestrained curly hair in the boardrooms and conference rooms of financial institutions.

Back then I wore the uniform too- you know, the heels, unrestrained business suits, sensible jewellery.

It wasn’t until Uranus approached my Ascendant that I decided none of it was me. Sure I was in a corporate role, but I could do my job just as well without cutting my hair.

As it grew longer- and curlier- the business suits started to disappear too. I was as if my hair was leading my personal mini rebellion against what I saw as the constraints of conformity.

I rarely straightened it- largely because I have no idea how to use a hair dryer or straightener, but also because straightening was a little like conforming.

I had my usual 4 weekly, remove the grey, trip to the hairdresser last week. My mother had called me while I was there. In the course of the discussion, she said, ‘I suppose it’s too much to hope that you’ll get it all cut off, Joanne. It looked so much smarter short.’

Perhaps it did, but to me it also felt like the handcuffs of control. Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous.

Anyways, somehow or other, I left the salon last Friday with straight hair- the stylist wanted to practice on very thick, very curly hair…apparently I’m perfect for that.

I felt a little weird with it, but given that a few friends that weekend asked me if I’d had botox, I’m thinking that I’m vain enough to buy a straightener and learn to use it- even if it does mean that I’m conforming…just a little.

The thing is, virtually every planet and major point in my chart is touched by Uranus- that makes me seriously Uranian.

Why am I telling you this?

Because later tonight, a few hours after the New Moon, Uranus will turn direct.

While Uranus was retrograde all of that bubbling, electrical energy was happening within you instead of to you. Eventually it has to explode.  Suddenly you see exactly what you need to see- just like in the Partridge Family song when you wake up with something that keeps knocking at your brain.

There is nothing subtle about Uranus. He has neither the time nor the energy to faff around with subtlety and lessons and opportunity. Instead he gets off on giving totally unexpected and utterly unavoidable shocks to get you moving out of your rut and into something that is more authentically you.

He pokes and prods at you until you have no choice but to make the changes that are necessary to become yourself. Uranus is uncomfortable and indiscriminate. If work is not right, expect stuff like failed projects, difficult clients, problems with money. Likewise if relationships need changing, problems will arise in this area. Get the idea?

If Uranus passes back across a natal planet or chart point for you during this transit your time is …now! Think about the bid for freedom you may have made when Uranus 1st touched that planet. The retrograde period has given the opportunity for those feelings to be directed inward and observed objectively. What went wrong then? What could you have handled differently?

If a break out is still required or a change absolutely needs to be made, when Uranus goes direct over that planet you will have the opportunity to make the change real… or risk regretting it for ever.

But what will happen? I hear you ask… Who knows. The one thing I do know about Uranus is expect the unexpected.

Where is Uranus in your chart? The cause of the transit can be found where Uranus is natally. The house through which Uranus is transiting is where most of the action is taking place and the house ruled by Aquarius is the area where the transits’ energy will be manifested.

The centre of the transit will come from the house that Uranus is transiting in your chart- this is where you are being pushed into making changes that will ultimately result in a more authentic you- he makes you confront your own individuality.

If, like me, this activity is happening in the first house, it will be all about you- how you look, where you work, what you do, who you do it with, where you live and who you do that with.

The planets will tell you the nature of that transit. And trust me, resistance is futile. The more you struggle against the Freedom Fighter, the tighter the chains that bind. If Uranus thinks that changes need to be made he will not be content with a minor renovation- if your life needs an overhaul, repainting a room will simply not cut the mustard- although it may calm your restless urges for a time. If you think that you can control your environment, think again- the area of life that Uranus is transiting becomes totally unpredictable.

The more that you have done what is expected of you, or the responsible thing and been who other people want you to be, thought the way other people want you to think and felt and loved the way society tells you that you should feel and love the harder these transits will be for you. As one who has done this, and to a certain extent, continues to do this, Uranus conjunctions are flipping painful…but exciting and liberating all at the same time.

Related Post: There’s Someone I Forgot to Be: Uranus transits of the Ascendant

Coincidence, Synchronicity and Punctuation Marks- Mercury Retrograde

Rider-Waite deck
Rider-Waite deck

A few weeks ago when I was in Melbourne, my friend & I went for a tarot reading at Spellbox. Readings here are always fun and usually pretty spot on. This latest one was no different.

Without going into details, I pretty well got a “yes” to both questions I asked- even though one was a question I didn’t want to ask, but wanted a yes anyway. It wasn’t only a “yes”, it was a resounding keep pulling up aces and the World card “yes”. In the words of the reader, it was a “you need a good hard astral kick up the arse” yes and get out there and do it yes. It was a “I know you’re terrified of rejection but risk it” yes.  In general, I think it was more reliable than asking the Magic 8 Ball…although I did get the same answer!

The other thing she told me is that I have to start listening to my heart rather than my head and listen to what the Universe is saying- regardless of whether I want to hear it what it has to say or not. Look for the signs, take note of the coincidences, feel the synchronicity.

This morning on the tarot application on Facebook, my card was Ace of Swords. A pretty cool card:

“Ace of Swords
Need to break down the bare bones of a situation and think this through. Leave doubt behind and concentrate on the details that need your focus. Get to the heart of the matter and begin. A new business matter that needs solid planning and vision. It’s time to find your inner strength and carry out your work. Logic and reason are in focus. Factual exploration may be needed.”

In fact, over the last few days, a few of these have been coming up. A friend replied today to my “like” status with “Sooooo, you doing anything about it or just liking it??? Poke, nag, shove…..”

Then this morning I am catching up on all the RSS blog feeds I subscribe to and I see one by Sarah Wilson titled “An Astral Kick Up The Arse.”  I love Sarah’s earthy and very practical Capricorn brand of common sense:

“When we get an AKUTA we freak because it hurts and we don’t know where it came from. But if we allow it to stop us, and we then take a look around, we can see it’s in keeping with where we’re at and is a bit of a punctuation mark on a downward spiral, or a messy, bored, unmotivated stage in life where we’re not making good, proactive decisions. A punctuation mark stops things. Get’s us to notice. And switch directions.

Astral kicks happen all the time. We just don’t notice them. As someone said/wrote recently (I have no idea who/where):

every moment in life is a coincidence or miracle… it really is…we just happen to notice a handful and get surprised by them.

As my mate is saying to me right now as I type, it would be useful if we could notice the gentle, initial astral pokes and didn’t have to be kicked so violently… Noticing small coincidences and the miraculous way that life evolves and flows and makes sense is a good way to develop this skill”

 

Did someone say Uranus transit? Because I am soooooo feeling this one!

We are all now being given a punctuation mark in the shape of Mercury retrograde. This is our signal to slow down, go within, review, revise, rewind.

Mercury is the planet of communication- the process of getting messages out and about. This is why the main things that are impacted during Mercury retrograde periods are things like:

  • Appointment times
  • Travel times & arrangements
  • Computers, phones & other electronic devices
  • Getting to & from places
  • Contracts and other documents

To mitigate the possible damage we make common sense suggestions like:

  • Re-confirm appointments
  • Check & re-check your travel arrangements
  • Insure your luggage and tickets and make sure you have copies of all travel documents- preferably not in your bag
  • Avoid mechanical problems, by making sure your car services are up to date
  • Back up computers
  • Avoid purchasing any major technology over this period (if you were buying a new phone or laptop before Xmas hopefully you have already done it)
  • Avoid signing contracts, but if you have to, make sure you have read & re-read all the fine print
  • If you must commence a new project, do the scoping work carefully- and seriously people, we should be doing this anyway!

In fact, when you look at this list, isn’t it all what we should be doing in any case?

Contrary to popular belief, whoever is up there controlling these things doesn’t just wake up, yawn & say, ‘Mercury, you cheeky bugger, get down there & stuff up everything to do with comms and stuff.’

All of these things happen because of the nature of the retrograde period itself.

During any retrograde cycle of any planet we bring our attentions within. The energy of the planet is intensified, and that energy is brought within. We review and revise in our head the nature of the area of life this retrograde is happening in for us. With our brains occupied in a different way we lose focus on what is happening around us- and that is when things happen.

For some of us with Mercury retrograde natally, this is how we operate normally- the rest of the population is now on our wavelength. We do all of that “re” stuff every day of our lives- it is when we don’t that the trouble starts. Those of us with, what the rest of the astrological community may call a “challenged” Mercury (ie Mercury retrograde, in Pisces, in the 12th house- I have all 3), usually do OK during the retrograde period- when things go wrong for us, it has usually been the knock on effect of something going badly for someone else!

When things go awry during a Mercury retrograde, we curse the Universe and go about putting it right. But what happens if we don’t? What happens if instead we take it as some sort of sign and go with it? What happens if instead it represents some sort of Astral Kick Up The Arse?

At this time of year we need that reminder. We are all madly trying to finish things up before Xmas closedowns and holidays take effect.

This retrograde is happening in Capricorn and the last third of Sagittarius. Business communications, projects, work/life balance, goals, ambition, ideas, faith, optimism will all be the areas we will be re-visiting over the next few weeks.

Some extra hints I would give for this time of the year:

  • If you are buying presents on line, do it early- don’t rely on usual post schedules.
  • Take extra care with holiday travel schedules ad leave plenty of time to get to the places you need to get to.
  • Check all your payments- especially those made on line.
  • Don’t rush communications just because it is the Xmas closedown- take the time to get them right & wait until the New Year if that is at all possible.
  • Be prepared to wait for resolutions- anything which appears to be resolved now will most likely not be.
  • Business systems are at particular risk this retrograde- change freezes are there for a reason at this time of the year. If you must make changes, test, test and re-test…and then cover your butt.

So, what can we do instead?

  • Take the time to recharge your batteries
  • Revise your goals
  • Review your bright ideas
  • Regain your faith in the future
  • Recommit to habits, goals, the things you need to recommit to
  • Reconnect with colleagues & friends you haven’t seen or spoken to for some time
  • Renew and refresh whatever is jaded and old
  • Revisit places, books, movies that mean something to you
  • Rest and relax

And, if things do go wrong, we can maybe think about whether there is any reason why we are being given a punctuation mark, or, in some cases, an exclamation mark. Is there a reason we are being made to pause? Is there something we should be seeing that we are not? Are we too busy climbing ladders, chasing goals, doing the political spin thing that we miss the coincidences that are right in front of our noses? Hear the same name over & over? Run into an ex? Receive an email from someone you had forgotten about? Don’t analyse it, just accept it- it could be the astral kick up the arse that you are needing.

 

Mercury is retrograde from tonight for the next few weeks, turning around just in time for us all to remember auld acquaintances & auld lang syne…och aye (said in a really bad Scottish accent).

Who is impacted?

The usual suspects ie anyone with their Sun, Moon Ascendant in Virgo or Gemini will, as always, feel it. My general rule is, the stronger the presence that Mercury has in your chart, the more you will feel the retrograde periods. See, I even used bold.

This time around though, anyone who has chart points between 6 Capricorn and 19 Sagittarius will also be impacted.

Great Expectations

Peacock in KL (Pic by me)
Peacock in KL (Pic by me)

The other day Venus crossed my Ascendant. Nothing happened. Facebook & Twitter friends having a similar transit reported similar momentous events- although one did comment that her hair was good.

The textbook blurb said that I should be looking & feeling good- attractive, loving, sexy & in a good mood. If I go shopping I would find what I need & apparently I would have the power to get people to do what I want… nice in theory…  OK, I went shopping & the trainers I wanted were there & on special & in a really cute girly pink & silver. But as for the power to cajole people into doing what I wanted? I ended up rashly agreeing (without an argument) into doing stuff that I resent having to do- simply because I couldn’t be faffed with protesting something I knew I couldn’t win. To add insult to injury, my hair was really crappy.

Yesterday Venus opposed Pluto. This one is supposed to be about facing your desires, working out what you want & don’t want in a relationship & acting on that. Well, I did have a nice date night with hubby over a great seafood platter at a local restaurant, so I guess that one counts &, just quietly, I had a better hair day than I did the other day.

Today Venus conjuncts my Sun and I should be feeling worth it and high in confidence. I will remember that as I run my daughter to todays set of social engagements & groceries & work my way through laundry. My hair should be good. Mars is also trine Saturn today, and this one is about feeling productive and goal oriented- I WILL get the ironing up to date. Tomorrow Venus is opposing Uranus possibly making me more highly strung or impatient than usual, and maybe bringing surprises in relationships. Given that my tolerance level is usually pretty low on Mondays, the only surprise will be if I get through the day argument free.

The fact of the matter is, personal planet transits, ie transits by the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars are too quick to be life changing. These planets all move too quickly (except Mars at the moment in a definite slow-down on a beach chair in Resort Leo) to have much more impact on us than the state of our hair or our temper. The Moon which tears through each sign in a couple of days has even less impact. The only exception to this is the New & Full Moons, and then particularly when a New Moon or Full Moon falls directly on a point in your chart- that is usually a sit up and take notice time. These transits really just influence your weather & where your mood falls on the scale between manically amazing and black dog storm clouds approach only with chocolate.

What the personal planet transits can do is act like a trigger. The real life changing stuff comes from outer planet transits- Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These all move super slow and often cross the same part of your chart 3 times. Saturn, whilst quicker, is also worth looking at in this light. Jupiter falls somewhere between the personals and the outers. If one of the big 3 is transiting a particular point in your chart, the energy of transiting Mars or another personal planet may be sufficient to trigger that loaded gun. Any transit from an outer planet to a point in your chart can’t be ignored.

Saturn transits do feel heavy and you may feel like the weight of commitments is more than you can bear- I had a year of it last year as Saturn worked his way in opposition to my Pisces 1st house planets. The worst was when he opposed Chiron & then my Moon- an old unhealed shoulder injury had me in a world of pain- possibly the Universes’ way of telling me I was carrying too much? Or maybe just shit happening. Either way, he is back for another go in a couple of months.

Pluto and Neptune transits are the slowest & also the most life changing. If Neptune hits your ascendant, you can’t see yourself clearly. If she flirts with your Midheaven, work will be frustrating & crappy with no light seemingly available. Pluto transits are often about control and transformation issues. It isn’t until something else triggers him into life that he will kick in whatever he feels is broken and leave you with the mess.

Uranus is different. Uranus things happen out of the blue- unexpected jolts. Uranus has been playing with my Pisces planets for the last 3 & a bit years, but is due to conjunct my Moon for the 1st time at Easter.  This will occur the same day that Jupiter crosses my ascendant. Unless my schedule changes, I will be in Hong Kong at that time for work.

The New Moon in Pisces will also trigger my natal Moon and Chiron, bringing to light emotions, and stuff which hasn’t been dealt with or allowed to heal. With Uranus, the more you try to do what you think you should be doing, the more Uranus will push you towards what the Universe thinks you should be doing… and very often the two are poles apart- especially if you have always done what is expected of you.   

On Friday Venus meets my Moon and Uranus is conjunct Chiron & within a degree or so of also conjuncting my Moon. Mercury is also about to conjunct my Mercury. Given that the Moon in Scorpio is trining all the activity, the forecast I would give myself is for a day a day of lively conversation with people I feel deeply and emotionally close to. Time will tell.