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…