Planetary Transits & The Questions We Ask

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This post was inspired by a chapter I came across in Tracy Marks’ book entitled “The Astrology of Self-Discovery” ( http://www.amazon.com/The-Astrology-Self-Discovery-Tracy-Marks/dp/0916360202 ).

One of the things that I like about her philosophy in regard to our experience with certain transits is that the process is geared more toward exploring our growth and development and less toward focusing on the question : “what’s going to happen to me?”, which suggests that we’re resigned to some sort of inevitable fate that our own efforts can do nothing to alter or augment.

Here are some questions related to planetary transits, starting with Jupiter that I would like to share:

Jupiter Transits
In what ways can I expand/broaden the concepts which are associated with the transiting Sign, aspect and house position?

How can I adopt a greater sense of abundance when it comes to the affairs of the Jupiter’s transiting planetary relationship, as well as the house position in my birth chart?

In what ways can I create more opportunities for myself?

How can I uncover opportunities which otherwise may be undetected because they present themselves in a rather mundane “package”?

What do I believe about my life when it comes to Jupiter’s transiting relationship to my birth chart? Are my beliefs working for me? What’s the current status of my life philosophy?

Saturn Transits
How can I adopt a greater sense of reality when it comes to Saturn’s transiting relationship to planets in my chart, as well as the house position?

What’s in my life which calls for a “quality control” examination?

Where do I need to pare down the clutter in my life and eliminate what’s no longer functional?

In what areas do I need to plan, structure, organize and exercise self-discipline & commitment?

Where may I have to delay short term gratification in service of longer term development?

Where do I need to exercise a greater sense of maturity, which will ultimately lead to wisdom?

In what areas of my life should I strive for concrete and tangible results?
Where should I be prepared to test the validity of my ideals in the real world?

Uranus Transits
In what areas of my life can I use my ingenuity and penchant for innovation?

Where in my life (according to Uranus’ transiting relationship to sign & house) can I totally revamp and gain fresh and exciting perspectives?

Where do I need to gain a re-invigorated sense of freedom?

In what areas of my life must I be open to sudden change which doesn’t occur as I imagined it would?

Where can I make progressive inroads by going against the grain?

Where can I simultaneously recognize and learn to appreciate my group affiliations and individual presence?

Neptune Transits
Where can I eliminate the need to “push” things in my life and allow myself to experience a greater sense of flow?

If I’m experiencing a sense of rigidity, where does it need to be dissolved?
In what areas of my life can I experience more unity?

Where can I eliminate the incessant need for strict definition, and adopt a more rhythmic and free-form approach?

Where may I be likely to delude myself or view things with rose-colored spectacles, possible over- idealizing?

In what areas of my life may I be prone to self-deception? (Choosing to believe something only because I wish it was the case)

In what areas of my life can I call on my creative imagination, intuition and sensitivity as a co-pilot in making decisions?

 

Pluto Transits

How can I use a crisis as an opportunity?

Is there anything which I’ve become overly identified with in my life (job, relationship, title, material possession, religious/spiritual belief) which requires complete recalibration?

What fears am I afraid to penetrate and examine?

What areas of my life am I seeking to completely transform?

What do I seek to “kill” or bring “death” to in my emotional, spiritual or psychological life?

What area(s) in my life requires a dramatic, sweeping change of perspective as to make them “born again” ?

 

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Jupiter Enters Scorpio – October 10th, 2017

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Jupiter enters Scorpio today [October 10th, 9:20AM, EST] ushering in growth and expansion through transmutation, something I’m personally looking forward to. Jupiter in Scorpio, for me, symbolizes fearlessness and survival; a sort of spiritual digging/unearthing, and there’s nothing pretty about it. That’s the joy of it all (at least for me it is) raw and penetrating.

I also foresee an increase in occult studies, shadow work, and the darker parts of the soul/psyche. We see this in popular culture with the rise of television shows that deal with everything from zombies (The Walking Dead), witchcraft and mediumship (Midnight Texas), and magical Gods (American Gods)

Jupiter is tied into religion and faith, more so than Neptune. Even the church of Satan has become more visible. After all, Scorpio’s ruler (Pluto/Hades) rules the underworld, and getting down and dirty to the…

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Scorpio Sun, Pisces Moon, Sagittarius Rising

 

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You are moved in your heart by the vision of an ideal world and often process your experience by the way you think it “should be”.  The thought of potential and possibilities keeps you looking around every corner for opportunities. When you DO discover them, you’ll find that they ask you to present a full version of yourself that you’re not always comfortable with everyone seeing- that’s the conundrum. Will you miss out on what life has to offer because you’re concerned about people seeing through your core?

Your astrological signature suggests solar power of wanting to penetrate yourself to the maximum degree while respecting the natural rhythms of life. Your fear must not be allowed restrict your flow or dull your instincts.

What you’re seeking is to present your most authentic self to the world and shake anything that would resemble paranoia off of your self-projection. Understand that you have the choice to view the world as a threatening OR an inviting place.

Think about how a micro issue can restrict you from living MACRO. It’s a big world out there and faith in your gut can take you far. When you understand how to harness and direct what may initially appear toxic or painful, in the appropriate direction, it can help you to realize that your wounds can be both instructive and empowering.

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Aries Sun, Taurus Moon

 

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The fuel of fiery self-assertion is reflected in a personality which has an emotional need for stability and to conserve one’s resources, as to be prepared for and equal to the challenges that identity development brings.

Element wise, we have a combination of fire and earth. Concerning modalities, the initiating cardinal and sustaining fixed energies permeate this blend.  It’s said that when we travel the zodiac, the sign that follows has the “answer” to the preceding sign.

In the case of Aries and Taurus, this provides the endurance to finish what one starts.

Aries specializes in beginnings, spearheading and enterprising, while Taurus provides a structure and creates value out of what was initiated.

With this blend, one must seek out opportunities to test one’s courage and intestinal fortitude. In most cases, this consists of taking  a variety of risks.  Simultaneously, the developmental tools to curb impulsiveness and provide the necessary calculations are firmly in place.

It’s important to note that fear can be healthy in some instances as long as one’s capacity for action doesn’t become immobilized allowing paralysis or unhealthy inertia, based on complacency to prevail.

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Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon

 

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Often, when we consider what war means, vivid  images of physical battle pervade our psyche. Sometimes, so much that we lose the complete picture, forgetting that the spiritual and psychological components of war are arguably as important as what we do with our bodies. With the Sun- Moon blend of Scorpio and Aries, two Mars ruled signs, warrior is your middle name.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is in Scorpio, the core life energy which provides stimulus to the individual consists of the desire to plumb the depths of life experience. Even if this investigation happens to put them in the way of danger, there’s an unshakable faith in the finely honed intuition and sensitivity of the Scorpion which will allow them to proceed without trepidation.

The Scorpio Sun is fueled by passionate involvement and possesses incredible amounts of physical and emotional reserves which carry transformative potential for themselves as well as others who might be so fortunate to be close enough to be involved in their realm of life experience, no matter what it may be.

Typically, there are three levels of Scorpio’s existence: The scorpion, eagle and the phoenix. The Sun’s placement here suggests the individual is capable of living all three, from wallowing in the dark, dismal abyss of vindictive and vengeful behavior to rising from the ashes and soaring above baseness to heal, empower and regenerate individuals and systems.

The Moon in Aries reflects the Scorpio Sun’s light in the form of a personality who needs to “ram” ahead as a courageous and autonomous individual. There’s an emotional need to be first and catapult themselves into the forefront.

This placement also suggests the need of the personality to engage in dynamic action and keep the fiery flames burning. The Moon in Aries is nourished by competition. However, it’s not so much the external battles which provide them sustenance, rather the internal “wars” which are waged as a self-honing process which leads to greater personal strength. The key to integrating this combination is learning the most constructive ways which to use that power.

When this Sun-Moon combination manifests dysfunctionally on a behavioral level, there can be a ruthless individualistic streak which somehow forgets that others have the same rights and freedoms to express themselves. An overt “all or nothing” steamrolling quality which alienates others from providing any form of support.

Using this blend constructively, the potential exists for an iron will and untouchable self-confidence. This belief in self extends in the form of goodwill towards others, thereby encouraging them to contact  the warrior within and push courageously through life despite any obstacles which might reveal themselves along the way.

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Understanding Your Mercury Sign: Cancer- Virgo

 

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Mercury In Cancer: Needs to speak “from the heart”. Potential adeptness at interpreting the unspoken language of feeling. Using the mental antennae to perceive emotional subtleties and cues, a.k.a the employment of “emotional i.q.” or “e.q.”. The ability to externalize inner emotional states with poetic refinement and sensitivity is a potential strength.

Mercury in Leo: The confident Orator. The boasting MC. Needs unique self to shine through when communicating. Thinking in a bold and self-assured fashion with a regal stature. Using colorful language with dramatic flair to attract attention and construct individual creative prowess.

Mercury in Virgo: Needs to communicate precisely, a.k.a. “right and exact”.  Taking the whole, disassembling the parts, and putting them back together “new and improved” to run more efficiently and utilitarian. The critic. The “red pen” editor. Crossed t’s and dotted i’s. Eliminating the superfluous in the written and spoken word.

Part 3 of the series will feature Mercury in Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius.

Pisces Sun, Sagittarius Moon

 

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The poetic signature which permeates through your life has the potential to catapult you to new heights of genius and inspiration, or contribute to a severely disillusioned and misguided mentality. There’s no doubt that you seek truth in ways which encompass all of your senses, and trusting your ability to intuit is important. This Sun-Moon combination suggests a pronounced strength holistic thinking. However, let’s not forget that the FACTS and DETAILS are just as important during your quest for spiritual understanding.

Hopefully, throughout your life, you’ll learn the necessary lessons surrounding seeing things in an ideal state vs. dealing with the concrete reality which exists right in front of your face. For you, the “power of the now” can be an exhilarating time and have life-changing ramifications.

Just as it nourishes your foundation to travel physically, spiritually and emotionally, it’s of equal significance to take what you’re learning and water the seeds of human progress. Ideas are rarely a problem, as the scope of your intellect is designed to become broad and telescopic. In fact, I would dare to say that you’re one of those people who’s able to find meaning in just about everything. To you LIFE is a symbol within itself: signs, synchronicity, and messages from “beyond” assure you that there’s no such thing as a coincidence, only divine timing and you may even consider the concept of TIME to be an illusion.

It’s obvious that your aspirations are fueled by influencing thought and elevating spiritual awareness, the question which remains is how you go about doing this. Your answer will be highly personalized, but it must include a strategy for translating the language of the higher mind to those who feel trapped in the mundane sphere of dead end jobs, never ending bills and relationship woes.

Make peace with the “instructions” that flow through you and accept that feelings and judgments from those around you may be less than ideal. There’s a sensitive spot when it comes to having your philosophies and opinions valued and respected, but do not allow this to distort your vision of clear sighted truth.

Faith is your ally, and as long as you sincerely operate from your center with pure intentions, humanity has a true friend in you.

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Aries Sun, Scorpio Moon

 

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When an Aries Sun is blended with a Scorpio Moon in an individuals birth chart, the nucleus of the person’s life energy consists of  making a significant impact in the world by way of an assertive thrust of personal identity.

The sun’s placement here suggests that the motivating stimulus is to be recognized as number one, a leader and a pioneer who thrives on tests of internal fortitude and the grasping of challenges which allow them to “sharpen their warrior steel”.

The Scorpio Moon uses the sun’s light to reflect a personality who needs to pursue this dominance through emotional depth, knowing things and passionate penetration of anything in life which may be considered buried, hidden or taboo.

For this combination, the way to the heights of the top is through the depths of the bottom. There’s a high energy exertion contained in this blend in both the physical and the emotional worlds, so it stands to reason that extremes are something which need to be regulated. Although there’s a strong statement from the Aries Sun saying: “this is who I am”, there’s also a deep need to conserve emotional resources, as to delay full disclosure to the world.

The internal question is: if I reveal ALL that I have, what will be left for me? This combination also holds the potential for a considerable degree of personal magnetism. It suggests the ability to “hold” others whether through sheer force of  presence, or the passionate pulling of heart strings.

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Cancer Sun, Aries Moon

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With the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Aries, the presence of developmental tension is firmly experienced between the inclination to retreat and the need to act.

The type of fuel which Cancer needs to sustain it’s life force is comprised of roots and history; a strong emotional connection to the tribe.

Most likely, the individual with this placement has created a biological and or ideological family which allows them to feel safe and secure from seemingly hostile forces of the outside world. The shell which they have carefully chosen represents everything which was comforting about the “good old days”. As far as a Cancer Sun is concerned, they’re still living them.

The Moon in Aries uses the Sun’s fuel and reflects a personality form which needs to lead, to initiate and to be first. The lunar placement of Aries suggests that the raw, unfiltered expression of identity aids in the nourishment of this personality. This sun-moon blend is the general who leads the troops into battle, but also is acutely aware of and sensitive to their emotional state and uses that a a strategy for victory.

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Saturn in Sagittarius: Finding Meaning in Pain

 

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Without shame or apology, I consider myself to be an optimist of great proportions. Any way you slice it, there’s a generous amount of Sagittarian faith, enthusiasm and idealism pulsating through my psyche. I don’t really place a value judgement on this as “good” or “bad” other than to say  it’s unfolded as necessary for my total development as a human being.

While my optimism and hope for the future can create an incredibly breathtaking vision, it also comes with its share of challenges.

With Saturn moving into Sagittarius, one of the messages which the universe has for us is that of tempering our enthusiasm in service of a grounded reality. During the next 2.5 years or so, we’ll be receiving a series of wake up calls and “chin checks” with the understanding, as Dr. Amos Wilson lays out, that hope, when distorted, can become pathological:

“Hope is a wonderful thing in some senses, but it can be pathological in others. The neurotic individual uses hope in a pathological way. He lives in hope and doesn’t know when to give it up. There’s a time that hope has to be given up; when one looks at reality for what it is and one accepts certain aspects of that reality and moves on it.”

It’s now more evident than ever, that it’s time for us to move on the current reality by defining and understanding our individual and collective pain.  During this passage, we can become philosophical about our discomfort, making deeper inquiries as to get to the root of our issues, asking ourselves:

” What lessons need to be learned from our pain?” “Have we learned them?” “What part of the pain is our responsibility?” “How were we hurt?” “How has this hurt affected us?” “Why did it hurt so much?” “How did we choose to react?” “Why did we react in that manner?”

All of the signs point to the universe asking us, as bell hooks says, to: “tell our story, and name our pain”.

We’re ALL being invited to a party, and asked to come SOBER. This soiree’ is about truth-telling as a means to facilitate individual and collective healing which can unfold into a greater degree of wisdom and maturity.

Saturn’s symbolism suggests lessons learned, while Sagittarius’ domain is higher education. This means that learning through and from experience can be the most advanced form of instruction that we can receive if we allow ourselves to courageously remain open.

Granted, some life lessons may be learned relatively easy, but with Saturn in the picture, we can be sure of a couple of things; (1) There are no quick fixes or shortcuts to solving what’s ailing us, and (2) there’s a degree of thoroughness involved so we won’t forget what life is trying to teach us.

It’s through utilization of the Saturn principles of definition and responsibility that we develop a thicker skin, which ultimately activates the building of solidity and character.

If we choose to deny our past or current hurts, thereby restricting ourselves from the feelings which accompany them, this makes the healing process virtually impossible. However, if we create an avenue for unbridled emotional experience, no matter how tumultuous, and we can recognize the instructive value contained within our anxiety, this places us one step closer to the vision Kahlil Gibran had in mind when he stated:

“Your pain is but the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”

To live deeply, we must have the courage to feel deeply, and to feel deeply isn’t always pleasant.  In fact, some of the defenses we erect in the name of avoiding our pain can actually direct us away from healing. A quality life isn’t necessarily an easy one, but we must use our distress as a form of enlightenment.

Revealing and working with our wounds and hurts doesn’t make us weak. Pain gives us a danger alert. It guides us to realize when enough is enough and helps us to establish limits surrounding the extent of damage done to us. Some of us experience a fair amount of guilt or internalized anger because we have difficulty distinguishing being viewed a “bad” person from one who makes mistakes like anyone else.

During this passage of Saturn in Sagittarius, we’re sure to receive back results which are in exact accordance with what we give where honesty is concerned. It’s accurate to say that our dishonesty and distortion of reality can work against us during the healing process. It’s through our self-induced disillusionment that we’ll experience the limited, restrictive and doubt ridden side of the Saturn archetype. As bell hooks states:

“commitment to truth is the first step in any process of self-recovery.”

If we’re familiar with Saturn’s energy, we’ve realized for some time now that it doesn’t “do” posturing. As long as we feel compelled to act in this manner to “save face”, do damage control, blame others, get even, etc, we’ll feel the weight and burden so heavily intertwined with the ringed planet.

Liz Greene elaborates:

” The frustrating experiences which are connected with Saturn are obviously necessary as the are educational in a practical as well as a psychological sense. Whether we use psychological or esoteric terminology, the basic fact remains the same: human beings do not earn free will except through self-discovery and they do not attempt self discovery until things become so painful that they have no other choice.”

Saturn in Sagittarius can ultimately serve us as a constructive cycle if we harness the dedication and fortitude necessary to consistently look at reality with a poker face and strategically apply our behavior to the context of that reality, all the while, preparing ourselves to make adjustments to the changing landscape.

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References:

Emotional Resilience: Simple Truths For Dealing With The Unfinished Business of Your Past by David Viscott, M.D.

sisters of the yam: black women and self-recovery by bell hooks

Afrikan-Centered Consciousness VS. The New World Order: Garveyism in The Age of Globalism by Dr. Amos N. Wilson

Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil by Liz Greene