Navigating Astrological Transits

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“Some say opportunity knocks only once. That is not true. Opportunity knocks all the time, but you have to be ready for it. If the chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it.”
-Louis L’Amour

A lot of you may be aware of the existence of your entire birth chart. It is a symbolic snapshot of the location of the planets at your time of birth. The cosmic photograph itself, does not change.  However, we do.  As human beings, we are not static, nor a fixed entity. We have the power of choice.

Transits are symbolized by the daily position and movement of the planets. They are of particular significance when they make close contact (aspect) with the personal and social planets (sun, moon, mercury, venus, mars, jupiter, saturn) within our individual birth chart. The transits of the outer planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are usually the most significant because they move so slowly.

Therefore, the opportunity period designed to implement deep, monumental change is most available. Ultimately, major transits represent the ending of one chapter and the beginning of another in our lives. The next stage of our evolution. If we are willing to consciously take advantage of the many opportunities which certain transits represent, we will be in a position to accelerate our personal development in a very transformative manner.

I have yet to meet a “finished” human being, as we are all works in progress. If progress is to be made, we must all come to terms with this fact. We must also conduct a thorough examination of our personal attitudes toward change. In many cases, major changes create an unsettling atmosphere which leaves us uncertain. In turn, this gives birth to fear.

This fear perpetuates actions on our part which aren’t thought out the way they could’ve been.  It is only through a healthy internal acceptance of change that we can begin the process of letting go of past, and even some present, circumstances, identities, roles and people that no longer serve our way of being for the future that we wish to create for ourselves. We must locate the internal fortitude to embark upon a relatively unknown path, and trust that a constructive, proactive approach, which embraces the mentality of the victor, rather than the victim will navigate us toward a wiser, more elevated existence.

Taking advantage of transits requires us to develop a more long-range view. Thinking less stringently about the temporary pain or discomfort that we may be experiencing and choosing to redirect our focus to the broader landscape, examining how we can capitalize on the self-knowledge gained, and the meaning of certain events in a crucial time in our overall development.

Granted, this process is easier written about than done. However, it would be wise for us to remember that just because an experience feels good to us does not mean the overall effects will benefit us, and vice versa. Challenges and struggles which may provide what seems like insurmountable discomfort may, in the end, be just what we needed. Not all medicine tastes good, so it’s probably more advantageous for us to maintain the curing of the ailment as priority number one.

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