“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
At one time or another, most of us have conducted a search of our refrigerators only to find at least one item that is past its expiration date.
Usually, our first instinct is to immediately remove the item and throw it away. We rely on our stellar judgement, which leads us to the conclusion that the product would most likely be harmful to our health if we ignored the date and decided to consume it. Easy enough, right? Well…. It really IS that easy if we’re talking about a gallon of milk or a bottle of orange juice.
Let’s take a portion of this logic and apply it to the universe. Specifically, the transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
It is true that outer planet transits which align with our personal planets ask us to perform a search. However, this is a much more meaningful and arduous process because the investigation is within the domain of ourselves and our psyches, which are far more complex than even the most advanced Frigidaire.
I am in no way implying that the transits of the inner and social planets are not important, because everything has it’s place in the celestial order. However, the outer planets, because they move slowly, provide the opportunity for the actual process of transformation to take place. There are no “one shot deals” when it comes to the outers. Their transits are conducive to major, life altering, and hopefully life enhancing changes.
While transiting, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto each have their own method of operation. However, one theme which binds them together is what they ask of us on a general level:
to honor our cosmic expiration dates in relation to our identities, emotional responses, thought processes and relationships.
During outer planet transits, it’s essential that we examine the energies that surround each planet, concordant with the issues which are currently existent in our lives. Then, we must ask them what they specifically want to do, in accordance with our overall life development. When we receive the answers, it’s in our best interest to cooperate, respecting the planet’s wishes while keeping resistance to a minimum.
Generally, the outer planets are asking us to examine ourselves, with the ultimate objective of removing useless, outdated behaviors, attitudes and philosophies which no longer serve us. Concepts which aren’t consistent with the new person we’re being summoned to evolve into.
The longer and tighter that we attempt to cling to the way we’ve “always been” through over identification with props that have been supporting us up until this point such as jobs, relationships, friendships, titles, marriages, etc… the more severe and intense the inner battle will be.
If we fail to address and resolve these challenges at an internal level, the universe may then deem it necessary to offer an illustration of sorts which manifests in outward circumstances to drive the message home.
Throughout the process of these transits, it’s worth considering the methods contained in the planetary energies that are designed to capture our attention.
*Uranus suddenly shocks, jolts and awakens.
We’re in the shower one morning and we realize that we want a divorce. A complete life overhaul. We want to ditch the 8 to 5 and go out and live in the woods of Montana, and nothing else will do.
“Maybe the 20 year gap in age doesn’t seem that far fetched after ALL for a relationship. After all, we both like classic rock.”
Or, we’re 33 years old and up until this new realization we’ve been living a contrived existence. It’s all been a sham. Always doing what our family wanted, listening to advice from “friends” that didn’t resonate with us, just to be a polite member of society. This has turned us into a drone of the highest caliber. We want out of the metaphorical picket fence, country club and weekly backgammon game.
*Neptune refines, softens and dissolves through a covert process.
We sit in the chair at the dentist’s office and he/she asks us to count from 10 backwards. All we remember is that we got to 7. At the highest level, Neptune can inspire whatever it touches to it’s highest and most spiritual level of creativity. It’s divine imagination at work, assisting us in manifesting inner realities in the outside world.
At it’s most dysfunctional, it casts a haze on whatever faculties it comes in contact with. We’ve forgotten the date, time and have driven 25 minutes south from our intended destination, or we were supposed to get off our train 5 stops ago. Better yet, we’ve failed to hear the “ribbits” that our prince charming is releasing every time he opens up his mouth.
*Pluto symbolically brings death and rebirth.
If Saturn re-models the building, Pluto brings the TNT and blows it up. If it’s time do vacate your post as Vice President of Operations, Pluto does not care that you have 15 family photos on your office wall. Here’s your box. You’ve been with her for 7 comfortably numb years, and the imprint on your couch looks like a crime scene outline? This planet will let you know. If you don’t listen to the whispers, you may get screams. While you think that the termination of this relationship would shatter your whole world, you know not what’s behind door number three. You can take the stairs, which might be difficult. But resist, and be thrown out the window.
Rarely does any type of significant growth feel totally blissful. We must think seriously about the instances which we seek to remain to comfortable in the name of avoiding what we label as pain. If our intention is to truly evolve, we can sincerely ask the outers to show us the way.
Yes, we might be unsure and sign the agreement with a shaky hand. However, if we consistently self-inspect, while assigning meaning to our experiences during outer planet transits, we will gain a wealth of knowledge that can transform us and serve as a catalyst to claim the life which has been waiting for us.