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25 years ago, Annalisa theorized that transits of the planet the rules the chart are always beneficial. This was innovative at the time because both my sister and I have Capricorn rising and the widely held wisdom at the time was that you were uniformly up a creek when Saturn came ’round.
Her basis was that the individual is naturally attuned to the energy of the chart ruler so had little problem aligning and while this makes logical sense I have never been able to draw a firm conclusion even though both my sister and I always benefit from Saturn transits because here’s the question:
Is it because she is right about this, or do we benefit because we both have Saturn strongly placed and well aspected? In other words, if Saturn were trashed in our charts would we still fare well? Libra has never been able to decide.
Is the chart ruler friendly to the chart… Period?
“Also, you’ll find a pair of safety glasses and some earplugs under your seats. Please feel free to use them.”
–Max Fischer, “Rushmore”
It’s not unusual to see a transit coming up and start to worry. There’s the generalized worry: “Pluto’s involved, could be bad!” And there’s the specific worry: “Pluto to the Moon! My breasts are going to become diseased and kill me!” If the fears didn’t contain a modicum of truth in possibility they wouldn’t be so debilitating. However, if every worst case scenario actually played out the population would be much, much smaller and raptors would roam the streets.
Continue reading Worry, Common Sense, And The Value Of Astrological Knowledge
“The Moon’s the North Wind’s cooky. He bites it, day by day, until there’s but a rim of scraps that crumble all away.”
The Moon is needs and feelings, what is emotionally attractive and what we attract. It is what satisfies. It is also cravings. Transits to other planets can create feelings in us because everything that impacts our lives will get picked up in our emotional body. However, if you find yourself thinking, “I feeeeeeeel… I neeeeeeed… I waaaaaant…” it is usually connected to something hitting the Moon. Something is hitting your Moon by transit in some way most of the time. It’s nice to be able to look at the transiting planets and figure out whether it’s a passing fancy or something you need to take more time addressing.
Continue reading Transits In Aspect: The Moon, “I NEEEED!”
Astrology in real life
Common sense, to calm your fears and restore your confidence.
Do you dread the future?
“Mathematics possesses not only truth, but also supreme beauty”
Sometimes one experiences an effect that doesn’t seem attributable to a direct transit to a planet or point in the natal chart. There are other things to check out, in that case, such as something in the progressed chart. Another possibility to consider is an activation of the midpoints between natal planets. The midpoint between planets is just like it sounds, the middle distance between the two planets. If you take the position of each, calculate the distance in degrees and divide by two you get the midpoint.
Continue reading Transits To Midpoints
“May I pass along my congratulations for your great interdimensional breakthrough. I am sure, in the miserable annals of the Earth, you will be duly enshrined.”
–Lord John Whorfin, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Looking at an individual transit is like looking at something under a microscope. You can see whatever you’re looking at very clearly and learn a great deal from it. However, whatever you’re looking at is removed from its environment which limits what you see. It’s a great place to begin learning about something because when you understand the components fully you can add them together to form an understanding of the whole. It’s like looking at a single cell on a glass slide. You can see its makeup and how it functions on its own. Then you need to see how it interacts with the other cells in its environment, then the tissue, then the organ, then the body.
Continue reading Transits Don’t Operate In A Vacuum
Outtakes and various other sundries
I wrote How To Learn Astrology: Books For Beginners Instructions How To Use Them, a concise how-to on how to settle in and learn to read a chart. I recommended you read through interpretations of the transits to your chart from one of two books in order to get a handle on things. Someone asked where to get such a listing and you can get that here, not only a list but a short interpretation.
Here is a sample:
“The Sun don’t beam, the Moon don’t shine;
The tide don’t ebb and flow–
a clock won’t strike, a match won’t light.
When love goes wrong, nothing goes right.”
–When Love Goes Wrong, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
When I write a Weekend Love Forecast I’m looking solely at what the chart of the sky looks like. For instance, most of this weekend the Moon trines the Sun and Mercury in air signs and Juno trines Mars in earth. This gives a general energy of smooth communications and grounded action. It’s the energy in the environment, however, and your mileage may vary.
Continue reading Transits In The Sky vs. Transits To Your Chart
“If you know what you want you got to be willing to go out and GET what you want… but you got to be willin’ to take the hits!”
–Dylan William in his Rocky voice
My son took his sister to her piano lesson today, then to the store where they bought a Nerf shotgun. Afterward I cut his hair and we all headed home. He walked into the house opening up the plump envelope from his first choice university. He got in!
Continue reading He Got In! The Transits
A friend of mine is having a hard time these days, transit-wise. His Capricorn and Cancer planets are being smacked by almost everything in the current sky, and he reports to feeling depressed, heavy, slug-like. Listening to all this, my ample Virgo ( including Virgo Rising and Moon) kicked in. I told him to get out of the house.
Continue reading With Every Transit Comes A Choice
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