Which Transits Are Harsh?

harsh paintingCurious Gemini in the United States asks, “What is an example of a “harsh transit”? “

This is a good question because I use this phrase a lot, without defining it. “Harsh transit”.

The answer might depend on who you ask. But when I think of “harsh”, I think of a hard edge.  I think of something, rough, that you bang up against.

I think of something that hurts you with little or no apparent “silver lining”.  It’s “medicine” with no “spoonful of sugar”.  It’s bad, like a broken jaw as compared to a black eye.  I think of something that does not yield.

Astrologically,  I would look at Mars and Saturn; perhaps in combination.  Saturn transiting the moon is often harsh as well. It’s often cold and so very lonely.

Can other people weigh in?

What transits would you consider to be “harsh”?



Which Transits Are Harsh? — 28 Comments

  1. 😀 the ones that are happening at this moment are usually the harshest. You know, until the next one 😉
    For me, Saturn transits on my natal Sun, Moon and Saturn (they are natally connected, so it is always at the same time).
    Pluto is always on some of my planets, so I’m quite used to it now. Dreary effects of Pluto’s transits are like a constant flavour of my life (I’m also a Scorpio Sun) . It’s on my Ascendant right now, but I think that Saturn in 12th house is bothering me more: I’m redefining my career and I’m unsure who I am professionally right now. Oh well, I will have to find my place soon, there is no more time for wastin’ 🙂

    • Well said, Danka – thanks 🙂 I have an interconnected chart, too.

      12th house can be like the seeds planted under the ground, germinating, getting set to sprout up when the conditions arrive.

      Or, another image, like a hen “brooding” on her eggs (keeping them warm, in fact… Brooding is how we describe her feelings through this time.) 🙂

  2. five years ago I had Saturn conjunct my Moon and AC. It wasn’t harsh. I started working on my health and fitness. that’s one change I remember making. It was harsh when Saturn was transiting 12th house. I had an operation, not life threatening, but still scary as hell.

  3. Gosh, I’d say Saturn like many will say but after having survived transiting Pluto conjunct my natal Moon it takes the cake on the harshest. Pluto transits are Gabe changers, life changing and eye opening,albeit a time to learn to be braver than ever before. They’re very long, very raw and mostly very unforgiving. You learn a lot about yourself and others during this several year long transit – there’s no hiding or making it stop. It’s relentless . Not everyone will have a conjunction in their lifetime, but those who do often describe it as the most difficult time they’ve encountered in this lifetime. It comes with some blessings in the end , akin to the Phoenix rising from the ash pile.

    • Oh yes, Moon Pluto transits are life-changing, and life-threatening, if I may add. I had an opposition of Tr. Pluto on natal Moon when I was seven, in 1992. First, I was diagnosed with epilepsy, and few months after, we had to flee our hometown because of the civil war. I might say that my mother took the blow for everybody: Pluto was on her natal Venus Saturn conjunction and squaring natal Pluto. Her health was never the same after those events.

      • Whew. That’s harsh, Danka. And yet, you write to speak of it decades later. Tempered steel.

        I have Mars and Saturn in a natal trine with Pluto all in the 7th and 8th Houses. And my South Node is in Scorpio making POWER issues a long-lasting one. Like you wrote about Pluto transiting your natal moon, Pluto has been doing that for me in the 12th House and I keep being honed. I live in a wagon, share a kitchen and walk to a bathroom more than a hundred feet away. That’s humility honing harshness in real-time:)

        Out of these ashes I have awakened to a softened light that I’m going to keep on in my new year; like a shaded little night light. My North Node in Taurus in the 6th House reminds me that my own hard work (an inside job) is what brings nourishment for this immune system. I have Anonymoushermit and her North Node posts to thank. Another example of the oasis available on this site!

        • Pluto/Moon .. this is scary. I have an approaching pluto transit that will conjunct natal mars/moon (Natally Moon/Mars conjunct @ 22 & 28 Capri)

  4. Transiting Saturn in a harsh aspect to my natal Moon gets me every time…I handle it better with the years and plan and live accordingly.

    Silver lining with this type of Saturn transit only appears in my case after the transit is really over in two ways: 1) the transit is over at last; 2) my priorities feel more real, worthy and realistic after the transit.

    Transiting Saturn square Venus can be a hard phase love and money-wise (plus added work duties that build character in the long term) yet the moon transit is the worst for me.

    Even worse than pluto to the moon imo.

  5. Saturn conjunct my Saturn/PLuto conjunction … That was a killer.
    Literally. It is quincunx (150 degrees) from Chiron on the Algol star. This energy is so destructive. It’s my 4th house, and my home was destroyed, my relationship was as well and me … I had just survived 3 years of unemployment during the financial crisis, had finally got a job, and thought things were finally looking up. Well… I got wiser.
    This transit happened at the same time Pluto was nearing my south node/12th house = kill them! Kill them all!
    My life as I knew it was forever gone.
    Add a Pluto square Uranus transit and you know nothing will be the same again…

    Pluto squaring my moon from the 12th, conjuncting Mars (which also squares Moon natally) = harsh! So alone I was almost dead to everyone, except my cat. My BF at the time grew even more narcissistic/autistic. I had severe back aches.

    Saturn will soon square my Moon.
    After that he will square The Saturn/Pluto conjunction.
    Shortly after, Pluto will square these two natal planets from the 12th house.


  6. Pluto conjunct MC was very harsh transit for me and Pluto in 10th house in general was tough. Also Saturn transiting 4th was another difficult period.

    Over the next few years transit pluto will conjunct my natal moon. Saturn will also conjunct my natal moon at same time as pluto! This will happen in 12th house. Feeling a little nervous!

  7. Tr Saturn in my 7H (relationships) started crumbling my marriage. Then the day Tr Saturn ingressed my 8H (marriage; joint assets; divorce) was the day I filed for divorce. I received my consent decree five days before Tr Saturn ingressed my 9H.

  8. I agree with the pluto/Saturn conjunction it was harsh for me as well.Pluto in Capricorn in my second house and my hubbys 12th has taken away just about everything.

  9. Saturn on the natal Sun! Depressing, energy zapping and lonely. Authorities everywhere trying to bring you down or constrain you with their out-dated rules. Being trapped in renewed old situations that just won’t leave until you accept punishment or loss of some kind. Being in my 4th house didn’t help with natal Saturn opposite in the 10th.

    • I second this. They ARE AWFUL! It’s like someone slowly torturing you with loneliness and coldness. It’s a horribly lonely and isolating transit.

  10. Saturn transits are harsh for me, the transit of my South Node was a doozie…but Mars is the key planet in my progressed chart.

  11. Outer planets (from Saturn on out) transits to my Moon (Gemini).
    I like Mokihana’s metaphor of honing. Thinking, right now, that during those times, the saving grace for me was remembering to practice small enjoyments that I learned in – and since – childhood (mostly, from Capricorn Moons, who know the value of everyday joys better than most).

    PS Sudden feeling of gratitude. I learn so much, often, from the community here.

  12. I’ve just realized that when Saturn entered my 12th house, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy 🙂 It wasn’t an easy ride, since it was a high-risk pregnancy, and it certainly is not easy being a parent, but it is the most meaningful thing in my life 🙂

  13. I’ve heard that Saturn and Jupiter transits can kill. However, in ST’s case, I’d say Pluto opposed his Saturn for awhile. Then he had his Uranus opposition. So I’d say Pluto weakened him and Uranus finished him off. 🙁

  14. I know you are not a Hand fan. But man oh man he is right about Neptune square Saturn. And I think this is a direct quote, ‘If you can make it through this one, you can make it through anything.’

    I made it through. Mine was a waxing square. Two of my sisters got waning squares coming up. Hopefully those won’t be as intense as mine was.

    I had heard the horror story. She said it was after 9-11. But I looked at her chart and sure enough Neptune was squaring her Saturn. She left the house for work and set her goal to get back home okay. She returned home and hid under a quilt on the couch. Harsh.

  15. Progressed moon in Scorpio.But at the time that it occurred it conjuncted my natal Scorpio pluto and transiting Saturn in Scorpio. That was a very harsh transit. Then Saturn in Scorpio conjuncted my natal pluto. I’m still reeling from some of the events that occurred during that time. All of my natal placements are harsh anyway…I’m a sun in the 10th opposite saturn in the 4th house. Saturn also squares mars.

  16. I am about to go through both a Saturn square moon and a Pluto square moon transit. They’re transitting my 12th house to my 8th house Libra moon but Saturn will be conjunct my ascendent by the time it is done.
    My 4 year old daughter has a cancer moon also 8th house and will go through the same transits except oppositions instead of squares.
    I am very scared I have predicted my own death. My health has been declining. I am consumed by anxiety over this. Can someone shed some light on my situation? I can share my chart. I would pay to know if I’m right and should prepare.

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