Planetary cycles

Musings on Planetary Transits and Ten Rules

Note: “transits” are the passing of planets in the sky to planets in our birthchart.  The geometric angles that planets make to either other describe the nature of their interaction.  There are harmonious transits, which bring ease and opportunities; there are also challenging aspects, which can bring discomfort but motivate us to change areas of our life that aren’t working.  For more information see this article on my website.
Everyone experiences planetary transits differently, and that’s why what we call “cookbook” interpretations, while helpful, can only go so far.  Depending on where we are in our life and in our soul’s evolution, we can experience planetary cycles on a physical or reactive level, on an emotional or instinctive level, or on a spiritual and integrative level.
When I was new in the astro biz, I had just completed my first Saturn return.  I have an extremely difficult chart, and any time a planet moved it bumped into something in my chart and created stress for me.  In the readings I did for others, I assumed that the challenging cycles would create similar stress for them.  That did not always occur, and I assumed it was my faulty prediction.   But I came to see that while some people do become rather stuck in a particular place, others more through challenges more easily and as we get older this difference can become more pronounced.
Some of my greatest teachers have been my elderly clients who, on a path of transformation their entire lives, have become more and more free as they integrated the difficulties in their chart.  And as I’ve matured myself I’ve come to see this in my own life; a Saturn transit does not now hold […]

By | 2009-10-28T10:16:38+00:00 October 28th, 2009|Astronomy, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Musings on Planetary Transits and Ten Rules

Top Planetary Picks of the Week, Oct. 26-Nov. 1

  1. Chiron has slowed down to a crawl in preparation for its change of direction on Friday, and its influence will be more powerfully felt.  Sensitivity of emotion, physical ailments that mirror inner turmoil – all for the purpose of releasing undigested emotions to free us forever.
  2. On the 28th, Mercury leaves Libra for Scorpio.  Expect all kinds of exchanges of information to intensify and add a touch of drama.
  3. That Scorpio Mercury forms a sextile to Pluto near midnight on the 28th, assuring that we dive deep to discover what lies beneath every rock and in every cranny.  Plus,
  4. Venus forms a trine to Jupiter the evening of the 28th – when the two benefics combine in harmony, it is a sweet song indeed. As long as we don’t become too self-indulgent, the 28th and 29th ought to bring positive experiences.
  5. Chiron turns direct on October 30, and now it becomes easier to implement the lessons we have learned under Chiron’s tutelage for the past few months.
  6. On the 31st the Sun conjoins Ceres in Scorpio – this is no time to hide from your needs.  All will be illuminated, so go for it.
  7. Venus is trine Chiron on the 31st as well, so if any problems come up as a result of #6 they will be easily smoothed over.
  8. Mercury squares Mars on the evening of November 1st, bringing with it the potential for arguments or at the very least an animated discussion.  Mercury is in Scorpio now, and Mars is Scorpio’s ancient ruler; don’t expect to be able to hide from the truth!
By | 2009-10-25T10:07:38+00:00 October 25th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Top Planetary Picks of the Week, Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Jeff Jawer on Saturn’s Last Days in Virgo

on Saturn’s last days through the sign of Virgo.  My favorite part:

Saturn is the planet that says “no” but means “yes”. It exposes problems and places of dissatisfaction. Yet the clarity that it brings can reveal the steps necessary to improve the situation. Traditional astrology focused on the “no” side, calling Saturn “the Greater Malefic,” or biggest bad guy of all the planets. This extremely negative perspective has shifted a bit with modern psychological astrology that recognizes the transformational power of individuals as opposed to the old deterministic model. Still, Saturn in any sign tends to highlight its limits. Its presence in perfectionist Virgo dramatizes the tiniest flaws, which can undermine self-confidence. However, steady progress has been made in places where we’ve worked conscientiously to enhance a current skill set or learn a new one. A key to making the most of this transit is the avoid measuring ourselves against an unreachable standard of perfection, but to make small incremental advances where we can.

Saturn probably caught a break when Pluto came along and took away some of his more frightening qualities, but I love this idea that Saturn says No but means Yes.  I might say though, Saturn says Not Yet.  Saturn causes delays and disappointments, but also offers rewards of material success and an unshakeable foundation of security if we follow his instructions when he says “Slow Down.”
By | 2009-10-21T11:08:42+00:00 October 21st, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Jeff Jawer on Saturn’s Last Days in Virgo

Will Neptune in Pisces Bring the Legalization of Marijuana?

It looks like we’re :  “The Justice Department this week announced that it will no longer seek to prosecute people using, prescribing, or distributing pot for medical purposes, as long as they’re in compliance with local law. However, regulations in some medical marijuana states remain murky.”
Murky sounds like Neptune, whose penchant for transcendent experiences encompasses both the sublime and spiritual and the confused and deluded.  An argument can be made the marijuana straddes both of these realms and can be used for spiritual insight as well as the illusion of escapism.
Neptune enters Pisces, its own sign, in April 2011.  Since both Neptune and Pisces rule all kinds of drugs, both natural and pharmaceutical, it is likely that legalization and recategorization of drugs could take place during this time period, along with a growing acceptance of drugs as tools for religious experience.
By | 2009-10-21T09:57:19+00:00 October 21st, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Will Neptune in Pisces Bring the Legalization of Marijuana?

Top Planetary Events of the Week, Oct. 19-25

This is written for Eastern time zone, please adjust for your own location. This week is relatively quiet from a planetary point of view.  Here are the most important events in the sky this week:
1.  Mercury will trine Jupiter on the 20th, and with the Moon in Sagittarius there will be an abundance of optimism and encouragement.
2.  Venus forms a trine to Chiron on the 23rd, helping us to feel good about all of the healing work that we’re doing and perhaps facilitating good feelings with loved ones.
3.  The Sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd, marking the return to darkness and the time of contraction. and a conjunction of the Moon to Pluto deepens the intensity even more.  This is no time for superficiality – instead we plumb the depths of everything that we encounter.
4.  Mercury trines Neptune on the 24th, linking Chiron and Neptune with thoughts (Mercury) of healing (Chiron) and soul transformation (Neptune).
5.  Also on the 24th, the Sun forms a harmonious sextile to Pluto.  That dark intensity suddenly takes on new meaning; now we can work with it and transform it into light.
6.  The first-quarter Moon occurs during the evening of the 25th.  This is a time of adjustment after the New Moon.  Are we on track for the new things we initiated?

By | 2009-10-18T10:48:23+00:00 October 18th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Top Planetary Events of the Week, Oct. 19-25
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