Saturday, October 13, 2012

Get on board the transit train

show me your ring Saturn
I feel like I should be pulling a cord of a whistle on an antique train right about now.  Those of us in love with astrology, the planets, aspects, and spend our evenings tracking transits, understand the meaning behind the movement of the planets.  We say things like, "Well, you know since Pluto is squaring Uranus, we can expect to see chaos in the world."  Now to us, this makes total sense, but to someone not versed in the language of astrology, heads spin like a Jupiter moon orbiting around this benevolent planet.

I don't know about you, but during the first day of my college astronomy class when the professor said that astrology is superstitious bunk, I picked up my shield and sword, ready to defend the honor of astrology.  But at the age of 19, I knew so little about astrology to defend it.  Charts, houses, aspects, and how the planets affected our deep psychology remained mysteries to my naive mind.  I had not even taken a psychology class yet, and I had only learned about Carl Jung in passing, and only because a fellow student explained the concept of synchronicity to me.  And why did he explain synchronicity to me? Was he trying to impress me with his intellect?  With my Mars and Venus in Gemini, I'm greatly impressed by intelligent men.  But in this case, I had heard the band Police singing a song about synchronicity.

So I suffered through the astronomy class, but at least grew enamored with the planets, especially Saturn with its rings and Jupiter which reminded me of pizza, which I gorged on when I studied astronomy.  Jupiter has that effect on college women, apparently.  We learned about worm holes, black holes, and transits of planets, but not how those planets affect us psychologically, emotionally, or how those transits shape our lives.

jolly Jupiter
Anyone reading this not familiar with astrological transits, understand that we have reached a crucial crossroads spiritually and otherwise.  The fate of the planet and its abundance of life, rests in the hands of humanity, or so we think. And perhaps, it is arrogant to think humans play such a heavy hand, while ignoring the movement of the planets.  We might play at God, but then we don't understand that there is just one of us here, and that we are expressions of God, each of us expressing something different, making us unique.

However, when Pluto rolled into Capricorn and Uranus rolled into Aries, and Neptune returned home to Pisces, and more recently Saturn moved into Scorpio, we need to pay attention.  Why? Capricorn rules structure, especially patriarchal structure and Pluto has come around to breakdown that structure.  But Pluto is also autocratic and power-hungry, if we want to shower the planet with human characteristics, which of course in reality doesn't stick.  Uranus (the Aquarian planet of brotherhood, sisterhood, the everyday person, or in our case the 99 percent of humanity) moves into feisty Aries and crashes Pluto in Capricorn's party, chaos results. 

Some spiritual teachers and astrologers predict riots and rebellion, both within the realm of Aquarius and Aries.  But Aquarius also rules humanitarians so hopefully, we get something along the line of Gandhi's peaceful demonstrations, rather than brash hot-headed people practicing dualistic thinking.  Neptune which dissolves what it touches and speaks to us about spiritual ascension or addiction, our choice, came home into its own sign, so in my opinion, this doubles Neptune's effect on the planet.  I think Neptune is the linchpin that will awaken consciousness during this era.

Saturn, which is a faster moving planet than the other three I mentioned, will stay in Scorpio for 2 1/2 years, again this is about breaking down structure.  However, I also imagine (and I have a strong imagination), that the field of psychology will fall under scrutiny, along with other Scorpionic themes, death, taxes, sex, soul mates, deep healing and transformation.  Or that Saturn will bring more discipline to these areas. In any case, Saturn will bring greater focus to these areas.

Now, while all of these planetary transits affect every single being on the planet, each of us experiences the transits differently due to where the transits fall in our natal charts, and which natal planets the transits aspect.  For instance, right now the hot spot for the transits falls at 8 degrees for Pluto, Uranus, eventually Saturn, and Jupiter.  In December, (boy will this bring excitement), Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn and Mars in Scorpio, and Jupiter in Gemini will all fall in 8 degrees, forming a yod, a configuration which I already wrote about on this blog.

Now, would be a good time to make an appointment with an evolutionary astrologer to find out how these transits will affect you personally.  The astrologer will see where the planets fall in your chart and what themes will come up for you.  Some astrologers champ at the bit as this yod approaches, and predictions fly in every direction.  What happens depends a lot on how many humans have awakened to a higher consciousness.  Can we stay calm and centered as we approach the end of the Mayan calendar, not to mention other calendars of ancient civilizations?  Will we turn against one another or embrace the Oneness of all that Is?  Have you worked on mastering your spiritual tools, and can you claim mastery in the spiritual dimensions, as well as, hear on earth?

By getting on board the transit train, you learn all that you can about each of the planets involved with these transformative times.  You also grow more acquainted with yourself and your true life path. If you have asked this question, "What is my life purpose?"  Now is the time to find out and get on with the show because the show must go on, even if it resembles a wobbly circus act.

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