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Living in Time

Self as a River

About Transits


We have looked at the way time and change move, in general in the wider world. Here we are going to look at the way that change moves through us, personally. As soon as we are born, the planets keep on moving, entering into relationship with the planets and places in our charts. They indicate the way that temporal energy-weather particularly affects us over time. Transits show our personal time-links with the universe, the way we synch into the Whole through the medium of time.


I learned astrology by doing transits. Disappointed with social sciences in university (LSE) I moved to the mountains of Wales with an astrology book (Dane Rudhyar's Astrology of Personality), Raphael's Ephemeris and a friend who shared my new interest; also my own astrological chart and a load of questions the then-available books and courses weren't answering for me. For many moons we sat there, in front of the fire, of a quiet evening, working out and observing our transits, discussing them and what they felt like, what they seemed to be doing, and all of the things going on inside us – for we had newly discovered inner growth – and gradually, the workings and implications of astrology and life started falling into place.

Being a Virgoid maniac for details, I observed even the transits formed by Moon, and being in a contemplative phase of life at the time, I took it all in assiduously. Having decided that I would seek to uncover an astrology which would talk to me and apply to my own life, rather than to intellectually elegant schemata, it took years - seven, in fact - to research it all, and to get clear enough inside myself how to share this with others. My retrograde Mercury and Jupiter were taking their time to brew their own concoction, their own understanding of things.

If you devote yourself to examining transits and the general movements of the planets, using your own personal life and experiences as the raw material for your researches, you will find that something very deep goes on in your understanding of astrology and life, just as I found. There is something very close-to-home about transits: transits are about you.

They are a way of moving beyond the use of books (including this one!) and finding a way into direct experience, into living wisdom rather than stored knowledge. If you find yourself memorising words and concepts, remember that books are here but to stimulate your own thinking, not to replace it. Try to switch to simply observing, feeling, cogitating, chatting with others: . There is no hurry to understand things: a few things understood well can be far more productive than many things partially grasped.


Basic principles of transits


The motions of the planets in the heavens perpetually affect our birth charts, hour by hour, year by year, decade by decade. If you look in your ephemeris, each of the planets currently in motion will be found to be sitting in a particular house in your chart, and some of them will be forming aspects to your natal planets, some of these applying, some separating, others exact. If there are multiple aspect structures in your chart, then several planets can be activated by one transit, all at roughly the same time – and if there are two or three transiting planets affecting such a structure, then there's a whammy going on. Transits show how the cosmos affects us personally, and the way our lives go through changes, and the options we are offered at each turn.

Here we shall look at some of the basic factors you should take into account when working and playing with transits.

Orbs


There is a certain range of influence where we can say that a transit is either working or not working. While orbs are not rigid things with strict boundaries (neither are rainbows), we can safely say the following:

  • orbs formed by Sun and Moon to natal positions are wider than those formed by slower-moving planets;
  • conjunction and opposition aspects have widest orbs, and lesser aspects (such as the semisextile, semisquare and quincunx) have the narrowest orbs;
  • natal Sun and Moon have the widest orbs, but also you can widen out the orbs of other natal planets if two or more of them in the chart are involved in a structure which is being activated by a transit;
  • planets crossing the four angles are strongly involved with them when they are within 10° of them;
  • houses tend to start having an effect about 5° before the cusp, when looking at transits, and are already at peak strength at the opening cusp;
  • the norms set in the symbol list given with this book hold also for transits as well as aspects in a chart.

Applying and separating transits


There is a pattern to the formation of aspects which is quite observable if you test it on slower-moving transits. Transits apply, become exact, and then separate, and there is quite a different feeling to each.

You can sometimes feel the undercurrents of a transit brewing as soon as the transiting planet enters the same sign as the transited planet, (even if there are still 20° to go, in the case of conjunction or opposition). The issues around that transit (especially in the case of a challenging aspect) can start bubbling under before the orb is reached – if you double the orb that could be expected for a certain transit, and examine your experience, you will probably find that the underlying components of the experience are making themselves felt quite early on in the application of the transit. But the real issues, surfacing in more concrete form – either distinct questions and processes or events – become apparent when the transiting planet is applying to around 3° from the transited one. In other words, we often find ourselves becoming aware of something, of a need for change, and going through apprehensions, unclarities, wrangles and resistances towards the issue.

Something interesting takes place here. Our default tendency is to resist change in various ways, and to block an accreting energy-configuration: we tend either to want things not to change, or to wish for them to change in specified ways, thereby blocking what is forming. We are offered a choice.

  • We can release resistance around that 3° threshold (in which case we are free to use the energy of the transit creatively, when it becomes exact, having worn out our resistances at an early stage);
  • we can release it on exaction of the transit (for the pressure of energy or events heats our wires to the extent that we get the message and allow change);
  • we can hold on through all this, suffer the consequences and learn what we need to learn in retrospect (in which case the energy of the transit has been taken up breaking a resistance rather than moving forward – although this itself is a forward step), or
  • we can resist all the way through, and use the transit to reinforce our hold on things, in fear of breaking new territory of the psyche (as a result of which we generate greater or further problems which sooner or later come into view – for example the coronary attack which resulted from years of repressed anger, or the miscarriage which results from previous rigid fears of getting pregnant).

Even in the latter case, we must acknowledge that if we or another person have a need to resist things (for example, an obsession with smoking), we are needing to do so in order to exhaust our need, and to learn the consequences of what we are doing on a more deep level – which, even if it takes lifetimes to learn, is well learned when experientially done. But the more we can do to free up this energy, the more fruitful, meaningful and happy we can become.

Transit work thus becomes awareness work. It's not so much a question of anticipating certain kinds of issues which are expected to come up when one planet transits a natal one. It's a matter of always being prepared to learn what life is teaching and throwing at us by divining the core message of life's experiences, while using the symbology and attuning capacities which astrology has to guide us intuitively on our way. We have choice.

Getting into the swing of it, we can use our awareness of transits to get clear on the issues as they arise, or even before, thereby making each major transit-wave into a reaffirmation of life, and a forward step. Momentum builds up after a while, such that 'difficult' transits become welcome: something to really get to grips with! The work does not stop by being willing to face our 'stuff' – if anything it gets deeper, and our inner progress is accelerated. Also, paradoxically, it can raise the stakes!

This is true especially as the transit is approaching exaction, in its last 2-3° of applying. Here, if we are either awake to the message, or at least willing to hear it, we are choosing to allow the universe through our being, and thereby to use the time fruitfully. Rather than being a victim of circumstance, which this would seem to be, we would actually be using the circumstances to allow our true self (which is always in tune with the universe) to come through and guide us through whatever the situation is – and turn it into something much more than a mere situation or 'problem'.

The exact transit itself is a transition into a new state. This can be fundamental and challenging (conjunction, square or opposition), or developmental and flowing (sextile or trine), a subjective frame of mind, and/or an objective situation. If we have allowed the new state to take shape, it becomes a present fact rather than a future possibility at the exact transit. If we have blocked the change, then either something breaks open, to awaken us to what we are doing, or our blockage is hardened, capable of surviving further, until some later test.

As the transit begins to separate, the effects of this change demonstrate themselves, and things fall into place and become increasingly normalised or integrated. Inner changes move into outer form, the dust of the flurry settles, and things become more easygoing. Details work out, and outcomes are clearly seen, and they present themselves to be worked or dealt with, or enjoyed.

This process is not quite so marked with faster transits, because their stages are not so clearly defined as with slower ones – although even a lunar transit (for example T Moon conjunct N Saturn) can distinctly show itself in a state of mind and a predicament which lasts for between a few hours and a day (depending on the aspect), and goes through a series of changes on the way. But if you observe the onset, climax and aftermath of a slower transit, you will find these stages coming up markedly.

A classic pattern to a challenging transit might go:
  • rumblings and hints,
  • anticipations, fears, consternation,
  • resistance,
  • confrontation or stress and let-go,
  • revelation and discovery,
  • climax and motion,
  • assimilation,
  • normalisation,
  • moving on.

Experiences differ according to the transits, and to your state of being and evolution, but you will find that you will get into the feel of transits, and can recognise symptoms in yourself. Thereby you can consciously make life into a series of learning processes, accepted and made good use of.

Tides


Transits can certainly become a process. Slower planets, and occasionally faster planets (apart from Sun and Moon), have a habit of forming three-stage transits: a direct, a retrograde and a second direct transit. Neptune and Pluto, on occasions, can even have a five-step process. In this case a larger process ensues.

The approach to the first transit involves weeding out the past and leaving the old behind: we get 'news' of what we need to do or learn or open to. At the first transit a transitional state is entered into in which the old is dead, but the new is still not visible. The writing goes up on the wall, but the solutions are not there – except inasmuch as letting go of the past can itself be a solution. Everything moves on for a while into an increasing stste of change, until the transiting planet turns retrograde.

Things then appear to slow down and even turn into reverse, yet deep down there can be a resolving and focusing of intent which marks the core of the change. The retrograde transit asks "Do you really mean it?". After a period of testing, the transiting planet turns direct again and changes start moving forward again – except now from a different starting place. At the final transit, the new state is entered into, and new territory is opened up, the past is past and what was the future is now the present. At this point, a process of exploring new territory ensues, which unfolds in the times to come.

This is analogous to the Chinese concept of 'crossing the great water' (the Yangtze) – at the first transit one leaves the known shore, on the final transit one reaches the other side, and in the middle, retrograde transit, one is in the middle of the river, with both banks invisible.

Cyclical sequence


Don't forget that transits represent the stages of cycles of relationship between a transiting and a natal planet or position. This cycle unfolds over a much longer period of time. If T Jupiter is square N Mars, then it will be either a waxing or a waning square, a stage in a longterm cycle which has a continuity and theme to it – in this case a 12-year cycle. Thus it can be illuminating to check back at what happened at previous stages of the cycle, or in previous cycles, and you will find demonstrations from your own life of how your chart and you actually tick, in real life.

It can also be of some value to look forward in time, with a view to sensing future waves of energy which will further activate the ongoing story of the cycle – although to seek to foresee what will take place is a diversion from the real point of life. It certainly helps in wintertime to know that spring is coming, though it is difficultt to know the actual shape that springtime developments will take.

There is one rule in life I have always found to be reliable, which is that the Unknown prevails. Yet the Unknown is sniffable, openly intuitable, if we approach it in a non-neurotic, non-predictive way, without anxiety for our own self-preservation or the uncovering of our personal untruths. Life loves us, especially when we love life, and it is merciful.

Durations of transits


The duration of different transits thus depends on which planet is doing the transiting. Lunar transits are discernable mainly for 3-12 hours, although if a fullmoon is going to hit our Sun, it is possible to sense this impending transit days before. Solar transits last 2 days to one week, depending on what aspects they involve; Mercury, Venus or Mars transits can last 2-14 days, occasionally more, depending on the aspects involved and the speed of these planets at the time – the faster the planet, the shorter and more zappy the transit. However, the effects, preludes and implications of transits spread over a wider period than the actual perceptible energy-flow connected with them.

Jupiter and Saturn transits can last from a few weeks to three months, or up to a year if there is a 3-step pass involved. Chiron transits depend largely on its speed (increasing until 1994, decreasing thereafter), ranging in length between weeks and a year. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto transits each can dominate our lives for up to a year, sometimes two, owing to their 3-step (or occasionally 5-step) transiting patterns: the wider implications of these transits, if they are critical ones, can stretch out over a period of at least three years either way of the transit, and they will be perceptible at least one year either side of the year of exaction. A major transit such as T Neptune or Pluto conjuncting or opposing N Sun or Moon can be seen from a distance to last up to ten years either side of exaction, if the underlying unconscious groundswell is observed and taken into account.

Multiple transits


Quite often it is the case that slower transits by outer planets over the course of a year are featured and punctuated by faster transits formed by Moon, Sun or the inner planets over a period of days or weeks, accentuating the underlying issues being dredged up in the slower transit. If, for example, Fred has N Sun at 10° Taurus and T Pluto is at 4° Scorpio, applying to a strong opposition due to take place in 2 years' time, the underlying deep issues surrounding this might well get featured, focused and tasted when T Jupiter in Aquarius forms a square to natal Sun, and this series of experiences will be further highlighted by a whacky fullmoon on, say, the 7° Taurus-Scorpio axis. Fred might experience quite a lot of inner wobbling at this fullmoon, which might get partially resolved when or after Jupiter forms its square, but which awaits full and fundamental resolution at the later T Pluto opposition N Sun. Fred could be said to be attacking his natal solar issues in stages and in deepening layers – the issues are getting bigger and more fundamental as he goes along.

Or perhaps our friend Joan might have T Neptune trine N Venus, into which a T Sun conjunct N Venus in trine aspect to T Neptune marches, to form a temporary grand trine: if the love in her is able to flow, this might be a happy and flowery experience, but if it cannot, then it could be a disappointing, desolate or empty experience for her. She is being offered an opportunity to give and receive love without conditions, and trees could teach her as much about that as humans.

All sorts of interesting patterns can emerge over time. We can have what technically are quite separate transits taking place simultaneously, yet building together into a total situation which might well have one unique underlying message or sequence. Occasionally, a new dimension of a chart can reveal itself, because even though a strong relationship between two or more planets in a chart might be absent, a person can have chosen to be born at a time which would create a chart wherein, at age 37, that person encounters five major transits in the space of 1-2 years, changing everything in sight! In other words, in choosing our time of birth, we are also, by way of a by-product, electing to experience transits in a particular and unique way, which will characterise our life immensely.


The main types of transits


There is a whole range of different kinds of transits, influencing us in different ways. They enter into our lives through different levels of our psyches and realities. Largely, something which is coming through from a very deep place, which has a potentially fundamental impact on our being, has to come through slowly in order for us to be able to deal with the full implications of it. As someone once said: "Time is what stops everything happening all at once".

The slower, outer planets have a deeper effect on us. On the other hand, life is also made up of quick successions of faster transits, giving character to our daily lives and all their panegyrations. Slow, root-level transits never take place in isolation: a T Neptune opposition Sun takes nine months to go through its climax, building up over a period of at least three years, unravelling its effects over a further three years afterwards – yet the specific forms in which these basic issues are raised and tested in our lives will be precipitated by the faster transits getting caught up in the major, slower configuration. Thus, while we shall separate out different kinds of transits below, they interlock like big and small cogs in the building up of the sumtotal of our experience.

Fundamental lifecycle transits


These affect all of us, at roughly similar times in life. (Here I should mention that, in some cases, a baby can experience a planet retrograding and then later returning over its natal position, though these can barely be detectable in a person so young, for whom cycles of the Moon and the first one or two solar, mercurial, venusian and martian cycles will be far more important). Lifecycle transits start later on.

Notable are the following earlier-life cyclical transits:
  • T Uranus semisextile N Uranus at 7, semisquare at 10, sextile at 14, square at 21, trine at 27-28 and quincunx 33-34;
  • T Neptune semisextile N Neptune at 13, semisquare at 19-20 and sextile at 26; and
  • T Pluto semisextile N Pluto at varying ages between 12 and 36, and sextile between 25 and up to 70.

Then comes an interesting time connected with the mid-life change. At around 40, 2-3 major transits occur: Uranus opposition N Uranus, Neptune square N Neptune and, currently, Pluto square N Pluto (though, as Pluto's movement slows, this transit occurs later and later in life). These transits mark a major turning-point in our lives, with considerable impact on our psychology. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto lifecycle transits affect the evolution of our inner awareness, and the contact between soul and personality.

Chiron transits can vary in occurrence, depending on its speed at different times of life. Notable, however, is the Chiron return at age 50-51. Notable also is a major crossing-point around age 84-85, when Uranus returns to its birth position, and Neptune does an opposition to its natal position (Jupiter and Saturn have returns too). These lifecycle aspects have a fundamental influence on one of the key issues of life – our capacity to learn from it and take instruction from our soul.

Structural lifecycle transits


These involve Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter forms quartile aspects (conjunction, square, opposition, square) to natal Jupiter every three years, and Saturn forms such aspects every 7 years to N Saturn. Jupiter returns (conjunctions) take place around the ages of 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 and 84. Saturn returns around 28, 58-59 and 84-86. The oppositions are also important as climaxes to these cycles. Jupiter oppositions take place at 6, 18, 30, 42, 54, 66, 78 and 90. Saturn oppositions take place at 14, 43ish and 73ish. These transits bring up issues around how we organise the forms of our lives, life's work, social position, finances, ventures, commitments and sense of selfhood. They concern our commitments to certain lines of action and life-strategy.

Psycho-spiritual transits


These are transits by outer planets to other natal outer planets, which can take place at various irregular times. An example is Uranus' cycle of transits to one's natal Chiron, Neptune or Pluto. There are generational similarities here, though – for example, many nowadays experience a T Pluto conjuncting N Neptune around age 26-30, or a T Neptune opposition N Uranus around age 35-40. The timings of these are more of an individual matter, though. It is interesting also to watch how outer planets can 'work over' successive generations: Uranus, transiting through Capricorn-Aquarius-Pisces in current decades, progressively opposes the natal Pluto of successive generations.

Transits such as these do not directly affect life's visible issues and mundane questions, but they do affect our innermost psyches and what is unfolding in the unconscious. People who are tuned into their dreams, their inner dynamics, psychic selves or creative inspiration will experience and make use of these transits more awarely, while others might experience uncomfortable feelings deep down which have no explanation or obvious relation to life circumstances – nightmares or 'funny feelings'. These transits open up channels within. Chiron transits to natal outer planets can at times precipitate paranormal experiences of quite a tangible kind, ranging from UFO experiences to spiritual quests, or meetings with remarkable people or therapeutic and healing experiences.

Major transformative transits


These involve major transits by outer planets to major points in the chart, such as Sun, Moon, Saturn or any any focal planets in the chart. A T Pluto conjuncting or opposing N Sun, Moon or Saturn is definitely one of the biggest crunches a person can encounter, usually precipitating such a major change that life after that time can be radically different from life before it. It seems as if everything is coming up and being forced through change: this is a major core-issues life-initiation with no qualms. Conjunctions and oppositions by Uranus or Chiron can also bring major twists of life which impact majorly on our whole life-cycle. Square, trine and sextile aspects to natal Sun, Moon or Saturn are important too, provoking root-level changes which mark major potential breakthroughs and watersheds.

All these transits have the effect of connecting us with important inner strands from other lives, or instructions from our deeper selves, expressing an urge from the soul to emerge into the open and do its work through our personality – which sometimes can be an initially-threatening experience for our little egos! Other times it can be a welcome liberation. Usually it's a mixture of both.

Transformative transits


These are still very major transits, but they affect facets of our lives rather than core and root questions. These aspects involve outer planet transits to natal angles (ascendant, nadir, descendant and zenith) and to Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. An outer planet major aspect to N Venus, for example, can have a deeply stirring effect on our love life, and has the capacity to rock an existing loving relationship, forcing a choice to re-enliven it or change it, while for someone lacking love it can involve a healing of a hurt heart and a rejoining of the human race. Such a transit to N Jupiter can make for a tremendous leap of faith, a new outreach of self to world, an investment of energy in a fundamentally new venture, a change of values, even a religious or cosmological awakening – but still, while it can feel as if everything is at stake when such a transit is afoot, in fact, we are working on one part of our being.

Transformative house transits


When one of the outer planets ingresses into a new house in a natal chart, spending some time chugging through it (years to decades), the area of life symbolised by that house will be fundamentally affected, ploughed over, re-evaluated and re-modelled, and lessons to be learned and changes of approach will be precipitated. Pluto in house IX will provoke big changes of outlook, possibly through travelling, education, inner quests, shocks or social engagements which change our ways of seeing things. Uranus in IV will disrupt our stable relations with security-sources, home territory and sense of our own personal selfhood. Chiron in VII might bring into our lives people and relationships which reflect the shadow in us, causing us initial trouble or eventual healing, or giving us situations and companions which facilitate discovery of what we unconsciously project on others. Outer planets crossing any of the four angles stimulate important changes in our activity and situation in the world, a shift of themes and often of circumstances too.

Major structural transits


When Saturn or Jupiter form aspects to natal planets and positions, we take a step in formulating our social and worldly identity more clearly, developing our work, career and standing, organising our lives and playing the roulette-wheel of society and economics. If you have a T Saturn conjunct N Moon it is essential to accept the events and tendencies taking place, and to acknowledge that you alone have created them – in this case, possibly financial, health or domestic difficulties, sense of failure, depression or deprivation – for through acknowledging this you will see what the issues are, and through resolving matters concerning support, needs and security, you will be able to make a decisive change for the better. If you have a T Jupiter square N Saturn it is auspicious to face up to things, make new or further commitments to what you know you have to do, and get on with it, for the tide is in your favour if you push it a bit – but if you wait for or blame others, delay or evade the issue, circumstances will tend to come down on you and force issues into the open.

These transits pass quicker than the transformative ones above, sometimes in one, sometimes in three steps, but they have a big effect on life-directions and longterm plans and purposes, activity, roles, work and prosperity. Transits of Saturn and Jupiter through houses features these houses strongly: Juypiter will favour growth, precipitation of events and extension in the area of life shown by the house, and Saturn will oblige confrontation with our fears and blockages in that area, reqquiring consolidation and the decicive overcoming of obstacles. Major steps are made when either of these planets crosses one of the four angles. When one such transit supplements itself to an outer-planet transformative transit, sparks can fly!

Mercury, Venus and Mars transits


These are faster, lasting days or a week or two, depending on the transit and the speed of the planet. Occasionally, if a retrograde period is involved, this can become a longer process. Lesser aspects involving these planets can sometimes be difficult to perceive, in the effects they have on our lives, but major aspects are very distinguishable. These transits strongly affect our states of being, but they pass quickly, and while sometimes bringing up specific instances in which something must be resolved, fundamental changes depend on the involvement of outer planets, either by transit or in the chart.

For example, if you have a T Mars conjunct N Pluto, a power-struggle could ensue, or frustration can emerge, lasting a few days, but having no longer term effect unless underpinned by a deeper transit, or unless one is consciously digging up Plutonine issues. If you have a Mercury opposition Jupiter, your mind could be buzzing, or it might be auspicious to make a journey or connect up with someone or something offering the promise of something good, but this will not have a drastically major effect in your whole life unless there is something deeper going on which this transit latches into. Keep your eyes on house transits of these planets too.

Solar transits


These happen regularly once a year. In fact, if you look at your aspect table, you are looking at a programmed sequence of aspects which the Sun passes through annually (together with each other planet in its own period of orbit). It is well worth studying these yearly patterns, for you will be able to develop a feel for the kinds of experiences involved, which you can then apply to your understanding of the transits of other planets. You can look into cycles of unfoldment involving, say, T Sun to N Mars, which start at the conjunction and climax at the opposition. When Sun is conjuncting a natal planet, you are in your own territory, and things work your way, while when it is opposing that planet, your way comes in question, and it is worth looking at others' ways of moving that planet's energy.

The regularity of solar transits makes them very useful for tuning in to the feeling behind your natal planets and positions. Note also that solar transits through houses and over angles can be very revealing, for they feature that house or angle in a yearly personal cycle which repeats itself. If you wish, you can look over the past several years and examine the way you have, for example, tackled your twelfth house, together with the different kinds of feelings and experiences you have picked up in relation to it.

Lunar transits


These are rapid, lasting hours, or at most one day. Even then, you can go through various changes of mood in relation to the issues at stake. For example, a T Moon conjunct N Jupiter might, which can often crreate a friendly and nurturing atmosphere, can start by beeing quite alienating or 'lacking something'. A pleasant evening can be had with friends, or a cheque can come through the post.

Major moonphases are well worth watching too: if a new or full moon falls in square to your Mars it might be best to exercise patience, let people know what you want but avoid biting their heads off! If a halfmoon falls on your ascendant, it's time to do something for your own benefit, to choose to follow your own instincts and quit waiting around for the blessings or support of others. For a few days.

Transits of planets to themselves


The cycle of relationship of a transiting planet to itself in your chart reveals how your natal planet works, and it moves through its phases and facets. T Venus trine N Venus can give an alright feeling about life, with everything flowing smoothly and effortlessly, while T Venus square N Venus could bring temporary dryness of heart, dinginess, resentment, or a need to work on a relationship. When you have a T Mars sextile N Mars things might go your way, but you might encounter rivalry or envy when you have T Mars opposition N Mars – yet it is still your Mars which is in operation and manifesting these circumstances. The solar return (birthday) is a coming-together of selfhood, giving an opportunity for an overview of the year and of your general progress, while the solar opposition can bring much into question about your way of being, with some necessary adjustments called for.


Do it


It can take some time to grasp the ins and outs of transits – in fact it takes years! But you can start now, and you will gain valuable insights from the first moment. Observation is what counts. Transit work gives us an opportunity to see into the way in which we set up outer circumstances unconsciously – a revelation as to the way world acts as a mirror to ourselves – and it gives us a chance to find out how much we blame our circumstances on other things and other people. The buck stops here: if the world is to be healed of its ills, we ourselves need to cease putting negativity or untruth into it. We don't have to eat others' negativity, but we do need to acknowledge and work with our own. For we are the people who benefit.

Transit work is an ongoing work lasting for the rest of our lives. The same goes for visiting the toilet, but transits are more exciting! By being aware of what is happening astrologically, we gain a more direct, conscious experience – we can come into contact with the real nature of the Venus or Uranus in ourselves without needing recourse to others' definitions or descriptions. We can understand astrology and ourselves on our own terms, in our own way, and discover how there are both benefits and problems arising out of the way we move our energy, for there are at least two sides to everything! For in the end there is no right and no wrong: there are only outcomes.

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