By Natori Moore
Do you remember this handy
little poem from elementary school?
Venus, Earth and Mars
Astrologically speaking, the
planets that “live near the stars” are called personal planets. No,
that doesn’t mean we each get one of our own, like a personal computer
or personal pan pizza. It means that Mercury, Venus and Mars each
represent a psychological function that we can recognize from our daily
lives. Venus symbolizes our approach to love and affection, Mercury
our rational thought and communication patterns, and Mars our assertion,
anger and sexuality.
These are the planets that
live near the stars
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus,
too; Neptune and Pluto
I know them, do you?
When we cross the bridge
over Jupiter and Saturn to get to the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto),
things become a little more complex. The outer planets symbolize
collective or subconscious awareness beyond our day-to-day concerns.
They symbolize the need to integrate spiritual and group concerns into
the demands of our ego ideas, affections and impulses. Thus, their
transits to our natal birth charts are often difficult or disorienting.
Additionally, unlike the cycles of Mercury, Venus and Mars, outer planet
cycles are lengthy and may stay with us for months or years.
Thus it behooves us to befriend
the multiple facets of the outer planets. Knowing the unique kinds
of experiences we can expect during each type of outer planet transit may
help us more easily manage these cycles. On the way to the outer
planets, we cross Jupiter and Saturn, the “bridge” planets that start us
on the journey of experience beyond our familiarity zone.
During a JUPITER transit
to your birth chart, you may experience an abundance of new opportunities
and options, perhaps feeling overwhelmed by it all. Travel, education,
leaves of absence or sabbaticals, religious study and childbirth are some
examples of the positive expansions this cycle may bring. Of course,
if what already exists in your life is a lot of stuff-under-the-rug that
it’s time to look at, Jupiter can expand the rug crud until dealing with
it is unavoidable. We can manage this 3- and 12-year transit cycle
best by being willing to grow and receive the new opportunities life brings.
If SATURN is the planet
currently transiting your chart, you may not be lovin’ life. Unless
you’re using the demanding energy of Saturn to climb Mount Everest or accept
an award. These transits can be serious and difficult, but will pay
major dividends if we face them squarely and focus on taking one step at
a time toward what we want to achieve. At each juncture in Saturn’s
7-year quarter-cycle, we are likely to gradually change one or more of
the major structures in our lives. This may include relationships,
residences, creative work, or employment. Actor Chad Everett and
his wife renew their marriage vows every seven years – the 7-year Saturn
quarter cycle would likely give them the impetus to recommit to each other
at these times. The larger 29.5 year Saturn cycle occurs near ages
30 and 60. You can manage a Saturn transit best by acknowledging
yourself for your achievements, letting go of what you no longer need,
and making or renewing commitments to those life structures that have value
If URANUS is transiting
your birth chart, things may appear to be coming apart at the seams.
You may be increasing your awareness and feeling especially alive, even
in the midst of chaos. Events may happen “out of the blue,” resulting
in a shock to your established world and the need for quick adjustments
to new realities. You may feel restless or rebellious, wanting to
throw everything over and start again. You may have inspiring flashes
of insight and short-term but rejuvenating associations with people.
Key Uranus transits typically occur in the teen years, early 20s, and early
40s. You can manage Uranus transits best by expressing your individuality
and making changes without “throwing the baby out with the bath water.”
If NEPTUNE is the
outer planet currently transiting your chart, you may feel inspired but
also sad or disoriented. You may have difficulty motivating yourself.
One day you can think you’ve found the key to Nirvana; the next day you’re
slouched over the breakfast table in your Fruit Loops! Neptune transits
can be difficult because they are so nebulous. These “cotton candy”
or “mirage” transits can produce some lovely illusions. Yet you’ll
want to keep your feet on the ground if they are ever to materialize.
You can manage this transit best through meditation, music, art and contact
with nature and your spiritual self. It’s also helpful to be patient
with your unanswered questions and pay close attention to your nighttime
dreams for inspiration and guidance.
If PLUTO is the outer
planet currently transiting your chart, you are definitely not being visited
by a perky Disney dog character. Pluto transits challenge us to the
depths of our beings. Under these long, gradual and subtly transformative
transits, you are outgrowing certain habits or values that are no longer
useful in your life. You may need to release certain people, possessions,
or internal defenses to improve your psychological health. You may
experience wide fluctuations in mood, from elation to depression and all
stations in between. You may become obsessive about a person or situation,
determined that it provide you with the riches and meaning that are usually
actually found within yourself. Manage Pluto transits best by reducing
your life to the essentials, seeking in-depth psychotherapy or bodywork,
and evaluating your level of willingness to change, grow and connect meaningfully
with others. Though enduring a Pluto transit can feel like slogging
through cow dung, remember that the most beautiful flowering plants often
need to start out buried in the smelliest fertilizer!
Do any of the above cycles
seem familiar? The good news is, these cycles are predictable in
length, and purposeful, based on how they interconnect with an individual
birth chart. Outer planet transits are increasing in their importance
as we move into the 21st century and want to live more effectively as a
world community. As these transits prompt us to leave familiar territory
and to make inner and outer changes, they broaden our perspective and help
us to encompass the future. Even as we travel beyond “Kansas,” we
are guided by God, our spiritual selves, and our higher nature.
Originally appeared in Star
Club News, March 1995.
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