Between Pat, jm & others, we initiated a discussion on dealing with upcoming transits and found we all had different approaches to this issue. One of the valuable aspects of studying one’s chart is learning how transiting planets affect us. The downside is learning how transiting planets will affect us . . . A good, ethical professional astrologer will not tell us that Saturn conjuncting our natal Moon will mean our mother will die – never mind that I saw this take place for a person whose chart I was studying. Humans so desire the most dramatic outcome, either favorable or unfavorable, it’s a balancing act when it comes to answering our own questions, or other’s questions, about what’s coming down the pike.
Personally, I favor the approach that focuses more on studying our chart to learn who we are, how we can grow & develop as individuals, what our particular place in the larger scheme of things is first. Transits, in my opinion, come along and activate those places in our charts that require our immediate attention. When we start moving into studying upcoming transits, that’s where it can get interesting. With my Mars/Merc/ASC in Scorpio, I started out life using sheer will power to get where I wanted to go . . . and have spent the last 30 yrs learning NOT to do that. This is an example of learning one’s chart first . . . the old 20-20 hindsight. For me, conscious neutrality is the best approach to looking at upcoming transits, especially those involving Pluto, King of Obsessive Behaviors! It’s when I lose that neutrality and start projecting my fears and desires on a transit, I can find myself completely blindsided by what actually materializes. The more squares & oppositions in our natal charts, the greater the likely hood of transits triggering a chain reaction . . . as in tUranus conjuncting our nSun which is squared by Saturn, a natal aspect that does NOT like change.
This is meant to be the opening remarks for further discussion on the topic. I just wish to add at this point that my remarks are meant to state my position only – as individuals we can best serve our needs by learning what works best for us.
This is a picture of a nature trail in Minnesota . . . best time of year there from all reports!