Yesterday Pluto in Capricorn stationed retrograde and had already spent roughly a month and a half at 9°. When the Outer Planets – Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – slow to station either retrograde or direct, they end up sitting in one place for anywhere from six weeks to three months. This can feel like someone’s drilling a hole in your psyche . . . sloooowly and painfully.
Now the inner planets spend far less time on one degree ranging from a week for Mercury to two weeks for Venus and Mars. Jupiter, Mr. In Between, hovers on the same degree for about a month. However when we hit Saturn the length of time begins to stretch out as I know from earlier this year when Saturn spent seven weeks at 29° Libra. Both Uranus and Neptune take about a two month pause and the king of the slow pokes, Pluto, can spend up to three months idling in neutral.
As a general rule, we notice planetary stations the most when they exactly conjoin one of our personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) or the Angles (Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven and Imum Coli). Squares to those same degree points also get our attention. Sextiles and trines usually drift on by because those make our lives run more smoothly. The impact of inconjuncts and semi-sextiles varies and depends on the aspects to the natal planet. Obviously if the planet is already under stress from hard aspects, you’ll feel the transit more keenly.
If you have an aptitude for the scholarly side of studying astrological transits in great detail as well as the interest (which I don’t . . .), then I highly recommend Bernadette Brady’s book – Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark She goes into great detail about how to determine the effect transits will have. All those little graphs and picky details drive me crazy . . . all I want is an outline to work within. *grin* Besides, doing that kind of in depth work for clients as an astrologer is not cost effective unless one can demand outrageous amounts of money.
All transits are learning experiences and transits from a stationing planet can be considered focused, intensive learning experiences. They give us plenty of time to decide how we want to deal with a certain facet of our lives or our selves. Saturn and Pluto transits can be very sobering, Uranus transits almost always force us out of our comfort zone and Neptune does what he does best . . . leave us wondering what the heck is going on.
Mars is stationing direct at 3° Virgo on 13 April
Pluto stationed Rx at 9° Capricorn 10 April
Venus will station Rx at 23° Gemini on 15 May & direct at 7° Gemini on 27 June
Neptune will station Rx at 3° Pisces on 4 June
Saturn will station direct at 22° Libra on 25 June
Uranus will station Rx at 8° Aries on 13 July with Mercury stationing Rx at 12° Leo on
14 July . . . fun!!