©10-25-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
In our most recent Q&A session, we looked at the 11th house—the place in your chart that reveals patterns with friends, peers, groups, and networks. Several of you had questions about transits to the 11th.
As a person with four planets in that house natally, I been through waaaaay more of those transits than you’d ever want to experience. You could say that my life has been a sort of 11th house Master Class. So here are some descriptions of transits by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
First, you may want to download a reference table so you can plot out the times these planets have transited your own 11th house or any chart you may be working with here: Transit Tracking Table for 1990-2012.
Also, have a look at that house in the chart to see where it begins and ends. Houses may be anywhere from about 22-45 degrees, so the more degrees in that house, the longer the transit would last.
Also check times when a transiting planet wasn’t in the 11th, but was making aspects to planets in the 11th. For the slower-moving planets (from Uranus on out), the transit to a natal planet may last for as long as 2 years, on and off.
Jupiter transits to the 11th (or transits to natal Jupiter in the 11th): Jupiter takes slightly less than 12 years to orbit the Sun, so it’s in a sign—and a house—for about one year.
What to expect during a Jupiter transit to the 11th: You’ll have opportunities to expand—personally, spiritually, and professionally—through friendship and groups. Study groups can lead to intellectual and spiritual growth by exploring advanced topics and world religions.
You may meet new friends from afar, perhaps in your own travels. People who are knowledgeable and well-placed may befriend you and bring good fortune your way. Reaching out to groups or networks can boost your career or business—after all, the 11th is the 2nd house of the 10th.
Saturn transits to the 11th (or transits to natal Saturn in the 11th): Saturn takes 29.5 years to orbit the Sun, so it’s in a sign—and a house—for about 2.5 years.
What to expect during a Saturn transit to the 11th: You may accept a responsible position in a group you belong to—be careful not to take too much on, as it can be like another part time job. By trial and error, you learn to set boundaries with friends and groups of people.
You may worry about friends who are having a hard time due to illness, aging, difficult world conditions, or as the consequences of irresponsible behavior. Some old friends you’ve been loyal to may leave your life, and you may be too focused on other responsibilities to socialize as much as previously. Old pals from long ago pop up (high school reunion?) and give you a chance to see how you’ve each fared since then.
During this period, you may make good business or professional connections with colleagues and clients through belonging to groups or networks related to your career. Older, experienced, and capable people may be impressed with you and may mentor you—or you yourself may become a mentor to promising young people.
Uranus transits to the 11th (or transits to natal Uranus in the 11th): Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the Sun, so it’s in a sign—and a house—for about 7 years.
What to expect during a Uranus transit to the 11th: There’s an upswing in your social life as lively, trendy, people suddenly appear and then, just as you’re getting used to them, they’re history. They’re likely to be younger and/or more Aquarian, with more than a touch of wildness and the capacity to shake up your ideas.
It’s on with the new but out with the old, as long-term connections reach sudden endings, for instance when one of you moves away. One or both of you may change in ways the other can’t adapt to or accept.
Groups take on a new meaning and new excitement, and you may find yourself drawn to social or political action. You may meet people online who share your interests and find yourself online constantly to keep up with social networking.
Neptune transits to the 11th (or transits to natal Neptune in the 11th): Neptune takes 165 years to orbit the Sun, so it’s in a sign—and a house—for about 14 years.
What to expect during a Neptune transit to the 11th: Maybe over the years, you’ve given more than you’ve gotten in certain codependent relationships.
If you’ve befriended people with serious problems, you may find yourself burned out, especially if they’re involved in self-destructive patterns like addiction or abusive relationships. If they’re unwilling to change them, this may be a time when their problems get worse, and you decide to cut them loose.
What’s likely to fill the void is a new or deeper involvement in groups devoted to spiritual development, service, or creativity. You meet fellow seekers who become brothers and sisters of the heart and share a rich and soulful awakening.
Just be aware that it’s in the nature of Neptune to drift back and forth from positive to negative. Don’t ever surrender your judgment or common sense to group life or to a charismatic leader, or disillusionment will follow. (Look up James Arthur Ray, a prime example, who is finally about to go to trial.)
Pluto transits to the 11th (or transits to natal Pluto in the 11th): Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the Sun, but its orbit is highly irregular, and it may stay in a sign for anywhere from 12-31 years. It will be in Capricorn a total of 16 years, until 2024.
What to expect during a Pluto transit to the 11th: The friends you have by the end of this long and potent transit will be your friends for the rest of this life—and probably many more lifetimes afterwards! Frivolous folks who can’t handle intense transformation periods will drop by the wayside—you’ll grieve, but ultimately conclude you’re better off without them. Others may disappear due to intense struggles of their own.
What you do need to watch out for are people—or groups—who want to take possession of your life, isolating you from other meaningful connections. Be leery of the type who says, “You’re my ONLY friend,” or who steps in during times of crisis and befriends you in your darkest hour, only to come to find out they want to make you over and control you.
Groups, in general, are tricky during a Pluto transit to the 11th. Whichever house Pluto transits, you’re likely to encounter politics and power struggles, and in this instance, you may get involved in group politics. If you’re the type to wear a target on your back from time to time, watch your step and keep a low profile. Or RUN!!!
Still, healing workshops and self-help groups can have a life-changing impact on your life during this transit, helping you to change longstanding wounds and patterns on a very deep and permanent level.
A word to my fellow Plutonians: I HATED group therapy every single week for the two years I went, but it was one of the best things I ever did for myself. These were people I never would have chosen to get close to and couldn’t cut out of my life after a spat. But they so often spoke aloud the feelings and responses I kept secret. Little by little, I found out I wasn’t so weird as I thought, and it made quite a dent in my stubborn sense of isolation.
TRANSIT TRACKER: This handy one-page reference summarizes the transits of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto from 1990-2012. Use it to look back on past transits to the 11th house of a chart and to look forward for the next few years. Download it here: Transit Tracking Table for 1990-2012.
Readers, can you spot a time when you were having an important transit to your 11th house? Can you remember what happened where friends and groups were concerned? Share it with us in the comment section by scrolling below this article.
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- Feeling Drained by a Relationship? Cut those Psychic Cords!
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