©10-31-2009 and 3-22-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Planet+House=the Best and Worst Possibilities of a ToughTransit
This article was orginally part of a survival kit developed to help readers get through the long, difficult square between Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Libra during 2008-9. I’m updating it a bit because people will soon revisit those same places in their chart as Uranus in Aries makes the same aspects and ultimately forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn. The process we’ll see below using Saturn as an example is similar to the one you’d use to analyze a Uranus transit, but you’d substitite Uranian qualities for the Saturninan ones.
What we’re doing is analyzing how the transiting planets’ issues and modes of operation combine with the matters of the houses involved. This will help you brainstorm about what kinds of events and situations might develop.
Step 1: List Issues and Concerns of the Transiting Planet and its House
Saturn in Libra will be methodically proceeding through my 3rd house, so let me use that as an example. We’ll tackle Pluto later, but here are some concerns for Saturn and for the 3rd:
Saturn Issues: Structure, discipline, desire for quality and accomplishment, maturity, ageing, and the passage of time, authority, perseverance, self-discipline, accountability, realism, learning from experience, ability to face and deal with reality, establishing limits and boundaries, setting the bar higher, standards.
During a Saturn transit, in some areas of life, you are: Confronting lack or loss; taking responsibility; eliminating dead wood; getting your act together; raising the bar; performing at peak; waiting for the right time; and reaping what you have sown—whether rewards or consequences.
Worldly matters associated with Saturn and Capricorn: professions, career, big business, corporate sector, executives, bosses and our attitudes toward them, status, expectations and attitudes about success, conservative political eras, depressions and eras of contraction, crackdowns, cutbacks, reality checks.
3rd House: How the person thinks and communicates, any barriers to learning, writing, speaking. Describes situations with siblings and other close relatives (not parents) as well as any problems regarding them. Relationships with neighbors and the impact of the surrounding environment.
Step 2: Develop Best Case Scenarios
First, generate a list of the 7-10 best things that could happen, given the particular planet/house combination. To do this, you’d list the functions of the transiting planet (its best and worst qualities and modes of operation). You’d then combine them with the areas of life governed by the house it’s traveling through.
They must be logically related—one from column A (Saturn, in this case) and one from column B (the 3rd). Think of positive events or situations that might occur if you worked toward the best possible outcomes. Rank those in terms of their desirability or where they might take you in terms of long-held dreams or goals.
The house placement of transiting Saturn often relates to career developments, and since I’m a professional writer, its trip through my 3rd –the house of communication–could in fact have many payoffs for me. The last time it went through my 3rd—a whole Saturn cycle ago—I began publishing astrology articles and wrote my first book. (If you’re old enough to remember what you were doing 30 years ago, this would be the Saturn return of whatever foundation you laid during that era.)
Encouraged, I proceeded to generate a list of potential positive outcomes that could logically occur during this Saturn transit. I’ll share them, so you can see how it’s done.
- I could write a different kind of book, one for the mainstream, and emerge as a serious novelist.
- Given that Saturn is in Libra, some sort of writing partnership–or finding an agent–could take my writing to a whole new level.
- I could organize all the writing I’ve done since the last passage of Saturn through this house in some formal body of work….maybe a CD to market.
- My blog could reach the top of the lists for astrology blogs.
- I could prepare an email course on writing for metaphysical markets and have an ongoing group of writing students.
- I could establish a program of teleseminars on astrology.
- I could finally step up to the plate and take on some responsibility for my grand-niece if she decides to go to a vocational school when she graduates this year.
- My mean Aunt Bernadine, now in her late 80s, could finally kick the bucket. (Oops! Sorry.)
Keeping it real: In assessing your list of best case scenarios, give some thought as to how realistic they are. Saturn transits simply do not lend themselves to pie in the sky outcomes; they reward you for putting in consistent sweat equity on your goals. Part of keeping it real is setting priorities–there are a limited number of hours in a day.
Looking at my list, 5 out of 8 have a pretty good chance of manifesting because I work really hard at my writing and have a doggone good track record. There are 3 of mine that probably aren’t going to happen. One’s chances of becoming a successful novelist are approximately the same as hitting the lottery. That about the blog, not gonna happen either, because of sites like relationship-oriented Sasstrology, that get about 3000 hits a day. And mean Aunt Bernadine is never going to croak—she’s one of the undead. (I could tell you stories!!)
Step 3: Develop and AssessWorst Case Scenarios
So what about the worst case scenarios? I’d suggest you do that list second, after you’ve begun to get a sense of some of the progress you could make with this transit. I’d also suggest that, as a reality check for your late-night heebie jeebies, you rate the odds that this worst case would ever occur.
Here’s my list of the not so wonderful ways Saturn’s 3rd house sojourn could manifest. (As you’ll notice, when an astrologer looks at her own chart, objectivity can fly out the window, and she can conjure up some worrisome possibilities!)
- My columns for Dell and/or The Mountain Astrologer could be canceled or the publications could go out of business. (Brrrr!! 50% chance, in this economy)
- My only sister, whose health is quite terrible, could die or wind up in a nursing home. (80%)
- I could become even more forgetful than I was…..well, a while back. (Actually, my memory performance is getting better as I learn how to compensate, so I’d say only 20% chance.)
- My mobility issues could get worse. (40%)
- I’m preparing to move to a senior complex in the next year or so, and my elderly and disabled neighbors there might prove to be an unwelcome responsibility. (33%)
- My tendencies to ALMOST stutter under pressure could get worse. (20%)
- My eternal fountain of writing ideas could dry up. (Yeah, right!! .005%)
Not so much fun! What strikes me as I list the unfavorable possibilities is that almost all of them are out of my control. They’d happen because of other people or social trends or TO people who matter to me. Only 3 of them would come about as a consequence of my not doing the things Saturn would require of me. I’d be interested in hearing whether this proves true of you as well when you try this exercise.
After you’ve speculated on the odds that your own worst case scenario could happen, ask yourself if you’re being realistic. Are you seeing it through rose colored—or mud-colored—glasses? If there’s a chance the odds you came up with aren’t realistic, you might ask someone whose advice you trust how they’d rank the same list for you.
Step 4: Repeat the Process with Transiting Pluto
What issues and concerns might you work with in generating a similar list for your Pluto transit? Use the lists below, and get the list of areas of life for the house involved from Part 1 of this series.
Pluto Issues: Power and control, trust, to discover and analyze what lies beneath the surface and eliminate the undesirable, separateness, holding on to things or feelings, revenge, death and endings, rebirth, healing, transformation.
Worldly matters associated with Pluto/Scorpio: Sexuality, wealth, uses and abuses of power, corruption and dirty dealing, secrets, exposes, occult, healing, psychology, death and the afterlife, national and personal debt, terrorism, stocks.
Under a Pluto transit you are: Brooding on wrongs; delving into causes of pain; unearthing the suppressed or the secret; reacting to your discoveries; accepting your part in it; healing the wounds; and reclaiming your power.
Step 5: Work toward the Positive Possibilities/Away from the Negative
Now you have a clearer idea of the best and the worst that could happen during the transit. Clarity in itself can help reduce anxiety, because it makes the task ahead of you concrete rather than a nameless dread of what Might Happen.
As a first project, pick out one of the positive outcomes you want to manifest. Develop strategies for change, brainstorming about what has to be done for that project. List steps that have to be taken, and evaluate what parts are easy and can be done quickly and what parts require time and learning new skills.
Try researching your project on the internet. (wikiHow – The How-to Manual is a great resource—see the various posts here under Guest Blogger for examples.) The more information you have about what needs to be done, the less overwhelmed you’re likely to be.
Related Posts for Using the Transit to Change Unwanted Patterns:
- Cash in on the Hidden Gold Beneath Your Fears
- Saturn Transits—What do They Mean to your Career?
- Healing Tools For Plutonians: Transforming The Self And Others
- Understanding Healing Reactions or Healing Crises
- Purge Yourself of Pluto’s Negativity—Get Free of Bitterness
- Stuck For What Seems Like Forever? Maybe Areas of Unforgiveness are the Cause
- In a Crisis? Rescue Remedy Can Help You through It
- Hope for Those in the Dark Night of the Soul
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