©Reposted 7-24-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Let’s look at ways of meeting the challenges of difficult transits. Create a list of best and the worst case scenarios for the aspect you’re concerned with, depending on which houses of your astrology chart is involved. Then pick one of those best case scenarios and brainstorm ways to make it happen.
Analyze exactly what actions would help you change things that aren’t working for you. In order to do that effectively, rather than in a hit and miss fashion, the best tool is a set of clear, achievable goals that lead you to definite actions.
Of all the aspects, squares are the most likely to spur you to action. Of all the planet/sign pairs, results-oriented Saturn and its sign, Capricorn responds most strongly to goal-setting so the transit of Pluto through Capricorn is an important window for identifying and working toward concrete improvements in the areas of life governed by the houses where transiting Pluto in Capricorn is located. Let’s look at resources to help you set realistic targets for this transit and to come up with steps that will help you achieve them.
I’m a great believer in goals—it’s been a key tool for me. Each New Year for over 30 years, I’ve made a list of things I want to accomplish for the year. I make sure they are realistic, concrete, and fully aligned with what I hold in my heart.
They don’t include any SHOULD-based promises to my conscience, my pals, my doctor or my guru of the moment. Back when I used to include SHOULD-based items, it was a different story and humiliating to realize how quickly I abandoned them. I decided not to jinx the list and set myself up for failure, so I stopped making promises like those.
Right after dead Christmas trees start appearing in trash bins, I stash this year’s list away somewhere and promptly forget what’s on it. Nope, no visualizations, affirmations, karma collages, dream boards, nothing like that. Late in the year, maybe around September, I’ll run across the list and be pleasantly surprised to discover that I’ve already completed most of them.
My manifestation mojo wasn’t always this strong, but using goals and statements of intention habitually and consciously for over 30 years has surely honed it. It can help you, too. If you have crucial goals ahead of you, read Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s life-changing best-seller, The Power of Intention for tips on how to maximize your results.
I also routinely declare lesser, short-term goals to friends who still have the patience to listen to my latest enthusiasms. (“My goal is to continue this series until I’ve written 5-8 posts on the topic.”)
I’m careful, however, in who I select to share them with. I give a wide berth to pessimists, cynics, critics, and my detractors, because they can take the wind right out of my sails and cause me to give less than my all. On the other hand, having nothing but Neptune in earth, I do include my fine cadre of good buddies with beaucoup earth in their charts, for I value their sound advice on details of my projects. (Lynne, Martha, and Deborah, I couldn’t do it without you!)
Declaring my intentions publicly seems to fortify my ability to complete them…or maybe it’s just the embarrassment of wimping out on my promises! If it would help strengthen your own goals to declare them publicly, you’re invited to post them in the comment section.
Helpful wikiHow Articles about Setting and Reaching Goals
Since goal-setting is a technique espoused by experts in many different fields, from efficiency experts to metaphysicians to salesmanship trainers, it seemed redundant for me to write about this topic. I just created a list of links to articles about how to do it. I’m a great fan of wikiHow – The How-to Manual and their varied online collection. I found some good references there, which you’ll see on the list of links below.
(In dealing with WikiHow, always keep in mind that the authors may or may not be qualified mental health professionals, for anyone can contribute a how-to piece, and all their authors are anonymous. Take what’s helpful from the articles that follow, but don’t consider it professional advice.)
- How to Get Started Writing and Fulfilling Goals
- How to Form a Plan
- How to Accomplish a Goal
- How to Achieve Your Goals
- How to Achieve Short Term Goals
- How to Effectively Track and Accomplish Your Goals – wikiHow
- How to Motivate Yourself – wikiHow
- How to Be Proactive – wikiHow
- How to Overcome Procrastination Using Self Talk – wikiHow
- How to Go for Your Dreams
- How to Visualize
- How to Set Goals for Life
- How to Benefit from Failure
- How to Keep a Life Changing Resolution
More Posts about handling Tough Transits:
- Facing the Difficult Potentials of a Transit
- Talking to Clients about Difficult Transits–Readers Have Their Say
- Tough Transits: Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios
- Has Knowing your Astrology Chart Ever Kept You out of Trouble?
- Why I Don’t Believe those Scary Predictions
- What to Tell Astrology Clients about Pluto in Capricorn
- A Promise Fulfilled: When Transits Echo Natal Aspects
- In the Eye of the Storm—How Outer Planet Transits Work
- Why Transits to the Birth Moon are so Challenging
- Transits to the Vocational Houses–Temp Job or Career Departure?
- Catastrophobia: What Causes it and How to Heal it
Related Posts for Using Transits 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
- What Makes a Person Controlling? How Can It Stop?
- In a Crisis? Rescue Remedy Can Help You through It
- Internet Find of the Week: New Resources for Healing Grief and Loss
- More Insights into Healing Grief and Loss
- Hope for Those in the Dark Night of the Soul
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