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However, the star of the show in September and beyond is Jupiter, which is making its way from Virgo to Libra on the 25th. September also brings the Libra Equinox, which is followed by one planet after the next transiting in to Libra - big changes, and exciting ones, which hopefully I will have an opportunity or two to address. But more immediately, Mercury stations to direct motion in Leo Thursday, Sept. 2, ending its three-week retrograde. Pluto has stationed direct. And we have experienced the Venus-Saturn conjunction in Cancer, which along with Mercury coming back online should do a lot to free up some stuck energy.
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Hi Eric Francis
I think that the stations of outer planets can be significant, but personally I feel and experience stations of the inner planets much more palpably - everyone is different. There are those, however, who can really sense the outer planets stationing, and I've seen some mighty good horoscope interpretations based exclusively on outer planet stations, written for the day or week of the event. Stuff in newspapers has at times been so astute it's better than anything I've read in a textbook, and that's made me really look at how these stations work and feel.
In one's personal chart, outer planet stations are much more pronounced. If you have Pluto stationing right in the degree of the ascendant, this is a big time in your life - big. This is a dividing line between the past and the future. It is not a temporary condition but rather a lifetime threshold. Events of this time will teach you to come to a fundamental understanding of who you are and what you are doing in this lifetime. For one thing, you have lived for many years with Pluto going through your 12th house, and that is a time that you are very fortunate to have come through feeling so good - it is one of the more challenging and by far one of the deepest transits that we can get (and it happens to less than half the population in one lifetime).
When Pluto stations in a degree, it stays there for a couple of months. It is on one hand a lot of pressure and on the other, an enormous blessing, because it gets the job done. People with the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or other vital point in the degree of a Pluto transit are going to go through some kind of major growth process and then, hopefully, move on to a whole new future.
But first I want to respond on the human level as opposed to the stellar. Am I to understand that you've devoted six years of your life to someone in hopes that it will become a deeper relationship, as in a household relationship or sexual partnership? I am inferring this; you say that it's a special friendship and that you've consulted many oracles to see what will develop. At the same time, you're saying she's been with another man for the last four years. This has been going on a long time, given that you're not getting what you want or what you need.
It is true that love sometimes takes a while to get going. But not usually. Usually, people meet, they get along, they know they get along, they like some of the same restaurants and things are under way. While I know you have some deep feelings about this woman, six years of not getting what you need is a very long time. This relationship was born in the 20th century. Important planets have changed signs, some of them several times. Two Olympics have come and gone. People have begun law and medical school, graduated and become attorneys and doctors.
Relationships happen in the present, not in the future.
Hopefully this prejudice does not qualify me from taking fair look at the chart. The first thing I noticed is that you met the day of a Sun-Pluto opposition. That is the closest aspect in the chart. Sun opposite Pluto has a lot of zing to it: deep, penetrating, and obsessive. Pluto is in the first (Sagittarius) and the Sun is in the 7th (Gemini), near the 8th, and that says that the feeling is deep, that the meeting had the impact you describe. Right away I can tell that this chart is what's termed 'radical' or applicable to the situation you describe.
The second thing I noticed is that Scorpio is rising; thus is Taurus on the 7th house cusp (descendent). That means you are characterized in the relationship as the ruler of the Ascendant, which would be Mars, and your friend is characterized by the ruler of the 7th, which would be Venus. People may be wondering why I take Mars as the ruler of Scorpio - and the reason is that it IS the original ruler of Scorpio, in the traditional system, which is what I use for these kinds of charts. (You may think this is weird for 'asteroid guy' to be using the ancient rules of astrology, but I like to be true to the old rules and techniques in the first instance, and then true to the new developments next.)
Venus and Mars are an appropriate couple of significators for a woman and a man. Next thing we check for is: are they making an aspect? They are not. The simplest way to answer the question is, no aspect, no meeting on the Venus-Mars level, that is, lover energy, if you're wondering about that. There is not even an aspect forming. Venus is late in her sign (Aries), and we lose the thread of story when she changes signs.
Just to double check using modern rulers, let's take Pluto as the second ruler of Scorpio and do the chart again. Neither are Pluto and Venus making, or about to make, an aspect.
We find you, as Mars in the 7th, as ready for a relationship, in essence, in position for one situated in the house of relationship. But Mars (like the Sun) is opposing Pluto (though not as close, the aspect is still applying, or becoming perfect). That spells obsession. And with the two rulers of the ascendant, Mars and Pluto, facing one another directly, it's as if the obsession has very little to do with her; it is more like being obsessed with an idea, or taking love on the level of religious devotion.
When we look at Venus, we get some interesting information. She is in late Aries (a bit self-absorbed, which to some men can be very attractive in a woman), and she is applying in a conjunction to Saturn, just one degree later. I'm going to assume that Saturn is the other guy you mention. Because of the very late degrees of Venus and Saturn, this other relationship appears to have begun right after the two of you met, and it's lasted quite a while. And, her meeting with him appears in the first meeting chart.
So what all does this tell you?
It takes great maturity to learn that we cannot change people, we have to take them as we are. And at the same time we have to get our own needs met. If you are looking for a love affair, there are a lot of fish in the sea.
These are all important transits, which say that you are reaching the close of a major era of your life - decades long - and getting ready to move to an entirely different level. I would propose that what you are going through now is really an extension of the events of 2002, or that you view them that way. If you found counseling to be a process that offered you help and comfort, then I would strongly recommend that you look your therapist up and spend some time there each week.
The Chiron return, beginning at age 50 or 51, is a major life transition, and yours is going to be particularly important. An astrologer not reading Chiron would likely get similar information from Saturn going into your 12th house and eventually crossing your ascendant; that would roughly coincide with the approximately two or three year process that usually comes with the Chiron return. But Chiron is being very specific in your case and Saturn is filling in more of the background on the story, which is essentially that you need to focus on your growth, your life, your spiritual development, and leave other people to their processes as much as possible. There are many hidden aspects of your nature you have yet to discover, and many to free yourself of.
When working with Chiron, if a client is approaching an important Chiron event for example, one of the first things I do is check some of the other major Chiron transits that have occurred in the lifetime. What I suggest you do is take each of the following dates I'm going to give you and work with them separately. Write down the conditions and events of each of those times, the important people and what happened to them, and so on, and develop each date separately.
I must emphasize - please read this paragraph twice - we are not looking for big events; rather, we're looking for the conditions of your life at the time of the transit, including what was happening with people around you. There may be big events; there may not. If you are unsure of any time, start with writing down your address, consider who your partner was, what job you had, and so on. Give this project time to ferment - a couple of weeks will do.
Then, once you have the dates journaled out, see if you can identify a theme that runs through the different time frames. This is the creative part. What story to they tell? How would that story complete? This will help us understand what your Chiron return is building toward.
Here are some dates to work with. I will include the name of the transit, for reference, taken from the Aureas Ephemeris (published in France, http://aureas.com, which by the way gives Chiron, Ceres and the lunar apogee): - Autumn 1977, Chiron at 3-4 Taurus, your first Chiron square [also, discovery of Chiron]
- Spring-Summer 1984, Chiron in Gemini, at your Midheaven
- Summer 1991, Chiron in Leo, opposite your natal Chiron
- Summer 1993, Chiron in Leo, in your Ascendant
- Autumn 1997, Chiron in Scorpio, square your natal Chiron
If I were working with you in a counseling situation I would also inquire about the conditions of your life at two years old.
That's a start. Please let me know what you learn.
Dear Sunday Ruby
If you are looking for the root moment of your current experience, I would propose that it's the summer of 2001, when there was a very powerful eclipse in the first degree of Cancer. This was also the time leading to some serious Pluto and Saturn transits that signed their name both in your chart and on world history later that summer.
You say something interesting in your note, which is that you've been working to keep your spiritual and philosophical ground as regards Saturn. But Saturn is suggesting, in fact, compelling you to be extremely practical. I can see that as a Sun-Jupiter-Cancer person, you are someone who leans toward the mystical and spiritual. And, being in the 7th house, that you like to serve others with this energy every chance you get.
Saturn's pressure is in your life to make sure that you become much more realistic than visionary. Visionary will come later; at the moment, you'll need to face up to certain immediate concerns directly and in pragmatic ways. I am not sure what they are and they may certainly seem spiritual - given that you have Sagittarius on your 12th house and Pisces on your third - but I encourage you to bring them as down to Earth as possible. Put them into language. Your dreams may also be telling you a lot.
I would also point out that the Venus transit of the Sun this summer occurred just one degree away from your natal Venus. To me this suggests you are really attempting to get a grip on some vital process of change, and that you are working to define what it means to be a woman. A woman is not a wife; she is not a servant; she is not someone who always has to give her power to other people and get nothing in return. She is a woman, and that means a person, as you define a person.
You have one very interesting aspect that involves an asteroid - Mercury conjunct Vesta in Leo in your 8th house. This is shorthand for giving yourself to others primarily through giving your sexual power to them as a source of strength. The potential for servitude is very strong, and sex is one way you both feel you have something to offer, and one way you can easily be lured in. I have worked with many people with Vesta prominences, and this aspect counts as such. They are masters of self-denial, and also some of the most helpful people on the planet. Who is to say whether this is a good thing, or not, except for you? But if you feel it's not working for you (if this happens to be your situation) you do have a choice. That's the thing to remember.
I've worked with another Chiron question in this edition, and I suggest you borrow the technique above, carefully working out the story of each individual transit and then, after you've done that, seeing if you can assemble a theme or see a process in motion. I feel strongly that Chiron needs to be given its own voice more than astrologers need to be speaking for it, and that voice comes through experience. Create a Chiron timeline for yourself. I would suggest that a super important transit that will shed light on the present moment is when Chiron contacted your 7th house cusp in Cancer around 1990. The current era of your life is the Chiron opposition to that one -- a kind of 180 degree turn around.
What was happening then?
The beauty of having been through so many Chiron transits is that after a while you begin to have a choice in how you respond to the energy. With any luck when we look at the circumstances and events of the Chiron biography, we get a sense that the thing main that's changing is awareness. Hopefully it's increasing! Hopefully you are having experiences that are teaching you to take consciousness and use it consciously to make choices. In this case, it is the choice of how you define yourself, and how you experience yourself.
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