Category: Astrology Basics Written by Robert Wilkinson Views: 1353
I’ve heard a lot of people over the years say they were freaked out about the transits of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto over their natal and progressed planets. Today we take a brief look at the spiritual potential of such transits, and why becoming afraid of any transit is an unhelpful illusion to be busted.
I gave this to you about 2 years ago. The transpersonal planets represent overwhelming external forces over which we have no control, but show us the way to wield spiritual energies according to our choices. They operate on the transpersonal levels of life, and affect broad groups of people. So how do they work out in the lives of individuals?
What In Us is Affected by the Transpersonal Planets?
We have a “lower triad,” a.k.a. our personality composed of body, feelings, and mind. We also have a “Higher Triad,” composed of Higher Mind, Soul, and Spirit. We are both, and the interplay between the two moves our awareness of the material, emotion, and mental parts of life to a higher integrated level.
As we learn to master our lower triad through disciplining our body, feelings, and rational mind, the transits of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are no longer the source of apprehension or anxiety. As we integrate our personality, we become worthy vehicles and attune with the outer planetary energies of transformation. Then we are literally the “grounding agents” for Divine Force in the world. As we move in harmony with Nature and Her processes, we become the agents of “the corrective force of Nature Herself” and are the means to ground Spirit in actuality.
As a result of almost 50 years of study and practice, my view is that we cannot take outer planet transits personally, since they are large scale influences that we have little or no control over. We can, however, shape our responses to things we didn’t create and have relatively little ability to change. Life itself is a continual reminder of the fact that we do not "create our reality," but we do create our responses to the reality in which we find ourselves.
There are many things in life we did not create, from the price of oil to the pollution in our environment to the racial and religious civil wars inflaming our world. Much in our world has been created by previous generations, and how they regarded life and the environment. While we may agree to participate or not participate in these things to the degree we are able, we did not create the circumstances that led us to those choices.
Effects of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto Transits
Transiting Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto show large scale influences. They define generations and sub-generations, and broad based collective movements that revolutionize and innovate (Uranus), dissolve and/or unify large groups of people within collective ideals (Neptune), or sprout long wave seeds of radical transformation, whether through purification or economy of energy, which often involve the annihilation of old forms and the introduction of the seeds of future global trends (Pluto). As I mentioned in the previous article, each of these embodies one of the three Great Laws of our solar system. Pluto is Economy of Energy, Neptune is Magnetic Attraction, and Uranus is Synthesis. Each of these work separately and together to move the consciousness of our entire solar system forward across time and experience.
Transiting Uranus awakens all it touches, regardless of the aspect. A Uranian square or opposition can challenge our comfortable assumptions, and introduce revolutionary new conditions. It can also mark the beginning of individualization. Uranus is always associated with the need to "break on through to the other side," finding our uniqueness as a Spirit in the material world.
A Uranian trine or sextile may also do these things, but in a way that we can understand and work with that seems easier to us than the square or other octile series aspects. It always offers its quality of individualization, whether we see it or not, or are responding consciously or not.
Neptune shows broad based collective forces. They may be in the collective unconscious, or the collective consciousness. They show broad tides of what falls out of favor, and what comes into favor. Neptune is the gatekeeper to universal consciousness beyond individual differences.
A transiting Neptune square or opposition to one of our planets indicates a turning point in our awareness of our position within collective consciousness, where we see that either we are in conflict with the collective and must go our own way, or must adapt to the collective reality in which we find ourselves. It may lead us to reinforce our ideals in the face of collective approval or disapproval, or it may lead us to an entirely different set of ideals, which may or may not be in alignment with what’s going on in the collective.
Transiting Pluto brings a purifying fire to all it touches. It represents the appearance and disappearance of global trends, as well as core issues of the human condition. Whether splitting the atom, or bringing a holocaust, or introducing seeds of radical spiritual transformation, Pluto always works impersonally. Pluto experiences usually annihilate some old assumption or way of life due to forces beyond our control, and guide us through "the underworld of life" for a period so we may return to the world when it's time to come up from the depths.
An octile aspect from Pluto may or may not bring upheaval, but it always brings pressure to get very clear and focused. It often requires us to eliminate old patterns, whether through frictional or harmonious conditions. Just because a Pluto trine brings us a clear understanding of what needs to be stripped down to the core does not necessarily mean it will be easy! Carbon under pressure becomes a diamond, and when we're done with a Pluto transit, if we've purified ourselves through eliminating what we can no longer bring on our life journey, we come out ready to live a transformed life, authentic to our core.
How We Can Master Life During Transpersonal Change
All of the outermost planets show large scale conditions that bring us to points of choice. All of the transits of these, regardless of the aspect made, show us the need to turn away from an old expression, and find a newer, more effective way of dealing with the issues these planets represent.
Again, a Neptune square can turn us away from an old ideal to a new one, or indicate conditions where we maintain an old ideal in the face of a collective consciousness that doesn’t value that ideal. A Plutonic square may force us to abandon an old way of living, but doesn’t that also introduce a new way that may be more appropriate given the shift in collective conditions?
Here’s where a crucial theme in human life must be considered. These three planets are outside of the orbit of Saturn, the planet that defines our personal reality. All the visible planets show us parts of that reality, from our innermost experience (the Moon) to the limits of where our fear rubs up against our freedom (Saturn). While we often have limited ability to create or change the reality in which we find ourselves, we always have the power of choosing how we will respond to those shifts in the apparent reality in which we live and breathe and have our Being.
This is a major them in Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. We can only live the life we are able to create. The limits of our creative self-expression are defined by our Saturn and its associated with the mysterious binding force of the Universe called “the Ring Pass Not.” Our limitations are not static, as they are the result of our personal biases forged within our social and cultural matrix. We always have the ability to choose to step outside our biases and limitations, and embrace the journey of self-reinvention by not assuming that the limits of our past need be the limits of our present or our future.
While the outer planets show us forces that are “beyond our control,” we always have the power to choose our responses to those forces which can help us transcend our inadequacies. Saturn shows us the boundary where our fear meets our mastery, the grinding zone where our ego assumptions and biases collide with our eternal quest for freedom and conscious spiritual individuation. Once we master Saturn, we have the ability to be conscious in our choices of how we want to respond to larger forces of change in our world.
Our inner Saturn gives us the power to take command of our lives and destiny. Saturn shows us those things we must master to become spiritual adults and fulfill our purpose for being alive on Earth. By knowing our Saturnian strengths, we can overcome fear and any sense of victimization or powerlessness.
I address these themes in greater detail in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Whether you know a lot, a little or nothing about astrology, this book will help you understand why you had to make certain choices at crucial times that shaped your life in profound ways.
Each time you read any section of this book you will find new insights about your journey of self-discovery and how to deal with “limitations ordained by duty,” as well as those that are no longer allowing you to fulfill your purpose. Once we make friends with Saturn, then we have a solid framework which allows us to deal with transpersonal planetary transits.
Our Natal Transpersonal Planets Show Us Our Attunement With Spirit
Another important factor in all this are the positions of our natal Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, and what angles they make with other planets in our charts. If we have some familiarity with how we respond to these invisible spiritual forces, then we will have clues as to how to respond to the transits of these as they occur.
In other words, if you have a healthy Uranian function in your natal chart, then you will probably have a healthy response to the changes represented by transiting Uranus contacts to your planets. You will see opportunities to master the Law of Synthesis to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. If you have a healthy Neptunian function, then you will not fall into confusion simply because transiting Neptune makes a hard angle to one or more of your natal planets. You will understand the Law of Magnetic Attraction at work, and not wonder why you cannot attract some things while easily attracting others.
I have Pluto rising, with both harmonious and challenging aspects made by planets in my natal chart. I have learned to make Pluto my friend, and though the transits have often stripped me down to the core, I’ve also made some of the best decisions in my life under hard transiting Pluto aspects. It seems that as we master our response to transformational events, even a monstrously difficult experience can be turned to a greater spiritual awareness and effectiveness. I can see how my entire life is a miracle of the Law of Economy of Energy, and I have both had to learn how to use it wisely AND become the embodiment of that in my world.
As I noted in the previous article, even though it is a vast redemptive force beyond Pluto and the realms of life and death, I don’t include TransPluto in this group. Mainly, it’s because Her orbit is about 660 years, a far vaster cycle than any of the three we’re discussing. I believe Her quality is Divine Grace, and as such can have no negative or destructive manifestations. She does seem to be associated with the vast collective redemptive process, and all we can do is surrender to “Divine Mother” energy and bring forth as much compassion and forgiveness as possible. When we truly forgive, it creates the “psychic space” for Grace to enter and redeem the best of what’s possible.
There is no external thing that can prevent us from taking command of how we choose to respond to life changes, nor strip us of our ability to choose to further the Great Work of perfecting our personality vehicles to manifest our Higher Self and our Soul/Spirit. We are the Way, Truth, and Life/Light that we seek. Finding that within, there is no external thing that can prevent us from living as a conscious Spirit in the material world, the Soul/Spirit working and playing with Life to bring forth the greatest fulfillment possible.
So be of good cheer, and do not fear the hard aspects of transiting Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto to your natal or progressed planets. They are showing you the way beyond fear, and opening doors to a greater life than you knew before that time.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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