This post is a result of a conversation I had with a friend about her astrology reading. She mentioned that her reading had indicated a positive event but it turned out that something very different happened. I don’t know the astrological details but I know the astrologer who did the reading. I highly respect his work: it’s astrologically sound, very precise and he operates with great integrity.
Astrology is Symbolic
Astrologers often mention that death charts have very good transits: especially that of Jupiter, the planet that bestows good fortune, indicates long journeys and expands our horizons. In the months leading upto his death, all through the radiation and the chemo, my husband had Jupiter transiting his twelfth house: the house of prisons and hospitals stays. The doctors were amazed, Titu felt no pain at all; and death took him very gently. Jupiter not “saving” him but protecting him and taking him onwards to the greatest trip of all.
Another Personal Story
About 13 years ago, I moved to my current location and got a job I stayed in for 12.5 years. It was a job I loved and I got it when Jupiter went over my Sun which is in the sixth house (house of work) trining my Jupiter-ruled MC (indicator of career path). Jupiter cycles are 12 years long: it takes that much time to go around the chart once. So recently, it was back on my Sun having finishes an entire cycle.
Six months before the transit, I was talking to one of my astrology teachers about my chart, my life and how restless and dissatisfied I was with everything. Jupiter transits are lucky and mine was going to touch my work and my career with blessings. He mentioned that if I wanted a new job, this was the best time to look for it because doors would open. But I wasn’t interested in another corporate job. The time leading to my husband’s illness and the time after he passed away were the darkest in my life. All joy and hope had been sapped out of me. I didn’t think the world had anything left to offer me. Or if it did, I would not be able to grab it. I didn’t know what to do but I knew I had to make changes otherwise I would grow ill and not be able to work at all.
So I quit. The company requested I extend my notice and I agreed. During this time, my teacher pointed out that a very fortuitous Venus, Jupiter conjunction in Leo would occur right on my Sun and that would be a great day. Turns out that was the day I was told that I didn’t need to extend my notice after all. I was free once I finished the standard notice period.
When I mentioned it to him, my teacher added that Jupiter frees us from anything that’s holding us back. I also had Uranus trining my Sun (need for freedom) at that time and my progressed MC about to change signs. When I look back, the symbols were all very clear: good fortune related to work and career, more freedom, a new career path, hope and joy, success. But it wasn’t another bigger, better job we thought it would be.When Jupiter made the positive, dramatic aspects in my chart, I was literally out of a job.
But what I gained was a chance to reinvent myself, to travel, to read, to write, to learn; and after years of darkness, I felt hope that I could maybe be happy again. My appetite for life returned. I once again began to feel that maybe the world had things it could offer me. I cannot think of a bigger blessing than that.
The Fields of Play
Astrological symbols can play out on any or all of these levels: internally within us, actions initiated by us (or not initiated by us via conscious choice), and external events that affect our lives.
I did a session for someone recently whose progressed chart has undergone major changes. He feels it but he does not want to disturb status quo because it is the safe and the known. Making changes in one’s life brings uncertainty and we feel anxious. But if we don’t work with our own changing needs and energies, then we feel restless. And, again, anxious. Because we sense that change is coming whether we want it or not. And if we do not proactively make those changes ourselves, then they can come to us as external events, as acts of fate.
My client’s chart changed much in the same way mine did but the external reality is very different: My life is now entirely changed but his is the same. Things are just the same for him but he is currently worried and anxious about what the future holds because change is afoot and he sees the objective signs of it without having to refer to astrology. What I did for him was to communicate what was happening within him and to tell him he could use this time to find out what he wants to do for the next 28 years of his life and then take steps towards that. Make changes himself instead of waiting for an act of God.
So this is how I have seen astrology played out in real life. The symbols will always give you the truth. But the finer details of the story line cannot always be sketched by just the symbols. You do have the choice of how you will work with the energies. You can collaborate with the changing sky (both inner and outer) and work with fate to see how you want to use your present and how you want to create your future.
My progressed Sun is now in Libra (sign of equal relationships e.g. astrologer and client) in the seventh house, my progressed MC will be 0 Aquarius (unconventional career) soon and I have finally started practicing astrology professionally. If you’d like a session with me, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I request my clients to clarify what their expectation from a session are and only proceed if I can meet those expectations. If I cannot, I refer them to another astrologer who can do the kind of work they are seeking.
I believe we live in a meaningful universe, that our lives have purpose, that we were sent here with our current story line to receive some gifts, face some challenges, slay some dragons and perhaps be singed by some others. That’s what I focus on in my sessions: Purpose and meaning. Your unique path and how you can work with the tools Life/Fate/God has given you to figure out for yourself what you want to build.