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Astrology Class – Transiting Squares and Oppositions to Other Transits and Natal Planets
by Robert Wilkinson
Every so often people check in who are worried about ongoing squares and oppositions to their chart planets. Today we revisit how these can be of great benefit in evolutionary astrology.
I last gave this to you two years ago, and as usual, I’ve rewritten parts to make it more understandable. As many of you know from reading my work, I have found that transit to transit squares which make productive aspects to natal planets indicates that though circumstances may be intense and unstable, we can still find the best way to do our Being despite the outer tension.
For example, we all “survived” transiting Uranus square transiting Pluto during the years that aspect was in force, for better or for worse, depending on how we handled those external forces for transformation. During that time all of us had to learn how to use the “real world” tension of the square through the aspects these planets made to our natal chart planets. That enabled us to use productive Uranian and Plutonian energy to become purified spiritual individuals, even if it was a bit disruptive at the time!
Remember that transit to transit aspects cannot be taken personally, even when they accompany personal changes. Transits show us the patterns and gestalt of the times, and the interrelationships between the transiting planets show us the complexities of various types of forces in our lives.
Where the transits fall in our charts indicates how those “planetary departments of labor” are focused in the area of our life shown by the house they’re in. The aspect those transits make, whether transit to transit or transit to natal, show when energy builds and when it releases, both in general (transit to transit) and in our lives specifically (transit to natal or progressed planets).
That’s why the tension of Uranus square Pluto over those years could be used productively if we understood what was being revolutionized and/or purified, and responded appropriately according to our individuality. My own life was certainly purified and revolutionized during those years! While some of it was extremely disruptive to past patterns (T Pluto square N Sun, T Uranus conjunct N Sun 2011-2014), other parts stabilized, despite unfortunate circumstances leading to peculiarly serendipitous outcomes (T Pluto trine N Venus, biseptile and tredecile N Saturn 2012-2016) AND T Uranus sextile N Moon, trine and tredecile N Asc. 2013-2017)
This year, we’ll experience an on-again, off-again Jupiter square Neptune. The square was in orb between late December and late February, and now that Jupiter is retrograde, it will be back in square orb from late April through late October. During this time T-squares will be formed by inner planet transits through mid-Gemini and mid-Virgo.
These will help us integrate the square energies through healthy expression of the void zone of the T. The first challenge has been during the current time, when Mars in Gemini is square Neptune and forming an opposition to Jupiter, throwing the void into Virgo.
The void of a T shows the problem and the solution to that problem. In this case the void in Virgo will help us anticipate how to deal with the coming T-squares as Mercury, the Sun, and Venus all replicate that T in May and June. As we learn how to use productive Virgo energies during these T-squares, it will help us practice the exact skills and responses we’ll need in early September when Venus, Mercury, and Sun, and Mars all make oppositions to Neptune and squares to Jupiter, throwing the void into Gemini.
All of these aspects are transit to transit, and any of the three players (in the current example, Mars in Gemini forming a T with Jupiter and Neptune) could be making any number of aspects to our planets. If they are productive or harmonious, then the T-square would release these into the world in productive or harmonious ways. A square between 2 planets each in a harmonious aspect to a planet in our chart will bring harmonious releases and turning points to those planetary departments in our lives.
Because Jupiter square Neptune is a transit to transit square, it shows that the ongoing expansive and protection principle (transiting Jupiter) has and will hit a “turning point” or “braking point” relative to the collective consciousness field (transiting Neptune). This could indicate that the expansive adventure into infinite ideas (Jupiter in Sag) has hit a culmination point (waning square) relative to the ongoing collective delusions and widespread suffering in the global feeling-field (Neptune in Pisces).
As the square throws the voids into Gemini and Virgo, it shows outer circumstances will bring a need for open-minded exploring of ideas and sharing/comparing information (Gemini) as well as a sharpened discernment to understand how everything fits its proper place in the larger scheme of things (Virgo). Wherever we have Sag, Pisces, Gemini, and Virgo is sure to be under pressure from larger worldly pressures. Again, transit to transit cannot be taken personally!
Jupiter’s position shows that those with planets in mid-Aquarius, mid-Gemini, mid-Leo and mid-Libra will stabilize those parts of the inner life despite the outer challenges related to keeping things honest, open, and above board. These challenges involve long wave renewal for Sagittarians, long wave emergent developments for Virgos, long wave relationship changes for Geminis, and long wave fulfillment for Pisces, with various transit to transit aspects bringing local circumstances that facilitate these personal changes.
So you can see that even though there is “atmospheric” friction due to the transiting T-square, we can still use that dynamic energy productively, depending on how those planets configure with our natal planets. Despite the conflicted Neptune in Pisces, it’s still bringing stability, harmony, and/or a sense of understanding about how to ride the waves of purification and transformation to those with planets in mid-to-late Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn.
Remember too that these oppositions from Gemini to Sagittarius and the ones coming in a few months from transits in Virgo to Neptune may bring high realization rather than any overt opposition in the life. And any opposition gives us the ability to triangulate, using points outside the opposition to resolve the tension.
So though the current and near future Gemini transit to transit aspects show friction to Neptune AND opposition to Jupiter, we can still use the generic flow and intensification to make progress. In other words, an opposition may feel like we’re “sailing against the wind,” but any trines Jupiter and Neptune make to planets in our charts can help us “tack into the wind” and catch the forward momentum in our sails despite the headwinds.
It’s the same with any other transit to transit opposition that affects a planet or angle in our charts. If we have something in sextile and trine to the opposition, we can make great progress despite outer circumstances. If we have something that makes a quintile or tredecile to the opposition, we will find high specialization and unique circumstances that should help us to express something “quintessential.” And if the opposition makes a T-square to a planet or angle in our chart, we can use the tension to integrate the power and release it through the void in the configuration.
So please don’t sweat the afflictions to your chart by transit to transit aspects. They can all be used in productive ways. It’s all a question of finding the right point of view and the willingness to learn how to bring love, wisdom, and understanding to the circumstance.
Copyright © 2019 Robert Wilkinson