I just wrote about how our view of life – puppets on a string? masters of our fate? – affects our experiences. For my readers who are of the astrological persuasion, here’s something I posted elsewhere on the current Cardinal T-Square (Grand Cross for a day when Moon is in Cancer on August 6):
Transits are simply current energy afoot. Just as in life – we respond to what is presented to us partially in response to the stimulus (in this case, the transits) and partially due to our own patterns, predilections and ‘way of being’. So I have the Cardinal grand cross (when the moon is in Cancer on the 6th the current T-square will become (for 24 hours) a grand cross) right on top of my 0.38 Libra moon.
If I didn’t know much about astrology (been studying 35 years or so) or life (been studying that a lot of years) I might totally flip out. Moon is in 4th which exacerbates it all. Oh no! the sky is falling!
But back in the real world, how I am responding to all this pressure on my moon (mom, emotions, nurturing, the Deep Feminine, habits, women, the public) is to change (Uranus opposing it) my habits (moon itself) in a structured (Saturn conjunct it) active (mars conjunct) and big (Jupiter opposed) way that will transform (Pluto) not only my body (moon) and life, but also my relationships to others, especially potential partners (Pluto transiting the 7th) and my ability to stay employed in the workplace (Uranus & Jupiter transiting the 10th).
Why am I reacting this way instead of the 10,000 other ways one could respond to the same aspects? I think it’s due to my natal Mars/MC/Sun conjunction – I tend towards action. I also think my Saturn in the 4th gives me an advantage of feeling routines and structures/restrictions to be grounding in some very deep way.
Of course my natal placements could play out totally different – Uranus conj ASC & Trine Sun = an extremely rebellious me.
My point isn’t “Me! Me! Me!” but to give an example that the planets aren’t “the deciders” to quote the ever so quotable George Bush – WE ARE. If you know astrology you can look at what is going on and make some choices.
I get that life will also choose for you – my friends recently diagnosed or re-diagnosed with cancer or friends losing parents, et al – but in that case we CHOOSE how to respond.
We are NOT helpless puppets, though, in a more spiritual cosmic way there are forces at play and we are both more able to respond and also more powerless than we ever imagine.
As Mary Oliver says “What do you want to do with your one wild and precious life?”