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A psychological approach to transits and progressions
This article is an excerpt from a seminar held on June 8, 1996 at Regents College, London, as part of the Center for Psychological Astrology's seminar program.
The essence of predictions
In the following we are dealing with a challenging topic: How do you interpret transits and progressions from a psychological point of view? Let me start by saying that I do not question the value and long tradition of predictive astrology in the slightest - however, the inner dimension of our subject should be clear to all of you. Both are not mutually exclusive. Psychological doesn't just mean "inside". Too many of us have had precise, concrete predictions to argue that the planets are unrelated to the outer or inner world, or that no prophecy is possible in any situation.
Many years ago I held a seminar which was then rewritten as the book Beyond Saturn. I was referring to the horoscope of the Soviet Union and made a prediction about the future of the country. It was a shot in the dark because I didn't know much about the intricacies of oral astrology at the time. My rather naive prediction was based on the fact that seven years later Pluto would come in transit to the sun of the Soviet Union. I had observed that with every important Pluto transit to the Scorpio Sun there had been changes in the leadership of the Soviet Empire. In mundane terms this is a matter of course - the sun is there, among other things, for the government of a country.
The reason I expected the collapse, and not just a normal political power tussle, was because Pluto has a far greater impact than the other outer planets. It clears the table and leaves nothing of the original shape or structure. There were other transits - for example, the conjunction of Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn in the first Capricorn dean just before the Venus of the Soviet Union in the 4th house - that suggested that the impending collapse had something of a marriage breakup. It was a disintegration from the inside out, not from the outside; all the satellite countries asked for divorce. So I read it at the time, and nothing in 1982 indicated the events ahead. A new leader was a possibility, of course, but a total collapse was unthinkable. I didn't think about it for the next seven years. And then everything came as predicted. So: from time to time astrologers make precise forecasts. I am sure you have had this experience too.
Be that as it may, just concentrating on the prognostic side of astrology is like a doctor who only deals with a physical symptom without considering the human being as a whole and the relationship between body and mind. Over the years I have come to believe that much of what appears to us as fateful in terms of transits and progressions is in no way fateful. It is our unconscious complexes that are at work here. As individuals as well as as a collective, we, without wanting to, contribute to or even create situations in which issues from within are expressed. We may have tried to avoid these issues beforehand or they are simply ripe and kairos, the right moment has now come.
It would be foolish to assume that all situations in life were created by us, because many are not. It cannot be said that six million Jews had special transits or progressions that meant that they were deported to concentration camps. That would be absurd. It would also be foolish to ignore the unconscious consent that is effective in such acts of brutality at the mass level. There are collective currents and eruptions, but also "natural" catastrophes such as earthquakes and floods that overlay individual decision-making options, complexities and will. Perhaps there are also deeper spiritual factors, but I cannot comment on them.
Many astrologers believe in karma. It's not that I disbelieve. But I have the feeling that it is more complicated than the view that one was nice or annoying in the last life and therefore is rewarded or punished in this life. Morality is relative and immensely subjective. I doubt the usefulness of such simplistic approaches to the spiritual realm. However, there could easily be something that pulls through and extends beyond the individual incarnations - whereby a "substance" could result from the decisions of each lifetime that acts like a magnet on the kind of experiences that we attract. This could be a factor beyond the conscious activities of life. You will remember that we talked about this subject in the first part of the book.
There may be factors in our family heritage that we have no control over. However unfair that may seem, we have inherited the inheritance and are confronted with the family conflicts and complexes that have built up over many generations and which often seem like some kind of fate. If such conflicts remain unresolved for a long time, we may not be flexible enough to bring about or avoid certain events. Those who have little psychological hereditary material with them undoubtedly have more freedom of choice.
In addition to individual awareness, there are many other factors that determine how transits and progressions are expressed. Nonetheless, much of what we believe to be predictable may not be predictable - when individual consciousness goes beyond the levels at which we experience reality. Then we may have the freedom to change or transform future events or to deal more creatively with all that is our own creation according to the effects of the unconscious complexes. And as for the things over which we have no control: We will get to know and accept them quickly enough. It's about accepting the inevitable in a more spiritual way.
One of my goals is to show that we may have more freedom than we think, on levels that we may not be initially aware of. If we learn to accept the movement of the planets with more insight and less in terms of a simple equation like "Uranus overflows and it will happen", we may understand the message of Pico della Mirandola, who identified human beings as God's co-creators.
Sticking to the simple rules is not good for us as astrologers. On the contrary, this can be destructive because there is such a thing as self-fulfilling prophecy. Because our perceptions are inevitably disturbed by our individual complexes, we tend to interpret transits and progressions not according to what they can mean, but according to what our complexes believe they will do to us. Even the most orthodox "traditional" astrologer is not really objective when it comes to making predictions. We also don't know exactly what an incident is because so much depends on how and when the person registers events. Our assumptions about the future are as strongly colored by our psyche as our assumptions about the present.
The psychological approach to transits and progressions is more demanding than the narrow interpretation because it includes what is indicated by the configurations in the individual natal chart. It assumes that we learn to work with traditional forecasting techniques on different levels. It does not mean that it is useless to fathom how the course of a planet could express itself on the material plane. It would be foolish to ignore this dimension of life, just as it would be foolish to ignore the psyche. When we have the progressive sun squaring Neptune in the 2nd house and the transit Saturn is on Neptune, we should be careful not to open a business with someone whose background and financial trustworthiness we cannot assess. The concrete application of the astrological principles can be of great value. In the traditional narrow interpretation without a psychological understanding, I believe that we fear that we will seal our own fate: We manifest our predictions and in this way create considerable suffering, which is in no way necessary.
The different levels of expression
I would now like to take a closer look at the various levels at which transits and progressions can manifest themselves. Many of you will have heard about this from me at other seminars. I take the risk of boring you, but because I believe it is essential to understanding planetary contacts.
1. Meaningfulness or teleology
There are three main levels on which transits and progressions play out. Some of you may think more than that. But I think that this classification gives a good overview. The first level is the most important for the spiritually oriented astrologer: the deeper meaning of a particular transit or progressive aspect. I am referring to teleology - the purposefulness of the evolution of personality, soul, or both. Those of us who are religious or spiritually oriented assume that the cosmos has some kind of purpose and that there is meaning in the experiences we have in our lives. There is a hidden plan in what is happening, a teaching moment, according to this conception, and as we evolve according to what is happening to us, we will live up to the broader spiritual and evolutionary plan.
One can debate whether or not such a cosmic plan exists. While we personally may be certain of this deeper pattern - which in other words would mean that God (or even the gods) exists - we cannot prove it. But we can project a highly personal perception of meaning onto a universe shaped by coincidences and isolated occurrences. Indeed, many people experience life as meaningful and meaningful; and that belief, whether it is a projection or not, can be very helpful. A psychological and spiritual creativity emanates from it, even if it is not "true" in a scientific sense.
If we look at transits and progressions from this point of view, we ask ourselves: What should I learn from Saturn, which is now on my sun? What does this progressive square of Venus mean to my natal Pluto? What can I discover when Uranus is in opposition to my moon in transit? What is the positive potential of progressive Mars sextile to Chiron? This approach is an extremely important dimension of any transit and progression. Although I used the term spiritual for it, it is also psychological, like the exploration of parental complexes, because we look at the movement of the planets in terms of psychic evolution . One could call this transpersonal or archetypal psychology rather than psychology in the narrow sense; but it's always about psychology. Without this perspective, we see astrology and ourselves mechanistically.
Some astrologers are almost completely fixated on this level and evaluate other levels as negative or materialistic. You look at Pluto's transit via the natal chiron or the progressive square of Venus to Saturn and mainly limit yourself to which evolution topics are now on offer. Let us assume that transit Saturn is approaching the opposition to the sun in the 5th house. If we illuminate this transit from the teleological point of view, we can talk about the then focal feeling of who one really is as an individual. This transit may result in a stronger sense of identity, a clearer sense of purpose, and an awareness of one's creative talents. The challenges of the material world may hurt one way or another, but as a consequence they can lead to a deeper attachment to a personal calling. Any incident, however difficult it may be, then has the "meaning" of heightened awareness.
The teleological approach on its own is often sufficient when it comes to pleasant transits and progressions, such as the transit Jupiter in the trine to the moon or the progressive sun in the sextile to Uranus.When we examine harmonious planetary constellations, we tend to see positives and a cosmic sense in them. These interpretations then also fit how we feel at that time. The meaning and emotional responses at the time of transit or progression are consistent with each other. But less pleasant planetary contacts can also be interpreted in terms of potential. In times of restlessness, tension and pain, this approach is sometimes very healing.
When a true planetary nightmare looms, we must ask ourselves what potential for growth might be hidden behind all the tension. It is very important that we have this in mind and are able to pass it on. However profound and positive the underlying meaning, we must be clear: the person who is experiencing these transits and progressions may not be able to see their evolutionary opportunities. For many people, and especially those who are used to seeing the world in a purely materialistic or concrete way, the deeper meaning and potential of a difficult transit or a problematic progression often only becomes apparent long afterwards. During that time, they may only be aware of their conflict and pain and not be able to listen.
2. The emotional moment
Transits and progressions also have an emotional level of expression. This is also psychological, but it has more to do with the individual reactions, both in terms of feeling and in relation to the unconscious complexes that are then activated. Most of the time, the present and the past play an equally important role. Our emotional reactions at the time of a transit or progression are very complex, and much depends on how well the person knows himself, how strong his ego is, how he can express the feelings related to it, and what he says about the parental ones Complex white.
Past experiences are inevitably touched when an important transit or progression occurs, all the more so when there has been a similar planetary contact in the past. We need to consider what kinds of memories and associations are associated with similar planetary contacts in the past. The experiences, however positive and constructive they are to be assessed in retrospect, can go hand in hand with a process that is related to suffering and pain. All of these factors have their origin on the emotional level, which is why the emotional response to a transit is very different from its teleological moment.
It may at times seem that there is absolutely no correlation between the importance of a transit or progression and the way one is feeling and acting at that time. This can be very confusing for the astrologer - not to mention the client. I have observed wonderful transits from Jupiter that were not experienced as wonderful in any way. We tend to sit back and wait hopefully for Jupiter: "Oh, wonderful, something great is going to happen when Jupiter reaches my sun!" From the teleological point of view, something wonderful may indeed happen; But what goes on in real life can be a real nightmare emotionally.
For a very down-to-earth man with many planets in Taurus, a strong Saturn and a pronounced need for structure and stability, who has been happily married for 23 years, has three children, two cars, a secure job and a mortgage on the beautiful house the progressive Venus on the radix Jupiter in the 5th house will be anything but emotionally and materially wonderful. We astrologers know that the opening of the heart, which is indicated by such a constellation, is consequently exactly what this person needs. But what should he say to his wife? And can he even afford the cost of the divorce?
Much depends on how you live your life and whether you are in touch with all the different factors in the horoscope. It is unlikely that someone is actually in touch with everything within themselves, so the level of unconsciousness ultimately matters. If someone got married early for security or social standing and mercilessly suppressed the potential of their Jupiter in the 5th house, such a progressive aspect could create a lot of suffering and conflict. This person may then become unfaithful to the spouse and face the consequences. Sometimes it is the wife who lives out the rebellious Jupiter. You may also have seen this kind of surrogacy in a client's chart or in your own. When Uranus crosses the Radixvenus in transit, you sit there and wait for the Prince Charming - and your partner makes off. Why do we hesitate to admit that the powerful unconscious psyche shapes the way a transit or progression works?
Sometimes an auspicious transit leads to a pronounced depression. I noticed this a lot with the so-called benefactors. Jupiter runs over the natal sun, or the progressive sun stands on Venus - and the astrologer thinks that a time of fulfillment and happiness has come. Instead, the person in question falls into a large black hole. A happy experience can activate conflicts that indicate deeply rooted feelings of guilt towards the parents. It could also be that Jupiter shows us the unlived potential, which causes feelings of failure and failure. When we are stuck in a rigid structure and have broken all bridges for future developments, we may be confronted with the question: Why am I actually living? Jupiter can also be associated with a deep depression because perhaps at a blinding moment of painful truth the gap between our potential and our current situation becomes clear. We may be ashamed of wasting our lives.
For example, the emotional response to a transit or a progression can be entirely different from its actual meaning. We need to be able to communicate with the client even when they are in a state of emotional agony that has little to do with what we believe to be teleologically the deeper meaning of planetary contact. We can be so obsessed with explaining the meaning of a transit or progression that we miss the person thinking differently. It could be frightened by what is happening, even if it leads to transformation on the teleological level. We may know that the end result will be positive, the client doesn't know that. And unless we connect to the client's current emotional situation and cannot find a psychological approach through which they can learn to deal with the deeper meaning, all of our enlightened interpretations sound like gossip.
One level without the other is incomplete. Understanding how people feel during difficult transits is extremely important. Many transits are very painful - it is silly and myopic to ignore that or to encourage a person to be optimistic. If someone sits across from us with the progressive Venus square to the natal chiron and says, "I am unhappy", the answer is bad: "Bullshit, you should feel good and positive because this is a healing time". We can talk about healing, of course, but we need to be aware of the feelings of isolation, inferiority, and injustice that are likely to be experienced at this time. Then we can flow in intelligent comments about why he or she is feeling this way. We may also need to talk about the past, specifically the times when Chiron was activated by important transits or progressions. It is generally the case that the emotions that accompany deep internal changes are often extremely uncomfortable.
I will spend a fair amount of time delving into this emotional level of transits and progressions. In some ways it is the most complex in terms of manifestation because it is related to the mystery of individual consciousness. Emotional reality is the glue that connects the level of meaning with that of expression, and it is the area in which we can choose more or less freely. When it has come to the point that a psychological problem has solidified and is now being expressed in concrete terms, we can only plan for the future. We cannot undo what is woven into the reality of the present. This is the level at which C. G. Jung and James Hillman speak of the soul. It represents the mediator between spirit and matter.
Anyone who is currently experiencing the transit from Saturn to the natal sun could feel very depressed and insecure, although from the teleological point of view they have a brilliant opportunity for a greater awareness of their personal identity. He may feel like he has failed and find his achievements to date worthless. Parent-related issues might be commonplace, especially those related to the father or mother complex. The challenges of this transit may not be seen as challenges but as failures. It may be that one has to deal with fundamental questions about personal basis and review many attitudes and assumptions before a more constructive view of the world emerges. The relationship with the masculine - both within oneself and with men in the outside world - may have to be completely redefined. Much of Saturn's transit opposition to the Sun is not particularly pleasant; and when you feel bad you want the astrologer to be aware of it and help understand the reason. Spiritually oriented astrologers may need some psychotherapeutic experience to work at this level.
The third level of transits and progressions is that of materialization. This is the sphere from which many, if not all, astrological approaches used to start. This level is primarily about what will happen in the material world under a particular transit or progression. This approach may seem simple, but it is extraordinarily complex. There are many topics, internal and external, that play a role in whether and how a planetary contact materializes concretely. An important factor in this are the individual complexes, which tend to materialize when they are very strongly occupied and split off from the ego consciousness. If there is such a thing as karma, like family inheritance, it could also play a role, both genetically and psychologically. And we must not fail to recognize the influence of the environment, especially the prevailing social norms and worldviews, because the individual is determined to a greater or lesser extent by the collective.
Indeed, each person could have their own destiny - something that the soul or self would like to achieve in a given existence. Greek philosophy assumed two kinds of fateful powers, the Erinyes and the daimones. The former are roughly equated with the inheritance of the ancestors, the latter with the goal and purpose of the soul. Perhaps there is such a thing as a collective fate itself; it is possible that nations and peoples in human evolution also have a certain fate and heritage. As individuals, we partake in movements that are larger than ourselves due to the fact that we are part of a larger human race that is in turn tuned to the planetary cycles. In this respect, we are embedded in the ups and downs of this broader human race and have to deal with the psychological baggage that we have inherited in ethnic, religious, social and national terms.
These are philosophical questions about which you all have your own personal views and beliefs. I only mention them because they play a role in the materialization of transits and progressions. Of all the areas I have touched on, that of the unconscious complex is the only one on which we as individuals make a clear appearance. Our ability to recognize, absorb, process, and transform these can, in the end result, affect the collective we are a part of, perhaps even our karma. Behind the prediction of any event is an individual or a group of individuals.In the end, we are on our own if we want to know what is going to happen - what type of event is likely to happen and for what reason.
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