Transit to Your Natal Sun: Time to Change Your Energy

transits to sunTransits to the Sun Signal Change of Energy

Sun symbolizes your energy. Transit (or solar arc) to your natal Sun signals the time for your energy to evolve. Here we’ll discuss contacts from Jupiter through Pluto to the natal Sun (use hard aspects only – conjunction, square, opposition or quindecile.)

Jupiter to Sun: Time to Expand & Uplift Your Energy

Transiting Jupiter conjunct Sun should be a bright time of reward. It could be a gratifying period of promotion or recognition, or a carefree period of travel and leisure. It could also be an inspirational time filled with spiritual studies. The end result is that your energy lightens up and expands to perceive positive and uplifting aspects of life.

Saturn to Sun: Time to Concentrate and Commit Your Energy

Like chiaroscuro painting, Saturn adds shadow to your light, adding definition and depth to your energy. There is usually a dampening of energy due to extra weight of responsibility or grief. Perhaps a new, serious decision is made that causes you to work harder in a new direction. The result is that your energy will shift into a more focused and mature state.

Uranus to Sun: Time to Free Your Energy From Confinement

During this period, your mental energy increases in intensity and seeks free expression. Uranus transit can signal the blooming of individuality through the pursuit of new ideas. It can also suggest a time to break free from oppressing patterns in your life, both external and internal.

Neptune to Sun: Time to Refine Your Energy

Neptune dissolves and refines your ego energy. This may lead to an awakening of humility and compassion in some people, and inspire artistic vision or deceptive illusion in others. Your energy might soften in intensity, and acquire a gentler, subtler quality like that of an impressionist painting. Sometimes this is a time of quiet surrender and reflection, other times that of an inspired effort.

Pluto to Sun: Time to Rediscover Your Energy

Pluto symbolizes the process of plumbing the depth in order to reach heights. Pluto transit or solar arc could be traumatic for a young child, as it may represent the first glimpse into the dark side of life. For an adult, it could mark a time of empowerment or a sudden change of perspective through an initiation-like process.

Conclusion: Your Energy Evolves Through Time

Your energy is a sum total of your character, thoughts and decisions. Transits or solar arc to your natal Sun might reveal the ways in which your energy is shifting – but it could also be suggesting how you need to evolve at this moment through conscious choices.

If your energy level is chronically low, consider the ongoing transits and solar arcs to see what needs to change in order for you to keep evolving with the flow of time.



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12th House: Winning the Internal Game

12th House12th House and the Patterns of Self-Undoing

12th house is called the house of self-undoing and hidden enemies. While having planets in the 12th house doesn’t necessarily mean you will be a victim of conspiracy, it may suggest the existence of unconscious, self-limiting patterns that hold you back.

Let’s say you’re playing a round of golf. You’ve practiced a lot and have the skills necessary to win – yet, while you’re in the lead, you suddenly find yourself inexplicably missing an easy shot. It takes several shots before you regain your composure, and by then you’ve fallen behind the others. What caused it?

You might have experienced a similar scenario in relationships (where you seem to create arguments or drama when everything is going well), creative projects (you don’t complete a project that is 80% finished), and/or weight-loss regimen (you lose some weight, and then go right back to where you started).

In all of these cases, the problem might not have anything to do with your skills or knowledge. You probably have the knowledge or information (3rd house) about how to play a good game of golf, how to treat your partner in a way that creates a positive emotional bond, how to write/paint/compose, or how to lose weight and keep it off.

Yet in spite of all the knowledge you have, something else is getting in your way of fulfilling your goals. There is a “hidden enemy,” the cause of self-undoing. Such feelings may be especially strong if your inner planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars) is in the 12th house.


Planets in the 12th House: Examining Your Parents’ Limiting Beliefs

Planets in (or ruling) the 12th house may be suppressed due to self-limiting patterns that you’ve unconsciously absorbed from your parents. 12th house is the derivative 3rd house (communication, mindset) of the 10th (the father), and the derivative 9th house (beliefs, worldview) of the 4th (the mother).

As a child you might have accepted your parents’ beliefs about you and the world without question. You might have believed that women (or you) didn’t deserve education, or you were not worthy enough, or your feelings didn’t matter. Beliefs like that can stay in your unconscious and act as your “hidden enemy” by preventing you from fulfilling your goals.

Mars in 12th house may suggest an unconscious taboo against expressing anger. Venus in the 12th might point to limiting beliefs about relationships. Consider what your parents believed about (and how they expressed) the issues related to Mars (self-assertion and expression of anger) or Venus (how men and women relate).   Example: If a daughter grows up with a depressed mother who perceived herself as a victim of the marriage, think what kind of unconscious beliefs are being passed on about relationships in general.

You can conduct similar examinations for other inner planets and related beliefs: Sun in the 12th house may point out beliefs that limit your pride and pleasure in expressing yourself. Moon here may suggest unconscious beliefs that prevent you from honoring your needs and emotions. Mercury in the 12th might suggest unconscious patterns that compromise your ability to communicate effectively.


Overcoming the 12th House Crisis: Preparing the Way for the 1st House

When Saturn or other heavy planets activate the 12th house planets through transit or Solar Arc, you may reach a crisis point regarding the issues related to the affected planet (and perhaps the house it rules.) You may be forced to deal with the unhealthy patterns you’ve been carrying, or else risk a loss of some kind (job, relationship, or health.)

Some people hit bottom during such times of crisis, and realize they cannot keep holding onto the old patterns anymore. Such realization could mark a major turning point, after which you’re no longer the same person you were before.

A jazz legend Bill Evans once said, “Recognizing the problem is 90% of solving it.” We could paraphrase and say “Recognizing the unconscious, self-limiting patterns in your life is 90% of overcoming them.”

Once you win the internal game of the 12th house by letting go of the limiting patterns from your past, you become free to utilize all of your skills and knowledge in the external world. This in turn helps you to create a winning, stronger, and more successful self-image, which becomes your new 1st house.


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11th House: Receiving Love from Others

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11th House in Astrology: Love Received from Others

Noel Tyl defines the 5th House as “the love we give to others,” and the opposing 11th house as the love we receive from others.

11th House Tension and “Not Feeling Lovable”

When the ruler of 11th house is under strong developmental tension (i.e. forming a hard aspect with Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto), quite often there is a feeling of “not being lovable,” based on accumulated feelings of criticism, rejection or abandonment.

As 10th house is the derivative 12th house of 11th, a problematic relationship with the father often contributes to the feeling of not being lovable. A retrograde Saturn is usually involved, and reinforces the possibility of a remote/problematic father that didn’t show affection or leadership.


Strong Need for Love

The presence of Saturn or outer planets (Uranus, Neptune or Pluto) within 11th house intensifies the need for receiving love.   You might feel frustrated, upset, sad or even enraged when your partner doesn’t meet your expectations.

Often such difficulties are signals that point out your need to be more self-reliant, expressive, spiritually fulfilled or emotionally restored.


Developing Our Ability to Receive Love

Even though it’s easy to think of “receiving love” as being entirely up to someone else’s will, in truth we play quite an active part in how much love we experience from our children, friends or partners. Sometimes being receptive to love is as much a learned skill as giving love is.

Experts say that we all differ in the way we prefer to give and receive love. The way we prefer to give love (e.g. through verbal expressions, affectionate behaviors, or tangible gifts, etc) is often the way we’d like to receive it. It’s possible that your partner is showing you many signs of his or her love for you, but you don’t recognize them because they don’t come in the form you expect.

How many signs can you find that others love you? How do you receive other people’s compliments, helpful ideas or concerns (e.g. with indifference or with appreciation)? You may realize that you’re receiving a lot more love and care from your family, friends and partner than you believed.


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10th House: Finding Your Vocation

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10th house sits at the apex of your horoscope, representing a culminating point of your personal development.  10th house urges you to find answers to questions such as “What is my calling?  How can I contribute in a way that is meaningful?”

Many people struggle to identify their vocation, often burying their true wants under layers of justifications: “I need to pay my bills, support my family…Take what jobs I can.” However, they still feel frustrated, sensing unexpressed potentials within.

When the time is right, you might feel a strong urge to find and pursue your vocation.

The first step is to identify your unique needs and strengths.


10th House and 1st House: Getting in Touch with What You Want to Do

1st house (especially Ascendant) is the focal point of your individual needs, strengths and weaknesses.  You can activate this zone by spending quality time with yourself, like journaling or taking a long walk.  A healthy 1st house helps you get in touch with your unique wants and needs, including what you want to do for work.

1st house squares (i.e. forms a 90 degree angle to) the 10th.  This tension (square) suggests the challenge inherent in blending your personal needs and your career.

In the beginning, your strengths and character are not developed enough to be effective in your true vocation – hence the need for training and personal growth implied in the rest of your horoscope.


Journeying through 1st house to the 6th house, you develop self-knowledge, confidence, communication skills, emotional intelligence, honest self-expression and a little humility.

Afterwards you’re ready, having gone through considerable personal growth, to see others and their needs with clearer eyes.


10th House and 7th House: Being Conscious of the Public’s Needs

7th house represents the Other (and the public, which is a collection of other people).  Descendant is the focal point of other people’s needs and desires.

7th house squares the 10th.  This tension suggests two things:

  1. What you offer professionally (10th house) has to match what other people really need or want (7th house).  If this is not true, you’re likely to end up with a hobby rather than a vocation.
  2. Maintaining professional integrity against what the public (e.g. clients, fans) expects can be a real challenge.  To pursue your vocation, you may even have to endure some degree of public criticism (7th house).


10th House: Where Your Talents and the World’s Needs Intersect

Your development continues on to the 8th house, where you’ll encounter other people’s deaths or your own crisis, and recognize your own mortality.

In the 9th house, you seek a larger worldview and develop a philosophy of life that encompasses the question of death and the purpose of life.

10th house is where your journey culminates.  It asks you a question:

Having these unique sets of needs, strengths and lessons learned, how do you choose to contribute to the world? 

You answer every day through the work you choose to do, and how you do it.


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9th House: Breaking Through Mental Limitations

9th house9th House and Your Worldview

9th house is the frontier of your mind.  A smoothly functioning 9th house usually brings about a sense of optimism and ever expanding possibility for you to learn, grow and accomplish new goals.  A poorly functioning 9th house could lead to a sense of confusion, boredom, meaninglessness and even despair in extreme cases.

Law, philosophy, religion, higher education, foreign travels and more – these diverse range of 9th house keywords all have to do with knowledge or experience that can expand our worldview.

A highly developed 9th house (a sophisticated worldview, if you will) tends to prepare one for success in the 10th house realm of career – conversely, a limited worldview (lack of higher education, for example) could limit one’s vision of success and life development.

Issues Associated with Tension in the 9th House

9th house is the derivative 12th house of the 10th.   We could say your parent’s (10th) unconscious limitations (12th house) deeply affected your worldview (9th).  For example, if a father unconsciously believes that “women should stay home and raise children,” his daughter might opt to marry when she is 18, instead of going to college – or she might choose to go to a community college instead of getting a 4 year degree.

If a ruler of your 9th house is under high developmental tension (i.e. receives a hard aspect from Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto), there is a possibility that your education might have been interrupted at some point.  If this is the case, going back to college at a later point could be an important act of completion, especially if there is a sense of regret at not having done so.

Aside from an interrupted education, there might be issues in the worldview you might’ve absorbed from your family based on ethnicity, religion, household income and so on.  Following your parents’ example, you may be placing limitation on yourself with regard to how much you’re able to succeed in life, work and relationships.

Tension in the 9th house might suggest a need for you to work hard (mentally) at breaking free of these invisible barriers that have been placed within your mind.

How to Navigate the 9th House Successfully

As stated before, 9th house is the frontier of your mind.  If you feel stymied in your life or career, the obstacle you face may be located within your mind rather than anything external.  To expand your worldview, try any of the following:

  • Travel to a foreign country.  Take the 9th house symbolism literally – it’s amazing how much you discover about your own culturally-based beliefs and assumptions while living in a foreign culture.
  • Seek wisdom from ancient & modern spiritual teachings. If you feel worn out from living in a materially-obsessed culture, this might give you an alternative perspective.
  • Learn about something that interests you.  Take a course, even go for a certification if you want to do something new professionally.
  • Question your beliefs about important things.  Money, relationship, work, health – what do you believe is possible in your life?  How is that similar or different from the beliefs exemplified by your parents?
  • Use affirmations to change core beliefs.  A phrase representing your new belief, repeated many times each day, can replace existing limiting beliefs over time.  If money is an issue, try Louise Hay’s wealth affirmations: “My income is constantly increasing” and “I prosper wherever I turn.”  For more helpful affirmations, you can read this post.


Life is full of changes, and our worldview will have to continue to evolve if we are to maintain a positive attitude amidst all the new challenges we face.  A successful navigation of 9th house can help you feel at peace regarding your place and purpose in the universe, and that in turn can help you accomplish your life’s work (10th house.)


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8th House: Overcoming Destructive Habits

8th House8th House and the Habit of Comparison

In psychological astrology, 8th house represents “other’s values and self worth.”  Considering the fact that 8th house is always opposite from 2nd house (representing your values and self worth), perhaps it’s only natural that people tend to compare themselves against each other in terms of their income, looks, status and possessions. A strong natal tension in the 2nd and the 8th house may suggest insecurity with regard to your own worth or value in relation to others.

If the 2nd-8th house axis is under tension, you might get into a habit of self criticism through comparing yourself with others that have more than you in some area.  This habit can turn into a lifelong game of trying to get ahead of others in order to feel better about yourself.  Happiness from achievement is often short-lived, if comparison with others is the only means you have to measure your success (as opposed to having an internal compass that define your own version of success.)

8th House and the Habit of Criticism

Other people with a strong 8th house tension may develop a habit of regularly criticizing others, either silently or out loud.  Some say that criticism is based on a desire to feel superior to others (“I’m right and you’re wrong”), thereby resolving the insecurity of the 2nd-8th house tension momentarily.  Noel Tyl said people with natal 8th house tension may have difficulty giving compliments to others, because they fear being diminished by doing so.

Both of the above dynamics come from the unconsciously held belief that the only way to feel secure is to bring others down (criticism) or not elevating others too high (not able to give compliments.)  Their unfortunate consequence is that relationships become difficult to sustain due to constant criticism or lack of appreciation.

Building Others’ Self Worth and Well-Being: Reversing the Destructive Habits

The opposition between the 2nd and the 8th house suggests important connection between your own self worth and that of others – we could even say that the values we perceive in others reflect our own self-worth.

To reverse the destructive pattern of criticism, it’s better to create a habit of building others up – including giving compliments frequently and freely about other people’s strengths and accomplishments.  In giving the gift of appreciation to others, our own self-respect and appreciation grow.

Many therapists and wellness experts (those that work on restoring the mental/physical well-being of others) have 8th house theme in their horoscope, and through the act of healing and building others up, they often experience increased well-being themselves.  The mirror-like reflection between 2nd and the 8th house suggests that stopping the habit of criticism and starting the habit of praising others might be your best confidence builder.


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Saturn in Synastry: Gifts and Challenges of Saturn Interaspects

Saturn in Synastry

Saturn in Synastry: Getting Rid of Misconceptions

Saturn is often vilified to such a degree that many people fear it kills any hope of a satisfying relationship if one shows up in a synastry contact.  The fact is you don’t see many long lasting relationships without a significant Saturn contact.

Saturn’s role is to create order and consistency in your life through limitation, and its function extends to your relationships.  Without Saturn’s involvement, you will most likely switch partners as soon as you encounter even a tiny bit of discomfort.

Saturn in Synastry: Understanding Its Challenges and Gifts

Now that you’re becoming aware of Saturn’s importance in creating lasting relationships, we can look at some of the challenges and opportunities it represents in synastry contacts (here we’re mostly concerned with hard aspects, but it’s OK to consider soft aspects as well.)

Saturn – Sun contact: This is a vital contact for both parties.  The Saturn person’s commitment may add a much needed structure and safety to the Sun person’s life, while the Sun person may provide warmth and energy to the Saturn person’s stern exterior.  The danger exists if the Saturn person’s negativity proves too strong for the Sun person to break through.

Saturn – Moon contact: In contrast to the previous combination, Moon can be more vulnerable to Saturn’s restrictive pressure – but it greatly depends on the Moon’s sign.  A Capricorn Moon will be able to shrug the pressure off, whereas a Moon in Sagittarius may have more of a difficulty giving up the freedom.  All the same, this combination could be as significant as that of the Saturn-Sun contact, especially if the Saturn person is mature enough to be able to protect the sensitivity of the Moon person.

Saturn – Mercury contact: This contact can be excellent for a business or a mentor-student relationship.  Saturn person’s wisdom or maturity can shape the Mercury person’s thought process.  Or the process could reverse itself and the Mercury person’s knowledge could add to the Saturn person’s maturity – a role reversal like that tends to depend on which one is the older of the two.

Saturn – Venus contact: Similar to the Saturn-Moon interaspect, a lot hinges on the Venus’ sign placement.  Venus in an Earth sign deals better with the responsibility and commitment demanded by Saturn.  If both parties are mature enough, the Venus person could add the necessary social grace to the Saturn person’s life.

Saturn – Mars contact: This interaspect can breed a lot of resentment if the Mars person isn’t able to tolerate restrictions well.  In a close relationship, it helps if you can work together at doing something productive.  Noel Tyl said the key to handling this aspect is in realizing that energy (Mars) needs control (Saturn) in order to be channeled effectively – this seems to apply just as well in relationships (needless to say, this contact is easier to handle in a business relationship.)

Saturn – Jupiter contact: This can be a highly productive combination, as Saturn and Jupiter “get” one another and respect each other’s necessary functions (stability and expansion.)  You will most likely experience great teamwork in the areas affected by this interaspect.

Saturn – Saturn contact: You will have this contact if you were born within a few months of each other (or, of course, if your ages are about 7 years apart, 14 years apart, etc.)  The key point is that you will strengthen each other’s natal Saturn complex – perhaps you might even represent the Saturn figure in the other person’s life (father, mentor, boss, etc.)  This then becomes a test or a learning experience to see how well you’re handling the lessons suggested in your natal chart.

Saturn – Uranus contact: The Uranus person might present the Saturn person with a shocking new idea, perhaps due to generation gap.  The idea may be hard to accept, or it could be ultimately liberating.  Generalization is difficult, as both planets move slowly enough to become a generational interaspect.

Saturn – Neptune contact: This could represent a spiritual or an aesthetic influence from the Neptune person, as long as the Saturn person is receptive to it.  In an extreme scenario, Neptune may represent something more sinister like deception or influence of alcohol, drugs, etc, but again it’s not possible to generalize these slow moving interaspects.  The Saturn person’s role may be to represent the sober but necessary truth, while the Neptune person’s role may be to open the Saturn person’s eyes to a more joyful world.

Saturn – Pluto contact: This contact is heavy and serious, and carries with it an awareness of status or power.  What is the underlying motivation behind this relationship?  Is it productive or destructive?  The right combination of people could accomplish so much here.

Saturn – Ascendant contact: Ascendant isn’t a planet, so possibly the Saturn person could wield more influence over the formation of the Ascendant person’s identity.  This may be a classic teacher-student combination.  At the same time, if the age gap is reversed (i.e. Saturn person being younger than the Ascendant person), the Ascendant person’s persona could influence the maturation of the Saturn person.

Saturn – Midheaven contact: This can be a highly influential contact.  The Saturn person can affect the Midheaven person as an authority figure, and could shape the future professional direction of the MC person.  Here again if the Midheaven person is much older than the Saturn person, the role could be reversed and the MC person’s social status can aid the Saturn person’s professional development.

In Closing: The Necessity of Saturnian Pressure in Relationships

We need the pressure of responsibility Saturn represents to grow and accomplish things, and this includes the pressure of committed relationships (here we include a broad range of important relationships: marriage, teacher-student, even a relationship to a group or a cause. )

The existence of a challenging Saturn interaspect in your relationship does not doom your relationship – it simply makes it more real and meaningful, the longer you keep learning from it.

How do you experience the Saturn interaspects in your significant relationships?  Does the experience get better or richer over time?  Please feel free to share your experience through email or in the comment section.


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Virgo – Pisces Axis: Complementary Perceptions

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Mutable signs represent the workings of your mind.  If Gemini-Sagittarius axis defines contrasting approaches to learning and information sharing, Virgo-Pisces axis outlines complementary perceptions with which to experience life.


Virgo and Pisces: 2 Types of Intellect

Like the other mutable pair, Virgo and Pisces represent certain types of knowing and intellect:

  • Virgo’s knowing is grounded in details you can see and measure, whereas Pisces’ knowing is based on feelings and intuition.
  • Virgo uses facts and linear thinking (e.g. logic) to solve problems, while Pisces relies on parallel processing (e.g. visualization) and leaps of intuition.
  • Virgo excels in a field where correct answer is already available, while Pisces tends to do better in a field with no clear-cut definitions of right or wrong.
  • In terms of problem solving, Virgo is interested in improving the current situation – no improvement is too small.  Pisces is more interested in a universal solution that resolves big problems.
  • Left alone, Virgo’s focus tends to become too narrow and rigid, whereas Pisces’ focus tends to become too broad and impractical.


Virgo and Pisces in Your Horoscope

Like all opposing signs, Virgo and Pisces represent complementary energies that, through their contrast, challenge you to develop your potential.  Developing both Virgo & Pisces modes of perception will make you more creative and discerning.

Physics, engineering, business, psychology – regardless of the field they’re in, the geniuses that advance their field to a whole new level usually express both of these traits: Mastery of technical details (Virgo) and the ability to envision outside-the-box solutions to big problems (Pisces).

If your horoscope is strong in either of these signs, you can capitalize on its strength while trying out the complementary mode of thinking & perception represented by the opposing sign.

Do you have either Virgo or Pisces dominant in your horoscope?  If so, how does it color your thinking in your work and relationships?  Have you noticed that incorporating the opposing sign’s approach might be beneficial at times?  Feel free to share your thoughts and experience through emails or comments.


PS: Even if you don’t have any planet in Virgo or Pisces, for the purpose of our discussion, Neptune emphasis can substitute for Pisces and Mercury (even Gemini) can substitute for Virgo.  Be flexible, and have fun experimenting!


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Vocational Astrology: Moon and Work Satisfaction

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Moon in Vocational Astrology

In vocational astrology, natal Moon’s placement in your horoscope has much to do with what you need for work satisfaction (for a basic introduction on Moon signs related to your career, read Moon’s emotional need in the workplace.)

Although you’ll always want to look at the entire horoscope for a full understanding of your vocational potential, you can nevertheless learn a lot from studying your natal Moon position.Keep Reading >>