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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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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Vocational Astrology: Moon and Work Satisfaction

Vocational Astrology - Steve Jobs

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 >>

Pluto Says You Can’t Always Trust Your Feelings

Pluto and Emotions

Sayings like “feelings never lie,” or “trust in your gut feelings” reflect the importance of being in touch with our emotions.  While it’s true that your feelings can pick up subtle signals that your conscious mind may miss, there are times you must choose not to trust your feelings.

How Feelings are Born and Stored Within

Feelings occur as a result of experience.  From the time you were born, your mind began to collect and store all of your experiences in terms of feelings and emotions.  Astrologically, Moon symbolizes the inner repository that stores all emotional impressions (hence its association with memory).

The store of emotional impressions can be pictured as a vast ocean within your psyche.  This inner ocean has multiple currents and undercurrents to represent your various needs, desires and fears.  Moon cycles through all of these emotional currents every month, while other planets such as Pluto tend to stay in one area for a very long time.


Pluto and Repressed Emotions: When Not to Trust Your Feelings

Pluto controls currents in the deepest, darkest part of the psyche, representing particularly intense feelings of shame, hatred and trauma.  These feelings tend to be repressed when they are first experienced (typically during childhood, but not always).

Such repression occurred automatically as a defensive measure, because it was not safe for a child (i.e. you) to feel or express these emotions at the time.  Left untended, however, these feelings tend to become twisted, and begin to negatively affect your self-image.

Noel Tyl said “We easily turn feelings into facts,” believing things like “because I’ve felt worthless for so long, it must be true!”  (Substitute “worthless” with anything that you feel to be true: unlovable, not good enough, etc.)

It’s these types of feelings that you must not trust.


Pluto Transit and Emergence of Repressed Feelings

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Your Natal Mars: Keys to Passionate Creativity

Astrological Mars - Passionate Creativity

Mars represents the thrill of the hunt, or the aliveness you feel when you are exerting all you have in order to win.  In your birth chart, it is your passion in motion.

Mars Symbol: Keys to Creativity and Passion

Mars symbol represents male sexual penetration.  Thus the energy Mars symbolizes is intimately tied to your creative impulse (its pursuit of Venusian beauty and ideals results in the creation of something new.)

By reflecting on this symbol, we can appreciate a few components of creativity:

1) Penetration: Digging deeply into one’s chosen field of study is a masculine quality (regardless of your gender).  The idea of penetration suggests deep involvement with a subject or a person, not just on an intellectual (Mercurial) level.  In other words, creativity comes from deep involvement.

It’s very difficult to experience passionate creativity when you are just scratching the surface of things.  If you want to experience more creativity, try going deeper into your path (work, hobby, relationship, etc) instead of jumping from one thing to another.  [Note Mars’ classic rulership of Scorpio reflects this idea of masculine depth and fixedness of purpose.]

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Relationship Astrology: Sun-Venus Aspect & Midpoint

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Sun – Venus ASPECT: Too Sweet?

In transit or solar arc, Sun-Venus contact suggests energized social and/or romantic activities.  Unless it occurs under a more serious long-term influence (e.g. Pluto, Saturn etc), we can expect this to be a pleasant period where you might spend more time enjoying other people’s company than usual.

Natal conjunction (or semisquare) of Sun-Venus often suggests a pleasant personality.  Venus function tends to help form bonds between people, so a healthy expression of this placement will be expressed as the genuine ability to attract and befriend others.

The only issue here might be that Venus’ focus tends to be a little shallow (for better or worse), so a lot of ego energy (the Sun) being focused on her sphere could starve other parts of your psyche (Mars, Uranus and Pluto, especially).  Young person with Sun-Venus aspect might refuse to see the darker side of her friends’ character, and may end up being hurt or disappointed upon finding out.

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Sun-Mercury Aspect & Midpoint in Astrology


Sun-Mercury ASPECT: Ego-Energy infusing the Thought System

Sun represents the energy of your evolving self.  Mercury represents how you need to think and communicate in order to be effective. The two ‘planets’ in aspect evoke the feel of ego’s energy infusing the thought system.

Sun conjunct Mercury: Idealization as a Defense

Traditional astrology describes the danger of Mercury “burning up” in proximity to the Sun, thereby losing objectivity.  In childhood the emerging ego could immerse itself in a web of comfortable thoughts and ideas, thus distancing itself from (and defending against) painful reality.  A tendency toward idealization is a definite possibility.

As the self matures, the combination could evolve into a strong intellectual gift of one kind or another.  The nature of sign occupied by Sun and Mercury will significantly affect this pair’s expression.  Fire and Air signs tend toward brilliant expression of thoughts, whereas Water and Earth may suggest contemplation and discernment.

Sun/Mercury MIDPOINT: The Point of Intellectual Self Expression

Here are some examples of the potential manifestation of Sun/Mercury midpoint:

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Ascendant, 1st House and the Crisis of Identity

stones1st house, representing “identity,” is the focal point of the 4 Angular (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th) houses.  Poorly defined identity makes one feel awkward in social settings, and can limit career achievement because ambition cannot form on a weak ego.  If you do not have a secure identity, it may feel as if you aren’t quite sure where your place is in society.


Identity Needs to Be Defined Through Tension

The process of identity formation is similar to developing a sculpture: Knocking off chunks of stones from a block of marble to approach a clearly defined shape.   The further the sculptor gets in his work, the more refined his tools become in order to smooth out rough edges.  The process involves a lot of force (or tension) being applied to the block of marble.  

This tension, essential for identity formation, is often defined by challenges.  Your natal chart can reveal what challenges you faced (and perhaps still do) in the process of developing and refining your identity.

How to Assess Tension in the 1st House & Ascendant

The patterns suggesting identity development concerns include the following:

1) The ruler of Ascendant is under high developmental tension (i.e. receives a hard aspect from Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto)

2) Hard aspect (conjunction, square, opposition or quindecile) to the Ascendant by the planets mentioned above, or their presence within the 1st house

Interpreting Planets on the Ascendant

If one or more of the above mentioned planets are on your Ascendant, or form a tense aspect to it, you may face following challenges in the process of identity formation:

Mars on the Ascendant suggests that your ego is challenged to grow in assertive, action oriented ways.  Often, physical activities are important to discharge energy.  Courage to display leadership, as well as a certain degree of cooperative attitude, will be necessary in order to avoid the lone-wolf tendency.

Saturn on the Ascendant suggests the need for heavy-lifting in terms of mental attitude, especially when you’re young.  Your identity is strengthened through assuming & meeting responsibility, as well as creating and accomplishing goals.  As you get accustomed to completing challenging projects and making things happen, the heaviness turns into solid self-confidence.

Uranus on the Ascendant suggests intensified ego needs, as well as the desire to somehow make a statement of one’s individuality.  There is something special and intense about you.  Channeled effectively, this energy could help you excel in your field of work.  Otherwise much of the energy might be spent on ego-aggrandizement.

Neptune on the Ascendant suggests ego suppression and bewilderment. Identity formation might have been especially challenging for you, if your special sensitivity was not recognized by your parents.  The self is challenged to grow through the integration of creative vision and aesthetic ideals.  Working with the formless, unseen dimensions of life might be pivotal in your identity development.

Pluto on the Ascendant suggests the ego’s need for assimilating depth and death concerns.  It is said that this position suggests a difficult birth, which might impact the child’s overall attitude toward life and survival.  Identity is empowered through dealing with or uncovering secrets and hidden truths.

Transits and Solar Arc to the Ascendant: Refinement of Identity through Time

As we go through different periods of life, we are continually challenged to develop and refine our identity.  During heavy transit or solar arc to the Ascendant by the planets mentioned in this article, you may want to consider whether you’ve become stagnant in your self image, and explore new activities and directions for growth suggested here.


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Planets and Positive Emotions

Positive Emotions
When functioning normally, each planet in your horoscope helps to generate a certain set of positive emotions.  Here is a simple table to show you some of the positive emotions associated with each planet.

Planet Positive Emotions Generated By the Planet
Sun Pride, Self expression
Moon Satisfaction of Core Emotional Needs (sign-dependent)
Mercury Curiosity
Venus Pleasure, Harmony, Peace
Mars Vigor
Jupiter Hope for Reward
Saturn Control
Uranus Innovation, Authenticity
Neptune Wonder, Inspiration
Pluto Regeneration, Empowerment


Isn’t it interesting that missing even one of these planetary functions could generate feelings of unhappiness?  Consider a few scenarios:

  • Lack of healthy Mars (vigor) function means lethargy – it’s difficult to get up in the morning.
  • Jupiter’s “Hope for Reward” equals a “vision of a better future.”  If your Jupiter function isn’t working well, you might start believing that nothing better will happen in the future, and become depressed.
  • Without Saturn’s sense of necessary control, you may end up feeling victimized by life, unable to focus yourself enough to accomplish meaningful goals.
  • When Neptune is ignored, you turn your back on your dreams and inspiration.  You may end up with the sense of quiet desperation, asking yourself “Is this all there is to life?”
  • Without Pluto, you may become weighed down by burden of your past, unable to renew yourself through catharsis and elimination of toxic emotional residues.

Heavy Aspect Tension Signals Challenges to Overcome

Nothing in a horoscope can prevent a planet to function well and generate positive emotions.  However, a presence of heavy developmental tension (i.e. hard aspect by Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto) often suggests that a challenge has to be overcome before the planets involved can begin to function well.

Peregrine Planet Tends to Become Hyperactive

If a planet is peregrine (i.e. unaspected by another planet by a major aspect), its function may go into overdrive and turn excessive.  Example: Mercury peregrine could make the mind work overtime, so much so that it tends toward excessive analysis or criticism instead of (or, in addition to) generating positive emotions of curiosity.

Retrograde Planet May Require Special Effort

When a planet is retrograde, straightforward expression tends to become challenging.  You may need to make a conscious effort in order to tap into the positive emotions associated with the planet. Example: Someone with Jupiter retrograde may have to consciously cultivate a positive vision of the future in order to maintain a positive attitude.

In Closing: Horoscope as a Diagnostic Tool for Emotional Well Being

Looking at the table above, do you feel a lack of certain positive emotion?  Your natal chart may hold a clue as to why that emotion may be difficult for you to experience naturally.

If there is a heavy tension placed upon a natal planet by transiting Saturn or an outer planet, check to see if feeling the positive emotions associated with that planet suddenly became difficult (or somehow different) during the transit.

If you become aware of a blockage, you may be able to activate the missing positive emotion through conscious effort.  Examples: Mars can be invigorated through exercise; Jupiter can be lifted up through gratitude and faith.

Looking at your horoscope this way, astrology can be used as a real-time diagnostic tool for your emotional well-being.


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