Whether “they matter” is my phrase although a reader sent me an interesting observation. She mentioned that the outer planets feel like “karmic sentencing” to her. I don’t disagree. I’m not sure if she meant natal or transiting, but does it matter?
The outer planets move slowly. We’re in it for the LONG HAUL with those transits. Get used to it 😉
And I do believe they do supply form and content that can be worked with. Imagine that you are revising the novel of your life 😉 My relationship houses are being affected by slow movers. I expect those areas of life to be busy, busier than they were when I was in my 20s.
Was talking to a client this morning whose progressed ascendent is in Virgo. Her natal Uranus sits on that ascendent. Time to be free, I said. Be you.
Sure, a progressed ascendent in Virgo will fill you with self-doubt but with Uranus there? You can let all hell break loose. It will ANYWAY. But the good hell 🙂
And regarding the outer planets, the house does matter but most (?) astrologers would probably agree that what matters even more in the short term are when exact aspects happen. For example, Pluto transiting your 1st House can be a very long transit. Placidus house system creates houses of difference sizes so Pluto’s time there may vary but oh yes Pluto through the 1st does signify varying things.
A sense of isolation perhaps. A complete rebuilding of identity. Or appearance. Relationships ending. The natal gives us more clues.
The fun of course happens due to retrogrades, as when a planet gets a few passes over a sensitive point. For example, let’s say you have Moon in Capricorn at 9 degrees and Mars in Cancer at 9 degrees. Pluto and Uranus are buggin’ out on those degrees! The lessons to be learned are IN YOUR FACE and with such slow movers, you can feel, I can feel, that the story is not over until it’s over.
An example from my life: I’ve got Pluto in heading to my 5th House and Uranus in my 8th by transit. These two are squaring. This is, among other things, a love transit. My love story will not be done, I believe, until the square is done. There will be reversals. There will be intensity. There will be inner struggle. There will be a fight to the death. Or the altar (ha!).
Where Pluto and Uranus are transiting in your chart is a story you are in the middle of now, just like me 🙂
What story is it?
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