Archetypal Scenes of Life: Metaphors for Transits & Progressions

“Planets don’t do anything, people do” is an oft-repeated phrase that astrologers use to discourage fatalism. With this in mind, what do transits and progressions “do”?

My view is that astrological transits prepare the environment in which you exercise your free will. In looking at upcoming transits and progressions, a part of astrologer’s work is to capture the quality of the environment that is being prepared for the client.

Consider the following archetypal scenes, each with a set of possible astrological measurements:

1) The Scene of War: There is a power struggle between two opposing forces. This can be a literal war between two people, or an internal war fought within your psyche, between the two selves. Does the fight result in a victory or a stalemate? Does either side win? What happens as a result?

Example: Uranus and Saturn represents the New and the Old, respectively, and when these two planets are in hard aspect, there is a clash between the old and the new.

Noel Tyl stated that whenever this happens, Uranus must win. Note that the two planets were in exact opposition during the 2008 election; President Obama’s victory represents that people collectively voted for change (Uranus.)

If Uranus transits your natal Saturn, consider similar battles taking place within your life or your psyche. Another important point in your horoscope is the Sun/Moon midpoint, as it represents a point of psychic union (or separation), and heavy transits to this midpoint can also stir up long standing issues between the opposing forces within you.

2) The Beginning: There is a beginning of a new journey or an adventure. This can be a new job, new relationship, or a new place to live in. What story will unfold? What changes will you go through as a result of this new journey? Where are you going?

Example: Ascendant and the Midheaven axes are the threshold of life development. Transits to these points often coincide with new beginnings and new directions.

3) The Setback: the protagonist faces considerable odds, perhaps going back to square one, seemingly lost. This can be the literal loss of a job, health or relationship. Or it could be an internal setback – being paralyzed by fear or disappointment with self. The story halts for a moment – the pause can last a long time – the question is, what will it take for you to move through the setback?

Example: Saturn transit can provide such challenging environment, wherein your only option seems to be to persevere with your effort (you could always give up, but that doesn’t make for a particularly good story – unless you decide that you shouldn’t have begun that particular project in the first place. That happens too.)

So you can see that the list of archetypal scenes and their astrological correspondence can be quite long if we keep exploring. If you want to play with this idea, please feel free to email me or leave comments with an archetypal scene of life, along with possible corresponding astrological measurements.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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