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1. Including 2° orbs for all outer-planet transits, transiting Pluto conjoins the Moon from February 6, 2003 to November 21, 2005 and the Part of Fortune from February 2, 2004 to November 21, 2006. Transiting Uranus conjoins the Sun from May 8, 2003 to February 20, 2005; the Ascendant, from March 25, 2004 to January 21, 2006; and Venus, from March 5, 2005 to December 21, 2006. Transiting Neptune conjoins Jupiter from February 12, 2004 to November 26, 2006.

2. The Progressed Sun exactly conjoined natal Uranus on September 22, 2004. Read a beautifully accessible article introducing secondary progressions: The Clock of Your Inner Life, by Dane Rudhyar.

3. The three outermost planets move so slowly that they can conjoin any particular point in the birth chart only once (if at all), unless one lives beyond the Uranus return at 84 years. Read Dane Rudhyar, The Galactic Dimension of Astrology: The Sun Is Also a Star, Aurora Press, Inc., 1975.

4. The above-mentioned major transits will be complete by the end of 2006.

5. The Progressed New Moon (conjunction of the Progressed Moon to Progressed Sun) was on August 16, 2003. Learn more about the Progressed Lunation Cycle from The Lunation Cycle: A Key to Understanding of Personality by Dane Rudhyar, Aurora Press, 1967 and in the article, An Overview of Dane Rudhyar’s Approach to Cycles (TMA, 2/98), by Nicki Michaels.

6. Curious to know more about the power of intention? See the film What the Bleep Do We Know!?

7. The Progressed Moon and Venus exactly conjoin the natal IC on April 4, 2005 and November 9, 2005, respectively. See footnote 5.

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Waiting To Exhale
From The Mountain Astrologer, April-May 2005 (1)

Q.  Current situation: 45-year-old son has lymphoma; my house is on the market; my recently purchased car is a lemon, so I’m car-less and home-hunting, and my son is terribly ill. My younger daughter has been getting angry with me — haranguing me, and I need a break from her. My closest friend is going to live hundreds of miles away and I have met a man who seems to be promising — however, I’m inclined to be suspicious. Everything I touch at the moment falls apart! Even minor things, as though reminding me, “It’s not over yet.” The funny thing is, I trust utterly what’s happening. What on earth is going on and how much longer is this going to last?
Waiting To Exhale

A.   Your situation takes my breath away, as does the concurrence of planetary configurations reflecting your striking experiences. Transiting Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto bring intense change, often infused with deep loss, and all three planets challenge you to the core. As heart-wrenching as your difficulties are, something important, meaningful, and tangible can be born from your pain, which is why your instinct leads you to utterly trust what’s happening. This, in the midst of your trials, attests to your indomitable spirit and the depth of your wisdom. With 20/20 hindsight, eventually all will make sense. Meanwhile, you are right to keep reminding yourself “It’s not over yet."1

This intense transitional period began early in 2003 as transiting Pluto began its conjunction to your natal Moon (and Part of Fortune) and transiting Uranus its conjunction to natal Sun (amplified by progressed Sun conjunct natal Uranus.)2 eventually conjoining Ascendant and then Venus. These once-in-a-lifetime planetary alignments3 began simultaneously, portending life-altering change. Add to the mix transiting Neptune conjunct 12th-house Jupiter, coupled with transiting Pluto conjunct Part of Fortune–Moon, eroding the sense of protection normally provided by these natal placements, leading to your heightened experience of vulnerability.

Birth Chart:  Waiting To Exhale
Natal Chart - Waiting To Exhale
Source: Mother's Memory

Transiting Pluto conjoining natal Moon supports letting go of whatever doesn’t serve you in your life, such as bad habits, outdated perspectives, and inappropriate relationships. In your case, the Moon is associated with your children (5th-house ruler), thus the crises with your son and daughter. Transiting Uranus conjoining natal Sun (and then Ascendant and Venus) implores you to reinvent yourself (Sun), refocus your relationships (Ascendant/Descendant axis), and identify new life meaning (Venus). The “out with the old, in with the new” theme prevails through the end of 2006, when more clarity and understanding emerge.4

Taken within the context of a brand new 30-year Progressed Lunation Cycle,5 you are in the midst of a metaphorical rebirth — which is mighty painful though eventually equally rewarding. To support yourself now, you might create an intention to enable you to remain open to the good that can evolve, such as: “My intention is to open myself to all possibility."6

In that spirit, be open to this new man. Significantly, this year’s progressed Moon and Venus conjoining natal IC augur the potential for true love.7 Whether he’s here to help you complete the past or actually become part of your new beginning, only time will tell, as long as you remain open to all possibilities.

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