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How Transits Become Tragediessolar montage

We all have bad days, or weeks, or even months and years. One astrological explanation for these “bad” periods is the alignment of transiting planets (planets in the sky right now) with sensitive places in your natal horoscope (the horoscope charted for your day, time and place of birth.) We call these transits and they describe periods of trouble and stress that come and then, thankfully, go.

Now, let’s say that because of a mental, emotional or physical malady you are more vulnerable to these difficult periods than most people. Instead of being a little grumpier than usual or feeling glum, you may react to this transit by acting out in unacceptable, destructive and perhaps even violent ways.


At the same time transiting planets are making aspects to points in your natal chart, they are also forming aspects with each other.  Sometimes those aspects are stressful, such as the current square between Uranus and Pluto (which has been nearly exact for several weeks now.) And sometimes more than one planet is involved in one of these stressful arrangements, like last week when Mars was opposite Uranus and square to Pluto.

If these hard transiting aspects happen near or on a sensitive point in your natal horoscope, (such as the natal position of your Sun or Moon or on your Ascendant) it can be extremely trying time for you. And if you are one of those people who are exceptionally vulnerable, these transiting aspects can become flashpoints even when they don’t directly involve anything in your natal chart.

Now, let’s say that you are one of those vulnerable people and you are reacting to one of these stressful transiting aspects. If you are given access to a bomb that can kill a bus load of people or weapons that can fire dozens of deadly projectiles in a few seconds into a crowded theater that period of increased tension can become a major, heartrending event.

Of course, having a bad aspect is no more an excuse for acts of violence than having a bad day is. We all make choices about how we will use or be used by this energy. But we also have to acknowledge that, for various reasons, some people have fewer choices than others. And when people feel the power of these movements in the sky and make bad choices; that’s when transits become tragedies.

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