Critical Transits Which Affect Children
As astrologers we sometimes fail to appreciate that transits (and to a lesser extent progressions) begin to form or fade immediately in the days and weeks after birth. During this delicate time of life critical transits can occur.
The outer triumvirate of Pluto, Neptune and Uranus are in the zodiac signs of Capricorn, Pisces and Aries respectively. The three transpersonal planets will be either direct or retrograde. All three can station and change direction and in doing so perfect the conjunction to their natal position. It is the only time this can happen. The exception is, as usual, Uranus which will make another conjunction to itself at the age of eighty-four.
What to look for
If a planet is retrograde at birth we know it will station direct and cross back over the natal position. The retrograde motion suggests that the situation is still being developed and the final direct pass indicates the situation has reached its conclusion.
However, if the planet is direct at birth we have to crack open the ephemeris or consult a graphic ephemeris to ascertain if it will station retrograde moving as far back in the sign as the natal placement. If so, we know it will transit back over its birth position at least twice, once retrograde and once direct.
Before any forecasting techniques are used the birth chart has to be fully understood and interpreted for both potential and natal promise.
For transits use a one degree orb, applying and separating (pros may reduce to 30′).
Often with transits and planetary direction the following is indicated. During the first direct pass a situation unfolds, at the second retrograde pass the position is being reviewed and changes can still be made, finally the third direct pass suggests the potential has now culminated and will fade away as the planet moves out of orb (although changes that occurred during the transit will persist).
Not all transit potentials will come into fruition every time a contact occurs. Some items on the list below may seem highly unlikely, but in the interest of good astrology, one has to bear in mind all the planetary meanings to present well-rounded forecasting. Expand the possibilities.
Transiting Pluto conjunct natal Pluto
Pluto may cross a sign degree up to five times. You need to check for this phenomena in the ephemeris. For example, on December 22, 2011 Pluto was at 06CP57 moving direct, it will station retrograde at 09CP33 (April 11, 2012) and reverse back to the starting position of 06CP57 on September 17, 2012 where it will station direct. This clearly shows the potential time of nine months (December 2011 to September 2012) for an early Pluto transit to conjoin its natal position. When Pluto revisits its birth degree it can be a crucial time in the life of a new born.
Pluto transits will be modified depending on its placement in the chart. For example, Pluto in the eighth house is in accidental dignity and well placed. This position suggests any recovery will be great like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. A Pluto in the second house (its natural house of detriment) may indicate that if something unforeseen does indeed occur then financial strain may surround the situation.
Pluto rules the reproductive and eliminatory systems in the body. It also has affinities with toxins and the decomposing function, in other words, food going bad.
Pluto may make five, three or only one pass over a particular birth chart degree. It depends on the birth date. During a post natal transiting Pluto conjoining natal Pluto look out for:
- The mother’s medications becoming toxic to the child through the breast milk
- Baby food and formula past its sell-by date
- Using borehole water (found on farms) to make up formula
- STD’s from the mother affecting the new born
Transiting Neptune conjunct natal Neptune
Neptune may cross a zodiac degree three times. The time from a first contact (as in the birth chart) to the final conjunction can be several months. On February 13, 2012 Neptune was at 00PI21 moving direct. Neptune will station retrograde on June 3, 2012 at 03PI09 and then retrace its steps returning to the same zodiac position where we began of 00PI21 on November 11, 2012. This suggests that natal position can be revisited by Neptune with a conjunction when the child is up to nine months old.
Any natal conjunction to Neptune (or the other outers) will modify the effect of a Neptune transit directly after birth. For example, natal Neptune conjunct the Moon may indicates the child’s fluid intake needs monitoring during a transiting Neptune conjunction. Natal Neptune conjoined with Mars suggests hot atmospheres, in other words, the child’s room is too warm and stuffy for comfort at the post natal Neptune conjunction.
Neptune rules all medicines, drugs and anesthesia. In the body it correlates with the feet. It has affinities with being unconscious, sleep, dreams and nightmares.
Neptune may make three passes to one degree, or just one direct pass, it depends on the birth date. During a post natal transiting Neptune conjunct Neptune be alert to:
- Administering the correct doses of any medication, be scrupulous with measurement
- Incubator oxygen levels. Unless you are the nurse there is not much you can actually do although you can be present and question the staff
- The baby being wrapped up too tightly or all-in-one outfits being too small and hampering easy blood flow to the feet
- Sleep apnea
- A maternal drug habit causing withdrawal symptoms in the child
Transiting Uranus conjunct natal Uranus
For example, On March 26, 2012 Uranus was at 04AR36 moving direct. It will station retrograde at 08AR32 on July 12, 2012. On December 12, 2012 Uranus will again arrive at 04AR36 at the direct station. This means Uranus can take up to eight and a half months to conjoin a specific degree in a natal chart affecting the child with a Uranus conjunct Uranus aspect at eight months old.
The natal house in which Uranus is placed will give clues to the area that needs attention. For example, if the ruler of Aquarius in the third house check the car seat belts holding the baby chair in the vehicle. With Uranus in the fifth house carefully look for cracks in plastic play items or torn soft toys.
Uranus rules technology, gadgets and widgets. It also has an affinity with the unexpected. In the body Uranus rules circulation, synapses (electrical sparks in the brain) and the ankles.
Uranus may make three or one pass through a sign degree in a chart. It again depends on the birth date.
At a transit of Uranus to its natal position pay attention to:
- Sudden changes in the child
- Clothes too tight cutting off circulation specially socks
- Flat batteries in the baby monitor
- Loose and broken baby car seats
- Strollers with no brakes
What to do
If you are the relative or grandparent of a child whose chart you have cast and are now alerted to specific periods for which to watch out, what can you do?
Resist the temptation to announce the child is in danger because the astrologer says so. Fear mongering does not help. Countless professional astrologers are working long and hard to present a professional front and improve public relations.
You could say, “Little Johnny seems under the weather, why not take him back to the doctor?” or “I wouldn’t leave that if I were you.” or “Let me look after your other child whilst you take this one to the clinic.”
Go back to your own chart and ask you mother if you were ill after birth or needed oxygen etc. Check in the ephemeris for your early outer transits and see what your chart indicates.
If you have your own children and grand-children interpret their charts in the light of early outer conjunctions. This is great research because you will have specific on-the-spot knowledge as you were there to bear witness to situations which may have arisen in their early weeks of life.
Much of what is discussed here needs to woven into a fuller forecast picture. It is not advisable to focus in on only one specific transit to announce a fact. Use all the forecasting techniques available to you when making predictions based on a natal chart. Most of all keep an open mind.