Life Cycles


SIGNIFICANT GENERATIONAL TRANSITS

Ages 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96      Jupiter Conjunct Natal Jupiter
Ages 14, 44, 74                                    Saturn Opposition Natal Saturn
Ages 21-24                                          Pluto Sextile Natal Pluto
Ages 27, 54-55                                    Progressed Moon Conjunct Natal Moon

Ages 27,56-57                                     Uranus Trine Natal Uranus
Ages 29, 58-59                                    Saturn Conjunct Natal Saturn
Ages 28-30                                          Neptune Sextile Natal Neptune
Ages 36-43                                          Pluto Square Natal Pluto (Midlife)
Ages 38-41                                          Uranus Opposition Natal Uranus (Midlife)
Ages 40-43                                          Neptune Square Natal Neptune (Midlife)
Age 50                                                 Chiron Conjunct Natal Chiron

Ages 55-57                                          Neptune Trine Natal Neptune
Age 60                                                 Progressed Sun sextile Natal Sun
Early 80s                              Neptune Opposite Natal Neptune
Age 84                                                 Uranus Conjunct Natal Uranus

Jupiter Conjunct Natal Jupiter This transit shows the beginning of a new cycle in your life. Every 12 years (ages 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96) Jupiter comes back to its natal position signifying a time of renewal. In particular, it shows the end of a cycle of beliefs. You have been learning about your own spiritual, religious or philosophical beliefs, and have now reached a new level of understanding. Therefore, during this transit you may meet new teachers, join new groups or start new activities which will help you in the next cycle of learning. It's usually a beneficial time.  

Saturn Opposite Natal Saturn Occurring at ages 14, 44, 74, this is a time when you reap the harvest of past actions. If you have planted good crops in the past then the yield will be rewarding. However, if you have planted on rocky ground, then the crops may fail. Either way you find yourself having to put in the hard work to bring in the crop. If you are reaping rewards, there are extra responsibilities. If you are experiencing difficulties from past actions, you have to work hard to put things to right. You may sometimes feel that others are blocking your path. You would be wise to shoulder the responsibilities knowing that this is paving the way for a more stable future.

Pluto Sextile Natal Pluto This is a time of progress in your life, age 21-24, when you have the ability to incorporate change successfully and move towards your purpose. You have the resources to make the changes needed to achieve your aims, in particular embracing psychological and spiritual transformation. Behavior that has held you back in the past will be discarded paving the way for success.

Uranus Trine Natal Uranus You experience this transit at two different times in your lifetime, once at about 27 years of age, and again at around the age of 56-57.At both stages of this transit you are likely to have a positive attitude to change, actively seeking to satisfy your own aspirations in life rather than someone else's. New ideas and progress, either your own or other people's, are welcomed. You have opportunities to explore new and exciting experiences, if you so choose. These opportunities may arise in the fields of science, technology, or metaphysics, or you may enjoy implementing changes in any area of your life. This is a time when your originality and intuition shine and you reap the benefits.  At the earlier stage you are likely to be making changes so that your life more truly reflects your own nature. This may mean breaking away from childhood influences, which were once comforting and supportive. As a young adult, you are now seeking more independence, secure in the knowledge that you have a greater understanding of your own nature and needs. During the later age phase you are reflecting on the path of your life, your achievements and failures. There is a point where you acknowledge changes that need to be made in order for you to live your life according to your own deeper desires. In looking back, you realise areas where you have compromised your freedom to the detriment of achieving your own goals in life. As a result you desire change and the freedom to assert your individuality. The goal at both of these stages of life is self-fulfillment.

Neptune Sextile Natal Neptune This can be a wonderful, creative time occurring age 28-30. Opportunities to take on creative or spiritual activities may come your way, and you will enjoy stretching your wings. This transit can offer those times when you feel in tune with yourself and the world. You may also get the opportunity to spend more time with nature. Absorb the beauty of your surroundings and re-charge the batteries.

Saturn Square Natal Saturn This transit is known in astrology as the "Saturn Return" and occurs approximately every 29 years. The planet Saturn has done a full cycle of your chart and returned to its natal position. The first Saturn return, at approximately 29-years-old, is one of the most important times of your life. You are leaving behind childhood and reviewing your life through new, more mature eyes.  During this time your past comes under close scrutiny. You are being forced, whether you like it or not, to face life with a new maturity. This time marks a separation process, during which anything that no longer supports your life purpose is being broken down and remolded or discarded. This paves the way for new responsibilities to be shouldered as you move into the next cycle. The type of responsibility will be affected by the house placement and rulership of Saturn. The second Saturn return, around the age of 58, also forces you to face up to your responsibilities. The effects of this second return will vary, depending on how successfully you handled your first return.

Progressed Moon Conjunct Natal Moon Occurring at age 27 & 54-55, you undergo changes in your emotional or home life. These changes are likely to stem from feelings of contentment. Generally speaking, you are likely to be in a good mood. However, it is possible that you may also feel somewhat disgruntled about some things, which prompts you to make adjustments. Either way it is time to come to terms with your feelings about important areas of your life and then to let go and move on. Your insights are accurate right now, and you have the ability to make personal decisions that enhance your own life and the lives of loved ones. You are likely to enjoy spontaneity and new and rewarding activities and people. If you have been disappointed with some areas of your life then now is the time to make changes that will bring a deeper fulfillment. The focus is on making alterations that bring greater emotional satisfaction into all areas of your life.

3 MID-LIFE TRANSITS (In astrology mid-life comes early.)

Neptune Square Natal Neptune There are a few transits in astrology which are linked with what society calls the "mid-life crisis". This is one of them and usually occurs in your early 40s. During this transit you review your life's goals and dreams. Like the character Scrooge in Charles Dickens' tale of The Christmas Carol you have the chance to reflect on your visions of the past, present and for the future. You see what has been achieved and what remains to be done. In some cases, you can feel disillusioned at how little you have achieved. The trouble is that you are vulnerable to feelings of failure right now. However, on a more positive note, by the end of this transit you can also gain much insight into which visions may have been sheer wishful thinking and which are achievable.

Uranus Opposite Natal Uranus This is one of the most important times in your life. It is the astrological equivalent of the mid-life crisis, and occurs around the age of 40-42. It is a time when you start to feel restless and question your life. If you are the sort of person who has always been in charge of your own destiny, then you are likely to handle this transit with aplomb, making the necessary changes to enliven your life. You might reflect on your past achievements with a feeling of satisfaction, before moving on to different or fresher pastures.  However, if you have lived your life trying to please other people rather than follow your own instincts, then it is likely that you will experience this transit as quite disturbing. You want to break out from restrictions and may act in ways that are quite out of character. You are likely to startle other people and may even surprise yourself.  Basically, this is a time of readjustment when you start to incorporate more spiritual values and when you orient your life towards your own inner feelings. The transition can be quite bumpy, as in some cases crises can occur as a result of the tension of this period. However, if you refuse to make the necessary changes in your life you may find that life becomes rather meaningless. On the other hand, you must be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater as you seek new avenues for yourself. A balanced approach is required incorporating positive changes in your life in a considerate manner. This way you will benefit from the changes and feel liberated.

Pluto Square Natal Pluto This is one of life's challenging transits during which you are forced to reassess your past and discard any outmoded patterns which have been standing in your way. It is sometimes said to be one of the mid-life crises occurring in your late 30's during which you are motivated to clear out old deeply entrenched patterns and habits. It is a time to re-evaluate your deepest motivations and feelings. You may become more willful, driven by deeper urges to make your life conform to your innermost desires and ambitions. You are forced out of any ruts. Pluto's energy can sometimes be ruthless and so you may feel some pain in the process of letting go and stepping out of your comfort zone. However, the process is regenerating, and you will feel better able to tackle the rest of your life with the renewed vigor that comes from a lighter load. This is particularly true if you can ensure that your willpower is aligned with integrity and true spiritual purpose rather than personal, selfish desires.

Chiron Conjunct Natal Chiron Your Chiron return occurring at age 50 is when transiting Chiron returns to the position of your natal Chiron. If you have not already done so, you now begin to think about your life in terms of your past achievements and what comes in the future. In particular you may start questioning your own death and how you are going to live the rest of your life. This can be a time of spiritual discovery, which helps to heal past events and put you on a new path.

Neptune Trine Natal Neptune This transit occurs in your mid-50s, and again in you live more than 100 years. You find your focus shifting to a more spiritual view of the world. You have opportunities now to enjoy the people and the environment surrounding you without worrying about the need for material security. It is a beneficial time for exploring spiritual, metaphysical or artistic pursuits

Progressed Sun Sextile Natal Sun  Near age 60, life changes for the better.  You may be promoted, or retire.  Regardless, you'll likely enjoy the benefits of advancement.  Your status could change.  If single, you may marry.  You could become a grandparent.  Meke the most of the beneficial period and make decisions that enhance your life. 

Neptune Opposite Natal Neptune This transit occurs late in life in your early 80s. It challenges you to shift from a materialistic worldly view of your life to a more spiritual perspective. You find yourself being forced to face the inevitability of death and look to the spiritual world. Your focus may also change from the external to the internal. In other words, you may become deeply reflective.

Uranus Conjunct Natal Uranus This transit usually occurs around the age of 84 years, (although it can occur just after birth when it is of less significance). When it occurs at 84 years it is a time of spiritual renewal. You have just completed one full cycle of the planet Uranus which governs freedom, insight, originality and detachment from emotions. You now have the ability to view your life in a new light. In some cases, if you have suppressed the spiritual side of your nature, you will experience very little. However, if you are alive spiritually then this can be a great time of insight and contentment as you release earthly attachments in favor of spiritual rewards. It is now that you will feel that you have indeed attained wisdom.