Most people nowadays seem to know what their Sun Sign is – i.e. Aires, Taurus etc., which is the Astrology you read in newspapers and magazines. More and more people are also now discovering the sign that the Moon was in when they were born. A percentage of those may also know what their Ascendant/Rising Sign is, but only a few are aware of how Astrology marks the major periods of life and can give guidance during those times.
Take the attainment of adulthood. According to the law of many countries human beings tend to be considered adults from the age of 18, but did you know that from the perspective of Astrology you are actually not considered to be an adult until the ages of 27 to 29? This is when the planet Saturn – the teacher of the zodiac – has worked its way through all areas of your life and returned to the place where it was when you were born. This is seen as a time of maturation and souls may find themselves getting married (or divorced), having a child, moving countries, taking on more responsibility at work etc.. Other souls decide not to continue with the next stage of their life at this time.
Then come the mid-life “transits” i.e. movement of planets. The first one occurs around 37 when Pluto – the planet of transformation – moves into square/90 degree angle/point of friction with the place where it was when you were born. This is a time when many things that once were hidden can come to the surface and the old and outworn may be swept away and transformed. Next comes Neptune square Neptune which can be a confusing time when you may feel that you aren’t so sure of what you thought you knew anymore. Then between the ages of 38 and 42 we get to experience what is known as the ‘Uranus Opposition’, which is seen as the real mid-life crisis, when the planet of sudden and unexpected change moves to face the spot where it was when you were born. This is a time when humans are most likely to feel the need to break free and find themselves as individuals, or the change may be forced upon them.
Finally the last of the mid-life transits occurs at the age of 50 when the planet Chiron returns to the place where it was when you were born. Chiron represents our deepest wounds and opportunity for healing. To make the most of this transit this is the time when we may start to ask the bigger questions of life – Why am I here? What’s it all about? etc. and to look into healing modalities.
I would imagine most people expect that they are going to have to face some issues around the 40 and 50 mark, but very few would know that these points in our lives coincide with Astrology and that by getting an Astrologer to look into your own unique Astrology based on your date, time and place of birth, you can discover how these transits will affect you as an individual, what you need to learn and the specific potential for growth available to you.