Synodic Cycles in Astrology

by Alison Price

Synodic Cycles in Astrology

This post covers the principles of superior planet (excluding Mars) synodic cycles, and how they can be interpreted in a meaningful way for use in your astrology practice today.

Find out each planetary pair’s birth poin,t and where they fall in your chart.

See where we are in each cycle by phase.

Explore how the seeds of each cycle are played out over the years.


Synodic Cycles

Synodic cycles refer to the relationship between any two planets. A synodic cycle starts at the conjunction between two planets.

The chart for the conjunction shows the nature of the cycle as it unfolds.

The phases in which the planets are found describes the type of circumstances that can unfold during the phase.

Aspect Set for Synod Conjunction in the Natal Chart

Only use Ptolemaic aspects as follows:

  • Conjunction – orb 8°
  • Sextile – orb 4°
  • Square – orb 8°
  • Trine – orb 8°
  • Opposition – orb 8°

Synods

The word synod is from the Greek, synodos, which means “a traveling together”

Outer Planet Stellium

The last triple conjunction between the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) occurred at 8° through 11° Taurus, approximately between 576 and 575 B.C.

This was when Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, made a conjunction in Taurus. This triple conjunction occurs only every 120,000 years. This makes it the only one that relates to human evolution.

It was the most powerful stellium that has occurred in human history and heralded the beginning of writing, art and mathematics.

Uranus Neptune Pluto

This cycle represents an overlying patterning of collective human experience on a very long-term basis. The last mutual conjunction of these three planets was in 578-575 BCE in a very close succession of just a few years. Around this time the world reached a crucial junction point and some of history’s greatest teachers were alive around then.

Triple Conjunction Graphic Ephemeris

The graphic ephemeris at 90 for the triple conjunction that occurred in 576/575 BCE.

How to read this Graphic Ephemeris

The top x-axis has time and shows the years 576-574BCE.

The y-axis shows the cardinal signs from the top then fixed sign and then mutable signs. The sign Taurus is indicated and the three outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and indicated by their glyph and the wavy lines are the planets actual movement through the zodiac.

Where two lines cross is a conjunction between two planets.

The three did not actually come to an exact conjunction but with an eight-degree orb for conjunctions, they are within orb for many months.

Working with Synodic Charts

Casting the Conjunction chart

When you cast the conjunction chart you have several options for each conjunction.

Previous conjunction

If there is only one conjunction, then that is the chart to read.

If there were three, five or conjunction then the last chart of the series is the chart you read.

Next conjunction

If there will be one conjunction, then read that chart.

If there will be a triple or multiple conjunctions (and therefore more than one chart) read the first chart until the conjunctions have passed and then read the final chart.


New Book Coming Soon

My new book “Synodic Cycles – Astrological Echoes from the Past” is in the final editing stages and will be published later this year.

It is a guide to working with synodic cycles in your charts and the chart of your clients.

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Alison

May 2018

 


 

The Major Transits of 2018

by Alison Price

The Major Transits of 2018

The planets continuously move through the zodiac. As they do so they engage in angular patterns with each other.

Some connections are positive and may foster growth and harmony whereas others are a challenge and create the catalyst for changes as yet to be made. Others are neutral and can go either way. It depends.

Transits themselves are neither good nor bad but the combination of the energies of the two planets in an aspect with each other makes the dialogue (the aspect) between those two spheres work as a team for the life of the transit.

Whether a particular transit will be good for you as an individual will depend on the placement of the planets in your unique birth chart.

Major transits are any one of the five Ptolemaic aspects or the sign ingresses of heavy superior planets. As major transits develop and unfold over several weeks, months and sometimes years they shape the background message for the rest of a horoscope reading.

Often a transit will start, fade and then return, up to five exact times, before the full impact has passed. Changes made under a major transit will remain.

These slow transits are the markers of general shifts through the solar system. They are like the development of life’s journey and the cosmic trends that are unfurling.

To be in tune with the ebb and flow of major transits each year is a good way to use astrology in your daily life.

 

Saturn enters Capricorn

The ringed planet Saturn returned to its tradition home sign of Capricorn the sea goat in the last few days of 2017. This planet strives to stabilize the bedrock in our lives.

This position is closely related to governments and the establishment of solid foundations upon which to build our future lives.

During the two and a quarter year period until March 2020 as Saturn moves through Capricorn you can expect conservation, restrictions and boundaries to be put in place.

Many people will feel pigeon-holed in dead-end jobs and careers for which they may not be suited. The challenge now is to get the formal education and take courses which will allow you to rise to the heights to which you strive in your career. Saturn gives you what you deserve and no more. There will be no easy way or

During the two and a quarter year period until March 2020 as Saturn moves through Capricorn you can expect conservation, restrictions and boundaries to be put in place.

Many people will feel pigeon-holed in dead-end jobs and careers for which they may not be suited. The challenge now is to get the formal education and take courses which will allow you to rise to the heights to which you strive in your career.

Saturn gives you what you deserve and no more. There will be no easy way or shortcuts up the career ladder as Saturn transits Capricorn. Only concentrated and steady progress will bring you the rewards that you deserve.

The energy of this transit will be felt by anyone with planets in Capricorn or planets in the early degrees of the three other cardinal signs which are Aries, Cancer and Libra.


Jupiter sextile Pluto

(January 7 to January 25 and September 5 to September 17)

As Jupiter forms a harmonious aspect to Pluto in January and September it creates two power surge times for the year. As Pluto disposes Jupiter it means he gives his support willingly to the planet of luck.

This is a good time to look forward and take a chance. There may be hidden backing available for you now. Sound judgment and good opportunities will appear.

This aspect will mainly affect Scorpio and Capricorn but the signs Taurus, Cancer, Virgo and Pisces will benefit as well.


Uranus enters Taurus

(May 15th)

In mid-May Uranus will enter Taurus for a seven-year stretch that lasts until 2025. This brings the radical planet some stability as the earthy fixed nature or Taurus will dampen the random and unexpectedness of Uranus.

During this transit, you can expect to see changes in the way finances flow. The monetary system will likely become more high-tech as banks and virtual currencies drive the change to a more equitable system that will benefit the man in the street and disenfranchised individuals.

This once in a lifetime ingress will particularly affect all Taureans and those people with planets in the early degrees of Virgo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.

As Uranus enters Taurus it is the last major planet to complete the shift towards the passive elements as now Pluto, Uranus, and Saturn are in earth and Neptune and Jupiter are in water signs.

Read more here.


Jupiter in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces

(May 25 to June 13 and August 11 to August 25)

Jupiter moves closer to the trine to Neptune in its home of Pisces the fish. This aspect brings together the powerful Piscean planets because Jupiter is the old traditional ruler of Pisces and Neptune the new modern ruler.

The trine is a beneficial connection and shows there will be harmony and support for both Jupiter and Neptune related things now.

During this period you can expect spiritual enlightenment, religious exploration, appreciation or arts and cultures, and tolerance for diversity and metaphysical systems. More and more people will take up esoteric practices or at least become aware of them going on around.

This positive fluid transit will mainly affect Pisces and the other water signs of Cancer and Scorpio, and to a lesser extent the signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

Saturn in Capricorn trines Uranus in Taurus

(August 21 to September 21)

As Saturn enters Capricorn it will soon trine the radical planet Uranus for the second time (the first contact was back in 2017) but this time Saturn is retrograde and Uranus is in its new sign of Taurus.

This is a combination of old meets new and the two energies of these strong planets will be worked out over time.

Technology will continue to be developed perhaps with the senior age groups being the main focus.

As this is the second connection of a three-part transit there still is time for changes to be made to projects and relationships that started last year. The concrete is not yet set so to speak.

There will be ease of stringent rules as the borders are tested for many. On a personal note, if you have been walked over by other people or been taken for granted, now is the time you will draw the line and halt further incursions.

This major transit will particularly affect Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn and have a similar influence on Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

Jupiter enters Sagittarius

(November 8)

Now the largest planet in the solar system Jupiter returns to its home sign of Sagittarius the archer in early November. This transit promises a twelve-month adventure and expansion period for many.

Travel, eco-tourism and multi-cultural activities will be big now. Jupiter is the planet that encourages us to lift our eyes to the horizon and dream big.

We are inclined to reach for what we want and there is bounty around. The challenge can be overindulgence or taking more than you need or can use.

This fiery positive transit will add excitement for all Sagittarians and will invigorate Aries and Leo as well.

Overdoing it with excessive behavior will be a challenge for Gemini’s and to a lesser extent for Virgo and Pisces.