“Transiting” means in the sky now, versus “Natal” which means when you were born. A good deal of astrology is done by studying the relationships between the Transiting planets and your Natal planets. We don’t do that here because we don’t know where your Natal planets are, unless we do a reading for you. We just work with the Transiting planets because we’re all under their spell.
A loyal reader asks, “So when a natal planet fills in a vacancy?“
Right on, that’s a Biggie!
First of all, for the rest of the World, you deliver the Energy in the Configuration, in this case the Grand Sextile. A Transiting five-planet-almost-Grand-Sextile is like everyone’s walking around starving, or walking around in the winter without a coat, and they don’t know what it’s like to eat or be warm – they know there’s something really scrumptious just out of sight, but they have no idea what it is. Imagine a movie where everybody knows something really Big is about to happen, but nobody knows what, and everybody’s running around asking everybody else what they think it might be and getting all hyped up with Expectation and literally, Lust, for something they know is so good they can taste it. But nobody knows what it is.
Then you walk in, with your Transiting-Vacany-filling Natal planet. Everybody runs to you because you exude the Energy of knowing what it is. Doesn’t matter whether you do or don’t (it’s all too multidimensional for most Perceptions anyway), you just find that suddenly everyone’s falling all over you, because you personify the plug for the Whole in the Universe. You don’t have to do anything – you’re it, it all happens without your consent or, in most cases, knowledge. You just wonder why suddenly everybody’s sucking up to you. It’d make a great Steve Martin movie.
And since it’s a Grand Sextile, you have the Midas Touch – you see everything that’s just about to fall into place, and you can give it that little Sextile Shove that converts it from Potential to Creative Grace. You can Heal, grant Wishes. You are rightly in demand, because others don’t have that Vision. Don’t take it for granted, or let it go to your head – by October somebody else will be It. Milk it for all it’s worth, the rest of us need your far-sightedness!
Second of all, for the “Native” (you, the one with the Natal planet in the Vacancy), it puts a huge emphasis on that planet, like it’s the Star of a really big Show in Las Vegas. In the case of a Grand Sextile, it’s a huge blessing descending on whatever that planet means in your Natal chart. Suppose it was a planet in the Eighth House, for instance. The Eighth House is about Power. With an Eighth-House planet lit up like a skyrocket, people will be hanging on your every word, looking for any little way that a little of all that Power might rub off on them. You know the way it was in high school, where everybody tried to elbow their way into the good graces of the ones with the Power. In high school that was the cheerleaders and quarterbacks.
Just for review, Power is the same word as Politics and Ego. Most of us work with good old “Office Politics,” the grown-up version of high school, in one way or another. For some people, it goes to their head, either positively or negatively. They think of their role in the organization as King or Queen, or Jester or Serf or Maid, or the one with the Golden Apple. We always have to balance our revulsion for the Politics with whatever gain we can eke out from rubbing elbows with Power. Most folks admire a Big Ego, and some folks are pretty good at helping to polish it. Folks say they’re disgusted by Big Egos, but watch how they behave around one.
Watch to see how your own Ego reacts this month, as you encounter folks who want to hobnob in case a crumb of Power falls their way, and folks who are inexplicably bitter because they resent your ease with Power. Not that Power is something you’re necessarily familiar with. Maybe this huge Blessing will be about your coming into Consciousness about Power. Just because you have it doesn’t mean you know you have it. And don’t forget that Power is changing – the Olde Male model of Power is waning. Lilith/Eris Power is replacing it – Standing Firm to Protect the Innocent. Unwavering because you’re Standing in Truth.
And don’t throw away the fruits! You’re likely to be blessed with new Responsibilities and/or Authority and/or Compensation. Politics is a two-way street. With a Natal planet in the Eighth you’re no rookie, but those who dole out the Power aren’t either. Don’t take Responsibility without Authority and Compensation; that’s always their first offer. It’s a test of your own Power, to see whether you’re willing to Stand Firm for yourself. Ever wonder why there are so many mismatches between Responsibility, Authority, and Compensation in any organization? It’s because nobody every gives Power; it’s always taken.
Just to pick a planet at random, for an example, suppose your Natal Vacancy-Filler was Pluto. Whoa, Pluto in the Eighth! You live and breathe Power! And now it completes a Transiting Grand Sextile! Are you thinking of running for Governor? There’s a Huge Gift here! And just to embellish our imaginary Natal chart, suppose Pluto was Conjunct your Natal Sun. Wouldn’t that be a stunner! With Sun-Pluto you wouldn’t be Living your Life, rather Your Life would be Living You. You’d be left running to try to catch up with it. If you were in Resistance to that, it’d be a living Hell. You just have to put your canoe in and let it go. You can steer – Pluto is Transformation as well as Inevitability, but it’s not you that decides where you’re heading.
So maybe the Huge Gift here is that you finally stop Resisting, and let Power take you where it will. Like Don Juan compared to Castaneda. Jumping on your Ally’s back and hanging on for the ride!
“Sometimes you can trip out so far that you never get back to know that you’ve left,” as Kesey put it. Why not?
I mean, what is there to lose? Your sense of Control is only imaginary anyway. It’s an outstanding chart. Nothing in it to Fear except, as Winnie said, Fear itself. Or was it FDR. I know, it takes your Breath away, but since the decisions aren’t really yours to make, there are no wrong choices. Totally benevolent, just fast-paced. Hard to relax when you’re always out of Breath, but that’s your task. Tap on it. The World needs you to stop hiding your Light under the bushel. The World needs your Power in a bigger arena, and it’s likely to fall out of the sky into your kitchen. Go for it! Easy for me to say, but we need you! We need ALL of us to stop hiding!