These days I was rereading “The horoscope in manifestation” by brilliant mind Liz Greene and got myself thinking about orbits in astrology.
One of my main teachers at the London School of Astrology, Frank Clifford (definitely another brilliant mind), had always made a point on “keeping things simple” when it comes to astrology. He would always advise us on finding signatures (which I find very helpful) and on keeping the orbits tight (max of 5 degrees).
Liz Greene, on the other hand, speaks of an orbit of 10 degrees in her book.
I guess that when the approach is psychological you can’t consider a Pluto transit, for instance, only when the planet is sitting right on top of a natal planet.
There is a process being brewed in the individual’s psyche preparing the ground for the transit, and then afterwards, also a process of slowly breaking down and integrating the changes.
To me that makes sense.
Mercury is a strong planet in my horoscope for different reasons and when it was opposed by transiting Neptune around 3 years ago I had a hard time recognising myself.
Since always I’ve had a great love for books and was constantly reading.
But during those years I just couldn’t concentrate.
My mind felt scrambled, my memory was ineffective and my capacity to debate and exchange information was seemingly gone.
Before, I used to read rouhly around 3 books a month and in the last year I probably have read maybe 5 books in the whole year?
Something like that.
At the moment Neptune is retrograde and around 5 degrees away from the opposition to my natal Mercury.
I resonate with the idea of 10 degrees orbit because I can still feel the effects of this transit.
Yes, my mind has gone through some deep transformation, but I don’t feel that I have come back to the functionality of my Mercury in Virgo yet. I am slowly coming back, slowly reading books again, but in a way that is different from before and that still isn’t completely clear to me yet.
I look forward to see if I feel any difference next year, when Neptune will be 10 degrees away from my Mercury.
This is all very exciting for this is the first major, of the multiple transits (from the outer planets) that I’ve been going through, that is fading.
We’ll see what happens..