I have found out a lot about the nature of transits by looking at how they affect my day-to-day activities.
If you engage in an activity frequently then you may learn about the nature of transits through closely monitoring the effects it has on the particular activity you engage in.
As a freelance writer I spend a lot of my time writing so it's natural that I can monitor (and understand) the nature of different transits by seeing how they affect my writing.
When transiting Jupiter in Libra squared my natal Jupiter in Capricorn I could barely get a word onto the page.
Not because I was suffering from writer’s block –quite the opposite in fact. I could barely keep one thought in my head for long enough before it had been replaced by another one. And then another one. And then another one.
Ideas came fast and furious when transiting Jupiter formed a square to my natal Jupiter and all I could do was sit back in a bewildered stupor, jot down ideas, and wait for the transit to pass.
Jupiter Square Jupiter: Learning Mind Mastery
In the Zen Buddhism tradition there is a series of ten short poems known as The Ten Bulls which are accompanied by illustrations depicting the Buddha taming a wild ox, or bull, depending on the source of the story.
In the Buddhist worldview the bull is used as a metaphor for mastery over the mind which is achieved through meditation.
In Asia, taming the bull became synonymous with mind-mastery and the practitioner’s progress towards purification and enlightenment.
The ten illustrations (above) depict the Buddha wrestling with the bull and in the final image they are revealed as part of the same mythic unity.
Learning how to Harness the Power of the Mind
The Ten Bulls is a beautiful metaphor for the power of the mind and our capacity to “make friends” with it or to be blindly at its mercy. Our minds (“man’s double edged sword”) can be used as a powerful force for good or evil as our thoughts have the power to shape our reality.
Many of us suffer from what is commonly referred to as “monkey mind.” We all know the symptoms: racing thoughts, incessant mental chatter, an inability to follow through on ideas, an addiction to mental stimuli, and an inability to sit still and simply “be.”
The aim of meditation is to still the mind so that we are able to control it and use it to our evolutionary advantage rather than vice versa.
Learning how to Tame the Wild Bull
Transiting Jupiter square Jupiter gives us the opportunity to tame the bull, to use our powerful minds to channel higher insights and inspiration rather than being overrun by them. When Jupiter squares Jupiter you will instantly become aware of who it is that runs the show, the bull or the man.
When I experienced transiting Jupiter square natal Jupiter just recently, it was painfully obvious who ran the show. The bull ran rampant, it owned me, I had zero control. I sat cowering in the corner unable to tame and channel the powerful mental energy that was coursing through me.
I did the best I could given the circumstances and merely jotted down any bright ideas that came my way. But I had to wait for the transit to ebb before putting anything down on paper because when I tried to write during this transit I just couldn’t do it (at least not properly) because my mind was all over the map.
Excessiveness: More is not More
Instead of summarising things in one or two pages I was going completely overboard and belabouring very simple points and turning 1-2 page essays into 9 page steamrollers that I had no control over (Jupiter does tend to exaggerate things!)
Jupiter is the ruler of the higher mind, ideals and philosophy and so any transit involving Jupiter will naturally bring these areas of life into focus. You can have too much of a good thing, however, as Jupiter square Jupiter tends to highlight.
Robert Hand points out in his book Planets in Transit:
With this transit it is very important that you keep your affairs from getting out of hand. There is a strong tendency to excess, which may make it impossible to keep up with whatever you are involved in, simply because it is more than you can handle […] You may be overcommitted to projects that demand more time than you really have […] What this transit does is test your sense of proportion. You have to know what you really can and cannot do and who you really are. Insofar as you fulfill those conditions, this transit will give you apparent luck and greater power to achieve. Insofar as you do not know about yourself, you will experience the negative effects of the transit.
Your level of mind-mastery will greatly affect the outcome of this transit. Remember: meditation is everything. If you are undisciplined and your mind is undisciplined then this transit will highlight that, however, if you are highly disciplined then you will enjoy the upsurge of energy and confidence that this transit will spark.
The Sky's the Limit
Imagine someone who is in complete control of themselves, in complete control of "the wild ox," so to speak. Now imagine said person with transiting Jupiter coming into a square with their natal Jupiter. The effect could be likened to a highly charged surge of energy coursing through their veins: the sky’s the limit with what they can create and think up under the influence of this transit.
The moral of the story? Meditate, discipline your mind, get your energy up and then look forward to the time when transiting Jupiter squares your natal Jupiter for you will be able to harness enormous reserves of power and energy and then put them to use for your spiritual unfoldment and creative development.
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