Having just arrived in Dubai, I spent seven hours on the plane with a young man who was keen to start a conversation which evolved into me looking at his chart. He had just moved to Dubai and, by his own admission, whilst he didn’t want to be critical of England he couldn’t help but be. He was finishing his Saturn return and with a stellium in Cancer he had been going through the Pluto-Uranus t-square at some length which was no doubt part of the reason for his move to Dubai. As part of discussing this, I was describing how Pluto brought out was corrupt when it moved into a sign in order to create a transformation, so I was describing how when Pluto was in Sagittarius it had been religious fundamentalism and religious divisions which had surfaced, when it moved into Capricorn it had played out and continued to in terms of the financial world, governments and states etc. He asked me how much longer this would last and I explained probably another ten to twelve years yet. He asked me where it would go next and what I thought that would represent and I said that it would go into Aquarius and that I thought it might well be about the internet and social networks, perhaps also our ideals about government of society and where these had been corrupting. What occurred to me when I thought about it was that of course, whatever corruption might take place in these areas was already happening but that it is just not going to come to consciousness until Pluto moves into Aquarius.
Thinking further about this, I could see that the transits are more like epicentres with shock waves emanating into the past and future. I know that in past Astrology courses aspects have been described like this with the closeness of the orb mirroring the power of the aspect which fades as the orb widens. Also the aspect itself is described in terms of being separating and applying which mirror this epicentre effect with past and future shock waves. Yet what I realised was that it might be more the case that these elements are omnipresent and the aspects of our charts and transits represent peaks of consciousness. So every chart contains every sign, which will be operating in that person’s life, it is just that the aspects show you where their consciousness is most intensely focused. It is like a pond (an undifferentiated body of water) with droplets causing ripples that spread out across it (dying in intensity as they spread). Thus each chart contains all the archetypal energy of the universe but the planets and aspects show where the consciousness of that individual will be focused. Similarly, the chart of the moment shows us where the collective consciousness of the universe is focused and its interplay with a particular individual chart shows where the consciousness is being triggered for that individual in relation to the universe. Hence there will be things happening that may yet be going to come to consciousness and continuing effects from transits which have passed. In this sense, it is as if each transit does not disappear, but rather gets added to consciousness and continues, in the same way that our modern cities are often built on the foundations of older buildings and settlements.