On Not Following Astrological Timing Dogma & Conventions

Conventional wisdom about not making decisions, purchases, entering relationship, etc. during certain transits such as Mercury retrograde, Venus retrograde, eclipses, or void moons – when it becomes dogmatic – is a control mechanism. I like to think of astrological timing as “when in Rome” play constructs: how to merge deeper into the adventure that is this incarnate life. Or even more simply, how to feel at home with what is unfolding.

Not all adventures in this life are meant to be made at the most traditionally sanctioned of times.
If I were to ignore the opportunities that Eclipse season held because it’s not “normal life”, I doom myself to live only within the confines of normal life. If I don’t enter a new relationship during Venus retrograde when my heart says to, I reject the magic inherent within Venus retrograde and reject the intuition of my own heart.

Aligning oneself with the Universe, having a spiritual practice, surrendering and fine-tuning what the will really is: makes planetary transits friends; not moments to have anxiety over. (Though it also makes a lot of sense that we have anxiety over the unknown, and that in the preparation for unknown we experience anxiety. This is at the same time a creation space which we project our cosmological beliefs about reality onto the future.) Do we believe the Universe has our back? Do we believe we are one with it? Do we believe it rejects us if we make a fatal misstep?

Let us remember too, that actual people are BORN during these transits that conventional wisdom may advise “not to do anything” under.

Astrology is an excellent map, but it, nor any other tool of divination, is not a substitute for one’s intuition and higher self guidance. It’s a powerful tool to hone intuition. It’s meant to spark us and connect us to those higher sources. Astrology is an amazing tool for navigational guidance and validation, and insight… but we might keep in mind that astrology is always in interaction with our very being and our being’s depth psychology. Magic is going to meet function where function is at.

There is a difference between the map or signposts along the road; and the internal resonance of “YES”, “NO”, “I don’t know yet”, to such pieces of information. Our understanding of the map evolves simultaneously with our understanding of ourselves and how our life and karmic mechanics operate.

Psychology, and our personal and spiritual development, is projected onto the planets. If one is using the timing of astrology to make sure that nothing ever “goes wrong”, that is the same as being a control freak except on the astral plane. Astrology’s the map which has the power to electrify, awaken, evolve and expand human consciousness. Who we are is the inside job.

~Sabrina Monarch

(Image: Eugenia Loli)

Sabrina Monarch is a soul-centered Evolutionary Astrologer who publishes weekly astrological forecasts. She has been collecting astrological experience for over a decade. She also enjoys yoga, hiking and creative writing. You can subscribe to receive her weekly forecasts by email here.


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  • Reply
    Valory Skelton
    March 5, 2017 at 2:06 am

    What if extremely huge decisions are coming up and you’re trying to decide if you should act on them in a time of uncertainty?

    • Reply
      March 6, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Think of astrology as guidance on the energies to be aware of and that alert you to aspects of a question that might have escaped your attention. Armed with these additional insights you might find a more robust answer.

  • Reply
    Zodiac telemaster
    March 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you Sabrina. I love your articles. This one especially hits home. I have been falling victim to this very thing. Using astrology transits to insure nothing goes wrong. Well I’ve heard freewill is stronger than any transit. I’m an aries Decan 2 so venus retrograde is in my decan I believe so I’ve been worrying. Although manifesting worry is just as powerful. As bolt said to be aware of the energies gives you a kind of heads up .

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