I learned a lesson about the transits many years ago through the experience of a client. She came to me after her divorce from the man she had married in her youth. After years of family life, her husband had suddenly taken up with his young secretary, who later dumped him. My client divorced him, took her share of their assets, and was beginning to find a new life for herself and came to me for a reading. In the course of it, I looked up her husband's birth data and saw his transits. I could easily see that his behavior reflected a cyclic planetary pattern occurring in our early twenties, forties, and again in our early sixties in relation to our natal planetary positions. These relationships are called transits. Astrology books describe transit Uranus square or opposition natal Uranus as a time of wanting to break free of prior restrictions, live life in one's own way, regardless of consequences, flirt with danger, find excitement, spontaneously fall in love, perhaps, and that relationships initiated or objects purchased during such transits may be fleeting. When my own Uranus opposition came, some years later, in my early forties, I, too, wanted to break free, but with the foresight of astrology, I was determined not take the conventionally unconventional road. I enrolled in college and finished my education. It was a very rewarding time for me.
Even though, no matter what we choose to do or not do, we will get valuable lessons and growth opportunities, knowing about the potential effects on our minds of certain transits is like a sailor having a map of the shoreline and the shoals and using that map to avoid loss and disaster and find a safer harbor.
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