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THE CHALLENGING TRANSITS OF AUTUMN 2007
How to Survive & Prosper

By Theodore White,
classical scientific astrologer
Astro * Meteorologist



Posted/August 2007

The coming transits of Autumn 2007 will be challenging for much of the world. Global transits show there are major global events just ahead that will test the resolve, and patience of tens of millions of people. I urge everyone reading this to take the time to plan for making any positive changes that they can, and to bring to an end any conventional barriers which may have acted as barriers towards making progress.

These particular global transits will be difficult for most this coming fall season ~ particularly as Saturn is rising in sunrise diurnal charts, and will be Lord of the months of October & November,
with continuing strong influences into December 2007.

The transits of the fall season will be rough on many, and will lead to a muted holiday season by December. Those who can read an ephemeris will know that using the time now in late August, and the month of September 2007 well can forestall, and neutralize much of the later influences to come in October, November and December.

Those who are able to make re-adjustments, are able to network with people of positive common interests, and who can be practical, and reliable, will be able to survive this fall season's transit in the northern hemisphere.

According to my calculations, times are changing, and we are heading into a new era that precedes the coming of the next decade of the 2010s. With Pallas now retrograde in Pisces, and contra-parallel to Uranus, while both near to the transiting North Lunar Node in Pisces
~ use this time to prepare for the next six-to-seven years overall. Doing so will save much time, energy, and in some cases, lives.

It is essential to use the remainder of 2007, and early 2008 to realign one's economic and financial situations, so that by the end of 2008, and into 2009, new directions chosen will have been taken that, if applied well, will do much to counter the negative economic transits of the mid-2010s in the coming next decade.

A ROUGH AUTUMN SEASON AHEAD
    


If you look at the New Moon transit for September 2007 for the east coast, NY, and Washington, you'll see that Mars is on the MC in Gemini and is situated between tow fixed stars ~ ALDEBERAN AND BELLATRIX. Transiting Mars will be moving toward conjunction with
BETELGEUSE, situated at 28-GEMINI.

Applying Placidus Houses, the MC for the September 2007 New Moon is conjoined to BELLATRIX ~ a negative event will take place, worldwide news in the fall season months of September, October, November, and December 2007.

In summer 2007, we've seen some interesting transits of planets conjoined to what are called the four (4) Royal Stars --

Venus/Saturn - conjoined to fixed star Regulus (Watcher of the North)
Jupiter - conjoined to fixed star Antares (Watcher of the West)
Mars - conjoined to fixed star Aldeberan (Watcher of the East)
Moon/Dragon's Head - Aug. 28, 2007 lunar eclipse - conjoined to fixed star Fomalhaut (Watcher of the South)

The planetary conjunctions to the four Royal stars forecasts a powerful series of world events over the next several months that continue into the year 2008. The outlet fixed star conjunction is
that of the Moon and transiting North Lunar Node in tropical Pisces, where we find the "watcher of the south" ~ the star Fomalhaut.

We can expect events along the lines of this fixed star to take place, which includes, among other events, seismic activity, large magnitude earthquakes where the lunar eclipse was seen, and major events taking place on the world's oceans, involving large ships and sea-going vessels.

Looking at the world transits of October, November, and December, one can see how the stakes are rising. It will be a combination of events taking place around the world, with the Middle East, Iraq , and Iran , highlighted.

HIGHLIGHTED:
           


War news - escalations, societal stress, pitched battles Economic - destabilizations, setbacks, re-adjustments, corruption news Culture - stresses, separations, pressures, dark moods, mental health issues, depressions

Climate/Weather - anomalous events, droughts, heavy rains, floods, oppressive heat and sudden cool downs, a bi-polar winter season ahead for the northern hemisphere with earlier than expected snows at higher elevations

The autumn months will reflect Saturn's coming influences with its ingress into tropical Virgo in early September. The generation born in 1979/1980/1981 are about to experience their first Saturn Returns.

This coming fall season's weather will be dark, cloudy, wet and cold, reflecting Saturn's building influences as it rises ahead of the Sun. Grey skies, and a depressive climate conditions will prevail in October and November, leading to a toned-down holiday season in December.

It is advised to take the time in late August & September to install bright white (not yellow) lighting to use to counter the coming darker climate conditions in the Northern Hemisphere this year.
Saturn's influence is stronger with pale-yellow lights. Avoid this kind of indoor lighting. Expect to witness a steep rise in depressive reactions (Saturn's influence) among people because of the poor climate conditions of October & November.

GLOBAL TRANSITS HEAT UP
 


Transiting Mars retrograde, especially in Gemini, and near to the constellation Orion indicates a sharp rise in military events. We will see heightening tensions that are the combined results of the
failures of a certain generation to restrain itself ~ especially under these transits. However, those in power rarely listen to the guidance of those who are able to read and interpret transits. Nonetheless, the transits will arrive ~ and as always ~ on time.

Moreover, the battles highlighted by the present and ongoing Mars/Jupiter opposition and the coming Mars retrograde in November, and re-emergence into tropical Gemini on Dec. 31, 2007, indicates stressful, and violent events. A major military escalation is highlighted by these transits. I have no doubt that the U.S. will become involved in another major war with a new nation heading into early 2008.

SATURN, VENUS, VIRGO & THE DRAGON'S TAIL
EMOTIONAL INSTABILITY AND ECONOMIC DOWNTURNS
     

We also see transiting Saturn hovering very close to the Dragon's Tail in tropical Virgo for all of the fall season and into the winter of 2008. This is another sign of malefic global events starting next month (September) and continuing into early 2008.

Saturn's hovering around the South Lunar Node in early Virgo has very strong influences for the world. It is wholly malefic, and during the third week of October 2007, Venus & Saturn conjoin for the third (and last) time in four (4) months in the month of October ~ with the Dragon's Tail. This is a negative conjunction, and I would urge caution in travel, relationships, and major decisions at this time.

For women, it is important to take the time to guard oneself physically and emotionally, without attracting violence to oneself. The Venus/Saturn conjunction conjoined to the Dragon's Tail does not bode well for personal relationships.

*Note that Mars will have entered tropical Cancer at the end of Sept. '07 and will hover here for months before turning retrograde mid-Nov. '07. This again highlights personal relationships.

It is best to avoid arguments; especially over money, economics, relationships, etc., considering the recent credit crunch, the severe downturns in the housing markets, and the increasing foreclosures nationwide.

Jupiter in Sagittarius has driven prices up. Saturn's entry into Virgo will drive prices down, to bargain basement levels, but with a price, as mundane transits indicate a period of rough economic times during the fall of 2007 and into 2008.

Families are hurting financially. It is important at this time heading into the fall and winter seasons to network with others, and to be of help by combining resources and being of assistance to those
in need.

HOUSING MARKETS: Sub prime Mortgage mess, Corruption, & Foreclosures SATURN OPPOSES NEPTUNE

Most people at this time in summer 2007 have heard of the crash in the American housing markets and the resulting credit crunch, as markets over the summer dived on news of what is being called one of the worst housing crisis since the Great Depression. Transits revealed this back in 2003, when Saturn made ingresses into tropical Cancer; however, much of the corruption during the real estate boom did not become known by the public until spring 2007.

Saturn's opposition to Neptune along the Leo/Aquarius axis starting in August 2006 revealed the extent of the damage that has spread worldwide through money markets and equity-fund packaged hedge funds on collaterized mortgage loans over the last seven-years that have
collapsed. At the start of the Saturn/Neptune 2006 opposition, we find that professionals watching the mortgage industry were worried about what they were discovering, highlighted here in an August 2006 discussion titled, "Is a Housing Crisis Approaching?

"For some insight into this issue, let's pull some data from a fascinating discussion in Barron's this past weekend. Lon Witter puts forth a different and intriguing notion. Witter observes that we
don't have a Housing bubble, what the U.S. has is a lending bubble. His evidence is how loose the lending standards have become, and why not? The banks ultimately just flip the loans to the Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association, on the NYSE: FNM), where foreclosures and defaults become the headache of buyers looking for greater risk and return.

Witter claims his careful look at the reasons for the rise in housing give a good indication of the impact housing may have on the stock market. He observes the causes (in chronological order) of the rise and ultimate fall of Housing: "The collapse of the Internet bubble,
which chased hot money out of the stock market; rock-bottom interest rates; 50 years of economic history that suggested housing never goes down, and creative financing."

More specifically, Witter's expectations are colored by rather disturbing data:

32.6% of new mortgages and home-equity loans in 2005 were interest only, up from 0.6% in 2000;

43% of first-time home buyers in 2005 put no money down;

15.2% of 2005 buyers owe at least 10% more than their home is worth (negative equity);

10% of all home owners with mortgages have no equity in their homes (zero equity);

$2.7 trillion dollars in loans will adjust to higher rates in 2006 and 2007.

Traditionally, Mortgages have been low risk lending, as the loan is securitized by the underlying property. When banks were lending less than the value of the property (LTV), to people with good credit, who also were invested in the property (substantial down payments) you had the makings of a very good business: low risk, moderate, predictable returns, minimal defaults.

That model seems to have been forgotten. THIS IS REMINSCENT OF THE S&L CRISIS -- where lenders did not have any repercussions for their bad loans!

As bad as the above numbers look, the thinking behind them is worse:

"Lenders have encouraged people to use the appreciation in value of their houses as collateral for an unaffordable loan, an idea similar to the junk bonds being pushed in the late 1980s. The concept was to use the company you were taking over as collateral for the loan you needed to take over the company in the first place. The implosion of that idea caused the 1989 mini-crash.

Now the house is the bank's collateral for the questionable loan. But what happens if the value of the house starts to drop?"

A good example of how this is unfolding at lending institutions comes from Washington Mutual: You may recall Washington Mutual laid off 2500 employees in their mortgage broker department earlier this year. As LTV went above 100%, and then as property values decayed from recent peaks, the collateralized aspect of these mortgages suddenly is at risk.

Here's how this has played out over the past few years via WaMu's ARM loans (data via Washington Mutual's annual report):

- 2003 year end, 1% of WaMu's option ARMS were in negative amortization (payments were not covering interest charges, so the shortfall was added to principal).

- 2004, the percentage jumped to 21%.

- 2005, the percentage jumped again to 47%. By value of the loans, the percentage was 55%.

So each month, the borrowers' debt increases; Note there is no strict disclosure requirement for negative amortization -- Banks do not have an affirmative obligation to disclose this to mortgagees.

Thus, a large part of our housing system have become credit cards. And according to Witter, "WaMu's situation is the norm, not the exception."

Even worse, Witter notes that negative amortization is booked by the banks as earnings. "In Q1 2005, WaMu booked $25 million of negative amortization as earnings; in the same period for 2006 the number was $203 million."

This situation is unsustainable. Witter's housing and market forecast is rather bearish:

"Negative amortization and other short-term loans on long-term assets don't work because eventually too many borrowers are unable to pay the loans down -- or unwilling to keep paying for an asset that has declined in value relative to their outstanding balance. Even a relatively brief period of rising mortgage payments, rising debt and falling home values will collapse the system. And when the housing-finance system goes, the rest of the economy will go with it.

By the release of the August housing numbers, it should become clear that the housing market is beginning a significant decline. When this realization hits home, investors will finally have to confront the fact that they are gambling on people who took out no-money-down, interest-only, adjustable-rate mortgages at the top of the market and the financial institutions that made those loans. The stock market should then begin a 25%-30% decline. If the market ignores the warning signs until fall, the decline could occur in a single week."

As we saw yesterday, the housing data has begun that downside surprise. We have yet to see if July's downward acceleration was a one off or the start of something much more ominous.

Anecdotally, a friend who is a Real Estate attorney in Virginia emailed the following after yesterday's discussion:

'We're seeing substantial increases in foreclosure volume, with more loans going to sale and being bought back by note holders. Most are loans which have originated since 1/1/05. Many are conventional ARM loans. Foreclosure investors are now sitting on the sidelines.

Huge increases in available real estate up and down the I-95 corridor with stuff sitting for extended periods, even in resort areas."

Thus, our Housing driven Economy has now moved into the next phase: the long glide downwards in prices, sales volume, and foreclosures."

THE MORTGAGE CRISIS OF FALL 2007:
Bursting of the Housing Bubble Jupiter inflates, Saturn deflates

The best way to neutralize this fall's transits is to prepare to navigate them in advance without resorting to inflicting, or, taking part in personal projections onto others, personal/professional
dramas which Saturn can crystallize into reality~ which can turn into violent confrontations that can change destinies.

Saturn's long transit of Virgo (26 months) and another four months by retrograde in the year 2010, takes place in a sign ruled by Mercury. This transit will have a devastating, nearly depressing, effect on those severely affected by the downturn in the housing market nationwide, and will drag down important sectors of the American economy (along with other nations connected economically to U.S. housing around the world.)

This feeling of betrayal by the general voting public will lead to the coming Saturn/Uranus opposition that begins in earnest in the year 2008, and will continue throughout 2009, into 2010 ~ the status quo (Saturn) being challenged by the new & radical (Uranus) will be highlighted starting in October/November ~ during the U.S. presidential election ~ and continue into the start of the next decade.

Those people who are financially strapped by housing (sellers) and those holding mortgages & properties that are falling in value can remedy the situation by protecting themselves legally. Saturn's opposition to Neptune since August 2006 (along with transits prior to this pre-dating 2006) indicates widespread corruption in real estate and housing in general ~

~ See www.mortgagefraudblog.com

Many homeowners will be able to protect themselves should they take the time to discover if they have been subject to mortgage fraud. The sad reality of what has resulted in a major credit crunch in the United States and Europe, is that many families are losing homes, and businesses as a result of huge gambles with properties over the years since 1998. In effect, the chickens have come home to roost, and Saturn's transit is making this all too clear, with Jupiter's
position in Sagittarius helping to spread the pain all around.

Buyers are reported to be waiting on the "sidelines" until housing prices fall. However, there is more to this than just "waiting." Many first-time buyers are being forced by the credit crunch to wait as many banks which made huge, and risky loans, have tightened and restricted (Saturn) their loan policies to the point of frustrating new buyers.

This will make the year 2008 a "stabilizing year" with incredible buys in commercial & residential properties throughout the country. Yet, because there are nearly 4.7 million unsold properties on the U.S. market in 2007, the resulting housing crisis will have plunged the U.S. into a recession; despite the expected lowering of interest rates by the Federal Reserve on September 18, 2007, to lessen the pain.

The fact of the matter is that the Fed did not re-act at all to the housing crisis, and the resulting liquidity shock experienced by banks, and mortgage-lending companies. At the time of writing, nearly 45,000 U.S. workers have been laid off from bankrupt mortgage companies, and many more thousands are expected to lose their jobs by the time November 1, 2007 arrives.

Jupiter's coming ingress into tropical Capricorn in mid-December 2007 will be in its "fall" and will also take place in Saturn's domicile of Capricorn. Prices will fall, resulting in a recessionary climate for 2008. The good news will be that Saturn's transit in Virgo will produce an earth trine to Jupiter, allowing for some stabilization in the markets. However, this will not prevent the fast-rising foreclosures that have (and still are) taking place nationwide in 2007. There is more pain ahead in the housing industry for many years to come ~ over the entire transit of Saturn in Virgo, and into the decade of the 2010s.

AUTUMN 2007'S TRANSITS


Fall's transits indicate that the coming holiday season of 2007 will be very painful for many millions of families because of the economic downturn that spread during the spring, and summer of 2007. Expect the coming holiday season to reveal an odd mix of rising & falling
prices. Shoppers will have to be very careful to watch how they are spending, and to closely inspect the quality of products they seek to purchase. Consumers beware.

Avoid professional and personal confrontations during October's hard transits, particular the third week of October, when Venus & Saturn conjoin the Dragon's Tail in the early degrees of tropical Virgo.

Rather, better to navigate these transits with a low-profile, calm, and orderly outlook towards the coming new era that starts in mid-December 2007, and picks up speed in January 2008. Those who take the time to prepare for 2008's transits now, will be better positioned to deal with the developing and fast-paced events that take place from 2008 to 2011.

Use the coming benevolent Venus-Jupiter conjunction on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2008 as a "transit marker" to have professional and personal plans & projects completed to open the special year of 2008 with new opportunities that will have included moving to new cities, and starting new careers, relationships, etc., after the wild and rocky year that 2007 will have become.

While at the mundane level, Venus represents society, and the  conjunction to Saturn & the South Lunar Node in early Virgo reflects the general depressive tone of this particular season highlighted by the September eclipse at 18-Virgo. It also reflects the coming Saturn-
Uranus opposition pitting the old against the new ~ conservative (Saturn) against the radical (Uranus).

Saturn is moving out of its year-long opposition to Neptune , and preparing for its long-running opposition to Uranus in the years 2008-2011, as well as its coming earth trine to Jupiter (2008) and then opposition to Jupiter (2010-11).

This indicates a major shifting of the general public's sense of rights and wrongs, and a serious turn of events in the public's mood as well. With 2008 being an election year ~ things are about to get very nasty, according to these mundane transit. In effect, people are pissed, and the world transits will fuel these strong emotions from frustrations and disappointments of the recent past leading back to the year 2000/2001.

This eclipse at 18-VIRGO on September 11, 2007 will bring back very painful memories of the events of Set. 11, 2001, and, moreover, will set into stone anger and resentment at those whom the people (represented by Venus) think is to blame.

Moreover, the mundane transits clearly indicate that the blame for the economic pressures on families nationwide, including the pressures of war, and everything else that people feel should not be taking place will leak into 2008 in a major way.

Saturn's entry into Virgo in early September, it's conjunction with Venus, and the Dragon's Tail in mid-October '07, and Saturn's coming opposition to Uranus along the Pisces/Virgo axis from 2008 to 2011 is pure mayhem in the sense of outrage. Much of what is to come will remind people of the public demonstrations of the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

In late 2008, and 2009 ~ there's a lot of action between Saturn & Uranus around the 18, 19, 20, 21st, and 22nd degrees of Virgo and Pisces. This reflects the length of time of action from the coming Sept. 11, 2007 eclipse at the 18-degree of VIRGO.

As the Lunar Nodes decline along the Pisces/Virgo axis they begin a new era in mid-December 2007 where a number of important ingresses take place. We've already seen the start of several of them this month of August and these ingresses will continue into early 2008 ~ ending with the coming Venus-Jupiter conjunction in tropical Capricorn at the end of January and in early February 2008:

AUGUST 2007 - month of signs & warnings

Aug. 6/7 - Jupiter stations direct over fixed star ANTARES
Aug. 6/7 - Mars entered Gemini
Aug. 18 - Venus turned to Morning Star
Aug. 28 - Lunar Eclipse at 4-PISCES

September 2007 - a major event month

Sept. 2 - Saturn enters VIRGO
Sept. 5 - Mercury turns S in declination
Sept. 7 - Pluto stations direct
Sept. 8 - Venus stations direct
Sept. 11 - New Moon, partial eclipse Sun/Moon 18-VIRGO

*October 2007 - major event month -

October's transits effectively end the summer of 2007. Weather turns darker, cloudy, gray skies, with rains. Sunlight reduced more than usual this October. Virgo transits (Venus-Saturn-S. Node) very strong. Details, paperwork, documents, bills, etc., irritating people w/ many individuals too picky, too demanding.

Note: The transiting Lunar Node, the Dragon's head will make a conjunction with the Synetic Vernal Point from October 15 to Oct. 29 ~ this is a very sensitive astronomical point that indicates a major changes in life paths for many millions of people.

Oct. 9 - Jupiter square Uranus, exact - travel troubles, watch driving, accidents
Oct. 11 to Nov. 1 - Mercury retrograde - slowdowns, miscommunications

Third Week of October - Venus/Saturn/Dragon's Tail Conjoin - very dangerous conjunction... avoid crowds, fights, arguments, parties, avoid discussing relationships, be low-profile, low-key throughout October.

*Oct. 31 - Halloween, Neptune stations direct. Halloween 2007 is very weird this year, and is not the year for a Halloween party. Transits are plain dangerous this particular Halloween. I'm staying in, and resting, and suggest anyone reading this to do the same. October 2007 is just not the month for parties.

November 2007 - month of recovery, seeking balance, cautions

Nov. 11 - Venus turns S in declination - start quiet plans

Nov. 14/15 - Mars retrograde at 15-CANCER - men over-emotional, weirdo on the street, unshaved males, disoriented, over-sleeping, staying up late at night, drinking, taking drugs, fighting over petty things, getting upset over minor details, mental health issues w/ males. Mars will re-enter Cancer March 4, 2008 through to May 10, 2008... meaning entire period from Nov. 15, 2007 to May 10, 2008 all of the above...

Nov. 23/24 - Uranus stations direct

*December 2007 - major event month, endings & new beginnings

The effects of the Sept. 11, 2007 eclipse are set to take place in this month from Dec. 9 to Dec. 31.

Dec. 11 - Jupiter conjoins Pluto near Galactic Center - religious battles, troubles

Dec. 17/18 - Lunar Nodes change quality from mutable to fixed (until Aug. 2009) - major change of "eras" from the mutable Pisces/Virgo axis to the fixed Aquarius/Leo axis. This new air/fire quality lasts from mid-Dec. 2007 to mid-August 2009 - major national/world changes take place during this nodal era.

Dec. 18 - Jupiter enters tropical Capricorn - new 3-yr. era to 2011 begins - Jupiter will progress faster through the tropical constellations of Capricorn through Gemini (2008-2013). Very useful 5-
year cycle for those interested in professional & business advancement. This is a Jupiter cycle not to be wasted.

Dec. 19 - Saturn stations retrograde - (until May 2, 2008) - relief
Dec. 30 - Venus enters Sagittarius - guard impulses, moderate
Dec. 31 - Mars re-enters tropical Gemini - war news, build-ups

January & February 2008 - major event months

*Note - Jan. & Feb. '08 are busy months. Mercury, Mars, Uranus & Pluto are very active in relation to the Moon's transits. The global events at this time are directly related to the previous transits and eclipse of Sept. 2007.

Jan. 21 - Jupiter trine Saturn - work towards practical goals, positive
Jan. 30 - Mars stations direct at 24-GEMINI - more war news
Feb. 1 - Venus conjoins Jupiter 9-CAPRICORN - excellent for spirits

Conclusions ~
The transits from August 2007 to mid-December 2007 reflect a serious, and emotionally draining time for many people due to the transit conditions. Virgo and Pisces are highlighted.

As mutable signs, and with Jupiter already transiting the mutable Sagittarius, along with Saturn entering the mutable Virgo, the New Moon and eclipse of September 11, 2007 clearly show rough waters ahead ~ particularly the fall months to mid-December 2007, when conditions lead to a new era that opens the period 2008-2011 ~ stressing the coming Saturn/Uranus opposition along the Pisces/Virgo axis ~ it is a time of radical changes butting heads with conservative outlooks.

The eclipse of September 11, 2007 shows that the need for change must be acknowledged in real, seen progress during the lead-up to 2008, or a societal revolution will emerge in the years leading to the decade of the 2010s.

This is a time of major changes for the world and in the lives of billions of people. It is advised for those who understand transits and astrologers who give guidance to help others to navigate them, to begin to do so now, just before the onset the autumn equinox in mid-September, and if able, before the New Moon of September 11, 2007.

Surviving 2007 and to prosper in 2008 will mean to be able to carefully navigate the events of spring/summer and especially the fall season of 2007 in order to reach 2008 ~ a major "earth" aspect year that is reflected in the coming Jupiter-Saturn trine from Virgo to Capricorn, as well as the positive Venus/Jupiter conjunction at the end of January 2008 and early February 2008.

Applying Capricorn-like goals, and plans will work well for those who are looking to make a new start for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 ~ which are special years based on the transits of Jupiter, Saturn and the trans-Saturnian planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The true feel of the 21st century will begin to take shape next year (2008) and by the year 2010, many people will have noticed that times have changed.

Avoid being drawn unwillingly into the dramas and projections of others; especially those whose own personal greed over recent years has gotten them into trouble. The celestial influences show there are many frustrated and unhappy people out there. Many of them are immature, and looking to blame others who are not at fault for their own problems.

Beware this year, heading into the third week of October through late November, and again, around Dec. 17, 18, 19, and again, in the months of January & February 2008, for those who are unable to leave well enough alone, and who do not want to move on with their lives.

Also avoid impulsive (Sagittarius) actions during the late autumn that are not well thought out prior. Details matter with these particular transits of the fall season. Failing to pay attention to
them could have dire consequences for the lazy of mind and heart.

RELATIONSHIPS & NEAR-TERM TRANSITS

Transits indicate to me that the events of October will have many people thinking in November, and December how to leave situations they have outgrown ~ especially regarding professional and personal relationships. There are people out there, who by December 2007, will be considering ending relationships without telling their significant others.

If this is done, because of fears of violence, then consider the timing of such actions, as Mars will be retrograde by mid-November through the end of January 2008. Matters of the heart are strongly tested this autumn. It is wise for those who are intent on making changes to do so in as quiet, and discreet manner as is possible. Watch what you say, and whom you say it to ~ even if it is a close girlfriend. Loose lips can sink ships.

The month of November 2007 is a tough month for personal relationships (Venus square Mars). After the events of October, many relationships will be rocky to say the least, and by December, the economic situations that have developed since spring/summer 2007 will have become dire due to the onset of the approaching holiday season.

The second week of December 2007 offers the best transits for smoothly ending relationships one has outgrown while making sure one has thought carefully about what to do next. Many people will attempt to use Dec. 31, 2007 to suddenly end relationships and scoot. It is better to do so earlier in the month rather than using New Years' Eve, as some will do because Venus will enter Sagittarius on that date. However, Mars will re-enter Gemini, retrograde in motion, on
the same day.

January & February 2008 should be used well by being low-key, low-profile, and pushing ahead with one's goals and plans straight to the date of May 9, 2008, when Jupiter goes retrograde at 22-CAPRICORN while Saturn will have turned direct in motion on May 2, 2008.

Jupiter's motion from the time of writing (late August 2007) to early May 2008 offers the best opportunities to start a new career in a new town, so to speak. After May 9, 2009, slow down, stop, re-assess, enjoy the summer of 2008, and wait to re-implement any future plans until September 7-8, 2008 when Jupiter moves direct in motion again, and performs another (and stronger) earth trine to Saturn during the autumn months of 2008. At that time, Venus and Mars will be conjunct in Libra ~ for many people this either means a reaffirmation of a continuing relationship, or the start of a new relationship with a new person.

It is wise to prepare for 2008 by clearly thinking through one's plans of action and timing them to maximize one's success in starting a new life for 2008 with the minimum of problems associated with such changes.

In this way, the transits of autumn 2007 are neutralized while goals can be set, and met to take advantage of the calming, and practical Jupiter-Saturn trine of 2008 and the coming world transits that take all of us into the challenging and radical decade of the 2010s.

Visualizing peace, and setting goals that are earthy, and practical can achieve much during this fall season in the northern hemisphere in preparation for the new era that opens in mid-December with the change in quality of the Dragon's Head & Tail, along with the new ingress of Saturn in Virgo, its 26-month transit through Virgo, and the coming ingress of Jupiter into tropical Capricorn.  

 

OTHER ARTICLE BY THEODORE WHITE:

 TRANSITS AND THE ECONOMY    

                    

 

     

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