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We've all found ourselves at a crossroad. You may even be at one now. And while it can be agonizing to decide which path to take, Sacred Astrology can help you find your way through the dark. Sacred Astrology is not focused on prediction or a cookbook of personality traits, but learning to see the stories in our lives through an archetypal lens. Sacred Astrology can connect us with the wisdom of the archetypes found in mythology and folklore, and reflects on how these stories play out in our own lives to deepen our self awareness and bring an increased sense of meaning and purpose.
Astrology teaches us that there are specific ages that we can expect to find ourselves at definitive crossroads. It can provide a map that show us what our deeper self is trying to learn or experience during these times. These are what I call the "Crossroad Transits," thresholds and rites of passage that happen to everyone at around the same age. And while we are having transits to our birthchart all the time, these times are significant gateways that can bring uncertainty, confusion, and crisis in their wake. Conversely, they can also awaken us to a new phase of individuation and becoming. Knowing the nature of the crossroads on your horizon can help you prepare for the archetypal themes that tend to arise during these junctures.
1. Determine Whether You Are at a Crossroads Transit
2. Connect with Mythology, Folklore, and Story
If we're currently navigating our Midlife Transits, the Mesopotamian myth of the descent of the goddess Inanna can teach us about the futility of trying to hang on to what no longer serves us, so we can step into our true power. Or, perhaps our children have gone off to college during our Midlife Transits and we find ourselves facing an empty nest, and the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone can provide us with comfort and meaning. If we are clarifying our purpose and passion, the Grail legend can teach us a thing or two about the difference between the pitfalls of blind faith and embracing a guiding vision that can lead us to meaning, fulfillment, and self-realization. And finally, during the second Saturn return, we may find deep insight in connecting with stories featuring protagonists such as the Baba Yaga.
3. Get to Know the Gods
With regards to the four Midlife Transits, Pluto is the god of the underworld, and as such is connected to what is subterranean or hidden, endings, transformation, and power. So, if you are in your late 30s and currently undergoing your Pluto square, engaging in shadow work can be immensely therapeutic. The oceanic god Neptune is associated with transcendence, the dissolution of the ego, and surrender. During your Neptune square in your early 40s, cultivating a spiritual practice, learning to let go, and taking time for deep reflection can be helpful. The god Uranus on the other hand, is aligned with liberation, disruption of the status quo, and change. At the Uranus opposition in the early-mid 40s, we need to make room for who we are becoming, while still being mindful about the changes we lean into.
4. Connect with Planetary Correspondences
5. Dive Deeper with Ritual and Journaling
If you've never kept a journal before, a crossroads is good time to start. Journaling can help you keep track of the feelings and insights that invariably arise during these times. It can be highly therapeutic and provide you with an objective overview you might not otherwise perceive when thoughts are running in an endless loop through your mind. Journaling can be a form of meditation that helps you slip past endless mind chatter and connect with your own deeper wisdom. It can also help you see what you're experiencing through an archetypal lens, so you are more receptive to the deeper mythic layers woven into the story of your life.
Danielle Blackwood (Salt Spring Island, British Columbia) is a professional astrologer with more than 30 years experience, as well as a Registered Counseling Therapist (RTC) in private practice. Her therapeutic approach is ...