Silver Car Crash by Andy Warhol (source: ArtStack)

I’ve got a bunch of oppositions occurring in my chart over the next month or so. The weird thing is that we astrologers view oppositions in the same way that we view car crashes: they aren’t good. Conjunctions, on the other hand, are viewed favorably even though they bring planets together like a couple of cars that have crashed into one another.

Yet the more I practice astrology, the more I learn to avoid these “good or bad” interpretations. Anyone who reads my blog knows that I don’t like the idea of “benefic” and “malefic” planets. I also don’t like the idea of assigning “positive” or “negative” designations to conjunctions and oppositions.

Some planets shouldn’t share the same degree of the zodiac. Some planets work better when they are very far apart. Often, that just depends upon how a particular is positioned in one’s natal chart and how that planet is either prioritized or not prioritized as a significant factor in the horoscope.

For instance, the sun opposes my natal Jupiter tomorrow. If Jupiter or the sun were personalized planets in my chart, then I might be more concerned about the aspect. Also, Mars opposes my natal Uranus/Pluto conjunction and conjuncts my natal Chiron over the next two days. That’s a whole lot of action all at once.

But should I be concerned? Maybe a little. Nevertheless, the most important planets in my chart are Venus (the ruler of my Libra ascendant), Saturn (the ruler of my Capricorn sun), and the moon (which is in Cancer, the sign it rules).

That doesn’t mean that the oppositions and conjunctions I’m about to experience are unimportant, but it does lessen their importance. What could first appear as a red-flag signaling a couple of terrible days doesn’t seem so bad upon closer inspection.

What I should be concerned about is the eclipse on January 5 that is only nine minutes away from my natal sun. I’m going to need to take a closer look at what else is going on in the sky on that day to see if the event portends anything important to me. In theory, it should because the moon holds some major power in my chart.

Anyway, my point is that every astrologer needs to learn how to establish priorities when looking at a chart. After thirty years of practicing this art, I consider it a great strength of mine.

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