adjust to your level, at least right now, or maybe ever. You’re ready for something solid in your life, and the Saturn transit made it blindingly obvious this relationship would not serve you in the future.”
Darlene’s eyes had filled with tears. She pulled a tissue out of her purse. “You’re right on the money there. We tried to patch it up a couple of times, but it was just so frustrating for both of us. It just wasn’t working.”
I nodded. “And now, Saturn is exactly opposite your seventh house Moon.”
“What does that mean?”
“Loneliness. You feel terribly isolated right now. But this will pass. The Moon represents our emotions, our deepest needs. With Saturn in opposition to your natal Moon, none of your needs are being met. I always think of a Saturn-Moon transit as a reality sandwich. It’s forcing you to take a hard look at your desires, your needs, and make more realistic choices.”
“I really want to move. I can’t tell you how badly I want to get away from the city, from everything that reminds me of him. I’m always afraid I’ll run into him somewhere and I just … ” She wiped her eyes with the tissue. “I just can’t stand being alone anymore.”
I shook my head. “Here’s what I think, Darlene. Not right now.”
She frowned. “You’re kidding. You can’t mean that!”
“I have to be honest. I just don’t think it would be a good thing to do, at least not right now. Not with this transit to your Moon. The Moon describes our sense of belonging, our home—both our physical home, represented by the fourth house of your chart, and our emotional home, the place where we feel safe and nurtured. I have to tell you that relocations or house moves made under adverse transits to the Moon generally turn out to be unsatisfying. If you packed up and went to Boise right now, you’d be taking the Saturn-Moon transit with you. You’d probably rent an apartment that you would find extremely ‘Saturnian.’”
“In English, please.” She smiled for the first time.
“You’d find yourself in a space that would be limited, cramped, too small, dark, dirty, depressing. It’s amazing but true, I’ve seen it many times, not just with Saturn, but with other transits as well. I had a client once who moved under a Uranus square to her natal Moon. As she passed her first check across the landlord’s desk, he told her he intended to tear the building down in six months. She grabbed her check back and ran. She then rented another place, moved in, and found out that half the wiring was faulty and the landlord refused to fix it. Uranus, by the way, rules electricity. She had to pay for the repairs herself and then fight with the landlord over reimbursement. It’s uncanny, but I’ve seen things like that often.”
I realized as I spoke that I hadn’t checked my own transits lately. Was this a case of the shoemaker’s children or what? I’d been so busy with other people’s charts, I hadn’t even taken a good look at my own. Uranus was in the sign opposite my Moon. When I wasn’t paying attention, had it snuck up on me? I needed to have a look.
Darlene’s words brought me back to the present. “It’s just so hard right now. I feel I have to revise my life and I don’t know how to get started. I’ve put so much into this relationship over the past few years, and I just feel like I’ve wasted my time. I’m so depressed right now, I can’t think straight.”
“It is a depressing time. I won’t deny that, but you’re not crazy. You’re not neurotic. I can only stress that this won’t last much longer. Look at it as necessary down time. When you come out of it, you’ll be better able to revamp your life and get realistic about your needs. The kind of work you want, the partnership you want. Let’s talk about career direction. What kind of work are you doing now?”
“Sales. I work for a radio station. That was another conflict my boyfriend and I had. He thought I should