We’ve all heard that our body chemistry changes every seven years. Did you know in Astrology that seven year cycles exist as well?
In the early 1970’s, I met Benjamin Priest. He was my first official astrology teacher. Ben, a graduate of M.I.T., possessed an incredible mind for detail in his work and teachings, and was an original thinker.
Ben taught us to unravel the mysteries of algorithms, and clarified what the vibrations of planets, constellations, asteroids, and satellites meant to us in a symbolic way. as we searched for guidance to navigate our journey on planet Earth.
I’d like to share notes from that class and the conditions by which the planets influence our years.
1 – 7 Moon: emotional, self-centered
7 – 14 Mercury: learning, communicating, school
14 – 21 Venus: first love, puberty, adolescent vagaries
21 – 28 Sun: goals, first real job, finish school
28 – 35 Mars: work, busy, responsibility
35 – 42 Venus: second fling, mellowing, dissatisfied
42 – 49 Mars: work, security, college, anger
49 -56 Jupiter: mellow, journeys, second honeymoon
56 – 63 Saturn: retirement, security, hard work, responsibility
63 – 70 Uranus: outlook changes, creative, unusual
70 – 77 Neptune: vague, dreamy, reminiscent
77 – 84 Pluto: religious, higher mind, philosophical
84 – 91 Moon: emotional, past, easily upset
91 – 98 Jupiter: longest journey, death
One day I was lying out in my backyard, catching some rays, and I was given an unusual but beautiful vision of a round structure, with plenty of large windows to let the light shine in. Attached by a hallway was another round structure. It was rather like a home symbolizing the mother, the umbilical cord being the walkway, and the smaller round structure symbolizing a child. I immediately thought of Ben.
Upon phoning him I asked what he was doing now, as we had lost touch throughout the years. Seven to be exact. Ben informed me that he was designing a home that he planned to build. I interrupted him saying, I’ve seen it. He asked me to describe what I saw and confirmed the images of his new home. We were both amazed at this impromptu telekinetic connection. Laughing, he promised to send me the plans. True to his word, I have them still, filed next to the hundreds of notes I took in his class.
As Jone has written there are seven year cycles in astrology — Saturn completes one cycle of the Zodiac in 28 to 30 years — seven years for each quarter — Uranus completes one sign of the Zodiac in seven years, taking 84 years (often considered a full life span) to complete one revolution of the entire Zodiac. These are just some of the timekeepers we use in astrology. One of the most dramatic times is when Uranus is opposite its natal position at approximately age 42, many people find there is some adjustment they hadn’t expected that they must make. Jupiter is in each sign for one year — taking 12 years to return to its natal position in one’s chart, and coordinating with the Chinese Zodiac of 12 animal signs. Most strongly felt is the Saturn return at about age 28 – 30, having had Saturn in each quadrant of the chart has brought lessons to be learned in each area of the chart. One is changed (or should be) at the age of 30 in so many ways, if one hasn’t taken in the lessons of Saturn, there will be more and perhaps harsher lessons to be garnered. Each period of our lives should be one of growth and evolution, we are here to learn, to be honed, and to understand our being. We have an amazing chance to become more than the sum of our parts — indeed, we can rise to the heights of humanities most worthy.