The Astrology of Crisis


Navigating Life’s Challenges

Astrology is a language of the stars that provides us with a unique perspective through which we can examine our challenges, transformations, and, ultimately, our personal growth.

Astrology is not just about predicting the future or characterizing a person’s traits based on their zodiac sign. It is a complex system of symbols, archetypes, and energies that can help us understand ourselves and the world more deeply. By analyzing the positions of the planets and the aspects they form with each other, astrologers can help individuals make better decisions, find meaning in their experiences, and cope with difficult situations.

In my practice, I have seen astrology provide comfort and guidance to people struggling with challenging life events such as loss, illness, relationship problems, and career transitions. By looking at their birth chart and transits, I can help them understand the underlying patterns and themes of their experiences and offer practical advice on navigating through them.

Amid a crisis, it’s easy to feel lost and overwhelmed. Astrology offers a bird’s-eye view of our situation, reminding us that this moment is but a part of our journey. It helps us understand the why behind our experiences, offering solace and meaning in the face of adversity.

Astrology can be a beacon of hope and inspiration when we feel lost, anxious, and overwhelmed in these uncertain times. By showing us that we are part of a larger cosmic order, astrology can help us find meaning and purpose in our lives and connect with something greater than ourselves.


When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

John F. Kennedy          

Understanding Crisis Through Astrology

The term “crisis” often evokes a sense of negativity and instability. However, it is a universal experience that all humans go through at some point in their lives. A crisis can be a time of significant change, decision-making, and transformation, offering personal growth and development opportunities. In astrology, crises are reflected in planetary movements and aspects, such as transits, progressions, and solar returns. These movements intersect with sensitive points in our natal charts, signifying crucial moments in our lives that can lead to growth and transformation.

Astrologers can identify these critical times and offer valuable insights and guidance to help individuals navigate these challenging moments to emerge stronger and more resilient.

Transits: The Trigger for Change

Astrology teaches us about timing – when to act and when to wait. Certain transits may advise patience, while others indicate a time ripe for action. This knowledge can be incredibly empowering, helping us to align our actions with the cosmic flow.

Transits are significant astrological events that occur when planets in the sky form specific angular relationships with the planets in our birth charts, activating the areas of our lives represented by those planets. These transits can profoundly impact our emotional, psychological, and physical well-being.

For instance, when Pluto transits one’s natal Moon, it may trigger a period of emotional turbulence and intense transformation. This transit could bring up deep-seated emotions and past traumas buried within the unconscious. While these experiences can be challenging, they can also lead to profound healing and personal growth.

Understanding the nature of these transits is essential because it can help us anticipate and navigate these changes more effectively. By studying the various transits, we can gain valuable insights into the cosmic forces and use this knowledge to make informed decisions about our lives.

Therefore, if we notice a challenging transit coming up, we can prepare ourselves accordingly by practicing self-care, seeking the help of a therapist or spiritual mentor, and staying grounded in our daily routines. Understanding astrological transits can give us valuable insights into the cosmic forces and help us navigate life’s challenges more effectively. This can transform these challenging experiences into opportunities for growth and healing.

Progressions: The Evolution of the Self

Astrology offers powerful tools to gain insights into our inner selves and our journey through life. One such tool is secondary progressions. These are based on the premise that the movement of celestial bodies reflects our internal growth and development over time. Progressions are calculated by advancing the natal chart, a two-dimensional snapshot of the heavens at the moment of our birth, one day for each year of our life.

The Progressed Moon moves roughly one degree of arc per month. It is significant as it represents our emotional and instinctual nature, often the driving force behind our actions and decisions. When the Progressed Moon changes signs, it can indicate a significant shift in our needs, emotions, and what makes us feel comfortable. For example, suppose your Progressed Moon moves from Cancer to Leo. In that case, you may become more outgoing and confident and feel drawn to creative pursuits or socializing more often.

These shifts in our inner landscape can be reflective of significant life changes in our outer experience, such as a new job, relationship, or move to a new location. Recognizing and understanding these progressions can help us navigate these changes with more ease and grace and can also help us gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our life journey.

Progressions are a powerful tool in astrology that can help us gain insights into our inner selves and evolution over time. The Progressed Moon, in particular, can indicate significant shifts in our emotional and instinctual nature, accompanied by substantial life changes. By recognizing and embracing these progressions, we can navigate life’s challenges more efficiently and gracefully and gain a deeper understanding of our journey through life.

In astrology, progressions carry great significance as they are a powerful tool to gain insights into our internal growth and development. This shift can accompany substantial life changes, which can sometimes be challenging. However, recognizing and understanding these progressions can bring us a sense of acceptance and peace, enabling us to embrace our evolution with grace and navigate through life’s challenges with more ease and confidence.

Solar Returns: The Personal New Year

A Solar Return chart is an astrological tool cast for the moment the Sun returns to its natal position, marking the beginning of a new solar year in an individual’s life. This chart provides valuable insights into the major themes and lessons for the next twelve months, from birthday to birthday.

An astrologer can analyze the planetary positions and aspects in a Solar Return Chart to provide insights into the areas where they may face challenges or opportunities for growth. This tool can be beneficial for people who wish to develop and grow personally. It helps them understand their inner workings and provides a roadmap for the themes and challenges of the coming year.

For example, the chart may reveal that the individual may face challenges in their career or relationships or will be presented with opportunities to expand their knowledge or travel to new places. By understanding these themes and lessons, the person can prepare themselves to make the most of the year ahead and consciously navigate any obstacles that may arise.

The Solar Return chart is a powerful tool that provides valuable insights for anyone seeking to understand the major themes and lessons and make the most of their personal year ahead.

The Role of Astrology in Navigating Crisis

Astrology can provide us with valuable insights and guidance in navigating the complexities of life. Contrary to popular belief, astrology does not promise to magically solve all of our problems or remove the hurdles on our path. However, it can give us the wisdom and perspective to better understand ourselves and the world around us so that we can make more informed decisions and overcome the challenges we encounter.
With this knowledge, we can gain a deeper appreciation for our own journey and the journeys of others and learn how to better support ourselves and those around us and help us to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.

As we learn to work with the energies of the cosmos, we can transform our challenges into stepping stones toward a more fulfilling and purposeful existence. Remember, the stars may influence our journey, but we hold the power to navigate our path. Let astrology be your guide, not your determinant, as you sail through the stormy waters of life toward your destiny.

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    My name is Patricia Sereno and I have been supporting clients internationally as a Professional Astrologer since 1986. Trained in London, England and certified by the Faculty of Astrological Studies, I learned from the best.
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