I make the rounds of astrology FaceBook forums, and I see more than a few posts that purposely try to scare people.
Some of the worse offenders are trying to drive people to their sites. They hope to build an audience addicted to their histrionics.
It appears that others are just seeking attention.
They prey on people who know little or no astrology.
As example from tonight should suffice. “The Moon is going to enter Pisces in 9 hours. Are YOU ready for this???”
Several were frightened by this announcement. Unnecessarily. Excuse me for pointing out the obvious to experienced astrologers. The Moon moves through the entire Zodiac in a little over 28 days. That’s 13 times a years (and a fraction). The Sun spends 2-3 days in each sign at a time. In other words, the Moon entering Pisces is a common celestial event.
Ethical astrologers try their best not to frighten people.
Not only is fearmongering an objectionable practice for drumming up business, but the astrology behind these apocalyptic announcements is almost always bad.
The announcement above gives readers the impression that isolated transits are something to fear. Experienced astrologers know that isolated transits are not to be feared. They often pass unnoticed. Transits need to activate progressions, solar arcs, or natal configurations in the individual birth chart before we should expect a significant effect.
We need to consider the entire birth chart to determine the effect of any transit on an individual. I also look at Solar Arcs and the Secondary Progressed (SP) Moon when forecasting the effects of transits.
As a humanistic astrologer, my biggest complaint is that these “roosters” of the astrology world peddle the idea of blaming the planets for what happens to us here on Earth.
The configuration of the planets in a birth chart expresses potential. It does not, in and of itself, determine what happens to us. Human decisions are a mix of birth chart, environment, heredity, free will, and other influences. With free will being the critical determinant for the humanistic astrologer.