Day 3 of the New Year: are you on track with your resolutions? We've all known some people who say they're going to make changes (lose weight, get out of debt, quit drinking, etc.) and then actually do it. And they keep doing it with no backsliding. What's their secret? How do they bust out of an ingrained habit?
There are indicators in the natal chart of the ability to manifest changes. I'm not saying if you don't have these aspects that there's no way you can change (because we all have free will). But there's definitely some sign and planetary combinations that make it easier.
I would say there has to be a combination of cardinal signs like Aries, Capricorn, Cancer and Libra (to start something) and fixed signs like Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius and Leo (to stick with it). Too much cardinal and you're fantastic at exploding out of the gate but there's no follow through. Too much fixed and you stay in your comfortable rut. Plus, it helps if there's some major transits or progressions to shake things up.
For example, someone with Mercury in Scorpio is going to have a will of steel but it will be incredibly difficult for them to change their way of thinking.....unless they have their Mercury in a square to their Moon (ruler of Cancer). They're probably hyper sensitive but now they have iron will plus the desire to change (Moon). Let's say someone has Venus in Taurus in the 4th House. Love (Venus) that home (4th House) cooking (Taurus). Food = security. So we have a weight problem here but no cardinal signs in sight to move things along. But let's give this person transiting Pluto (which is moving through Capricorn) in a tine to their Venus. Suddenly, they have the means to transform (Pluto) their situation. For an added boost, let's put their progressed Moon in Aries so they are emotionally ready to make some changes.
This is what I love about astrology: the fix, release or way forward is always right there. And if you don't have enough whatever happening in your chart there's a transit or progression to help things along.