Newbies Transits & Forecasts

Introduction to Astrology, part VI. On transits

TRANSITIThe Astrological configuration captured in your Birth Chart is a cosmic “barcode” that stays with you forever, but planets do continue their journey in the sky after you have drawn your first breath. Therefore, they’re bound to enter new relationships with the planetary positions displayed in your Chart; and, even though this means they’re technically always “in transit”, an actual transit (when it comes to you and your Birth Chart)  happens when one or more planets make an aspect to one or more planets, asteroids or angles of your Birth Chart (although it can also be said that a certain planet is “transiting” a house in your Chart, too).
Interpreting transits is quite possibly the most important forecasting method in Astrology, as it can point out future trends, developments and themes that are likely to become relevant at a given time. As such it’s an incredibly powerful tool, if used correctly. In order to do so, it’s important to understand differences and characteristics of each planetary transit. A moving planet can keep the aspect anywhere from a few hours, up to some years. Transits of quick-moving planets (I also include the Sun and Moon in this category even though they’re not actual planets and the Sun in particular doesn’t really “move”) have a different way of manifesting compared to slow-moving and generational planets. Transits of the personal planets – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars – move quickly, and since they’re so fleeting in their operation, their effect tends to be of short duration, even though they might carry long-term developments. The transits of the slower moving planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto – are felt on a much deeper level, especially when hitting a personal planet, and they usually translate to agents of change operating in our World from places beyond our control. They’re planets that usually track the trends, tendencies and vibe of the collective, and, as such, they represent bigger forces operating in our Life.
Different people have different ways of “feeling” the transits, but it can generally be noticed that you tend to sense the incoming aspect when it’s within two/three degrees from being exact. This applies to the upcoming transit – when the moving planet is approaching your natal planet or angle. Once the aspect has formed, and the transiting planet moves on, the effect wanes as the transiting planet is leaving the natal planet “behind”.
If the planet in your Chart that’s “receiving” the transit, is part of an aspect/configuration, such as a T-Square, a Yod and the likes, the transiting planet is said to be “activating” that pattern.
When the transiting planet returns to the same point it occupied at the moment of your Birth, you’re having a Planetary Return. This, for instance, happens yearly with the Sun, making your Birthday a Solar Return. You do, however, also experience Lunar Returns, Venus Returns and also Saturn Return, the latter usually being a defining moment in an individual’s Life (I will write about it in a separated post). It’s usually impossible to experience a Return of the Outer Planets as they move way too slowly – the complete cycle of Uranus through the twelve signs takes approximately 84 years,  nearly the same duration as the average human life span, while Neptune takes approximately 164 years to come full circle, and Pluto has the slowest cycle by far. 

Comments (4)

  • Aeterna, don’t you believe that the sun revolves around another bigger star?

    • Hi, Chaitu! Let’s say that I do assume that what I have learned so far is correct or at least realistic. But I’m always open to new possibilities and discoveries depending on the information and what my intuition tells me about it. So far I don’t really have an answer to your question but thanks for bringing this up 🙂

      • Hey, go through this link.
        Even theosophy mentions that the sun along with five other suns and the great bear revolve around a bigger sun.
        I also think it is mentioned in some book by Alan Leo. not sure though.
        Do you refer Alan Leo?

        • Ah, I see what you mean now, the orbiting of our entire Solar System! Sorry, I’m moving around at the moment so I’m checking out the comments in the very limited spare time I get to look at the phone. Thanks a lot for the link! 🙂


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