Transits refer to the continual movement of the Sun, Moon and
Planets and how their current positions relate to an individual’s
Chart. The aspects formed are used to determine what is commonly
known as your Horoscope.
Those that appear online, in magazines, or in the newspaper are cast
largely against the presumed Natal Sun position for each Sun Sign.
Since the Sun is generally the strongest
influence on our Chart, these predictions can often be reasonably
However, to have a clearer picture of what influences are active for you
as an individual, your Horoscope needs to include not only the exact
position of the Sun but the Moon and other planets as well.
For example, if the position of the planet Mars forms a
Conjunction with your Ascendant, you may
feel more aggressive than usual for the time that aspect is in effect.
If it Squared or was in
Opposition to your Ascendant it would
probably have a similar effect.
If it formed a Trine or
Sextile that aggression is more likely to be
expressed in a positive way than with a Square or Opposition.
Another example would be if Mercury
formed a Trine aspect to your Natal
Saturn, you may be inclined to tackle serious
matters such as financial planning.
also have an effect.
way to get a clear view of these aspects is to combine a person's chart with the
transit chart in question, such as that shown to the right where the person's
birth chart is in the inner circle and the position of the planets for the
transit day in question in the outer circle. Aspect lines in the center
indicate aspects between the two circles. This method also shows clearly
which planets are transiting which Houses, giving an indication of the general
flavor of happenings in those areas at that time.
For this example,
the person is within a few days of their
solar return since the
transiting Sun is within 4 degrees of their Natal Sun. Pluto is in their
10th House, indicating power issues in their
career or other possible troubles relative to their personal power and/or
reputation and more than likely on this day the person is not being realistic
and is probably quite emotional with the transiting
Moon conjunct their Natal
is transiting their
4th House of home environment, indicating the
breakdowns or disagreements are likely at home. And that's just the
obvious stuff. Retrograde
Saturn on their Natal Pluto in their
6th House of work is probably causing some rather unpleasant issues to deal
with as well. However, Natal
Uranus, planet of surprises and change is in a
nice harmonious trine to transiting
Pluto, which could bring about some positive,
outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, the
Chiron) set trends in our lives as those
transits can last for years. Events related to these trends are then
triggered by the faster moving inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars). It's
common knowledge that everyone goes through certain stages in life, whether it's
the "terrible twos" as a toddler, the teenage years, a midlife crisis or
what-have-you. These, too are influenced, as you would expect, by
transits. Several of these, including those we all encounter as adults,
are covered in the
Parenting with Astrology section. Of course, being able to interpret
the meaning of these aspects and transits is what astrology is all about.
Today’s astrologers are not the somewhat deranged gypsy
down the street with a crystal ball, as they’ve been viewed for far, too long.
The understanding of the planets, their movement, and how each of them relate to
the human psyche that is required to be a credible astrologer is astounding.
The world’s original counselors
thousands of years ago were astrologers. Today they are offering college
programs where individuals are trained in human psychology and counseling then
augment this modern knowledge with what astrologers have known for millennia
about the influences the planets have on us every day of our lives, including
past and future lifetimes. There is also my alma mater, the
International Academy of Astrology, which offers everything from lectures to
advanced classes for everyone from stark beginners to those aspiring to be
Most skepticism about the predictive side of astrology arises from the lack of
agreement between tabloid horoscopes and people’s lives, though many of them are
amazingly accurate in spite of their limitations. This is largely due to the
lack of detail available when you’re casting a horoscope for everyone born under
a given Sun Sign. Generate one for an
individual using their specific birth date, time and place and you’ll see a
significant difference. Put that information in the hands of an experienced
astrologer who can interpret House information and other factors and you’ll see
they correlate in significant ways. Another element that doesn't even show
up in personal horoscopes is the effect of Lunations, or the phases of the
The real trick is reading predictions in advance. Similar to the Bible
Code, it often only works in retrospect, i.e., you need to know the date
of an event in order to find it. Astrologers generally agree that for major
events there will be several influences working together, not just one or two,
and that these are usually to be found in the Natal
Chart as part of the “Natal Promise.” When they actually occur will depend
on a combination of lunations and transits as they aspect the Natal,
Solar Return charts. An
aspect can lie dormant for months or years and then be triggered by a tight
aspect to a Full or New Moon or, better yet,
One of my personal research projects relates to the
astrological influences in effect at the time of NASA’s three major accidents,
i.e. the Apollo I fire, the Challenger disaster and the Columbia accident. What
I found was astounding. Sports teams, corporations, states and countries all
likewise have influences wrought upon them by the planets. Astrologer
Eileen Grimes has also done some very interesting work on the astrology of the
Horoscopes written for all of those with a common sun sign cannot possibly
address all the details in each person's life, though certain common themes can
usually be found based on the major aspects operating on each sun sign.
For details relative to your own personal situation, consider ordering one of
our personalized horoscope
which is cast specifically for you as an individual based on your Natal Chart
data. The degree of accuracy in these will greatly exceed what is possible
with mass horoscopes.