When astrologers talks about transits, it 's easy to get confused. First, transits refer to the movement of planets across the sky. A computer can calculate just where the planets are each day. Armed with this information, the astrologer can project (or predict) when a planetary transit might impose its influence on a given individual.

The study of transits, and the effect that they tell, is fundamental in astrology. A transit aspect occurs whenever a planet, moving in orbit, forms a sensitive angle (aspect) with one of the planets, the Sun or the Moon in your natal (birth) horoscope. The transits show the trends in your life; the ups and the downs brought about by circumstances that you face. In an earlier time, astrological predictions generally forecast events. Most current day astrologers now see the effects of the transits in more psychological and subtle terms, suggesting opportunities or roadblocks.

The interpretations are often not very specific, but nonetheless, if you follow them, you will see that they do foretell the essence of events and changes. Transit aspects often signal opportunities or warnings relative to certain activities and actions. Being aware of pending transit aspects may alert you to the time when you should move ahead, and they may also send a clear message that the moment is not the time to stick your neck out. In either case, astrology is not a science upon which you or anyone should base their life. Transit aspects should not be used as an exclusive tool to make up your mind about important issues, but instead, it's a tool to help make a balanced decision. It may also be a tool to help you understand whatever problem or situation that is occurring in your life at a particular time. If your situation seems to be difficult now, the transit aspects in play may explain why this is so, and when positive changes may be coming about. The good times and the hard times are all part of the human experience.

The Planets

A Sun transit only lasts for a week, at the most, as the Sun moves about one degree a day.  Sun transits have an effect on health, energy and willpower.  You will be more creative and active.  You may express yourself more openly according to the natal planet, sign and house being transited. 

A Moon transit lasts only for three or four hours at the most.  It effects mainly moods and feelings, not always consciously and these emotional changes should be judged according to the planet, sign and house being transited.

A Mercury transit only lasts a day or two.  Mercury transits affect the mind and movement.  So often,  you want to travel, write letters, e-mail, make phone calls and generally communicate with others.   A Mercury transit may also stimulate you to make many local errands.

A Venus transit can last for a few days at the most and can indicate enjoyment in your social life and feelings of love.  You may want to beautify your home or self, and you may desire more entertainment than usual.  You may attract people and things to you so this is the time to find new friends and lovers, or look for a better job or home.  Venus can also bring out your pleasant side and you may feel more attractive than usual, and this Venus transit would be a superb time to schedule beauty regimens and appointments.  Sometimes the energy plays out by receiving gifts or money.

A Mars transit can last about a week.  Mars transits energize the areas of life related to the natal planet being effected.  One can be more energetic and be able to work harder than usual.  But Mars can also promote tension and anger.  So plan to keep busy during a Mars transit so you can have an outlet for this excessive energy.  One should also watch their temper during a Mars transit as well as take extra precautions against rushing and accidents. 

Transiting Jupiter is an influence that acts to expand and enlarge one's world, including one's inner world. Jupiter transits allow growth and expansion of consciousness involving the conditions and natures of the houses and planets involved. One's confidence and level of joy is increased in these areas of life, and the native will feel motivated to improve or gain in these areas. These are times in our lives when we feel a little more free and confident, and are not as aware of restraints. Problems arise when we overdo, and are so confident that we ignore reality and don't think of consequences. We need Jupiter to remind us that we won't get very far if we don't believe in ourselves.

Transiting Aspects

A transiting conjunction (0 degrees) has an intense, focused nature. It can be dramatic or flowing, depending on the nature of the planets involved, as well as the compatibility of the planets involved.

A transiting sextile (60 degrees) tends to involve easy changes--changes that neither you nor outside influences resist. Opportunities are there for the taking.

A transiting square (90 degrees) sets up a challenge. The way one has been living life is challenged or tested. Resistance comes from within and/or from outside influences or circumstances. Action is necessary.

A transiting trine (120 degrees) creates a flowing dynamic in which creative opportunities to grow and expand are present. With an absence of challenge or confrontation, it may pass largely unnoticed (or appreciated).

A transiting opposition (180 degrees) involves a conflict between oneself and another, and/or between one's inner world and the outside world. 


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