Astrology and Transits
When it comes to accurate forecasts and predictive trends in astrology, astrological transits are one of the primary methods that astrologers use to create charts that are as precise as possible.
In basic terms, astrological transits are the paths of the planets in comparison to the stationary position of the planets on a birth (natal) chart. Astrologers note the movement, or transits, of the planets and note their position in relation to the sign (house) of the individual and to the aspects (angles) that planets in transition create when compared to the natal chart.
Astrological transits are not just interpreted in one direction, either. The “planetary return” is of special importance to the astrologer as well. A planetary return happens when a planet in transition arrives as the same exact point in the heavens that it was at the moment an individual was born. This marks a complete cycle in the transit of a planet and, in turn, the beginning of a new cycle in a person life.
Different planets have a different level of significance in terms of astrological transits. Jupiter and Saturn bear the most significance of the returning planets. Jupiter’s return happens about every 12 years and begins a new period of development and growth in an individual. Saturn’s return is more than twice as long as Jupiter’s (about 30 years) and creates an opposing phase, one that reflects the aging process and bring with it new responsibilities and new realities that must be dealt with.
Some planets make their astrological transits faster than others. The ones that remain the shortest amount of time in the natal chart are called the inner planets and those that remain the longest in the natal chart are called outer planets. Each of these transits has good aspects and bad aspects. The transits of the inner, or faster, planets are normally not considered to be too important by most astrologers because of their fleeting nature.
The Moon astrological transit only last a few hours at best and its effect is limited to moodiness based on the planet, house and sign in transition.
Mercury in transition reaches its peak for, at most, two days. Astrologers consider this a good time for making correspondence (writing letters or emails) or other communication such as phone calls. It is also considered a good time to make short trips and for making minor transactions such as buying or selling items.
Venus in transition, like Mercury, reaches its peak for approximately two days and represents a good time to socialize. Additions to one’s wardrobe or home décor are highlighted and entertaining at home is also recommended. In addition, Venus in transition is a good time for feelings of love and romance.
The effect of Mars in transition depends on the natal planet that is being affected. It can create a feeling of energy but also create feelings of tension and irritability to the point of anger, particularly during transits periods with the moon. This period demands caution against rushed behavior or carelessness.
With the outer planets, the astrological transition period can last for several years, so they are considered more significant than the inner planets.
Jupiter in transition can have duration of several months and provide great opportunities for success in business or new experiences involving travel and education. However, this period can also give way to foolish, extravagant behavior, misjudgment and just plain bad luck.
Saturn in astrological transition is a period of contemplation, a time for extensive planning for the future, rebuilding the resources and, in general, contemplating life. During this period, health concerns may manifest themselves; there may be a lack of energy or depression, and even death. Saturn in transition is a time to slow down and consider things.
Uranus in astrological transition is a chaotic period, prone to sudden upheavals and unexpected changes in life. These unexpected changes can be good or bad, but both signify a new way of life is about to begin. This can also be a period of originality, unconventionality, inspiration and a time to express oneself in new ways.
Neptune in transition can be a strange, peculiar but nonetheless inspiring time. On the plus side, a more spiritual outlook may evolve, and artistic inspiration can develop. A “religious experience” is not out of the question. But this period can also create difficulties, inspire neurotic feelings, delusions, and even suicidal thoughts. An over-indulgence in alcohol or drugs can occur during this period.
With Pluto in astrological transition, a time of renewal is signaled, the end of one cycle of experience and the beginning of another. New ideas will develop and old issues will return, all in one period. In this significant transition period, death or birth, real or symbolic, can occur as we struggle with our urges. But this is also a period of learning, because so many behaviors may bubble up to the surface and force one to take stock of them and understand their significance.