The possibility to predict certain events is one of the greatest powers that astrology provides us. It’s not always a simple task, but it’s definitely worth it.
In this article we’ll describe the most popular and widely used method for prediction – transits.
The main idea of this method is to explore how the planets are currently positioned in the skies (in which sign and degree) and are there any of them which are making connections with your birth planets (aspects).
If so, then first we need to analyze what’s the nature of the transiting planet which triggers our birth planet. Here is a short list:
- Sun – optimism and energy
- Moon – emotions
- Mercury – communication and ideas
- Venus – joy, love and happiness
- Mars – power, strength, desire for taking action and conflicts
- Jupiter – opportunities, growth, expansion,
- Saturn – challenges, hard work, stability
- Uranus – changes, excitement, stressful surprises
- Neptune – creativity, inspiration, confusion
- Pluto – transformations and crises
Keep in mind also that depending on the transiting planet the period will affect us for a different period, which also indicates how important are the changes that this planet can bring. The longer the transit, the more powerful the aspect is and the bigger changes it brings. Here is an approximate duration:
- Sun – a few days
- Moon – a few hours
- Mercury – a few days
- Venus – a few days
- Mars – a few days
- Jupiter – a few months (on and off because of the rotrogradeness)
- Saturn – a few months (on and off because of the rotrogradeness)
- Uranus – 2 years (on and off because of the rotrogradeness)
- Neptune – 2-3 years (on and off because of the rotrogradeness)
- Pluto – 2-3 years (on and off because of the rotrogradeness)
The next step is to analyze the birth planet, which is triggered – what does it represent, how it’s positioned in our chart (are there positive or challenging aspects with the other planets), in which house it’s positioned and which houses it rules.
If your natal planet is in a challenging position in the chart – lets’ say that it has a couple of difficult aspects with malefic planets, then when a transit triggers this birth planet you can expect more stress and challenges.
The opposite is true as well. If the natal planet is in a strong position and has positive aspects then when a transit triggers it, we can expect more positive events and opportunities.
How to understand which life areas can be affected by certain transit?
The answer is shown by the natal planet which is triggered by the transit – what does it represent generally, in which house it’s positioned and which houses it rules. These are the life areas which can be affected.
For example, let’s say that the transit Jupiter makes conjunction with your natal Mercury, which is in your 6th house and rules 3rd house. This aspect can bring you more opportunities (Jupiter) related to your work (6th house) which include creating some new contacts and traveling (3rd house and Mercury).
Or another example – lets’ say that the transit Saturn makes conjunction with your natal Uranus which is in 5th house and rules 4th house There might be some unexpected events (Uranus) bringing more obligation and responsibilities (Saturn) related to your home and family (4th house) which will decrease the time you have for your hobbies (5th house).
Another question which is also very important is what is the specific aspect that the transiting planet makes with your natal planet.
Some aspects are considered to be more positive (like the sextiles and the trines) and others – more challenging (like squares and oppositions).
But keep in mind that there more than 15 different aspects and each of them may have a different impact. You can find more information about that in my webinar about The Types of Aspects in Astrology (view here).
There is also one universal rule that we should never forget about – the transits activate or unlock the predefined themes in our horoscope.
For example – in order to predict that the transit Jupiter which makes conjunction with your Sun will bring fame and glory, first we need to find indications in your birth chart that you have the opportunity to become famous. That’s why the accurate prediction requires a proper analysis of the birth chart.
Another important detail is that if you have a natal aspect between the same planets which are connected in the transits, then this will be a much more important period.
For example, let’s say that you have a trine between the Sun and Jupiter in your natal chart. When the transit Jupiter makes any aspect with your natal Sun, it will activate the natal aspect that you already have.
The most important question is whether the natal aspect is harmonious or disharmonious. This will show the final outcome.
To summarize everything:
The transit planet brings the energy and the natal planet is the one which receives this energy. The type of the aspect will show the type of the energy (positive or stressful) and the affected life areas are shown by the birth planet – what it represents, in which house it’s positioned and which houses it rules.