The Astrology Page Blog: How to Use Transits

Friday, September 29, 2006

How to Use Transits

I have been asked how long a transit will last; here's a few tips. This information does not apply to progressions or directions.

How to Work with Transits

Transits are connections between planets. There are days when no planet is making an exact transit, and not much is going on, although this does not always apply to individuals. It might be a quiet day for most people, but if your personal chart is being triggered, you'll notice it, if it's a major transit.

The length of a transit also depends on the aspect. Major aspects such as the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, quincunx and opposition have larger orbs and therefore last a little longer.

When working with transits, the time before the a transit is exact is usually more potent than the time after it's exact. After a transit is exact the planets have finished their business and move on. The closer a planet is to exact, the more powerful it is. And let me remind you, transits are always affected by your natal chart, for better or worse.

Any planet about to go retrograde is moving very slowly. When it makes its station it doesn't move at all for several days. When a planet is Rx it makes three passes over the same area of the natal chart. Three strikes and your out, if you haven't done your work. All planets except the Sun and Moon go retrograde.

The Inner Planets - The Fast Moving Planets

The Moon
The Moon makes aspects on a daily basis but the effect does not last all day, give it about half a day. Transits from New and Full Moons are a couple of days. The waxing and waning quarters are about a day. An eclipse lasts from 3 months to three years, and sometimes longer.

Sun - allow about three to five days prior to the aspect to feel the effects, and about three days after.

Mercury, and Venus - allow about two days before the aspect and a day after.

Mars - allow about a week before and after.

Jupiter and Saturn
Jupiter and Saturn have a longer influence of two or three weeks depending on how fast the are moving.

Outer Planets
Outer planets move very slowly and their influence may be for months, or even a year, before and after the transits.

The New Planets - Eris and Sedna
These planets stay in the same degree for a couple of years. As we become more familiar with them, we'll know more about how they affect us.

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