planet transits sunAstrology Transits and the positions of the planets in relations to your Birth or Natal Chart is of primary importance in predictive astrology. Each planet (this includes the Sun and Moon) transits the Zodiac in its own orbit within its proper “planetary year”. Astrology is “geocentric”, which means that the Earth is the viewing center of our “Universe”.

The most powerful energy in our horoscopes, the Sun stimulates the activities of the houses it occupies and reinforces (or weakens) other planetary effects, depending on the astrology aspects. If an astrological house is being transited by another planet when it is entered by the Sun, the effect is greatly strengthened. The Sun spends one month in each “house” (sign).

The Moon spends only about two and a half days in each house. This means that its effects occur so quickly that you feel them more as unconscious urges and impulses than conscious reactions to situations. The effects of the transiting Moon, as it makes aspects with other planets, are often felt for only a matter of hours. Often unconscious of the effects; we like the oceans are profoundly moved.

The Moon transiting the houses reveals how we seek and satisfy our deepest emotional needs. The fact that these needs ceaselessly and constantly surge within us, like the tide, is testament to the power of our nearest neighbor in the universe.

The Moon, transiting swiftly through the Zodiac each 29 days, is an “Ocean of Emotion”. Most people are unaware of the powerful forces that the Moon exerts in our lives. By the time we can put our finger on a feeling, urge or desire; this glorious orb has moved on, often leaving us pulled in an opposite direction.

Mercury, the “Winged Messenger”, is speediest of the planets and spends only about a week in each astrology house. During that time it affects your mental outlook, communications with others, and urges to take trips. When Mercury is in retrograde motion during its transit it may introduce delays in the affairs under its influence.

Venus spends about three weeks in each natal house. Venus is the planet of love and material pleasures, so that its transits bring different degrees of enjoyment. The effects are felt as subjective experiences rather than as urges to action. Venus is retrograde for about one and a half months each year. During that time the affairs affected by Venus may be slowed down or delayed.

Mars spends about two months in each natal house. Mars provides you with the energies needed to assert yourself in the pursuit of your needs and desires. Mars is retrograde for about three months each year. During that time you may experience reversals or delays in the affairs affected by Mars at that time.

The fast-moving personal planets (the Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars) transiting through the houses and making aspects with your planets affect your life on a daily basis.

The slower outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) produce important effects that are felt over years and decades, however, these are rarely considered in daily horoscopes.

Jupiter opens you up to expansive feelings and triggers new opportunities to enlarge the scope of your life. It is in each house for about one year, and becomes retrograde for about four months each year.

Saturn brings opportunities to learn self-discipline and how to face responsibilities in the areas of life it touches in each house. The difficulties that arise during a Saturn transit offer you the best opportunities to grow wiser as you grow older. Saturn is in each house for about two and a half years, and is retrograde for about four and a half months.

Uranus brings major changes in your life. It breaks up the rigid past and challenges you to put the pieces together into a more viable pattern for living in the present. Uranus is in each natal house for about seven years and is retrograde for about five months of each year.

Neptune brings opportunities for discovery and use of your creative abilities in the areas affected by the house it occupies. Unfortunately it also blurs your ability to distinguish between reality and illusion in those same areas, perhaps because it energizes your sixth sense, or psychic abilities. Neptune is in each house for about five months of each year.

Pluto brings down the established order in the affairs of the house that it occupies. It then creates the conditions from which new beginnings can emerge. You will experience major transformations in the areas affected by the house occupied by transiting Pluto. Pluto spends about twenty years in each natal house, and is in retrograde motion for about five months each year.

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