When we refer to the transits of the inner planets, this would include the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. These planets and the Sun’s influence are often of minor significance as these celestial bodies pass quickly through the heavens and their energies are short lived.
An inner planet moving in direct motion (without retreating in its retrograde cycle) can have an effect for as long as there are other factors making connection to it at the same time (maybe eight days). Mars and Venus specifically can last as much as 6-8 days depending on the orb of influence we allow.
In general, transits from the more influential outer planets can be felt for up to 5-7 degrees approaching. Some people are even sensitive to their influence before the 7 degrees approach. The energies are in force as much as 2-3 degrees when the energies are separating. The orbs are about the same or a little less with inner planetary transits. Mercury, Venus, Mars and the Sun move approximately one degree per day.
The Sun and Mars, however, are often used as timers in Astrology and can set off an outer planetary transit while in orb which can be quite impacting. (The progressed Moon and especially transiting Uranus also speak of timing of events.)
I personally knew someone who had transiting Pluto in opposition to natal Uranus which was in the seventh house and at the same time they had transiting Mars directly in conjunction with Pluto which were also conjunct their natal Mercury. This individual experienced the death of someone very close to them; proof that transiting Mars played a big part in this unfolding story. This is certainly not to say that Mars and Pluto together indicate death, but they are a powerful combination and an energy source. Under most conditions there is arguments, power struggles and aggressive action.
Mercury on its own will have little impact while in transit as it needs to pick up energies from other planets in the chart to even be felt. Venus and Mars have a stronger influence, particularly Mars, although they are more noticeable when they are making a conjunction, square or opposition to a planet or angle in the birth chart than when they are making the sextile and trine.
When the inner planets go into retrograde however they can again pass over the same degree in a natal chart and have a much more profound effect. The energies of each planet, the house position and the aspects that are within the natal chart will all need to be identified and examined before making a final analysis.
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