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As we become familiar with the basics of Astrology, such as the signs, houses and aspects, we begin to get a firm foundation of the meaning behind the horoscope. The birth chart is a precise tool that will delineate the character traits of any individual. There are many variations found in a natal chart and this is what defines us each as unique individuals.

Once we grasp the energies of the different positions of the Sun and all of the other planets within the framework of the individualized chart, we can move on to delineating a chart for upcoming transits and progressions. These tools are used in astrology to decipher potential future events and what areas of life will be affected by the passing of these transiting and progressed planets through the natal chart.

We have to take into consideration all of the planets but pay special attention to the outer planets, (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) and also any inner planet that is in retrograde motion for a prolonged period of time. The inner planets move very quickly through the zodiac and under most conditions, they do not have lasting effects on us. If however any of these inner planets do go into retrograde, they can pass influential areas of our chart and stay within close relationship to these points for extended periods of time, often crossing the same positions possibly three times over the span of its retrograde cycle.

The outer planets and retrograde planets passing over sensitive points in our birth chart, particularly the Ascendant and the Midheaven, can have profound effects on our lives. They often point towards turning points and significant life events that can alter our perception and instigate action that changes our experience. At times, they will point towards changes to our lives that are very significant.

The most powerful transit occurs when a transiting planet conjuncts a natal sensitive point or planetary body. The energies of the planets merge and become one. Under most circumstances, this merging intensifies these energies in the area where these planets can be found in the birth chart. They will also intensify when there is a natal link already between these two planets which provides an outlet for the inherent energies to manifest.

The houses are areas of life and the transiting planet will intensify these points and may produce profound life altering effects. When there are several transiting planets defining the same potential at the same time, these energies will be released. In order for an event to take place, we need at least three links suggesting the same type of event.

The outer planets can be within an orb of influence for up to two-three years depending on when they go into retrograde motion and the timing of when they become direct again. The first impact when a transiting planet in retrograde motion makes an important aspect to a natal position or planet will be the most potent. An example of this might be Saturn in conjunction to Mars at 15 degree of Aries. Both planets become direct when the transiting planet is exactly 15 degrees Aries. Other aspects such as the square - a 90 degree aspect, the opposition - a 180 degree aspect, and the trine, sextile, and inconjunct, will also impact the areas of life indicated. The major aspects are more significant than the minor aspects and the challenging aspects (sometimes the conjunction, always the square and opposition) can promote transitions in our lives.

There are several progressed aspects that are also important determining factors when deciphering a birth chart and the potential for change in a person’s life. We will look at the progressions at a later date. The progressions are more internal in their nature. We use the progressed Moon, transiting Mars, transiting Sun and transiting Uranus as timers for a chart. They often produce a push that activates the energies of the outer planets involved in an aspect and often initiates an event or internal insight.

This is a short explanation on how to delineate potential life events as well as the timing as to when these events may unfold. We hope this provides a little insight into the understanding of how to decipher potential events through Astrology in the future.

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