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As we become familiar with the basics in astrology, such as the signs, houses and aspects, we begin to get a firm foundation. The birth chart is a precise tool to assist in delineating the character traits of a particular individual. There are many variations found in a natal chart and this is what sets each of us apart and makes us so unique in our personalities.

Once we get a clear picture of what makes a person with an Aries Sun and a Capricorn Moon different from someone with an Aquarius Sun and a Cancer Moon (only part of the process) we can move on to understanding upcoming transits and progressions. These tools are used in Astrology to decipher what potential future events or areas of life will be affected by the passing of the planetary giants in our solar system.

We have to take into consideration all the planets but pay particular attention to the outer planets, especially Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Any inner planets that are in retrograde motion for a prolonged period of time however should also have our attention. The inner planets move very quickly through the zodiac and under most conditions, these transits do not overly affect us and usually only impact us for quite a very short periods of time.

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 and often point towards turning points or significant life events that can alter our perception or instigate action that changes our perceptions and sometimes point towards alterations in our lives.

The most powerful transit is a transiting planet conjuncting a natal sensitive point or planetary body. The energies of the planet and points merge and become one. Under most conditions, the life circumstances intensify what these energies are linking together and the areas of life influenced will be reflected by the areas where these planets are located in the birth chart. The houses are areas of life and the transiting planet will intensify these points and may produce profound life altering effects especially when several transiting planets are saying something similar in the chart.

The outer planets can be within their orb of influence for up to two to three years depending on when and how frequently they go into retrograde motion and when they become direct again. The first impact when a transiting planet makes an important aspect to another planet and makes a direct aspect to a natal point or planet will be the strongest. An example of this might be Saturn conjunction Mars at 15 degree of Aries. Both planets become direct when the transiting planet is exactly 15 degrees Aries. This applies to squares, a 90 degree aspect, the opposition, a 180 degree aspect and also the other major aspects--the trine, sextile as well as the minor aspects-- the semi-sextile, the semi-square and so forth. The major aspects are more significant than the minor aspects, and the challenging aspects usually promote transitional in our lives.

There are several progressed aspects that are also important in determining factors in a birth chart and the potential for change in a person’s life. We will look at the progressions at a later date. Progressions are more of an internally influence in their nature. Astrologers use the progressed Moon, transiting Mars as well as the transiting Sun and transiting Uranus as timers, as they often produce a push that activates the energies of the outer planets and often signifies an event or culmination producing internal insight.

This is but a brief description on how to delineate potential life events as well as the timing as to when these events may unfold. The area of life affected will be described by the houses involved in the transit or progression, as well as the natal placement of the transiting planets by aspect and house placement.

With this post, we are only touching on information and this will only offers a little insight into understanding how to decipher potential events in the future.


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