Transits are one of the major tools which help in making predictions but the interpretation of the transit of planets in Astrology can be tricky sometimes and one can make wrong conclusions without a proper approach.
Not to forget there is no standard guide in Astrology that can help us to make an in-depth interpretation of planetary Transits.
Without a proper guide, many of us out there make huge blunders and a faulty study of planetary transit always leads to a wrong interpretation of a Horoscope.
So in this article of mine, I will shed some light on how to read the effects of a planetary transit, or in simple words, I will teach you how to read a transit chart.
What are Transits & How You Calculate Transit Chart?
As we all know planets are in motion all the time and tend to affect our fate where other factors also matter.
In simple words, transit is nothing but the never-ending motion of planets which generates effects depending on where they are transiting in your Horoscope.
In order to see the transits of any particular day, all you need to do is make the horoscope for that day.
For example; suppose I want to know the planetary position of planets on the 24th of June 2018 then all I have to do is enter the date, time, and place in any astrology software.
You can use Astro Sage for it which comes with a mobile app and is accurate when it comes to calculations.
Now, here is what I got and as you can see in the image, the planetary position of the planets is given where the sign (R) is written against them which denotes retrogression.
You can use this app to get a dynamic view and you can even view the transits with respect to your ascendant or from any other house.
All you need to do is tap on that house and the whole chart will rotate and will become the center of the Horoscope.
I bet probably you did not know the feature of this great app.
The same method can be used to calculate for any given time.
So I guess now you know how to get your transit chart and I will take you to lessons on how to read transits in astrology.
Transit Period Of Planets
Due to factors like distance from the planet Sun and their rotation speed all planets have a different duration in which they complete their journey in one sign and move to another sign.
For your reference, I have listed the transit stay of each planet in one sign.
1. Sun: planet Sun stays in one zodiac for exactly one month and moves to another sign on the 15th day of every month.
Transit of the planet Sun is very important in both Astrology and Religion, for example, major festivals like Makar Sakranti start when the planet Saturn moves to the Capricorn sign on the 15th of January.
In fact, all planets are affected by the planetary motion of the Sun, especially their retrograde motion.
I will talk about retrograde planets in a separate article soon.
2. Moon: Moon transit through all twelve signs in about 28 days which means it takes approximately 2 1/2 days in each sign.
3. Mercury: Mercury transit is complicated because it goes into retrograde motion quite often. Mercury takes around 1 year to travel through all 12 Zodiac signs. But its stay in a particular sign ranges from 14 to 30 days.
4. Venus: Just like Mercury, Venus transit duration in a particular sign is not fixed approximately Venus stays for 23 days to a little over 2 months in a sign.
5. Mars: Mars takes about 2 years to travel through all the Zodiac signs and stays in a particular sign for about 1.5 months. But sometimes Mars transit can become unusual like the current Mars transit in Capricorn where Mars will stay there for 6 months!.
5. Jupiter: The nicest & wisest Jupiter transit takes about 12 years to transit through all 12 Zodiac signs which means Jupiter stays in a single sign for 12 months (1 year).
7. Saturn: The mighty Saturn is a very slow-moving planet and it takes around 29.5 years to travel through all 12 Zodiac signs which means Saturn transit in a single sign for 2.5 years.
8. Rahu and Ketu: These two troublemakers always move in a retrograde motion and take around 1.5 years to travel through each Zodiac sign. We should always take means positions of Rahu transit and Ketu transit.
These periods should be known to you because it does help you understand the complete picture and is the foundation of astrology.
You will be mesmerized when you will see how the constant planetary rays affect us and how their relative position from each other creates events in our life.
Interpretation of Transit from Moon sign or Ascendant?
This is the biggest confusion while studying a transit chart and even a beginner to a master of Astrology makes a mistake here.
From now onwards make it a habit of reading transits through the Ascendant chart, I am not saying you should not consider the Moon chart but always give more weightage to the ascendant chart.
I will explain to you why, first of all, Vimshottri dasha and transit work together and Dasha decides how transit will give results.
Also, keep one thing in mind that transit can never override the promises as indicated in your Horoscope.
When we decode the Dasha results we always consider the lordship of planets from the ascendant, not from the Moon.
So why not see transit results of planets from the Ascendant chart?
Trust me it will give you a more accurate Analysis.
For example, suppose your rising Ascendant is Cancer and your Moon sign is Libra.
If we look at the current Saturn transit is transiting through the 8th house.
Whereas from the Moon sign Libra Saturn is transiting through the 5th house.
I am quite sure that there are a lot of issues in your life right now, especially health issues despite the fact that Saturn is transiting favorably from your Moon Sign.
In the same way, there were many of my clients where Saturn was not transiting favorably from their Moon sign and caused issues in their life, and it is because Saturn was transiting through a difficult position from the ascendant.
So the crux here is that do give preference to transit from the Ascendant, not from the Moon chart.
Techniques For Reading Transit Of Planets
Now, this is the most important part and the main objective of this article and it is my great pleasure to write it here for you.
Here, I will divide it into 4 parts mainly which are as follows:
- Interpretation based on Lordship Of Transit Planet.
- Consider The General Effects Of Transit Planet.
- Ashtakvarga Analysis Of Transit Planet.
- Co-Relation Of Transit Planet With The Mahadasha Lord.
- Following paragraphs are very important so pay full attention to them.
Lordship Of The Transit Planet
Lordship of planets is the foundation of Astrology and one should learn it completely. Once you master it you will be able to predict Dasha results and transit results effectively.
Here I will take Saturn transit 2023 to make you understand the importance of Lordship in analyzing a planetary transit.
Saturn transit in Aquarius happened on January 2023 and while checking its effects you need to consider the Lordship of Saturn first and then the house from where it is transiting.
For example, Saturn is yogakaraka for Tauras ascendant and gives them good results in the house where it is transiting.
So during Saturn transit in Aquarius, they will get good results for the 10th house like sudden rise, promotion and good status etc.
In short, their 10th house will become auspicious and despite the bad position of transit Saturn.
Also, they should not worry over the fact that Saturn is going to a over such a important.
In the same way, you need to consider the house from where the planet is going to transit and check if that house is auspicious or not.
For your quick reference, all houses except 6th, 8th, and 12th are considered malefic whereas 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 10th, and 11th houses are considered benefic.
If both lordships of the planet and the house where the planet is going to transit are auspicious then the whole transit will prove auspicious.
Without considering lordship you can not make a correct interpretation.
General effects of the transiting planet.
Most of us are quite aware of the general principle that a planet in transit from bad houses i.e 6th, 8th, or 12th gives bad results.
We are also familiar with the fact that the transit of natural malefic i.e Saturn, Mars, Rahu, and Ketu gives good results in upachaya houses i.e 3rd, 6th, and 11th.
Now you should know the general effects of each planet in transit while passing through each house of the horoscope.
I haven't written anything on it but the use of common sense and a little bit of astrology will clear the picture for you.
After going through the above paragraphs you will get a good idea of how to read Transits.
But still, there is something missing that can gauge the magnitude of good and bad effects and the next paragraph is going to deal with it.
Ashtakvarga Analysis Of Planetary Transit In Astrology
Ashtakvarga is a system where the auspicious effects of a planet are measured from each other.
I have written in detail about ashtakvarga plz do look at it, I will be adding more content to it.
So, in Ashtakvarga Analysis of Transit, if a planet has more than 4 benefic bindus then that transit will give good effects irrespective of its position and lordship.
For example, currently, Jupiter is in Libra and for Taurus ascendant natives are passing through their 6th house.
Here if Jupiter is having more than 4 bindus in the sign of Libra then the result of Jupiter's transit into Libra will prove good for them.
Here from my own personal experience, I want to make you aware of the fact that even if ashtakvarga bindus are more than 4 i.e 5, 6, 7, 8 (maximum bindus gain in a sign by a planet is 8) the concerned planet still don't give all the way good results, some negative aspects does show up depending on the lordship of the planet.
For example, Jupiter is a malefic planet for Taurus ascendant, and its current transit through Libra in their 6th house will still give some negative results even if Jupiter has more than 4 bindus in ashtakvarga of Libra.
Now you have seen I have written 4 bindus quite a few times and want to tell you that for the planet Saturn there is an exception where more than 3 ashtakvarga bindus is considered as good because the total ashtakvarga bindus contributed by Saturn is only 39 and is rare to see more than 5 bindus in a particular sign.
For other planets, easily you can consider more than 4 bindus for good results during their Transit through a particular sign.
Once you carry out all the exercises given above you will be easily able to figure out the magnitude and kind of results a transit is going to give for you.
So far above I have covered the important points which can help you to read Transits accurately but as mentioned in the very beginning Transits works as per promises of the Horoscope and works under running Dasha lord.
And one needs to connect the dots or I would say need to make a connection with the running mahadasha and the promises reflected in the Horoscope.
Co-Relation Of Planetary Transit With The Mahadasha Lord
If you understand and master this, then you can easily read a transit chart and your interpretation of transit cannot go wrong.
This is more like understanding the journey of a person through a Horoscope.
We all know Yoga in Astrology can be good and bad and they usually decide how much we are going to gain in our life.
For example, if someone has clean raj yoga in your Horoscope then it is an indication that you will rise high in life.
But that will happen only if Dasha is supportive and is connected to Rajyoga in some way.
Now transit of planets is very important here because they will have a big say when the person will reach the peak of the raj yoga.
Or in other words, they activate a raj yoga in a Horoscope.
Suppose a person has Pisces ascendant with Hamsa Yoga in his horoscope and his Jupiter-Jupiter dasha is running which roughly goes for 2.5 years but out of all that Jupiter-Jupiter, there will be a particular time when that person will reach its high.
Not all 2.5 years are going to be glorious.
And if you look Jupiter is transiting through Libra from the 8th house of Pisces Ascendant natives and can be considered as weak and not supportive for the rise in life.
But if you look at the next transit of Jupiter in 2018 in the sign of Scorpio you will see that planet Jupiter will be transiting over their 9th house and will aspect the ascendant via its 9th aspect.
So a clean-cut indication of what is going to happen in the Horoscope of that person and easily he will reach its high time when Jupiter will be in Scorpio.
You can even fix the month here or even the day when big auspicious events will happen but that requires intense practice and some other technique of Astrology.
Let me give you a more convening example.
Suppose there are two people with Aries rising where one is married and another one is not and the current transit of Jupiter is transiting through their 7th house.
The married person has combinations of a bad marriage or a married life but still, he or she is able to pull it off by sheer patience.
But since it is reflected in the horoscope that the person is going to suffer in marriage it has to happen with him or her and here transit can ignite the fire and can cause the issues in their life and here Jupiter can do that due to its transit over the 7th house.
Because something has to happen with that person which is related to the partner and here if Jupiter has less than 4 bindus then this will be the time the marriage will go bad completely.
On the other hand for the unmarried person, the transit of Jupiter will work differently and most likely he or she will get married due to this Transit of Jupiter provided the timings of marriage is on as per mahadasha and antardasha.
This is how transit tends to bring the results and it is never plain and simple, the interpretation of transit in a Horoscope tends to change due to the condition of the horoscope, good or bad yoga in it and most importantly they tend to work as an assistant to the mahadasha lord and decides our destiny.
In the same way, a person will not get childbirth if Jupiter is not influencing the 5th house or its lord during the transit.
In the same way, you need to analyze a transit of the planet with respect to each house not just from the ascendant because it can bring out a lot of information that will help you to predict the effects of transits.
Before wrapping up this article I would like to mention the composite transit of Saturn and Jupiter which is known as Double Transit Theory and is proof of why transits are important and how they relate with the dasha and decides one's rise and fall.
Never ever trust transits blindly and always give importance to the running dasha first.
Make a Judgement of what promises dasha is bringing and then apply transits over it.
Dasha lord will automatically guide you because transits are like a free ball with many directions to go and you can not be making vague interpretations out of it.
Also the condition of the concerned planet in the natal horoscope whose transit you are looking for matters a lot.
For example support you are looking for Jupiter retrograde effects through the Scorpio sign then the interpretation of it requires you to check if Jupiter is retrograde in your natal horoscope or not.
The lesson can go on and on and many things can be added to it like Vedha, Tara Bala, etc.
But my objective is limited for this article and is focused on awareness of basic rules to read transit in astrology.