The Astrological Transits

Transits Play a Major Role for Astrologers
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What is a transit?

We speak of a transit when a current planet (for example Jupiter) forms an aspect (angle) to a planet in our birth chart.

You have to imagine this in such a way that our birth rad ix is laid over the radix of the current celestial situation like a template. The current planetary positions are then placed in relation to the position of the planets in the zodiac at the time of our birth.


Example: In our birth chart (radix) it says that Jupiter was in Virgo at the time of birth.

Transite | Foto: (c) Ulia Koltyrina -
Photo: © Ulia Koltyrina -

In the transit horoscope we now have the following transit: Pluto trine Jupiter . This means that the current position of Pluto forms an angle of 30° to the position of Jupiter as it was at the time of our birth.

The transit is usually simplified and called Pluto trine Jupiter, but should actually be called Pluto trine radix Jupiter .

Conflictful and harmonious times

Transits have a quality of time . They are one of the most important means of the astrologer to make statements about rather difficult and conflictive or rather easy times in life. They indicate when it is favourable or unfavourable for certain actions

Although concrete events cannot be predicted, statements can be made on the basis of the transits about when there are phases in which certain incidents are more likely to occur than at other times. They show trends , so to speak.
For example, if you want to know when you will finally get married, no astrologer can tell you exactly.

Transite | Foto: (c) andreea -
Photo: © andreea -

However, with the help of the transits, he can see when the times are favourable for a wedding and when which constellations support such a development.

The influence depends on factors

The influence of the respective transits on our lives depends on various points. First of all, their significance is determined by the respective two planets , how well do they harmonise or how opposite is their significance?
For example, Mars-Saturn and Sun-Saturn transits are considered difficult, whereas Moon-Venus transits are considered easy and positive.
In addition, the angle plays a major role. Trines and ⚹extiles are perceived as easy , oppositions and squares as problematic and conjunctions depending on planetary involvement (see article Aspects).

Thelonger a planet stays in our horoscope, the more important it is for our life and the longer it will occupy us. Transits can also become noticeable a little earlier. This is why some astrologers have started to increase the orb of transits (up to 10°).

Whether and how we perceive transits, however, is always strongly dependent on the individual life situation . If, for example, things are going well at the moment, we are well-balanced and have a plan for our life, an opposition, no matter how difficult, can cross our path in life and we will probably not feel it so strongly. However, if there are unresolved issues, we will notice the difficult transit more clearly. We will be challenged to solve the problem.


Basic meaning of the transits


Solar transits are especially important if they form an aspect to our radix Sun, for example, or to a planet that is also aspected by another planet
If the Sun is at a favorable angle, it promotes our vitality, health, and initiative . In a rather unfavorable case, it can bring to light an unstable mental and physical condition of the horoscope owner.

Rate of travel: circa 1° per day
The orbital period through the zodiac: about 1 year
Dwell time in a sign: approx. One month


the moon moves very quickly. It takes only about 28 days to travel through the entire zodiac. It covers up to 15° per day.
Therefore, lunar transits are rather insignificant for a longer prognosis and determination of time. They only affect our perception of the day on an unconscious level. Only if a lunar transit forms an angle to a house or a planet in our radix should we pay more attention to it.
Favorable Moon transits  positively affect our mood, our empathy, and our understanding of our fellow human beings. Unfavorable transits draw our attention to the fact that in a certain area of life, the emotional world is in a bad way.


Rate of transit: up to 15° per day
The orbital period through the zodiac: about 28 days
Dwell time in a sign: 2 days


 Mercury is also a planet that passes through the zodiac quite quickly and only develops its full effect within a few days. Therefore, it too is rather unimportant for a long-term forecast.
Since Mercury symbolizes communication , the world of finance, and travel, its transits also affect these levels. If it is in a favorable angular position to a planet, sign, or house, it stimulates our communication with our fellow human beings . We are eloquent, can express ourselves well, and have a lively mind . It can also indicate that something is changing in this area. On the other hand, if Mercury is in an unfavorable position, it indicates breakdowns in communication, misunderstandings, or travel complications .
Orbital velocity: approx. 2°30 per day
The orbital period through the zodiac: approx. 87 days
Dwell time in a sign: 7 days


♀ The influence of Venus is often felt to be very light and pleasant . Unfortunately, they also only have an effect for a few days . Since they often do not indicate any disturbance, many people do not even consciously notice them.
Venus transits focus on interpersonal relationships , especially friendships, family, and partners. Favorable transits indicate uncomplicated, easy, and positive encounters; the  signs include nice get-togethers, relaxed get-togethers, and flirtations. Although most are not considered difficult, Venus transits in the mentioned areas can also indicate problems. Mostly, however, their negative effect is limited to the fact that we tend to certain laziness and hedonism out of sheer pleasure .


Orbital velocity: 1°15' per day
Orbital period: about 225 days
Dwell time in a sign: approx. 19 days


Mars stands for assertiveness, drive, and risk-taking , among other things. Mars transits are much more interesting for a forecast than the fast Mercury because they stay in a sign for about two months . They indicate energetic periods when we are highly motivated and adventurous . However, difficult Mars transits can also be a warning against excessive actionism . Conflict and strife can arise more quickly than usual during this phase.

Rate of transit: 0°40' per day
The orbital period through the zodiac: 687 days
Dwell time in a sign: about 2 months


Jupiter is often called the "planet of fortune " in astrology. However, even though its transits are often positive, there are also difficult points here.
Jupiter transits are hope-giving in their positive manifestation and provide an optimistic perception of our environment . They represent times when it points to growth and personal development . Ventures can lead to success . We have a healthy sense of responsibility . But as I said, there is also a difficult side to Jupiter. As with Venus, we can simply be too well off at this time, and a positive outlook turns into recklessness and complacency . According to some astrologers, there is also an increased tendency to violate the law .


Rate of rotation: 30° per year
The orbital period through the zodiac: 12 years
Dwell time in a sign: about 1 year


♄ Important for a forecast are the Saturn transits . They are often uncomfortable because they draw our attention to existing problems. But that is also why they are so important. During this time, we become aware of what is bothering us and what we need to change in order to be happy. Saturn transits can contribute to the clarification of a difficult situation and to the further development of our personality . Since Saturn is considered the planet of structure and stability , it brings order into our lives. We will let go of things that have burdened us or no longer function properly.
Every 29 years Saturn forms a conjunction with our radix Saturn , which means they are in the same sign. At 29 and 58, respectively, there are thus more difficult phases of life in which previously existing structures undergo a rather uncomfortable transformation, and the new life situation is consolidated.

Rotation rate: 12° per year
The orbital period through the zodiac: 29 years
Dwell time in one sign: 2 years



Besides Saturn, Uranus is also important for our horoscope . Uranus transits indicate phases that are characterized by sudden changes and upheavals . These can be far-reaching and turn our lives upside down. This time holds many new great opportunities to have the desired breakthrough finally, achieve success, and create something new. It releases unusual energies and dynamics . It is not surprising that Uranus transits are often perceived as difficult . The opposition to our radix Uranus is considered particularly problematic. We experience this at about the age of 40.

Rate of transit: 4° per year
The orbital period through the zodiac: 84 years
Dwell time in a sign: 7 years


Neptune moves very slowly. It is only in the same place in the horoscope every 156 years . Since it, therefore, stays in a horoscope for quite a long time, Neptune transits are considered significant for longer-term forecasts . It symbolizes the spiritual, the subtle, and the inspiration
Neptune transits indicate when we have a pronounced sensitivity to our fellow human beings and our environment . We are subtle and intuitive and pay more attention to our dreams again. Perhaps our creative powers will finally be transformed into creative power.
Neptune transits can also indicate difficulties. We might lose sight of everyday life, lose sight of reality, and take refuge in a dream world. We may also react excessively emotionally and feel defenseless, helpless, or fearful. Problems making decisions may be displayed. We are also more susceptible to dangerous currents such as addictions .

Circulation rate: 1-2° per year
The orbital period through the zodiac: 156 years
Dwell time in one sign: 14 years



Pluto stands for elemental forces, transformations, power, and powerlessness . It symbolizes profound changes in our lives. These can be all-encompassing and destructive. While Saturn brings stability, Pluto transits violently to break down structures . We can experience a crisis.
We strive for power and influence and through the energies of Pluto, we can achieve this.

Rate of transit: 1° per year
The orbital period through the zodiac: 248 years
Dwell time in a sign: up to 30 years

Read transits

If you want to know your own current trans its, you can read them for free in your individual transits horoscope . To do this, however, you must have a user account, be logged in and have entered your correct birth data. You can then read your personal transits 30 days in advance. You can read some short interpretations there, but not all transits.

In a personal yearly horoscope you can even read your transits for a whole year, in our shop we offer such a horoscope including all meaning texts.


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