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Dr Z's Transit Authority

One of the most straight forward and basic techniques used in predictive astrology is that of following "transiting" planets.

If you've previously done any cursory investigations of astrology on the Internet - then you've surely already at least been exposed to and heard the term "transits" being casually bantered about.

Your astrological birth chart is a snapshot of where the planets were located on the Western Tropical Zodiac at the exact moment when you were born. However, your life (and time) refuses to stand still - and the planets continue on with their individual journeys through the sky, forever circling the Zodiac….

Here's what a "transit" is: the positions of the moving (transiting) planets are compared with the stationary planetary positions in one's birth chart.

Planetary Playhouse
Transiting planets are continually acting out their grand theatrical performances with your birth chart (planetary positions and houses) as their chosen stage, scenery, and backdrop.

Generally Speaking...
The "strongest" or most "significant" transits typically occur when one of the slower moving (transiting) planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) makes an aspect to ("hits") one of the faster moving (but stationary) birth chart personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars).

The astrological concept of transiting planets is generally analogous to the Jungian psychological concept of an archetype being "constellated" (i.e. energy produced through friction) in the human psyche.

Whether or not depth psychologist Carl Jung purposely chose the language "the constellating of an archetype" in deference to astrology (i.e. the term Constellations), I'm clueless. However, early in his professional life, Jung became a devotee of astrological principles and symbols.

Unfolding of Soul
The concept is that on the level of psyche the "transiting" (moving) planets reflect an inner archetypal "time clock" and/or cycles of energies. These cycles reflect the natural patterns of soul growth, development, and maturity occurring within each one of us. These inner energies are potentially "constellated" (activated or excited) as the transiting planets pass over the stationary birth planets.

As you'll discover in the article, "The King Is Dead, Long Live the King," Jung in the Mysterium Coniuntionis referred to this process as a type of alchemical planetary bath - "a bath into which all the planets pour their 'influences."'

In ancient Greek mythology, each of the seven known bodies spinning around the Earth were associated with a different metal:

Sun – Gold
Moon – Silver
Mercury – Mercury
Venus – Copper
Mars – Iron
Jupiter – Tin
Saturn – Lead

The ancients mythologized that as the planets spun around the Earth, they (the planets) each spun their individual metals (influences) into the depths of the Earth.

Here's a short quote from Jungian author Edward F. Edinger:

"Psychologically we can understand this image as referring to the archetypal constituents of the ego. The building blocks of ego are divine qualities stolen from the gods or products of dismemberment of a deity – earthly representatives of transpersonal principles."

Why do these inner energies tend to become linked with external "time and space" events in your life?

As Carl Jung stated: "The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves." CW 9ii

These inner energies are often unconsciously "projected" (by you) out onto your external "time and space" reality. So - from the personal, subjective standpoint of the "ego" (or the "I") - transits are experienced as external events that "appear" to be happening "to us."

The rationale for primarily looking to the slower moving (transiting) planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto - is: the longer a slower moving (transiting) planet hangs around in one place in the chart - the longer its archetypal, life changing energies are hanging around one place in your psyche and projected out into external, "time and space" reality in the form of external "time and space" events.

The Houses
I hate overloading you with more information than you can possibly handle, but I'm going to do it anyway...

It's also very important to take note of which natal (birth) houses the slower moving (transiting) planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto - are passing through.

It's especially important to take note of when the moving planets pass directly over:

  • the Ascendant (1st house cusp)
  • the IC (4th house cusp)
  • the Descendant (7th house cusp)
  • and the Midheaven (10th house cusp).

(The "cusp" being the very beginning point of the house.)

The Ascendant, IC, Descendant, and Midheaven "angles" of the chart act like filters. They act as entry points through which the particular energy of the passerby planet is able to flow freely into and "color" the chart. Therefore transits over these angles very often correspond with the happening of significant external life events.

Final Thoughts...

Common Pitfalls
Here are a few of the Pitfalls we've all been guilty of falling into when first beginning to take a look at transits. (and still fall into on occasion)….

A Few Quick Tips

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List of Suggested Reading:

Predictive Astrology for Novices:
The Changing Sky by Steven Forrest (buy it now at Amazon.com)

Predictive Astrology for whatever the next level is called:
  • Planets in Transit by Rob Hand (this is a must have) (Buy it Now at Amazon.com)
  • Roadmap To Your Future by Bernie Ashman
  • The Changing Sky by Steven Forrest (it's not just for novices)
  • The Eagle and the Lark by Bernadette Brady (Buy it Now at Amazon.com)
  • Uranian and/or Cosmobiological Astrology (if you have to ask, then you don't need to know)
  • Dial Detective by Maria Kay Simms
  • The Combination of Stellar Influences by Reinhold Ebertin (Buy it Now at Amazon.com)

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