Astro Basics transits

What I know for sure about transits…so far…


I remember 2006 well.

For much of it, I was a bubbling mass of restlessness. It sat in my chest and fluttered constantly, as if it were a mass of butterflies waiting to be let out.

I didn’t know it then, but I know now that Uranus was sitting in my 12th house, and had got as close as a degree to my Ascendant before going retrograde.

That restlessness hit a sort of a peak just before Christmas that year with something that I hadn’t seen coming. A single occasion that, somehow, changed me in a deep and transformational way.

I didn’t know it then, but I know now that Pluto was about to exact the first of three squares to my Moon.

Then in March 2007, as the restless was almost too much for me to contain- ok, it had already well and truly broken free- I went to my first formal astrology class.

I didn’t know it then, but I know now that Uranus was conjunct my Ascendant, and Jupiter was conjunct my Midheaven.

It’s now more than seven years since Uranus first crossed my Ascendant. In fact, Uranus has now moved into the 2nd house. Just before he left, I had a final burst of that restlessness that he originally brought with him.

Since then, I’ve had a multitude of transits. It’s been one hell of a ride. I’ve ticked more items off my bucket list than I ever thought possible. I’ve added a whole lot more. I’ve done so many things that had never occurred to me to do. I’ve given up things I never thought that I would. I’ve lost things that devastated me. I’ve gained so much more.

In some cases, it’s been more than I thought I could bear, in others it’s been so much less than I wanted it to be. But looking back, I can honestly say that today I’m a different person, with a different look, a different outlook, a different career, a different circle of people, a different set of ambitions, and a different set of experiences to what I was back in Christmas 2006.

That one event, borne from the restlessness that was already in me, kick-started everything else that followed.  For that reason I’ll never regret it. I can’t regret it.

I’m asked a lot of questions like:

‘what does this mean for Taurus?’

‘What does this mean for Virgo?’

‘What does this mean for me?’

‘What will happen?’

My answer? I don’t know.

Ask every Scorpio Sun their experience of having Saturn conjunct their Sun and you’ll get a different answer. Ask every Taurus Sun their experience of having Saturn oppose their Sun and you’ll get a different answer. There may be some similarities in the theme, but the outcome will be different. Why? Because as each chart is individual, so too is each experience.

I know that there are many of you out there worried about the Grand Cross that’s currently active…and the repeating square between Uranus and Pluto. So I thought today we could talk a little about what I’ve learned about transits since that first class back in 2007.

Some of this advice is harsh or confronting- for that I make no apology. Anyways, here’s what I know for sure about transits…so far.

  • That I’m still learning. I hope I never stop learning. I’ve got pretty good (in my humble opinion) at determining the themes and the areas of life that will be impacted, but as for the events…
  • An event doesn’t necessarily need to be something that happens to me. In fact, more often than not, nothing actually happens. Sometimes it happens around me, sometimes it happens to someone close to me, sometimes it happens within me. I’ve learnt to see all of these things as being events. Events can be physical, emotional or relational.
  • I always look at the transits within the background of whatever the progressed Moon is doing in my chart. Always. It changes, ever so subtly, but absolutely importantly, the prevailing and evolving emotional conditions. It’s the progressed Moon that really makes transits personal.
  • Your experience of a transit will be different to mine. Yours will be personal to you, based on the promise of your chart, and the other things that are affecting your life right now.
  • You can’t play transit poker. Your Pluto-Moon transit might be seriously shitty on the surface but turn out to be amazing and bring you tremendous accolades, but your friend’s Jupiter Return could be crappy indeed.
  • If you’re in a relationship with someone, the connections their planets make to your chart will also mean that transits to their chart will, by synastry, impact yours. My Husband has Venus at 10 Libra. This means that Pluto, Jupiter and Uranus had all making challenging aspects to this point in his chart. My daughter has Mars at 14 Aries. She too is being impacted by what’s going on at the moment. This means that even though I have no planets in my chart being aspected by the Grand Cross, I am being impacted by the transits they are having. This is transits by association. I wrote about it here.
  • Don’t forget the concept of antiscia*- especially if you’re looking at the connections your chart makes to others. If you don’t know about antiscia, that’s ok, but if you do, check for it. That Venus of my hubby’s? By antiscia it’s conjunct my Sun. Because the connection is one of antiscia, the effects are more subtle, hidden and very much under the surface.
  • Sometimes your transit will be activated not by an event as such, but by someone with those characteristics coming into your life. My Uranus transit was first activated in this way. In the case of a Pluto transit, it could be someone in power, an authority figure, perhaps a therapist, or maybe someone who inspires control issues in you.
  • Right now, if someone with a strong Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn signature comes into your life, they’ll be representing the cardinal cross.
  • Transits in themselves aren’t malicious, and you are not a helpless victim with this thing happening to you- even though it might feel like it at the time. If you’re receiving a challenging transit, ask yourself honestly what it is that you should be learning from it.
  • You can’t control the change or the future. You can choose to accept it, you can choose to roll with it, you can choose to let the fear run through you and you can choose to watch it leave you.
  • You might be able to predict the themes and the areas of life being activated, but can you really know what will happen? I don’t think so.
  • I actively look for a silver lining, but that doesn’t always mean that there’s one that’s immediately obvious.
  • Sometimes I fake it until I find it.
  • The actions you take, the decisions you make are all a function of your chart. Knowing your chart, and its promise, will provide you with the information that you require in order to make informed choices about the way in which you act and react. It enables you to treat your transits with more intention.
  • No matter how intentional you might be, life happens and gets in the way of the best laid plans. I had intended to retreat and write a book while Neptune was conjunct Mercury. Instead I’m getting my head around a complicated set of numbers. It is what it is. Interestingly, I just checked back on this post and the offer that was made back then didn’t come to pass- at that point- just as the aspect wasn’t exact back then. The same offer was made a few weeks ago, and I said yes.
  • It’s easier to say this stuff (or write it) than to do it or live it.
  • In order to make things personal to you, you must look not just at the planets being aspected, but what their story is in your life, and what parts of life they rule. There is no point saying something like Pluto is squaring your Moon if you don’t know what your Pluto story is, what your Moon story is, and what each need and represent in your life. Know your chart.
  • Know the condition, or dignity of the planets receiving aspects. Take that Pluto square Moon as an example. If you natally have Pluto in aspect to the Moon, you’ll “get” the energy of the transit much quicker than if you don’t.
  • A transit will only deliver to the natal promise of the chart. If your chart doesn’t hold the promise or potential for you to be a leader, no amount of challenging Pluto transits will push you into that position.
  • Challenging aspects have more potential to bring truly great things than the so called “easier” ones do. Why? Because they push you out of your comfort zone and place you in a position where you have two choices: to grow and step up, or to give up.
  • Sometimes you don’t know the value of a transit and the changes it’s brought until many years later.

*There’s a bit of a spiel about antiscia at the bottom of the Basics page…

Want to know more about Uranus transits of the Ascendant? Check out this post.

Want to know more about the theory behind Grand Crosses? Check out this post.