In the past several chapters, we especially focused on the position of the North Node and South Node in a native’s birth chart in order to find out the naturally born attributes and tendencies. The natal configuration is like the seed we carry from mother’s womb, which reveals a lot of information about who we are when we look at our lives as a whole. In my consultation with each clients, I noticed that people, apart from interested in the “root” energy of themselves, also are interested in the vacillation of their energy on a yearly, or even monthly basis. Questions such as “How is the luck of this year for me?”, “ When is the best timing to take the exam?” are common. Today I would like to focus on this topic and present you the importance of “transit” on a natal chart.
First of all, what are transits in Astrology?
The positions of the planets at the moment you were born are captured on your birth chart. This is a stagnant “screenshot” of the stars. For example, say you were born on 12th July 1983, you will see on your natal chart the Sun is located at 19~20 degrees in Cancer(Sun moves roughly only one degree per days, so exact time here is not that crucial). However, as you took your first breath, the planets continued on their tracks. As the planets continue moving, every once in a while, they come into aspect with the planetary positions on your birth chart. For example, on 12th July 1983 the position of your Mercury was roughly at 22 degrees on Cancer, so the Sun will come in contact with your natal Mercury after about 2~3 days of your birth. This phenomenon is called transit. on 15th July 1983, the transiting Sun was touching your natal Mercury at 22 degrees in Cancer.
Any moving planets, slowly or fast, will come into contact with all your natal planets and important astrological points on the natal charts at some points in the future. From our view on earth, It takes the Sun 365 days to come back to its original position in the cosmos (in fact it is us taking 365 days to go around the Sun), thus each year, the Sun is transiting each natal planet of yours. If we are including other aspects apart from conjunction, which means the Sun “touches” a natal planet, there will be many different interactions between each transit planet and each natal planet. Astrologer also believe that trine, square, opposition are important aspects. But today we won’t go into details about them.
A moving planet can transit a natal planet of yours anywhere from a few hours up to a few years. The moon moves so fast that it could makes a conjunction with a natal planet for 1~2 hours and it will leave. However, Neptune and Pluto, because they move so slowly, the conjunction (or the touch) of a natal planet of yours can last for 2 or 3 years, if we use an orb of 1~2 degree.
The transit has an influence over you during the entire time that it’s transiting, but it also has a point at which it becomes “exact.” This is the day when it reaches the exact degree, minute, and second of your birth planet. Some transits can become exact three times because of retrograde motion: the transiting planet passes over the point once, then the planet goes retrograde and backtracks over the point, then the planet goes back into direct motion and passes over the point a third time.
In my years experience working with clients, I realised that what affects us the most is the outer planets transits to our Natal Sun, Moon, Nodes of the Moon; and inner plants transit to Nodes of the Moon. Understanding when the transit happens is essential in our planning and making predictions. Today, I especially want to talk about the transits of all planets to our North Node, the position of cosmic development and growth.
First, please find out where your North Node and South Node are in your natal chart. https://cafeastrology.com/northnodetables.html
- Input your birthday info (Please set the time at 12:00pm if you don’t know your birthday time). Here I have input the example I used earlier, 12th July 1983.
- Click “submit”, viola! There is your North Node position. The example I am using has natal north node is at 24 degrees in Gemini.
Transiting Sun to your North Node: The Sun comes to 24 degrees in Gemini almost always on the same dates every year— around 13th June to 17th June (Here I have given 2 degrees orbs). For a 12th July 1983 born native, every year between 13th to 17th June, the Sun will illuminate his/her natal North Node (How do I know? Use the below tool). This is a very good time for recognition, and you will possibly be connected with positive people, especially a male or with an authority figure. Sun is the source of life and future. You feel forward-looking and optimistic about exploring new directions with courage.
This transit happens once a year.
If you want to check the general transit position of the Sun and when it will come to contact with your North Node, please use http://planetwatcher.com/ to find out; the symbol of the Sun is “☉”.
Transiting Moon to your North Node: Your intuition is heightened, which shows you the direction you are heading. Although you aren’t ready to fully embrace this new path you are merging in the direction of fulfilling your highest potential. Follow your instincts and intuition and you will establish the groundwork in the present.
Usually this is a good time when you are likely to receive love and nurturing energy from female figures or a mother figure around you. They provide assistance and guidance for further growth.
This transit happens once each month.
If you want to check the general transit position of the Moon and when it will come to contact with your North Node, please use http://planetwatcher.com/ to find out; the symbol of the Moon is “☾”.
Transiting Mercury to your North Node: Communication, correspondence, travel and information exchange are heightened during this time which brings potential for new growth and development. You tend to articulate better, and easily get your meaning across. This is a great time for giving birth to new ideas and express your mind to others. Males siblings and young men tend to come to help and contribute to you. If you have any short trips to go on, this is a wonderful time to do so.
This transit happens once every 1~2 years.
If you want to check the general transit position of Mercury and when it will come to contact with your North Node, please use http://planetwatcher.com/ to find out; the symbol of Mercury is “☿”.
Transiting Venus to your North Node: Social life is optimistic and you tend to feel loved in a group situation. Harmony flows well for you. You feel easy going, graceful, and people are naturally drawn to you. Luck with money is also good during this time. Some unexpected financial assistance tends to happen during this time. Relationships with sisters and young women are positive.
This transit happens once every 1~2 years.
If you want to check the general transit position of Venus and when it will come to contact with your North Node, please use http://planetwatcher.com/ to find out; the symbol of the Sun is “♀”.
Transiting Mars to your North Node: You feel courages and motivated during this time, physical stamina increases.Mars rules our physical energy and it is a great time to do any physical workout or attend competitions. You will also encounter projects/people, especially men who encourage you to be your best. Someone will also take positive action on your behalf.
If you want to check the general transit position of Mars and when it will come to contact with your North Node, please use http://planetwatcher.com/ to find out; the symbol of the Sun is “♂”.
This transit happens once every 2 years.
Transiting Jupiter to your North Node: There are opportunities to travel, or to go into higher study, such as getting a diploma or certificate. If your job is related to teaching, publishing, advertising or in the legal field, you will receive helpful advice. Your mind is big, and feel optimistic during this period of time.
This transit happens once every 12 years. (Yes it is not common!)
If you want to check the general transit position of Jupiter and when it will come to contact with your North Node, please use http://planetwatcher.com/ to find out; the symbol of the Sun is “♃”.
Transiting Saturn to your North Node: Some one in the authority or older than you will assist you in someway and give you opportunities to develop your potentials. You could enjoy increased status or recognition. This is a fortunate time for career development.
This transit happens once every 28~29 years. (It is more rare!)
If you want to check the general transit position of Saturn and when it will come to contact with your North Node, please use http://planetwatcher.com/ to find out; the symbol of the Sun is “♄”.
Letao~the Kingdom Healer