There’s lots of planetary action happening lately (we’re in the midst of Venus retrograde and a Uranus/Pluto square). It can get confusing. What does it mean if transiting Pluto is opposing your Moon but transiting Uranus is squaring it? What if an eclipse conjuncts your Venus? Here’s a quick cheat sheet to guide you through general interpretations.
Note: “angles” refer to the cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th Houses and “Nodes” refer to the North and South Nodes.
- The house in your chart with the transiting planet is the area of your life where the change will be coming from
- The house in your chart that contains the planet, angle or Node is the area of your life receiving the change
- The aspect between your natal planet, angle or Node and the transiting planet(s) will describe the quality of the change
- A conjunction blends the energy of the transiting planet and the natal planet, angle or Node. Sometimes the blend goes nicely (like cake batter) and other times it’s oil and vinegar.
- A square causes tension that demands action. This is the “cattle prod” aspect.
- An opposition presents a choice or conflict. You versus them, home versus work, dreams versus reality.
- An inconjunct presents a difficult adjustment between you and the changes triggered by the transit. Sometimes the balancing act required can mimic an opposition but there’s no middle ground with this one. No compromise, just make the changes.
- A trine promotes an enabling flow of energy from the transiting planet to you. The energy of the transit is woven into the fabric of your life rather than dumped on you.
- For transiting outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) and eclipses, use a maximum orb of 3-4 degrees (roughly) for influence. For example, if your Sun is at 12 degrees Cancer, you’ll be starting to feel the effects of transiting Uranus at 8 degrees Aries. The outers (and eclipses) are bigger stones tossed into the pond so their ripples go further than the inner planets.
- For transiting inner planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) use a maximum orb of 2 -3 degrees (roughly) for influence.
Always keep the quality of the transiting planet in mind. A conjunction from Uranus, while unifying, is going to feel much more abrupt than a conjunction from Venus.