Raphael’s Transit Guide is taking a break until the New Year. What we have here – as a companion - is a two part guide to keywords and key-phrases for the planets; always an essential part of learning astrology. This is followed by concise interpretations for transiting planets up to Saturn.
I: Transiting Planets
Sun: DECISIVE – Calls for an exercise of will in which you have to follow your heart and stay your course; do what you feel is right.
Moon: HEARTFELT – Something out of the ordinary which affects you on a deep level. May bring messages or guidance from the spirit world.
Mercury: ENCOURAGING – An event which changes your attitude, viewpoint, or self-image. You see yourself in a new light, in a new role vis a vis other people, and need tact, aplomb, and confidence in your own abilities.
Venus: SOCIABLE – Encounters, gatherings, or events which play upon your affections. They may symbolize a poignant moment in a personal relationship, or creative, artistic expression.
Mars: FORCEFUL – Intense involvements with other people (though not necessarily conflictive). You have to take a position, stand up for yourself, be willing to fully commit yourself.
Jupiter: CHEERING – An opportunity to lighten up, join together with others, and take a detached, generous, and conciliatory overview.
Saturn: CHALLENGING – Obstacles which have to be confronted directly. You cannot shrink from difficulties but must hold your ground and secure your position in life.
Uranus: SURPRISING – Unexpected (serendipitous or calamitous) events which shake you out of your ordinary routines and doldrums.
Neptune: UNUSUAL – Odd, out-of-the-ordinary occurrences; strange vibrations and undercurrents. May provoke powerful attractions or repulsions on your part.
Pluto: REVEALING – Events of a disorienting, transformative nature. You have to take command, rise to the occasion, get on top of things.
II. Natal Planets
Sun: DETERMINATION – You have to stand up for yourself, let your own views be known, make your own will prevail. You must disencumber yourself and take a step forward.
Moon: ASSURANCE – Your deep-seated instincts come to the surface. You must pay attention to what your own inner voice is telling you.
Mercury: UNDERSTANDING – You must meet or communicate with others of like mind (opposition inclines to conflicts). You may begin new projects or relationships.
Venus: INTIMACY – You attend to family, social, or relationship matters which impact on your gregarious, romantic, enthusiastic side.
Mars: ADVANCEMENT – You are impelled forward, make new plans or projects, and are moved by a sense of progress, accomplishment, and hope for the future.
Jupiter: FULFILLMENT – You find that things just fall right into place with no effort on your part. You may get to do something you’ve wanted to do for a long time.
Saturn: DISCIPLINE – You must work hard, dedicate yourself, exercise self-control. You have to adjust yourself to limits imposed from outside.
Uranus: LIBERATION – An expansion of your personal space and horizons. New doors open for you, and you have to release old assumptions.
Neptune: ATTUNEMENT – You need to overcome doubt, confusion and uncertainty and trust in your ability to just go with the flow.
Pluto: CLARITY – You must be calm and steady, and use sober, objective analysis. You have to put the situation into proper perspective.
North Node: GUIDANCE – You need to reconsider your position, to be fluid and receptive to change.
South Node: GRATIFICATION – Your ego gets a boost; you collect some debt from the past.
Part of Fortune: NOVELTY – You find you are able to take things in stride, to relax and enjoy yourself in a unique situation.
Ascendant: REORIENTATION – You begin a new phase or epoch in your life. Midheaven: HOPE – You are given something to set your sights on or to shoot for.
Descendant: COOPERATION – You change the tone or direction of a close relationship.
Lower Meridian: RESOLUTION – You are required to stand your ground and consolidate your position.
Interpretations of Transiting Conjunctions and Oppositions to Natal Planets
Sun Conjunct Mars = You may have to take decisive, committal action, but you have the confidence and élan to bring it off. Try to avoid conflict with men now. Good time to take risks, and to ask favors of men (sun hours if father/boss/authorities; Mars hours if brother, husband, lover, male friend). Also good for rituals to attract a male lover (use a red candle and a Mars hour).
Sun opposition Mars = Avoid conflict, especially with men. You cannot enforce your own will now, so try to be patient in the face of obstruction and frustration. If you must confront others, use a sun hour. It is, however, a good day to do a Scat ritual to get rid of any man in your life who is bringing you down (use a Mars hour for this).
Sun Conjunct Jupiter = An excellent day to approach men for favors or ask for a raise (sun hours); and to borrow/lend/invest money (Jupiter hours) and launch new projects generally. Also to make prayers or cast spells for money: Choose a Jupiter hour for this (and, if possible, a time when sun-Jupiter cross an angle at your locality).
Sun Opposition Jupiter = Some plan or purpose may not live up to expectation, but you’ll find that you get what you need in the end. Not good for money matters. It’s best to approach superiors / authorities / men from whom you wish a favor during a sun hour; other people during a Jupiter hour; but don’t expect a whole lot.
Sun Conjunct Saturn = You may come eyeball-to-eyeball with someone or have to take the bull by the horns in a difficult situation. You must be decisive and unflinching without being oppressive yourself. Act during sun hours if possible; or during Saturn hours if dealing with difficult, intractable people.
Sun Opposition Saturn = This brings conflict, opposition, frustration; however it is a good time to call something quits, or make prayers or cast spells to banish negative people or situations. This should be done during a Saturn hour.
Sun Conjunct Uranus = Surprising news, or a breakthrough or critical moment in which you have great clarity and decisiveness. Good time to make a complete break or radical change in your situation or relationships to free yourself of encumbrances (use a sun hour).
Sun Opposition Uranus = This may bring tension, conflict, and stress, especially vis a vis father, boss, authorities, men generally. Keep your cool. If you find that you must confront, do this during a sun hour.
Sun Conjunct Neptune = An excellent time to initiate spiritual practices; to meet with spiritual teachers and counselors, to invoke spirits, and to cast spells asking for spiritual enlightenment and understanding. Use a white candle during a sun hour.
Sun Opposition Neptune = There may be some deception going on, especially vis a vis men, superiors, authorities. Be careful not to deceive yourself. It’s easy to fall for delusions now; you have to face up to reality, not pursue fantasies or will-o-the-wisps.
Sun Conjunct Pluto = Deep insight into others’ motivations may bring the solution to a problem (tackle it during a sun hour). You are detached, objective, and confident of your abilities now, and are in a decisive mood.
Sun Opposition Pluto = There may be a conflict of wills or bad faith going on. Your viewpoint is not going to be accepted or appreciated so you had better just hold your tongue now (let go of obsessions). If it is unavoidable, arrange to approach others (especially men / boss) during a sun hour.
Mercury Conjunct Venus = Get things straight with a loved one or friend (Venus hour), clear up misunderstandings (Mercury hour). Don’t let communications problems bog you down; plan to enjoy yourself. A good day for dating, travel, recitals, art exhibits, parties, children.
Mercury Conjunct Mars = A good time to get things straight with other people (Mercury hours) or confront them forcefully (Mars hours). Sharp tongues may occasion actions which will be regretted later on. Best to avoid confrontation and to ignore provocation now.
Mercury Opposition Mars = Anger, conflict. Sharp-tongues may occasion actions which will be regretted later on. You’re not going to convince anyone or get your own way now, so best defer or go quietly.
Mercury Conjunct Jupiter = You’re bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and in good spirits and humor. New ideas and inspiration now; also helps in reaching agreement and accord. You can take a positive, bright, optimistic view and thereby win the support and encouragement of other people. This is a good time to travel or visit / join with others, particularly during Mercury and Jupiter hours.
Mercury Opposition Jupiter = Inflated expectations may lead to a let-down. Your enthusiasms aren’t appreciated. Avoid signing papers or investing money. Communications are misunderstood or unappreciated; but if unavoidable approach other people during Jupiter hours.
Mercury Conjunct Saturn = There is a call for sobriety and serious-mindedness. You may need patience in dealing with others, but you can understand their viewpoints objectively and are called upon to facilitate or teach. Good for long-term commitments and undertakings.
Mercury Opposition Saturn = Things come to a head today; you are misunderstood and blocked. Don’t count on others for support or believe everything you’re told; be prepared to cut loose and go it alone.
Mercury Conjunct Uranus = A flash of understanding and illumination. Good day to pray or cast spells for creativity and guidance. You must keep your wits about you and be alert to opportunities.
Mercury Opposition Uranus = There maybe some tension or conflict based on misunderstandings or differing interpretations. There seems to be pigheadedness on all sides. Best just to cool it now.
Mercury Conjunct Neptune = A great time to begin spiritual projects or studies, invoke spirits, or learn how to channel. Also good for travel and romance, since you are highly intuitive and full of creative ideas and projects.
Mercury Opposition Neptune = There are apt to be misunderstandings or misleading promises. You shouldn’t believe everything you hear now, especially not rumors; nor should you act until you have all the facts.
Mercury Conjunct Pluto = You can see very clearly what is really going on beneath the surface. You are objective and disinterested and can facilitate accord (use Mercury hour to approach others)
Mercury Opposition Pluto = There may be misunderstandings and conflict due to stubbornness on all sides. Not a good time to approach others or start projects since your own thinking is obsessive rather than objective.