Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Planetary Transit: What is Transit, Chapter I, Part - 2

Dr. Shanker Adawal

1.2  Meaning of Transit

1.2.1 A transit or movement of planets is a normal feature, but it becomes important, whenever a planet, moving in its orbit, passes over the zodiacal degree occupied by any influential point of the birth chart, such as position of a planet or the ascendant, M. C. or mid-cusp of a house or forms an aspect to them. In Hindu/ Vedic astrology, such a transit is called Gochar. Transits are real time physical astrological experiences arising from the connections made between the present placements by zodiacal sign and degrees of the planets, luminaries and nodes at the time under consideration, and their placements in the birth chart of a native. The study of transit is one of the most fundamental techniques of astrology. The transit indicates the timing as well as important trends and issues in one’s life. Along with directions & progressions, they are basic to predictive methodology. The transits indicate times that are appropriate for certain kinds of actions and inappropriate for others, as certain type of events often do occur with particular transits. Under each transit, one is most likely to learn and experience emotionally, psychologically & circumstantially, and these points are to be delineated through the birth chart. However, transits should never be viewed as signifying events that will inevitably come to pass with the native as a helpless observer.

1.2.2 At any period of time, transits from each planet and luminaries are to at least two houses since both lunar houses and ascendant in the birth chart will become active; and from time to time, each luminary and planet will form different transits by aspect/ conjunction to planets, luminaries and other important points in the birth chart. The planets etc. move through the entire zodiac in a fairly regular period specific to them, all transits are cyclic in nature. These cycles are repeated in their entirety on multiple occasions in the average life time of a native. However, due to eccentricities of their orbit and factors connected with the movement of Earth relative to the Sun, the planets do not move through each sign in the same amount of time. The average period of speed of the Moon to pass through a sign is 54 hours, whereas of the Saturn is 30 months. Transits are determined by comparing the positions of the planets in the heavens on a given date to those given in the  natal horoscope.

1.2.3 In Vedic/ Hindu astrology, transit of extra-Saturnine planets, Uranus, Neptune & Pluto, are not considered because of their lack of effectiveness due to their extra-long distances from Earth and excessive large orbit around the Sun. On an average, the Uranus takes 84 years, Neptune 165 years and Pluto 248 years’ periods to complete one orbit around the Sun. Instead in Vedic astrology, the two Nodes of the Moon, Rahu & Ketu, are considered as full-fledged planets although they are merely two mathematically calculated sensitive points on the ecliptic where the plane of Moon’s orbit intersects the plane of Earth’s orbit. They have no mass of their own and act as cross-junction of the universe. Some astrologers even go to the extent that the nodes filter all cosmic rays from all heavenly bodies beyond Saturn. They are always 180 degrees apart and complete one cycle of orbit around Sun in 18 years.


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