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What is Gōcharā (Transit of Planet)?

In predictive astrological planetary positions, gain importance in the following order: –

1.      Radical positions,

2.      Navamsa positions,

3.      Directions prevalent and

4.      Transits.

There exists a consensus of opinion on the point, that it is only the Moon’s Ascendant, which is important for ascertaining the effects of transits. Hindu astrologers attach importance to Gōcharā (transits) movements of the planets and experience also shows that we cannot ignore the effect of transits of at least slow-moving planets on the life of a native.

Although it is true that at the time of bad directions, Jupiter will not do much good by transit, and under good directions, Saturn will not cause much harm, yet, each will produce an effect in every case. It may be taken as a safe rule, that when evil directions are operating an adverse transit will worsen the situation, whereas a good transit coinciding with such directions may avert a crisis by diminishing the bad effects thereof.

 A planet seriously afflicted at birth will not accomplish much good by transit, but a well-placed and well aspected planet at birth will act beneficially by transit. The general effect produced by a planet in transit over another is in principle the same as the conjunction of the two with directions, but the transit is much less important than the directions. Periods of Planetary Movements the Sun transits one Rāśi (30°) in one month; the Moon 2¼ days; Mars 1½ months; Mercury1 month; Venus 27 days; Jupiter 1 year; Saturn 2½ years; Rahu1½ years; Ketu 1½ years; Uranus 7 years; and Neptune 7 years are approximate. 

Saturn, Jupiter, Rahu, Ketu, Uranus and Neptune are slow- moving planets. The slower a planet is, the more marked is the effect it produces by transit.

 Of the fast-moving planets, Mars is capable of producing marked effects by transit at critical times. Although the Moon is the fastest, its transit becomes important in deciding fortunate and unfortunate days. When the Moon transits the place of benefics like Jupiter, Venus or the exalted Sun it indicates a fortunate day. When the Moon is trine to Jupiter at birth its transit over both these places indicates fortunate days. The Moon’s transit through the Ascendant is good in most cases, especially for proceeding on journeys, except when a malefic is placed in the Ascendant or in the 7th house.

Transits become more important when planets transit signs which are at angles. Even among the four angles the 1st and the10th are more important than the 4th and the 7th. In houses other than angles, transits become important if the house transited is occupied by a planet.

Dr. Shanker Adawal
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