Many people interested in astrology have heard about transits but are not confident enough to interpret their own natal chart transits.
As a beginner, the concept can be overwhelming and confusing. However, it doesn’t have to be.
Natal chart transits can offer a lot of meaningful information when you read them right. The charts can tell you what kind of energies will influence you on a given day and give some insight into what events or relationships you will attract.
This guide will explain what natal chart transits are and how transits affect your chart. Furthermore, we will outline how to read transits in your natal chart in four easy steps.
If you are ready to become an expert on natal chart transits, keep reading.
What Are Natal Chart Transits?
To a beginner astrologer, natal chart transits can be a confusing topic.
However, we will break it down into relatively simple terms so you can understand the concept clearly. Below, we will first explain what natal charts are. Then we will cover transits and how the two affect each other.
Explaining Natal Charts
Natal charts show the position of all the planets in the sky during the time of your birth. This chart is a major key in your personal astrology and will be the centerpiece of many readings.
Not only do natal charts show the planets’ position, but they also explain what constellation sign they align with.
Furthermore, natal charts have twelve different ‘houses.’ Each house represents a different area of life. These areas can include several concepts like philosophy, psychic abilities, personal finances, and daily routines.
When you read your natal chart, you look at what house and zodiac sign each planet fall in.
Now that we know what a natal chart is let’s take a look at what transits are.
Many astrologists use the term ‘transits’ for predictive astrology. Transits refer to how the different planets move relative to the earth’s position.
Astrologists refer to the moving planets as transitioning planets or as planets in transition.
When the planets move, they will also align with different planets at different angles, which is what the planet forecasts measure.
Planets in transition are moving around the earth’s ecliptic plane. The ecliptic plane is the imaginary belt around the earth that signifies the earth’s orbital journey around the sun.
When astrologists talk about natal chart transits, they are usually referring to the current position of a planet in relation to the planet’s position at your birth.
When it comes to natal chart transits, transits occur when a planet intersects with another planet’s position on your birth chart. Transits can also represent a planet entering a certain house on your natal chart.
For example, say Jupiter aligns with the Virgo constellation on your birth chart. If Venus aligns with Virgo today, then Venus would be transitioning with your natal Jupiter.
How Do Transits Affect Your Chart?
Natal charts represent your entire personality. They can explain many different things such as your strengths, weaknesses, moods, drives, and relationships (amongst other things).
We have explained how astrologers compare current planet positions to the planet positions on your birth chart, but what does that mean?
When a planet aligns with a planet on your birth chart, that means that you will experience the energies of both planets.
However, transits do not always influence people in such a straightforward way. Many times, transits will influence the general energy or vibe of your day.
Ultimately, transits are central to relationships. Natal chart transits will influence what kind of people interact with you and who you will meet during the day.
If you are interested in finding out what personalities you will run into on a given day, natal chart transits will be a good place to look.
Another interesting thing about transits is that the kind of planet will affect how long the transit will affect you.
There are two categories of planets: inner planets and outer planets. The inner planets are Venus, Mercury, Mars, the sun, and the moon. The outer planets are Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter, or Pluto.
If one of the inner planets is transitioning, you will most likely experience the effects for a shorter time. However, if an outer planet is transitioning, then you might experience the effects for much longer.
How Do You Read Transits in Your Natal Chart?
We have covered what natal chart transits are and how they can affect the chart. Now let’s take a look at how to read the chart in a few easy steps.
Step One: Access Your Natal Chart
The first thing you will need to do is make sure you have your natal chart on hand. If you do, then great. If you don’t, then refer to the list below; these are a few sites where you can access your natal chart for free.
All of these sites are very easy to use. All you have to do is enter the date, city, and time you were born. Then the site will generate your natal chart for free.
Step Two: Know What Planets Are Transitioning Today
Now you will find out what planets are transitioning today. There are a few free sites where you can get this information.
If you are interested in reading natal chart transits every day, joining an email subscription with one of the astrology sites might be worthwhile. Some sites will email you transit information for each day, so you can easily start reading your natal chart transits every morning.
Another thing to note is that when you generate your natal chart through an astrology site, some sites, like astro.com, will also give you the current planetary transits right on your chart.
Step Three: Compare Your Natal Chart Planet Positions With Today’s Planet Positions
This is where the fun comes in.
What transits are all about is comparing the planet’s positions from one point in time to another. Let’s get started.
- To begin, pick a specific planetary transit, like Venus. Suppose Venus is moving into the 12th house, Pisces, and you want to know how this transit will affect you.
- Locate the planetary transit on today’s chart. Before you look at your natal chart, highlight the planetary transit you are looking at that is happening right now. Make sure to note what house the planet is in. For this example, we will say that Venus is currently in the 12th house, Pisces.
- Find the corresponding house on your natal chart. You will now locate the 12th house on your natal chart and see what your natal planet is for that house.
- You can now compare what planets are transitioning to what houses.
The last point means that if the current position of Venus is in your 12th house, you would say that “Venus transits my 12th house.”
You can also compare planets. Suppose your natal Jupiter is in your 12th house, and the current position of Venus aligns with your Natal Jupiter (within 10 degrees). In that case, you could also say that “Venus transits my natal Jupiter.”
Step Four: Interpret the Meaning of the Planetary Transits
Interpreting natal chart transits can be a bit difficult since they can be so subjective. However, if you approach it in the most basic way, it will not be difficult.
If another planet is transitioning to one of your natal planets, you will combine each planet’s two energies and interpret from there. Keep in mind that the meaning and interpretations are not set in stone. They can revolve around your life and what you are going through at the moment.
Let’s look at one more example. Venus represents love. With the energy that venus brings, we can find what we are passionate about and what makes us happy. On the other hand, Jupiter represents good luck, optimism, or understanding.
If Venus currently transits your natal Jupiter, you will combine those meanings. Perhaps you will feel more optimistic about finding a new hobby, for instance.
One last thing to add is that you don’t always have to compare today’s planet transits with your natal chart transits. You can also take an important life event and compare those planet positions for even more information.
We hope this guide helped you understand a bit more about reading and interpreting natal chart transits.
Many people are scared even to try reading transits. At first glance, they can be a bit confusing. However, if you take a slow approach and try one step at a time, it will not be too bad.
The first thing you will need to do is access your natal chart. You will then find the current planetary transits happening today. The next thing you will do is pick a specific planet transit and compare that with your natal chart.
The last step will be interpreting your natal chart transits. This step will be a bit subjective, so you can have some freedom with this.