Locating Transits In Your Chart

One of the more frequently asked questions from folks new to astrology in usually in response to an article about a transit or a New or Full Moon, and the new astro student finding where in the natal (birth) chart these events “fall” or occur. It is advised that one looks to the houses in one’s natal chart where a particular transit or New/Full Moon takes place for information about how the transit or Moon will impact someone individually, rather than collectively as a group. Since a lot of people who are new to astrology have difficulty in finding where transits and Moons fall, here’s a quick guide to get you started:

• Go to http://www.astro.com and enter your birth data. (I like astro.com because the site is easy to use and charts are easy on the eyes.)
• After you have saved your birth information, click the “Horoscopes” menu at the top of the page. From the drop-down menu, select “Extended Chart Selection”.
• Once in the “Extended Chart Selection”, change the “reference place” to your current city, or the city you will be in for a particular astrological event.
• Now, change the start date to the date of the astrological event you are looking for. Let’s say a New or Full Moon or Venus transit takes place on January 1st, 2020; change the start date to that date I give in the article you’re reading.
• After entering the correct reference place and start date, look for where it says “Please select the type of chart you want”. From that drop-down menu select “natal chart + transits”. Then click the button to show the chart.
• On this screen you will see your birth chart as it appeared when you initially entered your birth information, with the symbols for the planets in black on the inside of the circle showing their place in your natal chart. You’ll also now see the planetary symbols in green on the outside of the circle. These are the planets in transit, or moving around your birth chart.
• The house (the numbered pie slices in the chart) that the green planetary symbols are hovering over on the outer rim of the chart is the house where the transit or New/Full Moon “falls” in, where the transit or New/Full Moon happens for you.

Here’s the chart of the United States, known as the Sibley chart. I’ve set the date to August 21st, 2017, the date of the New Moon Total Solar Eclipse at 28 degrees Leo aka “The Great American Eclipse”.


Sibley American chart eclipse
Click to enlarge


The symbols in green on the outer rim of the chart tell us that this eclipse will fall in the 9th house.

Full and New Moons are one day only events, but other astrological transits such as a Mercury retrograde etc. can take weeks, months, or even years to finish, depending on the planets involved. (The Moon, Sun and Mercury are the swiftest bodies; Neptune, Pluto and Chiron the slowest.) If you’re looking at a transit that takes weeks or months to finish, select the day the transit ends and look at that chart too, as transits often end in a different house than they begin in.

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