I was thinking about the literally thousands of asteroids active as well as planets in any given moment—the moment someone is born—and about where to begin a reading, when there are so many elements in play.  There are no hard-and-fast rules, no set formulas, at least not in my world; but transits take me there, literally, almost every time.

Transits are the movement of planets and asteroids, plotted against the Ecliptic, the Sun’s apparent path.  The ancients of many civilizations noted that it was higher in the summer, lower in the winter, and that they could track these heavenly bodies across the sky to map it, grouping the recurring astral patterns into constellations. They noticed that when certain planets moved in certain ways, things happened on Earth accordingly.  And thus astrology came to be.

Human beings are so complex.  We have so many contradictory traits that somehow work in tandem, pistons firing at all times in ways that are unique to US—BUT NOT ALL AT ONCE.  And that is the secret—and the beauty—of transits: as planets and asteroids in the sky move into alignment with different planets and asteroids in our birth charts, those parts of our nature are woken up and activated; while others—unaspected at that moment—remain dormant.  They are still part of us; but they are not in play.

Astrology addresses questions about WHY such-and-such a thing is so; and HOW can one respond creatively to a perplexing situation; and WHAT tools and resources can we bring to bear on it.  Transits help us identify WHERE we can find the answers to those questions; so it’s worth paying attention to day-to-day planetary movements, not just phases of the Moon and Eclipses and Retrogrades, which intensify them.  They help us make better choices.

We each came in with a map; and—SURPRISE!—it’s interactive.  As it should be.