How will a Transit affect me?

How will a Transit affect me?
There is a wealth of valuable information in this blog post. This blog post and video offer some basic pointers to help you judge how a Transit will affect you.
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DASHAS – Predictive Periods
But first of all, before we even begin to look at your transits, there’s actually a really important key introductory point: The Dashas, the Vedic Astrology Predictive Periods. A unique blessing from Vedic Astrology.

Note that the Dashas or Vedic Predictive Period (or Dasha) that you are in actually has more of a profound effect on your life than your Transits, so the Dasa period you are in needs to be taken into account.
So, you need to assess the nature of your Dasha and also your Bhukti/sub period ruler planets.

Vargas – Divisional Charts:
In fact, for a full declaration, another unique feature of Vedic Astrology needs to be brought in: The Varga or divisional charts. A planet needs to be assessed for strength across all our Varga charts.
The Vargas are, the wonderful divisional charts of Vedic Astrology, each of which declares something immeasurably special about a particular area of your life, and states how well each of your planets does in that area of life.
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Assessing A Transit:
So here are the factors you need to take into account when you are trying to work out how a Transit will affect you:

The Nature of the Transiting Planet:
First of all, you need to understand what is the nature and energy of the Transiting Planet.
Pluto is so different from Saturn, obviously!!
See my on-line videos about the nature of each planet: It’s divine true nature, and how you will experience it through the filters of sign and house and aspects in your chart and in your life.
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The House the Planet is Transiting Through:
Secondly, you need to know the affairs and life areas of the House the planet is transiting through. Here’s the declaration of Vedic Astrology as to Houses in the birth chart:
1. The Body, Appearance, identity, vitality
2. Value issues, Wealth, communication, Intelligence, early childhood
3. Younger Siblings, short journeys, motivation, energy, creativity, obstacles.
4. Mother, Mind, family, home
5. Children, creativity, religious rituals, past life merit.
6. Enemies, health and sickness, obstacles
7. The Partner, known enemies, Business success or failure.
8. Death, sudden calamities, length of life, the Occult, sexual potency, shared finances, death and rebirth transitions in life.
9. Right Action, father, unexpected luck
10. Profession, social standing, achievement.
11. Gains, hopes and wishes, eldest sibling
12. Loss, squander, institutions, sexual pleasure, foreign countries, spiritual release. Intuition.

The Indicator Planet for the House that is being Transitsited Through: 

In Vedic Astrology, each planet is actually an Indicator or karaka for life areas. So, thirdly, to assess how a House will be affected by a transit, you can check out whether the Karaka or indicator of that House is in good or bad standing:
1st – (Sun) shows the head – ego – one’s self, body, general prosperity, health and wellbeing, basic self-expression, physical constitution, personality.
2nd – (Jupiter, mercury)
 gathering / holding resources, livelihood, speech, youth, financial success (or not) through career / labour. Show our tastes, food, art / poetry / capacity to communicate, how we operate and express. Right eye. Eyesight generally.
3rd – (Mars, mercury) curiosity, power, brother, friends, motivation, interest basic life energy, impulses and intention that drives us. Will ambition, passion, zeal, rashness impulsiveness main interests, sport, hobbies
4th – (Moon) emotion, happiness, property, mind, upbringing, education, refinement, masses, popularity, land acquisition, vehicles, what is internal, capacity to Relax, it’s afflictions are hard to overcome, most sensitive
5th – (Jupiter) creative intelligence, education, speculation, romance, children, past life credit, games, spiritual practices. Creativity in general – giving birth to our ideas – children show our primal creative urge
6th – (Mars, Saturn) enemies, debts, health and disease, work and service, foreigners, pets, enemies, effort, resistance to illness, immune system. Our capacity to do hard labour – overcome physical obstacles / enemies.
7th – (Venus, Jupiter) Long term romantic relationships, general relations with others, business associates. Being opposite the ascendant, it shows that to which we are most drawn and most challenged to learn.
8th – (Saturn) sex, death, the occult, dark / hidden side of life, longevity, research, destruction / regeneration of any sort. Through the 8th house we confront our mortality. It can determine the ultimate meaning of our lives.
9th – (Jupiter) religious, philosophical or ethical principles, grace, dharma (life purpose). Shows our highest principles operating in the world, shaping our life events, or their inability to do so. The luckiest house.
10th – (Mercury, Jupiter, Sun) public status, material achievement, skill, success, career, our effect on the world. Politics. Strong planets here override even the ascendant for importance.
11th – (Jupiter) aspirations and goals, financial and material gains, friendship, impulse, abundance and excess. Ability to project our intelligence on the world. Where we expand. Planets here show their expansive nature.
12th – (Saturn, Ketu) subconscious, hidden nature, loss, liberation, decrease, wastage of energy. Foreign journeys. Shows the individual negated by adversity into sorrow or negated by inner peace to enlightenment. Left eye.

The Ruler of the House being transited through:

Fourthly, we need to ask how does the Transiting Planet cope with the Sign it is transiting through, and also how does it cope with the planet that rules that sign? This is called Planets’ Friendship. Generally speaking, planets can be divided into two friendship groups:

  1. Mercury, Venus and Saturn are friends, because they are rulers of the air and earth signs.
  2. The Sun, Moon, Mars and Jupiter are also mutual friends, because they are the rulers of water and fire signs. This is a rule of thumb.

In fact, this situation is modified in that some planets like another planet but the other planet may not like them so much back! To learn about the wonderful understanding of Vedic Aspects and Vedic Astrology generally: enroll on my foundation Vedic Astrology Course:

Is any Natal Planet affected by the Transiting Planet?

Fourthly we need to understand what effect a transiting planet will have, if it is creating an aspect with one of your natal planets:
How many ‘hits’ does the transiting planet make on your natal planet? What are the dates of the transit?
The major aspects to consider are conjunctions and oppositions formed by the Transiting planet to one of your natal planets, but also consider squares, sextiles, inconjuncts, trines, and sometimes semi-sextiles.
In Vedic Astrology, the main aspectation rule is as follows;
All planets aspect other planets in the same sign (Conjunction) and the 7th House from themselves (opposition): Houses 1 and 7
Mars aspects the 4th, 7th and 8th Houses from itself. 4, 7, 8
Jupiter aspects the 5th, 7th and 9th Houses from itself 5, 7, 9
Saturn aspects the 3rd, 7th and 10th Houses from itself 3, 7, 10
Rahu/Ketu Aspects the 5th, 7th and 9th from himself

Planets as Indicators for Areas of Your Life: 

Most importantly, if one of your planets is being affected by a Transit, you need to check out what your natal planet that is being affected by a transit is an indicator for in your life. This will show what to expect. There are two sorts of planetary indicators: Fixed and moveable. Both are wonderful wisdom, indeed:

1. Planets as Fixed Indicators/ Karakas:

Sun – Soul, self, self-realisation, prestige, power, ego, right eye, heart, heat, well-being, father, king, fame, honour, electricity, royal favour etc.
Moon – Emotions, mind, mother, left eye, liquid, Heart, sleep, happiness, travel, milk, pearls.
Mars – Courage, valour, anger, desire, weapons, younger brother, strength, scandals, controversies, injuries by burns and weapons, police, defence, engineering etc.
Mercury – education, Communication, speech, intelligence, mathematics, logic, writing, astrology, publishing, memory, business, analytical thinking, politics, drama, precious stones, maternal uncle etc.
Jupiter – Knowledge, wisdom, devotion, philosophy, learning, wealth, teacher, children, banking, respect, religious perception, family, fortune, elder brother, husband, body fat, holy places, donation etc.
Venus – Beauty, fame, marriage, wife, sexual matters, jewellery, ornaments, sensual pleasures, singing, flowers, buying & selling, vehicles, perfumes, dance, music etc.
Saturn – Longevity, profession, karma, death, life, adversity, conduct, service, disease, poverty, trouble, losses, theft, servants, old age, dishonour, imprisonment, grief, oils, agriculture, west direction etc.
Rahu – Gambling, mystery, foreign, snake bite, accidents, poison, skin disease, harsh speech, fallacious arguments, travelling, theft, wickedness, widow, swelling in the body, pilgrimage, paternal grandfather etc.
Ketu – Occult science, detachment, moksha, consumption, pain, wound, dog, birds, maternal grandfather, imprisonment etc.

2. Planets as Moveable Indicators/Charakarakas

Generally speaking, the highest longitude planet in any sign is the Atmakaraka, the planet with least longitude in any sign is the Darakaraka.
The wisdom and life-offering of this system is sublime:
AK = the Atmakaraka the indicator of the soul and the self (also called Atma) and also our health. Our most important planet. It represents an unfinished task of prime importance left over from our past life. Predictive periods ruled by or involving your Atmakaraka can be especially trenchant and turbulent as our soul seeks to put our life on ‘spiritual course’.
AmK =  Amatyakaraka the indicator of our advisors and counsellors, and profession.
BK = Bratikaraka the indicator of siblings and our teacher/guru and those close to us.
MK = Matrikaraka the indicator of the mother and maternal relatives, and also those who support and nourish us.
PiK = Pitrikaraka the indicator of the father (and paternal relatives) and also bosses and employers and authority figures.
PuK = Putrakaraka the indicator of children and also our students and followers
GK = Gnatikaraka the indicator of our rivals and enemies, as well as kinsmen and relatives.
DK = Darakaraka  the indicator of the marriage partner or lover.  This is also seen for wealth and business.
Ketu the South Node of the Moon does not represent ‘worldly life’: he is the karaka of enlightenment, the path of the soul towards moksha, which is the exact opposite of worldly life

How supported is your Life in the House being Transited?

Now we come to the next issue, another wonderful unique feature of Vedic Astrology.
Each House in your Chart has an Ashtakavarga score.
This Ashtakavarga Score states how well supported you and your life are for any planet that may transit through it.
You do need to check how supported you are in your life as declared by the Ashtakavarga score for the transiting planet in that house.


It’s essential, and you gain a lot of extra insight if you assess what effect does the Transiting Planet have on the Nakshatra it is transiting through? The Nakshatras are the wonderful 27 sign Lunar Zodiac of Vedic Astrology.
How does the Transiting planet fare with the Ruler of that Nakshatra. And remember, this transit will also affect the other Nakshatras that the ruling planet for the Nakshatra being transited, also rules. See my Nakshatras course:

Special Danger Areas:

We need to note whether any of the special danger areas are activated such as Sade Sate, 22nd Drekkana and 64th Navamsha.


There are many other points to consider of great power and value, for example, is the planet transiting through one of the Gandanta zones? The sensitive immaterial transition points from water sign to fire sign, of which thee are three in Vedic Astrology.


So, in summary, using the techniques of Vedic astrology, you can assess the strength of your planets affected by a Transit by their Dignity (How they get on with the Ruler of the sign they occupy). It’s good to check out Avasthas score: how your planets treat each other. Is a Yoga being formed?
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What effect does the Transiting Planet have on the Ruler of the House the planet is transiting through?
And remember, this transit will also affect the other Houses that the planet being transited, and the House Ruler also rule.
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