section of the book which follows deals with the conditions, circumstan≠ces
and events which will be produced by the movement of the planets through
each of the horoscopical houses by transit
and by progression.
it is acknowledged that there are other methods by which the dimension
of time may be added to the natal chart they are not covered in this
is little if any controversy about transit methodology.
transit which may be defined as the passage of a planet over a given
feature of the natal chart is identified by means of an ephemeris for
the current year (or for whatever year is under review) which will give
the celestial longitude of each planet and enable its relationship to
the planets and houses of the horoscope to be determined.
assessing the effects of transiting planets on any house the following
factors need to be born in mind:
transiting planet will always represent the area of life indicated by
the house in which it is found in the natal chart. Thus, this area of
life is likely to throw up the circumstances and conditions, which will
act as the agents for occurrences in the house in which the transiting
planet is to be found.
progressed position of the transiting planet in terms of both longitude
and house placement, and the house, which it transits in the progressed
figure, will provide, respectively, additional agents and another area
of life to be activated. Frequently the progressed houses will be more
obviously productive than the natal houses. Nevertheless the transit
will ramify on the houses in both the natal and progressed figures.
affected by the transit is the house occupied by the planet, which the
transiting planet disposits in the natal chart and the house or houses
of which the transiting planet is the ruler, both naturally and
transiting planet is considered to be in exact aspect to a natal planet
or house cusp when allowance has been made for precession at the mean
rate of 50.2" per anum. Precession values should be added to
the natal position of each planet, regardless of whether its status is
direct or retrograde. Transits to progressed planets and the position of
the transiting planets within the progressed house framework (see below:
Progressions) should also be considered.
transit therefore involves at least six houses and conscientious
interpretation takes time. Not every house involved in a transit will
influence the form in which a transit manifests but a personís
approach to each area of life represented by the houses stands to be
method of progression recommended here is the Ďday for a yearí
method, which means that one day in the ephemeris equals one year of
life. The progressed hyleg points and intermediate house cusps are found
by deducting the sidereal time at noon/midnight on the day of birth from
that of the day in the ephemeris which represents the birthday year. To
this result is added the local sidereal time of birth. Applying this
result to a Table of Houses for the appropriate latitude will give the
progressed Midheaven, progressed Ascendant and progressed intermediate
house cusps. The planets progressed positions are calculated for the
time of birth on the day, which represents the birthday year. The Moon
is given a total of twelve positions ó one for each month of the
birthday year. Over time some or all of the progressing planets will
come to occupy different houses from those which they tenant in the
natal chart and this will bring others areas of life into sharper relief
for varying periods of time.
reference to the effects of progression the following considerations are
the inner planets progress into new signs the vibration of these regions
of the zodiac comes to form part of a personís energy pattern.
planets, which will change sign during the course of an average life,
Duration of Sign
planets from Jupiter outwards are likely to change sign only if their
placement puts them very close to the end of a sign.
amount of time a planet occupies a house may be greatly affected if the
natal chart contains interceptions. This will not be an issue if the
Equal House System is used but for all the other major systems it is
relevant. Interceptions can mean that in spite of a new degree of the
Midheaven every birthday year certain planets will not progress out of
the houses they occupy in the natal chart until very late in a
personís life if at all.
Obliquity of the Ecliptic means that the annual 1degree advance of the
ecliptic over the midheaven sees a varying rate of movement over the
Eastern horizon. This means that although the M.C advances 1 degree with
every birthday year it cannot be assumed that the same is true of the
Ascendant or the intermediate house cusps. Tables should always be used.
the Sun progresses at a relatively steady rate obliquity means that the
Sun may move either forward into the next house or backwards into the
house, which precedes the house, which it occupies natally. Whilst the
movement of any planet from one house to another is significance the
whole tenor of a personís life is likely to change if the Sun should
move into another house.
house occupied by the Moon in the progressed chart represents an area of
life, which is particularly demanding of a personís energy and
attention, for however long it takes the Moon to progress through the
house at its annual rate of approximately 12 degrees. It is notable that
when the Moon reaches the last 5 degrees of the house (this observation
is based upon work done with the Koch House System) then there will be a
development, which brings matters in this area of life to some
will be noted that owing to the differing time scales used for the
calculation of transits and progressions, the movement of transiting planets is in the order of the houses, whereas that of progressing planets
except the Moon is against that order.
THE FIRST HOUSE
time during which the Sun transits the 1st House is usually a period of
confidence, enthusiasm and new beginnings.
order to fully appreciate the sense of renewal, which the Sun brings
with it every year, when it enters the 1st House from H12, the nature of
the 12th House experience should be considered. As the Sun goes through
the 12th House a cycle is closed and space is cleared to make room for
the Sun crosses the Ascendant a person begins to fill that space, wiser
for the experiences brought by the cycle, which has just closed. What he
initiates at this time will be based upon a more comprehensive understan≠ding
of his direction in life as indicated by the sign and house position of
his radical Sun.
this time of the year the health is usually good and the energy level
the radical Sun in H12 occupies an intercepted sign or there is an
intercepted sign in H12, then at some stage in a personís life the Sun
may progress out of H12 into H1 (to identify these circumstances see
above, Introduction,) in which case there will be a marked change in the
way a person perceives himself. The sense of self tends to become
stronger and he is able to project himself in a more confident and
assertive way. The period during which the Sun holds the Ascendant as it
progresses from H12 to H1 is a time of opportunity. What is significant
at such a time is that a person has the confidence to go after the
opportunities, which are available to him.
interceptions should mean that the radical Sun in H2 progresses into H1
(see above, Introduction) then from this point onwards, a person will
begin to live in accordance with what he has come to define as
important. His values will stamp themselves on the way in which he
the Sun progresses through the 1st House a person may develop a greater
awareness of charisma and may consciously use his own in order to
achieve his goals. At this time of his life he is likely to be desirous
of personal recognition for his achievements. The time that the Sun
holds the Ascendant will mark the most intense phase of this process.
Mercury transits the 1st House, a person experiences relative ease in
stating his case and defending his stance.
radical position of Mercury together with that of the Sun will indicate
the kind of views a person is expressing and acting upon at this time.
The planet with which Mercury is in closest aspect also merits
consideration in this matter.
Mercury progresses to the 1st House, then a person enters into a phase
of his life when he is greatly concerned with defining his own stance
and putting forward his own views. There is unlikely to be over-much
patience with the realities of others during this period.
the progression into H1 is from H12 then a person learns, during this
period of his life, to express himself as an individual and to speak up
for himself. If the progression is from H2 then a person will be much
con≠cerned with making headway through gaining acceptance and acting
upon his views and ideas. In both cases the processes will be at their
as Mercury holds the Ascending degree.
Venus transits the 1st House, a person usually feels good about himself
and is able to be active in pursuing or furthering the things, which he
perceives to be of value.
Venus is in, or rules H5 or H7 natally or by progression, this is more
likely to be a time of self-sufficiency than of being concerned with
Venus moves through the 1st House by progression, a person is usually
concerned with coming to greater acceptance of himself.
of this process involves integrating into this life, in a meaningful
way, those things, which are of value to him. These will be indicated by
the sign and house position of Venus in the chart.
time during which Venus holds the Ascendant is a period of intense focus
upon self, frequently to the exclusion of others. At this time it is
common for people to find some therapy, philosophy or belief system,
which enables them to better love, respect and forgive themselves. If
the Ascendant is reached by progression through H1, then this is likely
to mark the culmination of a process; if it is from H12 then it is more
likely to be a new departure.
Mars, transits the 1st House, of which, it is the natural ruler, it is
usually a period of great activity in connection with the affairs of the
houses, which Mars occupies or rules in the chart. It is likely to be a
time of self-assertiveness, confidence and impetuosity, although the
sign which Mars occupies as it transits, will have much bearing on this
Mars occupies the 1st House by progression, a person is very much
concerned with putting himself on the map. In this process he may
consciously cultivate and use his personality in order to achieve his
Mars enters H1 from H12, which is unusual, then a person will become
more able to assert himself, look after his own interests and function
on the material plane.
which is more likely, Mars progresses into H1 from H2 a person becomes
more closely identified with the activities governed by that house and
is usually concerned not only with being successful in that area but
with gaining a reputation also.
Mars moves closer to the Ascendant this process intensifies. The period
during which Mars holds the Ascendant is a time of great
self-assertiveness and self-promotion and this frequently puts the
relationships with others under strain. At such a time there is little
willingness to compromise.
Mars moves on into H12, a person tends to mellow, becoming more aware of
others and less concerned with material and personal gain.
period during which Jupiter transits the First House is usually a time
of consi≠derable expansiveness, particularly in connection with the
affairs of the houses Jupiter occupies and rules. At this time a person
tends to feel inclined to experiment. A transit of Jupiter is less to do
with breaking old patterns than with opening up new areas of
opportunity. If Jupiter is retrograde in the natal chart then it is
likely that the new departures will be of a spiritual nature.
appreciable gain in body weight frequently occurs as Jupiter moves
through H1. This is usually attributable to
more experimental, less disciplined approach to life brought by this
transit. How enduring is the weight gain, will
very much upon a personís attitudes and practices when the transit of
H1 is over.
Jupiter enters the 1st House from H2, then a person, during this period
of his life, is likely to be involved in using whatever he has gained in
the way of wealth and possessions up to that point to secure for himself
the space and freedom to explore new areas of life. At this time of his
life, a person tends to be increasingly concerned with quality of life,
especially if Jupiter is retrograde either natally or by progression.
closer Jupiter moves to the
Ascendant the more pronounced will be the desire for a lifestyle, which
makes self-growth and greater understanding possible. At the time that
Jupiter holds the Ascending degree a person may make a decision, which
requires both courage and faith and which may alter the course of his
life. If Jupiter is retrograde either natally or by progression then the
changes are likely to involve sacrificing the material for the
The period of a Saturn transit
to the 1st House is a time of self-appraisal and for confronting and
dealing with the aspects of self, perceived to be negative, while Saturn
was transiting the 12th House. There is commonly a feeling of impo≠tence
and a sense that the situations, which are the cause of the suffering,
so often experienced at this time, are beyond control.
When Saturn crosses into H1,
it becomes easier for a person to understand that the problem is
negativity within himself. Frequently other people are the agents for
this awareness and it may be a time of low self-esteem and low vitality,
especially as Saturn crosses the Ascendant. Flu and head colds are very
common at this time.
As Saturn moves on through the
1st House, however, it makes available; a clarity of vision,
self-discipline and a sense of responsibility for self, which makes
lasting change possible.
The period of a Saturn
transit of the 1st House is an excellent time for dieting or for cutting
out smoking. Indeed, some form of reformatory
behaviour is desirable at this
time in order to prevent low self-esteem from becoming self-disgust and
exacerbating the sense of impotence.
Saturn moves through H1 by progression a person grapples with what he
perceives to be problems in the way he projects himself and interacts
radical Saturn is in H2, then a person may need to reassess his value
system and his attitude to money, if he is to find the root of the
problem; if radical Saturn is in H3, then he may need to reconsider his
attitude and relationship to education.
Saturn should reach the Ascendant then there is likely to be some kind
of personality crisis during the period in which Saturn holds the
Ascending degree. The health at this time may also be poor.
Saturn progresses into H12 a person may come to see the problems in more
spiritual terms and attempt to deal with it at that level.
Uranus transits the 1st House, a person tends to free up and become more
indivi≠dualistic in the way he projects himself. As Uranus passes over
the Ascendant from H12 there is usually a great yearning for freedom
from what ever is perceived to be the source of restriction. This is
commonly the principal relationships or the profession.
period during which Uranus transits the Ascending degree can be a time
of recklessness and even lawlessness. Disputes with authority figures
and accidents arising from erratic
are both common at this time when a person is driven to make dramatic
changes in his life. The nature of the dependencies and commitments
which a person attempts to break free from at this time are implied by
the natal placement of Uranus
and by Progression
Uranus progresses through the 1st House a person tends to become more
confident in the expression of his individuality. The qualities, which
he is integrating into his personality during this period, will be those
conferred by the natal placement of his Uranus.
period of a personís life is one in which he will assess in terms of
personal freedom the cost of commitment to others.
Uranus should meet the ascending degree then a person is likely to rid
himself of any feature of his life, which threatens the expression of
what he now knows himself to be.
transit of Neptune to the 1st House marks a time when a personís
ability to project himself and to act effectively may be eroded by a
diminished sense of separateness. This may be the consequence of being
greatly under the influence of a partner, friends or associates. As
Neptune moves so slowly, a person who experiences a Neptunian transit of
H1, is likely to have his natal Neptune in H11 or H12, placements which
will dispose him to
others. As Neptune transits H1, then this tendency comes to affect the
way a person projects himself.
this transit may create a period of confusion in a personís life owing
to the erosion of his identity, it is potentially a time in which a
person can begin to act upon his ideals and spiritual insights. The
period during which Neptune holds the transiting degree will mark the
time when a person feels most intensely the sense of having no separate
experiences are not uncommon at this time.
Neptune progresses through the 1st House, a personís personality tends
to undergo considerable change as a result of his exposure to the
energies of others. The closer Neptune moves to the Ascendant the more
to the energies of others he becomes. When Neptune holds the Ascending
degree, the personality may dissolve altogether.
all Neptunian experiences the advance of Neptune on the Ascending degree
can be either chaotic or transcendental. It may mean breakdown or
breakthrough - or both. Either way a person is unlikely to view the
world in quite the same way again. As Neptune moves onto into H12, a
more spiritual approach to life is likely to be adopted.
transit of Pluto to the Ascendant marks one of the most transformative
periods of a personís life. The catalyst for change is invariably an
intense emotional experience, and the agent is frequently, a new
partner. As the result of this association, a personís outlook on life
undergoes a marked change. This association may become permanent or
semi-permanent. In which case, the experience of sharing a life may,
become responsible for further changes, as Pluto moves on into H1.
sign and house position of natal and progressed Pluto indicates the
areas of life, which will be most directly affected by the changed
Pluto moves through the 1st House, the personality is subject to ongoing
change as the result of encounters with others, which release from the
unconscious, hitherto unsuspected complexes, which require understanding
and integration. The closer Pluto draws to the Ascendant the more
catalytic are the revela≠tions brought about by others. The natal
placement of Pluto will indicate the nature of the complexes.
period during which Pluto holds the Ascending degree can be a time of
great crisis in which the personality may completely break down. In this
process a relationship may be catalytic but the situation will have been
building for many years. As is the case with progressing Neptune, break
down may lead to break through and it may be a time of great release and
liberation from unconscious patterns.
the Moon crosses the Ascendant from the 12th House and begins to transit
H1, a person may expect to feel a lifting of the heaviness so often
present when the Moon is passing through H12.
this time of the month a person usually feels as though he has received a
shot of energy and is able to embark upon tasks and projects, which need
confidence and drive. Decisions are more easily made at this time.
the Moon crosses the Ascendant from the 12th House, a new 2-year cycle
commences. It is a time of new beginnings after the
and eliminations of the 12th House period.
the Moon moves into any of the Fire Houses, zest for living returns and
with it a renewed confidence and determination to build with the new
awareness gained as a result of the
of the previous Water house period.
the Moon enters the House of Aries, it initiates the most potent period
for new beginnings of the whole 28-year cycle. As the Moon reaches the
last five degrees of this house there will be a development, which sums up
the new approach to life adopted over the course of the previous two