How to Understand Transit Periods of the Outer Planets | Astrology Answers


When you are looking up information in the astrology forecasts and astrology predictions so that you can make decisions about your life, you often read about ‘transit periods.’ If you have an astrologer work on your birth chart, or your solar return chart, you will likely hear this term again.

The planets are always moving in many different directions all of the time, astrologers cal this movement a transit. When a planet makes an influential or important movement through the skies, this period of time will be particularly important for events during that month, year, or throughout your lifetime.

Not every transit period of the planets is created equal, and not even every single transit period is particularly important. The ‘personal’ planets, also considered the inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter) will be smaller, and less influential on your overall life. The transit periods with the outer planets, on the other hand, is an entirely different story.

The transits of the outer planets: Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are transpersonal planets with important transit periods. Their effects are the most important because they will be felt for a long time, that’s precisely what we are going to talk about today, so let’s discover the impact of the outer planets for life here on Earth.

Learn more about The Planets in Astrology here.

The planet Saturn in dark space.

The Planet Saturn

Saturn is known as the planet of Karma, it is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second-largest planet in our solar system. Its orbital period is 29.5 Earth years but it switches signs every 2-3 years.

What Saturn Means

As a planet, Saturn gets a bit of a bad rap because he wasn’t very nice! In mythology, he is the son of Uranus. Saturn that we credit for creating the division between time and seasons. He also established history and the cosmic order of the world. Unfortunately, because he feared his own children (as he ate them at birth) his last child, Zeus, or Jupiter, was the only one that could take him on.

As such, in our day to day life and transit periods today, Saturn is the one that places restrictions on us, he is the planet of limitations. He will warn when you are spending too much, loving too much, or eating too much, or overindulging in anything. it will hold the mirror up to your life and show in your birth charts and astrology forecasts, where you need to cut back a bit.

Saturn’s Effect

You can sometimes feel burdened when undergoing a Saturn transit period. Sadness, loneliness, a feeling of being overwhelmed, this can all slow you down. As Saturn also rules time, life can feel slow when experiencing his transits. However, the message is that life is too short to be bogged down by the very details we are worrying about.

All Saturn wants us to do is to efficiently tend to these details, so that we can enjoy that life. As much as Saturn is about limitations and restrictions when we have the details of our lives in order, it rewards us greatly, The main action for a Saturn transit period is to take care of what you need to be done and enjoy the blessings that will follow.

Want more planetary know-how? Read Understanding Saturn: The Lord of Karma.

The planet Uranus in dark space.

The Planet Uranus

This blue Ice Giant earned the name Uranus from the Greek god of the sky, additionally, it is also the seventh planet from the Sun and has an orbital period of 84 Earth years. In astrology, it only switches signs every 7 years meaning that most people in the same age group will have the same Uranus sign in their chart, showing that generational change is left up to the stars.

What Uranus Means

In mythology, Uranus was considered to have come from chaos. He was married to Gaia, the great Earth mother goddess. Uranus is the heavens and represents its limitless space. Together they had many children, but all of them were a bit odd or deformed (the Titans for example.) His own son Saturn ended up castrating him.

Uranus represents all things unconventional. When you see transit periods in your astrology charts that include the movement of the planet Uranus, you can expect things to happen in an odd or unconventional way. Your routine may be shaken up and you might have to be flexible to get things done.

Uranus’ Effect

The effect of a Uranus transit is always different than what you would expect. if Uranus is transiting your relationship house, your relationships may look unconventional to outsiders. Unconventional does not necessarily mean bad. It might mean your relationship turns into a long-distance one, you might have a same-sex relationship or something that is simply different.

Exceptional genius, talent, and remarkable gifts come with this transit period, so you can expect some unique and wonderful surprises during this time if your birth charts and solar return charts do not also contain insidious aspects. This might be the perfect time for you to follow your passions and see where your dreams take you.

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