Astrologer Amy Tripp spoke with Refinery 29 and explained that while transit technically refers to a movement of any sort, when it’s used in the context of a horoscope, it refers specifically to how planets move through your star chart. To explain it better, Tripp gave an example of someone born with Venus in Capricorn. When the planet Mercury is passing through that same sign and comes within 10 degrees of the exact position Venus occupied on the date of that person’s birth, Mercury is said to be transiting their Venus. Mercury stands for communication and movement, while Venus symbolizes love and family. So, this position could mean a person will have a meaningful heart-to-heart with that special someone or travel to meet loved ones.
Transits can also affect the kinds of influences that come into your orbit, particularly if the transiting planet crosses paths with your natal sun or moon. Let’s say your sun sign is being transited by fog-shrouded Neptune, the ruling planet of Pisces. This might mean you’ll meet a mysterious stranger — how fun is that?
One more point that Tripp made about transiting planets is that the inner ones — the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars — tend to move quickly, so their transitory influences won’t last too long. Outer planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are slow-moving, though, so their influences may last a bit longer. It looks like it’s time to start marking our calendars with the movement of the planets so we know what to expect in our lives!