Analyzing Basics – Transits (I)

This topic even though broad & deep, should be discussed before the reader looks at horoscopes.

The planets are always moving. A snapshot of the astronomical picture at the moment of birth is your horoscope, but the planets keep moving right after the snapshot.

Transit analysis is the process of utilizing this dynamic process for any present of future time frame and in context from a horoscope as a reference point.

The following is the rough estimate of a stay of each of the 9 planets in a given sign-

Sun – 1 month

Moon – 2.25 days

Mars – 45 days

Mercury – 21 days

Venus – 26 days

Jupiter – 12.5 months

Saturn – 2.5 yrs (30 months)

Rahu, Ketu – 19 months

So here are the points to know regarding transits-

  • Analyze transits from Moon first and also Lagna
  • Parasara emphasized the importance of transit (“Gochara”) from the Moon as the Moon is a karaka of our mind, feelings and emotions and hence our day to day life/ events will be best reflected in how we think/ feel/ emote. Hence primary importance has to be given to Moon when analyzing transit of planets
  • Transit should also be seen from Ascendant sign and both have to be kept in mind for the overall result
  • The transit of Jupiter, Saturn & Rahu/ Ketu is more important because they are slow moving as from the table above. Saturn is the slowest and stays in a sign for an average of 30 months in a sign.
  • Moon is in a sign a for tad less than 2 ½ days each and hence its transit along with other fast moving planets is more for fine tuning whereas the transit of Saturn, Jupiter, Rahu/ Ketu is for setting bigger trends in life during any given time period(s)
  • The following are the houses in which the given planets are considered Auspicious or Benefic from Moon and also the houses from which the planets are considered Inauspicious or Malefic when considered from the Moon:-

Transit bhaavs

  • So as an example for a Taurus Moon sign, Saturn will be good while transiting Cancer, Libra and Pisces and negative in others (in the 3rd, 6th and 11th bhaav respectively)
  • Saadhe- Satti (Meaning 7 ½ yrs) this (in)famous concept comes from the fact that when Saturn transits the 12th, 1st and 2nd from Moon, a 7 ½ period of stress, misery and negative events can dictate onto a person. Likewise Saturn transiting 4th and 8th from Moon are called Dhaiyas of 2 ½ yrs of misery like the Saadhe- Satti. It is important to note that not all this time is equally bad or good. The dasas, other transits are also vital before judging the period good or bad
  • Another important point is functionality which you already know. If you refer to the readings above, Saturn is a highly benefic planet for say Taurus and Libra moon sign/ ascendant. When these signs have Saadhe- satti or dhaiyas, they will face some stress and negative issues but overall the period will be functionally good for them and give them progress


  • Double Transit phenomenon (Important!)

The signs which both Jupiter and Saturn aspect in their transits are “activated” so to speak. This is because Saturn is the Karmakaraka or significator of our actions/ karma and destiny whereas Jupiter is Jeeva Karaka showing where our intentions/ blessings and fruits lay. So when both aspect one sign, that sign gets Activated or turned ON. For example currently Jupiter is in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio. Thus Jupiter is affecting Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces (remember the 5, 7, 9 aspects?) and Saturn is affecting Scorpio, Capricorn, Taurus and Leo (3, 7, 10 aspects). Common in all this is Scorpio and Capricorn. Hence these signs will be activated. So say Taurus Moon sign (or ascendant) the 7th bhaav (Scorpio) and 9th Bhaav (Capricorn) is activated. So now you know which areas are in focus to these individuals and what the bhaavas signify you know from the earlier chapters

  • Rahu-Ketu axis will show the problem area, if you will, during any given time. So as an example for Gemini moon sign currently, Rahu-Ketu are in the 4th-10th axis and hence the axis, which among other things, governs peace, happiness, private life, emotions and career, job, social image etc. Also to be kept in mind is that Rahu even though malefic in general also tends to at times open some hidden doors in terms of sudden opportunities governing the area it transits in, especially if Jupiter is also aspecting that sign. Example if Rahu is transiting the 10th bhaav and Jupiter is also aspecting 10th bhaav during transit, then sudden opportunities in career can open up, but Rahu will also tend to give stress and obstacles in the process.
  • Rahu- Saturn together aspecting a sign during transit and with no aspect of Jupiter on that sign calls for heavy Karmic testing of that area of life and possible separation from relatives/ people ruled by that sign also. Example if Saturn and rahu both transit the 9th house, the person can face bad luck situations and also get separated temporarily or permanently from father or Guru or mentor/ boss/ employer (which 9th house represents)
  • Jupiter transit over any house or planet will tend to expand, easen and smoothen the results the bhaav or planet represents. Example if Sun rules the 10th house, then Jupiter transiting over natal Sun degree (even the entire sign where Sun is) will tend to expand or improve results related to job/ career
  • Saturn transit will bring out the results of the sign or planet it transits over into FOCUS. You cannot escape those topics of life in that time (even if you were earlier). Saturn by itself is not positive or negative but has a general tone of slowing things down as it takes 30 months in one sign. It will JUDGE you as per your efforts and caliber and karma in that area and give results accordingly. These can be negative or positive as per the planet’s strength and dignities. Saturn will keep that area of life in focus till it transits to the next sign. By that time it would have deemed that the native has learnt the required lessons (good or bad) and time is now to focus on things represented by the next sign.


  • Ashtakvarga (Vital)

I have talked about this before. A small recap-

Each planet can have 0 to 8 BAV score in each sign, the more it gets in a sign, the better its result in the sign. The software will calculate this for you. Likewise SAV scores is for the entire sign (combination of all planets BAVs in that house) Average for this is about 27. Higher the better. If a sign has say 42 SAV bindus, most planets will give very good results there. By the same token say 8th bhaav from Moon has 42 SAV score and 6 BAV score for Saturn. Now 8th from Moon is generally negative for Saturn transit. But in this case due to so high SAV and BAV scores in that sign, Saturn will actually not harm at all and perhaps give some sudden gain related to say inheritance or protect you in an accident etc. (significations of 8th house)

  • Moon transit during Transit start This concept is important, especially for slow moving transits of Saturn, Jupiter and the nodes.

Consider the bhaav (relative to Moon sign) where Moon is at the moment a bigger transit is happening (example Saturn transit). Although this can be used for smaller transits of Sun, Mars etc. also, its significance is higher for slower moving transits as they stick around much longer. Now once you have noted this, see table below.



Example Saturn is transiting into 6th bhaav (from 5th). This is a great transit. On exact time of transit, if moon is placed 4,8 or 12 from its original position in horoscope, then the transit occurred on “Iron feet” and the good results of transit will not be fully felt. Likewise even if the transit is negative but starts with Gold or Silver feet, the results will be less bad than otherwise anticipated

  • Vedha & Vipreet- Vedha

A more advanced topic, not fully discussed for now. ‘Vedha’ means an “obstruction”. When planets transit auspicious places (as per table above) but there is another planet transiting a ‘Vedha’ location, then the auspicious results are put on HOLD due to this other planet. ‘Vipreet’ means reverse and Vipreet Vedha is the opposite of Vedha. An example will make it clear. Saturn transit in 3rd from Moon is auspicious as discussed above. Its Vedha location is 12th from Moon. So when Saturn is transiting 3rd from Moon, if another planet transits in the 12th from Moon (except Sun) then the Positive effects of Saturn are put on HOLD and don’t show up and the effects of that planet in 12th take prominence. Likewise if Saturn is transiting 12th (a negative location) but another planet transits the 3rd house, then there is Vipreet Vedha- implying Negative effects of Saturn are on Hold now due to the focus being on the effects of this planet in 3rd from Moon. Not all positions have a Vedha and hence Vipreet Vedha, the positions are tabulated in various textbooks and astrological literature. Understanding the concept is of importance at this stage

  • Transit of Dasha Planets

Even though transits of all 9 planets are important, the transits of the 4 slower planets are more important as explained above. In addition, the transit of planets who’s Maha Dasa, Antar dasa is operating (concepts not yet discussed) will be also prime importance. Example if a person is in the Major period (Maha Dasa) of Venus, then the transit of Venus will ofcourse gain high importance along with the 4 slower planets, etc.

9 Responses to Analyzing Basics – Transits (I)

  1. dr.sanjay says:

    Thanx sir for so valuable knowledge

  2. Ramamurthy Iyer says:

    Useful… Pl continue sharing..

  3. Anilkumar says:

    Excellent sir,
    I got some solutions for my doubts from this page.
    Thanks a lot and please continue posting.

  4. Sundar says:

    Sri VS:
    Does a transitting planet affect the house it occupies in the natal chart, even if it is not aspecting it?

  5. SJ says:

    Some only consider true planets to cause vedha, so does Rahu/Ketu cause vedha?

    • VS says:

      The concept of vedha is not defined for the nodes as they don’t have a physical presence. They act on our mind – conscious and subconcious

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