Natal Planets vs. Transiting Planets

Natal Planets vs. Transiting Planets

 “Transiting CBs, depending on which ones they are, can have brief influences lasting less than a day (transiting Moon) to several days  (transiting Mercury) or even years (transiting Pluto) as they come into contact with each of your natal CBs.”

Do you know the difference between your “natal planets” and “transiting planets’? First, when we say “planets” we say this loosely and also mean it to include luminaries (Sun and Moon). So we generally reference “planets” as Celestial Bodies when speaking of them as a group. Each one of us has the same CBs in our birth charts: Sun, a Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. The difference is in their positions at the time of each person’s birth. Imagine that a chart’s wheel is like a lock’s tumbler, you “turn” it until it clicks into place, finding the  “combination” for the celestial bodies at your birth time. And there they will remain for your entire lifetime. Maybe a simpler analogy is that it’s a snapshot or birth print of capturing the sky’s architecture at time of your birth. As a result, if your Sun sign is 16 degrees Libra in the 6th House, it will always be 16 degrees Libra in the 6th House. If your Mars is 13 degrees Pisces in the 12th House at the time of your birth, your natal Mars will always and forever be 13 degrees Pisces in your 12th House (that planet of action is going nowhere!) This snapshot or birth print is exactly what we look at in the Birth Personality Profile.

Now, onto transiting “celestial bodies”. First, celestial bodies are not “ours,” they are the universe’s, or specifically, our Solar System’s. As you know, the celestial bodies are constantly in motion, or orbit. When one or more of these transit, or come into  contact with, one or more of our natal celestial bodies, angles or points  during its orbit, this contact might impact you in some way. This is exactly what we are looking for in the Major Transiting Planets Analysis…If the transiting CBs are contacting one or more of your natal CBs at a certain time or period of time and, if so, how it might affect you. Transiting CBs, depending on which ones they are, can have brief influences lasting less than a day (transiting Moon) to several days  (transiting Mercury) or even years (transiting Pluto) as they come into contact with each of your natal CBs. Knowing this additional information can be very helpful to each of us in navigating through our lives. For example, if transiting Mercury is conjunct your Midheaven (the highest angle/point of achart that represents one’s public life, career, life’s goal) you could experience communication or travel related to your career.

Shown: sample birth chart for Albert Einstein with the transiting CBs in blue on the outer edge of chart wheel and the natal CBs within the chart wheel, in their Natal Houses. The different colored lines all represent aspects the transiting are forming with the natal CBs, as well as those formed between the natal CBs. 

Aries Sun Sign

Aries Sun Sign


Astrological Sun Sign Aries
Planetary Ruler: Mars
Element: Fire
Quality: Cardinal

Leader, childlike, independent, direct, impatient, short attention span, energetic, charming, bold, quick tempered

Aries  (March 21-April 19), the sign of the Ram, is the first of the 12 Zodiac signs. They are the “newborns” of the zodiac and this can be easily seen in their childlike, energetic approach to life, their attention moving from one thing to another as they explore life’s offerings, their loyalties unabashedly simple and uncomplicated. This certain naivete is surely a benefit of being the baby of the Zodiac and of envy to the “older” signs. Even as they grow into adults, these traits generally stick, including a childlike charm that is hard to resist. They are great at starting things but can fall off on the finishing end of the bargain if their attention is distracted by  the next shiny thing. That said they go after their shiny objects, whether people, things or ideas, with energy and enthusiasm.  The Ram suits these folks as their symbol too. It charges after whatever it has its eye on in bold fashion, regardless of who might get in the way. And their element Fire is appropriate to, giving that spark in most things they do, and even at times to their temperament (think Russell Crowe and Alec Baldwin). You ask how can these people be leaders if they’re off  running all over the place all the time acting like children! Well, the Aries quality is Cardinal, which gives them their leadership capabilities. It’s a nice combination if you think about it. Who wouldn’t want to go off and follow someone who can take charge with a certain innocent charm that casts a spell of fun on any endeavor?  Oh, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten the effect of this Sun sign’s Ruling Planet! We will write about Mars in our next post. If you know any Aries, man or woman, it’s a safe bet you’ve noticed these folks’ sex appeal immediately!

It’s important to point out that we are speaking here about the Aries Sun sign’s general traits. Other factors can cancel them out or emphasize them even more, including what House the Sun Sign resides in, the Moon Sign and House, and the Ascendant Sign. Look for a post entitled Astrology 101 soon explaining these elements of a person’s birth personality.

Albert Einstein Was a Pisces

Albert Einstein Was a Pisces

The creativity we’ve mentioned throughout the Pisces blogs doesn’t restrain itself to the arts.Quite possibly the world’s most creative mind was born to an Albert Einstein, March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany. This man meets all the astrological sign of Pisces Sun/Neptune Ruler basic characteristics: out-of-the-box thinking (creativity and imagination), playing the violin (music), sailing (water), promoting an equal, peaceful society (compassion for the masses). History’s This Day in History gives a good synoptic take on this amazing man!

And other Piscean tendencies can be found in his words (which we feel confident they likely matched his thoughts):

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

The high destiny of the individual is to server rather than rule.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

More can be found at Brainy Quote (or many other sites…just search Einstein quotes).