The section of the book which follows deals with theconditions, circumstances and events which will be produced by the movement ofthe planets through each of the horoscopical houses by transit and byprogression.

Whilst it is acknowledged that there are other methods bywhich the dimension of time may be added to the natal chart they are notcovered in this work.


There is little if any controversy about transitmethodology.

A transit which may be defined as the passage of a planetover a given feature of the natal chart is identified by means of an ephemerisfor the current year (or for whatever year is under review) which will give thecelestial longitude of each planet and enable its relationship to the planetsand houses of the horoscope to be determined.

When assessing the effects of transiting planets on anyhouse the following factors need to be born in mind:

Thetransiting planet will always represent the area of life indicated by the housein which it is found in the natal chart. Thus, this area of life is likely tothrow up the circumstances and conditions, which will act as the agents foroccurrences in the house in which the transiting planet is to be found.

Theprogressed position of the transiting planet in terms of both longitude andhouse placement, and the house, which it transits in the progressed figure,will provide, respectively, additional agents and another area of life to beactivated. Frequently the progressed houses will be more obviously productivethan the natal houses. Nevertheless the transit will ramify on the houses inboth the natal and progressed figures.

Alsoaffected by the transit is the house occupied by the planet, which thetransiting planet disposition in the natal chart and the house or houses of whichthe transiting planet is the ruler, both naturally and accidentally.

A transitingplanet is considered to be in exact aspect to a natal planet or house cusp whenallowance has been made for precession at the mean rate of 50.2" per year.Precession values should be added to the natal position of each planet,regardless of whether its status is direct or retrograde. Transits toprogressed planets and the position of the transiting planets within theprogressed house framework (see below: Progressions) should also be considered.

Each transit therefore involves at least six houses andconscientious interpretation takes time. Not every house involved in a transitwill influence the form in which a transit manifests but a person’s approach toeach area of life represented by the houses stands to be influenced.


The method of progression recommended here is the ‘day for ayear’ method, which means that one day in the ephemeris equals one year oflife. The progressed hyleg points and intermediate house cusps are found bydeducting the sidereal time at noon/midnight on the day of birth from that ofthe day in the ephemeris which represents the birthday year. To this result isadded the local sidereal time of birth. Applying this result to a Table ofHouses for the appropriate latitude will give the progressed Mid-heaven,progressed Ascendant and progressed intermediate house cusps. The planetsprogressed positions are calculated for the time of birth on the day, whichrepresents the birthday year. The Moon is given a total of twelve positions —one for each month of the birthday year. Over time some or all of theprogressing planets will come to occupy different houses from those which theytenant in the natal chart and this will bring others areas of life into sharperrelief for varying periods of time.

With reference to the effects of progression the followingconsiderations are offered:

As the innerplanets progress into new signs the vibration of these regions of the zodiaccomes to form part of a person’s energy pattern.

The planets, which will change sign during the course of anaverage life, are:

Planet             Maximum Duration of Sign

Sun                  30  days

Moon               2 ½ days        

Mercury           16   days

Venus              18   days   

Mars                57   days                    

The planets from Jupiter outwards are likely to change signonly if their placement puts them very close to the end of a sign. 
The amount of time a planet occupies a house may be greatlyaffected if the natal chart contains interceptions. This will not be an issueif the Equal House System is used but for all the other major systems it isrelevant. Interceptions can mean that in spite of a new degree of the Mid heavenevery birthday year certain planets will not progress out of the houses theyoccupy in the natal chart until very late in a person’s life if at all.

The Obliquity of the Ecliptic means that the annual 1degreeadvance of the ecliptic over the mid heaven sees a varying rate of movementover the Eastern horizon. This means that although the M.C advances 1 degreewith every birthday year it cannot be assumed that the same is true of theAscendant or the intermediate house cusps. Tables should always be used.

As the Sun progresses at a relatively steady rate obliquitymeans that the Sun may move either forward into the next house or backwardsinto the house, which precedes the house, which it occupies nattily. Whilst themovement of any planet from one house to another is significance the wholetenor of a person’s life is likely to change if the Sun should move intoanother house.

The house occupied by the Moon in the progressed chartrepresents an area of life, which is particularly demanding of a person’senergy and attention, for however long it takes the Moon to progress throughthe house at its annual rate of approximately 12 degrees. It is notable thatwhen the Moon reaches the last 5 degrees of the house (this observation isbased upon work done with the Koch House System) then there will be adevelopment, which brings matters in this area of life to some conclusion.

It will be noted that owing to the differing time scalesused for the calculation of transits and progressions, the movement oftransiting planets is in the order of the houses, whereas that of progressingplanets except the Moon is against that order. 

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