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Lesson 1: Chart Delineation
Lesson 2: The Individuality; Spiritual Strength
Lesson 3: The Personality
Lesson 4: The Mentality
Lesson 5: Vocation and Finance
Lesson 6: Love -- Marriage -- Children
Lesson 7: Delineation: Religion, Philosophy
Lesson 8: Delineation: Friends and Enemies -- Brothers and Sisters....
Lesson 9: Health and Sickness
Lesson 10: Hopes -- Wishes -- Aspirations; Sorrow and Self-Undoing....
Lesson 11: Progression of the Horoscope
Lesson 12: The Progressed Chart
Lesson 13: Transits, Lunations, Eclipses

The Western Wisdom Teachings
Senior Extension Astrology Course
Lesson No. 13

Transits, Lunations, Eclipses

Transit means passing--the passage of a celestial body over the meridian over a place.

   The progressed positions of planets are the principal significators of events, but the transitory position of the planets in space at the actual time of events strengthen or weaken effects of aspects in the progressed horoscope, according to whether they are akin in nature or not. These so-called transits are the planetary positions in the ephemeris for the actual or current year of events.

   The major planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are more potent in their action than the minor planets for the reason of their slow motion in the heavens. Their vibrations are felt strongly when within 1 1/2 degree orb. They culminate when the aspect is exact, and last until 1 1/2 degree past. Their effects depend on the importance of the planet which they aspect, and the houses through which they are transiting (passing), bearing on such departments of life as the particular house indicates.

   Mars more than any other celestial body affects the average person strongly when in transit over sensitive points in the horoscope. It designates the field of action, whether battle, business, or breaking ground. Where Mars is powerful in the chart, there the native has the ability to go in and conquer--himself or others.

   Mars by position shows his potential power to act, also the instruments with which he works to best advantage. Mars has the power to destroy that which is wrong and harmful in our environment; and it enthusiastically champions the cause of righteousness.

   The wonderful energy of Mars must not be suppressed, but controlled and refined. This is an important and potent lesson which the subject of our study especially will have to learn.

   In its transits Mars brings out the latent forces in a positive way in the sign and house it passes through; therefore Mars may be used frequently to forecast the actual time of an event.

   Saturn points out what we lack--in what we are most deficient. It is the Father principle urging us to develop good habits and good qualities in order to solve and master the problems of existence. Saturn is in reality the "great benefic." We must learn to understand its purpose: to overcome fear, to purify the mind, to cultivate faith, hope, and love.

   The effect of a transit is greatest when it is in conjunction with a radical planet, particularly when it is in an angle. The trine, sextile, square, and opposition are also quite effective, but in a lesser degree.

   If the progressed Moon, New Moon, or total eclipse comes within orb of a transit, when it is making an aspect to the radical planets, setting off the condition then prevailing in the horoscope, bringing it to fruition on the physical plane, there is also a corresponding change in consciousness, an opportunity for learning spiritual values, and for soul growth.

   Much of the effect of transiting planets is to impel to decisive action and extract concrete results.

   A lunation is a conjunction of the Sun and Moon--a New Moon. In our ephemeris all New Moons, Full Moons, and eclipses are plainly marked for each month.

   When a lunation falls within 1 1/2 degrees of an aspect to any of the planets of the Radix, or within aspect to any other vital point in the horoscope, it has a decided effect upon affairs during the ensuing month, and will easily take the place of an aspect of the progressed Moon, which is needed to fructify the planetary indications then in force.

   The Moon completes its passage through the zodiac in 28 days, staying about 2 1/2 days in each sign. In progression, as you have learned, this means years.

   The transiting Moon in daily life is important in choosing the right time for doing certain affairs. In illness and for operations the Moon's daily place must be taken into consideration for effecting the best results of remedies applied, etc. Physicians especially should be interested in this phase of Astrology.

   However, the effect of the transiting Moon should be applied in its relation to the radical and progressed charts. The ephemeris gives the daily aspects between the Moon and planets which is very helpful in planning one's affairs. The student would do well to get thoroughly familiar with the current ephemeris, tabulating the effects of transits in his own case--and looking ahead for aspects forming. Again, here as in everything else, moderation holds good. One can become too fanatical. Checking one's aspects is meant only for self-development, service to humanity, and sharpening the power of observation.

   When a New Moon is a solar eclipse, it produces: first the usual effect of a lunation during the current month if in aspect with any of the radical planets. Secondly: similar effects during the months of the following year, when aspects of the same nature are formed with place of the eclipse. That is to say, if an eclipse fell, for instance, on Uranus in 23 degrees of Aries, in this boy's horoscope, it not only will have an influence at the time when the eclipse is formed, but also when a lunation of about the same degree would fall in Cancer, making a square--this in midsummer--or another in opposition in Libra in the Fall; again another square in midwinter from Capricorn.

   Thus when the initial aspect of the eclipse is adverse, the latter configurations will be adverse; if it is a good aspect, benefit will be experienced during the months when sextiles and trines are formed.

   The increasing and decreasing Moon is also important in its monthly transit. The Moon is increasing in light from the time of its conjunction with the Sun, or the New Moon, till it reaches its opposition or Full Moon. The next two weeks it is decreasing in light--till it meets the Sun again at another lunation.

   These two phases of the Moon are very potent in affairs of the world of men. The increasing Moon is the flood tide, strong forces for vigorous efforts: "full speed ahead." The decreasing Moon, or ebb tide, is for assimilating, absorbing, planning, preparing, meditating, contemplating the past and that which is to come, etc.

   There are three points to be taken into consideration in reading a horoscope: the radical chart as the face of the clock; the progressed planets are the hour hand; and the daily transits, New and Full Moons, may be compared to the minute hand, which tells the exact time of events. The progressed aspects alone will not act; there must be an exciting factor. The transits act as the match that lights the fuse, and the transiting Moon with its aspects and its lunations is the time-marker.

   In order to consider transits for our boy, born in 1932, we will use the 1935 ephemeris. He will then be only three years old, so no progression except the Moon is in force.

   In January 1935 his progressed Moon in Leo is trine to radical Uranus in Aries. As Uranus is afflicting the Moon in Radix, this trine will have little beneficial effect, because the lunation on January 5, 1935 in 13.57 Capricorn is a partial eclipse and falls opposite the boy's natal Sun. This is a time to use care and caution in his food and safeguard his health generally.

   At the same time, January 6 and 7, Mars is transitting those degrees in Libra, square to his radical Sun. Mars transits his 5th house, which concerns his play and recreation. A square means, Be careful!

   Another partial eclipse of the Sun is the lunation of February 3, 1935 in 13.55 Aquarius. This is conjunct his M.C. As his M.C. is trine the Part of Fortune in Gemini, this transit should be beneficial to him through his parents.

   On April 3, 1935 the lunation in 12.48 Aries squares his radical Sun, giving similar indications as the January eclipse.

   Saturn at the same time transits in Pisces, opposition to the natal Neptune indicating bowel trouble or possibly some hurt to his feet or limbs.

   The New Moon of August 29, 1935 in 4.46 Virgo is conjunct the radical Neptune -- another short period of anxiety.

   As the transiting Uranus in 5.30 Taurus is trine this same Neptune, he may receive help and benefits from friends not only on the material plant, but also from invisible sources such as beauty and harmony.

   The transits of the other three major, or superior planets, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune, are very important, especially affecting the houses, which carry the signs they are in at the time.

   Referring to the little table in Lesson 12, where the planets' daily motion and the duration of their stay in the signs is recorded, it is easy to estimate how long the effect of these planetary forces will be in operation.

   Jupiter, the great benefic, passes around the horoscope in 12 year--one year in each sign; therefore its benign assistance brings blessings a good deal oftener than the retarding influence of Saturn is felt.

   Take the ephemeris for the year 1935. Check up on Jupiter; see in what houses, it is transiting in the boy's chart. Jupiter is unafflicted in the Radix, therefore we look for good effects, mostly. On January 8, 1935, and again on September 7 and 8 Jupiter in Scorpio 18-05 from the 6th house makes an exact trine to the radical Moon in Cancer. The delineation for this aspect reads:

   "Jupiter trine Moon brings health, happiness, and financial benefit in accordance with radical indications. If Jupiter retrogrades, it is not so active (Jupiter does here), but the period of good is protracted by its repeated direct passage over the good aspects."

   On November 9, 1935, Jupiter enters Sagittarius, advancing -- first, to a sextile of Saturn Nov. 21-22; then to a trine of Mercury on Nov. 25; then to a square of Neptune on December 5. Lastly an opposition to Mars on Dec. 17.

   These two aspects are rather strong, coming as they do from angles. Jupiter and Neptune are in the fourth house, Mars is in the first house in the Radix. The transiting Jupiter in Sagittarius will be in the seventh house. Possibly affecting the father in a business way.

   Uranus stays seven years in every sign, so its sustained influence in the houses is very long. The houses, you remember, have to do with material conditions and environment, the signs with character--in a general way.

   Uranus is the awakener, the altruistic, humanitarian, but also the erratic and iconclastic planet of sudden and unexpected happenings and impulses--exciting the native to unusual and often strange conduct--if it is much afflicted in the natal chart.

   Uranus is square to the Moon in the Radix, therefore its transit through the 12th house, that of sorrow and limitations, where it is placed in Aries will last until the boy is about ten years old. We figure thus: Uranus entered Taurus in June 1934; it will enter Gemini about 1941; then we reckon the 4 degrees and 29 minutes of Gemini in the 12th house (Ascendant is Gemini 4.29). Uranus travels 42 seconds per day or 4 degrees in a year. So--around 1942 it will transit his Ascendant, passing into the first house, and this time will mark some drastic changes in the organism, the mind, and the home conditions.

   To help the student become proficient in locating transiting aspects we will tabulate those of Uranus. Its first aspect in 1935 is on May 17-18 in 2.52 Taurus, making square to an afflicted Saturn in Aquarius. A little later, May 28-29, it squares Mercury in Leo. As Uranus retrogrades these aspects are repeated October 29 in 3.26 Taurus, and November 12th in 2.52 Taurus. As the squares are to the 3rd and 9th houses, which govern travel, we assume that care and caution should be exercised in this respect.

   On June 10, and October 14, 1935, Uranus in 4.03 Taurus makes a sextile to Venus in Cancer, which may bring gain and pleasure from the sociable Venus, strong in its own second house.

   Neptune is the slowest of the nine planets, taking 165 years to travel through the zodiac; so its transits of thirteen to fourteen years in the same sign naturally will have a steady, long-drawn influence through the house or houses it traverses.

   It is comparatively easy to compute the position of Neptune Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus in coming years without an ephemeris, when we know their orbital motion. Having a starting point, for instance: Neptune entered Virgo in September 1928. By adding 13-14 years we know it will come to Libra in 1942, to Scorpio in 1955-56, to Sagittarius in 1969, to Capricorn in 1983-84 and so on.

   As Neptune advances about 2 degrees per year we approximate its position in 1992, when the age of our subject is 60, to be about 18 degrees in Capricorn, which is in opposition to the radical Moon. The delineation reads: "If Neptune is afflicted in the natal chart, these transits mark a period of weird and uncanny experiences, mental and physical lassitude, etc."

   The mission of Neptune, the plant of divinity, is to stir the feelings and stimulate the mental faculties attuning them to the highest vibrations, lifting the consciousness "unto purer spheres," impelling the native to find his spiritual self, to blend and cooperate this with the personality, enabling him to lead (live) a practical, Christian life.

   On the lower plane Neptune is subtle, chaotic, bringing out the under-currents of trickiness and fraud. Very few, comparatively speaking, can respond to the high cosmic rays of Neptune, but its purpose is to help humanity forward on the spiral path of Evolution-- that man may learn true wisdom, to master himself, to assert his divinity, to foster brotherhood, to acquire Creative Consciousness.

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Answers to Lesson No. 12:


Dear Friend,

   Congratulations on completing all three courses in astrology. You are entitled to a genuine feeling of accomplishment, for as rewarding and illuminating as the course may be it is still long and tasking. You did a good job and it has been a pleasure working with you.

   Learning never ends, we hope your search will not end with this last lesson and that the study of astrology will still encompass a major part of your life. By applying what you have learned in your daily life and using this sacred science to help others, you will increase your inner wisdom, understanding and Truth.

   May God's blessings provide you with more opportunities to serve--remembering that Loving, Self-forgetting Service to others, is the shortest, the safest and the most joyful road to God.

  May God Bless your every effort.

  In Fellowship,
    Fellow Students of the Western Wisdom Teachings


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