I think it's fair to say, any person who gets deeper into Astrology becomes, at one point, obsessed with transits. To clarify, there are two types of transits: The collective transits (I go over those in my Insider Forecast and in my newsletter Keep Up With Julia), and the personal transits. Collective transits are how the planets interact with each other in the sky at any given moment and this how Astrologers predict things for the upcoming year for example; while personal transits are how planets in the sky at any given moment are interacting with your birth chart.
I cannot tell you how many times I typed up "Transit Pluto square Moon" when I was going through the transit.
Is it healthy or helpful? Unsure (let's face it, it's not) but what I know from personal experience is that often, my frantic googling lead me to fear more than what was needed.
Transits are for sure interesting and potentially mind wracking, but there are a few things to consider to understand what will be happening in your life, by tailoring the interpretation to your personal chart, which allows to not fall prey to doom and gloom.
1/ Where is the planet transiting?
If you're tracking a transit, you need to know what house it's transiting in your chart.
For example, I've had a Pluto square my Libran planets for as long as I can remember, but Pluto transits my 1st house, so as much as I was terrified "bad things" would happen to me, I was actually the architect of my own destruction and transformation, unbeknownst to me. In retrospect, it was all incredibly needed and helpful, but at the moment it'd be hard to convince you of it.
2/ What is the planet transited?
Regardless of the specifics of the chart, if your Moon is aspected by transit your emotional life, emotional responses, home life, will be impacted. If Mars, you desires, energy, drive; and so on. Another layer will be what that planet rules in your chart. For example, when Pluto was square my Moon, Moon in my chart rules the 8th house, so the cleansing was DEEP.
3/ The condition of the planet aspected
A lot of modifying factors enter the equation here. Where is the planet located, what does it rule in your chart (again, if you don't know this at all or very well, I recommend my class), and what are the aspects formed in the natal chart by the planet aspected.
The first thing to consider is that every planet has an intent/function. Again, I teach this in my class, but for example, Pluto's intent is to destroy, transform and empower; while Uranus' intent is to disrupt, detach, uproot, liberate, render authentic. So depending on the planet aspecting your chart, there is a given agenda.
For example, if your Moon is being transited by a planet, the planet transiting it will transform Moon according to its own agenda but WHAT is being transformed depends on the natal aspects. For example, let's say your Moon is square Saturn in your birth chart, you carry a specific pattern emotionally (avoidance, repression, insecurity, fears of rejection - all possible) that will be transformed/released (in the case of Pluto and Uranus) by the appropriate transits.
Knowing that, although you can google up your upcoming transits and will get an idea of the essence of the transit (I do have a few articles on transits), you cannot have a tailored answer to your chart unless a human actually looks into it with precision and care. This is called a transit reading and I can do that for you, but if you're looking at general information and self-learning, this is how you go about it.
In my next blog post, I will be going over all the transits I personally experienced over the last years and reporting how they showed up in my life. To be notified of my next blog posts you can subscribe to my site and/or subscribe to my monthly newsletter Keep Up with Julia