What is a horoscope? Is it the same as a transit?
“Why does my Year Ahead Report say Pluto is in my Seventh House, but my Horoscope says it’s in the 2nd?”
The Horoscopes Versus Transits question comes up semi-frequently, usually from people confused about an apparent contradiction between the two. And it is bewildering.
Astrology has different dimensions to it. There is the general cosmic ‘weather’ as played out in the alignments of the Sun, Moon, and planets.
For instance, say the current core alignment is an angle between Mars and Uranus with Mars also aligned to Venus, albeit harmoniously. Anyone born tonight will reflect the energy of this moment. The sky map of this time will become that person’s birth chart or natal astrology. In the future, that the Sun, Moon or planets re-connecting with any of this natal energy will be definitive.
Transits Manifest As Triggers, Epiphanies, Romance and Realizations
Depending on the nature of the person and their circumstances, this transit will manifest as a trigger, an epiphany, romance, realization or the sort of crisis that spurs opportunity. Or, to be fair, an emergency dental appointment followed by an argument in cold rain and an unexpected vet bill. Saturn, I’m looking at you here.
(As an aside, the word planet means “wanderer” and “transit” comes from “journey” or “transition.”)
By comparison, the Horoscopes (meaning time watcher, or observer of the hours) interpret the astral ‘weather’ through the Zodiac Signs. They’re not so specific as the transits to your birth chart, as those are unique, but they work as a sun or zodiac sign customized take on the current galactic vibe.
Reading for your Sun and Rising makes them the most effective but the Sun Sign alone Horoscopes are still pertinent: Sagittarius people respond differently to the influence of Jupiter than Capricorns. Scorpio and Capricorns are weirdly linked together for the next ten months. Aries folk are adjusting to Chiron and Pisceans to the full-undiluted Neptune experience. And so on.
The houses are just one aspect of the Horoscopes, but when you see “third house” or whatever in one of my Horoscopes, it is the Solar House. That means that I’m putting your Sun as the Ascendant for a delineation. The Solar Houses are a useful tool, but it’s not usually the same as those in your birth chart.
Broadly, the individual transit readings pertain to your inner development and the Horoscopes to the outer realm, with suggestions for adapting or interpreting the astro.
And the more you tune in, the better they work together.