Transit of Planets: How Does The Everyday Planetary Movements Affect Us?

Transit of planets and its effect is known as Gochara Phala in Vedic astrology. If you are familiar with the basic concepts of astrology, you may have already heard of the term Transit or Gochara. Let’s learn what is a transit and the basics of Gochara phala in this article.

A birth chart or the natal chart of an individual is the snapshot of the planetary positions at the time of the birth of that individual. This birth chart shows us all the great, good, bad and uglier things that are going to happen in that person’s life in the future.

A birth chart is like the blueprint of promises that life makes with that particular person. It shows all the Yogas that can make a person rich or poor, king or pauper, healthy or sick, happy or sad. What it doesn’t tell us though is about the exact time of fruition of all the promises and predictions.

To properly time the events in the person’s life that have been predicted by assessing the birth chart, we need to consider two more vital elements of Vedic Astrology. They are the ‘Gochara’ or ‘Transit of Planets’ and the Dasha system.

So what it means is that the Rasi or the Birth Chart indicates the potential, the Dashas indicate the time and ‘the Gochara or the Transits’ indicate the final triggering of these events.

What is the Transit of Planets?

Transit basically means the movement of planets through various Signs of Zodiac. These movements cause benefic and ill effects on the individual depending on the amount of positive and negative things that have been mentioned in the birth chart. These results are called as ‘Gochara Phala’ or the ‘effect of Transit of Planets’. Gochara or the Transit relates to the movement of a planet at a particular point in time.


Important Points to Remember When Assessing the Effect of Transit of Planets

  • When looking for the Transit effects in a chart the Natal Moon is always taken as the primary reference point instead of the Lagna or the Ascendant. Although some people prefer to take both the Lagna and the Moon as the reference points classical texts of Vedic Astrology give importance to the Natal Moon.
  • Different Planets produce different results when transiting various houses in the chart. They produce benefic and malefic results depending on their placement from the natal Moon. Good results produced by these planets can be obstructed when some other planets occupy certain other houses. This phenomenon is called “Vedha” (Obstruction).
  • Sun and Saturn do not cause Vedha to each other. Similarly, Moon and Mercury do not cause Vedha to each other. These are the Father-Son duos.
  • The results of benefic and Vedha positions are reversed when the planets transit the Vedha positions and there is another planet in the benefic position. For example, Sun gives benefic result in the 3rd house unless there is Vedha from the 9th house. This is reversed when Sun is transiting the 9th house itself. In this instance, Sun will give bad results unless there is another planet creating obstruction from the 3rd house. What it means is that Vedha obstructs evil effects as well as beneficial effects of planets in certain positions.

Benefic and Vedha Positions for Various Planets Considered from the Natal Moon During Transits

  • Sun – Sun produces benefic results during transit when in the 3,6,10 and 11th houses from the Natal Moon. Vedha positions are 9,12,4,5. What it means is that the Sun produces benefic results when transiting the third house, unless there is an obstructing planet in the ninth house, from the Moon (or Lagna). Similarly, its sixth house transit is good unless obstructed from the twelfth house, and so on.
  • Moon – Benefic transits are 1,3,6,7,10 and 11. and Vedha positions are 5,9,12,2,4,8
  • Mars – Benefic transits 3,6 and 11. Vedha are 12,9,5
  • Mercury – Benefic transits are 2,4,6,8,10 and 11 and Vedha positions are 5,3,9,1,8 and 12
  • Jupiter – Benefic transits are 2,5,7,9 and 11. Vedha positions are 12,4,3,10 and 8
  • Venus – Benefic transits are 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,11,12 and Vedha positions 8,7,1,10,9,5,11,3,6
  • Saturn – Benefic transits and Vedha positions of Saturn are similar to those of Mars.

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