Besides, transits carry many themes depending on the configurations in a chart, and when you get into astrology over your head, like diving into a deep pool of water when you don't know how to swim, and we have the progressions to consider. Have you ever learned about yods? Ah, but we are getting ahead of ourselves, with the exception of professional astrologers who might go a bit rabid over yods in a chart--what psychological issues lurk in those yods?
So let's start at the beginning with the planets, houses, and other basics.
Astrological Cheat Sheet
(This is a document that I made for one of my clients who wanted to learn the basics of astrology when I gave her a reading).
First here are a description of the 10 planets and Chiron and their attributes:
Sun (Ego, identity, creativity, our center, strength, courage, warmth)
Moon (Inner self, intuition, reflection, mothers and mothering, emotions, how we express emotions)
Mercury (Communication verbal & written, short distance travel, relationships with siblings, hands, dexterity)
Venus (Women planet, balance, justice, the earth, ecology, flirtation, attraction, beauty, earthy physicality)
Mars (Men, war, anger, aggression, but also drive, ambition, warrior spirit, courage)
Jupiter (Expansion, exuberance, enthusiasm, idealism, spirituality, luck)
Saturn (Discipline, structure, the container which holds an astrological sign energy, fathers and fathering, authority, business & financial institutions, career),
Uranus (Lightening, the unexpected, rebellion, riots, surprises, shakeups, strikes, the Aquarian spirit)
Chiron (asteroid) (The wounded healer, childhood wounds of the emotional kind)
Neptune (Dreams, prisons, institutions, dissolution, spirituality, Oneness, Unity Consciousness, movies, music, sound healing)
Pluto (Transformation, sex, death, taxes, radiation, x-rays, nuclear energy, Hades, psychology, soul mates of the deepest kind)
The planets Sun through Mars are personal planets and these planets move quickly through a chart.
Jupiter and Saturn are transpersonal planets. This means that you feel them on a personal level, but they also have lasting effects on events that happen within a year or 2 1/2 years of the planets’ transits.
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are outer planets with universal effects. These are slow moving planets that shape generations and are used as generational markers. For instance the baby boomers are the Pluto in Leo generation, and Pluto in Virgo marks generation X.
(I’m using Steven Forrest’s archetypes for the sign, but you can make up your own. I did).
Aries (Warrior, pioneer, daredevil, survivor), element is fire, cardinal energy
Taurus (Earth spirit, the silent one, the musician, I add farmer, builder), element is earth, fixed energy
Gemini (Journalist, witness, storyteller, teacher, I add, public speaker, radio announcer, reporter, PR Director), element is air, mutable energy
Cancer (Mother, healer, invisible man or woman, I add chef, homemaker, gardener), element is water, cardinal energy
Leo (King, performer, child, I add comedien, movie star), element is fire, fixed energy
Virgo (Servant, martyr, perfectionist, analyst, I add nun, saint, and monk), element is earth, mutable energy
Libra (Lover, artist, peacemaker, I add troubadour, party hostess, decorator), element is air, cardinal energy
Scorpio (Detective, hypnotist, sorcerer, I add, shaman, psychologist and alchemist), element is water, fixed energy
Sagittarius (Gypsy, student, philosopher, I add, university professor, world traveler, pilgrim), element is fire, mutable energy
Capricorn (Hermit, father, prime minister, I add banker, chiropractor, architect), element is earth, cardinal energy
Aquarius (Genius, revolutionary, exile, scientist, truth sayer, I add inventor, software engineer), element is air, fixed energy
Pisces (Mystic, dreamer, face dancer, poet, I add spiritualist, spiritual coach), element is water, mutable energy
Houses (Do you want to come over to my house? Says Aries)
First house is the personality and body house. This house is marked by the rising or ascension sign and mainly focuses on your personal appearance and how you identify with yourself. This house is ruled by Aries.
Second house creativity, talent and personal resources (has clues of how to make a living). This house is ruled by Taurus.
Third house is communication, short distance travel, and siblings. This house is ruled by Gemini.
Fourth house represents domestic issues, home & mother. Ruler is Cancer.
Fifth house represents fun, the performing arts, flirtation, dating, and love affairs. Ruler is Leo.
Sixth house represents health routines, health, duty, service, and pets. Ruler is Virgo.
Seventh house represents marriage, legal partnerships, and balance. Ruler is Libra.
Eighth house represents sex, death, soul mates, rebirth, kundulini, psychology and secrets. Ruler is Scorpio.
Ninth house represents (The law, attorneys, long distance travel, foreign countries and cultures. Ruler is Sagittarius.
Tenth house represents father, authority, career, ambition, financial institutions and structure. Ruler is Capricorn. (Liz Greene refers to this house as representing the mother and not the father. This works too).
Eleventh house represents colleagues (as opposed to friends which is in the 5th house), networks, and community. Ruler is Aquarius.
Twelfth house represents prisons, insane asylums, addiction, dreams, spirituality, escapism, dissolution, illusions, movies, and music. Ruler is Pisces.