We call the planets currently orbiting the Sun transiting planets. When a transiting planet arrives at the position of where a planet was when you were born, the planet in your chart gets activated by that planet.
We call geometric angles between planets aspects. Activation can also occur when a transiting planet makes an aspect to a planet in your chart. Important aspects that we look at are 60, 90, 120, 150 and 180 degree angles. The impact is greater when those same two aspecting planets, the transiting planet and the one in your chart, are aspecting each other in your birth chart.
For instance, let’s say you were born on the first day of the sign of Gemini. The date a sign begins varies a little from year to year, but is usually around the 21st through the 23rd. If you were born at the beginning of a sign, the Sun was at zero degrees. In this instance, zero degrees Gemini. Also, on that day, the planet Saturn was at zero degree Gemini.
I will call the Sun a planet even though it is a luminary. So these two planets, the Sun and Saturn, were both at the same degree of the zodiac. When two planets are together at the same degree, we say they are conjoined. This is what was happening on the day you were born.
Now, let’s imagine that the planet Saturn as it is transiting (orbiting) the Sun, reaches zero degrees Aquarius. That transiting planet, Saturn, is making a 120 degree aspect (angle) in relationship to where the Sun was when you were born.
Because the Sun and Saturn were next to each other on the zodiac wheel, both being at the beginning of the sign of Gemini, this will be a very pivotal time as transiting Saturn will strongly activate the Sun and all the arenas it rules in your chart along with activating the planet Saturn in your birth chart, and all the areas Saturn rules in your chart.
In the process of interpreting the transits, a particular number of degrees are allowed before the planet comes into an exact alignment or a precise angle with a planet in your chart. The number of degrees between the two planets is called the orb.
Most astrologers use varying degrees for different planets and different aspects, such as eight degrees for a conjunction (when the two planets share the same degree or are close in degree). That means the astrologer starts predicting possibilities as to what can occur as soon as the transiting planet gets within 8 degrees of the planet it is aspecting in your chart.
The fewer the degrees taken into consideration, the tighter the orb, which means the fewer things there will be to talk about during a session, but what does get talked about is going to be a lot more accurate in timing.
Our interpretation policy is a 1 degree to a 1.5 degree orb. The orb is the distance to either side of a planet. That distance defines the window from the beginning of probability to the end of probability. This means that we are focusing on windows of time that are much more likely to happen, but the actual experience may happen sooner or later than the precise window of time we gave you.