Transition Period :
The time between two planetary storms (in the A5 Spectrum). The energy is usually very weak and scattered, making it hard to get anything done. My advice: kick back and take it easy. See transition rules.
Transition Rules :
You aren’t going to get much done during a transition period anyway, so follow these rules: 1) just do enough to get by until the energies are more favorable, 2) don’t start any major new projects until the energy picks up, 3) rest, relax, enjoy yourself, recharge your batteries (especially if you’re feeling run down or stressed out).
T Square :
Three planets in a pattern where the aspects are 2 squares and an opposition. Usually a dynamic, but very difficult and stressful kind of energy.
Transfer of Light
Transfer of light is a specific type of configuration that occurs when a fast moving planet separates from an exact Ptolemaic aspect with one planet and then applies to an exact aspect with another planet.
Transfer of light is more widely known as translation of light, since this is the terminology that was used in some of the early English manuals on astrology beginning in the 17th century.
See our article on translation of light for more information on this concept.
Astrologers usually define a transit as the passage of a planet or celestial body relative to the location of another celestial body or sector in an astrological chart.
The Term Transit in Astrology
Transits are most commonly discussed within the context of natal astrology. Within this context, “transits” involve the study of where the planets are at some point in time relative to where they were in the natal chart.
The natal chart is seen as a static snapshot of a specific point in time, depicting exactly where the planets were when a person was born, whereas a “transit” involves the study of where the planets will be in the future.
We will use the birth chart of the filmmaker George Lucas as an example.
On June 12, 1962 Lucas was involved in a major car crash which almost resulted in his death. At the time of the crash the planet Mars was at 11 degrees of Taurus, which is the same degree which the planet Venus occupied at the moment of Lucas’ birth. Thus, astrologers say that “transiting” Mars was conjunct Lucas’ “natal” Venus placement at the time, and this in part reflected the nature of the events which occurred in his life that day.
Additionally, at the time of the crash transiting Venus was at 25 Cancer, which is the same degree that Mars was in at the time of Lucas’ birth. Thus transiting Venus was conjunct Lucas’ natal Mars placement that day as well.
These are examples of exact planetary transits that line up with a specific day and event, although the term transit can also be used more generally simply to refer to the analysis of planets moving through any sector of a chart, as distinct from the fixed natal placements on the day of birth.
In a non-astrological context the term “transit” has also come to be used in two other ways:
1) As the transit of one celestial body across the face of another body from the perspective of an observer here on Earth. For example, the “transit” of Venus across the face of the Sun which took place on June 5, 2012.
2) Some Egyptologists use the term “transit” to refer to the culmination of the Egyptian decans, which is one of the ways that the decans were used for calendrical and timekeeping purposes in ancient Egypt.
Translation of Light
Translation of light (also known as transfer of light) is a specific type of configuration that occurs when a fast moving planet separates from an exact aspect with one planet and then applies to an exact aspect with another planet. In this way the fast moving planet is said to “transfer the light” between the planet that it is separating from and the planet that it is applying to.
Translation of light was originally developed in the early Medieval tradition in order to provide a means by which planets that are not aspecting each other could still be connected. As a result of this, translation of light is usually invoked when the faster moving planet is connecting two planets that are otherwise either not aspecting each other or are separating from an exact aspect with each other.
Translation of light can occur through any of the five Ptolemaic aspects.
Here is an example of translation of light through a conjunction. Let’s suppose that Jupiter is located at 15 degrees of Aries, Saturn is at 9 degrees of Aries, and Mercury is at 12 degrees of Aries. Jupiter is separating from a conjunction with Saturn, and so the two planets are moving away from each other, and their connection is decreasing.
However, Mercury at 12 degrees of Aries is able to form a connection between the two by separating from Saturn and then immediately applying to Jupiter, thus bringing Saturn and Jupiter together again, or transferring their “light”.
Another example, this time of translation of light through one of the other Ptolematic aspects. Saturn is at 8 degrees of Virgo, and it is in aversion to the Sun at 18 degrees of Leo, and thus there is no relationship between the two.
However, the Moon at 13 degrees of Sagittarius is separating from a square to Saturn and then immediately applying a to a trine with the Sun, and thus the Moon is transferring the light between Saturn and the Sun.
Usage in Horary Astrology
Translation of light is primarily used in horary astrology in order to provide a means through which the relevant significators can perfect their aspect with each other, thus providing an affirmative answer to the question that was asked.
Within this context, some authorities differ on whether the presence of a translation of light between the relevant significators is sufficient in order to provide an affirmative answer to the question.
Some authors suggest that some form of reception must also exist between the translating planet and the slower moving planet that it is separating from, so that the slower moving planet can fully commit its disposition unto the translating planet.
On the other hand, while the presence of reception is generally regarded as beneficial, not all authorities agree that it is a requirement for a translation of light to occur between significators in a horary chart.
In astrology a triplicity is a division of the 12 signs of the zodiac into a specific group of three. Since there are 12 signs, they can be divided evenly into four sets of three, which are referred to collectively as the triplicities.
The four triplicities are grouped together as follows:
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Each triplicity consists of three signs that are configured to each other by trine, although the triplicity and trine aspect are conceptually distinct.
Although the specific qualities associated with each of the triplicities sometimes varies from tradition to tradition, the groupings themselves have been constant since the late Mesopotamian tradition.
History of the Triplicities
Astrologers began dividing the signs of the zodiac into triplicities in the late Mesopotamian astrological tradition, sometime around the middle of the 1st millennium BCE. In the early Hellenistic tradition this practice of dividing the signs into triplicities was adopted, although some differences in the use of the division arose.
By the 1st century CE some astrologers associated the four triplicities with the four cardinal directions: north, south, east and west. They also began associating each triplicity with a specific set of planetary rulers known as the triplicity rulers.
By the 2nd century CE some astrologers began associating each of the triplicities with one of the four classical elements: earth, air, fire and water. These elemental associations were not adopted universally at first, although they appear to have become common in astrological texts during the Medieval period, especially after the 8th century.
Elements and Triplicities
The association between the triplicities and the four elements that became common in late antiquity is generally taken for granted by most western astrologers today, to the extent that the concept of triplicities is sometimes seen as interchangeable with the association of the elements with the signs.
Here are the common assignments of the elements to the triplicities:
Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
See the diagram to the right for a visual illustration of these assignments.
Chris Brennan, “The Planetary Joys and the Origins of the Significations of the Houses and Triplicities,” originally published in the International Society for Astrological Research Journal, Vol. 42, No. 1, April 2013.