Calculation of geocentric and heliocentric planetary positions, planetary aspects,
world and personal planetary transits, and synastry
October 02, 2023, 12:00 GMT
Julian date: 2,460,220.00
Ecliptic longitudes Planet Geocentric Heliocentric Sun 189°2' 9Lib2 Mercury 175°39' 25Vir39 130°40' 10Leo40 Venus 144°42' 24Leo42 40°4' 10Tau4 Earth 9°3' 9Ari3 Mars 203°30' 23Lib30 212°33' 2Sco33 Jupiter 44°18' 14Tau18 37°38' 7Tau38 Saturn 331°24' 1Pis24 334°59' 4Pis59 Uranus 52°36' 22Tau36 50°35' 20Tau35 Neptune 355°55' 25Pis55 356°21' 26Pis21 Pluto 297°54' 27Cap54 299°28' 29Cap28 Moon 50°20' 20Tau20
In geocentric astrology the solar system and the zodiac are viewed from the perspective of the Earth, whereas in heliocentric astrology they are viewed from the perspective of the Sun. Most astrological software is geocentric, but astro‑trading programs often use a heliocentric zodiac.
What's a planetary transit?
Planetary aspects occur when two planets possess a particular angular relationship with each other (e.g. conjunction, opposition, trine, square, etc.) with respect to a central point. This point is either the Earth (in geocentric astrology) or the Sun (in heliocentric astrology). A planetary transit is the period during which two planets remain continuously in a particular aspect with each other.
The programs described here either display planetary aspects and transits or calculate the exact dates and times at which transits occur (begin and end) between selected planets. Click on any of the program titles or screenshots for more information about a particular program (and the user manual).
Astrology without houses
The reason that none of these four programs involve an ascendant, or astrological houses, is that the ascendant (and thus any house system) depends on a geographical position (usually a birthplace). But aspects between planets, and thus planetary transits, depend only on the motion of the planets along the ecliptic as viewed from the Earth (or the Sun). Thus a planetary transit does not require, or imply, an ascendant (and thus no house system). Aspects and transits have their own astrological meaning. (Yes, astrology without houses is possible.) Signs (derived from the equal division of the ecliptic) are as usual, for example, Neptune is in Pisces from April 4, 2011, through March 30, 2025; and see this Su‑Me‑Sa‑Pl 4‑stellium in Capricorn on January 12, 2020). For a heliocentric example see this double kite.
There are 7 house systems commonly used by astrologers, and over 20 are possible. They give different results when interpreting a horoscope (and the Koch and Placidus systems don't even work for all latitudes). Which gives the "correct" interpretation? Or should we just conclude that the "meanings" given to houses are (arbitrary?) choices made by astrologers long ago, uncritically passed from generation to generation, and that only aspects (especially aspect patterns) and transits are important (and still to be properly interpreted)?