Even if you know absolutely nothing about astrology, you’ve probably been influenced by it—whether you’re reading your horoscope in the supermarket checkout line or listening to people talk about Mercury retrograde. While astrology can seem like a complex subject, the good news is that you can get a lot of wonderful guidance from astrology just by studying your daily transits.

Daily transits are the parts of astrology that show us opportunities for growth and change in our everyday lives based on the patterns in our birth charts. If we study the transits that are coming up in our lives, we stand a much better chance of learning valuable life lessons without all the pain.

Years ago I ran a number of experiments concerning the nature of these transits and how they operate in our lives. I discovered that every transit has a lesson to help us with our interrelation with other people and our goals in life. When I studied these lessons and took appropriate action ahead of time, the transit passed without pain or chaos and I was “off the hook.” If I didn’t study the transit ahead of time, my life became quiet chaotic and I had to learn the lesson the hard way.

There are many good books that can teach you the significance of the different transits in your chart. For instance, a square aspect (90 degree angle) represents difficulty or challenge. If you know that such a situation is coming up soon, you can review the different areas of your life and see what might be affected. You can then take appropriate steps and save yourself a lot of heartache.