Books on Transits: Robert Hand & Betty Lundsted

Robert Hand’s book on transits is considered a “must have” for most astrologers. He covers all the planets transiting through the Houses as well as aspecting each other. Of course, this is classic “cookbook” style with each aspect discussed separately. However, if you are a beginning astrologer or an experienced one, you can always learn something from reading Robert’s take on a particular transit.


Betty Lunsted’s book is much smaller and more generalized in approach and she focuses mainly on the planets from Jupiter on out to Pluto. I prefer her style because it encourages you to think outside the box a little more. She contends the strongest effect of a transit is felt during the waxing 10 degrees and once the transit is exact, the effect fades quickly. This has been my personal experience too.


The best way to learn about transits is to sit down with an ephemeris and your own chart and start tracing Saturn and Uranus transits in particular. The reason I like those two planets is because they have more obvious effects and it’s easier to see the connections between the chart and the transit. Another key to understanding transits is realizing what may appear like a sudden event usually is the end result of a much longer internal process. One of the great things about the astro-blogosphere is having a wealth of information on what happens during various transits. Elsa Elsa is a great place to go because she has tons of information about her experiences and feedback from her readers relating to transits. Having an experienced astrologer go over your chart and transits is also of great benefit. Reading one’s own chart and transits just isn’t the same . . . there is a very good reason astrologers like to trade readings with one another.

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Here are links to my reviews of “Healing Pluto Problems” and “The Hades Moon”. If you have a strong Plutonian influence in your chart and feel a little overwhelmed at times, I highly recommend both those books.

8 responses to “Books on Transits: Robert Hand & Betty Lundsted

  1. I read that about the progressions (that they are felt until the progressed aspect is exact and at that point “things” have already happened), so I suppose it’s the same with simple transits.I should really rewind my life and study my past transits, I should!

  2. I should really rewind my life and study my past transits, I should!LOL!!! I confess I do this a bit at a time and take it one planet at a time to avoid overwhelming myself with data. That’s one of the reasons I find reports like that one you pointed out over on astro.com so frustrating. It takes too damn much time to sort what’s valuable from the empty verbiage!!

  3. I find Hand such a sourpuss! He can find the pig’s ear in any transit – God forbid you should just enjoy your Jupiter transit, he has to tell you to watch out for how overconfident you might get. Saturn transits are all gloom and doom rather than helpful in grounding you, and watch out for all Pluto transits – batten down those hatches! Sheesh.I don’t have Lundsted’s book – I should check it out. I rather like Bil Tierney’s books – he’s so much more lighthearted about everything, while still conveying the concepts. And Steven Arroyo’s class Astrology, Karma & Transformation is always one I go back to, though more work than a cookbook. It’s just more generous in looking at these things as opportunities for growth, not just “watch your manners during this transit.”Okay, rant over!

  4. I find Hand such a sourpuss! He can find the pig’s ear in any transit – God forbid you should just enjoy your Jupiter transit, he has to tell you to watch out for how overconfident you might get. Saturn transits are all gloom and doom rather than helpful in grounding you, and watch out for all Pluto transits – batten down those hatches! Sheesh.Hi leslee! I just started laughing when I read this and I quite agree! However (Libra here . . .) he does cover all the basics and if one takes his pessimistic approach with a grain of salt, there is a ton of info in this book!I don’t have Lundsted’s book – I should check it out. I rather like Bil Tierney’s books – he’s so much more lighthearted about everything, while still conveying the concepts. And Steven Arroyo’s class Astrology, Karma & Transformation is always one I go back to, though more work than a cookbook. It’s just more generous in looking at these things as opportunities for growth, not just “watch your manners during this transit.”I believe you would like Betty Lunsted because she is upbeat without going “la la la”. I’m not that familiar with Bill Tierney and will have to check him out. Stephen Arroyo is my favorite (with Liz Greene being a very close second) and “Astrology, Karma & Transformation” is another ‘must have’ IMO. One thing I love about Stephen Arroyo is I can easily understand his writing. I have no patience with convoluted writing . . . 🙂

  5. Oh, I know. My copy of Hand’s Planets in Transit is well-thumbed. And I always read the Astrodienst interpretations, which are from Hand. With a grain of salt!

  6. Oh, I know. My copy of Hand’s Planets in Transit is well-thumbed. And I always read the Astrodienst interpretations, which are from Hand. With a grain of salt!LOL!! thought that might be the case . . . 😀 I read my daily aspects everyday on astro.com too. It’s the synthesis of it all that is so important and takes lots & lots of practice to see well.

  7. And here’s another one with a well-thumbed copy of Robert Hand’s book. It hadn’t occurred to me that he was downbeat – maybe that’s because I am too? 🙂 I don’t know and will look out for the Lundsted book.I like Stephen Arroyo very much – but find his presentation of information a tad confusing at times. He jumps around a lot! Neith, thanks for your suggestion about starting with Saturn and Uranus transits. That hadn’t occurred to me. And I agree with you about the benefits of the astroblogosphere in garnering other people’s information.

  8. I like Stephen Arroyo very much – but find his presentation of information a tad confusing at times. He jumps around a lot! I understand his latest book “Person to Person Astrology” is much better organized. There is a review by Mary Plumb (link on Ton Ten Astrology Sources). Neith, thanks for your suggestion about starting with Saturn and Uranus transits. That hadn’t occurred to me. Have fun exploring your life with ephemeris in hand!! 😀

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