How long does a planet stay in a zodiac sign ?

 The planets travel around the sun passing through each of the 12 Zodiac signs. Each planet takes a certain amount of time to transit each Zodiac sign and the amount of time that a planet takes to transit a sign depends on the speed of the planet and its motion (Direct or Retrograde). The placement of a planet under a Zodiac sign decides the result that a planet will give during that period. Planets in the birth chart and transit are very important for the analysis of the birth chart in Vedic astrology. The planets give different results in different zodiac signs depending upon the house of transit as well. 

Transit time of Planets in Vedic Astrology

Transit period of Sun

Sun takes approximately 30 days to travel through each zodiac sign. Sun spends around 1 month in each sign before it transits to the next and it takes around 1 year to travel through the complete zodiac circle.

Transit period of Moon

The moon completes one circle of the zodiac in 28 days, which means that it spends around 2.5 days in one sign. Moon relates to mind and emotions. Its quick motion explains the fluctuations in our daily temperament and feelings. 

Transit period of Mercury

Mercury takes around 1 year to travel through all 12 Zodiac signs. Mercury stays for 14 to 30 days in a sign depending on the motion.

Transit period of Venus

Depending upon the motion, Venus stays for approximately 23 days to a little over 2 months in a sign.

Transit period of Mars

Mars takes about 2 years to travel through all the Zodiac signs. This fiery red planet stays for about 1.5 months in a sign.

Transit period of Jupiter

Its transit is reckoned crucial because it takes around 12 years to complete the zodiac circle, meaning it spends around 1 year in each sign. When it changes signs, its impact can be felt for a long while unlike planets like Sun and Mercury that change signs within less than a month.

Transit period of Saturn

Saturn is a very slow-moving planet. It takes around 29.5 years to travel through all 12 Zodiac signs. Saturn stays for approximately 2.5 years in a sign.

Transit period of Rahu and Ketu

Rahu and Ketu always move in a retrograde motion. Rahu and Ketu take around 1.5 years to travel through each Zodiac sign.

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