Since I specialize primarily in working with women who are in midlife, I naturally talk to women who are dealing with various aspects of menopause and peri-menopause. Here are some transits (plus progressions and other aspects) that seem to relate to the onset and duration of menopause symptoms.

First, a couple of disclaimers: This information comes from my own records and observations and isn't intended to be complete or definitive. Also, for diagnosis and treatment of symptoms, you'll need an M.D. or an alternative health practitioner.

That said, if you are experiencing symptoms and aren't quite sure if they could be hormonally related, this information could give you a clue as to whether to look in that direction. A lot of women who first encounter peri-menopausal symptoms have no idea what's going on! Astrology can also give you some idea about timing, which believe me, can be a big help when you are suffering through the unusual physiological events associated with this time of life.

Here's what you need to look at (in my experience): progressions, transits and the solar return chart. (You can consult an astrologer to get this information about your own chart if you do not already have it.) I'll talk about what planets seem to correlate with what symptoms in the list below, but first a couple of words about timing and severity.

Progressions tend to last a substantial length of time and seem to indicate that you'll need to proactively deal with the symptoms rather than just wait them out. Transits tend to indicate symptoms that will come and go over a fairly defined period of time. I have found transits to be quite accurate (to within a couple of weeks or so) in indicating when symptoms will flare up and subside. Aspects in the solar return chart tend to indicate milder symptoms that last anywhere from about 9 months to 15 months, but that may be things you can live with without too much intervention. Unfortunately, these aren't hard and fast rules because everyone is different, but you can get a rough idea from the type of indicator.

The more indicators are present at a given time, the more likely you are to be experiencing noticeable symptoms. But these indicators won't necessarily have anything to do with hormonal changes if you're not at the appropriate stage of life or if you're just not prone to these kinds of symptoms. So only use these indicators if they seem to be applicable in your situation.

The sun: I don't see the sun involved in a lot of menopausal or peri-menopausal events with the exception of a few occasions where transits or progressions indicated fatigue or heart palpitations (the sun is associated with the heart). Example: progressed sun square Neptune correlating with hormone-related tiredness or progressed sun square Uranus correlating with heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat.

The Moon: The moon is a symbol of both femininity and reproduction so aspects to the moon can indicate reproductive changes. I don't see the moon involved in menopause quite as often as Venus, but I do see it involved sometimes. Typical symptoms are mood swings and weight gain. Example: Jupiter square Moon in the solar return chart correlating with low-level ongoing bloating and mood instability.

Mercury: Mercury again doesn't seem to be involved all that often, but I have seen it correlate with such symptoms as problems with memory and forgetfulness, as well as with headaches. Example: Transiting Neptune conjunct Mercury correlating with hormone-induced 'brain fog,' mental fatigue, headaches and dizziness.

Venus: Venus is involved in a high proportion of cases where people are having symptoms related to hormonal imbalances or changes. It seems disturbances to Venus can correlate with just about any menopausal symptom. What I see most often in practice are aspects between Uranus and Venus, such as Uranus conjunct Venus by transit or Venus conjunct Uranus by progression.

Mars: The only planet involved more often than Venus is actually Mars. Maybe that's because the symptoms associated with Mars are the most noticeable. Mars is associated with hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, mood swings and libido changes (although I see libido changes least often). Mars transits through the 6th house can also correlate with symptoms. Example: Mars square Moon in the solar return chart correlating with periodic hot flashes and irritability throughout the year.

Saturn: seems to be implicated in the bone and joint problems some women experience. Saturn is also associated with 'feeling old' or internalizing the sense that one's body is feeling its age. Example: Transiting Pluto conjunct Saturn correlating with the development of aches and pains and odd symptoms in the joints.

Uranus: Uranus shows up a lot in instances where menopausal symptoms occur, which isn't surprising since Uranus is a symbol of major life changes. Uranus in hard aspect to Venus, Mars or the Moon is the most frequent indicator and Uranus transiting the 5th house also seems to have some correlation with reproductive changes (more than Uranus in the 6th in my experience). Example: transiting Uranus square Venus correlating with very irregular periods.

Neptune: Difficult Neptune aspects seem to correlate most with the anxiety some women experience during peri-menopause or menopause. I've had some women tell me they feel like they are 'drowning' during intense Neptune transits or that they feel dread and confusion, both of which seem to be related to hormonal changes. Neptune can also be associated with brain fog, insomnia or tiredness when in difficult aspect.

There's a bit more to the story than this, and a lot does depend on the individual chart. Still, if you think you're experiencing symptoms and you have one or more of the indicators above, it's worth investigating further. If you have an indicator that is scheduled to last a long time, you may want to be aggressive and pro-active in learning what you can do to relieve your symptoms.

If you have shorter or milder indicators (such as Mars transiting the 6th house or moon in the solar return chart inconjunct Uranus), you may be able to just ride it out. If you know your own chart, you can also log your symptoms and compare them with your transits. If your symptoms are bothersome, it's a good idea to log them anyway, as the information will probably help your doctor or alternative health practitioner understand what's going on.

Good luck and I hope this was helpful.

Author's Bio: 

Victoria Bazeley is a consulting astrologer with a specialization in midlife transits. You can see monthly horoscopes, get more information, and contact her at her website Practical Astrology. Telephone consultations are available as well as written consultations.