Last Saturday I had my Japanese proficiency exam taken. When I started working on the exam paper, I had a sudden panic, like a heart attack. The exam appeared very difficult to me and for so many years I had not had such feeling of unpreparedness. Prior to the day I checked my transits, and already I saw transiting Mercury was opposing my natal Saturn (oh bugger!). I had told myself to make use of the planetary energies to think carefully, and not to jump into conclusion quickly. That was the positive aspects of the energy I could make use of. Sadly I could not run away from the negative side of the energy, that gave me lots of limitations and a temporary slow down of my mental process.
The next day I learned some breaking news about work, which broke my heart. And then I checked the ephemeris again I had transiting Mercury squaring my natal Venus on that day. The corresponding effect was information and thoughts that stressed out my emotions and loving feelings.
Good thing about those transits was they only last for a day or two. Phew! Also people tended to just notice the difficult transits, and forgot about the good times when nice transits happened to them.
In my practice I help clients to do predictions for a 12-month period. Often I would look at their transits (the actual planetary positions in the sky at real time of the year), progressions (a method counting a day as a year from the date of birth), firdaria (medieval predictive technique) and sometimes also profection (medieval predictive technique) when I had time for thorough preparation. There was just so much information, more than any clients could absorb in a 90-minute session.