Legendary astrologer Bernadette Brady declared: "Progressions are, in a sense, the way the cosmos manifest through us, as compared with a transit, which manifests on us. In other words, before an event manifests in our outer world, on some level we're going to make a change on an internal level first.
The internal changes thus prepare us for the outer changes that will follow. These inner shifts are viewable through the lens of progressions. Consequently, when a major life-changing event in our lives happens, such as a marriage, birth of a child, move, career milestone, divorce, etc. You'll quickly realize that the slower moving planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto barely move in a progressed birth chart.
What does move, however, and at a noteworthy pace, are the progressed Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars. The progressed angles of a chart also move in a significant way. Planets in the natal chart that are direct might turn retrograde during a progressed year -- or vice versa. If this happens, that year of life will be extremely significant for the native. A progressed chart can be read as a stand-alone chart, but it is also used to compare with the natal chart. Transits to progressed planets can also be important to consider.
One vital component of the progressed chart is the secondary progressed Moon. This is the fastest moving body in the progressed chart and it will change signs approximately every two and a half years -- which corresponds to the way the Moon changes signs in the sky approximately every two and a half days. The progressed Moon is a potent tool to help refine prediction.
An important progressed Moon aspect will help narrow down a time-sensitive period suggested by larger progressed aspects and transits. Annie was divorced in A look at her natal chart shows that the marriage sector -- the 7th house -- has Aquarius on the cusp. See her natal Mars placement in Aquarius just underneath the North Node in the 6th house? Well, mathematically, it is very close to her Descendant -- the marriage sector -- of her chart. It's next to her natal 7th house by about 3 degrees, making Mars an honorary co-ruler of her marriage sector.
This is important, as you'll soon see when we look at the progressions active at the time of her divorce. With Aquarius on the 7th cusp, that makes Uranus the ruler of Annie's 7th house. Saturn will be a co-ruler because both of these signs rule Aquarius.
When it comes to 7th house changes for Annie -- whether a divorce or marriage -- we'll expect to see transits and progressions to either the 7th house cusp, to a planet in the 7th house she has none , or to a planet ruling the 7th house in Annie's case it is busy with Uranus, Saturn and Mars all involved. Venus, the planet that rules love and marriage, will also be involved.
What transits were active during Annie's divorce in ? Not surprisingly, transiting Uranus in the sky ruler of her 7th house was first exactly conjunct her 7th house cusp, and then goes on to square her natal Venus the planet that naturally rules love and marriage. These aspects are common for sudden changes in relationship.
In fact, they are both classic divorce transits. In addition, transiting Saturn co ruler of her 7th house was conjunct the Sun in Gemini. The Sun rules Annie's Ascendant with bright Leo rising. If the hero is helpful, diligent or attentive enough, their efforts will not go un-rewarded, and they themselves will receive help, advice or maybe a magical amulet or sword that will protect them in the adventures that await them.
We would be wise if at this stage we accept help and guidance for thus we may acquire skills and experience that will stand us in good stead later on. And we need support, because at the Crescent phase, we are young and inexperienced at the world of this cycle. We may prefer at this stage to be part of a collective, people with roughly the same ideas and aspirations. At this stage we must be open-minded, eager to experiment, learn and adapt and willing to defer judgement.
It would be wise to honour our need for structure and security to protect the new. In fact, we have to create a kind of safe, learning environment for ourselves. If circumstances are ideal however, we can make amazing progress in these years and be very successful. We can see, however, that he was still in the typical Crescent situation of operating within a group of childhood friends under the strict management of Brian Epstein.
His entering the next phase — Progressed First Quarter — would not go unnoticed. During the Crescent phase we have crawled out of the egg and — supported by our parents — we have experienced rapid growth and acquired feathers. For a while now we have been practicing flapping our wings, flexing our flight muscles and preparing for take off. Now, at First Quarter it is time to fly. So regardless of our age and circumstances, First Quarter usually brings a clean break from the past, a cutting of the umbilical cord and greater independence.
When this phase arrives we may want to turn our back on what was a familiar but too restricting environment and so we will quite likely undergo tests of strength, courage and judgement. If we look at diagram we can see why this is so and what other themes may be playing out at First Quarter.
If the Progressed New Moon can be compared to transits or progressions to the IC, it follows that Progressed First Quarter is similar to planets crossing the Descendant. All cycles can be represented by the pattern of a wave and diagram shows how I think the lunation cycle -and indeed all other planetary cycles- relate to the four angles of a chart.
The lowest and most amorphous point of the wave and also of the chart is the IC; the point of midnight; the proverbial seed, invisible, hidden in the ground or the womb. Next, from New Moon to Full Moon, comes the waxing half of the cycle; the wave goes up and reaches its zenith or apotheosis at the point of noon; the MC; the highest point in the chart. Then follows the waning part of the cycle: the wave goes down. Between New Moon and Full, half way up, we reach a critical juncture as we cross the Ascendant-Descendant axis.
At this point we leave the private realm of the lower and enter the public arena of the upper hemisphere. If we have been taking instructions while adhering to certain traditions, we may now feel ready to make our own choices, formulate our own philosophies, or decide on our own methods. We may feel we are now ready to start our own business, or, if we are already self-employed, to take on a bigger challenge and enter a new market or launch a new product.
If we have been writing a book the First Quarter is an appropriate time to send the manuscript to the publishers. Whatever happens it is clear that at First Quarter we may have to face competition and the judgement of others and there is no doubt that to many of us this is a frightening prospect. Tolkien wrote in a letter to a friend: "I am dreading the publication, for it will be impossible not to mind what is said.
I have exposed my heart to be shot at. When we try to manage without the support of parents of parental figures our peers become more important. At First Quarter we may therefore need to associate ourselves with kindred spirits, join clubs of find partners to help us through this rite of passage.
From this perspective we can also see how throughout the ages leaving home has — especially for women- been almost synonymous with getting married; the spouse in many ways replaces the parent of the opposite gender. Weddings are therefore quite a common event at First Quarter. Princess Diana is a prime example as her wedding at her Progressed First Quarter also heralded the beginning of her life as a public figure and her rivalry with Camilla Parker.
However, because of the First Quarter tendencies to break away from the past to gain independence, divorces are as common as weddings at this phase. The one, of course, does not necessarily exclude the other. And since the 7th house rules enemies as well as partners, our progressed First Quarter could also mean having to face the school or office bully. The First Quarter phase therefore means we have to deal with 7th and 8th house issues.
Little Red Riding Hood ventures into the forest and meets a wolf. Is this a charming creature or is she in mortal danger? Heroes now find themselves abandoned by their guides or companions and must now face many dangers alone. Princesses marry a Beast or a Bluebeard or find themselves making promises to a frog. Their parents gone, these characters must now make their own judgments in their dealings with these creatures. As previous examples have shown, not all progressed First Quarters are so dramatic. For many children it may quite simply be the next step towards independence, taken with confidence and encouraged by the parents.
Some of us may even choose not to take the plunge, at least not at this stage. Though the young bird on the edge of the nest is either going to fly or die, we humans may decide that we are not quite ready yet. In that case the Full Moon and Last Quarter phases will definitely remind us of what we failed to do. However, for most of us who are approaching the Progressed First Quarter, it is time to take a deep breath and put trust in our wings.
In the years preceding the Progressed Full Moon our world widens up, opening new vistas. We may find ourselves visiting a big city or travelling to the mountains for the first time, or maybe we are introduced to world literature or a higher form of education; we are meeting life at a scale that teaches us about the vastness of the universe and we realize it is a big world out there.
In the thirty degrees leading up to the Progressed Sun —Moon opposition we are in the 9th house and so naturally we are expanding our horizons. In stories and folktales we find the hero flying a magic carpet or mythical bird to some far away land in order to fulfil his quest and so, with the Full Moon approaching we may feel the same kind of exhilaration.
However, in these foreign parts, the hero may well encounter hulking giants with voracious appetites. Everything grows big during the Gibbous Moon, including problems and powerful emotions. The Gibbous phase starts in fact where the First Quarter phase ended: in the 8th house. We may have bonded with our significant other in such a way that we are now stronger and more complete than previously.
Having faced the challenge and discovered our hidden strengths, we may now set our sights higher than before and feel the future beckon. Many new possibilities present themselves and we may feel we can reach for the stars. We may, literally or symbolically have conceived and feel our child growing inside us; a woman heavy with child is an apt image for the Gibbous Moon.
On the other hand the confrontations at the First Quarter may not have gone so well. We may have suffered defeat or betrayal with the result that now we feel traumatized, frustrated and powerless. In this case our emotional tension, anxiety and dissatisfaction are rising as we look for a way out. As the Moon waxes, our feelings will be increasingly difficult to contain or conceal. In our enthusiasm or growing discomfort we may easily overdo things during this phase. Since we can sense we are approaching the crest of a wave we are very willing to invest our time, money and efforts. We may sacrifice sleep, eat too much fast food, smoke too many cigarettes, or get ourselves into ever greater debt.
We may take on an ever growing work load as we climb the corporate ladder and children may become excessive in their demands for freedom. For some of us it may all become too much to deal with. At his progressed Gibbous phase Salman Rushdie had to go into hiding as religious outrage over his Satanic Verses reached fever pitch.
There may be initial successes at this period, usually promising even bigger things in the future. However, there may also be outbursts of impatience, anger or frustration, the warning shots of a working volcano. Towards the end of the Gibbous phase we are in labour. Whether we are expecting a child, an emotional breakdown or a scientific breakthrough, the Full Moon will reveal. At the progressed Full Moon we reach the zenith of the lunation cycle and we must therefore compare it to the highest point of the horoscope, the MC and the 10th house.
Simply stated: at the Full Moon we experience either a climax or an anti-climax. Both our hopes and fears may now materialize. At the Gibbous phase we were pregnant; now we are delivered of our baby, be this a real child, a theatre production or a new idea. So for some of us the Full Moon means a high point in our life or career; the fulfilment of a dream. In stories we reach the apotheosis as quests are fulfilled and fiery dragons are slain. The story of the sacking of Troy is probably the best example of such a denouement. The giant horse statue laden with warriors Jupiter, 9th house, Gibbous gives birth to the ultimate victory to the Greeks, but death and destruction to the Trojans.
Saturn,10th house. Greek poets, in fact, relate that the event took place during a Full Moon. We are at the MC and therefore we may be very much out there on the world stage and in the public eye. This does not necessarily spell good fortune or success, however. A scandal may break bringing us much unwanted attention. We may also have to face the inevitable consequences of our excesses during the Gibbous phase and suffer burn-out or a heart attack. Our recklessness may result in a crash or an accident, bringing us to a dead stop.
We may feel that we have reached the limit of our endurance and run away from an untenable situation or we may simply not get the prize of promotion we had been looking forward to, not necessarily because we are undeserving but because there is little room at the top and so often there can only be one winner.
Jan 31, The progressed New Moon is a phase in the 29 year cycle of the progressed lunation cycle. The astrologer maps out what 3 1/2 year phase a. Nov 14, Thus, astrology distinguishes usually between the study of the natal chart as . I find, however, that such progressed New Moon charts are very.
At his Full Moon Al Gore suffered defeat at the elections which he had probably expected to win and John Kerry suffered the same fate in Failure or success, the Full Moon always brings a release of energy as we experience the relief of a definite result. We have run into our limitations and must now resign ourselves to the situation or we have scaled our mountain and can now spend a few moments enjoying the view.
Ideally, therefore, the Full Moon brings a sense of liberation. Our goals achieved we can now treat ourselves to a holiday. Subsequently, the later part of the Full Moon is often more quiet that the exciting but hectic Gibbous phase. For the time being our struggles are over, and we can begin to look at our situation and achievements more dispassionately and set ourselves new objectives. Sometimes, however, an emotional crisis is needed to clear the air first.
Detachment and separation are in fact major themes during the progressed Full Moon. The distance between the Sun and Moon is now at its maximum and this may lead to polarization in our lives at this stage. We may think in black and white and wish to shed that part of us we feel is evil, heinous or destructive. We want to rid ourselves of our demons and to leave our old life as far behind us as we possibly can. I know several people who decided to emigrate at this phase, others who felt they should at least take a trip round the world. At the MC, we are opposite the 4th house and so the Full Moon may find us very far from home.
This ultimate separation also occurs during the shamanic quest for a healing or revitalising vision. In fact, the crest of the wave as seen in the diagram represents the point of greatest enlightenment. At the Full Moon both solar and lunar forces are at their peak. With all this light, we must see clearly.
He probably had just entered college, as he graduated from Harvard in , then was admitted to the bar in Something from the outside will come in to provide an outlet for its purpose. Drop by and enjoy browsing its many and varied topics! Your progressed Lunar Phase now is about in the middle of the Last Quarter Moon Phase so you have 1 to 2 more years left in this phase. Taurus — A melancholic, cold and dry fixed earthy sign signifying weight gain, thyroid problems, strep throat or sore throats, tonsillitis, vocal cord problems and post nasal drips. The Moon shows how we perceive life as well as how we emotionally choose how to experience living either consciously or unconsciously.
It is for this reason that the Full Moon is often quoted as being a time for visions and revelations. We are on top of the world, talking to the gods. The religious quest and spiritual fervour of the ninth house and Gibbous phase now crystallize into a concrete vision, conversion or articles of faith. According to legend it was also during a Full Moon that Siddharta liberated himself from all worldly illusions and became the realized Buddha. For some of us the awe we experience during the late Gibbous and early Full Moon phase can be such an inspiration that we find our vocation and a career direction.
At his first progressed Full Moon a six year old Neil Armstrong was taken up in a small aircraft and fell in love with space and flying. His second, thirty years later, found him in outer space on the Gemini 8 mission, very far away from home indeed. Whereas in the first half we were busy leaving home and breaking free from the past, after the Full Moon we have to return, bringing with us, however, our experience and insights to change and improve the situation or place we came from. In this way we revisit the past and change it at the same time.
We are now in the 11th and 12th house and so the result of the Full Moon must somehow be assimilated by the collective. We must share our illuminations or success with others. This is when Moses comes down the mountain with the stone tablets to give them to his people. Similarly, if we have just spent a year in India with our Guru, now we may have to come home and use our changed attitude in a new job. Our sabbatical year or our pregnancy leave may be over and we return to a familiar routine. We may also build on our achievement of the Full Moon: we can now take our diploma to the job market or use our prize to get funding for the next project.
Neil Armstrong continued his space flights to become the First Man on the Moon. His comment that the small step he was taking would be a giant leap for mankind expressed a very Disseminating or 11th house sentiment. If the Full Moon brought disappointment or downfall this phase often means we are trying to come to terms with the facts.
The sense of detachment and crystallization of the later part of the Full Moon continues into the Disseminating phase and we may spend time reflecting on what happened, evaluate our actions, lick our wounds and draw our conclusions. If we have found a vocation, we must take subsequent action.
This means that now we find our niche or place in society. We may join a movement or political party or otherwise seek out kindred spirits. A fifteen-year-old McCartney, for instance, joined the Beatles at this phase. We may start to build networks to further our newfound cause. For some the return after the heroic deeds and high drama of the Full Moon is an even greater challenge than the outward journey. They may feel, in fact, like they have not really come home at all but are still far away in spirit. Those who at the Full Moon fled from what seemed insurmountable problems may find themselves on the run or hiding, incapable or unwilling to face the problems they left behind.
Others may feel quite comfortable in the service of their chosen causes. Our jobs or institutions may provide us with a collective identity that protects us like a warm blanket. During the reintegration process which is typical of the Disseminating phase, we may add more and more water to the wine of our Full Moon convictions and may in fact be in danger of forgetting what we knew then with such absolute clarity.
Similarly, those spirits who have transcended their worldly existence and reached Nirvana, may decide never to reincarnate anymore. The Disseminating phase may therefore be a rather quiet time in which we may find ourselves hiding, underachieving and forgetting to some degree.
In that case, however, the Last Quarter will sound an unforgiving wake up call. The progressed Last Quarter can be compared to transits or progressions to the Ascendant see diagram. This means that we move from the collective and public 12th house to the extremely personal 1st house. The Last Quarter can therefore be as painful as birth; we have to leave the womb, wake up form a long sleep and face who we are, alone and separate. This crisis can also be compared to the sobering experience of having to retire, when we all of a sudden find we are no longer part of a collective and have lost our public, social or corporate identity.
We now have to return to our essential self. The last quarter of the cycle corresponds to the first three houses; the main building blocks of our personality. The progressed Last Quarter therefore raises urgent questions about who we are, what we want and how we see our destiny. But should I now that the economy is about to go into recession? At Last Quarter we should shake free from many distractions, focus and return to ourselves. For those who have been adrift, in hiding or in exile it is time to come home, dispose of the tyrants and usurpers and claim their inheritance.
When, after having wandered the seas for many years Odysseus arrives back in his native Attica he is alone, destitute and goes unrecognised. Now he must prove himself to be the rightful king and by feats of strength reclaim his wife and his throne. Like First Quarter therefore, Last Quarter may bring tests of strength and courage and especially for young people the Last Quarter phase may be very similar to a First Quarter experience: both can mean a step towards greater independence and self-realization. In fact, at each phase of the cycle we may be confronted with issues related to the house opposite to the one we are currently at.
However, there are differences. As we have seen from the examples quoted above, our concerns at Last Quarter are more about the future than about the past. At First Quarter we may worry about being ready; at Last Quarter we tend to be afraid we have left things too late. We may feel we have to set out on journey with winter or old age approaching. Another difference we can sometimes observe is that at Last Quarter the rebellious spirit , characteristic of both Quarter phases, is not so much directed against our personal background, parents, mentors etc.
At his progressed Last Quarter Mohammed Ali changed his name and his religion in defiance of the history of blacks in America, and so forged a new identity for himself. At Last Quarter we are forcefully reminded of the fact that the cycle is nearing its end. We may feel we have to steel ourselves in anticipation of a crisis, or that we are offered one last opportunity to make a dream come true; in most cases, therefore, the Last Quarter will spur us into action.
As the Progressed Moon approaches the conjunction with the Progressed Sun, our world shrinks. People who supported us or structures that provided us with a sense of security and identity may fall away, leaving us lonely and vulnerable. Dreams that sustained us may have to be abandoned or postponed indefinitely.
Our plans may be thwarted; our efforts may fail. Our physical health may deteriorate and need extra care and attention. And so we must go inward, retreat, regroup and recover before we are ready to move back out and into the world again after the conjunction, during the New Moon and Crescent phases. The approaching Progressed New Moon may be the winter of our discontent, when we have to lie low, go into hibernation until light and life return again.
The progressed Balsamic Moon, leading up to that time, may therefore test us severely; Vincent van Gogh succumbed to physical weakness, mental illness and despair during this phase. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his world title and barred from boxing because he refused the draft for religious reasons.
However, the progressed Balsamic Moon need not always be so dire. Though some of these losses and endings may be forced upon us, there are other scenarios. During the cycle that is coming to an end, we have been confronted with many challenges, some of which we may have shied away from. It is a perfect time to get rid of negative attitudes and inhibitions that are holding us back.
In fact, since we are feeling less robust we may lack the energy to sustain our inhibitions and defences and find we can free ourselves from them. Quite often in this case, there is a regret in retrospect for not having done so sooner. This phase may therefore be the time when we finally admit to our true feelings or problems. We may after many years declare our love and commit ourselves to a relationship or face our inner scars and seek counsel and healing. At this stage in our lives we should find closure to clear the decks for the next cycle.
In doing so it is important we find the right words to say that which has remained, perhaps too long, unsaid, or words that to us will encapsulate the essence of our past experiences. This last part of the cycle corresponds after all to the 3rd house. Our last words, to anyone or on any issue take on tremendous importance. We may find we want to write our memoirs or feel the need to describe our emotions to an analyst. The Beatles Anthology, a ten hour TV documentary from in which the Beatles told their own story, was made when both McCartney and Ringo Starr were experiencing their Balsamic phase.
It may also be deeply felt intentions or beliefs we need to express.