The progressed chart is a wonderful tool in Astrology to tell us the story of how we are evolving in our personal life. The progressed chart, along with transits and the solar chart, are the three main factors in determining how the energies of the planets will unfold over a specific period. We can go back or forward to any time we wish to analyse. (The solar chart is a chart drawn up for any specific year from birthday to birthday). Advanced Astrologers can also use the midpoints to obtain more information when delineating events and timing. Solar arc is yet another tool for the advanced Astrologers.
The P. Sun, Midheaven and Ascendant as well as the house cusps move approximately one degree of arc each year. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all have a three-year affect in relation to the natal chart if they are making aspects, while the outer planets move much slower, and their orb of influence is very tight. Some Astrologers use a 10–15-minute orb of influence with the outer planets to the natal positions.
You can read the progressed chart without including natal planets. Transits to the progressed positions can be utilized for information.
Each day of life after birth in a progressed chart equals one year of life eg your chart will move 30 days forward at age 31. The first year of life in a progressed chart is reflected by the actual first day of life. There are specific intervals in accordance with the aspects used in Astrology (solar arc) eg age 30 all the planets are in semi-sextile and at age 45 all the planets are in semi-square, etc. This is another form of delineation used by advanced Astrologers.
The P. Sun, Midheaven and Ascendant are very significant in the progressed chart, just as they are in the natal chart. The angular points (MC-Midheaven, ASC-Ascendant, DC-Descendant and IC-Immum Coeli) are activity areas. They are considered action points and are very important indicators as to when activity will take place. These angular points become active when a transiting planet is nearing the degree and becoming direct to the angular point. Activity or intensity increases the closer they are to being direct (most intense when at the exact same degree). eg having the Midheaven at 14 degree 27 minutes Gemini, the transiting planet becomes exact at that degree of 14 degrees 27 minutes Gemini.
The progressed planets when forming a conjunction to one of these angular house cusps will play a significant role for that particular year, and the energies will mix with the sign on the cusp of the house. The P. Moon moves approximately one degree per month. When activated, this influential period often suggests a significant change on some level and/or some emotional interaction. The P. Moon can also be used as a timer in Astrology. The Moon’s influence would be 3 months: one degree approaching, one degree while direct and one degree while separating. Each degree equals one month of time. eg when a planet is at 12 degrees in a sign, the P. Moon will be active from 11-13 degrees of that sign or in aspect forming an angle to this placement in the chart.
The progressed chart has similarities to the natal chart but differs with its orb of influence as it is not as wide.
Progressions are experiences that are on a more internal level, but they can still activate energies on an external level. The Sun and Moon and angular points are very significant and can affect the individual on an energetic and event-oriented manner.
All the major aspects hold relevance just as they do in the natal chart, (Conjunction, Sextile, Square, Trine, Quincunx) although as mentioned they use a smaller orb of influence. The minor aspects are also important but again you must use a much smaller orb of influence than the orb used in a natal chart.
You can have the inner progressed planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) affecting the natal chart indicating activity or influence, as well as transits influencing the progressed chart. The outer planets can have a profound effect if they become active or once again touch off an aspect in the natal chart through retrograde.
The progressed chart defines how the individual is developing in life through the movement of the planets. Progressions is a wonderful tool to help define how we are evolving in our personal lives.
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