The progressed chart is a wonderful tool available 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 the coming year. (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.
The progressed Sun, Midheaven and Ascendant all move approximately one degree of arc each year, as well as all the house cusps. The Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars all have a three year affect, while the outer planets move much slower and their orb of influence is very tight. Some Astrologers use a 10-15 minute (not degree) 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.
Each day of life after birth equals one year of life in a progressed chart, so your chart will have moved a full 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) where at age 30 all the planets are in semi-sextile and at age 45 all the planets are in semi-square and so on. This is another form of delineation used by advanced Astrologers.
The progressed 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 of the Astrology chart. They are considered action points. These are very important indicators as to when activity will take place. These angular points become active when a planet is within one degree of being direct to the angular point. However, activity or intensity increases the closer they are to being direct (most intense when at the exact same degree). An example might be having the Midheaven at 14 degree 27 minutes Gemini so the transiting planet becomes exact at that degree of 14 degrees 27 minutes Gemini.
The progressed planets when in conjunct (0 degrees) to one of these angular house cusps will play a significant role for that particular year of life, and the energies will mix with the sign on the cusp of the house. The progressed Moon moves approximately one degree per month and when activated, this influence period is often suggestive of change on some level and/or some emotional interaction. This 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. If, therefore, a planet is at 12 degrees of a sign, the progressed 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 is similar when being delineated as the natal chart, but the orb of influence is not as wide. The influence becomes stronger the closer to exact degree the aspect between the two planets (or planets to angular cusps and as mentioned a direct aspect) is.
Progressions are experiences that are on a more internal level, but they can still activate energies during the lives of individuals 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 of the major aspects hold relevance just as they do in the natal chart (Conjunction, Sextile, Square, Trine, Quincunx, although 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 or direct motion.
The progressed chart defines how the individual is developing in life through the movement of the planets forward. Progressions are a wonderful tool available to define how we are evolving in our personal lives.
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