Predictive Astrology Techniques:
Techniques for Preparing for the Future and Understanding the Past
Most astrologers use a
variety of techniques to "look into the future" of an individual. There are
plenty of techniques used to make predictions forand plan forthe
future. Here, we share our preferred techniquestransits,
secondary progressions, solar arc directions, solar
return charts, and
more. Transits, for example, challenge and pressure us to make
changes in our lives and in our attitudes toward our lives. They
bring us joy and sometimes sorrowthey pull out parts of ourselves
and "force" us to face them. Secondary progressions reveal
our cycles of maturity and growth, showing us how our personalities unfold.
Transits & Cycles
Our natal chart is
very much like a snapshot of the sky at the moment we took our first
breath. We carry our natal chart with us through the entire course
of our lives, even though the planets and luminaries continue their
movement and cycles. However, as the planets and points move ahead,
they form special relationships to the planets and points in our
individual natal charts.
So, for example, if my
Sun in my natal chart is at 25 degrees Virgo, and Saturn is moving
towards that same degree of Gemini (25 degrees of Gemini), Saturn is
said to be transiting square my natal Sun. Similarly, if Saturn is
in 25 degrees Gemini, I can look in my natal chart to see where
Saturn would fall in terms of house position. If that degree of
found in my 3rd house, then I would know that Saturn is transiting
through my 3rd house.
It is not our aim here
to offer tutorials on the technical aspects of transits. We will
assume a basic knowledge of the technique so that we can move ahead
to interpretation of transits.
Transits act to
stimulate what is already there! In other words, they highlight and
trigger parts of our own psychological make-up.
First, Inner Planets Later
With transits, it is
generally best to first look at the outer planet (slower-moving)
transits and cycles in order to get an overview and a "context"
before refining our predictions with inner planet cycles and
transits. Here are some general guidelines:
"where a person is at" in an overall achievement sense
by looking to where transiting Saturn is by house. Read more
about Saturn Transiting Through the
transiting Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto are making major aspects to
the individual's natal Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars,
Ascendant, or Midheaven. Read about
Neptune Transits, and Pluto
Transits in more detail.
transits. Read more about
Look to the
Jupiter cyclewhere is transiting Jupiter by house, and what
aspects does it make to natal planets? Read about
Jupiter Transits to the planets.
Working "outside in" is
best because this way one gets a broader overview of the
longer-lasting transits and conditions. This provides better context
for the refinements that the inner planet transits offer us.
Outer planet transits
affect us in large chunksthey can be active before the transit
is exact by aspect, but we have seen the following: Many times an
outer planet transits our natal point once by direct motion, moves
forward and then retrogrades back over that point, only to turn
direct again and pass that same natal point for the final time in
that cycle. Generally, the seeds of the transit are being sown in
the first part of this cycle (when the transiting planet first
"hits" our natal point), and the "problem" or
crisis reaches a head during the middle part of this cycle (when the
transiting planet retrogrades back over the point). Finally, the
situation is resolved around the time the transiting planet moves
over our natal point for the final time in the cycle. Note:
we often "see" or "feel" some sense of imminent
resolution when the transiting planet goes direct after its
retrograde period, before it passes again over our transited
point. If our experience of the transit has been a crisis, then we
feel marked release at this point. This is likely because a planet
going direct after a period of retrogradation is symbolic, in
general, of resolve.
In order to understand overall trends and movements in a
person's life, you may also consider the outer planets' transits through the
houses: Jupiter transits the houses,
Saturn transits the houses,
Uranus transits the houses,
Neptune transits the houses, and
Pluto transits the houses.
Transits: Power Days, Cycles of Activity, and More
Here are some
interesting points to take into account:
Moon conjuncts the natal Sun (monthly): These are generally
considered "power days".
The 2-Year Mars
CycleEnergy Cycle. When transiting Mars nears the
sign of your natal Mars, your personal energy increases. Energy
wanes as Mars moves away from the sign of your natal Mars and is
at its lowest when it transits the opposing sign. For example,
if your Mars is in Sagittarius, as transiting Mars moves from
Gemini through to Sagittarius, your personal energy increases
until it reaches a peak at Sagittarius. When Mars transits the
signs following Sagittarius, personal energy decreases until it
reaches a low when Mars is in Gemini. This theory was
presented in John Townley's Dynamic Astrology: Using Planetary Cycles to Make Personal and Career Choices.
When the New
Moon contacts a natal planet or point: This suggests a
renewed focus in that area of life for a period of approximately
one month. If, for example, the New Moon conjuncts our natal
Venus, we will experience a "fresh start" and a new
perspective in Venus matters (such as love and money). It is
also illuminating to interpret the placement of the
Moon by house.
inner planet transits.
General Cycles & Phenomena
There are many ways
that astrologers "progress" a chart. One of the most
popular techniques is called "Secondary Progressions".
Some of the most
significant secondary progressions:
Progressed Sun Changes Sign: Depending on how long a person
lives, the progressed Sun changes sign perhaps 3 times in the
entire life span. The period when the progressed Sun is very late in
a sign and is about to change to a new sign (this occurs for
about a year) is often a rather critical year in which many
changes occur. When the progressed Sun changes signs, there is usually
a very clear change in a person's general orientation and
responses to his or her environment. Plenty of real-life events are
possible (such as relocation, a new job in a new field, etc.),
but the common theme is starting fresh"out with the old
and in with the new"and a marked change in the outlook
and attitudes of an individual. Before the progressed Sun changes
signs, there can be some fear and dreadeven a feeling that
things are being "taken" from us. Hasty and poor
decisions and a sense of urgency can be characteristic of this
period. (Read more about the
Degrees and their impact in progressions
Moon Cycle of Maturity: The progressed Moon moves through
the houses of our natal chart, coming full circle in about 27-28
years. The house it is moving through represents areas of our
life that come into focus. We recognize our needs in these areas
more intensely, although not necessarily clearly. For example,
the progressed Moon moving through the 4th house often brings with it a
strong need and search for "roots" and basic life definition. Even though our natal Moon sign "reigns"
over our emotional needs in a general sense, our focus shifts as
the progressed Moon passes through our houses. In fact, our emotional
needs seem to change or shift as the house position changes.
Read more about The Progressed Moon Through the Houses (coming
soon). The sign of your Progressed Moon indicates the prevailing
emotional attitude of that period of time. Read more
about The Progressed Moon Through the Signs. Also note that if you look into your past and determine
when the progressed Moon passed over any one of the four angles
in your chart (that is, the Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant,
and IC) you will see that these progressions/passages often mark
rather significant times in your life. Also significant is
the progression of the Moon to
degrees, as well as
Progressed Moon in Aspect to Natal Planets and Points.
Lunation Cycle: This is the cycle from one progressed New
Moon to the next (every 27-28 years). Look to the phase of the
progressed Sun and progressed Moon. During the progressed New
Moon phase, individuals instinctively start a new phase or
chapter in their lives. The Crescent phase brings about new
challenges and opportunities, as well as adjustments, that don't
always feel pleasant, to the new cycle as a purpose is not
entirely clear at this point in the cycle. The First Quarter
phase represents a particularly active, building stage, while
the Gibbous stage presents a time of refining and fine-tuning.
This makes way for the Full Moon phase, which is a time of
fruition and accomplishment. This marks the beginning of the
progressed waning moon phase, when some things dissolve and one
begins to recognize the need to let go. The Disseminating phase
is a time of sharing and literally "disseminating"
that which has been learned in the waxing phase of the moon. The
next phase, the Third Quarter Moon phase, marks a time of one's
life when there lies some discontent and dissatisfaction with
the way one has been approaching life. This can be a somewhat
confusing time, as one instinctively prepares for the final
stage of the waning Moon: the Balsamic phase. During this phase,
old systems begin to phase out, and there may be a desire for
withdrawal and reflection.
Planets Conjuncting an Angle of the Natal Chart or Progressed
Angles Conjuncting a Natal Planet or Point. These
activations involving natal and progressed angles (the Ascendant
and Midheaven) generally point to significant personal changes
in the native's life.
the Progressed Planets and Points: Transits to progressed
planets and angles are extremely significant, and should never
be overlooked. For example, transiting Saturn may not be making
any significant aspects to our natal chart, but if it is
squaring our progressed Sun, we will feel its influence in our
Solar Return charts
are calculated for the exact moment when the Sun returns to its natal
position (within 2 days of one's birthday). These charts can be read
much like natal charts, except that it must be kept in mind that
they are in effect only for the course of a year (approximately from
birthday to birthday).
A Solar Return chart
can be read in as much detail as desired. Some key points to
consider are as follows:
The Ascendant of
the Solar Return chart will color the individual's approach to
his or her environment for the year. For example, if Aries is on
the Ascendant in the Solar Return chart, the individual may
approach the year with increased energy and enterprise, and
perhaps with some impatience. The ruler of the Ascending sign,
and its position by sign, house, and aspect, will hold more
information as to the individual's general temperament and
Note which planets
and points in the natal chart, if any, are effectively brought
to an angle of the Solar Return chart. Let's say, for example,
that the Solar Return Ascendant is 22 degrees Virgo, and the
natal position of Venus is 24 degrees Virgo. The natal Venus is
therefore conjunct the Solar Return Ascendant, and one can
presume that the condition and issues surrounding the
individual's natal Venus will be highlighted (effectively coming
to the fore) in the Solar Return year. This consideration shows
us what natal conditions, or inherent personality issues, are
highlighted in the year of the Solar Return. If, for example,
you have a natal Sun square Mars, and the sun is on the Solar
Return Ascendant, perhaps with Mars on the Midheaven as well, we
can safely presume that the Sun-Mars struggle or challenge will
be especially highlighted in both a personal (Ascendant) and
public (Midheaven) manner.
which Solar Return planets are on or aspecting Solar Return
angles. These are transits that are emphasized in the year of
the Solar Return.
What is the
condition of the Sun? Where is it located by house? (We know the
sign, of course, because it will be at the exact natal
position). This can show an area of focus for the upcoming year.
What kind of aspects does it make?
Where is the Moon?
The position of the Moon by house and sign will show where your
heart is, so to speak. If, for example, the Solar Return Moon is
in Libra in the 5th house, you will likely to be emotionally
tied up in, and concentrated on, love and relationship. A strong need
for personal self-expression will be characteristic of the year,
and emotional ups and downs are likely to occur in this area of
life, simply because this is where your heart isthis is the
area of life that you have the biggest emotional investment inand you may not
be completely rational and "in control" in this area.
More than simple fluctuations will be in store in this area of
life if, for example, the Moon is also forming a square to Pluto
in the Solar Return chart. Profound changes are likely to occur
here. Thus, factoring in the Moon's aspects will help refine the
Note that a Solar
Return chart can be read much like a natal chart, with the idea
that it is transient rather than permanent. If you are
interested in looking at a specific area, such as finances, you
can study the Return's second house, eighth house, and the
condition of Venus. For example, if Solar Return Venus is
opposite Solar Return Neptune, especially if Venus also rules
the second house in the Solar Return, you might presume that
either this coming year there is less emphasis on materialism,
or that your income might be fluctuating and somewhat unstable.
that I have found to be particularly significant is
degrees. The most significant critical degrees in Solar
Return interpretation are 29 degrees and 0 degrees of any sign.
When found in the SR chart, there can be significant events
surrounding the energy of the planet/point itself, and/or the
house it rules in the chart. I do look at the classic critical
degrees as well, but as a secondary consideration.
For an insightful
and rather thorough analysis of the Solar Return chart, look to
Planets in Solar Returns: Yearly Cycles of Transformation & Growth
by Mary Fortier Shea.
Read more about
Transits and Progressions in Predictive Astrology
In predictive work,
we look for more than one activation in order to see a predictive
theme in the native's life. One factor alone, such as progressed
Venus square natal Mercury, is generally not enough to predict a
significant event occurring in the native's life. We look for
technique involves creating a tri-wheel with the natal chart in the
center, secondary progressions in the second wheel, and transits in
the outer (third) wheel. This way we can easily see transits to both
the natal chart and the progressed chart, progressed planets in
relationship to the natal chart, and progressed planets in relation
to other progressed planets. This will help us to see the big
picture, in terms of general themes. If we study transits to the
natal chart alone, we will find that significant events are not
always confirmed. If we add transits to progressed planets and
points to our study, we open up much more detail. Studying
progressed planets and points and their relationship to the natal
chart (and to each other), our study becomes even more fine-tuned.
We are currently
developing this area of the site, where we plan to share our
knowledge in the field of Predictive Astrology. There are
plenty of techniques used to make predictions forand plan forthe
future. We will be sharing our preferred techniques heretransits,
secondary progressions, solar arc directions, solar
return charts, and
more. Please check back often for new additions to this area of the
sitewe are adding interpretations of specific transits and
progressions, as well as guidelines, tips, and "tricks".