Not now. Yes, there is a lot to be done. Worlds to conquer, battles to wage, wars to be won. But not now. Not now. Yes, there is a lot out there. A magnificent planet. Creations to create and books to write. But not now, not now. And, yes, I will need to be strong. But not now, not just yet. Today I am defeated. Today I have no more to give. Today I will lie where I have fallen and today I will weep it all away. Today if you ask me, I will tell you the truth: I am broken and broken-hearted. I can fight no fights. I was defeated and my head bloodied a long time ago. And broken I am still and still bleeding. Wage no wars with me because you have already won and I am utterly defeated.
I will rise again. But not today. Not just now. And I will set forth again and conquer worlds, but not today. Today I will lie in the shadows. Today I will hide and today I will feel the mood of the evening as a spent day goes off to bed. Today I am going to look at the stars and today I will sit and pray. Pray for you, pray for me. And ask for forgiveness for all the wounds we have dealt and have been dealt. Today I will cry for the world and its pain, for myself and my losses, and for you and your griefs.
But tomorrow, I will be reborn and I will take the world in my hands and with my will and my breath and my force I will shape it according to my desire. I will do it, but tomorrow. Today, today I will fade away with the light of the day when evening comes. Fade into the dark. But tomorrow I will rise. I will rise with the sun and blind you with my light.
The above is my attempt to capture the mood of the moon as it progresses through the twelfth house. Secondary progressions are the best tool to use to capture the mood of the soul as it changes and grows in a lifetime. But more, secondary progressions (commonly called just “progression”) are a powerful predictive tool. I started studying secondary progressions with Dawn Bodrogi in February 2010. She is a wonderful teacher and an astrologer of a very high caliber. My lackadaisical pursuit of astrology took a turn for serious study after I began being tutored by Dawn.
I’m still studying other modules with her but I wanted to talk a little about progressions. Since I gleaned most of my astrological knowledge from the net and from books, I used to think transits are what we need to use to make predictions. But if you have been looking at transits that are acting on your natal chart, you know that transits do not get you very far. The first thing you need to look at is the progressed chart and how it is interacting with the natal chart. Transits can work as triggers for progressions, but the progressions are the ones of prime importance. Every single astrologer I respect uses progressions. Many also use several techniques. Solar Arcs is one such technique. I haven’t studied the arcs formally, but I have an excellent book by Carole Devine called Solar Arc Directions (http://www.devineadvantage.com/devine_advantage_solar_arc_directions.htm) and these days I also cast the solar arc chart if I am looking to see where a person is currently vis-à-vis their circumstances.
So what are secondary progressions? And how and why do they work? I am no good at explaining things like that. But a predictive astrologer I respect very highly, Michael O’Reilly, explains them very clearly. This is what he says, “The question often arises, what exactly are progressions? Most astrologers will tell you the formula for calculating progressions, but that doesn’t explain why they work or what the underlying philosophical, spiritual or theoretical framework is. Telling us that one day is symbolically equivalent to one year is a great forecasting tool, but how is it that progressed planets relate to the progress of the soul?
One way to understand progressions is through the recently developed science of fractal geometry. Although fractals were theorized at the beginning of the 20th century, not until the advent of the supercomputer have we realized the full implications of fractals, which many scientists believe explain all natural phenomena. Patterns that appear at one level of perception are replicated at larger or smaller levels of magnification.
For example, the patterns of galaxies are similar to the electron swirls around an atom’s nucleus. Or the growth pattern of a leaf appears the same whether one is looking at the whole leaf, or up close at a microscopic level. Fractals in nature are everywhere, from cloud formations, to shells, coastlines, bacterial colonies, snowflakes, blood arteries, and crystals. It’s nature’s formula for organic growth.
Now Einstein told us that space and time are part of the same continuum. If physical nature is fractal, then time must also be fractal. Astrologically, this means that the planetary patterns seen 25 days after birth will have a similar pattern 25 years after birth. Although the most common progression technique is secondary progressions, solar arcs or tertiary progressions may also be used. These are the various ways one can make fractal projections across time.”
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