Progressed Sun Signs
Predictive Astrology – Techniques for Predicting the Future Continued
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- Secondary Planets Turning Retrograde and Direct
We carry our Sun sign with us throughout our entire lives. If I’m a Virgo, I’ll always be a Virgo.
However, in secondary progressions, the Sun “progresses” in a symbolic sense through our natal Sun sign, and then beyond it to subsequent signs.
Secondary progressions are “a day for a year”, and because the Sun moves just under one degree per day, our Sun symbolically progresses just short of one degree every year of our lives.
Because there are 30 degrees for every sign, if I were born in the latter days of a Virgo Sun, my Sun would progress to the sign of Libra in my early childhood, and to the sign of Scorpio in my early to mid-30’s. If I were born near the beginning of a Virgo Sun (for example, around August 23rd), my progressed Sun would enter Libra close to my 30th birthday, and to Scorpio in my late 50’s.
What follows are interpretations for different positions of the Sun at birth in terms of when the progressed Sun changes signs.
If you were born:
|Born:||Critical Ages||Born:||Critical Ages|
|Mar 20 (Aries)||31 (Taurus);62 (Gemini)||Apr 04 (Aries)||16 (Taurus);47 (Gemini)|
|Mar 21 (Aries)||30 (Taurus);61 (Gemini)||Apr 05 (Aries)||15 (Taurus);46 (Gemini)|
|Mar 22 (Aries)||29 (Taurus);60 (Gemini)||Apr 06 (Aries)||14 (Taurus);45 (Gemini)|
|Mar 23 (Aries)||28 (Taurus);59 (Gemini)||Apr 07 (Aries)||13 (Taurus);44 (Gemini)|
|Mar 24 (Aries)||27 (Taurus);58 (Gemini)||Apr 08 (Aries)||12 (Taurus);43 (Gemini)|
|Mar 25 (Aries)||26 (Taurus);57 (Gemini)||Apr 09 (Aries)||11 (Taurus);42 (Gemini)|
|Mar 26 (Aries)||25 (Taurus);56 (Gemini)||Apr 10 (Aries)||10 (Taurus);41 (Gemini)|
|Mar 27 (Aries)||24 (Taurus);55 (Gemini)||Apr 11 (Aries)||9 (Taurus);40 (Gemini)|
|Mar 28 (Aries)||23 (Taurus);54 (Gemini)||Apr 12 (Aries)||8 (Taurus);39 (Gemini)|
|Mar 29 (Aries)||22 (Taurus);53 (Gemini)||Apr 13 (Aries)||7 (Taurus);38 (Gemini)|
|Mar 30 (Aries)||21 (Taurus);52 (Gemini)||Apr 14 (Aries)||6 (Taurus);37 (Gemini)|
|Mar 31 (Aries)||20 (Taurus);51 (Gemini)||Apr 15 (Aries)||5 (Taurus);36 (Gemini)|
|Apr 01 (Aries)||19 (Taurus);50 (Gemini)||Apr 16 (Aries)||4 (Taurus);35 (Gemini)|
|Apr 02 (Aries)||18 (Taurus);49 (Gemini)||Apr 17 (Aries)||3 (Taurus);34 (Gemini)|
|Apr 03 (Aries)||17 (Taurus);48 (Gemini)||Apr 18 (Aries)||2 (Taurus);33 (Gemini)|
|Apr 19 (Aries)||1 (Taurus);32 (Gemini)|
The table above is approximate. If you were born on April 10th, for example, your Sun sign is Aries, and your progressed Sun sign becomes Taurus at about the age of 10 years old, then Gemini at approximately 41 years old. This person experiences a critical time period at about the age of 9-11 years old, and then at about the age of 40-42 years old. This is due to the changing of signs of the progressed Sun.
At the very end of a sign (just before changing signs), individuals may make life-changing, impulsive decisions.
Examples from the Evolving Personality report:
PROGRESSED SUN IN ARIES WITH NATAL SUN IN PISCES–The NATAL Sun in Pisces generally provides a kind and loving nature: confiding, honest, amiable, sympathetic, and especially kind to dumb animals or people in distress. You are neat, particular, and a lover of order and routine. You are modest and often timid, and could be lacking in self-confidence.
As a rule, Pisceans are methodical and logical in their conclusions: idealistic, imaginative, inspirational. They are often gifted with mediumistic faculties and are usually fond of secret, occult or psychic investigation. You may unconsciously absorb the ideas and mental outlook of those around you. You are easily influenced by external factors, and even though you desperately want to do the right thing at all times, your willpower may be easily overcome.
The symbol for Pisces is two attached fishes swimming in opposite directions, which signifies the drastic duality of emotions of persons born under this sign. You need to learn to stand alone, and to practice making up your own mind. Procrastination is one of your biggest handicaps, though what seems like pure luck may often save the situation, even though you dallied about making decisions.
The influences of the Sun in Aries in the PROGRESSED Chart are almost directly opposite the imprints of your NATAL Sun in Pisces. Perhaps the greatest contrast to the rather subdued, passive Pisces influences, is the Aries expression of aggressive thrust and action.
While the Sun was in Pisces you had a tendency to lay back and let things develop for themselves, but the Sun in Aries will make you want to be first and best in all that you do. You are a natural leader, and you can overpower others with your energy and enthusiasm. You may have difficulty delegating because you think you can do it better yourself–which is usually true. You will like to be recognized and praised, and you can certainly let ego get in your way.
When you are down you are WAY DOWN–but not for long. You can bounce back spontaneously with optimism and enthusiasm. Your greatest need is to level out, portion the energy, and practice patience. The combination of the influences of Pisces and Aries can provide enormous power to the personality. The PROGRESSED Aries Sun following the NATAL Pisces Sun in your PROGRESSED chart will provide many of the strengths that Pisces lacks, but you need to retain some of the patience and reserve of Pisces in order to moderate the Aries impulsiveness and need for recognition.
PROGRESSED SUN IN TAURUS WITH NATAL SUN IN ARIES–Your NATAL Sun in Aries makes you a person who thrives on challenge, and you often feel that you must stand alone and battle your way through life, depending upon nothing but your own strength and courage. You also want the freedom to do things in your own way, and you work very well by yourself. You are often impulsive, and if others are not ready to move, you will take off on your own. You love action and if things get too quiet, you get impatient and will think of something to shake up the status quo.
You are spontaneous, impulsive, enthusiastic, and assertive. You believe in the power of positive thinking and positive action, and you sometimes feel that you are invincible. You may often “Walk where angels fear to tread”. You hate being ill and your pride makes it difficult for you to depend upon anyone for anything. Accepting your own human limitations and emotional needs is always difficult for you. Arians need to learn the difference between love and sex in their lifetime. You especially need to learn the lesson of spiritual love, so that you can better relate to others and reach out to them with empathy and consideration.
When the Sun moves from NATAL Aries into the PROGRESSED sign of Taurus, it can help to calm the fiery Aries personality. The Sun in Taurus needs security and structure. The energy strives to maintain form, to guarantee the status quo. This is foreign to the way you operated while your NATAL Sun was in Aries. It could be one of the most significant modifications of the two signs. It can curb the impetuosity of Aries and add staying power to overcome the boredom and impatience.
Some of the Aries temper is likely to remain, however, and you need to avoid the impulses for retaliation when something or someone threatens to interfere with this security, this organization. The fixed quality of Taurus keeps the peace until threatened, but then the bull could be set loose to charge with the Aries temper! Unlike the impetuous Aries, the Taurus influences will help you to become practical and securely anchored. With the image of security comes material gain and building of financial security.
Taurus has an affinity for the land, and you may be motivated to acquire a piece of real estate during this time. Relationships will become more important and, possibly, more rewarding and easier to maintain. Domestic instincts are increased, and a “home base” becomes more important to you. Aesthetic good taste could be reflected in your home. You may like to cook and entertain. This could indicate a “settling down” of the restless influences of the Natal Aries Sun.
PROGRESSED SUN IN GEMINI WITH NATAL SUN IN TAURUS–With your NATAL Sun in Taurus, you are probably very efficient in practical matters, and your spiritual truth comes from working with the practical aspects of life. You like money–not so much for its own sake, but so that you can enjoy the things it will buy. You appreciate beautiful things, especially those which appeal to the sense of touch.
You are fond of good clothing and can be genuinely impressed by the wardrobes of others. You seek security, both emotional and material. You may resist involvement in a relationship for fear of getting hurt, nevertheless there is likely to always be a significant other in your life. You can be very jealous as a result of your deep inner need for mental and emotional security.
You are endowed with strong willpower and are capable of making plans for years in advance and successfully implementing them. You have your own way of doing things, and if others want things to go smoothly, it is wise for them not to interfere with you or attempt to make you over.
The ability to follow through and stick with things is one of your greatest assets. Once your course is set, you pursue it tenaciously until it is completed, stubbornly resisting any attempts to sway you from your purpose. However, you may have to learn to expect less than absolute perfection in the end results, and that reality may not always shape up to your exacting demands.
The energy of the PROGRESSED Sun in Gemini is swift and fleeting. The energy wants challenges constantly renewed, for boredom is the great enemy. Concentration is usually difficult and constant activity is needed as an outlet for this untiring flow of energy. From a stable, sometimes stodgy way of operating, you are being influenced to challenge everything and everybody all at once.
Unlike the steady, domestic ambience of Taurus, indecision plagues the Gemini: you find it difficult to decide between the many possibilities. You may gather people around to help you make choices, then reject all of those suggested. Relationships could be very exciting now, but not necessarily permanent. Your mind moves so quickly from subject to subject that you may fail to absorb anything in depth.
From the settled acceptance of Taurus, you will become so impatient with slow communication that you will tend to finish other people’s sentences for them. You are likely to learn to do two things at once with your hands, and you may become interested in more than one profession during this progression.
Handiwork could help to control the severe restlessness somewhat, and could help you to channel your thoughts more effectively. You will put unrealistic expectations upon yourself under this Sun-sign, and you will need to fall back upon the earthy stability of your Natal Taurus Sun to find a degree of patience and relaxation.
PROGRESSED SUN IN CANCER WITH NATAL SUN IN GEMINI–There is a dual quality to the NATAL Gemini personality. Variety is the spice of life for you, and you are happiest when you have more than one dominant interest. You enjoy your hands being busy, which they are very capable of doing on their own while your mind and attention can jump around to many things at the same time.
You have to work at calmness of mind and body, and the best discipline to achieve this might well begin by trying to keep your hands and feet still–and to eat slowly. It’s no use suggesting that you think slowly, for you are a Gemini. You are, in many ways, an eternal child. Your mind is bright, alert, curious, flexible, playful, and always eager for new experiences.
Your attention span can be quite brief, but you grasp ideas quickly and once your initial curiosity has been satisfied, you want to go on to something else. You crave frequent change, and meeting new situations and new people. You may live in your head a great deal (reading, observing, thinking, spinning ideas around) and you need mental stimulation every bit as much as you need food and drink.
When the Sun moves into Cancer in the PROGRESSED Chart you will need to deal with the force of the emotions, planning for security, defending the position, and demanding recognition of the feelings. The energies flow outward to achieve the image of emotional fulfillment. Perhaps the greatest adjustment from the Sun in Gemini will be the slowing down of the nervous temperament. As a result of the rapid movement of the Moon however, mood changes can be rapid and remarkable.
The Cancer Sun will tend to place the emotions within the self rather than to project them upon someone else, as the Gemini was likely to do. You may be surprised at how easy and natural it becomes to express your emotions through tears. Your temperament will be romantic, indulgent, and easy hurt. Your instinct for giving and caring will help fulfill your concept of self esteem.
If there has been any kind of instability in romantic involvements while your Sun was in Gemini, the Cancer Sun is likely to help settle them down. There will be more of a tendency to focus on one relationship at a time. You will be more protective of loved ones, and may even become a little jealous of them. This extreme emotional temperament may make you more prone to disease, and symptoms are likely to be exaggerated emotionally. You may also have a tendency to overeat.
References & suggested further reading:**
Progressions (Astrology: a Language of Life) by Robert Blaschke [paid link]
In Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark by Bernadette Brady, an illuminating chapter dedicated to progressions offers students of astrology tools to help understand the meaning of progressions in individual lives. Excellent!
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In The Art of Predictive Astrology, Carol Rushman shares with readers some very valuable predictive techniques, culled from over 30 years of experience. This is a fascinating read for intermediate students of Astrology. The book contains quite a bit of information about progressions in addition to other techniques.
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