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The progressed chart in astrology shows where are you on your soul’s journey. It answers: how are you transforming with each year? Secondary progressions—also called a progressed chart—map your personal evolution over time.

Life is a journey and astrology operates the same way. Though each of us is born with planets in a fixed birth chart, we are shaped by outside influences like our environments, family structures, experiences and so on. The progressed chart is one way of tracking your cosmic evolution over time.

What’s the difference between my birth chart and my progressed chart in astrology?

Think of the birth (natal) chart as your factory settings. This is the “fresh out of the box” model of you, and reveals your fundamental nature. The progressed chart maps your system upgrades. You wouldn’t run an old Windows or IOS when a far more advanced software was available, right? The progressed chart keeps you updated over time.

How do I calculate my progressed chart?

A progressed chart in astrology is calculated according to the “day per year” system. In other words, one year of life translates into one day on the ephemeris. You can run a progressed chart using this calculator below, but we will explain how it works using an “old school” ephemeris—the essential map for every astrogeek!

Show me this ephemeris thing…

Like we said, in a progressed chart in astrology, each day counts for a year of your life. Said another way, where the planets were on your first day of life is where they are in year one of your progressed chart. Stay with us here…

Let’s use our birthday of December 2, 1972 as an example. If we wanted to see our secondary progressions at age 3, we’d pull up a 1972 ephemeris and count three days from our birthday to December 5, 1972. We love the Swiss ephemeris that’s available for free at astro.com. Have your pick of 9000 years of them right here!

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The only change here? On December 2, our birthday, the moon was in Scorpio. On December 5, the moon has moved into Sagittarius. Thus, at age 3, we had a change to our progressed moon. Sounds minor, but it’s not! The progressed moon is incredibly fundamental to casting these types of charts…more on that shortly.

Reading into the progressed chart in astrology

Interestingly enough, it was at age 3 that our parents left the comfort of our grandparents’ home and moved the family into a house of our own. This felt like an abrupt and unsettling change—and was particularly stressful for our Sagittarius father. The Scorpionic security was replaced with a new sense of Sagittarian independence. We also began reading that year, which is in alignment with the bookish way of Sagittarius.

At age 5 (December 7, 1972) our progressed moon was still in Sagittarius. That year, our obsession was memorizing state capitols and countries across the world — instead of puppy and kitten posters, we had a giant map hanging on our bedroom wall! Hello, globetrotting Sag progressed moon.

And then what do you do with a progressed chart?

Now, let’s jump ahead a few decades. In 2014, we turned 42. To find our current progressed chart we count 42 days from our birthday which takes us all the way to January 14, 1973.

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All of the inner planets (the planets before Jupiter) have progressed to new signs:

  • Our natal moon has progressed from Scorpio to Taurus
  • Our natal Mercury has progressed from Scorpio to Capricorn
  • Our natal Venus has progressed from Scorpio to Capricorn
  • Our natal Mars has progressed from Scorpio to Sagittarius

All the outer planets, however, remain in the same zodiac signs they were in when we were born — although they have advanced along in degree. Unless your outer planets are at a late degree, they are likely to hover in the same zodiac sign for your entire life and never actually progress to a new one. That is because of their longer orbits through the 12 signs.

How fast does each planet progress?

The inner planets to track in a progressed chart

These are the main ones to watch when tracking secondary progressions in a progressed chart in astrology.

Sununder 1º per year
Moon12-15º per year (about a degree per month)
Mercury1-2º per year; but variable based on the retrograde cycle
Venus1º12’ per year
Marsapproximately half a degree per year
AscendantGenerally 1º per year, but it progresses at different speeds through the signs

The outer planets to track in a progressed chart

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto — are harder to track because of their longer, slower orbits. They all spend nearly half of every year retrograde, which causes them to backtrack in degrees. Use your ephemeris as a guide for seeing if your outer planets will progress to a new sign. It can certainly happen if they are situated at a later degree, such as Pluto at 29º Libra or Saturn at 27º Gemini.

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A note about tracking the north node in a progressed chart

Though rare, the North Node can also progress into a new sign, revealing an evolution in your destiny. Because they move backwards through the zodiac, you would need to be born with your nodes at early degrees to experience a nodal progression. Someone with a natal North Node of 0º Libra may progress into a North Node of 29º Virgo — what a shift! This person may go from being relationship-obsessed to starting a non-profit and discovering a fulfilling human connection through acts of service.

All about the main planets to track in a progressed chart in astrology

Progressed Sun

When your Progressed Sun sign changes, your entire identity and orientation may shift. What interested you for years could suddenly fail to hold your attention. This is a time to “rebrand” and totally refresh the image you are putting out into the world. Depending on what Sun sign you’re progressing to, that could mean settling into domestic divadom or totally going rockstar wild. You might even change careers, move to a totally new part of the world, or realize that you’ve outgrown certain relationships. This can be unsettling because your identity goes through a seismic shift. Don’t worry: The essence of who you are (your natal Sun) remains the same, but you are evolving into a new way of expressing yourself. It’s time to embrace the new!

Because the Sun progresses at approximately 1 degree per year, we evolve along through the zodiac with each passing birthday. Your first Sun progression will happen when you’ve completed the 30 degrees of your natal Sun sign.

For example, if you were born with your Sun at 10 degree Pisces, you would have 20 more years to go before your first Sun sign progression. So right around age 30, you’d enter a progressed Aries sun cycle that would last for 30 more years.

But if you were born on the very last day of Pisces season—when the Sun was at the final degree of the Fish’s realm (29º Pisces), you’d already have a “progressed Aries Sun” at age one. The reason? One day after you were born, the Sun moved into Aries. Remember, in the progressed chart, one day of life represents one year.

All the subsequent Sun sign progressions after your first one last for 30 years, since the Sun takes 30 days to move through every zodiac sign. If you live to be 80, you’ll have three or four Sun sign progressions in your lifetime.

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Progressed Moon

The moon governs your inner desires. During each lunar progression, your emotions, needs and tastes are all influenced by the zodiac sign (and house) the progressed moon lands in. Where do you seek comfort and how do you nourish yourself? A progressed Moon in Taurus can whet your appetite for luxury. During a Scorpio lunar progression, you deeper intimacy and more erotic adventure. A Gemini lunar progression is all about socializing, feeding your intellectual curiosity, and learning to understand your internal duality.

The moon progresses along at about 13º per year, so it hangs out in a single zodiac sign for about 2.5 years. By your mid-20s you will have had a progressed moon phase in every one of the 12 zodiac signs. This is called your “first lunation.” Like the Saturn return, it marks an emotional rite of passage. Having experienced the feelings of every moon sign, you achieve an inner maturity. Hopefully, you’ve cultivated compassion, empathy and a higher EQ from the process! Depending on the degree of the natal moon, the first lunation can happen as start as early 25-26 for some people. For others, the first lunation cycle happens during their Saturn return.

Progressed Mercury

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Mercury rules your mental processes and perceptions — how do you learn, what feeds you intellectually, how do you communicate with other people? When Mercury progressed to a new sign it may overturn your social life. You may be attracted to a different set of friends or extracurriculars. What you read, study or talk about can shift noticeably. During a Capricorn Mercury progression you might be all business, preferring formal-yet-detached interactions. During a Cancer Mercury progression, it’s all about the spa dates, secrets, slumber parties and quiet nights at home curled up with your crafts and your cat.

Mercury is a fast-moving planet, progressed between 1º-2º per year. The first Mercury progression will happen when Mercury reaches 0º of the sign after your natal Mercury. The progressed Mercury cycle can last for 15-30 years, depending on whether or not there is a retrograde period.

Remember: The progressed chart is calculated based on a day-per-year in the ephemeris. Since Mercury turns retrograde 3-4 times each year, it’s very likely that you’ll hit a Mercury retrograde period along the way. During its retrograde, Mercury can inch back into the previous sign so you can even revisit a prior progressed Mercury cycle because of this.

Progressed Venus

How do you like to be wined, dined and seduced? Venus progressions can reveal your romantic desires, flirtation style and aesthetic tastes. The way you seduce, decorate, style yourself and socialize can change dramatically when Venus progresses to a new zodiac sign!

For example, a Venus progression through Sagittarius could ignite an independent phase where you enjoy a lover in every port. But when Venus progresses to the next sign, Capricorn, you may shock everyone by settling down with that stable, traditional type. Though a Venus progression doesn’t mean a relationship will be over, it will go through some sort of evolution—and hopefully your partner can roll with the times.

Venus advances along a progressed chart at approximately 1º12’ per year, taking a little over 30 years to groove along through a single zodiac sign. The first Venus progression will happen when Venus reaches 0º of the sign after yours.

Venus also turns retrograde for approximately eight weeks every 18 months. As a result, some of us will have a progressed Venus retrograde phase and even host progressed Venus in the same sign for most (if not all) of our lives.

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Progressed Mars

The pursuit can be just as fun as the chase and Mars reveals what gets us so hot, bothered, and springing into action. During a Mars progression, your sexual motivations could shift. Who you want in a partner might change, as well as the power dynamics you crave. For example a Mars progression through Gemini could leave you lusting for a BFF-with-benefits—or maybe a few who we can hook up with regularly without a ton of strings attached. Mars progressing through Pisces can arouse games of power and submission. Fur lined handcuffs and cat o’ nine tail, anyone?

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The Mars progression also shows how you handle conflicts in relationships. A natal Pisces Mars who progresses into Aries may finally find their voice and push back against a dominating bully.

Mars progresses through the signs at a rate of half a degree per year, so a progressed Mars cycle can last up to 60 years! And since Mars turns retrograde for four months every other year, it can linger in a single sign for up to eight months. Some people might not ever experience a Mars progression as a result. The first Mars progression will happen when Mars reaches 0º of the sign after yours.

FAQs

What does a progressed chart tell you? ›

"A progressed chart shows you what's happening for you in terms of your personal development; the changes happening for you on an internal level."

What does progressed mean in astrology? ›

As its name implies, astrological progression involves a method of progressing the Horoscope forward from the moment of the birth or beginning of the subject into the future, and is most usually done for the birth or natal chart of a particular individual.

What are the Big 3 in natal chart? ›

“Your Big Three” – The Sun, the Moon and the Ascendant.

How long does a progressed chart last? ›

The progressed Mercury cycle can last for 15-30 years, depending on whether or not there is a retrograde period. Remember: The progressed chart is calculated based on a day-per-year in the ephemeris.

Can your Big Three change? ›

Nope, more like every 30 years. (So you've got some time to process all this, thank G.) "There are 30 degrees in each sign, and the progressed sun only moves less than a degree per year, so this change is really slow-moving," explains Montúfar.

What's the difference between transits and progressions? ›

Like transits, which compare the planets in the sky at any given time to the planets in your birth chart, progressions are cycles that can be tracked from birth until death, but one key difference is how they are calculated. Transits are general, while progressions are personal.

How fast does the progressed Ascendant move? ›

Here you can see that the progressed Ascendant varies from 18 to 21 degrees Taurus. It's not a wide range, but since this factor moves so slowly from year to year, the change of sign and its aspects to planets can vary not only by months but often by years.

How long does progressed sun last? ›

Please note that the influence of the progressed signs Page 4 will always last for 30 years while the time of influence of the progressed Sun upon the houses differs relative to the degrees on the cusps of your natal chart.

What is a draconic chart? ›

Draconic charts represent the higher self before it meets the physical body or personality, and through that, the flavor of astrology helps understanding in your higher and lower mind. The higher mind is ruled by your draconic chart, and also the underlying layer to how you know yourself through your natal chart.

Is ascendant the same as rising? ›

The Rising Sign refers to the zodiac sign that was rising (or ascending, hence why it's also referred to as the “Ascendant”) in the eastern horizon when you were born.

What are my three main signs? ›

Your sun, moon, and rising signs are known as your “big three” signs in astrology — think of them as your most significant astrological stats. These three signs are super important in your birth chart, and each rules over its own part of your personality and overall self.

How do I know if I have big 3? ›

Your big three refers to your sun, moon, and rising (or ascendant) placements on your natal chart. Your natal chart is where the planets, moon, and sun were aligned in the sky at the time, date, and location of your birth. Plugging this information into a free calculator will tell you your natal chart in seconds.

What does progressed Ascendant mean? ›

The progressed Ascendant does not replace how you appear to others but it brings an additional layer to how others see you and represents your evolving style. The year in which the progressed ascendant changes signs is a significant time which signals significant changes in your identity and how others perceive you.

How long do secondary progressions last? ›

Secondary progressions, commonly known simply as “progressions,” use a day-for-a-year formula. The days used are those immediately following your birth. This means that whatever planetary aspects and influences were active 10 days after your birth will influence you when you are 10 years old.

What is a progressed Moon in astrology? ›

Your progressed moon is about your evolved emotional needs. The progressed moon does not replace the needs of your natal moon but it brings a shorter term additional layer to your emotional needs that is present in your life for around 2-3 years.

Do zodiac signs change personality? ›

The simple answer is no. There is no scientific evidence that the constellations on the day a person is born affect their brain chemistry. But, a person's zodiac sign can have an effect on their personality, if they allow it, because people control their actions and behaviors, which molds their personalities.

What are Aquarius known for? ›

Aquarius people are advanced, self-reliant, clever, exceptional, and optimistic. Air is their elemental sign. Aquarians, like air, lack a distinct form and appear to resist classification. Others are enthusiastic and active, while other Aquarians are calm and sensitive.

Does your birth chart ever change? ›

Does my birth chart change? No, because your birth chart is a snapshot of planetary locations when you were born. A birth chart, also known as a natal chart, is dependent on your birth date, time, and location. These things don't change, so your birth chart stays the same.

What is a progressed New Moon? ›

When someone is having a progressed New Moon, what does this mean ? Progressions are the symbolic unfoldment of development that astrologers use, along with transits, to understand what is taking place in a person's life. The progressed New Moon is a phase in the 29 year cycle of the progressed lunation cycle.

How often do degrees change in astrology? ›

For example, it's believed that the sun moves one degree forward on the Wheel of the Zodiac for every year after your birthday. And every sign occupies 30 degrees of the Wheel, so, by the time you hit your 30s, if not earlier, the sun could very well have moved onto the next sign on your progressed chart.

What is composite chart in astrology? ›

A composite chart blends 2 people's charts together by calculating the midpoint between their planets. This actually creates a whole new chart that just represents the relationship, not the individuals.

How often do Midheaven signs change? ›

The Midheaven, like the Ascendant, is birthtime-sensitive. It changes signs approximately every 1-3 hours. The Midheaven signifies the mountain peak, the heights to which we might aspire, our status, our impact on others, and our standing in the world.

How do you calculate progressed planets? ›

When we say “progressions” with the planets we mean “secondary progressions.” Method: if you are forty years old, look in the ephemeris for the year you were born, and count forty days ahead from your birthday. The positions of the planets on that day are your current progressed positions.

How often do moon signs change? ›

The moon is the fastest moving planet in the zodiac, changing sign every two-and-a-half days, and it goes through the entire zodiac in 28 days.

What is a secondary progression? ›

Secondary progressions are based on the movement of the sun. A predictive method in which each day after birth equates to one year in a person's life, in keeping with the sun moving one degree per day. The other planets are moved in proportion, according to where they would be in an ephemeris.

What is a persona chart? ›

In technical terms: A Persona Chart is the chart for the first transit of the Sun over the position of another natal planet. All Persona Charts 'happen' within the first year after a person's birth, when the Sun makes its first circle around it, and 'wakes up' one subpersona after the other.

What is your true node in astrology? ›

The North Node, or “True Node,” is a point in your birth chart that reflects the moon's nodes and represents where you'll learn life lessons.

What does MC mean in astrology? ›

Your midheaven sign (aka Medium Coeli or MC) is the point on your natal chart that showcases your professional success and public image.

Why do I have two rising signs? ›

The ascendant changes zodiac signs about every two hours. Since the sun rises and sets at different times depending on the season, a person born at 10 a.m. in April would have a much different ascendant than someone born at 10 a.m. in November.

How does your Ascendant affect you? ›

The ascendant placement determines the layout of the entire house system in the chart. "The rising marks the beginning of your first house, which signifies the native's self, physical body, character, and appearance," Viera says. "It's your personality, your build, the first things people notice about you."

What is Lilith in astrology? ›

In astrology, Lilith is the name of the dark moon. It is associated with feminine power, wild nature, and primal energy. Lilith's placement in your birth chart can reveal where you have untapped potential as well as areas where you need to assert your independence.

What is my rising side? ›

The sign that was ascending on the eastern horizon at the time of your birth is considered your rising or ascendant.

What does it mean if your sun and rising signs are the same? ›

When your sun, moon, and rising sign all fall under the same zodiac sign, there tends to be unity among the major facets of your personality. You wear your heart on your sleeve, you're upfront about who you are, and you couldn't lie about your feelings if you tried.

What are Leo risings like? ›

Leo Rising guys and gals are bright and shiny, dramatic and do everything up big. Leo as a rising sign could be called fortunate. When at your best, you're confident, generous and attractive to others because of your warmth. With Leo rising, you've got the radiance of the Sun (Leo's planetary ruler) at your front door.

What is the big three basketball? ›

Big3 (stylized BIG3) is a 3-on-3 basketball league founded by hip hop musician and actor Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz. The league consists of 12 teams whose rosters include both former NBA players and international players.

Can your Ascendant change? ›

The Ascendant changes every two hours, which is why it's so important to have an accurate time of birth when interpreting a birth chart.

What is a Profection year in astrology? ›

According to Astrology by Max, Annual Profections is “a technique developed in the Hellenistic Tradition of Astrology, and the way it works is that each year of the native's life, the Ascendant, or the 1st house, signifying the native, is advancing annually, moving into the next sign”.

What is a transit chart? ›

A transit chart is always a comparison between the sky at the time of your birth vs. the sky at a given moment in time. Let's say your birthday is January 1st 1970. This is your natal chart, and it never changes. However, a transit can be at any moment in time.

What are tertiary progressions? ›

Tertiary Progressions: These are a variation on Secondary Progressions. Instead of one day in the ephemeris being equal to one year of life, Tertiary's measure one day in the ephemeris being equal to one lunar month (29.531 days).

How long does it take progressed moon to go around chart? ›

How Long Is a Progressed Moon Cycle? It's pretty long: 27 and a half years. The Moon is the fastest celestial body in astrology. It finishes a whole circle through the Zodiac in just 27,5 days.

What is the sixth house in astrology? ›

The Sixth House corresponds with health, wellness, and daily routines, including odd jobs. Where the body you're born with exists in the First House, the choices made over a lifetime create the body found in your Sixth House.

What are solar arcs? ›

Solar arc is defined as the difference between the position of the progressed Sun and natal Sun on any particular day. This arc is then added to every planet and point in the chart. The arc is approximately equivalent to the individual's age.

What does progressed Ascendant mean? ›

The progressed Ascendant does not replace how you appear to others but it brings an additional layer to how others see you and represents your evolving style. The year in which the progressed ascendant changes signs is a significant time which signals significant changes in your identity and how others perceive you.

What is your progressed moon? ›

Your progressed moon is about your evolved emotional needs. The progressed moon does not replace the needs of your natal moon but it brings a shorter term additional layer to your emotional needs that is present in your life for around 2-3 years.

What should I look for in solar return chart? ›

Things to look for in a solar return chart
  • Placement of the sun by house. ...
  • Sun conjunct a solar return angle. ...
  • Aspects your sun makes to other planets. ...
  • Solar Return Ascendant (or rising) sign & ruling planet. ...
  • Solar Return planets on solar return angles. ...
  • Critical degrees. ...
  • Overall Shape.
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What are secondary progressions? ›

Secondary progressions are a symbolic timing tool, where planetary energies on a particular day influence you on a corresponding year of life. Even though it sounds far-fetched, the concept of linking one short unit of time to a longer unit of time is ancient.

How often does progressed ascendent change? ›

Here you can see that the progressed Ascendant varies from 18 to 21 degrees Taurus. It's not a wide range, but since this factor moves so slowly from year to year, the change of sign and its aspects to planets can vary not only by months but often by years.

Can your Ascendant change? ›

The Ascendant changes every two hours, which is why it's so important to have an accurate time of birth when interpreting a birth chart.

How long does progressed sun last? ›

Please note that the influence of the progressed signs Page 4 will always last for 30 years while the time of influence of the progressed Sun upon the houses differs relative to the degrees on the cusps of your natal chart.

What is the sixth house in astrology? ›

The Sixth House corresponds with health, wellness, and daily routines, including odd jobs. Where the body you're born with exists in the First House, the choices made over a lifetime create the body found in your Sixth House.

How long does it take progressed moon to go around chart? ›

How Long Is a Progressed Moon Cycle? It's pretty long: 27 and a half years. The Moon is the fastest celestial body in astrology. It finishes a whole circle through the Zodiac in just 27,5 days.

How long is a progressed moon cycle? ›

The progressed lunation cycle lasts for approximately twenty-eight years. This is in effect a macrocosmic illustration of the microcosmic monthly lunar cycle. During a progressed New Moon people instinctively begin a new phase of their lives.

Does solar return mean birthday? ›

Fancy as it sounds, "solar return" is another way of saying "birthday." You may have heard astro-savvy types saying "Happy solar return!" instead of "Happy birthday!"

What age is solar return? ›

Specifically, it's the moment that the sun comes back to the same spot it was when you were born. While this can occur on your actual birthday, Gailing says some years it can be the day before or after. Many people tend to feel it within a week or so before their birthday, and it comes with a really charged up feeling.

What does the 11th house rule? ›

The 11th house, sometimes called the "house of friends," rules things like friendship, groups, and humanity at large.

What is a transit chart? ›

A transit chart is always a comparison between the sky at the time of your birth vs. the sky at a given moment in time. Let's say your birthday is January 1st 1970. This is your natal chart, and it never changes. However, a transit can be at any moment in time.

What is a Profection year in astrology? ›

According to Astrology by Max, Annual Profections is “a technique developed in the Hellenistic Tradition of Astrology, and the way it works is that each year of the native's life, the Ascendant, or the 1st house, signifying the native, is advancing annually, moving into the next sign”.

What is MC in astrology? ›

Your midheaven sign, also known as the Medium Coeli, or MC, is different than other aspects of your chart because it is not a planet. It is the highest point at the top of your chart and represents the southernmost high point above the horizon at your time of birth.

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