How does an astrologer look
at the future?
Astrologers use several techniques
to look at upcoming trends in a person's life. There are three different
techniques that are most commonly applied.
The first is what we call the
transits. The transits involve looking at where the planets are now
in relation to their natal position. If a significant angle is created
by one or more of the transiting planets to one of the natal positions,
this suggests some sort of activity will be triggered. The nature of
the activity depends upon which planets are doing the activating, the
houses occupied by the transiting and natal planets, and the type of
aspect created from the transiting planet(s) to the natal planet(s).
For example, if Saturn is moving over where the moon was sitting when
you were born (natal moon), this could suggest something critical is
happening in your emotional or domestic life. The transits suggest external
forces that influence you over the time they are in effect.
Another tool used by astrologers
is the progressions. In various sacred writings there appears a suggestion
that we count each day after the day of our birth as symbolic of a year
of our life. This method is called the secondary progressions. For example,
if you are 40 years old this year we would count down to the 40th day
after the day of your birth and plot the planets accordingly on your
chart. Since the inner planets (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars)
move rather quickly, these are the progressed planets to which we pay
the most attention. The outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
and Pluto) move so slowly that over a period of 40 days (equivalent
to 40 years of your life) their progress is negligible. One possible
exception here is Jupiter. Although it is an outer planet it does move
a bit faster than the other outer planets, so its progressed position
may also be of some significance.
The progressions seem to influence
us more from an internal perspective and suggest the growth or progress
we are making as an individual.
Another tool utilized by some
astrologers is that of the planetary returns, the most common being
the solar return. A solar return is cast by plotting a chart for the
exact moment that the sun returns to it's precise natal position by
degree, minute and second. This is done annually. Generally your solar
return occurs on your birthday. However, since the sun does not move
exactly a degree a day, your solar return could feasibly occur the day
preceding or following your actual birthday. The solar return is read
as a chart that will influence you for the coming fiscal year from birth
date to birth date.
Other planetary returns can also
be plotted, such as lunar returns, which occur once every 28 days. However,
the solar return is the most common.