Transits are what happens to you, how events manifest outside yourself. For instance you know if Uranus is making its way through your 4th house, you will have a strong desire to move and perhaps move again and redo your bathroom and then your bedroom and yup even your bathroom again. Progressions however are the soul’s evolution.
Your sun will change signs 3 times maybe four over the course of your life time. For instance I was born with a Cancer sun but somewhere in the early 1990s just about the time of entering high school my Cancer sun progressed into Leo where it remains till this day. The Sun progresses at the rate of 1 degree per year. So if for example you were born at 1 degree of Pisces in 29 years your sun will have progressed into Aries. This isn’t to say you are no longer a Pisces but rather a more assertive one; you will have evolved and will incorporate Aries energy into your being. Leo is one of my favorite signs in the zodiac, I possess that energy naturally with my Sun in the 5th house and I must admit I’m terrified for the day when my progressed sun moves into Virgo. It will be in 2024, I’m not in any rush. All that Perfectionism and those grounding earth like qualities. I’ll pass;)
The Progressed moon changes signs more frequently approximately every 2 1/2 years at a rate of 12 degrees per year. Currently I’m experiencing a “new moon” my progressed moon is conjunct my natal sun. This symbolizes new beginnings that will set the tone for the next 29 years! It has just began so I’ve yet to witness how this will manifest itself, somehow it will be in relation to 5th house activities being that is where my natal sun and progressed moon are located. Having children, giving birth to ideas, creative pursuits, risk taking, speculation. 5th house is home to “I create”.
There is some discrepancy as to the importance of the progressed moon through the houses, some astrologers believe it isnt relevant and merely represents passing interests due to the speed at which the moon operates. 2 years in the 1st house than 2 years in the 2nd house and then it’s onto the 3rd house…. I tend to believe the progressed moon through the houses hold more weight than that. For instance, the exact day my progressed moon entered my 4th house of roots and early childhood, I decided to show up out of the blue on a childhood friend’s doorstep after having not spoken to them in over 20+ years. It was almost like I had this yearning to reconnect. I never quite understood why until I looked at my progressions. This was not a passing fancy, but rather an underlying urge to merge with my past. I never feel this way; I’m not the sort of Cancer that subscribes to the notion of a warm and fuzzy childhood. It was fine, I celebrated Christmas with an array of presents from Cabbage Patch Dolls, to My Little Ponies and Jem and the Holograms. I went on yearly vacations to Disney and spent long weekends at Hersey Park and Lake George, but I’m not one to look back, I actually shudder at the thought. I’m forward thinking, always seeking the next journey and adventure that was up until the progressed moon hit my 4th house. Prior to then I was happy to leave childhood behind, the Catholic School where most students resembled paper doll cut outs, each one as identical as the last YAWN! Even in Kindergarten I could taste the dissent on my lips, but somehow it was a visit I had to make. A place I had to revisit and ultimately the defining factor in a long quest to find my maturity. Sometimes you have to visit the past to remember where you should be headed. Progressed moon is very important to me. I read somewhere the Progressed moon through the fourth house has you longing to connect with people from 28 years ago. The progressed moon can give some insight to where your emotions will be tied up for 2 years or so and how they will be tied up by sign.Yes I would say that is important, 2 1/2 years is a long time.
Some Important Notes On Progressions:
- Look at when a planet is changing signs 29 degrees of any personal planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) will signify the end of an era just as entering a sign will show a new beginning
- Look at the progressed planets in relation to the natal houses
- Look at the angels of natal house (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th )house and see if they are changing signs
- Look at the planets changing direction for instance if you were born with Mercury in retrograde and now it has gone direct this will affect the way in which you express yourself.