Astrology Articles by Steven Forrest

The Problem Calculating Progressed Angles

by Steven Forrest

Progressed AnglesHow to progress the four angles? The question is difficult and in all honesty it lies on the far side of my own understanding of astrology’s various spherical coordinate systems.
All the systems I know are based on progressing the Midheaven—somehow—then deriving the current Ascendant based on the latitude of the birth place.

We can progress the MC by Solar Arc. In this method, see how far the Sun has progressed by standard “secondary progression” methods and then add that same number of degrees to the Midheaven. This is based on the familiar day-for-year method of progression. If the Sun has progressed 20° since you were born and your natal Midheaven is at 5° Aries then your progressed MC is currently passing through 25° Aries (5° + 20° = 25°).

We can also use the Naibod method of progressing the Midheaven. This is very similar, except that instead of using the actual daily motion of the Sun, we use its average daily motion, which is 59'08"—a little less than one degree.

Solar Arc and Naibod produce very nearly identical results.

by Tony Howard

Julie Andrews My Favorite ThingsAs a child of the 60s, I grew up on the The Sound of Music, which seems to have aired on TV at least once a year. Like many of you, I never grew tired of it, and looked forward to it every time (and still do!). The film’s release chart is of course, very interesting. But it is Julie Andrews’ lovely and memorable performance that provides the film’s backbone. Sure, the music is amazing. The cinematography and art direction is first-class. But just ask Carrie Underwood if the musical itself is a sure-fire recipe for success. (1) Unfortunately for Underwood, Julie Andrews emblazoned that character on our hearts and minds. And for good reason. With her natal Moon sextile Neptune and conjunct Jupiter, she was the perfect fit for this once-in-a-lifetime role embodying the Great Mother as an inspiration to generations of adoring fans.

Let’s explore the Moon-Jupiter conjunction in more detail by looking at Julie Andrews’ role in The Sound of Music. Through the magic of synchronicity, actors are often attracted to roles that embody the strongest aspects in their birthcharts, which lead to their most memorable performances. Andrews is no exception.

Jupiter has a reputation for being the planet of exuberant expansion, the Santa Claus planet dolling out good luck and blessings whenever it makes a harmonious aspect. Jupiter elevates whatever it touches, for better or worse. It is the planet that compels us to dream big, and reminds us to never underestimate ourselves.

Arab Spring TIMING: Between 2012 and 2015, Uranus will square Pluto seven times. This square came into orb in 2009 and will remain in orb through 2016. Here are the dates of the exact squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn:

  • June 24, 2012 at 8° 24
  • September 19, 2012 at 6° 57'
  • May 20, 2013 at 11° 14'
  • November 1, 2013 at 9° 26'
  • April 21, 2014 at 13° 34'
  • December 15, 12° 35'
  • March 16, 2015 with Pluto at 15° 18'

Before the first exact square in 2012:

  • July 5, 2010 Uranus stationed at 0° 35' Aries, with Pluto at 3° 52' Capricorn.
  • July 9, 2011, Uranus stationed at 4° 34' Aries with Pluto at 5° 54 Capricorn.

After the seven exact squares, on December 25, 2015, Uranus will be stationary direct at 16° 33' Aries, with Pluto at 14° 51' Capricorn. The squares will then fade in intensity through 2016 and 2017.

The 2012-2015 squares are part of a longer Uranus-Pluto cycle that began with the Uranus-Pluto conjunctions on 10/9/65, 4/4/65 and 6/30/66. Both planets were within reasonable orbs of the conjunction aspect from 1961 through the end of 1969.

The historical cycle of Uranus-Pluto conjunctions alternates between approximately 111 and 143 years, due to Pluto's highly eccentric orbit.

BuddhaThe following is a timeline of dates and notable events under the transit of Neptune in the sign Pisces.

  • 281 B.C. - 266 B.C.
    • First Punic War - Roma vs Carthage, 264 BC (ends in 241)
  • 117 B.C. - 102 B.C.
  • 47 AD - 61 AD.
    • Paul begins journeys in 45 A.D
    • 58 A.D - Emperor Ming-Ti intro’s Buddhism to China.
    • 61 A.D - Boudicca queen of Iceni defeated and killed by Seutonius Paulinus
  • 4/210 A.D. - 2/225 AD
  • 3/374 A.D. - 1/389 AD
    • Theodosius the Great, Emperor in East to 395.Roman Emperor from 379 to 395. Reuniting the eastern and western portions of the empire, Theodosius was the last emperor of both the Eastern and Western Roman Empire. After his death, the two parts split permanently. He is also known for making Nicene Christianity the official state religion of the Roman Empire. In his early reign, Theodosius was fairly tolerant of the pagans, for he needed the support of the influential pagan ruling class. However he would in time stamp out the last vestiges of paganism with great severity.[12] His first attempt to inhibit paganism was in 381 when he reiterated Constantine's ban on sacrifice. In 384 he prohibited haruspicy (entrail-reading) on pain of death.


Age of AquariusAs I think about the state of change we find ourselves in at this particular moment in history, I’m drawn to step back and take a bigger view. I want to enter the controversial territory of The Age of Aquarius. The energetic shifts it embodies casts long shadows over all contemporary events and all the various paradigm mutations we are experiencing. I call this territory controversial because while there are many astrologers who say we are already in the Aquarian Age, there are others who claim it is still four centuries away. As is often the case, there is a lot of intellectual posturing, and behind it, quite a mountain of ignorance. The reality is that these Ages are not precisely definable, unlike timing the squares of Uranus and Pluto where we can count on the exact clockwork of the cosmos to guide us. Following is an explanation of how it works and why it is subject to so many interpretations.

The place against the background of stars into which the sun rises on the first day of spring is always moving against the constellations. It takes a long time—about 26,000 years—to pass through all twelve signs. The cycle is called the Precession of the Equinoxes, and it is one of the most basic rhythms of the earth. The so-called Astrological Ages are defined by the changing constellation into which the sun rises on that day, not the sign—and therein lies the problem. The boundaries of the constellations are uncertain. Western astrology is based on the familiar twelve signs, and they are different from the constellations even though they bear the same names.

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