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Chapter 5
How To Gain Precision
in Timing Events
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Progressed
Aspects of
Standard
Astrology
In judging progressed aspects we are called upon not merely
to decide what events are most likely to be attracted, but as
nearly as possible when they are most likely to take place. Yet
even as progressed aspects do not map SPECIFIC EVENTS,
neither do they map the SPECIFIC TIME when a probable event
will happen. All progressed aspects can do is to map peaks
and valleys in the thought-cell reception of astrological ener-
gies of each of the ten different types.
Yet of the three important influences which determine
when each event will happen in an individual's life, these plan-
etary energies operate indirectly. The time of each event, as
well as its specific nature, is determined by the intensity of the
thought-cell activity of the individual's soul at various times
in relation to the resistance of physical environment at those
times to such specific thought-cell activity. That it, the event
takes place whenever the pressure of thought-cell activity is
powerful enough to overcome the resistance of physical envi-
ronment to the event which the thought-cells are trying to bring
about.
This means that if the physical environment offers excep-
tional facilities for some particular event soon after the thought-
cells first begin to work to bring about the event, and long be-
fore the progressed aspect reaches its peak, and therefore long
before the thought-cells reach their maximum activity, the event
is likely then to take place. Or if the resistance of physical envi-
ronment up to and beyond the peak of the progressed aspect
and the maximum thought-cell activity is very high, but ex-
ceptional facilities are afforded for the event a little time be-
fore the aspect is beyond one degree from perfect, the mild
thought-cell activity at this time, under the more favorable
environmental conditions, may permit the event to occur long
after the peak of the astrological aspect.
This will be made clear if you will give a little study to
diagram 6. Here a represents the maximum thought-cell activ-
ity induced by a major progressed aspect of the Sun. b repre-
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sents a physical environment which at the time the thought-cell activity
has reached its peak exerts 1/3 as much environmental pull (resistance)
in the opposite direction. At the time the thought-cell activity is greatest
c, the total pull toward attracting the indicated event is then represented
by ac minus bc, or ½ ab.
Diagram 6. Time of Event Shifted by Facility of Environment.
Yet at a point four months earlier, represented by c',the total pull
toward attracting the event is that of b'c',representing the pull at that
time exerted by the thought-cell activity, plus b'c',representing the pull
(facility) then of environment. As b`c`is equal to ac minus bc, the total
pull toward attracting the event four months before the progressed as-
pect is perfect and the thought-cell activity reaches its maximum, is just
twice as great as it is at the point in time when the progressed aspect is
perfect. Other things being equal, we could expect the event indicated
by the progressed aspect of the Sun to happen four months before the
aspect was completed.
Nor is such a condition as is represented in this diagram fanciful.
Many events which occur in people's lives can only take place during
certain definite periods in which the environment facilitates them. A
person under a heavy major progressed affliction to Saturn might have
his hands or feet frozen. But living in the Midwest, this event would be
next to impossible during the summer. Yet during December, January
and February the weather environment would give facilities for such
an event. No cumulative thought-cell activity indicated by a minor
progressd aspect to major progressed Sun opposition Saturn perfect
during the summer would be likely to bring the event during the sum-
mer. But a minor progressed aspect to Saturn and a blizzard, six months
before the major progressed aspect is complete might very well shift
the event back six months to the preceding winter; or a minor progressed
aspect to Saturn and a blizzard, six months after the major progressed
aspect is complete might very well shift the event so it would occur
during the winter after the major progressed aspect is complete.
There is often, for office workers, a fixed period of the year for va-
cations. And an event that the vacation would afford facilities for per-
mitting might during this restricted period occur, even though in the
time of year when no vacations were permitted the thought-cell activity
were greater due to heavier minor progressed aspects and due to the
major progressed aspect being nearer its peak.
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Certain crops are planted during a very limited period of the year,
and an event given facilities by planting might be shifted forward or
backward in time from the peak of thought-cell activity to come within
this planting period. Certain crops are also harvested during a limited
period, and an event given proper facilities for occuring in harvesting
might be moved up or back in time to come within this period favorable
to it. One crop farmers often sell their product during a certain month
or two of the year, and receive practically no money the other ten or
eleven months. And to such a farmer a progressed aspect indicating
financial gain from the sale of a good crop, or financial difficulties due
to a slump in the market price of his product, might very well reach its
peak months before or months after the time of marketing, and the in-
dicated event be moved by this environmental condition to coincide
with the exact date of the marketing.
In some sectons certain people only go to shooting matches at
Thanksgiving time; and only to farm sales during the winter before the
first of March. Under these environmental conditions, if a gunshot acci-
dent were indicated, a powerful set of minor progressed aspects in sum-
mer and early fall adding energy to the major progressed aspect cli-
maxing in summer or fall might not bring the event, and a much less
powerful minor progressed aspect on Thanksgiving, months after the
major progressed aspect had passed its peak, might give the thought-
cell activity which under the environmental conditions then present
would attract the accident. Or in an event relating to the purchase of
farming stock and farming tools, less thought-cell activity during Janu-
ary or February might bring the transaction when much greater thought-
cell activity due to peaks of progressed aspects in July andAugust would
have no facilities, and therefore would not attract such an event.
It will now be apparent that the physical environment (E) often is
as important in influencing the exact date an event occurs, as it is in
influencing how important (I) the event is,
how fortunate (F) or unfortunate, and its specific (S) nature. And
the probable influence of physical environment (E) in thus influencing
the three factors relating to its nature, must in each case be determined
from knowledge of the physical environment rather than from the as-
trological factors.
Even the conditioning (B) of the thought-cells since birth, the evo-
lutionary level (G) and the amount of effort at control based on knowl-
edge of progressed aspects are beyond the province of astrology to as-
certain. Yet aside from the conditioning (B) a certain group of thought-
cells have had since birth to make them more active or less active than
the birth-chart indicates them to be, we can get a very good picture of
their activity at any particular time by considering the birth-chart (A)
activity in connection with major progressed aspects, minor progressed
aspects and transits.
The general rule is that a minor progressed aspect or a transit as-
pect to one of the planets involved in the major progressed aspect; or a
minor progressed aspect or a transit aspect adding energy to the house
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whose thought-cell activity is accelerated by the major progressed as-
pect, increases the thought-cell activity through the accessory planetary
energy thus added.
Therefore at various periods during the time a major progressed
aspect is operative, there are separate peaks of thought- cell activity of
the type indicated by the major progressed aspect. And if the thought-
cell activity were all that had to be considered it would be possible to
select the highest peak of thought-cell activity, and proclaim that the
indicated event would transpire on that day.
But as previously indicated, the facts of our problem belong to two
planes. They involve not only determining during the time the major
progressed aspect is operative, when due to accessory planetary en-
ergy the thought-cell activity rises to high levels, but the amount of re-
sistance of the environment to the indicated event at the times these
high levels of thought-cell activity are present. Thus all we can do astro-
logically is to ascertain the times when the cumulative influence of plan-
etary energy of certain types indicates the high points of thought-cell
activity relative to the planets or the house chiefly involved in the an-
ticipated event. And in this, while the transits of the more slowly mov-
ing planets should not be neglected, it will nearly always be found there
is a minor progressed aspect of some consequence also adding energy
to the thought-cells involved in the event. Minor progressed aspects are
many times more powerful than the same aspect formed by transit.
Diagram 7. Time of Event Shifted by Accessory Progressed Aspects.
Now let us see how, if environmental resistance to a given event
remains constant, the accessory energy afforded by a minor progressed
aspect to one of the planets involved in a major progressed aspect may,
and often does, bring the peak of thought- cell activity of a given type
considerably before or considerably after the peak of the major pro-
gressed aspect.
In diagram 7, if a represents the maximum influence exerted by a
progressed aspect of the Sun, and the line de represents a progressed
aspect forming by some slower planet to the planet with which the Sun
is in aspect, then if there is a minor progressed aspect or transit aspect
just four months later than c to one of the planets involved in the heavier
aspect, represented by a", and if there is a sub-major (progressed aspect
of the Moon) progressed aspect four and a half months later than c to
one of the planets involved in the heavier aspect, then the maximum
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pull toward the indicated event will be in the time-flow at x, just four
months after the progressed Sun aspect reaches its maximum influence.
Under such circumstances the line xz plus the line xy plus the line
xr (where the slope of the minor aspect intersects with the slope of the
sub-major aspect) plus the line xa"is greater than ac plus gc, and greater
than any point on the line de plus the corresponding point in time on
the slope representing the progressed aspect of the Sun. As a conse-
quence, if the resistance of the physical environment prevents the event
from occuring sooner, it may very well be shifted along the time-flow to
occur four months after the progressed aspect of the Sun is perfect.
It is not easy to illustrate even with a diagram, and it is still more
difficult to make clear by means of words, how several progressed as-
pects, each reaching its own peak at a different time, but all contribut-
ing in some measure energy to the same group of thought-cells, give a
peak to the amount of energy the thought-cells receive that does not
coincide with any of the heavier progressed aspects, but does coincide
with some minor progressed aspect. But such peaks of thought-cell ac-
tivity thus formed do repeatedly occur, and are almost invariably present
when an event of importance takes place in an individual's life.
Now it is not always possible, due to the variation in the resistance
of environment to the event which the thought-cells try to bring about,
as previously explained, to predetermine exactly when an indicated
event will occur. But it nearly always is possible to map the various
peaks of astrological energy affecting a given group of thought-cells
during the period the heavier progressed aspect is within orb. One peak
of astrological energy may stand out so conspicuously, and not be un-
duly restricted by special environmental resistance, that the probability
is greater than ioo to i that the event will occur on this date. On the
other hand, there may be quite a number of peaks of astrological en-
ergy from which to make selection. Even after weighing the probable
influence of environment and all other factors it may be impossible to
decide on which one of several peaks of astrological energy the indi-
cated event will take place. But even under these circumstances astrol-
ogy can lend valuable service. If the heavy progressed aspect indicates
probable accident or loss, the individual can well afford to take special
care during each of the several limited periods when there are astro-
logical peaks that threatens, if by so doing he can avoid calamity. And if
the indicated event is fortunate, he can afford to make special effort to
take advantage of the favorable conditions during each of the several
limited periods when astrological peaks tend to assist bringing about
the beneficial event.
Sub-Major Aspects Attract Sub-Major Events
Some major progressed aspect of the Moon occurs every few months.
And due to the rapidity with which the major progressed Moon moves,
covering one degree on an average in less than one month, these major
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progressed aspects of the Moon are commonly less powerful than the
major progressed aspects of the other planets. On the other hand, they
add more energy to the thought-cells than the average minor progressed
aspects do; the amount they add being approximately midway between
that added by the minor progressed aspects of the other planets and the
major progressed aspects of the other planets. And to indicate this half-
way power to contribute energy to the thought-cells, and to distinguish
them from the more powerful major progressed aspects of the other
planets, we call them sub-major progressed aspects.
Now an aspect by Transit from one of the slow moving planets
may add more energy to the thought-cells than does a minor progressed
aspect from a fast moving planet, or than does a weak sub-major pro-
gressed aspect. But we have proved conclusively in the analysis of the
progressed aspects present when each of the 2,700 events occured con-
sidered in When And What Events Will Happen, and so far considered in
Body Disease And Its Stellar Treatment, that the important events of life
occure only when there is a major progressed aspect stronger than that
from the Moon present at the time to the ruler of the house governing
the department of life affected. That is, the major events of life are at-
tracted only when the thought-cells that bring them to pass receive en-
ergy from major progressed aspects. And while, when heavy rallying
forces are present, which means other heavy progressed aspects (D),
the event, at least where progressed aspects of Sun and Mars are con-
cerned, may occur while the aspect is as much as a degree and a half
from perfect, commonly it may be expected while the progressed as-
pect is within one degree from perfect. *
But in addition to these major events of life, there are sub- major
events, of the type which occur every few months in people's lives, which
are attracted by the sub-major progressed aspects, that is, by the activ-
ity of the thought-cells when they receive the energy of major progressed
aspects of the Moon.
Ordinarily these are of more importance than the minor events
which are attracted by the activity of the thought-cells when they re-
ceive the energy of minor progressed aspects. That is, of themselves,
minor progressed aspects tend to operate independently to attract into
the life its minor happenings. And anyone who will take the trouble to
watch the times when minor progressed Sun and minor progressed Mars
make aspects to the birth-chart and major progressed positions of the
planets-- which will take but a short period, as these minor progressed
planets make aspects frequently-- will become convinced of this.
While it is true that a transit aspect, especially the conjunction and
opposition, of Saturn or the still more slowly moving planets, often adds
energy to the thought-cells that gives rise to an event far from trivial, on
the average, and in comparison to the same progressed aspect formed
by minor progression, the transit aspects tend to coincide with the in-
consequential events.
*See appendix at end of vol.2 for research indicating 1� orb for all aspects
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Thus while there is overlapping, the Transit progressed aspects tend
to attract inconsequential events, the Minor progressed aspects tend to
attract Minor events, the Sub-major progressed aspects tend to attract
Sub-major events, and the Major progressed aspects tend to attract Major
events.
Life is a pattern of many events, only a portion of which are related
to the major happenings. Each progressed aspect, transit, minor, sub-
major and major, therefore should be appraised relative to the amount
of energy it adds to the thought-cells mapped by its planets, and the
power they are thus given to overcome environmental resistances and
bring into the life some event, small or large. More often than not a
transit progressed aspect indicates an inconsequential event, a minor
progressed aspect of some power indicates a minor. event, and sub-
major progressed aspect indicates a sub-major event. That is, one of the
two functions of these three less powerful orders of progressed aspects
is to indicate the various events that go to make up the pattern of life
which do not rise to the dignity of being considered of major signifi-
cance.
The other function is that, while the thought-cell activity inaugu-
rated by a major progressed aspect usually does not require any addi-
tional help to enable it to overcome the resistance of environment and
bring into the life an event of some significance, the time when it actu-
ally does so nearly always is when additional energy is added to the
thought-cells involved by one or more of these other orders of progressed
aspects; minor progressed aspects nearly always assisting thus to build
up the thought-cell activity peak.
For these other orders of progressed aspects to lend a hand in the
event attracted by a major progressed aspect, the progressed aspect they
make must either include one of the planets involved in the major pro-
gressed aspect, or must add energy to the thought-cells of the house
whose thought-cells are being accelerated by the major progressed as-
pect. That is, if the major progressed Sun was in the third house and
aspecting Mars it would accelerate third house thought-cells. If Libra
was on the cusp of the third, a minor progressed aspect to Venus would
add energy to third house thought-cells and thus help build up a peak
resulting in a short journey or other third house event.
Furthermore, if major progressed Moon were in the third house,
any progressed aspect it would make would increase the third house
thought-cell activity. Because while progressing through a house it does
add energy to the thought-cells of that house, especially at the time it
makes aspects, the house in which major prOgressed Moon is found is
frequently significant of the events during that period. This is well worth
noting.
But we should not jump to the conclusion that events only happen
when sub-major progressed aspects are present; and we should not over-
estimate the power either of a minor progressed aspect or a sub-major
progressed aspect to modify the fortune (F) or misfortune of the event
signified by a major progressed aspect and the birth-chart.
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The minor events indicated by minor progressed aspects can be
appraised as to their fortune (F) or misfortune by considering that these
aspects modify in minor degree, according to the specific progressed
aspects, the birth-chart thought-cell activity. And the sub-major events
indicated by major progressed aspects of the Moon can be appraised as
to their fortune (F) or misfortune by considering that they modify in
sub-major degree, according to the specific progressed aspects, the birth-
chart thought- cell activity. But when they merely add accessory energy
to thought-cell activity set in motion by a major progressed aspect, the
amount they modify the major event as to its fortune (F) or misfortune
is negligible. Even though the major event is precisely timed by energy
a minor progressed aspect or sub-major progressed aspect adds to the
thought-cells, the event attracted is dominated in its harmony or dis-
cord by the more powerful major progressed aspect modifying the birth-
chart harmony or discord of the thought-cells.
Consulting When And What Events Will Happen we find that there
was no major progressed aspect of the Moon within one degree of per-
fect in 41% of the divorces or separations, in 24% of the instances in
which the individual died, in 19% of the instances when money was
lost, in 18% of the instances in which death occured in the family, in 15%
of the accidents, in 14% of the marriages, and in 7% of the instances
when people made money.
And what I mean when I say that neither minor progressed aspects
or sub-major progressed aspects have the power of themselves mark-
edly to change the fortune of the event, even when timing it, can also be
illustrated from When And What Events Will Happen. Whether or not it is
conceded that separation or divorce may be a happy event, in 15% the
only major progressed aspect of the Moon was a harmonious one.
At least if inheritance is involved, death may have its compensa-
tions, and we find that in 24% of the deaths in the family analyzed the
only major progressed aspect of the Moon was a harmonious one. But
we do not commonly consider loss of money, accident, or death fortu-
nate to the individual to whom these events occur. And we find that in
26% of the instances in which money was lost, in 29% of the accidents,
and in 18% of the instances in which the individual died, the only major
progressed aspect of the Moon was a harmonious one.
These harmonious sub-major progressed aspects probably brought
incidents that were favorable, but they could not so modify the discor-
dant thought-cell activity set up by major progressed aspects as -to pre-
vent the significant event being unfortunate.
Rallying Forces
The most vexatious of all factors to one endeavoring to determine ex-
actly what will happen to an individual due to the influence of a par-
ticular progressed aspect (C) are the other progressed aspects (D) which
may at the same time be adding energy to the thought-cells of the finer
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form. As has previously been pointed out, these additional energies may
increase the range in time up to a degree and a half from perfect, at least
of the events signified by progressed aspects from Sun and Mars, and
perhaps from some of the other planets through acting as Rallying
Forces. *
Yet while Rallying Forces prove vexing to one trying to determine
the exact time and exact nature of the event which will be attracted by a
given progressed aspect, they at the same time afford one of the three
ways by which an individual can, if he systematically tries, make the
event much more fortunate than otherwise would have been the case.
The nervous system, through the electrical currents flowing over it
is tuned, by the thoughts and emotions which these currents carry, to
pick up, radio fashion, the type of planetary energy, including its har-
mony or discord, corresponding to these thoughts and feelings. And
these nerve currents also serve as conductors to carry this quality of
astral energy, not merely to the terminals of the aspects in which the
planet is involved whose energy is thus handled, but to the terminals of
all the aspects, including the progressed aspects.
Now when several major progressed aspects are present at the same
time it is quite possible that each will work out very largely in its own
terms. If one is decidedly discordant, some unfortunate event may be
attracted bearing the characteristics of these planets and affecting the
department of life ruled by one of these planets. And if another major
progressed aspect is quite harmonious, some other event may occur
almost at the same time which is decidedly fortunate, bearing the char-
acteristics of its planets and affecting the department of life ruled by
one of these planets. Thus an individual may lose a loved one through
death at the very time he has attained some high honor, or gained a
fortune through some business transaction. And in such cases rallying
forces play but little part.
But it is more common than otherwise for the individual to react so
strongly in his thinking and feeling to some one of the progressed as-
pects present, usually the most powerful one, that his nervous system
keeps tuned to its frequencies. And thus the energies of this dominant
progressed aspect find their way, through the short circuit provided by
the electrical energies which flow over the nerves in response to thought
and feeling, not only to the thought-cells mapped at the terminals of
this aspect, but also to the terminals of other aspects, including all the
other major progressed aspects which are giving energy to thought-
cells. And thus, this dominant progressed aspect (D) becomes a Rally-
ing Force, influencing what happens relative to departments of life
reached by other progressed aspects.
People only make or lose money when there is a progressed aspect to
the ruler of the second house; but in 24% of the gains the only progressed
aspect to the ruler of the second is discordant; and in 12% of the losses the
only progressed aspect to the ruler of the second is harmonious. Some of
*See appendix at end of vol.2 for research indicating 1� orb for all aspects
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these are indicated by birth-chart conditions; but some also are due to
Rallying Forces. And we find that while at the time of the individual's
death in 21% of the instances the only progressed aspect to the ruler of
the eighth is harmonious, there is always also present at the time a dis-
cordant major progressed aspect.
When, during a period of time, the individual permits his thoughts
and feelings persistently to be dominated by one of several progressed
aspects which may be present, this enables the energies of this progressed
aspect to reach and influence the thought-cells reached by the other
progressed aspects. Thus it is common to find the life in many of its
departments dominated in its fortune or misfortune by some heavy pro-
gressed aspect; the other progressed aspects being warped from their
normal fortune or misfortune. But when an individual does not permit
his thoughts and feelings thus to be dominated persistently, but also
has the thoughts and feelings of the other progressed aspects, these then
tend to operate normally.
The tendency to permit certain thoughts and feelings to be persis-
tently present is largely determined by the conditioning (B) of the indi-
vidual; which must always be taken into consideration on judging pro-
gressed aspects. And the individual who will deliberately cultivate and
maintain the thoughts and feelings which express the constructive ac-
tivities of a planet which is part of a progressed aspect at the time can
thus use Rallying Forces to add harmonious energies to all the thought-
cells reached by aspects, and cause heavy discordant progressed as-
pects to attract events which are far more fortunate than otherwise had
been the case.
How Best to Handle Progressed Aspects
As of the influences which bring events into an individual's life there
are only three important factors, all of which play a part, if any of the
three are changed the event attracted will be changed. The two immedi-
ate factors are the physical environment in which the individual lives
and the thought-cell activity of his soul. Yet not only the degree of
thought-cell activity, but also the desires of the thought-cells thus made
active, are at all times powerfully influenced by planetary energies. And
while we are powerless to determine what progressed aspects shall form
in our charts, we do have the power, through the deliberate cultivation
of Rallying Forces by using our thoughts and feelings to tune in on some
harmonious birth-chart or progressed aspect, to determine in large
measure what type and what harmony of planetary energy shall reach
most of the thought-cells and exert a dominating influence over a given
period of our lives.
But whether the energy reaching the thought-cells and giving them
unusual activity is of our own choosing, through such deliberate culti-
vation of rallying forces, or is the unmodified energy of such progressed
aspects as are present, the events attracted are not directly due to the
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planetary energy, but to the activity of the thought-cells in seeking to
realize their desires through manipulating the behavior and the physi-
cal environment. Thus apart from planetary energies, if either the de-
sires of the thought-cells are changed, or the physical environment is
changed, the event will be different.
And in this lies the value of knowing the types of events more com-
monly attracted by a given progressed aspect in a birthchart indicating
definite predispositions. It is only through such knowledge that the in-
dividual can be advised as to the thoughts and actions and environ-
ment which, if that be desired, will enable him to prevent these events
more commonly attracted from entering his life, or which will enable
him to experience events far more fortunate than those which are com-
monly attracted.
In chapter four three things are given that in some measure may be
expected to affect the life under a progressed aspect to each planet. This
affords a very general key to what commonly may be expected. Then
are given the thoughts that influence the behavior, and the various fac-
tors of the physical environment some of which commonly assist in
bringing the events to pass, and if health difficulties are indicated, to-
ward what diseases each planet inclines.
Now if the progressed aspect is such that the events it attracts com-
monly are beneficial, the individual can assist it to attract good fortune
in still greater measure by cultivating appropriate thoughts, by taking
appropriate action, and by selecting an environment that facilitates the
work of the specific thought-cells accelerated by the aspect in bringing
the desired events and conditions into the life.
On the other hand, if the progressed aspect is such that the events
it commonly attracts are unfortunate, steps can be taken to deny in the
physical environment those factors which give the thought-cells facility
for attracting disaster, and a systematic effort can be made to change
the desires of the thought-cells so they will work for more fortunate
events. For instance, if it indicates liklihood of health difficulties, steps
such as are indicated in the book Stellar Dietetics can be taken before the
disease starts, to prevent the predisposition thus indicated from devel-
oping under the progressed aspect into the disease.
The desires of the thought-cells may be favorably changed through
giving them more harmonious energy with which to work by employ-
ing pleasant rallying forces by rearranging the thought-elements of
which they are composed through the pleasure technique of Conver-
sion, or by giving them a more harmonious composition through add-
ing to them other thoughts which are their natural antidotes. Which-
ever of these three processes is employed, it becomes effective to the
extent it reconditions the thought-cells so that they work for the con-
structive and fortunate conditions ruled by the progressed planets map-
ping them.
The energy of the thought-cells mapped by a powerful progressed
aspect is not going to remain repressed. It may chiefly express through
changes in the thinking, through the emotions, through the behavior,
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or through events which apparently are beyond the individual's con-
trol. The problem is to get it to express as harmoniously and construc-
tively as possible through the channels of the individual's choice. There-
fore instead of trying to prevent a progressed aspect from attracting
events, the individual should utilize his knowledge and skill to get it to
attract events which are beneficial, but characteristic of the planets mak-
ing the aspect. Merely to indicate one of various such beneficial chan-
nels of expression for each planet let us consider that:
A progressed aspect to the Sun that commonly expresses through
domination can be made to express through significance.
A progressed aspect to the Moon that commonly expresses through
mental instability can be made to express through domesticity.
A progressed aspect to Mercury that commonly expresses through
nervous disorders can be made to express through intellectual activity.
A progressed aspect to Venus that commonly expresses through
unrestrained emotion can be made to express through art or affection.
A progressed aspect to Mars that commonly expresses through
demolition can be made to express through building something.
A progressed aspect to Jupiter that commonly expresses through
surfeit can be made to express through benevolence.
A progressed aspect to Saturn that commonly expresses through
loss can be made to express through systematization.
A progressed aspect to Uranus that commonly expresses through
agitation can be made to express through invention.
A progressed aspect to Neptune that commonly expresses through
fraud can be made to express through idealism.
A progressed aspect to Pluto that commonly expresses through
coercion can be made to express through co-operation.
Progressing the House Cusps
Not only in the 2,700 timed birth-charts progressed to the time of some
event, but in a great many other timed charts progressed to the time of
some event or the development of some disease, of which we as yet do
not have 100 relating to a specific event or disease, we have found that
the event belongs to the department of life mapped by the house of the
birth-chart in which the progressed planet is found, or ruled by one of
the planets involved in the progressed aspect.
As this is one of the two factors which can be relied upon, the other
being that the event bears the characteristics of the planets involved in
the progressed aspect, we believe it a mistake to use progressed houses
instead of birth-chart houses. The M.C. and Asc. are progressed after
the manner of planets, and their progressed aspects to the planets are
as effective as the progressed aspects between the planets. We feel sure
from the extensive research work we have done to determine this that
the astrologer will get a clearer insight into what is likely to happen
from progressed aspects if he uses the birth-chart house positions and
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merely places the progressed positions of the planets, M.C. and Asc.
around the outside of the unaltered birth-chart.
A progressed aspect to or from the M.C. indicates that the honor or
business will be affected by some of the things ruled by the planet in-
volved in the aspect and the houses that planet rules. Because the M.C.
acts as an amplifyer, the things thus indicated readily gain wide publicity.
A progressed aspect to or from the Asc. indicates that the personal
life will be affected by some of the things ruled by the planet involved
in the aspect and the houses that planet rules. Because the Asc. is a place
where the electromagnetic energies reach and affect people in the im-
mediate environment, and where the electromagnetic energies are pro-
foundly affected by planetary aspects, progressed aspects in which it is
involved often influence the health as well as the disposition and the
influence of the personality on others.
Persistent Progressed Aspects and Planetary Trends
People who have a progressed aspect which remains within one degree
of perfect all their lives, or over many years, have thought-cell activities
during that entire time that may compare with the thought-cell activity
of others during those limited periods when progressed aspects form.
Several outstanding movie directors have had a progressed conjunc-
tion favorably involving Venus which before it passed beyond influ-
ence turned retrograde, and thus remained within one degree of the
perfect conjunction for froth six to twelve years. And these directors
have attained high recognition, and consistently turned out fine work,
during the entire period the progressed aspect was operative, only to
drop from sight as soon as the progressed aspect moved finally beyond
orb of influence.
Bulwer-Lytton and Ralph Waldo Emerson were both born May 25,
1803, but at different times of day. Both became successful writers.
Bulwer-Lytton had Pluto in the house of publishing (ninth) within less
than one degree of the perfect inconjunct to both Mars and Uranus, a
progressed aspect which lasted nearly all his life, and for 9 years practi-
cally every year saw a new book written by him published. Emerson
had the same persistent progressed aspect, but not involving the ninth
house, and his literary activities covered but a limited number of years.
To mention but three more examples, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
with progressed Sun trine progressed M.C. all his life, has had com-
mensurate political activity; Henry Ford, with progressed Pluto trine
birth-chart M.C. all his life, has consistently engaged in mass produc-
tion; and Yehudi Menuhin with progressed Pluto inconjunct Sun, and
progressed Neptune opposition Sun from birth to the present time, be-
came famous as a musical prodigy when five, at twenty was the highest
paid musician in the world, and is still attracting attention.
While Mars may rightly be called the planet of accident, the acci-
dents only occur under a progressed aspect to Mars when there is also
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a progressed aspect to the ruler of the first house or to the birth-chart or
progressed Ascendant.
We are not warranted by statistical analysis, however, in consider-
ing there is a planet of death, a planet of travel, a planet of marriage, a
planet of ocean voyages, a planet of vacations, or a planet of money.
Nevertheless, when there are progressed aspects to the ruler of the
eighth, the loss indicated by a progressed aspect to Saturn may be
through death, especially the death of some elderly person.
A progressed aspect to Mercury will not bring travel unless at the
same time there is a progressed aspect to the ruler of the ninth house or
the third house; but when such an aspect to the ruler of a house of travel
is present, a progressed aspect to Mercury is an additional testimony of
a journey.
A progressed aspect to Venus will not bring marriage unless at the
same time there is a progressed aspect to the ruler of the seventh house.
But if there is a progressed aspect to the ruler of the seventh house, a
progressed aspect to Venus is an additional testimony of marriage; and
in a woman's chart a progressed aspect to Mars is even a stronger testi-
mony. Mars rules amativeness, and a surprising number of women are
married while a progressed aspect to Mars is operative.
A progressed aspect to Neptune will not bring a voyage unless at
the same time there is a progressed aspect to the ruler of the ninth house;
but when the ninth house ruler is aspected, Neptune inclines toward
the sea. Nor will a progressed aspect to Neptune bring something spe-
cial in the way of a pleasurable vacation unless there is also a progressed
aspect to the ruler of the fifth. But Neptune helps toward vacations.
From a progressed aspect to Jupiter money cannot be expected
unless at the same time there is a progressed aspect to the ruler of the
second house. But if there is a second house progressed aspect the in-
fluence of Jupiter increases the tendency for the event to involve money.
Progressed aspects to Uranus may pass without a radical change.
But when radical changes are taken under progressed aspects to Ura-
nus there is no return to life as it was before. Uranus may not only bring
new acquaintances, but may bring into the life old acquaintances and
conditions that had all but been forgotten.
A progressed aspect to the Sun will not affect the honor unless at
the same time there is a progressed aspect to the ruler of the tenth house
or M.C.; but when there is a progressed aspect to the ruler of the tenth
or to the M.C., a progressed aspect of the Sun increases the probability
that the event will affect the honor. Honors are gained only when there
is both a progressed aspect to the Sun, and a progressed aspect either to
the ruler of the tenth or to the M.C.
Examples of Selecting Peaks of Astrological Influence
Looking at the major progressed aspects in the Mickey Rooney chart
for 1942 (see illustration) and observing progressed M.C. trine birth-
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chart Moon (women in general), progressed Sun applying to conjunc-
tion birth-chart Venus, and progressed Mercury, ruler of the house of
marriage, square progressed Neptune, planet of romance; and consid-
ering that he was 21 years of age and unmarried, it would have been
safe to have predicted marriage.
As marriage is a seventh house event, the time most likely would
be when accessory energy was added to Mercury, ruler of the seventh,
or to Neptune with which it made the progressed aspect. We have found
that Mip.D. 1942 is May 17, 1922. This represents September 23, 1942, in
calendar time, and as on May 17, 1922, both Uranus and Neptune are in
13 degrees and thus aspecting progressed Mercury, there are strong sev-
enth house accessory influences all during the summer and fall of 1942.
One peak, while minor Uranus and minor Neptune are aspecting
major progressed Neptune and major progressed Mercury is June 28,
1942, represented in the ephemeris by May 4, 1922, when minor pro-
gressed Sun is 13 Taurus and minor progressed Moon is 13 Leo, and
thus adding still other accessory energy to major progressed Mercury
and major progressed Neptune.
However, with Mars rising at birth, and given to action, Rooney
did not await the June 28 peak. On January 10, 1942, represented by
Mip.D. April 28, 1922, minor progressed Neptune was 13 Leo 11, minor
progressed Uranus was 12 Pisces 34, and minor progressed Mercury
was 12 Taurus 16; all adding accessory energy to progressed or birth-
chart Mercury; and minor progressed Jupiter was 11 Libra 6, and thus
conjunction birth- chart Mercury, ruling marriage. Minor progressed
Moon was not aspecting Mercury, but was 25 Taurus, in opposition to
major progressed Moon. Thus January 10, 1942, the date of Rooney's
marriage, was not the only peak of astrological energies where the Mer-
cury thought-cells were affected, but it was a very high peak.
Next if we look at the major progressed aspects in the Mickey
Rooney chart for 1934 (Map.D. Oct. 7, 1920), we observe that progressed
Sun, ruling the house of profession (tenth), is sextile progressed Nep-
tune, the movie planet; and that progressed Mars, ruling the stage (fifth),
is sextile birth-chart Venus. These aspects would make it safe to predict
he would make unusual strides in his profession as an actor.
As the Sun represents those in authority, as well as his honor (tenth),
it might be assumed his big chance (the sextile signifies opportunity)
would come on the progressed Sun sextile Neptune aspect, progressed
Sun being 13 Libra and progressed Neptune being 13 Leo. Mip.D. for
1934 is October 10, 1921. Looking back in the ephemeris from this date
we notice one peak of astrological energy affecting the Sun when on
Mip.D. October 7, 1921, representing about the middle of August, 1934,
calendar time, minor progressed Sun comes to the conjunction with
major progressed Sun. Minor progressed Venus at this time is also semi-
sextile progressed Sun and progressed Neptune. He was given the part,
and started rehearsal, for the October performances, at this time.
Another peak is shown early in October when minor Mars (Mip.D.
October II, 1921) comes to the semi-sextile of major progressed Sun and
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Neptune. His big opportunity came when, during October, he took a
prominent part in Max Rhinehart's production of Mid-Summer Night's
Dream at the Hollywood Bowl.
Still a further peak occurs early in November (Mip.D. October 13,
1921) when minor Mercury arrives at the semi-sextile of progressed Sun,
and the square of progressed Neptune. He was then given the movie
part in the same play, in the stage performance of which he had covered
himself with glory. And minor progressed Venus (Mip.D. October 14,
1921) arriving at the semi-sextile of major progressed Mars and birth-
chart Venus, these latter being in major progressed sextile aspect, en-
abled him to give a screen performance that placed him with the rank-
ing stars of moviedom.
Now let us turn to the John Edwards chart. After the date of birth
(March 19, 1920), if we follow down the column to March 25, which is
Map.D.for calendar year 1926, we find major progressed Venus trine
major progressed Mars on the L.D. (June 9, 1926). On this date pro-
gressed Mars is retrograde and has passed the square of birth-chart Ju-
piter by 5'. Venus must move only 5' to make the inconjunct of birth-
chart Jupiter, must move 30' to reach inconjunct progressed Neptune,
and must move 35' to reach inconjunct birth-chart Neptune. And al-
though progressed Sun does not reach the square of Pluto until August
1927, it comes within orb of the aspect in the fall of 1926.
From such an accumulation of major progressed planetary energy
we could be sure something important would happen. The problem,
after deciding what event most likely would occur, and what the boy
should do to protect his threatened health, would be to determine the
peak when, due to the cumulative influence of minor progressed as-
pects, the event most likely would take place.
We need not go back of the 1926 birthday, because the major pro-
gressed aspects have not then begun to reach full power. But we look in
the ephemeris for Mip.D. 1926, which is ephemeris date August 29, 1920.
Now as, with the exception of major progressed Sun squaie Pluto,
these heavy major progressed aspects form in 8 degrees of some sign,
we could soundly conclude that the accessory energy giving the thought-
cells their peaks of activity would come from minor progressed planets
making aspects to these planets in 8 degrees. The Sun by minor pro-
gression went into 8 Virgo Mip.D. September 1, 1920, representingApril,
1926, calendar time. It then was opposition major progressed Venus,
sextile birth-chart and progressed Mars, and was semi-sextile birth-chart
and progressed Jupiter and Neptune. While this was not the heaviest
peak, we may be sure the thought-cells were active enough that their
influence was distressingly discernable, and that the health was ad-
versely affected at that time.
Moving on down the ephemeris column for September, 1920, look-
ing for other positions that aspect 8 degrees, we would be brought to a
sudden halt at September 16, where the minor progressed Sun is 23
Virgo, and therefore making the semi- square aspect to birth-chart and
major progressed Mars, Jupiter and Neptune. Nor is that all. Mars on
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September 17 in the ephemeris reaches 8 Sagittarius, and therefore as-
pects close to this time birth-chart and progressed Mars, Jupiter and
Neptune, and makes the square of major progressed Venus in 8 Pisces.
Here, clearly, we have the highest peak of thought-cell activity in
so far as these aspects in 8 degrees are concerned. So next we calculate
when each of the minor progressed aspects is perfect. We find minor
progressed Sun makes the semi-square of progressed Jupiter Novem-
ber 17, 1926, then moves to the semi-square of birth-chart Jupiter, semi-
square both progressed and birth-chart Mars, semi-square progressed
Neptune, and finally on December 3 makes the semi-square of birth-
chart Neptune.
Minor progressed Mars comes to the trine of progressed Jupiter
November 29, moves to the square of progressed Venus, semisextile
progressed Mars, semi-sextile birth-chart Mars, and, finally to the trine
of birth-chart Neptune on December 14.
The peak of thought-cell activity thus runs from about the middle
of November to the middle of December. To get the day when it is prob-
ably highest we look to minor progressed Moon, and find it making the
conjunction of major progressed Mars, and therefore aspecting the other
8 degree planets, on November 14. The minor progressed positions of
all the planets for November 14, 1926, will be found around the outside
of the John Edwards chart, the date on which he took to his bed because
of illness, not to leave it until the following April.
As a final example, using the John Edwards chart, the birth- chart
Moon is 13 Pisces 29 in the house of short journeys (third), and on Map.D.
April 3, representing calendar date June 9, 1935, major progressed Sun
has only 3' to move to make the semi-sextile aspect to this birth-chart
Moon. Mip.D. 1935 is May 3, 1921, and Mip.D. 1936 is May 30, 1921.
As birth-chart Moon is 13 Pisces, and major progressed Sun
aspecting it is 13 Aries, we would look to minor progressed aspects to
these degrees for accessory energy, although aspects forming to any of
the planets in the third house also would be significant.
May, 1921, shows the Sun in 13 Taurus on May 4, the Sun in 28
Taurus on May 20, and Mars in 13 Gemini on May 25. These latter two
minor progressed aspects have plenty of power, but they do not occur
so close to the time when the major progressed Sun is sextile birth-chart
Moon, which is perfect June 27, 1935.
Minor progressed Sun is sextile birth-chart Moon April 8, 1935.
While this minor progressed aspect is still within one degree of perfect,
minor progressed Moon comes to the conjunction of major progressed
Sun in 13 Aries, and semi-sextile birth-chart Moon in 13 Pisces on April
19, 1935. This was the peak of thought-cell activity during the spring,
and gave the date of the trip.
However, it should be noted that in the ephemeris April 3, 1920
(Map.D. 1935) the Moon is 13 Libra, and therefore in sub- major square
to major progressed Sun, and inconjunct birth- chart Moon. These sub-
major aspects are perfect May 24, 1935, and as they add energy to the
heavier major progressed aspect, afford another peak relative to travel,
studies, and the influence of relatives.