He has lived in desolate cities, in houses no one
would inhabit which are destined to become ruins.
I am chaos. The primordial one. I live in chaos. The modern one. Many a time, I look at a chart and I go blank. It is certainly not because of my old age. I just stare and nothing makes sense. My eyes just drift away mesmerized by all the glyphs, the lines, the shapes and the colours of the chart in front of me. I reset my astrology software to black and white, thinking that the essence should appear soon in all black and white. I am still distracted by something though. I observe the planetary glyphs as if they are new, unknown, never-seen-before-in-my-life pictograms. Where I am getting to is that predicting sometimes can be confusing. The modern mind is dazzled, overtired and confused. All possibilities have the same share of generating an event. All things in the chart get to be activated by all sort of things. So what do I do? What is the main theme of the year for my client? My session with the client will not last to infinity and we both live in a chaotic modern world with a tight schedule. What I do is to leave this modern world for a while and go back to a more traditional world. A world where profection is a valid word.
It has been a while now that I have incorporated profections in my predictive sessions. I find them to be the quick shortcut to the essence of the basic themes that are to unfold in my clients' life. It is fascinating how accurate this method can be and I think that every modern astrologer should make room for this traditional technique in their kit of predictive tools.
The basic idea is simple: you move the planets and the points of
the natal chart in time using the ratio of 30 degrees (a whole sign) for
every year of life. The system works better with equal houses and you can
use it in order to get the primary theme of the year in a native's life
and to pinpoint the active planetary forces. Of course, the method is not
useful per se but it produces important hints that are handy for the
solar return chart delineation or for important transits.
According to Lilly (CA 716f), profections are threefold: annual, monthly and diurnal. For the annual profection, you give 30 degrees or a whole sign for every year of life. Profections begin at the time the Sun has reached the natal degree and minute of its natal position i.e. the time of the annual solar return and the degree of the profected ASC should be the natal ASC degree. To calculate the monthly profections you take the annual profected sign as the indicator of the first month of the native's solar year and then you consider the second sign as the sign of the second month, the third sign as the indicator for the third month and so on. As for diurnal profections, you give one sign to every 2d 3h 54min but the procedure is more scrupulous than necessary according to Lilly and I agree.
I plan this article to be the first of a short series introducing the reader to this wonderful and above all practical and useful predictive tool.
The diagram above shows
the years of age in the inner circle and the corresponding profected
houses in the outer circle. Let us put profections to the test and use an
actual person as a paradigm. The native is male, born in 1977. We want to
see what the main theme in his life was in 2012. Subtracting the year of
birth from the year we are interested in we get the number 35. In the
diagram above, we can see that number 35 corresponds to the 12th house.
So the first thing about what 2012 had in store for the querent is a year
of isolation, self-undoing, incarceration, hospitalization, a year of
many secret enemies and confinement. All themes of a twelfth house become
Interesting start! Is it true? Indeed, the year was a difficult one for the native. He had restricted social interactions to a minimum and had used his home as a retreat. His daily routine consisted solely in going to work and returning back home. While at home he was not doing anything meaningful or positive for himself, he was just resting. He actually slept a dreadful amount of his life away that year, not paying attention even to basic things such as the condition of his apartment, which grew grim. In fact, it was the year that he quit his job. Not having found another job in advance and not having a steady income was practically equivalent to suicide. He was most certainly seriously depressed and he just wanted to be alone. It was a cycle of completion with all the signs and attributes of an activated 12th house in display.
However, is it all because of a 12th house activation? If, according to the technique, every twelve years the cycle repeats itself, are we to expect the same story in 2024? Did the native experience the same story twelve years back, in 2000? The universe does not produce the same identical story every twelve years but the same pattern is in action. In 2000, the native quit his job, left the apartment he was sharing with important people in his life back then and made a fresh new start in his life. Back then, he was living in a kind of an artificial prison, feeling trapped and taken advantage of, and he escaped. The pattern is the same with 2012: Confinement, home as a prison, feelings of powerlessness, letting go of something vital.
However, there is more to it, so let us get into the matter by
examining the natal and the profected charts.
The profected chart per se is not the most important thing. We need to compare it to the natal chart. The profected ASC though is of great interest, since every year the profected first house brings to light the affairs of the corresponding natal house and it activates all the planets therein, giving the basic tone for the whole of the following year. We take note that the chart's ruler is Venus. Venus becomes an important planet and tradition gives her the offices of the time lord of the year. Consequently, the planet's position either natally or in the solar return or progressed chart becomes prominent, meaningful and factual in that it signifies the time for the planet to give birth to the events that are promised in the radix chart. According to Lilly, every other way to direct or progress the chart is less powerful when contradicted by profections (CA 719). In 2012, Venus sneezes and it is news! This sounds like good news of course given the fact that Venus is a benefic and associated with love and money. However, if we happen to take a quick glance at Venus in the natal chart we notice that she is out of sect, in detriment and retrograde. Not really a promising situation one would say. She is also opposing Pluto in the natal theme.
Profected Venus is in Pisces, in exaltation and in her own triplicity.
She is mutually receiving profected Jupiter but she is also in square to
debilitated natal Jupiter and in trine to exalted natal Uranus. We gather
that Venus has massive plans for the year, things could get out of hand
and normality could change. If we also take into account the fact that
Venus is the ruler of the natal 7th house and the profected 8th, we
should imagine that these massive plans have to do with partners, money
and an extreme make over due to a fatality of sorts or even some kind of
legal action. It sounds important! Did it happen? Indeed, it was in 2012
that for the very first time in his life the native was in need of a
lawyer because the apartment he was renting caught fire and burned to the
ground. The native lost absolutely everything he owned and he had to make
a new start from scratch. Talking about extreme make over, huh? Is it all
because of a bad Venus? Not really.
Where does this power of Venus stem from? Venus as the time lord only presides over the affairs of the year. She acts by the power invested in her by the dwellers of the 12th natal house. Pluto and the North Node hand over their natal power and Venus takes over crown and sceptre. Both Pluto and the North Node talk about a harsh and regenerative process, a new beginning and an opening up to a new world.
Let us go back again to the profected chart for a moment. Profected MC and Saturn are in square to natal Venus, the time lord of the year. They are also in square to natal Pluto. Profected Mercury activates natal Pluto and profected Moon activates the natal North Node. Calculating the monthly profections (for the first month is the profected ascendant, for the second month is the second sign, for the third month the third sign and so on), we find that Venus is strong in November of that year and during that month, the eighth house of the profected chart is activated: a house of transformation, loss, destruction and death. The fire broke up in November.
If we now direct the
profected chart to the date of the fire, November 19, 2012 we can clearly
see that it is the day that Pluto is activated to the exact degree by the
profected Moon and by the profected Nodes and North Node is activated to
the exact degree by the profected MC. Also profected Mars activates natal
Neptune and natal Mars is activated by profected Pluto. Mars and Pluto are
the traditional and modern rulers of the natal chart. Finally, the
profected ASC activating the natal PL/NN midpoint comes as the cherry in
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First published in: www.infinityastrologicalmagazine.com, Mar/Apr 2017.
Athan J. Zervas is a self-taught astrologer currently living in Athens, Greece. He uses both traditional techniques and modern concepts in his work. He is a founding board member of the Hellenic Friends of Astrology and has been acting vice president in 2016 and editor of “12 Magazine”, the quarterly print edition of the organization.
A lecturer and a consultant with 10+ years of client-work experience, he is also a radio producer with his own show running weekly since 2013. He has an online presence in Greek astrology sites with monthly columns and he is an active blogger.
Athan is an associate for Art&Design at I.A.M.
© 2017 - Athan J. Zervas - published by Infinity Astrological Magazine
26-May-2018, 11:14 UT/GMT
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