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Progressions (and directions) usually are based on the movement of the sun

A term for a particular kind of predictive method which takes a defined period of time after the birth as symbolically equating with a different, much longer period of time in the person's life. The method uses actual planetary movement and should not be confused with predictive methods which use directions.


The various predictive methods use different symbolic periods of time as equivalents for the actual passage of time. The different keys are:

  • Secondary progressions (Each day after the birth date is equivalent to one year.)
  • Tertiary progressions 1 (Each day after the date of birth is equivalent to one month.)
  • Tertiary progressions 2 (Each month after the date of birth is equivalent to one year.)
  • Converse Progressions (Different calculations, depending on the method used.)


More details on the way each method differs from the others can be found under the separate entries. Although there are no rigid distinctions between progressions and transits in chart interpretation, progressions show changes intrinsic to a given horoscope but are abstract or conceptual in the sense that a year of one's life does not literally equal one day. Transits show the actual movement of planets in the heavens at any particular time and are external to a given horoscope. Progressions therefore should indicate how a person evolves or matures, whereas transits indicate more of the external events likely to affect her. In practice these distinctions are hard to sustain, however, because some people experience transits as internal matters (such as a time of optimism or depression,) and progressions can synchronize with external events. For example, the progressed moon in the second House may indicate a time of an unexpected financial windfall or difficulty.


It is only possible to work with secondary progressive axes (which can be calculated using different methods) if the time of birth is exact, otherwise the inaccuracies are so great that any prediction becomes meaningless.



  • Alan Leo: The Progressed Horoscope: A Sequel to How to Judge a Nativity. United Kingdom: L.N. Fowler & Company, 1906
Wherein the Progression of the Horoscope is Exhaustively Considered, to which is Added "The Art and Practice of Directing," a Complete Treatise on Primary Directions
Read free of charge (Google)
  • Celeste Teal: Identifying Planetary Triggers: Astrological Techniques for Prediction. 384 pages, Llewellyn Publications 2000 ISBN-10: 1567187056 ISBN-13: 978-1567187052