Predictive Astrology

The Moon Valley Astrologer predictive astrology section features a variety of tips, tools and techniques for predictive purposes. Whether you want information on transits, retrogrades, eclipses, progressions or Solar and Lunar Returns, you’ll find plenty of forecasting tips! Below are a few short articles. Longer articles on predicting with astrology; horary, secondary progressions or other special points can be found on their respective pages. While intermediate astrologers may benefit most, there are also entries for beginning or advanced level astrologers.

Natal Promise & Prediction

Of course all prediction starts with the natal chart. Nothing can come to pass that wasn’t promised in the natal chart. For instance, unless one or both luminaries are afflicted in the natal chart, the vitality and health should be good. If the Moon forms many amicable aspects then domestic conditions and relationships with women are favorable. But, if the Moon forms hard aspects to Uranus or Saturn, then life can throw some curve balls or tough conditions to overcome at certain times. Unless there is susceptibility for an accident, then none will occur. The natal chart provides the base from which to look into any department of life to find the lifelong potential.

The progressed chart is used to find the general timing of when the promised potential will come about. The progressions show when things are ripe for a certain kind of event. Say Venus becomes very activated in a young man’s chart, receiving a trine from his progressed Mars during the same year his progressed Ascendant trines his natal Moon, then we’d suspect developments involving a woman and a romantic attachment. But, we’d know it for certain if his natal chart promised happy romantic entanglements, such as Venus trine Mars and natal Venus ruling the Seventh and occupying the Fifth House. Because an individual tends toward particular strengths and weaknesses, as shown in the birth horoscope, the reoccurring planetary configurations are usually accurate in reflecting a period when the inherent issues surface, as well as the individual’s probable response to conditions and circumstances. Then, major transits, including eclipses or even a New Moon can act as a trigger to set off progressions.

The planets are impartial, though of a specific nature and vibration. Because individuals differ, the response to the same type of planetary energies will differ from one person to another. The natal chart is what holds this key, and the astrologer must be aware of this before attempting to make a forecast. For example, if the natal chart shows loss through speculation, then a lucky transit means little in regards to gambling. It is more likely that the individual will feel that s/he can win, takes a risk, and experiences a loss instead. However, in a chart indicating gain through speculation, the same lucky transit could be predictive of a big win. So, the natal horoscope must always be used as a foundation and in conjunction with subsequent charts. In my book, Predicting Events with Astrology, Chapters 3 through 9 cover a variety of topics and how to find the natal potential for love, money, success, health, etc.

Transiting Nodes Impact on Planets

Question: I am not clear about the strength of transiting nodes. Planets are emphasized more. How does one evaluate nodal transits; i.e., with what level of strength? BTW, I’ve really enjoyed your website! A.O.

Answer: Hi and thanks for writing. I’m glad you’re enjoying the website.

This is a good question you have about the transiting nodes. Of course you probably know that it is the conjunction and opposition aspects to natal planets that are important. The transiting nodes over a planet does emphasize the nature of the planet – I see it as a sort of exclamation point, bringing about experiences, situations, conditions and feelings associated with the particular planet – even showing an emphasis on the people in your life that are ruled by the planet (Sun: father, Moon: mother, Mercury: siblings, etc., etc.).

The North Node, also called the Dragon’s Head, is associated with fresh incoming energy that amplifies the way the aspected planet manifests. It often turns up the volume on the urge to bring more into the life of a material or tangible sort. Depending on the condition of the planet, this energy can be very positively directed, or there can be distortion in the way the planet responds to the nodal stimulation – it may become greedy or grasping.

The South Node is associated with a drawing out force, asking something of us; a time to give back. Its effect and the way it sensitizes a planet is more intangible and timeless, urging continuity and requiring selfless and compassionate actions. When experienced negatively, one may feel weak or insecure; as if one’s power and energy is leaking. This can result in making drastic or desperate decisions that could have severe repercussions later on.

To give a brief example of this phenomenon, Martha Stewart experienced a powerful South Node eclipse prior to her fall from grace for suspected insider trading activities. The eclipse fell on her Moon, representative of her public popularity, while it also fell opposite her progressed Jupiter, representing her financial wealth. It is likely that a sense of losing control contributed to some uncharacteristic judgment calls. But from this example, one can see how the South Node, also called the Dragon’s Tail, became associated with sacrifice and vulnerability.

But, there is even more to it than that. Similar to the effects and impact of an eclipse, the transits of the nodes over a planet tend to keep one firmly planted upon the divine path that was chosen for this lifetime – like a guidepost. The transiting nodes over a planet represent points of Karmic interchange.

In his book, Lunar Nodes, Mohan Koparker says that when the destined nodes are making significant aspects, the free will existence is at its minimum. He goes on to say that a person has nothing to worry about as far as making decisions at this time since the decisions are made for that person according to what is best in the long run. A person is brought back to his/her normal pattern of destiny through these nodal connections. This is also true of eclipses.

The level of strength of the nodal transit may be dependant upon various factors, including the condition and prominence of the natal or progressed planet receiving the transit as well as our previous actions and how closely we’ve stayed upon our predetermined path or strayed from it.

I hope this helps. I have two books that you’ll find essential and you actually helped inspire one of them. One is called Eclipses, Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation and the other is called Lunar Nodes, Discover Your Soul’s Karmic Mission. The latter book has a complete chapter devoted to nodal transits to your planets, with individual descriptions of what to expect and when, as the North or South Node moves over your planet or another angle of the chart. There is a difference! There’s also a chapter devoted to planetary transits to your natal nodes! The latter book also contains a table of nodal positions through 2054. Best wishes, Celeste Teal

Black Moon Lilith by Celeste Teal

Black Moon LilithIs she bad luck, a temptress or something deeper? Her mythology is intriguing and full of mystery. With more legend than astrological information on Lilith, it’s time to investigate. Actually, there are three Liliths; Black Moon Lilith, Dark Moon Lilith and Asteroid Lilith. I’ve begun to keep an eye on Black Moon Lilith, tracking her movement using Win Star. Not a body but a point of intersection similar to the Nodes, Lilith is like a flickering shadow as she zig zags her way through the zodiac, retrograding frequently. She moves several degrees a day but requires about nine months to travel entirely through a sign.

In a moment of hindsight, I realized that the first day Lilith appeared in name or symbol on the Moon Valley Astrologer website was on a Friday the 13th. Probably a mere coincidence but could it be a first clue to her meaning? She does seem to show some trouble and her symbol is red, like Mars.

Falling into her shadow can be a chilling experience, a time of sacrifice or pain and revealing of some of the ironies and paradoxes in life.

You can see one example of her influence in George W. Bush’s chart, when he choked on a pretzel and passed out briefly.

Solar & Lunar Returns

While the progressed chart will always have priority over any other predictive chart, the Solar and Lunar returns are helpful in pinpointing the timing of major events that are in evidence in the progressions. Reading the return is similar to reading any other chart, but with more specific rules. In a natal chart, any planet on an angle is “doing” something. In a return chart, this is more emphasized. The angular planet represents particular activity for the time period of the return, whether it is a planet in the actual return chart or a planet from the natal chart that aligns with an angle of the return. In a Solar Return, events reflected by the planets on an angle will occur during the year; in a Lunar Return, during the four weeks following the return.

A Solar Return or Solar Revolution is calculated exactly as it sounds. Each year when the Sun returns to the exact degree it held in the nativity, a critical point in the life cycle is set in progress. Because of this, the configurations formed by the transiting planets at this time are more significant than ordinary transits. A chart calculated for this precise moment is predictive of the year to come. Major aspects to the Sun are most important, especially from outer transiting planets. The Sun aspects give a forecast.

My book, Predicting Events with Astrology, contains a complete section on return charts and walks you through the steps to interpret your return. It includes information on how the first natal planet to rise to the return Ascendant is significant and what each planet brings. The planets in the houses are described as well as what it means to have either benefic or malefic planets on an angle. Emphasized houses, retrograde planets, transiting planets crossing the angles are all discussed at length. That’s right! You can even apply transits to your Solar Return just as you do your natal chart. Watch how the Sun’s progress through the Solar Return houses brings an emphasis to the matters ruled by the house. Find related articles in the Shop.

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