Venus-Pluto: Lovely, Dark And Deep


I have a random request: Can you do an article about Venus-Pluto? (Question brought to by my upcoming transit Venus conjunct natal Pluto. But we also have that wild Thanksgiving T-square with Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus which has Venus conjunct Pluto exact. So it could be of general interest too right?) But it seems like it always brings so much angst…and not much else. ~ bomega


This was a question asked by a reader in the comments section just before Mercury retrograde in Virgo, which is why I didn’t respond right away. We do have a Venus-Pluto conjunction coming up in time for Thanksgiving, and it’s Scorpio season, so why not take a look at Plutonic love? [Read more…]

Why You Should Keep Up With Your Progressed Ascendant/Rising Sign

Astrology progressed ascendant rising sign

How colorful is your front door? Painting by Warner Williams 


When doing client readings, I like to compare the ascendant (also known as the rising sign, the two are interchangeable) to the front door of a house. The ascendant is the starting angle of a chart; it forms the foundation that the rest of the chart is built upon. The opposing side of the ascendant is the descendant, which starts the seventh house of relationships with the generalized “other”. So, the ascendant acts as the first meeting point between us and the world: our introduction to “others”, their introduction to us, the filter that initial impressions come through before we learn anything else.


The planet that rules the sign on the ascendant has importance in a chart, as that planet is the chart ruler. For instance, Neptune rules Pisces, so we’d say Neptune is the chart ruler; the traditional ruling planet of Scorpio was Mars until Pluto was discovered in 1930 so those with Scorpio rising will either have Pluto as their chart ruler, or have both Mars and Pluto co-ruling the chart, depending on whether you use the traditional or modern ruler.


The planet that rules the chart impacts the way others see you and the way you experience the world. It also makes you more sensitive to the mundane movement of that planet. For example, those with Gemini or Virgo rising will have Mercury as their chart ruler (since Mercury rules both signs) and will be more sensitive than others to Mercury retrograde periods. A Cancer rising person has the Moon ruling their chart, and are more sensitive to the lunar cycles such as eclipses as well as their progressed Moon.


Which brings me to progressed rising signs. Most people who know their time of birth can submit their data into the various free astrology software programs and see what their rising sign is. This natal ascendant never changes, and your natal chart ruler never changes. However, you do get a sort of secondary ascendant and chart ruler through an astrology technique known as secondary progressions. Your charts “front door” will always open the same way, but the secondary progressed ascendant will color this a bit and it is worthwhile to keep track of both your progressed rising sign and what is happening to your progressed chart ruler. Your progressed ascendant sign will show slow, gradual but tangible changes in your personality.


Newbies to astrology can easily figure out their progressions. Go to and put in your birth data, including your time of birth. Save to create your birth chart. Now, go to the “Extended Chart Selection” page. Where it says “please select a chart type” you will just select “Progressed Chart” and click to show the chart. All done!


Some useful information when looking at your progressed ascendant/rising sign:


  • A natal or progressed ascendant in Cancer will make you highly aware of the rapid changes of your progressed Moon, so while everyone needs to look at their progressed Moon for the reasons listed here as its more crucial to Cancer risings.
  • Ascendant signs are divided into those of long ascension or short ascension, meaning the rate of speed at which they move. Generally speaking, the signs of Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus and Gemini are of short ascension. The signs of Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius are of long ascension. Those people born with short ascension signs as their natal rising sign undergo much more frequent changes than do those of long ascension.
  • Eclipses on your progressed ascendant, descendant or progressed chart ruler are as important as eclipses to your birth chart ascendant, descendant and chart ruler.As the progressed ascendant continues to affect your personality, so too will it affect your relationship with others, since your descendant is changing and growing too. Let’s say your a natal Gemini rising, with a natal Sagittarius descendant. You like to interact with people on an intellectual level (Gemini) and you prefer to do so with people of interesting background and ideas (Sagittarius). When your progressed ascendant moves into Cancer, you’ll have a Capricorn descendant and it won’t be enough that others are simply interesting and exciting to you. You’ll now want people who’ve learned maturity and responsibility from their exciting background.


Can you feel your persona flavored by your progressed ascendant?


Why You Should Keep Up With Your Progressed Moon


The Moon, more than any other body in our astrological orchestra, gets personal. The Moon’s job is to sensitize us to the larger planetary activities; “bringing it home” you might say. Most people who read here started by reading my regular writeups on the mundane lunar cycles that affect us all. The new and Full Moons help us see in real time how the Moon synthesizes big things and then dumps them into our individual laps. The natural ebb and flow of the perpetual lunar cycle sets the rhythm in our lives that feeds into and off of the long riffs of the slower moving planets.


The progressed Moon is no exception. Most people who know a little about astrology beyond their Sun sign know what sign their Moon is in. This does not change. However, your progressed Moon changes signs quite frequently, at the rate of approximately one sign every 2.5 years. The progression of the Moon acts as a natural unfolding in our lives; while transits may feel like something is “happening” to us (for better or worse), the progressed Moon changing signs on a regular schedule acts Lee’s as something being done to you and more as something growing, ripening. A person can look back at transits as a chunk of life where “something happened”, whereas a person will look back at progressions and say “I’ve changed a lot since then”. Since the progressed Moon gets personal and hits home, the progressed Moon changing signs as frequently as it does means it is worth paying attention to for cycles of growth, maturity and emotional changes.


Newbies to astrology can easily figure out their progressions. Go to and put in your birth data, including your time of birth. Save to create your birth chart. Now, go to the “Extended Chart Selection” page. Where it says “please select a chart type” you will just select “Progressed Chart” and click to show the chart. All done!


Here’s useful information to keep in mind when doing your progressed Moon:


  • The progressed Moon moves at the pace of about one degree per month. When it touches something in your chart, you will feel it for about 3 months: one month moving towards the exact aspect, one month in exact aspect and one month separating.
  • Since it changes signs every 2.5 years, your progressed Moon will return to the place of your birth Moon after it passes through the other 11 signs of the zodiac. You’ll have a progressed Moon conjunct natal Moon somewhere between the ages of 28 and 56. This roughly precedes the Saturn Return cycle at the ages of 30 and 60, which is a major cycle of growth and maturity and realism about the direction of one’s life. The progressed Moon conjunct natal Moon represents a temporary state of either emotional overwhelm or emotional fulfillment, depending on how one is handling their Saturn Return.
  • The progressed Moon will square the natal Moon much more frequently, at the ages of 7, 21, 35, 49, 63, and 77. This too roughly corresponds to the Saturn cycle, though this is the Saturn square Saturn transit at these ages. Progressed Moon square natal Moon around the times of the Saturn squares creates moments of frictional frustration that forces emotional maturity, whether you’re ready for it or not. You can see this as the times we first enter school, leave school and become independent adults, reevaluate our lives as adults, and either hit midlife crisis or midlife satisfaction and reward.
  • The progressed Moon opposes the birth chart Moon at around the ages of 14, 42 and 70. Age 14 is another Saturn cycle we’re being sensitized to, this time it is the opposition and the Moon sensitizes the maturation process here as growth spurts and physical maturation in the form of full fledged puberty (the Moon rules hormones), and the process of moving away from childhood and developing our adult personas.
  • When your progressed Moon changes signs, look to the planet that rules that sign as you’re more sensitive to that planet now. Progressed Moon in Aries? Look for transits to natal Mars or from transiting Mars. Progressed Moon in Sagittarius? Look where Jupiter is transiting in your chart, or what is impacting your natal Jupiter. These transits you’d feel anyway, but you feel them more up front if the planet rules the sign of your progressed Moon.
  • Those with progressed or natal ascendant in Cancer will feel the change of their progressed Moon as strongly as if it were a transit; usually with distinct demarcation points. In other words, they will look back at the periods their progressed Moon was in a sign as distinct “chapters” in their life.
  • A New Moon, Full Moon or eclipse in the sign of your progressed Moon feels similar to these lunations happening in the same sign as your birth Moon.
  • The progressed Moon will also conjunct and oppose the natal and progressed Sun, which effectively creates a progressed New Moon  (at the conjunction) and a progressed Full Moon  (at the opposition).


When my progressed Moon was in Aquarius, I connected for the first time with family I had never met before, and it was quite shocking. Even though I had initiated it, I was still surprised by it. My social circle also fluctuated. When my progressed Moon entered Pisces, my social circle was basically me attracting people using substances I had never used, because even though I’m a sober teetotaler I was spacey enough during this time that I probably seemed stoned on occasion. When my progressed Moon hit Aries, I quite literally nearly worked myself to death, culminating in a physical collapse at the last degree of Aries. When my progressed Moon hit Taurus, I immediately found an easier job and also learned how to cook everything from scratch. It was a quiter, easier time until the end, because I have natal Mars in Taurus conjunct Algol and while I’m not one to lose my temper I did end up in major arguments with people testing my patience, quite out of character for me…


What can you see from looking back at the cycles of the progressed Moon changing signs?