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Secondary progressions are a popular method used by astrologers to make forecasts. This is also called the Year-For-A-Day method. Each day following the birth day is taken to repesent one year of a person's life. Thus, if you were born on June 1, 1980, and you wanted to know your progressed forecast for 2001, at the age of 21, you would count forward 21 days to June 21 1980 and look at the positions of the planets on that day.
Solar returns are an increasingly popular method of forecasting. Once difficult and expensive, they have been made more available by astrology software. Once a year the Sun returns to the exact degree, minute
and second as it was on the original birth date. That date each year may be different from the original date and time. It is either the day before, the same day or the day after. A new chart is calculated for the time and day of your birth, but with the current year and location substituted for the natal year and location. This new chart is "laid over" the natal chart, so apects can be clearly seen. A Solar Return gives indications of events in the 12 months until your next birthday. The house the Sun falls in each year is an especially significant indicator of the year ahead.
When the Progressed Sun comes into aspect with planets in your natal chart, this will coincide with an important event in your life. For example, if natal Venus is at 5 degrees of Libra, and the Sun has progressed to conjunct Venus, it will usually indicate a joyous occasion such as marriage. But the astrologer will also pay attention to what the natal chart says about Venus before making a prediction.
One of the simplest and yet fundamental methods of forecasting is to look at the transits (movements) planets will make in the current time and in the years ahead to planets in the natal chart. This is known in astrology as the transit forecast. If someone says, "I want my 2004 forecast" then this is most likely the kind of forecast they are referring to. For example, if Pluto is in Sagittarius, it is a simple matter to check the position of Pluto in an ephemeris and see if it is in aspect (making an angle) to a natal planet. Anyone with planets in Sagittarius will have a conjunction of Pluto while it is in this sign. Anyone with planets in Gemini will have an opposition of Pluto.
There will be many different kinds of planetary returns during the average lifetime, and return charts can be erected for any of them. Your Venus Return will be helpful in guiding you through relationships, your Mars Return will help you pick the best time to take action, and your Jupiter Return will start a new cycle of hope and optimism every 12 years or so. The Saturn Return occurs around every 30 years and shows the stages of maturity. The outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, take too long in their orbits to make returns in a lifetime, but they can move to aspect natal planets.
In predictive astrology, one can determine if a cycle in your chart is good for relationships and marriage, as well as when it is to occur. Depending on the planets occupying the house of marriage, it can also indicate how successful these relationships may be. More information can also be obtained by having a potential mate's chart done, as it can also impact on yours.
Once a month, the Moon also returns to its exact natal position in the chart. Lunar Returns highlight events forecast in Progressions or Solar Returns, or just give the "tone" of the current month. If a Full Moon occurs on a Lunar return it is likely to be a very emotional time.
A Solar return is the exact moment that the Sun returns to the place it held in your natal chart at the time of your birth. If you were born at the degree of 8.25 of Libra, your Solar Return will occur when the Sun reaches 8.25 Libra on its annual journey. This is your true Birthday; it may be a day ahead or behind of your annual birthdate because the Sun does not always return on the same day.