The Astrology Forecast Report and the Natal Chart
The natal chart is a unique map and it is the base of a full astrology forecast report, a precious tool that somebody can have and use during their lifetime. It’s the point where a soul starts to live a new life and it shows the qualities we have to navigate towards our life meanings (vocation). However, the natal chart is just the base; we grow, evolve, change the environment, and so on. But what happens when you turn 20, 30, 40 years old? Should you use the same natal chart? The answer is yes. We can use the same natal chart as a base and in a strong connection to several other methods combined to bring up the clarity of the period in question; they will reveal information about both: the inner and outer landscape of someone. A complete forecasting report is when an astrologer uses in combination 4 other methods: Solar Return, Transits & Lunations, Secondary Progressions and Solar Arc Directions.
Practically, we have tools to evaluate our life directions and understand how close we have been going to connect to our life’s meaning.
The Solar Return
Therefore: each year of our life has a “new chart” called Solar Return. This method will give us broad themes for the year ahead. It will show where the focus of the upcoming year will be.
Practically, each year we have a new chart, a new ascendant, that could influence how we see the world. Solar Return Chart should be analyzed like a natal chart, and then in combination with the natal chart.
For an astrology forecast report the transits are important to be analyzed to understand how the outside world can influence us, in which way and how an individual may react to external factors. Not only the planets transiting a specific house are important, but the aspects they make could be crucial, especially if it is about the outer planet in relation with a key planet or angles. Transits to natal planets are particularly noticeable where there is already a natal aspect between the natal and the transiting planet. This doesn’t have the same aspect. So, transits will show new planetary connections and difficulty in incorporating or adjusting to them. .
Transits will emphasize the “month of exactitude”; it will show where a planet will turn retrograde or direct, or when a planet will hit a natal planet.
Additionally, Lunations and Eclipses will always point in advance to a new beginning, a culmination of some situations, a completion, or will unfold clues about future events.
Secondary Progressions tend to show inner states, indicating where our inner focus is during a particular time. Therefore, Secondary Progressions provides a general overview of the inner qualities of the year. Sun moves like in the secondary progressions. It is always analyzed in connection to the natal chart.
In secondary progressions, we must focus only on the astrological events of that year (or on the ones that took place the year before or will do so the following year. So we will take into consideration the planets that change houses and signs during that particular year.
Therefore, it’s unnecessary to take the outer planets into account by progressions because they move very slowly and rarely have any remarkable activities. It’s important to consider only if they change direction (from retrograde to direct, vice versa) or do something that implies a significant change concerning their natal condition.
Solar Arc Directions
Solar Arc Directions tend to show events. In Solar Arc Directions, only the major aspects must be analyzed. Solar Arc is used only in conjunction with the natal chart and is not generally analyzed separately.
Retrogradation and nodal axis are not relevant by directions.
All these methods have different rules to follow, specific degrees to consider when we analyze the aspects. If one planet is important in one method, it may not be as important in another and so on. For instance, the Moon’s progression will last only for one month, while the directed Moon will last for a year. Therefore, the Moon in the Solar Arc carries a more powerful focus than the secondary progressed Moon, which is only strong in its effect for approximately one or two months.
Then, there are similarities such as the secondary progressed, and Solar Arc directed MC which is always identical. Also, Directed Sun moves as in the secondary progressions.
All in all, an enormous amount of information is generated when we analyze a natal chart and then prepare an astrology forecast report for a year using transits, solar returns, progressions and directions. In other words, this is the base of an astrological forecasting, or consultation that all professional astrologers should take in consideration. A good astrologer should know how to extract the factor keys, and what is the most important to be pointed out during the period that the customer requests to be analyzed.
Of course, you can request just transits as a method of Forecasting (this is actually the most popular tool that is used nowadays online). However, I have noticed that even transits are not used properly or completely. On the other hand, you as a customer can request a mixed interpretation of Solar Return and Progression if you like to understand the inner level, psychological approach to life.
You can also request a combination of Transits, Lunations and Directions. All these address events and how the outside world could influence you for the next period.
All in all, I highly recommend the Full Astrology Forecast Report Interpretation (the combination of 4 methods mentioned above) for one year especially if you like to have a major change in life, such as: career reorientation, changing jobs , relocation, or other changes that you might like to have. It is also a great report for people that are confused about their life direction, or they find it difficult to cope with various external events.
Maria Stiopei is a professional astrologer and research member of the American Federation of Astrologers. For services offered and requests you click on her profile page.