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The ability to predict an individual's future has long been one of astrology's chief claims to fame. In the last several decades some astrologers have tried to distance the art from what they term "fortune telling", without much success, however. Western astrological predictive methods center chiefly around four methods: Transits, Progressions, Symbolic Directions, and Returns (cycles), generally solars and lunars.

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PLANETS IN TRANSIT: Life Cycles for Living, expanded 2nd edition - Robert Hand, $29.95
Foreword by Charles A. Jayne; Introduction; 1. Interpreting transits; 2. Timing transits; 3. Case study: Nixon & Watergate; 4. Sun; 5. Moon; 6. Mercury; 7. Venus; 8. Mars; 9. Jupiter; 10. Saturn; 11. Uranus; 12. Neptune; 13. Pluto; Index.

Comment: The definitive work on transiting planets, interpreting transits, and timing of transits, with a case study on Nixon and Watergate. Explains clearly how faster planets, especially Sun (general events), Mercury (news or travel) & Mars (action), time - or "trigger" - slower outer planet transits. The delineation section (chapters 4 - 13) covers transiting Sun, Moon & other planets to each natal planet. Transiting aspects include conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines & oppositions. Also includes transits to the natal Ascendant & Midheaven, as well as transits through the natal houses. The expanded 2nd edition of 2001 includes delineations of Pluto trine natal Neptune, Pluto trine natal Pluto, and Pluto opposition Pluto, missing from the 1st edition of 1976 (Pluto moves faster now, that's why). One of the essential books, written by one of the leading astrologers of our generation.

530 pages including index. Whitford, paper.

Progressions; Mathematics & timing of progressions; Steps to follow with a progressed chart; Orb of influence; Aspects; Important features in a progressed chart; Crucial indicators in the progressed chart; Ascendant signs; Long & short ascension; Interceptions;

Planetary aspects; Progressed moon; Moon in signs & houses; Moon aspects; Change of format; The Sun; Mercury; Venus; Mars; Jupiter; Saturn; Uranus; Neptune; Pluto; The Moon's nodes; Aspects; Retrograde & direct motion of planets; Charts 1 - 12; House connotations; Charts 13 - 40; Mathematics of progressions.

Comment: A very detailed cookbook presentation of all possible progressed aspects. Aspects include conjunction, sextile, square, trine & opposition, and also semi-sextile (30), semi-square (45), sesquiquadrate (135, a tough aspect to find visually), the inconjunct (150) and parallels of declination. Clear instructions on how to read a progressed chart, orb of influence, important features in a progressed chart (including long & short ascension), crucial indicators in the progressed chart, how transits compare in influence to progressions, progressed Moon & ascendant by sign, the mathematics of progressions, & much more. A very useful book to those murky about the exact meaning & use of the progressions.

303 pages. AFA, paper.

THE PROGRESSED HOROSCOPE: Alan Leo's book on forecasting: Progressions, returns, transits & primary directions - Alan Leo, $29.95
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Horoscope of the author

Part 1: The Progressed Horoscope:
1. Heredity, environment, character
2. Character is destiny
3. Why directions sometimes fail
4. Fate & freewill
5. The author's system
6. The progression of the horoscope
7. How to calculate the progressed horoscope
8. How to calculate directions
9. The progressed horoscopes of Queen Mary & Mrs. Annie Besant
10. Considerations to be borne in mind when reading directions
11. Subdivisions of signs

Part 2: The Effects of Directions:
12. The progressed ascendant
13. Solar aspects
14. Mutual aspects
15. Lunar position & aspects
16. Directions to the midheaven & ascendant
Concluding note to Part 2

Part 3: Solar Revolutions & Transits:
17. Solar revolutions or birthday maps
18. Transits over Sun, Moon & planets
19. Transits through houses

Part 4: Primary Directions:
Example horoscope: Mrs. Annie Besant
Preliminary note to primary directions
Speculum for Mrs. Besant's horoscope
20. Trigonometrical formulae & tables
21. The speculum
22. Mundane directions to angles
23. Solar & lunar mundane directions
24. Mundane parallels & rapt parallels
25. Zodiacal directions to angles
26. Zodiacal directions between Sun, Moon & planets, without latitude
27. Zodiacal directions between Sun, Moon & planets, with latitude
28. On equating arcs of direction. Measures of time

1. The progressed horoscope in detail
2. The relation between primary & secondary directions: a suggestion
3. How to calculate the actual day on which a given aspect falls due
4. A simple way of calculating primary directions to angles
5. The unity of all systems of directing


Comment: First published in 1905, this is a comprehensive book on progressions, with solar returns, transits & primaries thrown in for good measure. As was typical of many of his day, Leo writes to exhort us to our better natures. He does not merely describe what may happen to us, rather, in many of the delineations, he encourages us to do better under trying circumstances.

Progressed delineations include parallels, conjunctions, semi-sextiles, semi-squares, sextiles, squares, trines, sesquiquadrates, inconjuncts & oppositions. Leo derived these obscure aspects from a decade of intense chart reading. He includes progressed Sun & Moon to natal planets, as well as progressed Mercury, Venus & Mars to natal planets, which include Neptune. For aspects of the progressed Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune, Leo observes these move so slowly they cannot form aspects that were not already within orbs at birth. Leo also delineates the ascendant, as it changes signs (and triplicities in the signs), the directed ascendant & midheaven aspecting natal planets, and the progressed Moon through the houses, as well as through the signs.

For non-British readers, Queen Mary was the consort of King George V. She lived from 1867 to 1953. Annie Besant (1847-1933) was, at the time Leo wrote this book, the leading Theosophist. She went on to become an early leader for Indian independence, for which she is still remembered in India.

I have long thought this to be the best of Leo's major books. Of them, Charles Carter once said, They were not well put together but one could find a very great deal of information in them if one knew where to look. So, look carefully!

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Astrology Classics, 353 pages.

SOLAR ARCS, Astrology's Most Successful Predictive System - Noel Tyl, $29.95
Index of horoscopes; Preface;

1. Timing the circle: The development of solar arc theory; The circle & the year; The solution;

2.Training the eye: Reading times past & future; Arcs in analysis; Allied analytical observations;

3. Indirect arcs: Creative work with midpoint pictures; Examples; Some key arc pictures; Upheavel, reversal, change: Uranus/Pluto;

4. Practical management of predictive measurements: Time orb; Back flow; Rulerships;

5. Timing in consultations: Building strategies from measurments; Practical considerations; Memory; Gradualism; Power of suggestion; Circumstantial confinement; Your importance;

6. Tertiary Progressions: A technique to focus dating;

7. Rectification: To determine, to correct a birth time; The symptoms of birth time inaccuracy; The first step - the ascendant; The second step - orientation; Rectification of Sir Edmund Hillary's horoscope; Exercises in deduction;

Appendices: Quick glance transit tables (1940-2040), Natal midpoint & solar arc analysis directory (eg, planetary pictures: a complete guide, including ascendant, midheaven & nodes); Bibliography; Index.

Comment: Except for the midpoints in the back, not a cookbook. Tyl talks frankly about how solar arcs were developed & how to make practical use of them in counseling sessions. Transcripts of sessions are given in detail, as well as many notated charts, transit hit lists (Time-Lines), midpoint sorts & much more. Of great interest are his findings on Tertiary Progressions & how these can announce key dates in life. Will be a classic.

Llewellyn, 460 pages.

SOLAR ARC DIRECTIONS: How to read life's roadmap - Carole Devine, $14.95


Foreword, by the Rev. Maureen Demot

1. Basic principles
2. As the twig is bent
3. Introduction to Cosmobiology
4. The mid-life shift into reverse
5. Charts that affect a nation
6. Solar arc in composite charts
7. Counseling the client with a little help from A Course in Miracles
8. Rectification using solar arc


In July 2010 Carole emailed to ask why I didn't have her book on-line. I found it on the shelf, overlooked. I wrote some notes about it, but wasn't very impressed overall. Carole wrote back offended. In response, I said, tell me what makes your book unique.

Carole said this:

I've shown two major ways to use solar arc as an overall life plan. One is in revealing timing for addressing childhood issues. That is when, by solar arc, groups of planets forming a pattern (grand square, grand trine, T-square) or even prominent aspects in general, move to contact other major patterns setting up several years (usually) of addressing those patterns' childhood triggers. In childhood the aspects' natal promise is triggered when the aspects close. They revisit and beg for resolution when they interact (by SA) with other patterns in the chart.

Secondly, no where else will you find the discovery I made about life repeating in reverse order after roughly age 45 (age depending on what time of year one is born) via solar arc aspects. I've lectured on it countless times, using Lincoln, Nixon and various other famous people to demonstrate it, since the book was published, including UAC 2008. It is chapter four and was published earlier in The Mountain Astrologer Nov. 1994. I've pasted the Considerations review for you below and highlighted the part about chapter four. The whole reason I wrote the book was to get that original idea in permanent form.

So I went back & looked at the book again. Does it say anywhere in the book that there are two ways of using solar arcs? No. Not that I can find. It's not on the back cover (two reviews & a bio of Carole), it's not in the Introduction, it's not in the first chapter, it's not in the second.

Of the first premise, I am in agreement that childhood can produce traumas & that solar arcs will show them. This is what forecasting is all about, for children, for everybody.

The second premise, that life repeats after age 45, only in reverse, I had not previously heard of. If solar arcs are the trigger, then, yes, solar arc aspects made after the 45th degree (age 45, more or less) will be a reflection of those made in previous years. Since I'm now a few years past 45 myself, I played with it in my chart. I could see it.

A shortcut to Carole's system is that a significant year in your life, prior to age 45, will get repeated the same number of years after age 45. Carole says you shouldn't make a precise year-to-degree relationship, but for rough & ready work, I think otherwise. Here is the table she doesn't give:

44 & 46
43 & 47
42 & 48
41 & 49
40 & 50
35 & 55
30 & 60
25 & 65, etc.
Of course, the further you get from 45, the less relationship the pairings have. Age 25, you're just starting out in life, with your job, with your family. Forty years later, you've come to ends & conclusions. Will things started at age "25" come to some sort of conclusion at "65"? I'm wondering about that. Relating my current year to that other year, in that other year I began what was to be a 15 year relationship. It was one of the major years of my life. So, should I expect a major change in my relationship now? A fresh new face? I'm married! That's verboten! Or maybe the inverse? A breakup of my marriage? But that doesn't seem to be in the cards. So far, for me this has been a pretty uneventful year.

The author's writing is not good. We are presented with treakle (a very thick sugar syrup, if you're not familiar) of stories & the urge is to skim free of it, but she does not make her points very well & if you skim you will miss them. Such as the fact that I entirely missed the 45 degree thing, and I was going very nearly page by page at the time. Sometimes the best way to deal with authors like this is to get them mad, whereupon they shift decisively into gear & tell you in Plain English. Which the author did, in emails to me. This is often the result of a debilitated Mercury, which I'm getting good at spotting.

None of the charts in the book have birth data. Ms Devine says (in the book) that it's because the individuals requested privacy. A number of the charts date from the 1930's (not hard to figure out) & the solar arcs Carole features are from the early 1950's. Long, long ago, so why so private? (The book was published in 2000.) The answer seems to be that these are the charts of her family. On the one hand, I can understand not wanting to parade one's family before the public, but on the other hand, why not find other examples and parade them? Nixon, or Lincoln, for example?

L.A.B. Professional Publishing, 131 pages.

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THE ART OF PREDICTIVE ASTROLOGY: Forecasting your life events - Carol Rushman, $21.95

1. Psychological profiles
2. The natal promise
3. Progressions
4. The importance of the progressed moon
5. Progressed house cusps
6. Transits
7. Stationing & retrograde planets
8. Lunations & eclipses
9. Putting it all together;

Reading list

Comment: This is one of the rare books based on actual experience, and it shows. In prediction, you start with the natal chart itself. If it's not shown there, it won't happen. Rushman talks extensively about how & when chart patterns manifest as concrete events: Marriage, Divorce, Children, Money, Success, Violence/rape, Vocation, Health. These are the major parts of life, these are what we should focus on when we make predictions. Predictions start with progressions, the foundation. Rushman has 4 categories of progression: Progressed moon, progressed planets to natal planets, progressed planets to progressed planets, progressed house cusps. She gives the rules for how progressions work. Delineations are written from experience (rather than theory), they are outstanding. The section on progressed house cusps (unique so far as I know) is invaluable in the study of houses & forecasting. Her notes on transits, retrogrades & eclipses & lunations are equally good. This will be a classic.

Llewellyn, 272 pages.

PLANETS IN SOLAR RETURNS: Yearly Cycles of Transformation & Growth - Mary Shea, $28.95
1. Introduction to solar returns & their interpretation: What is a solar return chart; Tropical, Placidus, nonprecessed solar return; Solar return location; Solar return calculations; How to tell if your calculations are correct; Period of the solar return's significance; Introduction to interpretation; The solar return script; The house placement of a planet; Retrograde planets (Mercury; Venus; Mars); Interceptions; Hemispheric emphasis; Quadrant emphasis; Modes & elements in general; The ascending sign; Aspects in the solar return chart (conjunctions, trines, sextiles, squares, oppositions);

2. The sun in the solar return chart: Patterns of movement; In angular houses; In succedent houses; In cadent houses; Planets aspecting the sun; Sun in solar return houses;

3. Moon in the solar return chart: Moon & the cycle of change; Sun-Moon cycle; Movement of the sun & moon; Sun & moon in the same solar return house; Sun-Moon conjunction in a solar return house; Solar eclipse in the solar return; Moon as an emotional indicator; Conscious or unconscious emphasis; Mental illness; Planets aspecting the moon; Moon in solar return houses;

4. Mercury in the solar return chart: Indicators of mental conditioning; Planets aspecting Mercury; Mercury in the solar return houses;

5. Venus in the solar return chart: Relationships; Finances; Planets aspecting Venus; Venus in the solar return houses;

6. Mars in the solar return chart;
7. Jupiter in the solar return chart;
8. Saturn in the solar return chart;
9. Uranus in the solar return chart;
10. Neptune in the solar return chart;
11. Pluto in the solar return chart;

12. General interpretation & double chart technique: Biwheel: solar return inside, natal outside; biwheel: natal inside, solar return outside;

13. Timing techniques in the solar return chart;
14. Closing thoughts.

Comment: A complete guide to solar returns. Includes interpretations of each planet in every house of a solar return (the most important factor in solar returns, in the author's experience). Includes a guide to timing events in the solar return, in coordination with transits, secondary progressions & solar arcs. Explains the significance of interceptions, retrogrades, aspects, hemisphere & quadrant emphasis, and preponderance or lack of an element or quality in returns. Numerous examples, including spiritual transitions, starting a new business, love affairs, marriage, children & parents, health, education, writing/publishing, relocation, income changes, career transitions & more.

From page 1, the author states she uses tropical, Placidus, non-precessed solar return charts. In other words, if your Sun is at exactly 15 degrees Aries in the tropical zodiac, the solar return happens when the Sun returns to exactly 15 degrees in the tropical zodiac.

Slightly oversize, 312 pages. Twin Stars Unlimited, paper.

"Precise" in this case means calculated to an exact day, something easily done by computer. For those experienced with progressed charts, here is a wealth of practical information on progressed relocations, progressed eclipses, rectification, transits & progressions, progressed charts as horaries & more. Contents: Conceptual mechanism of PPC; PPC construction; Precise progressed relocation chart; Structural synthesis of PPC; Effect of progressed eclipse by PPC; Effect of transiting eclipse; Understanding transits through PPC; The games planets play; Inverse PPC; PPC as a horary chart; Combined destiny by PPC; Chart rectification using PPC; Astrological considerations of living in space; Examples. 105 pages. Mohan Enterprises, paper.

LUNATIONS & PREDICTIONS - Sophia Mason, $13.00

Lunations & predictions
Second house new moon eclipse
Fourth house lunation
Sixth & tenth house lunation
Seventh house solar eclipse
Eighth house full moon eclipse
Ninth house lunar eclipse
Eleventh house lunation
Twelfth house lunation
Twelfth house lunation
Tenth house new moon
Eighth house solar eclipse
First house solar eclipse


The first chapter gives instructions in how to use new and full moons in forecasting. The remaining chapters are case studies, given in detail. From the back cover:
Forecasting by the use of the New Moon and Full Moon is an ancient art which has been lost through the ages. With uncanny accuracy a Lunation can predict the events that will occur before the next Lunation.
How to use New & Full moons (& lunar & solar eclipses) in predictive work. Sample readings of lunations and/or eclipses through the houses - in Sophia's style, mostly grim.

AFA, 64 pages.

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PERSONAL LUNATION CHARTS - Helen Paul-Wolfe, $12.00


1. Setting up lunation chart
2. Delineation guidelines
3. Trigger days
4. Delineation extras
5. Lunations of the First Families
6. Lunations of the United States
7. Lunations of famous people
8. Other planet return charts


A lunation chart occurs when the transiting moon conjuncts your natal sun. This is in the Tropical zodaic and is non-precessed, in other wordss, if your Sun is at 15 degrees Aries in the Tropical Zodaic, then your personal monthly lunation occurs when the transiting moon reaches 15 degrees in the Tropical zodaic. Set up a chart for this exact time & read the ascendant ruler in both lunation & natal charts, then read applying aspects & the house the lunation falls in. Sample charts deal with Presidents & the U.S.

AFA, 79 pages.

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What is a diurnal chart?
General rules for interpretation
Aspects to the diurnal ascendant
Rising signs on the diurnal ascendant
Taking tests and passing exams
Winning at lotteries, bingo and races
A winning bingo contest
Proofreading lunations
Catalyst for slow transits
General forecasting
Sports gaming can be loads of fun
Another method for sports gaming


How to construct & use diurnal charts, which is your birth chart with today's date in place of your own. You use the same birth location (latitude and longitude), the same birth time, and the same time zone. You change only the date, setting it for today, or for any other date you wish to examine. If you were born in Daylight time, you would use daylight for all your diurnals. If you were born in standard (winter) time, you would never use daylight.

With the diurnal, you are looking at the day's ascendant, by sign, by ruler, and by degree. The sign of the ruler refers you to the planet in your natal chart which rules the diurnal ascendant. That planet is highlighted for the month the sign is on the diurnal ascendant. Transits made to that ruler will have more than normal impact during the month it rules the diurnal ascendant.

If the degree on the diurnal ascendant matches the degree of a planet in your natal, that planet is brought forward on that day. If that planet is being transited, then the transit itself is emphasized. The same applies to degrees on the diurnal ascendant that form hard aspects to planets in your natal chart.

The sign/degree on the diurnal ascendant also emphasizes the house in your natal chart with that sign on its cusp.

As this is an annual cycle, one can make a table, accurate to a day, of when specific planets will be "triggered" in this way. This would be a handy guide.

This technique can pin-point the timing of transits, progressions & other predictive techniques.

AFA, 98 pages.

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