I used to swear by Lunar Returns — decades ago. Then, other things occupied my attention and other charting methodologies came into my life. Now I have less regard for Lunar Returns. The t/Moon-to-n/Moon Return turns our focus to “feelings about change.”
I have found that “feelings about change” is not sufficient for me these days. I’m looking for a “portrayal of everyday life.” So, in this post I’ll look at our series of posting on Lunar Returns and the date of June 11, 2014. On this day I had made an appointment with the VA (Veterans Administration) to have my sight and hearing checked. Some surprises emerged. I’ll present three charts for this date for comparison.
The above chart is diurnally advanced from the June 4, 2014 Lunar Return chart. What are we looking for terms of sight and sound. Rex Bills book on Rulerships offers: Uranus for hearing aids, Saturn and Mercury for Hearing Sense, Saturn for Hearing organs, Mercury (Moon, Sun, Aquarius) for sense of sight, Aries-first-house-Sun for eyes in general, left eye equates to Moon, eyesight in general to Mercury.
n/Mars is near the MC. n/Uranus is near the Desc. t/Pof is near the S.Node. Not much symbolism about sight and sound found with these planets, but t/Moon squares n/Moon, opposing t/Neptune — this is highly appropriate for a clouded lens which will be replaced this summer. These three planets are in angular houses but not near the angles. t/Mercury at the Desc. angle and inconjunct t/Moon might be seen as represent the steps of diagnosis and planning of the skills and procedures needed to restore full sight in my eye. All in all, this chart doesn’t seem to tell me a clear story.
This chart is the June 4th Lunar Return progressed according to the Robert Nicewander method. Please not the following partial replication of a RIYAL screen showing the progression data for dates between successive Lunar Returns.
Replication of a portion of RIYAL’s Nicewander Progressions
Prog’d date Moon MC Asc. RAMC
11 Jun 2014 0h 5Vi44 4Sa13 14Aq33 243.37
11 Jun 2014 2h 5Vi47 5Sa20 16Aq17 244.56
11 Jun 2014 4h 5Vi49 6Sa28 18Aq03 245.75
11 Jun 2014 6h 5Vi51 7Sa35 19Aq51 246.95
11 Jun 2014 8h 5Vi54 8Sa43 21Aq41 248.15
11 Jun 2014 10h 5Vi56 9Sa51 23Aq33 249.36 Moo=250.3 dL
11 Jun 2014 12h 5Vi59 10Sa59 25Aq28 250.57
11 Jun 2014 14h 6Vi01 12Sa07 27Aq24 251.79
11 Jun 2014 16h 6Vi03 13Sa16 29Aq23 253.02
The dates between successive Lunar Returns are divided into two-hour increments, amounting to about one degree of Moon movement. On can use the date to create a chart, then rotate that chart to get the desired angles. Or one can convert the RMAC to ST and create a chart within RIYAL using the comparison feature (menu choice) for the natal chart and above chart data. I choose the 12 hour point as that was about the time of the eye diagnosis.
My n/Saturn, n/Neptune are on the vertical axis. t/Sun squares the n/Neptune-n/Sun midpoint — a pattern that I could accept as indicating a problem with the clouding of a eye’s lens. t/Mercury at the n/Asc., sextile n/Moon involves the Moon-Mercury symbolism note earlier, but this is not something that I would “see” in this chart and say, “Oh, an eye problem.”
Now, we’ll look at a Moon-to-Sun Return chart, advanced to this date.
The above chart is a precession-corrected t/Moon-to-n/Sun Return chart that has been advanced to June 11, 2014. We immediately note that this chart is similar to the Nicewander progressed Lunar Return in that n/Sun, n/Neptune are at the IC angle, n/Saturn at the MC, and t/Mercury at n/Asc. t/Pluto is closer to the Desc. angle in this chart.
t/PoF activates the natal T-square; Sun/Neptune opp. Saturn square Jupiter. The Part of Fortune is a featured part of Moon-to-Sun Returns, and it signifies “change and chance” in the chart. As the driving pattern of the chart, this signifies decision making. Note that t/Sun enters into this T-square, and forms the Sun-square-Sun pattern noted earlier — located in the institutional twelfth house (the VA Hospital where the tests were conducted). Now, this was true in the Nicewander Progressed chart as well but was not noticed because of my not using the PoF in those other charts. So, one has to decide how that plays into the interpretation: Do the tools we use shape the meaning of the chart or merely reveal what we didn’t see.? Do we need to now compensate for our shortcoming in skills by using helpful tools?
Obviously a trio of charts does not convince us to go one way or another in our chart usage or charting types. I’ll have to compare the Nicewander progression method with p.c. Moon-to-Sun Returns for other chart-events to explore further how they work. Your comments on this post are welcome. Dave