An essay by David Monroe, April 19, 2015
“Cyclic Astrology” is a charting and interpretive method that incorporates the primary astrological chart factors into a unique, highly effective short-term predictive tool. These factors are:
** The natal chart’s planets and angles
** The transiting planets
** A chosen personal focus on a current life situation based on a ‘Return’ chart
** The cycle’s house structure as an everyday format for expression
This simple, but rich, predictive tool is based upon use of a Return chart in which the transiting Moon conjoins or opposes the natal Sun or any of the other natal planets that one may choose. These pairings offer a focused insight into one’s life through a selected personal focus. While this blog site has primarily utilized t/Moon-n/Sun Returns and Advanced charts, any of the planets may be used to provide a specific focus that the astrologer can use to examine a particular question or issue.
** t/Moon-n/Sun Return: Regaining, maintaining balance in one’s overall life.
** t/Moon-n/Mercury Return: Assessing emotional and logical views of life.
** t/Moon-n/Venus Return: Lust, love, associations, and life harmony.
** t/Moon-n/Mars Return: Focusing one’s actions, aggression, anger management.
** t/Moon-n/Jupiter Return: Seeking opportunity, use of social interaction.
** t/Moon-n/Saturn Return: Dealing with depression, early family indoctrination.
** t/Moon-n/Uranus Return: How one’s uniqueness of expression affects current life.
** t/Moon-n/Neptune Return: Dealing with deceit, dreams and life’s drama.
** t/Moon-n/Pluto Return: Dealing with trauma, transformation and destructive issues.
Natal planets become more than ‘natal chart potential’, they reflect what our life experiences have caused them to become as personal symbolic expressions. The transiting planets reflect the seemingly-external changes that come to us. These distinctions are important to remember.
The Return-chart format utilizes the t/Moon to portray a Moon-planet focus within a cyclic structure of some two-weeks length as the t/Moon conjoins, opposes and advances through the half-cycle to the next conjoining or opposition point.
The Return chart’s timing and house orientation provides a short-term structure through which the natal chart has to adapt to current-life situations which reflect the moon-planet pairing chosen for examination.
Current astrology software, such as Kepler/Sirius and Solar Fire permit easy and quick creation of t/Moon-n/Planet Returns and the Advanced charts for each or any day following the start of the cycle. The ease of both bringing these charts to screen and the manner in which they are interpreted make it easy to casually dialog with a client while referring to the computer screen. Lower cost software applications and Internet-based software typically do not provide this functionality and require a trial and effort approach — a process which is lengthy and discouraging. If one does not have software to help in this process it is actually quicker and simpler to do the chart calculations by hand.
Using t/Moon-n/Sun (or other planet returns) with clients or for study is simple and effective
Clients or students who are new to astrology can immediately ‘see’ a chosen period or event in one’s life mirrored in the chart. There are no prolonged or hesitant ‘convincing’ processes to contend with. The astrologer can easily move through a series of focused views of an event to explore how the subject did act and respond to past events, or how one might approach a future period or event. Overall, the t/Moon-to-n/Sun Returns are the most effective tool for exploring or predicting life-experiences. t/Moon-n/Sun Returns are far more effective and richly interpretive compared to conventional Lunar Returns.
t/Moon-n/Sun Returns are a diary of one’s life, a diary that can be read about past events or present-future events with ease and surety. They are a most effective and reliable short-term predictive tool.
Each of the noted Moon-planet pairings can be adapted to a highly specific focus that fits with the astrological symbolism. For example, the author used a t/Moon-n/Mercury format to explore the Affordable Care Act rollout in the fall of 2013. There was extensive public reaction for and against the disastrous Internet-interface for health care sign up by the public. There was strong political uproar and deceptive claims by all involved. These were Moon-related issues. The positioning statements, extensive computer re-coding, Presidential assurances and corrective decisions were all Mercury-related issues. Nuancing astrological symbolism to fit within these Moon-Mercury events was a natural choice and one that was astrologically appropriate. The postings for this series of events can be found on this blog site,
An overview of the basic Interpretive Methods used in t/Moon-to-n/Sun Returns
The t/Moon-to-n/Sun house or the t/Moon-opposite-n/Sun houses relate to a ‘threme’ for that period’s cyclic chart. The Theme statement represents a short term imprint that carry’s through the cycle-period of the Return Chart. Planets which are angular or in angular houses form the core assessment process for the chart. They are read utilizing natal planets to represent life-based experience symbolism and transiting planets to represent external changes. The house structure of the Return chart provides a short-term structure for expression of the planets.
By diurnally advancing (keeping the chart time, changing the chart date) the Return chart one can advance day-by-day or jump to any date within the following two week cycle to obtain a ‘daily’ chart.
Natal planets, located within a new non-natal house structure are assessed on how they react and work within the Return chart’s house structure. This is due to the natal planets being reoriented to the Return charts angles and houses. The transiting planets symbolically represent themselves through the Return charts angles/houses. When both the natal and the transiting planets are angular, this ‘doubling’ up both transiting and natal planets creates a strong interpretive ’emphasis’ on the role of that planet in the Return or Advanced chart’s reading. The t/Part of Fortune, by house, aspect — or both, represents ‘Chance and change’.
These above summarized points form the interpretive basis for reading these Return charts. There is much more to working with these charts, but this commentary serves to introduce the use of these charting methods.
I felt that it was important to interject an explanation or overview of what cyclic charting is all about. Over the past few years I have submitted, and had published, five articles on the use of Solar Returns and Progressed Daily Charts and for t/Moon-to-n/Sun Returns and Advanced (daily) charting. The astrological world, in my opinion, has missed out on the value of using this form of astrology as a short-term predictive tool. When we read a natal chart for a client, and then go on to use a progressed or directed chart to examine overall trends in one’s life, the questions of “when will this actually happen?” or “what other factors will be involved in this happening?” or “How do I deal with this?” will also arise. These various forms of cyclic charts can be used to directly and clearly examine the charts and the subject’s life conditions — the chart always mirrors life. All we need to do with a client is to provide the actual “context” of a personal life in which to accurately portray the symbols of the chart. After all, how one person uses Mercury is different from how another uses Mercury in their everyday life. Modern life requires modern astrological tools to effectively help a client. Confusing astro-babble and “this may” or “that could” statements are not very helpful. Dave.