Imagine a clock and the movement of the hour, minute and seconds pointers. When the seconds pointer makes one ful circle, the minute pointer moves one minute and when the minute pointer makes a ful circle the hour pointer moves to the next hour, traveling 30 degrees in the circle.
We find the same circular, multi-level, fractal movement in a very fundamental astrological method of dividing time symbolically called profections, where 30 degrees or 1 zodiac sign equals not one hour as on a clock, but 1 year of life. When I started with astrology and thought how I could determine when each of the houses and its rulers were active I immediately thought about moving the ascendant one sign per year. It seemed very natural to me. To my surprise, when I began examining Tajika system of astrology, which is an Indianized version of medieval Persian astrology I found the same idea to be of utmost importance. Later, when I got introduced to Hellenistic and Persian astrology I found that this was the »bread and butter« timing technique which is found in pretty much every classical text. These traditions west of India are not alone in this. In a very popular Indian text Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra we find a system called Sudarshana Chakra, which superimposes the chart as read from the Moon and the chart as read from the Sun onto the radix chart and then the timing is done in exactly the same manner as found in Hellenistic and Persian traditions, one sign per year, one sign per month, one sign per 2.5 days (although the daily part has variations). This, however is not a lonely case of profections in India. We also find profections in Nadi astrology where today they are called Bhrigu Chakra Paddhati, which would translate to something like »the cyclical methodology of Bhrigu rishi«. In this system, this is the foremost timing method.
Myself, being in a continuous process of critical and statistical evaluation of timing techniques am a big admirer of this incredibly simple, fundamental, yet accurate timing method as it seems to outperform many of the more complex and more regarded ones. In this series of articles I want to examine profections on four levels of time:
- 1 sign = the whole 12 year cycle
- 1 sign = 1 year
- 1 sign = 1 month
- 1 sign = Period of 2.5 days
The first level – 1 sign = the whole 12 year cycle is not found in Hellenistic or Persian tradition. Nor is it a part Nadi branches of Indian astrology. This idea came to my mind when I was thinking what would be the best way to differentiate between different 12 year cycles, because it is clear that we do not experience the same events every 12 years. There might be some similarity, but the difference is there and we need an indicator of this difference. Of course, by using Solar Returns along with profections this issue can be solved, but for snapshot approach Solar Returns are not practical, because we would need all Solar Return charts at a glance in order to quickly differentiate between profections in different cycles. Since profections work like a clock I thought: »Why not assign 12 years to each sign and this get the longer period within which yearly, monthly and daily profections take place?«
Since my yearly profection idea from years ago was really nothing new, but I then found it in many texts I thought that surely someone before me has thought about this. I quickly opened Kala software which has many Indian dashas in it, and I actually found the exact same idea in Kala dasha – 1 sign = 12 years! After some investigation I found out that this is a modified version of Kala dasha found in Brihat Parashara Hora. Whatever the case, I have decided to test it.
Possibly this is the link I’ve been missing in order to use profections more effectively and testing this out will be a part of my mission during writing these articles. Before we jump into chart analysis, I need to present another dilemma, which will also have to be solved.
MONTHLY PROFECTIONS – from the sign of yearly profection or from the sign of the ascendant’s 12th part?
It is obvious that yearly and monthly profections correspond to signs and their 12th parts. We can also say that the daily profections correspond to the 12th parts of 12th parts, thus 144th parts.
12th parts of a sign (Aquarius)
The ascendant at birth falls in a particular sign, but also falls in a particular 12th part of that sign. My question is: »Should we begin the monthly profections with the sign of the ascendant’s 12th part instead of the sign of yearly profection?« In Yavanajataka (the earliest Indian astrological texts we have available) we find out that signs are years and dvadashamshas (12th parts) are months (Ch. 35, Pingree). This made me think that possibly it is not saying that months start from the same sign as years, but from the 12th parts instead. We will test both methods as we proceed and see which method will indicate the month of the event we be examining. We will look at a few horoscopes and look at one of the most objective events – marriage.
TRANSMISSIONS vs HOUSES
A more popular approach to profections is to focus on the house and its ruler, but Vettius Valens introduced a concept of transmissions in the sense of the profected point transmitting its power to the planet that rules the profection sign and to the planet that is in the sign. In my experience this is more important than the house itself, although the house is directly important if a planet is in the profected sign and is secondarily important if it is empty. In the following examples I will use the transmission method.
Here we have a male, born on 20th of December 1988 during the day. He was married on 17th of September 2015. His age was 26.
If we advance one sign per 12 years the first level of rulership was given to the Sun, because the profection comes to Leo. 12 years for Gemini, 12 years for Cancer which is then 24 and next is Leo for 12 years, so he was in Leo/Sun 12 year period. The Sun is in the 7th house of marriage co-present with Venus.
Yearly profection was also in Leo/3rd house. Now we have Sun activated on both levels and possibly it is due to the 12 year period being ruled by the Sun that the marriage ceremony indicated by the Sun took place. Why did I say ceremony and not just marriage? Sun rules the 3rd house, which is the 9th house from the 7th house and indicates ceremonies related to marriage.
On monthly level we need to examine two methods, one that begins from the sign of yearly profection, thus from Leo and the other which begins from the sign of the ascendants 12th part. The later is not very straightforward as it requires determining the 12th part of the ascendant for every year by taking the degree of the ascendant and moving it to another sign. In our case the 12th part of the ascendant is in Libra. The easy way of determining the 12th parts for subsequent signs is to count how many signs Libra is removed from the sign of the ascendant. Libra is 5th sign from Gemini, so we will always add 5 signs to the sign of yearly profection.
The native was born in December, so this will be our starting month. By counting from Gemini, we get to Aquarius on 20th of August and this period lasts till 20th of September. Aquarius is not particularly conductive to marriage with its ruler Saturn being in the 8th house.
Let’s try counting from the 12th part, thus counting from Sagittarius. On August 20th we arrive at Leo. Now we have Leo-Leo-Leo on three levels and Sun ruling them. Of course, now we only have one single factor active, but the planet that is co-present with the profection ruler is also activated.
In this example, the 12 year period per sign and monthly profections from the 12th part worked remarkably well.
This male was born on 4th of February 1980 and got married on 12th of October 2019 at age 39.
At age 39 the long, 12 year cycle comes to Libra and Venus. The yearly profection at age 39 comes to the 4th house, thus to Libra and Venus again. Venus is in the 9th house, exalted, strongly advancing towards the MC and is aspecting the Moon by exact opposition to the 3rd house. (3rd house again) This indicates important actions related to Venus’ themes.
The monthly profections started from the sign of yearly profection come to Gemini and Mercury. I don’t think Gemini and Mercury can qualify for giving marriage, because Mercury is in the idle 8th place. Or is this so? Mercury is in mutual reception with Saturn, who rules the 7th house among other things and is in opposition to our Venus, both strongly angular. It might be something there, but maybe it could be more straightforward. Let’s examine monthly profections starting from the 12th part of the ascendant.
The 12th part of the ascendant is in Capricorn, thus 7th sign from the ascendant sign. Since our yearly profection is in Libra we will start monthly profection from Aries which in October brings us to Sagittarius and Jupiter. Sagittarius of course holds Jupiter by 12th part, but also Mercury and Venus. Jupiter is the ruler of Venus and the ruler of the Ascendant and is aspecting Venus by sign.
In this case both methods of monthly profections indicate a high possibility of marriage event, but in my opinion the method from the 12th parts is more straightforward as it activates Venus’ ruler in the 3rd house and in aspect to Venus.
This female was born on 16th of July 1976 and got married on 7th of October 2006 at age 30.
By 12 years per sign, she was in Libra period, thus Venus was the ruler of the 12 year period. Venus is in the 1st house with Saturn, the ruler of the 7th house. She is present in the 1st house also through her 12th part. It’s just a matter of time when Saturn will be activated along. The yearly profection at age 30 came to the Aquarius 7th house and thus to Saturn.
Monthly profections from the sign of yearly profection come to Aries on September 16th which lasts till October 16th. Aries and Mars don’t seem very conductive to marriage.
By starting from the 12th part of the ascendant we get to Gemini and Mercury. This also doesn’t seem to be a very vivid indicator of marriage as Mercury is in the 12th house and combust, although by 12th part he is near the midheaven in the term of Venus. He is also the term ruler of the ascendant. We could take this as a minor indication of important actions in life, but not marriage itself. In this case we’d have to rely on a real-time timing technique in order to get a clearer sense of the time within that particular year. However, the indication of the year is very clear.
I hope to add a few more chart examples to this article in the coming days and then proceed to Part 2 where we will introduce additional confirmation tools like profections from relevant significators, the use of relevant Lots and Solar Returns charts.
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