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1. Learn more about the Progressed Lunation Cycle from The Lunation Cycle: A Key to Understanding of Personality by Dane Rudhyar, Aurora Press, 1967 and in the article, An Overview of Dane Rudhyar’s Approach to Cycles (TMA, 2/98), by Nicki Michaels.

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Mighty Worried Mom
From The Mountain Astrologer, Aug-Sept 2003 (4)

Q.  I sense my marriage is on the way out. If this manifests this year, I’m worried about my son’s overall life equilibrium, and whether I will succeed in making sure he finds his way through it all, since I believe we will all probably remain friends. My son and daughter-in-law work with my husband in his company.
— Mighty Worried Mom

A. I was touched by your deep concern for your son’s well-being, first and foremost, in relation to your potential divorce. Then I realized, from the information you included, that not only is he married, but he’s 39 years old this year! Since he’s all grown up with a family of his own, and because of the planetary dynamics of your chart, let’s focus on you.

Although you mention divorce almost casually, your chart reveals intense challenges in the realm of relationship. Last year, the planetary pressure was turned up, as transiting Saturn crossed the Descendant into your 7th house of marriage and partnership: a mandate to get real about your relationship. During this transit, the truth of your marriage is revealed, like it or not; latent or ignored problems will surface and must be faced. Saturn leaves this sector of your chart in late June 2005.

Mighty Worried Mom Birth Chart
Natal Chart - Mighty Worried Mom
Source: Mother's Memory

The intensity escalated in the summer of 2002, as Saturn activated your mutable t-square (which includes Neptune in the 9th) by conjoining your 7th-house Moon (feelings and intuition) and opposing your 1st-house Venus (values and love interest). This demanded a realistic assessment of your feelings for your spouse and potentially indicates a withdrawal of your affection. This process was complete when Saturn moved into Cancer on June 3, 2003.

Meanwhile, throughout 2002,, transiting Uranus trined your natal Moon and sextiled natal Venus, which can lead to a re-evaluation of one’s life and the possibility of a new love interest (or, at least, sensing the potential for one in the future). This is augmented by the conjunction of your progressed MC to natal Venus.

Concurrently, you reached the halfway point in the 30-year progressed lunation cycle,1 a cycle which defines the unique structure of your life. This is called the “progressed Full Moon,” and it lasts for several years. This phase of the cycle is a time of revelation and redirection — a time when the search for meaning begins and old, outdated forms are being shed.

Your angular Moon and its involvement in a t-square with Neptune and Venus may explain why you are naturally reverting to your super-mom role during this provocative time, rather than confronting head on the enormous challenges for personal transformation in your marriage. The best thing that you can do for yourself and your entire family is to firmly face these issues with authenticity and integrity. That will help your family to stay intact, even if your marriage ends.

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