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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.

2. I consider an outer-planet transit complete when it leaves a 2 degree orb for the final time.

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Web Goddess In Training
From The Mountain Astrologer, Aug-Sept 2003 (2)

Q.   I have recently been laid off after 17 years. My boss is retiring on June 30, my last day, and the department is being collapsed. I am the only other person in the department. It was in a bureaucracy and not personally rewarding. I have a severance package of a few months, 15 at most. I hope to be employed again soon, but my age (54) is a factor. I have considered starting a business in Web creation and design, but practically speaking, I have very little experience in this high-tech field. What influences will either aid or hinder my way toward employment? Is a new job on the horizon? If so, when is it most likely to manifest?
— Web Goddess in Training

A.  What a timely, though complicated opportunity you have now. The planets are propelling you toward major changes; the challenge is to maintain financial security while re-orienting your career to do more than just pay the rent. You are so ready!

In December, you begin a new 30-year cycle of development1 (progressed New Moon). This rebirth is a fortuitous time of new beginnings. During the first 3–5 years of your new cycle, you will “seed” your life with possibilities that grow as the cycle develops. It’s now time to prepare the ground; visualize how you want your life to be, and begin to create it.

Your chart shows that you’re more than ready for this huge shift, even though it’s scary (solar arc MC conjoining natal Pluto). Security issues loom large from late 2003 through 2005 (transiting Pluto conjoining natal IC).2 Plan well to create the life you want, but remain flexible.

Natal Chart - Web Goddess
Natal Chart - Web Goddess In Training
Source: Hospital Records

It’s extremely important for you to align your actions with your vision for a new life. If you do not lose faith in yourself, you will make the right choices and find your true path (transiting Neptune square natal Sun through November 2005). Connect with “higher powers” in whatever way works for you; pray, meditate, or take walks by the ocean regularly, and use this practice to reinforce your vision.

As far as a new career direction goes, you may be on target with the idea of becoming a Web designer. Your natal Uranus in the 10th house of career shows a potential affinity for the high-tech world. A cardinal t-square defines the structure of your entire chart (Uranus square Venus in the 1st opposite Jupiter and the Moon in the 4th); thus, your challenge is to balance the need for security with your entrepreneurial and artistic spirit.

Develop a multifaceted action plan. First, do the intense market research mandatory for any would-be entrepreneur, and also consider the benefits and disadvantages of working for an existing firm. Investigate the opportunities that exist in Web design, and see whether the business suits you. If you discover that it’s not the right career, continue to search high-tech possibilities until you find something that grabs you and holds promise. Next, investigate training programs, and figure out how you’ll pay the rent in the meantime — perhaps, some temp work along with beginning Web design assignments.

Your original career choice was a safe but boring one. Imagine how it would feel to wake up each morning excited about your work. Even in this difficult economic environment, it’s now time to live the potential promised in your chart for a creatively challenging career. Go for it!

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