I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the progressed moon travels at roughly the same rate as Saturn, give or take a couple of years depending on how fast the progressed Moon is moving (the Moon actually fluctuates in its rate of speed through the signs- some signs are considered “fast” and some “slow”). Both take approximately 28 years to circle around your chart. Everyone knows what Saturn’s doing to your chart… pointing out where growth can occur through challenges disguised as opportunity. The progressed Moon shows us how we are dealing emotionally to what is showing up in our lives. This makes perfect sense in light of the fact that Saturn rules the Midheaven and the Moon rules the Nadir, two very security-driven angles.
As she travels through the signs, we get to adapt to our fluctuating emotional feelings, responses and reactions. Let’s say you’ve got an earth moon and really find emotional nurturing through healthy, garden grown eating. What happens if the moon progresses into an air sign, and you get deployed (and by that, I mean an opportunity shows up) into speaking at your child’s school about nutrition? Your earthy moon may not like the idea of standing up in front of people and discussing the knowledge you’ve gleaned from your garden labors, but the message (air) is important, so you adapt. You learn a new skill: how to speak in front of a group.
Most people are comfortable when their progressed Moon moves into a sign that is the same element as their natal Moon, or a sign that sextiles their natal Moon. But otherwise, we are learning something about how the other half lives.
When the progressed Moon reaches your natal Moon, you have a progressed lunar return. What happens during that month before and after depends on how your natal Moon is aspected in your chart. If you’ve got easy aspects, and barring other transiting outer planets making harsh aspects, you can expect to have a relatively quiet time. If your Moon is harshly aspected, and there are concurrent difficult outer planet transits, you will most likely experience issues related to security in some way. Look at where the Moon is posited in your chart, as well as the house that the Moon rules to get some ideas. Following the progressed lunar return, you’ll have the Saturn return.
There are other important progressed lunations. The progressed New and Full Moon, when the progressed Moon conjuncts and opposes your progressed Sun, respectively, is an important period. Further, any time the progressed Moon touches on difficult natal aspects, you can expect to have a revisit of the issues the aspects represent, with the added touch of emotional reaction to the issues. The progressed Moon is an *excellent* indicator of “timing”, along with other triggering events.
I’ve written previously here on the Blog about the transit of “Saturn Chasing the Progressed Moon”, a very soul-challenging period that can last up to 29 years.
In any chart reading I always examine closely not only the progressed Moon, but all progressed planets, not only in aspect to the natal, but to other progressed planets. Just to make things really interesting, I also look at Solar Arcs, which I will explain in another post.