It’s hard to fathom the progressions. but I have a question Elsa…people do grow and change..and when you think about progressions, does it show how maybe you have moved on from a past situation or a love or even your culture?..because I can see how I no longer love what I used to think of as my world..and want something different now..different kind of life and friends and just a different way of living and just “being”..?
This is an interesting question, though I may not understand it. Consequently, I may not answer it well, but I’m going to try.
I hold the unpopular opinion that people don’t change. I’ve come to this conclusion because I have yet to meet anyone, ever, who does not express the energy of the their natal chart. Matter of fact, people tend to become more themselves as they age. I’ll use myself as an example.
I am into service. I really loved being a waitress…it’s my natural state. Though I enjoy being served on occasion, I would be miserable if I waited on, as a matter of course. I would want to have the waitress sit, and let me work.
This is my nature. No matter how old I get, or if I were to get rich, or whatever…if I were to come to live with some kind of privilege, I can’t imagine I would ever lose this quality. It’s too strong. Service is what makes me happy.
With that understood, it’s not that I don’t think people evolve. I used to wait on drunks in a bar. I don’t do that anymore. But wherever I go, the first thing I do, is look for how I might be able to lend a hand in some way.
The fifteen-year-old me, serving bikers drinks in a dive bar, is the same person who volunteers to bring Holy Communion to people in the hospital. It may appear that I’ve changed dramatically but I’ve really not changed at all.
I definitely think a progressed chart is valid. A person does evolve. For example, I wrote about wanting to be single when my progressed Venus was in Virgo. When she progressed to Libra, I immediately went looking for a partner. But this did not change my basic nature!
There are other factors that complicate this. For example, I have Venus square Neptune. Consequently, I’m easily influenced. I can fall into a bad crowd or a good crowd, but it does not alter my desire to serve. It doesn’t matter if my crowd is good or bad. If they interfere with my drive and desire to help, my involvement with them will be short-lived.
You mention that your world has changed. Well so has mine. But it’s not going to stop me from standing up in any environment and asking, “Can I get anyone, anything?”
I am a certain kind of person – Elsa. I may become disillusioned, or mad as hell. I may feel inspired, optimistic…or depressed. The feeling states may be fleeting, or they may last a good long while, but my essential character is still intact.
To put this in astrological context, I do like all the extra charts. Progressed, solar and lunar returns, composites, synastry, BUT.
But a person’s natal chart is still going to describe them.
Whether you’re happy about this or not, it’s probably due to your nature. Some people don’t like anything. I know, because I tend to make friends with them (Antisocial But Not Disordered)!
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