Progressed Chart Question
In my progressed chart, my Venus and Mercury have moved three signs from their natal placements, but my Mars has never moved more than a few degrees. Natally at 0° Capricorn, its current progressed position is 3°47' Cap and currently retrograde.
Its not retrograde natally, but has been on and off for years in progressed chart. Is this unusual?
While your natal Mars is not retro, it could have turned retro by progression. Therefore, over the years, as Mars progressed, it went forward a few degrees, slowed down, stationed, then turned backwards, did another station, and then turned forward again. All this back and forth motion, Mars just did not forge ahead by that many degrees. Also, if you can find out the dates / years that Mars progressed, during those years, there usually is some big happening in your life. If you have an ephemeris, you can find your answer with simple counting. If no ephemeris, and you would like help to figure out dates / years, if you posted data I could look this up for you.
To add to what sun-mar said, do you know that charts progress "a day for a year"?
If you're using Secondary Progressions this is.
My Mars, natally at 0° Cap in 12th house, certainly has progressed in Houses as my natal 15 Cap ascendant has moved a full quadrant and is now at my progressed MC, with Mars now at 3°47' Cap in the 9th. The Mars might still never have changed Signs like Mercury and Venus did had it not gone Retrograde. Slower moving?
I flipped through every past decade and found that it progressed Direct from 0° Cap all the way to 8°32' Cap in 1993, only 8 degrees in 39 years. It then turned Retrograde and has been ever since. And will be for the rest of my life, actually changing to Sag if I make it past 80.
The change to Retrograde brought new and lasting frugality, born of necessity but retained on principle. Also a renewed focus on and dedication to work and building security.