This is a little different for me as I usually leave the personal anecdotal pieces to Wintersprite, but she’s too busy lately to share her experiences (though she does have many of them), so it looks like I have to fill in here.
Natal techniques are a little new to me, really ever since I got into astrology I was immediately drawn to horary with some interest in electional. This is something I’ve been working on rectifying lately, as before when people would show me their natal charts I would draw a blank on what to say and how to proceed. However, even before this relatively recent (about a year ago I guess) venture into natal astrology, time lord techniques have always interested me. Mostly because I like to predict future events, and time lords really explained why other predictive methods have been so hit and miss with their accuracy.
For those who are unaware, a time lord technique is any sort of predictive method that assigns a planet to a particular period of life. There are several to choose from and I’ll touch on and talk about the ones I know about here, but I’m sure there are others still I’m just not aware of.
The first is profections, and this is simply moving from house to house year after year, with the Lord of that house being activated for that year. So, at age 0 you’re in a First house profection and the Lord of the First is the activated planet for that year. At at 1 it moves to the Second house, at age 2 it moves to the Third and so on and so forth to where each house repeats every 12 years (because there are only 12 houses and you circle back around). Transits to and from the activated planet become important for the duration of that year.
The second is firdaria, which is a medieval time lord method. Firdaria divides the life of a native into predefined periods based on a number of years that particular planets rule, the main period is then divided by 7 and all of the planets will take turns being sub-period rulers. A better explanation can be found here, and there’s even a calculator for those wondering what their firdaria are, will be in the future, or were in the past. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of experience with firdaria, but I do know the nature of the periods are going to be defined by the nature of the planet in the natal chart and even related to the topic related to the house the planet rules.
The final technique we’re going to touch on is zodiacal releasing. This is a Hellenistic technique that is somewhat similar to firdaria, except that signs are activated instead of planets. This one is much more difficult to calculate, but you can download a calculator here. The basic idea is that there are four levels that alternate signs based on the amount of time each sign gets at each level, so up to four signs can be activated at any one time. The time it takes to pass from sign to sign differs depending on the sign itself at the level at which it is occurring; level 1 periods can last decades, and level 4 periods generally last a couple of days with levels 2 and 3 taking months and weeks. If this isn’t confusing enough, the main things to watch out for in ZR are the signs of the same modality as the sign the Part of Fortune resides, the out of sect malefic, and the in-sect benefic. You can find out more about this method here.
So, where do I come up in this? Well, we’re getting to that. Unfortunately, I’m still a little new to all of this, so when I use timing techniques I mostly just use profections (because natal is
hard interesting and diverse) because it’s relatively easy to use. This year is my 23rd, which makes it a 12th house profection year for me. This is not good, as the 12th house has many negative significations attached to it. To make it even worse, my 12th house lord is Saturn. Now, I know a lot of lovely things have been written about Saturn and how much of a positive influence he can be, but it’s all lies (sometimes you have to tell it like it is).
Apparently all this time I had been living under a rock, deluded in the fact that I believed my Saturn was one of those “good Saturns” you hear people talking about. I mean, he’s in Capricorn, he’s dignified, he should be happy right? Unfortunately he’s also retrograde, and in a night chart. This wasn’t as much of a balanced positive as I had previously believed as I had talked myself into thinking that since he was dignified he would behave himself. Well, leave it to astrology to prove the astrologer wrong.
Now, you would have thought my 11th house profection year would have prepared me for the difficulties the 12th house profection year would bring since they share the same ruler. This was not at all the case as my 22nd year was a very good one and had a lot of 11th house themes obviously present. I joined several astrological associations, went to my first astrology conference, and made a lot of friends. This only played into my Good Saturn delusion. Remembering major events from the previous cycle can also give clues, as the repetitions carry on similar themes. Unfortunately, my last 12th house profection occured when I was 11 and let me tell you, if it didn’t have to do with Digimon I was not paying attention. So, what could my 12th house profection bring this time? Well, it’s certainly not a new season of Digimon, they did that in 2006 after a three year hiatus!
Nothing much occurred and life went pretty smoothly for the most of this twelfth house year. Saturn in late Libra can only throw sextiles to Mercury and Mars in Leo, so there’s not a whole lot to worry about there as sextiles aren’t typically harmful and Saturn is dignified in Libra. However, after Saturn moved into Scorpio and began applying Squares to the Sun and Moon, things became more difficult with more pressure being applied to me at work. This culminated in my discharge (after originally being told I wouldn’t be discharged) as Saturn went retrograde and went back to repeat the Square to my Moon. This whole time frame has been something of a general period of failure for many projects I was working on and opportunities I had been given, and it looks like it’s going to continue as long as Saturn is within orb of my Moon.
So, why the Moon? It’s likely due to her lack of dignity in my chart. She really has no strength of her own (as she’s in Leo) and is in the Sixth house. The Sun, on the other hand, is in his own domicile and is better able to hold off Saturn’s malevolence, but after Saturn passed the Sun, the Moon was helpless. Also the receptions between them probably didn’t help, both Saturn and the Moon in a sign of the others’ debility; both planets injure the other and it exacerbates an already tense and difficult situation.
The bright side, at least in this case, is by the time Saturn turns direct and makes his way back towards the Moon, my birthday will have come and gone and Jupiter will have taken over as my Lord of the Year and I go into a First house profection. So it seems the very worse of the worse is over and if I can hold out that long (depressing, but honestly doable), the next year should be better.
I share this (honestly not much of an) anecdote to showcase the importance of keeping up with time lords. Had I been more aware of mine beforehand, I probably could have done a lot to lessen the severity of their effect. Learning when to look ahead and when not to can be very difficult decisions for an astrologer to make. These are the reasons why I don’t know the birth information of my parents or my sister. If I knew I know I would obsess over their charts and stress out everyone involved. Before now, I’ve mostly done what I’ve done here: experience something and then go back and find what caused it. This can be a useful learning tool, but it didn’t help me accomplish anything or deal with anything. So, I’m going to try to be more proactive with my predictive astrology and avoid or lessen situations as they approach.
What are some events in your life that you were able to find astrologically in hindsight and how did that shape your astrology moving forward?