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January 22, 20156 Comments

“Astrology for the astrologically challenged,” by Deborah Smith Parker

SurpriseTo recap from Part 1: The Moon is holder of and gatekeeper to our memories and subconscious responses—everything that makes up our past. When triggered, these can spring out in our consciousness in surprising, revealing, and (thankfully) healing ways. (To read Part 1 click here.)

Not all memories, in fact not even most, will later surface in our consciousness. But those that emerge, whether pleasant or painful (usually a mixed bag), do so to give us an opportunity to bring in the past as both context and content for better understanding our present situation.

Dr. Seuss put it this way: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

That’s why the Moon stores everything—and I mean everything—in memory.

Understanding the value of memory in astrology is the purview of the progressed Moon. For those who don’t know, progressions are calculated by equating one day for one year following your birth date. So the secondary progressed Moon spends two and a half years in each sign instead of the two and a half days the transiting moon takes to transit Earth, and between 28 to 29 years to complete a full progressed cycle instead of 28 to 29 days of the transiting Moon.

Her cycles reveal—among other things—the furtherance of our emotional evolution and maturity. Every time she returns to each sign she provides opportunities to review and consider our responses and actions according to the nature of that sign and house it’s in, viewed through the lens of today’s insights—a much clearer view indeed!

I just discovered the remarkable role of my own progressed Moon that led to an assuaging of misplaced adolescent guilt and healing a broken heart I had been unconsciously nursing for over 50 years. It happened a few months ago at the end of the third cycle of my progressed Moon through Scorpio.

Scorpio, among the many things the sign represents, goes deep. It digs and then reveals what is dug up with repetitive spade action until—to borrow from “The Princess Bride”—the mostly dead but not dead dead material related to the matter is excavated and exposed to the light. Keep in mind Scorpio is also about what two people share in a relationship and that relationship’s outcome.

Funny—relationships are what my progressed Scorpio Moon is all about. Here’s why: My natal Moon is in Taurus in the seventh house—house of partners and relationships. My progressed Scorpio Moon falls in my first house of self, opposing my natal Moon. Opposition aspects present situations about which we are generally clueless as to our role in them, as well as about the very clues we need to heal this area. Clearly I was born with a pot full of issues is this department. Following is my discovery cycle:

Truck jpgThe third cycle of my progressed Scorpio Moon started three years ago, during which memories of me and the most remarkable horse I have even known came roaring out of my subconscious— an out-pouring of our three summers together at a horse ranch in the West over 50 years ago in my early adolescence. As one discrete memory after another of my horse and me flowed through my fingers to my keyboard, I didn’t initially see their connectedness except for our incredible relationship and fun and dangerous adventures we shared. (Yes, that’s him and me at the left)

As I furiously wrote them down, welcoming them back after being buried for 50 years, I began to recognize that there was a much deeper thread binding it all together—and that thread was my pattern in relationships. I was stunned to see in retrospect with fresh eyes and a much matured consciousness, that he, my horse, was always the adult in our relationship, and served as both model and healer for some troubling relationship patterns I expressed in those summers—and for the next 29 years. His was a gift I carried into my future and didn’t realize until this current progressed Moon cycle.

Jumping back to the first cycle of my progressed Scorpio Moon—and this was a jaw-dropper for me— was the time during which all of these events at the ranch with me and my horse took place—the emergence of troubling relationship patterns and the springboard for deep learning and healing most available to me during my subsequent progressed Scorpio Moon cycles.

In the second cycle of my progressed Scorpio Moon cycle, 29 L-O-N-G years after my time at the ranch and a series of seriously challenged pairings, I met and married the man who represented my healed relationship pattern. Oh, I still have a long way to go, but I found the partner with whom I can make this healthy journey. We are still together and glad to be so except, as we occasionally say, when we consider running the other one down in the driveway. Sigh. That’s Scorpio, too.

The digging to find all this in this recent cycle was excruciating. However, the resulting realizations were among the most freeing and joyous of my life—twin signatures of Scorpio. These would eventually be woven into my newly published memoir, “The Horse That Haunts My Heart.”

What discoveries could current memories sticking in your mind bring you? Let me know if I can help.

Deborah Smith Parker is a professional astrologer and writer on many subjects. She is author of the newly released (2014) “The Horse that Haunts My Heart” and (2010) “Humanus Astrologicus,” both available in paperback and Kindle. To sign up to receive her blog or follow her on Twitter (@astro_logicus) and Facebook click to the right of this post.

About author:

Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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  1. Brava! Good stuff. Thank you.

  2. Tyrone says:

    Dear Deborah, I really don’t know how you do it (and especially so well!), but I’m really very glad that you do! What an endless source of learning you provide me with. Thankyou! Big hug from Berlin, Germany 🙂

  3. Beautiful and enlightening as always, Deborah!

  4. Kathryn encino says:

    As usual, good stuff. Wish I could do this stuff, but glad you’re doing it for me.

  5. Such a great story, and perfect for relaying a progressed Moon in Scorpio experience! I remember mine years ago, and it was utterly life-changing! But I thought that the (secondary) progressed Moon went through a sign every two and a half YEARS not months – can you clarify or are you using a different progression (i.e. tertiary or another)? Thanks Deborah!

    • Lisa, thanks for catching that! I’d been working on condensing that paragraph and didn’t catch that in my glitch. Now corrected in the post. Here’s the quote on that section I just copied from the post. “So the progressed Moon spends two and a half months in each sign instead of the two and a half days the transiting moon takes to transit Earth, and between 28 to 29 years to complete a full progressed cycle instead of 28 to 29 days of the transiting Moon.

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