Members of the astrological community on Reddit have reported looking up their progressed charts. 'A progressed chart is a good way to map out the different stages of life that a person may go. Our natal or birth chart isn’t fixed, but it's fluid. Our zodiac signs experience different stages of life. This means that as we learn, grow, and evolve what our charts represent at birth. A crisis at this time in life will focus on any one of those areas if there hasn’t been success. Practical solutions are called for. Resistance to conform will be an issue. Age 38-42 Midlife Crisis. Midlife crisis is created because since 3 of the outer planets are making challenging aspects to the birth chart in our late 30ties and early 40ties.
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It is no secret that we go through different stages as the passing years go by. Astrology recognizes seven important stages for personal growth and development. Perhaps you are in the life cycle of wild enthusiasm (age 21-24) of new experiences and wondering which path to follow. Or looking at 30 and deciding upon a new relationship or career direction, one that you can count on and not regret. Or in the tumultuous years of 38-45 traditionally called the mid-life crises and wondering what you need to do in order to have an authentic and fulfilled life. Your eyes may be focused on a new decade with turning 60 anticipating a new chapter in your life. As you acknowledge the importance of these cycles you can embrace and celebrate your growth and transformation. Knowing these time frames and what you can expect helps you navigate the unknown and brings you more control over creating your future.
Age 21 - 24
At 21, Saturn is at a 3/4 turn to the position it was when one was born and Uranus is making its first 1/4 turn. This is a time of balancing responsibilities with new and exciting challenges. Freedom is strong along with the urge to do life owns own way.
Between the ages of 21 - 24 one experiences Saturn, Uranus and at 24 Jupiter, This 3 year period can be the most productive, exciting and transformative time of a person’s life, setting the stage for years ahead.
If one owns being responsible for their choices and actions (Saturn) is being true to themselves, Uranus, (not another person’s or society expectations) and embraces a positive confidence and belief of being able to accomplish, Jupiter, then the road ahead is free of pot holes and speed bumps for many years.
Age 28 - 30
The next decisive turning point is between the ages of 28-30 when Saturn returns to the position it was at birth. If the road taken during the ages of 21 - 24 were not in alignment with a person’s higher self and true calling then this is a time to make the changes needed. It could be divorce or changing professions, cleaning up ones act and leaving the old patterns behind. Saturn is always a time of looking at life from a realistic perspective. The cracks appear in the foundation that one has built their life upon. Negative relationships? Time to leave. Dead end job? Reassess where you want to make your living. Too much drinking and junk food? Time to clean out the system and hit the gym or yoga studio. No opportunities where you live? Pack your bags and head for the end of another rainbow.
Being willing to take a serious look at one’s life and take on the changes that your inner voice is speaking is critical in equipping one for the next phase of life. Think of it as making the effort that your car is ready for a trip across Death Valley going to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Preparation is essential in case of unexpected break downs.
Age 35 - 45
Barring no major transits (astrological influences) to your personal planets, sailing through your early to mid-30's stays the course when you have positioned yourself with the wind at your back and your compass pointing in the direction of your choice. The navigation gets tricky between the ages of 38- 45 when you have a convergence of 4 of the major outer planets aspecting their natal positions with the additional solar arc progression stressing out all your chart with a 45 degree angle. Saturn will be opposing Saturn, Neptune will Square Neptune, Pluto squares natal Pluto and shortly thereafter Uranus is opposite the position of Uranus in ones chart when they were born. From an astrological perspective it is amazing that anyone survives these years without significant changes in their personal world. The truth is many don't. It is a time when those who had children at a young age are dealing with the kids being an adult and moving on. Changing jobs or even careers is normal. Going back to school for a second or advanced degree is all very common during this time period as is deciding whether to stay in a committed relationship.
Pluto to Pluto has not always occurred at such a young age, in fact in most people’s grandparents age group they did not face the power struggle conflict until closer to 60. However since the orbit of Pluto is unusual and elliptical (inclined at a 17 degree angle and lies on a different plane than the other planets) the discrepancies between generations reaching their Pluto square Pluto transit is off as much as 20 years.
Today we have the fate to face issues regarding deep introspection of personal empowerment and growth during a time when one could be knee deep in raising a family and advancing their career. Pluto is a strong psychological component of exploring the purpose and meaning of life. Is this all there is? What am I here for? What am I doing? Why am I the way I am? At times individuals will hire a personal or career coach to help them get to a new level of personal awareness and growth.
Age 52 - 58
Having survived the mid-life crises and weathered the re-stabilization period from the mid to late 40's when we reach 52 we experience our Chiron return. Chiron shows us where our wounds are, what we came into heal and be able to share and teach others about. This can be a subtle experience of owning ones power and feeling at home in one’s own skin. Sometimes for the first time in a person’s life. Much is about acceptance, accepting that the wounds of life, in hindsight, were tremendous times of personal growth and that those experiences gave such an opportunity. Each person’s experience is different depending upon the location of Chiron in the chart. At times the wound is around children, having them, not having them, disappointment in some way. Other times it is around career, having situations knock you off your career trajectory through no fault of your own. Other times it is health concern, facing an illness that challenges your strength and determination. Many times it is around love and relationships, a wounding of the heart that leads to a wiser woman whose eyes have been opened.
As our society is very busy, and the Chiron cycle is quite internal, many times the awareness of the blossoming of greater depth and wisdom comes only after time to withdraw from hectic schedules and reflect.
Age 59 - 63
First the second Saturn return arrives, demanding one to take a deep breath, take a look behind at the previous 3 decades. This in itself can be a real eye opener. Where did the time go? Where did these wrinkles come from? Is that me in the mirror? When did this all happen? What do I want to do with the rest of my life? How will it be possible? The ease of the second Saturn return rests upon whether or not you listened to your inner voice during the first Saturn return or at the Mid-life crises point. If you did, then it can be a fun time of anticipating the years ahead with more freedom to do what you love most. If the inner voice was not heeded, then approaching 60 can be depressing as the realization that the emotional, financial, cost of now making changes appear insurmountable. Of course they aren't, but with less time in front of you than behind you the reality of time lost and what it takes will not be denied.
On the heels of the Saturn return Jupiter catches up. Jupiter brings an opening of positive motivation that expands your world view to a Yes I can attitude. This is when turning 60 feels great, 60 is the new 40 slogan kicks in as true and even better. You moved through your mid-life changes, whizzed past the wisdom trials, and arrived at a point in your life where you feel great in your body, happy in your heart, with knowledge and experience to handle whatever is ahead. It is a time of planning what you want to do and setting the wheels in motion to make it happen. Another career is often embarked upon, usually not based upon financial gain, or at least only in part, but on a collective aggregate of what you enjoy and what you are good at.
This is a point when you don't take life so seriously, can embrace the philosophy of live and let live. Around 63 the planet Uranus is rounding the bend squaring to its natal position. The bucket list is in full swing and promises made to get back to experiencing life are calling. Now is not a time to be rigid in your thinking or attitude. Change and adapting to life’s events are what it is all about. Old ideas can be shattered. Never thought you would retire? Might happen anyway. Always expected to live your days out in the house you raised your kids in? Downsizing could become very appealing. The purpose of this cycle is to reassess, get real, find a plan, look on the bright side of situations, and allow for change. When you can incorporate those aspects from the archetype of the planetary energies you enter into the final third of life with a great astrological report card.
Uranus if you have made it this far, 84 at your Uranus return can be the ultimate bucket list time. It is a time of flaunting your age. Uranus is a planet of independence, breaking free from the well-worn path a new surge of energy to do more rushes into your world. This can be a time, after the death of a spouse that a person begins to live for themselves again. Sometimes moving into a different place, other times taking on a new hobby such as painting. If you are someone you know is around 84, this is a time to get inspired once again. Check out new activities that your body is still able to do.
Age 90 and Beyond
Currently only 4.7 percent of the population (in the USA) lives to be 90. By 2050 the number of living nonegarians will have a 1 in 10 chance of being alive. To be happy and healthy into your 90's it will be in direct correlation to your attitude, belief systems, and changes you made at the second Saturn return which was coupled with the cycles of Jupiter and Uranus. Find articles on the healthy habits of 90 year olds, read the biographies of remarkable men and woman living active life’s into their 90's. Saturn is called the teacher, the master of discipline and responsibility. True responsibility is to your higher self and greater purpose. At the third Saturn return reflecting back on life is a powerful experience. Saturn will open the door to the regrets of life, the world of's, should of's and could of's. Reviewing one’s life is critical at this stage to release guilt of what could have been and accept what is. Focus on staying mentally and physically healthy consumes day to day actions. Chronically the years is a great project at the third Saturn return, recording one’s life story and sharing wisdom to those who have ears to hear.
Astrology shines the light on the path of life's journey. Learning about the cycles that are ahead brings you information that you can easily use to change your life at any part of the cycle of life you are at. However many times you have traveled around the sun, you can take notice of the phases you are in to listen to the whispers from the universe and make better choices to feel empowered that you are living the life that you choose.Donna Page MS is a professional astrologer, amateur cellist, and avid gardener. Her works can be found at her website https://lovinglightastrologer.com
written by Chris Turner ,October 20, 2017
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Everyone has heard of the mid-life crisis, right? If you are interested in astrology, you may also have heard terms like Saturn Return, Lunar Return and even Chiron Return. But what do they mean? Is there any validity to them? Are they anything more than just catchphrases?
Indeed they are. And understanding what these important milestones mean will, if you are a young person, allow you to plan your life accordingly. If you are older, it will enable you to understand what those changes meant, as well as what led you to be where you are today.
Turning points & the mid-life crisis
There are many such milestones — points where you reach a crossroads and can turn either left or right — throughout life. They may manifest differently for each individual but, at their heart, they will be saying much the same thing to every one of us.
Three major astrological crossroads exist in the average life: the late 20s, the early 40s and the late 50s. Between, as well as before and after, there are several less-dramatic turning points, each one preparing you for the next.
Some of these turning points are just that, a time when you turn a corner, whereas others are crossroads where you have to make sometimes intense choices about which path to take.
Imagine your life to be like a wave, as in a soundwave. It climbs and climbs until it reaches a peak, then it turns around and starts to come down to the baseline, at which point it turns to go up again. The peak of this wave is the major crisis or turning point in your life: what is known as the “mid-life crisis”. Let’s have a look at what happens from an astrological perspective to bring you to this point.
Planets in focus
The two main rulers of the various cycles you experience are Uranus and Saturn. Jupiter is always there, too, acting as wingman, and the two “super powers”, Neptune and Pluto, hover in the background ready to give a nudge if you get slightly off track.
Uranus: cycles of chaos
Uranus is the god of change. He is the fastest of the modern or outer planets and takes 84 years to complete one orbit of the Sun. The average human lifespan is 84 years. Coincidence? I think not. Uranus is the planet of life. I know the Sun is considered to be your life force, but the Sun is the way you live the life that is overseen by Uranus. During the average lifetime, Uranus will touch every single area of your life just once, creating chaos and change in that area.
Together, Uranus and Saturn lead to a letting go of some kind, whether it is a lifestyle, a relationship or an ambition.
In your chart, Uranus will make a 30° aspect to himself every seven years, so approximately every seven years you reach some kind of turning point. Some of these turning points are just that, a time when you turn a corner, whereas others are crossroads where you have to make sometimes intense choices about which path to take.
At the heart of these seven-year points is the energy of Uranus: disruption. Something happens in your life or to you that disrupts the status quo. This can lead to emotional, mental or physical chaos which then invites or forces you to move up the evolutionary ladder.
Saturn: stop & take stock
Saturn is the slowest of the visible planets and takes approximately 29.5 years to orbit the Sun. During the average lifespan, Saturn touches every area of your life, as represented in your natal chart, at least twice and, for many, three times. As the average human lifespan lengthens, many will move into a fourth Saturn cycle, if only for a short while.
Approximately every two-and-a-half years, Saturn makes a 30° aspect to himself. At those times, events can make you stop and take stock. Change that involves letting something go on an emotional, mental or physical level is likely. You may try to hang on to whatever it is but, by doing so, your hold yourself back.
Jupiter, the Sun & growth
The cosmic wingman, Jupiter is the big boy of the planetary pantheon, but he is also relatively fast-moving so you won’t always notice his effects. Jupiter takes 12 years to complete an orbit of the Sun and makes a 30° aspect to himself every 12 months.
Jupiter will complete seven orbits of a chart in the average lifetime. Jupiter’s aspect to himself every 12 months is reinforced by the Sun returning to its own place in your chart, which happens every 12 months on or near your birthday. This means that, as you age, you are regularly given opportunities for growth and expansion on emotional, mental and physical levels.
Neptune: dreams & illusion
So the stage is set. What about the two heavies, though, Neptune and Pluto? Neptune takes 165 years to make a single orbit of the Sun, which means he makes a 30° aspect to his natal position approximately every 14 years. On average, this will happen six times in your life, however if you make it into your mid 90s, there will be a seventh time.
Neptune strips away illusions and provides the means to escape reality, which can work for or against you. Neptune can create dreams and imaginative thinking but it can also lead you into dark places, especially if you have not been paying attention to what Uranus and Saturn have been trying to tell you.
The force of Pluto
Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the Sun, which means Pluto will aspect himself in your chart every 21 years on average. However, because of Pluto’s elliptical orbit, it spends much longer in some signs than it does in others. For some, Pluto will provide seven turning points in their lifetime but, for most of us, it will only be six. For younger generations coming up it may only be five.
Pluto is the enforcer. If you have refused to listen, refused to choose the destiny laid out for you or to make those choices asked of you by Saturn and Uranus, during a Pluto aspect you will have no choice.
There is one other important planetary player in this saga and that is the Moon. Secondary progression is a predictive technique in which astrological influences active on a particular day of life influence the corresponding year of life. For example, an event that occurred when you were seven days old has influence in your 7th year of life. According to this technique, it takes the Moon approximately 28 years to return to her birth position. This secondary progressed cycle of the Moon often parallels the cycle of Saturn.
Now you have all the theory. How do these planetary influences play out in practical terms? Let’s take a fictitious Mr or Mrs Average and follow them through their lives.
The astrological turning points are the most observable during your first Saturn cycle, between birth and approximately 30, and each is then repeated in a slightly different form every 30 years or so. For the first five years of life, you are really an offshoot of your parents. You don’t make decisions for yourself; you are too busy learning how to survive and are never far from your parents’ nurturing influence and care.
Between five and seven years old you are pulled away from that care and closeness, and thrust into a world of strangers and rules more commonly known as “school”. This is the first big turning point as Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter and the progressed Moon all make 30° angles to themselves. The order in which these planetary contacts occur can vary depending on their direction and speed at birth.
Neptune strips away illusions and provides the means to escape reality, which can work for or against you.
Uranus has thrust you into a world unbelievably different from the world you knew, while at the same time Saturn says it’s time to conform, to learn how to socialise and fit in. You can no longer eat, play or even go to the toilet whenever you please.
But Jupiter, almost as compensation, opens up a whole new world of knowledge. Children who attended preschool had a little bit of warning of what was to come as Saturn made its first 30° aspect to itself at age two-and-a-half.
The teenage years
Between ages 12 and 15, Saturn has come to the halfway point of its first cycle, as has the progressed Moon. Jupiter completes its first full cycle at 12 and, around 14, Uranus makes a second — and stronger — aspect to its birth position. Neptune also makes its first contact with itself. Obviously this is going to be an important milestone … adolescence!
For the first time, you are being asked to make decisions for yourself. The decisions made during adolescence can influence what happens during the rest of your life.
Uranus can pull you out of childhood with the onset of puberty and sexual awareness. Saturn increases a sense of duty as you are expected to take on responsibilities and contribute to the community, whether as part of a family or the wider community. You are expected to work for that pocket money! Jupiter, now in its second cycle, takes growth and learning one step higher, in this case high school, and six years later, halfway through Jupiter’s cycle, on to university or your first job.
Early adulthood: the 20s
At 21, both Uranus and Saturn make hard aspects to themselves, as does the progressed Moon. Jupiter doesn’t make any important aspect so the feeling of growth will not necessarily be there to soften this turning point.
Suddenly, you are an adult. Certainly in some nations, adults are honoured at 18, but that’s a social construct. At 21 you may realise you cannot depend on your parents anymore. It’s time to leave the nest. Uranus takes the parental safety net away, if only on an emotional level, and Saturn starts pushing you into the outside world to fend for yourself.
For the next seven years you are like a fledgling, leaving the nest for long periods of time but occasionally needing to come back to it and your family for reassurance. At some point during your 20s, Neptune and Pluto each make important aspects to themselves and each other, subtly awakening a spiritual need. They combine to show you there is more to life than just the physical, emotional and intellectual.
Turning 30 & beyond
Between 27 and 29, many of your comfort zones change. Even if not in an obvious way, your life changes forever as any remnants of childhood are finally left behind.
This is the Saturn return (28-29), as well as a progressed lunar return (27-28) and a Jupiter return (35–36). In addition, Uranus trines itself (28-29), so whatever happens now can jolt you. This is your first major crossroads and represents the end of your experiential cycle and the start of your productive cycle. At this time, you take your place within the community and contribute to raising the next generation. You are not only all grown up, but you have become individuated. You are now who you were meant to be and the result of the choices you have made up to now.
This first “act” of your life will be repeated twice more, each turning point echoing the choices you made in that first 30 years. Now you know what to expect, and can use the knowledge gained from birth to 30 to make better choices the second and third time around. This becomes almost especially obvious as you approach 40.
The peak of life: 40s
This is the peak point of life and is the stage you have been working towards since birth. If you were born during the 1960s and early 1970s you started to feel these influences around age 35 but, as Pluto is slowing down, people born after the mid-1970s now feel this closer to age 40 and beyond.
In your early 40s, you have the biggest build-up of planetary aspects concentrated within a few years. This combination of influences won’t happen again until your mid 80s. This is not just a turning point but a major crossroads: the path you choose now sets the tone for the rest of your life.
Uranus reaches the halfway point of his cycle around age 42. It’s a wakeup call and brings great change. Divorce rates are higher for this age group. Your children leave Home and women begin menopause. Men and women make major changes in their career.
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As you age, you are regularly given opportunities for growth and expansion.
At the same time, Saturn is at the halfway point of its second cycle. Together, Uranus and Saturn lead to a letting go of some kind, whether it is a lifestyle, a relationship or an ambition. You are asked to consolidate what works for you as an individual and build on that, rather than hang on to dead weight.
Also, at 42, Jupiter is at the halfway point of one of his cycles, as is the progressed Moon. Even Neptune and Pluto are in on the act as they form squares to their natal positions. As added emphasis and to tie it all together, at age 45 by Solar Arc direction, every planet in your chart forms a hard aspect to itself, which triggers every area of your life. It is finished off with a Jupiter return at 48 and the Chiron return at 50.
The common denominator during this mid-life crisis is the sudden awareness that you are mortal. You realise you will die one day and that your time does have limitations. It is that realisation, brought on by Neptune and Pluto, which creates the chain reaction described above.
The 40s is the time to realise your full potential. It is now that you set the tone for the second half of life. This is “second chance time”. The best way to handle your 40s is to avoid letting stress take over. Instead, examine important events of the past, relating back to changes that occurred during the first Saturn cycle. Take 30 years off your age and examine what happened back then. What did you learn? What opportunities did you miss then that you can now grab with both hands?
The late 50s & opportunity
The end of the “productive” lifecycle occurs between 56 and 60. The major astrological players again make significant aspects to themselves, indicating a crossroads, but this time, by Solar Arc direction, every planet also makes positive aspects to their natal positions. Unlike the previous two crossroads, this is a time of opportunity.
You have learned or experienced everything you need to become fulfilled. This third cycle, starting now, is an “individualistic” cycle when you are able to at last focus completely on yourself. Now is the time to fulfil personal dreams and ambitions. Write that book. Take singing lessons. Travel. Resurrect dreams that have been put on the backburner as you fulfilled all the necessary relationship and career commitments of the previous 60 years. If you have learned from each of those turning points, this cycle is the most personally fulfilling of all of them.
Mid 70s: adjustment
At around 74, there is a turning point which echoes the “adolescent” turning point of age 14. Adjustments have to be made as your body starts to wear out. You may realise you are physically unable to do many of those things you have taken for granted. Your mind is no longer as sharp as it was, and more effort has to be taken to express the knowledge you know is in there.
Emotionally and spiritually, you become acutely conscious that you are now in the end phase of your life. Perhaps the most important lesson to be learned at this point is acceptance. Finish that book. Mend broken relationships and, in general, tidy up your life.
Mid 80s: a new reality
The next and, for most, final turning point arrives between ages 84 and 90. This period is the mid-life crisis all over again, only this time it means choosing the path to your next incarnation, even if you choose to remain in this one for a little while longer.
Neptune and Pluto again play a major role for the second and final time in your life. At this age, Neptune will oppose himself, indicating a critical time in creating a new reality. If you are reading this and are already over 60, when you get to this stage, Pluto for the first time in memory will oppose itself. The age this happens will be later and later in life the younger you currently are. This can indicate that final crisis, the moment you make your final choice.
A blueprint for life
As much as we are all unique, we are also all the same. Although there are exceptions to every rule, through the magic of astrology you can see the basic blueprint for your life. It is up to you and your understanding of your chart to use these turning points and crossroads to the best of your ability. Then, use your own experiences and wisdom to give a helping hand to the generations who follow you, as they are the future.
|Jupiter||Growth, expansion, knowledge, learning|
|Saturn||Slowing down, taking stock, conform, rules, duty, responsibilities|
|Uranus||Life, chaos, change, disruption, individuality|
|Neptune||Escape, dreams, imagination|
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|5–7||Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus|
|12–15||Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune|
|41-43||Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto|
|56–60||Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune|
|84–90||Uranus, Neptune, Pluto|
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