The Progressed Moon
The progressed Moon takes around 28 years to travel through all 12 signs. The Moon moves around 13 degrees a day, or, symbolically 13 degrees a year. As the progressed Moon moves around the chart, it stays in each sign for roughly two and half years. The Moon allows us to experience every sign and house of the zodiac, and observing the cycle of the progressed Moon can be one of the most interesting studies.
The emotional concerns of this period are often coloured by the sign, house, and aspects. The individual may dress differently, feel a shift in emotional expression, and find that their interests change and gravitate toward the concerns of the sign. According to Carol Rushman, 28 and 29 degrees of Taurus are the bankruptcy degrees and a lot of debt can be accrued. The author says you might not go bankrupt, but you will have to pay the piper. Also, it has been reported that the Moon progressed to 28 degrees can have intensified psychic experiences.
Following the progressed Moon through the signs and houses and its forming aspects is an excellent guide to our inner emotional life. There is an ebb and flow from yin (water and earth) to yang (fire and air) as the Moon moves around the zodiac. A focus on practical concerns, security, and work may be active when the Moon progresses through the earthy signs and houses. The Moon in Pisces or the 12th house may pass through a period of confusion and helplessness. Alternatively, the Moon in Gemini might see us making new contacts and learning new things.
The emotional development and maturity of an individual is also interesting to observe. The Saturn Return and the progressed Moon complete their first cycle at around 28 years old. A woman of 18 years, although considered an adult hasn’t really the power to crystallize emotions, and may be limited by the lack of experience in the things of life. The time of real emotional (Moon) maturation (Saturn) coincides with the progressed Moon and Saturn’s Return. Many individuals feel the growing urge to settle down at this juncture and make some kind of commitment. This may mean marriage and children, buying a house, committing to a career, and even then growing up emotionally often takes a lifetime for a lot of people.
During the Saturn Return, we don’t suddenly mature and lose all our childish ways, and no one expects this. Society has certain expectations of us, and often expects us to have settled down and made a career choice at this age. Fear is our most potent emotion and this is what holds us back from moving forward into adulthood. Saturn can put a dampener on our sense of self-confidence and ability to act. Saturn’s position in the horoscope often describes our most painful and fearful area. However, the purpose of pain is to bring something to our attention, and we can remain perpetually adolescent if we fail to develop emotionally, and overcoming fear may involve stepping outside of our comfort zone (Moon). However, this can fill us with a sense of anxiety, apprehension, dread and uncertainty (Saturn). Fear can come in all forms: Fear of failure, fear of rejection, and fear of being alone in life.
The wish to achieve (Saturn) something is the first attitude that characterizes a movement towards maturity. To achieve something in the world often takes time, commitment, perseverance, and self-sufficiency. As the demands for emotional maturity increases the terrain becomes rocky but it’s probably what old man Saturn would call, “character building”. Emotional maturity also includes the capability to adapt to change; the ability to deal constructively with reality, and the capacity to grow and learn from life’s experience. The Moon rules our needs, safety and protection and says a lot about what we need in order to feel safe. We all have a tendency to fall back on our Moon when we feel threatened. Saturn rules the reality principle and the so-called hard facts of life.
The ability to handle frustration and limitation in any given situation show great strides towards the maturing personality. In worldly terms, 18 and 21 years old seem to define the period when adolescents are granted the full right of an adult. However, astrologically it happens much later. The Coming of Age is really defined when the individual has developed, learned a lesson or taken on some form of responsibility. However, as someone once said, “Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional”.