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Music in Progressions

Astrology is more like music than anything else and music is both complex and mysterious. Music is undeniable, but its effects are as variable as astrology. Astrology is denied by many, but it is also very subtle.

The picture below is taken from a graphic ephemeris. It is a graphical depiction of the motions of the planets over time. In this example, the more slowly a planet moves, the flatter the line describing its motion. The planet Mercury, the fastest moving planet in this example, is nearest to tracing a vertical line.

This particular graphic ephemeris includes the motions of the planets in the three months after actress Merle Oberon's birth in February 1911. Below the graphic ephemeris I have placed a stave of music. This is because I wish to show how difficult it is to understand astrology by just looking at natal charts.



Indeed, if I were to remove Merle Oberon's birth chart from this graphic the chart would look like this:

Naturally, we have to use birth charts, but they have limitations.

If you can see the two graphics above, it will not have escaped your notice that I have also removed a slice from the stave of music. In doing so I hope to spark some recognition in your mind. I hope you can see what a small proportion of a larger symphony the natal chart depicts. Less than a musical rest in this example. And while there is no real way to measure how much of the symphony the birth chart is responsible for, it is possible to see that the progressed chart (Merle Oberon died in 1979, her progressed chart at death is the equivalent of the 28th April in this graphic) goes on for many more notes and provides so much more information than the moment of its foundation.

If we were to make a judgments about a work by Mozart or Beethoven based on less than one rest we would be doing them an injustice. The same goes for astrology.

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