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Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark

Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark

by Bernadette Brady

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For serious astrologers, this book is full of predictive techniques that really work, including cycles, transits, returns, progressions, eclipses, and the clearest explanation of the Saros cycles ever! Describes luminary and planetary arcs, and how to use transits to set up time maps. Brady also interprets progressed planets, waxing and waning orbs, planets changing


For serious astrologers, this book is full of predictive techniques that really work, including cycles, transits, returns, progressions, eclipses, and the clearest explanation of the Saros cycles ever! Describes luminary and planetary arcs, and how to use transits to set up time maps. Brady also interprets progressed planets, waxing and waning orbs, planets changing signs, retrograde motion of transits and lunar phases and how they operate in predictive work. Appendices. Bibliography.

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The Eagle and the Lark


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Copyright © 1992 Bernadette Brady
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Every language has an alphabet and predictive astrology is no different. What the astrologer is trying to do in formulating a prediction is to take the language of the Cosmos and translate that information into the conscious world of the client. The way in which we produce this information from the Cosmos is via the predictive system we use; i.e., transits, progressions, and so on. However, no matter what system you used, there is one common thread and that is the definition of the basic units or alphabet with which the language or data is written.

The alphabet of astrology is made up of the planets, aspects, houses and signs. With these basic components the Cosmos can spin a million or so stories. In a natal chart, the stories are magical and mysterious, involving mythology and the history of a person's race. In such a world the language creates very complex messages, for people have their whole lives to "tinker" with the particular coded messages termed a natal chart.

However, in the world of predictive astrology, the information is only present for a short period of time and there is no time to explore the concept being presented. There is just time to hear the basic message and to act on it before the next signal comes in. So although the language may be undiscovered Shakespeare, the perception is of a simple dialogue.

Whatever the method of dynamic predictive astrology used, by its very definition it must be a temporary connection to the natal chart. The dynamic planet (progressed or transiting) makes itself felt by way of an aspect and thus connects to the chart; it then symbolically transmits information or energy and, finally, disconnects. It is not there forever, like a natal aspect. It is transient—a tourist traveling through an unknown country.

Thus, the dynamic planet comes onto the stage of clients' lives like an invader or intruder, the pragmatist in the plot. The rest of the actors (natal planets) on stage have to deal with this energy, which is seen as raw, young and not integrated into the system. For this reason the dynamic planets and aspects, unlike their natal cousins, do not have time to grow and mature in their expression, and consequently take on slightly different and considerably simpler meanings.

For example, say Jane has Saturn opposing the Sun in her natal chart. She has her whole life to work with it, grow it, develop it, mature it. The inferiority complex in youth that this aspect can indicate would most likely convert to an achievement drive in adulthood. Granted this achievement drive could be spurred on by a fear of failure fueled by feelings of inadequacy, but Jane has worked with this aspect and can thus get better results from it. This is an aspect which is part of her, which over the years, has gained rapport with other facets of herself. On the other hand, if having transiting Saturn opposing her natal Sun, restrictions and commitment suddenly come thundering into her life, with none of the subtleties of the above mentioned natal aspect. Before she has time to "turn the tables on it" and mature it, the transit is gone.

So in working with predictive astrology, the key issue is to recognize this simplicity. The language of astrology is rich and beautiful, but in predictive work its rich symbolism is put into simple packages. The symbols do not lose their beauty, they are simply less complex in their expression. This concept can be encapsulated by the KISS principle—Keep It Simple Sweetheart—which indeed is a golden rule of predictive astrology. So with simplicity as the Rosetta Stone of prediction, let's look at the alphabet of our language.

Planets in Predictive Work

The following are some keywords, which are by no means absolute, for the luminaries and planets when they are involved in dynamic astrology.


Key Principle: life, vitality, the very being, self.

Rate of travel through the zodiac: about 1° per day.

Time to travel through a chart: 1 year.

Use in predictive work: receives transits and makes and receives progressions.

Figures: father, authority figures of any type, a famous person, a superior person.

The Sun is the foundation stone of the human being. In a natal chart, it represents the life journey and story which will be undertaken by the individual seeking awareness. Thus the Sun sign is important, for it reveals the myth or story that the individual follows through life. Transits and progressions to or from this luminary indicate events in the journey of life and a reassessment of personal identity. The person may experience this as life-threatening, or life-supporting. Either way, it is like turning the page in the story of life and getting on to the next "adventure."


Key Principle: mother, feminine, nurturing, children, body or kinesthetic responses to world, i.e., emotions.

Rate of travel though the zodiac: about 12° per day.

Time to travel through a chart: 27-1/2 days.

Use in predictive work: receives transits and makes and receives progressions.

Figures: mother, children, loved ones that you nurture, people who need physical help.

Dynamic contacts to the Moon will color emotional processes. You experience changes in emotional responses, changes in eating habits, changes in body rhythms. Things that are dear to you, things that are part of your security system could change. The Moon, more then any other planet or luminary, takes on a very strong bias from the sign that it occupies and this should always be considered when dealing with this luminary.


Key Principle: methods of information-collecting, processing and distributing.

Rate of travel through the zodiac: up to 2°30' per day.

Time to travel through a chart: about 1 year.

Use in predictive work: receives transits and makes and receives progressions.

Figures: young people, or people who deal with information or stationery.

Dynamic contacts to Mercury herald events concerning paperwork, study, writing, talking, short journeys and a great deal of movement. New ways of gaining information may be encountered by a spectrum of methods from finding a new bookshop to having prophetic visions.


Key Principle: relating, relationships, resources.

Rate of travel through the zodiac: up to 1°15' per day.

Time to travel through a chart: about 1 year.

Use in predictive work: receives transits and makes and receives progressions.

Figures: young women, artists, lovers, or money-handlers.

Dynamic contacts to Venus will emphasize your relationship to the world or to an individual. You could find yourself changing your attitude to a group of friends or falling in or out of love. Your sense of worth is questioned, the value of things, such as friendships or relationships, is examined. You become aware of resources—emotional, spiritual or financial—and this is a time when these resources can be stretched.


Key Principle: focused action, directed motivation, drive.

Rate of travel through the zodiac: up to 0°40' per day.

Time to travel through a chart: about 2-1/2 years.

Use in predictive work: mostly for receiving transits, and progressions. Only used for making transits indicating acute days, or days of great activity. It also has some value as it transits through the houses, showing where the current motivation is at the moment. Also used for making or receiving progressions.

Figures: young, rough, strong, motivated, sexual, angry or coarse males or females.

When a chart is receiving a Mars contact it will indicate that anger, motivation, or drive is being activated. The reason is enthused with an idea or feeling. This idea may plunge the reason into physical activities, to experience strong sexual motivation, encounter angry people, or even cause the person to be part of an accident.


Key Principle: expansion of the world view, growth, movement.

Rate of travel through the zodiac: about 30° a year.

Time to travel through a chart: 12 years.

Use in predictive work: mainly for its ability to make transits and receive progressions.

Figures: grandfather, teacher, guru, traveler, adventurer.

When Jupiter is being emphasized by dynamic astrology, there are going to be changes to your worldview. What you are learning, what you are mastering, what you believe in are all areas that can be affected. Jupiter is the energy of expansiveness, whether you like it or not. It takes joy in the big picture and will influence life by the desire to expand the individual's world. The outward effect of this can be to bring study (mental expansion) or travel (physical expansion of the worldview) into your life. If it is impossible for the world to expand due to the life circumstance, then Jupiter will simply change the life circumstance so that an expansion can occur. This may not be a joyful event.

In addition, it would seem that people with a strong natal Jupiter (or who have a large dollop of Sagittarius in the chart) find that transits from or progressions to Jupiter are too excessive, leading to obsessive, manic types of overreactions which generally leave them exhausted at the end of the period.


Key Principle: structure, responsibility, commitment, authority, building; to take shape and form; consolidation of one's position in life.

Rate of movement through the zodiac: about 12° per year.

Time to travel through a chart: about 29 years.

Use in predictive work: in both giving and receiving transits as well as receiving progressions.

Figures: any person or group who can wield authority over you. Individuals who intimate. Individuals or groups for which you are responsible

Saturn is the planet of material form. Its issues are about being here now, being a physical human being in a physical body coping with our physical needs and dealing with the consequences of previous physical actions. It would seem at times that Saturn is the nemesis of the human race. For, if there is going to be productive or useful growth (Jupiter) there must be a time of pause, and consolidation—a time of restraint, a time of testing. Since all life as we know it is subject to this pulse of expansion, contraction, then the indicator of the times of contraction—Saturn—becomes a very important planet in the astrologer's toolbox.

Thus whether it is giving or receiving, in predictive work, it is always strongly felt. When Saturn is making a contact to the personal planets, it suggests periods of having to accept the consequences of one's actions. In its interaction with the outer planets, Saturn produces landmarks in the map of a person's life, showing the times and ways that the individual will struggle against the weight of the physical world and its needs in the search for awareness.

When people are young (pre-Saturn return), Saturn contacts are usually experienced as limiting and restricting, even possibly intimidating. The Saturnian figures, symbolically father, the law, teacher or boss, come to the surface during the contact to enable the person to be exposed to restrictions in order to learn lessons of responsibility and containment. These same contacts may yield welcome increases in responsibility (job promotion) or stability in the life for a mature individual.

Whatever the stage in life, a Saturn transit will have a common theme of work, hard work. Under a Saturn contact, a person is held to account, for better or for worse. The following is a guideline to the transits of Saturn:

Saturn-Sun: increase of responsibility or being "under the thumb."

Saturn-Moon: loneliness, isolation, feeling unsupported; needing to consolidate resources.

Saturn-Mercury: serious decisions, burdensome paperwork, study.

Saturn-Venus: making or breaking commitments in relationships; restrictions upon financial affairs.

Saturn-Mars: arthritis, physical restraint, physical injury, being exhausted, hard labor.

Saturn-Jupiter: controlled expansion.

Saturn-Saturn: major life phase: see cycles.

Saturn-Uranus: frustration, slow progress in achieving new goals. Doing something which is ground breaking.

Saturn-Neptune: illness, tiredness, depletion of resources, despair, to be without hope. This is the major signifier of health problems in predictive astrology.

Saturn-Pluto: blocked energy leading to outbursts that could be violent; melancholy, darkness of feelings; being in a "black hole."

Saturn-North Node: taking responsibility with a group; taking on a fated commitment which is part of the life journey.

Saturn-South Node: increase in responsibilities to do with family or "tribe;" fated, karmic bonds are changed in such a way that the person has to carry a greater load.

Saturn-Ascendant: taking on greater responsibilities; being seen as capable of handling authority; given authority.

Saturn-Descendant: reviewing and changing commitments in relationships, either business or personal. Being realistic about the nature of a relationship or business partnership.

Saturn-MC: greater responsibility in the career; being seen to stand on one's own feet.

Saturn-IC: family commitments which tie a person to the home; possible problems with the father figure.

Saturn-Vertex/Anti-vertex: encountering authority figures, or encountering a long-awaited responsibility.

The three outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) tend to belong more to the collective rather than to the individual. Particularly with transits, they take on a generational flavor. For example, natal Neptune receiving a conjunction from transiting Pluto will be occurring to everybody born within a twelvemonth period. Everyone may have the transit but few would be aware of it. Even a Mars transit squaring natal Pluto will be affecting your generation. Watch for the expression of the energy in the world of fashion, on the nightly news, or in the papers, but don't look for it in an individual's chart unless that individual is a world leader in fashion or politics, and so on.

However, when the outer planets form relationships to the inner natal planets, they all challenge, in some manner, the Saturn structure that exists in that area of the person's life.

Saturn and Jupiter can be seen as a harbor mouth; inside the harbor, we can control the sea, break waters, piers, docks and so on. However, beyond the harbor the ship is exposed to the uncontrollable open sea. Jupiter beckons us out of the harbor, Saturn tells us to be well-prepared for the journey and Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are the open sea—the collective. No matter how well prepared the vessel, events can and will occur.


Key Principle: fast unexpected change; a turnaround, an awakening. Freedom. The sudden storm at sea.

Rate of travel through the zodiac: about 4° per year.

Time to travel through a chart: about 84 years.

Use in predictive work: generally used for its ability to make transits and receive progressions.

Figures: any person who is considered to be unconventional, independent, chaotic, eccentric, or rebellious. In addition the exciting person, the person who brings change. Intellectual and or non-committed.

Uranus is about change, unexpected, seemingly without pattern. The desire to break patterns of responsibility. Not necessarily to be free of the responsibility but rather just to be free. The wild card, electric, weird, fast, non-emotional, life-in-the-fast-lane. The energy of this planet is chaos. This may be welcomed, or may be feared. Spontaneous change by way of a general non-emotional reaction, because the individual does not have the luxury of time between events to brood or ponder. A ship in a storm does not have time to meditate on the problem.

When Saturn has our life firmly in its grasp via order, routine, habits and life style, Uranus will come thundering into our world, to alter, change, or confront us with the vulnerability of our "nice safe secure systems."

The energy of Uranus seems to radiate out of a person when it is strongly transiting a chart. Lightbulbs can pop, electrical failures and computer hiccups seem to trail behind us like unwanted guests! The following are simple guidelines to the types of expressions of Uranus in transit.

Excerpted from PREDICTIVE ASTROLOGY by BERNADETTE BRADY. Copyright © 1992 Bernadette Brady. Excerpted by permission of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.
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