Birthdays are often a time of reflection, a mix of processing everything that has happened since the last time you blew out the candles and setting goals and intentions for the next 365 days. Astrology’s annual profections technique is one tool that can help with the latter.
According to this method, each age corresponds to a specific area of life that needs to be nourished in order to grow and blossom.
What is the annual profections technique?
The annual profections technique is not part of modern psychological astrology, which may explain why it is unfamiliar to even those who speak fluent astrology. It’s not a novel method. The annual profections technique was developed in the second century BCE and is an ancient Hellenistic timing technique. When used correctly, this is a highly technical and detailed predictive astrology technique specific to birthdays that is very accurate.
An annual profections chart, or wheel, is similar to a natal chart in that it is divided into the same 12 astrological houses, each of which represents a different aspect of life. Each house has a different set of numbers. These are known as “profection years,” and they correspond to ages, beginning with age 0 in the first house, age one in the second house, age two in the third house, and so on. So, whichever house your age falls into, that year will be focused on themes associated with that astrological house.
A “profection year” is not synonymous with “perfect.” The act of progressing and moving forward is referred to as perfection. She describes the 12 houses as developmental stages of growing up to help explain this. As a result, each year of life is dedicated to the development of one area at a time. Moving through life’s progressive wheel, honing in on one area at a time to cultivate, nourish, and tend to it.
How To Interpret the annual profections wheel to learn your age’s life theme
As previously stated, the annual profections wheel is an excellent resource to consult around each birthday. It’s not the same as a solar return reading, which looks at upcoming transits, but it’s a good idea to do both to see what’s ahead and what to focus on from one birthday to the next. Even if your birthday has passed or is still months away, knowing your annual performance year can be useful.
Find your age in the annual profections chart and note which house it is in to learn yours.
For example, if you’re 37 years old, you’re in your second house of perfection, which means you’re focused on money and value. Or, if you’re 26, you’re in your third house of perfection, which focuses on communicating what you know and have learned. Learning about the meanings of the 12 houses can also help you decode the theme for your age.
The 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th house profection years will have the greatest impact on your life, so pay special attention to them. First house profection years (ages 0, 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60) are the most expansive, life-changing years, with abundant opportunities such as new jobs, relationships, or makeovers.
Fourth house profection years (ages 3, 15, 27, 39, 51, and 63) are years of intense internal restructuring, when we deal with family ‘stuff,’ buy homes, and so on. The years of the seventh house profection (ages 6, 18, 30, 42, 54, and 66) are all about beginning and ending the most important relationships, whether business or marriage.
Finally, the tenth house profection years (ages 9, 21, 33, 45, 57, and 69) are focused on 10th house-related things like career growth, with a particular emphasis on age 33. This is the Jesus or Buddha year, when we truly step out into the world as we are, because the world needs us.
The annual profections technique delves deeper by examining the signs ruling planets, their dignities, and transits to provide a micro view of your year with more specifics; however, because this is more complex, you should work with a professional astrologer with a Hellenistic background or attend an annual profections 101 workshop to learn more about it.
So, now that you know which aspects of your life will be magnified as you get older, what do you do with that knowledge? Rather than making general New Year’s resolutions each year, use your birthday as your “new year” marker, and set goals and intentions that will support you in the areas of your annual profections year’s theme.
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