“Mars Resting” by Velázquez (source: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, I published a post where I pointed out my recent discovery that Mars will make a move into the sixth house of my progressed chart in just a little less than a year from now. Besides movements of the moon from house to house, I didn’t think I was going to see many more changes in my progressed chart over the course of my lifetime. I’m going to be fifty-seven in three weeks from today. How many more can I possibly experience?

Well, there’s this one! Curiously enough, the other major progression that will occur over the next couple of decades is when my progressed sun joins Mercury and Mars in my sixth house.

Anyway, back to Mars’ ingress into the sector of my chart responsible for work-related responsibilities. When Mercury moved there not too long ago, I felt as if I was on a different career path. Shortly after the shift, I got a part-time job at the gym where I have volunteered as a group-fitness instructor since 1991. A few weeks later, I became a full-time staff member, and even through the pandemic while everyone else was being laid off, I was given more and more responsibilities. Now that everything is back to normal, I’ve been promoted to a position where I am essentially the second-most senior person at a location that serves more than 5,000 members. Still, there’s room to move up the ladder, and now that Mars is moving into the part of my chart associated with my job, I’m optimistic about what my future holds.

“The Dark Pixie Astrology,” a terrific website that succinctly details progressions, provides this interpretation of the event:

“When your progressed Mars enters your 6th house, you have to work. You have plenty of energy for it, and you’re driven to do good work. The 6th house is the house of work, so Mars here could show jobs you have, and you could work on your own, in sports or physical fitness, in the military, or in the entertainment industry. Progressed Mars in the 6th house is similar to progressed Mars in Virgo, so read that placement for more information.”

The passage cited above about progressed Mars in Virgo reads as follows:

“When your progressed Mars enters Virgo, you go from a period where you’re focusing on yourself, to now having more drive to work. You’re more efficient, can take on more projects, and you need to be doing work that you enjoy. If you don’t, you’ll leave your job and do something else. You’re driven to not only work, but work well. You can take charge in any work situation, though you may butt heads with coworkers at times, so try working by yourself more. Check which houses your natal Mars is in and rules to see where you could put in some more work and effort.”

My natal Mars rules over Aquarius, which is the sign of the “collective.” I work for the YMCA which is one of the most-respected “collectives” in the world, so this forecast truly resonates with me. But what really fascinates me about this progression is that I wouldn’t be surprised if I finally found a career in which I thrived at an age that most people find themselves eager to retire. The pandemic taught me that sitting around with nothing to do is the last thing I need at this point in my life. I’ll probably work into my eighties, and my current state of mental and physical well-being tells me that I’m not going to have to worry about being too old to do anything. I’m running circles around people half my age, just as a Capricorn with the knees of a mountain goat should be. Even if I do retire from my actual job, I’ll probably just realize my longstanding dream of becoming a yoga teacher, and I can keep doing that until I can’t do it anymore.

I can barely describe how encouraged I am by taking this deep dive into my progressed chart. I know that many of my fellow astrologers have jumped onto the “profections” train over the past few years, but I implore them to rediscover secondary progressions. As I’ve begun to analyze them in retrospect and then as a predictive tool, I am continuously impressed by their accuracy. They have defined the chapters of my life in an indisputable manner, and they continue to do so every day that I remain on this planet.

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