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Progressed Moon in 3rd House

There is an old and well-known story in which a number of blindfolded men gather around an object and feel it with their hands. When asked to describe what they think the object is, they don’t know that they are each only feeling part of the object, so naturally they all come up with different answers as to what they think the object is. One thinks it’s a rope, another thinks it’s a fan, and yet another thinks it’s a wall. When they remove their blindfolds, they each discover that they were feeling an elephant: its tail the rope, its ear the fan, and its side the wall. They were all correct in their descriptions based on what they experienced, yet incorrect in their ultimate conclusions when they tried to apply it outside of themselves as a factual description.

Your challenge during this progression is to try to peel your blindfold off. While it’s not possible to be completely objective, since we are all living in our own bodies with our unique experiences and subsequent conclusions about ourselves, the world, and life, you have reached a point in your evolution where you need to open your heart to new views and air out the truths you have held in your heart. That is why you will be so hungry for input, because opening to new experiences and information is a primary way to shake up what we think we already know. Three people may be observing the same scene and even come away with the same list of facts, but the conclusions that are formed from putting together those facts may be entirely different from one person to the next. The effort to look at something from as many different directions as possible can help us sift through our own natural and sometimes outdated biases that we’ve collected over time and let us see life and ourselves as if for the first time. By the end of this period, you may not recognize yourself or your life as it was at the beginning of the progression, even if nothing has changed but your point of view.

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Progressed Moon in 5th House

Having fun is, well, fun. Obviously it’s very enjoyable to be able to spend our time doing something that we like to do, and during this progression you are certainly encouraged to simply have more fun. With so much emphasis on work and productivity, pleasure is a gift that we don’t take advantage of as often as we’d like to, and perhaps should. We tend to focus on doing things for fun as a sort of “extra” bonus if we’re good boys and girls; like after we’ve cleaned the house, done our work, paid our bills, and brushed our teeth, we can do something fun for twenty minutes. But during this progression, you are challenged to see and embrace the critical role that fun plays in a healthy life. Doing fun things helps us to find the strength and willpower to do the things in our lives that need doing even if they’re not so fun. When we continually draw on our resources without replenishing them, our light gets smaller and smaller and threatens to go out.

There’s a difference between lighthearted fun and deep joy, although both are on the menu during this progression. Regardless of the sign you may have on your fifth house cusp, the fifth house often correlates with the energy of the Sun. The Sun shines. It sends heat and light outward in all directions. What do you naturally and spontaneously love? Your art? A hobby? Friends? Spirituality? Travel? Learning? Whatever it is that “lights” you up, you are asked to take it seriously at this time, not as something superfluous or compartmentalized, to be enjoyed when you have vacation time saved up, but as part of your fundamental life force.

Learn to recognize when you are holding back, when you want to play and laugh and share your ideas or your creativity, but don’t, out of habit or out of lack of confidence, or just plain fear. In some ways you are learning confidence during this progression, mostly because you are asked to bypass some of the protective behaviors that we have maintained ever since we learned that not everyone will think we’re so great. You’re asked to just let it rip! Spontaneous expression is without forethought and without hesitation and your heart is ready to let all that just fall away.

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Progressed Moon in 12th House

While a butterfly is in its larval stage, it is known as a caterpillar. The primary activity of a caterpillar is eating. Along the way it grows larger in size and essentially does something akin to shedding skin or molting to accommodate its growth. When it is ready to enter the chrysalis (what many people think of as a cocoon), it goes in search of an appropriate place to do so. Once there, it anchors itself and the chrysalis grows around it. While inside the chrysalis, the body of the larva is broken down and mostly dissolved. As the old cells die, the new cells are formed from the dead cells’ nutrients.

All you have learned over the last couple of years or even over the entirety of your life so far has served to nourish you and promote your growth. You have been consuming and gathering experiences, and now the cocoon awaits. In a twelfth-house progression, you are being asked to realize that all your experiences have now served their purpose. As you enter this stage of metamorphosis, you digest what these experiences have taught you. You will be what a friend once called “butterfly soup”: a substance that is neither caterpillar nor butterfly but something in between, as you let go of old lives and let their experiences nourish and form your new wings.”

Letting go is the purpose here, as you surrender and trust the process of living. The challenge is to have faith that you will not lose anything that you truly need but only things that stand in your way. We all become accustomed to our baggage, even if it’s burdensome, but sometimes life loses our luggage on the flight and we are asked to begin anew. This progression is a time to get your spiritual priorities in order, to remember what is truly important to you, and to gain clarity as you clear away the things that were interfering with your growth.

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