So, the tough questions are, "Do the progressed Quotidian Moon (Q1 rate) charts consistently portray the events or experiences of the subject? Or, are they a one out of five or six type of chart?" The manner in which I use PSSR charts (without the progressed Moon) seem to present a continuous portrait of life when life is lived large.
Hi David, Excellent questions you pose. I don’t know if I have the answers to these questions. I will cite some of my learning experiences pertaining to Sidereal Astrology and maybe this will help you determine some answers but I always believe the answers are solely determined by one’s experiences in studying Sidereal Astrology—in what sidereal charts prove the technique.
The following are my learning experiences pertaining to the Q1 rate of the progressed Solar Moon. Many years ago I experienced a huge event in my life where the symbolism was only explained by the Q1 rate of the progressed Solar Moon/Solar angles involving a Paran. Any type of Paran is considered by Cyril Fagan as ‘the most powerful of all configurations’. When this event occurred in my life I did not know what a Paran was—nor did I know anything about Quotidian Charts involving the progressed Solar Moon. When this event occurred in my life I was using the old DOS Nova program and I tested every system (a-lot) of astrology in the Nova program and none offered the symbolism for this huge event in my life. To make sure I did not overlook any system I decided to read the entire manual. One day while reading the manual I came across a very short paragraph by Robert Hand explaining the Quotidian method by Cyril Fagan. It took me two hours to figure out how to calculate the proper key-strokes to compute the Quotidian Chart for the day of my event—but when I finally got the quotidian chart to compute—the symbolism was dead-on with a Paran with the progressed Solar Moon. The defaulted rate in Nova for the progressed Solar Moon was the Q1 rate. At this time I did know there were any other progressed rates for the Solar Moon and Quotidian angles. I was so overwhelmed by this Nova Quotidian Chart; I made a special mental note to pursue more research into Quotidian Charts. At the time, what was so damn frustrating was there was no way an astrologer could scan for Quotidian Hits with a Dos program. Quotidians are daily charts involving 365 days in a Solar year. Very little written material is available pertaining to progressed Solar Moon with Quotidian Charts. Fagan’s book ‘Primer of Sidereal Astrology’, Chapters X & X1 is excellent material. It is obvious to me Fagan looked upon the symbolism of the progressed Solar Moon with partile aspects with Solar planets as being very important. It is also obvious to me by a careful reading of Jim Eshelman’s book ‘Interpreting Solar Returns’ aspects involving the Solar Moon (including the progressions) are critical.
Years later, after my pursuit of Sidereal techniques I was able to learn from a siderealist who collaborated with Jim with his book. His name is Matthew Quelles and he is a very quite member of Jim’s forum Solunars. Soon after the advent of the internet, I was able to hook-up with Matthew via-e-mails and he taught me much about Quotidian charts. David, I had the same question as you—which Quotidian rate should we use for Quotidian Charts? Matthew told me by his research the Q1 rate tested out as the rate to use. So-naturally I stuck with the Q1 rate in my research; otherwise, I could not have produced my Solunar topic on ‘Dynamic Quotidians’ I have no experience with the other rates so I can not offer any answers pertaining to their symbolic effectiveness. Matthew is the one who taught me how to calculate and scan for Q1 Quotidian Hits with Solar Fire. Matthew is a brilliant sidereal astrologer pertaining to the ‘Technicals’ of sidereal astrology. If you or anyone want to ask him questions—let me know-- I am sure he will allow me to Private Message you with his e-mail. If it was not for Matthew, I would not have been able to advance my sidereal learning.
What types of charts do you most typically use when trying to get a grasp on a subject's life and near-term future as a basis for doing astrological consulting?
1: Natal Chart with an AA or A rating. Transits to the Natal Chart paying close attention when either the transits or natal factors falls in the foreground (angles) of a Solar and Lunar Return. Hard harmonic 8 partile aspects.
2: Solar Returns rigorously using the guidelines from Elsheman’s book ‘Interpreting Solar Returns’. I pay very close attention to the Solar Moon aspects to Solar planets and Natal planets and their progressed extensions with the Q1 Quotidian Charts. I use hard harmonic 8 partile aspects.
3: Lunar Returns to mainly help me time when important symbolism in a Solar Return will manifest. I pay close attention to hard harmonic 8 partile aspects to the Moon with a Lunar Return chart.
4: Certain Mid-point structures are important.
5: Hidden Mundane aspects, which many times are not in zodiacal aspect, in the Natal/Solar charts are very important. ***Matthew sent me a file that can be implemented into Solar Fire that allows the astrologer to see these hidden mundane aspects. Cyril Fagan considered the mundoscope very important. Believe me –it is important.
6: I am always on the look-out for Paran structures in any chart. Fagan words has proven to me Parans are indeed the ‘most powerful configurations’ when present in a Chart.
I also do a lot of work with the natal and PSSR angles finding that when angles come to angles there is often a serious type of event-horizon waiting for the subject.
David, I find this interesting. When you have time would you elaborate more on this technique with some chart examples?