November 24, 2012

How It Looks to Win a Million Dollars

Before I show you an example of why you absolutely, positively should be reading transits to progressions, let’s take the mystery out of progressions. If you’re learning astrology, you read transits to the natal chart all the time, right? You’ve probably read hundreds of them by now. Well, you read progressions to the natal exactly the same way, except instead of representing one day, they represent one year. Now how hard is that?

The only thing you’ll notice different between transits to the natal, and progressions to the natal, is that in progressions, the outer planets - Jupiter through Pluto - never move more than a couple of degrees from their natal places. Therefore, you don’t even have to bother with them unless they have moved enough to make an exact aspect with another planet or angle—say within a minute or two of partile (partile means exact). Here’s a list of things to watch for when reading progressions to the natal chart:

  • 1)    The angles. Always the most powerful positions for planets to be in, regardless of which side of it they’re on. Look to see if the progressed Ascendant and progressed Midheaven are making any close aspects to any natal angles, planets, nodes, or points.

    2)    Check to see if the progressed personal planets (Sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) are making any close aspects to any natal angles, planets, nodes, or points.

    3)    Check to see if any progressed planets or angles are changing signs or houses.

    4)    The moon is the fastest “planet” in the progressed chart, moving approximately one degree per month. As it moves around the chart and makes aspects to other progressed and natal planets, it activates them.
If you are studying astrology and you don’t own an Ephemeris, you need to get one. I personally prefer The American Ephemeris for the 21st Century at Midnight (they also come in Noon varieties) by Neil Michelsen. If you, or anyone whose chart you want to study, was born before 2001, you’ll need one for the 20th Century as well. How are you going to look ahead without one? How are you going to see the eclipses, lunations, planet ingresses and retrograde periods without it? Not having an Ephemeris is like going to school without your book.

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There’s another very helpful predictive method similar to progressions called Solar Arc Directions. They are read the same way, and they are also for one year. The difference between progressions and directions is:

Progressions advance everything in the chart by their individual rates of movement in 24 hours. 1 Day = 1 Year in your life. If you want to know what will happen to you when you are 25, then in your ephemeris, begin counting the day after your birth, and stop when you reach 25. Compare the planets positions on that day to your natal planets. There are several places online that will cast your progressed chart for free. I’ll be happy to cast and email one for you, too, if you send me your birth data (provided I’m not swamped by hundreds of requests). There's a Contact Me page on my website.

Directions advance everything in the chart based on the "movement " of the sun in one day, thus the term solar arc.

I probably need to create some posts on progressions and directions, but for now, I only want to whet your appetite and let you see why you should be using them and why you should be reading the transits to them.

If you need help learning how to find aspects / read transits, go here:

October 2, 2017
The rest of the original post, published on this blog on November 24, 2012, appears below. It's been moved to a website I decided not to keep, and moved back again. Between 2012 and this date in 2017, I researched and learned a great deal about the astrology of winning the lottery, which I put into a manuscript that I'm working on publishing. I will make it available as soon as possible.

Here’s an example, taken from the data files of the late Lois Rodden, who was the High Priestess of Data. This is the natal chart of a man who won a million dollars on a slot machine in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

January 17, 1950
4:54 PM PST
Delano, CA 
35N36 119W15

His natal chart is fairly lucky to begin with:

  • Part of Fortune conjunct the Ascendant
  • The North Node conjunct the Midheaven
  • Venus on the cusp of the 8th house, which is the house of “Other People’s Money,” including community property, lotteries, football pools (and the like), taxes, insurance, 401Ks, pensions, social security, welfare, stocks, investments, and inheritance (and I have undoubtedly left out a couple).
  • Vertex (a point of fate) in the 5th house of gambling (also known as the house of children, creativity, hobbies, entertainment, vacations, romances, and taking chances).
  • The chart is full of sextiles and trines with only one square (between Saturn and Chiron), and one opposition (between Retrograde Venus and Pluto). Ah! But notice that the opposition lies across the cusps of the 2nd house of money and the 8th house of Other People’s Money.

Does that mean if your chart has more squares and oppositions and fewer trines and sextiles that you can’t be as lucky? No, it doesn’t.


July 18, 1981
00:45 MDT
Lake Tahoe, NV
39N01 119W57

Above are the transits to the natal chart at the time and place he won.

Outlined in teal blue, notice the transiting sun conjunct the natal Ascendant. Whenever the sun transits the ascendant, it’s like getting a second birthday that year.

Outlined in purple transiting moon conjoined natal Jupiter, the Santa Claus of the zodiac, the planet of bigger, better, more, expansion, excess, hope, optimism, and joy.

Outlined in pink, transiting Venus was just a hair past the conjunction to the natal Pluto / Venus opposition. I can hear you now: “But oppositions aren’t good!” That’s part of the art of interpretation. Venus activated that opposition across the two money houses, and you can see the result. I'm not going to go into the cradle configuration, because I don't want to be distracted by a debate on whether or not anything other than planets can be counted as part of a configuration. We'll save it for another time.

Venus also squares Chiron in the 11th house of sudden surprises. Study Chiron if you wish, but I am still unconvinced as to its true meaning. I know it is activated regularly in all kinds of charts, and in all kinds of ways, so I use it to see what occurs with it. Maybe someday it will hit me and I’ll go voila! (I did go voila!while researching the book! Keep using Chiron.)

In red, Transiting Mars conjoined Uranus, which happens to be the ruler of the 8th house of Other People’s Money, as well as the dispositor of both benefics, Venus and Jupiter.

Outlined in yellow, Transiting Jupiter, transiting Saturn, and the transiting Vertex (date with destiny) conjoined the natal Mars, which happens to be the ruler of the Midheaven (the limelight, the public perception of us, and our path in life). It also co-rules the 5th house of gambling and chances.

Circled n turquoise, Transiting Uranus, the planet of rock and roll; of the sudden, unexpected and accidental; the one that never conforms and always shakes things up, is in the 5th house of gambling and chances, and trines the natal ascendant, where that transiting sun is providing a "second birthday."

Finally, the transiting Ascendant and Eastpoint (interaction and the environment when out in public) conjoined the winner’s Midheaven in lime green. Remember that events in the life will be reflected in the natal chart at least three ways (the more, the better). This chart shows eight ways that July 18, 1981 was a lucky day for this man. 

But...would you look at those charts and know that he was going to win a bunch of money? Maybe if he had been playing golf, he would have made a hole-in-one. Maybe if he had been fishing, he would have caught a blue marlin. Maybe it was his wedding day. How do you look at the chart and see beyond the “lucky day” to“lucky how?”

That’s where progressions come in. For an event in the life to manifest, the chart must reflect it in at least three ways. When it is found in the progressions and directions, that is further confirmation, and helps you to narrow down what will happen.


Here is the progressed chart of our winner. What stands out?

There is a yod between Pluto (ruler of an angle / the I.C.), Neptune (ruler of the 8th house), and the Moon (in the 8th house).

Because the moon rules the 12th house of confinement and seclusion, I might think that the man will undergo surgery (8th house / 12th house matters). Especially since Saturn is opposed to the moon (a boomerang yod) and rules his 6th house of health and employment. We don’t know that this did not happen, but it is not mentioned in the Lois Rodden data base.

There is also a trine between Jupiter (bigger, better, more) which is conjunct an angle, and Neptune  (planet of “is it real?”) which is the ruler of the 8th house. Besides being the house of Other People’s Money, the 8th is also the house of surgery. The trine from Jupiter would indicate a good outcome.

But let’s see what happens when we place these progressions around the natal chart.


The very first thing that caught my attention (in purple), was progressed Jupiter (bigger, better, more) conjunct natal Venus (the Planet of Pleasant: money, love, beauty, harmony, happiness). That is definitely confirmation of the financial gain indicated by the transits.

Venus is the Lesser Benefic and Jupiter is the Greater Benefic. 

Benefic: doing or promoting some good;
beneficent: a benefic truce; a benefic confluence of planets. 

And where are they? On the cusp of the 8th house of Other People’s Money. Planets tend to gain strength when they are on a house cusp, particularly in the Porphyry house system.

Next, in hot pink, is the progressed Moon at the apex of the yod opposing the natal (and progressed) Saturn. There are other aspects involving Saturn that we’ll talk about later.

In teal blue, the progressed Mars conjoined the South Node of the Moon, and the South Node of the Moon conjoined Mars. They are right on the cusp of the nadir, which makes them angular, and therefore, strong. Mars is the ruler of the Midheaven (public standing) and co-ruler of the 5th house of gambling and taking chances.

Finally, in yellow, the progressed Eastpoint (interaction and the environment when out in public) trines the natal Vertex (date with destiny) in the 5th house.  


Here is what the "Old Timer" who never looks at transits to progressions would miss, but you won't.

What catches the eye first? Circled in hot pink, transiting Venus, the Lesser Benefic (Planet of Pleasant: money, love, beauty, harmony, happiness) is conjunct the progressed Ascendant (you, here and now).

Outlined in teal blue, transiting Jupiter (Greater Benefic, bigger, better, more) and Saturn (responsibility, ambition, tradition,) and the Vertex (date with destiny) all conjunct the progressed South Node (reaping what you’ve sown) in the 2nd house of money.

In a kind of lavender color, transiting Neptune (“Is it real?” and intuition) conjoins progressed Chiron on the cusp of the 5th house of gambling and chances. In orange, the transiting Midheaven (being in the public eye) is conjunct the progressed Vertex (date with destiny), also in the 5th house of gambling.

In yellow, the transiting South Node (reaping what you’ve sown) is 
  • conjunct progressed Venus (money), which is the ruler of the progressed Midheaven (public eye), 
  • as well as Mercury (communication, rational thought), which is the ruler of the 2nd house of money and the 11th house of sudden events.

In turquoise, the transiting Eastpoint (interaction and the environment when out in public) is conjunct the progressed North Node (another benefic), right on the cusp of the 8th house (Other People’s Money).

And finally, in his favorite color (action, initiative) Mars is conjunct Uranus (sudden, unexpected) in the 11th house of sudden events.


This is also a chart that represents one year in the life. Look carefully and you will see that the planets are in exactly the same positions they hold in the Natal chart, and they maintain exactly the same relationships (aspects) to each other. What has changed are the degrees and signs they are in. The degrees and signs on the wheel have changed, too. The reason for this is that everything in the directed chart has been moved by the same rate of speed, which is the rate that the sun moves in one day (therefore, “solar arc”).

Now let’s see what happens when we compare these positions to the natal positions.


Two things jump out at me here. The first is the Directed Venus (Lesser Benefic, money, love, beauty, harmony, happiness) making a nice trine to the natal Part of Fortune in hot pink.

And then in teal blue, we have Saturn under attack from Pluto by conjunction, and opposed by transiting Venus. And in red, the Moon under attack from Saturn. I told you earlier that we’d talk more about Saturn.

Every planet has a “positive” side and a “negative” side. The positive use of Saturn is ambition, responsibility, executive ability, and tradition. The negative side brings sorrow, suffering and self-undoing. Saturn isn’t particularly well placed in this chart.

For one thing, it’s in the 3rd house of the rational mind and ability to communicate, in the sign of Virgo, which can make it austere, silent, uncommunicative, and highly critical. It’s in mutual reception with Mercury, which doubles those tendencies. He’s smart, there’s no doubt about that; he has a serious mind. His entire chart has a Capricorn signature, so he has leadership ability, but his personal life probably suffers.

Secondly, his Saturn rules the 7th house of marriage and partnership, which shows the area of life where these challenges will be played out.

And finally, his Saturn is opposed by his retrograde Venus in Aquarius. Venus, the planet that describes our loving nature, is not at its warmest in Aquarius. It’s highly independent and needs a lot of freedom. It’s more of a “let’s be friends” type. Couple that with the retrograde tendency to turn things inward, and I’m betting this man is a little hard to get close to.

On top of that, his Ascendant (his outward personality, the way others see him, or the way he wishes to be seen) is in Cancer, which can be clingy (so a dichotomy compared to his freedom-loving Venus), moody, and as changeable as the tides. The moon, which rules Cancer, is placed in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, which is the most difficult sign for the moon to be in. Those moods can be quite dark, and his emotional nature quite chilly. So now, in this year, he has directed Pluto conjunct his natal Saturn, and Pluto is the Great Eliminator. It removes things from our lives. I cannot be certain because no mention of it was made in the data base from which I fetched this man, but I’m willing to bet that this was a year in which he lost his wife either by death or divorce.


In the transits, once again, there is Venus (money, love) conjunct the Ascendant (you, here and now).

Outlined in orange, in the 2nd house of money, there is the transiting Part of Fortune alongside a powerful conjunction of Jupiter (bigger, better, more),

Saturn (in this case, responsibility, I think), and the Vertex (date with destiny), which sextiles Uranus (sudden surprises). Uranus happens to be conjoined by the North Node (another beneficent) outlined in navy blue.  Notice that Uranus is the ruler of the 7th house of marriage and partnership, and that the transiting Uranus squares the directed Moon, ruler of the 12th house of sorrows and seclusion.

The transiting Moon squares the Moon’s Nodes, which are always activated during important events in the life. They represent milestones and turning points, and are associated with fateful events. I'm not sure what color the lines are. A deep red, maybe?

Circled in turquoise, the transiting Midheaven (public image) is in the 5th house of gambling and chances. The transiting Ascendant (you, here and now) and Eastpoint (interaction and the environment when out in public) are in the 8th house (Other People’s Money), strengthened by being on the house cusp.

And finally, follow the purple line from transiting Mars (action, initiative) to trine the directed Moon, Mercury, and mostly the Sun (exactly). The sun is the ruler of the directed Ascendant (you, here and now). 


The Lunar Eclipse on July 16, 1981 at 8:39 PM PDT

Eclipses are powerful triggers of our fate. I won’t say that coincidentally there just happened to be an eclipse just 40 hours before this man won a million dollars, because in astrology, there are no coincidences. Everything happens exactly when it’s meant to happen.

The Lunar Eclipse on July 16, 1981 at 8:39 PM PDT, fell across this man’s Ascendant / Descendant axis, and conjoined his natal moon, the ruler of his Ascendant.


  1. That's a hell of an analysis. Very impressive. PC

    1. The green HOME page link on this and other pages that I've viewed does not link to your HOME page. Just passing it along. PC

    2. Thanks on both counts. Appreciate it. I took care of the links.

  2. Thanks for sharing such helpful info--it does de-mystify the whole progression/transit thing for me. I have a question that I don't seem to be able to find an answer to on the web--it appears that on/around October 1st I will have transiting & progressed venus conjunt my natal venus @ 22' scorpio in my 9th house. This *seems* like it might be important, but maybe I'm wrong...? Thanks again for your VERY helpful & amusing blog!

  3. You're welcome. Thanks for reading.

    I assume you are speaking of secondary progressions (not solar arc directions, but we can talk about those, too, if you'd like).

    Only part of your question seems to be possible. Venus returns to its natal place once a year, wherever that may be. You can cast a chart for your Venus Return and read it similarly to the way you would read a solar or lunar return, except of course, you'll be looking at Venus, the house it falls into, and the houses that it rules - those with Taurus and Libra on the cusps. If you'd like me to cast that chart and email it to you no charge, send your data and email address to me at

    A Venus Return is a good time to test your luck quotient IF Venus is well aspected by other transiting planets that day, and if it is well placed, and if it rules the right houses...

    If it receives difficult aspects from other transiting planets, then you might want to hang onto your money and your heart. If testing your luck is your goal, don't discount the DAY BEFORE the exact conjunction, or you could miss the boat!

    Now - about that progressed Venus. That's not as likely. I don't know your data but progressed Venus should be about as many degrees from its own natal position as you are years old, because it moves about a degree per day, and in progressions 1 day = 1 year. There might be an exception to that rule of thumb if either your natal or progressed Venus is retrograde.

    Does that help?

  4. Thank you for the speedy response & yes it was helpful! I will email my data to you but I suppose I should have mentioned that my natal venus is indeed retro.

  5. Having stumbled on this blog and reading your analysis of the slot machine millionaire, I feel compelled to mention that your ability in communicating complex astrological concepts is absolutely superb. I look forward to further exploration of your material!
    --Mark Rose

    1. Wow. Thanks. It's always nice to receive a compliment.

  6. Great analysis, I love lottery winner astro breakdowns like this.

    I have recently become very interested in this subject of potential lottery transits, and I wanted to share an upcoming transit that I actually stumbled upon over a month ago by accident. I think it has HUGE potential for me, and wanted to share to see if we really can predict a lotto win AHEAD of time.

    So the transit I found (pretty much by accident) is on Oct. 29th, 2014. I originally was just looking at the day for another reason, but after I realized what was happening that day astrologically in relation to my natal planets, I looked at the transits for 9:10pm in Toronto, Canada, because that is the exact draw time for lotto 6/49, which I will of course be buying tickets for.

    Now here are the aspects that will be occurring to my natal chart during the draw:

    - Transiting Jupiter conjunct my Natal Moon (11th house) within 22 minutes applying

    - Transiting Uranus conjunct my Natal Sun (7th house) within 19 minutes separating

    - Transiting AC will be conjunct my Natal MC 1 degree 5 mins applying

    - Transiting Sun and Venus will BOTH be conjunct my Natal Jupiter (2nd house) 21 minutes and 1 degree 34 mins respectively, both applying

    - Transiting Part of Fortune will be conjunct my Natal Sun too (along with Uranus) 45 mins

    - Transiting Mercury and North Node will both be conjunct my Natal Saturn (1st house) 58 mins and 10 mins applying respectively

    - Transiting Vertex will be conjunct my Jupiter/Uranus Midpoint (2nd house) 39 mins applying

    - Transiting Saturn will also be conjunct my Jupiter/Uranus Midpoint 2 degrees 33 mins separating (Saturn will also be conjunct my Natal Ceres 2 degrees 14 mins applying)

    - Both transiting Neptune and transiting MC will be squaring my Natal Uranus 32 mins applying and 11 mins separating respectively

    - Transiting Mars will be conjunct my natal Jupiter/Venus Midpoint (9 mins applying)and opposing my MC 40 mins separating

    So needless to say my jaw hit the floor when I saw these transits!!! To have roughly 95% of the transiting planets in very tight orb conjunctions with that many auspicious natal points and planets has got to amount to something!

    1. I love to look ahead in the ephemeris. One time, many years ago, while looking ahead, I saw that my transits were absolutely fantastic the day AFTER Christmas at a future date. I thought, hmmm, Christmas is on Thursday and payday is on Friday, so maybe I just have to wait an extra day to get some really great present that I'm going to be thrilled about. Either that, or because of all the aspects to Mars, my husband was getting me a gym membership and I'd have to kick his ass. It didn't matter because I could see from the transits that I was going to be VERY excited about it and that it would be worth the wait. In between that time and the future Christmas, I had some really hard transits - like Pluto conjunct natal Saturn and transiting Saturn opposed to both, as well as Uranus squaring my natal moon. A LOT happened. I knew it was going to be hard, but I had no idea that a year later my life wouldn't even be recognizable. I could never in a million years have foretold what that future December 26th would bring.

      As it turned out, I got to spend several hours with an old friend who had meant the world to me about thirty-five years before but that I had lost touch with. Not only was it amazing to spend time with him, but he was the one and only person who could provide the answers to questions I'd needed desperately to know for thirty-five years, and he answered every one of them. To this day (and the rest of my life, I'm sure), I still think of it as one of the happiest days of my life and just remembering it brings happy tears.

      I wish you had provided your birth data (you could email it to me if you prefer to keep it private). Your aspects are very good, and I hope there will be enough of them to do the trick. Best of luck! Please come here and gloat if you win!

    2. I've been analysing this to death and am very much anticipating 3 weeks from now when the draw happens. I have also analysed my secondary progressed chart and my Solar Arc chart and there are definitely some things happening to back up the transits.

      In my secondary progressed chart for that day I have a Grand Trine with Uranus, Venus, and the MC, which is applying and will last for another year or so to come. Plus I have a tight orb (12 mins applying) Pluto/AC conjunction indicating something very transformative in my life (and my Natal Pluto is quite well aspected in my chart - weak trine to MC, Trine to Venus, Sextile to Neptune). My progressed Sun forms sesquiquadrates and semi-squares with ALL the angles in my chart, and the progressed Moon is 5 mins from entering a new sign and will go on to conjunct progressed Jupiter in the following months.

      Then there is my Solar Arc chart. The aspects that stood out there for the day of the draw are:

      - SA Saturn conjunct my natal Jupiter/Uranus Midpoint 7 mins applying

      - SA Mercury opposite my natal Jupiter 16 mins applying

      - SA North Node conjunct my natal Moon 11 mins applying

      - SA Ceres conjunct natal Neptune 39 mins separating

      - SA Uranus squaring natal Mercury 6 mins separating

      - SA Pluto squaring natal Venus 8 mins separating

      - And most people don't count easy aspects in Solar Arc charts because it is the "hard" SA aspect that tend to make things happen; however, my SA MC is forming a grand trine with natal Vertex and natal Uranus - 1 min separating and 33 mins applying respectively.

      The only thing that concerns me is the square from transiting Neptune to my natal Uranus, as that can denote delusional fantasies (and with these kinds of transits I am seriously going to be surprised if SOMETHING big doesn't happen).

      Just wanted to share and document this, as I think it is interesting and exciting purely from an astrological point of view to see what happens...

      Thank you for your story though, as I know that sometimes transits manifest in very unexpected ways!

      I will email you my birth data...

    3. So, what eventually happened?


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