If you’re into reading your horoscope on more than a casual basis, you may have heard of the term “annual profections” before but don’t know what they are. While your sun sign can tell you a lot about your personality and general nature, if you want to use the planetary alignments to their maximum benefit, you may find annual profections the best way to do so. Read on for a rundown on what they are and how to calculate yours.
What are annual profections in astrology?
Chris Brennan of The Astrology Podcast reveals that the term “profection” is Latin in origin, meaning to go away from one thing and step into another. In simpler terms, annual profections are a good guideline for what you can expect in your life in the year to come.
Annual projections in astrology refer to a method of forecasting the upcoming year’s trends, events, and developments for a person based on their birth chart. Astrologers typically use the position of the planets at the time of the person’s birth, as well as their current positions and movements, to make predictions about the year ahead.
These annual projections can cover various aspects of your life. That includes stuff like career development, personal relationships, health, finances, etc. Of course, it should be noted that these projections definitely aren’t absolute and can be interpreted any number of ways. After all, we all have free will, and how we exercise it determines the path of our lives. That being said, they can serve as a helpful guide for understanding the energies and influences that may be present in the coming year for those who believe in astrology.
How can you calculate your annual profections?
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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to go see a professional astrologer. You just need to know a bit about the 12 houses and the areas of your life they affect.
The 12 houses of the zodiac
- First house: The self and how you relate to it (your physical body, personality traits, and how you see yourself)
- Second house: Finance (material wealth, personal income)
- Third house: Travel, communication, and the pursuit of knowledge
- Fourth house: Family, home, and safety, ancestors
- Fifth house: Romantic love, artistic creativity and expression, kids
- Sixth house: Day-to-day wellness and routine, pets
- Seventh house: Partnership (friendship, sexual, business), marriage
- Eighth house: Sexual intimacy, transformation, death, rebirth
- Ninth house: Long-distance travel, philosophy, spontaneity and adventure
- Tenth house: Career, reputation (public perception)
- Eleventh House: Friendships, networking
- Twelfth house: Intuition, dreams, spirituality, connection to a higher power
How the houses affect your profections
Your rising zodiac sign, which is also known as your ascendant, is always directly on the cusp of the first house. However, the other houses become more active at different ages of your Life. So, depending on what house is activated at a certain age, that year will see progress in the areas that house covers. It really is as simple as that
How to get your annual profections
You’ll first need to know which house is ruled by your sign. For example, if Scorpio is your ascending sign, that rules your first house. Therefore, Sagittarius would rule your second, Capricorn your third, etc. (If you need to create a birth chart to find yours out, Cafe Astrology has a great free one available.)
From there, you should find out which house you’re in this year. This is the same for everyone in the world — it doesn’t change based on the person. For example, if you’re 21, you’re in a Tenth house year. If you’re 31, you’re in an Eighth house year. It sounds confusing, but there are some handy charts that make this super easy to understand. That’s when you can start to work out what’s to come.
Now, here’s where the fun comes in. While you can simply take this information and run with it, you can also find out your Time Lord for a given year, which offers extra insights into what you’re working with.
Wait, what’s a Time Lord in astrology?
Things can get a little complicated, but try and stick with us. In annual profections, all years have a unique Time Lord, or planetary ruler. That planet will rule the sign of that house in that year, beginning with the sign on the Ascendant. This moves around the natal chart every year so it’s pretty static. However, it can offer some added info on what’s happening in the universe.
To find out what your Time Lord is for a given year, you’ll need to know the planet that rules a given sign. So, for instance, if your ascendant sign is Scorpio, again, and you’re in a Seventh house year, that means Taurus is in that house, and Taurus’ ruling planet is Venus. Venus is all about love, romance, and beauty. Since the Seventh house is all about partnership and marriage, it stands to reason this will play a big part in your year to come.
That being said, your Time Lord may not play a big role in a given year depending on a few different factors. We don’t want to confuse you too much, but if you want to read more, Earthshine Astrology has a pretty solid explainer.
Do annual profections and Time Lords really matter all that much?
At the end of the day, astrology is what you make of it. While it can’t tell you every single thing that’s going to happen in your life, it can provide a blueprint that many find helpful. If you’re curious about the energies swirling around you during a given period of your life, it can’t hurt to calculate your annual profections. Admittedly, they may mean nothing to the way you live your life or the choices you make. However, if you think theycould provide some beneficial guidance and insight, give it a go.