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The Progressed Lunar Phases

The phases of the life path cycle

Athen Chimenti

27 September 2023

Introduction to Progressed Lunar Phases

Moon Phases

The progressed lunar phases, although a lesser-known aspect of the lunar cycle, offer a profound insight into the personal growth and transformation we experience throughout our lives. This concept is based on the synodic cycle, which is the time it takes for the moon to return to the same phase in relation to the sun, typically 29.5 days. However, in progressed lunar phases, each day after birth corresponds to a year of life. Therefore, a complete lunar cycle in this context spans approximately 29.5 years, with each phase lasting around two and a half years.

Understanding these phases can provide us with a roadmap for personal development, helping us to navigate the ebbs and flows of life with greater ease. It allows us to align ourselves with the natural rhythms of the universe, aiding in self-discovery and personal growth.

The most accurate way to determine your progressed lunar phase is to use an astrology software like Prometheus. However, since the progressed chart uses the day-to-year method you can simply use a birth chart calculator. To do this, simply add your age in days to your natal chart. For example, if you were born on January 1st, 1973 (50 years old) add 50 to days to January 1st, which is February 19th, 1973. Use your same time and location of birth. So instead of typing January 1st 1973 into the chart calculator, you would enter February 19th, 1973 with the same time and location of birth. This is your progressed chart for this year!

Find Your Progressed Lunar Phase

Girl swinging on the moon

To find your current progressed lunar phase, you need to calculate the distance between your progressed Sun and progressed Moon in your natal chart. Start with the Sun and count moving counter-clockwise. Each house is 30 degrees.

You can determine your current lunar phase based on the following degrees:

New Moon: 0 - 45 degrees

Crescent Moon: 45 - 90 degrees

First Quarter Moon: 90 - 135 degrees

Gibbous Moon: 135 - 180 degrees

Full Moon: 180 - 225 degrees

Disseminating Moon: 225 - 270 degrees

Last Quarter Moon: 270 - 315 degrees

Balsamic Moon: 315 - 360 degrees

The Eight Progressed Lunar Phases

Ship navigating towards moon

Similar to the lunar cycle we observe in the sky, the progressed lunar cycle consists of eight distinct phases. Each phase signifies a different stage of personal development and transformation. Here's a brief overview of what each phase represents:

New Moon: This phase signifies new beginnings and is a time for setting intentions and initiating new projects.

Crescent Moon: This phase is characterized by growth and expansion. It's a time of learning and exploring new possibilities.

First Quarter Moon: This phase is a time of challenges and conflicts that test our resolve and commitment to our goals.

Gibbous Moon: This phase is characterized by refinement and adjustment. It's a time to fine-tune our approach and prepare for the culmination of our efforts.

Full Moon: This phase signifies the culmination of our efforts and the realization of our goals. It's a time of celebration and reflection.

Disseminating Moon: This phase is a time of sharing wisdom and disseminating knowledge. It's a time to give back to the community.

Last Quarter Moon: This phase signifies a time of introspection and re-evaluation. It's a time to let go of what no longer serves us.

Balsamic Moon: This phase is a time of rest and rejuvenation. It's a time to retreat inward and prepare for the next cycle.


Progressed lunar phases offer a profound insight into our personal growth and transformation. By understanding the phase we are currently in, we can better align ourselves with the rhythms of the time period, navigate life's challenges with greater ease, and fully embrace our potential for personal development and growth.

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