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Lunar progressions Newsletter: Balsamic Days 2019

Alex Trenoweth and Julija Simas

Agents 12 and 144 pretending to be posh

I never used to worry about lunar progressions. However, according to my slightly rustic calculations, my progressed lunar phase is about half way through the Balsamic phase. I will confess I had been a little worried about reaching this much aligned phase. After all, it was during this phase in their lives that Van Gogh lost what remained of his sanity, Muhammed Ali was stripped of his world titles, Margaret Mitchell stopped writing. . .I could go on.

But so far, it’s been pretty good for me.

But what are Lunar progressions?

For the beginners out there (yes, I always worry about you!), the the lunar progression phases are calculated with the one day = one year formula. Roughly, the progressed moon will return to its natal position around the same time as the Saturn return.

The progressed lunar phases are the same as the ordinary lunar phases (new, crescent, 1st quarter, gibbous, Full, disseminating, last quarter, balsamic). Except the progressed lunar phase measured by the position of the progressed moon to the progressed sun.

One of the things I have noticed about the past few years is that I’ve finally achieved what I have set out to do. In fact, I’ve achieved more than I ever thought possible. I used to worry that I’d run out of time. But in the past few years, I’ve been pretty fearless. I used to be afraid of flying but don’t even think about that anymore. I also regularly confront humankind’s most common fear: public speaking.

Cutting out the Crap

Alex Trenoweth and Julia Simas, Lunar progressions
Agents 12 and 144 pretending to be posh

I guess because I’m far more streamlined than I used to be, I’ve attracted people who share similar interests. A few weeks ago, my buddy Julija (Agent 12 from the Cosmic Intelligence Agency) came to London for a visit. We were joined by a couple of other fellow astrologers. A lot of fun was had exploring London (I’ve peppered this post with the photos!). We made a lot of plans. However, it also brought me back to some old haunts. “Haunts” is a great description for visiting a place where one’s life fell apart.

“Oh come on 144,” the other agents chided me when I got a little moody and reflective. “Think of how far you’ve come.”

Lunar progressions: returning to the old 'hood.
With Agents 12 and Dakini after finding honorary Agent Bowie in Brixton

I call myself “The Worst Cancerian in the World” because I claim I’m not a typical Cancerian. But at times, like when I’m walking through my old neighbourhood, I can also be the very best Cancerian in the world. I start worrying. It made me wonder if I was heading towards another “bad” phase of my life.

The Advantages of Being an Astrologer

Being an astrologer gives me an advantage over non-astrologers. I can look at my chart and kind of see tricky times coming ahead. And I can do things to lessen the impact.

Alex Trenoweth, Yasmin Boland
Agents with one of Hay House’s best known authors, Yasmin Boland

Each of the eight phases of the progressed lunar cycle last about three and half years. It’s similar to the times of transiting Saturn. Thirty years ago, the last time my progressed lunar phase was balsamic, I went through some very difficult times indeed.

Alex Trenoweth and Harry Potter
Agent 144 got an article about Harry Potter published on!

In 1989, I had gone through some serious trauma and had been experiencing extreme emotional turmoil. The only way I could survive (I thought) was to put the emotions away and focus on finishing university. I thought I needed a fresh start. So I moved to London.

Within a year of moving to London, as I started my New progressed lunar phase, I got married and started having children. So out of a tragedy, came great joy. It’s a sort of similar pattern to what I’m experiencing now.

Repeating Patterns in Lunar progressions

Recently I’ve experienced quite a lot of emotional turmoil. Helping to organise IVC 2018 and making plans for IVC 2020 involved a lot of mental energy. It wasn’t all unpleasant but I described to my astro friends it has been a lot of hills and troughs. Although I felt the turmoil, I have managed to keep myself on a fairly even keel. So you see, I learned something since the last time I was in this progressed lunar phase!

Julija and Alex in Brighton, Lunar progressions
Agents 12 and 144 went to Brighton to find India!

This thought really cheered me up, I can tell you! I’m going to be just fine.

However, I also know that this phase in lunar progressions is about tidying up from the previous cycle. It’s letting go of the frivolous things and focusing on our core essence.

I do feel, without much conscious effort, that I have been cutting out people, goals and objects out of my life that serve no real purpose. I’ve boiled down my essence to two main things: astrology and education.

Me and my Website

Agents 12 and 144 at Greenwich Meridian line, Lunar progressions
Agents 12 and 144 at Greenwich Meridian line

A few years ago, just before I was in the Balsamic progressed lunar phase, I got this totally naff idea that I should compartmentalise my articles by putting them on various blogs. Only the “serious” stuff would be on my website. I ended up with a blog for the personal stuff, a blog for the astrology and education stuff, a blog for horoscopes and a blog for fiction.

To cut a long story short, it didn’t work. I realised that I had outgrown my personal blog. My astrology and education blog pieces could be re-purposed for future books. I got too busy to write horoscopes (mainly because I procrastinate so much before I actually do any writing). And my fiction blog? Oh dear.

Just before IVC 2018, I decided I needed to re-structure my main website. I needed to pull everything together and be far more clear on my intentions and focus. So “Bringing Astrology to Education” became my tagline.

I still don’t understand why my blogs continue to get more traffic than my main website. But I’ll figure it out.


One could easily be led to thinking Mercury is retrograde in the Trenoweth household (it is natally!).

Trenoweth: Game of Thrones, Lunar progressions
Watch it Daenerys, you ain’t da only queen!

I started messing around with the website menu, re-reading and re-formatting old articles, re-thinking what the purpose of my website is and playing around with the search engine optimiser (SEO). A lot of my old articles were buried under new stuff. Have a look around: some of it’s not bad.

Although I’m not finished updating things, I have seized total control of my website. I’m learning all the time.

I had been putting consultations and classes on the back burner so I can focus on conferences. There’s a few I would love to check out (here’s some ideas).But I’m re-thinking this too.


As I finish off “the stuff” from my previous progressed lunar phase, I’m starting to re-focus on new projects. One of my new targets is doing more towards preserving the planet.

I’ve never owned a car and have always used London’s fab public transport system. However, I’ve been working on further reducing the carbon footprint for the past few years. I’ve substantially reduced my use of plastic, consumption of animal products and started taking more Greyhounds. Despite this, I feel there’s more room for improvement. I’ll be investigating more ways to work with others to create a sustainable world.

I guess this means a few things: I’ll be doing more online events and I’ll be thinking more about where my home really is. I still have just under two years before I reckon I have to make serious decisions

Discovering Your Lunar progressions

So where are you in the Lunar progressions? Should you be starting new things, re-assessing your current goals and targets or should you be thinking of finishing off current plans?

Lunar progressions can really help you focus on the important patterns in your life! If you’d like to know more about yours, why not book a consultation with a professional, fully-qualified astrologer? Feel free to add a comment or ask a question.

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Alex Trenoweth
Alex Trenoweth
Alex Trenoweth, MA, DFAstrolS is an astrologer, teacher and author of "Growing Pains", "The Wolf You Feed" and the soon-to-be-released "Mirror Mirror" by The Wessex Astrologer. She travels across the globe lecturing on the topic of Astrology and Education. In 2015, she was voted "Best International Astrologer" for her innovative research on astrology and adolescence. Her work has been published in major astrological magazines around the world such as Dell Horoscope, the International Society of Astrological Research, the Organization for Professional Astrologers and she is co-editor of "Constellation News", one of the largest astrological magazines on the planet.

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