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Updated: Nov 18, 2022

A record of my 8H year for your amusement


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It's my Solar return and there's a Mercury cazimi happening. With that influence lingering over me today I feel compelled to write about my 8H profection year. Not just write about it, but chronicle it in real time as it happens. The 8H is a mystery on its own; getting summed up as mainly "Death and Taxes". I've recently felt called to reexamine this house and I've started referring to it as "Prices and Power". I'm hoping this diary-style blog post will serve anyone looking to get info via real life experiences on the 8H, an 8H profection year, or a year where Venus is the ruler. I'll be updating this blog post as the year goes on. While I'm really excited about this project, I also know that I'll have to be raw and real along the way. Which that seems fitting for the 8H already, doesn't it?

The Basics

Before we start getting into the juicy stuff, let's make sure we all know what the heck I'm talking about and give some background on these concepts. Here's some definitions for the lingo I'll be using along the way.

Cazimi- This is when a planet is exactly conjunct the Sun. Instead of being consumed and destroyed by the Sun's rays, the planet is so close to the Sun that it's actually bolstered and empowered.

8H- This refers to the the 8th house and is just a shorthand way to write it out. You can write any of the houses this way, just change the number.

Profection- A profection refers to the annual advancement of the native's life. Each year the native gets a new annual ruler based on the house in which the native is currently in. This starts when we're born and progresses through the houses each year. When we are born it's the first house, when we're one it's the second house, when we're two it's the third house, and so on. We look to the ruling planet of the profection year house, where the ruler is in the chart and its condition, as well as the significations of the houses the ruling planet presides over for meaning of that year.

Solar Return (SR)- Our Solar return happens when the Sun returns to the same degree it was at when we were born. This won't always be on the same day that you were born, so be sure to double check if you're attempting to do a Solar return reading for yourself or someone else. The SR chart gives us an idea of what's to come over the next year and gives us the important players that we should keep an eye on. It should always be compared with the natal chart to complete the entire picture.

The 8th House- I already mentioned the 8H signifying death and taxes. Which is true! A lot of happenings that deal with finances of others and deaths (both literal and metaphorical) occur within the 8H. Both money and death are seen as sources of "power" in the world we live in. That's why I've been referring to it as the house of prices and power. It's a house that is said to require a sense of surrender. It deals with other people's money/assets and your relationship to those things, as well as death in every sense of the word. The 8H is a compost bin; the humus that remains after a planetary transit or a profection year will be rich with the experience of life.

Setting the Stage

Let's go over what my SR chart looks like, along with my natal chart, and see who the heavy hitters are and what patterns we might see throughout the year.

  • 8H profection year in Taurus, Venus rules the year

  • Will also look at 1H and 3H because Venus rules 1H and is in 3H natal chart

  • SR chart has Taurus on the ascendant, so more Venus action

  • SR chart has 8H cazimi with Mercury, the South Node is there as well

  • SR chart has Mars in 7H in domicile

  • SR chart has Venus in 9H in Capricorn

  • There is a Venus retrograde that will happen while in Capricorn

I know that may be a bunch of gibberish right now, but I think that information will become increasingly important as the year progresses and we see the events play out. We know the 8H is seeing a lot of action this year as the profection year house, and the cazimi in the SR chart. There's a lot of doubling down on the 8H and Venus, which indicates that those are the major players. So we're really going to want to watch Venus and who she's chatting with throughout the year, as well as any planets that roll through the 8H.

My 8H Profection Year Notes

Alright, I think we're ready to get into it. I'll be updating this post as events come up or I have something interesting to say. I'll likely send it out to the people subscribed at the end of each month or two. But you're welcome to check back as often as you like for updates. Now let's do this.

November 2021

It's the official start of my 8H protection year and spoopy shit is already afoot. I had a really restless sleep, which isn't the norm for me. I sleep like a rock. My dreams were very fitting for the Moon being in my 12H, but they were intense even by the 12H standards. I woke up throughout the night multiple times. One time I stripped off my clothes because I was so hot, and another time I swear I saw/felt some sort of shadow presence in the room. I'm not bothered by those things so I just said "whatever dude" and went back to my nightmares. I finally woke up for good because I was choking in my dream, which then translated to me coughing in waking life as I came back to this world.

The most interesting thing about today was that I actually sat down and decided to do this. The Mercury cazimi energy is no joke. I tend to have weird or intense dreams when the Moon rolls through my 12H, so that's not an entirely wild thing. The shadow figure however...let's keep an eye on that guy.

December 2021

I received an email from the service "Buy Me a Coffee" saying that they're no longer accepting PayPal as a payment service. This seems relevant to an 8H event because it has to do with me accepting other people's money. Luckily, I no longer really use that platform and have been needing to deactivate the account, so no harm done for me personally.

December was filled with an interesting mix of profection year happenings. I've noticed that a lot of them centered around the 1H, and not so much the 8H. The only 8H happening was that I'm no longer accepting money for services and have become an entirely free resource. People can still donate to the podcast if they feel compelled, but I've made the choice to be a completely free resource overall.

The 1H has to do with physical appearance and how we present ourselves. Shortly after Venus Rx started I decided to change my make-up. I know that sounds small, but I would do the same make-up every time without fail. I decided to leave my signature cat eye behind and go for a more subtle neutral eye. It's almost like the Venus Rx was digging up old make-up phases I had gone through and I decided to bring this one back. I also started working out more vigorously again. I'm not going to go back to being a powerlifter, but I am working on my physique and have certain goals in mind. The workout routine also aligns with Jupiter being in my 6H when it entered Pisces. There's a lot of energy swirling that indicates physical appearance changes and modifications.<