Updated: Nov 18
A record of my 8H year for your amusement
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?
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.
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.
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.
These 1H changes seemed to have come out of nowhere at the time they happened, but I really do think the Venus Rx is behind it. Since my profection ruler is Venus, I'm feeling it doubly. This is a great example of why we can't focus solely on the profection year house itself. We need to take into account the profection year ruler, the condition of the ruler throughout the year, and the other house the ruler presides over. It'll be interesting to see if the 8H gets more attention over the coming months, but for now it's safe to say it's all about Venus and her Rx action.
Some interesting changes this month that relate to the profection houses! The 1H is still center stage for the most part. I changed the podcast logo, which was super exciting and definitely a 1H topic. I really want all of Moon Matters to reflect who I am at my core. So changing the logo to something that represented me more was important to me personally. I'm at a point where I'm evaluating my "persona" and wanting to be as authentic as possible. I've become more open about my formal job as a scientist, which is something I've kept under wraps for awhile because I didn't know if I wanted to merge the two worlds.
As far as 8H topics are concerned, my husband had a pretty expensive car repair this month. It seems we have a rodent of sorts that likes to chew car wires...That's an example of other people's money and possessions impacting me directly. I'm also still dead set on being a free resource and not accepting money for my work with the podcast. There will be other opportunities for revenue in the future, but I feel very strongly that the podcast isn't something I want to put a paywall on.
Okay, we finally hit on some REAL 8th house stuff this month. I've been working on getting all my ducks in a row when it comes to finances and taxes for Moon Matters. I didn't make enough money the past year to have to file (because again, free resource), so this is more of a forward thinking move. I'm planning for ideas that are in the future, but I want to be well prepared for when that time comes. So, I've started gathering all the official paperwork and making sure I'm in a good spot in case I would ever need to file taxes. How adult.
March, April, May 2022
How fitting that a Fire dominant person would abandon their ongoing blog post for 3 months and then come back like nothing happened...So! A lot has happened in the last couple months and it's been pretty on brand for an 8H Venus profection year. Most of the events have had to do with my formal career as a scientist. There were a lot of shifts within the company that had to do with other people's money and resources. Luckily, everything has smoothed out, but it was a time that really showcased the distinct nature of the 8H. Sometimes we're at the mercy of other people's financial decisions. It can create a ripple effect and impact you even if you're doing everything right on your end. One other 8H dealing was that multiple people who are close to me dealt with deaths. Some of the people I knew, some I didn't, but the ripple reached me by seeing people in my life be impacted by the event. In short, the 8H is also other's people's ability to impact you through their decisions
My 1H is ruled by Venus, so that's been important over the last couple months as well. I've started getting lash lifts and tints (highly recommend) and I've been extremely consistent in the gym. I know you might think gym would fall into the 6H as a health routine, but I'm lifting more so for physique, so that's definitely a 1H topic.
Overall, I'd say the 8H was the star of the show the last few months. I was dealing a lot with the "prices and power" of other people's money and influence.
June, July, August 2022
Up until now things have been pretty light and fluffy for an 8H profection year. I've been working on my relationship to my astrological services and how I want to structure them, dealing with the money and resources of others through my formal job as a scientist, and also keeping my appearance in mind because of the 1H influence. Well my Babes, this is where the rubber meets the road for the 8H year because I'm about to lay it all out for you...
In my pursuit of always wanting to be honest (and having a 10H Chiron) I do my best to clue you in to what's actually going on in my life. If you follow the podcast closely you'll have noticed I haven't been around much, but I promise there's a good reason for that. Over the last couple months I decided to end my marriage and move out. So, that's where I've been and what I've been doing instead of podcasting at the moment.
I kept my marriage private for the most part because that was a request from my ex husband, and I will continue to honor that request moving through this process. But I do want to say that this separation is absolutely part of my 8H year. Before you freak out, an 8H year does not mean that your relationship is doomed. I had a lot of other things going on and the Hands of Fate timed this one perfectly for me. This decision was definitely about prices and power for me. What price was I willing to pay to regain my power, my autonomy? What price was I willing to pay to remain authentic to my destined path? Divorce and moving also means there's likely going to be debts and money that needs managed. I've been working a lot with finances, legal documents, unbinding myself from the old and binding myself to the new. It's been sad, it's been stressful, but it's also been beautiful and full of hope.
I did get my eyebrows micro bladed too, so there's the 1H influence for these couple months. If you're going to be divorced, you might as well be hot, right?
Thank you all for being patient while I shed my skin during this 8H year. It's messy, it's weird, but it's ultimately something I needed to do. I'm slowly regaining my power and that's a great fucking feeling.
September, October 2022
Since the announcement of my divorce, I've really seen the 8H profection significations come to life. Divorce is expensive and it deals A LOT with other people's assets and money. And if you weren't aware of this, it's not cheap to move!! So I've really been seeing the 8H come to life through incurring some debt and also having to split assets with someone.
I mentioned in the very beginning of all this that the 3H would play a role because that's where my natal Venus is. Through this divorce my routine has been SHOOK. I've had to completely upheave every routine and ritual I had in place, both mundane and spiritual. For someone who takes the Steve Jobs approach to minimizing decisions and streamlining processes through strict routine, this has not been fun. Another 3H signification through this has been that my neighborhood is different. So not only is my routine different, but the places I frequently go and habitually pass by have changed as well. I honestly love my new surroundings though. They suit me so much better and feed my 3H soul (I have the Sun there, so literally a 3H soul). I'm able to step outside and walk my dogs or go for a run. I've even already established my favorite coffee shop that I walk to on the weekends, every weekend.
I said moving is expensive, and that's true. It's even more expensive when you're a Libra rising and feel like you can finally express yourself through your surroundings again. The 1H influence of this profection year is coming through strong via my personal aesthetic and decorating my new house. I've dubbed it "Jewel Toned Paradise".