CARTER'S NATIVITY RULE
from Astrology: A Language of Life Volume I - Progressions
Copyright 1998 by Robert P Blaschke.
(Extracted with author's permission)
"Several years ago, I started to seriously consider the interrelationship
between the natal chart and the progressed chart when I first read
the prominent British astrologer of earlier this century, Charles
I found his "Nativity Rule" in The Principles of Astrology:
"It is a cardinal rule that no direction can bring to pass
what is not shown in the nativity. Exceptions to this are virtually
Carter clarifies a "direction" as the progressed to progressed,
or progressed to natal aspects. In essence, he's saying that unless
planets are in aspect to each other natally, progressed to progressed
aspects or progressed to natal aspect between these same planets
will have no significant effect. Exceptions to this are virtually
In other words, activity in the progressions that produces life
change is derived from the natal horoscope and is only an extension
of the existing natal aspects. This means that not all of the potential
progressed to natal, or progressed to progressed aspects will equally
impact one's life. Carter believed that the natal chart limits the
operation of progressions inexorably; the natal chart shows what
is likely to happen and the progressions, when.
CARTER'S LAW OF EXCITATION
Pondering the interrelationship between transits and progressions,
I found Carter's "Law of Excitation," again in The Principles
"If at the time that a progressed body is in aspect to
another by direction, either of these bodies forms an aspect by
transit with either of the two directional bodies, then this transit
will excite the direction into immediate operation."
In other words, when one progressed planet is in aspect to another
by progression, and either of these planets form an aspect to the
progressed planets by transit, the transiting planet will trigger
the progressed aspect. So, within this astrological law, the "exciting"
body, or transiting planet, must be one of the two directional (or
progressed) bodies. Carter's Law of Excitation works in progressions
at every level-secondary, tertiary, and minor and explains why one
transit can act with great force while another transit does not.
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