Profection Year: What is it, How to calculate yours, and through the houses & the signs
Last Updated: January 30, 2023
What is your profection year? This is a question that many people do not know the answer to. Your profection year is an astrological calculation that can tell you a lot about your life path for the year ahead. In this complete introductory guide to profection years, we will discuss what the profection year is and how to calculate it. We will also provide a chart for you to calculate your own reading.
What is a Profection Year?
In laymen’s terms, a profection year is an astrological term used to determine the year’s influences based on your zodiac sign. It takes into account the position of the planets and how they affect different signs. In order to calculate your profection year, which isn’t the same as others like a tarot card of the year, you need to take into consideration the positions of all 12 zodiac signs as well as their rulership over different areas of life. This can be done manually or by using one of the many astrology software programs available online today.
You’ll need your original date of birth, time of birth, and place of birth to create your birth chart for the most accurate reading.
BackyardBanshee.com uses the Hellenistic method: this involves dividing the zodiac into twelve houses, and then advancing the starting point of the zodiac by one house each year, starting from your rising (aka ascendant) sign. This progression is thought to indicate the areas of a person’s life that will be most prominent in the coming year, and can be used to make predictions about the individual’s future. For example, if a person is entering their second house profection year at the age of 25, this may indicate that their finances and material possessions will be a major focus in the coming year. You can learn more about the themes themselves below.
Annual Profection Wheel
When you chart your profection year, you’ll find it residing within a needle chart, or pie chart. It should be split into 12 segments, starting with your ascendant sign within your first house. So while the themes listed below stay in the houses, the way you experience them will be based on the zodiac sign that transits that house, which you’ll be able to work out from your standard ascendant chart.
Each segment, starting from your first house ascendant, starts from the age of 0 (when you are born), moving into house two when you turn 1, but since most young children won’t have an in-depth knowledge of astrology I’ve started our hellenistic profection charts from the age of 12.
Knowing the ruling sign in which your profection is taking place will also reveal the planet that will be that sign’s “Time Lord” for the year, which I’ve popped into the theme descriptions below.
Knowing this is crucial since you’ll probably experience any astrological transits and aspects to or from this planet more intensely during the year.
An example of this is 2022 is my tenth year profection, with Saturn as the Time Lord and Capricorn the sign, I struggled to connect with my business and show up publicly in my business unlike other years, with Saturn being in retrograde (and at the time of writing this is currently shadow phase from the retrograde until late January 2023!). By being aware of this, I’ve ensured that I’m keeping grounded in the legacy work I’m building my business on, including policies, free resources, and managing time better for my offerings, so that I don’t burn out or feel too scattered.
The sign that rules your profection won’t return quickly; each profection year that is in each sign is once every twelve years. This means that by being aware of where your profection is and the planet ruling it, you can plan for things in your life a lot more efficiently.
How to Calculate Your Profection Year For Your Age
Calculating your profection year is a fairly simple process for the Hellenistic method. You’ll need your exact date of birth, time of birth, place of birth to create your birth chart for the most accurate reading. This will tell you where you need to begin for your ascendant sign, also called your rising sign, which rules your first house on your birth chart. From there, you can chart each house to a sign ruler, and the ruler of your first house will be your profection year sign.
Every year, you move one house counter-clockwise to determine the profection year which is coming up in the following calendar year. An example is… if you’re an Aries rising, then your third house protection year is likely to be in Gemini. If you’re a Capricorn rising, you’re likely to have a Cancer seventh house protection year. When you know the house you’re moving into, you can look to your own birth chart to show what your sign is for that house for additional themes to those listed below for you.
I recommend using tools like Astro.com or Astroseek for creating your birth chart. Astro.com is my favourite, as you probably know by now!
What is a First House Profection Year?
The first house rules: identity, first impressions, physical body and self-expression.
When calculating your profection year, you should look at the sign that rules your first house to determine what theme will be dominant for this particular year, which you’ll find as your Ascendant or Rising house in a Hellenistic method.
This may mean taking time to reflect on who you are and what you want out of life, and finding ways to express yourself and your unique personality. This could involve trying new activities or hobbies that allow you to express yourself creatively, or exploring new social or professional opportunities that allow you to assert your individuality. It may also mean taking time to focus on your physical health and wellbeing, and making sure that you are taking care of yourself in all areas of your life. Overall, the key is to be aware of your own needs and wants, and to take steps to prioritize your own happiness and fulfillment.
Ages impacted: 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84
House Time Lord: Mars, a planet of action and courage
What is a Second House Profection Year?
The second house rules: finances, values, security, income, assets, possessions, and material wellbeing.
When calculating your profection year, you should look at the sign that rules your second house to determine what theme will be dominant for this particular year, which follows on adjacent from your Ascendant house in an anti-clockwise direction.
This may mean taking time to reflect on your finances and material possessions and ensuring that they are in order and working towards long-term financial security or taking steps to create a more stable and secure financial foundation. Additionally, this could involve taking stock of your financial situation and considering any changes or adjustments you may need to make in order to better manage your money and achieve your financial goals.
It may also mean considering your personal values and priorities, and making sure that your possessions and material wealth align with those values. This could involve making choices about what to spend money on, and what to save for, as well as thinking about how you can use your resources to create a more fulfilling and meaningful life for yourself.
Overall, the key is to be mindful of how your material possessions and financial situation affect your overall wellbeing and happiness, and to make choices that align with your values and priorities.
Ages impacted: 13, 25, 37, 49, 61, 73, 85
House Time Lord: Venus
What is a Third House Profection Year?
The third house rules: communication, thoughts, mindset, siblings, local neighbourhood, and short-term travel.
When calculating your profection year, you should look at the sign that rules your third house to determine what theme will be dominant for this particular year, which follows on adjacent from your second house in an anti-clockwise direction.
Third house profection year could involve taking time to reflect on your thoughts and ideas, and considering how you can communicate them more effectively to others. It may also mean paying attention to the people and places around you, and finding ways to connect with your local community and make positive contributions to your neighborhood.
This could involve joining community organizations, volunteering, or simply getting to know your neighbors and building relationships with them. Overall, the key is to be mindful of the ways in which your thoughts and words can impact the world around you, and to use them to create positive change in your local community.
It may also mean paying attention to your interactions with your siblings, and finding ways to improve and strengthen those relationships. This could involve spending more time together, having open and honest conversations, or simply showing your siblings that you care about them and value their presence in your life.
Ages impacted: 14, 26, 38, 50, 62, 74, 86
House Time Lord: Mercury
What is a Fourth House Profection Year?
The fourth house rules: ancestry, home, family, emotional security, traditions and a tight-knit community.
When calculating your profection year, you should look at the sign that rules your fourth house to determine what theme will be dominant for this particular year, which will be close to the IC or Imum Coeli on your birth chart.
This may be a time when you focus on creating a sense of security and stability within your home and family, or when you spend more time exploring your family history and cultural traditions. It could also be a time when you make changes to your home or living situation, such as moving to a new house or apartment, or renovating your current home.
It’s important to be mindful of the impact these changes may have on your family and loved ones, and to consider their needs and feelings as you make decisions. It may also be a good time to focus on strengthening your relationships with your loved ones and building a sense of community within your home.
Whether through shared activities, hosting gatherings, or simply spending more time together, close knit community could be an area you need to be mindful for this year.
Ages impacted: 15, 27, 39, 51, 63, 75, 87
House Time Lord: The Moon
What is a Fifth House Profection Year?
The fifth house rules: passion, romance, sensuality, pleasure, excitement, creativity, art, entertainment, fun, children, and inner child work.
When calculating your profection year, you should look at the sign that rules your fifth house to determine what theme will be dominant for this particular year, which will fall usually past the IC in a counter clockwise direction.
This may be a time when you focus on activities and pursuits that bring you joy and allow you to express yourself creatively, such as hobbies, art, music, or other forms of entertainment. It could also be a time when you pursue new creative projects or take risks in your personal or professional life. It’s important to remember to have fun and let go of your inhibitions, and to not take yourself too seriously.
This can be a time for self-discovery and personal growth, as you explore your passions and interests and find new ways to express yourself. It may be a good time to pay attention to your inner child and any unresolved emotional wounds or traumas that may be holding you back. This can be a time to focus on self-care and self-compassion, and to find healthy and positive ways to express and process your emotions.
It’s important to allow yourself to have fun and engage in activities that bring you joy, as this can help to heal and nurture your inner child. It may also be helpful to seek the support of a mental health professional, such as a therapist, to work through any deeper emotional issues that may be affecting your well-being. It can be challenging to address these issues, but doing so can be an important step in your personal growth and development.
I’d be at fault here if I didn’t talk about exploring sexuality too – it’s important to pay attention to your sensual and sexual desires, to your relationships with others, whether they are romantic, casual, or somewhere in between. This may be a time when you focus on exploring and expressing your sexuality, or when you pursue new romantic or sexual relationships.
It’s important to remember to be respectful and considerate of others’ boundaries and feelings, and to communicate openly and honestly about your needs and desires. It’s also a good time to pay attention to your own needs and boundaries, and to make sure that you are engaging in activities and relationships that are healthy and fulfilling for you. It’s important to be mindful of the risks associated with sexual activity and to take steps to protect yourself and your partners from sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies.
Ages impacted: 16, 28, 40, 52, 64, 76, 88
House Time Lord: Sun
What is a Sixth House Profection Year?
The sixth house rules: charity, helping others, service, chores, daily work life, daily health, diet, lifestyle, skills and routine.
This could include things like maintaining a regular daily routine, taking care of your health and wellbeing, and being mindful of how your actions and behaviors impact those around you. You may also want to focus on developing good work habits and being efficient and productive in your daily tasks. Some less-generalized specific things you might want to consider include:
- Establishing and maintaining a consistent daily routine
- Prioritizing self-care and maintaining good physical and mental health
- Being punctual and reliable in your work and other commitments
- Seeking opportunities to be of service to others
- Being organized and efficient in your daily tasks and responsibilities
- Seeking out ways to improve your skills and knowledge in your field of work
- Paying attention to your work environment and making changes as needed to support your well-being and productivity.
It’s important to keep in mind that these are just general suggestions, and what will be most helpful for you will depend on your individual circumstances and needs. Additionally it could include things like volunteering your time, donating to charitable causes, or simply being more mindful of how you can help others in your daily life.
Ages impacted: 17, 29, 41, 53, 65, 77, 89.
House Time Lord: Mercury
What is a Seventh House Profection Year?
The seventh house rules: relationships, marriage, one on one interactions, agreements, co-operation, balance, harmony, fairness, justice, legal matters and business.
Your seventh house can be found along near the DESC or Descendant line on your chart.
Important specific areas you might consider during this time include focusing on communication and understanding in your relationships, and working to build strong, healthy connections with others. It may be about evaluating the quality and nature of your relationships, and considering whether they are supportive and fulfilling. You may see themes of seeking out opportunities to build new relationships and connections with others or reflecting on the balance of give and take in your relationships, and working to create a sense of harmony and mutual respect.
Things you may consider include the role that commitment plays in your relationships, and deciding whether you are ready to take on new commitments or whether you need to redefine existing ones and additionally being open to seeking out support and guidance as needed to navigate any challenges or changes in your relationships. (It’s important to keep in mind that these are just general suggestions, and what will be most helpful for you will depend on your individual circumstances and needs.)
Non-relationship-specific things you might consider include seeking out legal advice or representation as needed to address any legal issues that may arise and seeking to establish a sense of justice and fairness in your relationships and interactions with others. You may find yourself being mindful of the ways in which your actions and behaviors may impact others, and striving to act in a way that is fair and just, or seeking to resolve conflicts and disputes in a constructive and peaceful manner.
Being open to new perspectives and seeking to understand the viewpoints of others can be a wonderful thing and entirely lovely so it will be a year of growth personally and socially for yourself.
Ages impacted: 18, 30, 42, 54, 66, 78, 90.
House Time Lord: Venus
What is an Eighth House Profection Year?
The eight house rules: psychology, death, endings, transformation, sex, privacy, taxes, money, financial investments, deep connections and healing.
The eighth house is associated with how others work internally and collectively as individuals, and you may find that you are more introspective and interested in exploring your inner thoughts and feelings during this time. This could be a good time to focus on personal growth and self-improvement. You may also want to pay attention to issues related to death, endings, and letting go of what is no longer serving you.
The eighth house is also associated with sex, so you may want to consider the role that intimacy and sexuality play in your life and relationships. Finally, this could be a good time to focus on deep connections with others and seeking out opportunities for healing and growth in your relationships. This could be a good year to review your financial situation and consider ways to manage your resources more effectively.
You may want to consider your privacy and the role that it plays in your life, and think about what steps you can take to protect it. This could include things like reviewing your online privacy settings, being mindful of what personal information you share, and taking steps to secure your financial accounts.
Finally, you may want to pay attention to any tax or financial obligations you have, and make sure that you are meeting them in a timely and responsible manner.
Ages impacted: 19, 31, 43, 55, 67, 79, 91
House Time Lord: Mars
What is an Ninth House Profection Year?
The ninth house rules: philosophy, publishing, wisdom, teaching, education, freedom, travel, open-mindedness, culture.
This could be a good year to consider your beliefs and values, and think about how they shape your perspective on the world. You may also want to consider publishing your ideas or sharing your knowledge with others, either through writing, teaching, or other means. More so, you may want to pay attention to opportunities for learning and growth, and seek out experiences that challenge you to think more deeply and broaden your horizons.
Consider your personal freedoms and think about ways to expand your horizons and experience new things. You may also want to pay attention to opportunities for travel, either physically or through exploring different cultures and ways of life.
This could be a good time to be open to new ideas and perspectives, and to be more receptive to learning from others. Finally, you may want to seek out opportunities to learn more about different cultures and ways of life, and to broaden your understanding of the world.
Ages impacted: 20, 32, 44, 56, 68, 80, 92.
Traditional House Time Lord: Jupiter
What is a Tenth House Profection Year?
The tenth house rules: achievements, accomplishments, public image, legacy, generational work, commitments, life’s work, career, authority, expertise, responsibility, mastery.
You can find your tenth house by your MC or Medium Coeli on your birth natal chart at the top, like an eleven o’clock on a clockface.
This could be a good time to consider your long-term goals and think about what you want to achieve in your career and personal life. You may also want to pay attention to your public image and the legacy you want to leave behind, and think about what you can do to make a positive impact in the world.
This could be a good time to focus on developing your expertise and mastery in your field, and to take on new challenges and responsibilities as they arise. Finally, you may want to pay attention to any commitments you have made and work to fulfill them in a responsible and reliable manner.
Ages impacted: 21, 33, 45, 57, 69, 81
Traditional House Time Lord: Saturn
What is a Eleventh House Profection Year?
The eleventh house rules: the environment, social causes, your community, your friendships, your ideals, your visions, aspirations, charities, organisations.
You can find your eleventh house position near your MC or Medium Coeli on your chart.
This could manifest in a variety of ways, such as joining a community group or club, becoming more active in a charity or nonprofit organization, such as volunteering to help event plan for the charity or nonprofit organization, advocating for a social cause, or supporting a cause financially.
It can mean becoming more involved in environmental causes or social justice issues, or working towards personal goals and aspirations that align with your values and ideals alongside environmental or charitable organisations. The eleventh house is also associated with hopes, wishes, and goals, so during this time you may be more focused on achieving your aspirations within these social groups.
The eleventh house being also associated with larger social groups, or strengthening existing friendships, during this year you may be more inclined to connect with others who share your values and work towards common goals.
Ages impacted: 22, 34, 46, 58, 70, 82, 94
Traditional House Time Lord: Saturn
What is a Twelfth House Profection Year?
The twelfth house rules: spirituality, intuition, psychic ability, faith, empathy, compassion, meditation, mindfulness, inner peace, dreams, unresolved issues, trauma, addictions, mental health.
During this time, you may feel a stronger connection to your spiritual or inner self and may be more open to exploring practices like meditation and mindfulness. You may also be more attuned to your intuitive or psychic abilities and may be more in touch with your emotional side, leading to a greater sense of empathy and compassion towards others.
You may pay special attention to your inner world and listen to your inner voice during this time, as it may be providing valuable guidance and insights. You may also want to consider incorporating practices that promote inner peace and spiritual growth into your routine, such as meditation or prayer.
The twelfth house is associated with these concepts, as well as with dreams, unconscious patterns, and hidden motivations. During this time, you might experience an increase in your dreams or may find that your dreams are more vivid or meaningful. You may also be more likely to encounter unresolved issues or traumas that surface in your consciousness, potentially leading to a need to address and heal these issues.
It is always important for any individual to pay attention to their emotional state and any signs of distress, as this may be an opportunity to address and resolve any underlying issues that may be impacting their mental health. You may also want to consider seeking support from a mental health professional if needed.
Additionally, the twelfth house is associated with addictions, so keep an eye on what may be potentially harmful habits or behaviors and consider seeking help if necessary.
Ages impacted: 23, 35, 47, 59, 71, 83, 95
Traditional House Time Lord: Jupiter
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