What Are Annual Profections In Astrology?

One of the less well-known techniques astrologers use to predict an individual's major life events, such as marriage, health, and career changes, is called an annual profection. This predictive astrological timing tool has its roots in Hellenistic astrology and has been around for thousands of years (per Oui, We). However, it isn't widely known in the pop astrology community.


According to Chris Brennan of The Astrology Podcast, the term "profection" comes from a Latin term for going away, departing, or advancing into something. In other words, annual profections are a way to identify what a person is stepping into. Profections can be calculated at different intervals, including daily or monthly. But the most common use is on an annual basis to grant individuals an overview of their upcoming year.

Despite the complicated-sounding name, calculating your own annual profection is simple. All you need is a basic understanding of the 12 astrological houses and their themes, your birth year, and your current age to get started.

What are annual profections?

Annual profections are synonymous with "advancement" (per Jo, Maker of Ways). They are essentially a timing technique that helps you identify which astrological house is being activated based on your age. In other words, annual profections help identify the theme or focus of each year based on key planetary movements from your natal chart (per Two Wander). They begin the moment you are born and progress with you as you age.


But where did this practice originate, and why is it still used today? According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, annual profections are based on ancient Hellenistic and Late Antiquity astrology. This astrological craft was built upon a number of methods of technical and theoretical thought, including ancient Egyptian and Babylonian astrological traditions. The resulting astrological practice describes the relationship between the planets, stars, and the individual.

Although the craft was only practiced from the 1st century BCE until the 7th century, per The Hellenistic Astrology Website, its foundations are used to this day in modern astrology.

Annual profections require a basic knowledge of the 12 houses

In order to calculate and break down the complexities of annual profections, a basic understanding of the 12 astrological houses is required. There are several house systems used throughout astrology, but annual profections and Hellenistic astrology use the "whole sign houses" system.


According to astrologer Chani Nicholas, this house system has strict boundaries that allow the houses and zodiac signs to line up together. Unlike other house systems, whole sign systems are simplistic and easy to visualize by breaking up each house into a wheel with 12 equal chunks of 30 degrees. They are also sign-based.

Within each chunk, or house, are themes you are likely to encounter throughout your life. The houses are not energies in the same way that planets and zodiac signs are, but rather embody themes such as spirituality, career, and creative exploration. "The houses in an astrology chart represent different facets of your life, based on the time and location of birth, and show the gifts or obstacles you will face in this lifetime," astrologer Lisa Stardust told Allure. Working with annual profections and the themes of each house can help you identify the main areas to focus on in the next year in accordance with your natal chart (per Kelly's Astrology).


House 1: the house of self-image, identity, and appearance

The astrological houses are ordered from one through 12 and run counterclockwise, starting at 9 o'clock with the first house. The first house of astrology is all about first impressions, ego, outward appearance, and how we perceive ourselves. In other words, it describes who you are and who you will become and speaks to your potential as an individual.


Labyrinthos notes that this house explains how you express yourself, both in your individual style and in the way you interact with your environment. Your relationship with your physical body and self-image are largely affected by the first house. It is also an indicator of your general temperament and personality. The first house also plays a role in the way you are perceived by others.

The first house is ruled by the planet Mars and the zodiac sign Aries, which is known for its passionate, energetic, and turbulent nature.

House 2: the house of money, possessions, and abundance

The second house, also known as the house of value, focuses on money matters, financial drive, and personal possessions. This house can tell you how you attract money into your life and how you spend it. It can also specify how you make a living, your sense of accomplishment, and even your financial stability. According to Benebell Wen, this supportive house speaks to a person's wealth and access to resources, primarily in regard to material things and physical earnings, but not exclusively.


"Resources are not just money," Hellenistic astrologer Dalanah told Elite Daily, "but also time, energy, [and] emotional resources. Are you someone who cares more about sentimental value, or are you someone who is a really big go-getter and wants to make money all the time?"

The house is ruled by the sign Taurus, a sign known for its reliability, loyalty, sensuality, and stubborn nature. The planet Venus is also associated with the second house, which often translates to an appreciation of beauty, romance, and harmony (per astrology.community).

House 3: the house of communication and thoughts

The third house is all about communication, both written and verbal. According to Astrology.com, this house is also about thinking, processing, and sharing information. How you analyze any kind of information and harness your conscious intelligence is a direct result of your connection and planetary influence in the third house.


This house is also associated with writing, editing, speaking, teaching, short-term travel, and the day-to-day routines that make up a person's life (per Astrology Hub). The ways that you learn, present new ideas, and remember important details are also influenced by this house.

According to Cafe Astrology, the planet Mercury is associated with the third house. This communicative planet can determine whether or not you are nervous and indecisive, or whether you're inquisitive and adaptable. The third house is also ruled by the zodiac sign Gemini, which is a clever, flexible, and impulsive sign.

House 4: the house of home, family, and property

Located at the base of the astrological chart is the fourth house. This house is focused on the family, including the relationship you have with your parents, pets, and siblings, and your home environment, both past and present (per The Dark Pixie Astrology). According to Emerald Astrology, the fourth house also signifies your culture, ancestry and family origins, and property. Although this domestic house is heavily associated with the place you physically reside, it can also be about how you make a home for yourself. The places and spaces that make you feel grounded and safe, regardless of what they look like or where they can be found, fall under the fourth house.


This house is also considered to be a place of nurturing, as your first home is most often the result of the environment your parents or caretakers create for you. In a similar vein, the family traditions you hold dear, self-care routines, and how you choose to settle down can be found under the fourth house domain. The house of home is ruled by Cancer, the "homebody" of the zodiac calendar, and the emotional, intuitive moon.

House 5: the house of happiness, hobbies, and leisure

Your sense of personal expression and the activities that bring you joy is the result of the fifth house, also known as the house of pleasure and creativity. Ruled by the sun and the fiery, dramatic, charismatic Leo, the fifth house represents all of the things that make you happy. According to the website Zodiac Sign, understanding the theme of the fifth house and your natal chart's corresponding planets and signs within it can tell you everything you need to know about what will bring you the most fulfillment and satisfaction in life.


Some people feel happy when they experience deep emotional connections with others or when they create art. Maybe you find joy through physical exercise or in devoting your life to meaningful causes that will change the world. Whatever the case may be, these activities can be found in the fifth house.

The fifth house is also associated with passion, romance, and the beginnings of new love. Astrostyle notes that the excitement of a new crush, first dates, and butterflies, all of which denote the possibilities of what could be, are magical qualities associated with this section of your life.

House 6: the house of occupation, service, and health

According to Live About, the sixth house is considered one of the work-oriented houses of the astrological wheel. It is associated with routine, structure, physical health, and habits that keep your life together. How productive you are and how useful you feel in your career or daily life are also the result of the sixth house's influence. Your level of individual discipline and the type of work environment you prefer can be found in this section as well. This house doesn't directly correlate with the type of career you have or the level of enjoyment you get from it, but rather the necessary work that must be done to thrive. Humanitarian outreach and volunteer work can also be found here.


The measures you take to keep your body physically healthy, be it diet, exercise, or general hygienic practices, also fall under the sixth house, according to Astrology Zone. Furthermore, this house governs your personal well-being and your ability to let the body heal through proper physical, mental, and spiritual balance (per Labyrinthos). With all of these elements in mind, it is no wonder that the sixth house is ruled by the intellectual and communicative planet Mercury and Virgo zodiac sign.

House 7: the house of relationships, marriage, and alliances

Relationships of all kinds are complicated, beautiful, and sometimes messy affairs, be they a long-term romance or a business union. The seventh house, which rules partnerships and alliances in all of their various forms, can give you a clearer picture of how you cooperate with others, how you handle conflict, and how you relate to other people based on your personal experiences (per Tarot).


"The seventh house rules relationships and how we partner with people," astrologer Corina Crysler told Well + Good. "The seventh house is known as the house of marriage and committed or contractual partnering. It can also show us what we need in our relationships or the patterns we continue to have in our relationships. The seventh house can show us who we decided to connect with and what we may see in others that could reflect what we see in ourselves. We can use the aspects of this house to reveal how we are with others and how our interactions may influence our own lives."

This house is ruled by balanced and harmonious Libra and Venus.

House 8: the house of inheritances and transformation

The eighth house, which is associated with death, endings, and transformation, is a mysterious and often misunderstood house. This house may indicate loss or something coming to an end, financial ruin or success, and grief. However, it can also be an indicator of emotional care and finding peace. Alyssia Osorio told Astrology.com, "In my practice, the eighth house in astrology reflects the impact others can make on you and your material circumstances, and 'inevitability.' Gifts, inheritances, taxes, debt, and loans are eighth house themes. I also see death, grief, therapeutic work with the intention to release trauma, undoing shame, and unpacking past biases as eighth house topics."


The themes of rebirth and transformation often appear as life-changing experiences, according to Advanced Astrology. Self-discovery and the healing journey can change the way you view and understand yourself, which can change the entire trajectory of your life. Regardless of how this inner transformation occurs, it is no wonder that the intensity and depth of this house are connected to the sign Scorpio and the planet Pluto.

House 9: the house of spirituality and religion

In Hellenistic astrology, the ninth house covers themes of religion, spirituality, faith, and philosophy. "It has to do with education too because it deals with all of those structures around the things you believe," astrologer Molly Pennington told Mind Body Green. All of these individual elements surrounding your individual beliefs help clarify what areas of your life you can expand upon and, ultimately, the best path for personal growth.


According to Astrology Library, the ninth house is also associated with understanding, wisdom, and learning. It is about abstract, complex thought and grappling with big ideas that help you understand the world and your place within it. This house governs your ability to search for meaning, be it through experiencing other cultures, research, reading books to help you broaden your horizons, or exploring spirituality and religion.

People who wish to understand law, ethics, and philosophy typically have a strong presence in their ninth house. This house is ruled by the philosophical sign Sagittarius and the powerful, fortunate planet Jupiter.

House 10: the house of career and advancement

The 10th house, located on the "midheaven" or "medium coeli," is associated with your professional life, career path, and social status. It is a far less personal house than your first or ascendant house. According to Astrology42, the 10th house governs your reputation and character, standing in your community, and the influence you wield in these circles. It is a responsible house that correlates to your individual success and ability to accomplish your goals. It can also clarify what type of vocation you should pursue to achieve those goals. In a similar vein, fame and fortune are heavily present in this area.


Astrology.tv notes that the status and social standing of the family you marry into can also be found under the 10th house. This is particularly important for people who aren't interested in pursuing a traditional professional life or who are concerned with their public image. Career-focused Capricorn rules over this house alongside the ambitious planet Saturn.

House 11: the house of friendship, community, and civic engagement

Civic-minded Aquarius and scientific Uranus rule over the 11th house, a house known for its themes of friendship, charity, community groups you belong to, and companionship. According to Labyrinthos, the 11th house is largely associated with philanthropy and humanitarian work. It not only tells you how and where to donate your hard-earned money but areas in your community you may feel called to create change. It is connected to wealth, but unlike the second house, it is focused more on how you spend the extra money you have left once all of the necessities are taken care of. This house also governs the types of group activities you participate in. For example, the 11th house helps dictate whether you choose to belong to a gym or take a fitness class, join a book club, or participate in specific political, volunteer, or religious organizations.


Astrology Hub explains that the 11th house is also about support. This mainly comes from your friends and social groups. You can ask yourself who your friends are, how you communicate and collaborate with them, and whether or not you feel part of a community alongside them, and find the answers within the 11th house.

House 12: the house of the subconscious

The 12th and final house of the Hellenistic astrological wheel concerns the unconscious mind, invisible enemies, sorrow, and loneliness. It is a complex house that helps you identify hard but important aspects of your inner self, such as how you cope with failure or success, fear and pain, and your unique strengths and weaknesses (per Astrology.com). It is also heavily connected to your mental health, per Soul Friend Astrology.


While this house's themes may sound intense or frightening to deal with, the reality is that the 12th house can tell you a lot about how to move forward and be your best self. It deals with the difficult aspects of life that are required for positive, productive transformation. The 12th house is an excellent guide for understanding what people and obstacles in your life may make it difficult to succeed. Creative, emotional, and withdrawn Pisces rules this house alongside the compassionate planet Neptune.

How planets and houses work together in your birth chart

Now that you have a basic understanding of the major themes of each astrological house, it is helpful to clarify how the planets and signs work together in your natal chart. These are vital pieces of the annual profection puzzle and ultimately tell the unique, dimensional story that is your life.


"Every sign has a ruling planet, and this planet is the most significant planetary influence of a sign," astrologer Rachel Lang told Well + Good. "This planet influences how the sign is expressed, and it gives us insights into the personality traits inherent within the sign. To draw those connections, you would look at the archetypal symbols for that planet's associated god or goddess, as well as the qualities of the planet."

According to Holisticism, the interpretation of these elements depends on where each sign and planet falls within the different areas of your natal chart.

What is your planetary time lord?

Annual profections also deal with a specific type of planet called a time lord. In traditional astrology, not all planets are equally active at once, meaning astrologers have to look at which planets are more active at a given time in a person's life to accurately interpret what's going on. Annual profections use the time lord, or planetary ruler, to correspond to the planet that rules the sign of the house being activated in a specific year (per Earthshine Astrology). Your time lord changes every year on your birthday.


According to Juanita Benedicto, this planet is what takes prominence in your life during a given period. When your time lord is activated, you are more sensitive to this planet's movements and meaning. For example, if your time lord were Mercury, you would be more affected by Mercury in retrograde. If your time lord in a given year were the moon, you may be more emotionally susceptible to any eclipses that occur throughout the year.

How to calculate your annual profection

Calculating your annual profection requires knowledge of several astrological concepts, but with the help of an annual profection chart, you can easily figure out what house profection year you are in. Annual profections may be a bit intimidating to unlock at first, but they are believed to be one of the best ways to astrologically prepare for the year ahead.


An annual profection chart, which can be found easily online, resembles a dart board. At the center of the wheel are the 12 houses broken up into equal chunks. Spreading out from each house chunk are ages that correspond with that house. According to TikTok astrologer mynameisbp, you must locate your current age on the wheel and move inward to find the associated house.

For example, if you are turning 29 years old on your next birthday, based on the chart you would be entering a sixth house year. Next, you would identify your time lord for the upcoming year using your natal chart. If your sixth house was in Sagittarius, you would look to the planetary ruler of that sign, which in this case is Jupiter. That means you would be entering a sixth house year ruled by Jupiter. The themes, energy, and impact of each are what you can expect to encounter in the following year (per Astrology Answers).