There are few influences that trigger a guaranteed change in your love life (with 99% certainty). Your progressed Ascendant/Descendant changing signs is one of those influences. The progressed AC is your evolving identity, and the progressed DC is your evolving committed partnerships. When they enter new signs, you say goodbye to an old way of identifying yourself in relationships, and hello to a new love life. Your natal AC/DC will always dominate, but your progressed AC/DC describes your developing responses to external influences.
The point in your life when this shift happens depends on the natal degrees. These angles move roughly 1-2 degrees per year. If you were born with your AC/DC at 29 degrees Pisces/Virgo, you’ll experience the shift into Aries/Libra when you’re so young that you’ll grow up with these signs as your evolving relationship energy. But if your AC/DC is at 8 degrees Taurus/Scorpio, you won’t feel that shift (into Gemini/Sagittarius) until you’re 27.
So what does it mean when these angles change signs? To understand this, we need to back up and define your Ascendant and Descendant . Your Rising Sign (the sign your AC is in) describes the external energy that defines your identity, and how others experience you. The sign your DC is in describes the type of partner/committed relationships you’re drawn to (your projected energy). When the angles progress, your identity/partnership experiences evolve into the next sign. Each sign builds upon the previous one. So if you start with your natal Ascendant in Sagittarius and Descendant in Gemini, you (very generally) have an expansive identity that’s based on experiencing new things. Your Gemini DC indicates that partnerships will be communicative, and you’ll be attracted to whomever/whatever is new and exciting (depending on what’s happening with your natal Mercury).
You get married, and your angles change signs (to Capricorn and Cancer) five years into your marriage. Now, your external identity becomes more focused. Your previous explorations are funneled in one direction, and your responsibilities increase (maybe you get promoted to manager). Traditional values become more appealing, and you and your partner have a child (Cancer). Previously, the two of you spent a lot of time checking out the latest restaurants/clubs. Now, as parents, the energy of your relationship has changed. Or, maybe you don’t have kids, but you start to crave an emotional (Cancer) connection that’s about more than witty, intellectual exchanges. You want to take those Gemini words a step deeper, and see how they translate into feelings. If you’re not communicating your evolving desires to your partner, or they’re not interested in changing, you may meet someone new who embodies that Cancer energy (empathetic and nurturing). How this unfolds depends on your chart and your partner’s chart. But if your lover isn’t willing or able to match these changes, the relationship will be seriously shaken.
As another example, let’s say you have Capricorn AC/Cancer DC natally. You’ve never had a truly happy, long-term relationship (although you’d dearly love one). Part of the issue involves projecting your needs (Cancer) onto your partners, so you attract lovers who seem to require 24/7 coddling. You’re sick of being the parent who always shoulders the weight of the relationship, but you have difficulty acknowledging what you need (defined by the condition of your Moon, which rules your DC). Then, your AC/DC move into Aquarius/Leo. Your identity undergoes a radical shake-up, as Capricornian conformity gives way to Aquarian liberation. The old responsibilities become meaningless, so you quit your job and pursue your dream, working independently. In your new line of work, you meet your next lover, who personifies Leo energy. They are still somewhat childlike, but they’ve integrated that to create amazing art. They are proud and confident, and definitely don’t require coddling. They open your eyes to a brand new way of being in a relationship. You still nurture your lover (you can’t disown your Cancer DC) but rather than sucking up all your time and energy, they lavish you with an equal amount of adoration (Leo). The shift to Aquarius/Leo enables you to attract a healthier version of your 7th house energy: you acknowledge your need to nurture (natal Cancer DC) while meeting your need for spontaneity and wonder in a relationship (progressed Leo DC).
How the above progressions manifest will depend on your chart: the condition of the rulers of your natal and progressed AC/DC, plus what natal houses your progressed angles move into. But overall, you can count on the energy of the new signs to color your new relationship/approach to relationships. This will be a direct result of how you work with your progressed Ascendant. If you’ve been coasting in an unsatisfactory relationship, this could be what ends things (or revitalizes the relationship). If you’re unhappily single, a change like this is a hopeful sign. It’s all about moving to the next level.
In a future post, I’ll explore what happens when the progressed Descendant aspects your natal planets.