When Your Partner Is More Likely to Commit

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There are times when your partner is less receptive to commitment, but the opposite is also true. Certain transits and progressions can nudge someone towards marriage, or at least a deepening of the bond with their lover. As always, you must look at your partner’s natal potential for commitment. And, you must consider the synastry and composite charts for the two of you. But if these areas look strong, and one or more of the influences below activates your partner’s chart, they might be interested in taking your relationship to the next level.

Progressed 1st/7th House Axis: A Whole New Relationship

When the Descendant (7th House cusp) changes signs by progression, it’s a rare event. There will be a noticeable shift in your partner’s approach to relationships. Certain signs are more conducive to stability and solidification, and your partner will view their relationship through the lens of that sign. For example, the DC progressed into Scorpio can bring increased intensity and all-or-nothing commitment. Taurus can enhance stability and the urge to put down roots. The tradition-loving signs of Cancer/Capricorn can also increase commitment. Your partner’s Progressed DC in Cancer suggests that he or she is ready to nest and wants to establish a safe relationship. In Capricorn, they’ll become serious (even ambitious) about their love life: No more fooling around. Note that when the Descendant changes signs, the Ascendant shifts as well; your lover will develop a new identity to go along with their new take on partnership. The 1st/7th House axis occupies a new sign for about forty years.

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About Nadia Gilchrist

Nadia Gilchrist offers over 19 years of experience in astrology. Her writings and personal consultations focus on applying practical astrological analysis to the real world. Nadia blogs regularly at Ruby Slipper Astrology.


  1. PiscesPrincess says:

    Awesome article Nadia!! Thank you 🙂
    When you say progressed moon into seventh house, do you mean into your natal seventh or progressed seventh by itself? If you mean either, which one would of them would you consider to be stronger?

  2. @PiscesPrincess
    Natal 7th House. I always consider natal houses to be stronger than progressed houses (in the context of a progressed planet entering that house). However, if your Progressed Moon entered your progressed 7th House, you could still count that…but I’m not sure you’d feel it as clearly. Perhaps if your Progressed 7th House cusp had just switched signs, and then your Progressed Moon passed over that cusp. Then the Moon would be emphasizing the impact of the Progressed cusp.

  3. Lots of interesting ideas to ponder. When you say 1st/7th occupies a sign for 40 years, does that mean many people experience relational shifts around the 40th birthday? My 7th is Aquarius, but I probably felt more need for space (in a fine way) after 40.

  4. @Leo
    Nope, not necessarily around the 40th birthday (there’s other, major transits happening around that time which probably explains the shift you felt). The Progressed angles move froward from whatever degree they were at when you were born. So when they enter a new sign varies for different people. For some people, the angles change signs when they are 20, for others, when they are 49…it all depends on what degree they started at.

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