"I'd read that one reads the progressed chart as a stand alone, and then if there are aspects in there similar to a natal, it sets the natal off...
I'd also read that one puts the prog asc and mc into the natal and the houses they are in are the areas of importance for the current moment.
The Moon and the other faster moving planets are what to watch, because the slower moving planets don't move much."
Yes, that's how they are usually done. There are so many ways of looking at progressions.
Here's an example from my own progressed chart:
When my ascendant progressed into Capricorn, which is intercepted in the 2nd house in my natal chart, I did a 180 degree spin in my values re: methods of income which lasted ten years.
I had started an astrology business years before, and was teaching while my progressed ascendant was still in Sagittarius. I loved it with all my heart, but I slowly stopped enjoying all the calls and knocks on my door as my progressed Ascendant began to change. When the progressed ascendant hit Capricorn, I suddenly became disabled (Frozen shoulder, bone dislocation and adhesion-- a Capricorn limitation). For the next two years, I had to learn the hard way what earning an income can mean, as everything I had been doing came to a halt. Two years later got into medical administration, which is at the other end of the healing spectrum. I worked in a very Capricorn way, which I had never been able to do before, as my only planet in earth is Chiron in Capricorn. So I learned, and I climbed, and I saved money. I attained goals.
However, these days I find that I have changed again, as my progressed ascendant in Capricorn is beginning to conjunct my natal Chiron in intercepted 2nd house Capricorn, and is already opposite my natal Venus in intercepted 8th, Cancer. Astrology is in the forefront for me again, as is partnership in some ways. My values keep shifting.
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