Life begins when we are born and we continue to grow until we die. Astrology enables us to understand that growth is a normal ongoing process. The cyclic phases of the planets manifest in combination during crisis years. These combinations are regular for all human beings: Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and the Progressed Moon are in hard aspects with the natal positions. As a consequence we experience crisis that are opportunities to growth and change. As soon as we understand that cyclic growth is inevitable the exploration of these ages and stages enables us to avoid the shock and trauma that can occur when we are totally unprepared for the next step.