One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or fact of going forward; progression, advance; (Astrology) the movement of a celestial body in the order of the zodiacal signs; = "progression"; an instance of this.
Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). Partly from Middle French profection (French profection) system of prediction based on the zodiac, progression, progression (of a star) from classical Latin prōfect-, past participial stem of prōficere to make headway, to advance, progress + French -ion, and partly from Middle French profection act of setting out (of an army) and its etymon classical Latin profectiōn-, profectiō action of setting out, departure from profect-, past participial stem of proficīscī to set out, start + -iō.
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