Childhood is a time filled with promise. A new life, fresh beginnings, and for parents and teachers -- it's the ultimate challenge. How many times have parents wondered why kids did not come with instruction manuals?! There's a secret: they do!
Each person is born at a special time, on a certain day and place. Astrologers use this information to chart the positions of the planets relative to the date, time and place of birth. This chart, or horoscope, provides an invaluable and exceptional view of the potentials, drives and needs for Paris. This is the "cosmic guidebook" for each individual! The patterns of the planets, Sun and Moon are unique and notable for a developing child, since in childhood these pictures are seen in a different light. Children are changing rapidly, and, in the process of becoming themselves, need special love and guidance. Developmental Astrology incorporates the basic concepts of astrology within the framework of the early years of life.
This astrological report can be used as a guidepost, and provides a few hints and insights into the unique qualities of this child. Please remember that everyone -- including a child -- has free will. So while an astrological report can give you some valuable information, it does not indicate a fixed set of limited options. Of course environment also has its influence, but by understanding the significant drives and needs represented by Paris' chart, you can better appreciate her uniqueness, and, hopefully, guide her to fulfill her potentials in the healthiest possible way!
I. Basic Underlying Personality Traits
There are several layers to an astrological chart, just as there are layers to the personality. In astrology, the building blocks of the chart are the planets, signs and houses of the chart. You'll see these terms scattered throughout this report. In a nutshell, the planets (plus the Sun and Moon) represent specific energies and drives. These drives each have a different purpose in the developing personality. The twelve signs of the zodiac represent qualities, characteristics and traits. The houses (the twelve divisions of the chart wheel or circle) symbolize the facets of a person's life. In the drama of life, the planets represent the actors, the signs show the roles the actors play, their costumes and props, and the houses illustrate the setting and scene of the play.
Using the building blocks of the zodiac signs, there's yet another layer. Each sign falls into categories called elements and modes. There are four elements -- fire, earth, air and water; and there are three modes (or action models) -- cardinal, fixed and mutable. There's a way to distill the chart into its dominant element and mode of expression, and this leading denominator gives a powerful clue to the strongest underlying personality traits.
In Paris' chart, there is an outstanding quality of Fire. Having a powerful influence of fiery energy, Paris is likely to be highly energetic. She needs plenty of room and ample opportunities to assert herself. Sports may be a strong interest, but, at the least, staying active is important. Encourage Paris to funnel these active needs by providing plenty of options, from early sports, like gymnastics or dance classes to recreational activities that involve physical assertion. Babies with strong fire can be irritable if they are not given ample opportunities to get rid of physical stress (yes, babies experience stress, too!). Basically, Paris loves play, and fiery temperament babies and young children need plenty of active time with Mom and Dad. Even when she grows up, play will be important, and she will be happiest when anything feels more like play than work! There can also be selfishness with the fiery quality. One thing to keep in mind with Paris is the fact that you must tend a fire: either to keep it burning or to keep it from blazing out of control.
With lacking or little Earth, Paris can seem to be disinterested in practical matters or may seem to be ungrounded. Encourage Paris to get in touch with Earth by inviting her to play with clay, plant flowers or garden, and build things. By developing an understanding of structure, she can compensate for a feeling that she is out of touch with a sense of foundation! You may also have to be especially careful about teaching Paris how to be more in touch with her body and aware of physical needs.
There are three modes in astrology. These determine how a particular sign manifests its energy. These qualities -- known as cardinal, fixed and mutable -- have special meanings in astrology. Each sign or the zodiac correlates with one of three modes of action.
With an emphasis on Cardinal energy, Paris likes to get things going! Cardinal energy is motivational. Much like the ignition of an automobile, the principle of cardinality is required to get things started. Initiative, assertiveness, ambition and independence are all cardinal qualities. The negative traits of impatience and restlessness can be strong, especially if Paris is bored! And, Paris is likely to have a strong desire to act without outside guidance..
In summary, if an element or mode is low or lacking, there's no reason to be highly concerned, but you can find creative ways to help Paris compensate. Focusing on what the lack of any mode or element might mean for the child can prove beneficial, although this should not be interpreted as an actual "personality deficiency." Rather, understand that this could indicate either a tendency to overcompensate or to seek what is lacking in some way. As your child matures, you might discover that she is drawn to others who seem to possess the expressions of a quality that seems to be lacking in her own chart.
Moon Sign and Early Personality Development
Although most people are familiar with the concept of the Sun sign, a child expresses the qualities of the Moon sign more than the Sun sign during the earliest years. That's because the Moon tells the story of feelings and pure emotion. So, you might see more qualities that relate to this factor in Paris' chart during early childhood. Expressing the Sun requires more self-awareness, and that develops later!
Keep in mind that Paris is NOT a blank slate! These drives and expressions can be nourished and supported by understanding family and teachers, helping Paris make the most of these "ingredients" in her developing personality!
As a baby, Paris may need plenty of time in somebody's arms, since her security needs are extremely important. It's Paris' Moon in Cancer that drives this powerful urge to feel protected and cuddled. Different environments can feel threatening, hence something that's carried along will be emotionally stabilizing (these are the "blankie" carrying toddlers!). Later, Paris might be the one taking care of other kids in the family, or the one friends turn to for support.
The way Paris might like to be perceived, what she needs to feel motivated toward achievement and what makes her feel significant and special in the world shines through her Sun. While the full expression of Paris' ego takes quite some time to develop, certain qualities will definitely be apparent, even early on. However, this aspect of the personality will be more apparent after the earliest years.
The restlessness Paris frequently demonstrates is the result of the fiery nature of an Aries Sun. Waiting can be simply intolerable. During the "terrible twos", when toddlers are testing limits on a moment-to-moment basis, Paris can be extremely temperamental, but once anger is burned off, she can be quite charming the next moment. Even as a baby, Paris may love to tease. You may even think this baby winks at you! The elementary school years provide the perfect chance for Paris to develop a drive to compete, meet challenges and test limits. Sports may be fun, and staying active is important as a means of burning off excess energy. In preteen years, a love of physical activity may continue, but if other factors draw the Paris to participate in more intellectual activities, that same desire to win and need to prove herself still shines through. Encourage Paris to exercise the drive to move forward and get things started.
Another prevailing quality that's likely to emerge in Paris' early years in shown by the sign on her Ascendant, or Rising Sign. In childhood, the Ascendant and the 1st House signify Paris' physical appearance and how other people view her. After all, most of us have our self-image shaped by what other people tell us about ourselves. Most important, the Ascendant (ASC) represents Paris' basic attitudes and herself, and how she presents herself to the world. The significance of environmental conditioning in Paris' developing personality is shown by the Ascendant.
Through a Taurus Ascendant, Paris projects consistency and stubbornness. Paris may enjoy natural surroundings and may also have a special affinity for music. She may stay more to herself, although being close to a special few people can become a true joy.
II. Nurturing Intellectual and Physical Health and Development
Every parent watches for the signals that indicate a child's intellectual and physical progress. From baby's first words to performance in school, development is noted and records are kept. Providing the stimulus that will strengthen mental and physical development is up to parents, teachers and society. Of course, ultimately, a child will master the experience of learning!
There are many factors involved in intellect -- the ability to conceptualize, the communication of concepts and thoughts, memory, creative ideas, the application of rational thought, judicial thinking, decision-making, speculative thought and more. In order to be whole, the child must achieve a balance between the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual parts of the Self; only then can the power of the intellect be used to its utmost. Otherwise, the mental capacities are likely to be overemphasized or misdirected in order to compensate for under development in some other area.
One important factor in a developing intellect is the nature of the thought patterns themselves. Here, the Moon plays yet another role beyond that of emotional storage house. Through the Moon, a child's unique experiences are stored in the vaults of the subconscious mind. However, the Moon also shows the basic manner in which a child absorbs information. Paris' Moon is in a water sign, indicating a strongly impressionable consciousness and a tendency to have a "photographic" mind. Imaginative and creative concepts are most enjoyable, and artistic expression may be easier than pure verbal expression (except for acting!).
In addition, since the Moon represents the basic thought patterns, the Moon's speed (or rate of travel) fundamentally affects a child's approach to learning. The Moon moves at variable speeds in her rotation around the Earth.
Paris' Moon was moving at a moderate pace at the time she was born. This can indicate a strong need to observe a situation before making a change, and suggests a reluctance when facing unfamiliar ideas or situations. In learning, a careful, structured circumstance can create the safety zone that allows Paris to move through education with greater confidence. Following cautious observation and consideration, new situations are then less threatening. After that, Paris may do just fine with learning, but if forced to move too quickly may lose confidence. Retaining ideas can be a plus for this gently paced Moon.
As a small baby Paris began to explore and learn about her personal environment through the five senses, and these are represented by the energy of Mercury. Over time, the senses are used in a more refined manner, and as the mind gains the ability to integrate more and more information, learning increases. Mercury shows how Paris communicates those thought patterns -- how concepts are framed and also how they are expressed through communication. The years of Mercury's heightened developmental cycle are from age seven to thirteen, when the connections between a child and her world are powerfully shaped. Language is mastered; communication skills are refined. It is during these years, that Paris will project the qualities of Mercurial energy more strongly.
Paris has Mercury in Aries, which shows a tendency to be very direct in communication and highly creative mentally. Her basic approach may be to get the facts, then go on to something new. Even as a small child, Paris is likely to jump right into situations, just following the impulse to know what that thing is! Paris can be a persuasive communicator.
Paris has the Sun conjunct Mercury, indicating that there is a strong tie between the ego self and the intellect. This can give a powerful boost to the mental energy. Words are expressed dramatically and with authority, and sometimes it's a natural thing to develop potentially powerful oratorical abilities. Unfortunately, this can also indicate potential problems accepting other's ideas. Teaching Paris how to listen effectively will prove to be highly beneficial. Criticism of Paris' ideas may lead to defensiveness, and in classroom situations, this can create a difficult situation for the teacher unless he or she is sensitive to the child. Parents can help the child by teaching her that differences of opinion do not mean that his or her ideas are not okay.
A sharp mental curiosity may be one of Paris' trademarks, even during very early years -- an effect of Mercury conjunct Mars. Paris is driven to learn, explore and experience, and may have trouble with directions like "Wait a minute!" Sometimes she will argue just to keep the mind moving. This argumentative attitude can be quite irritating until the parents realize that Paris is simply exercising her mind. For her, an argument is better than no conversation at all! Be on the alert, since Paris may love to tease.
With Mercury conjunct Saturn, Paris' ability to focus on a subject or idea is strengthened. Mental discipline may be easier to develop, but only if Paris is presented with a good model for study and learning. She can develop a sharp, reliable memory. It's also easier to access information, and there can be a tendency to focus on usable, practical ideas and common sense. Parents and teachers play a powerful role, and Paris may have a strong desire to please these authorities by performing up to their standards.
Mercury in the 12th House indicates that Paris may be highly imaginative and artistically inclined. She may prefer a private, closed room for study and will enjoy some serenity when composing ideas or developing thoughts. Meditative practices may seem natural, even in elementary school years. This placement suggests an impressionable mind, although the sign and aspects of Mercury will indicate how Paris responds and uses that impressionability.
Jupiter and Learning
Another factor involved in Paris' learning styles and needs is symbolized by Jupiter. These qualities are initially experienced through the encouragement of teachers and guides, but ultimately, Jupiter shows how Paris will express confidence and what types of stimulation will build her learning skills. With Jupiter in Pisces, Paris can be very idealistic. That idealism can extend to teachers and to the educational process itself. The beauty of philosophy may be appreciated early, and there can be a fascination with anything mystical and fantastic. The learning atmosphere will have a significant impact on Paris' ability to grasp and retain information.
Encouragement and testing are two different things. Small children do not like to be tested -- life is enough of a test for them! They do enjoy learning, but need to be encouraged to learn at their own pace. Finding that pace is one of the primary tasks of parents and teachers. Watch for signs that tell you when Paris is comfortable with a situation, and ready to push beyond it. Then, offer stimulation of that expression by setting fresh goals and opportunities to learn and develop the mind.
Finding Fun and Encouraging Physical Development
There are many factors that indicate particular needs in regard to physical health. However, I feel that specific strengths and weaknesses and their care are best dealt with in greater depth using refined astrological techniques beyond the scope of this reports. But one feature of childhood we can explore is where to find play and recreational activities that might be most comfortable and enjoyable for Paris. The planet Mars represents physical energy -- it's the fuel that is needed to keep the physical engine running! Mars' sign and house placement gives good clues about a child's preferences for play and activity, including sports and approach to fitness.
Paris' favorite forms of recreation and sports can include running (especially sprints), martial arts, baseball, tennis, fencing, free calisthenics (gymnastics), acrobatics, acrobatic skiing, athletic dancing, tap dancing, clog dancing.
Paris' Mars in the 12th House can indicate that she prefers to dream instead of risking physical distress. However, she may enjoy dance or swimming (although getting this child to feel comfortable in water may, at first, be a challenge). As coordination improves, fitness activities like yoga might be appealing. Creative visualization can be an exceptional aid when Paris is developing any physical skill.
The connection from Mars to Saturn indicates a potential for a low level of physical energy. Because of this, Paris needs to be encouraged to devote some time to physical activity in order to raise energy levels. If there is a defeatist attitude, help her learn the importance of overcoming or meeting challenges. Be sure to celebrate accomplishments with her. Paris may also go the other way and decide to overcompensate and train until she drops! There can be increased self-discipline and an ability to set limits and work or train carefully toward goals.
III. Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs
At different stages and ages Paris is developing different parts of herself. One reason childhood astrology is different from adult astrology is that a child is in the process of "becoming". Anyone who's been around children knows that at some stages of development a child is more susceptible or emotionally vulnerable, and that these needs and sensibilities change as a child matures. After all, a baby struggles each day to deal with a difficult-to-control body, but an elementary school age child is struggling with early social relationships. Each of the planets represents a different emotional need and expression, but some planetary symbols are more emotionally charged than others.
There are myriad possibilities, but Paris' chart illustrates the potential emotional strengths and weaknesses, and the areas in her life where there can be greater vulnerability. It is important to explore these concepts through a lens of objectivity, since when dealing with psychological and emotional issues with our children we're likely to run into our own issues as part of the process!
Paris' most powerful emotional needs are symbolized by the Moon, which is the primary indicator of early psychological development. These needs remain with Paris throughout life, continually growing and evolving. The Moon symbolizes the reflective nature of humanity. It is the absorbing, subconscious mind and reflects the needs of the soul. This is the matrix from which habit patterns emerge. Moon is Mother -- who provides nurturing, comfort and security. Mother is the model for a child's developing sense of how she will nurture and care for others, and, most importantly, how Paris will nurture herself. Even as a baby, Paris has had a strong inner awareness of what is happening. As she grows, more information is absorbed and stored in Paris' subconscious mind, and deeper awareness of her feelings also grows. The Moon also indicates basic patterns of conditioning drawn from life experiences and filtered through the qualities of the Moon.
With Moon in Cancer, Paris is emotionally sensitive, with a strong attachment to mother, home and family. As a baby, Paris will not want to see Mother go anywhere without her. Apron strings were invented for the Cancer Moon! As Paris grows, she may feel a strong need to nurture or take care of others. Provide plenty of "babies" in the form of dolls, pets, plants and, if possible, smaller children. (Relatives and neighbors can suffice if there are no younger siblings!) The need for nurturing and protection is primary, as is Paris' need to learn how to care for others.
Paris needs to communicate and will crave connection to and interaction with others. This drive from the 3rd House Moon can indicate more intense desires to express herself and to explore the world of words and ideas. Relationships with siblings can be especially significant, and if there are not brothers and sisters, Paris may "adopt" a few among closest friends.
Paris may seem especially content since the Moon and Jupiter in trine adds a kind of pleasantness to the personality and heightens Paris' sense of faith and confidence that things will always work out. This can be an indication that the relationship with the Mother is comfortable and that she seems to be readily available when she needs attention and comfort. The primary pitfall of this aspect is the potential for low-motivation and a tendency to rely on things to fall into place instead of feeling that she needs to make an effort. Overall, though, there is a confident and optimistic attitude, and that, in itself, can frequently turn around difficult situations!
With the Moon in quincunx aspect to Uranus Paris may feel that things are never quite settled. The emotional profile is that of disruption in the face of boredom; therefore, learning situations need to be consistently challenging to her unique abilities to encourage the ultimate in personal development. Unanticipated or disruptive changes in environment or family dynamics early on can leave the mark of uncertainty, even if things seem to settle afterward. Keeping commitments can be difficult unless this child learns that honoring obligations ultimately leads to greater freedom. This can be best illustrated by parents who exhibit stability in their own emotional lives and who present images of consistency to Paris while honoring their own and the child's individuality.
Talk about emotional complexity! There is a potential that Paris will feel that her needs are constantly being compromised by changes she cannot control. The influence of the Moon in quincunx to Pluto indicates a feelings of emotional undermining. If family circumstances limit Paris' ability to feel that her needs are being met, then the resulting lack of fulfillment can lead to resentment or guilt. However, there can be a kind of resilience present which allows Paris the capacity to cope with changes more effectively, and her "bounce-back" ability can be good. The key to finding the positive outlet is to help Paris learn to trust her feelings and to know that it is okay to have needs and to be in touch with those needs.
The energy of the Sun is tied to the development of individuality and the sense of identity. The individuality of the Sun begins to emerge once a child has developed enough mastery over basic bodily functions so that she can start paying more attention to the outside world. The Sun is a major factor in determining, "Who am I?" This radiance of Self really becomes focused once Paris is relating to others on a more frequent basis, especially during the school years.
Paris is an Aries, basically described in the Underlying Personality section of this report. However, there are factors which alter Paris' expression and development of her Sun.
There is a conflict between the subconscious needs and the outside world, since Paris has the Moon in square aspect to the Sun. Paris may feel pressured to act in a way she does not like, resulting in upset emotions. Usually, this pressure results from wanting something she does not really need. This can be difficult to resolve if there are mixed messages from Mom and Dad, leaving Paris feeling caught in the middle of parental disputes or differences. She may feel that it's impossible to please both parents. It's also conceivable that Paris will learn early on how to manipulate both parents, so that if one does not give her what is wanted, she will go to the other or play one against the other in some way! If parents "cooperate" in this kind of behavior, the child may ultimately have difficulty integrating the masculine and feminine aspects of her psyche, since one always seems to be pitted against the other. Additionally, this can lead to problematic relationships later in life. Surrounding Paris with clarity and honesty will help immensely.
The Sun in sextile to Uranus suggests that Paris has a positive potential for harmoniously marching to the beat of her own drum. The ability to attract environments and relationships which support this independent spirit is strong. In addition, she may welcome and may also readily adapt to changes which arise beyond her control. Excitement is the name of the game!
Since the Sun is in trine aspect to Pluto, Paris may experience positive and uplifting circumstances in regard to power, healing and change. The different stages of personal growth and development may feel natural. Even during the transition from child to young adult when adolescence can seem disconcerting with its hormonal rushes and strange new feelings, she has a greater capacity to integrate the experience into her sense of self. Relationships with parents and authorities may require the usual adaptations, but the ability to feel comfortable dealing with demands and expectations of parents and other authorities can be easygoing. While there may be a strong charisma present, Paris may not always be comfortable taking risks.
Mercury is not traditionally considered an emotional expression. However, Mercury's role in the expression of feelings is highly important. Mercury represents the function of articulation of ideas and feelings and influences how we communicate them. After all, most of us are more comfortable if we can talk about our emotional experiences to someone special. A child needs to feel that she can talk about anything with her parents, and that it is okay to share feelings and ideas. When a child is not given opportunities to communicate her emotional needs, she can develop problems communicating almost anything else! Mercury's function in our lives is to link internal processes to the external world, and one of the most important inner links is the experience of sharing emotion.
Paris has the Sun and Mercury conjunct, indicating that Paris may be especially sensitive if someone criticizes or challenges her ideas. It is difficult for her to separate communication of thoughts and ideas from the ego or sense of Self. This is an intimate connection of the two processes. Also, this can add a tremendous force to Paris' mental energy, but it can also be a problem if she does not learn to distinguish between her ideas and identity. In her mind, she IS what she says and thinks! In classroom situations, this could create a problem when Paris makes a mistake. Paris may feel that the intellectual error reflects badly upon her and feel less self-esteem. This child needs and wants to be thought of as intelligent. Once Paris learns to channel this need to have her ideas recognized through expressions like story-telling, public speaking, debate or creative writing, she may feel increased self-esteem.
With Mercury and Mars in contact, Paris can be quite assertive expressing ideas. Words can be spoken before their consequences are considered. The tendency to blurt-out ideas can be useful when it's time to speak publicly, since this connection adds courage to the need and desire to communicate. However, if Paris is angered, words are likely to be used as a weapon! During teen years, Paris might enjoy lessons in debate. Prior to that, parents and teachers will be likely to see ample evidence that this is a natural tendency. Arguments can be a form of entertainment. Encourage healthy banter.
Paris takes communication seriously, since Mercury and Saturn are connected. However, the primary emotional implication from this connection is that Paris may worry excessively. Help her appreciate the realism of situations, but also encourage her to rest and relax the mind. Teach positive thinking!
Self-esteem is another part of Paris' psychological make-up. Venus describes the needs for love and value systems, along with self-worth. Artistic expression can be part of this emotional outlet, and this is Venus in action. Selfish behavior can be Venusian, too, and most small children show Venus through their particular expression of selfishness and their ultimate struggle to allow Venus to evolve as they develop the capacity to learn to share. You'll see Venus expressing in a more outgoing manner after about age four, when Paris may finally want to give something to another person. But the full involvement of Venusian development is during the teen years, when "falling in love" becomes a reality. But, regardless of Paris' age, she needs to feel love from others to encourage growth on every level, including the growth of self-esteem.
Paris is inclined to enjoy groups of friends or more than just one special playmate, since Venus in Aquarius just loves to be around interesting people. While fun activities can range from playing games to making crafts, Paris may also be drawn to computer games, story-telling and theatrics. Displays of affection may seem a bit stifled, although it is easy for Paris to express what's on her mind. As a preteen, Paris may be embarrassed by the gushing of emotion displayed by some friends.
Paris' Mars shows when she expresses anger and personal strength. As Paris grows up, the way she shows personal assertiveness will be developed.
Paris' Mars in Aries is likely to be expressed through impatient attitudes and bold actions. She likes to feel fearless and may end up in accidents, compromising situations or circumstances -- sure to leave Mom feeling unnerved. It's crucial to teach Paris the importance of safety and reasonable caution (although you have to hold her attention long enough first!). Anger is usually burned off quickly, but can also be quickly ignited! She can be unusually competitive, even during preschool years. It's not necessarily "personal" -- just an expression of desires to have what she wants when she wants it!
Paris can feel terribly uncomfortable expressing anger, since the frustrating connection between Mars and Saturn can indicate a restriction of anger, causing Paris to feel trapped inside her anger. This inhibited energy may then be released in cruel ways. This can result in physical and emotional difficulty. If parents tend to bridle Paris' need to become self-assertive, it will tend to create anger toward the parents. This can become self-destructive and will block an easy flow of understanding between parent and child. While Paris does feel a need to be in control, experiencing a positive model of control will be healthier than simply being told "no."
During preteen and teen years, sexual assertiveness may be very uncomfortable for Paris to develop, since there is frequently a restrictive attitude toward sexual expression. Healthy caution is one thing, but guilt about the feelings of sexuality can be damaging. Paris may feel that the "permission" to even have these feelings does not exist, and the frustrations can lead to violent or destructive outbursts. Teaching her that sexual feelings are a normal part of growing up will alleviate much of this turmoil. Replacing guilt with an awareness of the possible consequences of her sexual actions will give Paris a choice. The ability to make choices strengthens her sense of personal power, whereas guilt feelings will simply be frustrating.
Paris may not demonstrate the energy of Uranus until teenage years, since this quality is part of the expression of uniqueness, ingenuity, and rebellion. It's usually outwardly expressed in teen years as part of a teen's uprising against the status quo. Uranus spends about seven years in one sign, and is one of the planetary energies that identify qualities of a generation. Those with Uranus in Aquarius are truly the children of the New Age. Paris and her generation are most likely to see developments in experiences like space travel and exploration. However, here on earth, they're met with the clear challenge of creating a more humanitarian society. Old structures are certainly likely to give way to innovation, and by teaching Paris how to create change within existing circumstances, it's more likely that she will be capable of addressing the issues of making alterations which are more constructive. However, in some instances Paris and her peers are also more likely to try things that are completely different, and need ample encouragement to push their limits in the best possible manner.
But the personal expression of Uranian energy is most likely to be seen in the arena of life most influenced by this planet. Uranus in the 10th House stimulates a desire to gain public notice. Not just anything will do: Paris needs to stand out as special, unusual, or her accomplishments need to be ground-breaking. Paris may feel good about being different. However, this desire will need to be nurtured, and parents or teachers who feel Paris is not ready for an experience may be well-advised to reconsider before standing in the way.
Another significant, but emotionally charged, generation-oriented quality is the energy of Pluto. Pluto represents the deepest reservoirs of emotional energy, and is not a quality openly expressed in childhood. However, when a personal planet or angular point in a chart is connected to Pluto, then this profound level of emotional and transformational energy is easier to see. Pluto also represents deep-seated anxieties or fears, which are, for lack of a better description, absorbed into the psyche.
For a child, it's virtually impossible to direct an awareness of this energy, since the personal self must be well developed before knowledge of this esoteric plane of consciousness awakens. In fact, most adults have difficulty with this part of the self! Although the energy of Pluto may be felt during the childhood years, it is not usually a conscious expression at this time.
Pluto moves very slowly through the zodiac, and its sign tells more about the transformational influence Pluto will have on that particular generation than it will about the changes in the individual. The generation with Pluto in Sagittarius (1996 - 2008) is confronted with quite a mission. During this era, a true global economy is emerging and new definitions of power are coming into play. Paris and her peers will be challenged to transform the educational systems, the courts and the legislative bodies once they come into their power within society. The important distinctions between religion and spirituality will be emerging during this era, and Paris is hungry to know the truth. If we cannot teach it ourselves, she will help us uncover the myths which mask it.
As with the other transpersonal planets, the House position of Pluto is the area of life where you help Paris get in touch with a need for healing and transformational change. With Pluto in the 8th House, Paris needs to understand why things happen as they do. She may be naturally insightful about what motivates others, and because of this awareness of what's happening beneath the surface may be mistrustful until situations prove otherwise. Provide ample opportunities for her to explore nature or ideas. Encourage her interest in mysteries. Be available to talk about deeper feelings, and encourage Paris to trust those feelings.
You've discovered that the Ascendant is like the window-dressing or mask of the personality, but connections from planets to the Ascendant can also alter how Paris expresses her emotional self.
Venus in a positive connection to the Ascendant can bring physical beauty. This planet may create a need within Paris to present the most beautiful image possible. This is a two-edged sword, because she may feel a need to be "perfectly" beautiful. If her beauty does not meet these exacting standards, Paris could feel insecure. Plus, there can be a tendency to overvalue physical beauty. Help Paris embrace the feeling that beauty radiates from within. This Venusian connection is actually more about projecting a loving, graceful quality.
The extra sensitive quality of Paris' personality may be amplified because Neptune makes a dynamic aspect to the Ascendant. Sometimes, Paris may feel invisible, and it can be difficult to make her needs known. Positive outlets for this energy dynamic can be acting, music or the arts.
Sometimes, planets appear to move backward in their orbital path from our viewpoint here on Earth. When that happens, we say a planet is retrograde.
Mercury retrogrades about three times each year. Since Mercury is retrograde in Paris' natal chart, her reasoning and thinking processes are more sensitive. There may be more deliberation in decision making. Parents and teachers may feel that Paris takes too long to answer questions. Extra patience on their part will encourage Paris to communicate more openly. Paris may find that it is easier to write than talk. Rather than impeding the ability to communicate, this placement often enhances the ability to express ideas through the written word. Many notable writers have been born with Mercury retrograde, including Norman Mailer, Anne Frank, Isak Dinesen, and Henry Miller. Paris needs to learn to trust her ability to express thoughts and ideas, and should be given plenty of opportunities to communicate. This chart placement often leads to some ingenious ideas and concepts. Letter writing may be a favorite pastime, and diaries can be helpful in objectifying thoughts.
Pluto spends about half of each year in retrograde motion. Parents and teachers can help Paris understand her sense of personal power in relationship to other people and situations by finding positive role models for power. Super heroes may be fascinating, but a real hero will be more effective. Paris may feel somewhat mistrustful of this life process and needs to develop a trust of herself. Developing honesty is quite helpful to this process.
IV. Fostering Creativity and Spirituality
Children seem to be inherently connected to spiritual awareness and expression. Their joy in the daily discoveries of life can be infectious, and a child's sense of wonder brings light into life. To help a child find Truth and embrace a sense of The Divine, very little encouragement is needed. But it is necessary to support this natural connection, and can make all the difference in Paris' ability to trust herself.
One of the most significant ways to help Paris awaken and touch Spirit is to foster her creativity. It's not necessary for every child to be a consummate artist, but each child needs room to experiment with the creative self. There are several factors in the astrological chart that support the development and expression of personal creativity.
Beyond education and development of the intellect in a more formal sense, Mercury plays an important role in self-expression. After all, this is the energy of linking ideas and concepts from the inner self to the outside world -- and back again! One of the creative influences of Mercury in Aries can be developed in the early years by encouraging artistic play with paper and scissors. Sewing might be enjoyable, too. Later on, Paris might enjoy carving, metal work, or-- in culinary arts--carving flowers, animals and other decorative shapes from vegetables! In music, Paris might be an enthusiastic percussionist.
Venus, the expression of artistry, is, of course, an important part of creativity. This is the energy through which Paris experiences and expresses feelings. In many respects, while the Moon represents "feeling," Venus represents "emotion" -- which is the voice of feeling. Venus also represents beauty, a quality deep within which every child needs to feel, identify and express.
Encourage Paris to get in touch with expressions that feel good to her heart! Special talents and creative interests can appear at an early age. An interest in music can develop into skills in music composition, or Paris might enjoy applying music to the world of computers or exploring forms like synthesized music. Play with computer games can lead to an interest in computer programming, and anything to do with enhanced communications technologies may ultimately hold her fascination. Encourage experimentation with all art forms, since Paris could create a mixed-media or specialized form of artistic expression never before seen. While you may not think of it as an art, there could be a natural ability in astrology! If creative and physical expression are preferred, activities like dance, gymnastics and ice-skating might be artistic.
Venus in the 11th house shows a love of getting into creative endeavors which can be shared with friends. Here, the idea of the neighborhood summer play in the backyard can take shape, or later, working with good friends to decorate a float for the homecoming parade or organizing a school dance could be great ways to express this energy.
To get past purely self-centered awareness, the expansive energy of Jupiter encourages a child too reach out and expand her personal universe. Through Jupiter, Paris can begin to build a basic philosophy of life, and exercise her sense of hope and vision. The need to reach out and give is Jupiter in action, but so is enthusiasm. Most important, when Paris is in touch with Jupiter, she is inspired! Here is the desire to grow, to reach into new horizons, to feel adventure and joy. While it may take a lifetime to develop a personal philosophy or explore religious teachings, during childhood, Paris does feel wonder about universal principles, a Higher Power, and endless questions called, "Why?"
Moral questions flow through the realm of Jupiter, and learning higher principles through inspiring teachers and mentors is another outpouring of this energy. It is generally not until a child has developed some measure of cognitive skill that the awareness of Jupiter can be taught. During elementary school and preteen years, this energy begins to flourish. Jupiter is a function of the higher mind, the part of our consciousness that can connect with the Divine. The early awareness of Jupiter deals primarily with the concepts of sharing, positive thinking, enthusiasm and hope for reward.
Paris will appreciate the spiritual support gained through a community. Jupiter's position in the 11th House adds a quality of joy and enthusiasm for spiritually significant experiences shared with others whose ideals are similar. She may enjoy experiences like Sunday School since sharing lessons with friends can feel especially self-confirming. Sports may be an excellent way to learn generosity of spirit and cooperative attitudes, and the higher ideals of sportsmanship can be especially powerful in Paris' life.
Then, there is the world of dreams and imagination. Neptune's placement in the chart indicates the areas where a child dreams most easily. The sensitivity Neptune adds to life allows Paris to connect with the spiritual, nonphysical realm. What child is not a master at make-believe? But this energy is also an expression of Divine Compassion, and it needs special support and nourishment during childhood. Encouraging Paris to trust her dreams, while identifying the difference between the "real" and "imaginary" world can be quite a job. But it is a very important one, since walking between the inner world and the outside world requires special awareness. There is nothing inferior about imagination, nor is there anything wrong with beliefs, since there are many expressions of reality.
Another feature of this energy is the expression of charity. A child taught to give to others less fortunate is definitely a blessed child!
Because Neptune moves very slowly, it is another of the generation-focused planets. Other children Paris' age will likely have Neptune in the same sign. Children born with Neptune in Aquarius (1998/9 - 2012) are the visionaries, and will be exposed to the realm of dreams and possibility. Space travel may become a reality during their lifetimes, and it may be that Paris and her generation will be the first make contact with life forms beyond our own planet! While distinctions between science and religion may carry an interesting development during Paris' lifetime, she also carries the torch for finding the common thread which binds us all together and lights our path toward peace.
Neptune's placement in the chart shows the areas where a child can easily dream. This also provides indicators of the facet's of life where Paris can feel a desire to let go or to exercise compassion toward others. Since Paris has Neptune in the 10th House, she truly needs to dream about what she will be when she grows up. Play-acting about jobs and work can be fun (playing teacher, firefighter, nurse, etc.). Start (and continue!) a collection of costume materials.
V. Perceptions of the Parents
Guess what? You can tell how Paris is likely to see her parents by looking at her own chart! Understanding how Paris perceives Mom and Dad can be especially helpful, since what Paris hopes to see and needs to experience from parents forms the basis of her sense of Self.
When Paris feels happy and full of joy, the world looks bright, too. But if Paris is physically or emotionally low, her behavior and responsiveness suffer. In relationships with others, children and adults alike will project their feelings and perceptions onto other people. Paris needs to experience herself through projecting her needs onto the people in her personal environment. In fact, the undeveloped Aspects of the Self are usually projected onto others as a means of "seeing" these feelings or needs manifested in some way. Projection is a key factor in human psychology.
In many instances, the other people are reasonable targets for those projections, especially if their connections are bound by emotions or other commitments. A child looks to Mother as the person who will reflect the nurturing feminine needs. Mother represents the inner feminine self for boys and girls alike. Paris may even see things in Mother that Mother does not recognize as the way she is!
Paris' Moon sign shows how she perceives Mother. It makes no difference whether Mother sees herself in this light or not -- the child holds these particular perceptions what Mother needs to be because she is projecting her own inner needs for security onto her. As Paris matures into adulthood, these perceptions determine how Paris will play the nurturing and mothering role toward others.
Through Paris' eyes, Mother is the ultimate, "Best Mom in the World," since Moon in Cancer perceives Mother as nurturing and protective. Sometimes, though, Mom can seem overbearing or smothering.
Moon to Jupiter illustrates the mother who may encourage Paris to expand and grow -- perhaps a bit too much. ("Now, eat everything on your plate!") This expansion also involves Paris' moral sense, which is likely to be modeled after Mother's. Mother may be seen as the ultimate spiritual teacher. Paris looks to Mother for confidence and optimism.
With Moon in dynamic contact with Uranus, Paris will definitely see Mother as unique. This uniqueness may be a plus for Paris, or she may think, "My mom is weird." Paris may also feel that Mother is too inconsistent in providing nurturance, protection and support. One day, Mom may be balanced and approachable; the next day, she may seem to be unreachable. There may also be inconsistent messages from Mom about Paris' independence.
Plus, Mom is viewed as being intuitive, and how the mother uses this intuitive flow will have a great effect upon Paris' future use of her trust of intuitive perceptions. As Paris reaches school age, Mother may seem to be radically different from the other moms. If Mother has been secure in her sense of individuality, Paris will not find this to be a problem. If Mom has been bizarre in her actions and disrespectful of herself, Paris may have difficulty dealing with her feelings about her.
A key factor involved with Uranian aspects from the Moon is what Paris learns about emotional distancing. If Mom seems "out there" then Paris will develop a kind of emotional bubble which serves to maintain that distance. Eventually, this can have an effect on the way Paris relates to others, and can be indicative of a pattern in which she seeks out relationships with those who are either inappropriate in terms of fulfilling needs or unreachable themselves.
Through the dynamic connection between the Moon and Pluto, Paris feels a truly primal bond with Mother. Mom is powerful, absorbing, and perceived as "all-knowing." Paris may even sense that Mother holds the power of life and death. If Mother seems highly judgmental, it could be that Paris is projecting strong guilt-oriented ties with Mother. She may also be expected to be "Superwoman" -- able to cook dinner while leaping tall buildings with a single bound. This projection originates from the deep levels of the psyche, where Paris feels that she must be more than human, so, of course, Mom is superhuman, too.
Since Paris' emotions will be intense and often painful, Mother may be experienced as heavy and emotionally intense, and may overwhelm Paris with her own emotionality. Mother can aid the child by striving to maintain open communications with her. She needs to give Paris opportunities to exercise and own her personal power, beginning in the early years.
The other qualities projected onto and around Mother fall into the category of denial of need. While those "don't feel" messages can be delivered in all sorts of ways, sometimes Mother is not aware that she could be doing damage, and Paris does not know to ask for anything else. Parents need to understand that Paris may feel that Mother is trying too hard to be everything. Mom needs to take the time to let the tenderness between herself and her little one serve as healing elixir.
The Sun, the primary masculine energy in the chart, is also described as a person's sense of "self". A young child has a very limited true sense of self, and is not likely to "own" these qualities until the preteen years or later. This sense of individuality may be strongly tied to the initial relationship with Father and, later, to interactions with other significant male figures. In early childhood development, Paris' Sun does not express fully as an individual ego. The Sun powerfully affects the child's perceptions of Father; if the father is supportive and consistent, Paris may feel that his or her own individuality is reliable and strong. Paris' perceptions of Father are strongly symbolized by the energy of the Sun in the astrological chart.
Paris sees Dad as a courageous individual. She projects qualities of independence, strength and leadership onto Father through the Sun in Aries. Father's courage is a treasure for Paris.
Through the Sun in the 12th House, Paris may over-idealize Daddy, although the relationship can be close. If Dad's work or lifestyle make him less available, then Paris will be likely to create a "dream" Daddy. To strengthen their bonds, shared dreams and aspirations can make a lifelong impression.
Father is seen as the great provider, since the connection between Sun and Jupiter is likely to be projected as a kind of "Santa Claus" image. If for any reason Paris' Dad provides many material things to compensate for lost time, this can become problematic. Father may be viewed as optimistic or enthusiastic, and Paris will look to Father to provide inspiration and praise for her achievements.
Through the connections between the Sun and Uranus, Paris is likely to perceive that she has an exceptional father. Or, Paris may see the father as too aloof, leading to feelings that Dad is unreliable or undependable. Dad may be rather eccentric, but he could also just be highly independent. Remember: this is the potential perception Paris has of Father! It's possible that Paris sees the father as a model so unique that she could never fit into it. It's also likely that she sees the father as living beyond the limitations and structures of society, offering a different viewpoint of life from the "norm." When given an opportunity to prove her own uniqueness to Father, Paris will require positive reinforcement for her talents and abilities if she is to feel confidence in her individuality.
Despite the fact that Dad may think he's just a regular guy, Paris may perceive Dad as a super hero. You know the type: on the outside he looks like a regular guy, but inside he transforms into Superman. The influence of the Sun in connection with Pluto adds a perception by a child that Father as all-knowing, all-powerful and omniscient. This can block Paris' ability to assert her own personal power. After all, how could she ever match up to something like that?
It's also possible that Paris may perceive Father as being ruthless. Sometimes these images are not even projected by the father to the child. They can come about through Paris' fantasies and the impressions she has gleaned through observing life. It is very easy for Paris to feel that Dad does not want her to exist. Father needs to continually remind Paris that she is genuinely loved and appreciated.
If, for any reason, Paris experiences separation from Father, she may feel especially wounded. This can also lead to a tendency to project this resentment onto other men -- teachers, stepfathers, or authorities -- and might reinforce Paris' sense that she is somehow unworthy. It is crucial that male Father figures understand the potentially deep impact their actions and attitudes can have upon Paris' perceptions.
Then, there is a need for solidity, structure and safety -- and most children look to parents to establish this for them. A child is not capable of understanding the ways of the world, but will learn about them eventually. Nor does a child understand the need for limits. It's up to parents and teachers to set these limits and expose a child to the rules of life. These rules, tests and structures are identified by the energy of Saturn.
There can be a downside, since Saturn energy feels judgmental and limiting much of the time, especially in childhood. Many children are anything but delighted at the prospect of being "responsible" -- that's what adults are supposed to be, not kids!
The placement of Saturn not only symbolizes the parents, but also authority in society. Saturn does not necessarily represent one parent or another. Here is discipline, structure, and stability. This is also tradition. For the better part, what Saturn symbolizes is the story of how Paris needs to be stabilized and what she requires in terms of a sense of safety and security.
Saturn in Aries indicates an increased need to feel self-respect. Paris may see parents as courageous and independent, and will appreciate parents who give her a chance to make a few mistakes without undue restrictions.
Saturn in the 12th House indicates that Paris needs to feel comfortable with life's intangible elements. She may have some trouble handing fears. Parents can show her how to determine when something is worth caution, or if it's just a product of imagination. Then trust of the inner self will grow. Parents can also serve Paris' needs by sanctioning the importance of dreams and imagination.
Ultimately, as Paris moves through the various ages and stages of childhood, she will be able to incorporate all these qualities and expressions once seen through others, into herself. However, some vestiges of our childhood remain throughout a lifetime. Think of the concepts in this report as the building blocks for the person who will become Paris through the course of these early years. And enjoy every moment of your journey together!
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