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Child*Star

Astrological Report for

Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt


 








 

 

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The Astrological Chart

        Chart Data for Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
                  House System: Placidus

                  Sun in Gemini, at 06 02', in the ninth house.
                  Moon in Gemini, at 08 59', in the tenth house.
                  Mercury in Gemini, at 16 21', in the tenth house.
                  Venus in Aries, at 27 35', in the eighth house.
                  Mars in Cancer, at 25 36', in the eleventh house.
                  Jupiter in Scorpio, at 11 15', in the third house.
                  Saturn in Leo, at 06 41', in the twelfth house.
                  Uranus in Pisces, at 14 31', in the seventh house.
                  Neptune in Aquarius, at 19 49', in the sixth house.
                  Pluto in Sagittarius, at 25 56', in the fourth house.
                  Midheaven in Gemini, at 06 15'.
                  Ascendant in Leo, at 26 43'.

 

 





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Introduction


I. CHILD*STAR!!

How wondrous is the moment when you first look into the eyes of your newborn child! How miraculous is creation! What deep mysteries bring families together for a cycle of time!

In writing Child*Star, the author, a Montessori teacher, has brought you the best of 23 years of astrological study in addition to the fruit of 10 years' experience in the classroom. You'll find in Child*Star a first-hand understanding of the trials and joys of parenthood.

Being a parent is challenging. A job description for a parent would include something of almost every other job. When we study the child's astrological chart, we can instantly attune to how we can best guide her. Strengths, weaknesses, aptitude and potentials jump off the page. We can see how to turn around negative momentum and maximize talents that otherwise may not have been readily apparent. Understanding leads to greater patience, a virtue of immeasurable worth in child-rearing!

Many parents intuitively take a reading at the moment of birth and even before through dreams or visions, and receive a prescient knowing of the child soon to be born. The child comes to us with her own birth chart, her particular life plan, which many believe is determined prior to birth.

Nevertheless, there can be no doubt that environmental factors, decisions made by parents, education, and free will can change, alter, or mitigate the prophecy foreseen in the chart for better or for worse. A seed containing the blueprint of the most magnificent rose will not flower if denied sunshine, water, and good soil. And many have cultivated beautiful flowers in rocky soils through love and care.

How can we challenge the child to bring out the positive Sun sign potential, but, at the same time, teach her to know clearly when she crosses the line into negatives that could cause her much grief and sorrow later, if not corrected now? This is the challenge before us as educators and parents to our children, even to the child within ourselves. So we search the chart with an eye for potential problem areas that could disrupt, hinder or block the child's best expression. We devise how to turn them around. We take note of the positive potential and see how, like a good seed, it can be nurtured to bring forth the ripest fruit on time.

 

II.  In creating this report, certain assumptions have been made:

1. Every child is unique. While most concepts will hit the nail on the head, not all you read will necessarily "fit."

Throughout the report, you'll come across words and phrases like "tends to," "often will," "probably," "might." This is because there is a spectrum of possibility on any given point. At times, these phrases have been omitted, but the concept remains true throughout the report.

2. It is assumed that you are concerned and loving parents who are dedicated to helping your child realize her highest potential.

3. It is assumed that you're willing to look at yourself (as you may find Mom and Dad depicted in the pages of this report) and see where greater self-awareness and self-improvement can help you better raise your child.

4. It is assumed that you're using this report as a key to better understand your child, and as a key to unlock her potential, but that at no time will you use this report (and its recommendations) to replace common sense and your own good judgment. You are her parents, no one can know her as you do. Remember:

Astrology is meant to CONFIRM, NOT REPLACE, the inner guide!

5. To get the most value out of Child*Star, the author recommends holding "all these things in your heart" and observing the child as she grows. Maria Montessori proved that, by observing the child, you discover the laws of her being. The chart unfolds as she grows.

However, the report may highlight potential talent and skill you may wish to test out by providing your child with opportunities to develop them. For instance, if an aspect (and especially if several aspects) indicates musical talent, you may want to sign your child up for song and dance lessons or teach her how to play a musical instrument.

If playing an instrument doesn't seem to be her forte, try music appreciation. Remember, there's a spectrum of possibility, and it's up to you to discover what motivates your child.

In reading about your child, emphasize the positive. Negative patterns can be changed; indeed, sometimes only a shade of gray separates our Achilles' Heel from becoming our most valuable asset. Conversely, our natural talents can stagnate and, if we fail to develop them, become the open door to self-indulgence.

 

III. Keywords and concepts that will help you get the most out of Child*Star:

1. Throughout the report, reference is made to planets receiving harmonious or challenging aspects. In astrology, trines and sextiles are considered aspects that indicate energy flowing in harmony. Squares point to challenges, blocks, internal frustrations and also pronounced talents. Oppositions indicate potential conflicts we resolve in the Tai-Chi of our interactions with others. We call squares and oppositions "dynamic aspects." Here is where your child may meet her greatest challenges, but also where she may demonstrate her greatest strengths! In expressing and mastering the dynamic aspects, we grow and can realize our greatest achievements. Remember:

Wherever you find dynamic aspects is where your child may need the most guidance, consistency, and patience on your part.

2. CROSS-REFERENCES:  To gather a more complete picture on any given aspect of your child's chart, you may be referred to another related section. For example, every sign is said to be ruled by a particular planet. Aries is ruled by Mars, and the child with Aries Rising is learning how to direct energy constructively. But how will she do it? The report may refer you to another section on Mars.

Another type of cross-reference is necessary when a planet receives more than one kind of aspect. For example, a child with Mars square Saturn can feel blocked, and Child*Star instructs you to see if Mars and Saturn receive positive aspects from other planets-which will mitigate the difficulty and allow the aspect to manifest in a more dynamic and purposeful way. The positive aspects can also indicate to you how to work out the difficulty successfully.

3. RESOLVING CONTRADICTIONS: What to do when you come across information that is contradictory? None of us is black and white. For example, a child might be extroverted in sports, but shy in academics, or vice-versa. Some children, however, will need help in working out such structural conflicts.

4. Sometimes we come across strengths or talents in the child that may not be our forte. A child with a grand trine in earth signs, but whose parents have little or no earth emphasis in their own charts, may need other, more practical and businesslike people coming into her life to bring out the inherent qualities of efficiency, order, and organization typical of this positive configuration.

5. Astrological knowledge must never be used to demean, criticize, or put anyone down. Take note of areas of great sensitivity, vulnerability, or pain in the child's chart. Find ways to help her master these. Be kind to your child. Her star has appeared and it may be different in magnitude and brilliance than your own! Love her and teach her, and learn from her, but don't expect her to be who you are. While the child is still in the process of turning her weaknesses into strengths, we can often fill in the gap!

 

IV. CONCLUSION:  In studying the child's chart-as a representation of the book of her life with many pages left to write on-we seek to understand her better in order to guide, help, and instruct her in bringing out her special uniqueness, her calling in life, her special star. In understanding our children, we also come to better understand ourselves, our own inner child.

This report is intended as a stepping stone in your astrological journey-a fascinating adventure. For those who hold newborns, Child*Star will offer many insights that will prove their worth for years to come. For those of you with older children, this report will shed much light that will help you better understand your child and where she is headed. Some will walk through their childhood again through the pages of this report-finding, healing, and attuning with the child within.

On the next page you will find a list of the zodiac positions of your child's natal planets, along with the house cusps, for her moment of birth. These have been calculated using sophisticated astronomical formulae to ensure high accuracy.

The author, Kathie Garcia, is interested in your feedback. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to give her a call or write her a note. She can be reached at PO Box 81, Emigrant, MT, 59027. Her telephone number is (406) 333-4757.



The Rising Sign

First let's take a quick look at your child's Ascendant, or Rising sign. Astrologers want to know what zodiac sign is rising at birth, since this gives a picture of the way we appear or come across to others. We look out upon the world through the glasses of the Rising Sign. Your child's Rising Sign will offer clues as to how your child perceives herself or would like others to see her. Many astrologers consider the Rising Sign as important as the Sun Sign in describing identity. This makes sense, since the Ascendant describes the early childhood experience. From myriad impressions and interactions, the child will weave the tapestry of her unique selfhood. If the Rising Sign is very different from the Sun sign, the child may have to work at integrating diverse aspects of her personality.

Lively Leo wears her heart on her sleeve, always managing to come across as confident and sure of herself. (Sometime when the Leo Lion is wounded, her bravado is a dramatic cover-up!) Leo children are typically very free with their emotions which nevertheless tend to stay under control. Your Leo child is affectionate, warm-hearted and effusive. Liking center stage, she may want all the attention on herself! Teach her to be thoughtful. The Sun rules Leo. If your child's Sun is in a Fire sign, leadership potential is enhanced, but she probably needs to learn to "harness the fire" as well as to consider the needs of others. If her Sun is in an Air sign, she is apt to be quite sociable, optimistic and positive. She is probably friendly and communicative. The child with a water sign Sun with Leo rising could be temperamental; she needs a good sense of self-esteem. She could feel hurt easily. An earth sign Sun could be the signature of a banker! Her bravado is likely to applied in practical works (later in work).

Leo Rising



 

Planet Aspects

The Lights: The Sun and Moon

At the time of our birth, the planets (through their configurations and relationships) tell us something about the quality of the moment of time into which we were born. Each planet points to special traits within us. Yet, of all the planets, the two most important planets to astrologers are the "lights," the Sun and the Moon. From where we stand here on Earth, the great shining Sun by day and the reflecting Moon at night are our constant companions. The Sun and Moon are our greatest guides in understanding our children, their temperament, personality, relationship with parents and other significant adults, their sense of purpose, their feelings and much more! The Sun and Moon give us clues as to where our children are headed and how we can help them on the way.

The Sun: Your Self and Future

The Sun represents our identity, or self and as such, colors every other aspect of the chart. In a child's chart, the Sun will reveal much about her emerging personality. Your child's greatest strengths and challenges are often described by the qualities of her Sun Sign. A Leo child, for example, is a born leader but may be pompous. A Piscean youngster may draw upon a rich imagination to inspire others, but may seek to escape reality by retreating into a fantasy world. The wise parent will train the child to manifest the positive qualities of her Sun Sign. The position of the Sun also helps us understand what motivates our children. A child with a Fire sign Sun such as Aries, will generally be motivated by seeking new experiences in which she can assert herself, whereas a Water sign Sun child is more emotional and will seek comfort and security before venturing out. Children born into Earth signs tend to be grounded. They're builders and seek means of practical expression. They want to know, "How does it work?" Air sign Sun children can experience life through thoughts and thrive on social interaction and communication. The Sun also represents the child's perception of the father (or dominant parent) and the qualities the child identifies with within the father. From here, we extend our understanding of this relationship to authorities and adults in general and later, to the child's understanding of her own life purpose. For example, a child with the Sun in harmonious aspect to Mars would likely feel supported by the father and therefore more prone to self confidence than a child born with the Sun square Mars. The latter might feel blocked on some level by the father or dominant parent. Both, however, are dynamic positions indicating leadership potential.

Sun in Gemini

Gemini is an Air sign on the thinking cross. Its symbol is The Twins. Gemini's are here, there and everywhere and come up with a thousand questions! (Record her questions in a little book and then research the answers together.) Your little Gemini was born to investigate, search, and explore. She likely seeks to communicate by all available means: talking, writing, broadcasting, learning foreign languages. Phones and walky-talkies make a big hit! Some Gemini children are chatterboxes. Others are exceptionally witty. Teach your Gemini to be still and to listen to what others have to say.

All manner of transportation may catch her attention; scooters, bicycles, skates, whatever, anything in which to get around! Gemini children can be into many projects at once! A skill essential to your little Gemini's future success is the ability to focus and complete the task at hand. As your Gemini grows, you might find ways, such as making lists, to help her order her mind and her tasks. She needs this training to develop good study habits and avoid dissipating her energy.

Gemini children are born mimics. They need good role models. Discernment is advised in the selection of books and movies, since little Gemini will copy (often verbatim) what she sees and hears. Sometimes the Gemini ability to pick up quickly amounts to a high degree of impressionability.

A good book is like a treasured friend to children of this double air (mind) sign. Stock up your library! The Gemini child is often the teacher's pet because she loves to read and enjoys learning a broad range of subjects. Gemini children typically like learning at a fairly brisk pace. Gemini rules writing and journalism. Your child might benefit by keeping a diary. Later she may be interested in working on the school paper. Working with her hands could steady her restless mind. (Sewing, painting, building with legos, washing the dishes, planting) Gemini children seek variety in everything; clothes, food, books and in everyday experience. Some have trouble staying still! Teach your child to concentrate.

Moon Conjunction Sun

At best, the child with a Sun-Moon conjunction tends to be emotionally well balanced: conscious purpose (Sun) and feelings (Moon) work together. There can be a natural rhythm in the way she handles the day-to-day problems of work and play, with the result that she is capable of sustained effort. Study the sign the Sun and Moon are in; especially if the lights are in the same sign, the qualities of the sign should be readily apparent in her personality. She may be especially concentrated and interested in the affairs associated with that sign, even at times unaware or uninterested in other areas of experiences. If the lights are conjoined in different signs, then the child may have to work at integrating seemingly conflicting energies.

Sun Semisquare Mars

Others may sense in your child the presence of much energy. She may tend to have trouble just relaxing but she works well with creative tension. This aggressiveness could lead to undue competition and a tendency to get into scrapes. On the positive end, your child could impress you by her determined striving. She probably enjoys contests and will learn by pitting her physical or mental strength against others. Teach your child respect for others and find ways for her to channel her energy into accomplishments; sports or creative projects demanding physical or mental stamina might fit the bill!

Sun Sextile Saturn

This placement confers a real love of science and natural laws. Your child may be a tireless worker with absolute determination and the ability to carry great projects through to completion. (Especially in the affairs of the houses and signs where the Sun and Saturn are posited.) Always the protector to those she comes to know, your child likely is loyal to friends and will tend to have long and secure relationships. Sometimes this aspect points to a position of authority in adult life. Regardless of circumstances, the child with this contact is apt to receive support from parents and elders during childhood. Nevertheless, her most significant achievements come from her own efforts. This Sun-Saturn aspect strengthens the constitution. Your child benefits by learning in a structured environment, by developing a strong moral character and by acquiring study habits that teach her organization and concentration.

Sun Square Uranus

Sun-Uranus aspects often indicate leadership potential. Your child may be very magnetic, others being drawn to her. She is not afraid to be different, and may indeed be a "trendsetter." Later in life she is likely to be interested in some kind of social or political reform. However, the child with the this aspect may be somewhat of a rebel, with a history of flaunting convention and going against authority. She may feel different than her schoolmates. She could separate herself out and end up as the loner, although this is not necessarily what she inwardly desires. Your child could be very bright with exceptional talent. To be happy, however, she needs to learn to cooperate with others. Be patient in seeing her through those unexciting but necessary routines which are simply part of life. Her ideas may be brilliant, but help her learn to test them for practical value as well. Sometimes, Sun-Uranus aspects describe the father as being radical, eccentric, highly individualistic or somehow unusual. Note: if Saturn is well aspected, your child is more apt to have her feet on the ground!

The Moon: The Support System

In a child's chart, we look to the position of the Moon to understand the child's perception of her mother, of her need to be cared for and to nurture. The Moon also describes the child's experience within her family, with its particular dynamics, tradition and heritage. From these, the child establishes her roots. The Moon, then, indicates the early childhood environment, our early support systems. Emotional responses are traced to the Moon and hence, to patterns established during childhood (and even during other lifetimes). These often become automatic and subconscious in the adult. Thus, the sign placement of the Moon reveals much about our child's emotional needs and expressions. The Moon may dominate the child's chart during the first 7 years of life. The Moon will tell us what the child needs to feel secure and also what kinds of habits would be helpful or detrimental to her development. For example, a child with a Sagittarian Moon is happy when she has plenty of room to explore. (But she needs to learn the value of limits) A Cancer Moon child, in contrast, may cling to Mom's apron strings. (But she may need to overcome fear of making it on her own).

Moon in Gemini

Gemini is an Air sign on the thinking cross. Its symbol is The Twins. Your child is at home where there's lots of communication, investigation, travel and exploration. She could be fascinated by social interchange (and chattering too). She could enjoy reading and writing. One day, probably when she is a teenager, your child may ask for her own phone, which is fine but discourage her from idle talk and gossip.

Gemini energy is objective so children with this lunar placement tend to be more mental than emotional unless other aspects strongly indicate otherwise. Even if the latter be true, you'll find you can reach your child through reason. She needs to know she can talk to you. She needs to hear her thoughts, and she wants to know that she is understood.

This is the child that always asks you "why?." Your child enjoys variety and change. She may find it difficult to concentrate on one activity at a time. The Gemini youngster likes to get around, enjoys outings, and all types of transportation toys that allow her to be on the go! She may be a tinkerer, with a penchant for taking apart and putting things back together. Insist she finish the job and put it away before she gets into another project. Mechanical toys, puzzles, and later computers keep her busy hands and restless mind engaged for hours. Thinking, writing, researching, and science are favored. Plenty of learning occurs at home, or perhaps the parents are well educated. Gemini's are natural teachers.

The Moon in Gemini child perceives her mother as busy and interested in her education. If afflicted, the child may feel a lack of emotional warmth from her, or may not be sure what's expected of her. In some cases, a sibling (Gemini) helps the mother (Moon) raise the child. The Moon's aspects could describe a close or difficult relationship with a brother or sister.

Moon Conjunction Sun

Your child was born around the New Moon Cycle. While the New Moon is a period of apparent darkness, it actually marks the beginning of the lunation cycle. Hence, there is a sense of emerging opportunity with New Moon types. Here we have a feeling of self-discovery as life progresses; what is life all about, what is my true identity? Study well the sign the Sun and Moon fall in, and the aspects they form, positive or challenging to other planets, for these will reveal much about your child's development and personality. The house position of the Sun and Moon will reveal an area of life of great importance to your child. Children born with this placement tend to be subjective, emotional, and can be impulsive. Because the Sun and Moon are in conjunction, often there is a tremendous concentration of energy. Children with this placement may be quite energetic.

Moon Conjunction Mercury

This aspect indicates fluency in communication. Even if your child has an emotional personality, you will be able to reach her through dialogue. She could be a fine speaker. She is likely to be most persuasive! This Moon-Mercury aspect often indicates success in life due to a positive mental attitude.

Moon Semisquare Venus

The child with this aspect longs to feel bonded to the mother. She often is warm and affectionate but may fear the loss of love. Sometimes, the mother may be absent or unable to give the child adequate attention. Or perhaps the mother is overindulgent with the child. The child benefits by a balance of discipline and love, care and independence. The relationship with the mother influences adult relationships with the opposite sex. This child needs proper eating habits; in particular avoid over-indulging this child in sweets.

Moon Semisquare Mars

This aspect indicates that temper gets in the way of harmonious relationships. Often there are lessons to be learned in cooperation, in meeting the other fellow halfway. The child with this aspect could be touchy, tending to make a mountain out of a molehill and/or to take things very personally. She could be very defensive. She needs your help working out her feelings objectively, and this will demand much patience and CONSISTENCY on your part. This aspect has to do with the working out of anger and emotions. Some children with this contact have trouble accepting: "not now" or "no, you may not" or "you must wait" and may even be prone to temper tantrums. This may not be the case with your child, but if it is its best that you don't tie into outbursts by taking it personally. She needs to learn to delay gratification and accept responsibility. M. Scott Peck, MD has some very constructive advice on this point and I recommend you read his book, The Road Less Traveled. It's best not to threaten this child with disciplines you don't plan to carry out. Usually this happens when parents are too busy or when the disciplines are unrealistic. The Moon represents the mother. Perhaps she is creative but tends to have a short fuse, herself! There could be conflicts with the mother (and later with important partners.) Teach your child not to kill a fly with a bowling ball! She likely is very active. If she learns self-control and patience during childhood, she could accomplish a great deal and may have qualities of leadership! For some children, however, this aspect could mean that action (Mars) may be blocked by emotions (Moon).

Moon Sextile Saturn

The child born with this aspect is usually loyal and dependable. She probably doesn't enter nor drop relationships lightly and may be a tad shy. This aspect lends stability to the chart. Your child may seem mature for her age.

Moon Square Uranus

The child with this aspect may have a somewhat unusual upbringing. Later in life she is apt to attract a partner who is independent and also a bit unusual. If the mother is inconsistent in moods, rules or behavior, the child with this aspect could easily become confused; not knowing what to expect from her when. She needs to know she can rely on her. Children with this Moon-Uranus contact can be unconventional, even at the expense of popularity. She learns by experience and may depart from the trodden path. Your child may be restless and move around a lot. Her desire for personal freedom quite likely goes against the majority. She could be impulsive, more impatient than not, and (especially if Mars aspects the Moon or Uranus) could find it hard to control her temper. She could be subject to sudden mood changes! Your child can master this aspect by acquiring self-control and self-knowledge. Some children with this Moon-Uranus aspect are quite brilliant and original in their thinking. Teach your child the importance of keeping commitments.

The Inner Planets: Mercury and Venus

The planets Mercury and Venus, along with the Sun, Moon and Mars describe the child's emerging personality. These inner planets are located between the orbit of the Earth and the Sun. Venus indicates how the child appreciates and measures her experience, and describes the values established during childhood. Venus tells us how the child expresses love, the things that mean a lot to her, and her appreciation for beauty (or lack of it). Mercury tells us something about our child's perception, verbal expression, schooling --in short, how her mind works, how she thinks and communicates.

Mercury: The Mind and Communication

Mercury represents thoughts, ideas, and the mental process in general. Communications – by phone, letter, spoken, or however – are ruled by Mercury. Also thoughts, connections, phone wires, and everything that connects and conveys – even forms of transportation. In the child's chart, Mercury describes the myriad aspects of schooling – teachers, study habits, homework, learning skills, concentration (or lack of it). Your child's relationship with brothers and sisters are indicated by Mercury as well. The way your child thinks, receives, shares and transmits information and knowledge will be revealed by studying the position of Mercury in her chart. Mercury relates to hands, fine motor abilities, and to handwriting and drafting skills. Mercury by sign and element tells us how the child studies and what she likes to study, and how we (her parents and teachers) can help her gain greater academic expertise. Children with Mercury in Fire signs think and talk simultaneously and are spontaneous. They enjoy games that make learning fun! Children with Mercury in Air Signs can chatter away and still keep going! Words can come alive for them and they enjoy listening to (or creating) colorful tales and stories. Communication is their thing. They may have to work at being listeners, however! Children with Mercury in Water signs may need help thinking clearly since emotion runs into thoughts. These children like profound subject matter. Children with Mercury in Earth signs generally have a good measure of common sense. Hands on training suits them best.

Mercury in Gemini

Gemini is an Air sign on the thinking cross. Its symbol is The Twins. Mercury in Gemini children typically love learning. Wit comes naturally as does curiosity about everything! She loves finding things out – speculating, investigating. She is likely to be clever but not necessarily known for deep thinking. She loves to talk, exchange ideas, read books, travel. her restless mind keeps her busy exploring, testing. Debates, games, and puzzles please her. She likes to think on her feet and could be easily bored with tedious schoolwork or chores. Stress honesty with her. Good study habits and an orderly environment help her do best at school. She may tend to scatter her energy into too many projects at once, or to dissipate energy through too much chatter. Teach her to create a schedule and stick to it!

Moon Conjunction Mercury

To fully grasp this aspect, integral to an understanding the child, check the sign the Moon is in, and what other aspects, positive and challenging, it forms. Especially if the Moon is in a water sign (Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio) thoughts are influenced by feelings, or may be a reflection of subconscious patterns rather than of logical reason! Perception may be keen here as intuition is strong and almost always right-on when it comes to questions of feelings. Your child is apt to show an early interest in understanding other people (psychology), different cultures, and history. She may have skills in writing, speaking, and all forms of communication. If other placements point to musical talent, your child may enjoy songwriting. The mother influences the thinking and habit patterns strongly.

Mercury Semisquare Venus

Your child could find it tough to say what she means, and could be impatient or have a short fuse!

Mercury Square Uranus

Brilliance or eccentricity? Children with this aspect may be very original thinkers! Nevertheless, they usually require instruction in follow-up and consistency in their work. This child's natural tendency could be to change her mind in the middle of a project and go rushing off in some new direction. Guide your child in finding practical uses for her plentiful insights.

Mercury Trine Neptune

The child with this aspect could have a fantastic imagination and be somehow tuned into what we all dream of at the deepest levels. The dream worlds, the more eternal thoughts of mankind, come easily to her, and she would be a convincing speaker on occult, metaphysical, and religious subjects. Your child could be sensitive, poetic and persuasive. This aspect is common in the charts of composers. She could have oratory and/or theatrical skills. On the downside, this child may weave many a tale. Help your child sort out reality from fact. Insist she tell the truth!

Venus: Values and Discrimination

Venus rules our values and sense of appreciation. When we appraise or appreciate something, whether that be another person or a new car, this is Venus – the sense of love and compassion we may feel. Venus in the child's chart shows us what kinds of things our child appreciates, her innate sense of beauty (which can be developed), the manner in which she interacts with her friends and with adults, and how she shows love. Children with Venus in ardent Leo, for example, are demonstrative and fun-loving. They tend to shine and love bright, colorful things. Venus in Scorpio children, on the other hand, may be shy but exceptionally kind and thoughtful. These children may want Mom all to themselves! The Venus in Libra child is a social butterfly and loves beauty in her clothes and bedroom. Venus in Taurus loves beautiful things, pretty rocks and later precious stones. She may be a gourmet. She may need help learning to share what she sees as prized possessions. A study of Venus by sign, house and aspect also reveals something about your child's taste in food, eating habits, care of possessions and attitude toward money and belongings.

Venus in Aries

Aries is a Fire sign on the action cross. Its symbol is The Ram. Shy flowers, stand back! Your child is apt to be independent and single-minded, demonstrative and outgoing. Quick to start up a friendship, your child may not find it so easy to settle into one. Lessons in give and take with school chums prepare her for more serious relationships later on. At best, your child is happy and friendly, but watch out for a self-centered attitude that is demanding or says "me first."

Venus Square Mars

This challenging aspect indicates potential conflict in relationships. The child needs to learn to cooperate and get along harmoniously with others. The negative manifestation could range from shyness and excessive prudence to a tendency to splurge and be headstrong in relationships. The child could be highly sensitive, and therefore easily hurt or perhaps emotionally volatile. A healthy relationship with the parent of the opposite sex will help the child attract more positive relationships in adulthood. The child needs to be taught sound values regarding sex and money. Some children born with this aspect are very physical: they want instant gratification. Learning to delay gratification (when necessary) builds character. As your child grows in self-discipline, she should have healthy relationships and so avert getting into trouble with the opposite sex, particularly during the teenage years.

Venus Semisquare Uranus

This aspect brings challenges in relating to others. Sometimes this Venus-Uranus contact brings unusual, strange or unique attractions. Your child may have many friends. As a youth, she needs to understand the dangers of quick attachments and infatuations. She could confuse love and friendship, be fickle (especially if in mutable signs) or get bored and drop friends abruptly (cardinal). In fixed signs, desire could take the place of common sense. You can help your child work out this energy positively by teaching her to delay gratification (when necessary and appropriate), accept responsibility and be respectful of other people's feelings. It all begins in the nursery!

Venus Trine Pluto

People with this aspect are known for getting into intense involvements. They seem to invite emotional confrontations. They seek spiritual regeneration through love. In adult life, they could learn valuable soul lessons through intense karmic relationships. Children with this aspect may cleave to the mother, or to their friends. They may seek to control (or be controlled) by their close pals. Especially during the adolescent years, they could tend to attract partners that aren't particularly good for them. To help your child master this intense aspect, you will need to impart to her solid values regarding sex, money, alcohol and drugs and relationships in general. The better her own sense of self-esteem, the surer she feels in your love, the more likely she will be to attract fulfilling relationships later on. This is a powerfully creative aspect in an artist's chart.

The External Planets: Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

The major planets outside the Earth's orbit (external to us) are Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. These are the planets describing the outer world and circumstances surrounding the child, the status, well-being and conditions she is born into and what urges her on to greater achievements as she grows. Mars will tune you in to what motivates your child and the way she approaches life. Jupiter shows us how she is most apt to channel that energy, and Saturn decrees what sort of obstacles will confront her on the road to success. Again: Saturn tells us about the territory we will be going through, Jupiter the way or path through it, and Mars what kind of push or drive we can count on to keep going.

Mars: Drive and Emotions

Mars is the planet of emotion and drive. When we search for the meaning of something, it is Mars that urges us on, keeps us searching. Mars will tell us what motivates our child, what captures her interest. By studying the aspects formed between Mars and other planets we discern if our child expresses desire in a healthy and direct manner or whether she feels blocked (squares) by inner or outer conditions. We also learn how our child expresses anger, whether in strong bursts (Mars in Fire Signs), bottled up and tears (Mars in Water Signs) or with cutting words (Air signs). With greater understanding we can help our child deal with her feelings in a constructive way. Mars tells us about our child's interest and aptitude (or lack of it), for physical exercises, sports, recreation. Mars drives us against things, too, and sends us into war and combat. Mars imparts courage and stamina. The house position of Mars in the child's chart will tell us in what area of life she is likely to enter the greatest degree of active conflict or activity: In the 11th, with friends, in the 3rd, perhaps with sisters and brothers, or in competitive learning at school.

Mars in Cancer

Cancer is a Water sign on the action cross. Its symbol is The Crab. The child with Mars in this emotional sign needs to conquer fear of abandonment. She needs to feel secure within the family and secure within herself. She is extremely sensitive and tends to react from an emotional level. Because she take things very personally, she often is defensive. If your child strikes out (the Cancer crab has claws!) at loved ones in a dogmatic and demanding manner, she may secretly fear being rejected. She may need to learn to look at her feelings more objectively. She needs to learn that she is responsible for her reactions and cannot justify wrong behavior because so-and-so said or did this or that! She needs constructive examples and guidance in knowing how to deal with her emotions when they well up within her. The degree of sensitivity experienced by the child with Mars in this water sign may be difficult for parents and teachers to understand unless the water element is emphasized in their own charts as well.

The Mars in Cancer child feels attached to her mother (the crab can cling as well). She is apt to be affectionate and caring. Let her know you love her, but encourage her to develop self-reliance and self-discipline. She needs to express her feelings. When the Mars in Cancer child holds in her anger and hurts (the crab hides in her shell) she sometimes gets indigestion and stomach problems. Many children with this placement are resourceful, imaginative and multi-talented. Your child likely loves family, children, and animals. She may enjoy cooking, repair work or carpentry. Motivated by feelings, the Mars in Cancer child can feel frustrated when she has to delay gratification. If she doesn't feel like it, she may find it hard to summon the gumption to get the job done! You can help her acquire the self-discipline she needs by providing her with structured activities, by teaching her to manage her time properly and by being consistent in seeing that she follows up on household chores and routines. With good aspects, she has common sense; if afflicted, she may need to work at it!

Venus Square Mars

Your child is likely to be energetic, active and physically appealing. She may, however, need to learn to respect the wishes of others and to share. The child's perception of the relationship between the parents and especially of her own relationship with the parent of the opposite sex may determine whether she sees love as full of strife and conflict or as dynamic and creative. Boys with this aspect need to be taught to respect women. Girls need to be taught to respect themselves as ladies. Your child would benefit from an early exposure to beauty, art and social graces. This aspect generates a certain degree of emotional tension. Although perhaps easier said than done, harmony is the key.

Jupiter: Career and Life Path

The Hindu word for Jupiter is Guru. Jupiter is the guru and guide, the way we go through life, our life path and personal philosophy. Our first teachers and guides are usually our parents. Then there are our school teachers, ministers, and other significant adults who enter our life and guide us. Jupiter is the body of knowledge and wisdom made available to us, our method for dealing with the laws of life, our Saturn, or limitations. Saturn represents the father, structure, rules of behavior and social norms we must learn to abide by. Jupiter is the light or path. Jupiter rules religion, philosophy, culture, travel, history; how we expand our horizons, our philosophy of life. It has always been an indicator of how successful we may be, our vocation. In the child's chart, we look to Jupiter for clues as to how our child seeks to know more about life, what appeals to her, and where she may need to pull in the reins and balance exploration (Jupiter) with greater discipline (Saturn). A child with Jupiter in the 1st house in Aries, for example, will jump to the occasion for a trip, an experience to broaden her horizons and self-understanding but will need to find the balance between opportunities for growth and responsibilities (Saturn).

Jupiter in Scorpio

Big vision, big business, the Jupiter in Scorpio child typically gears toward where the action is most intense. When she talks about her dreams they tend to be big scale. She has a penchant for mysteries, secrets, intrigues. A tendency to be suspicious could hamper her otherwise finely attuned shrewd judgment of people and situations. This placement lends itself to careers dealing with real estate, taxes, corporate finances and fund raisers. You may discover at the ol' lemonade stand that she is a born entrepreneur. If other indicators agree, this placement is favorable for any scientific endeavor. Your child may show early interest in the deeper mysteries of life. In its highest sense, Jupiter in Scorpio indicates uncompromising faith.

Moon Quincuncx Jupiter

The child with Jupiter/Moon contacts could be enthusiastic. If your child feels secure in the mother's love, she is likely to be positive in attitude. She could have a marked sense of humor, a liking for religion and probably goes about her work with a certain zeal. Nevertheless, the house positions where the Moon and Jupiter are posited may point to areas where your child could benefit by learning to pull in the reins. Teach your child to finish what she begins. So this will not be a problem, show her the wisdom of thinking out a project before committing herself to it. Be consistent in keeping to the rules and teaching her moderation. In an adult chart, this aspect could indicate a tendency to overspend, over commit, overindulge. The quincunx is considered a health aspect. Health problems here, when they occur, could well be the result of careless and/or self-indulgent eating habits.

Saturn: Responsibilities

Saturn rules the laws and limitations of this material world we all live in. Saturn indicates where we are bound to learn, the narrowness that makes our way felt, the walls that make homes possible. Saturn holds us together as much as apart. Saturn represents the law and is said to be the Great Teacher. Saturn defines and clarifies. Saturn represents the reality of life in the physical universe. We understand how vital it is that our children learn to accept responsibility, maintain their environment in order, finish homework and projects on time, learn how to delay gratification. Hopefully, they learn as they grow how to turn mistakes into lessons, obstacles into stepping stones to success. Saturn represents the father or dominant parent, all adults whom the child looks up to as authorities. Saturn represents the law of the land we're born into, the family rules and traditions and our own innate or developed sense of fairness. Saturnian qualities are rarely self-evident in the small child. Children have to learn self-discipline, order, patience, obedience. This they do in cycles of time. Saturn represents the process of maturity, the outlines for growth presented to us by our teachers and our inner biological clock. Saturn by sign, house, aspect and Saturn cycles in your child's chart and in your own provide a wonderful blueprint whose design you can follow to help your children grow to be successful in this world.

Saturn in Leo

The Saturn in Leo child learns responsibility through assuming leadership roles. Especially if her basic personality is outgoing, she likes to head the line and lead the parade! As with all Leo placements, she will need to learn to balance her natural inclination for recognition with sensitivity to others and a willingness to serve (even if its not her most favorite chore!) This placement confers both drive and dignity, courage and reserve. If afflicted, and especially if the personality is more timid, the Saturn in Leo child could be afraid to follow her own heart and to express her true emotions. Instead, she may try to always keep her emotions in control. She could be shy when it comes to giving and receiving love. Participating in school plays could help her loosen up and show her true colors. Conversely, she could be bossy and pompous (like the boy in Captain Courageous). Your child needs proper values regarding love, romance and money. Saturn in Leo could indicate a career in the military, in education, in theater, or in banking. In whatever field she chooses, she will seek a position of power and respect. The relationship with the father is vital. Your child will look to him as a role model.

Sun Sextile Saturn

Responsibilities are handled easily by your child. She tends to pile on tasks, one after another. Your child likes to work hard, and can accomplish much. It takes a lot to overload her willingness to take charge and help out. With proper training, her innate organizational skills will emerge. A career in one of the physical sciences is quite possible. Your child enjoys interacting with those in authority: with parents, teachers and elders. She does her best learning in a structured and disciplined environment.

Moon Sextile Saturn

Your child is most likely a natural manager with a sense of responsibility beyond her years. This positive aspect indicates that your child is disciplined, capable of hard work, and good at getting others to work with and for her. Perhaps a little too serious and frugal, your child knows how to make the most out of what she has! Essentials are what count. Extremely loyal, she may be a little lonely as a child lest she find a "Kindred Spirit" at school.

Jupiter Square Saturn

Your child may have to work especially hard when it comes to matters of self-discipline. She needs consistent training and education. Your child may tend to go against authority (parents, teachers, adults in general), clashing with them rather than finding a way to work with and learn from them. You can help your child master this square and avoid the pitfalls, by teaching her sound personal habits during childhood, such as completing tasks and putting away personal belongings in their right place, being on time, promising only that which she can realistically fulfill, and having the patience to get the training necessary to get the job done. Follow-through is critical in school work and later in career training. Although she may tend to live as if there were no tomorrow, your child needs to be willing to accept responsibilities and obligations. If organization and punctuality are not stressed during childhood, it could hamper her career potential later on.

During her youth the child with this aspect could set herself up against authorities. Perhaps she feels that her attempts to reach out for meaningful experiences are thwarted by parents (particularly the father), rules, family or religious traditions. If the socio-cultural or religious background is (perceived as) excessively rigid or prejudicial, the child could break from family tradition when she is older.

The Outer Planets

In the previous sections, we have dealt with planets that we can see with our naked eyes. In general, these planets refer to life as we know and live it and are the so-called inner planets. Beyond these are three planets that are not visible in the sky and which have cycles longer than the average human life span. Since they are beyond Saturn or time, astrologers call them the trans-personal or transcendental planets – Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Here you will find information on issues and attitudes typical of your child's generation. Uranus represents the sense of discovery, new frontiers, revolutions and consequent changes we make. Neptune reveals how we understand and accept these discoveries, our understanding of mystical and/or inner realities, the expression of devotion and compassion. Pluto points to the great challenges confronting ourselves and our civilization. How can we best prepare our children to meet these challenges? To fulfill their fiery destiny individually and collectively? To stand firm amidst the winds of change? To reach out for worlds beyond the physical? To feel secure in their relationship to God? For most of us, the challenges increase as we mature but certainly the foundation is set in childhood!

Uranus: Break-Thrus & Insights

Uranus is the planet that indicates how we free ourselves from the difficulties and problems life presents us. Uranus represents our link to the higher mind, Universal Intelligence. Here is the way insights come to us, how we discover or come to know and understand ourselves. Uranian energy shows us how to find new uses for old things. It rules inventions and sudden insights into our life – everything that is unusual, eccentric, and out of the ordinary. Uranus is, in many ways, the opposite, or undoing of Saturn. We look to Uranus in the child's chart to understand her personal sense of uniqueness, where she dares to be different. Uranus also may reveal individual genius, talent, interests. With hard aspects, or if Uranus is placed in the 1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th houses, we may have to deal with willfulness and/or rebelliousness in the child, or she may perceive herself as somehow different from the rest. Parents and teachers can help the child with strong Uranian aspects by providing her with avenues for individual expression and creativity, and by recognizing her natural bent to experiment with new ways of doing things. At the same time, the child needs to learn that there is no true freedom without accountability. Be consistent in applying the rules. She needs to know the consequences of her use of free will.

Uranus in Pisces

Your child was born into a subgeneration that will offer us new insight into all mystical, occult, and religious matters – visionaries. They gravitate toward New Age methods of worship and service. They are very broad-minded in the areas of philosophy, music, drama, poetry, and the arts. They are also innovative in psychology. Theirs is the quest to break free from the past and seek a higher road; new dreams, new reality. This is a great position for a career in movies and films. Teach your child to anchor her ideals, and to choose her friends wisely. With difficult aspects to personal planets, the child may tend to avoid confronting unpleasant realities. She could be unreliable or find others taking advantage of her kindness. Teach her to dive in the wave and conquer her problems, which otherwise could take on greater than life dimensions in her mind!

Sun Square Uranus

Brilliant! But, will she carry through? Ah, that's the question! Your child may balk at limits and try to break the rules. Let me do it my way may be on her lips from babyhood! Whether her native sense of individuality and innovative thinking pay off for her in later years or if it keeps her off the right track may depend in great part on the training you give her! The main key is to set the limits, state them and be consistent in applying them! Some children with this position need help keeping their attention on work at school, since the mind may jump from one subject to another. On the positive side, your child may have scientific know-how, she probably enjoys experimentation and would do well working with computers and electronics. Sometimes (but far less frequently), we see the opposite, with Sun square Uranus manifesting as a difficulty breaking with convention and heading out on one's own. This aspect could signify an unusual relationship with the father.

Moon Square Uranus

Your child may discover that insistence on being different and general nonconformity often results in being cut off from those who would otherwise support her. Your child could attract others to her because she has a magnetic presence. The relationship with the mother could be erratic, with sudden highs and lows. Your child may be an inventor at heart, but may find acceptance of her ideas less than commonplace! Freedom or rebelliousness? She must know the difference! Sometimes this aspect points to an unusual home life, or much moving around (as with Army children and child stars).

Mercury Square Uranus

Children with this Mercury/Uranus contact may surprise others with thoughts that are extreme, eccentric or that border on genius (but even so, which could easily be misinterpreted). Your child may need to learn to back up new insights with common sense and practical application and to avoid snap judgments. If Mercury and Uranus are in Gemini, Sagittarius, or Pisces, she will have to work at tethering the mind and focusing on the subject at hand, at school. She could be easily distracted or bored. Temper could be an issue. Provide your child with a peaceful and uncluttered environment. Diet could be a key element in the equation.

Jupiter Trine Uranus

Your child is bright and independent. She values freedom and nonconformity. A great problem-solver, she enjoys working out new solutions, trying new things. At school, your child is sure to come up with a different approach and will be happiest if challenged by innovative material. She may find it hard to buckle down to repetitive exercises such as math and language drills, routine chores. Try to find ways to make learning challenging, exciting and fresh! She likes to hear about the latest frontier. As an adult, her career may be unusual, out of the ordinary. Especially with positive Mercury aspects, she will bring a lot of mental skill and understanding to whatever she does. She is apt to have a natural bent for electronics, computers, and the like. Your child is adventuresome, enjoys traveling, exploring and the outdoors. If other aspects indicate patience and structure (check out Saturn and Mercury), your child could be a gifted teacher.

Neptune: Ideals & Imagination

Neptune provides the key for unlocking our child's imagination! Neptune represents the bridge to worlds we cannot see. Neptune, then, tells us about the child's need for worship, adoration, devotion. Neptune relates to music and the arts and is prominent in the charts of many creative people. Being an outer planet, Neptune also paints a picture of the collective dreams of our child's generation, dreams which may build upon, alter or even challenge our own. Neptune's influence tends to be subtle, often affecting us on subconscious levels. If afflicted, Neptune can indicate areas where the child may feel confused, uncertain or fearful. Read Neptune by sign, house and aspect but realize that your child may not consciously be aware of Neptune's influence until she reaches adulthood.

Neptune in Aquarius

These are the children born into the dawning of a New Age of enlightenment and freedom! The age of Aquarius marks the ideal, a time of peace and freedom. Religion and science blend in enlightened leaders who represent the highest good. Plato's ideal of the Philosopher King come at last!

Mercury Trine Neptune

Your child has a way with words and ideas. Your child creates mental tapestries and conveys them in a way that captures the attention of others. Your child loves a good story, especially those dealing with great heroes, colorful Biblical tales, mythology, and romantic legends such as that of King Arthur and His Knights! The danger is that the mind can be impressionable to a fault. Your child would make an excellent teacher of philosophy or religion, for she can't help but communicate these subjects and enchant all who come to know her. Your child might have literary or artistic talent. Although she has a rich imagination, your child needs to develop mental self-discipline to avoid daydreaming, especially at school! Your child would make a good director, for she likes working with mental images. Your child is devotional and understanding. She may be particularly devoted to a younger brother or sister.

Pluto: Inner Change and Growth

Pluto is the planet of profound change, of generation and regeneration. Pluto often touches upon the most sensitive psychological areas within us. Once touched, we have no choice but to change and grow. If Pluto aspects a personal planet in your child's chart, she will experience an intense desire for self-transformation on some level of her being. Pluto contacts often teach us through intense experiences. We feel as if we've lived several lifetimes in one! The struggle of our century with nuclear power is a Plutonian issue. Will this intense power be used as a dynamo of life or to devastate life? Stress the positive, be ready to help your child navigate through intense emotions she may feel, but not necessarily comprehend. Teach her to express this power wisely.

Pluto in Sagittarius

Your child was born into a generation passionate in their search for truth. Nothing superficial or ephemeral holds their attention. An intense analytical approach to life cuts through to the heart of things. This directness may not always endear them to others, who may see them as blunt. Politics and religion will reach new heights. During Pluto's transit through this sign, the world may enter the dawning of a Golden Age. With hard aspects to personal planets (especially Mars), Pluto in Sagittarius can indicate a tendency to be vindictive.

Venus Trine Pluto

Your child may have exceptional artistic talent. Study Venus by house and sign to understand in what area of life your child will seek creative expression. (In the 1st, in dress and appearance; in the 2nd, with money and beautiful things; in the third, in speech and mannerisms, etc.) she also may have a deep understanding of other people and may be attracted to fields dealing with psychology when she grows up. Your child learns a lot about herself through relationships she forms throughout her life. Some of these may be on the intense side, but even as your child learns about herself, others may feel transformed through contact with her! Some children with this powerful trine between Venus (art, beauty, attraction, money) and Pluto (the masses, television, intense emotions) could do well in business careers, modeling, television, movie careers or in politics.

Mars Quincuncx Pluto

Teach your child not to kill a fly with a bowling ball! She may need to learn the martial arts principle to give to any job exactly the energy it needs, no more or less. In fact, martial arts, marching, exercise drills or some sort of driving sport may appeal to your child. There could be a lot of emotional tension here, but with the quincunx anger could be held in or be more subtle than not. A study of the overall chart will show how best to deal with this forceful combination. Here is the child who wants to get going and may explode (or implode), or be manipulative if thwarted. Here is the toddler who must learn that temper tantrums don't help (please see to it!) Here is the four year old who must learn obedience lest she take over the roost. We are looking at potential willfulness and temper. Turn it around and we see a dynamic combination expressing itself as drive, determination, courage in the face of great odds, the endurance of ten! Environment, education, karma make the difference!

Even as you teach your child obedience (day one is not too early), beware of being overly forceful or unkind. Hopefully, early childhood discipline will be tempered with love. You will need to establish a good communication and trust with her. Teach your child to avoid undesirable types and potentially dangerous situations.



 

Challenges and Abilities

Focus

These are areas of intense focus and activity in the child's chart. For better or worse, these qualities stand out and are obvious to all those who come to know her. They are very clear parts of her character.

Moon Conjunction Sun  0257'

At best, the child with a Sun-Moon conjunction tends to be emotionally well balanced: conscious purpose (Sun) and feelings (Moon) work together. There can be a natural rhythm in the way she handles the day-to-day problems of work and play, with the result that she is capable of sustained effort. Study the sign the Sun and Moon are in; especially if the lights are in the same sign, the qualities of the sign should be readily apparent in her personality. She may be especially concentrated and interested in the affairs associated with that sign, even at times unaware or uninterested in other areas of experiences. If the lights are conjoined in different signs, then the child may have to work at integrating seemingly conflicting energies.

Moon Conjunction Mercury  0722'

This aspect indicates fluency in communication. Even if your child has an emotional personality, you will be able to reach her through dialogue. She could be a fine speaker. She is likely to be most persuasive! This Moon-Mercury aspect often indicates success in life due to a positive mental attitude.

Challenges

Life can be challenging, and things are not always easy. The major challenges in a natal chart are where we can expect increased activity and personal involvement – ready or not. These critical areas of life can be difficult, and the resulting confusion and possible obscuration often makes it hard for us to see and act with normal clarity. Some of these aspects are apparent in little children, others describe yourselves, her parents and teachers, and the environment you provide for her. Other aspects may show up later, at about age 12 or older, even in young adulthood. Your knowledge of these areas in your child's chart should give you a greater understanding as to how to help her turn stumbling blocks into rungs on the ladder of success. Therefore, when it comes to the following factors in your child's chart, you may wish to exercise extra patience.

Mercury Square Uranus  0150'

Brilliance or eccentricity? Children with this aspect may be very original thinkers! Nevertheless, they usually require instruction in follow-up and consistency in their work. This child's natural tendency could be to change her mind in the middle of a project and go rushing off in some new direction. Guide your child in finding practical uses for her plentiful insights.

Venus Square Mars  0160'

This challenging aspect indicates potential conflict in relationships. The child needs to learn to cooperate and get along harmoniously with others. The negative manifestation could range from shyness and excessive prudence to a tendency to splurge and be headstrong in relationships. The child could be highly sensitive, and therefore easily hurt or perhaps emotionally volatile. A healthy relationship with the parent of the opposite sex will help the child attract more positive relationships in adulthood. The child needs to be taught sound values regarding sex and money. Some children born with this aspect are very physical: they want instant gratification. Learning to delay gratification (when necessary) builds character. As your child grows in self-discipline, she should have healthy relationships and so avert getting into trouble with the opposite sex, particularly during the teenage years.

Moon Square Uranus  0532'

The child with this aspect may have a somewhat unusual upbringing. Later in life she is apt to attract a partner who is independent and also a bit unusual. If the mother is inconsistent in moods, rules or behavior, the child with this aspect could easily become confused; not knowing what to expect from her when. She needs to know she can rely on her. Children with this Moon-Uranus contact can be unconventional, even at the expense of popularity. She learns by experience and may depart from the trodden path. Your child may be restless and move around a lot. Her desire for personal freedom quite likely goes against the majority. She could be impulsive, more impatient than not, and (especially if Mars aspects the Moon or Uranus) could find it hard to control her temper. She could be subject to sudden mood changes! Your child can master this aspect by acquiring self-control and self-knowledge. Some children with this Moon-Uranus aspect are quite brilliant and original in their thinking. Teach your child the importance of keeping commitments.

Sun Square Uranus  0829'

Sun-Uranus aspects often indicate leadership potential. Your child may be very magnetic, others being drawn to her. She is not afraid to be different, and may indeed be a "trendsetter." Later in life she is likely to be interested in some kind of social or political reform. However, the child with the this aspect may be somewhat of a rebel, with a history of flaunting convention and going against authority. She may feel different than her schoolmates. She could separate herself out and end up as the loner, although this is not necessarily what she inwardly desires. Your child could be very bright with exceptional talent. To be happy, however, she needs to learn to cooperate with others. Be patient in seeing her through those unexciting but necessary routines which are simply part of life. Her ideas may be brilliant, but help her learn to test them for practical value as well. Sometimes, Sun-Uranus aspects describe the father as being radical, eccentric, highly individualistic or somehow unusual. Note: if Saturn is well aspected, your child is more apt to have her feet on the ground!

Talents and Abilities

Despite whatever problems we may have, there are areas of life where we have clear insight and real talent – natural ability. When it comes to these matters, our judgment is sharp and we always manage to take charge. We have the knack. It may be as simple as the ability to work hard and accomplish things without something going wrong. An innate sense of the workings of these parts of life makes it easy for us to learn and accomplish things where they are concerned. Positive aspects in your child's chart are like money in the bank. It does little good if not wisely invested. Too much ease in a chart can result in lack of motivation. Therefore, provide your child with opportunities to bring out and develop areas of inherent ability.

Sun Sextile Saturn  0039'

This placement confers a real love of science and natural laws. Your child may be a tireless worker with absolute determination and the ability to carry great projects through to completion. (Especially in the affairs of the houses and signs where the Sun and Saturn are posited.) Always the protector to those she comes to know, your child likely is loyal to friends and will tend to have long and secure relationships. Sometimes this aspect points to a position of authority in adult life. Regardless of circumstances, the child with this contact is apt to receive support from parents and elders during childhood. Nevertheless, her most significant achievements come from her own efforts. This Sun-Saturn aspect strengthens the constitution. Your child benefits by learning in a structured environment, by developing a strong moral character and by acquiring study habits that teach her organization and concentration.

Venus Trine Pluto  0139'

People with this aspect are known for getting into intense involvements. They seem to invite emotional confrontations. They seek spiritual regeneration through love. In adult life, they could learn valuable soul lessons through intense karmic relationships. Children with this aspect may cleave to the mother, or to their friends. They may seek to control (or be controlled) by their close pals. Especially during the adolescent years, they could tend to attract partners that aren't particularly good for them. To help your child master this intense aspect, you will need to impart to her solid values regarding sex, money, alcohol and drugs and relationships in general. The better her own sense of self-esteem, the surer she feels in your love, the more likely she will be to attract fulfilling relationships later on. This is a powerfully creative aspect in an artist's chart.

Moon Sextile Saturn  0218'

The child born with this aspect is usually loyal and dependable. She probably doesn't enter nor drop relationships lightly and may be a tad shy. This aspect lends stability to the chart. Your child may seem mature for her age.

Mercury Trine Neptune  0328'

The child with this aspect could have a fantastic imagination and be somehow tuned into what we all dream of at the deepest levels. The dream worlds, the more eternal thoughts of mankind, come easily to her, and she would be a convincing speaker on occult, metaphysical, and religious subjects. Your child could be sensitive, poetic and persuasive. This aspect is common in the charts of composers. She could have oratory and/or theatrical skills. On the downside, this child may weave many a tale. Help your child sort out reality from fact. Insist she tell the truth!

 

 

Landscape: Major Life Periods

What follows amounts to a brief overview of the first thirty years or so of your child's life – a road map of the years to come. Since childhood, adolescence, and early adult life are so crucial to each of us, an attempt has been made to describe these formative years. Based on the gradual movement of the planet Saturn, this is one of the most tested of all astrological techniques. It is used by almost every professional astrologer as part of any personal consultation. Provided that your child's time of birth is more or less accurate, you will find this information both accurate and informative.

Your Personal Background

Your child's early years, until the age of 11 or 12, may not be very easy. She could be a more inward and insecure youngster than average. The early teens should see the end of this stage and the beginning of a much more outward and self-confident one. At about age 14 or 15, Saturn opposes its own position in the chart and most teens pass through a kind of identity crisis. Balance is the key but the adolescent who says to herself, how can I be free to make my own decisions, but who is usually not ready to leave the nest! Puberty will bring a change of heart and direction aside from its expected effects. During her teens, your child will begin to sense her own strength and may discover herself at this time. What follows will be a time of learning, expanding her horizons until around the age of 18-19, at which time she will likely really begin to come into her own, both in a social sense and where her career is concerned. The years from 18-26 will be very strong. She could rise rapidly to a position of success. After that, she will become more inward, less concerned with outer success. A time for consolidation.

 

Your Current Situation

Now for a close-up of recent years: while landscape was quite general, the dates given in this close-up should be much more precise. Don't look here for a day-to-day account of life but rather to get a picture of this stretch of time, "these years." In 28 to 30 years, Saturn will return to its natal position at birth and we experience the so-called "Saturn return." At age 14 (first Saturn opposition) and again at age 29 (first Saturn return), we become very aware of Saturn's influence in our life. Important events, or points of growth may occur around age seven as well (first Saturn square). I do not believe, however, that the child is AWARE of Saturn's influence in a personal sense. Saturn in the child's chart may indicate conditions in her environment, her relationship to others, and especially to her father and other significant authority figures in her life. Saturn represents the law, limits, restrictions, attitude toward responsibilities, hard work, and fairness. The child learns these in stages. A Saturnian key is "maturity."

Please note that for Newborns and children less than seven years of age, the report may indicate a year prior to the actual birth of the child. If this is the case for your child, it means that Saturn was at the degree on the cusp of the quadrant in question on the date indicated. If this occurred about 3 years ago, for example, Saturn will remain in that quadrant for about 4 more years.

Jun 09, 2001   1st Pass D>    (Age Before Birth)

By the last date shown, Saturn, the great tester, conjoined the Midheaven and entered the 10th house of your child's chart. The 10th house is one of the 4 "Angular" houses. When Saturn enters an angular house, it signifies a gradual shifting of gears. The 10th house in the child's chart relates to the father or father figure, to all significant elders or authorities in the child's life and also to her reputation and status among her peers. This is an earth house, one of "works." The older child could make significant progress in her schoolwork during this time. If she is so inclined. She could take up a position of responsibility at home or at school. She may be particularly interested in pursuing what she wants to do when her grows up! She could be helped or hindered by parents. She may work well with restrictions, limits, and responsibilities or buck against them and feel frustrated, depending on her character and upbringing. This could be a good period to master a skill of one kind or another. In accordance with her abilities and the opportunities available to her, this should be a cycle of achievement. The older child can show what she has mastered. Even with younger children, this is a time to place an emphasis on right attitudes toward responsibilities and authorities.

Saturn in 04th Quadrant



 

The Elements, Modalities and Angularity

Elements, modalities, and house quadrants. These are all techniques used by astrologers to gain a general picture of energy patterns and focus, temperament and modes of action. How does your child's planets and houses total up? Which does she have in abundance, and which does she lack, if any? Those with high totals show what we can or must do in life; plus points to be developed. These are qualities we have. "Wants" are areas that may be weaker and need developing or balance. Sometimes people overcompensate the "wants" and even pretend to have them. The old adage is: we become what we want (or lack), while we do what we can (or have to do) with what we've got. Here are your child's totals:

Have Air

There is an emphasis on communication, expression of ideas, and the connections between things, places, and people. She tends towards mental pursuits and admires intelligence. You can reach her through reason.

Want Earth

Your child may be strong on mental activity and action but may need to acquire basic common sense and the ability to deal with practical matters. She may require your help "getting down to business;" completing her chores and attending to basic necessities. She could be "spacey," out of touch with the physical dimension of reality. She needs to get centered. A balanced diet would help. (Strong Saturn aspects by sign, aspects, and house or an Earth sign Ascendant would compensate)

Have Mutable

Your child is apt to be communicative, flexible, mental, and other-oriented. She could be a natural teacher. She could be restless, liking plenty of variety.

Want Cardinal

Not a great starter, your child may have trouble initiating things and getting them moving. She may need your help in learning how to be more assertive and outgoing.

Want Succedent

Theories and mental activities may be fine, but your child may need to work on (or the necessary time) to let things ripen.

 

 

House Activity and Emphasis

The twelve houses of the horoscope, particularly when they are occupied by a planet, provide a clue to areas of special activity in the child's life and development. They paint a picture of the environment in which she will work out the challenges and talents signified by the planets and aspects. Here is an analysis of house activity based on planet emphasis:

First House: Appearance, Approach

First House

The 1st house is the house of "Me!" How I see myself, the "me" I would like to be, and how others see me: in short, my identity. The key phrase of the first house is "I AM." This house rules our personal self and everything about us that draws a reaction from our surroundings or from others. The 1st house describes the early childhood environment (or the child's perception of it). Much of the child's identity will be a reflection of the environment in which she grows up. The child's projected image (personality) will reflect her experience and assimilation of her interaction with others. The sign on the Ascendant (1st house cusp) and its ruler (see intro.) are key components to understanding your child's emerging personality. Any planet "rising" in the 1st house is going to color the personality considerably. For example, if Neptune is in the 1st house, the child will be sensitive and impressionable, no matter what sign is on the Ascendant. A child with Venus in the 1st house is likely to be attractive and charming. Mars in the 1st house is common in the charts of athletes. Astrologers will often blend the characteristics of the Sun sign with the sign on the Ascendant. For example, a child with an Aries Sun is usually somewhat self-centered. If the child, however, has Pisces Rising then she is likely to be assertive but compassionate and interested in serving others. Sometimes, however, the child may experience a conflict; in this case, for instance, part of the child may want to jump right into new experiences (Aries) whereas another part may be shy or afraid (Pisces). The child could feel overwhelmed (Pisces) by the stern parental rebuke given in response to a typically Arian impulsive action! All this may seem very complex, but you can take it step by step. Are any of us really all that simple to understand? You will have to study well the Sun sign and the Ascendant (and the sign and house the Ruler is in) plus the nature of any planet in the 1st house. Learn the keys, be sensitive and observe the child. You will see how it all comes together.

Leo on First House Cusp

Leo energy is expressive and concerned with dramatic self-awareness and a sense of pride and ownership. Here is a sense of confidence from which the emotive and outgoing Leo energy operates. Often very artistic, and always theatrical and expressive, this sign is good for creativity and the arts. Your child may seek creative means to express herself through the affairs of the house with Leo on the cusp.

 

Second House: Possessions, Reactions

Second House

The key phrase of the 2nd house is "I have." The 2nd house, then, deals with our material security, our means of livelihood, our resources and talents, and how we utilize the resources of this world. The 2nd house also reveals much about our values, what is valuable to us. We study this house for clues as to the child's basic attitudes and sense of self-worth. The sign on the second house cusp and any planets in the 2nd house will tell you how your child is most likely to deal with things. Here we see her attitude toward her belongings. Responsibility, stewardship, and sharing all come into play here. If your child does not have any planets in the 2nd house, look to the sign, house and aspects of the planet ruling the sign on the cusp, and to the planet Venus, for clues as to money making potential and spending habits.

Libra on Second House Cusp

Libra energy is always facilitating and responsive, assuming the appropriate reaction or response to any question or statement. This is certainly the social sign, par excellence. The affairs of the house with Libra on the cusp indicate where your child may enjoy working with a close pal; this may also be where she must learn lessons in cooperation. Libra can tie in the theme of beauty and diplomacy into the affairs of the house whose cusp it is on

Third House: Inquiries, Communications

Third House

The key phrase for the 3rd house is "I think." At no time is the 3rd house more important than during childhood. This is because the 3rd house is the house of early education. The astrologer looks to the sign on the 3rd house cusp, its ruler and any planets abiding there (and to the planet Mercury) to get a picture of the child's approach to learning. The 3rd house is a very mental house, concerned with finding, researching, communicating, and all manner of questioning. Traditionally this house rules brothers and sisters. Planets in the 3rd house can tell you something about your child's interaction with her siblings, and with neighborhood pals. Children with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) in the 3rd house tend to be very active at school.

Scorpio on Third House Cusp

Scorpio is the most dynamically creative sign and the most abused! Intense, passionate, and very personal, Scorpio rushes past superficialities and right to the heart of any matter. Scorpio relates to sex, death, regeneration and resources we share with others. Scorpio energy will intensify and concentrate the affairs of the house whose cusp it sits on.

Jupiter in Third House

Does she ask a million questions all at once! Patience, didn't you know great reporters are known to have Jupiter in the 3rd house! Your child came into being with an extra dose of curiosity and is a born investigator and researcher; inquiring, searching, following things to their logical conclusion. Your child's career may likely be built around these qualities of her – communication, making connections, thoughts and ideas, and so on. A broad and complete education is essential to get your child off to a good start. If you haven't already, you may want to purchase an encyclopedia (there's no way you'll know how to answer everything she asks!) This position favors teaching, publishing, writing, communications and travel. Unless seriously afflicted, Jupiter in the 3rd indicates positive relations with brothers and sisters (and later with neighbors).

Fourth House: Home, Family, Security

Fourth House

The 4th house is the house of the home and family. The 4th house represents our roots and also relates to our perception of our mother. The sign on the 4th house cusp and any planets abiding here describe the early home environment. Young children yearn to feel secure within the arms of mother and father, within the walls of home. The small child fears abandonment. This house tells about the emotional foundation upon which the rest of the chart can stand or collapse. Traumatic childhood scenes take years to resolve. A memory of a nurturing and secure experience helps the adult get through many a storm. Since many of the early patterns are repeated, the fourth house (and the sign, house position and aspects of the Moon) describes how your child is likely to manage her own family one day. Land and property also come under the fourth house domain.

Sagittarius on Fourth House Cusp

Sagittarius is associated with religion, philosophy and travel. Your child may seek to "expand her horizons," or to express her highest ideals and personal philosophy through the affairs of the house on whose cusp Sagittarius is found.

Pluto in Fourth House

The child born with Pluto in the house of the family may have to go through a lot of changes that affect her sense of security. The home and family situation could be a focus for growth and real learning – an area of great sensitivity and vulnerability. One of the parents in particular could impact the child significantly. She needs much love and support. If power struggles and disputes characterize the home life, this child may grow to feel alienated. (Or she could distance herself from relatives due to her own demanding tone!) your child could be remarkably resourceful.

Fifth House: Expression, Creativity

Fifth House

The 5th house is the house of dramatic self-expression; its key phrase is "I create." Many actors have planets here. The 5th house relates to fun and recreation: planets in the 5th house plus the sign on the cusp provide clues as to what kind of recreation your child might enjoy. Fire signs may like sports, competitive games and outdoor exploration. An Earth sign on the cusp could take to nature walks, hiking, building, mechanics. For these children, work can be fun! Children with Air signs on the 5th house cusp are going to enjoy mixing with other people. A Water sign on the 5th house cusp may enjoy family outings, be attached to loved ones, find their niche through the arts. The giving and receiving of love is also connected with this house. Children with personal planets in this house (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) feel most fulfilled when they are actively creating, sharing, expressing their emotions.

Capricorn on Fifth House Cusp

Capricorn is the business energy of the zodiac. Given to clear-headedness and practical insight, this sign takes a distanced perspective, a cool appraisal. Lessons in power may be indicated in the affairs governing the house hosting Capricorn on its cusp. Or this may be where your child is particularly willing to work hard for earned results.

Sixth House: Responsibility, Work, Health

Sixth House

The key phrase of the 6th house is "I work." That which was conceived in the 5th house is applied and produced in the 6th! In an adult chart, this house indicates employment, attitude toward work, and relationship with employees and/or co-workers. In the child's chart, we study the 6th house to understand her daily habits. How she handles her chores, how she approaches her school work. Is her handwriting sloppy or neat? Is she happy to help others when asked or does she complain? The 6th house rules dress and appearance. This house also tells us about eating habits, diet and basic health. Obviously, eating habits and diet will affect health for better or for worse, as the case may be. A water sign on the cusp, or the Moon or Neptune in the 6th indicates that emotions will affect health and vice-versa. The sign on the cusp and planets in the 6th house can show you health areas that may require your attention.

Capricorn on Sixth House Cusp

Capricorn is the business energy of the zodiac. Given to clear-headedness and practical insight, this sign takes a distanced perspective, a cool appraisal. Lessons in power may be indicated in the affairs governing the house hosting Capricorn on its cusp. Or this may be where your child is particularly willing to work hard for earned results.

Neptune in Sixth House

Your child may be quite imaginative when it comes to her health, the food she eats, and how she takes care of herself. Quick to get the picture, your child may find herself helping others see the benefits that proper care (mental, physical, and such) can bring. Children with Neptune in the 6th house typically enjoy caring for plants and pets. Your child may enjoy learning about herbs and the mysteries of nature. Correcting diet could be the means to remedy emotional problems related to food allergies. There could be a sensitivity to food or medications. With this position, a balanced diet is essential. Your child seeks to serve. Give her child-sized tools to accomplish "real jobs" at an early age. She needs a strong sense of self-esteem, lest she allow others to take advantage of her desire to help. The child with this Neptune placement is often quite compassionate toward others, but tends to be her own worse critic! Apparent lack of initiative may actually mask a fear of failure. Never tire in pointing out to your child her strengths!

Seventh House: Relationships, Other People

Seventh House

The 7th house is the house of partnerships, relationships, social life, and all that carries us beyond our personal self into an awareness of other people, community, and the like. Children with planets in this house seek to understand themselves through others. They are rarely alone. How does your child deal with competition? Is she able to hold her own in a match? Can she stand up against peer pressure? To succeed with 7th house issues, the child needs to feel secure within herself (1st house polarity.) Planets in the 7th house and the sign on the cusp can also provide clues about your child's interaction, as she matures, with the opposite sex. For instance, a child with Mars in this house or Aries on the cusp would likely be bold in relationships, and hence, make friends easily. Nevertheless, she could incline toward arguments and contention (Mars) in close friendships (and later in marriage). She may, however, be willing to work hard (Mars) to make a relationship (7th house) work. The wise parent would teach this child the dangers of entering into relationships impulsively.

Aquarius on Seventh House Cusp

Aquarius is the sign of brotherly love. Aquarian energy is futuristic, prophetic, communal. The focus is on the goal, and the goal is for the many, not the few. This sign tends toward independence. The house with Aquarius on the cusp sometimes indicates areas of special talents.

Uranus in Seventh House

As she grows, your child will seem to assert her independence with friends, close relationships and the social scene. Her friends (or approach) might be unconventional, to say the least. Teach her to stay clear of peers who are into drugs, drinking or who are in some way outwardly rebellious in behavior. Point out the dangers of entering serious relationships impetuously. All relationships require compromise in the sense of give and take. Individuals with the planet of independence (Uranus) in the house of partnership, marriage and others (7th) sometimes are reluctant to let go of their freedom and so avoid entering deep commitments. Teach your child to share, to meet a friend halfway. Lessons in cooperation are necessary, but may not be met with enthusiasm!

Eighth House: Business Savvy, Elimination

Eighth House

The 8th house is traditionally the house of death and regeneration. This is the house of surgery: where something must be removed so something else can thrive. Thus, this house also covers initiation: getting rid of excess parts of ourselves that we no longer need so we can get to the heart and deeper meaning of life. The no-nonsense quality of the eighth house makes it good for business ventures since here we are stripping away the dross to reveal the truth or essence of the subject. But what meaning does the 8th house hold for the child? Any planets in the 8th house will give a Scorpio, hence deeply subjective, coloring to the chart. The key phrase here is "We have": for the adult, the 8th house relates to shared money, property, resources. It all begins during childhood. How does your child approach sharing her things with others, in carrying out joint responsibilities. Also, how does the child deal with pain, crises, even the death of significant others? This is the house of sex, and moreover, the house of desire. Planets in the 8th house and the sign on the cusp shed light on the child's ability to attract things to herself through desire, and to let go when necessary or right.

Aries on Eighth House Cusp

Aries is the sign of the pioneer and leader. Aries energy is attention-getting and assertive, tending to provoke a response from the surroundings, from others. The house with the Aries cusp shows you in what area of life your child is most apt to be assertive, and even a bit impulsive. Here is where she can learn the lessons of patience.

Venus in Eighth House

Your child doesn't care much for the superficial. What she likes is getting past the surface and down to the heart--the bare bones of the matter. When she is older she could make a very shrewd and discriminating business person.  Desires are a strong motivating factor that could propel her to her goal but conversely, she may have trouble letting go of desires. In relationships, she may be intensely possessive of friends.  To be successful in life, she is going to need a strong index of right & wrong; consistent discipline administered with a kind heart will help her learn to put conscience over instant gratification (Sorry, it's almost dinner time and it's best you don't have that candy now but I'll pack it up for a snack for you tomorrow)  Warning: Inconsistency on your part could lead to manipulation in her! Children with this placement often have musical or artistic talent. Many have a love of mystery (stock up on detective stories, chess games, puzzles) of deep spiritual gnosis. Sometimes Venus in the 8th house indicates a love of strategy and military maneuvers. This placement is also favorable for hairdressers, massage therapists, pathologists, X-Ray technicians and bankers.

Ninth House: Religions, Philosophy, Ideas

Ninth House

The 9th house covers higher education, long journeys and religion (the longest journey of all). Here is what remains of the purification that takes place in the 8th house – the seed, or essence, of an entire cycle of experience. Religion comes from a Latin word that means to bind back, and thus refers to all things that last or endure, such as the truth. Essential ideas, philosophy, and the courts of law belong here. In your child's chart, the 9th house reveals the influences shaping the child's notions of right and wrong, her search for higher meaning, where she reaches out to know more, the (life-long) evolution of her belief system. As a youth, she is apt to be more concerned with her direct experience than with abstract thoughts. From these, however, she will draw conclusions shaping her beliefs. Priests, judges, historians, college professors, philosophers and explorers often have key planets here. The child with planets in the 9th house enjoys expanding her horizons through travel.

Taurus on Ninth House Cusp

Taurus energy is stable. Here is where your child is likely to be resourceful, where talent may lie! She could perhaps make money from the issues related to this house. Taurus is the way we "have" things, how we possess and acquire things. The house cusp can tell you where the child might need to learn the lessons of obedience or non-attachment.

Sun in Ninth House

The child with the Sun in the 9th house is often direct and candid. She brushes past appearances and settles on the truth within. She is a seeker; for her, ideas, philosophy and religion are what life is all about! She may be a natural at languages and is likely to enjoy traveling even at an early age. Later in life, she may travel, counsel, and be a teacher to others. A natural explorer, she will be happiest in work that allows her to expand her horizons. Finishing tasks is an important stepping stone to later success! She needs a broad education, and has a natural bent toward history, religion and social studies. When she is older, she may be interested in law. This placement also favors publishing, traveling, teaching, sports, and sales.

Tenth House: Practical Vision, Vocation

Tenth House

The 10th house is the point of crystallization, what we give back to the world in concrete form: hence, the 10th house deals with career, and subsequently status and reputation. The 10th house is connected with authorities: father, government, employer, Guru. In studying the planets in the 10th house plus the sign on the 10th house cusp in the child's chart (and Saturn), we discover clues about the nature of the child's ambitions (what she wants to do and who she wants to be when she grows up), how she deals with authorities, how she handles responsibility, and her relationship with her father or dominant parent. The child's way of dealing with her elders during childhood obviously will be transferred to dealing with her boss later on! Children with planets in the 10th house may be thinking ahead. Children with the Sun, Jupiter or Saturn or many planets in the 10th house often want to be someone of consequence in this world! The 10th house relates to Saturn and hence to maturation through time. Sometimes planets in the 10th house (especially the Sun or Saturn) indicate a need for much training before reaching the career goal.

Gemini on Tenth House Cusp

Gemini is concerned with connections and communication of all kinds; letters, wires, telephones, voice, thoughts, writing, and mental processes in general. Gemini is the gadfly, the communicator, the busy-body of the zodiac. The Gemini cusp can reveal in what area of life your child is apt to show curiosity, mental interest and diversity.

Moon in Tenth House

The child with the Moon (emotion/home/family) in the 10th house (ambition, status and reputation) wants to be someone of consequence! She begins quite early to seriously consider what she wants to be when she grows up!. The nature of her home life (for better or for worse)  directly affects her performance at school and later her career success. Your child has natural insight into public needs. Especially if the Moon is well aspected, she is at home making practical and management decisions. She may be attracted to running for student government, or taking an active role in a achievement oriented hierarchical youth programs such as Scouts. Her career will likely receive all kinds of support from other people (especially from women). She looks to her mother for strength and encouragement and her influence is great. If the Moon is afflicted, however, the mother could be over domineering. As a young adult, the child with this placement may have to separate herself from the family circumstance or tradition for a time to determine her true direction in life. This placement favors public service, government and politics; also agriculture, food services, marketing, services related to supplies. Often there are several changes before settling down into a given career.

Mercury in Tenth House

When it comes to business and career, your child has a mind that just can't help but take care of business. Her thoughts and ideas are nothing if not practical, and her clear-sightedness makes some form of management or supervision almost unavoidable, even during the growing up years. In fact, your child may be more responsible than her peers. She is liable to continue her studies beyond the high school level, whether at college or vocational school. This is an excellent position for a career in public speaking; Mercury in the 10th also favors a career in journalism, transportation, teaching at the administrative level, technical work, drafting, and speechwriting.

Eleventh House: Dreams & Visions, Community

Eleventh House

We have been on the mountain and had a vision (10th house). In the 11th, we bond with others who share our vision and can help us realize it. Thus, this is the house of friends and community life. The young child is greatly influenced by her companions. As she matures (and particularly during pre-adolescence and teen-age years), peer pressure and conformity may take precedence over parental guidelines in her mind. Planets in this house and the sign on the 11th house cusp indicate what traits your child may admire in a friend and the kind of friends she is likely to attract. For example, if Uranus is in the 11th house or if Aquarius is on the cusp, the child would attract friends who are unique, unusual, somehow different. If Gemini is on the cusp, she may enjoy having many friends, but could be fickle. Traditionally, the 11th house is called the house of "hopes and wishes." The 11th house provides clues as to how to tune into the child's aspirations; how to teach her goal-fittedness; how to measure our projected aspirations for her against her own! The 11th house also addresses the child's willingness (or lack of it) to cooperate with others in group projects.

Cancer on Eleventh House Cusp

Cancer is the mother of the zodiac, always making a home, protecting and providing for others. The house with Cancer on the cusp is where your child is likely to look for security. The child could be particularly sensitive to the issues of that house.

Mars in Eleventh House

Is this the child that rocks the boat? Could be, since Mars in the 11th infers a spirit to reform, change or depart from the prevailing order. Typically, Mars in the 11th house points to a love of team work, of working in groups, of having many friends. With hard aspects, a child might have difficulty joining the group, may feel out of place or "different," or could be prone to getting into fights!  Scientific know-how is common as is a love of invention. A natural politician and revolutionary of the spirit, she needs to learn self-discipline and strong moral values during childhood so that she can choose the right causes when she is older. Besides politicians and inventors, this Mars placement is common in the charts of pilots, electronic engineers, people working in Universities or New Age Communities, researchers, and actors.  As a child, her selection of friends may influence the goals she sets for herself later in life. An urge to make her altruistic dreams a reality keeps her moving in the direction of group goals and endeavors.

Twelfth House: Sacrifice, Psychology, Acceptance

Twelfth House

The 12th house is called the house of endings. This house is considered "karmic" in that here, within the layers of the subconscious, are buried the records of the past. The 12th house relates to fears and "hidden enemies": fears born of past memories. Here to we also uncover hidden strengths and the courage and illumination to transcend our fears. The 12th house relates to the imagination. A child with many planets in the 12th house could be extremely imaginative but could be so sensitive as to withdraw. Music, meditation, dance and art are good ways to bring 12th house children out of the "retreats." The sign on the 12th house cusp can tune you into potential areas of vulnerability in your child's psychic make-up, hidden fears, as well as hidden talent waiting to be drawn out! The 12th house shows the inclination to sacrifice for others. Many or key planets in this house could signify a career in medicine, social work, or behind the scenes production.

Cancer on Twelfth House Cusp

Cancer is the mother of the zodiac, always making a home, protecting and providing for others. The house with Cancer on the cusp is where your child is likely to look for security. The child could be particularly sensitive to the issues of that house.

Saturn in Twelfth House

Your child is very serious when it comes to self-sacrifice and doing all she can to make things easier for other people. As an adult she may be attracted to pursue psychology and/or metaphysical studies. She is quite painstaking when it comes to giving to and helping others. Because she is so sensitive, she could be easily disappointed or discouraged when friends don't seem to respond in kind. Teach her to hold her head up high and not to "throw her pearls before swine." Encourage your child to talk openly with you about any fears she may be experiencing and help her learn to let go of them! This placement is common in the charts of hospital personnel, doctors, nurses, social workers. Saturn in the house of retreats (12th) may indicate "working behind the scenes" such as government jobs dealing with confidential information, movie production and ghost writing.

 

 

Notes on Astrological Terms

Creating the Natal Chart

The astrological, or natal, chart is a method of mapping the space surrounding our Earth for a birth moment. A natal chart is simply a snapshot of the cosmos at the time of birth - a cosmic portrait. We know that all things are in motion. Not only do the planets move slowly at different speeds in great elongated orbits around the Sun, but the Earth itself turns on its axis once in 24 hours. As the Earth turns during a day, each one of us is exposed to the entire 360 degrees of the zodiac. The natal chart is a diagram or picture that stops the cosmic clock and captures the universe as it exists at a particular moment.

  Your child's natal chart is her individual cosmic portrait or mandala. It is said that something that is born in time takes on the qualities of that specific moment. Your child's natal chart reveals a picture of who she is and what she may become.

 Astrology is a map of karma, positive and negative, that will unfold in cycles of time. The seeds of the future are always sown in the present, but can we read them? This is what the study of astrology is all about: reading the signs of the times and listening to what they have to say about ourselves, now and in the future. Astrology, then, is prophecy. Yet we know that prophecy can be altered, changed, or mitigated through free will, right or wrong decisions, prayers, and self-awareness.

The Sun sign interpretations that we find in most newspapers are a far cry from the work of professional astrologers. The sign the Sun was in on the day of your birth (for example Aries, Taurus, or Gemini) is only one of many factors that professionals look at. In addition to the day and year of birth, most professionals use the time and place of birth as well. Birth date, year, time, and place are all needed to pinpoint your place in time and space. Given this information, an astrologer creates what is called a natal or birth chart (sometimes called a horoscope).

Each natal chart includes the exact position of the Sun, Moon, and the planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. These planets are then placed in a circular diagram called a chart wheel. This wheel is a miniature diagram of what the sky looked like at the moment of birth as seen from the birthplace.

The very top of the chart, or MC (Medium Coeli or Midheaven), is that part of the zodiac directly overhead, while the bottom of the chart, or IC (Imum Coeli, or lower heaven), is the part beneath your feet and on the other side of the Earth from you. At the extreme left-hand side of the wheel is the Ascendant, or rising sign - the part of the zodiac that is on the horizon or rising at the birth moment. The Descendant is on the right-hand side of the chart. This is the part of the zodiac that is setting. These four points - the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven, and IC - are very important to astrologers. They are sensitive points.

What follows is a brief introduction to some of the terms and concepts used in astrology. Reading through this material will help you get more out of your Child*Star report.

Elements and Modalities

The 12 zodiac signs have different qualities. Certain groups of signs share similar qualities. The two most popular methods for sign grouping are elements and modalities. Astrologers like to see which of the groups the natal planets fall in, then add them up to produce counts or totals. It's fun to tally up your Sun, Moon, and planets and check out your elemental and modality balance. Keep in mind while doing this is that we often attract to ourselves, or ultimately become, what we want (or lack), and we do what we can (or have to do) with what we've got! Studying the elements in your child's chart can help you gain perspective on her natural temperament and mode of action. Keep in mind that these points might tally up quite differently for you! For example, if you have a lot of Cardinal planets, you're a doer. If your child, however, lacks (wants) Cardinal planets and is strong on Fixed, she may find it harder than you to get going; but once she gets started, her efforts could be more stable. Learning your similarities and differences will help you master your own chart as well as be more patient with your child.

Elements . A very popular grouping of the signs is that of the four elements - Fire, Earth, Air, and Water.

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. People with lots of fire in their chart are very active, involved and can do all kinds of things. Children with an emphasis on fire in their charts are vivacious and fun to be with, but they may need to work at being more reliable. These "fireballs" often find it hard to settle down. Fire-sign children love to look at the dancing flames on a summer camp-out fire. Fire is creative but, mishandled, is dangerous. Those with little fire in their charts often find it hard to get started, and they may need someone of greater enthusiasm and spark to get them going!

Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. People with lots of earth are very practical; they can see how to do and use things. Children with a strong earth emphasis are looking for ways to be productive. They are often dependable, efficient, and "down to earth." They like a hands-on approach to learning. Earth-sign children enjoy playing with sand, clay, and beautiful rocks. They like to build. Those with little earth tend to be less objective, less grounded, or less practical.

Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. People with lots of air are analytical; they are able to resolve and draw conclusions. Children with a preponderance of air can be chatty. They are mental and like to exchange ideas. They understand emotions through reason. Those with little air sometimes have trouble with abstractions and ideas - getting the "big picture." They tend to be less objective about their experience.

Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. People with lots of water are very feeling oriented and "sense"-ative. Children with a strong water emphasis may be artistic or musical. Their feelings are hurt easily. They seek ways to care for others. Even as babies, they enjoy quiet periods of meditation. Water-sign children often love swimming and playing in water. Those with little water may be need help getting in touch with their feelings.

Modalities. Another popular way of grouping the zodiac signs is by the Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable crosses.

Cardinal Signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. People with a heavy emphasis in Cardinal signs are self-starters, doers. They initiate and get things moving. Children with a Cardinal emphasis are normally active and dynamic. Life will bring them challenges through changing circumstances. They must learn the proper use of power. They can be firecrackers for getting things off the ground, but they may need guidance on follow-through. Children with few planets in Cardinal signs may have trouble getting the ball rolling.

Fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. People with a heavy emphasis in fixed signs hang onto and preserve life. They are at the center of things and are hard to budge. Children with a strong fixed emphasis can get "fix-ated," stubborn, and unyielding. They tend to be loyal and persevering. Life will teach them to be less attached to desire. They must learn to love in a more selfless manner. Children with few planets in fixed signs may have trouble seeing the job through and may need to cultivate stick-to-it-tive-ity.

Mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius, Pisces. People with a heavy emphasis in mutable signs are restless and impressionable. They seek ways to communicate. Children with a strong mutable emphasis are normally inquisitive and enjoy learning. They like to share what they learn with others. They may be restless and would benefit by some work with the hands. Life may offer them lessons in overcoming fear. They need to learn to focus the mind. They may be mimics, and tend to pick up knowledge easily, but they can also easily become distracted and they tend to be overly impressionable. Children with few planets in mutable signs may have trouble adapting or being flexible.

 

Aspects

Aspects are an important part of astrology. As the planets move in their elongated orbits around the Sun, they form various angular relationships with one another, using the Sun (or Earth) as the center. These are called aspects. The most popular aspects result from dividing the circle by numbers such as 1, 2, 3, and 4, resulting in aspects such as the conjunction (0 degrees), opposition (180 degrees), trine (120 degrees), and square (90 degrees). When two planets form an aspect with each another, their energies and natures are said to combine and work in harmony (positive) or discord (afflicted). For example, when two planets are exactly on opposite sides of the Sun (Earth), they are in opposition.

The most popular aspects can be divided into three main categories:

The "emphatic" aspects: The emphatic aspects are those that emphasize or align two planetary energies with one another.

Conjunction (0 degrees). Two planets at the same point in the zodiac are said to be in conjunction. Their natures are fused or blended into one.

Opposition (180 degrees). Two planets at opposite sides of the zodiac. The energies are in alignment with each other. They can pull together or apart, depending upon the nature of the planets involved, and the consciousness of the individual.

The "hard" (or dynamic) aspects: square (90 degrees) and semi-square (45 degrees). These represent challenge, obstacles, and creative tension; they provide the surest means to dynamic growth. Too many can block or obstruct the life flow, yet too few can indicate a lack of motivation. In the child's chart, these aspects show where her greatest challenges and opportunities for growth may lie.

The "soft" (or harmonious) aspects: trine (120 degrees) and sextile (60 degrees). The soft aspects bring ease, clarity, and vision to our lives; we can see, grasp, and understand what is happening. Too few of the soft aspects can bring a lack of ease to our lives, while too many soft aspects make for a life that is potentially lacking in substance. In the child's chart, the soft aspects reveal potential talent waiting to be developed. A child can "sit" on her trines and sextiles, she and her parents taking her strong points for granted. When ignored, these aspects can lead to over-indulgence and eventual weakness. Develop these points like diamonds.

"Exact" aspects and aspects' orbs: aspects between planets gradually form, become exact, and separate. When an aspect is exact, it has its greatest impact. Yet the effect of most aspects can be felt for some time before and after the moment of exactness. The range within which an aspect is in operation is called its "orb of influence," or simply its orb. An orb of one or two degrees of arc on either side of the exact aspect is considered a close or tight orb, while an orb of 10 degrees is said to be wide.

Aspects to the Sun and Moon (the lights) are most important, followed by the planetary aspects of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. If your child's natal chart has an accurate birth time, then aspects to the chart angles (Ascendant and Midheaven) are also important. The particular combination can make a difference too. Aspects between planets such as Saturn and Mars (traditional malefics) are obviously more potentially explosive than the same aspect between Venus and Jupiter (traditional benefics)

 

The Planets

In astrology, the larger life of our solar system as a whole tells us something about our own personal Earth life. The interplay and relationship of the planets with one another as they circle the Sun is carefully studied. Of particular interest to astrologers are the Sun, the Moon, and the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. These are the celestial bodies used most often by modern astrologers for natal interpretation. Each of these planets represents or refers to a part of our life and self. Here are some of the concepts and key words associated with each planet:

Sun.. The heart and center of it all: spirit and identity. The Sun represents father, guru, teacher or figure of authority - our connection to great solar hierarchies! In the child's chart, the Sun shows her perception of her own identity. The Sun sign often reveals the child's greatest strengths as well as her potential weaknesses. The Sun reveals the child's perception of her father.

Moon. The Moon represents our mother, our surroundings, the environment out of which we come, our past and childhood, our formative years and self. In short, the Moon paints a picture of the early background, that out of which we emerged. The Moon is very prominent in the child's chart, especially during the first seven years. Here we see the child's perception of her relationship to her mother. Here we gauge the child's emotional barometer, her interaction with the family, her habit patterns. The Moon should be a clear reflection of the Sun, but, because of the subconscious nature of the Moon and the state of affairs on this planet, most of us have some weeds to pluck from our lunar garden.

Mercury. Mercury is communication at light speed, linkage, thought, ideas, the light of the mind - Logos! Mercury in the child's chart tells us much about her early schooling, her learning experience, her mentality. Mercury also relates to brothers and sisters.

Venus. Venus reveals how we respond, appreciate, cherish, or value something. Venus shows the way we love, our capacity to care for others. Venus in the child's chart will tell us what she values, what's important to her and how she shows love and appreciation, and how she cares for her belongings. Venus describes the child's sense of self-worth. Venus reveals the child's attitudes toward, and potential future experiences with, the opposite sex.

Mars. Mars is the planet of action through desire. Mars is energy and Mars is our clue to what motivates our child. Mars in the child's chart reveals how she is likely to express anger, the kind of discipline she may need, and the type of sports and recreation she might enjoy.

Jupiter. Jupiter is the pathfinder or lamp through the trials of time. Jupiter shows where opportunities for expansion lie. Jupiter is grace. Jupiter is the planet that brings us the rewards of good karma. Jupiter relates to religion, philosophy, and higher education. By studying Jupiter in the child's chart, we can discover how to teach our child fundamental truths and ethics. We can also gauge in what areas of life "too much of a good thing" could be harmful to her.

Saturn. Saturn is the great teacher, the giver of laws or rules, the Initiator. Saturn also represents Chronos - time - and the material world. In the child's chart, Saturn represents the limits placed upon her by parents, authorities and teachers, and by time itself. As Saturn makes its cycles, we can expect the child to test these limitations.

By studying Saturn, we can glean an understanding of the best approach to adopt in disciplining the child. Saturn reveals much about the child's relationship to her father. Saturn gives us clues as to the child's later career. Saturn can show us where the child may feel thwarted and how we can best help her. Studying Saturn by sign, aspects, and house position will reveal in what area of life the child may later (as an adult) confront some of her greatest challenges. Knowing this, we as parents can take definite steps to prepare her to pass every test!

Uranus. Uranus is the Great Awakener. Uranus represents breakthroughs: insight, invention, innovation. Where Saturn crystallizes into form, Uranus shatters and creates anew! In the child's chart, Uranus may reveal special talent and unique abilities. Uranus may reveal how the child may try to "break" out of parental (Saturnian) restrictions. Uranus tells us about the child's attitude toward her friends and peers.

Neptune. Neptune is the planet that brings enlightenment and compassion. Neptune also brings confusion, illusion, delusion, self-deception and/or deception from others. Neptune's influence is subtle and hard to define. Neptune in the child's chart may reveal much about her devotional nature, artistic and musical talent, her attunement to higher spheres, her ability to cope with reality, her dreams, and where she may have to overcome fear.

Pluto. Pluto is the "bad guy" of the zodiac, the "dweller on the threshold." As we mature, we have to face (and conquer or be conquered by) that dweller. When we challenge the darkness Pluto exposes, we enter a cycle of creation and regeneration, usually through a transmutative or transformative experience generally in adulthood, but the seeds can be set in childhood or even in past lives)! When Pluto makes personal contacts in the child's chart, it may point to an area of extreme vulnerability, crisis, and emotional intensity. Pluto shows the issues native to the generation into which our child was born, issues that may challenge and change our own!

Lunar north node. Vocation or application point. The North Node is a point of strength.

 

The Lights

The Sun and the Moon are the two most significant bodies in the natal chart. They are referred to as "the lights."

The Sun represents our ego and identity, how we see ourselves, and how we project outward to the world. In manifesting our highest potential, our spiritual identity, we have many choices along the way. The sign position of the Sun reveals the nature of our greatest potential attainment (plus attainment we have brought in from other lifetimes), and also the nature of our points of greatest vulnerability. Understanding the qualities of the child's Sun sign will help us better understand her emerging personality, her natural expression, and how she approaches life. The house position indicates an area of high focus in her life. The Sun also tells about the child's attitude toward authorities.

The Moon is reflective; it represents the soul, struggling through the veils of "mater" to unite with the higher self. Where the Sun is conscious will directed toward an outer purpose, the Moon is the subconscious, emotions, and the feeling world. The Sun is father and authorities; the Moon is mother and our roots, our family, home and nation. The Moon should be a clear reflection of spirit, and one day perhaps she shall be, but for now the Moon tends to amplify the more negative emotions and habit patterns within the individual and the mass consciousness. We can see our child's perceptions of her father (Sun) and mother (Moon) by studying the lights. We can see how we, her parents and teachers, may have to work on our own emotions and habits to help the child obtain greater self-mastery, and where we could, even inadvertently, injure her by passing on generational patterns of negative behavior. Lunar energy is most significant in the first seven years of life.

 

The Signs of the Zodiac: key words and esoteric meditations

Aries: The Ram. Spring. The pioneer, adventurer. Courage, daring, boldness. The fountainhead or source. The word of Logos, the "I AM THAT I AM." Impulse, energetic, start, beginning, manifestation. However we see our identity in Aries (the Sun) will color the rest of the chart. In Aries, through patience and the higher mind, we exercise control and replace the human ego with the divine. To do so, we must battle Martian energy and master anger, aggression, conceit, and all manner of ego games.

Taurus: The Bull. Taurus is the steady, deliberate, determined response of life to the new ideas and impulses of Aries - possessing them, embodying them. Taurus is the sign of the Builders. In Taurus, we make way for the Buddha (the enlightened one) through an inner obedience to our calling in life. Through the fires of love, we transmute human density and receive illumination. The bull that blindly follows the red cape of desire must become the ox who serves.

Gemini: The Twins. Communicating, inquiring, investigating, exploring. "Getting to know you, getting to know all about you." Nervous, versatile, inventive, curious, linking, reasoning, making connections. Gemini is the sign where we end our differences through effective communication (come-into-union). We transcend envy and jealousy (that would divide us) through knowledge and the application of wisdom.

Cancer: The Crab. The crab carries his home with him wherever he goes. Cancer is the experience, vehicle, or body itself. The house and home - The Chariot. The experience as in feeling, living, and sensing life. Cancer energy is protective, nurturing, and compassionate. Cancer is the mother, human and divine, who gives and gives of herself until this daily giving becomes second nature. In Cancer we learn self-discipline to raise up the tremendous creative force of the mother, the kundalini. We overcome self-pity, self-justification and indecision and are harmonious with all of life.

Leo: The Lion. Leo is fire of heart! Leo is the outward expression of love: acting, creativity, children, sports, and romance. Leo is the sign of Kings. In Leo we learn humility and magnanimity of heart, the mark of true leadership! Through the fires of love, we transmute hardness of heart, which has made us blind, into God's great gifts. We learn to care for and appreciate life. We express gratitude in thought, word, and deed.

Virgo: The Virgin. Virgo is the sign of health, works, and service. Virgo is the Celestial Maiden. In her arms she carries the sheaves of wheat, symbolizing wisdom. With meticulous discernment, she separates out the chaff, makes flour, and distributes the bread to a world hungry for her spiritual guidance. She is the Earth Mother who shows us "how to do it" step by step. She is the teacher. In her great love of geometry and perfection, the Earth Mother pays special attention to details, repair, craftsmanship. She is busy, concerned, and careful, practical, analytical, and discriminating. In Virgo we balance our karmic accounts. Through peace and understanding, we transmute anger and a sense of injustice. We replace a tendency to worry with a positive mental outlook. We balance our accounts through service to life.

Libra: The Scales. Marriage and union. (Yoga: to join, or yoke.) Marriage is the most common form of yoga. Libra energy is diplomatic, compassionate, attentive to the needs of others. In Libra we learn to be centered in the heart. Only there and in the higher mind can we be at the fulcrum of reality. We treat our brother as we would have him treat us, but learn to be unafraid to stand up for truth, even if in so doing we rock the Libran scales! In Libra, we seek balance to be the instruments of love. Painful experiences in love - dishonesty, treachery, and intrigue - are arrows that cause pain but also purify and bring us back to the center in God.

Scorpio: The Scorpion. The Scorpion, the Phoenix, the Eagle. Scorpio is the sign of great yet, more often than not, painful transformations. Rising out of the ashes of an ancient karma, we reclaim our divine sonship. We learn it is far better to give than to receive. We learn to detach ourselves from those desires not in keeping with our Higher Self. We remove all that is nonessential to our path. Scorpio energy is intense, penetrating, purging, metamorphic. This is the sign of the Warrior and the Initiate. Its key word is TRIUMPH!

Sagittarius: The Archer/the Centaur. What remains after the furnace of Scorpio: truth, that which cannot be further reduced. Sagittarius represents all the great cultural traditions that frame civilization: law, religion, history, and philosophy. Sagittarian energy is enthusiastic, profound, generous, and candid. This is the sign of Victory over all the misuses of every other sign! In Sagittarius we learn to overcome lower desires (the Centaur) and aim our arrow higher! If we give in to freedom without responsibility, we can find ourselves on a roller coaster ride hard to get off! Beethoven (a Sagittarian) composed his greatest symphonies after he had gone deaf, and Sagittarius is a sign of overcoming all human limitations and soaring for the sky! The only thing that can rob us of our victory is resentment and retaliation. When we have a rolling momentum of victory, there is no room for resentment. We rise higher.

Capricorn: The Goat. The purified essence bursts into light. Capricorn is the greatest concentration of spirit in the earth body, the crystallization of spirit in earthly works and endeavors. When we remember that we are the instruments of the light, and not the source of its creation, we can accomplish all things. Those who become drunk with power meet their downfall in this sign. Those who are humble do the works of the father, and they often become governors of men. Capricorn energy gives practical vision. Capricorn is dependable, steady, constant, organized, managerial. Misused it is cold, dictatorial, judgmental, manipulative, and cruel.

Aquarius: The Water Bearer. Aquarius carries the spiritual light of Capricorn into actuality. The will to implement our clearest vision; alchemy. Aquarius relates to freedom, innovation, and brotherly love. Aquarius is the sign of technology, scientific advances that are intended to free us from drudgery to better pursue the life of the spirit! In working with others, and for causes greater than ourselves, we learn the lessons of love - cooperation, surrender of personal desire for the good of all, and true fraternity. Irritation, intellectual conceit, and intolerance are misuses of the Aquarian light born out of hardness of heart.

Pisces: The Fishes. Jesus Christ was born at the beginning of the Piscean Age. He is known as the Piscean avatar. His ministry exemplified a path of self-mastery characterized by charity, compassion, mystical understanding. Pisces energy is intuitive, understanding, willing to sacrifice. In Pisces we call upon courage, illumination, and faith to overcome all manner of fear (based on past memories from this or other lifetimes, or embedded in the race subconscious). We obtain peace and become teachers holding a lamp of wisdom to the many. Doubt, fear, self-pity, illusion, delusion and all manner of evading reality (alcoholism, drug abuse, etc.) are "death by drowning." In Pisces, we learn to ride the wave; sometimes we must dive in unafraid!

The Chart Wheel and the Zodiac

The astrological wheel, or mandala, is a map of the space surrounding us at the time of our birth. The chart represents the hub of life! The wheel is divided into twelve sections called houses - six houses in the sky above, six beneath the Earth below. These houses are numbered counterclockwise, starting with the 1st house and the direction east on the left-hand side of the wheel. Planets in the heavens are placed on the chart wheel in the houses that correspond to where they actually are in the sky. Of the 12 houses, astrologers find the four most important are the one directly above our heads (10th), the one under our feet (4th), the one on the left and to the east (1st), and the one on the right and to the west (7th). These four are called "angular" because they mark the corners of the chart: south, north, east, and west.

Life continues after the birth moment. Astrologers watch the planets (as they continue on in the sky after a birth) move through the houses of the natal chart. Their movement is counterclockwise: from the upper hemisphere (houses 7-12), across the ascendant (1st house cusp), into the lower hemisphere (houses 1-6), and on around.

   In the chart wheel, the planets are placed in their zodiac positions. The zodiac stretches in a circle through all 360 degrees of the surrounding sky, and this circle is divided into sections of 30 degrees -- the familiar 12 signs. Planet positions are measured within signs by degrees, minutes, and seconds of circular arc. Each degree contains 60 minutes of arc and each minute of arc contains 60 seconds of arc. For example, I might tell you that my Moon (Moon at birth) is in the sign Leo (5th sign). More exactly it is in the 01st degree of Leo. It is actually at 01 degree and 28 minutes of the sign Leo.

    The chart wheel is usually divided into 12 sections called houses. The houses are numbered (counterclockwise) from 1 to 12. The pie-like lines that divide one house from the next are called house cusps. For example, the cusp of the 1st house is the horizontal line on the left-hand (east) side of the wheel.

    Keep in mind that our Earth makes a complete turn on its axis once in 24 hours. The chart wheel represents the space surrounding where we were born. It is as if we were standing outside with the sky above us (upper part of chart) and the Earth beneath our feet (lower hemisphere). As the Earth turns, it brings each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac overhead (or to any part of the wheel) once in 24 hours -- a new degree of the zodiac every four minutes or so.

    As you can see, the symbols for the planets have been placed in the part of the sky (the house) in which they were at the time of your birth. For example, if you were born in the daytime, then the symbol for the Sun will be somewhere in the upper half of the wheel. If you were born at noon, the sun would be almost right overhead or at the top of the chart, while if you were born at midnight it would be at the bottom (4th house) of the chart.

    The wheel is also seen as two hemispheres -- a top and a bottom. The upper part of the chart (houses 7-12) represents that part of the sky that was overhead and above the horizon at the time of our birth. It has to do with our participation in the world of thoughts, ideas, ideals, planning, and public service. Here we see our interaction with others, joint finances, career development, shared philosophies, and group endeavors. The lower hemisphere (houses 1-6) marks that part of the heavens that we have under us -- and cannot see -- below the horizon and on the other side of the Earth from us. It has more to do with personal issues -- myself, my money, my home, my job, etc. -- and it outlines our subjective experiences.

The Wheel of Houses

    The chart wheel or mandala of 12 houses can be seen as a circle, or cycle, with each house leading to the next house, and so on, in a counterclockwise direction. Let's start at the very top of the wheel -- the MC and the cusp of the 10th house.

     10th House. The 10th house is at the peak of the chart, the point of the crystallization of self into the world at large. Here we give back to the world our specialized talent and achievement, our dharma, the manifestation of our incarnation. It is directly overhead, up-there, and to the south. It is the house of clear, practical vision. Ideas can take their start here as planets pass through the 10th house. In the natal chart, the 10th house is associated with career, vocation, and the like. In the child's chart, the 10th house represents his interaction with his father (or dominant parent), with elders and authorities and what he wants to do when he grows up. The sign on the 10th house cusp gives us insight into the child's career potential; the nature of the career or his attitude to advancement. For example, a child with Aries (ruled by Mars) on the Midheaven might be headed for a job with the police force, military, or steel industry. Of course, this will only be the case for a certain percentage of children. The majority, however, will take an Arian approach to work: They will be self-enterprising and willing to work hard. They may butt heads with their employers. They may be impatient with those beneath them (employees, hirelings, etc.) The latter may reflect their attitude toward authority figures -- parents, principals, policemen -- during their youth. The child with planets in the 10th house may be thinking about his career early in  life but may require considerable training to reach the heights to which he aspires.

    11th House. The 11th house is a movement away from the 10th and down towards the lower hemisphere of the chart. The 11th house takes the clear idea seen in the 10th and resolves to put it to work, usually enlisting the help of friends and others. The 11th house has to do with plans for action, group goals, cooperation. In the child's chart, the 11th house will tell us much about his goals and the nature of his aspirations. The 11th house also reveals how a child interacts with his friends. For example, a child with Cancer on the 11th house cusp would be protective toward his friends. He likes to invite them over, and a sleep-over would be a special treat! He could be very attached to his friends. If a child has planets in the 11th house, his chart will take on an Aquarian coloring: he may be innovative, interested in science or electronics, and be free-spirited.

    12th House. The 12th house is the house of the past, the subconscious and so is associated with karma. It is called the house of "hidden enemies," the worst of these originating within ourselves. It is also the house of "hidden strength" and spiritual reserves. The 12th house can reveal to us the nature of fears the child must overcome, in addition to hidden strengths upon which he can draw. The child with planets in the 12th house may be shy, intuitive, even clairvoyant. He sees the world through the eyes of a mystic or dreamer. He may not know clearly where fantasy ends and reality begins. Meditation, music, and art often can often bring him out of his shell and channel his imagination constructively.

    The 1st house marks the division between the upper and lower houses. The upper houses are more outer in their manifestations. A child with the majority of planets in the upper hemisphere is likely to be "other-oriented" (more interested in serving others than in serving himself). The child with the majority of planets in the lower hemisphere is more personal and subjective. Home, family, and security need to be established before he will venture out.

    1st House. The 1st house is very important in a child's chart because it depicts the early childhood environment. The 1st house is the house of identity which will be primarily shaped by early experiences in life. The first house tells how we project ourselves outward (our personalities) and how others perceive us. The child's perception of himself will be colored by the nature of the planet(s) in the 1st house, more so if the planet is close to the Ascendant.

    2nd House. The 2nd house is the house of values, what we value, and how we treat our valuables. This is also the house of income and right livelihood, which of course will be influenced by the degree to which we developed our personal resources during childhood. The sign on the 2nd house cusp and planets in the 2nd house provide clues to talents your child has that you will want to help him develop. A child with Venus in the 2nd house, for example, could be musical or artistic. The child with Aries on the 2nd house cusp will be quick to begin new projects but may not be realistic in his assessment of his ability to carry them out.

    3rd House. The 3rd house continues the drama set forth in the 1st and 2nd. The 1st is the new start, the 2nd is what is drawn forth in response to the 1st, and the 3rd is how the situation develops to its fullness. The 3rd house has to do with the many details of everyday living. The 3rd house is the house of communication and of early childhood education. Planets in the third house and the sign on the 3rd house cusp will reveal much about the child's manner of communicating. Here the child's attitude toward schoolwork is revealed. The 3rd house also deals with brothers and sisters. The child with Neptune (imagination) in the 3rd house (mind) may excel at poetry or musical composition. On the other hand, he could be dreamy and easily distracted.

    4th House. The 4th is one of the angular houses and starts a new series of three. The 4th house is the basement of the chart, and so it represents the subconscious. It is also the cradle of life, the mother, family, and heritage. Planets in the 4th house and the sign on the 4th house cusp in the child's chart show us the child's perception of the early home environment -- the parents and physical home, the nurturing the child receives, his sense of security or lack of it, and his later role as parent and patriot. If your child has planets in the house of the family, the early childhood experience makes a lasting impression upon him.

    5th House. The 5th house is the house of creativity, romance and children. The 5th house is the experience of sharing who we are with others, of creative self-expression, of the giving and receiving of love. Fun is also related to the 5th house. When we study the child's 5th house we discover what types of recreation may appeal to him. We perceive his need for attention and recognition, important steps in building his self-esteem. The child with planets in the 5th house dramatizes emotion; his actions say, "look at me!"

    6th House.  As we reach the 6th house, the "party" of the 5th is over. Now it's time to get down to business! The 6th house is the house of work and service. This house relates to training and so reveals much about the child's habits, which are established for the most part in early childhood: eating habits, study skills, care of the body, maintenance of his room, etc. The child with Virgo on the 6th house cusp tends to be meticulous in his work. The 6th house is also the house of health and can give us clues as to the child's physical constitution and potential health problems. A child with Mars in the 6th house could be very robust and energetic but could also be critical or bossy with classmates (and later with employees). He could be susceptible to fevers and inflammations.

    7th House. The 7th house, another angular house, marks the beginning of a new series of three houses. Here we cross over from the personal houses to the impersonal houses. The personal experience of the first six houses is finished. It falls away from us and we see it as a complete stage in our development. We begin the upward trek toward a more impersonal service, with less concern for self, and more energy expended toward helping others. We begin by seeking a partner, cooperating with others, forming significant unions: Marriage. Planets in the 7th house and the sign on the 7th house cusp reveal to us how the child gets along with others. Is he sociable or shy? Does he attract friends that are good for him or does he tend to cling to fruitless relationships. Will he think well before "tying the knot," or is he more apt to jump into marriage impetuously? A child with many planets in the 7th house will be very involved with other people and their affairs.

     8th House. The 8th house results from our fully grasping the nature of the completed personal experience in the first seven houses... what was right about it and what was wrong. Here we strip away and can do without what was wrong. The extra baggage is unloaded.

    The 8th house is also the house of resources we share with others. It is the house of sex, money and death. In the child's chart, planets in the 8th house and the sign on the 8th house cusp provide clues as to stewardship of belongings, his ability to share, and his search for the answers to questions of life and death. Here we see potential transformative events in the life of the child. We see his values, his strongest desires, and his search for the answers to the deeper mysteries of life. The child with Capricorn (power) on the 8th house may want to rule the sandbox, but will probably discover that when he doesn't share the kingdom he manages it alone!

     9th House. The 9th house has to do with what remains when all extra is stripped away. It is what endures from the entire episode, the seed essence. It becomes the light for a new idea in the 10th, where the whole cycle repeats itself. The 9th house shows how we arrive at a higher illumination through religion, travel, philosophical thought, and travel. Planets in the 9th house and the sign on the 9th house cusp can tell us how the child reaches out to know more: something of the child's aspirations for truth, his philosophy in life (as developed from early religious and moral training, his higher education, and his own experience), and his potential travel experiences.

The Chart Wheel, or Mandala:

  Here are some brief descriptions of the twelve houses and what they mean to astrologers. We will start with the 10th house -- the house of clear, practical vision.

    Tenth house. Career. Practical talents. Ambition and status. Concern with reputation. Practical vision and supervisory skills. The child's interaction with adults and elders. The father and father principle. The child's attitude toward responsibility.

    Eleventh house. The child's interactions with his friends. How he relates to his peers. His wishes and aspirations.

    Twelfth house. The child's hidden fears and inner strengths. His participation in "institutions" such as churches, hospitals, and boarding schools. The workings of his imagination.

    First house. The way the child perceives himself and how he comes across to others. The early environment. How he sees himself (Sun and Ascendant on the 1st house cusp) will color the entire chart.

    Second house. Possessions, money, things. What the child values and what is valuable to him. How he treats his belongings. Responsibility and stewardship.

    Third house. The child's ability to cogitate and to communicate ideas: thinking, talking, listening, writing, reading, visits. The acquisition of knowledge: schooling, questions, interactions, curiosity. The child's relationship with his brothers and sisters.

    Fourth house. The child's roots: his national and cultural heritage, his mother and family, his physical home and early childhood environment. What he needs to feel secure. How he cares for others. Harmony or discord with family members. His basic foundation in life.

    Fifth house. How the child expresses love: awareness, pride, self-discovery. Acting, playing, sport and recreation, teaching others. His idea of fun!

    Sixth house. Health, work, and service. How the child cares for himself and for life. His pets. His daily habits: eating, dressing, hygiene. His willingness to serve. Physical well-being or potential health problems. Work requiring skill or special training such as crafts and hobbies.

    Seventh house. Others. How the child see himself in relation to his friends. His ability to cooperate with a partner. His concept of self as opposed to how others may see him. His sense of justice and fair play. Competition. His awareness and interaction with the opposite sex. His social life.

    Eighth house. What the child looks for in others; his ability to share and to be a steward of his things and money (allowance). Sacrifice and selfishness. Transformative experiences in his life. His ability to be self-disciplined, to let go of or delay gratification of desires. How he is likely to approach sex later in life.

    Ninth house. The child's early religious and moral training. His travel experience. His search for understanding. His sense of a mission in life. His need for higher education or training. His own search for meaning.