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Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt




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TheAstrological Chart

        ChartData for Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
                  HouseSystem: 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 eighthhouse.
                  Mars in Cancer, at 25 36', in the eleventhhouse.
                  Jupiter in Scorpio, at 11 15', in the third house.
                  Saturn in Leo, at 06 41', in the twelfthhouse.
                  Uranus in Pisces, at 14 31', in the seventhhouse.
                  Neptune in Aquarius, at 19 49', in the sixth house.
                  Pluto in Sagittarius, at 25 56', in the fourthhouse.
                  Midheaven in Gemini, at 06 15'.
                  Ascendant in Leo, at 26 43'.



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

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

Being a parent is challenging. A job descriptionfor a parent would include something of almost every other job. When we studythe child's astrological chart, we can instantly attune to how we can bestguide her. Strengths, weaknesses, aptitude and potentials jump off the page. Wecan see how to turn around negative momentum and maximize talents thatotherwise may not have been readily apparent. Understanding leads to greaterpatience, a virtue of immeasurable worth in child-rearing!

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

Nevertheless, there can be no doubt thatenvironmental factors, decisions made by parents, education, and free will canchange, alter, or mitigate the prophecy foreseen in the chart for better or forworse. A seed containing the blueprint of the most magnificent rose will notflower if denied sunshine, water, and good soil. And many have cultivatedbeautiful flowers in rocky soils through love and care.

How can we challenge the child to bring out the positiveSun sign potential, but, at the same time, teach her to know clearly when shecrosses the line into negatives that could cause her much grief and sorrowlater, if not corrected now? This is the challenge before us as educators andparents to our children, even to the child within ourselves. So we search thechart with an eye for potential problem areas that could disrupt, hinder orblock the child's best expression. We devise how to turn them around. We takenote of the positive potential and see how, like a good seed, it can benurtured to bring forth the ripest fruit on time.


II.  In creating this report, certainassumptions have been made:

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology ismeant to CONFIRM, NOT REPLACE, the inner guide!

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

However, the report may highlight potential talentand skill you may wish to test out by providing your child with opportunitiesto 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 dancelessons or teach her how to play a musical instrument.

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

In reading about your child, emphasize thepositive. Negative patterns can be changed; indeed, sometimes only a shade ofgray 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 toplanets receiving harmonious or challenging aspects. In astrology, trines andsextiles are considered aspects that indicate energy flowing in harmony.Squares point to challenges, blocks, internal frustrations and also pronouncedtalents. Oppositions indicate potential conflicts we resolve in the Tai-Chi ofour interactions with others. We call squares and oppositions "dynamicaspects." Here is where your child may meet her greatest challenges, butalso where she may demonstrate her greatest strengths! In expressing andmastering the dynamic aspects, we grow and can realize our greatestachievements. Remember:

Wherever you find dynamic aspects is whereyour 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 ofyour child's chart, you may be referred to another related section. Forexample, every sign is said to be ruled by a particular planet. Aries is ruledby Mars, and the child with Aries Rising is learning how to direct energyconstructively. But how will she do it? The report may refer you to anothersection on Mars.

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

3. RESOLVING CONTRADICTIONS: What to do when youcome 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, orvice-versa. Some children, however, will need help in working out suchstructural conflicts.

4. Sometimes we come across strengths or talentsin the child that may not be our forte. A child with a grand trine in earthsigns, 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 tobring out the inherent qualities of efficiency, order, and organization typicalof this positive configuration.

5. Astrological knowledge must never be used todemean, 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 masterthese. Be kind to your child. Her star has appeared and it may be different inmagnitude and brilliance than your own! Love her and teach her, and learn fromher, but don't expect her to be who you are. While the child is still in theprocess of turning her weaknesses into strengths, we can often fill in the gap!


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

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

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

The author, Kathie Garcia, is interested in yourfeedback. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to give her acall 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'sAscendant, or Rising sign. Astrologers want to know what zodiac sign is risingat birth, since this gives a picture of the way we appear or come across toothers. We look out upon the world through the glasses of the Rising Sign. Yourchild's Rising Sign will offer clues as to how your child perceives herself orwould like others to see her. Many astrologers consider the Rising Sign asimportant as the Sun Sign in describing identity. This makes sense, since theAscendant describes the early childhood experience. From myriad impressions andinteractions, the child will weave the tapestry of her unique selfhood. If theRising Sign is very different from the Sun sign, the child may have to work atintegrating diverse aspects of her personality.

Lively Leo wears her heart on her sleeve, alwaysmanaging to come across as confident and sure of herself. (Sometime when theLeo Lion is wounded, her bravado is a dramatic cover-up!) Leo children aretypically very free with their emotions which nevertheless tend to stay undercontrol. Your Leo child is affectionate, warm-hearted and effusive. Likingcenter stage, she may want all the attention on herself! Teach her to bethoughtful. 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 herSun is in an Air sign, she is apt to be quite sociable, optimistic andpositive. She is probably friendly and communicative. The child with a watersign Sun with Leo rising could be temperamental; she needs a good sense ofself-esteem. She could feel hurt easily. An earth sign Sun could be thesignature of a banker! Her bravado is likely to applied in practical works(later in work).




The Lights: The Sun and Moon

At the time of our birth, the planets (throughtheir configurations and relationships) tell us something about the quality ofthe moment of time into which we were born. Each planet points to specialtraits within us. Yet, of all the planets, the two most important planets toastrologers are the "lights," the Sun and the Moon. From where westand here on Earth, the great shining Sun by day and the reflecting Moon atnight are our constant companions. The Sun and Moon are our greatest guides inunderstanding our children, their temperament, personality, relationship withparents and other significant adults, their sense of purpose, their feelingsand much more! The Sun and Moon give us clues as to where our children areheaded 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 revealmuch about her emerging personality. Your child's greatest strengths andchallenges 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 drawupon a rich imagination to inspire others, but may seek to escape reality byretreating into a fantasy world. The wise parent will train the child tomanifest the positive qualities of her Sun Sign. The position of the Sun alsohelps us understand what motivates our children. A child with a Fire sign Sunsuch as Aries, will generally be motivated by seeking new experiences in whichshe can assert herself, whereas a Water sign Sun child is more emotional andwill seek comfort and security before venturing out. Children born into Earthsigns tend to be grounded. They're builders and seek means of practicalexpression. They want to know, "How does it work?" Air sign Sunchildren can experience life through thoughts and thrive on social interactionand communication. The Sun also represents the child's perception of the father(or dominant parent) and the qualities the child identifies with within thefather. From here, we extend our understanding of this relationship toauthorities and adults in general and later, to the child's understanding ofher own life purpose. For example, a child with the Sun in harmonious aspect toMars would likely feel supported by the father and therefore more prone to selfconfidence than a child born with the Sun square Mars. The latter might feelblocked on some level by the father or dominant parent. Both, however, aredynamic positions indicating leadership potential.

Sun in Gemini

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

All manner of transportation may catch herattention; scooters, bicycles, skates, whatever, anything in which to getaround! Gemini children can be into many projects at once! A skill essential toyour little Gemini's future success is the ability to focus and complete thetask 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 developgood study habits and avoid dissipating her energy.

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

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

Moon Conjunction Sun

At best, the child with a Sun-Moon conjunctiontends to be emotionally well balanced: conscious purpose (Sun) and feelings(Moon) work together. There can be a natural rhythm in the way she handles theday-to-day problems of work and play, with the result that she is capable ofsustained effort. Study the sign the Sun and Moon are in; especially if thelights are in the same sign, the qualities of the sign should be readilyapparent in her personality. She may be especially concentrated and interestedin the affairs associated with that sign, even at times unaware or uninterestedin 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 ofmuch energy. She may tend to have trouble just relaxing but she works well withcreative tension. This aggressiveness could lead to undue competition and atendency to get into scrapes. On the positive end, your child could impress youby her determined striving. She probably enjoys contests and will learn bypitting her physical or mental strength against others. Teach your childrespect for others and find ways for her to channel her energy intoaccomplishments; sports or creative projects demanding physical or mentalstamina might fit the bill!

Sun Sextile Saturn

This placement confers a real love of science andnatural laws. Your child may be a tireless worker with absolute determinationand the ability to carry great projects through to completion. (Especially inthe 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 tofriends and will tend to have long and secure relationships. Sometimes thisaspect points to a position of authority in adult life. Regardless ofcircumstances, the child with this contact is apt to receive support fromparents and elders during childhood. Nevertheless, her most significantachievements come from her own efforts. This Sun-Saturn aspect strengthens theconstitution. Your child benefits by learning in a structured environment, bydeveloping a strong moral character and by acquiring study habits that teachher organization and concentration.

Sun Square Uranus

Sun-Uranus aspects often indicate leadershippotential. Your child may be very magnetic, others being drawn to her. She isnot afraid to be different, and may indeed be a "trendsetter." Laterin life she is likely to be interested in some kind of social or politicalreform. However, the child with the this aspect may be somewhat of a rebel,with a history of flaunting convention and going against authority. She mayfeel different than her schoolmates. She could separate herself out and end upas the loner, although this is not necessarily what she inwardly desires. Yourchild could be very bright with exceptional talent. To be happy, however, sheneeds to learn to cooperate with others. Be patient in seeing her through thoseunexciting but necessary routines which are simply part of life. Her ideas maybe 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 theMoon to understand the child's perception of her mother, of her need to becared for and to nurture. The Moon also describes the child's experience withinher family, with its particular dynamics, tradition and heritage. From these,the child establishes her roots. The Moon, then, indicates the early childhoodenvironment, our early support systems. Emotional responses are traced to theMoon and hence, to patterns established during childhood (and even during otherlifetimes). These often become automatic and subconscious in the adult. Thus,the sign placement of the Moon reveals much about our child's emotional needsand expressions. The Moon may dominate the child's chart during the first 7years of life. The Moon will tell us what the child needs to feel secure andalso 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 ofroom to explore. (But she needs to learn the value of limits) A Cancer Moonchild, in contrast, may cling to Mom's apron strings. (But she may need toovercome fear of making it on her own).

Moon in Gemini

Gemini is an Air sign on the thinking cross. Itssymbol is The Twins. Your child is at home where there's lots of communication,investigation, travel and exploration. She could be fascinated by socialinterchange (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 isfine but discourage her from idle talk and gossip.

Gemini energy is objective so children with thislunar placement tend to be more mental than emotional unless other aspectsstrongly indicate otherwise. Even if the latter be true, you'll find you canreach your child through reason. She needs to know she can talk to you. Sheneeds 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 itdifficult to concentrate on one activity at a time. The Gemini youngster likesto get around, enjoys outings, and all types of transportation toys that allowher to be on the go! She may be a tinkerer, with a penchant for taking apartand putting things back together. Insist she finish the job and put it awaybefore she gets into another project. Mechanical toys, puzzles, and latercomputers keep her busy hands and restless mind engaged for hours. Thinking,writing, researching, and science are favored. Plenty of learning occurs athome, or perhaps the parents are well educated. Gemini's are natural teachers.

The Moon in Gemini child perceives her mother asbusy and interested in her education. If afflicted, the child may feel a lackof emotional warmth from her, or may not be sure what's expected of her. Insome cases, a sibling (Gemini) helps the mother (Moon) raise the child. TheMoon's aspects could describe a close or difficult relationship with a brotheror 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 thebeginning of the lunation cycle. Hence, there is a sense of emergingopportunity with New Moon types. Here we have a feeling of self-discovery aslife progresses; what is life all about, what is my true identity? Study wellthe sign the Sun and Moon fall in, and the aspects they form, positive orchallenging to other planets, for these will reveal much about your child'sdevelopment and personality. The house position of the Sun and Moon will revealan area of life of great importance to your child. Children born with thisplacement tend to be subjective, emotional, and can be impulsive. Because theSun and Moon are in conjunction, often there is a tremendous concentration ofenergy. 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 herthrough 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 positivemental attitude.

Moon Semisquare Venus

The child with this aspect longs to feel bonded tothe 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. Orperhaps the mother is overindulgent with the child. The child benefits by abalance of discipline and love, care and independence. The relationship withthe mother influences adult relationships with the opposite sex. This childneeds proper eating habits; in particular avoid over-indulging this child insweets.

Moon Semisquare Mars

This aspect indicates that temper gets in the wayof harmonious relationships. Often there are lessons to be learned incooperation, in meeting the other fellow halfway. The child with this aspectcould be touchy, tending to make a mountain out of a molehill and/or to takethings very personally. She could be very defensive. She needs your helpworking out her feelings objectively, and this will demand much patience andCONSISTENCY on your part. This aspect has to do with the working out of angerand emotions. Some children with this contact have trouble accepting: "notnow" or "no, you may not" or "you must wait" and mayeven be prone to temper tantrums. This may not be the case with your child, butif 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. ScottPeck, MD has some very constructive advice on this point and I recommend youread his book, The Road Less Traveled. It's best not to threaten this childwith disciplines you don't plan to carry out. Usually this happens when parentsare too busy or when the disciplines are unrealistic. The Moon represents themother. Perhaps she is creative but tends to have a short fuse, herself! Therecould be conflicts with the mother (and later with important partners.) Teachyour child not to kill a fly with a bowling ball! She likely is very active. Ifshe learns self-control and patience during childhood, she could accomplish agreat 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 loyaland dependable. She probably doesn't enter nor drop relationships lightly andmay be a tad shy. This aspect lends stability to the chart. Your child may seemmature for her age.

Moon Square Uranus

The child with this aspect may have a somewhatunusual upbringing. Later in life she is apt to attract a partner who isindependent and also a bit unusual. If the mother is inconsistent in moods,rules or behavior, the child with this aspect could easily become confused; notknowing 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 theexpense of popularity. She learns by experience and may depart from the troddenpath. Your child may be restless and move around a lot. Her desire for personalfreedom quite likely goes against the majority. She could be impulsive, moreimpatient than not, and (especially if Mars aspects the Moon or Uranus) couldfind it hard to control her temper. She could be subject to sudden moodchanges! Your child can master this aspect by acquiring self-control andself-knowledge. Some children with this Moon-Uranus aspect are quite brilliantand original in their thinking. Teach your child the importance of keepingcommitments.

The Inner Planets: Mercury andVenus

The planets Mercury and Venus, along with the Sun,Moon and Mars describe the child's emerging personality. These inner planetsare located between the orbit of the Earth and the Sun. Venus indicates how thechild appreciates and measures her experience, and describes the valuesestablished during childhood. Venus tells us how the child expresses love, thethings 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 mentalprocess in general. Communications – by phone, letter, spoken, or however– are ruled by Mercury. Also thoughts, connections, phone wires, andeverything that connects and conveys – even forms of transportation. Inthe child's chart, Mercury describes the myriad aspects of schooling –teachers, study habits, homework, learning skills, concentration (or lack ofit). Your child's relationship with brothers and sisters are indicated byMercury as well. The way your child thinks, receives, shares and transmitsinformation and knowledge will be revealed by studying the position of Mercuryin her chart. Mercury relates to hands, fine motor abilities, and tohandwriting and drafting skills. Mercury by sign and element tells us how thechild studies and what she likes to study, and how we (her parents andteachers) can help her gain greater academic expertise. Children with Mercuryin Fire signs think and talk simultaneously and are spontaneous. They enjoygames that make learning fun! Children with Mercury in Air Signs can chatteraway and still keep going! Words can come alive for them and they enjoylistening to (or creating) colorful tales and stories. Communication is theirthing. They may have to work at being listeners, however! Children with Mercuryin Water signs may need help thinking clearly since emotion runs into thoughts.These children like profound subject matter. Children with Mercury in Earthsigns generally have a good measure of common sense. Hands on training suitsthem best.

Mercury in Gemini

Gemini is an Air sign on the thinking cross. Itssymbol is The Twins. Mercury in Gemini children typically love learning. Witcomes naturally as does curiosity about everything! She loves finding thingsout – speculating, investigating. She is likely to be clever but notnecessarily known for deep thinking. She loves to talk, exchange ideas, readbooks, 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 easilybored with tedious schoolwork or chores. Stress honesty with her. Good studyhabits and an orderly environment help her do best at school. She may tend toscatter her energy into too many projects at once, or to dissipate energythrough too much chatter. Teach her to create a schedule and stick to it!

Moon Conjunction Mercury

To fully grasp this aspect, integral to anunderstanding 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 areflection of subconscious patterns rather than of logical reason! Perceptionmay be keen here as intuition is strong and almost always right-on when itcomes to questions of feelings. Your child is apt to show an early interest inunderstanding other people (psychology), different cultures, and history. Shemay have skills in writing, speaking, and all forms of communication. If otherplacements point to musical talent, your child may enjoy songwriting. Themother influences the thinking and habit patterns strongly.

Mercury Semisquare Venus

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

Mercury Square Uranus

Brilliance or eccentricity? Children with thisaspect may be very original thinkers! Nevertheless, they usually requireinstruction in follow-up and consistency in their work. This child's naturaltendency could be to change her mind in the middle of a project and go rushingoff in some new direction. Guide your child in finding practical uses for herplentiful insights.

Mercury Trine Neptune

The child with this aspect could have a fantasticimagination and be somehow tuned into what we all dream of at the deepestlevels. The dream worlds, the more eternal thoughts of mankind, come easily toher, and she would be a convincing speaker on occult, metaphysical, andreligious subjects. Your child could be sensitive, poetic and persuasive. Thisaspect is common in the charts of composers. She could have oratory and/ortheatrical skills. On the downside, this child may weave many a tale. Help yourchild 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 anew 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 sheinteracts with her friends and with adults, and how she shows love. Childrenwith Venus in ardent Leo, for example, are demonstrative and fun-loving. Theytend to shine and love bright, colorful things. Venus in Scorpio children, onthe other hand, may be shy but exceptionally kind and thoughtful. Thesechildren may want Mom all to themselves! The Venus in Libra child is a socialbutterfly and loves beauty in her clothes and bedroom. Venus in Taurus lovesbeautiful 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. Astudy of Venus by sign, house and aspect also reveals something about your child'staste in food, eating habits, care of possessions and attitude toward money andbelongings.

Venus in Aries

Aries is a Fire sign on the action cross. Itssymbol is The Ram. Shy flowers, stand back! Your child is apt to be independentand 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 takewith 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 attitudethat is demanding or says "me first."

Venus Square Mars

This challenging aspect indicates potentialconflict in relationships. The child needs to learn to cooperate and get alongharmoniously with others. The negative manifestation could range from shynessand excessive prudence to a tendency to splurge and be headstrong inrelationships. The child could be highly sensitive, and therefore easily hurtor perhaps emotionally volatile. A healthy relationship with the parent of theopposite sex will help the child attract more positive relationships inadulthood. 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 yourchild grows in self-discipline, she should have healthy relationships and soavert getting into trouble with the opposite sex, particularly during theteenage years.

Venus Semisquare Uranus

This aspect brings challenges in relating toothers. Sometimes this Venus-Uranus contact brings unusual, strange or uniqueattractions. Your child may have many friends. As a youth, she needs tounderstand the dangers of quick attachments and infatuations. She could confuselove and friendship, be fickle (especially if in mutable signs) or get boredand drop friends abruptly (cardinal). In fixed signs, desire could take theplace of common sense. You can help your child work out this energy positivelyby teaching her to delay gratification (when necessary and appropriate), acceptresponsibility and be respectful of other people's feelings. It all begins inthe nursery!

Venus Trine Pluto

People with this aspect are known for getting intointense involvements. They seem to invite emotional confrontations. They seekspiritual regeneration through love. In adult life, they could learn valuablesoul lessons through intense karmic relationships. Children with this aspectmay cleave to the mother, or to their friends. They may seek to control (or becontrolled) by their close pals. Especially during the adolescent years, theycould tend to attract partners that aren't particularly good for them. To helpyour child master this intense aspect, you will need to impart to her solidvalues 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, themore likely she will be to attract fulfilling relationships later on. This is apowerfully 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 planetsdescribing the outer world and circumstances surrounding the child, the status,well-being and conditions she is born into and what urges her on to greaterachievements as she grows. Mars will tune you in to what motivates your childand the way she approaches life. Jupiter shows us how she is most apt tochannel that energy, and Saturn decrees what sort of obstacles will confronther on the road to success. Again: Saturn tells us about the territory we willbe going through, Jupiter the way or path through it, and Mars what kind of pushor drive we can count on to keep going.

Mars: Drive and Emotions

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

Mars in Cancer

Cancer is a Water sign on the action cross. Itssymbol is The Crab. The child with Mars in this emotional sign needs to conquerfear of abandonment. She needs to feel secure within the family and securewithin herself. She is extremely sensitive and tends to react from an emotionallevel. Because she take things very personally, she often is defensive. If yourchild strikes out (the Cancer crab has claws!) at loved ones in a dogmatic anddemanding manner, she may secretly fear being rejected. She may need to learnto look at her feelings more objectively. She needs to learn that she isresponsible for her reactions and cannot justify wrong behavior becauseso-and-so said or did this or that! She needs constructive examples andguidance 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 signmay be difficult for parents and teachers to understand unless the waterelement is emphasized in their own charts as well.

The Mars in Cancer child feels attached to hermother (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 andself-discipline. She needs to express her feelings. When the Mars in Cancerchild holds in her anger and hurts (the crab hides in her shell) she sometimesgets indigestion and stomach problems. Many children with this placement areresourceful, 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 shehas to delay gratification. If she doesn't feel like it, she may find it hardto summon the gumption to get the job done! You can help her acquire theself-discipline she needs by providing her with structured activities, byteaching her to manage her time properly and by being consistent in seeing thatshe follows up on household chores and routines. With good aspects, she hascommon sense; if afflicted, she may need to work at it!

Venus Square Mars

Your child is likely to be energetic, active andphysically appealing. She may, however, need to learn to respect the wishes ofothers and to share. The child's perception of the relationship between theparents and especially of her own relationship with the parent of the oppositesex may determine whether she sees love as full of strife and conflict or asdynamic 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 wouldbenefit from an early exposure to beauty, art and social graces. This aspectgenerates a certain degree of emotional tension. Although perhaps easier saidthan done, harmony is the key.

Jupiter: Career and Life Path

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

Jupiter in Scorpio

Big vision, big business, the Jupiter in Scorpiochild typically gears toward where the action is most intense. When she talksabout her dreams they tend to be big scale. She has a penchant for mysteries,secrets, intrigues. A tendency to be suspicious could hamper her otherwisefinely attuned shrewd judgment of people and situations. This placement lendsitself to careers dealing with real estate, taxes, corporate finances and fundraisers. You may discover at the ol' lemonade stand that she is a bornentrepreneur. If other indicators agree, this placement is favorable for anyscientific endeavor. Your child may show early interest in the deeper mysteriesof life. In its highest sense, Jupiter in Scorpio indicates uncompromisingfaith.

Moon Quincuncx Jupiter

The child with Jupiter/Moon contacts could beenthusiastic. If your child feels secure in the mother's love, she is likely tobe positive in attitude. She could have a marked sense of humor, a liking forreligion and probably goes about her work with a certain zeal. Nevertheless,the house positions where the Moon and Jupiter are posited may point to areaswhere your child could benefit by learning to pull in the reins. Teach yourchild to finish what she begins. So this will not be a problem, show her thewisdom of thinking out a project before committing herself to it. Be consistentin keeping to the rules and teaching her moderation. In an adult chart, thisaspect could indicate a tendency to overspend, over commit, overindulge. Thequincunx 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 thismaterial 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 issaid to be the Great Teacher. Saturn defines and clarifies. Saturn representsthe reality of life in the physical universe. We understand how vital it isthat our children learn to accept responsibility, maintain their environment inorder, finish homework and projects on time, learn how to delay gratification.Hopefully, they learn as they grow how to turn mistakes into lessons, obstaclesinto stepping stones to success. Saturn represents the father or dominantparent, all adults whom the child looks up to as authorities. Saturn representsthe law of the land we're born into, the family rules and traditions and ourown innate or developed sense of fairness. Saturnian qualities are rarelyself-evident in the small child. Children have to learn self-discipline, order,patience, obedience. This they do in cycles of time. Saturn represents theprocess of maturity, the outlines for growth presented to us by our teachersand our inner biological clock. Saturn by sign, house, aspect and Saturn cyclesin your child's chart and in your own provide a wonderful blueprint whosedesign you can follow to help your children grow to be successful in thisworld.

Saturn in Leo

The Saturn in Leo child learns responsibilitythrough 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, shewill need to learn to balance her natural inclination for recognition withsensitivity to others and a willingness to serve (even if its not her mostfavorite chore!) This placement confers both drive and dignity, courage andreserve. If afflicted, and especially if the personality is more timid, theSaturn in Leo child could be afraid to follow her own heart and to express hertrue emotions. Instead, she may try to always keep her emotions in control. Shecould be shy when it comes to giving and receiving love. Participating inschool plays could help her loosen up and show her true colors. Conversely, shecould be bossy and pompous (like the boy in Captain Courageous). Your childneeds proper values regarding love, romance and money. Saturn in Leo couldindicate a career in the military, in education, in theater, or in banking. Inwhatever field she chooses, she will seek a position of power and respect. Therelationship with the father is vital. Your child will look to him as a rolemodel.

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 takecharge and help out. With proper training, her innate organizational skillswill emerge. A career in one of the physical sciences is quite possible. Yourchild enjoys interacting with those in authority: with parents, teachers andelders. She does her best learning in a structured and disciplined environment.

Moon Sextile Saturn

Your child is most likely a natural manager with asense of responsibility beyond her years. This positive aspect indicates thatyour child is disciplined, capable of hard work, and good at getting others towork with and for her. Perhaps a little too serious and frugal, your childknows 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 whenit comes to matters of self-discipline. She needs consistent training andeducation. Your child may tend to go against authority (parents, teachers,adults in general), clashing with them rather than finding a way to work withand learn from them. You can help your child master this square and avoid thepitfalls, by teaching her sound personal habits during childhood, such ascompleting tasks and putting away personal belongings in their right place,being on time, promising only that which she can realistically fulfill, andhaving 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 tobe willing to accept responsibilities and obligations. If organization andpunctuality are not stressed during childhood, it could hamper her careerpotential later on.

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

The Outer Planets

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

Uranus: Break-Thrus & Insights

Uranus is the planet that indicates how we free ourselvesfrom the difficulties and problems life presents us. Uranus represents our linkto the higher mind, Universal Intelligence. Here is the way insights come tous, how we discover or come to know and understand ourselves. Uranian energyshows us how to find new uses for old things. It rules inventions and suddeninsights into our life – everything that is unusual, eccentric, and outof 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 ofuniqueness, where she dares to be different. Uranus also may reveal individualgenius, talent, interests. With hard aspects, or if Uranus is placed in the1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th houses, we may have to deal with willfulness and/orrebelliousness in the child, or she may perceive herself as somehow differentfrom the rest. Parents and teachers can help the child with strong Uranianaspects by providing her with avenues for individual expression and creativity,and by recognizing her natural bent to experiment with new ways of doingthings. At the same time, the child needs to learn that there is no truefreedom without accountability. Be consistent in applying the rules. She needsto know the consequences of her use of free will.

Uranus in Pisces

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

Sun Square Uranus

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

Moon Square Uranus

Your child may discover that insistence on beingdifferent and general nonconformity often results in being cut off from thosewho would otherwise support her. Your child could attract others to her becauseshe 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 mayfind acceptance of her ideas less than commonplace! Freedom or rebelliousness?She must know the difference! Sometimes this aspect points to an unusual homelife, or much moving around (as with Army children and child stars).

Mercury Square Uranus

Children with this Mercury/Uranus contact maysurprise others with thoughts that are extreme, eccentric or that border ongenius (but even so, which could easily be misinterpreted). Your child may needto learn to back up new insights with common sense and practical applicationand 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 thesubject at hand, at school. She could be easily distracted or bored. Tempercould be an issue. Provide your child with a peaceful and unclutteredenvironment. Diet could be a key element in the equation.

Jupiter Trine Uranus

Your child is bright and independent. She valuesfreedom and nonconformity. A great problem-solver, she enjoys working out newsolutions, trying new things. At school, your child is sure to come up with adifferent approach and will be happiest if challenged by innovative material.She may find it hard to buckle down to repetitive exercises such as math andlanguage 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 positiveMercury aspects, she will bring a lot of mental skill and understanding to whatevershe does. She is apt to have a natural bent for electronics, computers, and thelike. Your child is adventuresome, enjoys traveling, exploring and theoutdoors. If other aspects indicate patience and structure (check out Saturnand Mercury), your child could be a gifted teacher.

Neptune: Ideals & Imagination

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

Neptune in Aquarius

These are the children born into the dawning of aNew Age of enlightenment and freedom! The age of Aquarius marks the ideal, a timeof peace and freedom. Religion and science blend in enlightened leaders whorepresent 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. Yourchild creates mental tapestries and conveys them in a way that captures theattention of others. Your child loves a good story, especially those dealingwith great heroes, colorful Biblical tales, mythology, and romantic legendssuch as that of King Arthur and His Knights! The danger is that the mind can beimpressionable to a fault. Your child would make an excellent teacher ofphilosophy or religion, for she can't help but communicate these subjects andenchant all who come to know her. Your child might have literary or artistictalent. Although she has a rich imagination, your child needs to develop mentalself-discipline to avoid daydreaming, especially at school! Your child wouldmake a good director, for she likes working with mental images. Your child isdevotional and understanding. She may be particularly devoted to a youngerbrother or sister.

Pluto: Inner Change and Growth

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

Pluto in Sagittarius

Your child was born into a generation passionatein 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 asblunt. Politics and religion will reach new heights. During Pluto's transitthrough this sign, the world may enter the dawning of a Golden Age. With hardaspects to personal planets (especially Mars), Pluto in Sagittarius canindicate 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 childwill seek creative expression. (In the 1st, in dress and appearance; in the2nd, 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 beattracted to fields dealing with psychology when she grows up. Your childlearns 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 aboutherself, others may feel transformed through contact with her! Some childrenwith this powerful trine between Venus (art, beauty, attraction, money) andPluto (the masses, television, intense emotions) could do well in businesscareers, modeling, television, movie careers or in politics.

Mars Quincuncx Pluto

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

Even as you teach your child obedience (day one isnot too early), beware of being overly forceful or unkind. Hopefully, earlychildhood discipline will be tempered with love. You will need to establish agood communication and trust with her. Teach your child to avoid undesirabletypes and potentially dangerous situations.


Challengesand Abilities


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

Moon Conjunction Sun  0257'

At best, the child with a Sun-Moon conjunction tendsto be emotionally well balanced: conscious purpose (Sun) and feelings (Moon)work together. There can be a natural rhythm in the way she handles theday-to-day problems of work and play, with the result that she is capable ofsustained effort. Study the sign the Sun and Moon are in; especially if thelights are in the same sign, the qualities of the sign should be readilyapparent in her personality. She may be especially concentrated and interestedin the affairs associated with that sign, even at times unaware or uninterestedin 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 herthrough dialogue. She could be a fine speaker. She is likely to be mostpersuasive! This Moon-Mercury aspect often indicates success in life due to apositive mental attitude.


Life can be challenging, and things are not alwayseasy. The major challenges in a natal chart are where we can expect increasedactivity and personal involvement – ready or not. These critical areas oflife can be difficult, and the resulting confusion and possible obscurationoften makes it hard for us to see and act with normal clarity. Some of theseaspects are apparent in little children, others describe yourselves, herparents and teachers, and the environment you provide for her. Other aspectsmay show up later, at about age 12 or older, even in young adulthood. Yourknowledge of these areas in your child's chart should give you a greaterunderstanding as to how to help her turn stumbling blocks into rungs on theladder of success. Therefore, when it comes to the following factors in yourchild's chart, you may wish to exercise extra patience.

Mercury Square Uranus  0150'

Brilliance or eccentricity? Children with thisaspect may be very original thinkers! Nevertheless, they usually requireinstruction in follow-up and consistency in their work. This child's naturaltendency could be to change her mind in the middle of a project and go rushingoff in some new direction. Guide your child in finding practical uses for herplentiful insights.

Venus Square Mars  0160'

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

Moon Square Uranus  0532'

The child with this aspect may have a somewhatunusual upbringing. Later in life she is apt to attract a partner who isindependent and also a bit unusual. If the mother is inconsistent in moods,rules or behavior, the child with this aspect could easily become confused; notknowing 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 theexpense of popularity. She learns by experience and may depart from the troddenpath. Your child may be restless and move around a lot. Her desire for personalfreedom quite likely goes against the majority. She could be impulsive, moreimpatient than not, and (especially if Mars aspects the Moon or Uranus) couldfind 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 intheir thinking. Teach your child the importance of keeping commitments.

Sun Square Uranus  0829'

Sun-Uranus aspects often indicate leadershippotential. Your child may be very magnetic, others being drawn to her. She isnot afraid to be different, and may indeed be a "trendsetter." Laterin life she is likely to be interested in some kind of social or politicalreform. However, the child with the this aspect may be somewhat of a rebel,with a history of flaunting convention and going against authority. She mayfeel different than her schoolmates. She could separate herself out and end upas the loner, although this is not necessarily what she inwardly desires. Yourchild could be very bright with exceptional talent. To be happy, however, sheneeds to learn to cooperate with others. Be patient in seeing her through thoseunexciting but necessary routines which are simply part of life. Her ideas maybe 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 areareas of life where we have clear insight and real talent – naturalability. When it comes to these matters, our judgment is sharp and we alwaysmanage to take charge. We have the knack. It may be as simple as the ability towork hard and accomplish things without something going wrong. An innate senseof the workings of these parts of life makes it easy for us to learn andaccomplish things where they are concerned. Positive aspects in your child'schart 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, provideyour child with opportunities to bring out and develop areas of inherentability.

Sun Sextile Saturn  0039'

This placement confers a real love of science andnatural laws. Your child may be a tireless worker with absolute determinationand the ability to carry great projects through to completion. (Especially inthe 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 tofriends and will tend to have long and secure relationships. Sometimes thisaspect points to a position of authority in adult life. Regardless ofcircumstances, the child with this contact is apt to receive support fromparents and elders during childhood. Nevertheless, her most significantachievements come from her own efforts. This Sun-Saturn aspect strengthens theconstitution. Your child benefits by learning in a structured environment, bydeveloping a strong moral character and by acquiring study habits that teachher organization and concentration.

Venus Trine Pluto  0139'

People with this aspect are known for getting intointense involvements. They seem to invite emotional confrontations. They seekspiritual regeneration through love. In adult life, they could learn valuablesoul lessons through intense karmic relationships. Children with this aspectmay cleave to the mother, or to their friends. They may seek to control (or becontrolled) by their close pals. Especially during the adolescent years, theycould tend to attract partners that aren't particularly good for them. To helpyour child master this intense aspect, you will need to impart to her solidvalues 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, themore likely she will be to attract fulfilling relationships later on. This is apowerfully creative aspect in an artist's chart.

Moon Sextile Saturn  0218'

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

Mercury Trine Neptune  0328'

The child with this aspect could have a fantasticimagination and be somehow tuned into what we all dream of at the deepestlevels. The dream worlds, the more eternal thoughts of mankind, come easily toher, and she would be a convincing speaker on occult, metaphysical, andreligious subjects. Your child could be sensitive, poetic and persuasive. Thisaspect is common in the charts of composers. She could have oratory and/ortheatrical skills. On the downside, this child may weave many a tale. Help yourchild sort out reality from fact. Insist she tell the truth!



Landscape:Major Life Periods

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

Your Personal Background

Your child's early years, until the age of 11 or12, may not be very easy. She could be a more inward and insecure youngsterthan average. The early teens should see the end of this stage and thebeginning 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 kindof 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 toleave the nest! Puberty will bring a change of heart and direction aside fromits expected effects. During her teens, your child will begin to sense her ownstrength and may discover herself at this time. What follows will be a time oflearning, expanding her horizons until around the age of 18-19, at which timeshe will likely really begin to come into her own, both in a social sense andwhere her career is concerned. The years from 18-26 will be very strong. Shecould rise rapidly to a position of success. After that, she will become moreinward, less concerned with outer success. A time for consolidation.


Your Current Situation

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

Please note that for Newborns and children lessthan seven years of age, the report may indicate a year prior to the actualbirth of the child. If this is the case for your child, it means that Saturnwas at the degree on the cusp of the quadrant in question on the dateindicated. If this occurred about 3 years ago, for example, Saturn will remainin that quadrant for about 4 more years.

Jun 09, 2001   1stPass D>    (Age BeforeBirth)

By the last date shown, Saturn, the great tester,conjoined the Midheaven and entered the 10th house of your child's chart. The10th house is one of the 4 "Angular" houses. When Saturn enters anangular house, it signifies a gradual shifting of gears. The 10th house in thechild's chart relates to the father or father figure, to all significant eldersor authorities in the child's life and also to her reputation and status amongher peers. This is an earth house, one of "works." The older childcould make significant progress in her schoolwork during this time. If she isso inclined. She could take up a position of responsibility at home or atschool. She may be particularly interested in pursuing what she wants to dowhen her grows up! She could be helped or hindered by parents. She may workwell with restrictions, limits, and responsibilities or buck against them andfeel frustrated, depending on her character and upbringing. This could be agood period to master a skill of one kind or another. In accordance with herabilities and the opportunities available to her, this should be a cycle ofachievement. The older child can show what she has mastered. Even with youngerchildren, this is a time to place an emphasis on right attitudes towardresponsibilities and authorities.

Saturnin 04th Quadrant


TheElements, Modalities and Angularity

Elements, modalities, and house quadrants. Theseare all techniques used by astrologers to gain a general picture of energypatterns and focus, temperament and modes of action. How does your child's planetsand 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 pointsto be developed. These are qualities we have. "Wants" are areas thatmay be weaker and need developing or balance. Sometimes people overcompensatethe "wants" and even pretend to have them. The old adage is: webecome what we want (or lack), while we do what we can (or have to do) withwhat we've got. Here are your child's totals:

Have Air

There is an emphasis on communication, expressionof ideas, and the connections between things, places, and people. She tendstowards mental pursuits and admires intelligence. You can reach her throughreason.

Want Earth

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

Have Mutable

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

Want Cardinal

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

Want Succedent

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



HouseActivity and Emphasis

The twelve houses of the horoscope, particularly whenthey are occupied by a planet, provide a clue to areas of special activity inthe child's life and development. They paint a picture of the environment inwhich she will work out the challenges and talents signified by the planets andaspects. 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!" HowI 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 houserules our personal self and everything about us that draws a reaction from oursurroundings or from others. The 1st house describes the early childhoodenvironment (or the child's perception of it). Much of the child's identitywill be a reflection of the environment in which she grows up. The child'sprojected image (personality) will reflect her experience and assimilation ofher interaction with others. The sign on the Ascendant (1st house cusp) and itsruler (see intro.) are key components to understanding your child's emergingpersonality. Any planet "rising" in the 1st house is going to colorthe personality considerably. For example, if Neptune is in the 1st house, thechild will be sensitive and impressionable, no matter what sign is on theAscendant. A child with Venus in the 1st house is likely to be attractive andcharming. Mars in the 1st house is common in the charts of athletes.Astrologers will often blend the characteristics of the Sun sign with the signon the Ascendant. For example, a child with an Aries Sun is usually somewhatself-centered. If the child, however, has Pisces Rising then she is likely tobe assertive but compassionate and interested in serving others. Sometimes,however, the child may experience a conflict; in this case, for instance, partof the child may want to jump right into new experiences (Aries) whereasanother part may be shy or afraid (Pisces). The child could feel overwhelmed(Pisces) by the stern parental rebuke given in response to a typically Arianimpulsive action! All this may seem very complex, but you can take it step bystep. Are any of us really all that simple to understand? You will have tostudy well the Sun sign and the Ascendant (and the sign and house the Ruler isin) plus the nature of any planet in the 1st house. Learn the keys, besensitive and observe the child. You will see how it all comes together.

Leo on First House Cusp

Leo energy is expressive and concerned with dramaticself-awareness and a sense of pride and ownership. Here is a sense ofconfidence from which the emotive and outgoing Leo energy operates. Often veryartistic, and always theatrical and expressive, this sign is good forcreativity and the arts. Your child may seek creative means to express herselfthrough the affairs of the house with Leo on the cusp.


Second House: Possessions,Reactions

Second House

The key phrase of the 2nd house is "Ihave." The 2nd house, then, deals with our material security, our means oflivelihood, our resources and talents, and how we utilize the resources of thisworld. The 2nd house also reveals much about our values, what is valuable tous. We study this house for clues as to the child's basic attitudes and senseof self-worth. The sign on the second house cusp and any planets in the 2ndhouse will tell you how your child is most likely to deal with things. Here wesee her attitude toward her belongings. Responsibility, stewardship, andsharing all come into play here. If your child does not have any planets in the2nd house, look to the sign, house and aspects of the planet ruling the sign onthe cusp, and to the planet Venus, for clues as to money making potential andspending habits.

Libra on Second House Cusp

Libra energy is always facilitating andresponsive, assuming the appropriate reaction or response to any question orstatement. This is certainly the social sign, par excellence. The affairs ofthe house with Libra on the cusp indicate where your child may enjoy workingwith 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 thehouse whose cusp it is on

Third House: Inquiries,Communications

Third House

The key phrase for the 3rd house is "Ithink." 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 astrologerlooks to the sign on the 3rd house cusp, its ruler and any planets abidingthere (and to the planet Mercury) to get a picture of the child's approach tolearning. The 3rd house is a very mental house, concerned with finding,researching, communicating, and all manner of questioning. Traditionally thishouse rules brothers and sisters. Planets in the 3rd house can tell yousomething about your child's interaction with her siblings, and withneighborhood pals. Children with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venusand Mars) in the 3rd house tend to be very active at school.

Scorpio on Third House Cusp

Scorpio is the most dynamically creative sign andthe most abused! Intense, passionate, and very personal, Scorpio rushes pastsuperficialities and right to the heart of any matter. Scorpio relates to sex,death, regeneration and resources we share with others. Scorpio energy willintensify 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 3rdhouse! Your child came into being with an extra dose of curiosity and is a borninvestigator and researcher; inquiring, searching, following things to theirlogical conclusion. Your child's career may likely be built around thesequalities of her – communication, making connections, thoughts and ideas,and so on. A broad and complete education is essential to get your child off toa 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 positionfavors teaching, publishing, writing, communications and travel. Unlessseriously afflicted, Jupiter in the 3rd indicates positive relations withbrothers 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 ourmother. The sign on the 4th house cusp and any planets abiding here describethe early home environment. Young children yearn to feel secure within the armsof mother and father, within the walls of home. The small child fearsabandonment. This house tells about the emotional foundation upon which therest of the chart can stand or collapse. Traumatic childhood scenes take yearsto resolve. A memory of a nurturing and secure experience helps the adult getthrough many a storm. Since many of the early patterns are repeated, the fourthhouse (and the sign, house position and aspects of the Moon) describes how yourchild is likely to manage her own family one day. Land and property also comeunder 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 ofthe house on whose cusp Sagittarius is found.

Pluto in Fourth House

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

Fifth House: Expression, Creativity

Fifth House

The 5th house is the house of dramaticself-expression; its key phrase is "I create." Many actors haveplanets here. The 5th house relates to fun and recreation: planets in the 5th houseplus the sign on the cusp provide clues as to what kind of recreation yourchild might enjoy. Fire signs may like sports, competitive games and outdoorexploration. An Earth sign on the cusp could take to nature walks, hiking,building, mechanics. For these children, work can be fun! Children with Airsigns on the 5th house cusp are going to enjoy mixing with other people. AWater sign on the 5th house cusp may enjoy family outings, be attached to lovedones, find their niche through the arts. The giving and receiving of love isalso connected with this house. Children with personal planets in this house(Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) feel most fulfilled when they areactively 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 distancedperspective, a cool appraisal. Lessons in power may be indicated in the affairsgoverning the house hosting Capricorn on its cusp. Or this may be where yourchild is particularly willing to work hard for earned results.

Sixth House: Responsibility, Work,Health

Sixth House

The key phrase of the 6th house is "Iwork." That which was conceived in the 5th house is applied and producedin the 6th! In an adult chart, this house indicates employment, attitude towardwork, 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 herchores, 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 houserules dress and appearance. This house also tells us about eating habits, dietand basic health. Obviously, eating habits and diet will affect health forbetter or for worse, as the case may be. A water sign on the cusp, or the Moonor Neptune in the 6th indicates that emotions will affect health andvice-versa. The sign on the cusp and planets in the 6th house can show youhealth 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 distancedperspective, a cool appraisal. Lessons in power may be indicated in the affairsgoverning the house hosting Capricorn on its cusp. Or this may be where yourchild is particularly willing to work hard for earned results.

Neptune in Sixth House

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

Seventh House: Relationships, OtherPeople

Seventh House

The 7th house is the house of partnerships,relationships, social life, and all that carries us beyond our personal selfinto an awareness of other people, community, and the like. Children with planetsin this house seek to understand themselves through others. They are rarelyalone. How does your child deal with competition? Is she able to hold her ownin a match? Can she stand up against peer pressure? To succeed with 7th houseissues, 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 aboutyour 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 inrelationships, and hence, make friends easily. Nevertheless, she could inclinetoward arguments and contention (Mars) in close friendships (and later inmarriage). She may, however, be willing to work hard (Mars) to make arelationship (7th house) work. The wise parent would teach this child thedangers of entering into relationships impulsively.

Aquarius on Seventh House Cusp

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

Uranus in Seventh House

As she grows, your child will seem to assert herindependence with friends, close relationships and the social scene. Herfriends (or approach) might be unconventional, to say the least. Teach her tostay clear of peers who are into drugs, drinking or who are in some wayoutwardly rebellious in behavior. Point out the dangers of entering seriousrelationships impetuously. All relationships require compromise in the sense ofgive and take. Individuals with the planet of independence (Uranus) in thehouse of partnership, marriage and others (7th) sometimes are reluctant to letgo of their freedom and so avoid entering deep commitments. Teach your child toshare, to meet a friend halfway. Lessons in cooperation are necessary, but maynot be met with enthusiasm!

Eighth House: Business Savvy,Elimination

Eighth House

The 8th house is traditionally the house of deathand regeneration. This is the house of surgery: where something must be removedso something else can thrive. Thus, this house also covers initiation: gettingrid of excess parts of ourselves that we no longer need so we can get to theheart and deeper meaning of life. The no-nonsense quality of the eighth housemakes it good for business ventures since here we are stripping away the drossto reveal the truth or essence of the subject. But what meaning does the 8thhouse 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 "Wehave": for the adult, the 8th house relates to shared money, property,resources. It all begins during childhood. How does your child approach sharingher things with others, in carrying out joint responsibilities. Also, how doesthe child deal with pain, crises, even the death of significant others? This isthe house of sex, and moreover, the house of desire. Planets in the 8th houseand the sign on the cusp shed light on the child's ability to attract things toherself through desire, and to let go when necessary or right.

Aries on Eighth House Cusp

Aries is the sign of the pioneer and leader. Ariesenergy is attention-getting and assertive, tending to provoke a response fromthe surroundings, from others. The house with the Aries cusp shows you in whatarea 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 barebones of the matter. When she is older she could make a very shrewd anddiscriminating business person. Desires are a strong motivating factor that could propel her to her goalbut 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 strongindex of right & wrong; consistent discipline administered with a kindheart 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'llpack 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 alove of mystery (stock up on detective stories, chess games, puzzles) of deepspiritual gnosis. Sometimes Venus in the 8th house indicates a love of strategyand 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, longjourneys and religion (the longest journey of all). Here is what remains of thepurification that takes place in the 8th house – the seed, or essence, ofan entire cycle of experience. Religion comes from a Latin word that means tobind back, and thus refers to all things that last or endure, such as thetruth. Essential ideas, philosophy, and the courts of law belong here. In yourchild's chart, the 9th house reveals the influences shaping the child's notionsof right and wrong, her search for higher meaning, where she reaches out toknow more, the (life-long) evolution of her belief system. As a youth, she isapt to be more concerned with her direct experience than with abstractthoughts. From these, however, she will draw conclusions shaping her beliefs.Priests, judges, historians, college professors, philosophers and explorersoften have key planets here. The child with planets in the 9th house enjoys expandingher horizons through travel.

Taurus on Ninth House Cusp

Taurus energy is stable. Here is where your childis likely to be resourceful, where talent may lie! She could perhaps make moneyfrom 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 wherethe 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 oftendirect and candid. She brushes past appearances and settles on the truthwithin. She is a seeker; for her, ideas, philosophy and religion are what lifeis all about! She may be a natural at languages and is likely to enjoytraveling even at an early age. Later in life, she may travel, counsel, and bea teacher to others. A natural explorer, she will be happiest in work thatallows her to expand her horizons. Finishing tasks is an important steppingstone to later success! She needs a broad education, and has a natural benttoward history, religion and social studies. When she is older, she may beinterested 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 dealswith career, and subsequently status and reputation. The 10th house isconnected with authorities: father, government, employer, Guru. In studying theplanets in the 10th house plus the sign on the 10th house cusp in the child'schart (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 dealswith authorities, how she handles responsibility, and her relationship with herfather or dominant parent. The child's way of dealing with her elders duringchildhood obviously will be transferred to dealing with her boss later on!Children with planets in the 10th house may be thinking ahead. Children withthe Sun, Jupiter or Saturn or many planets in the 10th house often want to besomeone of consequence in this world! The 10th house relates to Saturn andhence to maturation through time. Sometimes planets in the 10th house(especially the Sun or Saturn) indicate a need for much training beforereaching the career goal.

Gemini on Tenth House Cusp

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

Moon in Tenth House

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

Mercury in Tenth House

When it comes to business and career, your childhas a mind that just can't help but take care of business. Her thoughts andideas are nothing if not practical, and her clear-sightedness makes some formof management or supervision almost unavoidable, even during the growing upyears. In fact, your child may be more responsible than her peers. She isliable to continue her studies beyond the high school level, whether at collegeor vocational school. This is an excellent position for a career in publicspeaking; 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 canhelp us realize it. Thus, this is the house of friends and community life. Theyoung child is greatly influenced by her companions. As she matures (andparticularly during pre-adolescence and teen-age years), peer pressure andconformity may take precedence over parental guidelines in her mind. Planets inthis house and the sign on the 11th house cusp indicate what traits your childmay admire in a friend and the kind of friends she is likely to attract. Forexample, if Uranus is in the 11th house or if Aquarius is on the cusp, thechild would attract friends who are unique, unusual, somehow different. IfGemini is on the cusp, she may enjoy having many friends, but could be fickle.Traditionally, the 11th house is called the house of "hopes andwishes." The 11th house provides clues as to how to tune into the child'saspirations; how to teach her goal-fittedness; how to measure our projectedaspirations for her against her own! The 11th house also addresses the child'swillingness (or lack of it) to cooperate with others in group projects.

Cancer on Eleventh House Cusp

Cancer is the mother of the zodiac, always makinga home, protecting and providing for others. The house with Cancer on the cuspis where your child is likely to look for security. The child could beparticularly 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 theprevailing order. Typically, Mars in the 11th house points to a love of teamwork, of working in groups, of having many friends. With hard aspects, a childmight 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 alove of invention. A natural politician and revolutionary of the spirit, sheneeds to learn self-discipline and strong moral values during childhood so thatshe can choose the right causes when she is older. Besides politicians andinventors, this Mars placement is common in the charts of pilots, electronicengineers, people working in Universities or New Age Communities, researchers,and actors.  As a child, herselection of friends may influence the goals she sets for herself later inlife. An urge to make her altruistic dreams a reality keeps her moving in thedirection 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 ofthe subconscious, are buried the records of the past. The 12th house relates tofears and "hidden enemies": fears born of past memories. Here to wealso uncover hidden strengths and the courage and illumination to transcend ourfears. The 12th house relates to the imagination. A child with many planets inthe 12th house could be extremely imaginative but could be so sensitive as towithdraw. Music, meditation, dance and art are good ways to bring 12th housechildren out of the "retreats." The sign on the 12th house cusp cantune 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 houseshows the inclination to sacrifice for others. Many or key planets in thishouse could signify a career in medicine, social work, or behind the scenesproduction.

Cancer on Twelfth House Cusp

Cancer is the mother of the zodiac, always makinga home, protecting and providing for others. The house with Cancer on the cuspis where your child is likely to look for security. The child could beparticularly sensitive to the issues of that house.

Saturn in Twelfth House

Your child is very serious when it comes toself-sacrifice and doing all she can to make things easier for other people. Asan 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. Becauseshe is so sensitive, she could be easily disappointed or discouraged whenfriends don't seem to respond in kind. Teach her to hold her head up high andnot to "throw her pearls before swine." Encourage your child to talkopenly with you about any fears she may be experiencing and help her learn tolet go of them! This placement is common in the charts of hospital personnel,doctors, nurses, social workers. Saturn in the house of retreats (12th) mayindicate "working behind the scenes" such as government jobs dealingwith confidential information, movie production and ghost writing.



Noteson Astrological Terms

Creating theNatal Chart

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

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

 Astrology is a map of karma, positive and negative, that willunfold in cycles of time. The seeds of the future are always sown in thepresent, 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 aboutourselves, now and in the future. Astrology, then, is prophecy. Yet we knowthat prophecy can be altered, changed, or mitigated through free will, right orwrong decisions, prayers, and self-awareness.

The Sun sign interpretations that we find in mostnewspapers are a far cry from the work of professional astrologers. The signthe 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 dayand 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 timeand space. Given this information, an astrologer creates what is called a natalor birth chart (sometimes called a horoscope).

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

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

What follows is a brief introduction to some ofthe terms and concepts used in astrology. Reading through this material willhelp 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 methodsfor sign grouping are elements and modalities. Astrologers like to see which ofthe groups the natal planets fall in, then add them up to produce counts ortotals. It's fun to tally up your Sun, Moon, and planets and check out yourelemental and modality balance. Keep in mind while doing this is that we oftenattract to ourselves, or ultimately become, what we want (or lack), and we dowhat we can (or have to do) with what we've got! Studying the elements in yourchild's chart can help you gain perspective on her natural temperament and modeof action. Keep in mind that these points might tally up quite differently foryou! For example, if you have a lot of Cardinal planets, you're a doer. If yourchild, however, lacks (wants) Cardinal planets and is strong on Fixed, she mayfind it harder than you to get going; but once she gets started, her effortscould be more stable. Learning your similarities and differences will help youmaster 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 chartare very active, involved and can do all kinds of things. Children with anemphasis on fire in their charts are vivacious and fun to be with, but they mayneed to work at being more reliable. These "fireballs" often find ithard to settle down. Fire-sign children love to look at the dancing flames on asummer camp-out fire. Fire is creative but, mishandled, is dangerous. Thosewith little fire in their charts often find it hard to get started, and theymay need someone of greater enthusiasm and spark to get them going!

Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. People with lots of earth are verypractical; they can see how to do and use things. Children with a strong earthemphasis are looking for ways to be productive. They are often dependable,efficient, and "down to earth." They like a hands-on approach tolearning. Earth-sign children enjoy playing with sand, clay, and beautifulrocks. 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 areanalytical; they are able to resolve and draw conclusions. Children with apreponderance of air can be chatty. They are mental and like to exchange ideas.They understand emotions through reason. Those with little air sometimes havetrouble with abstractions and ideas - getting the "big picture." Theytend to be less objective about their experience.

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

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

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

Fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. People with a heavy emphasis infixed signs hang onto and preserve life. They are at the center of things andare 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 ina more selfless manner. Children with few planets in fixed signs may havetrouble seeing the job through and may need to cultivate stick-to-it-tive-ity.

Mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius, Pisces. People with a heavyemphasis in mutable signs are restless and impressionable. They seek ways tocommunicate. Children with a strong mutable emphasis are normally inquisitiveand enjoy learning. They like to share what they learn with others. They may berestless and would benefit by some work with the hands. Life may offer themlessons in overcoming fear. They need to learn to focus the mind. They may bemimics, and tend to pick up knowledge easily, but they can also easily becomedistracted and they tend to be overly impressionable. Children with few planetsin mutable signs may have trouble adapting or being flexible.



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

The most popular aspects can be divided into threemain categories:

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

Conjunction (0 degrees). Two planets at the samepoint in the zodiac are said to be in conjunction. Their natures are fused orblended into one.

Opposition (180 degrees). Two planets at oppositesides of the zodiac. The energies are in alignment with each other. They canpull together or apart, depending upon the nature of the planets involved, andthe consciousness of the individual.

The "hard" (or dynamic) aspects: square (90 degrees) and semi-square (45degrees). These represent challenge, obstacles, and creative tension; theyprovide the surest means to dynamic growth. Too many can block or obstruct thelife 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 growthmay 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 bringa lack of ease to our lives, while too many soft aspects make for a life thatis potentially lacking in substance. In the child's chart, the soft aspectsreveal potential talent waiting to be developed. A child can "sit" onher trines and sextiles, she and her parents taking her strong points forgranted. When ignored, these aspects can lead to over-indulgence and eventualweakness. Develop these points like diamonds.

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

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


The Planets

In astrology, the larger life of our solar systemas a whole tells us something about our own personal Earth life. The interplayand relationship of the planets with one another as they circle the Sun iscarefully studied. Of particular interest to astrologers are the Sun, the Moon,and the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, andPluto. These are the celestial bodies used most often by modern astrologers fornatal interpretation. Each of these planets represents or refers to a part ofour life and self. Here are some of the concepts and key words associated witheach 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 solarhierarchies! In the child's chart, the Sun shows her perception of her ownidentity. The Sun sign often reveals the child's greatest strengths as well asher potential weaknesses. The Sun reveals the child's perception of her father.

Moon.The Moon represents our mother, our surroundings, the environment out of whichwe come, our past and childhood, our formative years and self. In short, theMoon 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 firstseven years. Here we see the child's perception of her relationship to hermother. Here we gauge the child's emotional barometer, her interaction with thefamily, 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 onthis planet, most of us have some weeds to pluck from our lunar garden.

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

Venus.Venus reveals how we respond, appreciate, cherish, or value something. Venusshows the way we love, our capacity to care for others. Venus in the child'schart will tell us what she values, what's important to her and how she showslove and appreciation, and how she cares for her belongings. Venus describesthe 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 ourclue to what motivates our child. Mars in the child's chart reveals how she islikely to express anger, the kind of discipline she may need, and the type ofsports 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. Jupiteris the planet that brings us the rewards of good karma. Jupiter relates toreligion, philosophy, and higher education. By studying Jupiter in the child'schart, we can discover how to teach our child fundamental truths and ethics. Wecan also gauge in what areas of life "too much of a good thing" couldbe harmful to her.

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

By studying Saturn, we can glean an understandingof the best approach to adopt in disciplining the child. Saturn reveals muchabout the child's relationship to her father. Saturn gives us clues as to thechild's later career. Saturn can show us where the child may feel thwarted andhow we can best help her. Studying Saturn by sign, aspects, and house positionwill reveal in what area of life the child may later (as an adult) confrontsome of her greatest challenges. Knowing this, we as parents can take definitesteps 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 andcreates anew! In the child's chart, Uranus may reveal special talent and uniqueabilities. Uranus may reveal how the child may try to "break" out ofparental (Saturnian) restrictions. Uranus tells us about the child's attitudetoward her friends and peers.

Neptune. Neptune is the planet that brings enlightenment and compassion.Neptune also brings confusion, illusion, delusion, self-deception and/ordeception 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 tocope with reality, her dreams, and where she may have to overcome fear.

Pluto.Pluto is the "bad guy" of the zodiac, the "dweller on thethreshold." 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 ofcreation and regeneration, usually through a transmutative or transformativeexperience generally in adulthood, but the seeds can be set in childhood oreven in past lives)! When Pluto makes personal contacts in the child's chart,it may point to an area of extreme vulnerability, crisis, and emotionalintensity. Pluto shows the issues native to the generation into which our childwas born, issues that may challenge and change our own!

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


The Lights

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

The Sun represents our ego and identity, how we seeourselves, and how we project outward to the world. In manifesting our highestpotential, our spiritual identity, we have many choices along the way. The signposition of the Sun reveals the nature of our greatest potential attainment(plus attainment we have brought in from other lifetimes), and also the natureof our points of greatest vulnerability. Understanding the qualities of thechild's Sun sign will help us better understand her emerging personality, hernatural expression, and how she approaches life. The house position indicatesan area of high focus in her life. The Sun also tells about the child'sattitude 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 isthe subconscious, emotions, and the feeling world. The Sun is father andauthorities; the Moon is mother and our roots, our family, home and nation. TheMoon 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 habitpatterns within the individual and the mass consciousness. We can see ourchild's perceptions of her father (Sun) and mother (Moon) by studying thelights. We can see how we, her parents and teachers, may have to work on ourown emotions and habits to help the child obtain greater self-mastery, andwhere we could, even inadvertently, injure her by passing on generational patternsof negative behavior. Lunar energy is most significant in the first seven yearsof life.


The Signs ofthe Zodiac: key words and esoteric meditations

Aries:The Ram. Spring. The pioneer, adventurer. Courage, daring, boldness. Thefountainhead or source. The word of Logos, the "I AM THAT I AM."Impulse, energetic, start, beginning, manifestation. However we see ouridentity in Aries (the Sun) will color the rest of the chart. In Aries, throughpatience and the higher mind, we exercise control and replace the human egowith 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 thenew ideas and impulses of Aries - possessing them, embodying them. Taurus isthe sign of the Builders. In Taurus, we make way for the Buddha (theenlightened one) through an inner obedience to our calling in life. Through thefires of love, we transmute human density and receive illumination. The bullthat blindly follows the red cape of desire must become the ox who serves.

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

Cancer:The Crab. The crab carries his home with him wherever he goes. Cancer is theexperience, vehicle, or body itself. The house and home - The Chariot. Theexperience as in feeling, living, and sensing life. Cancer energy isprotective, nurturing, and compassionate. Cancer is the mother, human anddivine, who gives and gives of herself until this daily giving becomes secondnature. In Cancer we learn self-discipline to raise up the tremendous creativeforce of the mother, the kundalini. We overcome self-pity, self-justificationand 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 welearn humility and magnanimity of heart, the mark of true leadership! Throughthe 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 expressgratitude in thought, word, and deed.

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

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

Scorpio: The Scorpion. The Scorpion, the Phoenix, the Eagle. Scorpio is thesign of great yet, more often than not, painful transformations. Rising out ofthe ashes of an ancient karma, we reclaim our divine sonship. We learn it isfar better to give than to receive. We learn to detach ourselves from thosedesires not in keeping with our Higher Self. We remove all that is nonessentialto our path. Scorpio energy is intense, penetrating, purging, metamorphic. Thisis 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 thegreat cultural traditions that frame civilization: law, religion, history, andphilosophy. Sagittarian energy is enthusiastic, profound, generous, and candid.This is the sign of Victory over all the misuses of every other sign! InSagittarius we learn to overcome lower desires (the Centaur) and aim our arrowhigher! If we give in to freedom without responsibility, we can find ourselveson a roller coaster ride hard to get off! Beethoven (a Sagittarian) composedhis greatest symphonies after he had gone deaf, and Sagittarius is a sign ofovercoming all human limitations and soaring for the sky! The only thing that canrob us of our victory is resentment and retaliation. When we have a rollingmomentum of victory, there is no room for resentment. We rise higher.

Capricorn: The Goat. The purified essence bursts into light. Capricorn is thegreatest concentration of spirit in the earth body, the crystallization ofspirit in earthly works and endeavors. When we remember that we are theinstruments of the light, and not the source of its creation, we can accomplishall 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 becomegovernors of men. Capricorn energy gives practical vision. Capricorn isdependable, steady, constant, organized, managerial. Misused it is cold,dictatorial, judgmental, manipulative, and cruel.

Aquarius: The Water Bearer. Aquarius carries the spiritual light of Capricorninto actuality. The will to implement our clearest vision; alchemy. Aquariusrelates to freedom, innovation, and brotherly love. Aquarius is the sign oftechnology, scientific advances that are intended to free us from drudgery tobetter pursue the life of the spirit! In working with others, and for causesgreater than ourselves, we learn the lessons of love - cooperation, surrenderof personal desire for the good of all, and true fraternity. Irritation,intellectual conceit, and intolerance are misuses of the Aquarian light bornout of hardness of heart.

Pisces:The Fishes. Jesus Christ was born at the beginning of the Piscean Age. He isknown as the Piscean avatar. His ministry exemplified a path of self-masterycharacterized by charity, compassion, mystical understanding. Pisces energy isintuitive, understanding, willing to sacrifice. In Pisces we call upon courage,illumination, and faith to overcome all manner of fear (based on past memoriesfrom this or other lifetimes, or embedded in the race subconscious). We obtainpeace 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 toride the wave; sometimes we must dive in unafraid!

The Chart Wheeland the Zodiac

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

Life continues after the birth moment. Astrologerswatch the planets (as they continue on in the sky after a birth) move throughthe houses of the natal chart. Their movement is counterclockwise: from theupper hemisphere (houses 7-12), across the ascendant (1st house cusp), into thelower 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 surroundingsky, and this circle is divided into sections of 30 degrees -- the familiar 12signs. Planet positions are measured within signs by degrees, minutes, andseconds of circular arc. Each degree contains 60 minutes of arc and each minuteof 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 01stdegree 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. Thehouses are numbered (counterclockwise) from 1 to 12. The pie-like lines thatdivide one house from the next are called house cusps. For example, the cusp ofthe 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 24hours. The chart wheel represents the space surrounding where we were born. Itis 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, itbrings each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac overhead (or to any part of thewheel) 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 partof the sky (the house) in which they were at the time of your birth. Forexample, if you were born in the daytime, then the symbol for the Sun will besomewhere in the upper half of the wheel. If you were born at noon, the sunwould be almost right overhead or at the top of the chart, while if you wereborn 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. Theupper part of the chart (houses 7-12) represents that part of the sky that wasoverhead and above the horizon at the time of our birth. It has to do with ourparticipation in the world of thoughts, ideas, ideals, planning, and publicservice. Here we see our interaction with others, joint finances, careerdevelopment, shared philosophies, and group endeavors. The lower hemisphere(houses 1-6) marks that part of the heavens that we have under us -- and cannotsee -- below the horizon and on the other side of the Earth from us. It hasmore 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, orcycle, with each house leading to the next house, and so on, in acounterclockwise direction. Let's start at the very top of the wheel -- the MCand the cusp of the 10th house.

     10th House. The 10th house is at the peakof 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, ourdharma, the manifestation of our incarnation. It is directly overhead,up-there, and to the south. It is the house of clear, practical vision. Ideascan take their start here as planets pass through the 10th house. In the natalchart, the 10th house is associated with career, vocation, and the like. In thechild's chart, the 10th house represents his interaction with his father (ordominant parent), with elders and authorities and what he wants to do when hegrows up. The sign on the 10th house cusp gives us insight into the child'scareer potential; the nature of the career or his attitude to advancement. Forexample, a child with Aries (ruled by Mars) on the Midheaven might be headedfor a job with the police force, military, or steel industry. Of course, thiswill only be the case for a certain percentage of children. The majority,however, will take an Arian approach to work: They will be self-enterprisingand willing to work hard. They may butt heads with their employers. They may beimpatient with those beneath them (employees, hirelings, etc.) The latter mayreflect their attitude toward authority figures -- parents, principals,policemen -- during their youth. The child with planets in the 10th house maybe thinking about his career early in life but may require considerable training to reach the heights to whichhe aspires.

   11th House. The 11th house is a movement away from the 10th and downtowards the lower hemisphere of the chart. The 11th house takes the clear ideaseen in the 10th and resolves to put it to work, usually enlisting the help offriends and others. The 11th house has to do with plans for action, groupgoals, cooperation. In the child's chart, the 11th house will tell us muchabout his goals and the nature of his aspirations. The 11th house also revealshow a child interacts with his friends. For example, a child with Cancer on the11th house cusp would be protective toward his friends. He likes to invite themover, and a sleep-over would be a special treat! He could be very attached tohis friends. If a child has planets in the 11th house, his chart will take onan Aquarian coloring: he may be innovative, interested in science orelectronics, and be free-spirited.

   12th House. The 12th house is the house of the past, the subconsciousand so is associated with karma. It is called the house of "hiddenenemies," the worst of these originating within ourselves. It is also thehouse of "hidden strength" and spiritual reserves. The 12th house canreveal to us the nature of fears the child must overcome, in addition to hiddenstrengths upon which he can draw. The child with planets in the 12th house maybe shy, intuitive, even clairvoyant. He sees the world through the eyes of amystic or dreamer. He may not know clearly where fantasy ends and realitybegins. Meditation, music, and art often can often bring him out of his shelland channel his imagination constructively.

   The 1st house marks the division between the upper and lower houses. Theupper houses are more outer in their manifestations. A child with the majorityof planets in the upper hemisphere is likely to be "other-oriented"(more interested in serving others than in serving himself). The child with themajority 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 itdepicts the early childhood environment. The 1st house is the house of identitywhich will be primarily shaped by early experiences in life. The first housetells how we project ourselves outward (our personalities) and how othersperceive us. The child's perception of himself will be colored by the nature ofthe planet(s) in the 1st house, more so if the planet is close to theAscendant.

   2nd House. The 2nd house is the house of values, what we value, and howwe 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 ourpersonal resources during childhood. The sign on the 2nd house cusp and planetsin the 2nd house provide clues to talents your child has that you will want tohelp him develop. A child with Venus in the 2nd house, for example, could bemusical or artistic. The child with Aries on the 2nd house cusp will be quickto begin new projects but may not be realistic in his assessment of his abilityto carry them out.

   3rd House. The 3rd house continues the drama set forth in the 1st and2nd. The 1st is the new start, the 2nd is what is drawn forth in response tothe 1st, and the 3rd is how the situation develops to its fullness. The 3rdhouse has to do with the many details of everyday living. The 3rd house is thehouse of communication and of early childhood education. Planets in the thirdhouse and the sign on the 3rd house cusp will reveal much about the child'smanner of communicating. Here the child's attitude toward schoolwork isrevealed. The 3rd house also deals with brothers and sisters. The child withNeptune (imagination) in the 3rd house (mind) may excel at poetry or musicalcomposition. 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 seriesof three. The 4th house is the basement of the chart, and so it represents thesubconscious. 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 chartshow us the child's perception of the early home environment -- the parents andphysical home, the nurturing the child receives, his sense of security or lackof it, and his later role as parent and patriot. If your child has planets inthe house of the family, the early childhood experience makes a lastingimpression upon him.

   5th House. The 5th house is the house of creativity, romance andchildren. The 5th house is the experience of sharing who we are with others, ofcreative self-expression, of the giving and receiving of love. Fun is alsorelated to the 5th house. When we study the child's 5th house we discover whattypes of recreation may appeal to him. We perceive his need for attention andrecognition, important steps in building his self-esteem. The child withplanets in the 5th house dramatizes emotion; his actions say, "look atme!"

   6th House.  As we reach the6th house, the "party" of the 5th is over. Now it's time to get downto business! The 6th house is the house of work and service. This house relatesto training and so reveals much about the child's habits, which are establishedfor the most part in early childhood: eating habits, study skills, care of thebody, maintenance of his room, etc. The child with Virgo on the 6th house cusptends to be meticulous in his work. The 6th house is also the house of healthand can give us clues as to the child's physical constitution and potentialhealth problems. A child with Mars in the 6th house could be very robust andenergetic but could also be critical or bossy with classmates (and later withemployees). He could be susceptible to fevers and inflammations.

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

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

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

     9th House. The 9th house has to do withwhat remains when all extra is stripped away. It is what endures from theentire episode, the seed essence. It becomes the light for a new idea in the10th, where the whole cycle repeats itself. The 9th house shows how we arriveat a higher illumination through religion, travel, philosophical thought, andtravel. Planets in the 9th house and the sign on the 9th house cusp can tell ushow the child reaches out to know more: something of the child's aspirationsfor truth, his philosophy in life (as developed from early religious and moraltraining, his higher education, and his own experience), and his potentialtravel experiences.

The Chart Wheel, or Mandala:

  Hereare some brief descriptions of the twelve houses and what they mean toastrologers. We will start with the 10th house -- the house of clear, practicalvision.

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

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

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

   First house. The way the child perceives himself and how he comes acrossto others. The early environment. How he sees himself (Sun and Ascendant on the1st house cusp) will color the entire chart.

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

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

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

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

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

   Seventh house. Others. How the child see himself in relation to hisfriends. His ability to cooperate with a partner. His concept of self asopposed to how others may see him. His sense of justice and fair play.Competition. His awareness and interaction with the opposite sex. His sociallife.

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

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