MODERN

 

A Solar Writer Report

for Tony Bennett

 

 

 

Written by Stephanie Johnson

 

 

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Astrological Summary

 

Chart Point Positions: Tony Bennett

 

Planet

Sign

Position

 House

Comment

The Moon

Taurus

0┴Ta09'

8th

 

The Sun

Cancer

9┴Cn09'

10th

 

Mercury

Cancer

20┴Cn54'

10th

 

Venus

Leo

24┴Le05'

11th

 

Mars

Libra

22┴Li17'

2nd

 

Jupiter

Leo

7┴Le19'

11th

 

Saturn

Aries

11┴Ar59'

7th

 

Uranus

Virgo

20┴Vi46'

12th

read into 1st House

Neptune

Scorpio

21┴Sc51'

2nd

read into 3rd House

Pluto

Virgo

18┴Vi15'

12th

read into 1st House

Chiron

Pisces

29┴Pi49'

7th

 

The North Node

Taurus

3┴Ta42'

8th

 

The South Node

Scorpio

3┴Sc42'

2nd

 

The Ascendant

Virgo

25┴Vi07'

1st

 

The Midheaven

Gemini

24┴Ge41'

10th

 

 

 

Chart Point Aspects

 

Planet

Aspect

Planet

Orb

App/Sep

The Moon

Trine

Venus

6┴03'

Separating

The Moon

Conjunction

The North Node

3┴32'

Applying

The Moon

Opposition

The South Node

3┴32'

Applying

The Sun

Semisquare

Venus

0┴04'

Separating

The Sun

Square

Saturn

2┴50'

Applying

The Sun

Trine

The South Node

5┴27'

Separating

Mercury

Square

Mars

1┴23'

Separating

Mercury

Sextile

Uranus

0┴07'

Applying

Mercury

Trine

Neptune

0┴57'

Separating

Mercury

Sextile

Pluto

2┴39'

Applying

Venus

Sextile

Mars

1┴47'

Separating

Venus

Square

Neptune

2┴13'

Separating

Venus

Sextile

The Midheaven

0┴36'

Applying

Mars

Trine

The Midheaven

2┴24'

Applying

Jupiter

Trine

Saturn

4┴40'

Applying

Jupiter

Square

The North Node

3┴37'

Separating

Jupiter

Square

The South Node

3┴37'

Separating

Jupiter

Semisquare

The Midheaven

2┴22'

Applying

Uranus

Sextile

Neptune

1┴04'

Applying

Uranus

Conjunction

Pluto

2┴31'

Separating

Uranus

Conjunction

The Ascendant

4┴21'

Applying

Uranus

Square

The Midheaven

3┴54'

Applying

Pluto

Sesquisquare

The North Node

0┴26'

Applying

Pluto

Semisquare

The South Node

0┴26'

Applying

Pluto

Conjunction

The Ascendant

6┴52'

Applying

Chiron

Opposition

The Ascendant

4┴41'

Separating

The Ascendant

Square

The Midheaven

0┴26'

Applying

 

 


INTRODUCTION

 

 

This report has been written to introduce you to the concepts of astrology and how to get started with your natal chart. Astrology is a complex and meaningful science which takes years to study and apply successfully; however, we would like to whet your appetite with this report, and encourage you to deepen your understanding through other means.

 

Astrology is a study of the connection between planets and life on Earth. It is based on a concept that energy patterns form between other planets and Earth; and that these energies affect our lives as individuals and communities.

 

An astrological chart, also known as a horoscope, natal chart, or birth chart, records the relationship between the planets and the signs of the Zodiac. Charts can be calculated for the birth of a person, a community, an event or anything that seems momentous. The horoscope is as individual and unique as a fingerprint.

 

When using these interpretations, please bear in mind that, inevitably, every chart will contain some contradictory influences, and as a result certain interpretations of different items in the same chart may seem difficult to reconcile. However, this may still be an accurate reflection of your chart, as it is likely that you do experience conflicting desires, events and circumstances in your life. Usually it is the responsibility of an astrologer to synthesise these apparent contradictions in order to present a cohesive and meaningful interpretation of the dilemmas of the chart.

 

Please also be aware of the fact that each person has positive and negative influences in the chart, and therefore in their lives. The challenge is to accept and overcome the negative influences, so that we can successfully focus on the positive traits. This report outlines both influences, and therefore parts may be difficult to accept. Any advice given is meant to be an aid to a person taking responsibility for their own lives. The ultimate decision rests with each individual. The author and publisher accept no liability for any adverse effects of this report.


LIFE GOALS

 

 

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;

Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.

Longfellow, Elegiac Verse  1880.

 

Just as the Sun is the centre of the Earth's Solar System, so does the Sun play a vital role in your life on earth. Your life goals are linked to your Sun - its zodiac sign and its position in your chart. Contrary to popular belief, the Sun isn't the only planet to be considered in a person's chart, but it is an important component. The Sun gives you an indication of how you can shine in your life. You will feel truly alive when you're living the traits indicated by your Sun. Therefore it's likely that you will spend much of your life on a journey to self discovery, aiming to incorporate these traits into your life. Understanding the energy of your Sun is a good starting point to understanding yourself and your purpose in life.

 

Your Sun is in the tenth house of your birth chart meaning that you're the sort of person who likes to make your mark on the world, in particular through your profession. Depending on other influences in your chart you're likely to be born to parents of good standing in the community. From this favourable start in life, you're likely to steadily improve on your status. Success usually comes easily in whatever business or profession that you choose. People in high places are likely to look on you with favour, helping you further your ambitions. You're also likely to rise to a prominent position in society, perhaps even in government office. You've high moral standards, which you apply to yourself and to other people. Fortunately your vitality and health are usually good and therefore you're well able to achieve your goals. You're likely to carefully consider your proposed primary partner, before entering into a commitment which affects your standing in the community. As a result, depending on other influences in your chart, you're likely to benefit through your primary partnership. Ancient astrologers consider that the Sun is well-placed in the angular tenth house of a chart, and therefore you're likely to be successful in achieving your goals.

 

Your Sun is in the zodiac sign of Cancer indicating that you're a caring and nurturing individual with a strong need for family and comfort. Like the crab you may appear to have a tough outer shell but you're vulnerable underneath and will withdraw into your shell and home if feeling threatened. This withdrawal can happen quite often as you've strong emotional reactions. These strong emotions can be directed positively into caring for and protecting others, particularly your family and loved ones. When you're feeling an emotional equilibrium you enjoy giving to others, sharing warm and loving moments, and also enjoy your own company. In particular though you yearn to look after those you love, nursing them through illness, cooking a favourite meal or curling up in front of a fireside alongside them with a good book. When upset it is a very different story, you withdraw from company and shield yourself from hurts, either real or imagined. This can feel like a wall has gone up between you and the outside world. You've strong home-making urges and a strong attachment to family members, and your home will be a great source of comfort to your friends and family. Your protective instincts can also be roused by animals, and you may find people or animals in need of comfort arriving unexpectedly on your front doorstep.

 

The Sun is making a difficult contact with the planet Saturn in your chart indicating that you have to face some hardships before achieving your life goals. It's possible that you had a difficult childhood, experiencing either emotional or financial troubles. Perhaps your father, or a father figure, was an imposing and restrictive force in your life. As a child you may have felt imprisoned, unable to communicate your innermost thoughts and feelings. You may have been frightened to venture forth in the world. As an adult you may still have difficulty expressing yourself and at times feel that external circumstances are still somewhat onerous. You're fearful, worrying about the outcome of decisions and actions. On a positive note childhood difficulties can become the basis for adult wisdom, particularly if you're able to overcome your fears.  As you grow older you learn that your natural reserve stands you in good stead, giving you the ability to stand back and assess situations. Your confidence grows enabling you to achieve your goals through attention to detail and hard work.

 

The planet Jupiter also tells you about your goals in life, in particular the areas in which you are likely to succeed. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, abundance and wisdom. Ancient astrologers believed that the planet Jupiter had a greatly beneficial effect on a person's life.

 

Jupiter is also in the eleventh house of your chart. There's a popular song that has a line "I'll get by with a little help from my friends", and this could be your theme song. You've many true and fortunate friends, some who hold prominent positions in society. Your friends do their best to support you emotionally, and perhaps even financially, so that you can achieve your life goals. This is fortunate because you've high hopes of achieving success in your life. You're popular amongst your friends, a real social success, and the resulting benefits are considerable. You also like to belong to groups of like-minded people, and these associations can also prove beneficial. Whether you realise it or not, your optimism and cheerfulness are an inspiration to your friends, and they too can benefit from their association with you.

 

You've the planet Jupiter in the zodiac sign of Leo in your birth chart indicating that you are benevolent, generous and fun loving, full of plans and schemes which you hope will make the world a better place. You've the skills and the will power to carry through these plans. You're a sincere and honest person who is attracted to a noble cause, and who isn't afraid to run the gauntlet of difficulties encountered along the way. Your enthusiasm and courage are contagious and you benefit from your associations with other people. They warm to your generous nature and obvious wisdom. You're also full of energy and vitality, generally benefiting from good health. Children also play a large role in your life, whether they be your own children or other people's. Teaching children may be a prominent part of your life. You also have a keen interest in culture, perhaps even displaying talents in the arts. Certainly your sense of grandeur could be put to good use in the theatrical or artistic world.

 

The planets Jupiter and Saturn are making a beneficial aspect in your birth chart indicating success in achieving your life goals. You're wise and perceptive, with a talent for creative ideas and the ability to put those ideas into action. You're blessed with a wonderful sense of timing, knowing exactly when to make the right moves to achieve a desired result, whether it be for yourself or for a group project. You've just the right blend of optimism and realism. For these reasons you can enjoy success in self-employment or be a valued member of a team. Whether you're self-employed or not, you work well within a structured system and therefore can do well in business. It's likely that both conventional and unorthodox approaches to life appeal, as you understand the advantages in learning from tradition, as well as the benefits of trying new ideas. You've a chance to be very successful as you're neither profligate nor mean, but have a balance. This is a very fortunate aspect. If you don't take your abilities for granted but use them wisely you can gain great success in life.


HOME

 

 

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

But yet in love he sought me,

And on his shoulder gently laid,

And home, rejoicing, brought me. 

Hymn, The King of love my Shepherd is  1868.

 

Astrologers from different schools of thought allocate varying meanings to the Moon in a birth chart. Ancient astrologers say that the Moon changes its nature according to its phases, and merely passes on impressions from other planets rather than directly influencing a person's life. However, modern astrologers tell us that the Moon depicts a person's roots, our home and family. They say the Moon also shows our habitual nature or subconscious patterns of behaviour which stand in the way of achieving our life goals. While the Moon can show us our strengths, it can also depict our weaknesses which need to be overcome in order to be successful in life.

 

The Moon is placed in the eighth house of your birth chart suggesting that you have a need to understand the cycles of life and the metaphysical nature of the world. What happens after death? What energies are at play in human relationships? and Why do certain events seem to be synchronised? These are all questions which could be food for thought. You're sensitive to the emotional undercurrents in many situations and want to explore this further, even if this means exploring the world of occultism. It's also possible that you suffered through the death of a loved one, possibly even the early death of your mother. Your experience opened many doors of enquiry, which can't be closed. You've the ability to develop your interest in the occult world and to use your discoveries for practical results in your own and other people's lives. Although financial gain can't make up for the traumas that you suffered earlier in life, you're likely to benefit through inheritances, particularly from your mother's side of the family. This, of course, depends on other influences in your birth chart. In some cases it's the lack of financial support during childhood which can deeply affect your adult life. If this is the case you may seek comfort through other people's resources - monetary and emotional - whether this is through joint projects or investments.

 

With the Moon in the sign of Taurus, the creature comforts of life appeal to you, offering a safe haven in a busy world. At times you may have difficulty rousing yourself to face new challenges, particularly if you're feeling insecure in your life. However, it's only that routine and familiar surroundings feel so safe in an unpredictable world. Fortunately you also enjoy establishing order in your life, and this can rouse you from any temptation to overindulge. In fact you can often be found quietly sorting through files and drawers, weeding the garden bed or some such useful activity. Your down-to-earth nature usually asserts itself when needed. You also enjoy keeping up with traditions - reliable rituals that have been passed down through the generations giving you a sense of life being reliable and predictable. Astrologically speaking the Moon is exalted when in Taurus, emphasising that wonderful ability of yours to establish order.


EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION

 

 

There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit

and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.

Roger Ascham,  The Schoolmaster 1570.

 

Our academic schooling and learning through life experience are linked to the planet Mercury.  This planet stands for the intellect, common sense, cold reason, commerce and business. It tells us about our communication and learning habits and our modes of thinking.

 

The planet Mercury in the tenth house of your chart signifies that education plays a major role in your life, either as a student or a teacher. You're a bright, intelligent and capable person who is considered an asset to your workplace. On the whole it doesn't really matter what career path you choose. What is important is that your career choice offers intellectual stimulation. You don't like to be bored. Career possibilities include writing, teaching, business, sales, media work, transport, printing and administration. It's also possible that you juggle more than one job at a time, or that you're a contract worker preferring the stimulation of different environments to the security of one job and one workplace. You could be a successful business person, putting your organisational abilities to good use. You work well in positions of authority, but are likely to have one person as your superior rather than holding down the most senior position. You need only to beware of over-committing yourself in your eagerness to take on a variety of tasks.

 

The planet Mercury in the zodiac sign of Cancer indicates that when you're in tune with your emotions and thoughts, you're a highly intuitive person capable of communicating with clarity and compassion. However, at times you find it very difficult to find a balance between your head and your heart. Your emotions are telling you one thing, and your intellect is telling you another. During these times you can be quite erratic in your communications with other people, and can benefit from spending time on your own to make a decision. Education can be difficult unless you're thoroughly at home with your subject. Otherwise you've difficulty concentrating. You place importance on keeping the communication lines open with loved ones, particularly within the family, and may even find that you're at the centre of family communications. This is wonderful when you're busy organising a happy family occasion, but not so enjoyable when someone you love is experiencing a crisis. You do worry so much about your friends and family. On the positive side you enjoy collecting information about your family and its background. For instance you may like to collect family photos or study family history.

 

The planets Mercury and Uranus are connected in your birth chart indicating that you've an incisive and ingenious mind. You enjoy progressive topics in your studies and your communications with other people. In fact you may be ahead of your time in your thoughts, ideas and opinions. You're generally successful in your studies because you're able to communicate your original ideas with ease. Creativity and intuition are second nature. You're an independent thinker, who likes to be given the freedom to express your ideas. In fact woe betide anyone who tries to keep you quiet or change your mind. You make impulsive decisions, some would say rash, but generally speaking you tend to land on your feet. Your projects tend to reflect your individual flair, and stand out from the rest of the class or society. Writing, publishing, advertising, science, astrology and electrical affairs may all be of interest, although any unusual subject will catch your attention.

 

The planets Mercury and Neptune are making favourable contact in your chart suggesting that you've a fertile imagination which, if encouraged, can lead to success in education, communication and any creative projects. You're receptive to new ideas and have a resourceful mind. You may also be inspired by the beauty of nature and the expanse of the ocean. Although at times you can seem a little vague, it's more likely that you're lost in a world of creative thought. If left to your reflections, then you're likely to express your thoughts in an artistic or creative manner. This could be through art, poetry, literature, story-telling, or music. It's possible that you possess genius in one of these fields. You're also likely to excel in medical or spiritual circles, where your heightened sensitivity to other people can be truly appreciated. You're more likely to follow an unconventional, rather than orthodox, path if you become involved in medicine. This is because you're attracted in psychic and spiritual phenomenon. In fact you may possess psychic gifts in the form of clairvoyance, psychometry, crystal gazing, trance and inspirational speaking and writing, and prophetic dreams.

 

The planets Mercury and Pluto are combined in your birth chart suggesting that your education and communications are coloured with highs and lows. On the positive side you've a probing mind and the ability to assess situations rapidly, which can lead to success in your studies. You're likely to excel in any education process which requires research and intense work. It's also likely that these gifts will help you excel in any professional or personal situation which involves counselling or crisis work. Your insightful mind proves invaluable in such situations. You enjoy investigating mysteries and probing for hidden truths. Secretive by nature, you find it easy to appreciate other peoples need for privacy. Your gift for being able to keep secrets means that other people often confide in you. It's likely that you've learnt to rely on your own judgement from an early age. Perhaps a threatening environment, at home, in your neighbourhood, or at school, meant that your instincts were a vital means of survival. It could also have been a crisis, ranging from a traumatic change of school or a death, that led to your ability to see situations clearly and honestly. These gifts can be used to benefit your adult life, and other people. However, problems are likely to arise because of your inability to see the lighter side of life, and to accept that occasionally you might be wrong! You are a deep thinker with wonderful powers of concentration, but you can become obsessive, seeing only innuendos and subtleties in communications, rather than the bigger and often brighter picture. This obsessive side of your nature means that you also tend to believe that others are opposed to your thoughts and ideas, when perhaps they're not. You need to battle to overcome your tendency to create conflict and then seek revenge in such situations by finding a positive outlet for your energy. For instance you may benefit from writing down your feelings of anger and resentment, making sure that they don't reach the party involved. If you believe that you're losing sight of the plot, then seek advice from a trusted friend or colleague. You are at your most powerful when using your insights for positive purposes. In particular your honesty and insights can be useful in a counselling situation, but be careful of taking these talents out of the consulting room unless invited to do so. Friends and loved ones may not always appreciate your ability to get straight to the point, particularly if they're feeling vulnerable or emotionally distraught. You need to learn tact and diplomacy and sensitivity to other people's pain. Your gifts, combined with compassion, make you a powerful advocate in any field.

 

The planets Mercury and Mars are combining in your chart in a manner which suggest that you and your communications with other people tend to be fiery. This can be positive, particularly if you're a spokesperson for a group or person with a cause. You've good intellectual powers, a shrewd and clever mind. However, you're impulsive and quick-tempered, and it's more likely that you spend much of your life mopping up after misunderstandings. Your own perceptions of yourself may be that you're enthusiastic and perceptive, but others can see you as aggressive and critical. Without realising it you easily create opposition from other people through your impulsive actions or sharp tongue. You're talkative and enjoy a fiery discussion, but inadvertently you're driving others away and forcing them to adopt your opinion. It's also possible that you're quick to take offence, believing that others are criticising you when it's you who need to learn compromise. For these reasons you may have difficulty in your early childhood education and schooling, and indeed until you've learnt restraint and tolerance. This is particularly true of risky ventures, which tend to attract your attention. You need to be more cautious. Otherwise you're likely to suffer loss through a rash of business deals, law suits and dodgy contracts. You may benefit from an interest in sports, the military, and business.


RELATIONSHIPS

 

 

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love isn't love

Which alters when it alteration finds.

Shakespeare  Sonnet 116.

 

The planet Venus tells about love and relationships. It reveals the type of relationship we value, and what we are seeking from our most intimate relationship, as well as how we like to show our love. It answers questions such as, are we attracted to strong, sensual and intense relationships? Or do we prefer some freedom and independence? This planet also depicts how we like to relate to our environment and other people, not just our primary partner, and how much importance we place on money and resources.

 

When the planet Venus is placed in the eleventh house of your birth chart friendships are an important component of your life - a great source of satisfaction and pleasure. A popular person, you enjoy a wide variety of friends from all walks of life, who seem to take up a considerable amount of your time. Your friendships with women may be more prominent than those with men. At times you feel that you owe your success to your friends, and this is probably true. Your friendships are beneficial, contributing to your happiness and helping you achieve your hopes and wishes. This may even involve financial gifts or favours. It's also possible that groups and clubs feature in your life. You enjoy belonging to a group of like-minded people, feeling supported by the relationships that are formed. This could involve you taking a prominent role in a group, or simply working quietly in the background. Either way you're particularly keen on becoming a member of a group with goals that benefit humanity.

 

With Venus in the sign of Leo you're affectionate and passionate in your primary relationship, enjoying a sense of play and romance. You're likely to ardently pursue your partner basking in the delights and pleasures of love, particularly in the first romantic stage. Your partner is likely to benefit from your generous and thoughtful nature,  enjoying being the recipient of your spontaneous gestures. However, you do like your loved one to show an appropriate amount of appreciation, and your enthusiasm for the relationship is also likely to wane if your loved one doesn't return your affections in full, also showering you with gifts and attention. With the right person you'll take great pride in the relationship, eager to share your happiness with your friends. You enjoy attending social outings where you can take real pleasure in the company of other people. Anything that provides entertainment and fun will suffice, although you may prefer attending arts activities, such as dance, theatre and art galleries. Depending on other aspects in your birth chart, you may be extraverted or introverted in your relationships. Either way it's difficult for others to resist your joyful approach to relationships, and as a result you're likely to benefit through your relationships with other people, in particular through people holding high places in society. You need to make sure that you don't fritter away the gifts that you receive from others, as you're generous by nature, and also have a tendency to be extravagant.

 

You enjoy comfortable relationships with other people because of the favourable combination of the Moon and Venus in your birth chart. A charming and prudent person, you enjoy the company of other people, and they respond favourably. You're likely to enjoy success in your primary relationship, choosing someone who feels comfortable and companionable. You're also likely to benefit from your relationships with women.

 

The planets Venus and Mars are combining in your chart indicating that you seek a stimulating and romantic relationship. You're charming and assertive, passionate and alive, and admire these qualities in a potential intimate partner. You love to share your adventures with your partner, and it's likely that your relationship will inspire both you and your partner to explore new territory. You need only be wary of holding unrealistically high expectations of your partner, as this can lead to difficulties. This is more likely to be the case when you're young and idealistic. You're liable to disappointment, perhaps even angry feelings, when your partner fails to live up to your expectations. You could also feel angry if rejected in love. Fortunately you've an irrepressible side to your nature, on which you can rely in times of relationship trouble. You're a loyal and fun-loving partner with an ability to balance intimacy with independence.

 

The planets Venus and Neptune are combining in a manner which indicates disappointment in your primary relationship. The problem is that you're idealistic and unrealistic when it comes to personal relationships, lacking the discriminatory powers needed to form a steady and lasting partnership. This applies to both your personal and business partnerships. Consequently you often feel disillusioned and sorry for yourself, blaming others for failing to live up to your expectations. It's possible that your partner is indeed deceiving you in some manner, but it's also possible that you're not being honest. Either way it's likely that you're seeing your primary relationship through rose-coloured glasses, and as a result conflict arises because of your lack of discernment. You're caught in a web of fantasies and romantic illusions, either of your own or your partner's making. Coming to terms with the reality of your relationship helps you obtain a better understanding of your primary relationship, and prevents you from becoming disillusioned. Taking off the rose-coloured glasses means that you can make a proper assessment of your primary relationship. As a result you'll experience fewer feelings of resentment and disappointment, and won't be in danger of overlooking some major flaws such as drug addiction or deceit. With the right partner you'll enjoy a sense of peace and fulfilment. You may also enjoy artistic or spiritual pursuits together. You're ardent and loving, responding quickly to your partner's need. In turn you benefit from acts of kindness, love and appreciation.


MOTIVATION

 

 

Dimidium facti qui coepit habet: sapere aude.

To have begun is half the job: be bold and be sensible.

Horace,  Epistles 65- 68BC.

 

Mars is the planet that tells us about our assertion and drive. It tells us what motivates us and what desires drive us most powerfully. Are we ambitious for professional power, or do we desire a meaningful relationship? Do we pursue our desires aggressively? Or do we sit back, lacking the confidence to achieve our ambitions? These are the types of questions answered by the qualities of the planet Mars in our chart.

 

With Mars placed in the second house of your birth chart you're motivated by money. In fact money plays a major role in your life, either the lack of money or the accumulation of wealth. You have probably experienced both and realise the extent to which you money can make you feel powerful. As a result at least part of your life is likely to be spent working towards the ambition of monetary riches. Any wealth is accumulated as a result of your own hard work. You can be quite aggressive in pursuit of wealth driving a hard bargain with any potential employer. You also know how to barter with shop attendants for a better price, or where to find the best bargain for your money. You need to be wary of becoming too aggressive in your pursuit of material wealth, alienating others along the way. One of your challenges is to learn to rely own your own personal resources, rather than focussing only on material resources. You have a strong set of personal values, which can help keep you on the right track. There is, however, a danger that you can be too aggressive in your insistence that others adhere to your values.

 

The planet Mars in the sign of Libra indicates that you have a strong desire for diplomacy and justice, and these can be major themes in your life. You strive for harmonious relationships and justice in your own life, and yet they often seem elusive. Perhaps this is because you're so sensitive to the injustices of the world that they take on larger proportions than they need, or perhaps it's simply that it's your role to notice and fight against wrongdoings. Either way you're often asked to take on the role of mediator and diplomat even though you may prefer to be pursuing your own creative pursuits rather than solving other people's problems. There are always plenty of people surrounding you, because you pursue friendships with many different people. On the whole you're a courteous person, but you do have a passionate side to your nature which can erupt in bursts of anger. You have a strong creative urge, which may be channelled into artistic or creative activities such as art, theatre, design, writing or dance. You have refined tastes, and seek to share these with other people. Astrologically speaking the planet Mars is considered to be in difficulty when in the sign of Libra which probably explains why you experience some problems in your relationships with others.


CAREER AND AMBITIONS

 

 

The road up and the road down are one and the same

Heraclitus, Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker c540-480BC.

 

The planet Saturn represents responsibility, boundaries and structure; structure that provides a positive framework within which we can build, or structure that limits our development and forces us to reassess our liabilities and assets. This planet is also linked with our ambitions, and how we approach the practical side of life. This planet often represents the professional side of our lives.

 

The planet Saturn placed in the seventh house of your birth chart suggests that partnerships are an important component of your life, and perhaps your profession. Marriage is a serious commitment, not to be entered into lightly as far as you're concerned. You seek a partner who, like yourself, is faithful and steady, and wanting to build a home and start a family. Depending on other influences in your chart you're likely to be cautious at all stages of your relationship and aren't one to be swayed by the first throes of love. It's likely that you'll consider your partner's actions carefully letting time pass before you decide whether or not they have the right qualities to attract your commitment. Your attitude could be off-putting to some potential partners, but you aren't overly concerned because you seek a long-lasting relationship. You may not marry at a young age. It's also possible that you marry someone from a different age group - someone younger who respects your values or someone older and able to appreciate your qualities. Your partner may own property, and be a respected member of the community. In some cases you may choose a partner who is too cold and stern, restricting your life and leading to some misery. However, it's also possible that you choose a partner who holds you in high esteem, but has difficulty demonstrating his or her affections. Either way it's unlikely that your partner is demonstrative.

 

The planet Saturn in the sign of Aries signifies that you're resourceful, and capable of applying new methods of approaching a project or problem in a practical manner. You're ambitious and prefer to carry out tasks on your own rather than in a group. If you do take part in group projects then you're likely to be the leader. You're able to slowly and surely achieve your ambitions, although it's more likely to be later than earlier in life. Your lessons are in patience and self-reliance. Once you've mastered these traits then you can resolutely work towards your objectives. You've good reasoning faculties. You tend to be reserved rather than outgoing, although you're touchy and easily-angered when under pressure. Those who know you well can sometimes feel the brunt of your temper. Astrologically speaking the planet Saturn is in an ill-favoured position in the sign of Aries meaning that you need to beware of your tendency to try to achieve all of your goals on your own without recognising the contribution of other people.

 

The Midheaven is one of the important angles in a birth chart and is also known by astrologers as the MC or Medium Coeli. This angle tells us of our public life, our profession and social status. In other words how we are viewed by the public, how we want to be viewed by the public and what type of profession we are likely to choose. It's also important to note the house position of the ruling planet of your Midheaven for further information about your career as this can greatly influence the interpretation.

 

With a Midheaven in the sign of Gemini and ruled by the planet Mercury, stimulation and activity are required in your professional life. You prefer a career that is versatile, busy and yet gives you plenty of flexibility. Communication is also important, and you're likely to be drawn to writing, teaching, public relations and various types of networks, including transport. Any avenue that links you with other people will suffice. You're known in the workplace for your adaptability, and willingness to try your hand at most things. The ruling planet Mercury is known for duality and therefore it's also possible that you'll have difficulty choosing between two careers, or perhaps you'll enjoy having two careers at once, juggling your time between both. This also applies to your role as a parent. Perhaps you're juggling your parental responsibilities with your career demands. Examples of famous people with the same Midheaven include American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, actress, dancer and author Shirley MacLaine and UK comedian and actor John Cleese.


CREATIVITY AND ORIGINALITY

 

 

The artist must be in his work as God is in

creation, invisible and all-powerful; one

must sense him everywhere but never see him.

Gustav Flaubert,  Correspondence  1857-64.

 

The planet Uranus represents originality and unconventionality. This can be both the unusual and brilliant genius or the wilful rebel without a cause. This planet tells us the areas in which we break with convention, become innovative and experiment with new and exciting ways. In some circles of astrology Uranus represents the creative genius which comes directly via our soul or higher self.

 

The planet Uranus is in the first house of your birth chart suggesting that you're one of a kind - a real individual, who stands out in a crowd. And this is the way that you like it. The tried and true paths through life don't interest you. An original thinker, perhaps even a genius in your field, you're eager to embrace new ideas and projects. You're excited by innovative and challenging ideas and projects. It's definitely a case of "out with the old and in with the new". Rules are meant to be broken and traditions are meant to be defied as far as you're concerned. You like to take risks, and can be a bit of a dare-devil. In fact if anyone tries to curb your freedom, you're willing to fight for your rights to be independent. It's possible that others will turn to you for leadership, wanting you to fight for their rights as well. For this reason you could be at the forefront of humanitarian or political causes. It's also possible that metaphysical, scientific and occult discoveries fascinate your intelligent and intuitive mind. Your appearance is likely to reflect your original personality, resulting in some original and innovated fashion statements. Although you may appear odd at times to other people, your original approach to life is likely to overcome their concerns.

 

The planet Uranus was in the sign of Virgo from 1962 - 1968. It's important to note that Uranus spends a long time in each sign, and therefore the interpretation applies to a generation rather than the individual. For a more individual interpretation you need to look at the house position of Uranus in your chart. Uranus in the sign of Virgo indicates that you belong to a generation which focuses on the practical details of humanity. Medical research, the balance between work and leisure, the links between mind and body come into focus. Your creativity soars when you're tackling these issues.

 

The planets Uranus and Neptune are combining in your chart suggesting that your creative urges are strong. You enjoy exploring new territory, either through studying or travelling and your talents may lie in writing, healing, social welfare, healing or spiritual fields. You may be keen to explore metaphysical matters, perhaps even belonging to a secret society or a group dedicated to global healing, charity or spirituality. Your psychic abilities and intuition are likely to be heightened, and this may help you explore your creativity.

 

The planets Uranus and Pluto both move slowly through the zodiac, and therefore any connection between the two planets affects birth charts for a short period of time. You were born in such a time meaning that you feel the urge to bring about revolutionary change in your life and those of your friends, colleagues and society. You've high ideals and the creative energy to implement changes. You may be curious about metaphysical matters, science and global affairs.

 

Neptune is the planet of creativity and spirituality. It represents both the bliss of spiritual attainment and the heights of creativity. This isn't personal spirituality and creativity which comes at the expense of others, but gifts which can benefit humanity. This planet also represents the confusion that can accompany the road to discovering when we are being selfish, as opposed to when we are generously thinking of how our gifts can benefit others.

 

The planet Neptune placed in the third house of your chart means that you're full of creative ideas, and may excel in artistic or spiritual pursuits. You're most effective when listening to your intuition, rather than trying to pursue a logical train of thought. You enjoy investigating spiritual truths and phenomenon, or applying your understanding to a creative pursuit. Your insights into human nature and spiritual matters, and your ability to communicate these insights are quite astounding. You've an almost psychic understanding of other people and events. For these reasons you're likely to be drawn to activities or work that require psychological insight, spiritual perception or artistic inspiration. Depending on other aspects in your birth chart, you may also suffer from moments of confusion, particularly if you're trying to listen to logic rather than intuition.

 

The planet Neptune was in the sign of Scorpio from 1955 - 1970. It's important to note that Neptune takes about 164 years to make a complete cycle, spending about thirteen years in each sign, and therefore the interpretation applies to a generation rather than the individual. For a more individual interpretation you need to look at the house position of Neptune in your chart. Neptune in the sign of Scorpio indicates that you belong to a generation which has the ability to passionately pursue spiritual values. You face a battle between your material desires and the desire for a spiritual way of life. You know the value of regeneration rather than stagnation, and may play a role in changing the world.


CHALLENGES IN LIFE

 

 

The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual.

Samuel Smiles, Self-Help 1859.

 

The planet Pluto challenges us to transform our lives by clearing out our old habits to make way for the new, more rewarding ways of living. The process isn't necessarily an easy one, as most of us cling tenaciously to the comfort offered by habitual patterns, and are rather scared of new paths. Pluto shows us in which areas of our lives we need to grow, and to a certain extent whether we're likely to find the process of growing painful or joyful.

 

The planet Pluto is in the first house of your birth chart indicating that you're a powerful person, who really makes an impact on your surroundings. You may be surprised to realise just how powerful an effect you've on those around you. You're constantly challenging yourself and other people to embrace all that life offers, and to forge ahead towards goals. You're likely to be a trend-setter in your field, embracing new methods of approaching projects and people, and breaking down barriers that stand in your path. You need to be careful that you don't push other people too far, but that you respect their limitations. As a leader you need to find the right mix of progress and stability, otherwise you could be faced with a mutiny. You may be a pioneer in an area of your life, enjoying the challenge of being the first, but you need to remember that not everyone shares your zeal.

 

The planet Pluto was in the sign of Virgo from 1957 - 1972. It's important to note that Pluto takes about 248 years to make a complete cycle, spending 12 - 32 years in each sign, and therefore the interpretation applies to a generation rather than the individual. For a more individual interpretation you need to look at the house position of Pluto in your chart. Pluto in the sign of Virgo suggests that you belong to a generation concerned with global health and environment. Your generation possesses the ability to transform the way the world sees health. Medical research, world-wide diseases, medical discoveries, and the links between mind and body are focuses for this generation.


PURPOSE AND JOY

 

 

He who binds to himself a joy

Doth the winged life destroy

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in Eternity's sunrise

William Blake, MS Note-book.

 

A sense of purpose can help us overcome the most onerous difficulties in our lives, by taking the focus away from our failings and problems, and shining the light on our strengths and talents. By concentrating on our purpose we can distract ourselves from our troubles, and maintain the forward momentum of our lives. A sense of purpose can also lead to feelings of happiness and joy. Ancient astrologers believed that a person could either identify with their human body and human life, or could focus on a spiritual life. A rewarding spiritual life can help ease human pain and suffering, and inject joy into every day life. A sense of purpose can assist the process of transferring our identification from our human selves to the spiritual sides of our nature, and one of the greatest gifts of astrology is to help us determine our purpose.

 

The North Node and South Node form an axis in astrology, which is said to represent one's destiny or spiritual quest in life. This axis is also linked with our purpose. The North Node points to a key lesson in our lives. It represents new experiences towards which we must aim during this life. We have already learnt the skills of its opposite point, the South Node, in the past. Now we must grow and stretch ourselves through the North Node.

 

Your North Node is in the eighth house and your South Node is in the second house of your birth chart indicating a quest to learn self-control. You need to let go of the ingrained attitudes of the past and to place emphasis on spiritual values.

 

Your nodal axis has the North Node in Taurus and the South Node in the sign of Scorpio denoting that yours is a quest to overcome distrust of change, to develop creative outlets for your intense emotions and to avoid hitting out at loved ones. These attributes plague you in this life because of suffering and traumatic endings in the past which have left you with deep emotional wounds and a feeling of being cheated. In learning this life's lesson of trusting the process of change you will develop a newfound sense of peace and stability.

 

The North Node and the Moon are combining to suggest that you're being urged to come to terms with the emotional side of your nature. You may have difficulty expressing your emotions, particularly in groups of people. This is an area which you need to develop throughout your life, so that you can learn to use your intuition. This will better help you to pursue your purpose in life.

 

The South Node and the Sun are combining in a way that is inhibiting you from expressing your true potential. You're being challenged to fully express yourself with integrity and with respect for other people's rights. Perhaps you've a tendency to overpower other people, and now you need to do find the right blend of asserting your own rights and listening to other people, in order that you achieve your purpose. You would do well to remember the adage, "There's no time like the present",  as you may have a tendency to avoid facing problems and obstacles that stand in the path of your success.

 

The Ascendant, or Rising Sign as it's sometimes called, is a key to discovering our purpose. Ancient astrologers believed that the Ascendant depicted our primary motivation as individuals. Some believed that it was one of the links to discovering what makes a person happy. When we're accomplishing our primary motivation then we're happy. The more modern Esoteric astrologers believe that this sensitive chart point reveals our soul's purpose. When we're carrying out our soul's purpose then we're joyful. They believe that acceptance of our purpose, or fate, can help us achieve success and satisfaction, and that meditation on the qualities of the Ascendant can help us focus on our life's purpose.

 

The sign of Virgo is considered "feminine" by Ancient astrologers suggesting that you're not a risk-taker, but are more likely to wait until you feel comfortable before pursuing your purpose. You're also likely to depend on other people to take the initiative. Virgo is also a Mutable sign denoting versatility, flexibility, adaptability, sensitivity, restlessness, indecision and anxiety.

 

You've a quiet, reserved, retiring and receptive side to your nature. Although you're not strongly ambitious you do persevere to accomplish your goals in life. You're economical, thrifty, hygienic, tidy in body and mind. Order and precision are your preferred modes of self-expression, and you like other people to follow your lead. In fact you can be quite critical and judgmental of those less organised and efficient. Perhaps you've forgotten that not everyone has your ingenuity and ability to work hard. Other people will appreciate your practical approach, and usually do their best to help, even if it's not quite up to your exacting standards. Your fate could largely depend on your circumstances, but is likely to be linked to your organisational ability. Your intellectual ability could also feature strongly in your life, perhaps through research.

 

In Esoteric astrology the sign of Virgo is linked with purity, humility and practicality. Your purpose is connected to striving for spiritual knowledge, and ensuring a practical manifestation of this knowledge.


CONCLUSION

 

The text in this report has been written by Australian astrologer Stephanie Johnson. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and was a journalist in Australia, England and the USA for 15 years before becoming a professional astrologer. She is currently a Company Director of Esoteric Technologies Pty Ltd in Adelaide, Australia. She holds the Federation of Australian Astrologers (FAA) Practitioners' Certificate and was awarded an FAA Diploma for her work on the Solar Fire suite of products, in conjunction with Graham Dawson. Her background is in Medieval and Esoteric Astrology.

 

Stephanie's background in medieval astrology can be detected in the direct style of the report. Medieval astrologers differed from modern-day astrologers in several ways. They didn't have a psychological approach to chart interpretation, but took a much more literal approach. They were very much concerned with the fortunes of an individual, whether a person would survive or not, and whether or not the person would experience good or failing fortunes. The author's particular area of interest in Esoteric astrology can be mainly detected in the section labelled "Purpose and Joy". In Esoteric astrology the purpose of an individual is linked to the soul. In other words it is believed that our souls determine our sense of purpose in the world, motivating us to put our gifts to good purpose.

 

The illustrations have been created by artist, illustrator and teacher, Janet Bridgland. Janet has held a number of exhibitions in art galleries in the city of Adelaide, Australia, as well as having a permanent exhibition of selected works in the boutique book shop, Back Pages Books, in the Adelaide Hills which she runs with her husband. Janet has illustrated a number of books for the publishing company, Calypso. She teaches illustration at the Douglas Mawson Institute of TAFE, as well as individual art classes for children and adults.

 

This report is meant more of an introduction to the wonders of astrology rather than a complete course in its intricacies. Further studies, or a consultation with a professional astrologer, are encouraged to explore this most ancient scientific and philosophic tool.

 

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