Child*Star

Astrological Report for

Michael Jackson

 

 

   

 

 

Awakenings, Inc.

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Introduction

 

I. CHILD*STAR!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

The Rising Sign

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

Naturally modest, or perhaps a bit quiet and shy, your child may need deserved praise to build up his self-confidence. Virgo Rising children tend to be careful and precise, caring and responsible. A sense of perfection carried to the extreme can lead to anxiety. Virgo children may need your help seeing what's right instead of focusing immediately on what's wrong! Attention to detail, analytical (and probably mental, verbal) skills are their forte, and many children with this Rising are serious students. Most Virgo children are refined and neat. Mercury rules Virgo. If your child's Mercury is in a Fire sign, he could be quick to make decisions, but critical. Children with Virgo Rising who have Mercury in an Air sign, know how to mix with others. They can be quite persuasive in their speech or with their pen! If Mercury is found in a Water sign, the child could be emotional, critical of self, intuitive. When Mercury is in an Earth sign, he uses his mind to come up with practical solutions. He works hard.

Virgo Rising

 

Chart Data


Michael Jackson
Aug 29, 2020
07:54:00 AM CDT +05:00
Gary,IN
087W20'47" 41N35'36"
Koch House System

Planets Position House Cusp

Sun 05Vi40' 01st 24Vi47'
Moon 08Pi59' 02nd 24Li13'
Mercury 25Le38' R 03rd 23Sc21'
Venus 16Le28' 04th 23Sg55'
Mars 21Ta49' 05th 26Cp13'
Jupiter 28Li27' 06th 25Aq28'
Saturn 19Sg07' 07th 24Pi47'
Uranus 13Le29' 08th 24Ar13'
Neptune 02Sc34' 09th 23Ta21'
Pluto 02Vi09' 10th 23Ge55'
Ascendant 24Vi47' 11th 26Ca13'
Midheaven 23Ge55' 12th 25Le28'

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Planet Aspects

 

The Sun and Moon

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

The Sun: Identity, Ego, Will, Father

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

Sun in Virgo
Virgo is an Earth sign on the thinking cross. Its symbol is The Virgin. Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet of mind and Virgo children are typically curious about nature and their physical environment. They like to observe natural phenomena to discover the laws behind the manifestation. Some children of this sign are manually dexterous or show early signs of mechanical ability. Even toddler Virgos especially enjoy mechanical toys and those that can be taken apart and put back together again. Geometrical painted wood pieces that form beautiful intricate designs may be another Virgo favorite!

Virgos seek ways to make their observations practical. Interested in helping, Virgo children are often truly compassionate, worrying about the welfare of others. Your child may like to take care of everything; rescuing, salvaging, and restoring. Virgos frequently find their calling through response and service to others, to life. (As adults, Virgos are often attracted to professions where they can serve; Waiting upon people in a restaurant, secretarial jobs, dental assistants, teachers). Virgo children need the tools to help (small sized brooms, tools, etc.) and they need real jobs where they can be an asset to the family. As they grow, don't be surprised when they come up with better more efficient ways of running the house (and everything else to boot)!

Some Virgo children are shy, because they tend to be overly critical of themselves or their performance. For the little Virgo, good is hardly ever good enough if not perfect! Discourage pickiness, fault-finding and complaining. You would do well to teach your Virgo youngster to look for the good in himself, in his work and in others. Sometimes children with the Sun afflicted in Virgo can be so anxious about perceived imperfection, that they decide not to try at all! Montessori materials with their built-in corrections are perfect for the young (age 2-7) Virgo child. Remind your child that what matters is that he always try to do his best, but that Rome was not built in a day!

Sometimes Virgo children are attracted to nature, to healing arts (placing a band-aid on a younger child's finger, learning to make herb teas, looking under a microscope). Many are naturals at math and have an affinity for reading! Writing and teaching are Virgo skills waiting to be developed! Because they need to nurture and instruct others, Virgo children usually enjoy caring for pets and younger siblings. They have a way with details, favorable for many professions such as teaching, engineering, bookkeeping, but they may lose sight of the forest for the trees. Remind your child that "there is a place for everything and for everything a place" lest his room become a maze of pigeonholes, books, and paraphernalia. Virgo children often enjoy hobbies where they must label, paste, organize and categorize such as coin and stamp-collecting. Virgo is earthy and little Virgos are acutely aware of their bodies. Baby Virgos can be quite uncomfortable if wet or unattended. Discrimination, separating the wheat from the chaff, is the Virgin's job. Toilet training is an important phase for the toddler, as they learn how their bodies discriminate what they need and what they don't need and this phase should not be forced or made unpleasant. Some Virgo children are fussy about what and when they eat.

Moon Opposition Sun
Your child may feel torn between the impulse to stand on his own two feet, and a need to be cared for and nurtured. His independent streak may be hard to balance with a need for love and affection. This could also be re-enforced if mother and father work at cross purposes. Friction between mother (Moon) and father (Sun) could manifest as an internal "split" within the child that he would seek to later resolve in adult relationships with the opposite sex. The resulting tension would have to be dealt with gradually and methodically. Check the signs and houses the lights are in; here your child will seek to achieve balance. Ideally, he experiences the flow between the Sun and Moon as a Tai-Chi, a perfect polarity and is centered and poised, expressing the best of both signs. Often, however, the opposition signifies initial conflict and imbalance. Sextiles or trines to the Sun or Moon suggest how the conflict can be eased or resolved. Squares to either or both bodies increase tension but also become the focus of potential dynamic creativity and growth.

Sun Sextile Neptune
This is the aspect of the beautiful dreamer. Nevertheless, Neptune can bring us into dangerous waters of enchantment and sometimes, illusion. Children with this placement are very sensitive and impressionable. Many are artistic, endowed with rich imaginations. Your child may be talented at working with images, whether psychological, artistic, or cinematic. He probably love movies and music, anything with a grand theme or gesture. To assure he not be just another dreamer, he will need to put his imagination to work! Your child may need help sorting out the real from the unreal.

Sun Conjunction Pluto
Study well the sign the Sun is in; Pluto will either intensify the qualities/difficulties of that sign or attempt to block its expression. Its said that those born with Pluto aspecting the Sun manage to cram many lifetimes into one, for during their life they pass though marked periods of self-transformation. This Sun/Pluto contact gives a Scorpio-like coloring to the chart. Your child may experience life with emotional intensity. This aspect confers stamina and good leadership potential for emergency and crisis situations. Your child could be sensitive and strong willed. He may have to work at overcoming resentment; especially when he doesn't get his way! Typically, the child with Pluto conjoined his Sun likes to be in control of the environment but doesn't want anyone controlling him! Help your child bring out the positive qualities of his Sun sign.

The Moon: Emotions, Habits, Family, Mother

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

Moon in Pisces
Pisces is a Water sign on the thinking cross. Its symbol is The fishes, bonded together but swimming in opposite directions. The Moon in Pisces child is typically highly sensitive, impressionable and imaginative. He is often compassionate, always willing to help out the underdog. (he would probably enjoy taking care of a pet.)

Your Moon in Pisces child is capable of identifying with the suffering of others. He may even absorb the moods of other people and confuse them as his own! He seeks peace but needs to learn to confront life's challenges rather than to escape into a fantasy world. He may need your help overcoming internal fears.

Your child likely responds to devotional images, music, and religious rituals. He finds hope and solace in religion and may develop a deep commitment to spiritual ideas. Intuition is a fact of life, and he is apt to be sensitive, kind, and gentle with a tender heart. He may be capable of great faith and devotion. This position favors service oriented work -- doctors, nurses, social workers -- and all artistic professions. The mother may be perceived as kind and caring, highly devotional. If afflicted, the mother may be seen as moody, having difficulty coping.

Your child may be attracted to boats, beaches and fishing and/or may be like a fish in the water at the swimming pool.

Moon Opposition Sun
Your child was born during a Full Moon, when the Sun and Moon are in polarity. Sun is father, Moon is Mother. Does your child experience an inner flow of these two basic principles or does he experience a see-saw as when torn between 2 sets of parents, or when Mommy and Daddy are at odds with one another or physically separated? If the latter, this may later manifest as an imbalance between the outer behavior or conscious will (father/Sun), and the feelings (mother/Moon). Another possible interpretation is that he may find himself torn between an environment that is very comfortable and supportive versus a real need to grow, progress, and push out on his own. Throughout his life, your child will seek integration of mind and heart through relationships he forms. Sometimes we see the Sun/Moon opposition manifesting as a love of history versus future trends, older persons versus younger, and so on. For greater insight, look up the houses and signs the Sun and Moon are in respectively. Your child will seek to balance these two into a harmonious polarity.

The Full Moon child may show heightened awareness. In the monthly lunation cycle, the Full Moon brings to fruition that which was nascent at the New Moon. Thus, esoteric astrologers believe that the Full Moon type is bringing to fruition the efforts of many previous incarnations. The life is usually dramatic and full of experiences.

Moon Trine Neptune
Children born with this aspect may be enchanting, with a dreamy look about them. They often have artistic and/or musical talent. They are highly impressionable and tend to pick up on other people's vibrations. Children with the Moon aspecting Neptune need to learn to be discriminating in their choice of companions. Your child may be very kind, but gullible and easily duped (and therefore disappointed.) The line between fantasy and fact may not be apparent. The child could adore the mother, or be confused by her. The mother may help the child develop his creativity productively.

Moon Opposition Pluto
This child needs to develop enough self-confidence to be able to deal with intense emotions without fear. He benefits by learning obedience from love, rather than from fear. The psychological tie to the mother goes very deep. Individuals with this aspect tend to hold unto early childhood conditioning for years to come. Older children with this aspect sometimes feel vulnerable when deep emotional issues are brought up, and may tend to avoid confrontation and self-examination. Painful past memories from childhood can get in the way of healthy adult relationships if not resolved.

 

The Inner Planets: Mercury and Venus

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

Mercury: The Mind and Communication

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

Mercury in Leo
Leo is a Fire sign on the feeling cross. Its symbol is the Lion. My, what a show! The Mercury in Leo child is dynamic and expressive in thought and speech -- dramatic! He appreciates his own ideas, and tends to be outgoing in speech and manner. Born with an active mind, he may need much practice to remember to raise his hand before he speaks in class! He speaks from the heart and with much conviction. He puts forth strong views and it may not be easy to get his to see things from your perspective. Emotional and a good entertainer, your child is louder than average and tends to exaggerate. He wants to make sure his ideas receive the recognition they deserve and will proudly display his best school work to you. He needs well deserved praise. At the same time, (and especially if the Sun is in Leo as well), he needs to learn to follow instructions. Mental pride and arrogance are the pitfalls of this placement. Parents and teachers need to be consistent and patient. Look for ways to make learning fun!

Mercury Square Mars
Your child may put a lot of feeling into what he says. Others sense in him high energy and a certain tension. Children with this aspect typically have quick minds, an even sharper tongue, and a penchant for argumentation! This aspect often indicates impatience and irritability and you may need to be very patient in reminding your child to curb his tongue.

Mercury Sextile Jupiter
This aspect often indicates a problem-solver, someone who can think of a way to do almost anything (or think his way out of almost anything)! Children with this aspect have a reputation among their peers of being fair and honest. Typically, they enjoy learning and are confident of their mental abilities. Your child is apt to enjoy traveling and seeks new experiences to broaden his horizons. This aspect indicates an ability to persuade others, and therefore favors politics, counseling and ministerial type work. As an adult, your child may find himself interested in legal matters, publishing, philosophical and religious subjects, and would make a good teacher or instructor. Scientific investigation might interest him also.

Mercury Conjunction Pluto
Just call him "Eagle Eye!" Pluto conjunct the planet of mind most often gives sharp mental acumen and penetrating insight. Your child could be expert at getting straight to the heart of things, and would make a super sleuth, or researcher. The deeper a secret is buried, the more likely it is that he will turn it up. In its negative expression, Pluto could cause brooding, irritability, mental stubbornness and/or and nervous tension. There could be a karmic tie with a sibling or relative.

Venus: Values, Love, Art

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

Venus in Leo
Leo is a Fire sign on the feeling cross. Its symbol is The Lion. Big heart, big love, your child gives to all! Given to grand gestures and dramatic scenes, he loves independence and greatness in all forms and is very regal. Some children with this placement are natural comedians! Your child could be generous to a fault. Children and animals are high on his list of priorities. Fervently loyal, your child is courageous and demonstrative. In return, he seeks appreciation. If other positions in the chart point to shyness, then drama may be an excellent way for your child to discover and express his feelings.

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

Venus Trine Saturn
This is the child who enjoys responsibility, and loves to bring order and discipline to anything (or anyone) with whom he is involved. Even in a more open chart, this aspect adds a measure of restraint. The child's friends may tend to be older than he. He probably gets along well with his elders. The child could have marked artistic talent. Even if your child doesn't end up being an artist or performer, teaching him a skill such as painting, dancing or singing in a disciplined manner over a period of time will help develop character. Your child is loyal to loved ones. On the negative side, some children with this Venus/Saturn contact find it hard to express their feelings. Others may feel unappreciated or unloved. Your child may need more affection than you suspect.

Venus Conjunction Uranus
This child may want free reign to choose his friends who may not always be run of the mill! He values independence and unique talents in others. He may be reluctant to get tied down. A balanced understanding of the question of freedom and commitment in relationships will be more important when he is older. Others are attracted to him because he is generally cheerful and may have a magnetic personality. He enjoys sharing with other children. Your child may radiate a catching "joie de vivre." He probably has a penchant for inventions, electronics, and new-age technology.

 

The External Planets: Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

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

Mars: Action Through Desire; Drive, Motivation, and Anger

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

Mars in Taurus
Taurus is an Earth sign on the feeling cross. Its symbol is The Bull. The child with Mars in Taurus is motivated to work. Anchored in the earth element, he works hard to acquire material wealth and possessions (his belongings). Things represent security to him. He could have a tendency to hoard. You may have to help him learn to let go of habits and things that have long lost their usefulness. He may sometimes be possessive and will need help learning to share.

Children with this placement often have great staying power, a drive for security and stability, and can withstand almost anything! They tend to be dependable, somewhat emotional but steadfast. Your child could be slow to act, but deliberate and sure of his footing. This is the turtle that beat the hare! With Mars in the sign of the bull, your child could be "bullheaded." While he tends to be stubborn, he likely is patient and slow to anger. Once angry, watch out! (Have you ever seen a bull charge?) Your task: provide your child with projects designed to develop "positive" stubbornness: i.e. persistence, tenacity, endurance, determination. Point out the dangers of "negative" stubbornness should it arise; i.e. disobedience, defiance, an "I have to prove I'm right no matter what" attitude.

This earthy sign is ruled by Venus, planet of love and beauty. Naturally, children with Mars (desire) in Taurus like beautiful clothes and often have an eye for expensive things. It's important to teach your child right values and moderation in eating, recreation and in handling money.

Desire is strong in this sign and the Mars in Taurus child who is over-indulged can become lazy, even fat. A preoccupation with food during childhood could later become a preoccupation with sex if not resolved! Mars in Taurus is often found in the charts of jewelers and artisans working in hard materials such as leather, metal or stone, sculptors. This position also favors work that deals with natural resources, farming, real estate, metal and banking. Chefs and restaurant owners and other jobs dealing with food are also favored. Since Taurus relates to the throat, singing ability may be indicated by Mars in Taurus (especially if Venus is well aspected).

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

Jupiter: The Teacher; Opportunity, Career and Life Path

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

Jupiter in Libra
The Jupiter in Libra child likes dealing with people. Your child could later enjoy a career working with people as a go-between, negotiator, or mediator, for he tries to be all things to all people -- the mirror. Unless he discovers what he wants to do apart from the opinions of others, he may find it difficult finding his niche in this world as an adult. Your child is a natural diplomat. As a child, he may help quarreling friends smooth over their differences. He looks toward relationships which are spiritual in nature and unless Jupiter is seriously afflicted, he tends to be cooperative and fair with his friends. A tendency to see both sides could make it hard for him to choose a career later on. This placement favors lawyers, diplomats, arbitrators and public relations personnel.

Mercury Sextile Jupiter
Your child enjoys working with his mind and can usually find a solution to even the worst problems. He likes to solve puzzles and dilemmas. His skills in this regard make him expert at counseling and guiding others. Fine verbal skills and a natural sense of justice makes legal work a distinct possibility. Working with laws, natural or man-made, amounts to a real talent. Your child also has a great interest in ideas, the more true and lasting the better. Religious concepts will likely be a lifelong concern for him. He loves to travel and may even spend some time studying away from home.

Saturn: The Lawgiver; Rules, Responsibility, Trials, Growth, Father

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

Saturn in Sagittarius
Your child was born with Saturn, the Great Teacher, in the sign of religion, philosophy, law and travel. He inwardly seeks to develop a personal philosophy of life which will frame his later work and which he can share with others. Your child will benefit through sound ethical and moral training. He may require higher courses of formal study to fulfill his career aspirations. He is interested in learning about the great cultural and historical traditions. In educating this child, you yourself can broaden your horizons! Supply him with plenty of colorful stories: King Arthur and the Knights; Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and the great explorers; Jacques Cousteau Videos, National Geographics; the biographies of great men such as George Washington; the great religious traditions of East and West. Resources such as the Children's Bible, an encyclopedia plus Hirsch's Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia can provide a fountain of information for his thirsty mind! Your child may feel a sense of mission in life. Sometimes, however, zeal is carried to an extreme in this sign manifesting as religious fanaticism, intellectual arrogance and pride. Hopefully, religious tolerance is practiced in your household! Remind him that no one has all the right answers all the time! Intellectual conceit could manifest as resentment. Your child may have to learn to accept constructive criticism and disciplines.

Venus Trine Saturn
Your child could be an excellent teacher in areas requiring discipline and organization. He values order and places a high premium on hard work and effort. Whatever is most practical is best. He is apt to appreciate things that are durable and long-lasting. Your child has a natural love of truth, philosophy, law, and the like. This is considered a favorable aspect for architects, designers, teachers (especially of music or art), and performing artists since discipline/structure/form (Saturn) and art/beauty/relationships with others (Venus) are harmoniously linked. This Venus/Saturn aspect also favors lawyers, bankers, and real estate agents. Endowed with common sense and understanding, your child should be responsible and caring. His friends are apt to be older than he.

Mars Quincuncx Saturn
A certain measure of self-control and self-discipline helps your child get the job done! However, the quincunx aspect suggests that what the child desires to do for himself (Mars) is somehow inhibited by excessive parental restraint, by responsibilities, or by outer circumstances (Saturn). Or perhaps he perceives it that way. Because the energy of the quincunx is more subtle than not, anger or irritation could be symptomatic of the internal conflict. The Mars/Saturn quincunx relates to the interactions with the father (and other significant elders) from whom your child needs strong emotional support. Unresolved difficulties with the father, or repressed anger toward the father could manifest in career or marriage problems in adulthood.

Sometimes children with Mars/Saturn aspects need to develop a right sense of timing; perhaps they act impulsively (Mars) or perhaps they procrastinate (Saturn) or perhaps they do a bit of both! As the child grows in self-confidence and has a clear idea of his responsibilities, he should begin to perform his duties in a more purposeful and timely manner. Your child might improve his skills and timing through participating in team sports or other physical activities that require discipline, right timing and coordination.

 

The Outer Planets

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

Uranus: The Awakener; Rebellion, Breakthroughs, Insights, Originality

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

Uranus in Leo
As a subgeneration, this group sought greater freedom in personal expression, love and romance. Uranus in Leo ushered in new art forms, unique childrearing methods, freer notions about sex and original leadership. Creativity can be brilliant here, but unless the heart is truly developed, Uranus in Leo manifests as a tendency to be uncooperative and rebellious. Especially when Uranus aspects personal planets, the child with this placement may have no problem dishing out commands to others, but may buck against taking orders himself! Individually, people with this placement tend to be outspoken, dramatic, even regal. They seek relaxation with children, sports, acting, singing, and such.

Venus Conjunction Uranus
Your child cherishes whatever is different and out of the ordinary. The commonplace and the humdrum are not for him. His friends and surroundings -- everything around him -- are apt to be unconventional to the point of being controversial. His friends may be off-beat. Your child sets a high value on being different. Use stories and real life examples to teach him the folly of "on the spot" romances. He may have some really interesting friends--possibly New Age or scientific-- and doesn't want to be tied down. Your child could have a love for freedom, perhaps for flying and aviation.

Saturn Trine Uranus
Your child is cooperative with his father and other authority figures in his life. If personal planets are tied into this trine, your child will be mature for his age and as an adult may be drawn into the political arena. You will find that your child is very skilled at implementing change and improving existing circumstances. He seeks the means to understand and improve situations, finding new but secure ways to better conditions. Inventions and discoveries, in particular in communications, computers, and electronics, may attract his attention. Your child brings order and organization to areas where new development is taking place, also emergency situations. Your child can teach and help others to understand this as well.

Neptune: The Savior; Illusion, Ideals, Imagination, Spirituality

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

Neptune in Scorpio
For many of this generation, the spiritual search became paramount in their lives. Others hooked unto false stars in rock and drug subcultures. The collective unconscious threatens to burst in this sign and individually its members must reach higher. As parents of today's children, many of whom have Uranus in Scorpio, the inner search of individuals with this placement will have much to do with how they awaken their child to inner truths...or conversely, to emotional pain and chaos! Money, power, and sex are issues that need to be clarified. Hopefully, this generations will impart sound values to their child, lest they later break away! At best, this placement confers compassion, intuitive understanding and a healing presence.

Sun Sextile Neptune
Your child may have a natural ability to grasp spiritual and visionary matters and to put them to work. He can perform with the imagination and capture metaphysical thoughts like others work with durable things. Much of his own self-image is wrapped up with his ability to work with images -- dreams and the imagination. He would make a good teacher in areas of music, philosophy, and all that is mystical. This aspect is favorable for a career in entertainment.

Moon Trine Neptune
Children born with this creative aspect often have a built-in sense of how to make other people happy. Your child is likely to be imaginative and sensitive to the moods of others. He picks up easily on other peoples vibrations and could be kind and compassionate. On the other hand, your child may need to learn not to let others take advantage of his good nature. He may need help separating out his dreams from reality. Your child may have artistic or musical talent, or enjoy listening to music. He might benefit from art, ballet, drama or music classes--some art form combining creativity and discipline. He is likely to feel close to his mother and relatives.

Jupiter Conjunction Neptune
With your child, dreams and ideals become a way of life. He seeks to bring them down to earth and make them real. His is a path of imagination and vision, perhaps leading to a career in music, mysticism, or the arts. He seeks to understand the forest behind the trees and the unity beyond all separateness. A disciplined art form may be just what your child needs to channel these energies constructively and transform the negatives; namely unreality, lack of common sense, living in fantasies. A sound diet may prove essential (less sweets).

Pluto: The Shadow; Deep Fears, Inner Change, Growth, Regeneration

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

Pluto in Virgo
Your child was born into a group who brought the world revolutionary concepts in health, industry, food, and computer science. Individually, they tend to be radical when it comes to self-analysis, which means health care, food (natural foods movement), physical wellbeing, and so on. Serving and caring for oneself and for others are primary sources of inner growth and changes. The Pluto in Virgo individual may be sensitive to criticism, or he may dish it out too intensely. He can fixate on details and lose sight of the forest for the trees. He needs to learn how to let go of anxiety. As Virgo represents the Earth mother, an afflicted Pluto in Virgo may indicates lessons in morality and sexuality. Youth born into this sign need to learn right diet, dress, and hygiene. They need to respect their bodies as the temple of the inner light!

Sun Conjunction Pluto
Children with this aspect tend to come on strong, even to the point of intimidating others. Your child could put others through a lot of changes. Nor is he likely to be afraid of a good confrontation, and he is probably not known to pull any punches! As a child, he could be particularly willful, (especially if the Sun is in Leo or Scorpio) so you'd best lay down the law from day one and please, remember...the key is to be consistent, stick to your guns but remain loving and never overpowering! your child could excel at research or any work that requires digging, searching, investigating, and getting beneath the surface. Sometimes this placement indicates conflict with authorities, or serious challenges to selfhood. The father's influence (or absence) for better or for worse is a crucial factor in weighing the nature of this aspect.

Moon Opposition Pluto
This aspect shows trials in relationships. Especially if the Moon is in Taurus and Pluto is in Scorpio, there is a need to learn to let go. The child with this aspect could be possessive of things or friends, or overly serious when it comes to interactions with others. He may keep his true feelings to himself. The Moon/Pluto child feels intensely but may withdraw if he perceives that he makes himself vulnerable by opening up to adults who (he feels) may not understand! Much depends on the relationships with the mother. Is the mother at home enough, does she see parenting as an excessive responsibility, or is she overly attached to doing everything for the child? When this is the case, the Moon/Pluto child may find it hard to tap into his own inner feelings and needs. If the relationship with the mother is healthy and balanced, this opposition could work out in adult life as a dynamo of creative potential.

Mercury Conjunction Pluto
Your child is likely to be an intense thinker. You may discover that his mind cuts right through all the window dressing and gets right down to the heart of the matter. He might make a great investigator, either in scientific research or undercover work. (Stack up on puzzles, mystery novels, science fiction and the boardgame "Clue"). His ability to get to the point is all but phenomenal. Your child may have uncanny insight into what makes people tick. The down side of this aspect is a tendency to brood, to be overly-sensitive and/or mentally stubborn. Children with Mercury/Pluto contacts need to learn to avoid sarcasm and not to use language to hurt others. Sometimes Mercury/Pluto children experience difficulties with learning, teachers or schooling. A relationship with a sibling could be intense.

Jupiter Sextile Pluto
Your child seeks to do what is right. He has a strong sense of right and wrong, and sets high standards for himself. He possesses a deep understanding of others. His career may well be in managing or working with people within a psychological context. Your child would make a good teacher in these areas too. Counseling or helping people who are in crisis or working out sensitive issues are careers where your child could excel. Your child could have tremendous faith, the ability to transform the lives of others. He is naturally inclined toward religion and philosophy.

Neptune Sextile Pluto
This aspect belongs more to the times, describing the opportunity at hand for great change through understanding of profound spiritual laws. It points to the interest in psychology so prevalent int his century. The times themselves prove to be a great teacher.

 

 

 

Challenges and Abilities

 

Focus

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

Venus Conjunction Uranus 0260'
This child may want free reign to choose his friends who may not always be run of the mill! He values independence and unique talents in others. He may be reluctant to get tied down. A balanced understanding of the question of freedom and commitment in relationships will be more important when he is older. Others are attracted to him because he is generally cheerful and may have a magnetic personality. He enjoys sharing with other children. Your child may radiate a catching "joie de vivre." He probably has a penchant for inventions, electronics, and new-age technology.

Sun Conjunction Pluto 0331'
Study well the sign the Sun is in; Pluto will either intensify the qualities/difficulties of that sign or attempt to block its expression. Its said that those born with Pluto aspecting the Sun manage to cram many lifetimes into one, for during their life they pass though marked periods of self-transformation. This Sun/Pluto contact gives a Scorpio-like coloring to the chart. Your child may experience life with emotional intensity. This aspect confers stamina and good leadership potential for emergency and crisis situations. Your child could be sensitive and strong willed. He may have to work at overcoming resentment; especially when he doesn't get his way! Typically, the child with Pluto conjoined his Sun likes to be in control of the environment but doesn't want anyone controlling him! Help your child bring out the positive qualities of his Sun sign.

Mercury Conjunction Pluto 0631'
Just call him "Eagle Eye!" Pluto conjunct the planet of mind most often gives sharp mental acumen and penetrating insight. Your child could be expert at getting straight to the heart of things, and would make a super sleuth, or researcher. The deeper a secret is buried, the more likely it is that he will turn it up. In its negative expression, Pluto could cause brooding, irritability, mental stubbornness and/or and nervous tension. There could be a karmic tie with a sibling or relative.

Potential

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

Moon Opposition Sun 0318'
Your child may feel torn between the impulse to stand on his own two feet, and a need to be cared for and nurtured. His independent streak may be hard to balance with a need for love and affection. This could also be re-enforced if mother and father work at cross purposes. Friction between mother (Moon) and father (Sun) could manifest as an internal "split" within the child that he would seek to later resolve in adult relationships with the opposite sex. The resulting tension would have to be dealt with gradually and methodically. Check the signs and houses the lights are in; here your child will seek to achieve balance. Ideally, he experiences the flow between the Sun and Moon as a Tai-Chi, a perfect polarity and is centered and poised, expressing the best of both signs. Often, however, the opposition signifies initial conflict and imbalance. Sextiles or trines to the Sun or Moon suggest how the conflict can be eased or resolved. Squares to either or both bodies increase tension but also become the focus of potential dynamic creativity and growth.

Mercury Square Mars 0349'
Your child may put a lot of feeling into what he says. Others sense in him high energy and a certain tension. Children with this aspect typically have quick minds, an even sharper tongue, and a penchant for argumentation! This aspect often indicates impatience and irritability and you may need to be very patient in reminding your child to curb his tongue.

Venus Square Mars 0521'
This challenging aspect indicates potential conflict in relationships. The child needs to learn to cooperate and get along harmoniously with others. The negative manifestation could range from shyness and excessive prudence to a tendency to splurge and be headstrong in relationships. The child could be highly sensitive, and therefore easily hurt or perhaps emotionally volatile. A healthy relationship with the parent of the opposite sex will help the child attract more positive relationships in adulthood. The child needs to be taught sound values regarding sex and money. Some children born with this aspect are very physical: they want instant gratification. Learning to delay gratification (when necessary) builds character. As your child grows in self-discipline, he should have healthy relationships and so avert getting into trouble with the opposite sex, particularly during the teenage years.

Moon Opposition Pluto 0650'
This child needs to develop enough self-confidence to be able to deal with intense emotions without fear. He benefits by learning obedience from love, rather than from fear. The psychological tie to the mother goes very deep. Individuals with this aspect tend to hold unto early childhood conditioning for years to come. Older children with this aspect sometimes feel vulnerable when deep emotional issues are brought up, and may tend to avoid confrontation and self-examination. Painful past memories from childhood can get in the way of healthy adult relationships if not resolved.

 

Talents and Abilities

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

Venus Trine Saturn 0239'
This is the child who enjoys responsibility, and loves to bring order and discipline to anything (or anyone) with whom he is involved. Even in a more open chart, this aspect adds a measure of restraint. The child's friends may tend to be older than he. He probably gets along well with his elders. The child could have marked artistic talent. Even if your child doesn't end up being an artist or performer, teaching him a skill such as painting, dancing or singing in a disciplined manner over a period of time will help develop character. Your child is loyal to loved ones. On the negative side, some children with this Venus/Saturn contact find it hard to express their feelings. Others may feel unappreciated or unloved. Your child may need more affection than you suspect.

Mercury Sextile Jupiter 0249'
This aspect often indicates a problem-solver, someone who can think of a way to do almost anything (or think his way out of almost anything)! Children with this aspect have a reputation among their peers of being fair and honest. Typically, they enjoy learning and are confident of their mental abilities. Your child is apt to enjoy traveling and seeks new experiences to broaden his horizons. This aspect indicates an ability to persuade others, and therefore favors politics, counseling and ministerial type work. As an adult, your child may find himself interested in legal matters, publishing, philosophical and religious subjects, and would make a good teacher or instructor. Scientific investigation might interest him also.

Sun Sextile Neptune 0307'
This is the aspect of the beautiful dreamer. Nevertheless, Neptune can bring us into dangerous waters of enchantment and sometimes, illusion. Children with this placement are very sensitive and impressionable. Many are artistic, endowed with rich imaginations. Your child may be talented at working with images, whether psychological, artistic, or cinematic. He probably love movies and music, anything with a grand theme or gesture. To assure he not be just another dreamer, he will need to put his imagination to work! Your child may need help sorting out the real from the unreal.

Moon Trine Neptune 0625'
Children born with this aspect may be enchanting, with a dreamy look about them. They often have artistic and/or musical talent. They are highly impressionable and tend to pick up on other people's vibrations. Children with the Moon aspecting Neptune need to learn to be discriminating in their choice of companions. Your child may be very kind, but gullible and easily duped (and therefore disappointed.) The line between fantasy and fact may not be apparent. The child could adore the mother, or be confused by her. The mother may help the child develop his creativity productively.

 

 

Major Life Periods

 

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

Personal Background

By age 7, the child has absorbed an enormous amount of learning. His physical body has reached 70% of his growth potential. Permanent teeth (teeth relate to Saturn) begin to emerge. He passes from the absorbent mind stage into the stage of active reason. He is on his way to becoming an independent adult. Saturn represent rules and laws. At 7 years of age, Saturn forms its first square and you can expect your child "to test the law," at home and at school. Astrologically, this is a critical point in his development. Your child is likely to show an interest in the outside world and social life very early, say around 11-12 years of age. Your child may at this time move very rapidly into the limelight and find himself increasingly more interested and successful in all social activities. This trend will continue and reach a peak when your child is about 18-19 years of age, after which time he is apt to lose interest in the social and external and turn more inward. This could result in his being somewhat of a prodigy and achieving a very early career success, only to find himself less and less involved in it. Your child may even turn away from everything and choose to start over again to find a new vocation. He could discover himself spending many years pursuing a more inward and subjective path that could last until your child is 30 years of age (or more) at which time he will likely turn outward once again and take a new direction.

Current Situation

Now for a close-up of recent years: while landscape was quite general, the dates given in this close-up should be much more precise. Don't look here for a day-to-day account of life but rather to get a picture of this stretch of time, "these years." If you look at the page at the beginning of the report entitled "The Houses in Childhood," you'll see a wheel divided into four quadrants. You might call the quadrants "dimensions of experience." The two quadrants (six signs) in the lower hemisphere have more to do with personal, subjective experience; my home, my belongings, my self-expression, my habits, etc. The two quadrants in the upper hemisphere have more to do with our interaction with others and our outer contribution; our relationship, our things, friends, enemies, elders, etc. Saturn, the great tester, takes from 6 to 7 years to traverse each quadrant. In 28 to 30 years, Saturn will return to its natal position at birth and we experience the so-called "Saturn return." At age 14 (first Saturn opposition) and again at age 29 (first Saturn return), we become very aware of Saturn's influence in out life. Important events, or points of growth may occur around age 7 as well (first Saturn square). I do not believe, however, that the child is AWARE of Saturn's influence in a personal sense. Saturn in the child's chart may indicate conditions in his environment, his relationship to others, and especially to his father and other significant authority figures in his life. Saturn represents the law, limits, restrictions, attitude toward responsibilities, hard work, and fairness. The child learns these in stages. A Saturnian keyword is "maturity."

Please note that for Newborns and children less than 7 years of age, the report may indicate a year prior to the actual birth of the child. If this is the case for your child, it means that Saturn was at the degree on the cusp of the quadrant in question on the date indicated. If this occurred about 3 years ago, for example, Saturn will remain in that quadrant for about 4 more years.

Jul 23, 2020 1st Pass D> (Age 43 10m)
Jan 08, 2020 2nd Pass R< (Age 44 4m)
Apr 07, 2020 3rd Pass D> (Age 44 7m)

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

Saturn in 04th Quadrant

 

 

 

The Elements, Modalities, and Angularity

 

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

Have Fire
Your child's innate positivism lets his get right to the point! He may have little patience with those who are shilly-shally. He has plenty of enthusiasm and warms up to things and people quickly. Your child has an inner self-confidence which burns with its own light.

Want Air
Some children with this emphasis find it hard getting their ideas across to others, sometimes feeling inadequate in matters that require logic or the use of mental powers. Most however, are simply so busy, they would simply benefit by learning to take the time to reflect before acting. Your child is likely to be bigger on actions than on words. Avoid long lectures with this child: active measures of discipline, such as logical consequences, would be more effective! (A strong Mercury by sign, aspect or house position or an Air sign Ascendant would compensate)

Have Fixed
he is a solid supporter, always gravitating to the heart of things. Your child may have trouble getting moving, but once rolling, others better watch out. He has the stick-to-itiveness of the tortoise that beat the hare!

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

Want Angular
Your child could have difficulty getting outer recognition for his efforts or accomplishments. This doesn't mean they're worthless. It does mean he should throw his efforts into work or ventures he really loves doing.

 

 

 

Patterns; Inner and Outer Self

 

Here we are examining basic patterns, called astrological configurations, within your child's charts. These will reveal much about your child's basic attitude or approach to life. The more one studies astrology, the more it comes down to a basic understanding of these simple patterns. The configurations can provide valuable information as to the general direction of your child's life, and his mode of action. It is particularly interesting to note differences in comparing the Heliocentric and Geocentric patterns. While Heliocentric interpretations are still in an experimental stage, some modern astrologers suggest that a comparison of these patterns reveals the difference, if any, between our outer personality (the way we appear to others) and our real inner self; how are we, in fact, as people get to know us? Not all people are as they seem.

Geo: Trine Helio: Trine
No mistake possible here. With your child, the saying "What you see is what you get" is true. He is as he appears to be!

Inner Meanings, Life Patterns

Trine Type
Your child could be the eternal patron of just about anyone who will let him look after them -- the original mother hen. He needs to feel useful and wanted and is most happy when he is active and involved and lending a hand. Always the hostess, your child finds himself (in most situations) caring for and taking care of others. In fact, he may tend to worry about others too much. Not content to let others judge him on appearance alone, he would rather be judged by his actions, by what he has done or can do. His general sense of concern for everything makes him invaluable when anything needs doing and, if left unoccupied, he may be known to even worry for worry's sake! Given only a few facts, your child is able to take in a situation and come up with a real picture of what is happening. He is happiest when fully engaged. Your child will tend to find himself in responding to others. He is talented at putting his ideas into words and describing or analyzing situations. Chances are he will work in one of the many service occupations, taking care of and looking after people. Your child's mind and caring attitude are what others find attractive in him.

Inner Keys

Each person has one or more key qualities. Here we are not referring to the outer appearance or personality, but rather to inner qualities: how someone is when we really get to know them.

Sun
"I AM THAT I AM!" Your child is his own reason for being. He is likely to be self-reliant and assertive. His dreams, visions, and ideals propel him from within. He may have to encounter the whole gamut of ego games in deciding which "me" he wants to be. With experience, he will find that when he follows the inner guide, his aspirations are true and serve to show the way. He must learn humility and patience.

Pluto
Throughout his life, your child is likely to pass through periods of tremendous self-transformation. On inner levels, he is apt to feel driven and intense in his pursuit of change and inner growth. He seeks to burn through superficialities, searching for opportunities to face the truth and render the evident to view. This ceaseless analytical activity, while central to his nature, may be the source of discomfort to others. Power plays may be no stranger to him. He must learn selflessness.

Keys to Understanding Your Child's Personality

Sun
Personal ambitions and goals are apt to be central to your child's character. Much of his personal life could hinge on him pursuing his own growth and success. He could be self-motivated, a leader. On the other hand, he may tend to be somewhat self-centered. He needs to learn to take into consideration the needs of others. He is likely to be enterprising and dynamic. Life will teach him patience and forethought.

Moon
The key to understanding your child's personality can be found in the environment or support system that surrounds him. Moon types are very influenced by early childhood conditions, habits and habitat. Your child may feel the need for the encircling network of family and friends to feel secure. Security is vital to his sense of well-being and he could feel easily threatened. He seeks to nurture and to be nurtured. He could be highly emotional. When he learns to find peace within himself, he could be a healer, an artist, an active manager and/or could work effectively with the public.

The Personal Hot Spot

Mercury
Mercury, the mind (all that is mental and relates to communication) mark the single most active factor in your child's make-up. The key spot in his personality and circumstances is his mind: the world of ideas and communication. He is a natural teacher. Make sure he receives adequate schooling. He may need to learn to focus the mind and to concentrate on the task at hand.

 

 

House Activity and Emphasis

 

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

First House: Physical Appearance, How Others See Me, Personality

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

Virgo on First House Cusp
Virgo energy is analytical and precise, always separating what is worthwhile and worth supporting from that which is outmoded and of no further use. The affairs of the house with Virgo on the cusp reveal the area of life in which the child seeks to serve, and/or where he may take a systematic and detailed approach.

Second House: Possesions, Talents, Resources, Sense of Self-Worth

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

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

Jupiter in Second House
Watch out, this child will talk you into buying the sky! A natural salesman, he likes nice things! Values, that's the key phrase of this position! Never tire in instilling them. Teach your child good money habits. By itself, this Jupiter placement often indicates wealth and natural business ability. If afflicted, money may go out as soon as it came in! Your child's career or life-path may depend on his talent for responding and making something out of ideas, insights... whatever is new and challenging. The business world may call for his ability to react and build on opportunities. Often Jupiter here signifies a love of travel or a desire to obtain the means to travel and have many experiences.

Neptune in Second House
You will do your child a great service by stressing good stewardship of possessions and money as he grows. Otherwise (and especially if Neptune is afflicted) impracticality with finances could lead to disappointments in adulthood. His response to what life offers may be elevated, spiritual, although not always practical. For some, Neptune in the 2nd house indicates making a living in a highly creative way, through inspiration, art, psychology or perhaps working with water (plumbing, irrigation, water beds) or out at sea.

Third House: Communication, Early Education, Brothers & Sisters

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

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

Saturn in Third House
Mental self-discipline is indicated here, especially if Saturn and Mercury are well aspected. Your child likely takes school seriously. He may be attracted to fields related to communications and travel. Because the mind is steady, concentrated, and able to work with detail, this Saturn placement favors mathematical and scientific endeavors: bookkeeping, library research, teaching, writing, chemistry, engineering, drafting and design. Your child will probably take his school work seriously. If Saturn is afflicted, you will need to steer your child clear of negative thinking or complaining. There could be problems to work out at school or with a brother or sister.

Fourth House: Home, Family, Needs, Mother

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

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

Fifth House: Self-Expression, Creativity, Giving/Receiving Love

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

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

Sixth House: Responsibility, Work, Health, Habits

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

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

Moon in Sixth House
All children need sound diets. Its no mystery that a child's behavior can directly reflect back to what he puts in his mouth! The child with the Moon (emotions) in the 6th house (diet and nutrition) especially illustrates the above. By offering your child balanced meals and teaching him correct dietary habits, you will help him balance his temperament and better concentrate on his schoolwork and chores. To be at peace, he needs a neat and orderly environment. These early habits of corporeal and domestic harmony can lead to success in his adult work later on. You may discover that your child is attracted to health, food, nutrition, and areas where service or attention to detail are in high focus. This position favors work in restaurants, markets, farms and food co-ops as well as the healing arts. Especially if the Moon is in a water sign, the child may be musically gifted. The child with the Moon in the 6th house may be excessively critical and demanding, of self and of family members. Teach him to look for good in himself and in others. Some children with this placement enjoy sewing and working with cloth.

Seventh House: Relationships with Others

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

Pisces on Seventh House Cusp
Pisces energy runs deep and toward the psychological -- whatever is beneath the surface. Pisces is said to be related to the past, to memories and to karma. Pisces pertains to "hidden enemies" and also to illumination. The affairs of the house with Pisces on the cusp may signal an area of vulnerability in the chart, where your child could be subject to illusion, or where he could be particularly sensitive, intuitive and imaginative. (i.e. Pisces on the 7th house cusp could indicate disappointments in relationships, perhaps due to a tendency to attract unstable partners. On the other hand, Pisces on the 7th house cusp could indicate a sensitive, spiritual partner).

Eighth House: Pain, Sharing, Attitudes toward Sex

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

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

Mars in Eighth House
Not content with appearances, your child is driven to reduce everything to the bare essentials, the nitty-gritty. This compelling urge for integrity and contempt for the superficial may offend some. Mars in the 8th is compelling, self-motivated, one- pointed. "Let all your desires be good desires" is the rule of thumb, for the desire nature is strong and can be blinding! As with Mars in Scorpio, Mars in the 8th confers emotional intensity. You will need a firm but loving hand with this child lest you lose half the battle by inconsistency! Make sure your child is honest with himself and others. Surgery, hairdressing and other work requiring precision and concentration is favored. Banking and handling of corporate or joint finances may be indicated. This Mars placement also favors work in the military.

Ninth House: Faith, Ethics, Cultural Traditions, Higher Education

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

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

Tenth House: Father, Authority Figures, Peer Status, Career Potential

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

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

Eleventh House: Friends, Aspirations, Community

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

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

Venus in Eleventh House
Unless Venus receives challenging squares, your child is apt to be warm & sociable. (Squares may indicate shyness or difficulty with friends.) The child with Venus in the 11th house loves to get involved in community projects and group work. Its easy for him to find something to like in almost anybody and you may need to guide him in the proper selection of friends (although you should expect to receive an interesting cast of characters!). He is a perfect candidate for school clubs, team projects and sports. He will learn to appreciate goals and efforts at the global level. This position favors political involvement, university level work, and acting. This Venus placement may also confer a love of science, electronics, and invention.

Uranus in Eleventh House
Get ready because you never know who your child will invite home for dinner! The child with Uranus in the 11th house may enjoy eccentric, unconventional, even offbeat friends. As he grows, he could become interested in affiliating with groups that carry some kind of humanitarian appeal, or New Age message. In his search for truth, he may kick traditional values aside, being more open to what is new and different. Your child may have very original ideas when it comes to community, making our collective dreams into a reality, and could enjoy living in a New Age environment. Give your child a bedrock foundation of traditional values that he can build upon. If afflicted, he may attract "fair weather" friends whose motives may not always be in his best interests. Uranus in the 11th house is found in the charts of astrologers, students of esoteric traditions, politicians and technicians to name but a few.

Twelth House: Fears, Fantasies, Imagination, Compassion

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

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

Sun in Twelfth House
Your child is naturally a giving person, sacrificing his own interests for the sake of helping others, or for an inner vision -- what he feels is right. A born psychologist, your child may find himself counseling and caring for the needs of others. The Sun, (ego), may feel a little shy behind the scenes in the 12th house (the subconscious). Your child needs encouragement and may need a sensitively attuned parent to overcome fear due to extreme sensitivity (especially if the Sun is in Pisces, Virgo, Cancer, Capricorn) Endow your child with a strong sense of self-esteem. Search for and help him develop "hidden" strengths. He is likely to have a vivid imagination, and may be artistic, poetic or musical. Teach him to discern the difference between reality and fantasy. He may not always consciously understand his feelings or impulses. Show him how to confront and resolve problems as they arise (he may tend to ignore or try to escape facing unpleasant situations and feelings. For example, he may have trouble accepting a failed grade, and pulling himself up by his bootstraps without feeling defeated. Some children with this position have a good sense of humor. Most are compassionate. Many healers, counselors, social workers and hospital personnel have 12th house placements. This placement also favors film production, navigation, research, secret investigation.

Mercury in Twelfth House
Your child's mind is naturally interested in all that is psychological and beneath the surface of things. Ideas of self-sacrifice and compassion -- how to serve and help others -- come naturally to him. He may be exceptionally intuitive, imaginative, and/or artistic. If there are health or school problems, their cause may not be easy to discern. The 12th house is the house of the subconscious. This child needs positive reinforcement from teachers and parents. If Mercury is retrograde or challenged by hard squares, learning difficulties may (but not necessarily) crop up in early education. Especially if Mercury is in a water sign, the child may base his decisions on feelings rather than logic.

Pluto in Twelfth House
Individuals born with Pluto in the house of the subconscious experience spiritual regeneration by overcoming fear through courage and illumination. Because the 12th house is the house of the subconscious and Pluto represents the unconscious, the psyche of children with this placement is sometimes unknowingly tied into their unconscious, and even to the records of past embodiments. The emotional energies may be intense but hidden so that the child may not always understand why he is motivated to act a certain way. Also, he could be attuned to the subconscious motivations of other people (or mass energies), confusing their feelings with his own. He could tend to take the world on his shoulders. You may have to help your child work out fears. (For some, however, Pluto's energies will be quiescent until affected by a major transit, or until adulthood) Children with this Pluto placement may feel a deep need to sacrifice for others. A great position for writers (if Mercury is strong), researchers, psychologists, anyone in the health field and social services, police work (if Mars is strong) and any work that is investigative, secretive or behind the scenes.

 

 

Notes on Astrological Terms

 

Creating the Natal Chart The astrological, or natal, chart is a method of mapping the space surrounding our Earth for a birth moment. A natal chart is simply a snapshot of the cosmos at the time of birth -- a cosmic portrait. We know that all things are in motion. Not only do the planets move slowly at different speeds in great elongated orbits around the Sun, but the Earth itself turns on its axis once in 24 hours. As the Earth turns during a day, each one of us is exposed to the entire 360 degrees of the zodiac. The natal chart is a diagram or picture that stops the cosmic clock and captures the universe as it exists at a particular moment. Your child's natal chart is his individual cosmic portrait or mandala. It is said that something that is born in time takes on the qualities of that specific moment. Your child's natal chart reveals a picture of who he is and what he may become. Astrology is a map of karma, positive and negative, that will unfold in cycles of time. The seeds of the future are always sown in the present, but can we read them? This is what the study of astrology is all about: reading the signs of the times and listening to what they have to say about ourselves, now and in the future. Astrology, then, is prophecy. Yet we know that prophecy can be altered, changed, or mitigated through free will, right or wrong decisions, prayers, and self-awareness. The Sun sign interpretations that we find in most newspapers are a far cry from the work of professional astrologers. The sign the Sun was in on the day of your birth (for example Aries, Taurus, or Gemini) is only one of many factors that professionals look at. In addition to the day and year of birth, most professionals use the time and place of birth as well. Birthdate, year, time, and place are all needed to pinpoint your place in time and space. Given this information, an astrologer creates what is called a natal or birth chart (sometimes called a horoscope). Each natal chart includes the exact position of the Sun, Moon, and the planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. These planets are then placed in a circular diagram called a chart wheel. This wheel is a miniature diagram of what the sky looked like at the moment of birth as seen from the birthplace. The very top of the chart, or MC (Medium Coeli or Midheaven), is that part of the zodiac directly overhead, while the bottom of the chart, or IC (Imum Coeli, or lower heaven), is the part beneath your feet and on the other side of the Earth from you. At the extreme left-hand side of the wheel is the Ascendant, or rising sign -- the part of the zodiac that is on the horizon or rising at the birth moment. The Descendant is on the right-hand side of the chart. This is the part of the zodiac that is setting. These four points -- the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheave