An Astrological Profile for Drew
Childhood is a time filled with promise. A new life, fresh beginnings, and for parents and teachers -- it's the ultimate challenge. How many times have parents wondered why kids did not come with instruction manuals?! There's a secret: they do!
Each person is born at a special time, on a certain day and place. Astrologers use this information to chart the positions of the planets relative to the date, time and place of birth. This chart, or horoscope, provides an invaluable and exceptional view of the potentials, drives and needs for Drew. This is the "cosmic guidebook" for each individual! The patterns of the planets, Sun and Moon are unique and notable for a developing child, since in childhood these pictures are seen in a different light. Children are changing rapidly, and, in the process of becoming themselves, need special love and guidance. Developmental Astrology incorporates the basic concepts of astrology within the framework of the early years of life.
This astrological report can be used as a guidepost, and provides a few hints and insights into the unique qualities of this child. Please remember that everyone -- including a child -- has free will. So while an astrological report can give you some valuable information, it does not indicate a fixed set of limited options. Of course environment also has its influence, but by understanding the significant drives and needs represented by Drew's chart, you can better appreciate her uniqueness, and, hopefully, guide her to fulfill her potentials in the healthiest possible way!
I. Basic Underlying Personality Traits
There are several layers to an astrological chart, just as there are layers to the personality. In astrology, the building blocks of the chart are the planets, signs and houses of the chart. You'll see these terms scattered throughout this report. In a nutshell, the planets (plus the Sun and Moon) represent specific energies and drives. These drives each have a different purpose in the developing personality. The twelve signs of the zodiac represent qualities, characteristics and traits. The houses (the twelve divisions of the chart wheel or circle) symbolize the facets of a person's life. In the drama of life, the planets represent the actors, the signs show the roles the actors play, their costumes and props, and the houses illustrate the setting and scene of the play.
Using the building blocks of the zodiac signs, there's yet another layer. Each sign falls into categories called elements and modes. There are four elements -- fire, earth, air and water; and there are three modes (or action models) -- cardinal, fixed and mutable. There's a way to distill the chart into its dominant element and mode of expression, and this leading denominator gives a powerful clue to the strongest underlying personality traits.
In Drew's chart, there is an outstanding quality of Water. Outstanding strength in the Water element means that Drew is definitely sensitive. At times, especially in very early years, you may see evidence that Drew is uncomfortable around new people or in different environments, and the underlying cause is sensitivity to the "vibrations." Everything alive has a kind of vibratory rate, and as a "water child', Drew is acutely aware of these vibrations. There's also an ability to sense the underlying quality of emotionally charged situations is also evident. Watch out! Since there can also be a high impressionability and even deceptiveness associated with strong water, since it can easily conform to whatever (or whomever) is around. However, the most notable personality trait may be a strong tendency to nurture others and a keen sensitivity to the feelings of other. Encouraging artistic or creative expression is helpful, particularly if this can be experienced as pure fun and not a "judged" activity. Also, encouraging Drew to trust her intuitive sense of things will strengthen confidence and enhance creativity.
Since Fire is the least influential or lacking element in Drew's chart, there can be a tendency for Drew to feel less confident and outgoing. Learning from enthusiastic teachers can, of course, be helpful. But to instill a sense of faith and trust, it's important to help Drew build a positive foundation. Physical activity can be helpful, but the challenges need to be within the realm of the possible -- but still a challenge! If Drew learns what it feels like to meet these challenges, then hope and optimism will be built. Teach Drew to look for joy, and find plenty of reasons to celebrate!
There are three modes in astrology. These determine how a particular sign manifests its energy. These qualities -- known as cardinal, fixed and mutable -- have special meanings in astrology. Each sign or the zodiac correlates with one of three modes of action.
Drew is mostly Mutable. That means she is flexible and able to adapt easily. Developing objectivity and cooperation is important, but making final decisions or choosing sides can be really difficult. That "fence-sitting" can be just as torturous for her as it is for other people! Praise Drew for her versatility and teamwork, but watch for signals that indicate she is becoming manipulative or has fallen victim to exploitation by others..
In summary, if an element or mode is low or lacking, there's no reason to be highly concerned, but you can find creative ways to help Drew compensate. Focusing on what the lack of any mode or element might mean for the child can prove beneficial, although this should not be interpreted as an actual "personality deficiency." Rather, understand that this could indicate either a tendency to overcompensate or to seek what is lacking in some way. As your child matures, you might discover that she is drawn to others who seem to possess the expressions of a quality that seems to be lacking in her own chart.
Moon Sign and Early Personality Development
Although most people are familiar with the concept of the Sun sign, a child expresses the qualities of the Moon sign more than the Sun sign during the earliest years. That's because the Moon tells the story of feelings and pure emotion. So, you might see more qualities that relate to this factor in Drew's chart during early childhood. Expressing the Sun requires more self-awareness, and that develops later!
Keep in mind that Drew is NOT a blank slate! These drives and expressions can be nourished and supported by understanding family and teachers, helping Drew make the most of these "ingredients" in her developing personality!
As a baby, Drew may need plenty of time in somebody's arms, since her security needs are extremely important. It's Drew's Moon in Cancer that drives this powerful urge to feel protected and cuddled. Different environments can feel threatening, hence something that's carried along will be emotionally stabilizing (these are the "blankie" carrying toddlers!). Later, Drew might be the one taking care of other kids in the family, or the one friends turn to for support.
The way Drew might like to be perceived, what she needs to feel motivated toward achievement and what makes her feel significant and special in the world shines through her Sun. While the full expression of Drew's ego takes quite some time to develop, certain qualities will definitely be apparent, even early on. However, this aspect of the personality will be more apparent after the earliest years.
From the beginning, Drew's Pisces Sun seems to radiate a quality of enchantment. There is a sensitivity which invites imagination, and if given ample encouragement and the right environment, even a very young Piscean may seem musically or artistically inclined. Free-flowing self expression is the mainstay of self-affirmation, and allowing Drew to use her imagination can prove to be purely delightful. Of course, illustrating the differences between what is "real" and what is imagined can be a challenge for the parent or teacher, since Drew innately operates in the realm of what psychologists would define as "magical thinking." It is also quite conceivable that young Drew will be extra-sensitive emotionally, and she may seem to cry too easily. Although it's not a good idea to stifle this type of emotional expression, reaching out to comfort or console can help affirm feelings of safety and security, and exploring the problems that were hurtful can help Drew gain objectivity about what has transpired, especially by the elementary school years. Music, dance and the arts can be crucial to Drew's intellectual and emotional development, and during the preadolescent years when a young identity is emerging, these types of expression can provide a secure backdrop for Drew to fit into the world.
Another prevailing quality that's likely to emerge in Drew's early years in shown by the sign on her Ascendant, or Rising Sign. In childhood, the Ascendant and the 1st House signify Drew's physical appearance and how other people view her. After all, most of us have our self-image shaped by what other people tell us about ourselves. Most important, the Ascendant (ASC) represents Drew's basic attitudes and herself, and how she presents herself to the world. The significance of environmental conditioning in Drew's developing personality is shown by the Ascendant.
With Gemini rising, Drew's sense of mischief and curiosity can be key traits. There may be an "impish" quality about the personality, and distractions can be a problem in some situations. Talkativeness is another trait -- sometimes incessant chattering, by the way!
II. Nurturing Intellectual and Physical Health and Development
Every parent watches for the signals that indicate a child's intellectual and physical progress. From baby's first words to performance in school, development is noted and records are kept. Providing the stimulus that will strengthen mental and physical development is up to parents, teachers and society. Of course, ultimately, a child will master the experience of learning!
There are many factors involved in intellect -- the ability to conceptualize, the communication of concepts and thoughts, memory, creative ideas, the application of rational thought, judicial thinking, decision-making, speculative thought and more. In order to be whole, the child must achieve a balance between the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual parts of the Self; only then can the power of the intellect be used to its utmost. Otherwise, the mental capacities are likely to be overemphasized or misdirected in order to compensate for under development in some other area.
One important factor in a developing intellect is the nature of the thought patterns themselves. Here, the Moon plays yet another role beyond that of emotional storage house. Through the Moon, a child's unique experiences are stored in the vaults of the subconscious mind. However, the Moon also shows the basic manner in which a child absorbs information. Drew's Moon is in a water sign, indicating a strongly impressionable consciousness and a tendency to have a "photographic" mind. Imaginative and creative concepts are most enjoyable, and artistic expression may be easier than pure verbal expression (except for acting!).
In addition, since the Moon represents the basic thought patterns, the Moon's speed (or rate of travel) fundamentally affects a child's approach to learning. The Moon moves at variable speeds in her rotation around the Earth.
Drew was born at a time when the Moon was zipping along at a very fast speed. This can be an indicator that it's easier for Drew to quickly grasp new ideas and to retain them extremely well. You may even observe that Drew seems to have a steel trap mind. It's important to help Drew find a comfortable learning pace and environment which encourages her to make the best use of her mind. If a learning situation allows Drew to get bogged down -- for example, if she has to slow down to wait for others to catch up -- then she can become very frustrated with the experience. Give Drew a chance to take the lead and help others. It will occupy her time and energy, and can also help build greater tolerance.
As a small baby Drew began to explore and learn about her personal environment through the five senses, and these are represented by the energy of Mercury. Over time, the senses are used in a more refined manner, and as the mind gains the ability to integrate more and more information, learning increases. Mercury shows how Drew communicates those thought patterns -- how concepts are framed and also how they are expressed through communication. The years of Mercury's heightened developmental cycle are from age seven to thirteen, when the connections between a child and her world are powerfully shaped. Language is mastered; communication skills are refined. It is during these years, that Drew will project the qualities of Mercurial energy more strongly.
With Mercury in Aquarius, Drew is blessed with an original and abstract mind, and will prefer learning things that seem logical. There may also be an interest in ideas which can benefit humanity. Drew will find communication by electronic means fascinating -- so computers, computer games and other technical devices can be great tools. Plus, her ideas will likely be rather unusual. One thing you may often hear from Drew is, "I know". This "know-it-all" attitude can become very irritating to others at almost any age! Mercury in Aquarius may seek out visual impressions first, and then go on to a deeper understanding.
With Mercury in sextile aspect to Neptune, Drew's imaginative thinking capacities can enhance learning. Relating to others may be comfortable, since she can readily identify with the essence of what is being said, even if the details are not yet clear. Abstract learning may be easy, and symbolic and foreign language can both be easily grasped. While there is an indicator that developing communicative skills may seem very natural, this aspect does not add enthusiasm for learning. In fact, there can be a lazy attitude when it comes to applying herself, and can indicate that unless other factors provide stimulation, that this child may try to get by on minimal effort in school!
Mercury in trine to Pluto adds significant depth to Drew's thinking capacities. Parents and teachers may be surprised at the multidimensional capabilities to Drew's thinking, and should encourage her to expand or explore a subject as fully or thoroughly as possible. The ability to link material can be excellent, and studies in history and science alike may provide an excellent opportunity for Drew to increase her intellect. Writing and communicative abilities can be exceptional, although it may be later in her education before the full extent of these abilities is realized.
Mercury in the 9th House can stimulate an early interest in self-expression and communication skills. Exploring and learning foreign languages can be a boost to Drew's intellectual growth. Writing, public speaking, debate and philosophy can be of special interest. Travel may also be fascinating, as can the study foreign language and history. In fact, travel may increase her learning capacity, and cultural interests can be an especially important way to increase Drew's intellectual diversity.
Jupiter and Learning
Another factor involved in Drew's learning styles and needs is symbolized by Jupiter. These qualities are initially experienced through the encouragement of teachers and guides, but ultimately, Jupiter shows how Drew will express confidence and what types of stimulation will build her learning skills. With Jupiter in Pisces, Drew can be very idealistic. That idealism can extend to teachers and to the educational process itself. The beauty of philosophy may be appreciated early, and there can be a fascination with anything mystical and fantastic. The learning atmosphere will have a significant impact on Drew's ability to grasp and retain information.
Encouragement and testing are two different things. Small children do not like to be tested -- life is enough of a test for them! They do enjoy learning, but need to be encouraged to learn at their own pace. Finding that pace is one of the primary tasks of parents and teachers. Watch for signs that tell you when Drew is comfortable with a situation, and ready to push beyond it. Then, offer stimulation of that expression by setting fresh goals and opportunities to learn and develop the mind.
Finding Fun and Encouraging Physical Development
There are many factors that indicate particular needs in regard to physical health. However, I feel that specific strengths and weaknesses and their care are best dealt with in greater depth using refined astrological techniques beyond the scope of this reports. But one feature of childhood we can explore is where to find play and recreational activities that might be most comfortable and enjoyable for Drew. The planet Mars represents physical energy -- it's the fuel that is needed to keep the physical engine running! Mars' sign and house placement gives good clues about a child's preferences for play and activity, including sports and approach to fitness.
Drew's favorite forms of recreation and sports can include snow skiing and jumping, mountain climbing, rock climbing, hiking, running (especially marathons), figure skating, endurance sports, and tai chi.
With Mars in the 8th House, Drew may have unusually ample energy reserves. She will enjoy activities which help build strength, skill and a sense of control over her body. Endurance sports and activities that require focus can be especially appealing.
Since Drew has a connection from Mars to Jupiter, she tends to press limits, and can be more accident prone. While this connection increases self-confidence and a willingness to try new things, there can be a tendency to ignore limitations or even to consistently push far past them! Drew can also seem like a speed demon -- even on trikes and bikes. There's also a tendency to be overly confident and under prepared, since this connection tends to prompt a laziness about working hard to develop excellence. However, if the reward is important enough and this child is taught to respect limitations and rules, there's tremendous potential for developing physical prowess.
III. Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs
At different stages and ages Drew is developing different parts of herself. One reason childhood astrology is different from adult astrology is that a child is in the process of "becoming". Anyone who's been around children knows that at some stages of development a child is more susceptible or emotionally vulnerable, and that these needs and sensibilities change as a child matures. After all, a baby struggles each day to deal with a difficult-to-control body, but an elementary school age child is struggling with early social relationships. Each of the planets represents a different emotional need and expression, but some planetary symbols are more emotionally charged than others.
There are myriad possibilities, but Drew's chart illustrates the potential emotional strengths and weaknesses, and the areas in her life where there can be greater vulnerability. It is important to explore these concepts through a lens of objectivity, since when dealing with psychological and emotional issues with our children we're likely to run into our own issues as part of the process!
Drew's most powerful emotional needs are symbolized by the Moon, which is the primary indicator of early psychological development. These needs remain with Drew throughout life, continually growing and evolving. The Moon symbolizes the reflective nature of humanity. It is the absorbing, subconscious mind and reflects the needs of the soul. This is the matrix from which habit patterns emerge. Moon is Mother -- who provides nurturing, comfort and security. Mother is the model for a child's developing sense of how she will nurture and care for others, and, most importantly, how Drew will nurture herself. Even as a baby, Drew has had a strong inner awareness of what is happening. As she grows, more information is absorbed and stored in Drew's subconscious mind, and deeper awareness of her feelings also grows. The Moon also indicates basic patterns of conditioning drawn from life experiences and filtered through the qualities of the Moon.
With Moon in Cancer, Drew is emotionally sensitive, with a strong attachment to mother, home and family. As a baby, Drew will not want to see Mother go anywhere without her. Apron strings were invented for the Cancer Moon! As Drew grows, she may feel a strong need to nurture or take care of others. Provide plenty of "babies" in the form of dolls, pets, plants and, if possible, smaller children. (Relatives and neighbors can suffice if there are no younger siblings!) The need for nurturing and protection is primary, as is Drew's need to learn how to care for others.
Drew may be especially sensitive as she develops self-esteem, since the 2nd house Moon adds a kind of vulnerability to feelings of personal worth during developmental years. Material things can be especially important, and it's easy for Drew to become possessive of people and objects. Drew needs to learn early that there is a difference between the value of a person and the value of things.
Since the Moon and Mars are in opposition in Drew's chart, there's a tendency to feel at war with the self. Drew needs ample healthy and positive outlets for feelings, and will benefit from learning good sportsmanship as she matures. Toddler years can be filled with outbursts of temper, since frustration levels can reach a peak very quickly. Patience will be a trying lesson. As Drew grows into early social relationships, she may stir up trouble between friends if she has been hurt or feels insecure.
Drew may seem especially content since the Moon and Jupiter in trine adds a kind of pleasantness to the personality and heightens Drew's sense of faith and confidence that things will always work out. This can be an indication that the relationship with the Mother is comfortable and that she seems to be readily available when she needs attention and comfort. The primary pitfall of this aspect is the potential for low-motivation and a tendency to rely on things to fall into place instead of feeling that she needs to make an effort. Overall, though, there is a confident and optimistic attitude, and that, in itself, can frequently turn around difficult situations!
Drew's Moon in conjunction with Saturn indicates a severe need for security, consistency and confirmation. There can be a serious nature to Drew's personality, and adults may tend to think that she is capable of taking on more responsibility than her young years would indicate. While Drew may rise to the occasion, saddling her with too much too soon can result in a feeling that her childhood has been lost. However, this aspect can also indicate a very powerful bond with family and especially Mother, with Drew identifying very strongly with her. It's important that Drew knows that it's okay to be a child and that she is not personally responsible for everything that happens around her.
The energy of the Sun is tied to the development of individuality and the sense of identity. The individuality of the Sun begins to emerge once a child has developed enough mastery over basic bodily functions so that she can start paying more attention to the outside world. The Sun is a major factor in determining, "Who am I?" This radiance of Self really becomes focused once Drew is relating to others on a more frequent basis, especially during the school years.
Drew is a Pisces, basically described in the Underlying Personality section of this report. However, there are factors which alter Drew's expression and development of her Sun.
The Sun in trine aspect to Uranus indicates that Drew has a real potential to develop her special qualities and abilities, and to feel good about standing out against the crowd. An environment which caters to these abilities will likely to be appreciated, although there can be a tendency to take for granted unusual or special supports. There can be a kind of ingenious quality about Drew's personality. Her ability to put a unique stamp on creative endeavors may be apparent as early as elementary school years. During teen years, Drew may not feel the need to overturn all structures in order to accomplish breaking free psychologically from parents. Rebellion can be more positively directed.
Mercury is not traditionally considered an emotional expression. However, Mercury's role in the expression of feelings is highly important. Mercury represents the function of articulation of ideas and feelings and influences how we communicate them. After all, most of us are more comfortable if we can talk about our emotional experiences to someone special. A child needs to feel that she can talk about anything with her parents, and that it is okay to share feelings and ideas. When a child is not given opportunities to communicate her emotional needs, she can develop problems communicating almost anything else! Mercury's function in our lives is to link internal processes to the external world, and one of the most important inner links is the experience of sharing emotion.
Another feature of Drew's emotional profile arises from the contact between Mercury and Jupiter. Expounding about anything can be pure fun, and parents and teachers need to encourage Drew to develop confidence in communication. The only problem can be that she tends to stretch the truth. The expansive quality of Jupiter adds just a few more inches to the size of that fish! This can be especially true if Drew feels that the plain reality of a situation is not enough. Learning when "embellishments" are appropriate and when they can lead to trouble will aid Drew's sense of self-confidence.
Drew takes communication seriously, since Mercury and Saturn are connected. However, the primary emotional implication from this connection is that Drew may worry excessively. Help her appreciate the realism of situations, but also encourage her to rest and relax the mind. Teach positive thinking!
Imaginative stories and ideas are never lacking for Drew. The connection between Mercury and Neptune stimulates a need to reach into the imaginative realm with the mind. Magical thinking is part of childhood, and should definitely be encouraged. However, Drew may not like it when fantasy and reality collide! It's important that parents and family eradicate certain childhood myths in a gentle manner, but also that they teach Drew that imagination can be a very good thing. Parents can listen attentively to the tall tales, appreciating Drew's imaginings, but need to encourage her to tell the truth when relating actual events! Parents also need to be aware that the cute little "stories" told at age five, if left uncorrected, can leave the impression that Drew can lie without being caught. This could lead to socially unacceptable behavior later on.
Drew can feel a compelling sense of urgency to express thoughts, since Mercury and Pluto are connected. This is helpful when solving mysteries or doing scientific research, but it can make honest emotional communication difficult. Parents and friends may often be met with silence if Drew simply does not want to communicate. If there is communication, it can be irritatingly manipulative if she feels that keeping a secret is important in a particular situation. In fact, Drew may fear that telling it all would undermine her power in certain situations. It can be helpful if parents can work with her to gain an understanding that sharing ideas and feelings can enhance Drew's command of a situation. But be careful, since this child may be intellectually ruthless toward the self, and can feel assaulted if the ideas or thoughts she expresses are harshly criticized. Accepting changes in attitudes and ideas is absolutely necessary for Drew, and learning to allow others to have different ideas will go a long way toward assuring that she will be much more positively influential as an adult.
Self-esteem is another part of Drew's psychological make-up. Venus describes the needs for love and value systems, along with self-worth. Artistic expression can be part of this emotional outlet, and this is Venus in action. Selfish behavior can be Venusian, too, and most small children show Venus through their particular expression of selfishness and their ultimate struggle to allow Venus to evolve as they develop the capacity to learn to share. You'll see Venus expressing in a more outgoing manner after about age four, when Drew may finally want to give something to another person. But the full involvement of Venusian development is during the teen years, when "falling in love" becomes a reality. But, regardless of Drew's age, she needs to feel love from others to encourage growth on every level, including the growth of self-esteem.
Through Venus in Pisces, Drew is tenderhearted and will love sinking into a warm cuddle during story time. Play-acting is great fun, and dance, music and art may be more to Drew's liking than math or history. Even in early childhood, she can learn to enjoy doing nice things for others, and may show a special sensitivity in situations calling for extra care and concern.
Through a connection between Venus and Jupiter, Drew may express an enhanced need to express generosity and a very strong desire to relate to others. The expectations of others may be a problem, and she will benefit by practicing the art of unconditional love. Drew may have great difficulty setting limits on what she wants, however, and a tendency to be disappointed when those wants are not fulfilled can lead to acting-out behaviors. Ultimately, parents need to teach Drew that it's unlikely that anyone will have everything she wants all at once!
Drew's Mars shows when she expresses anger and personal strength. As Drew grows up, the way she shows personal assertiveness will be developed.
Mars in Capricorn can confer a kind of self-contained quality of energy, and Drew may show caution or even fearfulness in unfamiliar circumstances. She may resist first, cooperate later. Drew craves consistency and may develop exceptional physical skills through practice and focus. Ultimately, self-discipline becomes a personal goal, since it represents a kind of self-control and power which is appealing to her. The importance of learning to set and develop realistic goals cannot be underestimated. Rules can seem to innately make sense, and ultimately Drew will enjoy situations where she can be the one to define the rules or boundaries.
Drew's sense of self-confidence is enhanced with Mars and Jupiter making a healthy contact. She can seem easygoing. Still, identifying and setting limits can be a huge challenge. Unless Drew learns about specific limitations in different situations, she can get into trouble by jumping into something too soon. Drew is likely to enjoy competitive situations and may even welcome any challenge which allows her to prove herself.
There is a tendency for Drew to fall into the assumption "if I really want it, then I can have it." While that may be true, putting forth the effort is another story! Drew may learn to put forth only minimal effort and to expect that someone or something will come along to make up the difference if it is needed. Strangely enough, if Drew can learn to couple discipline and focus with consistency of effort, her abilities can quickly take her to the top.
Drew may not demonstrate the energy of Uranus until teenage years, since this quality is part of the expression of uniqueness, ingenuity, and rebellion. It's usually outwardly expressed in teen years as part of a teen's uprising against the status quo. Uranus spends about seven years in one sign, and is one of the planetary energies that identify qualities of a generation. Children with Uranus in Scorpio are now, in this New Millennium, entering into society as young adults. They've been challenged, even at an early age, to deal with issues around sexuality, violence, death and psychology at levels which may, to some adults, have seemed premature. One thing we grow to realize with astrology is that everything has its time! To develop truly awakened attitudes about human sexuality, the stereotypes and barriers which have existed for several generations will be challenged by Drew and her generation. They are likely to be the adults who create revolutionary actions, laws and social situations around issues like cloning, family planning, abortion, genetic engineering and sexual preferences.
But the personal expression of Uranian energy is most likely to be seen in the arena of life most influenced by this planet. Uranus in the 5th House indicates that Drew will need to express a unique form of creativity. Unusual art forms, innovative music and inventive games will be part of Drew's needs. Relationships with unusual people ultimately follow, especially during teen and early adult years.
Another significant, but emotionally charged, generation-oriented quality is the energy of Pluto. Pluto represents the deepest reservoirs of emotional energy, and is not a quality openly expressed in childhood. However, when a personal planet or angular point in a chart is connected to Pluto, then this profound level of emotional and transformational energy is easier to see. Pluto also represents deep-seated anxieties or fears, which are, for lack of a better description, absorbed into the psyche.
For a child, it's virtually impossible to direct an awareness of this energy, since the personal self must be well developed before knowledge of this esoteric plane of consciousness awakens. In fact, most adults have difficulty with this part of the self! Although the energy of Pluto may be felt during the childhood years, it is not usually a conscious expression at this time.
Pluto moves very slowly through the zodiac, and its sign tells more about the transformational influence Pluto will have on that particular generation than it will about the changes in the individual. Children born with Pluto in Libra (1972 - 1984) feel the challenge to break down societal barriers concerning human relationships. Drew and her generation were born at a time when the concept of dysfunctional families and relationships, co-dependency and other previously denied relationship patterns were brought into the open light of understanding. Of course, the changes in these patterns require some time to manifest, and Drew and her peers bear the burden of what has happened as these levels of awareness have been brought to the surface. On a personal level, Drew may feel responsible for the creation of a renewal of marriage built upon balance (Libra) and equality. Alterations in the legal system may be one of the historical markers created by Drew and this generation as they come into power.
As with the other transpersonal planets, the House position of Pluto is the area of life where you help Drew get in touch with a need for healing and transformational change. With Pluto in the 5th House, Drew needs reassurance that love is a good thing. She may be sorely disappointed if she has shared tender feelings with someone and does not feel that her affections are reciprocated. Encourage Drew to develop her self-expression by providing opportunities to be in front of people at an early age. Perhaps a toddler group participating in "show and tell" could be a good beginning.
You've discovered that the Ascendant is like the window-dressing or mask of the personality, but connections from planets to the Ascendant can also alter how Drew expresses her emotional self.
Jupiter's dynamic aspect to Drew's Ascendant adds an enthusiastic and adventurous quality to the personality. There's also a tendency to go past limits -- running too fast, thinking about one thing while doing another, or overindulging in anything, including food.
The extra sensitive quality of Drew's personality may be amplified because Neptune makes a dynamic aspect to the Ascendant. Sometimes, Drew may feel invisible, and it can be difficult to make her needs known. Positive outlets for this energy dynamic can be acting, music or the arts.
Sometimes, planets appear to move backward in their orbital path from our viewpoint here on Earth. When that happens, we say a planet is retrograde.
Trusting inner security is a primary lesson for any child born with Saturn retrograde. Drew may also innately mistrust authority. Saturn provides structure, direction and discipline, and teaches us about our priorities. Having this planet in retrograde sometimes makes it difficult to learn these lessons at first. Saturn retrograde may indicate problems relating to the parent who provides this structure in the early years. If this parent is inaccessible to Drew, either because he or she is absent, constantly working, or emotionally distant. Drew must learn to go within and achieve her own sense of structure, direction and personal discipline.
Questions about safety can be paramount. Affirmations which confer a sense of confidence, achievement and personal strength can be powerful tools. Drew can be remarkably self-disciplined and focused once this sense of self-doubt is overcome. Pianist Van Cliburn, actor Sean Connery, dancer/actress Leslie Caron and singer Dionne Warwick were all born with Saturn retrograde.
Drew's sense of uniqueness and individuality -- exemplified by the energy of Uranus -- can be strongly accentuated, since Uranus is retrograde in her chart. There is a powerful urge to break free of all forms of restriction and achieve true personal freedom. The knowledge that external freedom can only come when inner freedom exists is inborn. Many individuals born with Uranus retrograde have achieved positive recognition for their special talents. Some examples are Sir Winston Churchill, Johnny Carson, Katherine Hepburn and Anne Morrow Lindberg. Drew will need acknowledgment of her uniqueness, especially if she has Uranus retrograde in the angular houses (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th). Otherwise, she may feel out of step with everyone else.
Pluto spends about half of each year in retrograde motion. Parents and teachers can help Drew understand her sense of personal power in relationship to other people and situations by finding positive role models for power. Super heroes may be fascinating, but a real hero will be more effective. Drew may feel somewhat mistrustful of this life process and needs to develop a trust of herself. Developing honesty is quite helpful to this process.
IV. Fostering Creativity and Spirituality
Children seem to be inherently connected to spiritual awareness and expression. Their joy in the daily discoveries of life can be infectious, and a child's sense of wonder brings light into life. To help a child find Truth and embrace a sense of The Divine, very little encouragement is needed. But it is necessary to support this natural connection, and can make all the difference in Drew's ability to trust herself.
One of the most significant ways to help Drew awaken and touch Spirit is to foster her creativity. It's not necessary for every child to be a consummate artist, but each child needs room to experiment with the creative self. There are several factors in the astrological chart that support the development and expression of personal creativity.
Beyond education and development of the intellect in a more formal sense, Mercury plays an important role in self-expression. After all, this is the energy of linking ideas and concepts from the inner self to the outside world -- and back again! One of the creative influences of Mercury in Aquarius can be developed in the early years by encouraging artistic play with models, kits and toys which inspire the creation of unusual objects or designs. Drew may even show a fascination with computers and electronic gadgets at an early age. Design and building can be fun -- ranging from blocks to the creation of plans and then turning them into something (a young architect, perhaps?). Music can also be fun, especially the manipulation of sound using synthesizers and computers. Design skills can also be enhanced using computer technology--ranging from graphic design to alteration of images. There may be a special fascination with space.
Venus, the expression of artistry, is, of course, an important part of creativity. This is the energy through which Drew experiences and expresses feelings. In many respects, while the Moon represents "feeling," Venus represents "emotion" -- which is the voice of feeling. Venus also represents beauty, a quality deep within which every child needs to feel, identify and express.
Encourage Drew to get in touch with expressions that feel good to her heart! Special talents and creative interests will give her a chance to exercise a highly sensitive imagination. Nighttime stories can develop into story-telling and then dramatic stage presentations, which can not only be fun, but may give Drew a chance to see the difference between real and "pretend." Music is especially important, and there can be a special love of dance or ballet, along with talents for singing or playing instruments like harp, guitar or synthesized sound. On stage, anything from acting and singing to make-up, costume design, or set decoration can be enjoyed. Mime and ventriloquism might also be fun. Artistic talents should be encouraged early, too. So have easels and art supplies around all the time. There may be an interest in painting, or even in animation!
Venus in the 10th House shows a desire to develop an artistic career, or at least have some public exposure of Drew's artistic talents. Approval from family is very important, and pleasing teachers may also be crucial to encouraging her talents. She may also be gifted directing the efforts of others.
Venus-Jupiter aspects confer confidence, especially when they are harmonious and flowing. Drew may attract the support of gifted teachers as part of her artistic expression, since these contacts indicate the gift of attracting support. As a result, Drew may be easily inspired by a teacher or other mentor. There can be a love of travel and reading. Writing may be a strong talent, and so may public speaking. She can also be a positive supporter of others. This is a helpful connection to find in the chart of a cheerleader (and later, an agent or attorney)!
To get past purely self-centered awareness, the expansive energy of Jupiter encourages a child too reach out and expand her personal universe. Through Jupiter, Drew can begin to build a basic philosophy of life, and exercise her sense of hope and vision. The need to reach out and give is Jupiter in action, but so is enthusiasm. Most important, when Drew is in touch with Jupiter, she is inspired! Here is the desire to grow, to reach into new horizons, to feel adventure and joy. While it may take a lifetime to develop a personal philosophy or explore religious teachings, during childhood, Drew does feel wonder about universal principles, a Higher Power, and endless questions called, "Why?"
Moral questions flow through the realm of Jupiter, and learning higher principles through inspiring teachers and mentors is another outpouring of this energy. It is generally not until a child has developed some measure of cognitive skill that the awareness of Jupiter can be taught. During elementary school and preteen years, this energy begins to flourish. Jupiter is a function of the higher mind, the part of our consciousness that can connect with the Divine. The early awareness of Jupiter deals primarily with the concepts of sharing, positive thinking, enthusiasm and hope for reward.
Teachers and parents will be lasting models for spiritual leadership, since Drew's Jupiter in the 10th House stimulates a strong need to learn about morality through role models. Her enthusiasm for any value systems will be directly related to the type of response parents and other authorities provide during formative years -- ranging from religious ideologies to political philosophies. It is crucial that she be given permission to explore ideals different from those of her "origins" in order to understand that one belief system does not necessarily make a person better than others.
Then, there is the world of dreams and imagination. Neptune's placement in the chart indicates the areas where a child dreams most easily. The sensitivity Neptune adds to life allows Drew to connect with the spiritual, nonphysical realm. What child is not a master at make-believe? But this energy is also an expression of Divine Compassion, and it needs special support and nourishment during childhood. Encouraging Drew to trust her dreams, while identifying the difference between the "real" and "imaginary" world can be quite a job. But it is a very important one, since walking between the inner world and the outside world requires special awareness. There is nothing inferior about imagination, nor is there anything wrong with beliefs, since there are many expressions of reality.
Another feature of this energy is the expression of charity. A child taught to give to others less fortunate is definitely a blessed child!
Because Neptune moves very slowly, it is another of the generation-focused planets. Other children Drew's age will likely have Neptune in the same sign. Many Neptune in Sagittarius (1970 - 1984) children are now young adults and all soon will be entering their adult years. Drew has grown up in an era when knowledge of the different religious and ideals has been more widespread, but she has also seen vestiges of excessive zeal or fundamentalism. For example, the knowledge of heightened terrorism stemming from perceived insults from radical religious groups is part of the collective psyche of Drew and her generation. Since Neptune's energy can help to dissolve barriers and locate the higher thread of any principle, this generation can have a profound influence on the way media exposes truth and information.
Neptune's placement in the chart shows the areas where a child can easily dream. This also provides indicators of the facet's of life where Drew can feel a desire to let go or to exercise compassion toward others. Drew needs to put imagination to work in more practical ways. She might be the neighborhood bird rescuer or might enjoy a chance to do something nice for a sick friend, since Neptune in the 6th House brings a special sensitivity toward care-taking. Developing drawing skills or getting into the creative flow playing a musical instrument could keep imagination flowing. She might have fun with the video camera, too.
V. Perceptions of the Parents
Guess what? You can tell how Drew is likely to see her parents by looking at her own chart! Understanding how Drew perceives Mom and Dad can be especially helpful, since what Drew hopes to see and needs to experience from parents forms the basis of her sense of Self.
When Drew feels happy and full of joy, the world looks bright, too. But if Drew is physically or emotionally low, her behavior and responsiveness suffer. In relationships with others, children and adults alike will project their feelings and perceptions onto other people. Drew needs to experience herself through projecting her needs onto the people in her personal environment. In fact, the undeveloped Aspects of the Self are usually projected onto others as a means of "seeing" these feelings or needs manifested in some way. Projection is a key factor in human psychology.
In many instances, the other people are reasonable targets for those projections, especially if their connections are bound by emotions or other commitments. A child looks to Mother as the person who will reflect the nurturing feminine needs. Mother represents the inner feminine self for boys and girls alike. Drew may even see things in Mother that Mother does not recognize as the way she is!
Drew's Moon sign shows how she perceives Mother. It makes no difference whether Mother sees herself in this light or not -- the child holds these particular perceptions what Mother needs to be because she is projecting her own inner needs for security onto her. As Drew matures into adulthood, these perceptions determine how Drew will play the nurturing and mothering role toward others.
Through Drew's eyes, Mother is the ultimate, "Best Mom in the World," since Moon in Cancer perceives Mother as nurturing and protective. Sometimes, though, Mom can seem overbearing or smothering.
Since the connection between Moon and Mars shows friction, Drew's feelings of anger are often projected upon Mother. If Drew has a basically angry temperament, she needs positive directions for that anger through Mother's example. If Mother has difficulty expressing anger, then Drew will feel a strong inner frustration with her own angry feelings. It's as though Mom throws water on the fire. Sometimes, Mother may seem to vicariously attempt to live her artistic fantasies through Drew. If that is the case, Drew can feel very frustrated by her attempts to express her own creativity while bound by the expectations and preferences of Mother.
Moon to Jupiter illustrates the mother who may encourage Drew to expand and grow -- perhaps a bit too much. ("Now, eat everything on your plate!") This expansion also involves Drew's moral sense, which is likely to be modeled after Mother's. Mother may be seen as the ultimate spiritual teacher. Drew looks to Mother for confidence and optimism.
It's the dynamic contact from Moon to Saturn that can illustrate a sense of separation or alienation from the mother. This frequently occurs in the charts of first children whose mothers were just learning about the responsibilities and restrictions that motherhood brings. In any case, Drew may feel that she has to grow up too soon and take on major responsibilities earlier than her peers.
It is highly important that the mother does not leave the impression that Drew must be "perfect" in order to be loved or accepted. She must allow her to have her virtues and shortcomings. It's also possible that Drew may feel that Mother is not providing for her fundamental needs, and may seek a substitute for the nurturing quality she feels to be lacking. Drew can also perceive Mother to be tremendously judgmental, and can feel guilty if she cannot meet the high standards Mother seems to require.
Parents need to be alert to the situations which could be emotionally difficult for Drew. For example, if there is a crisis, move or other significant change which could compromise the sense of emotional security, she will need greater reassurance that everything will be okay and that she is safe. Mother may simply have to go the extra mile to reassure Drew. It's also crucial for Mother to be aware of the manner in which she shows discipline, and to remember that if disciplinary measures are inappropriate for the situation, they will create emotional damage. Additionally, if Mother fails to take full responsibility for her own job as a parent, Drew will be likely to develop a kind of resentment which can result in emotional separation.
The Sun, the primary masculine energy in the chart, is also described as a person's sense of "self". A young child has a very limited true sense of self, and is not likely to "own" these qualities until the preteen years or later. This sense of individuality may be strongly tied to the initial relationship with Father and, later, to interactions with other significant male figures. In early childhood development, Drew's Sun does not express fully as an individual ego. The Sun powerfully affects the child's perceptions of Father; if the father is supportive and consistent, Drew may feel that his or her own individuality is reliable and strong. Drew's perceptions of Father are strongly symbolized by the energy of the Sun in the astrological chart.
For Drew, Father embodies the essence of spirituality, imagination and tolerance. Through the Sun in Pisces, Drew will see Dad as somewhat mystical. She may tend to over idealize Father, and needs to share experiences with Dad that inspire her to feel good about being part of the world..
Through the Sun in the 10th House, Drew will perceive Father as being very important. Dad's role within the family may command great respect, at least from Drew, and she needs to experience positive leadership and guidance as a means of discovering her identity in the world.
Through the connections between the Sun and Uranus, Drew is likely to perceive that she has an exceptional father. Or, Drew may see the father as too aloof, leading to feelings that Dad is unreliable or undependable. Dad may be rather eccentric, but he could also just be highly independent. Remember: this is the potential perception Drew has of Father! It's possible that Drew sees the father as a model so unique that she could never fit into it. It's also likely that she sees the father as living beyond the limitations and structures of society, offering a different viewpoint of life from the "norm." When given an opportunity to prove her own uniqueness to Father, Drew will require positive reinforcement for her talents and abilities if she is to feel confidence in her individuality.
Then, there is a need for solidity, structure and safety -- and most children look to parents to establish this for them. A child is not capable of understanding the ways of the world, but will learn about them eventually. Nor does a child understand the need for limits. It's up to parents and teachers to set these limits and expose a child to the rules of life. These rules, tests and structures are identified by the energy of Saturn.
There can be a downside, since Saturn energy feels judgmental and limiting much of the time, especially in childhood. Many children are anything but delighted at the prospect of being "responsible" -- that's what adults are supposed to be, not kids!
The placement of Saturn not only symbolizes the parents, but also authority in society. Saturn does not necessarily represent one parent or another. Here is discipline, structure, and stability. This is also tradition. For the better part, what Saturn symbolizes is the story of how Drew needs to be stabilized and what she requires in terms of a sense of safety and security.
Saturn in Cancer suggests a powerful need for family ties and Drew is likely to think of the parental structure as representing an ideal. She needs to see the parents are true providers of emotional security and a clear sense of home, stability and meaningful traditions.
Saturn in the 2nd House needs to be taught the value of things and the importance of valuing oneself and right use of resources. Drew needs to see the parents representing an attitude of respect toward resources and the environment. If parents have a negative attitude about handling resources or money, she may also feel the same way. This can ultimately damage self-esteem.
Ultimately, as Drew moves through the various ages and stages of childhood, she will be able to incorporate all these qualities and expressions once seen through others, into herself. However, some vestiges of our childhood remain throughout a lifetime. Think of the concepts in this report as the building blocks for the person who will become Drew through the course of these early years. And enjoy every moment of your journey together!
Text Copyright 2000 by Gloria Star. All Rights Reserved.