Children & Parenting Astrology
Being a parent is challenging. A job description for a parent would include
something of almost every other job. When we study the child's astrological
chart, we can instantly attune to how we can best guide her. Strengths,
weaknesses, aptitude and potentials jump off the page. We can see how to turn
around negative momentum and maximize talents that otherwise may not have been
readily apparent. Understanding leads to greater patience, a virtue of
immeasurable worth in child-rearing!
Many parents intuitively take a reading at the moment of birth and even
before through dreams or visions, and receive a prescient knowing of the child
soon to be born. The child comes to us with her own birth chart, her particular
life plan, which many believe is determined prior to birth.
Nevertheless, there can be no doubt that environmental factors, decisions
made by parents, education, and free will can change, alter, or mitigate the
prophecy foreseen in the chart for better or for worse. A seed containing the
blueprint of the most magnificent rose will not flower if denied sunshine,
water, and good soil. And many have cultivated beautiful flowers in rocky soils
through love and care.
How can we challenge the child to bring out the positive Sun sign potential,
but, at the same time, teach her to know clearly when she crosses the line into
negatives that could cause her much grief and sorrow later, if not corrected
now? This is the challenge before us as educators and parents to our children,
even to the child within ourselves. So we search the chart with an eye for
potential problem areas that could disrupt, hinder or block the child's best
expression. We devise how to turn them around. We take note of the positive
potential and see how, like a good seed, it can be nurtured to bring forth the
ripest fruit on time.
Astrology is meant to CONFIRM, NOT REPLACE, the inner guide! 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.
In astrology, trines and sextiles are considered aspects that indicate energy
flowing in harmony. Squares point to challenges, blocks, internal frustrations
and also pronounced talents. Oppositions indicate potential conflicts we resolve
in the Tai-Chi of our interactions with others. We call squares and oppositions
"dynamic aspects." Here is where your child may meet her greatest challenges,
but also where she may demonstrate her greatest strengths! In expressing and
mastering the dynamic aspects, we grow and can realize our greatest
achievements. Remember: Wherever you find dynamic aspects is where your child
may need the most guidance, consistency, and patience on your part.
A child with Mars square Saturn can feel blocked. However, if Mars and Saturn
receive positive aspects from other planets, these 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
Contradictions abound in any natal chart. 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.
Sometimes we come across strengths or talents in the child that may not be our
forte. A child with a grand trine in earth signs, but whose parents have little
or no earth emphasis in their own charts, may need other, more practical and
businesslike people coming into her life to bring out the inherent qualities of
efficiency, order, and organization typical of this positive configuration.
Astrological knowledge must never be used to demean, criticize, or put anyone
down. Take note of areas of great sensitivity, vulnerability, or pain in the
child's chart. Find ways to help her master these. Be kind to your child. Her
star has appeared and it may be different in magnitude and brilliance than your
own! Love her and teach her, and learn from her, but don't expect her to be who
you are. While the child is still in the process of turning her weaknesses into
strengths, we can often fill in the gap!
In studying the child's chart--as a representation of the book of her life with
many pages left to write on--we seek to understand her better in order to guide,
help, and instruct her in bringing out her special uniqueness, her calling in
life, her special star. In understanding our children, we also come to better
understand ourselves, our own inner child.
A Child's Sun Sign
See descriptions of children's Sun Signs
A Child's Rising Sign
Astrologers want to know what zodiac sign is rising at birth, since this
gives a picture of the way we appear or come across to others. We look out upon
the world through the glasses of the Rising Sign. Your child's Rising Sign will
offer clues as to how your child perceives herself or would like others to see
her. Many astrologers consider the Rising Sign as important as the Sun Sign in
describing identity. This makes sense, since the Ascendant describes the early
childhood experience. From myriad impressions and interactions, the child will
weave the tapestry of her unique selfhood. If the Rising Sign is very different
from the Sun sign, the child may have to work at integrating diverse aspects of
The Ascendant is the beginning of the First House. The 1st house is the house
of "Me!" How I see myself, the "me" I would like to be, and how others see me:
in short, my identity. The key phrase of the first house is "I AM." This house
rules our personal self and everything about us that draws a reaction from our
surroundings or from others. The 1st house describes the early childhood
environment (or the child's perception of it). Much of the child's identity will
be a reflection of the environment in which she grows up. The child's projected
image (personality) will reflect her experience and assimilation of her
interaction with others. The sign on the Ascendant (1st house cusp) and its
ruler are key components to understanding your child's emerging personality. Any
planet "rising" in the 1st house is going to color the personality considerably.
For example, if Neptune is in the 1st house, the child will be sensitive and
impressionable, no matter what sign is on the Ascendant. A child with Venus in
the 1st house is likely to be attractive and charming. Mars in the 1st house is
common in the charts of athletes. Astrologers will often blend the
characteristics of the Sun sign with the sign on the Ascendant. For example, a
child with an Aries Sun is usually somewhat self-centered. If the child,
however, has Pisces Rising then she is likely to be assertive but compassionate
and interested in serving others. Sometimes, however, the child may experience a
conflict; in this case, for instance, part of the child may want to jump right
into new experiences (Aries) whereas another part may be shy or afraid (Pisces).
The child could feel overwhelmed (Pisces) by the stern parental rebuke given in
response to a typically Arian impulsive action! All this may seem very complex,
but you can take it step by step. Are any of us really all that simple to
understand? You will have to study well the Sun sign and the Ascendant (and the
sign and house the Ruler is in) plus the nature of any planet in the 1st house.
Learn the keys, be sensitive and observe the child. You will see how it all
The Natal Chart
Creating the Natal Chart
The astrological, or natal, chart is a method of mapping the space surrounding
our Earth for a birth moment. A natal chart is simply a snapshot of the cosmos
at the time of birth - a cosmic portrait. We know that all things are in motion.
Not only do the planets move slowly at different speeds in great elongated
orbits around the Sun, but the Earth itself turns on its axis once in 24 hours.
As the Earth turns during a day, each one of us is exposed to the entire 360
degrees of the zodiac. The natal chart is a diagram or picture that stops the
cosmic clock and captures the universe as it exists at a particular moment.
Your child's natal chart is her individual cosmic portrait or mandala. It is
said that something that is born in time takes on the qualities of that specific
moment. Your child's natal chart reveals a picture of who she is and what she
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
The Sun sign interpretations that we find in most newspapers are a far cry from
the work of professional astrologers. The sign the Sun was in on the day of your
birth (for example Aries, Taurus, or Gemini) is only one of many factors that
professionals look at. In addition to the day and year of birth, most
professionals use the time and place of birth as well. Birth date, year, time,
and place are all needed to pinpoint your place in time and space. Given this
information, an astrologer creates what is called a natal or birth chart
(sometimes called a horoscope).
Each natal chart includes the exact position of the Sun, Moon, and the planets:
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. These planets
are then placed in a circular diagram called a chart wheel. This wheel is a
miniature diagram of what the sky looked like at the moment of birth as seen
from the birthplace.
The very top of the chart, or MC (Medium Coeli or Midheaven), is that part of
the zodiac directly overhead, while the bottom of the chart, or IC (Imum Coeli,
or lower heaven), is the part beneath your feet and on the other side of the
Earth from you. At the extreme left-hand side of the wheel is the Ascendant, or
rising sign - the part of the zodiac that is on the horizon or rising at the
birth moment. The Descendant is on the right-hand side of the chart. This is the
part of the zodiac that is setting. These four points - the Ascendant,
Descendant, Midheaven, and IC - are very important to astrologers. They are
Elements and Modalities
The 12 zodiac signs have different qualities. Certain groups of signs share
similar qualities. The two most popular methods for sign grouping are elements
and modalities. Astrologers like to see which of the groups the natal planets
fall in, then add them up to produce counts or totals. It's fun to tally up your
Sun, Moon, and planets and check out your elemental and modality balance. Keep
in mind while doing this is that we often attract to ourselves, or ultimately
become, what we want (or lack), and we do what we can (or have to do) with what
we've got! Studying the elements in your child's chart can help you gain
perspective on her natural temperament and mode of action. Keep in mind that
these points might tally up quite differently for you! For example, if you have
a lot of Cardinal planets, you're a doer. If your child, however, lacks (wants)
Cardinal planets and is strong on Fixed, she may find it harder than you to get
going; but once she gets started, her efforts could be more stable. Learning
your similarities and differences will help you master your own chart as well as
be more patient with your child.
A very popular grouping of the signs is that of the four elements -
Fire, Earth, Air, and Water.
Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. People with lots of fire in their chart
are very active, involved and can do all kinds of things. Children with an
emphasis on fire in their charts are vivacious and fun to be with, but they may
need to work at being more reliable. These "fireballs" often find it hard to
settle down. Fire-sign children love to look at the dancing flames on a summer
camp-out fire. Fire is creative but, mishandled, is dangerous. Those with little
fire in their charts often find it hard to get started, and they may need
someone of greater enthusiasm and spark to get them going!
Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. People with lots of earth are very
practical; they can see how to do and use things. Children with a strong earth
emphasis are looking for ways to be productive. They are often dependable,
efficient, and "down to earth." They like a hands-on approach to learning.
Earth-sign children enjoy playing with sand, clay, and beautiful rocks. They
like to build. Those with little earth tend to be less objective, less grounded,
or less practical.
Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. People with lots of air are analytical;
they are able to resolve and draw conclusions. Children with a preponderance of
air can be chatty. They are mental and like to exchange ideas. They understand
emotions through reason. Those with little air sometimes have trouble with
abstractions and ideas - getting the "big picture." They tend to be less
objective about their experience.
Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. People with lots of water are very
feeling oriented and "sense"-ative. Children with a strong water emphasis may be
artistic or musical. Their feelings are hurt easily. They seek ways to care for
others. Even as babies, they enjoy quiet periods of meditation. Water-sign
children often love swimming and playing in water. Those with little water may
be need help getting in touch with their feelings.
Another popular way of grouping the zodiac signs is by the Cardinal,
Fixed, and Mutable crosses.
Cardinal Signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. People with a heavy
emphasis in Cardinal signs are self-starters, doers. They initiate and get
things moving. Children with a Cardinal emphasis are normally active and
dynamic. Life will bring them challenges through changing circumstances. They
must learn the proper use of power. They can be firecrackers for getting things
off the ground, but they may need guidance on follow-through. Children with few
planets in Cardinal signs may have trouble getting the ball rolling.
Fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. People with a heavy emphasis in
fixed signs hang onto and preserve life. They are at the center of things and
are hard to budge. Children with a strong fixed emphasis can get "fix-ated,"
stubborn, and unyielding. They tend to be loyal and persevering. Life will teach
them to be less attached to desire. They must learn to love in a more selfless
manner. Children with few planets in fixed signs may have trouble seeing the job
through and may need to cultivate stick-to-it-tive-ity.
Mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius, Pisces. People with a heavy
emphasis in mutable signs are restless and impressionable. They seek ways to
communicate. Children with a strong mutable emphasis are normally inquisitive
and enjoy learning. They like to share what they learn with others. They may be
restless and would benefit by some work with the hands. Life may offer them
lessons in overcoming fear. They need to learn to focus the mind. They may be
mimics, and tend to pick up knowledge easily, but they can also easily become
distracted and they tend to be overly impressionable. Children with few planets
in mutable signs may have trouble adapting or being flexible.
Aspects are an important part of astrology. As the planets move in their
elongated orbits around the Sun, they form various angular relationships with
one another, using the Sun (or Earth) as the center. These are called aspects.
The most popular aspects result from dividing the circle by numbers such as 1,
2, 3, and 4, resulting in aspects such as the conjunction (0 degrees),
opposition (180 degrees), trine (120 degrees), and square (90 degrees). When two
planets form an aspect with each another, their energies and natures are said to
combine and work in harmony (positive) or discord (afflicted). For example, when
two planets are exactly on opposite sides of the Sun (Earth), they are in
The most popular aspects can be divided into three main categories:
The "emphatic" aspects: The emphatic aspects are those that emphasize or align
two planetary energies with one another.
Conjunction (0 degrees). Two planets at the same point in the zodiac are said to
be in conjunction. Their natures are fused or blended into one.
Opposition (180 degrees). Two planets at opposite sides of the zodiac. The
energies are in alignment with each other. They can pull together or apart,
depending upon the nature of the planets involved, and the consciousness of the
The "hard" (or dynamic) aspects: square (90 degrees) and semi-square (45
degrees). These represent challenge, obstacles, and creative tension; they
provide the surest means to dynamic growth. Too many can block or obstruct the
life flow, yet too few can indicate a lack of motivation. In the child's chart,
these aspects show where her greatest challenges and opportunities for growth
The "soft" (or harmonious) aspects: trine (120 degrees) and sextile (60
degrees). The soft aspects bring ease, clarity, and vision to our lives; we can
see, grasp, and understand what is happening. Too few of the soft aspects can
bring a lack of ease to our lives, while too many soft aspects make for a life
that is potentially lacking in substance. In the child's chart, the soft aspects
reveal potential talent waiting to be developed. A child can "sit" on her trines
and sextiles, she and her parents taking her strong points for granted. When
ignored, these aspects can lead to over-indulgence and eventual weakness.
Develop these points like diamonds.
"Exact" aspects and aspects' orbs: aspects between planets gradually form,
become exact, and separate. When an aspect is exact, it has its greatest impact.
Yet the effect of most aspects can be felt for some time before and after the
moment of exactness. The range within which an aspect is in operation is called
its "orb of influence," or simply its orb. An orb of one or two degrees of arc
on either side of the exact aspect is considered a close or tight orb, while an
orb of 10 degrees is said to be wide.
Aspects to the Sun and Moon (the lights) are most important, followed by the
planetary aspects of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and
Pluto. If your child's natal chart has an accurate birth time, then aspects to
the chart angles (Ascendant and Midheaven) are also important. The particular
combination can make a difference too. Aspects between planets such as Saturn
and Mars (traditional malefics) are obviously more potentially explosive than
the same aspect between Venus and Jupiter (traditional benefics)
In astrology, the larger life of our solar system as a whole tells us something
about our own personal Earth life. The interplay and relationship of the planets
with one another as they circle the Sun is carefully studied. Of particular
interest to astrologers are the Sun, the Moon, and the planets Mercury, Venus,
Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. These are the celestial
bodies used most often by modern astrologers for natal interpretation. Each of
these planets represents or refers to a part of our life and self. Here are some
of the concepts and key words associated with each planet:
Sun. The heart and center of it all: spirit and identity. The Sun represents
father, guru, teacher or figure of authority - our connection to great solar
hierarchies! In the child's chart, the Sun shows her perception of her own
identity. The Sun sign often reveals the child's greatest strengths as well as
her potential weaknesses. The Sun reveals the child's perception of her father.
Moon. The Moon represents our mother, our surroundings, the environment out of
which we come, our past and childhood, our formative years and self. In short,
the Moon paints a picture of the early background, that out of which we emerged.
The Moon is very prominent in the child's chart, especially during the first
seven years. Here we see the child's perception of her relationship to her
mother. Here we gauge the child's emotional barometer, her interaction with the
family, her habit patterns. The Moon should be a clear reflection of the Sun,
but, because of the subconscious nature of the Moon and the state of affairs on
this planet, most of us have some weeds to pluck from our lunar garden.
Mercury. Mercury is communication at light speed, linkage, thought, ideas, the
light of the mind - Logos! Mercury in the child's chart tells us much about her
early schooling, her learning experience, her mentality. Mercury also relates to
brothers and sisters.
Venus. Venus reveals how we respond, appreciate, cherish, or value something.
Venus shows the way we love, our capacity to care for others. Venus in the
child's chart will tell us what she values, what's important to her and how she
shows love and appreciation, and how she cares for her belongings. Venus
describes the child's sense of self-worth. Venus reveals the child's attitudes
toward, and potential future experiences with, the opposite sex.
Mars. Mars is the planet of action through desire. Mars is energy and Mars is
our clue to what motivates our child. Mars in the child's chart reveals how she
is likely to express anger, the kind of discipline she may need, and the type of
sports and recreation she might enjoy.
Jupiter. Jupiter is the pathfinder or lamp through the trials of time. Jupiter
shows where opportunities for expansion lie. Jupiter is grace. Jupiter is the
planet that brings us the rewards of good karma. Jupiter relates to religion,
philosophy, and higher education. By studying Jupiter in the child's chart, we
can discover how to teach our child fundamental truths and ethics. We can also
gauge in what areas of life "too much of a good thing" could be harmful to her.
Saturn. Saturn is the great teacher, the giver of laws or rules, the Initiator.
Saturn also represents Chronos - time - and the material world. In the child's
chart, Saturn represents the limits placed upon her by parents, authorities and
teachers, and by time itself. As Saturn makes its cycles, we can expect the
child to test these limitations.
By studying Saturn, we can glean an understanding of the best approach to adopt
in disciplining the child. Saturn reveals much about the child's relationship to
her father. Saturn gives us clues as to the child's later career. Saturn can
show us where the child may feel thwarted and how we can best help her. Studying
Saturn by sign, aspects, and house position will reveal in what area of life the
child may later (as an adult) confront some of her greatest challenges. Knowing
this, we as parents can take definite steps to prepare her to pass every test!
Uranus. Uranus is the Great Awakener. Uranus represents breakthroughs: insight,
invention, innovation. Where Saturn crystallizes into form, Uranus shatters and
creates anew! In the child's chart, Uranus may reveal special talent and unique
abilities. Uranus may reveal how the child may try to "break" out of parental
(Saturnian) restrictions. Uranus tells us about the child's attitude toward her
friends and peers.
Neptune. Neptune is the planet that brings enlightenment and compassion. Neptune
also brings confusion, illusion, delusion, self-deception and/or deception from
others. Neptune's influence is subtle and hard to define. Neptune in the child's
chart may reveal much about her devotional nature, artistic and musical talent,
her attunement to higher spheres, her ability to cope with reality, her dreams,
and where she may have to overcome fear.
Pluto. Pluto is the "bad guy" of the zodiac, the "dweller on the threshold." As
we mature, we have to face (and conquer or be conquered by) that dweller. When
we challenge the darkness Pluto exposes, we enter a cycle of creation and
regeneration, usually through a transmutative or transformative experience
generally in adulthood, but the seeds can be set in childhood or even in past
lives)! When Pluto makes personal contacts in the child's chart, it may point to
an area of extreme vulnerability, crisis, and emotional intensity. Pluto shows
the issues native to the generation into which our child was born, issues that
may challenge and change our own!
Lunar north node. Vocation or application point. The North Node is a point of
The Sun and the Moon are the two most significant bodies in the natal chart.
They are referred to as "the lights."
The Sun represents our ego and identity, how we see ourselves, and how we
project outward to the world. In manifesting our highest potential, our
spiritual identity, we have many choices along the way. The sign position of the
Sun reveals the nature of our greatest potential attainment (plus attainment we
have brought in from other lifetimes), and also the nature of our points of
greatest vulnerability. Understanding the qualities of the child's Sun sign will
help us better understand her emerging personality, her natural expression, and
how she approaches life. The house position indicates an area of high focus in
her life. The Sun also tells about the child's attitude toward authorities.
The Moon is reflective; it represents the soul, struggling through the veils of
"mater" to unite with the higher self. Where the Sun is conscious will directed
toward an outer purpose, the Moon is the subconscious, emotions, and the feeling
world. The Sun is father and authorities; the Moon is mother and our roots, our
family, home and nation. The Moon should be a clear reflection of spirit, and
one day perhaps she shall be, but for now the Moon tends to amplify the more
negative emotions and habit patterns within the individual and the mass
consciousness. We can see our child's perceptions of her father (Sun) and mother
(Moon) by studying the lights. We can see how we, her parents and teachers, may
have to work on our own emotions and habits to help the child obtain greater
self-mastery, and where we could, even inadvertently, injure her by passing on
generational patterns of negative behavior. Lunar energy is most significant in
the first seven years of life.
The Signs of the Zodiac: key words and esoteric meditations
Aries: The Ram. Spring. The pioneer, adventurer. Courage, daring, boldness. The
fountainhead or source. The word of Logos, the "I AM THAT I AM." Impulse,
energetic, start, beginning, manifestation. However we see our identity in Aries
(the Sun) will color the rest of the chart. In Aries, through patience and the
higher mind, we exercise control and replace the human ego with the divine. To
do so, we must battle Martian energy and master anger, aggression, conceit, and
all manner of ego games.
Taurus: The Bull. Taurus is the steady, deliberate, determined response of life
to the new ideas and impulses of Aries - possessing them, embodying them. Taurus
is the sign of the Builders. In Taurus, we make way for the Buddha (the
enlightened one) through an inner obedience to our calling in life. Through the
fires of love, we transmute human density and receive illumination. The bull
that blindly follows the red cape of desire must become the ox who serves.
Gemini: The Twins. Communicating, inquiring, investigating, exploring. "Getting
to know you, getting to know all about you." Nervous, versatile, inventive,
curious, linking, reasoning, making connections. Gemini is the sign where we end
our differences through effective communication (come-into-union). We transcend
envy and jealousy (that would divide us) through knowledge and the application
Cancer: The Crab. The crab carries his home with him wherever he goes. Cancer is
the experience, vehicle, or body itself. The house and home - The Chariot. The
experience as in feeling, living, and sensing life. Cancer energy is protective,
nurturing, and compassionate. Cancer is the mother, human and divine, who gives
and gives of herself until this daily giving becomes second nature. In Cancer we
learn self-discipline to raise up the tremendous creative force of the mother,
the kundalini. We overcome self-pity, self-justification and indecision and are
harmonious with all of life.
Leo: The Lion. Leo is fire of heart! Leo is the outward expression of love:
acting, creativity, children, sports, and romance. Leo is the sign of Kings. In
Leo we learn humility and magnanimity of heart, the mark of true leadership!
Through the fires of love, we transmute hardness of heart, which has made us
blind, into God's great gifts. We learn to care for and appreciate life. We
express gratitude in thought, word, and deed.
Virgo: The Virgin. Virgo is the sign of health, works, and service. Virgo is the
Celestial Maiden. In her arms she carries the sheaves of wheat, symbolizing
wisdom. With meticulous discernment, she separates out the chaff, makes flour,
and distributes the bread to a world hungry for her spiritual guidance. She is
the Earth Mother who shows us "how to do it" step by step. She is the teacher.
In her great love of geometry and perfection, the Earth Mother pays special
attention to details, repair, craftsmanship. She is busy, concerned, and
careful, practical, analytical, and discriminating. In Virgo we balance our
karmic accounts. Through peace and understanding, we transmute anger and a sense
of injustice. We replace a tendency to worry with a positive mental outlook. We
balance our accounts through service to life.
Libra: The Scales. Marriage and union. (Yoga: to join, or yoke.) Marriage is the
most common form of yoga. Libra energy is diplomatic, compassionate, attentive
to the needs of others. In Libra we learn to be centered in the heart. Only
there and in the higher mind can we be at the fulcrum of reality. We treat our
brother as we would have him treat us, but learn to be unafraid to stand up for
truth, even if in so doing we rock the Libran scales! In Libra, we seek balance
to be the instruments of love. Painful experiences in love - dishonesty,
treachery, and intrigue - are arrows that cause pain but also purify and bring
us back to the center in God.
Scorpio: The Scorpion. The Scorpion, the Phoenix, the Eagle. Scorpio is the sign
of great yet, more often than not, painful transformations. Rising out of the
ashes of an ancient karma, we reclaim our divine sonship. We learn it is far
better to give than to receive. We learn to detach ourselves from those desires
not in keeping with our Higher Self. We remove all that is nonessential to our
path. Scorpio energy is intense, penetrating, purging, metamorphic. This is the
sign of the Warrior and the Initiate. Its key word is TRIUMPH!
Sagittarius: The Archer/the Centaur. What remains after the furnace of Scorpio:
truth, that which cannot be further reduced. Sagittarius represents all the
great cultural traditions that frame civilization: law, religion, history, and
philosophy. Sagittarian energy is enthusiastic, profound, generous, and candid.
This is the sign of Victory over all the misuses of every other sign! In
Sagittarius we learn to overcome lower desires (the Centaur) and aim our arrow
higher! If we give in to freedom without responsibility, we can find ourselves
on a roller coaster ride hard to get off! Beethoven (a Sagittarian) composed his
greatest symphonies after he had gone deaf, and Sagittarius is a sign of
overcoming all human limitations and soaring for the sky! The only thing that
can rob us of our victory is resentment and retaliation. When we have a rolling
momentum of victory, there is no room for resentment. We rise higher.
Capricorn: The Goat. The purified essence bursts into light. Capricorn is the
greatest concentration of spirit in the earth body, the crystallization of
spirit in earthly works and endeavors. When we remember that we are the
instruments of the light, and not the source of its creation, we can accomplish
all things. Those who become drunk with power meet their downfall in this sign.
Those who are humble do the works of the father, and they often become governors
of men. Capricorn energy gives practical vision. Capricorn is dependable,
steady, constant, organized, managerial. Misused it is cold, dictatorial,
judgmental, manipulative, and cruel.
Aquarius: The Water Bearer. Aquarius carries the spiritual light of Capricorn
into actuality. The will to implement our clearest vision; alchemy. Aquarius
relates to freedom, innovation, and brotherly love. Aquarius is the sign of
technology, scientific advances that are intended to free us from drudgery to
better pursue the life of the spirit! In working with others, and for causes
greater than ourselves, we learn the lessons of love - cooperation, surrender of
personal desire for the good of all, and true fraternity. Irritation,
intellectual conceit, and intolerance are misuses of the Aquarian light born out
of hardness of heart.
Pisces: The Fishes. Jesus Christ was born at the beginning of the Piscean Age.
He is known as the Piscean avatar. His ministry exemplified a path of
self-mastery characterized by charity, compassion, mystical understanding.
Pisces energy is intuitive, understanding, willing to sacrifice. In Pisces we
call upon courage, illumination, and faith to overcome all manner of fear (based
on past memories from this or other lifetimes, or embedded in the race
subconscious). We obtain peace and become teachers holding a lamp of wisdom to
the many. Doubt, fear, self-pity, illusion, delusion and all manner of evading
reality (alcoholism, drug abuse, etc.) are "death by drowning." In Pisces, we
learn to ride the wave; sometimes we must dive in unafraid!
The Chart Wheel and the Zodiac
The astrological wheel, or mandala, is a map of the space surrounding us at the
time of our birth. The chart represents the hub of life! The wheel is divided
into twelve sections called houses - six houses in the sky above, six beneath
the Earth below. These houses are numbered counterclockwise, starting with the
1st house and the direction east on the left-hand side of the wheel. Planets in
the heavens are placed on the chart wheel in the houses that correspond to where
they actually are in the sky. Of the 12 houses, astrologers find the four most
important are the one directly above our heads (10th), the one under our feet
(4th), the one on the left and to the east (1st), and the one on the right and
to the west (7th). These four are called "angular" because they mark the corners
of the chart: south, north, east, and west.
Life continues after the birth moment. Astrologers watch the planets (as they
continue on in the sky after a birth) move through the houses of the natal
chart. Their movement is counterclockwise: from the upper hemisphere (houses
7-12), across the ascendant (1st house cusp), into the lower hemisphere (houses
1-6), and on around.
In the chart wheel, the planets are placed in their zodiac positions. The zodiac
stretches in a circle through all 360 degrees of the surrounding sky, and this
circle is divided into sections of 30 degrees -- the familiar 12 signs. Planet
positions are measured within signs by degrees, minutes, and seconds of circular
arc. Each degree contains 60 minutes of arc and each minute of arc contains 60
seconds of arc. For example, I might tell you that my Moon (Moon at birth) is in
the sign Leo (5th sign). More exactly it is in the 01st degree of Leo. It is
actually at 01 degree and 28 minutes of the sign Leo.
The chart wheel is usually divided into 12 sections called houses. The houses
are numbered (counterclockwise) from 1 to 12. The pie-like lines that divide one
house from the next are called house cusps. For example, the cusp of the 1st
house is the horizontal line on the left-hand (east) side of the wheel.
Keep in mind that our Earth makes a complete turn on its axis once in 24 hours.
The chart wheel represents the space surrounding where we were born. It is as if
we were standing outside with the sky above us (upper part of chart) and the
Earth beneath our feet (lower hemisphere). As the Earth turns, it brings each of
the 360 degrees of the zodiac overhead (or to any part of the wheel) once in 24
hours -- a new degree of the zodiac every four minutes or so.
As you can see, the symbols for the planets have been placed in the part of the
sky (the house) in which they were at the time of your birth. For example, if
you were born in the daytime, then the symbol for the Sun will be somewhere in
the upper half of the wheel. If you were born at noon, the sun would be almost
right overhead or at the top of the chart, while if you were born at midnight it
would be at the bottom (4th house) of the chart.
The wheel is also seen as two hemispheres -- a top and a bottom. The upper part
of the chart (houses 7-12) represents that part of the sky that was overhead and
above the horizon at the time of our birth. It has to do with our participation
in the world of thoughts, ideas, ideals, planning, and public service. Here we
see our interaction with others, joint finances, career development, shared
philosophies, and group endeavors. The lower hemisphere (houses 1-6) marks that
part of the heavens that we have under us -- and cannot see -- below the horizon
and on the other side of the Earth from us. It has more to do with personal
issues -- myself, my money, my home, my job, etc. -- and it outlines our
The Wheel of Houses
The chart wheel or mandala of 12 houses can be seen as a circle, or cycle, with
each house leading to the next house, and so on, in a counterclockwise
direction. Let's start at the very top of the wheel -- the MC and the cusp of
the 10th house.
10th House. The 10th house is at the peak of the chart, the point of the
crystallization of self into the world at large. Here we give back to the world
our specialized talent and achievement, our dharma, the manifestation of our
incarnation. It is directly overhead, up-there, and to the south. It is the
house of clear, practical vision. Ideas can take their start here as planets
pass through the 10th house. In the natal chart, the 10th house is associated
with career, vocation, and the like. In the child's chart, the 10th house
represents his interaction with his father (or dominant parent), with elders and
authorities and what he wants to do when he grows up. The sign on the 10th house
cusp gives us insight into the child's career potential; the nature of the
career or his attitude to advancement. For example, a child with Aries (ruled by
Mars) on the Midheaven might be headed for a job with the police force,
military, or steel industry. Of course, this will only be the case for a certain
percentage of children. The majority, however, will take an Arian approach to
work: They will be self-enterprising and willing to work hard. They may butt
heads with their employers. They may be impatient with those beneath them
(employees, hirelings, etc.) The latter may reflect their attitude toward
authority figures -- parents, principals, policemen -- during their youth. The
child with planets in the 10th house may be thinking about his career early in
life but may require considerable training to reach the heights to which he
11th House. The 11th house is a movement away from the 10th and down towards the
lower hemisphere of the chart. The 11th house takes the clear idea seen in the
10th and resolves to put it to work, usually enlisting the help of friends and
others. The 11th house has to do with plans for action, group goals,
cooperation. In the child's chart, the 11th house will tell us much about his
goals and the nature of his aspirations. The 11th house also reveals how a child
interacts with his friends. For example, a child with Cancer on the 11th house
cusp would be protective toward his friends. He likes to invite them over, and a
sleep-over would be a special treat! He could be very attached to his friends.
If a child has planets in the 11th house, his chart will take on an Aquarian
coloring: he may be innovative, interested in science or electronics, and be
12th House. The 12th house is the house of the past, the subconscious and so is
associated with karma. It is called the house of "hidden enemies," the worst of
these originating within ourselves. It is also the house of "hidden strength"
and spiritual reserves. The 12th house can reveal to us the nature of fears the
child must overcome, in addition to hidden strengths upon which he can draw. The
child with planets in the 12th house may be shy, intuitive, even clairvoyant. He
sees the world through the eyes of a mystic or dreamer. He may not know clearly
where fantasy ends and reality begins. Meditation, music, and art often can
often bring him out of his shell and channel his imagination constructively.
The 1st house marks the division between the upper and lower houses. The upper
houses are more outer in their manifestations. A child with the majority of
planets in the upper hemisphere is likely to be "other-oriented" (more
interested in serving others than in serving himself). The child with the
majority of planets in the lower hemisphere is more personal and subjective.
Home, family, and security need to be established before he will venture out.
1st House. The 1st house is very important in a child's chart because it depicts
the early childhood environment. The 1st house is the house of identity which
will be primarily shaped by early experiences in life. The first house tells how
we project ourselves outward (our personalities) and how others perceive us. The
child's perception of himself will be colored by the nature of the planet(s) in
the 1st house, more so if the planet is close to the Ascendant.
2nd House. The 2nd house is the house of values, what we value, and how we treat
our valuables. This is also the house of income and right livelihood, which of
course will be influenced by the degree to which we developed our personal
resources during childhood. The sign on the 2nd house cusp and planets in the
2nd house provide clues to talents your child has that you will want to help him
develop. A child with Venus in the 2nd house, for example, could be musical or
artistic. The child with Aries on the 2nd house cusp will be quick to begin new
projects but may not be realistic in his assessment of his ability to carry them
3rd House. The 3rd house continues the drama set forth in the 1st and 2nd. The
1st is the new start, the 2nd is what is drawn forth in response to the 1st, and
the 3rd is how the situation develops to its fullness. The 3rd house has to do
with the many details of everyday living. The 3rd house is the house of
communication and of early childhood education. Planets in the third house and
the sign on the 3rd house cusp will reveal much about the child's manner of
communicating. Here the child's attitude toward schoolwork is revealed. The 3rd
house also deals with brothers and sisters. The child with Neptune (imagination)
in the 3rd house (mind) may excel at poetry or musical composition. On the other
hand, he could be dreamy and easily distracted.
4th House. The 4th is one of the angular houses and starts a new series of
three. The 4th house is the basement of the chart, and so it represents the
subconscious. It is also the cradle of life, the mother, family, and heritage.
Planets in the 4th house and the sign on the 4th house cusp in the child's chart
show us the child's perception of the early home environment -- the parents and
physical home, the nurturing the child receives, his sense of security or lack
of it, and his later role as parent and patriot. If your child has planets in
the house of the family, the early childhood experience makes a lasting
impression upon him.
5th House. The 5th house is the house of creativity, romance and children. The
5th house is the experience of sharing who we are with others, of creative
self-expression, of the giving and receiving of love. Fun is also related to the
5th house. When we study the child's 5th house we discover what types of
recreation may appeal to him. We perceive his need for attention and
recognition, important steps in building his self-esteem. The child with planets
in the 5th house dramatizes emotion; his actions say, "look at me!"
6th House. As we reach the 6th house, the "party" of the 5th is over. Now it's
time to get down to business! The 6th house is the house of work and service.
This house relates to training and so reveals much about the child's habits,
which are established for the most part in early childhood: eating habits, study
skills, care of the body, maintenance of his room, etc. The child with Virgo on
the 6th house cusp tends to be meticulous in his work. The 6th house is also the
house of health and can give us clues as to the child's physical constitution
and potential health problems. A child with Mars in the 6th house could be very
robust and energetic but could also be critical or bossy with classmates (and
later with employees). He could be susceptible to fevers and inflammations.
7th House. The 7th house, another angular house, marks the beginning of a new
series of three houses. Here we cross over from the personal houses to the
impersonal houses. The personal experience of the first six houses is finished.
It falls away from us and we see it as a complete stage in our development. We
begin the upward trek toward a more impersonal service, with less concern for
self, and more energy expended toward helping others. We begin by seeking a
partner, cooperating with others, forming significant unions: Marriage. Planets
in the 7th house and the sign on the 7th house cusp reveal to us how the child
gets along with others. Is he sociable or shy? Does he attract friends that are
good for him or does he tend to cling to fruitless relationships. Will he think
well before "tying the knot," or is he more apt to jump into marriage
impetuously? A child with many planets in the 7th house will be very involved
with other people and their affairs.
8th House. The 8th house results from our fully grasping the nature of the
completed personal experience in the first seven houses... what was right about
it and what was wrong. Here we strip away and can do without what was wrong. The
extra baggage is unloaded.
The 8th house is also the house of resources we share with others. It is the
house of sex, money and death. In the child's chart, planets in the 8th house
and the sign on the 8th house cusp provide clues as to stewardship of
belongings, his ability to share, and his search for the answers to questions of
life and death. Here we see potential transformative events in the life of the
child. We see his values, his strongest desires, and his search for the answers
to the deeper mysteries of life. The child with Capricorn (power) on the 8th
house may want to rule the sandbox, but will probably discover that when he
doesn't share the kingdom he manages it alone!
9th House. The 9th house has to do with what remains when all extra is stripped
away. It is what endures from the entire episode, the seed essence. It becomes
the light for a new idea in the 10th, where the whole cycle repeats itself. The
9th house shows how we arrive at a higher illumination through religion, travel,
philosophical thought, and travel. Planets in the 9th house and the sign on the
9th house cusp can tell us how the child reaches out to know more: something of
the child's aspirations for truth, his philosophy in life (as developed from
early religious and moral training, his higher education, and his own
experience), and his potential travel experiences.
The Chart Wheel, or Mandala:
Here are some brief descriptions of the twelve houses and what they mean to
astrologers. We will start with the 10th house -- the house of clear, practical
Tenth house. Career. Practical talents. Ambition and status. Concern with
reputation. Practical vision and supervisory skills. The child's interaction
with adults and elders. The father and father principle. The child's attitude
Eleventh house. The child's interactions with his friends. How he relates to his
peers. His wishes and aspirations.
Twelfth house. The child's hidden fears and inner strengths. His participation
in "institutions" such as churches, hospitals, and boarding schools. The
workings of his imagination.
First house. The way the child perceives himself and how he comes across to
others. The early environment. How he sees himself (Sun and Ascendant on the 1st
house cusp) will color the entire chart.
Second house. Possessions, money, things. What the child values and what is
valuable to him. How he treats his belongings. Responsibility and stewardship.
Third house. The child's ability to cogitate and to communicate ideas: thinking,
talking, listening, writing, reading, visits. The acquisition of knowledge:
schooling, questions, interactions, curiosity. The child's relationship with his
brothers and sisters.
Fourth house. The child's roots: his national and cultural heritage, his mother
and family, his physical home and early childhood environment. What he needs to
feel secure. How he cares for others. Harmony or discord with family members.
His basic foundation in life.
Fifth house. How the child expresses love: awareness, pride, self-discovery.
Acting, playing, sport and recreation, teaching others. His idea of fun!
Sixth house. Health, work, and service. How the child cares for himself and for
life. His pets. His daily habits: eating, dressing, hygiene. His willingness to
serve. Physical well-being or potential health problems. Work requiring skill or
special training such as crafts and hobbies.
Seventh house. Others. How the child see himself in relation to his friends. His
ability to cooperate with a partner. His concept of self as opposed to how
others may see him. His sense of justice and fair play. Competition. His
awareness and interaction with the opposite sex. His social life.
Eighth house. What the child looks for in others; his ability to share and to be
a steward of his things and money (allowance). Sacrifice and selfishness.
Transformative experiences in his life. His ability to be self-disciplined, to
let go of or delay gratification of desires. How he is likely to approach sex
later in life.
Ninth house. The child's early religious and moral training. His travel
experience. His search for understanding. His sense of a mission in life. His
need for higher education or training. His own search for meaning.
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 represents our identity, or self and as such, colors every other
aspect of the chart. In a child's chart, the Sun will reveal much about her
emerging personality. Your child's greatest strengths and challenges are often
described by the qualities of her Sun Sign. A Leo child, for example, is a born
leader but may be pompous. A Piscean youngster may draw upon a rich imagination
to inspire others, but may seek to escape reality by retreating into a fantasy
world. The wise parent will train the child to manifest the positive qualities
of her Sun Sign. The position of the Sun also helps us understand what motivates
our children. A child with a Fire sign Sun such as Aries, will generally be
motivated by seeking new experiences in which she can assert herself, whereas a
Water sign Sun child is more emotional and will seek comfort and security before
venturing out. Children born into Earth signs tend to be grounded. They're
builders and seek means of practical expression. They want to know, "How does it
work?" Air sign Sun children can experience life through thoughts and thrive on
social interaction and communication. The Sun also represents the child's
perception of the father (or dominant parent) and the qualities the child
identifies with within the father. From here, we extend our understanding of
this relationship to authorities and adults in general and later, to the child's
understanding of her own life purpose. For example, a child with the Sun in
harmonious aspect to Mars would likely feel supported by the father and
therefore more prone to self confidence than a child born with the Sun square
Mars. The latter might feel blocked on some level by the father or dominant
parent. Both, however, are dynamic positions indicating leadership potential.
In a child's chart, we look to the position of the Moon to understand the
child's perception of her mother, of her need to be cared for and to nurture.
The Moon also describes the child's experience within her family, with its
particular dynamics, tradition and heritage. From these, the child establishes
her roots. The Moon, then, indicates the early childhood environment, our early
support systems. Emotional responses are traced to the Moon and hence, to
patterns established during childhood (and even during other lifetimes). These
often become automatic and subconscious in the adult. Thus, the sign placement
of the Moon reveals much about our child's emotional needs and expressions. The
Moon may dominate the child's chart during the first 7 years of life. The Moon
will tell us what the child needs to feel secure and also what kinds of habits
would be helpful or detrimental to her development. For example, a child with a
Sagittarian Moon is happy when she has plenty of room to explore. (But she needs
to learn the value of limits) A Cancer Moon child, in contrast, may cling to
Mom's apron strings. (But she may need to overcome fear of making it on her
Mercury represents thoughts, ideas, and the mental process in general.
Communications – by phone, letter, spoken, or however – are ruled by Mercury.
Also thoughts, connections, phone wires, and everything that connects and
conveys – even forms of transportation. In the child's chart, Mercury describes
the myriad aspects of schooling – teachers, study habits, homework, learning
skills, concentration (or lack of it). Your child's relationship with brothers
and sisters are indicated by Mercury as well. The way your child thinks,
receives, shares and transmits information and knowledge will be revealed by
studying the position of Mercury in her chart. Mercury relates to hands, fine
motor abilities, and to handwriting and drafting skills. Mercury by sign and
element tells us how the child studies and what she likes to study, and how we
(her parents and teachers) can help her gain greater academic expertise.
Children with Mercury in Fire signs think and talk simultaneously and are
spontaneous. They enjoy games that make learning fun! Children with Mercury in
Air Signs can chatter away and still keep going! Words can come alive for them
and they enjoy listening to (or creating) colorful tales and stories.
Communication is their thing. They may have to work at being listeners, however!
Children with Mercury in Water signs may need help thinking clearly since
emotion runs into thoughts. These children like profound subject matter.
Children with Mercury in Earth signs generally have a good measure of common
sense. Hands on training suits them best.
Venus rules our values and sense of appreciation. When we appraise or
appreciate something, whether that be another person or a new car, this is Venus
– the sense of love and compassion we may feel. Venus in the child's chart shows
us what kinds of things our child appreciates, her innate sense of beauty (which
can be developed), the manner in which she interacts with her friends and with
adults, and how she shows love. Children with Venus in ardent Leo, for example,
are demonstrative and fun-loving. They tend to shine and love bright, colorful
things. Venus in Scorpio children, on the other hand, may be shy but
exceptionally kind and thoughtful. These children may want Mom all to
themselves! The Venus in Libra child is a social butterfly and loves beauty in
her clothes and bedroom. Venus in Taurus loves beautiful things, pretty rocks
and later precious stones. She may be a gourmet. She may need help learning to
share what she sees as prized possessions. A study of Venus by sign, house and
aspect also reveals something about your child's taste in food, eating habits,
care of possessions and attitude toward money and belongings.
Mars is the planet of emotion and drive. When we search for the meaning of
something, it is Mars that urges us on, keeps us searching. Mars will tell us
what motivates our child, what captures her interest. By studying the aspects
formed between Mars and other planets we discern if our child expresses desire
in a healthy and direct manner or whether she feels blocked (squares) by inner
or outer conditions. We also learn how our child expresses anger, whether in
strong bursts (Mars in Fire Signs), bottled up and tears (Mars in Water Signs)
or with cutting words (Air signs). With greater understanding we can help our
child deal with her feelings in a constructive way. Mars tells us about our
child's interest and aptitude (or lack of it), for physical exercises, sports,
recreation. Mars drives us against things, too, and sends us into war and
combat. Mars imparts courage and stamina. The house position of Mars in the
child's chart will tell us in what area of life she is likely to enter the
greatest degree of active conflict or activity: In the 11th, with friends, in
the 3rd, perhaps with sisters and brothers, or in competitive learning at
The Ascendant, or Rising sign, indicates how we come across, our appearance.
The way we express or present ourselves is indicated by the Ascendant, which is
said to be the most personal point in the natal chart since it is dependent upon
the time we were born. If we do not know the birth time, then we do not know the
Ascendant. The Sign on the Ascendant gives us clues as to how our child
perceives others and how she perceives herself or would like to come across.
Environmental factors and the influence of parents has much to do with our
self-image. In fact, quite often, the Ascendant will be in the same sign as one
of the parents' Sun, Moon or Rising Sign.
The Midheaven, or MC, tells us something about our vocation. This point is
usually associated with our outer standing in the world, our fame, reputation,
and fortune. While you may not be able to pinpoint your child's future vocation
precisely, you can garner many clues form the Midheaven in her chart about the
kind of work she feels best suited for, and her attitude toward responsibility.
A Sagittarian Midheaven, for example, could indicate a vocation related to
travel, religion, law, sports or the outdoors. She wouldn't want to be pinned
down to a 9 to 5 office job. A Capricorn Midheaven wants to delegate jobs, to
administer, and takes on more than her share of responsibility. A Gemini
Midheaven could indicate a career in communication, whether as a reporter or
news broadcaster or a telephone receptionist. Transportation and flying could be
what excites this child. Or she may carry on 2 or more jobs simultaneously. In
each case, its not difficult to think of ways we could guide the child in
discovering and fulfilling her special calling.
The planets Mercury and Venus, along with the Sun, Moon and Mars describe the
child's emerging personality. These inner planets are located between the orbit
of the Earth and the Sun. Venus indicates how the child appreciates and measures
her experience, and describes the values established during childhood. Venus
tells us how the child expresses love, the things that mean a lot to her, and
her appreciation for beauty (or lack of it). Mercury tells us something about
our child's perception, verbal expression, schooling --in short, how her mind
works, how she thinks and communicates.
The major planets outside the Earth's orbit (external to us) are Mars,
Jupiter, and Saturn. These are the planets describing the outer world and
circumstances surrounding the child, the status, well-being and conditions she
is born into and what urges her on to greater achievements as she grows. Mars
will tune you in to what motivates your child and the way she approaches life.
Jupiter shows us how she is most apt to channel that energy, and Saturn decrees
what sort of obstacles will confront her on the road to success. Again: Saturn
tells us about the territory we will be going through, Jupiter the way or path
through it, and Mars what kind of push or drive we can count on to keep going.
Every person has each zodiac sign somewhere in their charts. Where
these signs are found in the chart are important.
Aries is the sign of the pioneer and leader. Aries energy is
attention-getting and assertive, tending to provoke a response from the
surroundings, from others. The house with the Aries cusp shows you in what area
of life your child is most apt to be assertive, and even a bit impulsive. Here
is where she can learn the lessons of patience.
Taurus energy is stable. Here is where your child is likely to be
resourceful, where talent may lie! She could perhaps make money from the issues
related to this house. Taurus is the way we "have" things, how we possess and
acquire things. The house cusp can tell you where the child might need to learn
the lessons of obedience or non-attachment.
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.
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.
Leo energy is expressive and concerned with dramatic self-awareness and a
sense of pride and ownership. Here is a sense of confidence from which the
emotive and outgoing Leo energy operates. Often very artistic, and always
theatrical and expressive, this sign is good for creativity and the arts. Your
child may seek creative means to express herself through the affairs of the
house with Leo on the cusp.
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 she may take a systematic and detailed
Libra energy is always facilitating and responsive, assuming the appropriate
reaction or response to any question or statement. This is certainly the social
sign, par excellence. The affairs of the house with Libra on the cusp indicate
where your child may enjoy working with a close pal; this may also be where she
must learn lessons in cooperation. Libra can tie in the theme of beauty and
diplomacy into the affairs of the house whose cusp it is on.
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.
Sagittarius is associated with religion, philosophy and travel. Your child
may seek to "expand her horizons," or to express her highest ideals and personal
philosophy through the affairs of the house on whose cusp Sagittarius is found.
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.
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.
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 she 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).
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