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 Sarah. 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 Sarah'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 Sarah's chart, there is an outstanding quality of Air. Since Air is a predominant element in the chart, Sarah will be more mentally active -- and is likely to be very talkative. Everything tends to have a mental connection. Friends are exceptionally important, and social situations may always be a powerful feature of Sarah's life. Even during the early years, when sharing and cooperative play are a bit of a struggle, Sarah will enjoy being around others her own age. Later, you may discover that Sarah is the one who invites social interaction in the classroom or on the playground. While mental stimulation is important, encouraging Sarah to develop her own ideas may be somewhat difficult unless Sarah enjoys exposing her thoughts! The logical conclusion may be that Sarah is a "natural" at such experiences, but it's highly conceivable that presentations in the classroom or sharing her own ideas strikes fear. The reason may be a lack of confidence in whether or not Sarah is "correct." Sarah hates to be proven wrong or even having the appearance of being "stupid!"
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.
With an emphasis on Cardinal energy, Sarah likes to get things going! Cardinal energy is motivational. Much like the ignition of an automobile, the principle of cardinality is required to get things started. Initiative, assertiveness, ambition and independence are all cardinal qualities. The negative traits of impatience and restlessness can be strong, especially if Sarah is bored! And, Sarah is likely to have a strong desire to act without outside guidance..
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 Sarah 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 Sarah's chart during early childhood. Expressing the Sun requires more self-awareness, and that develops later!
Keep in mind that Sarah is NOT a blank slate! These drives and expressions can be nourished and supported by understanding family and teachers, helping Sarah make the most of these "ingredients" in her developing personality!
Sarah is a social creature. With the Moon in Libra, Sarah is happier and feels most secure when someone else is around. Emotional stability is balanced by another person, and decisions are more easily made when confirmed by others (even if it's only a knowing nod).
The way Sarah 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 Sarah'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.
The influence of Sarah's Taurus Sun can give an impression of the perfect, quiet baby. Certainly this child will prefer that things go smoothly, but when it comes time to make changes, a surge of stubborn resistance can shine through. Too much jostling about right after waking may be unsettling during infancy. During toddler years, that resistant attitude is likely to be experienced as a firmly spoken, "No." While tiny Taurus may actually mean it, it's possible that "no" is just the first response! Give Sarah time to get used to any changes if you want to encourage cooperation. Preschool and primary school years can be the best time to offer early artistic education, since creating things can be a favorite pastime. Musical education can be an excellent opportunity to encourage any talents in music or the performing arts. As a preteen, Sarah may be especially interested in social relationships, although she can be somewhat shy in new situations or uncertain when it comes to matters of appearance.
Another prevailing quality that's likely to emerge in Sarah's early years in shown by the sign on her Ascendant, or Rising Sign. In childhood, the Ascendant and the 1st House signify Sarah'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 Sarah's basic attitudes and herself, and how she presents herself to the world. The significance of environmental conditioning in Sarah's developing personality is shown by the Ascendant.
Through a Taurus Ascendant, Sarah projects consistency and stubbornness. Sarah may enjoy natural surroundings and may also have a special affinity for music. She may stay more to herself, although being close to a special few people can become a true joy.
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. With the Moon in an air sign, Sarah is likely to think in a more abstract manner. Concepts like logic, mathematics and music can be more easily grasped. Social interaction is another key to learning, although reading can also be enjoyable, especially if it's shared.
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.
Sarah 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 Sarah to quickly grasp new ideas and to retain them extremely well. You may even observe that Sarah seems to have a steel trap mind. It's important to help Sarah find a comfortable learning pace and environment which encourages her to make the best use of her mind. If a learning situation allows Sarah 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 Sarah 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 Sarah 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 Sarah 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 Sarah will project the qualities of Mercurial energy more strongly.
Sarah has Mercury in Aries, which shows a tendency to be very direct in communication and highly creative mentally. Her basic approach may be to get the facts, then go on to something new. Even as a small child, Sarah is likely to jump right into situations, just following the impulse to know what that thing is! Sarah can be a persuasive communicator.
The influence of Mercury in sextile aspect to Jupiter increases confidence in learning abilities and may indicate that Sarah can grasp new subject material quite readily. However, there can be a lax attitude toward study, since she may not be interested in exerting a lot of effort when confronting new or challenging material. Here, the typical model is the overconfident underachiever -- the child who assumes that she or he knows enough and therefore does not make sufficient effort. If mastering certain material comes easily, then excellence may follow. Applied effort will require careful guidance, and establishing good study habits can add just the right ingredients to allow Sarah to make the best use of her intellectual abilities. These two energy connections can be indicators of a child who "talks a blue streak." Learning to still the mind and appreciate quiet can be a challenge.
A keen intellect may be one of the first things you notice about Sarah. She has Mercury in trine aspect to Uranus -- suggesting a very quick mind and good ability to grasp material. Retention is dependent upon other factors. Sarah will be easily stimulated mentally, but may have some problems focusing the mind. Step-by-step rational thought may not be the way she thinks. The mind assimilates data so quickly that Sarah may not be aware of all the steps involved -- she just has the answer! When asked to explain the reasons behind her thinking, Sarah may be stumped. Learning mathematical theorems in their later school years will be helpful, although not always enjoyed!
Mercury in the 12th House indicates that Sarah may be highly imaginative and artistically inclined. She may prefer a private, closed room for study and will enjoy some serenity when composing ideas or developing thoughts. Meditative practices may seem natural, even in elementary school years. This placement suggests an impressionable mind, although the sign and aspects of Mercury will indicate how Sarah responds and uses that impressionability.
Jupiter and Learning
Another factor involved in Sarah'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 Sarah will express confidence and what types of stimulation will build her learning skills. With Jupiter in Aquarius, Sarah can be especially enthusiastic about developing independence as quickly as possible, and if education seems to be the way to do it, then she may throw tremendous energy behind accelerating her learning. Alternative, open school situations may work best, as long as some reasonable and logical steps are involved to help her maintain a sense of priorities and progress.
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 Sarah 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 Sarah. 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.
Sarah's favorite forms of recreation and sports can include handball, racquetball, juggling, jump rope, parallel and uneven parallel bars (gymnastics), badminton, tennis, basketball, bicycling, skateboarding, hang-gliding, wind-surfing, fencing, and pole-vaulting.
With Mars in the 1st House, Sarah will prefer to stay physically active. As a baby, she may have trouble getting to sleep unless she has had sufficient physical activity to "burn off" any excess energy. Try infant massage to help relax tight muscles. Sarah may be interested in sports, dance or other activities which require endurance and strength. If there are difficult aspects to Mars from other planets, Sarah can be accident-prone.
Since Sarah has a connection between Mars and Neptune, there's an extra physical sensitivity. This can also increase the potential for developing grace. Unfortunately, there can be a damper on Sarah's exuberance and vitality, or she might prefer to channel physical energy into creative activities, like playing music. She might also be able to utilize visualization to improve physical skills. Also, during teen years, these aspects can indicate that Sarah harbors powerful dreams about her physical prowess or abilities.
Since Sarah has Mars in aspect to Pluto, there can be a desire to take physical abilities into a different realm. There may be an ability to draw on a deeper strength and to build energy reserves. It's important to help Sarah learn how to challenge others without provoking a strong or defensive response. Learning the limits of personal power can be difficult, especially if she is faced with any kind of abuse. Sports can be a plus if properly directed, and particularly if Sarah is taught to respect the self and others in the process.
III. Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs
At different stages and ages Sarah 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 Sarah'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!
Sarah's most powerful emotional needs are symbolized by the Moon, which is the primary indicator of early psychological development. These needs remain with Sarah 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 Sarah will nurture herself. Even as a baby, Sarah has had a strong inner awareness of what is happening. As she grows, more information is absorbed and stored in Sarah'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 Libra, Sarah needs to feel peaceful, and also needs to feel equal to (or better than) everyone else. Because of this need, Sarah may spend too much time comparing herself with others rather than setting goals for personal development. Sometimes, Sarah feels a sense of inferiority, since the need for perfection and balance in all things is very strong. Emotions tend to vacillate in an attempt to maintain that balance. Consistency in the external environment is important. Sarah needs to be able to relate to someone else, and will feel more secure when she has companions. Refinement is required even in childhood. Sarah may have very high standards!
Sarah can be very picky about diet and environment. With the Moon in the 6th House, she needs to feel that she is aware of and can be in control of the physical body. As a baby, there can be a lot of fussiness if Sarah is uncomfortable, but once adjustments are made, she may be quite peaceful. Pets may be especially important to this child.
Since Sarah's Moon and Venus are in opposition, there can be a great hunger for love and affection. However, the ability to express great emotional depth is definitely there. Overdoing emotional expression is the primary lesson of this aspect, since Sarah may not know when to stop or how to limit emotional outpours. A protective quality can be positively developed, and the need to take care of others may take precedence over taking care of herself. There can be a great changeability in the way she feels in regard to self worth, especially in elementary school and early adolescent years. Objectivity can be a difficult lesson, especially if and when hurts happen. Finding someone to trust (like a positive relationship with Mother or a female friend or relative) can provide a positive and much-needed anchor for the emotions.
Since the Moon and Mars are in trine to one another, Sarah's inner feelings, emotional sensitivity and self-assertiveness seem easy and natural. She can be comfortable in most situations since there's a sense that she is strong. While personal courage can be easily mustered, she may not be especially interested in pushing it. Why rock the boat? You may also observe that Sarah rises to most occasions in the nick of time, but for the impatient parent or teacher, questions may arise about exactly when she will take action. Outside motivation is sometimes necessary for this child to forge ahead toward challenging goals.
Sarah can sometimes become emotionally confused. With Moon in square aspect to Neptune distinguishing between the real and imaginary realms is difficult -- especially in early years. She needs experiences which have a tangible and grounding influences -- like plenty of hugs, loving caresses or even quality time in the garden or kitchen with Mom. Even if Mother tries to make herself accessible to this child, she may feel that Mom is never quite there. This projection may result from actual circumstances ranging from rather innocuous experiences like waking in the night and feeling alone to actual periods of physical separation. Creating a touchstone with Sarah can be helpful. Allowing security blankets or other hands-on devices can provide tangible confirmations of safety and comfort.
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 Sarah is relating to others on a more frequent basis, especially during the school years.
Sarah is a Taurus, basically described in the Underlying Personality section of this report. However, there are factors which alter Sarah's expression and development of her Sun.
All-in-all, Sarah can present a confident attitude. However, at times Sarah may experience difficulty simply accepting herself because the friction between Sun and Jupiter indicates that she needs to be "more" than she is. This is frequently a problem with perception that results from wanting to please. It's also conceivable that she can assume an air of self-importance as a defense mechanism that results from feeling that she has not met expectations. There can be difficulty defining limits -- knowing when to stop is a problem. It's also easy to be an expert at "truth-stretching." If Sarah is applauded for her honest efforts, the need to stretch her own importance will not be so pressing. The challenge is to learn self-acceptance, and then she can better assess her limitations. Plus, it will be easier to s realize the ultimate possibilities for growth and expansion. If there is a problem identifying limitations, Sarah may not feel comfortable when it's time to say "No," and will over-obligate herself. This can result in damage to his or her self-esteem if all those obligations cannot be met. It's also important to help her find ways to express gratitude for good fortune and success, when it does occur.
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 Sarah'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 Sarah 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 Sarah 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 Sarah's sense of self-confidence.
Even at an early age, Sarah may have very different ideas and ways of communicating than most of her friends. Sometimes these unusual thoughts can be alienating. The connection between Mercury and Uranus can stimulate a feeling that she is "weird." If parents and teachers can show Sarah how to use these original thoughts creatively, she will have more confidence in her creative ideas. Reinforcing trust of the intuitive mind is also helpful.
Self-esteem is another part of Sarah'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 Sarah 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 Sarah's age, she needs to feel love from others to encourage growth on every level, including the growth of self-esteem.
Sarah seems to exhibit a pure joie d'vivre. With Venus in Aries, she is attracted to situations and people which stimulate play, spontaneity and which may also be a bit competitive. Sarah will love playing games (a good outlet for that competitive drive), and may also be a very charming flirt. In very early years, she may "burn out" or grow weary of any situation or person which seems too repetitive. Warm hugs are appreciated and are likely to be forthcoming even in early childhood. But displays of dislike are also easy to demonstrate!
The amazing extent of Sarah's emotional sensitivity arises from a connection between Venus and Neptune. In many ways, her emotional expression is linked with divine love, and others can feel that she is a vehicle for divine compassion. In addition, creative energies are extraordinarily responsive, with a strong attraction to music, dance and other flowing art forms. Because there is such a potent sensibility, Sarah can easily be hurt by the insensitivity of others. Emotional expression may be difficult because this aspect, with its elusive feelings, sometimes makes it hard for Sarah to know exactly how she feels. Plus, she may have trouble distinguishing between her sense of what another feels and her own feelings -- it's as though the emotional boundaries are very loose. As a result, Sarah may be a cry baby -- weeping more easily than most kids.
Consequently, Sarah may be too easily influenced by others, and choices of friends and other influences need to be made with care. However, most of all, help Sarah trust her sense of boundless love, and encourage development of true forgiveness and compassion. Give this child an opportunity to help others, and encourage as many forms of creative expression as possible.
Sarah's Mars shows when she expresses anger and personal strength. As Sarah grows up, the way she shows personal assertiveness will be developed.
Mars in Gemini adds a restless, nervous quality to Sarah's temperament. She can also be a real chatterbox, or may have habits like fidgeting which prove to be distracting to others. Anger expressed verbally can get Sarah in trouble, since words may be spoken which were intended as a release but provoke hostile responses from others. Exploring places, ideas and people actually gives Sarah energy. Staying quiet can be a challenge, and maintaining interest and focus can be a lifelong lesson.
Confrontation may not be at all comfortable for Sarah, since the connection between Mars and Neptune can dissipate assertiveness and anger. Neptune sensitizes, and the sensitivity to pain (or fear of it) can be increased. Certainly Sarah may have angry feelings, but she will have difficulty finding an outlet for them. Anger is not an easy emotion because it can cause so much confusion. Also, expressing anger can ultimately leave her with a feeling of emotional exhaustion. Since a realistic assessment of others is blocked by idealism, Sarah may either feel powerless or victimized. This can lead to escapist forms of behavior or tendencies toward addictive behaviors.
Because of the high impressionability, Sarah may run into trouble playing too many video games, especially if they have violent content, since it's easy to live in the fantasy of the experience. Then, if situations prompt any kind of acting-out, the reality base may be limited or inhibited in some way and once in the drama of the situations, she can carry it too far before she realizes what has actually happened. Linking cause and effect can be very difficult for Sarah to learn.
On the other hand, Sarah may also feel a profound need to rescue others from painful situations -- she can identify with the pain! This can create a trap during the preteen and teenage years, when she can develop a tendency to be drawn into co-dependent relationships filled with addictive behavior patterns. Certainly helping others is admirable, but the other person must learn how to help herself. Most children do not have the objectivity to understand this, and will simply identify with the other person. Parents may need to help Sarah identify when it is constructive to help and when she needs to keep a reasonable distance.
Teaching Sarah to cope with feelings of despair by using her natural talent of visualizing a more positive reality can help. Encourage Sarah to bring vision into action, to see that the hope for a better tomorrow is valid. Dramatic arts can be a good resource for external expression, as can music. Sarah may be rather charismatic, and can have a positive influence in the lives of others. During teen years, Sarah may overcompensate for assertiveness setting a goal of becoming the super-athlete, or may over-idealize superstars. After all, the line between reality and imagination can easily blur.
The fascination with power Sarah feels can be an expression of her Mars-Pluto connection, which also stimulates a strong need to feel personal power. A sense of omnipotence may be present, even in younger years. It's important to determine whether or not Sarah feels powerless, especially if she is in a situation with adults who are especially strong -- like a powerful father. It's more likely that Sarah will repress feelings of anger, since she may actually be fearful of anger. Sarah must be given permission to express both her power and anger. She needs to learn that ventilating angry feelings when they surface is better than letting them build up and then explode like a volcano!
Positive expressions of personal power can come by supporting Sarah's need to influence or bring change into the lives of others. Help her target ways to help someone else -- perhaps helping an ailing friend or relative, or even taking in an injured bird and nursing it back to health and freedom. Sarah needs to see transformation in action. This happens around us all the time, especially in situations in which a person is becoming whole following an illness. Ultimately, Sarah needs to change things, and can be shown ways to bring about positive change in the world.
It's also possible that Sarah may be drawn to early sexual experimentation, and learning about the balance of power which exists in sexual situations can be truly difficult. However, since the ability to heal and regenerate is strong, Sarah can overcome any early traumas or difficulties. This can lead to acceptance and positive directions of personal power, and learning not to allow others to absorb or steal her power.
Sarah 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. With Uranus in Sagittarius, issues like education, religion, spirituality and the law become the realms of revolutionary challenge. Sarah and her generation may seem to cry out for changes in education which will provide not only the information and skills they require to make it in a rapidly changing world, but also for a kind of moral direction which stems from true principles of acceptance, tolerance and humanity. Balancing new uses of technology with higher principles is important. Sarah is growing up in a world where information is expanding and the sense of one world is emerging. However, the ideal and reality are unlikely to occur at the same time! We humans evolve more slowly than our ideas about change emerge.
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 8th House suggests a powerful connection to the inner realms and strong intuitive abilities, especially involving others who are close to her. Curiosity about what makes things work may be present, and studying nature can be enjoyable. Expect questions about birth, death and sexuality.
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. Those with Pluto in Scorpio (1984 - 1995) have been born during the time when life's ultimate issues have reached a boiling point. The occurrence of AIDS, open discussions about right to die, right to life, cloning -- all these processes have created a need to bring what was once in the closet to the surface. While sex education may have been part of the previous school curriculum, this time period saw the need to be more explicit, since there was now true life-threatening sexually transmitted disease! This era also saw the end of the cold war -- the time when the superpowers held the survival of the world as close as the touch of a button. However, outbreaks of terrorism have also become a fact of life for these kids, and they're dealing with it not only on a global level, but in their neighborhoods. Sarah and her generation are the healers, and may ultimately be the ones whose job is to transform our environment as well, healing the damage done by previous generations.
As with the other transpersonal planets, the House position of Pluto is the area of life where you help Sarah get in touch with a need for healing and transformational change. With Pluto in the 6th House, Sarah can be suspicious about other people and their "motives." She can also be unusually fearful of falling ill or may be insecure around doctors. Sometimes this can manifest as a fear of dogs, cats, or other animals -- especially if Sarah has been in an unsupported situation when an animal scratched or bit her. However, there can be an exceptional relationship with pets if handled in the right manner.
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 Sarah expresses her emotional self.
With the Sun in a supportive contact with the Ascendant, Sarah may have a "sunny" disposition! There's a tendency to be highly noticeable, and she may like to shine above the crowd.
Jupiter's dynamic aspect to Sarah'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.
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. Sarah 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 Sarah, either because he or she is absent, constantly working, or emotionally distant. Sarah 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. Sarah 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.
Sarah'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. Sarah 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.
Neptune's energy draws us into the inner self where we dream, visualize, imagine and escape. Since Sarah has Neptune retrograde, this introspective energy is more deeply sensitized. There can be an intensified desire to escape the ordinary world and its pressures. It's absolutely necessary that Sarah learns positive uses of creative imagination. Plus, she can struggle to distinguish the difference between physical plane reality (what we usually think of as "real") and the world of imagination or illusion. Imagination should certainly be encouraged, but in ways that are constructive to Sarah's growth. Neptune's house placement will indicate the area in which Sarah needs a creative escape and how she can be effective in using her imagination. Farrah Fawcett, Yoko Ono, and Ralph Waldo Emerson were all born with Neptune retrograde at birth.
Pluto spends about half of each year in retrograde motion. Parents and teachers can help Sarah 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. Sarah 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 Sarah's ability to trust herself.
One of the most significant ways to help Sarah 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 Aries can be developed in the early years by encouraging artistic play with paper and scissors. Sewing might be enjoyable, too. Later on, Sarah might enjoy carving, metal work, or-- in culinary arts--carving flowers, animals and other decorative shapes from vegetables! In music, Sarah might be an enthusiastic percussionist.
Venus, the expression of artistry, is, of course, an important part of creativity. This is the energy through which Sarah 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 Sarah to get in touch with expressions that feel good to her heart! Special talents and creative interests can include a wide range, but on e of the key factors for Venus in Aries is the need to make things that are "signature" kinds of items. In early years, provide plenty of materials for cutting and pasting, since there can be a special sensibility for design. Bright colors will be favorites, and playing with costumes, including costumes for dolls, can be creative. As dexterity improves, be sure there are supplies for jewelry making, designing hats, metal etching, ceramics, and when sufficiently mature, designs that are wood-burned or etched into leather. There can be a fascination with glass blowing and glass work, or the natural athleticism of Venus in Aries might be expressed playing drums or percussive instruments or athletic dancing. Watch for an interest in hairdressing, clothing design, or academic subjects like public speaking to develop during teen years.
Venus in the 12th House indicates a powerful creative imagination. While Sarah may need extra encouragement to bring talents into the open, there may be a wealth of inspiration, ideas and images she can express through all sorts of creative endeavors. Photography, acting or dance may be good ways to use this energy.
With the Moon opposing Venus, Sarah will be drawn to anything beautiful and may have a strong need to express her emotions through artistry. While highly competitive situations may block her confidence in expression, encouragement from parents and teachers can provide a positive platform for developing talents. The conflict created by the opposition to Venus can in itself be the impetus for Sarah to explore creative outlets, if only to release some of the tension she feels inside!
Venus in sextile to Mars adds confidence to Sarah's creative expression. Regardless of the art forms chosen, she may be quick study and can progress toward the more refined elements of creativity rather easily.
The mystical and visionary sensibilities Sarah expresses are a manifestation of the connection between Venus and Neptune. While there can be a special affinity for music, drama and the arts, there may be a lack of confidence -- especially if Sarah always feels overlooked or "invisible." She can also have unrealistic expectations of her abilities, and need special guidance from a mentor or teacher to help her develop. The dynamic contact between Venus and Neptune indicates a need to express the inner self creatively, yet something always seems to be lost in the translation. It may be difficult for parents or others to relate to what Sarah is trying to say or express artistically. With training, this confusing outflow can be more easily clarified.
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, Sarah 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 Sarah 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, Sarah 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 Sarah'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 Sarah 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 Sarah 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 Sarah's age will likely have Neptune in the same sign. Neptune in Capricorn (1984 - 1998) ideals are focused on things that can be proven, felt or tangibly manifested. As a result, Sarah and her peers are likely to display a kind of conservative quality, or a desire to recapture the past. Sarah may innately understand the need to appreciate and care for the things of the Earth if she wants to keep them. Sarah and her generation carry the torch for the new structure of modern society, but she can also fall victim to the tendency to use religious principles to create divisions among people. Political ideals have also been strongly intertwined with religious beliefs during this cycle, and it may be up to this generation to find the most effective ways for religion and government to exist harmoniously in the world.
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 Sarah can feel a desire to let go or to exercise compassion toward others. Sarah will enjoy applying imagination to higher ideals, since Neptune influences her 9th House. Whether she is enthralled with the stained glass windows in a cathedral or loves the pageantry of a parade, if there's inspiration involved, her imagination can go crazy.
V. Perceptions of the Parents
Guess what? You can tell how Sarah is likely to see her parents by looking at her own chart! Understanding how Sarah perceives Mom and Dad can be especially helpful, since what Sarah hopes to see and needs to experience from parents forms the basis of her sense of Self.
When Sarah feels happy and full of joy, the world looks bright, too. But if Sarah 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. Sarah 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. Sarah may even see things in Mother that Mother does not recognize as the way she is!
Sarah'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 Sarah matures into adulthood, these perceptions determine how Sarah will play the nurturing and mothering role toward others.
Through Sarah's eyes, Mother may be the personification of social grace, since the Moon in Libra projects beauty and interactive expressions onto Mother. Mother may seem especially exemplary to the child, symbolizing the ideal of true distinction.
With The Moon in a tense connection to Venus, Sarah may not be entirely comfortable with Mother. Part of the problem can be the feelings that Mother is difficult to please. Remember, this is a projection by Sarah, whose self-esteem needs extra support. Encourage Sarah when she excels, offering appropriate praise. Just as important, be aware of how criticisms are presented, since Sarah may feel them very deeply.
Since the Moon and Mars are harmoniously connected in Sarah's chart, she may see Mother as assertive, a woman ready to stand up for her own rights and beliefs. Mother can seem to be strong-willed. However, it's important that Mother shows Sarah how to stand up for her needs in a healthy way, since the model she shows can be especially significant.
Through the frustrating connection from Moon to Neptune, Sarah is like to perceive Mother as being rather vague, psychic, or difficult to reach. Mom may seem to be "out in the ozone" much of the time, or may be interested in spiritual aspects of life which Sarah has difficulty perceiving. These connections signify that Mother needs to personify a perfect ideal. If Mother fails in this, Sarah may be sorely disappointed and have difficulty relating to her feminine self and other women later in life. While this may seem unfair to Mother, it's good for her to know that Sarah may have unrealistic or highly idealistic perceptions!
It's important that Mother is not the perpetrator of a false illusion for Sarah, since she may have difficulty identifying with Mother at all, and may believe that she was really left on the doorstep by a mysterious stranger.
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, Sarah'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, Sarah may feel that his or her own individuality is reliable and strong. Sarah's perceptions of Father are strongly symbolized by the energy of the Sun in the astrological chart.
Sarah sees Father as consistent, reliable and a solid provider, since the Sun in Taurus is projected through these qualities. Father's love is a treasure for Sarah, and building things together can be a powerful experience.
Sarah needs consistent acknowledgment from Dad that she is important. Since the Sun in the 1st House needs to shine, that light needs recognition from Daddy! If Sarah feels that Father does not approve of or acknowledge her, then the repercussions can range from acting-out behaviors to a loss in confidence. Dad is perceived as a strong link to the Self.
Father is seen as the great provider, since the connection between Sun and Jupiter is likely to be projected as a kind of "Santa Claus" image. If for any reason Sarah's Dad provides many material things to compensate for lost time, this can become problematic. Father may be viewed as optimistic or enthusiastic, and Sarah will look to Father to provide inspiration and praise for her achievements.
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 Sarah needs to be stabilized and what she requires in terms of a sense of safety and security.
Saturn in Scorpio needs permission to explore life's deeper questions without feeling that this will undermine her acceptance by family. Sarah needs to feel that it's okay to experience change, since life is filled with inevitable transformations.
Saturn in the 7th House represents the need to learn how to honor promises. Sarah will look to the parents to see how they deal with commitments. Of course, promises made to her will be important indicators. However, Sarah will also pay attention to the way parents keep their obligations in society.
Ultimately, as Sarah 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 Sarah through the course of these early years. And enjoy every moment of your journey together!
Text Copyright 2000 by Gloria Star. All Rights Reserved.