Child*Star

Astrological Report for

Princess Aiko


 

 

 

 

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Christine Bennett

www.ItTakes2.com.au

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The Astrological Chart


Princess Aiko
Dec 01, 2001
02:43:00 PM JST -09:00
Tokyo, JP
139E46'00" 35N42'00"
House System: Koch

 

Planet

Sign

Position

House

 

House Cusps

Sun

Sagittarius

09Sg06'

08th

 

01 08Ta41'

Moon

Gemini

13Ge41'

02nd

 

02 08Ge37'

Mercury

Sagittarius

07Sg03'

07th

 

03 02Ca41'

Venus

Scorpio

28Sc27'

07th

 

04 23Ca48'

Mars

Aquarius

24Aq26'

11th

 

05 24Le23'

Jupiter

Cancer

14Ca21' R

03rd

 

06 01Li45'

Saturn

Gemini

11Ge40' R

02nd

 

07 08Sc41'

Uranus

Aquarius

21Aq19'

10th

 

08 08Sg37'

Neptune

Aquarius

06Aq32'

10th

 

09 02Cp41'

Pluto

Sagittarius

14Sg52'

08th

 

10 23Cp48'

Midheaven

Capricorn

23Cp48'

 

 

11 24Aq23'

Ascendant

Taurus

08Ta41'

 

 

12 01Ar45'

 

Copyright 2003 Matrix Software, Inc.

 

Introduction


I. CHILD*STAR!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Astrological knowledge must never be used to demean, criticize, or put anyone down. Take note of areas of great sensitivity, vulnerability, or pain in the child's chart. Find ways to help him master these. Be kind to your child. His star has appeared and it may be different in magnitude and brilliance than your own! Love him and teach him, and learn from 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!

 

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

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

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

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



The Rising Sign

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

Taurus is an Earth sign on the Feeling Cross. Children with Taurus Rising most often come across as stable, even-tempered, even gentle in their response to most situations. Sometimes your child may seem very stubborn, tending to take his time and react to a situation fully. Indeed, he could procrastinate or perhaps he works slowly but surely! Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and physical wealth. Your child may be attracted to the good things in life: nice clothes, special belongings, favorite foods, his own (beautifully furnished) room. He may be born with a green thumb, be artistic, or excel at school fundraisers! If Venus is in a Fire sign, the child is apt to be creative and outgoing in pursuing the object of his affection. When Venus is in an Air sign, the child is likely to be friendly and sociable. He could be gracious as well. Especially if Venus is in Libra, he could be physically attractive. If Venus is found in a Water sign, the child will be compassionate, sensitive and loving but if pampered could become indolent and self-indulgent. If Venus is in an Earth sign, the child will have good earning potential. He could be concerned with social status and recognition.

Taurus Rising



Planet Aspects

The Lights: The Sun and Moon

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

The Sun: Your Self and Future

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

Sun in Sagittarius

Sagittarius is a Fire sign on the thinking cross. Its symbol is The Archer. Your fiery archer likes to be out-front, frank, and even rough and tumble at times. He gets to the heart of any subject and tells it like it is! Sagittarians are generally outgoing and well-liked, but they're notorious for being too blunt; the ol' foot in mouth syndrome! Teach your child tact and social graces. Do not allow rudeness in your household.

Sagittarians are the explorers of the zodiac. Little Archers in particular can be quite restless! Baby Archers delight in strolls around the neighborhood. Tricycles, bicycles and scooters are welcomed with glee! Sagittarian children do not generally take to boundaries readily, so don't be surprised if your child lets you know the playpen's not his favorite place! "Don't fence me in" could easily be his theme song. The challenge begins at toddler age when he takes off in all directions! Older Sagittarians may have trouble staying put in a school chair all day! No wonder! This sign's natural impulse is to transcend all limitation. Nevertheless, for safety's sake and for the sake of future success you'll need to teach your child the necessity for limits! For the same reasons, the Sagittarian youngster may resent restrictions on his freedom. Your child may be a born adventurer. Nevertheless, watch out for signs of "dare-devilry" that border on arrogance! All children need to learn to play by the rules and Sagittarian youngsters are no exceptions!

Sagittarian children love to travel, its true, but not just physically. They travel with their minds. Seek ways to introduce your child to a wide range of subjects. Colorful books on religious themes, heroes and noble deeds, far-off lands will capture his attention and ignite his own sense of mission! He has a love for the law and a natural sense of fairness. Even more important than book learning for Sagittarian children may be exposure to a variety of diverse environments and experiences: the park, the marketplace, the mountains, the sea. Sagittarians are also known to be outdoorspeople and enjoy participating in or following sports. Horseback riding comes naturally to many children of this sign, whose symbol is the Centaur. Show your child the arrow in the Centaur's hand. The arrow must reach the mark. Tire not in reminding your spirited archer that he must finish what he begins, whether it be putting away his toys or completing his homework. Especially if Mercury is in Sagittarius (less so if its in Scorpio or Capricorn) he may tend to skip the details in his work or become easily distracted. Help him develop good study habits and mental concentration by learning to pull in the reins of the mind and focus on task at hand.

Sagittarians are typically friendly and outspoken. When they feel they have been wronged (disciplined or hemmed in) Sagittarian children may express resentment and a desire to get even. Retaliation is the misuse of the Sagittarian light! The Sagittarian youngster needs to experience bringing his project to completion, getting the ball in the net and making that goal. When his youth is marked by victories, there is no room for resentment!

 

Moon Opposition Sun

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

Sun Opposition Saturn

At its best, the child with this aspect gets along well with authorities because he has a strong sense of his own identity. He might seem somehow mature for his age, but could tend to take himself a tad too seriously. He could enjoy a close relationship to the father (or a special teacher or elder) who is apt to be instrumental in forming the child's character and direction in life. However, some children with Saturn (law/father) opposite their Sun (ego), frequently find themselves at odds with authority, rules, and conventions in general. The child may tend to be self-critical and may feel he has to "earn" his parents love. He especially seeks approval from the father or father figure. If the father is absent, estranged, too busy to spend time with the family, or condemnatory (or so perceived), the child with Sun/Saturn aspects may be apt to somehow blame himself. He could feel undeserving of being loved (even when this, in fact, is far from the truth). He may look to others for the approval he needs.

Make certain you let your child know that he is loved and that his contribution at home counts. Be careful not to be unduly harsh or critical of him. He could need more affection and attention than you suspect! The child's perception of the father may be largely based on the first 7 years of life. Unresolved feelings with men and/or the father could emerge around age 14 or 15 when Saturn opposes its own position in the chart (and conjoins him Sun) for the first time. On the positive side, this aspect often indicates inner strength and determination. Set up your child for victories and he should rise steadily to the top. He may show particularly mature or sound judgment. Later in life he could be interested in matters of law and psychology. Help him bring out the best of the signs the Sun and Saturn are posited in.

Sun Sextile Neptune

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

Sun Conjunction Pluto

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

The Moon: The Support System

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

Moon in Gemini

Gemini is an Air sign on the thinking cross. Its symbol is The Twins. Your child is at home where there's lots of communication, investigation, travel and exploration. He could be fascinated by social interchange (and chattering too). He could enjoy reading and writing. One day, probably when he is a teenager, your child may ask for his own phone, which is fine but discourage him from idle talk and gossip.

Gemini energy is objective so children with this lunar placement tend to be more mental than emotional unless other aspects strongly indicate otherwise. Even if the latter be true, you'll find you can reach your child through reason. He needs to know he can talk to you. He needs to hear his thoughts, and he wants to know that he is understood.

This is the child that always asks you "why?." Your child enjoys variety and change. He may find it difficult to concentrate on one activity at a time. The Gemini youngster likes to get around, enjoys outings, and all types of transportation toys that allow him to be on the go! He may be a tinkerer, with a penchant for taking apart and putting things back together. Insist he finish the job and put it away before he gets into another project. Mechanical toys, puzzles, and later computers keep his busy hands and restless mind engaged for hours. Thinking, writing, researching, and science are favored. Plenty of learning occurs at home, or perhaps the parents are well educated. Geminis are natural teachers.

The Moon in Gemini child perceives his mother as busy and interested in his education. If afflicted, the child may feel a lack of emotional warmth from her, or may not be sure what's expected of him. In some cases, a sibling (Gemini) helps the mother (Moon) raise the child. The Moon's aspects could describe a close or difficult relationship with a brother or sister.

Moon Opposition Sun

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

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

Moon Opposition Mercury

Children born with this aspect are often imaginative and expressive. Nevertheless, the child may find it hard to understand and talk about his feelings. Or perhaps his intentions are misunderstood. (Sometimes this results from the perception of the mother as somehow non-communicative.) If he feels awkward in conversation, the child could be shy or moody. Take the time to talk with your child. Help him learn to separate his thoughts from his feelings. Find ways to build his self-confidence in speaking and interacting with others: i.e., build his vocabulary, teach him elocution and the social skills, be generous with praise. Some children with this Moon/Mercury contact are high-strung, restless, and/or mentally stubborn. On the other hand, your child could be exceptionally glib and clever with a noticeable wit! He could be a born salesperson! Whichever is the case, he benefits by right schooling and training.

Moon Conjunction Saturn

The child born with this aspect is usually loyal and dependable. He probably doesn't enter nor drop relationships lightly and may be a tad shy. This aspect lends stability to the chart. Your child may seem mature for his age.

Moon Trine Uranus

Your child may have a knack for taking an ordinary event and turning it into something brand new, really special! He is likely to be mentally alert and curious about just about everything! Others are attracted to his magnetic personality and he is more likely than not, rarely alone. He may have a somewhat unusual upbringing, and later will likely attract a partner who is independent and also a bit unusual. If the mother is inconsistent in moods, rules or behavior, the child with this aspect could easily become confused. He needs to know he can rely on her. This aspect confers a certain love of adventure. Your child could become bored easily with hum-drum normal routines! One thing is for sure, with this child there's never a dull moment!

Moon Trine Neptune

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

Moon Opposition Pluto

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

The Inner Planets: Mercury and Venus

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

Mercury: The Mind and Communication

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

Mercury in Sagittarius

Sagittarius is a Fire sign on the thinking cross. Its symbol is The Archer or The Centaur. The Mercury in Sagittarius child is typically fair-minded and above-board, always direct and honest in thought. Sometimes, he could be blunt to the point of putting his foot in his mouth or offending others. He could feel self-justified in "telling it like it is," but do not allow him to be rude or inconsiderate in speech. He is more interested in eternal thoughts and broad landscapes than in minute details. Although he may get the picture right away, his is a wandering mind that loves to travel. Focus, and finish one job at a time are his formulas for success!

Sun Conjunction Mercury

When the Sun and Mercury are combined, they are said to be combust. Mercury (mind) can be overpowered by so much solar radiance (Sun). The result can be impulsive speech or action, possible mental confusion or psychological blind spots (akin to the nature of the sign the Sun and Mercury are in). Nevertheless, if you give your child the right tools and training, you will most likely discover that he can communicate with consummate skill. It is stimulating just being with him. His high degree of mental concentration makes your child an avid student, able to excel in speaking, writing, and all types of communication skills. His goals go hand-in-hand with communication and using the mind, and the two should never be far apart. If the Sun and Mercury receive serious afflictions to other planets, he could require assistance in self-expression and learning.

Moon Opposition Mercury

Does this opposition work as a yin/yang flow or as conflict? Is your child argumentative? If so, he may find it hard to find support for his ideas, and may tend to be defensive with those who oppose or challenge his way of thinking. Your child needs to integrate his thoughts and feelings but may tend to swing from objective thinking to pure emotion. He may feel misunderstood or find it difficult to express his feelings. He could say things that upset or challenge those around him. Although this position lends itself to jobs dealing with arguments (such as law and even reporting), in daily life its best to learn to listen objectively to what the other fellow has to say! The way the mother in particular communicates (hopefully lovingly, but objective and not wishy-washy) will help or hinder the child in working out the challenges inherent in this aspect. The child with dynamic Moon/Mercury aspects may require assistance with new subjects, teachers, situations at school.

Mercury Opposition Saturn

On the plus side, this aspect indicates mental stamina and the ability to take on tasks others might consider laborious. The young child especially may take to repetitive work. The mind set could be overly serious, critical, or judgmental. Perhaps this is the result of being censored as a child. Your child needs to be heard. He may need your loving guidance in overcoming blocks to self-expression.

Mercury Sextile Neptune

The child with this aspect could have a fantastic imagination and be somehow tuned into what we all dream of at the deepest levels. The dream worlds, the more eternal thoughts of mankind, come easily to him, and he would be a convincing speaker on occult, metaphysical, and religious subjects. Your child could be sensitive, poetic and persuasive. This aspect is common in the charts of composers. He could have oratory and/or theatrical skills. On the downside, this child may weave many a tale. Help your child sort out reality from fact. Insist he tell the truth!

Mercury Conjunction Pluto

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

Venus: Values and Discrimination

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

Venus in Scorpio

Scorpio is a Water sign on the feeling cross. Its symbols are The Scorpion, The Phoenix and The Eagle. Venus in Scorpio children feel intensely and are rarely, if ever, lukewarm when it comes to emotions and desires. Your child may need a deep bonding with the mother. He is a staunch and loyal friend, but may be prone to dominate others. He could be possessive, not wanting to share Mom or his best friend (or his belongings) with anybody else! All that is mysterious, intriguing, secretive likely appeals to him. Your child has great personal magnetism. One thing he is not is dull. Later in life, money and influence may figure into his equation as well as politics. He needs sound moral values. Lessons in letting go of desire (delaying gratification), in sharing resources, and right conduct with the opposite sex will help him avoid the pitfalls of this placement emotional and sexual excesses, jealousy and possessiveness when he is older.

Venus Square Mars

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

Venus Square Uranus

This aspect brings challenges in relating to others. Sometimes this Venus/Uranus contact brings unusual, strange or unique attractions. Your child may have many friends. As a youth, he needs to understand the dangers of quick attachments and infatuations. He could confuse love and friendship, be fickle (especially if in mutable signs) or get bored and drop friends abruptly (cardinal). In fixed signs, desire could take the place of common sense. You can help your child work out this energy positively by teaching him to delay gratification (when necessary and appropriate), accept responsibility and be respectful of other people's feelings. It all begins in the nursery!

The External Planets: Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

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

Mars: Drive and Emotions

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

Mars in Aquarius

Aquarius is an Air sign on the feeling cross. Its symbol is The Waterbearer. The Mars in Aquarius child has an inner drive to be free! He seeks to free the world as well as himself and is a born reformer. Perhaps your child will have a chance to get involved with student government or community issues. He has an inborn sense of uniqueness. Sometimes, the lesson to be learned is when (and how) to surrender the way he wants to do it, for the good of the group! your child may need extra room (and a room to himself) to think, invent, and create! Independence may be his favorite word. Teach your child the positive and negative consequences of free will. Teach him to be free, but never a law unto himself.

Friendships mean a lot to the Mars in Aquarius child. He seeks friends with whom he can share his beliefs and ideas. His friends might be an unusual lot or he might be a leader, someone unique and different from the crowd. Even though he can be surrounded by pals, he is usually somewhat of a loner. If Mars is afflicted, trouble could come from friends at one time or another in his life.

Children with this placement tend to be highly individualistic and may resist accepting instructions from adult authorities. They want to be free, to do it "my way!" Carried to an extreme, this attitude could manifest as rebellion and stubbornness and a tendency to buck the system. Teach your child to abide by the rules (but you might want to lend an ear to his reasons for wanting to change them)!

You may find your child captivated by planes and flying. The world of electronics and all manner of gadgetry and electronic devices could delight him for hours at a time! When he grows up, your child could be attracted to aviation or space travel, psychotherapy, computers and electronics, astrology, radio or television, and/or university studies.

Venus Square Mars

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

Mars Conjunction Uranus

The child with this aspect is likely to have a real drive to discover or invent things. He could be fascinated by what is happening in technology and communications. Your child may be quick-tempered. He feels very independent and could march to a different drummer. Without responsibility there is no true freedom. The child with Mars/Uranus contacts learns by facing the consequences of his actions. Children with this aspect sometimes display a bravery that borders on foolhardiness. Again, the lesson is freedom within limits.

Jupiter: Career and Life Path

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

Jupiter in Cancer

Jupiter is said to be exalted in Cancer. If free of major affliction, Jupiter in Cancer usually points to a happy home environment. Generally, the mother is sincerely interested in the child's welfare and takes the time to instill in the child right religious and moral values. The family may be well educated. The philosophy of life established in childhood may be carried into adult life. As an adult, your child's home may be a center of educational, philosophical and religious activities.

Cancer relates to the home and to the stomach. Your child may enjoy cooking almost as much as he likes eating! But his eye may be bigger than his stomach! Or his tendency might be to eat what looks good rather than what is necessarily good for him. Therefore, it's important to teach him sensible eating habits from early childhood. A career in big business is possible for your child later on, for he likes broad, secure foundations. This placement also favors careers in real estate, farming, food producion, schooling and home appliances.

The child with Jupiter in Cancer tends to be supportive and nurturing toward family and friends. Generally, children with their opportunity planet in the sign of mother like to help out at home. Your child's sense of family could embrace the community. As an adult, he could take an active role in community affairs.

Saturn: Responsibilities

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

Saturn in Gemini

Your child takes communication seriously! This position confers mental discipline and logic. He is a born problem solver! This placement confers ability to organize details systematically and is common in the charts of secretaries, researchers, writers, lecturers, teachers, scientists, engineers and technicians. Your child may enjoy math and science and would likely benefit from extended formal study. His interests are likely to be broad and varied. Especially is Mercury is well aspected, he is likely to be articulate, with a sharp tongue and shrewd mind. With afflictions, basic communication skills may need to be acquired, there may be a negative bent to the mind, the child may experience difficulties with teachers, knowledge may be plentiful but superficial. Others may interpret Saturn in Gemini's natural inclination to observe and make objective comments as coldly critical. Show your child how to implement learning in practical ways. Teach him the difference between surface knowledge and applied wisdom. The life of the English statesman and saint, Sir Thomas More provide an unforgettable example of this principle. An older brother or sister may play an important role in your child's life.

Sun Opposition Saturn

Not an easy placement, your child will have to discover how to balance self-expression in the face of perhaps heavy responsibilities or limitations (such as an absent father). Your child likely has an innate sense of duty, but he needs to cultivate a strong self-esteem and a positive mental attitude. Those in authority, possibly parents or teachers may in some way challenge or oppose him and thus (perhaps inadvertently) hold him back. To fulfill his goals, your child needs to learn organization and careful planning as a child. His personal self-discipline, or lack thereof, may be the plus or minus factor for later success. A certain seriousness will pay off better later in life, but may result in his feeling lonely at times as a child. The Sun/Saturn child needs to feel bonded to the father. If the father is not present, a substitute male influence may be advisable.

Moon Conjunction Saturn

The child with a Moon/Saturn contact needs to feel nurtured and loved by his mother. If the Moon is well aspected, the mother is teacher, disciplinarian, and constant in her care, so the child feels secure in the relationship. With afflictions, the child may see the mother as demanding or critical of him (whether or not this be so), or may feel he cannot live up to her (perceived) expectations of him. In either case, the mother's influence is strong and influences the child's relationships with women as an adult. Moon/Saturn children generally do their best work in structured situations. They benefit by routines, and thrive when endowed with meaningful responsibilities. Especially single, divorced or working mothers need to assure themselves that their Moon/Saturn child gets the attention he needs. Praise and approval may mean a lot to your child and he needs plenty of it in honest measures!

Mercury Opposition Saturn

Mental organization and self-discipline is the key to mastering this aspect. Study the signs in polarity to understand the nature of this opposition. If in mutable signs (Gemini/Sagittarius or Virgo/Pisces) good study habits need to be developed at an early age to keep the mind from wandering. Tasks begun must be finished lest 10 be going simultaneously and not a one completed! Talking back and endless chatter best be discouraged. If in cardinal signs (Aries/Libra), help him acquire self-control over the mind and mouth. With Cancer/Capricorn, overcoming shyness may be in order. Condemnation from parents would affect him (negatively) deeply. If in fixed signs (Taurus/Scorpio or Leo/Aquarius) concentration may be great but mental willfulness may get in the way of communication with teachers and parents. Your child might be quite smart, but is he willing to listen to someone else's opinion? You may find it hard convincing him that he doesn't have all the answers all the time! Teach him to look at the brighter side of life. Your child could have real mental acumen and even become a teacher and/or specialist in his field.

The Outer Planets

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

Uranus: Break-Thrus & Insights

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

Uranus in Aquarius

Your child was born into a subgeneration of people who, as a group, have a radical approach to communal interests and group work. Progressive, with insights into uniting humanity, they grasp the true meaning of democracy, and will add new dimensions of understanding to the changes effected by the generation before them. Mentally independent, they like to make their own decisions. If Uranus aspects personal planets, the child could be willful and stubborn, learning by the university of hard knocks or not at all! He needs to know the consequences of his right and wrong decisions. He would make a great networker and tends to work for the benefit of all.

Moon Trine Uranus

Does your child march at a different beat? He may be an inventor, a real thinker, with a marked sense of his own uniqueness. Your child may attract friends that are scientific, "off-beat", and from all backgrounds. Perhaps he has a twinkle in his eye, an effervescent personality. Your child will ask for space to do it "my way." Its important that he learn as a child the consequences of the choices he makes and the difference between independence and rebelliousness. Your child may be a computer whiz or have a natural sense of electronics. He probably will ask for his own room. The mother may be eccentric, unique or innovative. When your child is older, he may seek new and different ways to make a living. He could have a unique angle on ecological and environmental issues, and is interested in larger or group concerns. He may have new ideas about the past, about history, and the role of the youth. Your child finds it easy to create an unusual environment, and enjoys surrounding himself with what is new and different.

Venus Square Uranus

This aspect points to the awakening of new values, often through a process of trial and error with friends, (later) partners and organizations. The tension of the square may not be very apparent in the first 12 years of life except in that your child may change friends quickly, demand a certain space in relationships or avoid "buddy-buddy" friendships. At best this aspect gives a love for freedom. Perhaps your child will be attracted to friends who are different, avant-garde, or radical.

Mars Conjunction Uranus

This is a dynamic and extremely creative yet challenging aspect that you can help your child master by consistently showing him the consequences of free will. You can do this through literature, movies, real life examples and by applying the family rules firmly but fairly. Your child could be hard to control and very unpredictable. His drive for independence is obvious, and it is clear that the common and the traditional are not for him. Anything else but that! your child has leadership ability and daring but his temper could be hot and sharp and tends to snap out like a lightning bolt. (Temper tantrums? That's your opportunity to teach him!) your child is assertive in the pursuit of gaining insight into all that is new, different, and out of the ordinary. Your child may be a bit of a daredevil and probably doesn't take to restraints and limits kindly and so the wise parent will give the Mars/Uranus child plenty of room to think, invent, experiment and play within safe and reasonable boundaries. Electronics, computers, and communications could be a big part of his life. Stress this formula: the degree of obedience, accountability, responsibility = the degree of freedom.

Neptune: Ideals & Imagination

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

Neptune in Aquarius

These are the children born into the dawning of a New Age of enlightenment and freedom! The age of Aquarius marks the ideal, a time of peace and freedom. Religion and science blend in enlightened leaders who represent the highest good. Plato's ideal of the Philosopher King come at last!

Sun Sextile Neptune

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

Moon Trine Neptune

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

Mercury Sextile Neptune

Your child has a way with words and ideas. Your child creates mental tapestries and conveys them in a way that captures the attention of others. Your child loves a good story, especially those dealing with great heroes, colorful Biblical tales, mythology, and romantic legends such as that of King Arthur and His Knights! The danger is that the mind can be impressionable to a fault. Your child would make an excellent teacher of philosophy or religion, for he can't help but communicate these subjects and enchant all who come to know him. Your child might have literary or artistic talent. Although he has a rich imagination, your child needs to develop mental self-discipline to avoid daydreaming, especially at school! Your child would make a good director, for he likes working with mental images. Your child is devotional and understanding. He may be particularly devoted to a younger brother or sister.

Saturn Trine Neptune

Here is the ability to ground and make spiritual ideas a practical matter, bringing them down to Earth and into everyday life. Your child could have great discipline when it comes to working with spirituality and unity whatever binds or links all of us together. As he matures, he may be inspired to teach and show others these realms. No pie-in-the-sky for him. He grasps the principles that bind things together, the essentials of a practical religion, a down-to-Earth mysticism. One of the parents (usually the father) influences the child along religious or philosophical lines. Your child carries on the tradition. This is the aspect of a "problem-solver." If Mercury is well aspected, the child may have marked writing ability.

Pluto: Inner Change and Growth

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

Pluto in Sagittarius

Your child was born into a generation passionate in their search for truth. Nothing superficial or ephemeral holds their attention. An intense analytical approach to life cuts through to the heart of things. This directness may not always endear them to others, who may see them as blunt. Politics and religion will reach new heights. During Pluto's transit through this sign, the world may enter the dawning of a Golden Age. With hard aspects to personal planets (especially Mars), Pluto in Sagittarius can indicate a tendency to be vindictive.

Sun Conjunction Pluto

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

Moon Opposition Pluto

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

Mercury Conjunction Pluto

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

Saturn Opposition Pluto

Extremely sensitive, your child could be very touchy, tending to keep his vulnerability hidden from others. Don't let appearances fool you a serious exterior could be a cover for tender feelings. Excessive duties and responsibilities or harsh conditions during childhood could keep him from opportunities for change and inner growth. Parents should avoid being overly strict or condemnatory with this child. This aspect could mark one destined to overcome great obstacles during his life. The relationship with the father could affect other relationships when he is mature, for better or for best. He needs approval, confirmation of worth from the father figure.



Challenges and Abilities

Focus

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

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The child born with this aspect is usually loyal and dependable. He probably doesn't enter nor drop relationships lightly and may be a tad shy. This aspect lends stability to the chart. Your child may seem mature for his age.

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The child with this aspect is likely to have a real drive to discover or invent things. He could be fascinated by what is happening in technology and communications. Your child may be quick-tempered. He feels very independent and could march to a different drummer. Without responsibility there is no true freedom. The child with Mars/Uranus contacts learns by facing the consequences of his actions. Children with this aspect sometimes display a bravery that borders on foolhardiness. Again, the lesson is freedom within limits.

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

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

Challenges

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

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

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At its best, the child with this aspect gets along well with authorities because he has a strong sense of his own identity. He might seem somehow mature for his age, but could tend to take himself a tad too seriously. He could enjoy a close relationship to the father (or a special teacher or elder) who is apt to be instrumental in forming the child's character and direction in life. However, some children with Saturn (law/father) opposite their Sun (ego), frequently find themselves at odds with authority, rules, and conventions in general. The child may tend to be self-critical and may feel he has to "earn" his parents love. He especially seeks approval from the father or father figure. If the father is absent, estranged, too busy to spend time with the family, or condemnatory (or so perceived), the child with Sun/Saturn aspects may be apt to somehow blame himself. He could feel undeserving of being loved (even when this, in fact, is far from the truth). He may look to others for the approval he needs.

Make certain you let your child know that he is loved and that his contribution at home counts. Be careful not to be unduly harsh or critical of him. He could need more affection and attention than you suspect! The child's perception of the father may be largely based on the first 7 years of life. Unresolved feelings with men and/or the father could emerge around age 14 or 15 when Saturn opposes its own position in the chart (and conjoins him Sun) for the first time. On the positive side, this aspect often indicates inner strength and determination. Set up your child for victories and he should rise steadily to the top. He may show particularly mature or sound judgment. Later in life he could be interested in matters of law and psychology. Help him bring out the best of the signs the Sun and Saturn are posited in.

Venus Square Mars 0402'

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

Moon Opposition Sun 0436'

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

Mercury Opposition Saturn 0437'

On the plus side, this aspect indicates mental stamina and the ability to take on tasks others might consider laborious. The young child especially may take to repetitive work. The mind set could be overly serious, critical, or judgmental. Perhaps this is the result of being censored as a child. Your child needs to be heard. He may need your loving guidance in overcoming blocks to self-expression.

Moon Opposition Mercury 0638'

Children born with this aspect are often imaginative and expressive. Nevertheless, the child may find it hard to understand and talk about his feelings. Or perhaps his intentions are misunderstood. (Sometimes this results from the perception of the mother as somehow non-communicative.) If he feels awkward in conversation, the child could be shy or moody. Take the time to talk with your child. Help him learn to separate his thoughts from his feelings. Find ways to build his self-confidence in speaking and interacting with others: i.e., build his vocabulary, teach him elocution and the social skills, be generous with praise. Some children with this Moon/Mercury contact are high-strung, restless, and/or mentally stubborn. On the other hand, your child could be exceptionally glib and clever with a noticeable wit! He could be a born salesperson! Whichever is the case, he benefits by right schooling and training.

Venus Square Uranus 0708'

This aspect brings challenges in relating to others. Sometimes this Venus/Uranus contact brings unusual, strange or unique attractions. Your child may have many friends. As a youth, he needs to understand the dangers of quick attachments and infatuations. He could confuse love and friendship, be fickle (especially if in mutable signs) or get bored and drop friends abruptly (cardinal). In fixed signs, desire could take the place of common sense. You can help your child work out this energy positively by teaching him to delay gratification (when necessary and appropriate), accept responsibility and be respectful of other people's feelings. It all begins in the nursery!

Talents and Abilities

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

Mercury Sextile Neptune 0031'

The child with this aspect could have a fantastic imagination and be somehow tuned into what we all dream of at the deepest levels. The dream worlds, the more eternal thoughts of mankind, come easily to him, and he would be a convincing speaker on occult, metaphysical, and religious subjects. Your child could be sensitive, poetic and persuasive. This aspect is common in the charts of composers. He could have oratory and/or theatrical skills. On the downside, this child may weave many a tale. Help your child sort out reality from fact. Insist he tell the truth!

Sun Sextile Neptune 0234'

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

Moon Trine Neptune 0709'

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

Moon Trine Uranus 0738'

Your child may have a knack for taking an ordinary event and turning it into something brand new, really special! He is likely to be mentally alert and curious about just about everything! Others are attracted to his magnetic personality and he is more likely than not, rarely alone. He may have a somewhat unusual upbringing, and later will likely attract a partner who is independent and also a bit unusual. If the mother is inconsistent in moods, rules or behavior, the child with this aspect could easily become confused. He needs to know he can rely on her. This aspect confers a certain love of adventure. Your child could become bored easily with hum-drum normal routines! One thing is for sure, with this child there's never a dull moment!

 

 

Landscape: Major Life Periods

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

Your Personal Background

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

Your Current Situation

Now for a close-up of recent years: while landscape was quite general, the dates given in this close-up should be much more precise. Don't look here for a day-to-day account of life but rather to get a picture of this stretch of time, "these years." In 28 to 30 years, Saturn will return to its natal position at birth and we experience the so-called "Saturn return." At age 14 (first Saturn opposition) and again at age 29 (first Saturn return), we become very aware of Saturn's influence in our life. Important events, or points of growth may occur around age 7 as well (first Saturn square). I do not believe, however, that the child is AWARE of Saturn's influence in a personal sense. Saturn in the child's chart may indicate conditions in his environment, his relationship to others, and especially to his father and other significant authority figures in his life. Saturn represents the law, limits, restrictions, attitude toward responsibilities, hard work, and fairness. The child learns these in stages. A Saturnian keyword is "maturity."

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

Sep 05, 2004 1st Pass D> (Age 2 9m)
Jan 15, 2005 2nd Pass R< (Age 3 1m)
May 24, 2005 3rd Pass D> (Age 3 5m)

The dates above mark the ending of a quiet, subjective cycle. Saturn at that point finished its transit through the 1st, most subjective quadrant of your child's chart. (This may not apply for Newborns) The dates show when Saturn entered the 4th house and the 2nd quadrant. The 4th house is a one of the four "ANGULAR" houses. Angular houses are "action" houses and point to the "shifting of gears." Saturn entering this house marked the beginning of a 7 year period of greater self-expression for your child. The fourth house relates to the sign Cancer (see the wheel called "Houses in Childhood" at the beginning of the report) and deals with family life and security. The child is now laying his foundation for later success. Family support and harmony in the environment are strong plus factors during this critical period. Changes in residence could effect him deeply at this time, for better or for worse. This is when the child must "establish" a strong sense of self-worth. If he feels secure, he is likely to become increasingly more confident and outgoing during the next few years. He is apt to be more social, tending to reach out more to others as this phase progresses. During this phase, the child must learn self-discipline, creative self-expression and good work, studying and eating habits. Saturn's transit through the 2nd quadrant lasts 6 or 7 years.

Saturn in 02nd Quadrant



 

The Elements, Modalities and Angularity

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

Have Air

There is an emphasis on communication, expression of ideas, and the connections between things, places, and people. He tends towards mental pursuits and admires intelligence. You can reach him through reason.

Want Earth

Your child may be strong on mental activity and action but may need to acquire basic common sense and the ability to deal with practical matters. He may require your help "getting down to business;" completing his chores and attending to basic necessities. He could be "spacey", out of touch with the physical dimension of reality. He needs to get centered. A balanced diet would help. (Strong Saturn aspects by sign, aspects, and house or an Earth sign Ascendant would compensate)

Have Mutable

Your child is apt to be communicative, flexible, mental, and other-oriented. He could be a natural teacher. He could be restless, liking plenty of variety.

Want Cardinal

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

Have Succedent

You may find that to enter wholeheartedly into any venture, your child's feelings need to be stirred. Love, ideals, and a strong sense of his own worth are vital to his sense of well-being.

Want Cadent

This is a busy pattern showing the need to master the daily details: being on time, schedules, tasks. Your child makes contact with a lot of people.

 

 

House Activity and Emphasis

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

First House: Appearance, Approach

First House

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

Taurus on First House Cusp

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

Second House: Possessions, Reactions

Second House

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

Gemini on Second House Cusp

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

Moon in Second House

This child will prosper in a stable and comfortable home environment. He may seem to attract the good things in life and more likely than not is a natural salesman. With positive aspects, he often gets what he needs when he needs it! This position may signify wealth. He will need to learn to share. Teach your child right values, and the right use of money. Insist he care for his belongings properly. He may feel emotionally attached to food, possessions or friends. The mother's influence is marked in shaping this child's values.

Saturn in Second House

In an adult chart, Saturn in the 2nd can indicate considerable business ability and wealth or conversely, a lot of sweat with little to show for it. Since this is the house of values, much depends on the examples set (especially by the father or dominant parent) and values developed during childhood and the growing up years. You may consider setting up your child with an allowance, and later a savings account of his own as a framework for helping him develop good monetary habits. Sometimes this positions indicates frugality bordering on stinginess. The way your child treats his possessions may give you a clue. Look to Saturn's sign and aspects for a fuller picture. Your child will enjoy working for rewards, saving up points or pennies for that special something! This position lends itself toward merit programs. Saturn in the 2nd house favors government contracts, business management, mining, construction and commodities trading.

Third House: Inquiries, Communications

Third House

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

Cancer on Third House Cusp

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

Jupiter in Third House

Does he ask a million questions all at once! Patience, didn't you know great reporters are known to have Jupiter in the 3rd house! Your child came into being with an extra dose of curiosity and is a born investigator and researcher; inquiring, searching, following things to their logical conclusion. Your child's career may likely be built around these qualities of his communication, making connections, thoughts and ideas, and so on. A broad and complete education is essential to get your child off to a good start. If you haven't already, you may want to purchase an encyclopedia (there's no way you'll know how to answer everything he asks!) This position favors teaching, publishing, writing, communications and travel. Unless seriously afflicted, Jupiter in the 3rd indicates positive relations with brothers and sisters (and later with neighbors).

Fourth House: Home, Family, Security

Fourth House

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

Cancer on Fourth House Cusp

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

Fifth House: Expression, Creativity

Fifth House

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

Leo on Fifth House Cusp

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

Sixth House: Responsibility, Work, Health

Sixth House

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

Libra on Sixth House Cusp

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

Seventh House: Relationships, Other People

Seventh House

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

Scorpio on Seventh House Cusp

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

Mercury in Seventh House

The child born with Mercury in the 7th house is interested in learning what makes other people tick! He likes to discuss ideas and exchange opinions with other people and may gravitate toward intellectual types. His ideas tend to be balanced, fair and impartial. An inborn objectivity could lead to a career in law. He is at his mental best when he's communicating, teaching, or counseling with others. He probably enjoys studying with a friend. Since your child likely understands differing points of view, he may become the class peacemaker. Since the 7th house is the house of marriage, when your child is older he will want to marry someone with whom he shares a mental rapport. This position favors careers dealing with people on a daily basis. Also highlighted are law and psychology, and any field where understanding human motivation is key.

Venus in Seventh House

Your child loves the social scene and relationships of all kinds partners, marriages, teachers, and such. He himself is very responsive and values this in others. He has a strong sense of fairness. This position generally indicates popularity, charm and tact. Relationships with the opposite sex will be of prime importance later on so teach your child the right values. You need to help him develop a strong sense of self-esteem lest he search for himself always through the eyes of others! This child may feel happiest when in a harmonious and pretty environment; disorder and ugliness grate at his sense of refinement. (Likewise, looks may count a lot in the choice of companion. Teach him not to choose a book by its cover!) Venus in the 7th house favors careers related to law; this is also a good placement for counselors, buyers, florists, designers, jewelers, diplomats, public relations, receptionists & host(ess).

Eighth House: Business Savvy, Elimination

Eighth House

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

Sagittarius on Eighth House Cusp

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

Sun in Eighth House

"What you see is what you get" is not enough for your child! He wants more than appearances and is willing to dig down to get at the heart of things. He will work through all that is superficial, no matter what kind of personal sacrifice is required. His questions may astound you, his comments cut right through you! Teach him "right reason, right motive, right cause" as a rule of thumb in all decisions. He will have to learn responsibility in handling possessions that belong to others. Stack up on those mystery and detective novels, he is sure to love them! This position favors researchers, surgeons, military officers, hairdressers, psychiatrists and any job requiring penetrating and steady concentration. A financial house, this placement is common in the charts of bankers, real estate agents, tax and insurance workers.

Pluto in Eighth House

Pluto in the 8th house is a Scorpio like influence, adding an intense emotional coloring to the chart. With this placement, inner growth occurs as a result of intense personal transformations throughout the life. Especially if Pluto afflicts personal planets, the child could experience deep seated anger which he may not, in fact, objectively understand. A desire to resolve this "warring of the members" may lead to a deep inner search for spiritual truths. Even in a basically cheerful chart, this placement adds a note of seriousness. You may find that your child will tear through appearances in an effort to get beneath, behind, and at the heart or essence. He may find spiritual mysteries, psychology, and mysticism of great interest. Detective stories and science fiction may find their way unto his shelf! he may be secretive. Set up trust and good communication between you and your child. At best, this Pluto placement indicates tremendous resourcefulness and courage.

Ninth House: Religions, Philosophy, Ideas

Ninth House

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

Capricorn on Ninth House Cusp

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

Tenth House: Practical Vision, Vocation

Tenth House

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

Capricorn on Tenth House Cusp

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

Uranus in Tenth House

You will discover that your child is original and insightful when it comes to practical matters. Independent, he may insist on showing you he has his own way of doing things! As an adult, your child may have an unconventional approach to work, and as he grows, your child may insist on managing his own affairs! He could find it trying to settle down to routines and there could be a resistance to discipline and structure. Even as an elementary student, your child may have a reputation for being different. Sometimes this positions favors work in technical and scientific fields. It inclines toward executive positions. Many executives in science and electronics have Uranus placed in the 10th house. The father or stronger parent may be unconventional, scientific, even an astrologer! Help him prepare for later success by teaching him to balance his innate sense of individuality with self-discipline and obedience.

Neptune in Tenth House

As he matures (and usually after age 10) children with Neptune in the 10th house benefit from parental guidance in career development: learning how to determine and crystallize his particular talent, learning effective ways to cope with and master the outside world. With this placement, your child may be attracted to social work, healing, or some work in which he can serve others. He may be uncertain as to exactly what he wants to be when he grows up, but you can bet he's got an idealist vision of whatever it is! He tends to link his practical skills to his almost mystical inner vision. At best, he will manifest his ideals and dreams in an organized and clear-headed manner. He might be just the one to later give the public a sense of the ideal via films, advertising, or spiritual work. Sometimes, individuals with this placement work with no thought of personal reward. Teach your child to recognize the value of his work so that when he is older, he will not "give away" his time. On the other hand, point out to him the downfall of those whose motives are selfish. Your child may have a strong, idealized bond to his father, or dominant parent but could feel disappointed if that parent is absent, non-effective (in the world) or somehow doesn't live up to his idealized expectations!

Eleventh House: Dreams & Visions, Community

Eleventh House

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

Aquarius on Eleventh House Cusp

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

Mars in Eleventh House

Is this the child that rocks the boat? Could be, since Mars in the 11th infers a spirit to reform, change or depart from the prevailing order. Typically, Mars in the 11th house points to a love of team work, of working in groups, of having many friends. With hard aspects, a child might have difficulty joining the group, may feel out of place or "different," or could be prone to getting into fights! Scientific know-how is common as is a love of invention. A natural politician and revolutionary of the spirit, he needs to learn self-discipline and strong moral values during childhood so that he can choose the right causes when he is older. Besides politicians and inventors, this Mars placement is common in the charts of pilots, electronic engineers, people working in Universities or New Age Communities, researchers, and actors. As a child, his selection of friends may influence the goals he sets for himself later in life. An urge to make his altruistic dreams a reality keeps him moving in the direction of group goals and endeavors.

Twelfth House: Sacrifice, Psychology, Acceptance

Twelfth House

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

Aries on Twelfth House Cusp

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