Report for Lama, Dalai
Interpretation of Your Birth Chart
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The Sky Within
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Planets within orb of 1.5 degrees of the following
house cusp are displayed and interpreted as being in
that house, except the Ascendant which uses 3 degrees.
Orb Conjunctions with Sun or Moon are 8 degrees.
All orbs are set according to Steven Forrest's methods.
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THE SKY WITHIN
by Steven Forrest
Birthchart as a Spiritual Guide
woman has a baby and is blissful about it. Another one does the same, and
spends the rest of her life dreaming about how she might have been a ballerina.
The same choice: having a kid. But only one smiling woman.
has a generic formula for happiness, at least not one that does the trick for
everyone. That's where astrology comes in.
birthchart, stripped to bare bones, is simply a description of the happiest,
most fulfilling life that's available to you... personally. It spells out a set
of strategies you can use to avoid boring routines, bad choices, and dead ends.
It lists your resources. And it talks about how your life looks when you're
misusing the resources and distorting the strategies -- shooting yourself in
the foot, in other words.
from a map of the sky?
to believe. But think for a minute...
can the planets possibly affect us? They're millions of miles away."
Astrology's critics are fond of rolling out that argument. But it doesn't hold
water. Go out and gaze at the moon. What's really happening? Incomprehensible
energies are plunging across a quarter million miles of void, crashing through
your eyeballs and creating electrochemical changes in your brain. We call the
process "seeing the moon." Certainly the planets affect us. The
question is where do we draw the boundaries around those effects?
go a step further.
your eyes on a starry night. What do you see? A vast, luminous space, full of
shadows and light. Now close your eyes so tight they ache. Where are you now?
What do you see? Again, a vast, luminous space, full of shadows and light.
Consciousness and cosmos are structured around the same laws, follow the same
patterns, and even feel pretty much the same to our senses.
above, so below." Just as the starry night awes us with its vastness,
there's something infinitely deep inside you, a place you go when you close
your eyes, a place that's beyond being an Aries or a Gemini or even a specific
gender. At the most profound level, a birthchart is a map back to that magical
center. It describes a series of earthly experiences which, if you're brave and
open enough, will trigger certain states of consciousness in you -- states that
operate like powerful spiritual catalysts, vaulting you into higher levels of
the pages that follow, you'll tour your personal birthchart. But don't expect
the usual "Scorpios are sexy" stuff. You are a mysterious being in a
mysterious cosmos. You're here for just a little while, a blink of God's eye.
You face a monumental task: figuring out what's going on! In that spiritual
work, astrology is your ally. How will it help?
not by pigeon-holing you as a certain "type."
works by reminding you who you are, by warning you about the comforting lies we
all tell ourselves, and by illuminating the experiences that trigger your most
explosive leaps in awareness.
that, the rest is up to you.
divided the human mind into three compartments: ego, id, and superego.
Astrologers do the same thing, except that our model of the mind differs from
Freud's in two fundamental ways. First, it's a lot more elaborate. Instead of
three compartments, we have ten: Sun, Moon, and the eight planets we see from
Earth. As we'll discover, each planet represents more than a
"circuit" in your psyche. It also serves as a kind of
"Teacher," guiding you into certain consciousness-triggering kinds of
second difference between astrology and psychology is that astrology's
mind-map, unlike Freud's, is rooted in nature itself, just as we are.
primary celestial teacher is the Sun. What does it teach? Selfhood. Vitality.
How to keep the life-force strong in yourself. If the Sun grew dimmer, so would
all the planets -- they shine by reflecting solar light. Similarly, if you fail
to stoke the furnaces of your own inner Sun, then you'll simply be "out of
gas." All your other planetary functions will suffer too.
do we learn this teacher's lessons?
by realizing that when you were born the Sun was in Cancer.
the inner eye, mapping the topography of consciousness, learning to express
compassion -- these are Cancer's evolutionary aims. To assist in that work, Cosmic Intelligence
has cranked up the volume on the Crab's ability to feel. No other sign is so sensitive -- nor so
vulnerable. A certain amount of
self-defense is appropriate here; after all, this world isn't exactly the
Garden of Eden. Trouble is, legitimate
self-defense can degenerate into shyness or a fear of making changes. You really do care about the hurts that other
beings suffer. That's good news. You also have an instinctive ability to
soothe those hurts, homing in on the source of the pain. More good news. The bad news is that you could choose to
remain forever protected within the safe (and invisible!) role of the Healer,
the Counselor, or the Wise One.
the Sun in Cancer, you feed your solar vitality by finding a role in the world
in which you address the hurt in the lives of other beings. You become a nurturer or a healer of some
also need to make sure that you have enough real intimacy and quiet, private
time to "nurture the nurturer" -- yourself, in other words.
methods strengthen your sense of identity.
They trigger higher states of awareness in you. If you don't express your soothing
wound-binding instincts, all the glories of the world would leave you feeling
like an imposter in your own life. And
without quiet time and naked intimate honesty, you'll quickly burn out on
playing the role of everyone's psychotherapist.
the crab, you're a vulnerable creature who's evolved a shell. That's fine and necessary. But again like the crab, you must eventually
shed your shell and grow a larger, more inclusive one, or you'll be awfully
can take our analysis of your natal Sun a step further. When you were born,
that solar light illuminated the First house. What does that signify?
by realizing that Houses represent twelve basic arenas of life. There's a House
of Marriage, for example, and a House of Career. Always, we find an element of
"fate" in our House structures; the "Hand of God"
continually presents us with existential and moral questions connected with our
emphasized Houses. How we react and what we learn -- or fail to learn -- is our
brief technical note: Sometimes the Sun, the Moon, or a planet lies near the
end of the House. We then say it's "conjunct the cusp" of the
subsequent House, and interpret it as though it were a little further along...
in the next House, in other words.
always have two dimensions: plot and character.
But on a deeper level the concepts merge. "Janie is shy." How do we know? "She walked into the room and didn't
speak to anyone." Character is
defined through action; action implies character -- that is, needs, desires,
and values. In the First House, the
territory you face is the plotting of your life -- and therefore the definition
of your character.
House energies "act out" a lot.
They're a visible, dramatic, well-developed part of your nature. For that reason, this is a part of your life
where people think you have a real gift for leadership. They're right -- but it doesn't always feel
that way to you. How to get it
right? Easy -- trust your
instincts. Be yourself. A good plot proceeds from a sound, coherent
your Sun in the First House, there's a lot of punch to your style. People tend to be impressed by you, to
remember you. In fact, you sometimes
have to make an effort to avoid overwhelming them. That charisma and apparent self-assurance
masks the evolutionary issue you face: creating a destiny. Because, unlike most people, you were born
without one! The "hand of
fate" plays a minimal role in your life.
There's a frightening freedom built into this solar position. It all boils down to the words of
St.ÿAugustine, "Love God, and do what you will."
next step in our journey through your birthchart carries us to the Moon.
you might expect, Luna resonates with the magical, emotional sides of your
psyche. It represents your mood, averaged over a lifetime. As the heart's
teacher, it tells you how to feel comfortable, how to meet your deepest needs.
While the Sun lets you know what kinds of experiences and relationships help
you feel sane, the Moon is concerned with another piece of the puzzle: feeling
you were born, the Moon was in Virgo.
isn't the point. That's just a kind of
inexperience, and in the long run no one learns much from avoiding
experience. Virgo means purity. Perfection.
Getting everything exactly right.
That's a tall order. Perfection
is a harsh master. It drives the Virgoan
part of you, haunting you with a sense of what could be, a sense of the
ideal. It also holds a flawless mirror
before you, revealing all the imperfections and shortfalls in your
character. The combination is
powerful. It fills your spirit with
hunger and divine discontent, imbueing you with restlessness, as though you'd
taken out an insurance policy against complacency. Be careful, though: Virgo energies can
self-destruct, slipping into a crippling hyper-awareness regarding all the
flaws and shortfalls inherent in people, oneself, our possessions, our
prospects -- everything. And nothing
kills our climb toward perfection faster than that.
your Moon in Virgo, your instincts are analytical, always searching for
weaknesses and flaws. People can
misunderstand that, and imagine you to be "negative" or
problems are real possibilities for you, but only when you're not taking care
of yourself. When you're healthy,
there's a constructive aspect to your perceptions, as though you're constantly
straining to improve things. Ultimately,
the only kinds of people with whom you can be comfortable are ones who are
willing to see themselves objectively, call a spade a spade, and proceed in
reasonable ways to change their characters or circumstances. You don't have much patience with pretty
words that aren't linked to sincere, concrete promises.
be happy, it helps you a lot to have some kind of hands-on hobby or craft,
something that calls for skill, precision, and knowledge.
farther, we see that your Moon lies in the Third house of your chart.
to see what's before your eyes -- that's Third House territory. Traditionally, this is the House of
Communication. Perception might be a
better word. The words on this page are
"communicating" with you. But
so does the blueness of the sky and the warmth of a friend's touch. Through
your perceptions, the universe floods you with a continuous storm of raw
information. Trouble is, we tend to miss
most of it. How? By filtering it through the thick mesh of our
preconceived notions and pet theories, often symbolized astrologically by
whatever planets lie in this part of the birthchart.
evolutionary question you're facing in this House is simple... to say. Can you keep a radically open mind? Can you really see what is before your eyes? Can you bleach your senses as clean as
buffalo bones in the desert?
has given you intelligence and a capacity to communicate. It's given you curiosity. The discipline here is talking -- and
listening. Experiencing -- and digesting. Understanding -- and endlessly questioning
the Moon in the Third House, all your perceptions are filtered through the lens
of your subjectivity. The question isn't
"What's out there?" It's
"How do I feel about what's out there?" That makes for an imaginative, uniquely
personal set of views and opinions, but you'd make a better poet than
scientist. At your best, you're a
wonderful teacher and storyteller, gently bringing people along on your mental
journey, nurturing their understanding.
At your worst, be careful of putting so much emotional intensity into
what you're saying that people get confused, shut down, and miss the logic of
a third critical piece in your astrological puzzle -- the Ascendant, or rising
sign. Along with the Sun and Moon, it completes the "primal triad."
What is it? What does it mean? Simple -- the Ascendant is the sign that was
coming up over the eastern horizon at the instant of your birth. It's where the
sun is at dawn, in other words. In exactly the same way, the Ascendant
represents how you "dawn" on people -- that is, how you present yourself.
It's your "style," or your "mask."
ascendant means more than that. It symbolizes a way you can help yourself feel
centered, at ease, comfortable with who you are. If you get its message, then
something wonderful happens: your style hooks you into the world of experience
in a way that feeds your spirit exactly the kinds of events and relationships
you need. Your soul is charged with more enthusiasm for the life you're living
-- and you feel vibrant, confident, and full of animal grace.
you took your first breath, Cancer was lifting over the eastern horizon of
Tengster Village, Ti. Let's begin our analysis by considering the meaning and
spiritual message of the sign of "The Healer".
we saw earlier, Cancer is the Healer or the Fantasy-Weaver. Superficially, it represents inwardness and
sensitivity. More deeply, it symbolizes
a set of evolutionary steps leading to the development of profound
psychological understanding and the capacity to bind the wounds of others.
Cancer rising, you face some unique challenges.
Basically, Cancer doesn't like to be rising! The ascendant is our outward self; the Crab's
nature is inward -- and it protects its inwardness with a shell, perhaps of
shyness, perhaps of comfort-giving. One
point is sure: getting to know you isn't easy, although it's probably
rewarding. You watch people carefully
before you open up to them. For you,
uninhibited self-expression is a gift you may choose to give, but people need
to earn it first.
half the picture. The other half is
that, paradoxically, people feel an almost compulsive urge to open up to you,
to tell you about the parts of their lives that hurt. If you had a penny for every stranger who has
unburdened himself or herself on you, you could retire to Monaco and live off
have we learned so far? Quite a lot. Astrologers use the primal triad of Sun,
Moon, and Ascendant in much the same way people who know just a little
astrology use Sun signs. The difference is that while there are only twelve Sun
signs, there are 1728 different combinations of all three factors. So when we
say that you are a Cancer with the Moon in Virgo and Cancer rising, that's a
very specific statement.
a way to make those words come even more alive. Traditionally, signs are
connected with Bulls and Sea-Goats and Scorpions -- creatures we don't see
every day. But we can translate those images into more modern archetypes.
can say you are "The Healer", or "The Wise One", or
"The Invisible One". Those are just different ways of saying you have
the Sun in Cancer.
can say you have the soul of "The Perfectionist", or "The
Analyst", or "The Servant"... your Moon lies in Virgo, in other
can add that you wear the mask of "The Healer", or "The Wise
One", or "The Invisible One". Those images capture the spirit of
your Ascendant, which is Cancer.
can combine those archetypes any way you want. And you can go further: Once you
have a feel for the three basic signs in your primal triad, you can make up
your own images to go with them. Whatever words you choose, those simple
statements are your fundamental astrological signature. It's your skeleton. Our
next step is to begin adding flesh and hair to that skeleton by considering the
planets can gain prominence in a birthchart through association with the Sun,
Moon, or Ascendant. These three are power brokers, and any linkage with them
boosts a planet's influence.
find exactly that situation in your case. Pluto lies in your First House, a
part of the chart which is really just an extension of the Ascendant. Thus,
Pluto adds yet another tone to your "mask," modifying and deepening
some of what we've already seen.
a bitch. Then you die." Go to any boutique from coast to coast; you'll
find those words on a coffee mug. Meaninglessness. Like most truly frightening
ideas, we make a joke of it. That's Plutonian territory: the realm of all that
terrifies us so badly we need to hide from it. Death. Disease. Our personal
shame. Sexuality, to some extent. Initially, Pluto asks us to face our own
wounds, squarely and honestly. Then, if we succeed, it offers us a way to
create an unshakable sense of meaning in our lives. How? Methods vary according
to the Signs and Houses involved, but always they have one point in common: the
high Plutonian path invariably involves accepting some trans-personal purpose
in your life.
more point: Pluto moves so slowly that it remains in a given Sign for many
years. As result, its Sign position in your birthchart refers not only to you
but also to your generation. The House position, however, is much more personal
in its relevance.
was journeying slowly through the sign Cancer. Thus the shadow material you are
called upon to face has to do with the dark side of the Crab archetype: hiding
from life. In what part of your life or personal history have you chosen safety
over experience, the appearance of love over the steamy reality of shared
growth, security over magic? (If you answer is "Nowhere!" then
congratulations... you're Enlightened... or not looking hard enough.)
the moment of your birth, Pluto stood in the First House just below the eastern
horizon--about to "dawn." In exactly the same way, you
"dawn" on people in a Plutonian way: intensely. It's pivotally
important that you find some larger framework of purpose for your life... or
else all that intensity with which you were born will dissipate itself first in
pointless drama, then in bitterness.
lunar dimensions of your astrological signature are deepened by planetary
overtones. At the instant your independent physical life began, the planet
Neptune was conjunct the Moon -- aligned with it, in other words. As a result,
we cannot discuss your emotions and instincts without including the notion that
your Soul is charged with the spirit of Neptune, as though that ancient
"god" lived inside you.
first step, of course, is to get aquainted with this new element in the puzzle.
lying in your bed, going to sleep. Suddenly a jolt runs through your body. You
just "caught yourself falling asleep." Where were you two seconds
before the jolt? What were you? Astrologically, the answer lies with Neptune.
This is the planet of trance, of meditation, of dreams. It represents your
doorway into the "Not-Self." Based on the sign the planet occupies,
we identify a particularly critical spiritual catalyst for you... although we
need to remember that Neptune remains in a Sign for an average of a little over
thirteen years, so its Sign position actually describes not only you, but your
whole generation. Its House position, however, is more uniquely your own.
was passing through Virgo. Thus, to trigger higher states of consciousness in
yourself and to stimulate your psychic development, you may choose to follow
the Path of the Servant... that is consciously, intentionally to seek the
perfection of those skills and virtues in yourself which benefit others.
Without exposure to the purifying, soul-bleaching effects of selfless service,
you tend to drift away from Spirit, losing yourself in the mazes of daily life
-- or in the subtle ego-traps of meditation.
planet of transcendence, occupies the Third House of your birthchart, where its
mystical feelings are linked to questions of communication and perception. You
have the mind -- and voice -- of a poet. That is, you naturally think and speak
in terms of symbols and innuendo. This is a strength, but our culture doesn't
value it much. Be careful you don't let society trick you into thinking there's
something wrong with your mind! You're a visionary, and you grow spiritually
when you take steps to put that vision into a form that can be shared.
planet can gain authority by sharing a House with the Moon. We find that
situation in your chart. Venus is bathing in moonlight, occupying the Third
House along with Luna.
is the part of your mental circuitry that's concerned with releasing tension
and maintaining harmony. Its focus is always peace, inwardly and outwardly. As
such, it represents your aesthetic functions -- your taste in colors, sounds,
and forms. Why? Because the perception of beauty soothes the human heart. Venus
is also tied to your affiliative functions -- your romantic instincts, your
sense of courtesy or diplomacy, your taste in friends. Invariably, this planet
has one goal: sustaining your serenity in the face of life's onslaughts.
was passing through Leo. Thus, both your aesthetic sensitivity and your taste
in partners is shaped by the dramatic, playful, self-expressive spirit of the
Lion. In the realm of beauty, whether natural or wrought by human hands, you
have a taste for the monumental, for the lofty goal fully realized. The same
goes for friends and sexual partners -- you appreciate people who express
themselves with magnanimity and style, people who are unafraid of their own
power -- and unafraid of yours too.
Venus in the Third House, your speech is graceful and gentle. You could read
the phone book to a person in pain, and he or she would be soothed by it.
Cultivate the poet in yourself, the weaver of metaphors. You have an uncanny
sense of the rhythm of language and of how to find the right words to make
difficult truths bearable.
the final analysis, all planets are important. Each one plays a unique role in
your developmental pattern, and failure to feed any one of them results in a
diminution of your life. Just because the following planets aren't "having
breakfast with the President" through association with the Sun, Moon, or
Ascendant doesn't mean we can ignore them.
at a NASA photo of Saturn. The icy elegance of the planet's rings, the pale
understatement of the cloud bands... both hint at the clarity and precision
which characterize Saturn's astrological spirit. Part of the human psyche must
be cold and calculating, cunning enough to survive in the physical world. Part
of us thrives on self-discipline, seeks excellence, pays the price of devotion.
Somewhere in our lives there's a region where nothing but the best of what we
are is enough to satisfy us. That's the high realm of Saturn. In its low realm,
we take one glance at those challenges and our hearts turn to ice. We freeze in
fear, and despair claims us.
fantastical terrain of Pisces offers a region of profound spiritual challenge
for you, as Saturn was passing through that sign at your birth. You must learn
to steel yourself in the face of the Fishes' shadow side: escapism, perhaps
even addiction in any of its ten thousand forms. Make your dreams real! That's
your high road. And support that journey in practical, Saturnian terms by
fortifying yourself with concrete skills and strategies -- especially ones
pertinent to Saturn's House in your birthchart. Which House was that?
Ninth! The arena of life where we break up routines, stretching our mental
horizons with travel, education, and dizzy new perspectives. With Saturn here,
plan your escape as though you were a prisoner plotting a jailbreak. What are
you escaping? Yourself, basically. Or at least the unnatural limits you've
placed on yourself. Overcome resistance and "practicality." There's
an expedition in your destiny pattern, a pilgrimage. Accept it.
red Mars suggested blood to our ancestors, and they named it the War God.
That's an effective metaphor -- Mars does represent violence. But today we go
further. The red planet symbolizes the power of the Will. Assertiveness.
Courage. Without it, there'd be no fire in life. No spark. Where your Mars
lies, you are challenged to find the Spiritual Warrior inside yourself, the
part of you that's brave and clear enough to claim your own path and follow it.
lies in civil Libra. It's as though the Warrior has gone to charm school! Libra
is peaceful, diplomatic, consensus-seeking. Reflexively, your Mars pursues
reconciliation, mutual understanding. But there's one offense that fires your
rage: that's willful injustice. Spiritually you are learning a lot about
building bridges of respect and fairness -- without slipping into the trap of
hollow forgiveness and whitewashed grudges.
the War-God occupying your Fourth House, there's fire buried deep inside you.
When we strip away the layers of your psychological onion and bare the core, we
find the Warrior or the Crusader or the Adventurer--passion, in other words.
From an evolutionary perspective, it is essential that you express those
qualities behaviorally, or they'll back up inside you, turning to seething
anger and eventually into depression.
Uranus were the only planet in the sky, we'd all be so independent we'd still
be Neanderthals throwing rocks at each other. There would be no language, no
culture, no law. On the other hand, if Uranus did not exist, we'd all still be
hauling rocks for Pharaoh. All individuality would be suppressed. This is the
planet of individuation... the process whereby we separate out who we are from
what everybody else wants us to be. Always it indicates an area of our lives in
which, to be true to ourselves, we must "break the rules" -- that is,
overcome the forces of socialization and peer pressure. In that part of our
experience, what feeds our souls tends to annoy mom and dad... and all the
"moms" and "dads" who lay down the law of the tribe.
Uranus in Taurus, the process of individuation for you is tied up with the Path
of the Earth Spirit. That is to say, you strengthen and clarify your own
Uranian identity through deepening your bond with nature -- and without that
you're likely to clog up your life with unnecessary conservatism. Consciously
chosen forays into the natural world, such as hiking, gardening, or close
association with animals, purify your sense of self, purging out the spurious
"inner voices" you've swallowed sitting in front of the great
wraparound television set of late twentieth century Industrial Culture.
of Friends -- that's the old name for the Eleventh House, where your Uranus
lies. The issues are broader; not just friends, but also the framework of goals
and priorities by which you orient your life. Uranus is your Teacher here and
the lessons can be summarized this way: the older you get, the stranger you
get! You are on a diverging course from the social mainstream, and you come
into increasing conflict with the "tyranny of the normal" as you
mature. Trust your path! You have a unique gift for the human family, but
you're not ready to offer it until you reach the second half of your life.
buzzes around the Sun in eighty-eight days, making it the fastest of the
planets. It buzzes around your head in exactly the same way: frantically. It's
the part of you that never rests -- the endless firing of your synapses as your
intelligence struggles to organize a picture of the world. Mercury represents
thinking and speaking, learning and wondering. It is the great observer, always
curious. It represents your senses themselves and all the raw, undigested data
that pours through them.
is in heaven -- which is to say it is in Gemini, its favorite sign. This is a
powerful, natural, combination which massively stimulates your curiosity and
your enthusiasm for the pleasures of the mind: knowledge, witticism,
intelligent conversation. Spiritually you are learning about the difficulties
of keeping your mind radically open when you're so good at constructing
convincing -- and maybe addictive -- theories.
the traditional "Messenger of Gods" occupying your Twelfth House,
your intelligence is much concerned with the investigation of consciousness
itself. You trigger greater psychic sensitivity and spiritual awareness in
yourself when you flood your senses with incongruous, surprising, stimulating
information or questions: What's the sound of one hand clapping? The trick here
lies in using the intellect to trip the intellect.
all the planets, all the meteors, moons, asteroids, and comets. Roll them up in
a big ball of cosmic mush. They still wouldn't equal the mass of the "King
of the Gods" -- Jupiter. Exactly that same bigness pervades the planet's
astrological spirit. Jupiter is the symbol of buoyancy and generosity, of
opportunity and joy. At the deepest level, it represents faith... faith in
life, that is, rather than faith in anybody's theological position papers.
stands in Scorpio. This is an important piece of information -- maybe a pivotal
one. Being human is tough sometimes. When you need to boost your elemental
faith in life, your answer lies in following the Way of the Sorcerer. Go
walking under the moon in a hard wind. Fill your house with candlelight. Get
lost in the eyes of another soul who shares some of your humility before the
awesome mysteries of existence.
your chart, the "King of the Gods" reigns in the Fifth House --
traditionally the "House of Children." Your nature is playful and
self-expressive, and the "inner child" is vibrant inside you.
Creativity comes naturally... but, spiritually, you are learning how to use it
correctly. Sincerity and risk are the keys; without them, you'll produce a
technicolor personality and lots of applause, but little else. The archetype
that's trying to break through you is not simply the Bard... it's the Wise
Your Lunar Nodes
The soul's journey
a jolly baby. Here's a serious one. An alert one. A dull one. A wise one. Those
are common nursery room observations, but they raise a fascinating question:
How did that person get in there?
of our psychological theory, either technically or in folklore, is
developmental theory... abuse a child and he'll grow up to be a child-abuser,
for example. But in the eyes of the newborn infant, there is already character.
How can that be? One might say it's heredity, and that's certainly at least
part of the answer. A large part of the world's population would call it
reincarnation -- that baby, for better or worse, represents the culmination of
centuries of soul-development in many different bodies. A Fundamentalist might
simply announce, "That's how God made the baby." Who's to say? But
all three explanations hold one point in common: They all agree that we cannot
account for what we observe in a baby's eyes without acknowledging the impact
of events occurring before the child's birth.
astrology, the South Node of the Moon refers to events occurring before your
birth, helping us to see what was in your eyes ten seconds after you were
born... however we imagine it got in there! The Moon's North Node, always
opposite the South Node, refers to your evolutionary future. It's a subtle
point, but arguably the most important symbol in astrology. The North Node
represents an alien state of consciousness and an unaccustomed set of
circumstances. If you open your heart and mind to them, you put maximum tension
on the deadening hold of the past.
we consider the Nodes of the Moon in your birthchart, we'll be using the
language of reincarnation. Whether that notion fits your own spiritual beliefs
is of course your own business. If it doesn't work for you, please translate
the ideas into ancestral hereditary terms. After all, it makes little practical
difference whether we speak of a certain farmer weeding his beans a thousand
years before the Caesars as your great, great, mega-great grandfather... or as
you yourself in a previous incarnation. Either way, he's someone who lived way
back there in history who sort of is you, sort of isn't, and lives on inside
you--influencing but not ultimately defining you.
your birth, the South Node of the Moon lay in Cancer, the sign of the Great
Mother. Anyone looking into your eyes as you took your first breath would have
observed the results of lifetimes spent learning the ways of the Healer:
nurturing, caring, an ability to attune yourself instantly to a person's
deepest wounds. You've grown compassionate, but now--like a lonely
psychotherapist--you must learn a new lesson: how to see to it that your own
needs are met.
nascent ability to meet your own needs is symbolized by your North Node of the
Moon, which lies in Capricorn -- the sign of the Hermit. As we saw earlier, the
North Node can be seen as the most significant point in the entire birthchart.
Why? Because it represents your evolutionary future... the ultimate reason
you're alive, in other words. How can you accomplish this Capricornian
spiritual work? The "yoga" is easy to say, harder to do: you must
temper some of your nurturing instincts and consciously release your attachment
to the idea that others depend upon you. That is, you need to intentionally
place yourself in situations where you're watching out for yourself, pursuing
your own projects, and letting others take care of themselves.
another piece to the puzzle: The Moon's South Node falls in the First House of
your chart. This implies that previous to this lifetime you had accumulated
considerable experience as a leader. That sounds glorious, and maybe it was.
But now the evolutionary issue is that you had centuries in which the buck
stopped with you, and you had no one to whom you could turn. This bred
self-containment, but also a terrible burden of isolation.
this lifetime, with your North Node of the Moon in the Seventh House, you must
act to counterbalance some of that focus on self-sufficiency... not because
it's "wrong," but because you've already learned everything you can
from it. The time has come for you to concentrate on listening and learning,
accepting the alien wisdom of your soulmates, weaving it into your own wisdom.
Two moves are essential: one is finding partners whom you honestly respect, and
the second is letting them change you.
that's your birth chart.
it; the symbols are Spirit's message to you. In the course of a lifetime,
you'll make a billion choices. Any one of them could potentially hurt you
terribly, sending you down a barren road. How can you steer a true course? The
answer is so profound that it circles around and sounds trivial: listen to your
heart, be true to your soul. Noble words and accurate ones, but tough to
Universe, in its primal intelligence, seems to understand that difficulty. It
supplies us with many external supports: Inspiring religions and philosophies.
Dear friends who hold the mirror of truth before us. Omens of a thousand kinds.
And, above all, the sky itself, which weaves its cryptic message above each
these pages, you've experienced one reading of that celestial message as it
pertains to you. There are others. You may want to consider sitting with a real
astrologer ... micro-chips are fine, but a human heart can still express
nuances of meaning that no computer can grasp. You may want to order other
reports, ones that illuminate your current astrological "weather," or
that analyze important relationships. Best of all, you may choose to learn this
ancient language yourself, and begin unraveling your own message in your own
your course, we thank you for your time and attention, and wish you grace for