Childhood is a
time filled with promise. A new life, fresh beginnings, and for parents and
teachers -- it's the ultimate challenge. How many times have parents wondered
why kids did not come with instruction manuals?! There's a secret: they do!
Each person is born at a special time, on a certain day and place. Astrologers use this information to chart the positions of the planets relative to the date, time and place of birth. This chart, or horoscope, provides an invaluable and exceptional view of the potentials, drives and needs for Francesca. This is the "cosmic guidebook" for each individual! The patterns of the planets, Sun and Moon are unique and notable for a developing child, since in childhood these pictures are seen in a different light. Children are changing rapidly, and, in the process of becoming themselves, need special love and guidance. Developmental Astrology incorporates the basic concepts of astrology within the framework of the early years of life.
This astrological report can be used as a guidepost, and provides a few hints and insights into the unique qualities of this child. Please remember that everyone -- including a child -- has free will. So while an astrological report can give you some valuable information, it does not indicate a fixed set of limited options. Of course environment also has its influence, but by understanding the significant drives and needs represented by Francesca's chart, you can better appreciate her uniqueness, and, hopefully, guide her to fulfill her potentials in the healthiest possible way!
I. Basic Underlying Personality Traits
There are several layers to an astrological chart, just as there are layers to the personality. In astrology, the building blocks of the chart are the planets, signs and houses of the chart. You'll see these terms scattered throughout this report. In a nutshell, the planets (plus the Sun and Moon) represent specific energies and drives. These drives each have a different purpose in the developing personality. The twelve signs of the zodiac represent qualities, characteristics and traits. The houses (the twelve divisions of the chart wheel or circle) symbolize the facets of a person's life. In the drama of life, the planets represent the actors, the signs show the roles the actors play, their costumes and props, and the houses illustrate the setting and scene of the play.
Using the building blocks of the zodiac signs, there's yet another layer. Each sign falls into categories called elements and modes. There are four elements -- fire, earth, air and water; and there are three modes (or action models) -- cardinal, fixed and mutable. There's a way to distill the chart into its dominant element and mode of expression, and this leading denominator gives a powerful clue to the strongest underlying personality traits.
chart, there is an outstanding quality of Fire. Having a powerful influence
of fiery energy, Francesca is likely to be highly energetic. She needs plenty
of room and ample opportunities to assert herself. Sports may be a strong interest,
but, at the least, staying active is important. Encourage Francesca to funnel
these active needs by providing plenty of options, from early sports, like gymnastics
or dance classes to recreational activities that involve physical assertion.
Babies with strong fire
can be irritable if they are not given ample opportunities to get rid of physical stress (yes, babies experience stress, too!). Basically, Francesca loves play, and fiery temperament babies and young children need plenty of active time with Mom and Dad. Even when she grows up, play will be important, and she will be happiest when anything feels more like play than work! There can also be selfishness with the fiery quality. One thing to keep in mind with Francesca is the fact that you must tend a fire: either to keep it burning or to keep it from blazing out of control.
There are three
modes in astrology. These determine how a particular sign manifests its energy.
These qualities -- known as cardinal, fixed and mutable -- have special meanings
in astrology. Each sign or the zodiac correlates with one of three modes of
With an emphasis on Cardinal energy, Francesca likes to get things going! Cardinal energy is motivational. Much like the ignition of an automobile, the principle of cardinality is required to get things started. Initiative, assertiveness, ambition and independence are all cardinal qualities. The negative traits of impatience and restlessness can be strong, especially if Francesca is bored! And, Francesca is likely to have a strong desire to act without outside guidance.
In summary, if an element or mode is low or lacking, there's no reason to be highly concerned, but you can find creative ways to help Francesca compensate. Focusing on what the lack of any mode or element might mean for the child can prove beneficial, although this should not be interpreted as an actual "personality deficiency." Rather, understand that this could indicate either a tendency to overcompensate or to seek what is lacking in some way. As your child matures, you might discover that she is drawn to others who seem to possess the expressions of a quality that seems to be lacking in her own chart.
Moon Sign and Early Personality Development
Although most people are familiar with the concept of the Sun sign, a child expresses the qualities of the Moon sign more than the Sun sign during the earliest years. That's because the Moon tells the story of feelings and pure emotion. So, you might see more qualities that relate to this factor in Francesca's chart during early childhood. Expressing the Sun requires more self-awareness, and that develops later!
Keep in mind that Francesca is NOT a blank slate! These drives and expressions can be nourished and supported by understanding family and teachers, helping Francesca make the most of these "ingredients" in her developing personality!
Francesca will need plenty of room to play, since she has the Moon in Aries and just feels more secure when given independence and healthy challenges. Setting rules may be difficult, and parents and caretakers alike will need to be especially watchful, since she is a born adventurer and can run away rather quickly when given too much freedom too soon!
The way Francesca
might like to be perceived, what she needs to feel motivated toward achievement
and what makes her feel significant and special in the world shines through
her Sun. While the full expression of Francesca's ego takes quite some time
to develop, certain qualities will definitely be apparent, even
early on. However, this aspect of the personality will be more apparent after the earliest years.
Make way -- Francesca needs to be noticed. Now! Even as a baby, her Leo Sun may draw the spotlight; and one thing's certain: when Francesca wants or needs attention, you will know. During toddler years, a demanding quality can emerge, and setting reasonable limits can be frustrating if Francesca gets dramatic. Nonetheless, lovingly defining who has the power is important from a very early age. Yes, you're reading this correctly: Francesca can seem to demand to be spoiled. Granted, Francesca may shower you with warm smiles and big hugs, so it's easy. By the early school years, if given opportunities to take center stage, you may have a budding performer or young leader growing up before your eyes. The preteen years can be another story, since Francesca can feel extremely insecure if noticed for the wrong reasons, and, if she is not given proper attention, can become especially disruptive in order to gain notice. If there's any inclination shown, encourage Francesca to run for class President!
Another prevailing quality that's likely to emerge in Francesca's early years in shown by the sign on her Ascendant, or Rising Sign. In childhood, the Ascendant and the 1st House signify Francesca's physical appearance and how other people view her. After all, most of us have our self-image shaped by what other people tell us about ourselves. Most important, the Ascendant (ASC) represents Francesca's basic attitudes and herself, and how she presents herself to the world. The significance of environmental conditioning in Francesca's developing personality is shown by the Ascendant.
With Leo rising, Francesca's dramatic flair and personal pride are likely trademarks. Francesca needs a place to show off and shine, and may enjoy being the center of attention. It's difficult to ignore a Leo rising child. She can exhibit a loving, generous warmth, even as a tiny tot.
II. Nurturing Intellectual and Physical Health and Development
Every parent watches for the signals that indicate a child's intellectual and physical progress. From baby's first words to performance in school, development is noted and records are kept. Providing the stimulus that will strengthen mental and physical development is up to parents, teachers and society. Of course, ultimately, a child will master the experience of learning!
There are many factors involved in intellect -- the ability to conceptualize, the communication of concepts and thoughts, memory, creative ideas, the application of rational thought, judicial thinking, decision-making, speculative thought and more. In order to be whole, the child must achieve a balance between the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual parts of the Self; only then can the power of the intellect be used to its utmost. Otherwise, the mental capacities are likely to be overemphasized or misdirected in order to compensate for under development in some other area.
One important factor
in a developing intellect is the nature of the thought patterns themselves.
Here, the Moon plays yet another role beyond that of emotional storage house.
Through the Moon, a child's unique experiences are stored in the vaults of
the subconscious mind. However, the Moon also shows the basic manner in which a child absorbs information. With the Moon in a fire sign, Francesca has a highly active mind and the thoughts range into the realm of philosophy and the theoretical. Inspirational ideas will be more interesting than practical matters, and travel and cultural pursuits can inspire learning.
In addition, since the Moon represents the basic thought patterns, the Moon's speed (or rate of travel) fundamentally affects a child's approach to learning. The Moon moves at variable speeds in her rotation around the Earth.
Francesca's Moon was moving at a moderate pace at the time she was born. This can indicate a strong need to observe a situation before making a change, and suggests a reluctance when facing unfamiliar ideas or situations. In learning, a careful, structured circumstance can create the safety zone that allows Francesca to move through education with greater confidence. Following cautious observation and consideration, new situations are then less threatening. After that, Francesca may do just fine with learning, but if forced to move too quickly may lose confidence. Retaining ideas can be a plus for this gently paced Moon.
As a small baby
Francesca began to explore and learn about her personal environment through
the five senses, and these are represented by the energy of Mercury. Over time,
the senses are used in a more refined manner, and as the mind gains the ability
to integrate more and more information, learning increases. Mercury shows how
Francesca communicates those thought patterns -- how concepts are framed and
also how they are expressed through communication. The years of Mercury's heightened
developmental cycle are from age seven to thirteen, when the connections between
a child and her world are powerfully shaped. Language is mastered; communication
skills are refined. It is during these years, that Francesca will project the
qualities of Mercurial energy more strongly.
Since Francesca has a Cancerian Mercury, she may very well have a photographic memory. It's more comfortable to be indirect in communication, since Francesca can be mentally protective, and is likely to hold back information until certain that it is safe to speak. It's easy for Francesca to confuse "what I feel" with "what I think."
attitudes toward learning is shown by Mercury sextile to Mars. There can be
an increased enthusiasm for material which is personally interesting. While
this connection can suggest a bright intellect, there can be a lazy attitude
toward study, since Francesca may feel that since she seems to grasp ideas rather
quickly that study is not necessary. This can work well through early years
in school but can be problematic if she is not motivated to achieve through
concentrated efforts in later school years.
Mercury in trine to Pluto adds significant depth to Francesca's thinking capacities. Parents and teachers may be surprised at the multidimensional capabilities to Francesca's thinking, and should encourage her to expand or explore a subject as fully or thoroughly as possible. The ability to link material can be excellent, and studies in history and science alike may provide an excellent opportunity for Francesca to increase her intellect. Writing and communicative abilities can be exceptional, although it may be later in her education before the full extent of these abilities is realized.
Mercury in the 12th House indicates that Francesca may be highly imaginative and artistically inclined. She may prefer a private, closed room for study and will enjoy some serenity when composing ideas or developing thoughts. Meditative practices may seem natural, even in elementary school years. This placement suggests an impressionable mind, although the sign and aspects of Mercury will indicate how Francesca responds and uses that impressionability.
Jupiter and Learning
Another factor involved in Francesca's learning styles and needs is symbolized by Jupiter. These qualities are initially experienced through the encouragement of teachers and guides, but ultimately, Jupiter shows how Francesca will express confidence and what types of stimulation will build her learning skills. With Jupiter in Libra, Francesca loves the social aspect of school, and later on may be drawn to subjects like law, the arts and literature. Her sense of justice can be strongly developed. Debate, public speaking, and journalism can be enjoyable.
Encouragement and testing are two different things. Small children do not like to be tested -- life is enough of a test for them! They do enjoy learning, but need to be encouraged to learn at their own pace. Finding that pace is one of the primary tasks of parents and teachers. Watch for signs that tell you when Francesca is comfortable with a situation, and ready to push beyond it. Then, offer stimulation of that expression by setting fresh goals and opportunities to learn and develop the mind.
Finding Fun and Encouraging Physical Development
There are many factors that indicate particular needs in regard to physical health. However, I feel that specific strengths and weaknesses and their care are best dealt with in greater depth using refined astrological techniques beyond the scope of this reports. But one feature of childhood we can explore is where to find play and recreational activities that might be most comfortable and enjoyable for Francesca. The planet Mars represents physical energy -- it's the fuel that is needed to keep the physical engine running! Mars' sign and house placement gives good clues about a child's preferences for play and activity, including sports and approach to fitness.
Francesca's favorite forms of recreation and sports can include racquetball, handball, table tennis, tennis, scuba-diving, aerobic dancing, yoga, gymnastics, English saddle riding, figure skating, and baseball.
Francesca's Mars in the 3rd House can indicate high activity and talkativeness. Focus can be a problem for her, and having opportunities to stay physically and mentally active will provide direction for energy which could be seen as "nervous" by those who hope to have peace and quiet. This influence adds a quickness to her ability to grasp new concepts. Neighborhood sports and activities with nearby friends can be favorites.
from Mars to Saturn indicates a potential for a low level of physical energy.
Because of this, Francesca needs to be
encouraged to devote some time to physical activity in order to raise energy levels. If there is a defeatist attitude, help her learn the importance of overcoming or meeting challenges. Be sure to celebrate accomplishments with her. Francesca may also go the other way and decide to overcompensate and train until she drops! There can be increased self-discipline and an ability to set limits and work or train carefully toward goals.
III. Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs
At different stages and ages Francesca is developing different parts of herself. One reason childhood astrology is different from adult astrology is that a child is in the process of "becoming". Anyone who's been around children knows that at some stages of development a child is more susceptible or emotionally vulnerable, and that these needs and sensibilities change as a child matures. After all, a baby struggles each day to deal with a difficult-to-control body, but an elementary school age child is struggling with early social relationships. Each of the planets represents a different emotional need and expression, but some planetary symbols are more emotionally charged than others.
There are myriad possibilities, but Francesca's chart illustrates the potential emotional strengths and weaknesses, and the areas in her life where there can be greater vulnerability. It is important to explore these concepts through a lens of objectivity, since when dealing with psychological and emotional issues with our children we're likely to run into our own issues as part of the process!
Francesca's most powerful emotional needs are symbolized by the Moon, which is the primary indicator of early psychological development. These needs remain with Francesca throughout life, continually growing and evolving. The Moon symbolizes the reflective nature of humanity. It is the absorbing, subconscious mind and reflects the needs of the soul. This is the matrix from which habit patterns emerge. Moon is Mother -- who provides nurturing, comfort and security. Mother is the model for a child's developing sense of how she will nurture and care for others, and, most importantly, how Francesca will nurture herself.
Even as a baby,
Francesca has had a strong inner awareness of what is happening. As she grows,
more information is absorbed and stored in Francesca's subconscious mind, and
deeper awareness of her feelings also grows. The Moon also indicates basic patterns
of conditioning drawn from life experiences and filtered through the qualities
of the Moon.
Francesca needs to be independent -- a drive from the Moon in Aries. She will probably be very direct in expressing wants and desires. During infancy, Francesca is likely to be tremendously impatient. Activity is highly important, a need that grows as baby grows and is likely to want to explore anything and everything. Later, young Francesca retains this impatience, and may express it with fiery bursts of temper that can be exaggerated during those terrible twos. As Francesca matures, she will find that by becoming mentally inventive instead of throwing temper tantrums, she will not have to wait so long for things to happen. There is a very powerful sense of creativity. This child needs to be noticed, and needs to lead.
Francesca needs to be on a quest. That also means that Francesca may ask lots of questions! The Moon in the 9th House can stimulate a special enjoyment of travel, reading, and the parts of school that are inspirational. Her spiritual life is a high priority, and that can be nourished in simple ways by making a connection to Truths of life.
With the Moon in a square aspect to Venus, Francesca may display an increased emotional vulnerability. While she can be very affectionate and caring, she may be afraid to risk leaving one situation and going on to another. This is the "having my cake and eating it too" aspect. Emotional manipulation of others can result, but usually as a mechanism to assure that she will be safe -- no matter what. Learning to be honest about feelings can be difficult, since needs for immediate gratification can become a substitute for developing truly close bonds and fulfilling needs in a more healthy manner.
Since Francesca has an opposition between the Moon and Jupiter, there may be a very long list of wants, but a laziness about fulfilling them. Learning to bring expectations in line with possibility may require several attempts. During toddler years, Francesca can be especially demanding or may have difficult settling for a glass of juice when she sees the size of the carton from which it is poured. Why settle for a glass when where's so much more? Throughout childhood, Francesca can have the tendency to push past limits and then collapse at the end of the day from exhaustion. Establishing limits -- physically and emotionally -- can be a demanding lesson. Learning that there are other options can provide important clues to managing commitments later in life.
Since the Moon is in semisquare aspect to Saturn, Francesca tends to feel disappointments very keenly and seems to be a magnet for guilt. It's quite likely that Mother may be involved in career or other experiences which limit her availability to the child, and as Francesca matures it's important for her to distinguish between the things she can and cannot control. If she exhibits emotional withdrawal, it could be a reflection of a basic fear that emotional support is limited, unreliable or frustrated in some way. While Francesca can become self-reliant, emotional resilience may not be easy to develop. It is helpful if parents and teachers positively reinforce basic security needs whenever possible, and aid Francesca in learning self-discipline and trust.
The energy of the Sun is tied to the development of individuality and the sense of identity. The individuality of the Sun begins to emerge once a child has developed enough mastery over basic bodily functions so that she can start paying more attention to the outside world. The Sun is a major factor in determining, "Who am I?" This radiance of Self really becomes focused once Francesca is relating to others on a more frequent basis, especially during the school years.
Francesca is a Leo, basically described in the Underlying Personality section of this report. However, there are factors which alter Francesca's expression and development of her Sun.
A supportive relationship from family and parents is suggested by Francesca's Moon in trine aspect to the Sun. The potential to learn how to positively integrate what Francesca needs with what she wants is strong. Self-awareness may develop comfortably, with good confirmation and a sense that Francesca is an integral part of her family. A sound external support system is still necessary, although this aspect does indicate a great deal of emotional and personal resilience.
Self-confidence and optimism can be hallmarks of Francesca's personality. The natural exuberance that flows from the Sun in a harmonious connection to Jupiter can be contagious. Francesca likes to feel important, and can positively glow in the face of accomplishment. She can feel that the parents expect a great deal, and can be eager to please. These expectations may integrated into Francesca's life by helping her show appreciation for the good things in life, or saying "thank you" to others when indicated. Francesca may honestly desire to reach beyond her current situation or capacities. These planetary connections can indicate laziness, and unless there is a reason to excel, Francesca may try to get by with minimal effort.
The square from Sun to Pluto can be one of the most challenging aspects during childhood. It's because the idea of power can be confusing. There's a fascination with power, but also a tendency to prefer superhuman attributes over being merely "human." However, most children whose environments are supportive ultimately learn to deal with the frustrations indicated by their desire to be in control before they're ready. It's also possible that Francesca has had experiences that feel like she is stripped of her power. Family situations such as the separation from or loss of a parent can enhance these feelings. The relationship with the father is especially critical in this case, and if for some reason the father is absent or unavailable in some way, she may develop a strong fear of abandonment and basic lack of trust, especially with males.
The potential for self-destructive attitudes and actions is very strong, since Francesca is likely to excessively push the limits of authority. Even during toddler years, resistance to feeling controlled by others can be evidenced. However, it is in preteen years when this dynamic begins to awake more fully. It is crucial that parents and teachers be aware of the fact that Francesca needs to feel powerful, but also needs to understand that others have power, too. Practical studies in fields like science which illustrate transformational change can be helpful. After all, she is also learning that everything is subject to change, including herself. If Francesca feels degraded or humiliated, she will fight back -- but possibly in destructive ways. Parents, teachers and guides need to find ways to allow Francesca to continually assess her worth without becoming ruthless or harsh. Provocation of guilt feelings can lead to self-destructive behaviors, and parents or teachers who utilize guilt as a motivator will not be doing Francesca a favor! However, accepting responsibility for the results of her actions is a necessary part of learning.
During the teen years, when Francesca is experiencing a need to emotionally break free of parents, she can become self-destructive, especially if her needs to feel strong seem to be continually challenged. It's important that Mom and Dad respect the needs of this young person while holding firm to reasonable boundaries and safeguards. On the up side, Francesca may also be fascinated by healing and life's ultimate experiences of birth, sexuality and death. Discovering the beneficial life alterations which can accompany these experiences can spark a desire to become a true catalyst for positive change within the self and the world.
Mercury is not traditionally considered an emotional expression. However, Mercury's role in the expression of feelings is highly important. Mercury represents the function of articulation of ideas and feelings and influences how we communicate them. After all, most of us are more comfortable if we can talk about our emotional experiences to someone special. A child needs to feel that she can talk about anything with her parents, and that it is okay to share feelings and ideas. When a child is not given opportunities to communicate her emotional needs, she can develop problems communicating almost anything else! Mercury's function in our lives is to link internal processes to the external world, and one of the most important inner links is the experience of sharing emotion.
With Mercury and Mars in contact, Francesca can be quite assertive expressing ideas. Words can be spoken before their consequences are considered. The tendency to blurt-out ideas can be useful when it's time to speak publicly, since this connection adds courage to the need and desire to communicate. However, if Francesca is angered, words are likely to be used as a weapon! During teen years, Francesca might enjoy lessons in debate. Prior to that, parents and teachers will be likely to see ample evidence that this is a natural tendency. Arguments can be a form of entertainment. Encourage healthy banter.
Francesca takes communication seriously, since Mercury and Saturn are connected. However, the primary emotional implication from this connection is that Francesca may worry excessively. Help her appreciate the realism of situations, but also encourage her to rest and relax the mind. Teach positive thinking!
Francesca can feel a compelling sense of urgency to express thoughts, since Mercury and Pluto are connected. This is helpful when solving mysteries or doing scientific research, but it can make honest emotional communication difficult. Parents and friends may often be met with silence if Francesca simply does not want to communicate. If there is communication, it can be irritatingly manipulative if she feels that keeping a secret is important in a particular situation. In fact, Francesca may fear that telling it all would undermine her power in certain situations. It can be helpful if parents can work with her to gain an understanding that sharing ideas and feelings can enhance Francesca's command of a situation. But be careful, since this child may be intellectually ruthless toward the self, and can feel assaulted if the ideas or thoughts she expresses are harshly criticized. Accepting changes in attitudes and ideas is absolutely necessary for Francesca, and learning to allow others to have different ideas will go a long way toward assuring that she will be much more positively influential as an adult.
another part of Francesca's psychological make-up. Venus describes the needs
for love and value systems, along with self-worth. Artistic expression can be
part of this emotional outlet, and this is Venus in action. Selfish behavior
can be Venusian, too, and most small children show Venus through their particular
expression of selfishness and their ultimate struggle to allow Venus to evolve
as they develop the capacity to learn to share. You'll see Venus expressing
in a more outgoing manner after about age four, when Francesca may finally want
to give something to another person. But the full involvement of
Venusian development is during the teen years, when "falling in love" becomes a reality. But, regardless of Francesca's age, she needs to feel love from others to encourage growth on every level, including the growth of self-esteem.
Francesca vibes in on all the delicious things of life with Venus in Cancer. Warm hugs, good food, family dinners -- all these comfort experiences are the realm of Cancerian Venus. During childhood, she may thoroughly enjoy cooking and gardening as part of play. Keepsakes are meaningful even in the early years, and shows of tenderness are always appreciated. Francesca may adore stuffed animals, and might also like to start a collection of some sort.
Through a connection between Venus and Jupiter, Francesca may express an enhanced need to express generosity and a very strong desire to relate to others. The expectations of others may be a problem, and she will benefit by practicing the art of unconditional love. Francesca may have great difficulty setting limits on what she wants, however, and a tendency to be disappointed when those wants are not fulfilled can lead to acting-out behaviors. Ultimately, parents need to teach Francesca that it's unlikely that anyone will have everything she wants all at once!
Francesca's Mars shows when she expresses anger and personal strength. As Francesca grows up, the way she shows personal assertiveness will be developed.
With Mars in Virgo, Francesca needs to keep those hands busy. As a baby Francesca may be fidgety and fussy if she is the least bit uncomfortable. Toddler years may find Francesca fascinated with dexterity building toys, puzzles, and gadgets. As she grows, developing skills which require dexterity and attention to detail can be extended into sports like gymnastics or dance or art and music (or all of the above). Do not expect that Francesca will be neat, since keeping all those tools and toys organized may not be as much fun as pulling them off the shelf and putting them to use. She can become excessively critical of self and others and needs to develop patience with the process of becoming skillful.
Francesca can feel terribly uncomfortable expressing anger, since the frustrating connection between Mars and Saturn can indicate a restriction of anger, causing Francesca to feel trapped inside her anger. This inhibited energy may then be released in cruel ways. This can result in physical and emotional difficulty. If parents tend to bridle Francesca's need to become self-assertive, it will tend to create anger toward the parents. This can become self-destructive and will block an easy flow of understanding between parent and child. While Francesca does feel a need to be in control, experiencing a positive model of control will be healthier than simply being told "no."
and teen years, sexual assertiveness may be very uncomfortable for Francesca
to develop, since there is frequently a restrictive attitude toward sexual expression.
Healthy caution is one thing, but guilt about the feelings of sexuality can
be damaging. Francesca may feel that the "permission" to even have
these feelings does not exist, and the frustrations can lead to violent or destructive
outbursts. Teaching her that sexual feelings are a normal part of growing up
will alleviate much of this
turmoil. Replacing guilt with an awareness of the possible consequences of her sexual actions will give Francesca a choice. The ability to make choices strengthens her sense of personal power, whereas guilt feelings will simply be frustrating.
Francesca may not demonstrate the energy of Uranus until teenage years, since this quality is part of the expression of uniqueness, ingenuity, and rebellion. It's usually outwardly expressed in teen years as part of a teen's uprising against the status quo. Uranus spends about seven years in one sign, and is one of the planetary energies that identify qualities of a generation. Uranus in Capricorn children are the ones who will ultimately change the established order. Francesca and her generation will become adults when there are more elderly people alive than have ever lived before! Integrating the exuberance of youth with the experience of age may become the hallmark of this generation. As a global economy emerges, Francesca will feel challenged to create the structures of business and commerce which may become the new battle zones, but also the new arenas for growth and opportunity. Environmental concerns may also be especially important for Francesca.
But the personal expression of Uranian energy is most likely to be seen in the arena of life most influenced by this planet. Uranus in the 6th House suggests that Francesca will enjoy using whatever innovations are available to become more proficient. Computers or other technological intrigues will spark creativity and hold interest, but there may also be a proficiency with math and design. Francesca may seem to be restless or over-active, but this will be most noticeable when she has nothing to do! She may also have a very sensitive nervous system and may respond very readily to energy-altering techniques like acupuncture, Reiki, or Shiatsu.
Another significant, but emotionally charged, generation-oriented quality is the energy of Pluto. Pluto represents the deepest reservoirs of emotional energy, and is not a quality openly expressed in childhood. However, when a personal planet or angular point in a chart is connected to Pluto, then this profound level of emotional and transformational energy is easier to see. Pluto also represents deep-seated anxieties or fears, which are, for lack of a better description, absorbed into the psyche.
For a child, it's virtually impossible to direct an awareness of this energy, since the personal self must be well developed before knowledge of this esoteric plane of consciousness awakens. In fact, most adults have difficulty with this part of the self! Although the energy of Pluto may be felt during the childhood years, it is not usually a conscious expression at this time.
Pluto moves very slowly through the zodiac, and its sign tells more about the transformational influence Pluto will have on that particular generation than it will about the changes in the individual. Those with Pluto in Scorpio (1984 - 1995) have been born during the time when life's ultimate issues have reached a boiling point. The occurrence of AIDS, open discussions about right to die, right to life, cloning -- all these processes have created a need to bring what was once in the closet to the surface.
While sex education may have been part of the previous school curriculum, this time period saw the need to be more explicit, since there was now true life-threatening sexually transmitted disease! This era also saw the end of the cold war -- the time when the superpowers held the survival of the world as close as the touch of a button. However, outbreaks of terrorism have also become a fact of life for these kids, and they're dealing with it not only on a global level, but in their neighborhoods. Francesca and her generation are the healers, and may ultimately be the ones whose job is to transform our environment as well, healing the damage done by previous generations.
As with the other transpersonal planets, the House position of Pluto is the area of life where you help Francesca get in touch with a need for healing and transformational change. Pluto's energy in the 4th House can indicate a deep sense of connection to family and tradition. However, this placement also suggests the potential for a fear of abandonment and a sense that the security base can be destroyed at any moment. Major changes in family in the early years will have a deep impact on Francesca's psyche, and will need special attention and care.
You've discovered that the Ascendant is like the window-dressing or mask of the personality, but connections from planets to the Ascendant can also alter how Francesca expresses her emotional self.
With the Sun in a supportive contact with the Ascendant, Francesca may have a "sunny" disposition! There's a tendency to be highly noticeable, and she may like to shine above the crowd.
The Moon's connection
to the Ascendant adds a receptive quality to Francesca's personality. She can
also feel self-protective
or a bit shy, since there's greater emotional sensitivity to what others think about her. Her emotions are more noticeable.
Sometimes, planets appear to move backward in their orbital path from our viewpoint here on Earth. When that happens, we say a planet is retrograde.
Trusting inner security is a primary lesson for any child born with Saturn retrograde. Francesca may also innately mistrust authority. Saturn provides structure, direction and discipline, and teaches us about our priorities. Having this planet in retrograde sometimes makes it difficult to learn these lessons at first. Saturn retrograde may indicate problems relating to the parent who provides this structure in the early years. If this parent is inaccessible to Francesca, either because he or she is absent, constantly working, or emotionally distant. Francesca must learn to go within and achieve her own sense of structure, direction and personal discipline.
Questions about safety can be paramount. Affirmations which confer a sense of confidence, achievement and personal strength can be powerful tools. Francesca can be remarkably self-disciplined and focused once this sense of self-doubt is overcome. Pianist Van Cliburn, actor Sean Connery, dancer/actress Leslie Caron and singer Dionne Warwick were all born with Saturn retrograde.
of uniqueness and individuality -- exemplified by the energy of Uranus -- can
be strongly accentuated, since Uranus is retrograde in her chart. There is a
powerful urge to break free of all forms of restriction and achieve true personal freedom. The knowledge that external freedom can only come when inner freedom exists is inborn. Many individuals born with Uranus retrograde have achieved positive recognition for their special talents. Some examples are Sir Winston Churchill, Johnny Carson, Katherine Hepburn and Anne Morrow Lindberg. Francesca will need acknowledgment of her uniqueness, especially if she has Uranus retrograde in the angular houses (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th). Otherwise, she may feel out of step with everyone else.
Neptune's energy draws us into the inner self where we dream, visualize, imagine and escape. Since Francesca has Neptune retrograde, this introspective energy is more deeply sensitized. There can be an intensified desire to escape the ordinary world and its pressures. It's absolutely necessary that Francesca learns positive uses of creative imagination. Plus, she can struggle to distinguish the difference between physical plane reality (what we usually think of as "real") and the world of imagination or illusion. Imagination should certainly be encouraged, but in ways that are constructive to Francesca's growth. Neptune's house placement will indicate the area in which Francesca needs a creative escape and how she can be effective in using her imagination. Farrah Fawcett, Yoko Ono, and Ralph Waldo Emerson were all born with Neptune retrograde at birth.
IV. Fostering Creativity and Spirituality
Children seem to be inherently connected to spiritual
awareness and expression. Their joy in the daily discoveries of life can be infectious, and a child's sense of wonder brings light into life. To help a child find Truth and embrace a sense of The Divine, very little encouragement is needed. But it is necessary to support this natural connection, and can make all the difference in Francesca's ability to trust herself.
One of the most
significant ways to help Francesca awaken and touch Spirit is to foster her
creativity. It's not necessary for every child to be a consummate artist, but
each child needs room to experiment with the creative self. There are several
factors in the astrological chart that support the development and expression
of personal creativity.
Beyond education and development of the intellect in a more formal sense, Mercury plays an important role in self-expression. After all, this is the energy of linking ideas and concepts from the inner self to the outside world -- and back again! One of the creative influences of Mercury in Cancer can be developed in the early years by encouraging artistic play with yarn and fabrics. Early on, encourage simple skills like making pot-holders, and later, Francesca might like weaving, knitting or embroidery work. Water colors might be a favorite, too. But don't forget about incorporating play with dolls and stuffed animals, and their necessary outfits!
Venus, the expression of artistry, is, of course, an important part of creativity. This is the energy through which Francesca experiences and expresses feelings. In many respects, while the Moon represents "feeling," Venus represents "emotion" -- which is the voice of feeling. Venus also represents beauty, a quality deep within which every child needs to feel, identify and express.
Encourage Francesca to get in touch with expressions that feel good to her heart! Special talents and creative interests can include a wide range of activities that involve deeper emotional expression. She will be most interested in creative activities that incorporate a feeling of nurturance, like cooking or gardening. So, even in early years, invite Francesca to share in these daily activities, but make a special time for the more creative side of these abilities to develop. Knitting and sewing might be fun, but should be encouraged gradually to avoid frustration with the detailed elements. In the arts, a love of water colors may be present, which can start with finger painting, and then move on to more skilled expressions as she grows. Photography can be a special joy, too. Music, particularly singing, can be a special area of talent. Then, skills in jewelry making (especially with silver) might grow if, early on, kits are made available, and then a chance to collect special items for use will be fun. Play with dolls can lead to an interest in doll-making or designing clothes or settings for dolls or bears.
Venus in the 12th House indicates a powerful creative imagination. While Francesca may need extra encouragement to bring talents into the open, there may be a wealth of inspiration, ideas and images she can express through all sorts of creative endeavors. Photography, acting or dance may be good ways to use this energy.
has a tense Moon-Venus square, there may be a strong need for approval and also
a sense of inferiority or lack of perfection which can block the creative flow.
However, Francesca may be very artistic and will be likely to crave experiences
feed that artistic sensibility. There is a strong desire to perfect skills and talents, but positive motivation and encouragement are also very important. Timing is also crucial, since forcing too much before she is ready can quickly undermine confidence.
While Francesca has some confidence in her abilities, there may also be a mistrust or feeling of doubt about whether or not she is "good enough." Knowing limits is difficult with harsh aspects between Venus and Jupiter. There can also be a pesky impatience with the process of developing creative refinement, and there may be a lack of focus or discipline.
To get past purely
self-centered awareness, the expansive energy of Jupiter encourages a child
too reach out and expand her personal universe. Through Jupiter, Francesca can
begin to build a basic philosophy of life, and exercise her sense of hope and
vision. The need to reach out and give is Jupiter in action, but so is enthusiasm.
Most important, when Francesca is in touch with Jupiter, she is inspired! Here
is the desire to grow, to reach into new horizons, to feel adventure and joy.
While it may take a lifetime to develop a personal philosophy or explore religious
teachings, during childhood, Francesca does feel wonder about universal principles,
a Higher Power, and endless questions called, "Why?"
Moral questions flow through the realm of Jupiter, and learning higher principles through inspiring teachers and mentors is another outpouring of this energy. It is generally not until a child has developed some measure of cognitive skill that the awareness of Jupiter can be taught. During elementary school and preteen years, this energy begins to flourish. Jupiter is a function of the higher mind, the part of our consciousness that can connect with the Divine. The early awareness of Jupiter deals primarily with the concepts of sharing, positive thinking, enthusiasm and hope for reward.
There's a special a sensitivity to the power of inspiring words and ideas in Francesca's personality. She will respond positively to spiritual or religious instruction and training, but it is crucial that the ideals instilled and introduced help to build a sense of hope. Anything which resounds negatively or is based upon fear is likely to be rejected -- and rightfully so. Those fear-based concepts simply will not ring true to Francesca!
Then, there is the world of dreams and imagination. Neptune's placement in the chart indicates the areas where a child dreams most easily. The sensitivity Neptune adds to life allows Francesca to connect with the spiritual, nonphysical realm. What child is not a master at make-believe? But this energy is also an expression of Divine Compassion, and it needs special support and nourishment during childhood. Encouraging Francesca to trust her dreams, while identifying the difference between the "real" and "imaginary" world can be quite a job. But it is a very important one, since walking between the inner world and the outside world requires special awareness. There is nothing inferior about imagination, nor is there anything wrong with beliefs, since there are many expressions of reality.
Another feature of this energy is the expression of charity. A child taught to give to others less fortunate is definitely a blessed child!
Because Neptune moves very slowly, it is another of the generation-focused planets. Other children Francesca's age will likely have Neptune in the same sign. Neptune in Capricorn (1984 - 1998) ideals are focused on things that can be proven, felt or tangibly manifested. As a result, Francesca and her peers are likely to display a kind of conservative quality, or a desire to recapture the past. Francesca may innately understand the need to appreciate and care for the things of the Earth if she wants to keep them. Francesca and her generation carry the torch for the new structure of modern society, but she can also fall victim to the tendency to use religious principles to create divisions among people. Political ideals have also been strongly intertwined with religious beliefs during this cycle, and it may be up to this generation to find the most effective ways for religion and government to exist harmoniously in the world.
Neptune's placement in the chart shows the areas where a child can easily dream. This also provides indicators of the facet's of life where Francesca can feel a desire to let go or to exercise compassion toward others. Francesca needs to put imagination to work in more practical ways. She might be the neighborhood bird rescuer or might enjoy a chance to do something nice for a sick friend, since Neptune in the 6th House brings a special sensitivity toward care-taking. Developing drawing skills or getting into the creative flow playing a musical instrument could keep imagination flowing. She might have fun with the video camera, too.
V. Perceptions of the Parents
Guess what? You can tell how Francesca is likely to see her parents by looking at her own chart! Understanding how Francesca perceives Mom and Dad can be especially helpful, since what Francesca hopes to see and needs to experience from parents forms the basis of her sense of Self.
When Francesca feels happy and full of joy, the world looks bright, too. But if Francesca is physically or emotionally low, her behavior and responsiveness suffer. In relationships with others, children and adults alike will project their feelings and perceptions onto other people. Francesca needs to experience herself through projecting her needs onto the people in her personal environment. In fact, the undeveloped Aspects of the Self are usually projected onto others as a means of "seeing" these feelings or needs manifested in some way. Projection is a key factor in human psychology.
In many instances, the other people are reasonable targets for those projections, especially if their connections are bound by emotions or other commitments. A child looks to Mother as the person who will reflect the nurturing feminine needs. Mother represents the inner feminine self for boys and girls alike. Francesca may even see things in Mother that Mother does not recognize as the way she is!
Francesca's Moon sign shows how she perceives Mother. It makes no difference whether Mother sees herself in this light or not -- the child holds these particular perceptions what Mother needs to be because she is projecting her own inner needs for security onto her. As Francesca matures into adulthood, these perceptions determine how Francesca will play the nurturing and mothering role toward others.
Through Francesca's eyes, Mother is a champion, since Moon in Aries may perceive Mother as highly independent, pioneering and strong-minded. She can enjoy playing games with Mom, since she can seem like the ultimate competitor.
With The Moon in a tense connection to Venus, Francesca may not be entirely comfortable with Mother. Part of the problem can be the feelings that Mother is difficult to please. Remember, this is a projection by Francesca, whose self-esteem needs extra support. Encourage Francesca when she excels, offering appropriate praise. Just as important, be aware of how criticisms are presented, since Francesca may feel them very deeply.
Since Francesca's Moon is stimulated by a dynamic connection to Jupiter, Mother's encouragement is definitely needed. However, expectations can be a problem. Mother can help her by making a special effort to define expectations when they do exist. Francesca may feel that satisfying Mother is difficult, and might tend to stretch the truth in order to appear better or more acceptable.
The Sun, the primary masculine energy in the chart, is also described as a person's sense of "self". A young child has a very limited true sense of self, and is not likely to "own" these qualities until the preteen years or later. This sense of individuality may be strongly tied to the initial relationship with Father and, later, to interactions with other significant male figures. In early childhood development, Francesca's Sun does not express fully as an individual ego. The Sun powerfully affects the child's perceptions of Father; if the father is supportive and consistent, Francesca may feel that his or her own individuality is reliable and strong. Francesca's perceptions of Father are strongly symbolized by the energy of the Sun in the astrological chart.
Francesca projects the drama and warm generosity of the Leo Sun onto Father, who may seem to represent the qualities of magnetism and personal power. Dad's praise makes everything okay.
Francesca needs consistent acknowledgment from Dad that she is important. Since the Sun in the 1st House needs to shine, that light needs recognition from Daddy! If Francesca feels that Father does not approve of or acknowledge her, then the repercussions can range from acting-out behaviors to a loss in confidence. Dad is perceived as a strong link to the Self.
Father is seen as the great provider, since the connection between Sun and Jupiter is likely to be projected as a kind of "Santa Claus" image. If for any reason Francesca's Dad provides many material things to compensate for lost time, this can become problematic. Father may be viewed as optimistic or enthusiastic, and Francesca will look to Father to provide inspiration and praise for her achievements.
Through the connections between the Sun and Uranus, Francesca is likely to perceive that she has an exceptional father. Or, Francesca may see the father as too aloof, leading to feelings that Dad is unreliable or undependable. Dad may be rather eccentric, but he could also just be highly independent. Remember: this is the potential perception Francesca has of Father! It's possible that Francesca sees the father as a model so unique that she could never fit into it. It's also likely that she sees the father as living beyond the limitations and structures of society, offering a different viewpoint of life from the "norm." When given an opportunity to prove her own uniqueness to Father, Francesca will require positive reinforcement for her talents and abilities if she is to feel confidence in her individuality.
The contact between the Sun and Neptune can suggest problems in a child's perception of Father, since Dad can be over-idealized; he may even have disappeared. Francesca may see only an illusion of Father. This can produce problems in Francesca's own perception of Self later on, since the role model is viewed through rose-colored glasses. Francesca may also expect the father to be rather saintly, and can be disappointed when Daddy turns out to be human! For this reason, it's crucial that Francesca has a realistic and close contact with Father. While Father's sharing of his spirituality and creativity with Francesca can be especially positive reinforcement, he also needs to show his humanity.
Ultimately, it may also be helpful if Francesca has a male mentor who may be easier to identify than Dad. This does not mean that another male needs to come into Francesca's life to take over the role of the father, but that this could be a very positive compliment to the child's development. Francesca needs a reason to have a male to idealize. That's quite a tall order for Father, but many men are definitely up to the task!
Despite the fact
that Dad may think he's just a regular guy, Francesca may perceive Dad as a
super hero. You know the type: on the outside he looks like a regular guy, but
inside he transforms into Superman. The influence of the Sun in connection with
Pluto adds a perception by a child that Father as all-knowing, all-powerful
and omniscient. This can block Francesca's ability to assert her own personal
power. After all, how could she ever
match up to something like that?
It's also possible that Francesca may perceive Father as being ruthless. Sometimes these images are not even projected by the father to the child. They can come about through Francesca's fantasies and the impressions she has gleaned through observing life. It is very easy for Francesca to feel that Dad does not want her to exist. Father needs to continually remind Francesca that she is genuinely loved and appreciated.
If, for any reason, Francesca experiences separation from Father, she may feel especially wounded. This can also lead to a tendency to project this resentment onto other men -- teachers, stepfathers, or authorities -- and might reinforce Francesca's sense that she is somehow unworthy. It is crucial that male Father figures understand the potentially deep impact their actions and attitudes can have upon Francesca's perceptions.
Then, there is a need for solidity, structure and safety -- and most children look to parents to establish this for them. A child is not capable of understanding the ways of the world, but will learn about them eventually. Nor does a child understand the need for limits. It's up to parents and teachers to set these limits and expose a child to the rules of life. These rules, tests and structures are identified by the energy of Saturn.
There can be a downside, since Saturn energy feels judgmental and limiting much of the time, especially in childhood. Many children are anything but delighted at the prospect of being "responsible" -- that's what adults are supposed to be, not kids!
The placement of Saturn not only symbolizes the parents, but also authority in society. Saturn does not necessarily represent one parent or another. Here is discipline, structure, and stability. This is also tradition. For the better part, what Saturn symbolizes is the story of how Francesca needs to be stabilized and what she requires in terms of a sense of safety and security.
With Saturn in Aquarius, Francesca may grow up in situations which defy traditional concepts, learning to accept and feel that this is normal and right. However, regardless of the family values Francesca learns, she will be likely to feel most stable when she has plenty of room to explore individuality within a framework of personal responsibility. Francesca needs parents who are comfortable standing up for humanitarian ideals.
Saturn in the 8th House represents a need to learn how to handle inevitable changes. Francesca will seek confirmation from parents that change is safe, and needs to learn how to identify her responsibilities to others. She also needs to know that her curiosity about sex, death and deeper questions will be met with honest, straightforward information. If parents present inhibitions or fears in this area, then Francesca may spend a lifetime overcoming them.
Ultimately, as Francesca moves through the various ages and stages of childhood, she will be able to incorporate all these qualities and expressions once seen through others, into herself. However, some vestiges of our childhood remain throughout a lifetime. Think of the concepts in this report as the building blocks for the person who will become Francesca through the course of these early years. And enjoy every moment of your journey together!
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