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- Basic Underlying Personality Traits
- Early Personality Development
- Nurturing Intellectual and Physical Health and Development
- Finding Fun and Encouraging Physical Development
- Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs
- Fostering Creativity and Spirituality
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An Astrological Child Profile for Michael Jackson
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 Michael. 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 Michael’s chart, you can better appreciate his uniqueness, and, hopefully, guide him to fulfill his potentials in the healthiest possible way!
1. Basic Underlying Personality Traits
There are several layers to an astrological chart, just as there are layers to the personality. In astrology, the building blocks of the chart are the planets, signs and houses of the chart. You’ll see these terms scattered throughout this report. In a nutshell, the planets (plus the Sun and Moon) represent specific energies and drives. These drives each have a different purpose in the developing personality. The twelve signs of the zodiac represent qualities, characteristics and traits. The houses (the twelve divisions of the chart wheel or circle) symbolize the facets of a person’s life. In the drama of life, the planets represent the actors, the signs show the roles the actors play, their costumes and props, and the houses illustrate the setting and scene of the play.
Using the building blocks of the zodiac signs, there’s yet another layer. Each sign falls into categories called elements and modes. There are four elements — fire, earth, air and water; and there are three modes (or action models) — cardinal, fixed and mutable. There’s a way to distill the chart into its dominant element and mode of expression, and this leading denominator gives a powerful clue to the strongest underlying personality traits.
In Michael’s chart, there is an outstanding quality of Fire. Having a powerful influence of fiery energy, Michael is likely to be highly energetic. He needs plenty of room and ample opportunities to assert himself. Sports may be a strong interest, but, at the least, staying active is important. Encourage Michael 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, Michael loves play, and fiery temperament babies and young children need plenty of active time with Mom and Dad. Even when he grows up, play will be important, and he 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 Michael is the fact that you must tend a fire: either to keep it burning or to keep it from blazing out of control.
Lacking or little Air can indicate problems with objectivity and can show a potential for difficulty with communication and relating, in general. Make a special effort to engage Michael in conversation, to read together, and tell stories. Applaud his development of tolerance for the differences between people. Michael might also benefit from the simple exercise of keeping a daily diary.
There are three modes in astrology. These determine how a particular sign manifests its energy. These qualities — known as cardinal, fixed and mutable — have special meanings in astrology. Each sign or the zodiac correlates with one of three modes of action.
Michael is mostly Mutable. That means he is flexible and able to adapt easily. Developing objectivity and cooperation is important, but making final decisions or choosing sides can be really difficult. That “fence-sitting” can be just as torturous for him as it is for other people! Praise Michael for his versatility and teamwork, but watch for signals that indicate he is becoming manipulative or has fallen victim to exploitation by others.
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 Michael 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 he is drawn to others who seem to possess the expressions of a quality that seems to be lacking in his 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 Michael’s chart during early childhood. Expressing the Sun requires more self-awareness, and that develops later!
Keep in mind that Michael is NOT a blank slate! These drives and expressions can be nourished and supported by understanding family and teachers, helping Michael make the most of these “ingredients” in his developing personality!
Michael may seem to be quite peaceful, since he has the Moon in Pisces. However, do not interpret “quiet” to mean “secure.” (It could be that game: “if I close my eyes and can’t see trouble, then trouble can’t see me either,” concept at work!) Michael can be highly sensitive emotionally and can be easily upset if circumstances are too disruptive or unsettling. As a young child, saying good-by to Mommy can be frightening and may be accompanied by great wailing. Yet Michael can also become attached to the baby-sitter! Watch for drama.
The way Michael might like to be perceived, what he needs to feel motivated toward achievement and what makes him feel significant and special in the world shines through his Sun. While the full expression of Michael’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.
Michael’s Virgo Sun brings out a studious quality — even in infancy. While a young Michael can be talkative, you may also see evidence that he seems to be watching everything very carefully — and he is doing just that! Michael can be a keen observer, and learns by watching every detail. You may assume that with all this attention to detail that this Virgo child will be neat, but it’s best to avoid jumping to conclusions. While there are definite preferences for cleanliness and for things to be in their proper places, neatness is something that may have to be learned. But be warned: as a baby, Virgo is not likely to tolerate physical discomfort. Some of that fussiness can be due to irritation from a tag in the back of baby’s shirt. (You may think I exaggerate, but trust me on this one!) Michael will appreciate parents and teachers who enjoy guiding a developing intellect, and this young Virgo may like school for learning itself. Yet it is crucial that Michael be given plenty of outside interests and encouraged to develop hobbies and skills. Hands-on exposure to learning is best, and dealing with nature “up close and personal” is right up Michael’s preferential alley. He may enjoy small toys, miniatures, or toys that can be carried. As a preteen, Michael may also have an interest in health and nutrition, which is uncommon for children of this age group. Opportunities to lend a helping hand will shape what is sometimes unsurpassed about Michael: a desire to make things better!
Another prevailing quality that’s likely to emerge in Michael’s early years in shown by the sign on his Ascendant, or Rising Sign. In childhood, the Ascendant and the 1st House signify Michael’s physical appearance and how other people view him. After all, most of us have our self-image shaped by what other people tell us about ourselves. Most important, the Ascendant (ASC) represents Michael’s basic attitudes and himself, and how he presents himself to the world. The significance of environmental conditioning in Michael’s developing personality is shown by the Ascendant.
With Aries Rising, Michael may exhibit great independence and can be quite strong-minded. This child is right at home being a kid (sometimes for decades!). The desire to take on challenges and participate in sports can be an earmark of Michael’s personality. Grandma and Grandpa may be favorite playmates.
1. 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.
Michael’s Moon is in a water sign, indicating a strongly impressionable consciousness and a tendency to have a “photographic” mind. Imaginative and creative concepts are most enjoyable, and artistic expression may be easier than pure verbal expression (except for acting!).
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.
Michael’s Moon was moving at a moderate pace at the time he 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 Michael to move through education with greater confidence. Following cautious observation and consideration, new situations are then less threatening. After that, Michael 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 Michael began to explore and learn about his 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 Michael 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 his world are powerfully shaped. Language is mastered; communication skills are refined. It is during these years, that Michael will project the qualities of Mercurial energy more strongly.
With Mercury in Leo, Michael wants to speak with authority and presence, and prefer discussing something he already knows about. He can become easily attached to concepts and ideas, and may be difficult to persuade once he has made up his mind! Leo Mercury identifies thoughts and concepts with “self” and explores using ideas like “this is small like my toes.” Public speaking can be an interest during secondary education years.
For Michael, Mercury in square aspect to Mars promotes tremendous mental activity bordering on the hyperactive. Sitting still and focusing for long periods can be frustrating. It’s important to allow Michael to take a few breaks when studying, as long as he returns to the material after a set period of time. Assuring that Michael has adequate time for exercise and physical activity can also be helpful and may actually aid in concentration during the day.
The influence of Mercury in sextile aspect to Jupiter increases confidence in learning abilities and may indicate that Michael can grasp new subject material quite readily. However, there can be a lax attitude toward study, since he may not be interested in exerting a lot of effort when confronting new or challenging material. Here, the typical model is the overconfident underachiever — the child who assumes that she or he knows enough and therefore does not make sufficient effort. If mastering certain material comes easily, then excellence may follow. Applied effort will require careful guidance, and establishing good study habits can add just the right ingredients to allow Michael to make the best use of his intellectual abilities. These two energy connections can be indicators of a child who “talks a blue streak.” Learning to still the mind and appreciate quiet can be a challenge.
Michael has Mercury in conjunction to Pluto, and this can add tremendous potential for developing in-depth thinking and persistent mental energy. He will be the one to turn over the rock to see what’s underneath, instead of just walking around or over it! The sciences can be fascinating, and an interest in investigating causes can be present even in toddler years. Parents and teachers should be prepared for the questions which may be difficult or uncomfortable to answer, and when he wants to know something, there’s little that can be done to dissuade him. Compulsiveness can be a problem if carried too far, and, if anything, Michael may need to learn when to give something a rest. It’s also important to give him permission to hold secrets or to continue thinking through something when he has any uncertainty, since is he feels rushed or pressured, there will be a tendency to withhold simply out of stubbornness.
Mercury in the 5th House indicates that Michael needs to make a game of learning. There can even be strong dramatic expression, and he will enjoy play-acting. Get ready for the backyard circus! Michael can be very witty, and may also have an interest in being the center of attention, but only when his confidence is high. While home schooling could be a reasonable option, Michael will want the company of others when expressing his particular talents. For this reason, if home schooling is the parent’s choice, it’s crucial to enroll Michael in art, music or dance classes to further these particular abilities.
Jupiter and Learning
Another factor involved in Michael’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 Michael will express confidence and what types of stimulation will build his learning skills.
With Jupiter in Libra, Michael loves the social aspect of school, and later on may be drawn to subjects like law, the arts and literature. His 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 Michael 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 Michael. 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.
Michael’s favorite forms of recreation and sports can include golf, weightlifting, tai chi, ballroom dancing, discus throwing, pummel horse (gymnastics), football (especially defense positions), table tennis, distance running, and snorkeling.
With Mars in the 1st House, Michael will prefer to stay physically active. As a baby, he may have trouble getting to sleep unless he has had sufficient physical activity to “burn off” any excess energy. Try infant massage to help relax tight muscles. Michael may be interested in sports, dance or other activities which require endurance and strength. If there are difficult aspects to Mars from other planets, Michael can be accident-prone.
The connection from Mars to Saturn indicates a potential for a low level of physical energy. Because of this, Michael needs to be encouraged to devote some time to physical activity in order to raise energy levels. If there is a defeatist attitude, help him learn the importance of overcoming or meeting challenges. Be sure to celebrate accomplishments with him. Michael may also go the other way and decide to overcompensate and train until he 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 Michael is developing different parts of himself. 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 Michael’s chart illustrates the potential emotional strengths and weaknesses, and the areas in his 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!
Michael’s most powerful emotional needs are symbolized by the Moon, which is the primary indicator of early psychological development. These needs remain with Michael 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 he will nurture and care for others, and, most importantly, how Michael will nurture himself. Even as a baby, Michael has had a strong inner awareness of what is happening. As he grows, more information is absorbed and stored in Michael’s subconscious mind, and deeper awareness of his feelings also grows. The Moon also indicates basic patterns of conditioning drawn from life experiences and filtered through the qualities of the Moon.
With Moon in Pisces, Michael is very emotionally sensitive, and can easily absorb the moods of others in the environment. There is a need to blend with others and feel a bonding with the significant people in his life. Also, there’s a drive to escape from ordinary reality into a world of fantasy and imagination. A primary challenge for Michael is to integrate the inner and outer environments. The most pressing need is to feel a peaceful tranquility.
Michael needs to dream, and may spend a great deal of time developing imagination and creativity. With the Moon in the 12th House, the inner world can be just as important and “real” as the outside world. Give this child a little extra time to adapt to the world in the morning, since if Michael is rushed out of bed and into daily activities, he may be out of sorts for the remainder of the day!
Michael has a strong desire to be liked, and the Moon quincunx Venus may also stimulate a kind of emotional want list that is difficult to fulfill. Being attracted to people and situations that are not really good for or in harmony with Michael’s real needs is a good possibility. In early social development this can manifest as choosing the friends for the wrong reasons and then complaining that he does not fit in. He may also feel that Mother is inadequate in some way, and the resulting insecurity can lead to relationship problems later. The remedy to this aspect seems to center upon learning how to give love without the expectation that it has to be returned. Ultimately, it will be, but not always in the manner which is most anticipated.
With the Moon and Saturn in square aspect, it can be difficult for Michael to accept emotional support. Early changes, such as alterations in family dynamics or moves, can have a deep impact on his sense of security. For this reason, parents aware of this energy connection in Michael’s chart may need to go the extra mile to help him feel safe and secure if these kinds of changes do occur. What Michael experiences at a subconscious level can be difficult to ascertain, but symptoms such as emotional withdrawal or refusal of food may be indicators of needs for extra careful and loving support. Pushing Michael into new learning situations before he feels ready can have a strong effect in undermining security. For this reason, it’s important to determine why he exhibits fear or resistance and help him determine if that fear is justified. Abandonment fears may be a key issue.
With the Moon in quincunx aspect to Uranus Michael may feel that things are never quite settled. The emotional profile is that of disruption in the face of boredom; therefore, learning situations need to be consistently challenging to his unique abilities to encourage the ultimate in personal development. Unanticipated or disruptive changes in environment or family dynamics early on can leave the mark of uncertainty, even if things seem to settle afterward. Keeping commitments can be difficult unless this child learns that honoring obligations ultimately leads to greater freedom. This can be best illustrated by parents who exhibit stability in their own emotional lives and who present images of consistency to Michael while honoring their own and the child’s individuality.
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 he 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 Michael is relating to others on a more frequent basis, especially during the school years.
Michael is a Virgo, basically described in the Underlying Personality section of this report. However, there are factors that alter Michael’s expression and development of his Sun.
Since Michael’s Moon opposes the Sun (full moon), he may be overly sensitive and can display strong emotional reactions to everything that’s happening in the world around him. There can be a kind of seesaw effect, with Michael vacillating between wanting to be noticed and wanting to be nurtured. Integrating masculine and feminine aspects of the psyche can be a trial, and one part of the self can suffer in favor of the other. Strong support from Mom and Dad is important, and learning that it’s okay to be in the limelight some of the time and to withdraw part of the time can be very helpful to a sense of emotional stability.
With the Sun in sextile to Neptune, Michael may seek out peaceful people and situations, He can be happiest when surroundings and relationships seem to be “in the flow.” Creative, musical and artistic interests may abound, although he may not be especially ambitious or interested in recognition. However, when placed in circumstances that are comfortable, expressing special talents can be very rewarding. Doing things that seem to make a difference or to help others can add life-affirming messages to Michael’s existence.
Personal power is a real fascination for Michael. The influence of the Sun in conjunction to Pluto can add a captivating quality to his personality. In addition, Father may be very magnetic or influential. If he allows Michael to develop and exercise his own power during formative years, could provide exactly what is needed to endorse Michael’s sense of self. If Father is absent, he is likely to exists as larger than life in Michael’s imagination. Since it can still be difficult for Michael to understand limits, he will test these limits severely during developmental crises. The charisma of his personality can also become quite strong, and if other aspects indicate healthy self-expression, he can be a truly influential leader, even during early years.
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 he can talk about anything with his parents, and that it is okay to share feelings and ideas. When a child is not given opportunities to communicate his emotional needs, he 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, Michael 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 Michael is angered, words are likely to be used as a weapon! During teen years, Michael 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.
Another feature of Michael’s emotional profile arises from the contact between Mercury and Jupiter. Expounding about anything can be pure fun, and parents and teachers need to encourage Michael to develop confidence in communication. The only problem can be that he tends to stretch the truth. The expansive quality of Jupiter adds just a few more inches to the size of that fish! This can be especially true if Michael feels that the plain reality of a situation is not enough. Learning when “embellishments” are appropriate and when they can lead to trouble will aid Michael’s sense of self-confidence.
Michael 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 Michael simply does not want to communicate. If there is communication, it can be irritatingly manipulative if he feels that keeping a secret is important in a particular situation. In fact, Michael may fear that telling it all would undermine his power in certain situations. It can be helpful if parents can work with him to gain an understanding that sharing ideas and feelings can enhance Michael’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 he expresses are harshly criticized. Accepting changes in attitudes and ideas is absolutely necessary for Michael, and learning to allow others to have different ideas will go a long way toward assuring that he will be much more positively influential as an adult.
Self-esteem is another part of Michael’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 Michael 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 Michael’s age, he needs to feel love from others to encourage growth on every level, including the growth of self-esteem.
With Venus in Leo, Michael enjoys being the entertainer and being entertained. He is looking for a great time, and can radiate the warmth and enthusiasm that will attract some spectacular experiences. Expressing affection through hugs, laughter and grand gestures seems to develop in early childhood years.
Michael’s self-esteem is bolstered by a supportive connection between Venus and Saturn. Realistic evaluations and choices may be easy to make, especially if parents model responsibility for their choices and values. Michael can be comfortable expressing tender emotions, and enjoys reaching out to show affection to others. Social situations may be appealing, and interacting with others is not likely to feel threatening, even during teen years. Like all children, Michael needs positive affirmation of his self-worth. However, there can be a quiet sense of personal security present which draws others to him.
The desire and ability to include a wide range of friends in Michael’s life arises from a connection between Venus and Uranus. His show of love is definitely an expression of and need for unconditional acceptance. There can be a powerful urge for free emotional expression, since spontaneous emotion is a definite reality. Michael may be the champion for the underdog. So, if you’re wondering why Michael brings home the weirdest kids in the school — it’s because he can relate to them!
Michael may enjoy group associations, team activities, and things that include others. However, there is also a need to stand out in the crowd. Michael may also be the one who begins a new fashion revolution or sets trends. The need is to be different, and to let others know that being different is fantastic!
Michael’s Mars shows when he expresses anger and personal strength. As Michael grows up, the way he shows personal assertiveness will be developed.
Michael’s Mars in Taurus shows as a mellowing influence, which can be helpful during the more tumultuous years of childhood. However, the stubborn nature of Taurus can become a strong feature of Michael’s personality. Learning to cooperate with others is important, and team sports could be a good outlet for this type of learning experience. Sharing is not easy to learn during the early years (2-5) when “things” are considered part of the self. Releasing anger can be difficult too, and strong jealousy can arise if Michael feels displaced.
Michael can feel terribly uncomfortable expressing anger, since the frustrating connection between Mars and Saturn can indicate a restriction of anger, causing Michael to feel trapped inside his anger. This inhibited energy may then be released in cruel ways. This can result in physical and emotional difficulty. If parents tend to bridle Michael’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 Michael does feel a need to be in control, experiencing a positive model of control will be healthier than simply being told “no.”
During preteen and teen years, sexual assertiveness may be very uncomfortable for Michael 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. Michael may feel that the “permission” to even have these feelings does not exist, and the frustrations can lead to violent or destructive outbursts. Teaching him 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 his sexual actions will give Michael a choice. The ability to make choices strengthens his sense of personal power, whereas guilt feelings will simply be frustrating.
Michael 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.
Michael was born when Uranus was in Leo (1956-1962), and is part of a generation harboring a strong desire to push the importance of individuality. The tendency toward self-indulgence can be strong, and a fascination with status symbols can drive this generation to ultimately expose the frailty of egocentric actions, 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 5th House indicates that Michael will need to express a unique form of creativity. Unusual art forms, innovative music and inventive games will be part of Michael’s needs. Relationships with unusual people ultimately follow, especially during teen and early adult years.
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.
Michael was born at a time when Pluto was in Virgo (1957-1971), and is part of a generation saddled with the task of repairing the trauma created by previous generations. Whether trauma to the Earth or the individual, there is a strong drive to see the whole picture. Ranging from integrating holistic and alternative health techniques to simplifying lifestyles, this generation will also have to deal with the questions of genetic engineering.
As with the other transpersonal planets, the House position of Pluto is the area of life where you help Michael get in touch with a need for healing and transformational change.
With Pluto in the 6th House, Michael can be suspicious about other people and their “motives.” He can also be unusually fearful of falling ill or may be insecure around doctors. Sometimes this can manifest as a fear of dogs, cats, or other animals — especially if Michael has been in an unsupported situation when an animal scratched or bit him. However, there can be an exceptional relationship with pets if handled in the right manner.
You’ve discovered that the Ascendant is like the window-dressing or mask of the personality, but connections from planets to the Ascendant can also alter how Michael expresses his emotional self.
Venus in a positive connection to the Ascendant can bring physical beauty. This planet may create a need within Michael to present the most beautiful image possible. This is a two-edged sword, because he may feel a need to be “perfectly” beautiful. If his beauty does not meet these exacting standards, Michael could feel insecure. Plus, there can be a tendency to overvalue physical beauty. Help Michael embrace the feeling that beauty radiates from within. This Venusian connection is actually more about projecting a loving, graceful quality.
Since Saturn is strongly connected to the Ascendant, Michael can sometimes seem too serious. He may seem to be more responsible and mature than his years might indicate. However, this does not mean that he will enjoy being saddled with too much responsibility, too soon. There’s an ability to grasp the importance of taking responsibility, and he might also be able to understand the need for rules and limitations.
Michael needs to be different, since Uranus in a supportive connection to the Ascendant stimulates individuality and ingenuity as part of self-expression. Michael might be a trendsetter, since his mask is the desire to be unique.
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.
Mercury retrogrades about three times each year. Since Mercury is retrograde in Michael’s natal chart, his reasoning and thinking processes are more sensitive. There may be more deliberation in decision-making. Parents and teachers may feel that Michael takes too long to answer questions. Extra patience on their part will encourage Michael to communicate more openly. Michael may find that it is easier to write than talk. Rather than impeding the ability to communicate, this placement often enhances the ability to express ideas through the written word. Many notable writers have been born with Mercury retrograde, including Norman Mailer, Anne Frank, Isak Dinesen, and Henry Miller. Michael needs to learn to trust his ability to express thoughts and ideas, and should be given plenty of opportunities to communicate. This chart placement often leads to some ingenious ideas and concepts. Letter writing may be a favorite pastime, and diaries can be helpful in objectifying thoughts.
1. 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 Michael’s ability to trust himself.
One of the most significant ways to help Michael awaken and touch Spirit is to foster his 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 Leo can be developed in the early years by encouraging artistic play with play-acting and story-telling, since using the hands for grand gestures can be great fun. Developing skills in public speaking might be enjoyable later on, since Michael will enjoy using communication as a means of holding the center of attention.
Venus, the expression of artistry, is, of course, an important part of creativity. This is the energy through which Michael 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 Michael to get in touch with expressions that feel good to his heart! Special talents and creative interests can include a wide range of forms of dramatic expression. Acting, circus performing, movie-making, directing, or persuasive speaking can all be outgrowths of backyard and family room events. Provide a video camera if Michael shows an interest, or suggest a family talent night where everyone does something to express silliness or creative joy. Michael may also be adept at creating games, so when he seems to make up rules, don’t be surprised. Costume design can be fun, and it might start with paper dolls, then play-acting, and by teen years be expressed with special outfits — some quite elaborate.
With Venus in the 5th House, Michael has a powerful need to dramatize his talents. Artistry needs to be fun, and should give him a chance to show off — at least a little! Play-acting can be especially enjoyable, and he might truly enjoy school or community plays and performances as a way to express himself. If music is a particular leaning, then musical performance might be the best avenue — solo or with a band or group.
Venus and Mars in square aspect illustrates that Michael can feel an inner frustration when expressing creativity. However, this aspect is not indicative of a lack of talent, but more likely a problem directing it in the best possible way. Attention to grace, style and flow will be helpful, whether Michael is singing, dancing, speaking or working in the garden. Exercises like dance, martial arts or t’ai ch’i can help him feel more connected between the emotional and physical qualities of expression. Otherwise Michael may feel like a “klutz,” with physical awkwardness leading to potentially embarrassing situations and therefore perpetuating more self-conscious behavior.
Fortunately for Michael, the connection between Venus and Saturn shows an ability to appreciate and use discipline and structure as part of creative or artistic development. Whatever his particular interest, a loving, supportive teacher or guide can be just what is needed to confer the confidence and strength while skills and techniques are learned and developed. Classical art forms might be appreciated, and there may also be a sense of structure and value which helps Michael determine when it is appropriate to perform or express creative ideas or projects. There is also a strong sense of the business end of the arts, and he may understand early that things that are done well are more worthwhile.
There’s a unique flair to Michael’s artistry. While his tastes may be a bit unusual, sometimes even strange, they’re always interesting. Plus, there will be a powerful desire to experiment with creative ideas and self-expression. It’s quite possible that there are special talents or abilities, since Venus and Uranus make a harmonious contact. Also, there may be an interest in art forms which are considered to be leading-edge. Give Michael plenty of room and opportunity to explore his artistry.
To get past purely self-centered awareness, the expansive energy of Jupiter encourages a child too reach out and expand his personal universe. Through Jupiter, Michael can begin to build a basic philosophy of life, and exercise his sense of hope and vision. The need to reach out and give is Jupiter in action, but so is enthusiasm. Most important, when Michael is in touch with Jupiter, he 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, Michael 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.
Michael is especially responsive to a philosophy based upon sharing love and its importance in our lives. Learning the true meanings of justice and fair play can be very meaningful, and if he witnesses unfair attitudes it’s likely to prompt significant reactions on his part. Jupiter’s influence in the 7th House shows that there can be strong expectations of others, but the value of commitments and importance of promising only what is possible may be one of the more challenging aspects of this influence.
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 Michael 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 Michael to trust his 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 Michael’s age will likely have Neptune in the same sign.
Michael was born when Neptune was in Scorpio (1957-1970), and is part of a generation focused on uncovering the mysteries of human psychology. Neptune’s expression of spirituality resonates through profound emotional issues, including a deep need to understand the ultimate challenges of life — including birth, healing and death. Human sexuality and its many forms of expression is also a significant element for this generation, and the relationship between sexuality, spirituality and creative expression is powerfully linked. In addition, this generation may feel charged with the task of erasing old prejudices.
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 Michael can feel a desire to let go or to exercise compassion toward others.
Michael will enjoy sharing imaginative ideas with others and may become a good persuasive speaker, dramatist or photographer. The placement of Neptune in the 7th House stimulates a strong ability to connect with others, and work with a team or in partnership may be an excellent outlet for creative imagination.
1. Perceptions of the Parents
Guess what? You can tell how Michael is likely to see his parents by looking at his own chart! Understanding how Michael perceives Mom and Dad can be especially helpful, since what Michael hopes to see and needs to experience from parents forms the basis of his sense of Self.
When Michael feels happy and full of joy, the world looks bright, too. But if Michael is physically or emotionally low, his behavior and responsiveness suffer. In relationships with others, children and adults alike will project their feelings and perceptions onto other people. Michael needs to experience himself through projecting his needs onto the people in his 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. Michael may even see things in Mother that Mother does not recognize as the way she is!
Michael’s Moon sign shows how he 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 he is projecting his own inner needs for security onto her. As Michael matures into adulthood, these perceptions determine how Michael will play the nurturing and mothering role toward others.
Through Michael’s eyes, Mother personifies the ideals of compassion. The Moon in Pisces projects a sensitivity and tolerance upon Mother. Mom may be like an angel to him, with a calming, mystical quality. Mom may also be difficult to figure out, since she does not always seem completely real to Michael.
With The Moon in a tense connection to Venus, Michael 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 Michael, whose self-esteem needs extra support. Encourage Michael when he excels, offering appropriate praise. Just as important, be aware of how criticisms are presented, since Michael may feel them very deeply.
It’s the dynamic contact from Moon to Saturn that can illustrate a sense of separation or alienation from the mother. This frequently occurs in the charts of first children whose mothers were just learning about the responsibilities and restrictions that motherhood brings. In any case, Michael may feel that he has to grow up too soon and take on major responsibilities earlier than his peers.
It is highly important that the mother does not leave the impression that Michael must be “perfect” in order to be loved or accepted. She must allow him to have his virtues and shortcomings. It’s also possible that Michael may feel that Mother is not providing for his fundamental needs, and may seek a substitute for the nurturing quality he feels to be lacking. Michael can also perceive Mother to be tremendously judgmental, and can feel guilty if he cannot meet the high standards Mother seems to require.
Parents need to be alert to the situations that could be emotionally difficult for Michael. For example, if there is a crisis, move or other significant change that could compromise the sense of emotional security, he will need greater reassurance that everything will be okay and that he is safe. Mother may simply have to go the extra mile to reassure Michael. It’s also crucial for Mother to be aware of the manner in which she shows discipline, and to remember that if disciplinary measures are inappropriate for the situation, they will create emotional damage. Additionally, if Mother fails to take full responsibility for her own job as a parent, Michael will be likely to develop a kind of resentment which can result in emotional separation.
With Moon in dynamic contact with Uranus, Michael will definitely see Mother as unique. This uniqueness may be a plus for Michael, or he may think, “My mom is weird.” Michael may also feel that Mother is too inconsistent in providing nurturance, protection and support. One day, Mom may be balanced and approachable; the next day, she may seem to be unreachable. There may also be inconsistent messages from Mom about Michael’s independence.
Plus, Mom is viewed as being intuitive, and how the mother uses this intuitive flow will have a great effect upon Michael’s future use of his trust of intuitive perceptions. As Michael reaches school age, Mother may seem to be radically different from the other moms. If Mother has been secure in her sense of individuality, Michael will not find this to be a problem. If Mom has been bizarre in her actions and disrespectful of herself, Michael may have difficulty dealing with his feelings about her.
A key factor involved with Uranian aspects from the Moon is what Michael learns about emotional distancing. If Mom seems “out there” then Michael will develop a kind of emotional bubble that serves to maintain that distance. Eventually, this can have an effect on the way Michael relates to others, and can be indicative of a pattern in which he seeks out relationships with those who are either inappropriate in terms of fulfilling needs or unreachable themselves.
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, Michael’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, Michael may feel that his or her own individuality is reliable and strong. Michael’s perceptions of Father are strongly symbolized by the energy of the Sun in the astrological chart.
Michael projects the discriminating and perfectionist qualities of the Virgo Sun onto Father, who may seem to be the ultimate critic in his life. Pleasing Dad will be exceptionally important.
With the Sun in the 6th House, Michael needs to see Father as a safety net, especially in times of trouble. He may need Daddy there on trips to the doctor’s office, and when he is ill will find Daddy’s presence very comforting and necessary. Michael sees him as the person who can fix anything.
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. Michael may see only an illusion of Father. This can produce problems in Michael’s own perception of Self later on, since the role model is viewed through rose-colored glasses. Michael 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 Michael has a realistic and close contact with Father. While Father’s sharing of his spirituality and creativity with Michael can be especially positive reinforcement, he also needs to show his humanity. Ultimately, it may also be helpful if Michael has a male mentor who may be easier to identify than Dad. This does not mean that another male needs to come into Michael’s life to take over the role of the father, but that this could be a very positive compliment to the child’s development. Michael 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, Michael 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 Michael’s ability to assert his own personal power. After all, how could he ever match up to something like that?
It’s also possible that Michael may perceive Father as being ruthless. Sometimes these images are not even projected by the father to the child. They can come about through Michael’s fantasies and the impressions he has gleaned through observing life. It is very easy for Michael to feel that Dad does not want him to exist. Father needs to continually remind Michael that he is genuinely loved and appreciated.
If, for any reason, Michael experiences separation from Father, he 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 Michael’s sense that he is somehow unworthy. It is crucial that male Father figures understand the potentially deep impact their actions and attitudes can have upon Michael’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 Michael needs to be stabilized and what he requires in terms of a sense of safety and security.
Saturn in Sagittarius insists on finding Truth, and if parents teach stilted lessons about universal principles, then Michael will be likely to lose respect for the parents once he discovers other ways of looking at life. Acceptance and integration of cultural diversity helps to stabilize his life.
Saturn in the 9th House seeks security through establishing a strong sense of moral values. If Michael learns intolerance for other belief systems from the parents, he is likely to become dogmatic in his opinions. However, the ultimate lesson here is that Michael’s spiritual connection is his responsibility, and that pure devotion to higher ideals can add deep meaning to his life.
Ultimately, as Michael moves through the various ages and stages of childhood, he will be able to incorporate all these qualities and expressions once seen through others, into himself. 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 Michael through the course of these early years. And enjoy every moment of your journey together!