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Astrological Profile for Nikki Mastenbroek


Born 31-03-2004 04:23 Utrecht The Netherlands









An Astrological Profile for Nikki


2 Basic underlying Personality Traits


3 Nurturing Intellectual and Physical Health and Development


4 Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs


5 Fostering Creativity and Spirituality


6 Perception of the Parents


7 Summary


8 Natal Chart



1 An Astrological Profile for Nikki 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, Developmental Astrology incorporates on a cer tain day and the basic concepts of place. Astrologers use this astrolog y within the This chart provides framework of the early years information to chart the an invaluable and positions of the planets of life. relative to the date, time exceptional view of This astrological report can and place of birth. This chart, the potentials, drives be used as a guidepost, and or horoscope, provides an and needs for Nikki provides a few hints and invaluable and exceptional insights into the unique view of the potentials, drives qualities of this child. Please and needs for Nikki. This is the “cosmic remember that everyone -- including guidebook” for each individual! a child -- has free will. So while an astrological report can give you some The patterns of the planets, Sun and valuable information, it does not indicate Moon are unique and notable for a a fixed set of limited options. Of course developing child, since in childhood environment also has its influence, but by these pictures are seen in a different understanding the significant drives and light. Children are changing rapidly, and, needs represented by Nikki’s chart, you in the process of becoming themselves, can better appreciate her uniqueness, need special love and guidance. and, hopefully, guide her to fulfil her potentials in the healthiest possible way! 6

2 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 book.

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) symbolise 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 distil 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 Nikki’s chart, there is an outstanding quality of Fire. Having a powerful influence of fiery energy, Nikki is likely to be highly energetic. She needs plenty of room and ample opportunities to assert herself. 7

Sports may be a strong interest, but, at There are three modes in astrology. the least, staying active is important. These determine how a particular sign Encourage Nikki to funnel these active manifests its energy. These qualities -needs by providing plenty of options, known as cardinal, fixed and mutable from early sports, like gymnastics or -- have special meanings in astrology. dance classes to recreational activities Each sign of the zodiac correlates with that involve physical assertion. Babies one of three modes of action. with strong fire can be irritable if they are not given ample opportunities to With an emphasis on Cardinal energy, get rid of physical stress (yes, babies Nikki likes to get things going! Cardinal experience stress, too!). Basically, energy is motivational. Much like the Nikki loves play, and fiery ignition of an automobile, temperament babies and the principle of cardinality is young children need plenty required to get things started. With an emphasis of active time with Mum and on Cardinal energy, Initiative, assertiveness, Dad. Even when she grows ambition and independence Nikki likes to get up, play will be important, are all cardinal qualities. The things going! and she will be happiest negative traits of impatience when anything feels more and restlessness can be like play than work! There strong, especially if Nikki is can also be selfishness with the fiery bored! And, Nikki is likely to have a strong quality. One thing to keep in mind with desire to act without outside guidance. Nikki is the fact that you must tend a fire: either to keep it burning or to keep Moon Sign and Early Personality Development it from blazing out of control. 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 Nikki’s chart during early childhood. Expressing the Sun requires more self-awareness, and that develops later! Keep in mind that Nikki is NOT a blank slate! These drives and expressions can be nourished and supported by understanding family and teachers, helping Nikki make the most of these “ingredients” in her developing personality! Nikki has Moon in Leo, and just loves to be the centre of attention. However, Nikki will not enjoy being on-stage at the times she does not want to be in the limelight, and can be just as stubborn about resisting at these times. However, when Nikki wants something, there’s little doubt about it.

While the full expression of Nikki’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. T he restlessness Nikki frequently demonstrates is the result of the fiery nature of an Aries Sun. Waiting can be simply intolerable. During the “terrible twos”, when toddlers are testing limits on a moment-to-moment basis, Nikki can be extremely temperamental, but once anger is burned off, she can be quite charming the next moment. Even as a baby, Nikki may love to tease. You may even think this baby winks at you! The elementary school years provide the perfect chance for Nikki to develop a drive to compete, meet challenges and test limits. Sports may be fun, and staying active is important as a means of burning off excess energy. In preteen years, a love of physical activity may continue, but if other factors draw Nikki to participate in more intellectual activities, that same desire to win and need to prove herself still shines through.

The way Nikki 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.


Encourage Nikki to exercise the drive to move forward and get things started. Another prevailing quality that’s likely to emerge in Nikki’s early years is shown by the sign on her Ascendant, or Rising Sign. In childhood, the Ascendant and the 1st House signify Nikki’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 Nikki’s basic attitudes and herself, and how she presents herself to the world. The significance of environmental conditioning in Nikki’s developing personality is shown by the Ascendant. With Capricorn rising, Nikki may show a serious nature and wry humour. You may wonder how a child could laugh at “adult” things, but Nikki seems to understand the adult world. It’s not an act! Take care in offering her responsibilities to be sure that she is actually ready emotionally to handle the responsibility, since saddling too much too soon can lead to a sour attitude.


3 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 Otherwise, the mental capacities are strengthen mental and likely to be overemphasised physical development is up to or misdirected in order With the Moon in a fire parents, teachers and society. to compensate for under sign, Nikki has a highly Of course, ultimately, a child development in some other active mind and the will master the experience of area. learning! thoughts range into the One important factor in realm of philosophy There are many factors a developing intellect is involved in intellect the nature of the thought -- the ability to conceptualise, the patterns themselves. Here, the Moon communication of concepts and plays yet another role beyond that of thoughts, memory, creative ideas, the emotional storage house. Through the application of rational thought, judicial Moon, a child’s unique experiences are thinking, decision-making, speculative stored in the vaults of the subconscious thought and more. In order to be mind. However, the Moon also shows the whole, the child must achieve a balance basic manner in which a child absorbs between the mental, emotional, physical information. and spiritual parts of the Self; only then can the power of the intellect be used to its utmost. 11

With the Moon in a fire sign, Nikki 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.

After that, Nikki 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 Nikki began to explore and learn about her personal environment through the five senses, and these are In addition, since the Moon represents represented by the energy of Mercury. the basic thought patterns, the Moon’s Over time, the senses are used in a speed (or rate of travel) fundamentally more refined manner, and as the mind affects a child’s approach to gains the ability to integrate learning. The Moon moves Nikki’s Moon was moving more and more information, at variable speeds in her learning increases. at a moderate pace at rotation around the Earth. Mercury shows how Nikki the time she was born, indicating a strong need communicates those thought Nikki’s Moon was moving patterns -- how concepts to observe a situation at a moderate pace at the before making a change are framed and also how time she was born. This they are expressed through can indicate a strong need communication. The years to observe a situation before making a of Mercury’s heightened developmental change, and suggests a reluctance when cycle are from age seven to thirteen, facing unfamiliar ideas or situations. when the connections between a child In learning, a careful, structured and her world are powerfully shaped. circumstance can create the safety Language is mastered; communication zone that allows Nikki to move through skills are refined. It is during these years, education with greater confidence. that Nikki will project the qualities of Following cautious observation and Mercurial energy more strongly. consideration, new situations are then less threatening.


Nikki has Mercury in Aries, which shows a tendency to be very direct in communication and highly creative mentally. Her basic approach may be to get the facts, then go on to something new. Even as a small child, Nikki is likely to jump right into situations, just following the impulse to know what that thing is! Nikki can be a persuasive communicator.

These qualities are initially experienced through the encouragement of teachers and guides, but ultimately, Jupiter shows how Nikki will express confidence and what types of stimulation will build her learning skills. Nikki’s Jupiter in Virgo suggests that Nikki will be able to adapt well to the work involved in completing her educational endeavours. She may actually be interested in developing good study habits! Attention to detail, grammar and precision may be notable. 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 Nikki 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.

Mercury in the 3rd House indicates an eagerness to communicate and share what Nikki knows. Writing skills, storytelling, and reading should be encouraged as early as possible. An interest in sign language and developing manual dexterity may be present. Tools, technology and gadgets can be fascinating. Plus, she may be a real talker! Jupiter and Learning Another factor involved in Nikki’s learning styles and needs is symbolised by Jupiter.


Finding Fun and Encouraging Physical Nikki’s Mars in the 4th House indicates Development a quiet competitiveness. While she may not be excessively active, she will need There are many factors that indicate direction for physical energy. There particular needs in regard to physical can be a tendency to be accident prone, health. However, I feel that specific especially at home. Encourage her to strengths and weaknesses and their care participate in activities that will help her are best dealt with in greater depth using develop grace and self-confidence. refined astrological techniques beyond the scope of this books. But one feature The connection from Mars to Saturn of childhood we can explore is where to indicates a potential for a low level of find play and recreational physical energy. Because activities that might be most of this, Nikki needs to be Nikki’s Mars in the comfortable and enjoyable encouraged to devote some 4th House indicates a for Nikki. The planet Mars time to physical activity quiet competitiveness. While she may not be represents physical energy in order to raise energy excessively active, she -- it’s the fuel that is needed levels. If there is a defeatist will need direction for to keep the physical engine attitude, help her learn the physical energy running! Mars’ sign and importance of overcoming house placement gives good or meeting challenges. Be clues about a child’s preferences for sure to celebrate accomplishments with play and activity, including sports and her. Nikki may also go the other way and approach to fitness. decide to overcompensate and train until she drops! There can be increased Nikki’s favourite forms of recreation self-discipline and an ability to set limits and sports can include handball, and work or train carefully toward racquetball, juggling, jump rope, parallel goals. and uneven parallel bars (gymnastics), badminton, tennis, basketball, bicycling, skateboarding, hang-gliding, windsurfing, fencing, and pole-vaulting. 14

Since Nikki has a connection between Mars and Uranus, she can be accidentprone, since there’s a tendency to take higher risks and a fascination with the idea of doing what seems impossible. While this may mean that a toddler will try to run before she can walk, the six year old may also think she can fly.

During preteen years, there can be an inordinate fascination with activities that test physical possibilities, and sports like skiing might be interesting, or breaking boards with karate moves could be the perfect way to resolve this drive. Later, as an adult, Nikki may decide to sky dive, bungee jump and be drawn to extreme sports.


4 Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs At different stages and ages Nikki 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 There are myriad possibilities, but Nikki’s knows that at some stages chart illustrates the potential of development a child emotional strengths and With Moon in Leo, is more susceptible or weaknesses, and the areas emotionally vulnerable, Nikki craves attention, in her life where there can and that these needs and and will employ highly be greater vulnerability. It is sensibilities change as a dramatic means to get important to explore these child matures. After all, a concepts through a lens it if necessary baby struggles each day of objectivity, since when to deal with a difficultdealing with psychological to-control body, but an elementary and emotional issues with our children school age child is struggling with early we’re likely to run into our own issues as social relationships. Each of the planets part of the process! represents a different emotional need and expression, but some planetary Nikki’s most powerful emotional needs symbols are more emotionally charged are symbolised by the Moon, which is the than others. primary indicator of early psychological development. These needs remain with Nikki throughout life, continually growing and evolving.


The Moon symbolises the reflective Leo likes to be in the centre of whatever nature of humanity. It is the absorbing, is happening, and Nikki’s Leo Moon subconscious mind and reflects the needs demonstrates this even as a tiny child. of the soul. This is the matrix from which The highest need revolves around being habit patterns emerge. Moon is Mother that centre. There can be an almost royal -- who provides nurturing, comfort luxuriousness and laziness driven by the and security. Mother is the model for a Leo Moon. Nikki also exudes a special child’s developing sense of how she will warm radiance which is difficult to resist. nurture and care for others, and, most The proper use of this charismatic power importantly, how Nikki will nurture is part of the lesson Nikki has to learn. herself. Even as a baby, Nikki has had a strong inner awareness of Nikki likes social activities, what is happening. As she since the emotional need With Moon in the 7th House grows, more information to connect to others is very Nikki takes commitments is absorbed and stored in quite personally, and needs powerful with the Moon in to learn how to make Nikki’s subconscious mind, the 7th House. Being around healthy choices before and deeper awareness of others provides an important making or expecting her feelings also grows. The source of feedback, which is promises. Moon also indicates basic a strong focus of the Moon’s patterns of conditioning energy in this part of the drawn from life experiences and filtered chart. She takes commitments quite through the qualities of the Moon. personally, and needs to learn how to make healthy choices before making or With Moon in Leo, Nikki craves attention, expecting promises. and will employ highly dramatic means to get it if necessary. Sign this child up With Moon and Mars in sextile, Nikki may for acting, dancing or singing lessons as display positive self-assertiveness. It may soon as possible so she can get lots of be easy for her to ask for what she wants attention by performing on the stage! or needs, although the nature of the sign placement will be strongly influential in this regard. 17

There’s an easy flow between inner feelings and self-expression, and she can also exhibit a strong sensitivity to the way others react to her.

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 With the Moon in quincunx aspect bodily functions so that she can start to Uranus Nikki may feel that things paying more attention to the outside are never quite settled. The emotional world. The Sun is a major factor in profile is that of disruption in the face of determining, “Who am I?” This radiance boredom; therefore, learning situations of Self really becomes focused once Nikki need to be consistently challenging is relating to others on a more frequent to her unique abilities to basis, especially during the encourage the ultimate school years. Since the Sun and Saturn in personal development. are in a square aspect, Unanticipated or disruptive Nikki is an Aries, basically changes in environment Nikki will tend to be more described in the Underlying or family dynamics early sensitive to criticism and Personality section of this may have an inhibited on can leave the mark of book. However, there are sense of self-confidence uncertainty, even if things factors which alter Nikki’s seem to settle afterward. expression and development Keeping commitments can be difficult of her Sun. unless this child learns that honouring obligations ultimately leads to greater Since the Sun and Saturn are in a freedom. This can be best illustrated by square aspect, Nikki will tend to parents who exhibit stability in their be more sensitive to criticism and own emotional lives and who present may have an inhibited sense of selfimages of consistency to Nikki while confidence. Seeking permission can honouring their own and the child’s create hesitation, delays or inhibition, individuality. especially if life circumstances dictate undue restraint or lack. 18

If she suffers unreasonable limitation or is fostered in an environment lacking in positive support, the results can be highly damaging to development of a healthy and positive personal identity. Relationships with Father and men can be difficult, especially if Nikki experiences primary male influences as lacking or negative. This suggests a feeling that parents or others from whom she needs approval is deficient in some way. You may also observe strong levels of self-criticism which, in later childhood years are projected as excessive criticism of or attempts to control others. Scapegoating can also become a feature of her behaviour, especially if she observes that others (like parents) are not fully responsible. Why should she take responsibility when everyone else is not? Rewards for embracing personal responsibilities can go a long way toward healing these feelings. If Nikki learns and adopts co-dependent behaviours, it’s quite likely that she will continue these models into her adult relationships.

This discomfort being herself can lead to a tendency to go overboard trying to please others as a means of gaining acceptance. It’s important to help Nikki learn that her needs ARE important, and that she deserves to have those needs. Self-forgiveness can be an important and necessary step in healing these painful feelings and releasing shame or guilt. 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 inf luences 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.

Nikki has strong desire to experience the beautiful side of life. With Venus in Taurus, she may love singing, music, working with modelling clay, and can develop close attachments to people and situations. Getting into nature is rejuvenating. Encourage Nikki to grow something! Hugs and closeness mean a lot when it comes to expressing affection.

Self-esteem is another part of Nikki’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 behaviour can be Mars in Gemini adds a Venusian, too, and most small children show Venus restless, nervous quality through their particular to Nikki’s temperament, expression of selfishness she can also be a real and their ultimate struggle chatterbox to allow Venus to evolve as

Nikki’s Mars shows when she expresses anger and personal strength. As Nikki grows up, the way she shows personal assertiveness will be developed. Mars in Gemini adds a restless, nervous quality to Nikki’s temperament. She can also be a real chatterbox, or may have habits like fidgeting which prove to be distracting to others. Anger expressed verbally can get Nikki in trouble, since words may be spoken which were intended as a release but provoke hostile responses from others. Exploring places, ideas and people actually gives Nikki energy.

they develop the capacity to learn to share. You’ll see Venus expressing in a more outgoing manner after about age four, when Nikki 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 Nikki’s age, she needs to feel love from others to encourage growth on every level, including the growth of self-esteem. 20

Staying quiet can be a challenge, and maintaining interest and focus can be a lifelong lesson. Nikki may have an easily excitable, quick, explosive temper. In fact, with Mars and Uranus in a dynamic contact, she can overreact if she feels too inhibited by someone or a situation. These impulsive youngsters may act first, then think about consequences later -- if at all. Learning to consider the results of her actions will give Nikki a sense of personal confidence. Since sexual interests may develop early, there may be a tendency toward taking unreasonable risks in the name of “experimentation”. Beyond that, the larger issue is that she must learn that responsibility goes hand in hand with freedom. Part of that responsibility comes from understanding that every action has a consequence.

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 Pisces opens the way for heightened creativity and will mark a time period when some of the boundaries between the people of earth will be erased. Nikki and her generation will appreciate a special emphasis in the arts, but will also respond to situations which allow them to feel more connected to one another. Music is a prime example of this kind of energy -- since the vibration, sounds and flow of music can completely alter the moods and expressions of the people experiencing it. It may be more difficult for Nikki and peers to break out of “collective” experiences. In fact, their desire to be alike may be important in some instances.

Nikki may not demonstrate the energy of Uranus until teenage years, since this quality is part of the expression of uniqueness, ingenuity, and rebellion.


These shared experiences can confirm However, when a personal planet or an unexpected quality of power, and angular point in a chart is connected learning to direct consciousness and to Pluto, then this profound level of mind may play a significant role as Nikki emotional and transformational energy reaches her maturation. is easier to see. Pluto also represents deep-seated anxieties or fears, which are, But the personal expression of Uranian for lack of a better description, absorbed energy is most likely to be seen in the into the psyche. arena of life most influenced by this For a child, it’s virtually impossible to planet. Uranus in the 1st House adds direct an awareness of this energy, an unusual, and independent quality since the personal self must be well to Nikki’s personality. Nikki developed before knowledge needs plenty of room to of this esoteric plane of With the Sun in a exercise her individuality, consciousness awakens. and should be given ample frustrating contact with In fact, most adults have opportunities to interject the Ascendant, Nikki may difficulty with this part want to be noticed, but her preferences for clothes of the self ! Although the can be a bit awkward and other “image” related energy of Pluto may be felt items. During teen years, about drawing attention during the childhood years, watch for surprise hair it is not usually a conscious colours, at the least! expression at this time. Pluto moves very slowly through the Another significant, but emotionally zodiac, and its sign tells more about charged, generation-oriented quality is the transformational influence Pluto the energy of Pluto. Pluto represents the will have on that particular generation deepest reservoirs of emotional energy, than it will about the changes in the and is not a quality openly expressed in individual. childhood.


The generation with Pluto in Sagittarius (1996 - 2008) is confronted with quite a mission. During this era, a true global economy is emerging and new definitions of power are coming into play. Nikki and her peers will be challenged to transform the educational systems, the courts and the legislative bodies once they come into their power within society. The important distinctions b e t we e n re l i g i o n a n d spirituality will be emerging during this era, and Nikki is hungry to know the truth. If we cannot teach it ourselves, she will help us uncover the myths which mask it. As with the other transpersonal planets, the House position of Pluto is the area of life where you help Nikki get in touch with a need for healing and transformational change. With Pluto in the 11th House, Nikki needs to learn to trust friends. She may choose friends because they are influential, not realising that she can be just as strong and that others are likely to see her as a leader, too!

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 Nikki expresses her emotional self. With the Sun in a frustrating contact with the Ascendant, Nikki may want to be noticed, but can be a bit awkward about drawing attention. Developing a healthy selfimage may require extra support and understanding, since she can sometimes feel like she sticks out “like a sore thumb”. Sometimes, planets appear to move backward in their orbital path f rom our viewpoint here on Earth. When that happens, we say a planet is retrograde. There can be a strengthening of personal faith with Jupiter retrograde, because ideals and philosophical beliefs are developed within the self. Nikki’s ideals and morals may run counter to those of society at large, because she is likely to give them extra thought! 23

Writers William Butler Yeats (who wrote extensively about mystical philosophical concepts) and Upton Sinclair were both born with Jupiter retrograde. Pluto spends about half of each year in retrograde motion. Parents and teachers can help Nikki understand her sense of personal power in relationship to other people and situations by finding positive role models for power. Super heroes may be fascinating, but a real hero will be more effective. Nikki may feel somewhat mistrustful of this life process and needs to develop a trust of herself. Developing honesty is quite helpful to this process.


5 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 Beyond education and development a sense of The Divine, very of the intellect in a more little encouragement is formal sense, Mercury plays needed. But it is necessary an important role in selfOne of the creative to support this natural influences of Mercury in expression. After all, this is connection, and can make Aries can be developed by the energy of linking ideas all the difference in Nikki’s encouraging artistic play and concepts from the inner ability to trust herself. self to the outside world with paper and scissors -- and back again! One of One of the most significant the creative influences of ways to help Nikki awaken and touch Mercury in Aries can be developed in the Spirit is to foster her creativity. It’s early years by encouraging artistic play not necessary for every child to be a with paper and scissors. Sewing might be consummate artist, but each child enjoyable, too. Later on, Nikki might enjoy needs room to experiment with the carving, metal work, or-- in culinary artscreative self. There are several factors in -carving flowers, animals and other the astrological chart that support the decorative shapes from vegetables! In development and expression of personal music, Nikki might be an enthusiastic creativity. percussionist.


Venus, the expression of artistry, is, of Since Nikki has Venus in the 4th House, course, an important part of creativity. she will crave approval by the family for This is the energy through which Nikki her talents and creative endeavours. experiences and expresses feelings. However, there may be a special creative In many respects, while the Moon ability that extends to the personal represents “feeling”, Venus represents environment. Be sure to include Nikki in “emotion” -- which is the voice of feeling. decisions about her personal space (like Venus also represents beauty, a quality the wall colour!). Also encourage her to deep within which every child needs to explore family history, or to start her feel, identify and express. personal scrapbook. Encourage Nikki to get in To get past purely selftouch with expressions centred awareness, the that feel good to her heart! Since Nikki has Venus in expansive energy of Jupiter the 4th House, she will Special talents and creative encourages a child too crave approval by the interests can include a wide reach out and expand her range of artistic interests family for her talents and personal universe. Through in music, although her Jupiter, Nikki can begin to creative endeavours favourite may be singing build a basic philosophy of and vocal music. A love of life, and exercise her sense of nature’s beauty might inspire creativity hope and vision. The need to reach out with flowers -- from gardening to floral and give is Jupiter in action, but so is arranging. The sensual qualities of Venus enthusiasm. Most important, when Nikki in Taurus can stimulate expressions is in touch with Jupiter, she is inspired! using clay or the creation of pottery, Here is the desire to grow, to reach into but painting and drawing might also be new horizons, to feel adventure and joy. enjoyable, and there may be talents in jewellery design. However, Nikki may be a first-class cook, including confectionmaking. 26

While it may take a lifetime to develop a personal philosophy or explore religious teachings, during childhood, Nikki 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. Nikki 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 she witnesses unfair attitudes it’s likely to prompt significant reactions on her 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 Nikki 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 Nikki 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. Because Neptune moves very slowly, it is another of the generation-focused planets. Other children Nikki’s age will likely have Neptune in the same sign. Neptune’s sign is another quality that speaks for Nikki’s whole generation.

It may be up to them to find the common threads that bind us all together, and the ideas that can light our path toward peace. 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 Nikki can feel a desire to let go or to exercise compassion toward others. With Neptune in the 1st House, Nikki may truly enjoy dancing, acting and singing. The mystical quality that emanates from Nikki can be quite charming, but there may also be a strong desire to do things that will help others. Encourage her to learn the value of giving from the heart and extending time and energy to those in need.

Nikki was born into the age group with Neptune in Aquarius, from 19982012. A generation of visionaries who will be exposed to many dreams and possibilities, there is great promise for Neptune in Aquarius. During their lifetimes space travel could become common, and extraterrestrial communications are likely to advance. It may be that this generation will be the first to make contact with life forms beyond our own planet. This group is likely to see interesting connections developing between science and religion.



6 Perception of the Parents Guess what? You can tell how Nikki is likely to see her parents by looking at her own chart! Understanding how Nikki perceives Mum and Dad can be especially helpful, since what Nikki hopes to see and needs to experience from parents forms the basis of her sense of Self. When Nikki feels happy and full of joy, In many instances, the other people are the world looks bright, too. But if Nikki reasonable targets for those projections, is physically or emotionally especially if their connections low, her behaviour and are bound by emotions Through Nikki’s eyes, responsiveness suffer. In or other commitments. A relationships with others, Mother is the Queen of child looks to Mother as the the Realm, powerful, children and adults alike person who will reflect the will project their feelings strong willed, dramatic nurturing feminine needs. and percept ions onto Mother represents the inner and rather regal other people. Nikki needs to feminine self for boys and experience herself through girls alike. Nikki may even see projecting her needs onto the people things in Mother that Mother does not in her personal environment. In fact, recognise as the way she is! the undeveloped Aspects of the Self are usually projected onto others as a Nikki’s Moon sign shows how she means of “seeing” these feelings or needs perceives Mother. It makes no difference manifested in some way. Projection is a whether Mother sees herself in this light key factor in human psychology. 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 Nikki matures into adulthood, these perceptions determine how Nikki will play the nurturing and mothering role toward others. Through Nikki’s eyes, Mother is the Queen of the Realm, since Moon in Leo perceives Mother as powerful, strong willed, dramatic and rather regal. Loyalty to Mother can be exceptional. Nikki is likely to take offence at anyone or anything perceived as insulting to Mother. Since the Moon and Mars are harmoniously connected in Nikki’s chart, she may see Mother as assertive, a woman ready to stand up for her own rights and beliefs. Mother can seem to be strong-willed. However, it’s important that Mother shows Nikki how to stand up for her needs in a healthy way, since the model she shows can be especially significant.

One day, Mum may be balanced and approachable; the next day, she may seem to be unreachable. There may also be inconsistent messages from Mum about Nikki’s independence. Plus, Mum is viewed as being intuitive, and how the mother uses this intuitive flow will have a great effect upon Nikki’s future use of her trust of intuitive perceptions. As Nikki reaches school age, Mother may seem to be radically different from the other Mums. If Mother has been secure in her sense of individuality, Nikki will not find this to be a problem. If Mum has been bizarre in her actions and disrespectful of herself, Nikki may have difficulty dealing with her feelings about her. A key factor involved with Uranian aspects from the Moon is what Nikki learns about emotional distancing. If Mum seems “out there” then Nikki will develop a kind of emotional bubble which serves to maintain that distance. Eventually, this can have an effect on the way Nikki relates to others, and can be indicative of a pattern in which she seeks out relationships with those who are either inappropriate in terms of fulfilling needs or unreachable themselves.

With Moon in dynamic contact with Uranus, Nikki will definitely see Mother as unique. This uniqueness may be a plus for Nikki, or she may think, “My Mum is weird”. Nikki may also feel that Mother is too inconsistent in providing nurturance, protection and support. 31

The Sun, the primary masculine energy With the Sun in the 2nd House, Nikki will in the chart, is also described as a person’s see Dad as the source of material security sense of “self”. A young child has a very and may emulate his work or actions as a limited true sense of self, and is not likely means to provide for herself during later to “own” these qualities until the preteen years. Nikki definitely needs Dad’s stamp years or later. This sense of individuality of approval to feel worthy. may be strongly tied to the initial relationship with Father and, later, to Father is seen as the great provider, since interactions with other significant male the connection between Sun and Jupiter figures. In early childhood development, is likely to be projected as a kind of “Santa Nikki’s Sun does not express fully as Claus” image. If for any reason Nikki’s an individual ego. The Sun Dad provides many material powerfully affects the child’s things to compensate for Nikki sees Dad as a perceptions of Father; if the lost time, this can become courageous individual, father is supportive and problematic. Father may consistent, Nikki may feel independent and strong be viewed as optimistic or that her own individuality enthusiastic, and Nikki will - Father’s courage is a is reliable and strong. Nikki’s look to Father to provide treasure for Nikki perceptions of Father are inspiration and praise for her strongly symbolised by the achievements. energy of the Sun in the astrological chart. Under the influence of the Sun restrained by the energy of Saturn, Nikki may feel Nikki sees Dad as a courageous individual. that Dad is just not there for her. Dad She projects qualities of independence, may be unavailable physically because strength and leadership onto Father of death, divorce, or a demanding job -through the Sun in Aries. Father’s courage whatever the reasons, Nikki feels Dad’s is a treasure for Nikki. absence keenly. Consequently, she may overreact by feeling that Dad is too critical or demanding.


If the father is not present, Nikki may feel that she was abandoned. This can lead to intense feelings of guilt: “I was so bad that I made Daddy go away�. These types of feelings can lead to inhibited self-expression, ultimately producing a less balanced adult. This can result in a mistrust of all men and authority figures. Nikki has a special need for loving, patient and accepting guidance from the father and other significant males in her life.


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 symbolises the parents, but also authority in society. Saturn does not necessarily represent one parent or another. It means discipline, structure, stability, and also tradition.

For the better part, what Saturn symbolises is the story of how Nikki needs to be stabilised and what she requires in terms of a sense of safety and security. Saturn in Cancer suggests a powerful need for family ties and Nikki is likely to think of the parental structure as representing an ideal. She needs to see the parents are true providers of emotional security and a clear sense of home, stabilit y and meaningful traditions. Saturn in the 6th House represents lessons learned about health. Nikki needs to learn from parents what part personal responsibility plays in maintaining health, but she also will be looking for ways to approach duties and everyday tasks. Being part of the family’s household chores and maintenance is important. This does not mean, however, that Nikki is destined to become the housekeeper for the family!


Ultimately, as Nikki 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 book as the building blocks for the person who will become Nikki through the course of these early years. And enjoy every moment of your journey together!


7 Summary Sun in Aries.

Mars in Gemini.

Daring, risk-taker, energetic, friendly, careless, impulsive, childish.

Irritable, perky, intermittent, excitable, argumentative, mechanical, neighbourly.

Moon in Leo.

Jupiter in Virgo.

Braggart, creative, materialistic, self-indulgent, confident, fun-loving.

Gourmet, idealistic, health conscious, environmentalist, sceptical, religious.

Mercury in Aries.

Saturn in Cancer.

Enthusiastic, quick thinker, easily bored, learns by doing.

(For 2.5 years.) A generation noted for fretfulness, timidity, tenacity.

Venus in Taurus.

Capricorn Ascendant.

Sensual, tenacious, appreciation of comfort, devoted, artistic, resourceful.

E l o n g a t e d fa ce , a cce p t s responsibility, retains youthful appearance, competitive. 36

“Generation� (transpersonal) planets

Uranus in Pisces. (For 7 years.) A generation noted for spiritualism, material renunciation. Neptune in Aquarius. (For 13 years.) A generation noted for humanitarian and social ideals. Pluto in Sagittarius. (For 20 years.) A generation noted for prophecy, spiritual transformation.


8 Natal Chart



Some things you get from your parents and some things are written in the stars July 2012


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