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Astrological Profile for Raphael Joss

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Born 19-11-2004 02:18 am Paris, France


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Foreword

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Contents

Foreword

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An Astrological Profile for Raphael

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2 Basic underlying Personality Traits

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3 Nurturing Intellectual and Physical Health and Development

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4 Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs

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5 Fostering Creativity and Spirituality

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6 Perception of the Parents

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7 Summary

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8 Natal Chart

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1 An Astrological Profile for Raphael 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 information to chart the framework of the early years This chart provides positions of the planets of life. This astrological report an invaluable and relative to the date, time exceptional view of the can be used as a guidepost, and place of birth. This chart, potentials, drives and and provides a few hints or horoscope, provides an and insights into the unique needs for Raphael invaluable and exceptional qualities of this child. Please view of the potentials, drives remember that everyone -and needs for Raphael. This is the “cosmic including a child -- has free will. So while guidebook” for each individual! 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 these pictures are seen in a different by understanding the significant drives light. Children are changing rapidly, and, and needs represented by Raphael’s in the process of becoming themselves, chart, you can better appreciate his need special love and guidance. uniqueness, and, hopefully, guide him to fulfil his 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 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 Raphael’s chart, there is an outstanding quality of Air. Since Air is a predominant element in the chart, Raphael will be more mentally active -- and is likely to be very talkative.

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Everything tends to have a mental With lacking Earth, Raphael can seem to connection. Friends are exceptionally be disinterested in practical matters or important, and social situations may seem to be ungrounded. Encourage may always be a powerful feature of Raphael to get in touch with Earth by Raphael’s life. Even during the early inviting him to play with clay, plant years, when sharing and cooperative flowers or garden, and build things. play are a bit of a struggle, Raphael By developing an understanding of will enjoy being around others his structure, he can compensate for a own age. Later, you may discover that feeling that he is out of touch with a Raphael is the one who invites social sense of foundation! You may also have interaction in the classroom or on the to be especially careful about teaching playground. While mental Raphael how to be more stimulation is important, in touch with his body and With an emphasis encouraging Raphael to aware of physical needs. on Fixed signs develop his own ideas may Raphael can feel very There are three modes in be somewhat difficult unless stabilising, but can Raphael enjoys exposing astrology. These determine also be extremely his thoughts! The logical how a par t icular sig n stubborn! conclusion may be that manifests its energy. These Raphael is a “natural” at such qualities -- known as cardinal, experiences, but it’s highly conceivable fixed and mutable -- have special that presentations in the classroom meanings in astrology. Each sign of or sharing his own ideas strikes fear. the zodiac correlates with one of three The reason may be a lack of confidence modes of action. in whether or not Raphael is “correct”. Raphael hates to be proven wrong or Raphael’s chart shows a strong emphasis even having the appearance of being of Fixed signs. He can feel very stabilising, “stupid”! but can also be extremely stubborn! At its best, the fixed quality indicates a need to preserve and to maintain the status quo.

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He can be consistent and patient, and will appreciate and respect consistency from parents and teachers. There can also be inflexibility, resistance and obsessiveness that can be rather difficult to manage or accept. Raphael really needs to finish things, and can become upset if too many things are left undone. 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 Raphael 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 Raphael’s chart during early childhood. Expressing the Sun requires more selfawareness, and that develops later! Keep in mind that Raphael is NOT a blank slate! These drives and expressions can be nourished and supported by understanding family and teachers, helping Raphael make the most of these “ingredients” in his developing personality! Raphael’s Moon in Aquarius can be seen as his love of sociable and mentally stimulating circumstances. He can have an especially profound mental and intuitive tie with Mother.

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Friendships will be important, even at an early age, but Raphael also needs room to develop self-reliance and independence, since there is usually an intuitive sense of how to get help if needed!

In early childhood, he is drawn to the power archetypes -- super heroes to super villains! You may even notice a fascination with things some people find scary -- like insects, snakes, or notso-fuzzy critters. Raphael likes to probe, and will look under the rocks instead of just stepping on them. Science can be fascinating. There can be a reticence when it comes to developing friends, although during elementary school years some very solid friendships may begin to emerge. Jealousy can be a problem when young Scorpio feels threatened within the context of relationship, and if he learns to deal with these feelings during a younger age will find the complexity of relationships much less intense as time moves on. Even during preteen years, Raphael can become unusually attached to others or to situations. Learning to cope with change may be one of his great challenges.

The way Raphael 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 Raphael’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. Even as a baby, Raphael may seem intense! It’s the essence of Scorpio Sun -- and that intensity is not necessarily a detriment, since with it comes a keen awareness and sensitivity. Even though you may not be fully aware of it, Raphael, can be extra sensitive to the emotional atmosphere of any situation. In the midst of hightension, baby Raphael can seem fussy for no apparent reason (adding to the tension!).

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After all, most of us have our self-image shaped by what other people tell us about ourselves. Most important, the Ascendant (ASC) represents Raphael’s basic attitudes and himself, and how he presents himself to the world. The significance of environmental conditioning in Raphael’s developing personality is shown by the Ascendant.

Virgo rising can give Raphael a met iculous manner and impart a sense of perfection to his appearance. Natural fibre clothing may be necessary for him to feel comfortable. Raphael may have an extra-sensitive body and may be overly concerned or fretful when he does not feel well. Raphael is a studious, and sometimes shy, child.

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

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Concepts like logic, mathematics and music can be more easily grasped. Social interaction is another key to learning, although reading can also be enjoyable, especially if it’s shared.

This can also indicate a tendency to feel frustrated with the necessity for lengthy study or research, especially if the material is not interesting! In such circumstances, forgetfulness can be a problem unless Raphael learns to use associations which help him retain information.

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. At the time of his birth, the Moon was moving at faster than average speed. Psychologically, this indicates a tendency for Raphael to have an eagerness about confronting life experiences. New situations can seem more like a fun-oriented challenge, and are likely to be preferred over the status quo. Raphael may also exhibit a tendency to jump into unfamiliar surroundings, often spontaneously or with little preparation.

As a small baby Raphael 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 i n fo r m a t i o n , l e a r n i n g increases. Mercury shows how Raphael 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.

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Language is mastered; communication skills are refined. It is during these years, that Raphael will project the qualities of Mercurial energy more strongly. Raphael has Mercury in Sagittarius, and is prone to “blurting out” thoughts and ideas. He likes to speak profound truths (as he sees them) and is often interested in learning things that have moral messages. There is an adventurous quality to the mind and distractions can be a problem. However, there may be a thirst for knowledge, and travel can be a good way to learn. Mercury in Sagittarius can jump in before any assessment is made, but this placement also confers the gift of being able to talk one’s way out of trouble!

Jupiter and Learning Another factor involved in Raphael’s learning styles and needs is symbolised by Jupiter. These qualities are initially experienced through the encouragement of teachers and guides, but ultimately, Jupiter shows how Raphael will express confidence and what types of stimulation will build his learning skills. With Jupiter in Libra, Raphael 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 Raphael is comfortable with a situation, and ready to push beyond it.

Mercury in the 3rd House indicates an eagerness to communicate and share what Raphael knows. Writing skills, story-telling, 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, he may be a real talker!

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T hen, offer stimulation of that expression by setting fresh goals and opportunities to learn and develop the mind.

Raphael’s favourite forms of recreation and sports can include swimming, diving, most gymnastic events, deep sea (scuba) diving, high-jump, hatha yoga, endurance sports, aerobics, rugby, soccer, and body contact sports. Raphael’s Mars in the 2nd House indicates an easygoing kind of energy. Raphael needs to develop endurance. He may also have an interest in developing a strong body and participating in sports which give him a chance to excel as an individual. Body awareness can be developed early, and can give Raphael a sense of personal control if fitness is encouraged from an early age. Since R aphael has a connection between Mars and Uranus, he can be accident-prone, 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 he can walk, the six year old may also think he can fly.

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 book. But one feature of childhood we can explore is where to find play and recreational activities that might be most comfortable and enjoyable for Raphael. 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.

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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, Raphael may decide to skydive, bungee jump and be drawn to extreme sports.

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4 Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs At different stages and ages Raphael 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”.

There are myriad possibilities, but Anyone who’s been around children Raphael’s chart illustrates knows that at some stages of the potential emotional development a child is more susceptible or emotionally With Moon in Aquarius, strengths and weaknesses, and the areas in his life vulnerable, and that these Raphael prefers to stay where there can be greater needs and sensibilities away from emotional vulnerability. It is important change as a child matures. expression, and may to explore these concepts After all, a baby struggles seem rather detached through a lens of objectivity, each day to deal with a since when dealing with difficult-to-control body, psychological and emotional issues with but at elementary school age child is our children we’re likely to run into our struggling with early social relationships. own issues as part of the process! Each of the planets represents a different emotional need and expression, but some Raphael’s most powerful emotional planetary symbols are more emotionally needs are symbolised by the Moon, charged than others. which is the primary indicator of early psychological development. These needs remain with Raphael throughout life, continually growing and evolving.

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The Moon symbolises the reflective Raphael may become even more nature of humanity. It is the absorbing, emotionally detached from those subconscious mind and reflects the needs in his personal environment. A life of the soul. This is the matrix from which which is too severely structured may habit patterns emerge. Moon is Mother engender a rebellious streak. However, -- who provides nurturing, comfort his inventiveness should be channeled and security. Mother is the model for a in constructive directions. Raphael child’s developing sense of how he will may actually feel a need to travel in nurture and care for others, and, most outer space, via airplanes and other importantly, how Raphael will nurture “spacecraft”. himself. Even as a baby, Raphael has had a strong inner awareness R aphael loves to be of what is happening. As he entertained and may also be With the Moon trine grows, more information entertaining. The Moon in Venus there is an easy is absorbed and stored in the 5th House adds a special charm inherent in Raphael’s subconscious warmth to the personality. Raphael’s personality, mind, and deeper awareness Also, Raphael needs plenty that can prove to be a of his feelings also grows. The of opportunity to develop fabulous asset Moon also indicates basic creative talents and exercise patterns of conditioning re c re a t i o n a l i n t e re s t s. drawn from life experiences and filtered Expressions of joy and celebration are through the qualities of the Moon. a natural part of the Moon in the 5th House, and special days will call for With Moon in Aquarius, Raphael prefers special events! to stay away from emotional expression, and may seem rather detached. Raphael For Raphael, the flow of emotions seems is likely to develop strong ties to friends. natural and unencumbered, since the It is important that he finds a way to feel Moon is trine Venus. There is an easy unique and special. If that uniqueness is charm inherent in Raphael’s personality not appreciated, that can prove to be a fabulous asset.

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Trusting inner impulses and needs aids a sense of security and inner peace. He may adore music, the arts and even have an early appreciate for literature and should be encouraged to put effort into developing his particular skills. There can be a lazy attitude, since these things come easily and Raphael may not feel motivated to go the extra mile.

However, there are factors which alter Raphael’s expression and development of his Sun. T here is a conf lict between the subconscious needs and the outside world, since Raphael has the Moon in square aspect to the Sun. Raphael may feel pressured to act in a way he does not like, resulting in upset emotions. Usually, this pressure results from wanting something he does not really need. This can be difficult to resolve if there are mixed messages from Mum and Dad, leaving Raphael feeling caught in the middle of parental disputes or differences. He may feel that it’s impossible to please both parents. It’s also conceivable that Raphael will learn early on how to manipulate both parents, so that if one does not give him what is wanted, he will go to the other or play one against the other in some way!

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 Raphael is relating to others on a more frequent basis, especially during the school years. Raphael is a Scorpio, basically described in the Underlying Personality section of this book.

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If parents “cooperate” in this kind of behaviour, the child may ultimately have difficulty integrating the masculine and feminine aspects of his psyche, since one always seems to be pitted against the other. Additionally, this can lead to problematic relationships later in life. Surrounding Raphael with clarity and honesty will help immensely.

The challenge is to learn self-acceptance, and then he can better assess his limitations. Plus, it will be easier to realise the ultimate possibilities for growth and expansion. If there is a problem identifying limitations, Raphael may not feel comfortable when it’s time to say “No”, and will over-obligate himself. This can result in damage to his self-esteem if all those obligations cannot be met. It’s All-in-all, Raphael can present a confident also important to help him find ways to attitude. However, at times express gratitude for good Raphael may experience fortune and success, when it With Uranus in the 7th difficulty simply accepting does occur. Raphael may seek himself because the friction House, out social situations between Sun and Jupiter With the Sun and Saturn in which involve friends indicates that he needs to a trine aspect, Raphael may whose interests are ground-breaking be “more” than he is. This is feel more safe and supported. in some way frequently a problem with Family structures tend to perception that results from be sound and respect for wanting to please. It’s also conceivable social rules and mores will be easier that he can assume an air of selfto develop. Following the established importance as a defence mechanism order will always be more comfortable that results from feeling that he has not than changing the status quo, especially met expectations. There can be difficulty if others or an existing situation clearly defining limits -- knowing when to provide real security. Taking risks may stop is a problem. It’s also easy to be an be difficult, and when confronted with expert at “truth-stretching”. If Raphael new situations he may first resist as an is applauded for his honest efforts, the automatic response. need to stretch his own importance will not be so pressing. 20


Conservative attitudes may almost always prevail unless other factors in the chart suggest otherwise. While this aspect can be and indicator of an ability to form a positive sense of self, it can reinforce a feeling that keeping things as they are is always the best choice.

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. Self-esteem is another part of Raphael’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 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 Raphael 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.

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 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!

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But, regardless of Raphael’s age, he needs Raphael may associate fear with love: the to feel love from others to encourage fear that the love may not be there, or the growth on every level, including the fear that love will cause pain. Parents can growth of self-esteem. help Raphael by becoming sensitive to the barriers he builds against intimacy. Raphael loves pretty things Developing a trust in his feelings can be and is drawn to beautiful frustrating. Once the sexual self begins to people and expressions of develop, it is important for Raphael to be beauty. Even in young childhood years able to cope with these feelings without he may be fascinated by art and music. fear and guilt. Since Venus also deals Interactive play will be enjoyed during with the concept of beauty, it’s possible toddler years, since Venus in that Raphael will be too Libra is more sociable. Kisses focused on whether or not With Mars in Scorpio, and hugs in appropriate he is sufficiently attractive settings are comfortable Raphael can be especially or pretty enough. Whether wilful, even in infancy for Raphael, and parties fortunate or unfortunate, our -- when he wants and social gatherings can society places a strong value something, there’s little be especially enjoyable. on the way someone looks. that can dissuade him Given the media exposure T he tendenc y to feel children receive today, they, inhibited about expressing love and too, are being bombarded by images affection can be an extension of which they will try to emulate. If Raphael Raphael’s Venus-Saturn connection. receives messages from parents or This can be an indicator of low selfteachers that there is a problem with his esteem, since Raphael may feel that he looks, then he will take it more seriously must do certain things, or do things in and worry about it. It is crucial for a particular way, to be loved. These selfRaphael to understand the many layers imposed restrictions on receiving love of beauty and to be taught how to accept can be tremendously detrimental to the himself with love -- even with a few flaws need to openly express tenderness. that challenge the popular ideals.

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Raphael’s Mars shows when he expresses anger and personal strength. As Raphael grows up, the way he shows personal assertiveness will be developed. With Mars in Scorpio, Raphael can be especially wilful, even in infancy. If this baby does not want you to do something, you’ll have a battle of wills. However, the most consistent feature of his personalit y can be persistence. When he wants something, there’s little that can dissuade him. Accordingly, when a n i n t e re s t d e ve l o p s, Raphael will tend to put everything into it and may not be easily distracted. In relationships with family and friends jealousy can be a problem, but only if he feels threatened or insecure. Personal preferences are likely to be very strong -- no grey zones! Quick responses and an excitable temperament are a strong part of Raphael’s personality profile.

With a healthy contact between Mars and Uranus, Raphael needs ample opportunity to express himself freely, but could benefit from the lessons of positive caution as well. In fact, teaching reasonable caution may be absolutely necessary! As an example, Raphael may be fascinated with high-risk activities such as skydiving or ski jumping, and should be encouraged to explore any risky activities only after adequate inst r uct ion and when maturity allows. Anger may be expressed immediately, since this combination tends to stimulate sudden, focused expression of anger. There can also be a positive ability to take the lead when courage and groundbreaking are necessary. Raphael 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.

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Uranus spends about seven years in one sign, and is one of the planetary energies that identify qualities of a generation.

But the personal expression of Uranian energy is most likely to be seen in the arena of life most influenced by this planet. Uranus in the 6th House Uranus in Pisces opens the suggests that Raphael will enjoy using way for heightened creativity whatever innovations are available to and will mark a time period become more proficient. Computers or when some of the boundaries between other technological intrigues will spark the people of earth will be erased. Raphael creativity and hold interest, but there and his generation will appreciate a may also be a proficiency with math and special emphasis in the arts, but will also design. Raphael may seem to be restless respond to situations which or over-active, but this will be allow them to feel more most noticeable when he has Pluto’s energy in connected to one another. nothing to do! He may also the 4th House can Music is a prime example have a very sensitive nervous of this kind of energy -- indicate a deep sense system and may respond very since the vibration, sounds readily to energy-altering of connection to and f low of music can techniques like acupuncture, completely alter the moods family and tradition Reiki, or Shiatsu. and expressions of the people experiencing it. It may be more Another significant, but emotionally difficult for Raphael and peers to break charged, generation-oriented quality is out of “collective� experiences. In fact, the energy of Pluto. Pluto represents the their desire to be alike may be important deepest reservoirs of emotional energy, in some instances. These shared and is not a quality openly expressed in experiences can confirm an unexpected childhood. However, when a personal quality of power, and learning to direct planet or angular point in a chart is consciousness and mind may play a connected to Pluto, then this profound significant role as Raphael reaches his level of emotional and transformational maturation. energy is easier to see. 24


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.

Raphael and his 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 between religion and spirituality will be emerging during this era, and Raphael is hungry to know the truth. If we cannot teach it ourselves, he 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 Raphael get in touch with a need for healing and transformational change. Pluto’s energy in the 4th House can indicate a deep sense of connection to family and tradition. However, this placement also suggests the potential for a fear of abandonment and a sense that the security base can be destroyed at any moment. Major changes in family in the early years will have a deep impact on Raphael’s psyche, and will need special attention and care.

The generation with Pluto in Sagittarius is confronted with quite a mission. During this era, a true global economy is emerging and new definitions of power are coming into play.

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You’ve discovered that the Ascendant Trusting inner security is a primary is like the window-dressing or mask of lesson for any child born with Saturn the personality, but connections from retrograde. Raphael may also innately planets to the Ascendant can also alter mistrust authority. Saturn provides how Raphael expresses his emotional structure, direction and discipline, and self. teaches us about our priorities. Having this planet in retrograde sometimes Since Mercury makes a ticklish makes it difficult to learn these lessons connection to the Ascendant, Raphael at first. Saturn retrograde may indicate may have problems communicating problems relating to the parent who precisely what he wants to say at the provides this structure in the early years. right time and place. While If this parent is inaccessible to he may be quite talkative, Raphael, either because he With Mercury sqare there may be a tendency or she is absent, constantly to blurt things out in a Ascendant, Raphael may working, or emotionally have problems saying way that draws negative distant. Raphael must learn precisely what he wants to go within and achieve a t t e n t i o n . H o w e ve r, at the right time and developing communication his own sense of structure, place skills should be encouraged, direction and personal but with an eye toward discipline. helping him be more aware of the impact Questions about safet y can be of what he says. paramount. Affirmations which confer a sense of confidence, achievement Sometimes, planets appear to move and personal strength can be powerful backward in their orbital path from tools. Raphael can be remarkably selfour viewpoint here on Earth. When that disciplined and focused once this sense happens, we say a planet is retrograde. of self-doubt is overcome. Pianist Van Cliburn, actor Sean Connery, dancer/ actress Leslie Caron and singer Dionne Warwick were all born with Saturn retrograde. 26


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 a sense of T he Divine, very little encouragement is needed. But it is necessary to support this natural connection, and can make all the difference in Raphael’s ability to trust himself. One of the most significant ways to help R aphael 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 Sagittarius can be developed in the early years by encouraging artistic play that will keep all those fingers busy. There may be an interest in puzzles, which should be provided at every age. However, story-telling and the development of oratorical skills can become quite a fascination as Raphael grows. Time spent around animals might inspire creative interests, too. 27


Venus, the expression of artistry, is, of Venus in the 2nd House indicates course, an important part of creativity. that Raphael will want to make or This is the energy through which Raphael do things which are appreciated and experiences and expresses feelings. have a tangible value. “See what I made, In many respects, while the Moon Mummy?!” definitely requires a response, represents “feeling”, Venus represents and may be accompanied by the need for “emotion” -- which is the voice of feeling. some reward. Hugs and acknowledgment Venus also represents beauty, a quality fall into the safe category. Later on, he deep within which every child needs to may be the first in the neighbourhood feel, identify and express. to have a good time going door-to-door Encourage Raphael to get in touch with with those school fund-raising projects. expressions that feel good to his heart! Special talents It’s quite possible that and creative interests can Venus in the 2nd House Raphael will be excessively include anything that gives indicates that Raphael critical of his own efforts, will want to make or Raphael a chance to create thus restricting the creative do things which are or express beauty. Arts flow and causing feelings should be cultivated in very appreciated and have of frustration. This can be a tangible value early years, with a special a manifestation of tension emphasis on colour and f rom Venus’ thwar ting form, and then developing different contact to Saturn. However, there is a expressions in drawing and painting. powerful drive to develop creativity, and Invite Raphael to learn the basic of this can indicate that there are simply floral arranging at an appropriate age. obstacles to be overcome! Also, there Fashion design can be an outgrowth of can be a kind of procrastination present, play with costumes or dolls, but there with Raphael waiting until he feels may also be a love of theatre and natural absolutely certain that efforts will meet stage ability. An enjoyment of literature with approval before expressing them or can be developed into writing poetry or sharing creations. Creative talents may musical lyrics. be overly structured and the spontaneity can be lost or diluted. 28


There can be a fear that he will disappoint someone whose endorsement carries great significance. For this reason, loving guidance and care are exceptionally important.

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. Spirituality is exceptionally important in Raphael’s life, since Jupiter’s placement in the 1st House indicates that he will wear philosophical attitudes as part of identity. Spiritual lessons which allow Raphael to understand that his outlook, optimism and generosity will have a strong impact on the way other people feel about him will be welcome.

To get past purely self-centred awareness, the expansive energy of Jupiter encourages a child to reach out and expand his personal universe. Through Jupiter, Raphael 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 Raphael 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, Raphael does feel wonder about universal principles, a Higher Power, and endless questions called, “Why?”

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There can be a tendency to try to keep everyone happy, but this planetary influence also shows that there is a natural sense of humour -- a jovial nature. Laughter should be encouraged, but teaching when and where it is appropriate can be rather tricky! There can be a boisterous quality to Raphael’s personality, but in general, he will simply prefer expressing joy any day of the week. A spirituality which fuels this type of expression will be most meaningful to Raphael.

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 With Jupiter in the slowly, it is another of the 1st House, spirituality generation-focused planets. Then, there is the world of dreams and imagination. Other children Raphael’s is exceptionally Neptune’s placement in age will likely have Neptune important in Raphael’s in the same sign. Neptune’s the chart indicates the life areas where a child dreams sign is another quality that most easily. The sensitivity speaks for Raphael’s whole Neptune adds to life allows Raphael to generation. connect with the spiritual, nonphysical realm. What child is not a master at Raphael was born into the make-believe? But this energy is also an age group with Neptune expression of Divine Compassion, and it in Aquarius. A generation needs special support and nourishment of visionaries who will be exposed to during childhood. Encouraging Raphael many dreams and possibilities, there is to trust his dreams, while identifying great promise for Neptune in Aquarius. the difference between the “real” and During their lifetimes space travel could “imaginary” world can be quite a job. become common, and extraterrestrial communications are likely to advance. 30


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. 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 Raphael can feel a desire to let go or to exercise compassion toward others. The position of Neptune in the 5th House suggests that Raphael may have high levels of dramatic, performing and artistic ability. His ability to let go and allow creative expression to flow freely can be remarkable, regardless of the nature of his artistic or creative talents.

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6 Perception of the Parents Guess what? You can tell how Raphael is likely to see his parents by looking at his own chart! Understanding how Raphael perceives Mum and Dad can be especially helpful, since what Raphael hopes to see and needs to experience from parents forms the basis of his sense of Self.

When Raphael feels happy and full In many instances, the other people of joy, the world looks are reasonable targets for bright, too. But if Raphael those projections, especially is physically or emotionally Through Raphael’s eyes, if their connections are low, his behaviour and Mother is highly unusual bound by emotions or other responsiveness suffer. In and independent, Mum commitments. A child looks seems free spirited, relationships with others, to Mother as the person who innovative, and highly children and adults alike will ref lect the nurturing mental or intellectual will project their feelings feminine needs. Mother and perceptions onto other represents the inner feminine people. Raphael needs to experience self for boys and girls alike. Raphael may himself through projecting his needs even see things in Mother that Mother onto the people in his personal does not recognise as the way she is! environment. In fact, the undeveloped Aspects of the Self are usually projected Raphael’s Moon sign shows how he onto others as a means of “seeing” these perceives Mother. It makes no difference feelings or needs manifested in some whether Mother sees herself in this light way. Projection is a key factor in human or not -- the child holds these particular psychology. perceptions what Mother needs to be because he is projecting his own inner needs for security onto her. 32


As Raphael matures into adulthood, these perceptions determine how Raphael will play the nurturing and mothering role toward others. Through Raphael’s eyes, Mother is highly unusual and independent, since the Moon in Aquarius projects some unique qualities onto Mother. Mum seems free spirited, innovative, and highly mental or intellectual with strong ties to the community and outside world. With a harmonious contact between Moon and Venus, there’s a sharing of artistic support between Mother and child. Beauty and Mother may be synonymous to Raphael. Mother is also the person he looks to for guidance about social graces.

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The Sun, the primary masculine energy With the Sun in the 3rd House, Raphael in the chart, is also described as a person’s needs Dad to provide the link in sense of “self”. A young child has a very communication and may see him as limited true sense of self, and is not likely knowledgeable. He may not feel that to “own” these qualities until the preteen his ideas are worthwhile until Dad years or later. This sense of individuality acknowledges them. 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 Raphael’s Sun does not express fully as Claus” image. If for any reason Raphael’s an individual ego. The Sun Dad provides many material powerfully affects the child’s things to compensate for perceptions of Father; if the lost time, this can become Dad can seem larger father is supportive and problematic. Father may than life, and may consistent, Raphael may feel be viewed as optimistic or also seem to have an that his own individuality is enthusiastic, and Raphael unusually charismatic reliable and strong. Raphael’s will look to Father to provide quality to Raphael perceptions of Father are inspiration and praise for his strongly symbolised by the achievements. energy of the Sun in the astrological chart. Through the supportive energies between the Sun and Saturn, Raphael Raphael projects an intense quality of may find that Father is an excellent power onto Father, since owning the source of strength and security. There strength of the Sun in Scorpio can feel can be a very close relationship to Father, like a big task. Dad can seem larger although there is a strong desire to be than life, and may also seem to have sure that Father approves of everything. an unusually charismatic quality to Raphael. Sharing secrets with Dad can be a powerful lesson in trust for Raphael. 34


This can be somewhat inhibiting, and Raphael may also allow Father’s wishes to overshadow his own desires since this approval seems so important.

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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.

Saturn in Cancer suggests a powerful need for family ties and Raphael is likely to think of the parental structure as representing an ideal. He needs to see the parents are true providers of emotional security and a clear sense of home, stability and meaningful traditions. Saturn in the 11th House represents the need for goals and objectives, and if Raphael is taught the importance of clarifying his aims then he is already on a solid path to success. The importance of confirmation from friends and community is also part of Raphael’s basic security framework. He will also watch the way parents relate to community and to friends. Ultimately, as Raphael 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 book as the building blocks for the person who will become Raphael through the course of these early years. And enjoy every moment of your journey together!

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7 Summary Sun in Scorpio

Mars in Scorpio

Strong-willed, secretive, possesive, vengeful, investigator, passionate.

Sarcastic, martial, indomitable, possessive, relentless, rigid, disciplined, dedicated.

Moon in Aquarius

Jupiter in Libra

Sociable, perverse, independent , alt ruist ic, demanding, unflappable.

Public relations, artistic, selfindulgent, judicial, fraternal, companionable.

Mercury in Sagittarius

Saturn in Cancer

Argumentative, self-taught, candid, cultural, sermoniser.

A generation noted for fretfulness, timidity, tenacity.

Venus in Libra

Virgo Ascendant

Charming, subtle, diplomatic, aesthetic, not domestic, spiritual, romantic but nonphysical..

Health conscious, overlycritical, facile hands, personal cleanliness, pragmatic.

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“Generation� (transpersonal) planets

Uranus in Pisces A generation noted for spiritualism, material renunciation. Neptune in Aquarius A generation noted for humanitarian and social ideals. Pluto in Sagittarius A generation noted for prophec y, spir it ual transformation.

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