Astrological Profile for Yianni Pappas
Born 08-08-2013 08:40 am Liverpool Public Hospital, Liverpool NSW, Australia
A very special book for our special little boy Yianni. May this book take you on a journey of self discovery, facing challenges head on and living life to the fullest.
Lots of love Mummy and Daddy
An Astrological Profile for Yianni
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
8 Natal Chart
1 An Astrological Profile for Yianni 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. an invaluable and relative to the date, time exceptional view of the This astrological report can and place of birth. This chart, potentials, drives and be used as a guidepost, and or horoscope, provides an provides a few hints and needs for Yianni invaluable and exceptional insights into the unique view of the potentials, drives qualities of this child. Please and needs for Yianni. This is the “cosmic remember that everyone -- including guidebook” for each individual! a child -- has free will. So while an The patterns of the planets, Sun and astrological report can give you some Moon are unique and notable for a valuable information, it does not indicate developing child, since in childhood a fixed set of limited options. Of course these pictures are seen in a different environment also has its influence, but light. Children are changing rapidly, and, by understanding the significant drives in the process of becoming themselves, and needs represented by Yianni’s chart, need special love and guidance. you can better appreciate his 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 Yianni’s chart, there is an outstanding quality of Fire. Having a powerful influence of fiery energy, Yianni is likely to be highly energetic. He needs plenty of room and ample opportunities to assert himself.
Sports may be a strong interest, but, at Make a special effort to engage Yianni the least, staying active is important. in conversation, to read together, and Encourage Yianni to funnel these active tell stories. Applaud his development of needs by providing plenty of options, tolerance for the differences between from early sports, like gymnastics or people. Yianni might also benefit from dance classes to recreational activities the simple exercise of keeping a daily that involve physical assertion. Babies diary. with strong fire can be irritable if they are not given ample opportunities to There are three modes in astrology. get rid of physical stress (yes, babies These determine how a particular sign experience stress, too!). Basically, manifests its energy. These qualities Yianni loves play, and fiery -- known as cardinal, fixed temperament babies and and mutable -- have special With an emphasis young children need plenty meanings in astrology. Each on Fixed signs of active time with Mum and sign of the zodiac correlates Yianni can feel very Dad. Even when he grows up, with one of three modes of stabilising, but can play will be important, and action. also be extremely he will be happiest when stubborn! anything feels more like play Yianniâ€™s chart shows a strong than work! There can also emphasis of Fixed signs. He be selfishness with the fiery quality. One can feel very stabilising, but can also thing to keep in mind with Yianni is the be extremely stubborn! At its best, the fact that you must tend a fire: either to fixed quality indicates a need to preserve keep it burning or to keep it from blazing and to maintain the status quo. He can out of control. be consistent and patient, and will appreciate and respect consistency from Lacking Air can indicate problems with parents and teachers. There can also be objectivity and can show a potential inflexibility, resistance and obsessiveness for difficulty with communication and that can be rather difficult to manage or relating, in general. accept.
Yianni 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 Yianni 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.
So, you might see more qualities that relate to this factor in Yianni’s chart during early childhood. Expressing the Sun requires more self-awareness, and that develops later! Keep in mind that Yianni is NOT a blank slate! These drives and expressions can be nourished and supported by understanding family and teachers, helping Yianni make the most of these “ingredients” in his developing personality! Yianni has Moon in Leo, and just loves to be the centre of attention. However, Yianni will not enjoy being on-stage at the times he does not want to be in the limelight, and can be just as stubborn about resisting at these times. However, when Yianni wants something, there’s little doubt about it.
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.
The way Yianni 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 Yianni’s ego takes quite some time to develop, certain qualities will definitely be apparent, even early on. 9
However, this aspect of the personality will be more apparent after the earliest years. Make way -- Yianni needs to be noticed. Now! Even as a baby, his Leo Sun may draw the spotlight; and one thing’s certain: when Yianni wants or needs attention, you will know. During toddler years, a demanding quality can emerge, and setting reasonable limits can be frustrating if Yianni gets dramatic. Nonetheless, lovingly defining who has the power is important from a very early age. Yes, you’re reading this correctly: Yianni can seem to demand to be spoiled. Granted, Yianni may shower you with warm smiles and big hugs, so it’s easy. By the early school years, if given opportunities to take centre stage, you may have a budding performer or young leader growing up before your eyes. The preteen years can be another story, since Yianni can feel extremely insecure if noticed for the wrong reasons, and, if he is not given proper attention, can become especially disruptive in order to gain notice. If there’s any inclination shown, encourage Yianni to run for class President!
Another prevailing quality that’s likely to emerge in Yianni’s early years is shown by the sign on his Ascendant, or Rising Sign. In childhood, the Ascendant and the 1st House signify Yianni’s physical appearance and how other people view him. After all, most of us have our selfimage shaped by what other people tell us about ourselves. Most important, the Ascendant (ASC) represents Yianni’s basic attitudes and himself, and how he presents himself to the world. The significance of environmental conditioning in Yianni’s developing personality is shown by the Ascendant. Virgo rising can give Yianni a meticulous manner and impart a sense of perfection to his appearance. Natural f ibre clothing may be necessary for him to feel comfortable. Yianni may have an extra-sensitive body and may be overly concerned or fretful when he does not feel well. Yianni is a studious, and sometimes shy, child.
3 Nurturing Intellectual and Physical Health and Development Every parent watches for the signals that indicate a childâ€™s intellectual and physical progress. From babyâ€™s first words to performance in school, development is noted and records are kept.
Providing the stimulus that will strengthen mental and physical development is up to parents, teachers and society. Of course, ultimately, a child will master the experience of learning! There are many factors involved in intellect -- the ability to conceptualise, the communication of concepts and thoughts, memory, creative ideas, the application of rational thought, judicial thinking, decision-making, speculative thought and more. In order to be whole, the child must achieve a balance between the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual parts of the Self; only then can the power of the intellect be used to its utmost.
Otherwise, the mental capacities are likely to be overemphasised or misdirected in order to compensate for under development in some other area. One important factor in a developing intellect is the nature of the thought patterns themselves. Here, the Moon plays yet another role beyond that of emotional storage house. Through the Moon, a childâ€™s unique experiences are stored in the vaults of the subconscious mind. However, the Moon also shows the basic manner in which a child absorbs information. With the Moon in a fire sign, Yianni has a highly active mind and the thoughts range into the realm of philosophy and the theoretical. 11
Inspirational ideas will be more interesting than practical matters, and travel and cultural pursuits can inspire learning.
As a small baby Yianni 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 In addition, since the Moon represents used in a more refined manner, and as the basic thought patterns, the Moon’s the mind gains the ability to integrate speed (or rate of travel) fundamentally more and more information, learning affects a child’s approach to learning. increases. Mercury shows how Yianni The Moon moves at variable speeds in communicates those thought patterns her rotation around the Earth. -- how concepts are framed and also how they are expressed through Yianni’s Moon was moving communication. The years at a moderate pace at the With the Moon in a of Mercury’s heightened time he was born. This developmental cycle are from fire sign, can indicate a strong need age seven to thirteen, when Yianni has a highly the connections between to observe a situation before making a change, a child and his world are active mind and suggests a reluctance powerfully shaped. Language when facing unfamiliar is mastered; communication ideas or situations. In learning, a careful, skills are refined. It is during these years, structured circumstance can create that Yianni will project the qualities of the safety zone that allows Yianni Mercurial energy more strongly. to move through education with greater confidence. Following cautious Since Yianni has a Cancerian observation and consideration, new Mercury, he may very well situations are then less threatening. have a photographic memory. After that, Yianni 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. 12
It’s more comfortable to be indirect in communication, since Yianni can be mentally protective, and is likely to hold back information until certain that it is safe to speak. It’s easy for Yianni to confuse “what I feel” with “what I think”. Mercury in the 11th House indicates an interest in forward-thinking ideas and innovative developments. Yianni may also enjoy the social aspects of school, and will appreciate the stimulus friends provide. When seeking out confirmation for his ideas, friends will be the logical source, and may ultimately be trusted over parents and teachers! A fascination with technology and gadgets can be seen, even in toddler years.
These qualities are initially experienced through the encouragement of teachers and guides, but ultimately, Jupiter shows how Yianni will express confidence and what types of stimulation will build his learning skills. With Jupiter in Cancer, Yianni learns best in a situation which seems to be based on traditional values. Teachers are likely to seem like a natural extension of Yianni’s personal support system, and there can be lasting sentimental ties to favourite teachers. There can be a keen interest in history, collecting and culture. 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 Yianni is comfortable with a situation, and ready to push beyond it.
Jupiter and Learning Another factor involved in Yianni’s learning styles and needs is symbolised by Jupiter.
T hen, offer stimulation of that expression by setting fresh goals and opportunities to learn and develop the mind.
snorkelling, folk dancing, and belly dancing! Since Yianni has Mars in the 10th House, he needs to be acknowledged for his physical prowess and accomplishments. Taking on leadership positions in team sports will seem natural, or he may enjoy cheering for his favourite team. Winning is definitely important to him.
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 Yianni. 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. Yianni’s favourite forms of recreation and sports can include swimming, surfing, water skiing, scuba diving, tai kwan do, karate, golf, fly-fishing, boating, 14
4 Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs At different stages and ages Yianni 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 Yianni’s chart illustrates knows that at some stages of the potential emotional development a child is more With Moon in strengths and weaknesses, susceptible or emotionally Leo, Yianni craves and the areas in his life vulnerable, and that these attention, and where there can be greater needs and sensibilities will employ highly vulnerability. It is important change as a child matures. After all, a baby struggles dramatic means to get to explore these concepts it if necessary 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 Yianni’s most powerful emotional needs planetary symbols are more emotionally are symbolised by the Moon, which is the charged than others. primary indicator of early psychological development. These needs remain with Yianni 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 Yianni’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. Yianni also exudes a special child’s developing sense of how he will warm radiance which is difficult to resist. nurture and care for others, and, most The proper use of this charismatic power importantly, how Yianni will nurture is part of the lesson Yianni has to learn. himself. Even as a baby, Yianni has had a strong inner awareness Yianni needs to dream, and of what is happening. As he may spend a great deal of grows, more information The Sun in trine aspect time developing imagination to Uranus indicates is absorbed and stored in and creativity. With the Yianni’s subconscious mind, that Yianni has a real Moon in the 12th House, the potential to develop and deeper awareness of inner world can be just as his special qualities his feelings also grows. The important and “real” as the and abilities Moon also indicates basic outside world. Give this child patterns of conditioning a little extra time to adapt drawn from life experiences and filtered to the world in the morning, since if through the qualities of the Moon. Yianni is rushed out of bed and into daily activities, he may be out of sorts for the With Moon in Leo, Yianni craves remainder of the day! attention, and will employ highly dramatic means to get it if necessary. Moon semisextile Mercury stimulates Sign this child up for acting, dancing or Yianni’s desire to bring feelings into a singing lessons as soon as possible so he level of rational understanding. can get lots of attention by performing on the stage!
Learning to reach out to others through the emotions is important, and asking for needs to be met can bring positive results in establishing emotional security.
The Sun in trine aspect to Uranus indicates that Yianni has a real potential to develop his special qualities and abilities, and to feel good about standing out against the crowd. An environment which caters to these abilities will likely to be appreciated, although there can be a tendency to take for granted unusual or special supports. There can be a kind of ingenious quality about Yianni’s personality. His ability to put a unique stamp on creative endeavours may be apparent as early as elementary school years. During teen years, Yianni may not feel the need to overturn all structures in order to accomplish breaking free psychologically from parents. Rebellion can be more positively directed.
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 Yianni is relating to others on a more frequent basis, especially during the school years. Yianni is a Leo, basically described in the Underlying Personality section of this book. However, there are factors which alter Yianni’s expression and development of his Sun.
Mercury is not traditionally considered an emotional expression. However, Mercury’s role in the expression of feelings is highly important. Mercury represents the function of articulation of ideas and feelings and influences how we communicate them.
After all, most of us are more comfortable Artistic expression can be part of this if we can talk about our emotional emotional outlet, and this is Venus in experiences to someone special. A child action. Selfish behaviour can be Venusian, needs to feel that he can talk about too, and most small children show Venus anything with his parents, and that it is through their particular expression of okay to share feelings and ideas. When selfishness and their ultimate struggle to a child is not given opportunities to allow Venus to evolve as they develop the communicate his emotional needs, he capacity to learn to share. You’ll see Venus can develop problems communicating expressing in a more outgoing manner almost anything else! Mercury’s function after about age four, when Yianni may in our lives is to link internal processes finally want to give something to to the external world, and another person. But the full one of the most important involvement of Venusian With Mars in inner links is the experience development is during the Cancer, Yianni is of sharing emotion. teen years, when “falling in most comfortable love” becomes a reality. But, in circumstances Since Yianni has Mercury regardless of Yianni’s age, which are nonand Venus connected, he he needs to feel love from confrontational needs to communicate others to encourage growth his sense of values and on every level, including the expressions of love in a clear way. At an growth of self-esteem. early age, Yianni may enjoy listening to prose and poetry, and may be especially Yianni has a good time taking drawn to singing about feelings! He things apart. (Putting them simply feels better when emotions can back together can become be expressed verbally or artistically. tedious, though!) Venus in Virgo is a fixer. It’s probably a good idea to allow Yianni Self-esteem is another part of Yianni’s to have a pet if he shows an interest, psychological make-up. Venus describes since taking care of something living can the needs for love and value systems, impart a good feeling. Later on, training along with self-worth. a pet to do special tricks might be fun. 18
Yianni may also enjoy collecting miniatures or making models. While some children are emot ionally demonstrative, this child can convey a world of affection by holding hands. The tendency to feel inhibited about expressing love and affection can be an extension of Yianniâ€™s Venus-Saturn connection. This can be an indicator of low self-esteem, since Yianni may feel that he must do certain things, or do things in a particular way, to be loved. These self-imposed restrictions on receiving love can be tremendously detrimental to the need to openly express tenderness. Yianni may associate fear with love: the fear that the love may not be there, or the fear that love will cause pain. Parents can help Yianni by becoming sensitive to the barriers he builds against intimacy. Developing a trust in his feelings can be frustrating. Once the sexual self begins to develop, it is important for Yianni to be able to cope with these feelings without fear and guilt.
Since Venus also deals with the concept of beauty, itâ€™s possible that Yianni will be too focused on whether or not he is sufficiently attractive -- or pretty enough -- boy! Whether fortunate or unfortunate, our society places a strong value on the way someone looks. Given the media exposure children receive today, they, too, are being bombarded by images which they will try to emulate. If Yianni receives messages from parents or teachers that there is a problem with his looks, then he will take it more seriously and worry about it. It is crucial for Yianni to understand the many layers of beauty and to be taught how to accept himself with love -- even with a few flaws that challenge the popular ideals. Yianniâ€™s Mars shows when he expresses anger and personal strength. As Yianni grows up, the way he shows personal assertiveness will be developed.
With Mars in Cancer, Yianni Yianniâ€™s age group has Uranus is most comfortable in in Aries. This group is just now circumstances which are arriving on planet earth, and non-confrontational. Sports may not be their opportunities are clearly about enjoyable if injury is a possibility, since he learning the proper use of willpower. really does not like getting hurt. If he gets As a generation, they may have to into an argument or brawl with anyone, cope with human issues of war and he can become exceptionally upset aggression in a very direct manner. The emotionally and will need time to cool significance of technology and warfare down and get settled. However, Yianni will be particularly notable. Sports may will enjoy learning ways to experience become even more important to the his strength. For that reason, society they will create, and encouraging physical they will also be charged With Uranus in the 7th activities which allow him to with the challenge to bring House, Yianni may seek establish a sense of control about improvements that out social situations over the physical plane can will aid children, including which involve friends be quite valuable. their own. During the 20th whose interests are ground-breaking century, Uranus was in this in some way Yianni may not demonstrate sign during the years 1927 the energy of Uranus until to 1935, including the crash teenage years, since this quality is part of of 1929 and the Great Depression. That the expression of uniqueness, ingenuity, generation reached maturity just in time and rebellion. Itâ€™s usually outwardly to fight in World War II, when it became expressed in teen years as part of a teenâ€™s necessary to oppose oppression and uprising against the status quo. Uranus the abuses of power. This group learned spends about seven years in one sign, that persecution for being different was and is one of the planetary energies that dangerous, and was challenged to learn identify qualities of a generation. the importance of developing courage in the face of adversity. The watchword for a passage of Uranus through Aries is a fight for individual freedom. 20
But the personal expression of Uranian energy is most likely to be seen in the arena of life most influenced by this planet. With Uranus in the 7th House, Yianni may seek out social situations which involve friends whose interests are ground-breaking in some way. He is likely to resist being put in any sort of mould, and may seek out opportunities to make changes in the world around him as he matures. Yianni could become a social activist at an early age!
For a child, itâ€™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.
Another significant, but emotionally charged, generation-oriented quality is the energy of Pluto. Pluto represents the deepest reservoirs of emotional energy, and is not a quality openly expressed in childhood. However, when a personal planet or angular point in a chart is connected to Pluto, then this profound level of emotional and transformational energy is easier to see. Pluto also represents deep-seated anxieties or fears, which are, for lack of a better description, absorbed into the psyche.
The generation born with Pluto in Capricorn are born into a time when rebuilding the world will be their mission. T he challenge to create new systems of government modelled on the idea of responsible power will be born by Yianni and his generation when they mature.
There is likely to be a downfall or a series You’ve discovered that the Ascendant of environmental crises which illustrate is like the window-dressing or mask of the necessity of becoming better the personality, but connections from stewards of Earth. It’s also conceivable planets to the Ascendant can also alter that life extension will become the how Yianni expresses his emotional self. hallmark of scientific development for this generation -- but we will definitely Mercury’s connection to the Ascendant need a place to live out those extra years! links the personality to the intellect. Yianni may be very talkative and As with the other transpersonal communicative. The mental abilities will planets, the House position of Pluto is provide part of the “mask” for this child, the area of life where you and will be a sensitive trigger help Yianni get in touch for his self-image. with a need for healing and Due to the sextile transformational change. Ascendant - Mercury, Sometimes, planets appear Pluto’s energy in the 4th to move backward in their Yianni may be House can indicate a deep orbital path f rom our very talkative and sense of connection to family viewpoint here on Earth. communicative and tradition. However, this When that happens, we say a placement also suggests planet is retrograde. the potential for a fear of abandonment and a sense that the security base can Yianni’s sense of uniqueness and be destroyed at any moment. Major individuality -- exemplified by the energy changes in family in the early years will of Uranus -- can be strongly accentuated, have a deep impact on Yianni’s psyche, since Uranus is retrograde in his chart. and will need special attention and care. There is a powerful urge to break free of all forms of restriction and achieve true personal freedom. The knowledge that external freedom can only come when inner freedom exists is inborn.
Many individuals born with Uranus retrograde have achieved positive recognition for their special talents. Some examples are Sir Winston Churchill, Johnny Carson, Katherine Hepburn and Anne Morrow Lindberg. Yianni will need acknowledgment of his uniqueness, otherwise, he may feel out of step with everyone else.
Neptune’s house placement will indicate the area in which Yianni needs a creative escape and how he can be effective in using his imagination. Farrah Fawcett, Yoko Ono, and Ralph Waldo Emerson were all born with Neptune retrograde at birth. Pluto spends about half of each year in retrograde motion. Parents and teachers can help Yianni understand his 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. Yianni may feel somewhat mistrustful of this life process and needs to develop a trust of himself. Developing honesty is quite helpful to this process.
Neptune’s energy draws us into the inner self where we dream, visualise, imagine and escape. Since Yianni has Neptune retrograde, this introspective energy is more deeply sensitised. There can be an intensified desire to escape the ordinary world and its pressures. It’s absolutely necessary that Yianni learns positive uses of creative imagination. Plus, he can struggle to distinguish the difference between physical plane reality (what we usually think of as “real”) and the world of imagination or illusion. Imagination should certainly be encouraged, but in ways that are constructive to Yianni’s growth.
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 In music, percussion needed. But it is necessary an important role in selfto support this natural instruments like piano expression. After all, this is connection, and can make or drums played with the energy of linking ideas the hands can be all the difference in Yianni’s and concepts from the inner highly enjoyable for ability to trust himself. self to the outside world Yianni -- and back again! One of One of the most significant the creative influences of ways to help Yianni awaken and touch Mercury in Cancer can be developed in Spirit is to foster his creativity. It’s the early years by encouraging artistic not necessary for every child to be a play with yarn and fabrics. Early on, consummate artist, but each child encourage simple skills like making needs room to experiment with the pot-holders. Water colours might be a creative self. There are several factors in favourite, too. But don’t forget about the astrological chart that support the incorporating play with stuffed animals, development and expression of personal and their necessary outfits! creativity.
Venus, the expression of artistry, is, of course, an important part of creativity. This is the energy through which Yianni experiences and expresses feelings. In many respects, while the Moon represents “feeling”, Venus represents “emotion” -- which is the voice of feeling. Venus also represents beauty, a quality deep within which every child needs to feel, identify and express. Encourage Yianni to get in touch with expressions that feel good to his heart! Special talents and creative i n t e re s t s c a n i n cl u d e anything that uses a fine attention to detail. Simple skills like colouring and drawing in early years may lead to fine-line drawing and etching, drafting, designing, anatomical drawing, or calligraphy. Modelling clay designs can develop into sculpting. A love of models and miniatures can become lifelong expressions which are later enhanced using skilled design techniques with computer-aided enhancements.
A desire to develop the mind may be powerful, and writing or public speaking can be cultivated by early bedtime reading and story-telling to encouraging extra effort in classroom presentations. There may be and interest in sewing and crafts, too. In music, percussion instruments like piano or drums played with the hands can be highly enjoyable. Venus in the 12th House indicates a power f ul creative imagination. W hile Yianni may need extra encouragement to bring talents into the open, there may be a wealth of inspiration, ideas and images he can express through all sorts of creative endeavours. Photography, acting or dance may be good ways to use this energy. Venus in sextile to Mars adds confidence to Yianni’s creative expression. Regardless of the art forms chosen, he may be quick study and can progress toward the more refined elements of creativity rather easily. 25
To get past purely self-centred awareness, Jupiter is a function of the higher mind, the expansive energ y of Jupiter the part of our consciousness that encourages a child to reach out and can connect with the Divine. The early expand his personal universe. Through awareness of Jupiter deals primarily Jupiter, Yianni can begin to build a basic with the concepts of sharing, positive philosophy of life, and exercise his sense thinking, enthusiasm and hope for of hope and vision. The need to reach reward. out and give is Jupiter in action, but so is enthusiasm. Most important, when Teachers and parents will be lasting Yianni is in touch with Jupiter, he is models for spiritual leadership, since inspired! Here is the desire to grow, to Yianni’s Jupiter in the 10th House reach into new horizons, stimulates a strong need to to feel adventure and joy. learn about morality through While it may take a lifetime Yianni’s Jupiter in the role models. His enthusiasm to develop a personal 10th House stimulates for any value systems will be philosophy or explore directly related to the type of a strong need to religious teachings, during learn about morality response parents and other childhood, Yianni does feel authorities provide during through role models wonder about universal formative years -- ranging principles, a Higher Power, from religious ideologies to and endless questions called, “Why?” political philosophies. It is crucial that Moral questions flow through the realm he be given permission to explore ideals of Jupiter, and learning higher principles different from those of his “origins” in through inspiring teachers and mentors order to understand that one belief is another outpouring of this energy. It is system does not necessarily make a generally not until a child has developed person better than others. some measure of cognitive skill that the awareness of Jupiter can be taught. During elementary school and preteen years, this energy begins to flourish.
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 Yianni 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 Yianni to trust his dreams, while identifying the difference between the “real” and “imaginary” world can be quite a job. But it is a very important one, since walking between the inner world and the outside world requires special awareness. There is nothing inferior about imagination, nor is there anything wrong with beliefs, since there are many expressions of reality. Because Neptune moves very slowly, it is another of the generation-focused planets. Other children Yianni’s age will likely have Neptune in the same sign. Neptune’s sign speaks for Yianni’s whole generation.
Yianni was born into the age group that has Neptune in Pisces. This generation has the opportunity to develop a society in which the common good is valued above simple individual desire, and when a true compassion for all life can be realised. This requires grappling with the challenge to surrender to universal principles that unite, rather than divide. Belief systems can become even more powerful, although it is also conceivable that new icons will emerge to become part of the future mythos of humanity. 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 Yianni can feel a desire to let go or to exercise compassion toward others. Yianni needs to put imagination to work in more practical ways. He might be the neighbourhood bird rescuer or might enjoy a chance to do something nice for a sick friend, since Neptune in the 6th House brings a special sensitivity toward care-taking.
Developing drawing skills or getting into the creative flow playing a musical instrument could keep imagination flowing. He might have fun with the video camera, too.
6 Perception of the Parents Guess what? You can tell how Yianni is likely to see his parents by looking at his own chart! Understanding how Yianni perceives Mum and Dad can be especially helpful, since what Yianni hopes to see and needs to experience from parents forms the basis of his sense of Self. When Yianni feels happy and full of joy, In many instances, the other people are the world looks bright, too. But if Yianni reasonable targets for those projections, is physically or emotionally especially if their connections low, his behaviour and are bound by emotions responsiveness suffer. In Through Yianni’s eyes, or other commitments. A relationships with others, Mother is the Queen of child looks to Mother as the children and adults alike person who will reflect the the Realm, powerful, will project their feelings strong willed, dramatic nurturing feminine needs. and perceptions onto other Mother represents the inner and rather regal people. Yianni needs to feminine self for boys and experience himself through girls alike. Yianni may even projecting his needs onto the people see things in Mother that Mother does in his personal environment. In fact, not recognise as the way she is! the undeveloped Aspects of the Self are usually projected onto others as a Yianni’s Moon sign shows how he 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 he is projecting his own inner needs for security onto her.
As Yianni matures into adulthood, these The Sun powerfully affects the child’s perceptions determine how Yianni will perceptions of Father; if the father is play the nurturing and mothering role supportive and consistent, Yianni may toward others. feel that his own individuality is reliable and strong. Yianni’s perceptions of Father Through Yianni’s eyes, Mother is the are strongly symbolised by the energy of Queen of the Realm, since Moon in Leo the Sun in the astrological chart. perceives Mother as powerful, strong willed, dramatic and rather regal. Yianni projects the drama and warm Loyalty to Mother can be exceptional. generosity of the Leo Sun onto Father, Yianni is likely to take offence at anyone who may seem to represent the qualities or anything perceived as of magnetism and personal insulting to Mother. power. Dad’s praise makes Yianni projects the everything okay. drama and warm T he Sun, the primar y generosity of the Leo Sun masculine energy in the Through the Sun in the 11th onto Father, who may chart, is also described as House, Yianni is likely to be seem to represent the a person’s sense of “self ”. qualities of magnetism drawn to the idea of Father and personal power A young child has a very as a good friend, and may limited true sense of self, experience the greatest and is not likely to “own” these qualities encouragement when Father gives his until the preteen years or later. This stamp of approval to his hopes and plans. sense of individuality may be strongly tied to the initial relationship with Through the connections between Father and, later, to interactions with the Sun and Uranus, Yianni is likely to other significant male figures. In early perceive that he has an exceptional childhood development, Yianni’s Sun father. Or, Yianni may see the father as does not express fully as an individual too aloof, leading to feelings that Dad is ego. unreliable or undependable.
Dad may be rather eccentric, but he could also just be highly independent. Remember: this is the potential perception Yianni has of Father! It’s possible that Yianni sees the father as a model so unique that he could never fit into it.
It’s also likely that he sees the father as living beyond the limitations and structures of society, offering a different viewpoint of life from the “norm”. When given an opportunity to prove his own uniqueness to Father, Yianni will require positive reinforcement for his talents and abilities if he is to feel confidence in his individuality.
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 Yianni needs to be stabilised and what he requires in terms of a sense of safety and security.
Saturn in Scorpio needs permission to explore life’s deeper questions without feeling that this will undermine his acceptance by family. Yianni needs to feel that it’s okay to experience change, since life is filled with inevitable transformations. Saturn in the 1st House cries out for confirmation of the Self . Yianni needs to be positively acknowledged by parents and teachers. He will look to parents to understand how to handle responsibility, and consistency from parents is hugely important. Ultimately, as Yianni 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 Yianni through the course of these early years. And enjoy every moment of your journey together!
7 Summary Sun in Leo
Mars in Cancer
Creative, generous, f lamboyant , egotistical, self ish, attention-seeker, optimistic.
Patriotic, artistic, acquisitive, h o s p i t a b l e , c o l l e c t o r, protective, possessive.
Moon in Leo
Jupiter in Cancer
Braggart, creative, materialistic, self-indulgent, confident, fun-loving.
Business acumen, bevevolent, resourcef ul, acquisitive, hospitable, gourmand.
Mercury in Cancer
Saturn in Scorpio
Intuitive, biased, receptive, subliminal, either an above average or very poor memory.
A generation noted for relentlessness, callousness, acquisitiveness.
Venus in Virgo
Fastidious, shy, reluctant, helpful, adaptable, many acquaintances but few friends.
Health conscious, overlycritical, facile hands, personal cleanliness, pragmatic.
â€œGenerationâ€? (transpersonal) planets
Uranus in Aries A generation noted for impetuosity, daring, initiative.
Neptune in Pisces A generation noted for pure spiritual and religious ideals.
Pluto in Capricorn A generation noted f o r e x e c u t i v e a b i l i t y, conservatism, persistence.
8 Natal Chart
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