Sometimes one has to engage in a symbolic act in order to have an actual experience — and sometimes one has to initiate an actual physical event in order to bring about an event of consciousness change. In this case we are talking about one of Shirley’s friends, David, who was to invite her to come to Peru and spend some time with him high up in the Andes. Her book, “Out On A Limb” describes much of this experience but it does not provide dates. Those dates had to be obtained from news reports, interviews and various Internet sources. Shirley MacLaine had a t/Moon-opp-n/Sun Return on June 26, 1977 at 12:23 PM prior to receiving her invitation. That chart is shown below.
This t/Moon-opp-n/Sun Return in the 8th house has a theme of ‘managing investments (shared activities) brings conflicts if one strays from areas of capability. Confidence . . emotions kept in check. Others may cause stress. You need to show assuredness . . . draw upon your own resources. . .” This invitation was a challenge, even for one who travelled a lot and was used to meeting many people in various settings. This would be a rugged adventure with no clear agenda. Note n/PoF at the IC; new adventures, new chances. t/Sun-t/Mercury-MC sits at the opposite side of the chart from the n/PoF; decisions and travel will affect her view of life and goals. This is a ‘slam-dunk’ decision given Shirley’s n/Sun-n/Mars-n/Uranus combination. Note also t/Venus at n/MC; a friend or one she ‘loves’ or feels comfortable with will enter her life’s plans. We have to note that there is no action at the horizontal axis; all of this is in the planning phase, not the action phase. There was an April 18, 1977 Solar Eclipse at 28:16 Aries. This hits Shirley’s n/Uranus-n/Mars (and draws the n/Sun in due to the three-part conjunction). This is a momentous decision for her.
Shirley did agree to leave her comfortable Malibu home and fly to Peru. Let us look at the date Shirley received the invitation, July 6, 1977.
The t/Sun is running ahead of the advancing MC, keeping the t/Sun in the 10th house where it squares n/Mercury-opp-n/Jupiter and t/Pluto in the 1st. The decision takes into account the request of another (t/Mercury-7th) and the promise of an opportunity (n/Jupiter) that might change her perspective on life (t/Pluto-1st). Jupiter is made more important as the symbol for an opportunity due to t/PoF conjoining t/Jupiter in the 9th house of foreign travel. t/Moon squares t/PoF-t/Jupiter; indicating the feelings and worry about taking on a physical challenge of going into mountain country. Now, pile onto all of this complexity the presence of n/PoF near the IC in the 3rd house of thinking, consideration, travel. With the eclipse near the natal Uranus-Mars-Sun this natal inclination to make quick decisions about her life-style and settle on a new set of intentions. Shirley would act like Shirley.
This decision would enable her to have the extraordinary experience that is the focus of this series of postings. Shirley had a history of engaging psychics, astrologers, and tarot readers. She was a curious and thinking person. This would be a very personal and fully participational experience that only a few others have. We will have more posts about her adventures in a couple of days.