Every Discovery Starts With An Idea and A First Step

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In the fairytale, The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily, an early portion of the tale found the Wisp looking for a ride across the river.  He had walked all night through the damp countryside to reach the Ferryman’s hut.  Weak and tired, he was lacking most of his ever-present flames to guide him through the dark.

Will, of the Wisps, had a private agenda which we did not find out about until much of the tale had been told.  Like all Wisps, Will dispensed gold nuggets in his wake to the delight of those who picked them up.  The gold brought change into their lives.  Of course, Gold had two levels of meaning, one being material wealth which brought short-term gains of a doubtful nature, the other being wisdom which had long-term benefits.  Will was aware of this and often wondered about other kinds of change.  His journey at this time was to discover other forms of change.  He had heard of the beautiful Lily and her ability to change things from one form to another.  This would be a starting point for his journey of discovery.

Shirley MacLaine accepted her invitation to join her friend David in Peru and to journey into the Andes with him.  She didn’t know what awaited her, but she was willing to discover whatever she would find.  Like the Wisp, first an idea, then the actual ‘taking the first step.’  How many of us have an idea but resist taking that very first step along an uncertain path?

Shirley’s Advanced chart for her first day in Lima Peru is shown below.

MacLaineShirleyyShirleyAdv7-08-1977atPeruAgain, Shirley writes freely about her adventures, thoughts and feelings, but is quite remiss in including dates in her books.  Those interested in dating her adventures will find, like myself, that a great deal of searching through multiple sources is required in many cases to find dates.

Notable in this Advanced chart for July 8, 1977 is t/Saturn-MC opposite n/N.Node and t/Mars-t/Venus-Desc-n/Chiron.  

  • Transiting Saturn (the ‘h’ with a cross bar shown at the top of the chart within the inner circle has a variety of meanings: Limitations, caution, plans or strategy, going slow, being tested, etc.  In this case t/Saturn indicates a plan of travel to meet her life long goal of being curious.  The upper point of the chart, the MC, is one’s goals and public image or reputation.  The Moon’s natal North Node is at the opposite side of the chart, at the bottom and is represented as a upside-down “U” with loops at the end.  This North Node marks the point in space, in the zodiac, where the Moon’s tilted orbit intersects the Earth-Sun plane.  This North Node represents those we associated with, whom we learn from as part of our social interactions.  Saturn-opposite-n/N.Node represents Shirley’s belief that she will choose her own lessons to learn while in David’s company.  Perhaps she feels that she has had more experience in chasing ‘spiritual’ adventures?
  • Transiting Mars (circle with an arrow on top) and Venus (circle with a cross below) are on the Descendant point (far right side of the chart.  Mars represents ones sense of ‘presence’ and physical comfort in challenging situations.  Venus represents one’s sense of balance and harmony.  Together, Mars and Venus represent personal poise and social comfort.  Here, both conjoin natal Chiron, representing the need for adjustments.  The Descendant point represents interactions with others.  So, we might say that Shirley will find that the others she will meet will bring forth the need to adjust to the reality she encounters.

We have looked at both transiting (the current day’s moving planets as they appear in the sky) and natal (the planet positions at the time of birth) planets.  The natal planet patterns leave an imprint upon us that carries through our life’s path.  So, when we look at a particular natal planet we also need to look at its transiting counter-part.  The same holds true for a transiting planet — we need to look at its natal counter-part.  I call this playing astrological hopscotch — after the children’s game of jumping from one chalk-outline square to another.

  • Natal Saturn is in the fourth house segment near the bottom of the chart.  This signifies starts and finishes in life.  Shirley will be starting something new for her that will affect (transiting Saturn at the top of the chart) her goals and life’s image.  
  • We talked of her natal N.Node.  The transiting North Node connects with n/Jupiter, the planet of opportunity and social expansion.  Shirley will find herself in an expanded world of opportunity.
  • The top-left segment of the chart is the tenth house of work, career and efforts that impact others and yourself.  In this house or segment we find transiting Part of Fortune (cross with an X inside) near the natal Moon and Neptune.  Part of Fortune represents ‘chance and change’ while natal Moon represents our fears, habits, security needs and daily routines.  Neptune represents our ideas and sense of social needs, as well as drugs, deception, drama, dreams, etc.  All together, these three can be said to mean “change will come to how Shirley reacts to unreal situations.  Her adventures will “rewire” her sense of self and expectations.’

So, like ‘Will, of the Wisps’, Shirley is also setting off on an adventure that will affect her comfort level, opening her up to many things beyond her normal life style.  

I have provided more astrological explanation here in this posting so as to help those who visit this site having less or no astrological knowledge to be able to better follow this story.  Notice also that I am taking the story one chart at a time, one step at a time.  Those who have responded feel that this is helpful to them.  Dave


About dadsnook

Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and four years of archived material are available for study or reading at ninthhouse.wordpress.com A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how see seek to maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book is expected to be released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at dadsnook@charter.net Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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2 Responses to Every Discovery Starts With An Idea and A First Step

  1. Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content.

    Please let me know. Many thanks


  2. dadsnook says:

    Yes, of course. The whole series is triggered by Johann Wolfgang van Goethe’s only fairy tale about finding one’s path to conscious awareness and finding one’s spiritual purpose in life. Thank you for your attention to this blog and its messages. Dave


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