Carol Parrish was born in Nettleton, Arkansas on January 21, 1935 at 9:15 AM. Only a small amount of information comes to us about her early childhood. She felt that she had to work very hard to please her mother. She had supportive grandparents whom she loved and trusted. Her father was proud of his family but spent much of time working and was seldom present at key moments in their daily life. We can look at her natal chart.
The most angular planet i Carol’s natal chart is Neptune at the Descendant angle. Idealism, deceit, drama, dreams, confusion; Neptune can support all or many of these attributes when others are involved in your life. By itself, Neptune at this location is difficult to pin down.
Sun is at the beginning of Aquarius in the 11th house of community involvement. The moon is in the opposite sign of Leo, two days beyond the exact full moon point. The opposition of the Sun and Moon, even broadly speaking as in this case, presents issues in how to deal with logic versus feelings, decisions versus change, clarity as being helpful or hurtful. Moon in Leo in the 6th points to an awareness of how one should act versus how one wants to act. Here the moist and cool Moon is in a hot sign, warm Sun is in a cool sign. Life always seems uncomfortable.
Backing up this ‘uncomfortable’ feeling is the broad opposition to the Moon from Saturn in the 12th house. Fourteen degrees behind the Ascendant, Saturn suggests services for the benefit of others. Yet, the 6th house Moon feels put upon, unfairly or overly placed in an uncomfortable postion. Saturn has no conjunctions or square aspects but does have a semi-square to Vesta and a square-and-a-half (135 degrees) aspect to Mars. Saturn and Vesta combine to produce a hard working pair, yet Vesta is not always sure of Saturn’s rules and requirements. Mars wishes to act and accomplish something while seeing Saturn as a constraint that slows or narrows ones choices of how to act and accomplish.
The conjunctions in this chart include Sun and North Node, Mercury and Venus, Ceres and Pluto. Sun and North Node marries one’s intent and decision-making to the influence of other’s plans and endeavors. Mercury and Venus in Aquarius brings an altruistic imagination and appreciation of social endeavors. Ceres and Pluto prompts mothering and life’s conduct be all consuming. Now, how do we blend these three focii? So, let us ask these questions?
- How does a child deal with a demanding mother?
- How does an adult with children of her own deal with a demanding mother?
- How will ones imagination and creativity respond to community ideals as an adult?
- How does a child’s creativity find a focus in the outside world and in one’s home?
- How does a child use adult guidance and input to shape their values and choices?
- Can an adult set their own course of action when they have always depended upon others?
The answers to these questions will tell us how the child becomes an adult and what that adult sees as their place and goals in life.
At age 23, Carol found herself in the hospital giving birth to her sixth child. She was worn out. An arranged marriage and a seldom-home husband had placed a heavy burden upon her. She had grown up trying to please a demanding mother, as she saw it, and had worked hard to keep her home and family in a well-kept manner. Criticism was to be avoided. Being acceptable while engaged in community and school activities was important. Being an adult was more deadening that being a child. As a child she had grandparents that provided an alternate sense of support and love. As an adult, that source of support was less evident and not supplanted by her husband.
So, at this point we have a natal chart that illustrates some problem areas which may develop in childhood and will likely move into her adult life depending upon the people and circumstances that prevail at that time. We now have the background for our stury. That story will emerge in the next posting.