Dying Is Not A Pre-Requisite

This is the initial posting of a new series about a lady named Clair Sylvia who had a most unusual life.  While these posting are going on, I will be ‘cleaning up’ the story of Eban Alexander which is posted in the menu “stories” and I’ll be adding the story of Shirley MacLaine and of Carol Parrish as well.  As we go on, the readers will be able to refer to these stories as whole units rather than go searching for individual blogs.  Oh, yes, we are not yet done with Shirley MacLaine — you see, she recently went on a pilgrimage, following the Camino trail in Spain.  This is a month-long walking journey.  She had many interesting adventures there.

Clair photo-1

This story concerns a lady who did not die in order to become aware of self-consciousness existing after death.  However, death is part of her story, as is a changed life following a profound experience.  Like all stories told on this blog site, we will start at the beginning.

Clair Sylvia was born on July 29, 1940 in Hull, Massachusetts.  A “noon” birth time is used.  As my readers should understand by now, the use of the t/Moon-to-n/Sun Return charting method works quite well with noon chart times.  The resulting Return charts are not “off” by more than 7 degrees or so, and may be more accurate than that.  This is because every one born on a given day in the same general area has the same Return chart with the MC position within 7 degrees of everyone else.  This is because the Moon’s ratio of daily advance has a 13:1 ratio to the Sun’s daily advance.  The Sun’s position at noon will be within 1/2 degree of other’s Suns born on that day.  The Moon will cover that 1/2 degree in its movement within an hour’s time — this hour equals about 15 degrees of coverage.  Hence the Moon in a noon chart will be within 7 degrees maximum of its actual birth position if the actual time of birth was known.  The MC is usable and often works well within the charts used.


Notable are the following factors; Moon-in-last-quarter-phase-to-Sun, Sun-conjunct-Pluto, Jupiter-conjunct-Saturn and both square-Part-of-Fortune-conjunct-Mars, N.Node-square-Vesta, Moon-trine-Ceres and that this is a tight “bowl” chart with Jupiter-Saturn enclosing the major planets within a trine-arc to Neptune.  We can briefly look at each of these configurations.

  • Moon-in-last-quarter-phase-to-Sun:  This is the 7th sector in a 8-sector chart division.  Dane Rudhyar notes a tendancy to force issues and decision which deal with group relationship, social problems, reforms, breaking old habits, and procedures.  This is an activist type person with an agenda once one decides on a concern or important issue.
  • Sun conjunct Pluto:  This can signify an intense, focused person who faces the possibility of change as a personal intrusion.  Dealing with catastrophe is not shied away from.  Change is met with a resolve to survive.
  • Jupiter conjunct Saturn:  The “business of life” pattern.  These people always seem involved in managing some aspect or major project in life.  Organization, having and following a plan, diligence — all of this assure progress for them.
  • Mars-conjoining-Part-of-Fortune:  Who shies away from a challenge?  Not those with this pattern.  Natural fighters, resistance-as-a-way-of-life, willing to take a chance.
  • Jupiter-Saturn square Mars-PoF:  When triggered, major undertakings can be expected..  Quick decisions.  Saturn is dragged along, out voted by the others.
  • N.Node square Vesta:  One works at finding, establishing, building, keeping relationships.  The focus on involving others into a private network is strong.
  • Moon trine Ceres:  Parents, family, those who become like family, supportive circles.  The community mother.
  • Tight-trine-bowl chart:  Life seems to get all wrapped up in a singular theme.  Being bounded by earth-signs, practical issues will have to be addressed.

Clair grew up within an extended family, her father was a physician.  While he was serving in World War II, Clair and her mother and sister lived with her mother’s parents in the Bronx, NY.  While their quarters were small and poor, their Jewish culture kept them involved in family and neighborhood dinners and activities.  Clair always had dreams, and dreams were important in her family’s discussions.  Symbols were looked at and opinions offered.  A dream was like a piece of mail, it had to be opened and read.  Clair was also aware that coincidences were not random, that accidents seemed to happen by design.  Clair was aware that reincarnation was real.

After the war ended her father returned and the family left the grandparents and took up their own family life.  This was an unsettled family life as Clair’s mother was often in a negative mood.  While her father tried to balance this with his warmth and kindness, the end result was an ever-present sense of tension.

We can understand Clair’s need to seek isolation from an unhappy mother (Sun-Pluto) and everyday ‘business of life’ (Jupiter-Saturn square Mars-PoF) being under tension.  The parental axis is not known due to the “noon” chart time, but the planetary patterns make the story for us.

Clair was found to have a congenital heart problem when she was three years of age. She was not to engage in any strenuous activities.  Sun in Leo, Sun conjunct Pluto, Pisces and the 5th house are all associated with heart health according to The Rulership Book by Rex Bills.  We could adjust this chart by moving Pisces to the Asc. and Sun-Pluto to the 5th house.


This isn’t classic rectification, yet it does give us a likely picture.  As we progress through this amazing story (which will unfold in future postings) we can try this “alternate-natal” chart relative to the “noon-natal” chart to see what differences result.   In addition to Sun-Pluto in Leo in the 5th, and Pisces on the Asc. (note the photo of Clair for its ‘Pisces’ appearance) we end up with Moon on the IC, the mother in the home.  This Moon is squared by the PoF; relating to the tensions with the mother.  With Pallas at the Desc. we have a classic ‘father-daughter’ relationship — the father always favored the daughters, balancing out the mother’s ill tempered treatment and inability to express love easily.  So, this chart might work well for us.  We are about to have fun.   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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