Clair Sylvia’s childhood consisted of several twists and turns. She had been warned about engaging in strenuous activity due to her heart condition, diagnosed when she was only three years old. Later, still a child, she did engage in dance but had to give it up. Then, in high school, she was able to again participate in ballet and dance. Once again the time came when a complete halt to such activity had to occur. A more quiet life ensued. Much of that life we will skip over for now and jump ahead to middle age, age 47 actually. At this point she was really suffering, having great trouble breathing and being active on a day-by-day basis. Consultations with doctors led her to working with the staff at a Stamford, CT hospital. Prior to this date she had read in the Sunday Boston Globe (probably May 19, 1985) about a woman who was the first female to have a heart-lung transplant. This was very encouraging for her. Yet, at the same time it was very disturbing. Let me elaborate.
Sylvia’s cardiologist had found that the right side of her heart was enlarged. He felt that this didn’t warrant surgery. The article in the paper indicated just the opposite. The situation was dangerous. She took it on herself to educate herself on these subjects. Speaking with the lady who was the subject of that Sunday Globe article, Sylvia opened herself up to a great deal of helpful information. As her symptoms grew worse each passing month, tests and her doctor confirmed her fears. Her problem was fast become worse. Sylvia was dying. A new doctor was needed.
As the months passed, Sylvia became progressively weaker. One doctor led to another doctor, to another hospital, then, finally to Yale’s new transplant facility in Stamford, CT. Soon afterwards, after being accepted into their program, Sylvia got a call. A heart and lungs were suddenly available. It was time to act.
The chart above is a t/Moon-to-n/Sun Return, focused on the first house. The Ascending degree is 26:41 Cancer, n/Pluto is six degrees ahead at 4 Leo, Moon and Sun at 6 and 7 degrees Leo. The difference, seemingly one degree, isn’t real. The way that astrological calculations are done, when using precession-correction, is to leave the natal planet’s position as it was in the birth chart, but to adjust the transiting planet’s position for the slight shift due to the precession of the zodiac. A placement in the first house signifies a personal experience that is felt, participated in, which directly affects one’s life and actions. These two all-important factors, the natal Sun and transiting Moon are square (about 90 degrees) from t/Pluto in the fourth house of starts and endings; what is to be experienced will be both a start and an ending. An irreversible change will occur.
Whenever we deal with the natal Sun or the transiting Moon, we have to also look at the transiting Sun and the natal Moon. Here we find, coincidentally, t/Sun near the natal Moon in the 11th house of the future and community involvement. Sylvia was involved in a network (community) of people who personally and professionally provided various forms of support for her. (We have skipped over the details of her life, her ups and downs as people came and went in her life over the many months leading to this point)
A final, and important, consideration in Return charts is the transiting and natal Part-of-Fortune (PoF). Here, t/PoF at 3 Libra is close/at the IC angle of the 4th house. This is a “start-end” significator in all charts. This t/PoF (the circle with the X inside) is square t/Venus in the 12th house at 0 degrees Cancer, and also square to n/PoF at 9 Cancer in the 6th house. One PoF square the other PoF points to chaos and critical changes. The presence of t/Venus in this pattern is comforting, pointing to a calming, harmonious situation. This is somewhat positive. Let us now advance this chart to the date of the operation, May 29, 1988.
The calculated chart time remains 9h, 33m, 58s AM, just as it was in the Return chart. All we have done on the computer is to change the date. In the eight days since the Return chart on May 21st, the Sun has moved eight degrees. Sounds just right. The MC, the highest point in the chart was at 16 Taurus, its is now at 25 Taurus, having advanced 9 degrees in 8 days. This is also normal. In those eight days, the following has happened on this day of the operation:
- The Ascendant (the left point on the horizontal line of the chart) has advanced to 2 Leo and exactly lines up with n/Pluto (an indicator of fateful changes).
- t/Pluto is close to t/Moon (intense emotions and body changes) and also now opposes n/Jupiter-n/Saturn. This planet pair symbolizes the ‘business of life.’ Sylvia had made a herculean personal effort to learn about her health condition and to be proactive in dealing with it.
- t/PoF has lined up (conjoined) n/PoF; a powerful set of changes is occurring. These two powerful indicators conjoin t/Neptune. Neptune, as a symbol, can represent drugs, medicine, anaesthesia, ideals, dreams, drama, deceit, etc.
- t/Moon has just passed t/Pluto in the 4th house segment of the chart. t/Moon represents exterior changes that affect us. With t/Pluto, we are looking at ‘upheaval’ of a major nature.
Now, note, these powerful statements have, in themselves, never said anything about heart-lung transplant surgery. The chart talks about conditions, feelings, timing of events. We, as astrologers, have to fit these perceptions into the context of the subject’s life. Since we know that Sylvia is undergoing heart-lung transplant surgery we could say things like “this surgery is very cutting edge in that it should work out OK but it may go terrible wrong” — this would relate to the two PoF symbols being conjoined in the 6th house of health and adjustments. Or, we might have said something like, “your body functions will undergo great trauma and need extreme support and corrective practices to stabilize you” — this would relate to t/Moon conjoining t/Pluto in the 4th house of endings and beginnings.
In order to better share this ‘new to many astrologers’ method of using t/Moon-n/Sun Return and Advanced charts, it is my decision to note the aspects and their generic meanings as an educational focus. I’m hoping that the astrologers who follow this site will fit the patterns into the context of the story-line.
This practice is so very different from what I do when giving a non-astrological client a reading. There, I skip the “astro-babble” and just talk in the context of the person’s life. I may point out, on the computer screen, the astrological symbols that are the basis for what I say. This gives the client comfort in the fact that I am not making things up, and that the patterns behind what I say will indeed change over the next several days and that different times and situations will come to them.
In the coming blogs we will learn that this heart-lung transplant is not the end of Sylvia’s story — it is just the beginning. Dave