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 12th house which can represent institutions, hospitals, seclusion and recovery. The Ascending degree is 15:48 Leo, close to her natal Mars. Mars represents, among other things, surgery, blood. Transiting Mercury is opposite Mars at the Descendant angle, Mercury represents (medically) the lungs, breathing, circulation. t/Jupiter (and t/Venus) link up with the natal Part of Fortune at the MC angle; these are three of the most popular happy and lucky factors in the chart — a good omen.
When we consider t/Moon-n/Sun in the 12th house of confinement, and the square (90 degree aspect) to n/PoF-MC, we have to recognize the nature of “Chance and Change” that the Part of Fortune represents. Things can go one way or the other. It is the presence of t/Venus, t/Jupiter that makes the difference, a tilt toward a good outcome.
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 t/Sun in the 8th house (this is the segment near the ‘two-o’clock’ position of the chart. This transiting Sun is square the natal Moon. This is a difficult and conflicting pattern with a medical implication of one’s heart (the Sun) being challenged by disruptions (the square aspect) in bodily rhythm (Moon) of fluids. This is inherent in a transplant operation for the heart.
Let us now advance this chart to the date of the operation, March 9, 1988.
The calculated chart time remains 10h, 11m, 29s 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 Feb. 29th, the Sun has moved nine degrees. Sounds just right. The MC, the highest point in the chart was at 28 Aries, its is now at 7 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 several degrees beyond natal Mars but is now exactly opposite t/Mercury.
- t/Venus and n/Part of Fortune are now close to the MC angle, representing one’s goal in life.
- With n/PoF so strong at the MC angle, we have to also look at the transiting PoF. t/PoF at 29 Aries squares n/Chiron, n/Mercury, n/Pluto. Chiron signifies adjustments to correct past difficulties. Mercury relates to breathing, lungs and the ability to move about. Pluto relates to irrevocable change, upheaval, death and resurrection.
- t/Moon in the 4th house opposes n/Uranus in the 10th; suggesting changes in bodily rhythms as one set of organs is replaced with another set of organs.
- With n/Mars at the Asc., we need to look also at transiting Mars. t/Mars is opposite n/Asc. So, we have a ‘doubling up’ of Mars-Ascendant symbolism. This brings power and energy (Mars) to the physical body (Ascendant).
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