This posting will review the previous post about Claire Sylvia’s heart-lung transplant to deal with a worsening chronic heart condition that had been first diagnosed when she was three years old. In recent months, after alternating periods of feeling better, then worse, her condition firmly became continuously worse. It reached the point where she could no longer move about and breath well.
While no birth time has been made available, only the birth date of July 29, 1940, I have rotated a “noon” based chart such that the sign Pisces is rising (the left horizontal line) and Sun (circle with a dot in the middle) and Pluto (the crescent with the circle in the bowl and the cross below) are in the 5th house segment of the chart. These placements correlate with heart conditions. That chart is shown here. We will look at simplified portions of this chart in this post — you do not need to puzzle over this full natal chart.
This also places the Moon (crescent symbol) at the bottom of the chart (the heavy ‘vertical line up and down in the chart) which represents ‘beginnings and endings.
We will be taking a simplified look at her Advanced chart for the date of her heart-and-lung transplant. The ‘Return’ charts that I use are calculated for the date and the time that the Moon transits or travels across the natal or birth Sun position. The natal Sun, for Claire Sylvia, is located at 6 degrees Leo. Every Moon-Sun Return chart cast for her will have the transiting Moon exactly on this 6 degrees Leo point or directly opposite at 6 degrees Aquarius.
The birth Sun is unique for each of us, but for everyone else it is the primary source of energy and light in our Solar System that makes an annual cycle of 365.25 days, passing through the seasonal points of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. This is a cycle, and at 6 degrees of Leo, Claire was a very specific cyclic individual among many others.
The traveling Moon contacts the actual Sun each month or 29 days and we have a new moon, followed a few weeks later by a full Moon. By instead using not the actual Sun, but the birth Sun, we are recognizing Clair Sylvia’s unique place (at 6 degrees Leo) in the Solar cycle, and marrying the emotional, empathetic, nurturing, moody, changing Moon to that cyclic point. This tells us how Claire will experience and respond to the changes in her life (the Moon) that affect her intentions and lifestyle (the Sun) that she has chosen for herself. This statement is both profound and simple at the same time.
So, let us look at her Advanced chart, derived from an earlier Return chart, for the day of her operation.
This ‘Advanced’ chart is cast for March 9, 1988 in Stamford, CT where her Heart-Lung transplant took place. We will be looking at ‘fragments’ of this chart instead of trying to grasp the whole chart’s meaning.
The natal/birth chart is seen in the outer ring of this double-wheel chart. Note that the natal Ascendant is near the ‘two o’clock’ position in the sign of Pisces which is the two opposed crescent joined by a vertical line — shown in the very outside circle.
This chart fragment (#1) shows only the Ascendant portion of the Advanced chart. From top-to-bottom we can see the symbols for natal Venus, Ascendant, Chiron, Mercury, Pluto, Sun and (at the bottom) Mars.
We can see the natal Sun (circle with a dot in the middle) in the outer wheel at the very left side of the chart just above the left-hand end of the heavy vertical line. Let us look more closely at this part of the chart. The natal Sun is at 6:44 degrees in the sign of Leo (the upright ‘loop’ symbol). Close above the Sun is Pluto, a symbol of irrevocable change, death, resurrection. Below the Sun is natal Mars (circle with arrow), closer to the Ascendant of the chart at 21 degrees of Leo. Do you see it?
- The natal Sun represents our will, health, vitality, intent and decisions. With Pluto close by we can expect a life of challenges, twists and turns.
- The Ascendant represents what we experience right now, how we experience it.
- Natal Mars represents how we assert ourselves, express anger, take action.
We can blend these together and say that, for her life in general, “Life will entail many twists and turns that cause much difficulty. Your general character will be shaped by the manner in which you choose to address these changing conditions and challenges.
This portion of the chart shows the bottom end of the heavy vertical line. This is the “IC”, an abbreviation of Latin words meaning the ‘lowest point.’ This represents, astrologically, the end and the beginning of something. Note transiting Pluto at 12 degrees Scorpio and transiting Moon at 26 degrees Scorpio. Both are in this ‘wedge’ area of the chart that is the fourth wedge from the Ascendant of the chart.
- Fourth house is where we find our basic resources and stability, our fortitude.
- Transiting Pluto is where, when activated, life seems to descend upon us with a fury, looking to involve us in a catastrophe.
- Transiting Moon is where life’s imbalances and upsets show up. We have to deal with these in order to rebalance our life.
No matter how we choose to blend these above factors, it is clear that a serious life event has come into play for Clair Sylvia. If we, as astrologers, knew that she was hoping to receive a transplant, we could look ahead — starting months ago — and find this chart for this date, and say today is the day. Without knowing the context of her life, of her illness and attempts to get on a number of waiting lists, we would only be able to say that this day would be tumultuous for her. At the top of the chart we find natal Uranus at 25 Taurus, opposite the Moon. This indicates that on this day changes (Moon) will come quickly (Uranus).
Transiting Mercury is shown here at 21 Aquarius which is precisely on the Descendant angle. The Mercury symbol refers to breathing, the lungs, travel and circulation among other things. Its position on the Descendant indicates that others will play a role in today’s events.
The PoF represents “chance and change.” This PoF (shown as a circle with an “X” inside it) is typically personal in nature, it seldom applies to larger numbers of people who are part of your daily life. spiritualism and all things socially inspiring but hard-to-pin-down. This natal Part of Fortune conjoins transiting Venus at the MC angle (7 degrees Taurus). In Clair’s case, given the context of her operation, this relates mostly to the touch-and-go nature of this complex operation.
Astrology is a symbolic language just as mathematics are a symbolic language. While math seems to give us absolute answers (in terms of numbers), astrology gives us possibilities, timing, implications that can best be applied within the context of one’s life. Math is precise, astrology is not precise except in its timing. In one sense there are no absolutes in astrology. In another sense, Astrologers do follow very basic guidelines. If one does the math carefully, one can be playful with the astrological interpretation. As can be seen, knowing the context of Clair Sylvia’s life (a chronic heart condition needing a near term solution) helps us to interpret the chart. Without knowing that context, our interpretation would be quite different in many ways.
Questions and comments are welcome, indeed, encouraged. Don’t be shy. Dave