We have followed the life of Claire Sylvia who was found to have a severe heart condition as a child. In spite of period of weakness, she studied dance and tried to stay active. As her life progressed through early adulthood towards her middle years she became weaker and unable to follow an active lifestyle. In her late 40s she was able to receive a heart-lung transplant.
We have followed her story through three sets of charts: 1) the heart-lung transplant, 2) the meeting with the donor family, and 3) a ‘release dream’ in which she and her donor Tim finally end her direct-dream-contact experiences. In past series we have compared factors in the key chart representing ‘conscious awareness’ to Goethe’s Profile for Conscious Awareness to see if key astrological factors for Goethe were also present in a current-life subject’s chart. These were found to be present for Dr. Eban Alexander, for actress Shirley MacLaine while on her Peru-Andes Out-of-Body adventure, and for Carol Parrish who found a substitute soul to take over her hard situation. With the story of Claire Sylvia we are pushing the envelope, so to speak, for the subject neither died or left her body. Yet, someone died and part of someone left their body to take up residence in another body via the transplant operation.
Above is the comparison listing for the 13 factors we are currently reviewing for their presence in an event-date chart for the subject. As can be seen, both the charts for the heart-lung transplant date and the meet-the-family date seem to fill the requirements for achieving ‘conscious awareness’ or, as Carol Parrish puts it, ‘continuing consciousness.’ Let us look at each of the factors for Claire Sylvia. First, we have to note that these two charts for widely separated dates are very similar, having an MC of 7 Taurus (transplant) and 13 Taurus (meeting the family).
Factor 1: Having t/Sun in the 10th house of a chart conveys a life-purpose period where on can forcefully act on changing the life goals. The Sun represents our logical and conscious side of our awareness.
Factor 2: Having the natal or transiting Moon play a significant role in an event chart brings in the “feeling’ energies that power our consciousness and memory. In both event charts (transplant and meeting) the natal Moon is in the 10th house. The emotions and body-rhythms were powerfully at play in both of these events.
Factor 3: Venus is a planet of physical-soul connection, of balance and harmony. Venus needs to play a role in providing a bridge between what we think and perceive, what we feel and respond to — and tap into a soul-self appreciation of the uniqueness of the moment.
Factor 4: In all of my posting here on the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily Retold blog site, on the Ninth House blog site with some eight years of archives, and within my book, Personal Moon-to-Sun Returns 2, I have consistently said and shown that life’s more powerful moments always occur when the cyclic chart’s angles are activated by natal or transiting planets. Having both the horizontal (feeling, expression) axis and vertical (thinking, deciding) axis active is a basic requirement. How can you change your life if there are no powerful actions, decisions, events, feelings and emotions involved?
Factor 5: The Part of Fortune, once I started research this charting methodology, quickly became apparent as a key component in representing internal and external change that shakes up the routine of our lives. This symbol is not often used by many modern-day astrologers, yet, in cyclic charts it is almost always involved with “change” of one type or another.
Factor 6: Having a Moon in the closing square phase of the Moon-to-Sun relationship (between 270 degrees and 315 degrees ahead of the Sun) was discovered only after studying the first 50 or 100 charts. It is not an obvious factor, and it is not always just the t/Moon-to-t/Sun combination at work, which made is ‘slower’ to discover. Yet, in one combination or another, the intermixed natal and transiting combination showing a Moon in closing square phase to a Sun seems consistent. This phase represents a strong decisive role in shaping one’s life and goals.
Factor 7: The natal or transiting MC has to be significant in a chart for achieving conscious awareness — this is what the MC is all about. It has to be significant in shaping the chart and its meaning.
Factor 8: Angular planets are the power portals of the self-soul to steer physical life. The more the merrier, the more powerful the event.
Factor 9: This may be redundant relative to factor 5. Yet, if neither the natal or transiting Part of Fortune are angular and aspected, which is desirable, then having them be significant in some other way is still important. Nothing happens until we make changes or are forced to deal with changes.
Factor 10: Doubled-up Planets are to be treated as ‘exclamation’ marks in the chart, they call attention to that which can by itself shape the chart’s interpretation. What is really powerful is when two-or-more pairs of doubled up planets are found. This is like placing a racing engine in a very small car.
Factor 11: Because the charts for the transplant and the meeting-the-family are very close to each other in zodiac orientation, having t/Pluto at the IC is very indicative of a deep and significant transformative process.
Factor 12: Life’s events are strangely interconnected. It is the old “what comes around goes around” situation. Every severe crises seems to be built on prior difficulties that had to be endured and dealt with.
Factor 13: It was only when I had calculated and reviewed Shirley MacLaine’s charts that I realized that Chiron, the wounded healer and adjuster, seemed to play a role in these charts where conscious awareness was achieved. It is put into the comparison factors on a provisional basis for now. Past hurts have to provide lessons to present trials and tribulations.
Now, Claire’s dream where she and Tim seemed to bring their dream-relationship to a close did not fully meet the criteria for achieving conscious awareness. By this point in her experiences Claire knew that life did not end at death. Consciousness did continue in some, or many, ways. It is symbolic that when she let Tim go from her dreams, his space was immediately filled by a new friend that became very close to Claire. She had already figured things out, not in the same dramatic way that those having a Near Death Experience by actually dying first, but by being part of a dying-so-one-can-live experience. As in Carol Parrish’s soul-swap experience, two people were also involved in this story.
So, we first have a heart-lung transplant operation. While Claire had many personal soul-searching moments during the long periods of illness leading up to this dramatic event, she didn’t seem to have a “ah-ha” moment where she knew and felt a connection to her cosmic self. That seemed to come in bits and pieces after the transplant operation. Changes in her feelings and perceptions during small daily incidents, dreams and just quiet moments seemed to build up a ‘picture’ of something much bigger in her suddenly changed life. Then comes the reaching out to her donor’s family, their acceptance of her and the confirmation of her feeling and awareness incidents that related to Tim, the donor.
In Clair’s story we have not a single ‘flash’ event of awareness but a continuing build-up of awareness of connectivity between physical and what-we-call spiritual life. In future postings we will be following a few Near Death Experiences which each have their own unique situations. Dave.