This story will resonate with many of my readers as it concerns a young woman living a somewhat ‘normal’ life, married, working, concerned about finding herself and a better path to her future. Her name is Lori D. Marchell Carlson and she lives in Sanborn, New York. Lori was born Feb. 17, 1962. From our discussions, we have selected a time of 3:30 PM as best representing her character and life.
When using t/Moon-to-n/Sun Returns the ratio of the Moon’s rate of daily advance to the Sun’s rate of daily advance is 12:1 or more. Timing is more flexible as the MC is likely to be accurate within a few degrees at most. Everyone born on the same day will have the same MC position within 7 or so degrees due to the ratio of daily motion. But, first, we will need to understand Lori and how her chart reflects life for her.
The phase relationship between the Sun and the Moon is the “analyst” phase (Moon is 135 to 180 degrees ahead of the Sun). This suggests that you are adapting to life, acquiring skills and preparing to better handle all of your relationships. (See Dane Rudhyar’s Lunation Cycle or Marc Robertson’s Engine of Destiny). This is, in essence, an overall theme that you will pursue in your adult life. With natal Sun in the 8th, your life and its challenges is very much linked into the men in your life, almost as if life was a ‘group experience’ of how to manage resources and to assess the value of each relationship. Natal Moon in the first house points to great personal sensitivity to how you feel about others and how they meet or fail shared needs and responsibilities. Before we leave this particular chart pattern we have to note Uranus’ opposition to the Sun. Relationships, particularly with men, will be chaotic at best and a source of surprises — probably of the unwelcome kind.
A pre-natal Solar Eclipse occurred near your Descendant angle and Saturn. This indicates a focus on dealing with the severity of relationships, the burdens that can come with them, the lessons to learn, the need to control them.
The Aries MC ruler is Mars, found in the 7th house of relationships. Mars opposes Moon and squares Neptune. While Moon-Mars indicates emotional stress, a purposeful nature that acts according to how you feel, the square to Neptune brings confusion, doubt, deceit by others or of your own making. When ever Neptune is involved in feelings and relationships we always need to look for deception or alcohol-drug abuse on someone’s part. Such is the power of relationships; when don’t work well a substitute is often sought to fill the void.
An interesting pattern is Moon in the first opposing the Saturn-Mercury-Mars grouping. The zodiac order of this triad-grouping suggests a clear and ordered mind-set which is most effective when expressed outwardly. Logical thinking can build ideas and create new life situations as a result of those ideas. With the Moon in the first, the emotions can get in the way of putting the Saturn-Mercury-Mars abilities to work. Yet, Moon in Leo doesn’t suffer fools who only offer emotional turmoil. This three-some pattern is very powerful in this chart.
Note also Uranus opposing Jupiter-Sun-Venus. This is another powerful planet-triad, indicating that you will search for love and balance that can express itself in a highly individualistic way (Uranus). The Uranus opposition suggests that this will not be easy, that your self-esteem (2nd) must be solid in order to let this highly positive pattern be a significant force in your life. Uranus is only in a sign such as Leo for some seven years. Those born during this period stand out from younger and older age groups due to their being self-willed, proud and defiant, always seeking their own stage for life’s adventures.
These are the key patterns in the natal chart that are most likely to show up in significant Return charts which focus on angular placements.
In our discussions prior to posting this story, Lori confirmed the following:
- She is a strong communicator (Mercury-7th opposite Moon-1st).
- She is in a continuing process of re-inventing herself (Sun-Moon phase). She has learned skills to ‘not lose myself around other people’.
- She had an alcoholic father, married two men who both were alcoholics. Note Neptune in the fourth house of family as well as being the focal point of a powerful T-square.
It has been observed that people having some form of Near Death Experience, and there are many kinds of such experiences, often have a prior crises that has a bearing on their later NDE. Such seems to be the case for Lori. On August 15, 1990, Lori’s grandmother passed away. She and Lori were very close. These grandparents lived in Meyers, NY near Salmon Creek, a very beautiful and peaceful place.
Prior to this sad date, Lori had a t/Moon-to-n/Sun Return on August 7th. This was a meaningful chart in many ways as all four chart angles were strongly populated. Moon-Sun at the IC angle indicates fundamental or family changes that affect one’s life, comfort and sense of resources. Of course n/Uranus at the MC opposes n/Sun at the IC. (This opposition pattern will often express itself in many Return and Advanced daily charts in Lori’s life — a sort of ‘cosmic setup’ pattern). To add emphasis to this particular Moon-to-Sun Return, note that t/Sun has just conjoined Lori’s natal Moon. This just shouts “pay attention.”
It is immediately obvious that both a Solar eclipse and a Lunar eclipse occurred just prior to this chart’s date, both near planets. We will look at these shortly.
Now, note t/Pluto-t/Juno-n/Neptune-Ascendant opposed by t/Mars-n/Ceres-Desc. This complex pattern can be broken down. A transformation (Pluto) and relationship (Juno) will be deeply felt (Neptune-Asc) as a parent-child situation (Desc.-Ceres) is seemingly destroyed (Mars). Now, take note of n/Venus at the IC angle — this is a classic ‘death’ or ‘falling in love’ pattern. Both of these seemingly contradictory conditions often involve a type of ‘balance’ and the achievement of harmony and peace.
n/Sun-opp-n/Uranus lies along the IC-MC axis of family and life’s goals. It was noted earlier that this Sun-Uranus pattern would always mark stressful points in life for Lori (as might many, but not all, opposition patterns in the natal chart that show up angular in a Return or Advanced chart).
This chart can be diurnally advanced to the date of the grandmother’s passing, August 15, 1990.
The charts angles have advanced in the eight-day interval, the MC moving from 29 Leo to to 7 Virgo and now conjoining n/Pluto. Note that the advancing Ascendant angle has left t/Pluto behind. So Pluto continues to play its role. n/Chiron picks up the IC angle. t/Mars remains close to the Descendant where n/Vesta and t/Vesta can be found. n/Ceres has dropped behind the advancing Desc. angle but the ‘doubled-up’ Vestas now squares t/Ceres. How do we sort all of this out?
We first have to examine both the Solar eclipse and the Lunar eclipse. The Lunar eclipse point is less than 2 degrees from n/Mars. In these cyclic charts we need to remember that if a natal planet is involved then we have to look at its transiting version. The Lunar eclipse ‘hits’ the natal Mars but it also acts through the transiting Mars. Remember, that we said that Mars at the Desc. broadly means some form of ‘attack’ against another. In the last paragraph of this blog page I note the many expressions that Mars can have attributed to it.
Now, note the Solar eclipse position, exactly on t/Jupiter on the cusp of the 9th house. We will take a peek at n/Jupiter — it is near n/Mars in the 3rd house and opposite the Sun. So, we have Mars, Jupiter and Sun all wrapped up with a Lunar and Solar eclipse. The Solar Eclipse denies light and awareness to t/Jupiter, the main protector and supplier of opportunities in life. The Lunar Eclipse erases the feelings, sensual and nurturing focus from life, leaving us at a loss to fit ‘change’ and ‘uncertainty’ into our daily routines. How do we assert (Mars) ourselves when dealing with emotional blows?
Mars can often be difficult to understand in a chart, as can Jupiter. We are so used to seeing Mars as meaning “anger, attack, blood, surgery, hurt, action, accident, etc.” that we forget more common meanings such as “ability, ambition, athletes, building, contests, dentists, effort, endurance, excesses, headaches, hemorrhages, impulsiveness, jaundice, lust, noise, pain, punctures, rheumatic fever, ruptures, scarlet fever, skin eruptions, smallpox, stamina, struggles, surgery, swellings in the body, vigor.” Which of these would one chose to emphasize? Point made. It is better to say less than too much.
Jupiter can also be difficult at times. We like to think of Jupiter as “opportunity, socializing, growth, expansion, luck.” Jupiter is also associated with accumulation, achievement, advantage, apoplexy, attorneys, blessings, books, capitalism, casinos, ceremonies, commerce, courts of law, deputies, esteem, faith, gluttony, happiness, ideals, juries, legs, magic, money, overweight, philosophy, quality, relatives, the musical scale, sermons, stores, tours, uniforms, vows, wages, wisdom. Again, how do we pick which to use. We need to know the context of the person’s life, the chart reflects that life, but can be vague on the details.
As with the reading of many charts, keeping it simple works best unless you have deeper insights into the subject and their current life situation.
In any case, this was a stressful day for Lori.