In the previous posting the charts noted a earlier Lunar eclipse close to 14 Aquarius and a pre-natal Solar eclipse near 15 Aquarius. By definition and astronomical rules, the Lunar eclipse was near a node, in this case both the natal South Node and transiting North Node. Note also that n/Moon was opposite at 10 Leo. This is a lot of Moon-and-Node energy all lined up at this axis of the zodiac. How might this have played into Lori’s experiences?
Note that the photo to the left may not be representative of Lori near the time of her NDE. In any case it shows a happy and confident lady in her middle adult years
First, we will look at a t/Moon-opposite-n/Sun Return, dated Sept. 16, 1990, almost two weeks prior to her NDE. For all such Return and Advanced charts we start with planets at/near the angles. The angles represent the places of power in our chart — planets there can more easily be expressed. As the angles of the Return chart, and the advancing angles of the Advanced chart, come into contact with natal or transiting planets, things tend to happen. So, what have we got here? t/Uranus-MC; sudden happenings can redirect the goals in your life and your self-image. n/Pallas is now fading into the 12th house side of the Ascendant; its linkage to generational ties is diminishing (this may relate to the recent loss of your grandmother). Nothing else is closely angular except for n/PoF in the 10th — if anything, this seems to back up t/Uranus in terms of changes coming in 10th house matters.
The second thing we look for is t/Sun and t/PoF, even if these are not angular. For angular planets, in this case t/Uranus, we look for the natal version of that planet. t/Sun at 23 Virgo is in the 6th house, mostly devoid of major aspects. The t/Sun represents one’s self-identity, character, decision-making and intentions. With no major aspects one can assume that Lori will take a pragmatic approach to life in this period, dealing with whatever comes up. t/PoF (n/PoF in the 10th, square the n/MC) conjoins n/Venus-n/Chiron and opposes t/Venus-t/Ceres-t/Mercury-n/Pluto. This is a lot to understand. We have ‘change’, ‘talking-travel’, major life cycles or events (Ceres), ‘finding balance,’ and a need for self-transformation. (I’m just using keywords for each planet symbol). Out of this string of words we get the sense things will work out such that new ideas and values will come to her in various ways that will help her re-shape her life.
What we have to not forget is that Solar Eclipse of a couple of months earlier at 29 Cancer, near her n/Asc. After a ‘darkness’ a ‘clarity’ will emerge that she can take action upon.
If we, as an astrologer advising Lori, were to advance the Return chart day-by-day to see what might happen on whatever day, we would come upon the Advanced chart for Sept. 27, 1990 — shown above. What might we note about this day in particular?
1) The MC angle had moved into contact with t/Neptune and n/PoF. Lori’s natal chart had n/Neptune-square-n/Mars — where is t/Mars in this chart? Now, keep your mind flexible; t/Mars squares n/Pluto, and t/Pluto-conjoins-n/Neptune. All of this links into t/Neptune-MC-PoF ! It is just the way that astrology works in these natal charts. Natal and transiting planets both are part of the game. So, let us play the keyword game again for each of these planets: ideals-chance-transformation-spirituality-anger/hurt- irrevocable change. A frightening grouping of words.
Perhaps a rational astrologer might simply say, “Hey, look, there is a lot of heavy stuff likely to happen today. We’ve got eclipse affecting you on a personal level (natal Ascendant) and affecting actions that you take and mechanical things that you touch (n/Mars). Other people will play a role in this (n/N.Node opp. n/Mars) due to what they say, where you go (n/Mercury-t/N.Node). If you can stay home and play ‘sick’ you might avoid today’s consequences. You can pay in cash before you leave, please.”
So, let us look at the day’s events. Lori commuted an hour to work each day, driving a pick-up truck. Her husband swapped the truck out for a manual-shift small car, hoping to save a lot on gas money. While approaching a left turn, Lori was hit by another vehicle on the drivers door, knocked unconscious, and taken by ambulance to the hospital. There was no blinding light, no tunnel, no heavenly singing, no visit to the place of angles. Somehow she sense being held protectively, then visiting her recently-deceased grandmother and grandfather. Her grandfather was tending his garden at the home they used to live in. Her grandmother was up along a path the rose up to the top of a small hill. Lori was thrilled to visit the favorite people in her life. The grandmother mentioned for her to come up the hill. Lori declined, “I have to go back.” She awoke in the hospital with her parents standing over her.
This is Lori’s Near Death Experience. It is likely to be more typical than many of the highly dramatized tellings we come across on the Internet or in books. Yet, it is a valid NDE. Why? Because it changed her life! We will go into that in the next posting.