Cosmic Child Horoscope
by ERIC FRANCIS
Five Things to do With Your Child's Birth Chart
1. Give them a copy. Print or photocopy it onto heavy paper with a coloring
surface and let them have a go at it. It's their chart. It's also good for
collages and whatever else you might be able to do with paper. When they're
done making art or other commentaries on their first chart, I suggest (after
hanging it up for a while) that you save it in their Kid Collection. It will
be beyond interesting when they go for their first astrology reading.
2. Understand the aspects to their Moon. Don't try to get the whole chart --
just start with this one most important planet in the life of a child. In
deducing the expression of a planet, you need to be aware of the house and
sign placement as well as the aspects. The Moon in its most basic sense
describes a person's needs. It will reside organically at the seat of the
personality throughout a person's life. We can only learn to live with the
Moon -- not get around it. What does your child's Moon say about their
3. Follow their progressed Moon. Don't worry about not understanding
progressions; just get the progressed chart and follow along as the Moon
makes aspects and changes signs every two- and-a-half years. Soon enough you
will understand progressions, but moreover, you will understand something
unique about how your particular child grows. You can get the progressed
horoscope just about anywhere you can get the natal chart.
4. Use their chart to understand that they really are a different person
than you are. This is less a matter of analysis and more a matter of
observation. Just simply note the differences in needs (Moon), expression
(Sun) and orientation on life (ascendant).
5. Look at the Sun and the Moon in your child's chart and see what these
planets say about your child's experience of mother and father. It's
important for you to be objective and not take the messages of the chart too
personally, while at the same time to use your power to address what you see
directly, over time. If you read astrology books, you'll find both friendly
and unfriendly interpretations of aspects as relating to the parents. Keep
an open mind, look for enlightened views, and remember you have a lot of
influence over the conditions under which your child grows up.
Saturn in Leo and Kids
Saturn in Leo can remind us that this is a heavy time to be growing up. Leo
is a sign that signifies children, play, childhood and creativity. Saturn in
this sign can have a serious feeling for kids, who don't necessarily have
the creative power to use the energy in a constructive way.
I see too little -- if anything -- written about the effects of war,
terrorism and suicide bombings on children. It's really as if we forget that
it affects them at all. I speak about younger kids as well as teens.
Adults have many more denial mechanisms in place to deal with things, we're
more desensitized, and we have our lives to preoccupy us -- so we can more
easily ignore the world situation, or pretend it doesn't affect us. The
younger someone is, the fewer filters, barriers and other defense mechanisms
they have in place to deal with it.
They are also more likely to identify with other children they see on
television, whose suffering they may relate to directly. Saturn in Leo is
speaking to the necessity of taking care of children and remembering that
they are in fact children.
I suggest that people who remember growing up in the Vietnam era, with its
endless horrors on television every night, think back to what they might
have benefited from in the way of explanation or comforting.
Aries (March 20-April 19)
There's what's true and there is what we want to be true. For children, we
must take extra care to protect both. Wishful thinking is not merely a
diversion for children, it is a way to contemplate what is possible. And
while both you and they may be inclined to take a more sober approach to
life these days, where Aries youngsters are concerned, I suggest you hold
open the field of dreams. Aries children are now entering a rare phase of
what you might call growing up young. It will be your responsibility to
remind them that they are still children. And for them to get a little
closer to that reality, you must do so first.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
There may be the sense of the ground moving under Taurus children, what may
be their first experience of life being less stable than they were told it
was, or than they had experienced it before. There is at the same time an
inner sense that they are making a break or separation from their parents
and other caregivers. Your role is to teach that there is continuity even in
times of change. You are that continuity. Your job is not to deny the
change, but rather to move with it and to demonstrate that some things
remain consistent no matter how much life alters its course.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Has any Gemini actually ever made up his or her mind? I doubt it, but their
thought process does stop in interesting places. As Mercury stations direct
in early Leo later in the month, you'll likely see a clear evolution of
thought and maturity even in children you thought would never grow up. This
will come as a great pleasure for both of you, but remember to acknowledge
their development and achievements. He or she may be striving for a feeling
of depth of communication, and you're the one who is most likely to provide
that. Remember these three words where ideas are concerned: Awareness. Acknowledgement. Allowing.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
There is no telling what Cancer children have been through the past two
years, nor their parents, but you may want to take the time to sum it up for
yourself. And you would be wise to sum it up from their point of view as
well; start by asking what's happened going back to a particular point in
history in 2003. Listen carefully. You will hear much you're not expecting,
and you may be wondering why you didn't hear it before. The reason is that
you did not ask. The message is that even a relatively young child leads a
life entirely different than your own, and that their perceptions are both
powerful and accurate -- including their perceptions of you.
Leo (July 22-Aug 23)
Saturn in Leo is likely to be one of the best and most challenging times in
your child's life so far. I'm going to trust that because we're talking
about your child, they have a sense of what is necessary and true. You get
to foster that, and you also get to provide adult support for the things
they may take on that they're not quite ready for; but they're likely ready
to be ready. The most helpful thing you can convey is that responsibility is
something we can and must share. No one person carries the weight of the
world, nor can they be expected to. They will be brave and bold and willing
to grow -- and you must be there to help.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Your child is about to have a birthday, so this time of year is the
anniversary of the end of your pregnancy. It's a good time to remember the
story of that final month, because from an astrological standpoint and from
many others, the events, feelings and experiences you went through will have
a bearing on your child's life. Perhaps now while it's fresh in your mind,
you might want to take some notes and write down the basic facts. I am sure
this is also a poignant time of year for you, filled with mystery and
expectation. Planetary aspects at this time suggest it may be so once again
for both you and your young one.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
I prefer not to dwell on past lives in my practice of astrology, but there
are times when it's appropriate -- and for Libra, this is one of them.
Children are often the best evidence for reincarnation, and at the moment,
it's as if your child is being handed a vast inheritance of wisdom and
beauty from the past. I cannot tell you if they will respond in a direct way
to these aspects, but imagine that they are being put in contact with all
who they were in previous incarnations in the best possible way. Listen to
what they say and perhaps spend some time making gentle inquiries into their
perceptions. Take them to old places and ask them what they see, think and
feel. Don't doubt any of it.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
One of the lessons for Scorpio through the year is how to handle their own
anger and hostility. This is another way of saying that Scorpios are set for
a long phase of learning to see themselves in other people. There are simple
ways to handle this, such as emphasizing the need to listen and acknowledge
what they hear; their need to tell the truth, as a personal matter and not
due to a responsibility to someone else; and to remember that there are many
in life whose situation is far worse than their own. The only way to learn
these things safely is by example, and in an environment where there is a
steady, clear outpouring of love.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)
These months have the potential to be a golden era for your Sagittarius
child. There is so much that feels right with the world, no matter what else
may be going on. It is true that among all the signs, Sagittarians are
blessed with an unusual power of optimism. But now it's clear that this is
not just wishful thinking. Rather, it's the power of manifestation at work.
Pay particular attention to their interactions with friends; you're likely
to learn some truly profound things about how it's possible to get along
with people and to do small things that help make the world a better, more
cohesive place. And listen for their insights into your life. They will be
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
I am sure I've written in this space about the power of negotiation for
young Capricorns, but if not, let me do so now. This is a time when they
must feel their own power, and the power of those around them, and live in
the place where the two meet. I would suggest that just about everything be
up for discussion, even the things that are not. The discussion can go as
far as how they feel or how they would want the situation if they could have
it any way, and I think you'll see plenty of room for flexibility and
adjustment if you do that. The ability to live in a fair world is a life
skill. Skills are learned, and this is the time for learning.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Luck is with your child right now, and they may be willing to take certain
risks they would not take before. Certainly, you can work with this energy
and they will appreciate it if you do so. Contrary to popular astrology,
Aquarians have a certain reverence for authority, and if you stay in touch
with them and remind them what is appropriate and what is a little off the
beam, they will respond a lot more than if you just try to control them. In
any case, this is a time for them to stretch, to test boundaries and in a
real sense to push their luck. If we don't take chances, we never discover
that we really can, and for too many adults that's one of the biggest
rip-offs they have to live with. Let's not pass that one on to our kids now.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Who can fathom the depths of a Pisces? If anyone can, it is you. But I will
reveal a few things from beneath the current Pisces psyche, in part, because
as a Fish, I can. At this point, effort and pleasure must be balanced. The
natural emphasis is going to be on effort, and there is no Pisces alive who
does not feel that they owe a debt to existence. Therefore, there must be a
sense that life offers its rewards back, and a flow must be maintained. To
the extent that a young Pisces falters in keeping up that flow, you need to
maintain it. And please be mindful of their sense of burden. Take what you
can, and remember to leave them with the responsibilities they need to feel