An Astrological Profile for Macaulay
Childhood is a time filled with promise. A new life, fresh
beginnings, and for parents and teachers -- itís the ultimate
challenge. How many times have parents wondered why kids did
not come with instruction manuals?! Thereís a secret: they do!
Each person is born at a special time, on a certain day and
place. Astrologers use this information to chart the positions
of the planets relative to the date, time and place of birth.
This chart, or horoscope, provides an invaluable and
exceptional view of the potentials, drives and needs for
Macaulay. This is the "cosmic guidebook" for each individual!
The patterns of the planets, Sun and Moon are unique and
notable for a developing child, since in childhood these
pictures are seen in a different light. Children are changing
rapidly, and, in the process of becoming themselves, need
special love and guidance. Developmental Astrology
incorporates the basic concepts of astrology within the
framework of the early years of life.
This astrological report can be used as a guidepost, and
provides a few hints and insights into the unique qualities of
this child. Please remember that everyone -- including a child
-- has free will. So while an astrological report can give you
some valuable information, it does not indicate a fixed set of
limited options. Of course environment also has its influence,
but by understanding the significant drives and needs
represented by Macaulayís chart, you can better appreciate his
uniqueness, and, hopefully, guide him to fulfill his
potentials in the healthiest possible way!
I. Basic Underlying Personality Traits
There are several layers to an astrological chart, just as
there are layers to the personality. In astrology, the
building blocks of the chart are the planets, signs and houses
of the chart. Youíll see these terms scattered throughout this
report. In a nutshell, the planets (plus the Sun and Moon)
represent specific energies and drives. These drives each have
a different purpose in the developing personality. The twelve
signs of the zodiac represent qualities, characteristics and
traits. The houses (the twelve divisions of the chart wheel or
circle) symbolize the facets of a personís life. In the drama
of life, the planets represent the actors, the signs show the
roles the actors play, their costumes and props, and the
houses illustrate the setting and scene of the play.
Using the building blocks of the zodiac signs, thereís yet
another layer. Each sign falls into categories called elements
and modes. There are four elements -- fire, earth, air and
water; and there are three modes (or action models) --
cardinal, fixed and mutable. Thereís a way to distill the
chart into its dominant element and mode of expression, and
this leading denominator gives a powerful clue to the
strongest underlying personality traits.
In Macaulayís chart, there is an outstanding quality of Earth.
With strong Earth, Macaulay will show a more introspective
quality and may be more cautious about new circumstances or
situations. Macaulay needs to be "hands on", to feel a
connection to life. Hugs are especially important, and
emphasizing security needs, reassuring him that he can reach
out and make contact, will make a huge difference in this
childís sense of identity. Touch is necessary for all
children, but youíre likely to see Macaulay spending more time
exploring textures, temperatures and other physical evidence.
Nature exploration can be especially stimulating, and learning
in a natural environment helps to forge strong memories. If
your school offers it, give Macaulay a chance to experience
something like "natureís classroom," where environmental
concerns are integrated into learning. Otherwise, occasional
camping, hiking or even time spent in the garden can be an
amazing way to confer a sense of calm and focus to this child.
Oh, yes, do be on the alert for that possible stubborn streak!
Since Fire is the least influential or lacking element in
Macaulayís chart, there can be a tendency for Macaulay to feel
less confident and outgoing. Learning from enthusiastic
teachers can, of course, be helpful. But to instill a sense of
faith and trust, itís important to help Macaulay build a
positive foundation. Physical activity can be helpful, but the
challenges need to be within the realm of the possible -- but
still a challenge! If Macaulay learns what it feels like to
meet these challenges, then hope and optimism will be built.
Teach Macaulay to look for joy, and find plenty of reasons to
There are three modes in astrology. These determine how a
particular sign manifests its energy. These qualities -- known
as cardinal, fixed and mutable -- have special meanings in
astrology. Each sign or the zodiac correlates with one of
three modes of action.
Macaulay is mostly Mutable. That means he is flexible and able
to adapt easily. Developing objectivity and cooperation is
important, but making final decisions or choosing sides can be
really difficult. That "fence-sitting" can be just as
torturous for him as it is for other people! Praise Macaulay
for his versatility and teamwork, but watch for signals that
indicate he is becoming manipulative or has fallen victim to
exploitation by others..
In summary, if an element or mode is low or lacking, thereís
no reason to be highly concerned, but you can find creative
ways to help Macaulay compensate. Focusing on what the lack of
any mode or element might mean for the child can prove
beneficial, although this should not be interpreted as an
actual "personality deficiency." Rather, understand that this
could indicate either a tendency to overcompensate or to seek
what is lacking in some way. As your child matures, you might
discover that he is drawn to others who seem to possess the
expressions of a quality that seems to be lacking in his own
Moon Sign and Early Personality Development
Although most people are familiar with the concept of the Sun
sign, a child expresses the qualities of the Moon sign more
than the Sun sign during the earliest years. Thatís because
the Moon tells the story of feelings and pure emotion. So, you
might see more qualities that relate to this factor in
Macaulayís chart during early childhood. Expressing the Sun
requires more self-awareness, and that develops later!
Keep in mind that Macaulay is NOT a blank slate! These drives
and expressions can be nourished and supported by
understanding family and teachers, helping Macaulay make the
most of these "ingredients" in his developing personality!
Macaulay may seem to be quite peaceful, since he has the Moon
in Pisces. However, do not interpret "quiet" to mean "secure."
(It could be that game: "if I close my eyes and canít see
trouble, then trouble canít see me either," concept at work!)
Macaulay can be highly sensitive emotionally and can be easily
upset if circumstances are too disruptive or unsettling. As a
young child, saying good-by to Mommie can be frightening and
may be accompanied by great wailing. Yet Macaulay can also
become attached to the baby-sitter! Watch for drama.
The way Macaulay might like to be perceived, what he needs to
feel motivated toward achievement and what makes him feel
significant and special in the world shines through his Sun.
While the full expression of Macaulayís ego takes quite some
time to develop, certain qualities will definitely be
apparent, even early on. However, this aspect of the
personality will be more apparent after the earliest years.
Macaulayís Virgo Sun brings out a studious quality -- even in
infancy. While a young Macaulay can be talkative, you may also
see evidence that he seems to be watching everything very
carefully -- and he is doing just that! Macaulay can be a keen
observer, and learns by watching every detail. You may assume
that with all this attention to detail that this Virgo child
will be neat, but itís best to avoid jumping to conclusions.
While there are definite preferences for cleanliness and for
things to be in their proper places, neatness is something
that may have to be learned. But be warned: as a baby, Virgo
is not likely to tolerate physical discomfort. Some of that
fussiness can be due to irritation from a tag in the back of
babyís shirt. (You may think I exaggerate, but trust me on
this one!) Macaulay will appreciate parents and teachers who
enjoy guiding a developing intellect, and this young Virgo may
like school for learning itself. Yet it is crucial that
Macaulay be given plenty of outside interests and encouraged
to develop hobbies and skills. Hands-on exposure to learning
is best, and dealing with nature "up close and personal" is
right up Macaulayís preferential alley. He may enjoy small
toys, miniatures, or toys that can be carried. As a preteen,
Macaulay may also have an interest in health and nutrition,
which is uncommon for children of this age group.
Opportunities to lend a helping hand will shape what is
sometimes unsurpassed about Macaulay: a desire to make things
Another prevailing quality thatís likely to emerge in
Macaulayís early years in shown by the sign on his Ascendant,
or Rising Sign. In childhood, the Ascendant and the 1st House
signify Macaulayís physical appearance and how other people
view him. After all, most of us have our self-image shaped by
what other people tell us about ourselves. Most important, the
Ascendant (ASC) represents Macaulayís basic attitudes and
himself, and how he presents himself to the world. The
significance of environmental conditioning in Macaulayís
developing personality is shown by the Ascendant.
Virgo rising can give Macaulay a meticulous manner and impart
a sense of perfection to his appearance. Natural fiber
clothing may be necessary for him to feel comfortable.
Macaulay may have an extra-sensitive body and may be overly
concerned or fretful when he does not feel well. Macaulay is a
studious, and sometimes shy, child.
II. Nurturing Intellectual and Physical Health and Development
Every parent watches for the signals that indicate a childís
intellectual and physical progress. From babyís first words to
performance in school, development is noted and records are
kept. Providing the stimulus that will strengthen mental and
physical development is up to parents, teachers and society.
Of course, ultimately, a child will master the experience of
There are many factors involved in intellect -- the ability to
conceptualize, the communication of concepts and thoughts,
memory, creative ideas, the application of rational thought,
judicial thinking, decision-making, speculative thought and
more. In order to be whole, the child must achieve a balance
between the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual parts of
the Self; only then can the power of the intellect be used to
its utmost. Otherwise, the mental capacities are likely to be
overemphasized or misdirected in order to compensate for under
development in some other area.
One important factor in a developing intellect is the nature
of the thought patterns themselves. Here, the Moon plays yet
another role beyond that of emotional storage house. Through
the Moon, a childís unique experiences are stored in the
vaults of the subconscious mind. However, the Moon also shows
the basic manner in which a child absorbs information.
Macaulayís Moon is in a water sign, indicating a strongly
impressionable consciousness and a tendency to have a
"photographic" mind. Imaginative and creative concepts are
most enjoyable, and artistic expression may be easier than
pure verbal expression (except for acting!).
In addition, since the Moon represents the basic thought
patterns, the Moonís speed (or rate of travel) fundamentally
affects a childís approach to learning. The Moon moves at
variable speeds in her rotation around the Earth.
Macaulay was born at a time when the Moon was zipping along at
a very fast speed. This can be an indicator that itís easier
for Macaulay to quickly grasp new ideas and to retain them
extremely well. You may even observe that Macaulay seems to
have a steel trap mind. Itís important to help Macaulay find a
comfortable learning pace and environment which encourages him
to make the best use of his mind. If a learning situation
allows Macaulay to get bogged down -- for example, if he has
to slow down to wait for others to catch up -- then he can
become very frustrated with the experience. Give Macaulay a
chance to take the lead and help others. It will occupy his
time and energy, and can also help build greater tolerance.
As a small baby Macaulay began to explore and learn about his
personal environment through the five senses, and these are
represented by the energy of Mercury. Over time, the senses
are used in a more refined manner, and as the mind gains the
ability to integrate more and more information, learning
increases. Mercury shows how Macaulay communicates those
thought patterns -- how concepts are framed and also how they
are expressed through communication. The years of Mercuryís
heightened developmental cycle are from age seven to thirteen,
when the connections between a child and his world are
powerfully shaped. Language is mastered; communication skills
are refined. It is during these years, that Macaulay will
project the qualities of Mercurial energy more strongly.
With a Virgo Mercury, Macaulay tends to analyze situations
before communicating anything and feels the need to speak
clearly, distinctly and "properly." He might sit back and
study an object before letting the senses of taste, touch and
smell have their turns. Itís all part of the analytical
process, and thatís precisely what Mercury in Virgo
experiences. Mercury in Virgo sometimes confers a mental
"fence-sitting" posture, since Macaulay definitely wants to be
right. Itís painful to be proven wrong. Macaulay may also love
to work with tools and gadgets. Writing skills can become
Macaulay has the Sun conjunct Mercury, indicating that there
is a strong tie between the ego self and the intellect. This
can give a powerful boost to the mental energy. Words are
expressed dramatically and with authority, and sometimes itís
a natural thing to develop potentially powerful oratorical
abilities. Unfortunately, this can also indicate potential
problems accepting otherís ideas. Teaching Macaulay how to
listen effectively will prove to be highly beneficial.
Criticism of Macaulayís ideas may lead to defensiveness, and
in classroom situations, this can create a difficult situation
for the teacher unless he or she is sensitive to the child.
Parents can help the child by teaching him that differences of
opinion do not mean that his or her ideas are not okay.
With a dynamic connection between Macaulayís Moon and Mercury,
there may be perceptual problems, since the emotions tend to
get in the way of the thinking process. It may be difficult
for Macaulay to share his innermost thoughts without losing
something in the translation. As a result, a feeling of being
"misunderstood" may arise. Parents need to offer increased
support to Macaulay in any new learning situations. he can
show reluctance about learning new subjects. Problems could
result if he changes schools or teachers, and may be notable
as learning styles change during milestone years, like going
from single teachers and one classroom to alternating teachers
and classrooms in middle school.
Macaulay has a connection between Mercury and Venus,
indicating that he will be drawn to an artistic expression of
ideas. He may enjoy listening to or reading poetry or prose.
Creative writing should be encouraged at an early age by
playing story telling games with Macaulay. Once in school, he
may be especially interested in studying literature. This
connection can be a plus for public speaking skills, and when
relating to friends, Macaulay may be the one who is the
peacemaker -- a natural diplomat!
Developing a genteel manner of speech may be an important
priority. In fact, coarse speech may be offensive! He may also
give special attention to his handwriting, which could turn
out to be quite beautiful. An interest in drawing or
calligraphy may also be present.
Mercury in the 12th House indicates that Macaulay may be
highly imaginative and artistically inclined. He may prefer a
private, closed room for study and will enjoy some serenity
when composing ideas or developing thoughts. Meditative
practices may seem natural, even in elementary school years.
This placement suggests an impressionable mind, although the
sign and aspects of Mercury will indicate how Macaulay
responds and uses that impressionability.
Jupiter and Learning
Another factor involved in Macaulayís learning styles and
needs is symbolized by Jupiter. These qualities are initially
experienced through the encouragement of teachers and guides,
but ultimately, Jupiter shows how Macaulay will express
confidence and what types of stimulation will build his
learning skills. Macaulayís Jupiter in Virgo suggests that
Macaulay will be able to adapt well to the work involved in
completing his educational endeavors. He may actually be
interested in developing good study habits! Attention to
detail, grammar and precision may be notable.
Encouragement and testing are two different things. Small
children do not like to be tested -- life is enough of a test
for them! They do enjoy learning, but need to be encouraged to
learn at their own pace. Finding that pace is one of the
primary tasks of parents and teachers. Watch for signs that
tell you when Macaulay is comfortable with a situation, and
ready to push beyond it. Then, offer stimulation of that
expression by setting fresh goals and opportunities to learn
and develop the mind.
Finding Fun and Encouraging Physical Development
There are many factors that indicate particular needs in
regard to physical health. However, I feel that specific
strengths and weaknesses and their care are best dealt with in
greater depth using refined astrological techniques beyond the
scope of this reports. But one feature of childhood we can
explore is where to find play and recreational activities that
might be most comfortable and enjoyable for Macaulay. The
planet Mars represents physical energy -- itís the fuel that
is needed to keep the physical engine running! Marsí sign and
house placement gives good clues about a childís preferences
for play and activity, including sports and approach to
Macaulayís favorite forms of recreation and sports can include
ballroom dancing, yoga, tai chi, ice dancing, pairs skating,
balance beam (gymnastics), juggling, ballet and other forms of
Macaulayís Mars in the 3rd House can indicate high activity
and talkativeness. Focus can be a problem for him, and having
opportunities to stay physically and mentally active will
provide direction for energy which could be seen as "nervous"
by those who hope to have peace and quiet. This influence adds
a quickness to his ability to grasp new concepts. Neighborhood
sports and activities with nearby friends can be favorites.
The connection from Mars to Saturn indicates a potential for a
low level of physical energy. Because of this, Macaulay needs
to be encouraged to devote some time to physical activity in
order to raise energy levels. If there is a defeatist
attitude, help him learn the importance of overcoming or
meeting challenges. Be sure to celebrate accomplishments with
him. Macaulay may also go the other way and decide to
overcompensate and train until he drops! There can be
increased self-discipline and an ability to set limits and
work or train carefully toward goals.
III. Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs
At different stages and ages Macaulay is developing different
parts of himself. One reason childhood astrology is different
from adult astrology is that a child is in the process of
"becoming". Anyone whoís been around children knows that at
some stages of development a child is more susceptible or
emotionally vulnerable, and that these needs and sensibilities
change as a child matures. After all, a baby struggles each
day to deal with a difficult-to-control body, but an
elementary school age child is struggling with early social
relationships. Each of the planets represents a different
emotional need and expression, but some planetary symbols are
more emotionally charged than others.
There are myriad possibilities, but Macaulayís chart
illustrates the potential emotional strengths and weaknesses,
and the areas in his life where there can be greater
vulnerability. It is important to explore these concepts
through a lens of objectivity, since when dealing with
psychological and emotional issues with our children weíre
likely to run into our own issues as part of the process!
Macaulayís most powerful emotional needs are symbolized by the
Moon, which is the primary indicator of early psychological
development. These needs remain with Macaulay throughout life,
continually growing and evolving. The Moon symbolizes the
reflective nature of humanity. It is the absorbing,
subconscious mind and reflects the needs of the soul. This is
the matrix from which habit patterns emerge. Moon is Mother --
who provides nurturing, comfort and security. Mother is the
model for a childís developing sense of how he will nurture
and care for others, and, most importantly, how Macaulay will
nurture himself. Even as a baby, Macaulay has had a strong
inner awareness of what is happening. As he grows, more
information is absorbed and stored in Macaulayís subconscious
mind, and deeper awareness of his feelings also grows. The
Moon also indicates basic patterns of conditioning drawn from
life experiences and filtered through the qualities of the
With Moon in Pisces, Macaulay is very emotionally sensitive,
and can easily absorb the moods of others in the environment.
There is a need to blend with others and feel a bonding with
the significant people in his life. Also, thereís a drive to
escape from ordinary reality into a world of fantasy and
imagination. A primary challenge for Macaulay is to integrate
the inner and outer environments. The most pressing need is to
feel a peaceful tranquillity.
Macaulay likes social activities, since the emotional need to
connect to others is very powerful with the Moon in the 7th
House. Being around others provides an important source of
feedback, which is a strong focus of the Moonís energy in this
part of the chart. He takes commitments quite personally, and
needs to learn how to make healthy choices before making or
Macaulay can indicate real conflicts between what the child
feels and thinks . The Moon in opposition to Mercury is like a
tug of war between mind and emotion, and in early years,
emotion usually wins. Personal feelings have a dramatic impact
on thinking processes, and separating feelings long enough to
be objective is likely to require only the maturation that
comes with time and experience.
Since Macaulay has an opposition between the Moon and Jupiter,
there may be a very long list of wants, but a laziness about
fulfilling them. Learning to bring expectations in line with
possibility may require several attempts. During toddler
years, Macaulay can be especially demanding or may have
difficult settling for a glass of juice when he sees the size
of the carton from which it is poured. Why settle for a glass
when whereís so much more? Throughout childhood, Macaulay can
have the tendency to push past limits and then collapse at the
end of the day from exhaustion. Establishing limits --
physically and emotionally -- can be a demanding lesson.
Learning that there are other options can provide important
clues to managing commitments later in life.
The energy of the Sun is tied to the development of
individuality and the sense of identity. The individuality of
the Sun begins to emerge once a child has developed enough
mastery over basic bodily functions so that he can start
paying more attention to the outside world. The Sun is a major
factor in determining, "Who am I?" This radiance of Self
really becomes focused once Macaulay is relating to others on
a more frequent basis, especially during the school years.
Macaulay is a Virgo, basically described in the Underlying
Personality section of this report. However, there are factors
which alter Macaulayís expression and development of his Sun.
Since Macaulayís Moon opposes the Sun (full moon), he may be
overly sensitive and can display strong emotional reactions to
everything thatís happening in the world around him. There can
be a kind of seesaw effect, with Macaulay vacillating between
wanting to be noticed and wanting to be nurtured. Integrating
masculine and feminine aspects of the psyche can be a trial,
and one part of the self can suffer in favor of the other.
Strong support from Mom and Dad is important, and learning
that itís okay to be in the limelight some of the time and to
withdraw part of the time can be very helpful to a sense of
With the Sun in a sextile aspect to Mars, Macaulay can be
bold, and may seem to have no fear when it comes to trying new
things. Early years may be especially active ones, although he
is likely to respond well to lessons which include cause and
Mercury is not traditionally considered an emotional
expression. However, Mercuryís role in the expression of
feelings is highly important. Mercury represents the function
of articulation of ideas and feelings and influences how we
communicate them. After all, most of us are more comfortable
if we can talk about our emotional experiences to someone
special. A child needs to feel that he can talk about anything
with his parents, and that it is okay to share feelings and
ideas. When a child is not given opportunities to communicate
his emotional needs, he can develop problems communicating
almost anything else! Mercuryís function in our lives is to
link internal processes to the external world, and one of the
most important inner links is the experience of sharing
Macaulay has the Sun and Mercury conjunct, indicating that
Macaulay may be especially sensitive if someone criticizes or
challenges his ideas. It is difficult for him to separate
communication of thoughts and ideas from the ego or sense of
Self. This is an intimate connection of the two processes.
Also, this can add a tremendous force to Macaulayís mental
energy, but it can also be a problem if he does not learn to
distinguish between his ideas and identity. In his mind, he IS
what he says and thinks! In classroom situations, this could
create a problem when Macaulay makes a mistake. Macaulay may
feel that the intellectual error reflects badly upon him and
feel less self-esteem. This child needs and wants to be
thought of as intelligent. Once Macaulay learns to channel
this need to have his ideas recognized through expressions
like story-telling, public speaking, debate or creative
writing, he may feel increased self-esteem.
The connection between Mercury and the Moon indicates that
Macaulay may become emotionally hurt or upset if he is not
understood intellectually. If an error in judgment is made,
the emotions may be unsettled. Learning to separate "how I
feel" from "what I think," can take some time and maturity.
Since Macaulay has Mercury and Venus connected, he needs to
communicate his sense of values and expressions of love in a
clear way. At an early age, Macaulay may enjoy listening to
prose and poetry, and may be especially drawn to singing about
feelings! He simply feels better when emotions can be
expressed verbally or artistically.
Macaulay can feel a compelling sense of urgency to express
thoughts, since Mercury and Pluto are connected. This is
helpful when solving mysteries or doing scientific research,
but it can make honest emotional communication difficult.
Parents and friends may often be met with silence if Macaulay
simply does not want to communicate. If there is
communication, it can be irritatingly manipulative if he feels
that keeping a secret is important in a particular situation.
In fact, Macaulay may fear that telling it all would undermine
his power in certain situations. It can be helpful if parents
can work with him to gain an understanding that sharing ideas
and feelings can enhance Macaulayís command of a situation.
But be careful, since this child may be intellectually
ruthless toward the self, and can feel assaulted if the ideas
or thoughts he expresses are harshly criticized. Accepting
changes in attitudes and ideas is absolutely necessary for
Macaulay, and learning to allow others to have different ideas
will go a long way toward assuring that he will be much more
positively influential as an adult.
Self-esteem is another part of Macaulayís psychological
make-up. Venus describes the needs for love and value systems,
along with self-worth. Artistic expression can be part of this
emotional outlet, and this is Venus in action. Selfish
behavior can be Venusian, too, and most small children show
Venus through their particular expression of selfishness and
their ultimate struggle to allow Venus to evolve as they
develop the capacity to learn to share. Youíll see Venus
expressing in a more outgoing manner after about age four,
when Macaulay may finally want to give something to another
person. But the full involvement of Venusian development is
during the teen years, when "falling in love" becomes a
reality. But, regardless of Macaulayís age, he needs to feel
love from others to encourage growth on every level, including
the growth of self-esteem.
Macaulay vibes in on all the delicious things of life with
Venus in Cancer. Warm hugs, good food, family dinners -- all
these comfort experiences are the realm of Cancerian Venus.
During childhood, he may thoroughly enjoy cooking and
gardening as part of play. Keepsakes are meaningful even in
the early years, and shows of tenderness are always
appreciated. Macaulay may adore stuffed animals, and might
also like to start a collection of some sort.
Through a connection between Venus and Jupiter, Macaulay may
express an enhanced need to express generosity and a very
strong desire to relate to others. The expectations of others
may be a problem, and he will benefit by practicing the art of
unconditional love. Macaulay may have great difficulty setting
limits on what he wants, however, and a tendency to be
disappointed when those wants are not fulfilled can lead to
acting-out behaviors. Ultimately, parents need to teach
Macaulay that itís unlikely that anyone will have everything
he wants all at once!
The desire and ability to include a wide range of friends in
Macaulayís life arises from a connection between Venus and
Uranus. His show of love is definitely an expression of and
need for unconditional acceptance. There can be a powerful
urge for free emotional expression, since spontaneous emotion
is a definite reality. Macaulay may be the champion for the
underdog. So, if youíre wondering why Macaulay brings home the
weirdest kids in the school -- itís because he can relate to
Macaulay may enjoy group associations, team activities, and
things that include others. However, there is also a need to
stand out in the crowd. Macaulay may also be the one who
begins a new fashion revolution or sets trends. The need is to
be different, and to let others know that being different is
The amazing extent of Macaulayís emotional sensitivity arises
from a connection between Venus and Neptune. In many ways, his
emotional expression is linked with divine love, and others
can feel that he is a vehicle for divine compassion. In
addition, creative energies are extraordinarily responsive,
with a strong attraction to music, dance and other flowing art
forms. Because there is such a potent sensibility, Macaulay
can easily be hurt by the insensitivity of others. Emotional
expression may be difficult because this aspect, with its
elusive feelings, sometimes makes it hard for Macaulay to know
exactly how he feels. Plus, he may have trouble distinguishing
between his sense of what another feels and his own feelings
-- itís as though the emotional boundaries are very loose. As
a result, Macaulay may be a cry baby -- weeping more easily
than most kids.
Consequently, Macaulay may be too easily influenced by others,
and choices of friends and other influences need to be made
with care. However, most of all, help Macaulay trust his sense
of boundless love, and encourage development of true
forgiveness and compassion. Give this child an opportunity to
help others, and encourage as many forms of creative
expression as possible.
Intense, and sometimes overwhelming, emotional expression is
part of Macaulayís emotional profile. With a Venus Pluto
connection, attachment can become a real problem, because once
feelings of affection are there, they become deeply ingrained.
However, Macaulay may feel that love is self-destructive,
since opening up to the depths of emotion may hurt.
Vulnerability can be guarded against to such an extent that
Macaulay can shut himself away from love entirely. This can be
especially true if he has experienced some type of hurt, abuse
or deep loss, and has not had a chance to understand or grasp
To bring healing, the parents, guides and teachers must
patiently show Macaulay how to outwardly express feelings. Art
and other creative activities can be good tools, and these
expressions need to be for the sake of expression along --
without judgment! If Macaulay seems to feel mistrustful of
others, these forms of expression can at least help him learn
to trust the self!
When sexual feelings begin to be aroused, Macaulay needs to
have an outlet for his expression without guilt. During teen
years this can be especially important, since negativity about
these deep feelings can be damaging. If Macaulay can learn
that this is just another part of the Self emerging, the guilt
will be less overwhelming. Parents can help by being
supportive, empathizing with and talking about these "weird
new feelings." What a difference this will make! The marvelous
potential of this connection is that Macaulay ultimately
learns that love is the ultimate healer, but trust is the
bridge to get him there!
Macaulayís Mars shows when he expresses anger and personal
strength. As Macaulay grows up, the way he shows personal
assertiveness will be developed.
With Mars in Libra, Macaulay likes sharing activities with
others, but can also be directed toward exceptional skills.
Developing grace is important, and social skills can be of
interest as he matures. While it may be assumed that Macaulay
prefers peace, the undercurrent of this energy is highly
competitive. If he feels that a situation is unfair, strong
protests are likely to be the result. Working as an equal
partner or projects or as a team member in sports can be
helpful, although he will appreciate some time in the
spotlight when he has shown excellence.
Macaulay may not demonstrate the energy of Uranus until
teenage years, since this quality is part of the expression of
uniqueness, ingenuity, and rebellion. Itís usually outwardly
expressed in teen years as part of a teenís uprising against
the status quo. Uranus spends about seven years in one sign,
and is one of the planetary energies that identify qualities
of a generation. Children with Uranus in Scorpio are now, in
this New Millennium, entering into society as young adults.
Theyíve been challenged, even at an early age, to deal with
issues around sexuality, violence, death and psychology at
levels which may, to some adults, have seemed premature. One
thing we grow to realize with astrology is that everything has
its time! To develop truly awakened attitudes about human
sexuality, the stereotypes and barriers which have existed for
several generations will be challenged by Macaulay and his
generation. They are likely to be the adults who create
revolutionary actions, laws and social situations around
issues like cloning, family planning, abortion, genetic
engineering and sexual preferences.
But the personal expression of Uranian energy is most likely
to be seen in the arena of life most influenced by this
planet. Uranus in the 3rd House adds a restless quality to
Macaulayís personality. He can be a quick learner, and may
have difficulty paying attention to subject matter he finds
disinteresting. His desire to drive (or use whatever vehicles
are available) to get somewhere more quickly can try the
patience of the parent who prefers a more leisurely pace.
Gadgets and high-tech toys and tools can be excellent learning
Another significant, but emotionally charged,
generation-oriented quality is the energy of Pluto. Pluto
represents the deepest reservoirs of emotional energy, and is
not a quality openly expressed in childhood. However, when a
personal planet or angular point in a chart is connected to
Pluto, then this profound level of emotional and
transformational energy is easier to see. Pluto also
represents deep-seated anxieties or fears, which are, for lack
of a better description, absorbed into the psyche.
For a child, itís virtually impossible to direct an awareness
of this energy, since the personal self must be well developed
before knowledge of this esoteric plane of consciousness
awakens. In fact, most adults have difficulty with this part
of the self! Although the energy of Pluto may be felt during
the childhood years, it is not usually a conscious expression
at this time.
Pluto moves very slowly through the zodiac, and its sign tells
more about the transformational influence Pluto will have on
that particular generation than it will about the changes in
the individual. Children born with Pluto in Libra (1972 -
1984) feel the challenge to break down societal barriers
concerning human relationships. Macaulay and his generation
were born at a time when the concept of dysfunctional families
and relationships, co-dependency and other previously denied
relationship patterns were brought into the open light of
understanding. Of course, the changes in these patterns
require some time to manifest, and Macaulay and his peers bear
the burden of what has happened as these levels of awareness
have been brought to the surface. On a personal level,
Macaulay may feel responsible for the creation of a renewal of
marriage built upon balance (Libra) and equality. Alterations
in the legal system may be one of the historical markers
created by Macaulay and this generation as they come into
As with the other transpersonal planets, the House position of
Pluto is the area of life where you help Macaulay get in touch
with a need for healing and transformational change. Pluto in
the 2nd House can suggest a fear of not being good enough or
not having sufficient resources. Macaulay needs additional
reinforcement of his self-worth and may also need to
understand how to handle time and things of material value.
There is an innate sensibility about renewal, and this can be
taught in simply ways -- like using old milk cartons for art
projects. Later, he might enjoy being involved in making sure
that the family recycling efforts are intact.
Youíve discovered that the Ascendant is like the
window-dressing or mask of the personality, but connections
from planets to the Ascendant can also alter how Macaulay
expresses his emotional self.
With the Sun in a supportive contact with the Ascendant,
Macaulay may have a "sunny" disposition! Thereís a tendency to
be highly noticeable, and he may like to shine above the
Since Macaulayís Moon makes a frustrating connection to the
Ascendant, he can be extra-sensitive to what others say and
think about him. There can be an unusual feeling that he needs
to protect himself -- a kind of emotional guarding.
Mercuryís connection to the Ascendant links the personality to
the intellect. Macaulay may be very talkative and
communicative. The mental abilities will provide part of the
"mask" for this child, and will be a sensitive trigger for his
Sometimes, planets appear to move backward in their orbital
path from our viewpoint here on Earth. When that happens, we
say a planet is retrograde.
Neptuneís energy draws us into the inner self where we dream,
visualize, imagine and escape. Since Macaulay has Neptune
retrograde, this introspective energy is more deeply
sensitized. There can be an intensified desire to escape the
ordinary world and its pressures. Itís absolutely necessary
that Macaulay learns positive uses of creative imagination.
Plus, he can struggle to distinguish the difference between
physical plane reality (what we usually think of as "real")
and the world of imagination or illusion. Imagination should
certainly be encouraged, but in ways that are constructive to
Macaulayís growth. Neptuneís house placement will indicate the
area in which Macaulay needs a creative escape and how he can
be effective in using his imagination. Farrah Fawcett, Yoko
Ono, and Ralph Waldo Emerson were all born with Neptune
retrograde at birth.
IV. Fostering Creativity and Spirituality
Children seem to be inherently connected to spiritual
awareness and expression. Their joy in the daily discoveries
of life can be infectious, and a childís sense of wonder
brings light into life. To help a child find Truth and embrace
a sense of The Divine, very little encouragement is needed.
But it is necessary to support this natural connection, and
can make all the difference in Macaulayís ability to trust
One of the most significant ways to help Macaulay awaken and
touch Spirit is to foster his creativity. Itís not necessary
for every child to be a consummate artist, but each child
needs room to experiment with the creative self. There are
several factors in the astrological chart that support the
development and expression of personal creativity.
Beyond education and development of the intellect in a more
formal sense, Mercury plays an important role in
self-expression. After all, this is the energy of linking
ideas and concepts from the inner self to the outside world --
and back again! One of the creative influences of Mercury in
Virgo can be developed in the early years by encouraging
artistic play with crafts of all types, since the development
of manual dexterity might actually be fun for Macaulay. Later
on, drawing or writing can be favorites, but also model-making
and graphic design can become special skills. In music,
percussive instruments (that includes piano) might be
Venus, the expression of artistry, is, of course, an important
part of creativity. This is the energy through which Macaulay
experiences and expresses feelings. In many respects, while
the Moon represents "feeling," Venus represents "emotion" --
which is the voice of feeling. Venus also represents beauty, a
quality deep within which every child needs to feel, identify
Encourage Macaulay to get in touch with expressions that feel
good to his heart! Special talents and creative interests can
include a wide range of activities that involve deeper
emotional expression. He will be most interested in creative
activities that incorporate a feeling of nurturance, like
cooking or gardening. So, even in early years, invite Macaulay
to share in these daily activities, but make a special time
for the more creative side of these abilities to develop.
Knitting and sewing might be fun, but should be encouraged
gradually to avoid frustration with the detailed elements. In
the arts, a love of water colors may be present, which can
start with finger painting, and then move on to more skilled
expressions as he grows. Photography can be a special joy,
too. Music, particularly singing, can be a special area of
talent. Then, skills in jewelry making (especially with
silver) might grow if, early on, kits are made available, and
then a chance to collect special items for use will be fun.
Play with dolls can lead to an interest in doll-making or
designing clothes or settings for dolls or bears.
Venus in the 11th house shows a love of getting into creative
endeavors which can be shared with friends. Here, the idea of
the neighborhood summer play in the backyard can take shape,
or later, working with good friends to decorate a float for
the homecoming parade or organizing a school dance could be
great ways to express this energy.
Venus-Jupiter aspects confer confidence, especially when they
are harmonious and flowing. Macaulay may attract the support
of gifted teachers as part of his artistic expression, since
these contacts indicate the gift of attracting support. As a
result, Macaulay may be easily inspired by a teacher or other
mentor. There can be a love of travel and reading. Writing may
be a strong talent, and so may public speaking. He can also be
a positive supporter of others. This is a helpful connection
to find in the chart of a cheerleader (and later, an agent or
Thereís a unique flair to Macaulayís artistry. While his
tastes may be a bit unusual, sometimes even strange, theyíre
always interesting. Plus, there will be a powerful desire to
experiment with creative ideas and self-expression. Itís quite
possible that there are special talents or abilities, since
Venus and Uranus make a harmonious contact. Also, there may be
an interest in art forms which are considered to be
leading-edge. Give Macaulay plenty of room and opportunity to
explore his artistry.
The mystical and visionary sensibilities Macaulay expresses
are a manifestation of the connection between Venus and
Neptune. While there can be a special affinity for music,
drama and the arts, there may be a lack of confidence --
especially if Macaulay always feels overlooked or "invisible."
He can also have unrealistic expectations of his abilities,
and need special guidance from a mentor or teacher to help him
develop. The dynamic contact between Venus and Neptune
indicates a need to express the inner self creatively, yet
something always seems to be lost in the translation. It may
be difficult for parents or others to relate to what Macaulay
is trying to say or express artistically. With training, this
confusing outflow can be more easily clarified.
Since Macaulay has a dynamic connection from Venus to Pluto,
thereís an intensity, passion and power in his approach to
creativity. There is a kind of sensuality and deep expressive
need that requires some form of externalization. Whether
through art, music, writing, drama or other forms -- itís
crucial that Macaulay learn that expressing deeper feelings
can bring tremendous satisfaction. Building sand castles could
be a good lesson since digging into the sand and transforming
sand and water into a work of art can be especially gratifying
-- but at the same time, even this is ultimately washed away
by the tides. He might also enjoy restoring something old --
like refinishing furniture. Macaulay must learn how to express
intensity without alienating his audience. This dynamic can
indicate a mistrust of his artistic abilities and a strong
tendency to destroy that which he does not like. Macaulay may
need to keep a special project under wraps until he feels
satisfied that itís ready for "exposure." Itís actually
something Macaulay has to feel good about, since exposing
vulnerabilities can be difficult, and, after all, a creative
expression is a very personal thing!
To get past purely self-centered awareness, the expansive
energy of Jupiter encourages a child too reach out and expand
his personal universe. Through Jupiter, Macaulay can begin to
build a basic philosophy of life, and exercise his sense of
hope and vision. The need to reach out and give is Jupiter in
action, but so is enthusiasm. Most important, when Macaulay is
in touch with Jupiter, he is inspired! Here is the desire to
grow, to reach into new horizons, to feel adventure and joy.
While it may take a lifetime to develop a personal philosophy
or explore religious teachings, during childhood, Macaulay
does feel wonder about universal principles, a Higher Power,
and endless questions called, "Why?"
Moral questions flow through the realm of Jupiter, and
learning higher principles through inspiring teachers and
mentors is another outpouring of this energy. It is generally
not until a child has developed some measure of cognitive
skill that the awareness of Jupiter can be taught. During
elementary school and preteen years, this energy begins to
flourish. Jupiter is a function of the higher mind, the part
of our consciousness that can connect with the Divine. The
early awareness of Jupiter deals primarily with the concepts
of sharing, positive thinking, enthusiasm and hope for reward.
Spirituality is exceptionally important in Macaulayís life,
since Jupiterís placement in the 1st House indicates that he
will wear philosophical attitudes as part of identity.
Spiritual lessons which allow Macaulay to understand that his
outlook, optimism and generosity will have a strong impact on
the way other people feel about him will be welcome. There can
be a tendency to try to keep everyone happy, but this
planetary influence also shows that there is a natural sense
of humor -- a jovial nature. Laughter should be encouraged,
but teaching when and where it is appropriate can be rather
tricky! There can be a boisterous quality to personality, but
in general, Macaulay will simply prefer expressing joy any day
of the week. A spirituality which fuels this type of
expression will be most meaningful to Macaulay.
Then, there is the world of dreams and imagination. Neptuneís
placement in the chart indicates the areas where a child
dreams most easily. The sensitivity Neptune adds to life
allows Macaulay to connect with the spiritual, nonphysical
realm. What child is not a master at make-believe? But this
energy is also an expression of Divine Compassion, and it
needs special support and nourishment during childhood.
Encouraging Macaulay to trust his dreams, while identifying
the difference between the "real" and "imaginary" world can be
quite a job. But it is a very important one, since walking
between the inner world and the outside world requires special
awareness. There is nothing inferior about imagination, nor is
there anything wrong with beliefs, since there are many
expressions of reality.
Another feature of this energy is the expression of charity. A
child taught to give to others less fortunate is definitely a
Because Neptune moves very slowly, it is another of the
generation-focused planets. Other children Macaulayís age will
likely have Neptune in the same sign. Many Neptune in
Sagittarius (1970 - 1984) children are now young adults and
all soon will be entering their adult years. Macaulay has
grown up in an era when knowledge of the different religious
and ideals has been more widespread, but he has also seen
vestiges of excessive zeal or fundamentalism. For example, the
knowledge of heightened terrorism stemming from perceived
insults from radical religious groups is part of the
collective psyche of Macaulay and his generation. Since
Neptuneís energy can help to dissolve barriers and locate the
higher thread of any principle, this generation can have a
profound influence on the way media exposes truth and
Neptuneís placement in the chart shows the areas where a child
can easily dream. This also provides indicators of the facetís
of life where Macaulay can feel a desire to let go or to
exercise compassion toward others. The placement of Neptune in
the 4th House is perfect for a child who wants to spend time
in the backyard playhouse or fort. Macaulay will love to
emulate the activities of the family, since this stimulates
creativity, and family holiday traditions can provide him with
an excellent forum for exercising talents.
V. Perceptions of the Parents
Guess what? You can tell how Macaulay is likely to see his
parents by looking at his own chart! Understanding how
Macaulay perceives Mom and Dad can be especially helpful,
since what Macaulay hopes to see and needs to experience from
parents forms the basis of his sense of Self.
When Macaulay feels happy and full of joy, the world looks
bright, too. But if Macaulay is physically or emotionally low,
his behavior and responsiveness suffer. In relationships with
others, children and adults alike will project their feelings
and perceptions onto other people. Macaulay needs to
experience himself through projecting his needs onto the
people in his personal environment. In fact, the undeveloped
Aspects of the Self are usually projected onto others as a
means of "seeing" these feelings or needs manifested in some
way. Projection is a key factor in human psychology.
In many instances, the other people are reasonable targets for
those projections, especially if their connections are bound
by emotions or other commitments. A child looks to Mother as
the person who will reflect the nurturing feminine needs.
Mother represents the inner feminine self for boys and girls
alike. Macaulay may even see things in Mother that Mother does
not recognize as the way she is!
Macaulayís Moon sign shows how he perceives Mother. It makes
no difference whether Mother sees herself in this light or not
-- the child holds these particular perceptions what Mother
needs to be because he is projecting his own inner needs for
security onto her. As Macaulay matures into adulthood, these
perceptions determine how Macaulay will play the nurturing and
mothering role toward others.
Through Macaulayís eyes, Mother personifies the ideals of
compassion. The Moon in Pisces projects a sensitivity and
tolerance upon Mother. Mom may be like an angel to him, with a
calming, mystical quality. Mom may also be difficult to figure
out, since she does not always seem completely real to
Macaulay might like to talk to Mother, but may not always feel
that Mother understands him. Macaulay will perceive Mother as
communicative, but not necessarily open-minded, since the
dynamics between Moon and Mercury are unfriendly. The
communication may sometimes take the form of disagreements
later on, especially during teen years! Mother and child can
have trouble with a meeting of the minds.
Since Macaulayís Moon is stimulated by a dynamic connection to
Jupiter, Motherís encouragement is definitely needed. However,
expectations can be a problem. Mother can help him by making a
special effort to define expectations when they do exist.
Macaulay may feel that satisfying Mother is difficult, and
might tend to stretch the truth in order to appear better or
The Sun, the primary masculine energy in the chart, is also
described as a personís sense of "self". A young child has a
very limited true sense of self, and is not likely to "own"
these qualities until the preteen years or later. This sense
of individuality may be strongly tied to the initial
relationship with Father and, later, to interactions with
other significant male figures. In early childhood
development, Macaulayís Sun does not express fully as an
individual ego. The Sun powerfully affects the childís
perceptions of Father; if the father is supportive and
consistent, Macaulay may feel that his or her own
individuality is reliable and strong. Macaulayís perceptions
of Father are strongly symbolized by the energy of the Sun in
the astrological chart.
Macaulay projects the discriminating and perfectionist
qualities of the Virgo Sun onto Father, who may seem to be the
ultimate critic in his life. Pleasing Dad will be
Macaulay needs consistent acknowledgment from Dad that he is
important. Since the Sun in the 1st House needs to shine, that
light needs recognition from Daddy! If Macaulay feels that
Father does not approve of or acknowledge him, then the
repercussions can range from acting-out behaviors to a loss in
confidence. Dad is perceived as a strong link to the Self.
Despite the fact that Dad may think heís just a regular guy,
Macaulay may perceive Dad as a super hero. You know the type:
on the outside he looks like a regular guy, but inside he
transforms into Superman. The influence of the Sun in
connection with Pluto adds a perception by a child that Father
as all-knowing, all-powerful and omniscient. This can block
Macaulayís ability to assert his own personal power. After
all, how could he ever match up to something like that?
Itís also possible that Macaulay may perceive Father as being
ruthless. Sometimes these images are not even projected by the
father to the child. They can come about through Macaulayís
fantasies and the impressions he has gleaned through observing
life. It is very easy for Macaulay to feel that Dad does not
want him to exist. Father needs to continually remind Macaulay
that he is genuinely loved and appreciated.
If, for any reason, Macaulay experiences separation from
Father, he may feel especially wounded. This can also lead to
a tendency to project this resentment onto other men --
teachers, stepfathers, or authorities -- and might reinforce
Macaulayís sense that he is somehow unworthy. It is crucial
that male Father figures understand the potentially deep
impact their actions and attitudes can have upon Macaulayís
Then, there is a need for solidity, structure and safety --
and most children look to parents to establish this for them.
A child is not capable of understanding the ways of the world,
but will learn about them eventually. Nor does a child
understand the need for limits. Itís up to parents and
teachers to set these limits and expose a child to the rules
of life. These rules, tests and structures are identified by
the energy of Saturn.
There can be a downside, since Saturn energy feels judgmental
and limiting much of the time, especially in childhood. Many
children are anything but delighted at the prospect of being
"responsible" -- thatís what adults are supposed to be, not
The placement of Saturn not only symbolizes the parents, but
also authority in society. Saturn does not necessarily
represent one parent or another. Here is discipline,
structure, and stability. This is also tradition. For the
better part, what Saturn symbolizes is the story of how
Macaulay needs to be stabilized and what he requires in terms
of a sense of safety and security.
Saturn in Virgo needs learn the merits of applied effort.
Macaulay will look to the parents to determine the value of
work and service. Extra-critical evaluations will be taken to
heart, and Macaulay needs to know that parents approve of him
no matter what.
Saturn in the 2nd House needs to be taught the value of things
and the importance of valuing oneself and right use of
resources. Macaulay needs to see the parents representing an
attitude of respect toward resources and the environment. If
parents have a negative attitude about handling resources or
money, he may also feel the same way. This can ultimately
Ultimately, as Macaulay moves through the various ages and
stages of childhood, he will be able to incorporate all these
qualities and expressions once seen through others, into
himself. However, some vestiges of our childhood remain
throughout a lifetime. Think of the concepts in this report as
the building blocks for the person who will become Macaulay
through the course of these early years. And enjoy every
moment of your journey together!
Text Copyright 2000 by Gloria Star. All Rights Reserved.