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 celebrate!
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 chart.

 

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 better!

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 learning! 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 finely honed.

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 fitness.

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 dance. 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 Moon.
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 expecting promises.

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 emotional stability.
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 effect.

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 emotion.

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 them!
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 fantastic!
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 it.
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 aids.

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 power.
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 crowd.
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 self-image.

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 himself.
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 favorites.
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 and express.
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 attorney)!
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 blessed child!
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 information.
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.

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 more acceptable.

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 exceptionally important.

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 perceptions.


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 kids!
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 damage self-esteem.

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!

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