Astrological Profile for Danica
Basic Underlying Personality Traits
Just as there are layers of personality, there are several layers in an astrological chart. The building blocks of the chart are the planets, signs and houses. You’ll 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 person’s life. In the drama of life, the planets represent the actors, the signs show the roles the actors play, (including their mannerisms, costumes and props), and the houses show the setting and scene of the play.
Danica’s Balance of Elements and Modes
There’s another layer, too. Each sign represents the energies of one of the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air or Water, and the way these elements are balanced in a birth chart reveals a great deal about the person’s basic personality. To find the balance of elements, we tally up the zodiacal signs of the Sun, Moon and other important points in the chart.
Doing this for Danica’s chart, we see special strength in the Fire signs (which include Aries, Leo and Sagittarius). With all that Fire, Danica is likely to be highly energetic – a child who needs plenty of room and ample opportunities to assert. Staying active will be important to her, so that sports could be a strong interest. Providing athletic, gymnastic, or dance classes early on (or encouraging other recreational activities in which she can assert herself) will help to channel that fiery energy in constructive ways.
Babies with strong Fire can be irritable if they aren’t given ample opportunities to get rid of physical stress (yes, babies experience stress, too!). Basically, Danica loves play. Fiery-temperament babies and young children need plenty of active time with Mom and Dad. Even when Danica grows up, play will be important, and she will be happiest when anything feels more like play than work! The fiery quality can also bring selfishness. One thing to remember with Danica is that you must tend a fire both to keep it burning and also to keep it from blazing out of control.
The least influential element in Danica’s chart turns out to be Air. Lacking or little Air can indicate problems with objectivity, so that Danica may need extra help with communication and with relating in general. Make a special effort to read together, tell stories, and engage her in conversation. Keeping a diary may also be especially beneficial. It’s also good to encourage her to develop tolerance for the differences between people.
When an element is low or lacking there’s no reason to be highly concerned. You can, however, look for creative ways to help Danica compensate. Focusing on what the lack of Air might mean for this child can prove beneficial. Do understand that an imbalance in elements should not be interpreted as a personality deficiency. Rather, it can indicate either a tendency to overcompensate or in some way to seek what is lacking. For example, as Danica matures, you might discover that she’s drawn to others who seem to possess the Air qualities that seem to be lacking in her own chart.
Also, besides being one of the four elements, each sign is also Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable. These astrological modes (or action models) determine how a sign manifests its energy. In the case of Danica’s chart, there is an emphasis on Fixed signs. Danica can feel very stabilizing to others, but can also be extremely stubborn! At its best, the Fixed quality indicates a need to preserve and to maintain the status quo. Danica can be consistent and patient, and in turn will appreciate and respect consistency from parents and teachers. There can also, however, be inflexibility, resistance and an obsessive quality that can be rather difficult to manage or accept. Danica really needs to finish things, and can become upset if too many things are left undone.
Since Danica’s highest scores are in signs of the Fire element and the Fixed mode, she’s likely to radiate a certain warmth and confidence that make her the center of attention. Even at a young age she may make a strong impression, and she’ll probably enjoy this very much. Danica needs every opportunity to express her special flair. While she should be encouraged to build this kind of confidence and sense of personal power, however, she also needs to learn to respect the power and rights of others.
A family entertainment night in which everyone dances, sings, acts silly or shows off would teach Danica how to share the spotlight but still offer her a special chance to shine. If she isn’t allowed to shine, she may suffer inwardly, experiencing a repression of personal power and confusion about self-esteem. She needs gentle affirmations of her worth, given on a consistent basis. Most people have no problem giving special love and attention to a baby, but as a child matures, her little victories are not always met with such open enthusiasm. If ample attention isn’t given to Danica, however, she’s likely to seek the attention she needs through less- than-positive actions.
As a small baby, Danica will enjoy time out in the sun. Since she may be fascinated by animals, a trip to the zoo would be a choice option. She may prefer large toys such as oversized stuffed animals. Stacking or nesting blocks would encourage her organizational abilities. As she grows, keep the Halloween costumes on hand for ordinary playtime. She may also relish magic kits, microphones and other stage paraphernalia, and may take pleasure in dancing or acting lessons. In addition, Danica will love stories, especially exciting tales told or read dramatically. Encourage her to tell her own original stories and, later, to write them.
Danica can be possessive, and so should be encouraged to share friends as well as toys. Pride can also be difficult to handle, and can be the cause of disputes. Learning to appreciate others’ gifts and talents can make the difference between a life of extravagant self-indulgence and the life of warm and open philanthropy that this astrological combination can bestow.
The Moon Sign and Early Personality Development
Although most people are more familiar with the concept of the Sun sign, during the earliest years a child expresses the qualities of the Moon sign more. That’s because the Moon tells the story of feelings and pure emotion. So, during Danica’s early childhood you might see more qualities that relate to her Moon sign. Expressing the Sun requires more self-awareness, and that develops later.
Danica has the Moon in Leo, and usually just loves to be the center of attention. During the rare times when she doesn’t want to be in the limelight, however, she may stubbornly resist being onstage. When Danica wants something, there’s little doubt about it!
Keep in mind that Danica is not a blank slate! Though these drives are basic ingredients in her developing personality, it is up to family and teachers to nourish and support these drives. In this way, they can help Danica to make the most of the special gifts that have been given to her.
The Sun Sign and Ego Development
The sign of Danica’s Sun will show how she might like to be perceived, what she needs in order to feel motivated toward achievement, and what makes her feel significant and special in the world. This aspect of a child’s personality tends to become more apparent after the earliest years, as the full expression of the ego takes some time to develop. However, even early on, Danica is likely to show at least some of the qualities of her Sun sign.
Childhood years can be frustrating to Danica, born as she was with Sun in Capricorn. After all, it takes a while to figure out the true nature of control, and Danica innately senses that control is something that she desires. This is a determined child who, if she really wants something, isn’t likely to take “no” for an answer. Positively directed, this can be an excellent trait, but Danica needs to learn that others deserve respect, too. As part of this lesson, it’s up to parents and teachers to model self-respect.
Though Danica may not like restraint, she places primary importance on structure and consistency. Even very early in her education, it will be helpful to illustrate the principles of continuity.
One of the prime lessons of Capricorn is learning self-discipline. Therefore, it is good, when necessary, to provide early disciplinary measures that enforce sensible boundaries and reasonable restraints. Excessive restraint, however, will only encourage Danica to develop an even greater willfulness. A nurturing consistency is the key to creating a safe and healthy haven for young Danica to grow.
In preteen years, Danica may be a bit shy and awkward in social situations. While she may want to be respected and accepted, it’s unlikely that she’ll take the lead unless she’s encouraged and feels that it’s safe to do so.
How Danica Deals with the Outer World
Another prevailing quality that’s likely to emerge in Danica’s early years is shown by the astrological sign on her Ascendant, also known as the rising sign. The Ascendant and the First House will signify Danica’s physical appearance and how other people view her. Most of us have our self-image shaped by what other people tell us about ourselves. The Ascendant represents Danica herself, her basic attitudes, and how she presents herself to the world. It also shows what kind of environmental conditioning will shape her developing personality.
With Leo rising, Danica’s trademarks are likely to be personal pride and a flare for drama. A Leo-rising child is difficult to ignore! Danica may enjoy being the center of attention, and she needs a place to show off and shine. Even as a tiny tot, she can radiate a loving, generous warmth.
Nurturing Intellectual and Physical Development
Parents naturally watch for the signals that indicate a child’s intellectual and physical progress. From baby’s first words to performance in school, most parents note their child’s development and keep records. Not only parents, but also teachers and other mentors need to provide the stimuli that will strengthen the mental and physical development of a child. This will help the child to master the experience of learning.
There are many factors involved in intellectual development. These include memory, judicial thinking, decision-making, speculative thought, and creativity. They also include the ability to conceptualize and communicate, and to apply rational thought to real-world situations.
In order to be whole, a 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 underdevelopment in another area.
Danica’s Style of Absorbing Information
An important factor to consider in developing Danica’s intellect is the individual nature of her thought patterns. The Moon in Danica’s birth chart reveals the way that she will store her unique experiences in the vaults of her subconscious mind. Besides being the emotional storage-house, the Moon will also show the manner in which Danica absorbs information.
With her Fire-sign Moon, Danica has a mind that wants to be highly active. Danica is likely to find inspiring ideas more interesting than practical matters, and so her thoughts tend to range into the realm of philosophy and the theoretical. She can be inspired to learn through travel and cultural pursuits.
The speed at which the Moon was moving when Danica was born also has something to say about her learning style. The Moon can move from less than 12 to more than 15 degrees per day. In Danica’s case, it was zipping along at faster-than-average speed. This suggests that it would be easy for her to grasp new ideas quickly and to retain them extremely well. You may even observe that she seems to have a steel-trap mind.
It’s important to help Danica to find a comfortable learning pace and environment, one that encourages her to make the best use of her mind. If a learning situation allows Danica to get bogged down — for example, if she has to slow her pace to wait for others to catch up — then she may become very frustrated. Give her a chance to take the lead and help others learn. It will occupy her time and energy, and it can also help build greater tolerance for those who are slower on the uptake.
How Danica Senses and Communicates
As a baby, Danica will start to explore and learn about her personal environment through her five senses. The senses are symbolized by Mercury. Over time, Danica will use these senses in an increasingly refined manner. As her mind gains the ability to integrate more and more information, her learning will increase. Danica’s Mercury shows how she communicates her thought patterns — how she frames concepts and expresses them to others.
The years of Mercury’s heightened developmental cycle are from ages seven to thirteen, when the connections between Danica and her world will be powerfully shaped. This is when a child masters language and refines communication skills. During these years Danica is likely to project the qualities of Mercurial energy with especial strength.
Danica has a Capricorn Mercury, which tends to give focus and mental discipline. Apt to take the cautious approach to learning, Danica will appreciate structure and may learn best in situations that allow her to pattern ideas, behavior or practices before refining them. Also, Danica may have abundant common sense, and her communication and learning are likely to be concerned with things that have practical value.
A connection between Mercury and Venus indicates an artistic expression of ideas. Danica may enjoy listening to or reading poetry or beautifully phrased prose. Playing story-telling games with her at an early age may foster creative writing abilities. Once in school, Danica may be especially interested in studying literature. This Mercury-Venus connection can also increase public-speaking skills.
In addition, Danica may give special attention to her handwriting, which could turn out to be quite beautiful. She might take an interest in calligraphy, or possibly in drawing.
Developing a genteel manner of speech may be another of Danica’s important priorities. In fact, coarse speech may offend her. Also, when relating to friends, Danica, a natural diplomat, may be the one who is the peacemaker.
For Danica, Mercury in square aspect to Mars promotes tremendous mental activity bordering on the hyperactive. Sitting still and focusing for long periods can be frustrating. It’s important to allow Danica to take breaks when studying, as long as she returns to the material after a set period of time. Assuring that Danica has adequate time for exercise and physical activity can also be helpful, and may actually aid in concentration during the day.
With Mercury and Saturn in sextile aspect, Danica will enjoy the experience of building knowledge and training the mind. Memory can be a talent, and the ability to interrelate concepts and ideas is excellent. With applied effort, she can develop a sharp, reliable memory. Even at a young age, Danica may enjoy sharing what she has learned with others, and she’s likely to be an excellent teacher.
Mercury’s location in the Fifth House indicates that Danica likes to turn learning into a game. Tending toward strong dramatic expression, she may enjoy play-acting, so get ready for the backyard circus! Danica can be very witty, and may also have an interest in being the center of attention, but only when her confidence is high. While home schooling could be a reasonable option, when expressing her particular talents Danica will want the company of others. If home schooling is the parent’s choice, it’s crucial to enroll Danica in art, music or dance classes to further these abilities.
Building Danica’s Confidence and Skills
The planet Jupiter supplies additional information about Danica’s learning styles and needs. At first, she’ll experience Jupiterian qualities through the encouragement of teachers and guides. Later, Jupiter will show how she expresses confidence, and what types of stimulation will build her learning skills.
With Jupiter in Sagittarius, Danica really likes to learn. The idea that knowledge is power is no mystery to this child, and she’ll appreciate every opportunity to develop her intellectual abilities to their fullest extent. Travel and language studies can be particularly fascinating, as may be religion and philosophy.
Whenever you’re dealing with intellectual development, it’s helpful to keep in mind that encouragement and testing are two different things. Small children don’t 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 Danica is comfortable with a situation, and ready to push beyond it. Then stimulate that expression by setting fresh goals and opportunities to learn and to develop her mind.
Finding Fun and Encouraging Physical Development
There are many factors in an astrological chart that can indicate needs in regard to physical health. However, I feel that specific health strengths and weaknesses and their care are best dealt with using refined astrological techniques beyond the scope of this report.
One feature of childhood that we can explore here is where to find play and recreational activities that Danica would benefit from and enjoy. The planet Mars represents physical energy — the fuel that’s needed to keep the physical engine running. The placement of Mars in Danica’s chart gives helpful clues about her preferences for play and activity, including sports and achieving physical fitness.
Danica’s Mars in the Third House can indicate high activity, talkativeness, and problems with focusing. Those who hope to have peace and quiet may see all that energy as “nervous.” To give Danica’s energy direction, she needs opportunities to stay physically and mentally active. Neighborhood sports, or activities with nearby friends, may be special favorites. This influence also adds a quickness to Danica’s ability to grasp new concepts.
Danica’s favorite forms of recreation and sports could include ballroom dancing, yoga, tai chi, ice dancing, pairs skating, balance beam (gymnastics), juggling, ballet or other forms of dance.
Danica has a connection from Mars to Jupiter. She can seem like a speed demon — even on trikes and bikes — and may be accident-prone. While this connection increases self-confidence and a willingness to try new things, there can be a tendency to ignore limitations or even to push far past them. There can also be a laziness about working hard to develop excellence, and this can result in her being overly confident and under-prepared. However, if the reward is important enough and this child is taught to respect limitations and rules, she has tremendous potential for developing physical prowess.
Embracing Emotional Drives and Needs
At different stages and ages, Danica will be developing different parts of herself. One reason why childhood astrology is different from adult astrology is that a child is in the process of becoming. Anyone who’s been around children knows that at some stages of development a child is especially susceptible or emotionally vulnerable, and that these needs and sensibilities change as a child matures. A baby struggles each day to deal with a difficult-to-control body, but a child in elementary school is struggling to master social relationships. Each of the planets represents a different emotional need and expression, and at certain stages of development some planetary symbols become more emotionally charged than others.
Danica’s chart illustrates her own potential emotional strengths and weaknesses, and the areas in her life where she may feel more vulnerable. It is important to explore these concepts through a lens of objectivity, since when dealing with our children’s psychological and emotional issues we’re likely to run into our own issues as well.
Danica’s Basic Emotional Makeup
Danica’s most powerful emotional needs are symbolized by the Moon. While the Moon is the primary indicator of early psychological development, its emotional needs remain with a person throughout life, continually growing and evolving.
The Moon symbolizes the reflective nature of humanity, the absorbing, subconscious mind that reflects the needs of the soul. Even as a baby, Danica will have had a strong inner awareness of what is happening. As she grows, she’ll absorb more information and store it in her subconscious mind. Deeper awareness of her feelings will also grow.
The Moon is also the matrix from which habit patterns emerge, and so it indicates basic patterns of conditioning. These patterns are drawn from life experiences and filtered through the qualities of the Moon.
Additionally, the Moon symbolizes Mother and whoever else provides nurture, comfort and security. Mother and these other figures provide the model for how Danica will nurture and care for others, and – perhaps even more basically important – how this child will learn to nurture herself.
With her Moon in Leo, Danica likes to be in the center of whatever is happening. She craves attention, and if necessary will employ highly dramatic means to get it. So that she can get lots of attention by performing, sign this child up for acting, dancing or singing lessons as soon as possible! Danica may have an almost royal luxuriousness and laziness, and she exudes a special warm radiance that is difficult to resist. Part of the lesson that she has to learn is the proper use of this charismatic power.
The position of Danica’s Moon in the First House intertwines emotional security needs with the expression of personality. She needs to be noticed and likes to be in the company of others. She can be self-absorbed, but will learn to move beyond that by extending emotional sensitivity toward others. Also, relationships with grandparents are especially significant for this child, and her emotions will have a powerful impact on her health.
With the Moon in a square aspect to Venus, Danica may display an increased emotional vulnerability. While she can be very affectionate and caring, she may be afraid to risk leaving one situation and going on to another. This is the “having my cake and eating it too” aspect. To assure that she will be safe, no matter what, such a child can become emotionally manipulative. A need for immediate gratification can become a substitute for developing truly close bonds and fulfilling her needs in a more healthy manner. Learning to be honest about feelings can be difficult, but it is a lesson well worth learning.
Danica’s Moon in sextile to Mars encourages a positive type of self-assertiveness. Depending on the sign placements, it may be easy for her to ask for what she wants or needs. There’s an easy flow between inner feelings and self-expression, and she can exhibit a strong sensitivity to the way others react to her.
Danica may seem especially content, since the Moon in trine to Jupiter adds a kind of pleasantness to the personality and heightens a person’s sense of faith and confidence that things will always work out. It can indicate an especially comfortable relationship with the Mother, and a sense that Mother is readily available when attention and comfort are needed.
The primary pitfall of this aspect is the potential for low motivation. Instead of feeling that she needs to make an effort, Danica may tend to rely on things simply falling into place. Through her usually confident and optimistic attitude, however, she can frequently turn difficult situations around!
Danica’s emotional sensitivity is heightened by the Moon’s trine with Neptune. Rather than dealing with harsh realities, it can seem easier for her to give in to fantasies. There is also a potential for laziness, especially if the current situation is too comfortable.
This aspect’s strengths include a potential for developing the desire to help others, and a powerful urge to be artistically expressive. At the appropriate age, help Danica to determine the difference between the real and the imaginary, but also encourage her to trust her creative and intuitive impulses.
Danica’s Moon-Pluto sextile gives a potential for a heightened emotional capacity. Others may sense that Danica radiates a kind of emotional strength that builds positive ties within the family. This may seem a strange thing to say about a child, but comments from family may illustrate the point. These are the babies who elicit remarks like “When she arrived, everything in my life changed!”. Any child changes the life of a family, but the impact of Danica’s presence may seem especially noteworthy. The healing that she brings to her family may ultimately be extended to others in some way.
One potential downfall of this connection is that it’s possible for Danica to feel much more than she expresses — almost as if it’s important to keep some feelings secret. However, she somehow seems to have the capacity to deal with this degree of emotional intensity.
Danica’s Developing Sense of Self
The development of individuality and a sense of identity is tied to the energy of the Sun, which is a major factor in determining “Who am I?” This radiance of Self will begin to emerge once Danica has developed enough mastery over basic bodily functions to start paying more attention to the outside world. It will really become focused once she’s relating to others on a more frequent basis, especially during her school years.
Danica has the Sun in Capricorn, which is described under “The Sun Sign and Ego Development” in Chapter One of this report. However, there are additional factors that color Danica’s expression and development of her Sun energies.
In Danica’s case, the Sun makes a trine to the Moon, indicating great emotional and personal resilience. Danica’s self- awareness tends to develop comfortably, with good confirmation and a sense that she is an integral part of her family. Her relationship with her parents tends to be supportive, and she feels an essentially harmonious and constructive relationship between masculine and feminine energies both within herself and in her environment. One of the results of this is that Danica has a strong potential for learning how to integrate what she wants with what she needs.
Danica’s Sun in a harmonious connection to Jupiter signifies a natural exuberance that can be contagious. Self-confidence and optimism are likely to be hallmarks of her personality. She likes to feel important, and accomplishment will make her positively glow.
Danica can also be eager to please others. Feeling that her parents expect a great deal, she may wonder if she meets their expectations. Failure to acknowledge Danica’s accomplishments can leave her wondering whether her parents or teachers have actually noticed. Therefore, be sure to offer praise and support when it’s due.
Danica will also benefit from being encouraged to reach out to show gratitude for the good things in life. She should learn that sometimes simply saying “thank you” can build a positive emotional link and serve as an acknowledgment to parents and others.
While this Sun-Jupiter connection can give Danica an honest desire to reach beyond her current situation or capacities, it can also indicate laziness. If you notice Danica trying to get by with minimal effort, it will help to provide her with a reason to excel.
The Sun’s conjunction to Neptune suggests a high level of impressionability. Others may feel that Danica lives in a world of her own. In early childhood, it’s very easy for her to become completely involved in play-acting or imaginary experiences. There may be a strong spiritual connection to the etheric planes, and the resulting mystical quality may be a hallmark of Danica’s personality.
An excellent way to objectify these energies is to encourage her to develop creative or artistic interests. Danica may, however, be shy and tend to avoid confrontation. It’s important that parents and others recognize that she may be especially sensitive to criticism, and can be reluctant to show the results of her efforts if she anticipates critical remarks.
The Sun in sextile to Pluto indicates a personality that invites affirmative changes. Danica can be excited about growing through the different periods of maturation and development, and may move gracefully from one stage to the next. She is likely to see parents and authorities in a positive light, and will seek role models who project an air of control and creativity. Goals are important, but she may need assistance in developing workable goal-setting techniques.
How Danica Expresses Her Inner Feelings
Most of us are more comfortable if we can talk about our emotional experiences to someone special. A child needs to feel that it’s okay to share feelings and ideas, and that she can talk with her parents about anything. Children who aren’t given opportunities to communicate their emotional needs can develop problems communicating almost everything else.
The planet Mercury represents how we communicate. Though it isn’t traditionally linked with the emotions, its role in the expression of feelings is highly important. Mercury’s function in our lives is to link internal processes to the external world, and one of the most important links is sharing emotions.
Since Danica has Mercury and Venus connected, she needs to communicate her sense of values and expressions of love in a clear way. At an early age, she may enjoy listening to prose and poetry, and may be especially drawn to singing about feelings! When emotions can be expressed verbally or artistically, she simply feels better.
With Mercury and Mars in contact, Danica tends to be assertive when expressing ideas, and may speak before considering the consequences. When angered, Danica is likely to use words as a weapon. Besides signifying impetuosity, however, this connection adds courage to Danica’s desire to communicate, and the tendency toward vigorous communication can be very useful in public speaking.
Early on, parents and teachers may observe a natural bent for arguing. During teen years, Danica might enjoy developing this talent through formal lessons in debating. For this child, arguments are a form of entertainment, so it’s good to encourage healthy banter.
Since Mercury and Saturn are connected, Danica tends to take communication seriously. The primary emotional implication of this connection is that Danica may worry excessively. Help her to appreciate the reality of situations, but also encourage her to rest and relax her mind. Make a special effort to teach positive thinking.
Loving and Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is another important part of Danica’s psychological makeup. This is described by Venus. Throughout life, in order to encourage growth on every level, including the growth of self-esteem, a person needs the Venusian energy of love from others. Venus also rules value systems in general, as well as artistic expression (which is itself an important emotional outlet).
Selfish behavior can be Venusian, too. In earliest years, Venus may show up mainly as Danica’s particular expression of selfishness. As Venus energy evolves, she will develop her capacity to share. After about age four, you’ll see Venus expressing in a more outgoing manner, when she may finally want to give something to another person. The full involvement of Venusian development comes during the teen years, when falling in love becomes a reality.
It’s her Venus in Scorpio that gives Danica her desire to experience deep connections to people, places and things. You can usually tell precisely what she does and doesn’t like, since doing something just to please someone isn’t really on her agenda. Until Danica develops trust, she tends to express affection cautiously, but when she does trust, she can be highly and effectively expressive. The arts can be especially important in helping her to express emotions that are difficult to articulate.
Assertiveness and Anger
We’ve already looked at Danica’s Mars as an indicator of her level of physical energy and its best avenues for expression. Mars will also play a major part in describing her basic emotional nature.
The assertive, active, and fiery qualities of Mars show up early in a child’s development, making themselves really obvious during the period called “the terrible twos.” Sometimes, when Danica is upset or hurt, her Mars will surface as anger. At other times, her Mars will show up as an attempt to test limits. Testing limits is a natural part of development, and every parent hopes that the child will be safe during those times. In adolescence, a child’s Mars may also show up as the assertive side of sexuality.
Parents face a tremendous challenge in helping a child to understand, accept and deal with this raw energy. Mars’ energy needs to be released in healthy ways, or it will surface as aggression and hostility. Parents need to teach a child that anger is a normal feeling. The important thing for a healthy adjustment in life is the way that the anger is channeled and expressed. If misdirected, the expression of Mars can be destructive and hurtful. However, as Danica learns to direct her need to be assertive and strong, she will begin to feel an increasing sense of confidence, courage and personal power.
With Mars in Libra, Danica likes sharing activities with others, but can also be directed toward exceptional achievement on her own. Developing grace is important, and as she matures she may want to master social skills. While it may be assumed that Danica prefers peace, there’s also a highly competitive undercurrent in her energy. It will help her to be a team member in sports or to work on projects as an equal partner. When she’s shown excellence, however, she’ll appreciate her time in the spotlight. This placement makes it likely that Danica will protest strongly whenever she feels that a situation is unfair,
Mars making a healthy sextile aspect with Jupiter may make Danica seem quite easygoing, and it enhances her self-confidence. She is likely to enjoy competitive situations and may welcome challenges that allow her to prove herself. Identifying and setting limits may, however, turn out to be a challenge. Until Danica learns about specific limitations in different situations, she may get into trouble by jumping into things too soon.
Also, there is a tendency for Danica to fall into the assumption “If I really want it, I can have it.” While that may be true, putting forth the effort is another story! Danica may learn to exert only minimal effort and then expect that someone or something will come along to make up the difference if needed. If Danica can learn to couple consistent effort with discipline and focus, her abilities can quickly take her to the top.
Developing Danica’s Uniqueness
To find out how the qualities of ingenuity, rebellion and personal uniqueness are likely to surface in Danica’s personality, we look to the planet Uranus. While these traits may be evident in a very young child, they often don’t come out until teenage years, when young people most tend to rebel against the status quo.
Danica’s Uranus in the Fourth House can indicate frequent changes in home environment and/or family structure. When it comes to family relations, Danica may always feel a bit like an outsider, and she’s quite likely to assume that she was secretly adopted. Ultimately, this child may be the one to break up the family fate or challenge family traditions.
Because Uranus spends about seven years in each sign, its sign is likely to be the same for all or most of the children in Danica’s age group. While the signs of the slow-moving planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto don’t give much information about individual children, they do give valuable insights into the generation into which the child was born. Looking at earlier generations can be instructive, because themes that crop up in one generation tend to reappear in succeeding generations when a planet returns to the same sign. In the case of Uranus, the next entry into the same sign takes place about 84 years later.
Danica’s age group has Uranus in Sagittarius. During the 20th century, Uranus was in this sign from 1981 to 1988, when the focus of revolutionary challenge had turned toward education, religion, spiritual quests and the law. Danica and her generation are likely to demand changes in education that will provide not only the information and skills needed to make it in a rapidly changing world, but also for a kind of moral direction stemming from the humane principles of acceptance and tolerance. This is an age group that is likely to want to balance new uses of technology with higher principles. Though it grew up in a world in which information was expanding and the sense of one world was emerging, however, the ideal and the reality are unlikely to occur at the same time. Our ideas about change emerge easily, but it takes a while for humanity to catch up with them.
Hidden Emotional Currents
The energies of the planet Pluto may also be significant in Danica’s emotional life. Because Pluto represents our deepest reservoirs of emotional energy, its qualities are not usually openly expressed in childhood. However, when Pluto connects to a major astrological point like the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or Midheaven, Pluto’s profound level of emotional and transformational energy will be easier to see, even in a child’s early years.
It’s virtually impossible, however, for a child to direct an awareness of this energy. This is because the personal self must be well-developed before knowledge of this esoteric plane of consciousness can awaken. In fact, most adults have difficulty with this part of themselves! Although generally the energy of Pluto isn’t consciously expressed during the childhood years, it may be unconsciously felt. Pluto can represent deep-seated anxieties or fears that are, for lack of a better description, absorbed into the psyche.
The house that Pluto is in signifies the area of life where you can help Danica get in touch with a need for healing and transformational change. Danica’s Pluto in the Third House suggests a keen insight into matters of communication, and a potential for developing highly effective and provocative communication abilities. However, in childhood Danica may display anxiety about getting her ideas across to others. She may feel reluctant to voice her opinions or ideas unless she knows that it’s safe to do so.
Pluto takes nearly 250 years to make a complete circuit of the zodiac, and so its sign tells more about the transformational influence that Pluto will have on Danica’s whole generation. Her generation was born with Pluto in Scorpio, which occurred in recent centuries from 1984 to 1995. During these years, life’s ultimate issues reached the boiling point. The emergence of AIDS, and issues concerning the right to die, the right to life and cloning have all created a need to bring what was once in the closet to the surface. Though sex education may have been part of previous school curriculums, the outbreak of a truly life-threatening sexually transmitted disease created a need to be much more explicit.
At the start of the Pluto-in-Scorpio period, the Cold War was still in effect, and the superpowers had push-button control over the survival of the world. Subsequently, outbreaks of terrorism have become a fact of life for these kids, and they’re dealing with it not only on a global level, but also in their own neighborhoods. In response to such crises, the people of this generation are called upon to be healers. Ultimately they may be the ones whose job it is to transform our environment and heal the damage done by previous generations.
Expressing Emotions in the World
We’ve already talked about the Ascendant as the window-dressing or mask of the personality. At a more fundamental level, the Ascendant is the interface through which the inner person meets the outer world. Therefore, to learn more about how Danica expresses her emotional self, we should also look at whatever planets connect with her Ascendant.
With Venus squaring the Ascendant, Danica may be physically attractive, but since this aspect is a frustrating one, she may have conflicts about her looks. Too much emphasis on physical appearance can have a detrimental effect on her self-esteem. Her self-esteem could also be damaged if too little emphasis is placed on knowing what’s appropriate for a particular situation. Rather than being about wardrobe, the true meaning of a Venus-Ascendant connection has to do with maintaining a loving, helpful attitude.
Taking things too seriously can be a problem, since Danica has Saturn in a dynamic contact with the Ascendant. Danica may seem melancholy or reticent, and if she’s feeling sad, can be really sad. If she’s continually criticized, she’ll be likely to adopt a defeatist attitude. The manner in which criticism is presented to her will determine a lot about her self-image.
Danica needs to be different, since Uranus in a supportive trine to the Ascendant stimulates individuality and ingenuity as part of self-expression. Because her mask is influenced by the desire to be unique, Danica may well be a trendsetter.
The Direction of Emotional Flow
Yet another factor that influences the emotional expression of a planet is whether it was traveling forward through the zodiac as it usually does, or appearing to move backward, as planets sometimes appear to do when they are viewed from the earth. When a planet is traveling backward, or “retrograde,” it usually takes on a more inward expression.
Danica was born during one of the three periods each year when Mercury appears to move backward for a few weeks. This means that Danica’s reasoning and thinking processes are likely to be more sensitive, and that she may put more deliberation into decision-making and communicating.
Parents and teachers may feel that Danica takes too long to answer questions. It may take extra patience on their part to encourage her to communicate more openly. In fact, Danica may find it easier to write than talk. Rather than impeding the ability to communicate, a retrograde Mercury can enhance the ability to express ideas through the written word. Many notable writers have been born with Mercury retrograde, including Norman Mailer, Anne Frank, Isak Dinesen, and Henry Miller.
Danica needs to learn to trust her ability to express thoughts and ideas, and should be given plenty of opportunities to communicate. Letter writing may be a favorite pastime, and diaries can be helpful in objectifying thoughts. Mercury retrograde often leads to ingenious ideas and concepts.
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 child’s sense of wonder can bring light into everyone’s life.
A child needs very little encouragement to seek truth and embrace a sense of the divine. But it’s necessary to support this natural connection, because this can make all the difference in the child’s ability to trust herself. One of the most significant ways to help Danica awaken and touch Spirit is to foster her creativity. It’s not necessary for her to be a consummate artist, but she needs room to experiment with her creative self. The astrological factors that will particularly support her expression of spirituality and creativity include Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Neptune.
The Link from the Inner Self
In addition to being associated with education and development of the intellect, the planet Mercury plays an important role in self-expression. This is because Mercury links ideas and concepts from the inner self to the outside world. Mercury’s position in the zodiac can suggest the creative outlets and mediums that are most suitable for a given child.
To develop Danica’s Mercury-in-Capricorn style of creativity in early years, you can encourage artistic play with building and construction toys. Whether she’s working with basic building blocks or complex kits with interlocking pieces, Danica is likely to enjoy the process of construction and design. She may also find it especially satisfying to work with wood, fabric or products from nature. In addition, she could enjoy playing with old-time toys, or toys based on time-tested models from the past.
Creative Expression and Artistry
Venus, which is traditionally connected with art, is of course another important part of Danica’s creativity. Venus represents beauty, an inner quality that every child needs to feel, identify and express. Venus also represents a means by which Danica can experience and express her feelings. While the Moon represents feelings, Venus can give voice and material expression to them.
Since Danica has Venus in Scorpio, she’ll probably want to exercise her special talents and creative interests in a private setting. She needs to be encouraged to become comfortable with the joy of sharing her creations, but should never be made to feel that she must show off in public if she’s uncomfortable with the idea.
Danica probably loves nature, and so she may especially enjoy growing things. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still provide a place for this indoors. Danica may also take a special joy in playing “magician,” so toys that can be built into a kind of magic act might be lots of fun and encourage a little showmanship, too. Dance, painting and photography, including video, might also be of interest. In writing, Danica can exercise her incisive sense of humor and may show a talent for mysteries. In music, encourage the study of bass guitar, cello or another deeply resonating instrument. Whatever expressions are considered, the important thing is to encourage Danica to explore those that feel good to her heart.
In addition, Danica’s Venus is in the Fourth House, which means that she’ll tend to crave the family’s approval for her talents and creative endeavors. Her creative abilities are likely to be directed toward her personal environment, so be sure to include her in decisions about her personal space (like choosing the wall color!). Also encourage her to start a personal scrapbook or to explore family history.
Inspiration and Enthusiasm
The expansive energy of Jupiter takes Danica beyond purely self-centered awareness and encourages her to reach out and expand her personal universe. Jupiter brings a desire to grow, to broaden one’s horizons, to feel adventure and joy. Through Jupiter, Danica can begin to exercise her sense of hope and vision, and her generosity and enthusiasm. Most important, when she’s in touch with Jupiter, Danica is inspired.
The earliest awareness of Jupiter deals primarily with the concepts of sharing, positive thinking, enthusiasm and hope for reward. It’s generally not until elementary school and preteen years that a child develops enough cognitive skill to manifest Jupiter’s philosophical side. Moral questions flow through the realm of Jupiter, and learning higher principles from inspiring teachers and mentors is another way that this energy can take form in later childhood. While Jupiter gives the potential for exploring religious teachings and developing a personal philosophy, this may take a lifetime to develop. Jupiter is a function of the higher mind, the part of our consciousness that can connect with the Divine. During childhood, Danica is likely to express Jupiter mainly through endless questions and by feeling a natural wonder about universal principles and a Higher Power.
Jupiter’s placement in Danica’s Fifth House indicates that she will very much want to explore life’s opportunities to be creative, including the creation of herself. It will be especially meaningful for her to learn the value of creativity, love and sharing, and to realize that extending her talents is one way to keep love flowing in her life.
Dreams and Imagination
Then, there’s the world of imagination, which is largely ruled by Neptune. What child isn’t a master of make-believe? Danica should be encouraged to use her imagination and to trust her dreams, since these, too, are an important part of reality. It’s important, though, to teach her to identify the difference between real and imaginary worlds. This can be quite a job, but it’s an important lesson for a child to learn.
The sensitivity that Neptune bestows also allows Danica to connect with parts of the spiritual, nonphysical realm. Neptune can be an expression of divine compassion, something that needs special support and nourishment during childhood. Danica can be taught to express this through charity. A child taught to give to others less fortunate is definitely a blessed child.
For clues about the best ways to engage Danica’s imagination, what she likes to dream about, and the areas of life where she’s most likely to exercise compassion toward others, we look to the house where Neptune is placed in her chart. Danica’s Neptune in the Fifth House suggests that Danica may have a high level of artistic ability, most likely in the dramatic or performing areas. Regardless of what form her artistic or creative talents may take, she’s likely to have a remarkable ability to let go and allow creative expression to flow freely.
Neptune’s sign speaks for Danica’s whole generation. Danica was born into the age group that has Neptune in Sagittarius, which occurred in the 20th century from 1970 to 1984. This generation entered adulthood at the beginning of a new millennium. They grew up in an era when a more widespread knowledge of different religions and ideals was being countered by a resurgence of orthodoxy and fundamentalism. Part of this generation’s collective psyche is an awareness of heightened terrorism stemming from perceived insults to radical religious groups. Since Neptune’s energy can help to dissolve barriers and locate the higher thread of any principle, this generation is likely to have a profound influence on the way the media present information and expose the truth.
How Danica Will See Her Parents
Guess what? You can tell how Danica is likely to see her parents or other primary caregivers by looking at her own chart. Understanding how Danica perceives Mom and Dad can be especially helpful, since what Danica hopes to see and needs to experience from her parents forms the basis of her own sense of self. In this chapter we’ll look at Danica’s own personal view of mother and father figures, as well as of authority figures in general.
Projection is a key factor in human psychology. To better understand this concept, think of a movie projector, which shows an image against a screen. In human psychology, the process of projection works much the same way. When Danica feels happy, the world looks bright, too. But if Danica is physically or emotionally low, her view of the world changes accordingly.
In their relationships with others, both children and adults will project their feelings and perceptions onto other people. The undeveloped aspects of the self are projected onto others usually as a means of “seeing” one’s own feelings or needs. In other words, by projecting her needs onto the people in her personal environment, Danica is actually experiencing herself.
Sometimes the other people are reasonable targets for those projections. This is especially true if the connections are tied up with emotional or other commitments. For example, Mother represents the inner feminine self for boys and girls alike. A child looks to Mother as the person who will reflect his or her own nurturing, feminine needs.
Danica may, however, see things in Mother that Mother doesn’t recognize in herself. It makes no difference whether Mother sees herself in this light. Danica holds these particular perceptions of Mother because Mother is a projection screen for Danica’s inner needs for security. As Danica matures into adulthood, the way she views her mother will determine how she’ll play a nurturing and mothering role toward others.
How Danica Will See Mother
Danica’s view of the mother figures in her life is shown by the placement of her Moon. A Moon in Leo suggests that Danica will see her mother as the Queen of the Realm: powerful, strong willed, dramatic and rather regal. Possessing an exceptional loyalty to Mother, Danica may possibly take offense at anyone or anything she perceives as insulting her.
With the Moon in a tense connection to Venus, Danica may not be entirely comfortable with Mother. Part of the problem can be a feeling that Mom is difficult to please. (Remember, this is Danica’s projection.) Danica’s self-esteem will nevertheless need extra support, so be sure to encourage her and offer appropriate praise when she excels. Just as important, be aware of how any criticism is presented, since Danica may feel it very deeply.
Sometimes a Moon-Venus aspect such as this means that Mother seems to be attempting to live her artistic fantasies vicariously through her child. If that is the case, Danica could feel bound by the expectations and preferences of her mother, and hence feel very frustrated in her attempts to express her own creativity.
The Moon being harmoniously connected with Mars adds a tendency to see Mother as assertive, strong-willed, and ready to stand up for her own rights and beliefs. Since the model that Mother presents can be especially significant to a child, it’s important for Mom to show Danica how to stand up for personal needs in a healthy way.
In addition, a strongly flowing Moon-Jupiter connection suggests the image of a mother who encourages her child to expand and grow — perhaps a bit too much. (“Now, eat everything on your plate!”) This expansion also involves Danica’s moral sense, which is likely to be modeled after her mother’s. Danica looks to Mother for confidence and optimism, and may see her as the ultimate spiritual teacher.
Through her chart’s harmonious contact between Moon and Neptune, Danica may have the feeling that Mother is a source of spiritual and mystical power. In some instances, Mother may personify a kind of ideal of perfection, especially in the sense of goddess-like qualities. The intuitive connection with Mother may also be quite profound and special to this child.
A flowing Moon-Pluto connection can stimulate a child to project an absorbing power onto Mother. Watch out, since Danica may be sure that Mom has eyes in the back of her head! To this child, Mother seems like the ultimate healer. Because Mother seems to be the one who can connect to the power of transformation and regeneration, Danica will have a specially strong need to be around Mother during any crisis.
How She Will See Father
Perceptions of her father and other male nurturing figures are mainly symbolized by the placement of the Sun in Danica’s chart. The Sun, the primary masculine energy in astrology, is also described as a person’s sense of self. A true sense of self is very limited in a young child, who is unlikely to “own” these qualities until the preteen years or later. Nevertheless, the development of self may be strongly tied to the initial relationship with the father and, later, to interactions with other significant male figures. If these important people in her early life are supportive and consistent, Danica will come to feel that her own individuality is reliable and strong.
With her Sun in Capricorn, Danica may tend to see Father as the rule-maker and disciplinarian. Father is the one who shows her how to handle the world, and he provides structure until this child can provide structure for herself. For Danica, Dad’s acknowledgment and approval are marks of real progress.
Danica’s Sun in the Fifth House needs Daddy to be a playmate. This child will gain great inspiration from the times when she shares pleasurable activities with Dad. Also, if Danica is involved in anything special, Daddy needs to be there to give his stamp of approval. Otherwise, Dad’s absence will be sorely felt.
A connection between Danica’s Sun and Jupiter is likely to be projected as a kind of Santa Claus image, reinforcing her view of Father as the great provider. If, however, Dad provides many material things to compensate for a lack of time spent with her, it could cause problems. Danica is nevertheless likely to view Father as optimistic and enthusiastic, and she will tend to look especially to her dad to provide inspiration and praise for her achievements.
A Sun-Neptune contact such as Danica’s often indicates problems in perceiving the father, or a father who is in some sense not there. A child can over-idealize Dad or other male figures, and see only the illusion. For example, Danica could expect Dad to be saintly, and be disappointed when he turns out to be all too human.
Viewing a primary role model through rose-colored glasses can produce problems in a child’s own perception of Self later on. It’s therefore crucial that Danica have a realistic and close contact with Dad or other male figures early in her life. With this aspect, Father’s sharing of his spirituality and creativity could be an especially enriching influence, but Father also needs to show his humanity.
It could be helpful if Danica has a male mentor, perhaps someone who is easier for this child to identify with than Dad is. This doesn’t necessarily mean someone who takes a fatherly role, but rather a male figure who provides a complementary influence in the child’s development. More than most, Danica needs to have a male to idealize, and while that may be quite a tall order for Father, another man could be up to the task.
The influence of the Sun in connection with Pluto can add a perception of Father as all-knowing, all-powerful and omniscient. Despite the fact that Dad may think that he’s just a regular guy, Danica may see Dad as a superhero. This can block Danica’s ability to assert her own personal power. After all, how could she ever match up to something like that?
It’s also possible that Danica could perceive Father as ruthless, or feel that Dad doesn’t want her to exist. Sometimes these images are not even projected by the father himself. They can come about through the child’s fantasies and the impressions that she’s gleaned from observing life. However the child arrives at these conclusions, Father will need to remind her continually that she is genuinely loved and appreciated.
If, for any reason, Danica experiences separation from her Father, she’s likely to feel especially wounded. The resentment arising from this could be projected onto other men — such as stepfathers, teachers, or authority figures — and could reinforce Danica’s sense that she is somehow unworthy. It’s therefore crucial that Dad and other male figures in Danica’s life understand the surprisingly deep impact that their actions and attitudes can have upon this child’s perceptions.
Authority Figures and Stabilizing Influences
Another important need that children have is for solidity, structure and safety — and most children look to their parents to establish this for them. Though Danica will learn about these eventually, as a small child she won’t be capable of understanding the ways of the world, nor will she understand the need for limits. It’s up to parents and teachers to set these limits and expose her to the rules of life. These rules, tests and structures are shown in her chart by Saturn.
Many children are anything but delighted at the prospect of being “responsible” — that’s what adults are supposed to be, not kids! Therefore, especially in childhood, Saturn energy may much of the time feel judgmental and limiting. Nevertheless, Saturn brings the discipline, structure, stability and relationship to tradition that every child needs.
Saturn will show how Danica needs to be stabilized and what she requires in terms of a sense of safety and security. Male and female parents, as well as teachers, can provide this stabilizing function in her life. The placement of Danica’s Saturn will also show how she will relate to other authority figures and to authority in general.
Danica’s Saturn in Scorpio needs permission to explore life’s deeper questions without feeling that this will undermine her acceptance by the family. Danica also needs to feel that it’s okay to experience life’s inevitable changes and transformations.
Her Saturn being in the Fourth House adds a special need for a sound home environment and a sense of family continuity. Danica will find it especially confirming to have parents who show respect for the family. Learning the importance of family tradition and the best ways to incorporate those traditions into her life will increase her sense of security. However, if she learns from parents that these traditions carry guilt, the result could be quite different.
As Danica moves through the various stages of childhood, she will be able to take all the qualities and expressions that she once saw through others, and incorporate them into herself. The examples that Danica observes may become the pattern for her own self-expression. In some instances, however, she may see something that isn’t worth emulating. That, too, can be a part of her learning process. During her childhood, Danica will have a grand opportunity to experiment and learn — hopefully while under the protective guidance of a loving family.
Here we’ve looked at the building blocks for the person who will become Danica as an adult. Childhood is a critical time because its vestiges remain throughout a person’s life. To some degree, these fragments will play a role in her personal creativity, career choices and life path for many years to come.
I hope that this look at Danica’s astrological chart has enlarged your understanding of the unique gifts, needs, problems and potentialities that she’s brought with her into this lifetime. Perhaps by reading it you will have gained some insights that will enable you to further her chances of having a happy and fulfilling life, and of growing into the person she was meant to be.
May you savor the wonder of this precious new person, and enjoy every moment of your journey together!
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