Readings for Babies and Children




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Readings for Babies and Children 



As a newborn child takes its first independent breath, it also takes on the pattern of archetypal energies that permeates the child’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual being at that moment. Regardless of whether or not the birth is induced the chart always fits the person. It can be seen that a child is always born at the right time by the uncanny similarities between its own chart and those of the parents and grandparents. While I do not see astrology as a rival or replacement for parental instinct, it can certainly assist our efforts as parents.

For the first six to nine months after birth, the child does not feel itself to be a separate individual. During this 'oral phase', the Moon in the chart is the most important factor, showing how the child experiences the psychological womb in which s/he still exists. The Moon’s placement in the chart, by sign, house and aspects to other points, usually shows a mixture of flowing and tense dynamics. Areas of tension in the newborn’s experience, once known to the care-givers, can be eased by taking the appropriate measures (in as far as this is practical, and balanced with the needs of other members of the family.)


As the child becomes more aware of its separateness, other chart factors become more significant. Mercury, which symbolises the urge to explore and make connections, and the ability to develop both mental and physical dexterity, becomes important. The rising point, or Ascendant, which colours our general manner of approaching the world is increasingly expressed, as are the Sun and Mars, which, at this stage of development, signify the first emergence of the will and the sense of being able to act upon the world (the 'terrible twos'!). A Venusian phase follows where the child begins to explore the issue of relationships and self-worth (called by some psychologists the Oedipal stage, or Elektra stage for a girl.) The birth chart will show how the child tends to experience these various stages, including where they may need extra support and understanding.


Particular parts of the birth chart can be examined to see how a child is predisposed to view different areas of life – what s/he will attract from, how s/he will selectively perceive, and how s/he will approach such experiences as being mothered, being fathered, sibling relationships, schooling and play. If any such experiences are likely to feel difficult to the child, then the care givers are prepared and can do much to make these formative early encounters more comfortable and reassuring for the child.


The continually changing planetary patterns in the Solar System after birth (called transits and progressions) reflect the stimulation of the original seed potentials. Some of this timing is unique to each child, but there are certain ages which almost always bring some kind of initiation. For example, at around seven years of age Saturn’s position along the zodiac is ninety degrees from its position at birth, and then a hundred and eighty years at aged fourteen. The universal significance of these ages in childhood development is well established. Even with these shared experiences, the quality of energy seeking to emerge into consicousness is unique for each child - the birth chart casts light on such particulars. Other transits and progressions will be unique to that child, both in nature and timing.


Transits and progressions can be used to better understand the affect that an event will have on a child. Two people of any age can experience the same event in very different ways, and this applies especially to children, who have not yet developed a capacity to stand back from a situation and look at it more objectively. This, plus the fact that a child cannot always explain how s/he is feeling, make this a very valuable use of astrology. Much can be done to soften the impact of an event on a child if one has some extra 'inside information'.


Once in the education system, a child's natural pace and manner of blossoming may not always accord with the curriculum and the agenda behind it. A child’s birth chart and the transits and progressions which lead on from it validate the child’s natural process and offer reassurance to the care givers when the child seems to be struggling with the requirements of schooling. For example if a child is going through a rather dreamy phase because her/his imaginative and spiritual powers are being awakened at that time, progress in subjects like maths may be less than was previously the case. Astrology offers insight into such times that may be useful in helping her/him to get the most from them, while putting everyone's mind at ease about areas of learning or experience that may temporarily suffer.