Working with your birth chart

Natal chart or birth chart, from The Big Bend Sentinel

I have not studied much traditional astrology. I have done most of my intense studying in the modern vein, reading Dane Rudhyar, Steven Forest, Steven Arroyo, Robert Hand, Isabel Hickey, and many others. To be perfectly honest about it, I have always bristled at words like “detriment,” “fall,” “malefic,” and “benefic.” Why would some planetary placements be better or worse than others? Who made these distinctions and why? My chart is full of squares (Saturn and Uranus being the tightest), oppositions (Mercury opposite Jupiter/Chiron), my Sun/Pluto is in my 12th house, my Moon/Mars is in my 8th house, and I have not one but two Yods. To be fair, I have some trines too. However, if I subscribed to the traditional way of viewing planetary positions and aspects, I would have crawled into a hole by now and given up. 

Saturn is one of the traditional malefic planets (Mars being the other), and I am certain Pluto would be considered malefic too if the ancients had known about it. But Saturn and Pluto play big roles in my chart, with Pluto being the ruler (as my Ascendant is in Scorpio and I use the modern rulers) and conjunct my Sun, and Saturn conjunct my Midheaven and square my Uranus which is conjunct my Ascendant. Yet Pluto is really just the composter, the one who takes the energies that are no longer serving you and transforms them into compost for the next stage of your evolution. We are a part of nature, and nature is not static. Nature is dynamic and always cycling through the processes of growth and decay, birth and death, creation and destruction. We are not separate from these cycles. And Saturn is the teacher, the mentor, the one who is leading us to our mastery. Being infinite consciousness incarnated as you in time and space, you came here to be you and no one else, and we only have so much time, attention, and energy to be and do us. Saturn helps us by giving us form and structure and then limiting us. When you are trying to be someone you are not, Saturn will block your path, in essence saying, “no, that’s not who you are or what you came to do.”  

I have also seen a lot of fear around Eclipses. But Eclipses are actually energetic portals that bring the past and future together into the present to shift your life in a more fulfilling and soul-aligned direction. This upcoming Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius is partile opposite my Moon and Mars conjunction in Gemini. And I am really excited. What amazing opportunities are going to be opened up for me with this Eclipse portal? Eclipses, or any transit that has the potential to bring changes into your life, can be viewed as energetic realignments with your soul and its intentions for you in this lifetime. If you are consciously working with your energies and surfing the cosmic waves, then even if a big wave heads your way, you can at least be emotionally and mentally prepared for it with the understanding that change is inevitable and it means you are growing and evolving. 2020 has been a big wave for everyone, and I can honestly say that knowing the astrology and how it is affecting me and my natal chart has totally kept me from losing my s**t even as I have been battered around and experienced quite a bit of loss in my life. 

There is also a lot of talk about the Moon’s Nodes or the Nodes of Fate. Carl Jung once said, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Consider the Nodes like beacons in your chart, the South Node showing you where you can get stuck in comfortable patterns and stagnate and the North Node showing you how you can grow and feel the most fulfilled. It is always our choice to follow the signs or not, but feeling unfulfilled and like there is something big missing from your life is a truly terrible feeling to live with. I did for decades. It is far better to be working with my energies and actually have the free will to choose how I show up in my life. 

I really like Rick Levine, and I have been watching his monthly forecasts on YouTube for a few years now. Well, he started doing a weekly podcast earlier this year for Astrology Hub with Amanda Pua Walsh called the Cosmic Connection. It is totally brilliant, and I highly recommend it. He recently did an episode called “Healthy Ways to Deal with Difficult Aspects.” This will help you appreciate your chart even more. 

And if you are still bemoaning your chart, I just want to remind you that your words and beliefs have power. If you are worried that your “malefic” aspects are going to ruin your life or that your Sun is going to get transited by Pluto or Eclipsed and you are certain that means your life is over, then that is what will happen. Consider the placebo and nocebo effect and choose to see your chart as a map to your greatest potential unfoldment.   

So how do you work with your chart? You approach it with reverence and curiosity. It is the seed-pattern of your soul, and as you learn to read and live its patterns, more beauty unfolds in your life. Because ultimately your chart is perfect. You chose it. If you can follow its guidance, you will grow into the person you were always meant to be.    

Published by Kandy Williams

I am an astrologer, healer, and artist. I love nature, creativity, and learning (especially anything that helps me understand myself, others, and the world better and live a more fulfilled life). I am very heart-centered and open-minded and believe that we are all sparks of divinity in form.

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