Your Spiritual Path

for Shirley MacLaine


by Stephanie Clement, Ph.D.














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Your Chart Data

Name: Shirley MacLaine
Date: Apr 24, 1934
Time: 03:57:00 PM EST +05:00
Place: Richmond,VA
077W27'38" 37N33'13"


Planet

Sign

Position

House


House Cusps

Sun

Taurus

03°Ta59'

08th


01 29°Vi10'

Moon

Virgo

06°Vi58'

12th


02 25°Li42'

Mercury

Aries

15°Ar26'

07th


03 26°Sc06'

Venus

Pisces

17°Pi55'

06th


04 29°Sg04'

Mars

Taurus

01°Ta40'

08th


05 02°Aq03'

Jupiter

Libra

16°Li19' R

01st


06 02°Pi31'

Saturn

Aquarius

26°Aq35'

05th


07 29°Pi10'

Uranus

Aries

27°Ar46'

08th


08 25°Ar42'

Neptune

Virgo

09°Vi47' R

12th


09 26°Ta06'

Pluto

Cancer

22°Ca36'

10th


10 29°Ge04'

Midheaven

Gemini

29°Ge04'

10th


11 02°Le03'

Ascendant

Virgo

29°Vi10'

01st


12 02°Vi31'


Interpretation text copyright 2001 by Stephanie Clement
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Your Spiritual Path

Each of us has the potential to develop along psychic, intuitive and spiritual lines into the person who best suits our natural gifts. There are essentially three possibilities for how that development may occur:

1. Along the lines dictated by our family, peers and social milieu: Most of us are taught a set of rules as children. Some of those rules prove to be very useful, and some lessons prove to be detrimental to our development, or at least not helpful.

2. Along the lines suggested by your own conscious mind: Each of us is born with the capacity to learn. The person inside us is the life and light of the mind.

3. The inevitable path is a combination of these two possibilities. No one can develop precisely the way someone else dictates. And no one can develop to suit individual desires with no connection to the outer world.

When individuals develop along the lines reflected by their astrological chart, the fullest expression of natural potential is possible. The birth chart places you at the center of your world, and shows your personal relationship to the Sun, Moon and planets. This is the astrological approach to spiritual understanding. It is not limited to one religious sect or emotional expression. The birth chart presents the possibilities that vibrate within your soul, and indicates which will be easier or more difficult to manage.

Your goal or mission is indicated by your natal chart, but you fully understand it only if you are open to the inner spiritual voice that is always present, and is truly your devoted life companion.

The best spiritual path is one that allows you to use your natural talents and skills. Sometimes your latent abilities will require training and practice to develop into spiritual tools. In this report we will consider a number of possibilities to help you get a sense of your talents, and how to develop and use them.



Your Creative Process

The Sun is the source of all physical life as we know it. As children develop, Sun sign characteristics are colored by family circumstances, cultural values, and other environmental influences. Yet we develop according to our own individual character IN SPITE of everything. The voice within us will not be denied. It cannot be eradicated and it never gives up. When we are on an appropriate path to our true spiritual destiny our inner voice is a gentle guide. When we stray into less productive territory, the voice becomes more forceful. When we attempt to stifle this inner voice of character, it waits patiently for the proper moment and speaks again. The Sun sign reveals your conscious attitude toward the external world. The following description of the Sun explores your natural tendencies of mental style and action.

With the Sun in Taurus, you are primarily the Sensation type. Sensation types are primarily interested in practical considerations of the world. They will look at the actualities - facts first. They depend on their five normal senses for perception. They wish to have the experience, not hear about it from others. Sensation types learn by doing, so the learning process may be slower. To be satisfied, they need to go over things carefully. They are not less intelligent because they go slower - they are more careful. When given the time to assimilate information, the sensation type may remember it longer and understand the practical uses in more detail. Studying the theory of engineering may be difficult for the sensation type, but the application is their forte. You demand satisfaction all along the way, and will not select occupations that are without positive feedback. You are a healthy consumer, loving life and what it has to offer on the material level and you are best in careers involving real "stuff". You would be a good real estate person, interior decorator, or chef. You enjoy working with your hands and can make this part of the vocation or at least an avocation. You would be a good doctor or health care professional. Any career that requires attention to and intimate understanding of the details is suited to the sensation type. You generally focus on practical considerations first, and you rely on your five normal senses for perception. You first seek to have an experience, not hear about it from others. You learn by doing, and thus may be a bit slower than some people, but once you know something, you know it forever. You may need to go over things carefully. Once learned, you can apply information to the tasks you set for yourself. The sensation type's approach to the spiritual side of life is no different. You seek the facts. You want a practical application of whatever you are learning. When contact with the spirit world feel ungrounded, you will find a way to re-establish a level of comfort in the work. You also will not be satisfied with your spiritual work until you can express it concretely in the world in some way.

How You Express Your Will

The Sun indicates your will power and its direction. One of the reasons we can identify Sun signs in other people is that they are often willful in their actions. Especially in childhood they are determined, demanding and rebellious against anything that does not conform to their will. The Children of each Sun show us the power of will. The information about your Sun sign focuses on the potential expression (and the associated undercurrents).

I will be persistent (even after I can see that there is not good reason to proceed further). I will be generous (even when I give away things I truly need). I will be devoted (beyond any logic). I will be possessive (when sharing would gain me a loyal friend). I will persist (even to the edge of doom, or when it is unnecessary).

Your Sun is in the 8th house. You appear fearless as you travel through a life filled with change. You face transitions frequently enough that no one would think you are unfamiliar with death and transformation. Sometimes you over-extend yourself, and seem to challenge the Fates by acting recklessly. For you to understand the shaman's message, you must become the shaman. But you don't have to die to gather the necessary wisdom. Rather, you need to die to the desire to use your power only for yourself, and learn to share it with others. If you cannot share, then you must at least use your power wisely so that you hurt no one in your personal quest. Sexual energy is a profound source of pain and pleasure for you. Physical contact with a partner is often necessary for your well-being and health. When you deepen a connection with another person, you transcend your normal perceptions and enter a space where life is illuminated by more than physical senses. Ecstatic experience may first be found in sexual union, but that is only the beginning. You may find that any experience can evoke the memories, the feelings, even the peak of sexual ecstasy.

Aspects of the Sun

The spiritual character you portray to the world is a comfortable reflection of the spirit within your being. You move through life with serenity born of the fact that your expression reflects your inner nature clearly. You devote yourself to each of life's experiences. If you can't do something wholeheartedly, then you may decide not to do it at all. You make spiritual progress through your own efforts, and may reach extraordinary heights. Your revolutionary attitude causes you to leave one spiritual idea and move to the next. You will benefit by retaining the value from the past while moving toward the future. You have an unusual knack for joining apparently disparate ideas into a logical whole. Psychic perception is part and parcel of your daily life. These perceptions develop into sympathy in an ordinary sense, and later into empathy for all living things. Psychic ability manifests easily once you allow it. As you move through life, you find that what you know about yourself more and more closely approximates your inner spiritual being. You are able to evaluate your spiritual position with great precision.



Core Beliefs

Much of the pain and limitation we experience is the result of being taught so-called "truths" that are incompatible with our core beliefs. Family and society train us, and sometimes little is done to nurture our individual realities. It is up to you to identify and nurture the values that are meaningful to you. When the filtering process is undertaken, you uncover a "truth" that is unique to you.

The Moon

The Moon reflects the soul. It governs fluids in your body and imagination in your mind. It generally represents a less conscious part of your being, and reflects the quality and flexibility of your memory. If the Sun indicates the most likely course of your spiritual path, the Moon indicates some of the qualities of the path itself.

With the Moon in Virgo, your secondary mental style is primarily the Sensation type. There is a practical side to your nature that comes from deep within. On the surface you are not focused on the material side of life, but your inner voice is always presenting some grounded argument that guides your actions. Thus, no matter what you are involved in, there is a considered quality to your actions that generally brings solid results. Your psychic senses run to the physical. You may be able to dowse for lost objects or water, for example. Or you may find that you sense oncoming illness in yourself and others. To develop this capacity further, you may want to record your psychic sensations and track them. Anytime you have communication with your less conscious side, it is important to acknowledge it in some way - to show respect for its power. You don't have to act in every instance, but you can acknowledge that you have received the information. If you don't the signal may become more distressing, or the voice may sink into silence.

You carefully consider your beliefs before you make any changes, examining the history, texture and value of each one. You understand your past and use it to achieve your practical goals.

Aspects of the Moon

The spiritual character you portray to the world is a comfortable reflection of the spirit within your being. You move through life with serenity born of the fact that your expression reflects your inner nature clearly. The spirit within you desires material expression, and you search fearlessly for the way to show how you feel to others. People find they can depend on your devotion to your principles. You can feel change coming long before it arrives. Occasionally you misjudge the nature of that change, but as you develop your psychic senses, you become a better judge of events. You live on the edge and expose yourself to negative influences if you aren't careful to make objective evaluations of others.

The Fourth House

The sign on the Fourth House cusp indicates the filter through which you view your core beliefs. It is the wellspring of all the best, most creative and most powerful ideas you will have throughout your lifetime. It indicates the refrain that the inner voice sings to you when you are sad or filled with joy, when you are pessimistic or optimistic, when you are afraid or when you are experiencing the power of love in your life.

You have Sagittarius on the Fourth House cusp. Your core beliefs center on spiritual aspirations. All the window dressing of day-to-day experience aside, at the core you understand that you are a spiritual being. Early childhood training may have imposed a specific set of spiritual values on you, and these may not be values that resonate with you. A significant part of your path may relate to discovering different systems and digesting the part that is meaningful to you in this lifetime.

You may have focused your energies on intellectual development. This can be very valuable to you, or it can be a trap in which you address the rational, logical side of what you learn, without experiencing the intuitive, spiritual values that underlay just about everything. By the same token, intellectual development provides a substantial foundation on which to construct your spiritual value system. A set of values without logical coherence would be difficult to implement.

As your spiritual values begin to provide a single direction for your life, it is even more important to be certain you are being driven by your own values. And as you press forward you may find that other people, lacking the same kind of focus in their lives, will not appreciate your ability to cut through unimportant details to the heart of matters you find significant. They will want to beat around the bush to assuage their own desires - desires that have little or nothing to do with the problem at hand. You will need to keep your eye on your spiritual goal while exercising patience with others.




Communication and Mental Development

Most of us were taught a set of "truths" in childhood and we were expected to accept them. To supplement what you have been taught by your parents, teachers, and the world at large, you need to develop a spiritual learning style that works for you. If you then decide to teach others, you must develop communication skills that let you share these experiences clearly and meaningfully with your students.

Training Your Conscious Mind

Three factors contribute to your ability to train your conscious mind for spiritual development:

* the natural direction of your thinking

* training to take advantage of this direction

* training your nervous system, and learning to respond to it

Element of Mercury

The angel Raphael is associated with healing in the Bible. The capacity for both companionship and healing forms the essence of Mercury's expression.

With Mercury in Aries, your communication style is primarily the Intuitive type. Spiritual healing and well being develop through the conflict between the present and the future. Because healing energy is directed through intellect, you benefit from mental training that focuses on listening to intuition and feelings first, and then seeks ways to confirm that information through logical means. Healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels occurs when conflict is accepted and examined, and then resolved.

Training the conscious mind involves reasoning on the conscious level. Spiritual Education teaches how to engage your intuitive function. Intuition can be trained. Mercury reflects a specific way for you to learn about intuition. See the section on Uranus for more information on your intuitive ability.

Your intuition grows when you focus on your intuitive impulse, compare it to what you see around you in the world, and discriminate between what is outside yourself and what is coming from inside. You have the power of observation and the ability to listen to others. Clarity of intuition grows when you accept and work with each insight.

Your Mercury is in the 7th House. Partners are a strong component of your mental life. By talking with a trusted partner, you learn both how to listen and how to speak. You develop sensitivity to others, and therefore sensitivity to your inner voice. Listen first, then determine how to communicate.

Mercury Aspects

You take an intellectual approach to relationships, and thus you learn spiritual values through listening and study. Develop your ability to speak clearly so that you can learn even more. Contemplative practice may help you to focus your thoughts and become less absent-minded.



Self Esteem and the Development of Spiritual Partnerships

The power of mind is unlimited, except by our own thinking. As you proceed along the spiritual path, self-esteem grows. Relationship with another person is a powerful force for the development of self-esteem and for spiritual growth.

Venus has been called the alter ego of the Earth. Very close to the same size as the earth, Venus has an atmosphere inhospitable to human life. The inner reaches of the unconscious mind were long thought to be inhospitable as well. Modern psychology has delved into the mechanism of mind, and religious mystics have long studied the rocky terrain to be found within each of us. The consensus is that to evolve spiritually, we must first look at ourselves. One way to do this is through relationship with others.

Romantic, business and other relationships all offer us the opportunity to project our thoughts onto other people. The evolutionary nature of a relationship allows us to explore our desires. Then we can achieve spiritual connections that transcend sexual expression.

Right relationships between people provides inner awareness that helps us to mediate between personality and soul, between physical life and higher consciousness. Only through fusion of these apparently separate facets of your being can you approach true knowledge.

The Planet Venus provides indications about your best approach to spiritual partnerships.

With Venus in Pisces, your best approach to healthy partnering is through the Feeling function. You gather concrete knowledge by talking about the subjects that interest you, and then listening. You like to know the name of everything, and often just the name tells you far more than most people learn though more serious study. You use the power of your mind to direct your feeling energy to help others.

You have a deep longing for meaningful love relationships in your life, and you may tend to give in to others in order to gain such a relationship. Because you are very impressionable, you will find that careful investigation into any new project or relationship will save you a lot of trouble.

Your Venus is in the 6th House. You are able to gather knowledge in on-the-job situations, and you benefit from strong, well-defined team involvement. While you recognize the difficulties of romance in the work place, you are sometimes strongly attracted to co-workers and may have to sort out complicated feelings in order to accomplish your work.

Venus Aspects

Your powerful artistic gifts can provide the media for your spiritual expression. Sometimes you are driven by physical compulsion to produce tangible works.



Doubt, Resistance, and the Development of Psychic Ability

The spiritual path has a number of potential pitfalls. Some of the most treacherous of these lie within our own minds. Our innermost thoughts become a prison, trapping us within walls of our own making. These may be the karmic result of the past, or they may be the result of recent actions. There are several ways we cause our own difficulties:

1) Secrets - Privacy and secrets are part of the picture. Children love the feeling of independence and power that comes with a secret. Problems only arise when the secrets we keep are detrimental to ourselves or to others.

2) Doubts - When a situation causes you to doubt, it is largely because it is incongruent with what you have learned in the past. You want something new, but your unconscious is in turmoil. You feel naughty, anxious, reluctant, or undeserving. Because of what you have learned from people you trust or from what you have read, you doubt your own decision-making ability.

3) Resistance - Resistance is not all bad. If change were too easy, we would have no stability. We could be talked into all sorts of things. What we need is a way to identify resistance for what it is, and then find ways to work with it.

Where your spiritual path is concerned, Neptune reveals how you handle secrets, how doubt arises for you, and also how to resolve resistance. One strategy involves your psychic ability.

Developing Your Psychic Ability

We use our psychic senses to understand the world of the present. You can train yourself to be more aware of the nuances of psychic awareness, and Neptune indicates how you can develop this ability. You will then connect with the earth and other people in new ways, and also confirm the significance of your spiritual values.

The Twelfth House

The sign on the Twelfth House indicates how you color issues of doubt and resistance. It also reflects your most direct approach to your psychic insights.

You have Virgo on the Twelfth House cusp. Before you can engage in spiritual service to others, you must learn about your inner thoughts and desires. A contemplative practice that takes you out of the hustle and bustle, and gets you to sit still will encourage your inner voice to reveal itself.


Planets in the Twelfth House

Planets in the Twelfth House have just risen over the horizon. They have a quality similar to the Sun in that they are casting their influence on you in a fresh, genuine expression of their energy. You accept this energy and consider it, but you may not choose to reveal your thoughts to anyone else.

Both doubts and psychic strengths are a reflection of planets in the Twelfth House that serve as guideposts along the path of self-discovery. Your private thoughts may center on the qualities these planets represent. Your teachers may exemplify the qualities of these planets to the extent that they reach your inner psychic core and help you understand your potential. In the end these planets indicate qualities that you can bring into the world to help others, as well as the feelings of compassion surrounding all your activities.

Moon in 12th House:

Institutional patterns have stamped your core beliefs with a nearly indelible set of strictures. You need private time in which to consider what remains valuable from the formal beliefs your family and childhood impressed on you. Use that time to meditate, read, study and then evaluate what works for you now.

Neptune in 12th House:

Your doubts come from deep within you and are connected to your past - both in this and previous lifetimes. You are able to understand past connections in other people too. You can be a direct channel for spirit messages, transmission from distant points, and subtle messages from people close to you.

Twelfth House Aspects

The spiritual character you portray to the world is a comfortable reflection of the spirit within your being. You move through life with serenity born of the fact that your expression reflects your inner nature clearly. The spirit within you desires material expression, and you search fearlessly for the way to show how you feel to others. People find they can depend on your devotion to your principles. You can feel change coming long before it arrives. Occasionally you misjudge the nature of that change, but as you develop your psychic senses, you become a better judge of events. You live on the edge and expose yourself to negative influences if you aren't careful to make objective evaluations of others. You can feel change coming long before it arrives. Occasionally you misjudge the nature of that change, but as you develop your psychic senses, you become a better judge of events. You live on the edge and expose yourself to negative influences if you aren't careful to make objective evaluations of others. Psychic perception is part and parcel of your daily life. These perceptions develop into sympathy in an ordinary sense, and later into empathy for all living things. Psychic ability manifests easily once you allow it.



Death and Transformation as Spiritual Processes

Pluto, Scorpio and the Eighth House in the birth chart deal with issues of death and transformation. On the spiritual path a shaman must undergo a death-like initiation in order to come into his or her shamanic powers. In our own lives we continually experience the death of old ways of being and the birth of new possibilities. Transformative events can teach lessons concerning your spiritual growth:

* They are signposts to indicate progress.

* They allow you to modify your behavior in positive ways.

* They remind you to be gentle and kind with yourself.

* They remind you to accept yourself as you are, and to move forward.

* They remind you to support and encourage the child within yourself, just as you would encourage another person.

The Eighth House in your chart defines the mechanisms for change and self-acceptance that are most appropriate for you. By understanding them you develop a sense of self and a set of behaviors that lead more directly to your goal. You discard behaviors that no longer serve you in your journey on the spiritual path.

Scorpio is the natural sign on the Eighth House, and the associated planet is Pluto. How appropriate that Pluto, mythological ruler of the underworld, should be the planetary ruler of the Eighth House of death and transformation.

Yet Pluto attracts the living, though it cannot hold on to them for long. So it is with life. We are attracted to one way of doing things, but we know that change is the only certainty in life. As we travel the spiritual path, we find that each ending is the source of a new beginning, and that we often benefit from even the most traumatic events. By descending into the world of darkness and pain, we borrow a bit of Pluto's power, so that on the next step along the path we are stronger and more courageous.

With Pluto in Cancer, your approach to death and transformation is primarily through the Feeling function. You have the innate capacity to engage feelings appropriate to the nature of events. If you have been discouraged from expressing those feelings, you may attempt to bury them deep within yourself. This is not helpful in the long run because the feelings resurface later or eat away at you internally. What works better is to find suitable ways to express your distress, fear, anger - even your joy. This involves having the conscious experience of feelings and evaluating them for yourself instead of suppressing them. While this is no easy task, it is possible for you to become a stable rock in the midst of a river of change. You have your feelings and continue to manage the tasks before you, and you may surprise yourself at how well you handle even severe traumas.

The influence of family and heritage is strong in your choice of personal direction in career, relationships, and spiritual matters. Yet you have the capacity to change the emotional parameters, and take off in a direction very different from your family.

Pluto Aspects

Your powerful artistic gifts can provide the media for your spiritual expression. Sometimes you are driven by physical compulsion to produce tangible works. You seek a leadership role in all your activities, and this is not less true in your spiritual life. You first need to learn the true synthesis of love and wisdom, so that you are worthy of the faith others place in you. And you must avoid the temptation to exploit situations just because you can. Each person you meet holds the promise of transformation - for you and for themselves. Your path includes the ability to facilitate change on a higher creative plane, elevating people out of their fear and sorrow. In this sense you are a very unusual agent of spiritual transmutation. You may benefit from the study of alchemy.

The Eighth House

The sign on the Eighth House cusp indicates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual approach you take when dealing with birth, death and transformation.

You have Aries on the Eighth House cusp. You want to get to the business of transformation. You have probably had an intuitive feeling that change was coming, and you may tend to rush through the actual moment of change. You understand the new possibilities that follow any change and you want to see and experience them. When you are stopped in the middle of a transformation process, you may find the philosophical or spiritual examination extremely uncomfortable. As a child all that discussion of possibilities left you stranded on a sidetrack of information that meant nothing to you personally. Yet you believe that the philosophical approach is worthwhile. It just isn't your style. It doesn't evoke courage within you, and it lacks the boldness of decision that characterizes your transformation process.


Planets in the Eighth House

Sun in 8th House:

You appear fearless as you travel through a life filled with change. You face transitions frequently enough that no one would think you are unfamiliar with death and transformation. Sometimes you over-extend yourself, and seem to challenge the Fates by acting recklessly. For you to understand the shaman's message, you must become the shaman. But you don't have to die to gather the necessary wisdom. Rather, you need to die to the desire to use your power only for yourself, and learn to share it with others. If you cannot share, then you must at least use your power wisely so that you hurt no one in your personal quest. Sexual energy is a profound source of pain and pleasure for you. Physical contact with a partner is often necessary for your well-being and health. When you deepen a connection with another person, you transcend your normal perceptions and enter a space where life is illuminated by more than physical senses. Ecstatic experience may first be found in sexual union, but that is only the beginning. You may find that any experience can evoke the memories, the feelings, even the peak of sexual ecstasy.

Mars in 8th House:

The focus of your spiritual persona is on issues of death and transformation. You seek experiences that help you to understand your own life and death cycle, with a desire to help others understand their own. A second issue that affects your path is your own sexuality. Physical desires can be very strong, and you need to develop judgment in this area of your life. Long term relationships transmute physical sexual drives into spiritually ecstatic experiences that lift you to peak moments of understanding.

Uranus in 8th House:

You tend to struggle along the spiritual path, but then you may struggle with many of your interactions with other people. Your forceful personality places you frequently "on the edge", and you become so accustomed to this that you are not happy when things are going too smoothly. You can become a bit reckless, and need to pay close attention to where you are going.

Spiritually you are attuned to the future through your intuition. You may see into the next day or next week, and you may be able to discern patterns that extend into the next lifetime. You have senses that reach out like feelers into the current of time. Often you know when major changes will occur for you or for people close to you. Sometimes the only thing you can do with this knowledge is relax into the changes. Have you received messages concerning the death of someone before or at the exact moment the death occurred? Have you received direct, clear messages or visitations from someone who has passed on? Even if neither of these has happened, you may be specially attuned to the transitions from one phase of life to another, and experience them before the actual event.

Eighth House Aspects

The spiritual character you portray to the world is a comfortable reflection of the spirit within your being. You move through life with serenity born of the fact that your expression reflects your inner nature clearly. You devote yourself to each of life's experiences. If you can't do something wholeheartedly, then you may decide not to do it at all. You make spiritual progress through your own efforts, and may reach extraordinary heights. Your revolutionary attitude causes you to leave one spiritual idea and move to the next. You will benefit by retaining the value from the past while moving toward the future. You have an unusual knack for joining apparently disparate ideas into a logical whole. Psychic perception is part and parcel of your daily life. These perceptions develop into sympathy in an ordinary sense, and later into empathy for all living things. Psychic ability manifests easily once you allow it. As you move through life, you find that what you know about yourself more and more closely approximates your inner spiritual being. You are able to evaluate your spiritual position with great precision. The spirit within you desires material expression, and you search fearlessly for the way to show how you feel to others. People find they can depend on your devotion to your principles. You devote yourself to each of life's experiences. If you can't do something wholeheartedly, then you may decide not to do it at all. You make spiritual progress through your own efforts, and may reach extraordinary heights. You may find that you go from one transformational situation to another, never really settling into any one thing. Yet you have the endurance necessary for the long haul. Like certain of the Christian saints, you tend to accidentally fall into the spiritual experiences you need. This could be through a physical accident, or it may be that your intuition and energy bring you to the proper crossroads again and again. You tend to act from your own spiritual center, to the extent that you understand that center. Therefore it is worth your effort to examine your career, relationships, and personal motives in every area. Your revolutionary attitude causes you to leave one spiritual idea and move to the next. You will benefit by retaining the value from the past while moving toward the future. You have an unusual knack for joining apparently disparate ideas into a logical whole. Like certain of the Christian saints, you tend to accidentally fall into the spiritual experiences you need. This could be through a physical accident, or it may be that your intuition and energy bring you to the proper crossroads again and again. Bad things happen. This is a fact of life you must come to terms with. You have the spiritual depth to overcome the physical difficulties and to reach out for the spiritual intelligence behind any situation. Each person you meet holds the promise of transformation - for you and for themselves. Your path includes the ability to facilitate change on a higher creative plane, elevating people out of their fear and sorrow. In this sense you are a very unusual agent of spiritual transmutation. You may benefit from the study of alchemy. Your independence of mind is both the most difficult mental obstacle to overcome and the most refined mental state you can reach. This paradox occupies your thoughts and provides rich ground for spiritual development.



The Development of Intuition

Intuition is an ability beyond logical thinking. Through it you can consider future outcomes. In the Buddhist tradition, intuition is a mental ability, equal to intellect that can provide direct insight. In mathematics intuition is the capacity to "guess" the answer to a problem, skipping the regular logical processes.

Intuition is more than your inner voice. Intuition is one of the methods by which you understand the world. It is a skill you can develop and use consciously. Intuition often surfaces during meditation. When the mind is quiet, then intuition can be heard. Once trained, you can access intuition by stopping your normal waking process and entering the calm that you have cultivated.

The planet associated with intuition is Uranus. With Uranus in Aries, your intuition works best through the Intuitive function. Much of your inspiration for your work comes from intuitive insight into future applications and results of your efforts. As your confidence in this ability to forecast trends, you gain the trust of the people around you. You focus your connection to the spiritual realm through attention to potential future results of today's actions. You are inspired to be your best when you can foresee a positive outcome.

You are usually a step ahead of everyone else's game, reaching for the next good idea while handing off today's project to someone else to complete. You enjoy the moment of creation, but even more, the moment before.

Your Uranus is in the 8th House. You tend to struggle along the spiritual path, but then you may struggle with many of your interactions with other people. Your forceful personality places you frequently "on the edge", and you become so accustomed to this that you are not happy when things are going too smoothly. You can become a bit reckless, and need to pay close attention to where you are going.

Spiritually you are attuned to the future through your intuition. You may see into the next day or next week, and you may be able to discern patterns that extend into the next lifetime. You have senses that reach out like feelers into the current of time. Often you know when major changes will occur for you or for people close to you. Sometimes the only thing you can do with this knowledge is relax into the changes. Have you received messages concerning the death of someone before or at the exact moment the death occurred? Have you received direct, clear messages or visitations from someone who has passed on? Even if neither of these has happened, you may be specially attuned to the transitions from one phase of life to another, and experience them before the actual event.

Uranus Aspects

Your revolutionary attitude causes you to leave one spiritual idea and move to the next. You will benefit by retaining the value from the past while moving toward the future. You have an unusual knack for joining apparently disparate ideas into a logical whole. Like certain of the Christian saints, you tend to accidentally fall into the spiritual experiences you need. This could be through a physical accident, or it may be that your intuition and energy bring you to the proper crossroads again and again. Bad things happen. This is a fact of life you must come to terms with. You have the spiritual depth to overcome the physical difficulties and to reach out for the spiritual intelligence behind any situation. Each person you meet holds the promise of transformation - for you and for themselves. Your path includes the ability to facilitate change on a higher creative plane, elevating people out of their fear and sorrow. In this sense you are a very unusual agent of spiritual transmutation. You may benefit from the study of alchemy. Your independence of mind is both the most difficult mental obstacle to overcome and the most refined mental state you can reach. This paradox occupies your thoughts and provides rich ground for spiritual development.



The Midheaven: Self-Awareness and the Use of Intuition

How can you use your self-awareness to access intuition, a presumably involuntary, less conscious capacity? To take the direct, conscious path is challenging at best. This method only works if you can consciously enter unconscious territory, and by definition, that territory is unconscious because you cannot access it directly. You can rarely dive in intentionally.

You can wait for intuition to arise naturally without doing anything. Or you can practice meditation. It is fairly easy to learn and requires no particular physical or mental skills, except the ability to focus the mind.

In addition, you have specific avenues, or points of focus, to aid you in the practice. The sign on the Midheaven indicates an area of the subconscious that you can access through meditation, thereby identifying spiritual keys to your development. By going within, you find the higher values most suited to your own path.

With the Midheaven in Gemini, your self-awareness and your path to self-realization are primarily through the Thinking function.

Beneath the subconscious desire to hibernate in your own home, you discover the profound aspiration to develop a spiritual life. While your family may have focused on learning, travel, and formal religion, you are more interested in a mystical understanding of yourself in the phenomenal world. You do this through the cultivation of wisdom first, and then merge that wisdom with the love principle. Early in life you come to understand the fundamental dualism of the body/mind, and you grow out of a desire to simply satisfy the body. As an adult you transcend this duality and become more and more aware of the spiritual dualism that pervades your being. You come to see that the body is a vehicle - a servant - for spirit, and as such, the body must be carefully tended, but it no longer is the sole arbiter of comfort.

Keep in mind that your core beliefs will not become radically different. Rather, there is a building process you experience. Because Jupiter's action is to bring about a fusion of heart and mind, casting off old beliefs is not an effective approach. The melding of the old and new results in less influence from the old, as it is moderated by the spiritual insight you gain throughout your life. It is through synthesis of your experience that you approach your spiritual goals, and it is through this kind of understanding that you can act wisely and compassionately to help others.

Midheaven Aspects

As you move through life, you find that what you know about yourself more and more closely approximates your inner spiritual being. You are able to evaluate your spiritual position with great precision. You tend to act from your own spiritual center, to the extent that you understand that center. Therefore it is worth your effort to examine your career, relationships, and personal motives in every area. You have the structure within your spirit to organize and concentrate the teachings you experience. Much of this work may take place in isolation, as it is serious personal work. You have the endurance you need for your spiritual work. Your independence of mind is both the most difficult mental obstacle to overcome and the most refined mental state you can reach. This paradox occupies your thoughts and provides rich ground for spiritual development.



Karma and Dharma

Perhaps no single principle of Asian religions has fascinated us more than karma and its link to reincarnation. Karma refers to the cause and effect relationship between what we do and the results we get. Our actions bring reactions, constructive and not so constructive. However, everyday feedback often comes from individuals who are no more clear about their spiritual values than we are. So, what should you take seriously?

How does karma work in your life? Will it be played out in your next incarnation, or will you experience it in the here-and-now?

Certainly you do not have to believe in karma or reincarnation to make progress along your spiritual path. However, if you do astrology can offer insight into what factors in the past may be influencing you today. The following are suggestions concerning past influences. Think of them as relating to family and childhood experience, or you can relate them to your past lives, or both.

With Saturn in Aquarius, you experience karma and dharma primarily through the Thinking function. You exemplify the best of the thinking process when you are positioning yourself for effective action. You are well prepared to logically pursue intelligent activity in any area of life where thinking logically will prevail. You are willing to entertain the concept of past lives, but you will seldom get caught up in the emotions associated with the past. You will examine past events logically and consider how they impact on your present decisions, and you learn not to dwell on things that cannot be changed. You make decisions that are generally considered to be wise by your peers. They may approach you with passionate arguments, strange futuristic plans, or even hard-edged "facts," but you apply your logic equally to each of these, and make decisions that everyone can live with. In preparing for the future, you are able to formulate a plan and project it into the future mentally, observing how the turnings of each part of the plan affect other systems. Your plans become more effective when you seek the counsel of individuals who use each of the four strategies in their planning, as you can make use of their thinking style within your logical approach.

Social situations bring out the best in you. You are effective in groups and are able to encourage harmonious relationships among others. Your mental approach to planning needs the solid foundation these other people can provide through their diverse viewpoints.

Your Saturn is in the 5th House. Intensely loyal, you are very reliable and expect both from other people. Romantic love may be hampered by your sense of caution - or even shyness - that keeps you from being open to physical expression. You are able to perceive the structure of creative potential in all areas of your life, and find spiritual meaning in creative projects.

Saturn Aspects

You may find that you go from one transformational situation to another, never really settling into any one thing. Yet you have the endurance necessary for the long haul. Bad things happen. This is a fact of life you must come to terms with. You have the spiritual depth to overcome the physical difficulties and to reach out for the spiritual intelligence behind any situation. You have the structure within your spirit to organize and concentrate the teachings you experience. Much of this work may take place in isolation, as it is serious personal work. You have the endurance you need for your spiritual work.



Transcendent Values

Behind what you know about yourself - behind all other considerations of spirituality, lie the transcendent values that are most important to you. These are the values you have worked to discover from among all the rules you have been taught. They are the reason you have read books, studied with teachers, privately pondered and examined the events of your life. They are the fundamental principles that you believe will help you find fulfillment as a human being. As such they are the source of energy behind your self-awareness, the motivation of your spiritual search, and the principles that you apply to your dharma, or life path.

With Jupiter in Libra, your approach to and understanding of transcendant values is primarily through the Thinking function. Regardless of your typical mental style, indicated by the element occupied by the Sun, you tend to process best through thinking, and through the skillful use of words. You aspire to more perfect expression, both within yourself and in the social realm. Mental and spiritual training benefit you by providing rigorous reasoning skills and by opening your heart to the intuitive information that flows around you. Even when you have achieved fusion of heart and mind, you find that your mental process and expression focus on intellect and the thinking process. You may come to trust your intuition deeply, but you gain this level of confidence through testing your intuitive knowledge logically and rationally. You understand that the cycle of cause and effect begins on the mental plane, descends through the emotional realm, and manifests in the physical world.

You have a strong sense of justice, and are well able to work for the public good. You may tend to depend on cooperation from others more than you need to. Contemplative practice develops the capacity to depend on your inner resources first.

Aspects of the Jupiter

You take an intellectual approach to relationships, and thus you learn spiritual values through listening and study. Develop your ability to speak clearly so that you can learn even more. Contemplative practice may help you to focus your thoughts and become less absent-minded. You seek a leadership role in all your activities, and this is not less true in your spiritual life. You first need to learn the true synthesis of love and wisdom, so that you are worthy of the faith others place in you. And you must avoid the temptation to exploit situations just because you can.

The Ninth House

You have Taurus on the Ninth House cusp. The first transcendent value for you to understand is the capacity to express your inner urges on the physical plane. While stubbornness is nobody's idea of transcendent expression, it is the source of your persistent efforts to express yourself. With practice you arrive at the second value - will and intelligence working together. As you identify and pursue your soul's purpose, you find that you are no longer acting out of personal desire, but that an impulse to love others is guiding you. The third value is the use of spiritual will. At this level you will understand the unity of mind, and you will be able to move in a spiritual direction, using the persistence you developed on the physical plane, along with intelligence guided by love. The power you will have then truly transcends ordinary physical limits.



Mars: Your Spiritual Persona

Mars indicates an area of life that is vitally important to your spiritual growth. Whatever path you choose, this factor will come up again and again. Others will see how it affects you, but they are unlikely to understand the depth of its significance. You yourself may not understand the power of this influence on your life.

The Element of Mars

Mars is naturally associated with Aries, a fire sign. Traditionally Mars was also associated with Scorpio, a water sign. Thus the expression of Mars shares the nature of these two elements to some extent. The movement between water and fire involves the capacity for discriminating awareness. Mars governs the five senses-touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell. The position of Mars directly reflects your capacity to relate to the world through your senses.

With Mars in Taurus, your spiritual persona is expressed most fluently through the Sensation function. You are generally practical in your activities. If it has no hope of reaping actual, measurable results, then you just won't do it. This practical streak carries over into the spiritual realm as a desire to develop a regular practice that deepens your sense of devotion to a teacher or to a body of understanding about your true purpose. On the material level your actions are designed to help you acquire whatever you need, but also to acquire those material things that enhance your feeling of comfort and richness. On the spiritual level your devotional practice-prayer, meditation, good works-also focus on a goal. Many teachers suggest that meditation has no goal, but in our culture you are almost certainly seeking something from whatever you do, including the spiritual direction you take.

The sign placement of Mars is significant to developing your spiritual persona. The sign colors the message you receive concerning the direction your spiritual path will take. Here are three personality traits associated with Mars in your chart: Persistence, Generosity, Patience. If you consider each trait and consciously evoke it in your daily activities, you will find that the path becomes more fulfilling, more insightful, and easier. By actively devoting energy to the development of the traits of your Mars, you spontaneously develop several traits associated with other signs.

House Placement of Mars

Your Mars is in the 8th House. The focus of your spiritual persona is on issues of death and transformation. You seek experiences that help you to understand your own life and death cycle, with a desire to help others understand their own. A second issue that affects your path is your own sexuality. Physical desires can be very strong, and you need to develop judgment in this area of your life. Long term relationships transmute physical sexual drives into spiritually ecstatic experiences that lift you to peak moments of understanding.

Mars Aspects

The spirit within you desires material expression, and you search fearlessly for the way to show how you feel to others. People find they can depend on your devotion to your principles. You devote yourself to each of life's experiences. If you can't do something wholeheartedly, then you may decide not to do it at all. You make spiritual progress through your own efforts, and may reach extraordinary heights. You may find that you go from one transformational situation to another, never really settling into any one thing. Yet you have the endurance necessary for the long haul. Like certain of the Christian saints, you tend to accidentally fall into the spiritual experiences you need. This could be through a physical accident, or it may be that your intuition and energy bring you to the proper crossroads again and again. You tend to act from your own spiritual center, to the extent that you understand that center. Therefore it is worth your effort to examine your career, relationships, and personal motives in every area.



The Ascendant: Expressing Spirit in the World

The Ascendant provides a personal anchor for understanding spiritual potential and process in the birth chart. It shows how you express yourself in the world. This is because the rising sign represents choice - you choose what you want to show to the world. Ultimately, however, you come back to the Sun sign on the spiritual level.

Each person learns about the Sun sign's higher spiritual values and cultivates those values by developing the positive traits of the Ascendant. Each sign as it rises brings to light different personality traits, different physical appearance, and a different sense of spiritual direction. The rising sign offers a container for your experimentation with constructive, creative personal choices about how to act in the world. Later you can take this practice back to the Sun sign and master its lessons.

Remember that the Midheaven and Ascendant depend on an accurate birth time. If you have no idea of your birth time, the material included here may help you to focus on a spiritual persona for yourself.

Your Rising Sign (Ascendant)

The most pervasive trait of the Virgo Ascendant is analysis. Because you have choice in how to engage in Virgo expression, you tend to analyze everything you do, with the intention of improving your own performance. You are able to research a subject intensely, studying the nuances of situations in order to find the most utilitarian methods for the task at hand. Once you have mastered a subject, you are well able to teach it to others in a logical, step-by-step way.

The developmental stage reflected in the Virgo Ascendant is the harvest. You rejoice in the moment when everything comes together in a fruitful expression of cooperation. You discriminate among factors presented to you and usually are able to find the proper line of approach to any problem. The less constructive side of the Virgo Ascendant can be seen in mental egotism. You sometimes feel you are superior to other team members, for example. You find fault with their work, perhaps in an attempt to show your superiority.

The path of Virgo is not easy. It embodies the human capacity to protect, to nurture and to reveal higher spiritual truths. The developmental power of Virgo can be experienced on at least four levels:

1. First there is the mental capacity. You examine, experiment and think about the results.

2. You use the same thought processes to examine emotional and astral realms, and understand the depth of personal involvement in this way.

3. You have the capacity for understanding the process of motherhood. You use all your practical skills to nurture your children, your crops, or your creative efforts through to maturity.

4. You metaphorically destroy or leave behind each task and its results.

The potential weakness of the Virgo Ascendant is spiritual matrialism. You may be tempted to make your spiritual path into a measure of your value. Or you may measure your own spiritual value against that of another person. The aforementioned egotism and faultfinding may extend themselves into the spiritual world. This potential pitfall is part of the probationary quality of Virgo. In traditional astrology Virgo is the sign of service and this is true on the spiritual plane as well.

The power of cycles underlies the spiritual path of the Virgo Ascendant. For example, the phases of the Moon hold tremendous power because through them Virgo can relate to the energy of the earth itself. Sensitivity to the nuances of cycles can become a formidable force in your hands when you are open to their subtle movements. Any contemplative practice relaxes the mind so you can feel these energies will work. You may have different practices for different cycles of the Moon.

The physical effect of your spiritual work can often be felt in the nervous system. When your path is clear you can expect to feel calm and collected. When the path is not clear, you may feel a range of response from tightness in the abdomen to general stress to heightened anxiety.

Ascendant Aspects



Conclusion

This interpretation of your life path has provided a systematic look at astrological factors that together add up to a spiritually oriented map. As you come to understand your unique map, you can move forward through life joyously and courageously, knowing that the path is appropriate to your personal beliefs, desires and needs.