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Chart uses Koch houses and the Mean Node.

Q: I am very interested in the career potential that you see in my grandson’s chart. He is interested in becoming a veterinarian. What does the chart show?

A: Your grandson was born with a powerful 29° Sagittarius Sun, conjunct Pluto, and a grand square in fixed signs, expressed through his 10th-house Mars in Taurus. Often people with strong Sagittarius love teaching, philosophy, travel, and international professions, while the strong Pluto suggests someone who will work to change existing systems and solve problems. Both of these together give him a determined personality, with a tendency to be very fixed in his ideas and beliefs.

The 29th degree of any sign heightens the best and worst qualities of that sign, and with Sagittarius you have “the seeker” archetype: a person who is highly idealistic, with lofty goals and expectations, but a tendency to get scattered and have too many competing hopes and dreams. Sagittarius values learning, freedom, and truth, however they define it. With the Sun on the cusp of Capricorn, there is some pragmatism in your grandson’s personality, but with Pluto so close to the Sun, the symbol of identity and purpose, he can struggle with uncovering who he really is. Pluto is associated with great personal power, but often brings about a life full of searching to uncover the deepest, truest self. You might see him periodically re-invent himself, and move from being intensely passionate about one thing to being intensely passionate about something else, since Pluto tends to be associated with profound personal discovery. Pluto conjunct the Sun can suggest great extremism and a tendency to look at life and personal choices in a very all-or-nothing manner, particularly during his youth. On the other hand, people with a strong Pluto are drawn to healing and have deep capabilities to find solutions to problems that are complex and often hidden — a good quality in a vet. Your grandson’s Sun, Pluto, and Mercury are in his 5th house, which is associated with personal creativity as well as showing a love of small animals.

Fixed signs, of which your grandson has five, are associated with tremendous determination, a strong will, and great perseverance. On the other hand, fixed signs can struggle with fear of change, difficulty letting go when things don’t go their way, and sheer stubbornness. Four of the planets in fixed signs fit together into a grand square, an indication of much internal struggle. With Saturn, the taskmaster, in the 1st house, he tends to have high expectations of himself and can feel burdened by responsibilities, both real and imagined. Saturn lends practicality to how he expresses his fiery, creative Leo Ascendant, but there is a lot of internal conflict indicated as well. Saturn, the most realistic of all the planets, is squaring Jupiter, the planet of faith and optimism, while it opposes Neptune, a planet of even greater dreams, aspirations, and inspiration. Both Jupiter and Neptune expand his hopes and dreams, and can create difficulty with motivation and follow-through. He can quickly go from excitement to overwhelm. When young, this pattern of the grand square can cause lots of stops and starts and changes in direction on life’s path, but over time can help him to find a deeply anchored security.

Mars, the only personal planet in this pattern, represents your grandson’s motivation and capacity to take initiative. Mars is in earthy and grounded Taurus, in the 10th house of career. This suggests that he wants very much to find a hands-on profession where he can work hard to create some financial security for himself. When Mars squares Saturn, there are often issues with not doing enough or doing too much, or with being a strong starter but falling into self-doubt and insecurity, Saturn’s domain. On top of that, when Mars opposes Jupiter and squares Neptune, they raise your grandson’s hopes and expectations of things simply working out, or of things expanding easily without all of the ground work or foundational aspects being in place. In addition to this, he lacks planets in cardinal signs, which are associated with ease in taking initiative. Learning to temper his expectations and set grounded and realistic goals would be extremely important in helping him to succeed.

His Moon is in Virgo, another practical earth sign, in the 2nd house of money and values, giving him a strong need for financial security and the desire to find work to fulfill that. The Moon trines his Sun, in a disseminating Moon phase, which is associated with success, particularly in teaching and sales. His Moon also opposes Uranus, the planet of sudden and unexpected changes. This is sharply at odds with the fixed square in his chart that resists change. I would imagine that he will stay in a secure and predictable pattern in his life until he can no longer bear it, and then suddenly, to everyone’s surprise, change directions abruptly and with a lot of excitement. There is an element of independence and originality with this aspect that can bring heightened creativity, but both the Moon and Uranus are in houses associated with finances, and the position of this opposition is known for great ups and downs with money.

This is a chart of someone who will most likely have more than one profession in the course of his lifetime, possibly focusing on healing and helping animals, but also wanting to take part in making the world a better place by reforming systems in education or even finances.

Bio: Moon Zlotnick began practicing astrology in 1975 and received formal training in 1979 with Zipporah Dobyns through her Los Angeles school CCRS. Since then, Moon has worked with clients full-time, taught astrology to beginners and seasoned students alike, participated on the boards of ProSig, OPA, and STARS, and been to many national and international conferences. She has been certified through OPA and currently leads Peer Group Trainings. Her book, Star Sisters: An Astrologer’s Memoir of Twin Loss, is now available on Amazon. Moon’s website: Astrology by Moon Rabbit

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