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Dear Ralfee:

Astrology Horoscope: J.K.My name is J.K. and I would like to know what my chart is like. I come from the Netherlands and was born October 5, 1968, at 8:55 am in Heemskerk. I ask because I know I am a Libra, but someone told me that my Moon was in Aries and my rising in Scorpio, which made me a mess. Is this true? Is this why I have ADHAD (attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder)? Also, I have heard that a Scorpio rising would mean an early death to my spouse. I love her very much and that would be quite ugly. I would greatly appreciate you answering my question. Thank you very much.

J. K.

Dear J.K.:

Thank you so much for writing in, asking this very important question and giving me an opportunity to get on my soap box and rant about an astrological issue, that, unfortunately, is commonplace. Blanket negative statements about birth charts cause harm. If an astrologer, amateur or professional, can't find a positive, helpful way to interpret a chart, they shouldn't say anything at all. I'm not suggesting denial. I'm simply saying anyone looking at a chart needs to understand the impact of their words.

There's no such thing as a chart that is a "mess." Yes, there are very, very difficult birth charts. And people with those configurations face lots of challenges. But hidden in every difficult astrological relationship is the possibility of healing and transformation. All the signs, planets, aspects and placements in a birth chart represent a spectrum of possibility. A birth chart is an energetic map, symbolically illustrating an individual's potential in this lifetime. Each of us accesses and utilizes the potential expressed in our chart according to our soul's purpose—not according to a rigid system of characterization, aimed at pigeonholing behavior or limiting choices.

Reading a chart is a delicate art. The person having their chart read listens with enormous ears. During a reading, an astrologer is deciphering the soul's code, and their every word is packed with power. At best, a reading opens a portal into deeper self-knowledge and awareness, providing tools for understanding and growth.

Early in my exploration of astrology, I vigorously studied my own chart, looking for clues about who I was. One book described a particular natal aspect as turning my life into sheer catastrophe. As I read those words, my heart stopped beating and my future collapsed before my eyes. I was nineteen years old. It took a long time to recover from that damning statement. And while my chart does indicate extreme patterns, my life has been a wondrous, wild ride, filled with blessings and opportunities for growth.

Your birth chart isn't a mess. It's intense. And that intensity translates into a life filled with challenges and possibilities. Your Moon is in Pisces, not Aries. Your Moon in Pisces makes you highly sensitive, permeable to your surroundings and open to suggestion. What's more, that Pisces Moon is opposed by Pluto and Uranus. Along the spectrum of possibilities, a Moon-Pluto opposition gives you an unrelenting need for emotional authenticity. Sometimes that energy can turn into a compulsive need for safety and security. At other times, it opens the portal to an enormous capacity to feel. Your Uranus-Moon opposition seeks emotional independence as it simultaneously searches for a partner who can be your best friend. Learning to handle these powerful emotional currents takes time, but it can be done. Especially if you're willing to do the personal work it takes to know your own heart.

But that's not all. Your natal Moon in Pisces is in the Fifth House of creativity, indicating artistic talent. Finding and trusting your gifts isn't always easy. Other influences, too numerous to go into in detail, color your self-expression, and part of your work in this lifetime is coming into an awareness of how to handle your creative power.

Finally, Scorpio rising does not mean your wife will meet an early death. If everyone with a Scorpio Ascendant lost a life mate early, astrology would rule. The skeptics would stop smirking. And mothers worldwide would want c-sections in order to control their child's destiny and happiness. So get that bit of misinformation out of your head. And when you sign up for your next reading, make sure your astrologer has a whole lot of common sense and an equal supply of discerning intelligence.

Some astrology books make definite, harsh statements, and while certain portions of that information may contain a grain of truth, nothing—I repeat, nothing—is written in stone. Particularly when it comes to life and death. Life and death are in the hands of a force far greater than we can possibly comprehend. What's more, as life unfolds, so does our understanding of our chart.

Attitude is everything, J.K. As you explore the meaning of your birth chart and the chart of your beloved, keep that in mind. A little bit of knowledge can truly be a dangerous thing, especially if it starts our knees trembling and our heart quaking. Insight into a chart requires the gift of synthesis and the ability to organize a lot of information through the lens of experience and expanded awareness. Build your knowledge of astrology as you build your awareness of life and you'll have an easier time interpreting the messages of your chart through a positive perspective.

Notes

For additional information on how to find a good astrologer and what to expect from a session, see Eric Francis' "Getting It Right: What to Do When Astrology Goes Wrong" and Terry Lamb's "What to Expect from Your Astrologer."

 

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Ralfee Finn is the creator of The Aquarium Age, a weekly and monthly astrology column published nationwide and featured at StarIQ.com. Committed to compassion, knowledge and growth, Ralfee brings the gifts of clarity and common sense to the often confusing waters of metaphysics and new age philosophy.

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