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Parenting with Astrology: A Child's Wisdom
by Amy Herring
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Hi Amy, My daughter, Brooke, has always seemed as if she is an old soul and wise beyond her young age. I would love to get some insight into her chart.
This is a great question as it opens up an important factor to consider in astrology, as well as shows the appreciation you clearly have for your daughter!
First, your morning two-cent cup of philosophy: While an astrology chart can tell you an almost infinite number of things about its owner, one thing most astrologers do not believe it can tell you is the level of consciousness of that soul. When something or someone begins, the chart is cast to show what the heavenly conditions where at the time of that beginning. Therefore, a natal chart can give insight into the life that has just begun, but the soul that is "wearing" it will make its own choices with the help of those chart energies, and will manifest different parts of each sign combination, etc.
I look at wisdom as one of those things that emanates from the consciousness of the soul itself. Each sign has its own skills and philosophy so the wisdom of the soul itself can shine out of any natal chart it's working through.
So instead of looking for where your daughter's wisdom comes from, a question I am not sure anyone can definitively answer, I'm going to highlight what I think might be the style in which she displays that wisdom.
As I've mentioned in earlier posts, the south node's influence can be quite strong, especially in children. With a Virgo, 6th house south node, Brooke has access to the wisdom of the practical. She innately knows what makes sense when it comes to the everyday realities of earthly life. Considering the things that are relevant to someone her age, she may know the wisdom of following rules to avoid accidents, for example. Virgos also tend to "know too much for their own good," so to speak, sometimes worrying too much about things that could go wrong because they are not impulsive and tend to be pretty in touch with the reality of cause and effect. In this, they can limit themselves, but Brooke's chart shows she has a plan to open herself up to new experiences and learn how to trust her instincts.
Other indicators of her wisdom may be her Gemini Moon. She has a good eye for observation and may enjoy sharing her observations with you in an articulate way. Her Moon is also connected favorably with Mercury, the planet of the mind, and Neptune, a planet of insight and imagination. She's learning to cultivate the natural wisdom of "knowing" - not just by what she can observe, but also what she senses, and putting those two learning styles together.
As wise as you feel she is now, she's apt to become even wiser (not just smarter) as she grows. Her north node is in Pisces next to Uranus in her 12th house - all indicators that as she learns to trust herself and walk her own path, she will have access to wisdom unseen and undefinable!
Thanks for your question :)
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About the Author
Amy Herring has been an astrologer since 1995 and graduated from Steven Forrest’s Evolutionary Astrology Apprenticeship program. She has enjoyed serving on the board of the local astrological organization and speaking at local conferences. Amy’s articles have appeared in numerous astrological publications, including Dell Horoscope magazine. Her website, HeavenlyTruth.com, is a learning resource of classes, videos, and articles. Her book, Astrology of the Moon, is available from Llewellyn in July. Contact Amy at email@example.com
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