Family astrology is one of the most useful practices in astrology; it can really help navigate parent/child relationships, parent to parent relationships, sibling relationships, and larger family dynamics (grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces). The articles within this series, Family Astrology, will explore the parent/child relationship first, and in detail.
This article is a continuation of the previous article. If you are coming to this topic with this article first, then you will find it helpful to go back and read the previous articles. I will be writing under the assumption that you have read the previous articles. This article will focus on Uranus, which represents a generation of individuals over an 8-year span and how that generation will revolutionize the world in its particular and group way.
- Family Astrology 101 – Part 1
- Family Astrology 101 – Part 2
- Family Astrology 101 – Part 3
- Family Astrology 101 – Part 4
- Family Astrology 101 – Part 5
- Family Astrology 101 – Part 6
- Family Astrology 101 – Part 7
- Family Astrology 101 – Part 8
- Family Astrology 101 – Part 9
Getting to Know the Charts of the Child and Parent – Uranus
This article will look more in-depth at the parent/child charts presented in the previous articles and shown here below. We will now look at how Uranus energies in the two charts are most likely to interact, and what the parent and child will need to do to make interaction successful and positive.
Parent Influence on the Child
The inner circle is the child’s chart and the outer circle is the parent’s chart. The parent’s chart “applies” to the child’s chart in certain ways. In the case of this example, the parent has Uranus in Sagittarius applying to the 6thth House of the child’s chart. Notably, Uranus is right on top of (conjunct) the child’s Jupiter. The parent is here to show the child his/her wisdom regarding 6th House issues, like health and day-to-day work. The child’s Uranus is in Taurus, in an inconjunct aspect with the parent’s point.
Uranus is in a fire sign for the parent and an earth sign for the child. The child has Uranus in a difficult placement. Even though Uranus rules another fixed sign, Aquarius, its nature is to be revolutionary. Taurus, by nature, resists change and prefers to persist in well-worn patterns and behaviors. Dynamically, the parent’s Uranus will actually be more revolutionary than the child’s.
The parent’s Uranus in Sagittarius has a keynote: “wisdom develops from a broad range of interests”. And the symbol is: “a rocket ship with astronauts is fired successfully into space”. This parent may have a keen interest in philosophy, religion, or scholarship that looks at non-traditional beliefs that he or she will want to share with the child. The parent will also likely have a strong, but uniquely personal code of ethics that he or she will want to impart on the child.
Uranus rules revolution, individuality, and wisdom, so this parent will likely want to show the child the latest and greatest in art, sports, education, and toys. There can also be a love of travel and desire for worldly experiences that can be shared with the child. Generally, this is one of the more positive placements of Uranus, since it is an air point in a fire sign. Uranus can help this parent try different techniques to achieve high goals in his or her role as a parent.
Parenting the Child
The parent leads the parent/child dynamics; the parent is the one responsible for directing and processing the energy of the child’s chart, especially at the earliest stages of the developing child, but also until the child develops true self-sufficiency (i.e., becomes a full adult in a complete way – meaning a productive member of society). Hence, the child will need to learn how to develop healthy ways of asserting himself or herself from the parent’s guidance.
In the very specific case of these two charts, the parent’s Uranus can help the child figure out how to explore non-traditional forms of study while attending school and work when seeking employment. The parent will want to impart a love of learning to the child and be comfortable letting the child experience alternative and unique learning philosophies. There can certainly be an authoritarian shadow to this placement, so the parent needs to be mindful of taking an “I said so” approach to guiding the child.
The Child’s Influence on the Parent
Now, let’s look at the reverse of the two charts; and consider the child’s chart influence on the parent’s chart. As it turns out the child’s Uranus applies to the parent’s 6th House of Health and Day-to-Day work. This house application is the same for the parent to the child. The child’s Uranus may actually prefer more traditional forms of schooling than what the parent wants for the child, so they could clash over the fundamental energy expressed by the point for each of them.
With Uranus so close to Venus, this child will likely attract and be attracted to the “outcasts”. The child’s Uranus in Taurus has a keynote: “revolution emerges from within normalcy”. And the symbol is: “a car dealership starts selling driverless cars that you can buy with bitcoin”. This child may prove to be a force for revolutionizing some norms in society, especially within the community, since Uranus is in the 11th House of the natal chart.
This parent-child relationship through Uranus is potentially challenging because these are two very different placements and they are inconjunct by aspect. Inconjunct aspects produce a form of cognitive dissonance, which is, “the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change”. Rather than occur within the individual, the dissonance will occur between the parent and child. It is one area of the relationship where there will be constant work throughout the lifetime.
In the next article, we will look at the parent/child Neptune to Neptune relationship and see how they are likely to be spiritually as members of different generations.