Your Astrological Life Portrait
Below is some sample text from a number of the chapters of an Astro*Talk Profile,
created from Diane
Keaton’s birth data. These excerpts show the writing style of the
author, Michael Erlewine. The printed reports are nicely formatted and
output on 8 1/5" x 11" paper on a laser printer, and are sent in an
attractive, heavy-stock "Profile" cover.
This sample text begins with the planets in Diane Keaton's chart. Each
planet is introduced with a basic description of that planet followed
by its specific aspects in Diane's chart. Here are excerpts taken from
some of the Astro*Talk
Lights: The Sun and Moon
At the time of our birth, the planets (through their configurations and
relationships) tell us something about how things were when we were
born. Each planet points to special qualities within us. Yet, of all
the planets, the two most important planets to astrologers are the
"lights," the Sun and the Moon. From where we stand here on Earth, the
great shining Sun by day and the reflecting Moon at night are our
constant companions. They have much to tell us as to where we have been
and where we are headed.
The Sun: Your Self and Future
From the Sun comes light, that which draws us into life. The Sun
represents all the changes we have not yet taken, that part of us that
we have not yet experienced but are headed toward. The Sun represents
our identity, or self, in that it is toward these that we are moving
and developing. Thus, it also represents that which we will become:
older people, authorities — those we look toward, or up to. Our
essence, or future. Teachers, gurus, and older (more experienced)
people are represented by the Sun. The Sun is "hot stuff" — those
further up the road of life experience.
Sun in Capricorn
You have clear vision and can see what to do. Happy when in control,
you enjoy managing anything practical. Not too emotional, you are
objective, businesslike, and reliable — disciplined. To you, life
is a serious business and you are a great provider, always far-sighted.
You are social, or public-oriented. Practical.
Sun Conjunct Venus
You have a basic self-esteem that is plain to all who meet you. Your
sense of discrimination and innate good taste means that you know good
items from bad and are a connoisseur of all that is fine and beautiful.
A love of authority figures (men in particular), plus an appreciation
for authority and your elders in general, makes you welcome at any
Sun Opposite Saturn
Your innate sense of responsibility, or the actual duties that come
your way, may prevent you from fulfilling your real ambitions. Those in
authority, or those older and more experienced, may challenge or oppose
you and thus hold you back. Whatever the reason, your goals probably
lack the organization and careful planning they need. Your personal
self-discipline, or lack thereof, may amount to a liability, thus
working against you.
Planets in Signs: Internal Planets
Mercury: The Mind and Communication
Mercury is the light in our eyes, the ever-changing consciousness
within us that moves from idea to idea. Thus Mercury has always
represented thoughts, ideas, and the mental process in general. It
governs not only ideas, but communications, too. Communications —
by phone, letter, spoken, or however — are ruled by Mercury. Also
thoughts, connections, phone wires, and everything that connects and
conveys — even conversations.
Mercury in Sagittarius
You are fair-minded and above-board, always direct and honest in
thought. You are more interested in eternal thoughts and broad
landscapes than in minute details. You always manage to get the picture
right away. Farsighted, you have a wandering mind that loves to travel
and are at home with the bare bones of truth.
Planets in Signs: External Planets
Mars, Jupiter, Saturn
The major planets outside the Earth's orbit (external to us) are Mars,
Jupiter, and Saturn. These are the planets of the outer world —
life as we find it outside ourselves. Mars tells us something about the
drive and energy we have, Jupiter shows us how to best channel that
energy, and Saturn decrees what sort of material or territory we will
be passing through. Again: Saturn tells us about the territory we will
be going through, Jupiter the way or path through it, and Mars what
kind of push or drive we can count on to keep going.
Mars: Drive and Emotions
Mars is the planet of emotion and inner motivation or drive. When we
search for the meaning of something, life or whatever, it is Mars that
urges us on, keeps us searching. Mars also drives us against things,
too and sends us into war and combat. The urgency of Mars, the search
for meaning, is identical to the need for union, yoga, and marriage.
Mars is the planet of union, and marriage is the most common form of
yoga. When we have questions about the opposite sex, we are looking at
the planet Mars.
Mars in Cancer
You have a real security drive and a need to care and protect others
— mother hen. Very sensitive to the slightest emotional change,
you have all the artistic traits and talents. If threatened, you can be
very defensive, and you hate competition. You love family, children,
and animals. You have common sense.
Landscape: Major Life Periods
What follows amounts to a brief overview of the first thirty years or
so of your life — a road map of the years to come. Since
childhood, adolescence, and early adult life are so crucial to each of
us, an attempt has been made to describe these formative years. Based
on the gradual movement of the planet Saturn, this is one of the most
tested of all astrological techniques. It is used by almost every
professional astrologer as part of any personal consultation. Provided
that your time of birth is more or less accurate, you will find this
information both accurate and informative. Here is a general life
overview, followed by a close-up on your current changes — what
is happening right now. First the overview:
Your Personal Background
A fairly easy childhood up until around the 11-12th year, at which time
you will begin to become more subjective and inner-directed. This could
mean that your adolescence is somewhat more lonely and less socially
oriented than the average. This inner time of exploration lasts until
you are about 18-19 years of age. At that time, you will proceed to
take hold, discover yourself, and become more outward — in a
rather short time. Your sense of confidence will take hold and build,
and the years of introspection will pay off as you begin to reach out.
The years from 18 through 25 or 26 will be ones of hard work and
continued gains in self-confidence. From the 26th year, your real climb
to fame and fortune will commence. Your 30s and 40s will be very good
and successful years.
Your Burn Rate
You have a high burn rate (index of change) and tend to run hot and
fast. It is almost like having many lifetimes within this single one.
Things are always fast and furious with you, and you seldom remain calm
for long. Your thirst for experience and growth keeps you always on the
move. You work through an enormous amount of change compared to an
average person. In particular, the following qualities are areas where
you have experienced and will continue to experience much change. These
areas of life persist in presenting themselves to you, so you may
already have become very experienced in them. On the other hand, they
could be arenas in which you struggle but have not yet attained mastery.
A majority of planets in the FUTURE suggests that you tend to run ahead
of the pack, taking changes and acting things out before they become
accepted and a part of the status quo. Things happen to you that you
come to understand over time.
Major Transits Happening Now
Astrologers use the term "transits" to mean the positions of the major
planets that are overhead (in the sky) right now and their relationship
to our birth chart.
Transits are very important indicators of the current situation in
which we find ourselves. They can provide insight into what we are now
going through. Here are the dates when the next major transits for the
planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are exact in your
chart. Some dates will have already passed and some are still to come.
Remember, with these large planets transits don't just happen on the
day when they are exact. They cover a wide span of days, weeks, months,
and sometimes years, depending on which planet is involved. In general,
transits of Jupiter take from several days to a week or two to
complete, while those of Saturn take from two weeks to a month to play
themselves out. With the outer planets, the period of activity is even
longer: transits of Uranus take about two months, Neptune three or four
months, and Pluto takes about a year. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto move
so slowly that the complete transit experience may take a year or two
to complete itself. So be prepared to work with these situations:
SEP 24, 1999 1st Pass D> (Age 46 8m):
Jupiter Sextile Mars
Things are happening, and your career, or path depends upon your own
ambition and drive, which are strong now. Able to use good common
horse-sense, you can feel trends and make the right moves. A time to
get ahead by taking action.
NOV 15, 1999 1st Pass D> (Age 46 10m)
APR 22, 2000 2nd Pass R< (Age 47 3m)
JUL 11, 2000 3rd Pass D> (Age 47 6m):
Jupiter Trine Moon
Your home environment, friends, and surroundings ingeneral get
facilitated and receive encouragement. Your work or career is in real
harmony with the rest of your life. You could gain from subordinates or
younger people during this time.
Planets in High Focus
Your sense of appreciation and discrimination amounts to a very great
talent, a real gift. You have a loving and compassionate quality that
requires very little education or development. This is a precious
commodity. Low burn rate here.
Questions of attitude, approaches to problem-solving, and the methods
for handling authorities and the law are in high focus and are
indicated by a high burn rate regarding your career and making your way
through life. Perhaps you will have many jobs or be forever going
through changes and adjustments that affect your career. It could be
difficult finding lasting success or prosperity, and the path to it may
be areas where you have real experience and particular expertise.
You have a high rate of change when it comes to what you believe in
— your ideals and dreams. You adjust and change your ideals often
and struggle not to get carried away with each new vision. The world of
your imagination is a major focus of change.