Astrology Secrets Revealed by ERIC FRANCIS

At A Crossroads


March 4, 2005 (with chart)


Dear Eric:

I looked over my natal chart, looking for career indicators. I have no planets in my 6th house. All of my planets fall in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and then doesn't pick up until the 9th, 10th 11th and 12th. (Therefore, I have no planets in the 4th house.)


I have what I believe is Chiron in the 10th. As you can see, it not on the cusp, or is it? Looking my chart, it is not on the line that the 10th intersects.


I am truly at a crossroads, and I simply cannot abide the stagnation any longer (or what someone named Dr. Turi refers to as inertia). Since my Chiron is in Virgo, does this indicate a career in the healing arts such as hands-on work, or could psychology be considered healing work as well?


As you can see, there is no indication of minor planets in my chart (I have not had one done which indicates such). How do I find out the minor planets? By the way, my birth info: Dec. 15, 1957 at 11:16 pm, in Buffalo, NY, county of Erie.


Whatever you are willing to share with me would be appreciated. I am not looking for you to do a reading, just whatever you might tell me that will shed some light. I desire to end my struggle of "What have I come here to do?!"


Thank you, Eric.


P.S. I was told that I would make a good astrologer, that it is indicated in my chart. Also, another seer, astrologer told me that I had 'healing hands'.



Dear Ava,

Astrological charts are good for some information, and as a way of providing some context for the discussion of who you are. But before I go there, I want to consider something else, which is how people who know they want to do something sometimes relate to their inner sense of calling. Not what their chart says, but their calling.


I've noticed that many people feel this one thing they really want to do, and then they don't do it. I am not saying you fit this description but since many people are reading, and it's apropos of the discussion, here's what. There's an expression: "Many are called, but few choose to respond." I sometimes hear clients say, I am doing this and I don't like it, I want to do this, I have always wanted to, but it's not important enough [or add some other excuse].


I recognize there are often practical considerations, and there is time that we need to develop readiness. But I am speaking of when those factors are out of the way: when one is more or less on one's own; free to choose; and not owing much or anything to anyone.


So: what if, before you consider seeking for what your chart says is helpful, or what it's telling you about this time in your life, you ask yourself what you want now? You have not mentioned that part yet. Maybe you don't want anything in particular. But who knows, maybe you do. And it would be good if you could work that out internally first without the help of a divination method. This is just my suggestion as a professional diviner.


You can also look at your chart first and learn a lot, which is a good idea if you come at it with an open mind, in an open-ended way.


So let's do exactly that.


If you can actually feel you're at a crossroads, and using astrology as a tool, it's a good idea to find that crossroads in the chart. The chances are it's going to be a transit, and not that hard to see. A transit is when a planet in the sky makes an angle to a planet's position at the time of your birth (i.e., to a natal planet). For 'major' crossroads, you want to look for something obvious. No need to get out the protractor and dust off the asteroid book -- not yet.


Obvious means you're looking for something involving Saturn, Chiron or Pluto. Remember that, lads and lassies. A transit by Saturn, Chiron or Pluto. That means: one of those three planets in the sky will be making a transit to something big in your natal chart: the target planets, that is, the ones getting the transit, would be Sun, Moon, Saturn, Chiron or Pluto -- or the ascendant.


Note, if a transit involves Uranus, you usually won't have time to blink your eyes before you're doing something new; you may or may not get a chance to pack your bags. You will be emailing your friends from Morocco: "Hi, got a great job, fabulous place, new friends, nothing like I expected, drop in some time, the beach is great."


With Neptune, you'll look back three years later and realize you were doing it [whatever] all along, or you'll say one day, "Where, how did I get here?" Or one morning you'll wake up from a drug-induced haze and mutter, "What year is it?"


Saturn, Chiron and Pluto are the ones that a) represent massive structural changes and b) give you some time to sit around and debate the meaning of it all with yourself; to do some intense self-inquiry; to make conscious decisions one step at a time.


As it turns out, you are now having the ultimate Pluto transit: Pluto conjunct the Sun. That is, to say the very least, a crossroads. Indeed, it is the place where all roads, all possibilities, and you and your soul meet directly. And you are having this experience shortly after the alternate ultimate Pluto transit: Pluto conjunct Saturn.


Here's your natal chart:


Notice that your natal Sun is at 23 degrees of Sagittarius and 57 minutes, in yellow, in the 4th house, near the bottom. Can everyone SEE that? Cousins in the degree-o-phobe camp, take a deep breath and look at the chart. Those two yellow things at the bottom are Saturn (the little 4-like figure with the 17 next to it) and the Sun with the 23 next to it. Those are natal planets that stay in one place your whole life. Then things (i.e., planets moving in realtime) come along and make aspects to them, called transits; they can align a variety of different ways.


You are having a transiting conjunction of Pluto to the Sun.


This will happen to only one out of about four people on the planet in any one lifetime. So it's like a once in four lifetimes event. To some of them, it will happen at the very end of life, or close to the beginning. For you, it's happening to you in your prime of potential, power and choice. You can actually do something with this transit, and do something big.


As of this writing, Pluto is at 24 degrees and 20 minutes of Sagittarius. Pluto is walking right over where your natal Sun is. This was exact for the first time on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, and is very close for several weeks on either side; reasonably close for several months on either side; and a transit that really is now in the center of two years of progress. It has been close for a long while (for instance early last year, but close is close and exact is exact). Now it is exact.


The Sun represents the most essential expression of you, your sprit, your mission, in this world. Pluto is at this point the single most unstoppable force for transformation that there is in all of astrology. It is the directly expressed power of the soul. So it's like your soul and your self are directly, exactly aligned. Yes, Saturn and Chiron can pretty much do whatever they want, and have profound effects. But one simply must respect Pluto as the top player in its own league, psychologically and spiritually speaking.


Now, a few years ago, in 2002 and 2003, you went through Pluto conjunct Saturn. Saturn helps us hold together a lot in life. Your natal Saturn placement is worth a good discussion. The entire realm of Sagittarius, all things that involve Sagg itself, Jupiter, the 9th house, Chiron, and anything vaguely related, like to e x p a n d. There were likely events that had the effect of breaking down your old belief structure; now, you are changing to enter the space that those 'breakdowns' opened up.


Natal Saturn likes to keep things together. It's true that transiting Saturn can come along like a battering ram and nudge the universe over six inches with a thud. It can also help us get our ducks lined up. But our natal Saturn is where you will seek stability, structure, and a sense of order. You have it in Sagittarius; and that's often experienced as a picture of a belief in limitation, because Sagittarius is so expansive and natal Saturn is so grounded and solid. Can you follow the logic here? AstroLOGy is about LOGic -- there is a thought pattern, a kind of syntax, and here we have a planet acting on a sign and changing your experience of that sign. The sign is soft and flexible and full of inspiration. The planet is hard and practical and concerned with 'reality'.


I smell some fear. To be more specific, I think you are dealing with some issues that your parents gave you which involve a basic over-emphasis on safety and security. As Pink Floyd so aptly said in The Wall, "Mammas gonna put all of her fears into you." In your case, I would look to the fears of both parents. Make a list of their fears -- go get out a notebook. Afraid of burglars, afraid you're going to be kidnapped (the all-American 1950s fear, thanks to the Lindburgh baby), afraid of poisoned candy on Halloween, afraid of a cat scratch, afraid of the minister, afraid of the measles, afraid of bird poo, afraid of God...come on, don't let me have all the fun. Get it going. They were and maybe still are freaked out and paranoid, and even if they weren't, pretend that they were.


I have a question: have you traveled lately? I realize your Sun is in the ever-grounded 4th house, where we do check the window latches twice and go out for a quart of milk at 11:30 at night because it has to be there otherwise life is not quite right, you have to have milk in the morning. But it's also Sagittarius. You know. Sagittarius, the sign of the most high-minded lunatics, many of whom would park an airplane in their backyard if they could, and who populate travel agencies in unduly strange proportions, and who can make philosophy out of the ingredients on a package of cookies.


Whatever you may need to do with your career, this is about your life, and I think you need to go somewhere and look at things with at least 7,000 miles of perspective. But I'm just an astrologer and that's merely my opinion.


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