Shirley Temple, America’s adorable child star in the era of the Great Depression (1930s) brought life and relief to a country full of despair and empty of an economy that could put bread on the table. Three days after Christmas of 1934, long before most of us (including me) were born, her Bright Eyes movie was released. Back in those days, schools would have been closed for the holidays and to save the expense of heating them with coal — the fuel used in public buildings in that time. The audiences loved her cheerfulness and uplifting personality, as well as her singing. I’ve seen most of her films, and would classify them as “happy ending” tear-jerker. Still, everyone at that time needed a boost of spirits.
Before we take a look at Shirley Temple’s t/Moon-to-n/Sun Return and Advanced charts, let us review the essence of what makes these cyclic charts effective and interesting to both interpret and use as a forecasting tool. Astrologers who use natal and transiting charts often find that the timing of events is seldom reliable. A transit over a natal planet may not bring expected correlations with life! When we use a cyclic chart such as these Moon-to-Sun Returns we add important new elements to the natal-transit paradigm. We add a re-oriented structure of houses and chart angles. Looking at the diagram to the left we see the chart structure used on this blog site — the transiting planets inside the bi-wheel chart, the natal planets outside. Note that the natal chart house structure is shown in an altered orientation compared to the transiting chart. The transiting chart controls the placement of the natal chart, the transiting chart’s Ascendant angle is at the left. The natal chart has to take any placement where its signs/positions align with the transiting chart’s signs and positions. In this diagram the natal Ascendant is in the Return chart’s eleventh house, suggesting that the subject will experience much in the coming days that is associated with friends, the in-laws or family of his/her adult children, community volunteers, etc. Transits that are at the angles will provide a key to understanding the subject’s reaction to his/her world.
These cyclic Moon-to-Sun Returns work just as well for children as they do for adults. In this case, the t/Moon opposes n/Sun from the 7th to the 1st house. This suggests a theme of “responsiveness, trading, becoming over-involved. Asking for support . . . a new relationship, . . . milestone moments.” Nuanced for a child movie star, Shirley would be reaching out to her public audience, seeking a response from them. She may not have been fully appreciative of the necessity of achieving high box-office returns, but her parents and studio managers did. Without belaboring the other components in this chart let us jump ahead to her Advanced chart for the day the movie was released.
On this date, Shirley’s Advanced chart shows t/Mercury and t/Sun at the Ascendant; Her ability to reach out and touch her audience, to communicate her spirited character was highly obvious. t/Uranus at the IC, conjoining n/Mercury and n/Jupiter promised a great start.
Permit me to introduce Phase Relationships of t/Moon to n/Sun. Using Dane Rudhyar’s Moon-to-Sun phase interpretations, we find this t/Moon in the 4th of 8 phases, this phase has the t/Moon within the 135 degrees to 180 degrees relationship to the natal Sun — signifying Adjustment, skill development, improvements in one’s situation. This film saw a highly polished Shirley Temple, still only five years old, interacting with adult actors and stealing every scene from them.
Note t/Neptune nearing the n/MC angle; her place in film-dom was reaching a pinnacle of fame. t/Part of Fortune squares n/Moon; she confirmed her ability to touch the public, no longer just a short-term phenomena in the movie industry. This same t/Part of Fortune also conjoins t/Moon. A doubled up Moon brings considerable public attention. When/if there are no angular planets in an Advanced chart, we always look to the t/Moon and t/Part of Fortune to provide hints to what experiences and events are most likely to occur.
The doubled-up t/Mercury at the Asc. and n/Mercury at the IC angle was a sure-fire guarantee of her ability to communicate through film at this time. Having two sets of doubled up planets in one chart defines the whole experience-nature of the chart — nothing else is needed. Communicating with the public is the whole story.
In coming blogs I hope to introduce additional refinements to the interpretations. Not that the interpretations will be deeper somehow, but to show how cyclic charts offer a number of effective tools, any greater or lesser number of them will illustrate the story of the subject. Remember, we can look at any day within the cyclic period of a subject and read the chart almost as if it were a diary. Keeping our interpretation within the CONTEXT of the subject’s life makes forecasting much simpler.
I am considering formatting my upcoming book, Moon-to-Sun Returns, within an e-book format, perhaps breaking it into three or four sections, each section being complete in itself and selling for only a couple/few dollars. This is an alternative to doing a full print book for a price of $20 or more. If anyone has any thoughts on this subject, leave a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dave