©1-8-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
At what age do children have a sense of their destiny? When you were a child, did you have a dream of what you’d be when you grew up? Does your astrology chart reflect that dream, even if you never got the chance to fulfill it?
Of course, many children haven’t the slightest notion of what they want to be, other than a vague fantasy about becoming a movie idol or a rock star. It varies every few months according to their latest hero—astronaut, firefighter, soldier, or doctor.
But then there are the dream-driven children—the ones with a strong, clear sense of a calling from an early age. They want to make a difference in the world, and they know exactly how they’ll do it. Not all of them get the opportunity to follow that chosen path, sadly, but the dream lingers with them.
I’m curious about childhood ambitions and how a person’s astrology chart reflects them. I’m guessing the dreamers’ Midheaven, or the 6th and 10th houses are strong, but would love to hear from others. Consider this a mini research project.
One Dream-Driven Child’s Story
I was one of those kids with a dream and the drive to make it happen—any way, any how. Though the dream did vary as I grew up, it always involved going away to school. We were very poor, but I was totally committed to getting an education.
By 7 or 8, I was sure I’d be a teacher when I grew up, just like the teachers who were so good to me. (In my chart, it’s reflected in my 9th house Moon conjunct the Midheaven and my Sun-Jupiter conjunction.)
From 10-12, I was primed to be a minister like my idol, the Reverend Everett Epperson, who was gifted with youngsters. He believed in me and promised to see I that I was able to go to bible college down in Missouri. (Another slant on that 9th house Moon and Sun-Jupiter conjunction.)
By age 14, God and I were no longer on speaking terms. We’d left our home town, and my family had begun an alcoholic meltdown. I decided that what I needed to do was become a psychiatrist. (Pluto conjunct my Ascendant, 12th house Sun.)
In high school, I was befriended by my French teacher, Mr. Orthner, and his lady friend, the girls’ guidance counselor. Once more, I wanted to teach, and my love of languages made that the logical choice. (Stellium in Gemini, 9th house Moon, Sun-Jupiter.)
And, thanks to a scholarship, that’s what I settled on though college until my junior year, when a final family meltdown sent me to therapy and a change of majors to psychology. I chose social work for graduate school. (Pluto conjunct my Ascendant, 12th house Sun.)
So my serial career choices were teacher, preacher, and shrink, all of which are reflected in my chart. In a strange way, my ultimate destination—astrology—was a blend of the three. However, if you’d told me at any age before 26 that I’d turn out to be an astrologer known around the world for her books, I would have thought you were quite thoroughly mad.
Readers, if you had a dream about what you’d be when you grew up, how did it show up in your astrology chart? How old were you when you knew? And what became of that dream? We’re dreamers here, too, many of us, so share it with us in the comment section.
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- The Midheaven in Synastry—Meaningful Career Connections
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