Child Chart Themes

Children's charts possess separate themes from adult astrology charts. Here's what I look for when I read a child's chart.

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Sun-Self-identity, youth, creativity, radiance, ego, strength, courage, and heart-center

Moon-Emotional-self, feelings, nurturing, caring, how we are mothered, our mothers, home life (especially early home life), secrets, feminine energy, spirituality, childhood

Mercury-Learning, communication and thinking style, how we use language, siblings, short distance travel, school (K-12)

Venus--How we attract, beauty, attractiveness, connection to the earth, girlfriends, artistic ability, aesthetic tastes, interest in gardening, values and attracting based on those values

Mars--Ambition, how we get our needs met, drive, how we stand up in competition, boys we attract or pursue, the hunt, the chase, sibling or peer rivalry, action-oriented, athletes and sports, how we go after our desires

Jupiter--Religion, philosophy, foreign countries, culture, higher education, sense of expansion, where we feel happy-go-lucky, love of food, parties, good times, a sense of what is fun, humor

Saturn--Discipline, how our parents discipline us, responsibility, adults, teachers (also teachers under Jupiter), hardships in early childhood, developing grit, maturity, wisdom, structure, skin, teeth, bones...

Leaving out the three outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto since these planets tend to represent trends and generations more so than individuals.  These planets are slow moving and matter more later as a child reaches teen and adult years


These 12 Zodiac Wheel Houses are interpreted for a child’s chart so the themes of the houses differ from the usual natal chart read for an adult or teen.

First House--Natural Ruler is Aries (Mars)

The key words are to act or action. This is the house of self-identity where we find our ascension sign and where we give off our first impression to others.  This is the house of new beginnings and even for the sake of this workshop, the house of birth, where the journey through the Zodiac begins.

Planets in this house could overshadow or color the Sun Sign.  Mercury would make this child more talkative or interested in learning, but he or she would learn quickly.  The Moon in this house would color the child’s emotions and a parent would need to ward off selfishness, but at the same time encourage a healthy expression of emotions and feelings.  The Sun would further emphasize ego and core identity.

Saturn would bring a sense of responsibility, usually for the parent and siblings.  The Sun in this house could represent the eldest child or the one who feels like he or she is responsible and more mature than the parents.  This is the little mother or father, the caretaker child.

Jupiter in this house the child could love to indulge, especially in food and anything he or she finds fun or funny.  This child is happy-go-lucky and loves parties.  He or she probably has lots of friends and is generous with time and other resources.  The child is an optimist but might have pie-in-the-sky ideals.  However, allow this child to dream and use his or her imagination.  Let them believe in wishes on stars. They can always develop practicality at a later age.

Uranus could represent a rebellious or innovative genius type.  Neptune represents a dreamer or artist of some kind.  Neptune in the first house walks the line between intuitive and delusional, especially if Neptune is on the cusps.  Pluto gives this child a sense of authority. The child could be secretive or enjoy solving mysteries, or have a passionate interest in medicine and healing.

Second House--This is the house of steadfastness, peace and serenity and the natural ruler of this House is Taurus and Venus.  This is a down-to-earth house where we find talents, gifts and personal resources.  Depending on the planets in this house and their signs determine whether or not a child is given the opportunities to pursue gifts and talents.

Third House, ruled by Mercury and Gemini, represents learning/communication/thinking style/siblings, cousins, K-12 education and short trips.  Planets that land in this house color these areas.  Mercury in this house could represent a more rational child bent on learning new and interesting things or a child who is talkative (a chatterbox) depending on the sign Mercury is in.  The Moon in this house represents a child with tender emotions whose feelings are easily hurt.

Fourth House ruled by Cancer and the Moon, represents the child’s mother, early home life, a child with many planets in this house might do quite well with home school and might not want to venture outside of the home much.  This child could be shy, introverted, tender in emotions and attached to his or her mother.  This child prefers home cooked meals to restaurants and might be phobic of food cooked by strangers.  This is the house of the Moon, so nurturing and intuition play key roles.

Fifth House is the house of fun and games with Leo as its ruler.  This is naturally the house of children so in this case would represent the parents’ attitude towards children. This is the house of sports, games, competition, theatre, dressing up in costumes, play, imagination, and let’s put on a show.  This is also the house of parties, holidays, favorite plays, television shows...

Sixth House ruled by Virgo represents the daily environment.  Do parents work from home, is the child home schooled or does this house represent the public or private school.  This is the house of health issues (usually psychosomatic), allergies, pets, service such as children volunteering and this house could represent work for older children, such as pet sitting, a newspaper route.  Planets here color the daily environment, health, and the people we spend our daily lives with.

Seventh House ruled by Libra, represents balance, parents’ marriage, projections on others, childhood sweethearts, and a sense of balance and justice.

Eight House ruled by Scorpio, family secrets, death, birth, rebirth, regeneration, taboo topics, other people’s resources (parents, teachers and other adults) and this is the house of those childhood soulmates that come along and change our lives leaving us to remember them 20+ years later.

Ninth House ruled by Sagittarius represents long-distance travel, living overseas or in another country, being born to a religious or military family. this is a nomadic house or one of higher education, philosophy, world cultures, an interest in anthropology and exposure to other cultures or a teacher to that leaves a profound effect on the child, such as a teacher from another culture.  This is the house of freedom.

Tenth House ruled by Capricorn represents the father, father figures, the father’s career, or absence of a father.  In a child’s chart this house represents the child’s views on work, career, and public figures such as government, banks and other institutions.  For the younger children this house represents the father and the type of fathering he or she receives.

Eleventh House ruled by Aquarius represents the house of friends that are part of a group or sports team or even debate team, school band, or peers at school.  This is the house where children are impressed by humanitarians or choose to serve in a humanitarian way.  This is community, social behavior among peers, peer pressure and the need to be different.

Twelfth House ruled by Pisces represents spirituality, intuition and the need to escape into addiction or imagination.  This is the house of religion, spiritual experiences such as epiphanies think of Joan of Arc and other child saints.  It is also the house of mental illness, psychiatric treatment and psycho-somatic illness and for older kids experimenting with drugs and alcohol.  For the younger children this is simply the house of religion and spiritual yearnings.  Children might also recall past lives if they have Moon Nodes or planets in this house, especially Neptune or Pluto.

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