Star Children: Hubris
Astrological Stories by Juri
The other night at the
evening meal, our 7-year-old daughter Rafaela asked: "Where
are we when we are not?" Chewing
intensely on a piece of salami, I tried to find a comprehensible
answer. My wife Annina, who had reproached me recently for always
having an answer to everything, looked at me sternly and said: "This
is one of those very important questions that many people ask themselves."
I grumbled: "And those who have found out won't be able
to tell you." Of course, my wife is right. "Children need
the question, not the answer," she said forcefully, "the
question itself will lead them to the answer." Yes of course,
I know that from my own experience. I love questions, they lead me
directly to the answers, and sometimes
I'm really surprised about the ones I find. Would you like to
ask me something?
Some time ago, a client of mine asked me to work out a good birth
time for her baby. She had to have a cesarian, and if that was unavoidable,
she wanted at least to choose a time that was in harmony with the
other family members. I hadn't done anything like this before, and was
really interested what the outcome would be. So, I did the charts for the
whole familiy and checked the constellations around the prognosticated
date of birth. I really wanted to find a great horoscope.
- believe it or not - the best chart to fit into the family system
was - the prognosticated date. The only thing I had to do now, was
to inform my client about the inherent harmony of Mother Nature. I was
myself and my own thoughtlessness. Of course, I know that children
don't just come into existence, but are conceived, grow in the womb
for about 40 weeks, and are born whenever the time is right. We as human
beings cannot influence which chart the child is going to choose
for itself. But I had the fixed idea that I could find a perfect
birth time! Isn't that called hubris, or in plain language "arrogance"
or "presumptuousness"? Life seems to organise itself well
enough without my interference, probably even better.
Yesterday I was looking for a particular text in our Astrodienst
library, and while rummaging around, I came across one of the many
books". Chance would have it that the book opened exactly at
the page about "Planets in Sagittarius". In my own birth
chart the Sun, Moon and Mercury are placed in that sign, and I don't
in doubt about what the author writes (about me?):
Mercury in Sagittarius
Is daily on the phone to God. Receives messages from all kinds of
other sources regularly. Doesn't talk but preaches.
Always says one word too many. Is never short of a clever question
and always convinced of his own opinion. Only thinks intoxicating thoughts
and only ones he believes to be his own...
(Markus Jehle, "When the Moon is in the seventh house..."
only in German: "Wenn
der Mond im siebten Hause steht...")
Ouch. That hit. I just hope that my wife Annina will never see this
story. I will spare you - and myself - the text for Sun and Moon
in Sagittarius. So, what am I meant to do now, answer or be silent?
And what would
then become of my Star Children stories?
Ah, I just remembered something. I really want to know what this
Markus Jehle writes about Annina's Mercury:
Mercury in Pisces
Communicates mainly telepathically. Looses herself in her boundless
imagination and can't find her way back anymore. Can't distinguish
her own thoughts from those of others, and calls this intuition...
Perceives preferably dreams and inner images. Talks in order
to create confusion.
Thank you, Markus Jehle. I have found myself again. Where are
we when we are not? In case you want to know the answer, don't
hesitate to ask me. Please.
The Child's Horoscope
Viktor Stork / Astrodienst AG 2004
Translated by Karin Hoffmann
* All names have been changed for reasons of confidentiality.