This is a horary question that strikes a little bit close to home for me, and I thought it would be an excellent idea to share this most interesting chart. Not only is the question interesting, but I also found the symbolism to be quite exquisite as well as the interpretation somewhat complicated, which made it a welcomed challenge
This question was asked by my boyfriend, who – only minutes before – came “out” to his mom’s friend, the first semi-family member to know of his sexuality. I called him minutes afterwards just to see how his day was going, and I could tell there was something the matter by the way he sounded. Upon expressing concern, he told me the story and followed it up by asking the question “How will everyone else take it?” I also decided that the question should be skewed to consider if his mother’s friend would tell his mother, as that was also his concern surrounding the issue. The chart for that moment in time is below:
So, the first thing to consider is how you’re going to work it out. I’ve found it’s always best to have a game-plan to work off of. Since the question was concerning him and who and what he is, I thought it was best to base everything off of his significator and how the other planets relate to him as Jupiter. Speaking of Jupiter, I feel it fits him quite nicely given their similar conditions. Jupiter is depressed and retrograde, and so too is my boyfriend worried and anxious concerning the issue, the retrograde motion perhaps shows how he regretted the decision he made upon reflecting on the consequences afterwards. Perhaps more correctly, though, it reflects a person who feels as if all they can do right now is hope for the best in their given situation. His secondary significator, Luna in Leo, is also quite appropriate as a Luna resides in the Eighth house of fear and anguish, reflecting his emotional state.
Luna has an interesting position, but it is interesting also to note that she’s Void, and so early within Leo as well which did not catch my eye at first (being early in the Sign, I assumed she still had an aspect to make somewhere). Writing about the Void of Course Luna, Lilly says: “The matter goes hardly on”, so I took this as a sign of comfort, in that the friend of his mother would say nothing to his mother or anyone else in the family. The story fails to continue and ends early, which is exactly what was being hoped for.
Now comes the interesting part, we have to go around the chart and assign planets to family members. Obviously there are far too many members of a family to assign them in any all-inclusive way, so we have to tackle them in appropriate groups based on house rulerships. His father is the Fourth house, his mother is the Tenth, and his general family members (siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents) are the Third house. It can be argued to take the Sixth house as his father’s family and the Twelfth house as his mother’s family, but I feel this is unnecessary as we are taking his family away from him in a sense and applying it to him with a degree of separation through his parents. This makes it more impersonal, so I feel is incorrect.
We’ll begin with his father: his father is signified by Jupiter as well, and so it led me to believe that his father would be able to sympathize with him. Unfortunately, though, Uranus resides right next to the Fourth house cusp, and I found it rather disturbing. Uranus often depicts someone who is acting rashly; it also shows division and separation. I was worried that the news would have his father respond rashly, perhaps even violently just because of Uranus’s unsettling nature. The issue may eventually cause a split between father and son.
His mother is signified by Mercury in Virgo who is strong in its own Sign, but is in the detriment of Jupiter, so Mercury doesn’t like Jupiter as it is. However, since Mercury is so close to the end of Virgo, it’s just about to slip into Libra which suggests his mother’s state is about to worsen in someway. She’s strong and confident now, but I think the news will take her aback in such a way that it’ll disturb her deeply. It’s interesting that Mercury is about to move from the Sign of Jupiter’s detriment to a Sign where Jupiter is peregrine, suggesting that Mercury hates Jupiter now, but will soon not care. It applies nicely in that his mother often calls him up to “discuss” issues, I wonder if the news will cause these calls to stop and create distance between the two.
Finally, his general family members are all signified by Saturn, who Jupiter very much wants to like him as Jupiter loves Saturn. However, Saturn doesn’t seem to be able to return the favor, as Saturn doesn’t like Jupiter at all being in Jupiter’s detriment. There is some hope in that there is a Trine between the two, but the way it works out mechanically is strange. Jupiter and Saturn are seeking to Trine one another, but Jupiter will stop and go direct before the Trine is complete, however, Jupiter will be so slow that Saturn will be able to perfect the Trine between them due to the speed difference. In interpretation, I feel this is suggesting that he will attempt to make his family accept him, but then he’ll realize something and stop trying to be acceptable and start to distance himself, but after this, members of his family will start to reach back out to him. Unfortunately, though, most of his family members will be unable to accept him as Saturn is combust of Sol. Combustion is indicative of someone who is unable to act freely due to some powerful man or thing being over them. So, what does Sol signify in this chart? Well, it’s actually pretty interesting. Sol is the lord of the Ninth house; the Ninth house is the house of philosophy and religion. So, his family members will mostly be unable to accept him due to the power and presence of philosophy and religion, which I thought was just a beautiful symbolism of a very unfortunate incident.
I’ll keep this updated in the comments.