By May Sim, Founder of Selfstrology.com
You probably know that your astrological horoscope is based on your birth date. It’s how to know which of the 12 “signs” you are – such as Libra, Capricorn and Pisces.
But, did you know that your personal zodiac forecast also depends on your exact birth time and place, with its specific geographical coordinates?
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A trained astrologer like myself can “chart” the placement of the Sun, Moon and planets around the Earth, based on your birth date, time and place. Then, we determine your so-called Sun sign (as above) and can profile your character and assess events that may happen in your life.
Check out this sample chart:
The Midheaven – the line in red – shows the highest point that the Sun reaches in the sky at the time of birth. It typically represents the person’s career, reputation and what they’re known for.
However, the other function of the Midheaven is, together with the horizon (the bold black horizontal line), to divide the circular chart into four quadrants.
The Sun doesn’t get very high in the sky in cities at upper latitudes like, say, Stockholm or Chicago, so babies born in these cities get slightly skewed birth charts – with the Midheaven at an angle, and unequal quadrants or houses (i.e., the 12 signs).
Take Silver Screen movie star Greta Garbo, who was born in Stockholm September 18, 1905 at 7:30 p.m.
She had huge 6th and 12th houses that contained the Sun (conscious self-identity) and Moon (emotional security), respectively. When the 6th and 12th houses are emphasised, you find quieter, more introverted personalities.
And Garbo, for all her fame, was known as a recluse who didn’t even attend Oscar awards when she was nominated.
What about your child born in Singapore?
Singapore is almost exactly on the equator itself, and the Sun is pretty much directly overhead at noon year-round. This means we get Midheavens that are almost exactly vertical, typically dividing the circular chart into four equal quadrants.
This suggests that no area of life takes on additional importance by virtue of the birth location, though it’s still possible for a specific house to take on importance if there are many planets in it.
In addition to the division of houses, the other obvious difference between Stockholm and Singapore is that one experiences the four seasons in the former – during which lifestyle and activities can vary tremendously – while the latter gets an eternal summer.
In places at higher latitudes, winters in particular can restrict movements and activities months at a time. Hence, it’s not surprising that some sectors of life are emphasised (such as home or family life), while others are accordingly suppressed (think social or community activity).
And what if your family or child moves away from Singapore?
I’d suggest you have an astrologer draw up a relocation birth chart. This new chart assumes that that person is born at the exact same moment in time, but in a different location and time zone.
In my own sample Singapore-to-Stockholm relocation chart, the planets suggest that home and family life might be intense.
So, I’d want to pack in plenty of physical activity so that any excess emotional energy is channelled out physically rather than directed at my family members.
About May Sim
Founder of Selfstrology.com, May Sim is the fi rst Asian Chinese person to graduate from the International Academy of Astrology with a Diploma in Modern Astrology. Get in touch with May at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation; mention the code “Finder_SingaporeBabies” for a special discount.