Oahu Island News
One of this writer’s favorite swim-sisters at the Windward YMCA
recently asked a test question, typical of many people inexperienced with
legitimate astrology: “What can you tell me about someone born on May
“First and foremost, we are so much more than our sun sign,” I said.
“May 25 is a Gemini sun, and its attributes are… .” And I described
all the well-known qualities distinctive to that sign, ending again with
the reminder, “Remember, we are so much more than merely our sun
Not surprisingly, she said, “That doesn’t sound like my mother at
And now you know why I became a professional astrologer. There is no
professionally responsible way to view our astrological potentials in a
I interpret all the planets from the Sun outward to Pluto, 19 asteroids,
Hailey’s comet, two planetoids, eight planets beyond Pluto’s orbit,
and two suns beyond our solar system. Somewhere in there, we would find
her mother’s true personality, as well as her soul’s mission on Earth
during this incarnation, her personal inner growth, her roles as daughter,
mother, wife, sibling and friend.
We would have insight into her health needs, how she could prosper,
whether this life has a spiritual orientation, where her talents lie, what
lessons she would have to work on, her hobbies, educational needs and
psychological development. Thus, a birth chart is a blueprint of lots of
potentials. If a person wants to make changes, the chart shows choices,
not a narrow, one-dimensional answer.
Progressions and transits update the chart by viewing current stimuli, so
that no one is ever doomed to struggle indefinitely with any issue, once
its repercussions become evident. This is called “timing of
empowerment.” For example, imagine that a person has not found his true
calling in life, what is sometimes referred to in the Hawaiian language as
one’s true “kuleana.” He may earn a living in a job or even a
career, for which he may have trained for many years in university. But he
may not feel a sense of rightness, of greatness or meaning in the work.
The chart shows which activities could be emphasized at various times in
There are many kinds of astrology. I am predominantly a psychological
astrologer, but often addresses mundane and esoteric concerns. So whether
the question is career choice or soul infusion, the chart holds the key.
Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught
in American and Canadian colleges and has been a counselor since 1970. She
may be reached at 429-2411.