When I was writing The Star of Bethlehem I added a small number of appendices, including this one: Jesus’ Natal Aspects. The text is adapted from Planets in Youth by Robert Hand.
Sun Opposition Moon
You will learn to understand yourself through opposition to the world and other people, perhaps in good-natured competition with friends, perhaps through fighting. The form of your opposition is up to you. You are likely to ask friends what they think of you or of something you have done, because you want to get outside your own personal point of view and see what others see.This does not mean, however, that you are always willing to make your ideas agree with other people’s. On the contrary, you usually fight for what you believe to be right. But you want to know what others feel, because it gives you a necessary perspective.
Sun Sextile Saturn
You are quite reserved, and people may think you are shy because you do not like to make a display of yourself, preferring to observe others quietly. You may impress people as emotionally cool, but probably you feel much more than you show on the surface. You are patient and self-disciplined, and people can depend on you to be reliable. You often appear older than you are, for you are quite serious…
Sun Trine Pluto
You do not like to have everything around you completely settled. You enjoy making changes, for it helps you understand a situation better. And you have a great need to understand everything you do and to experience everything fully. You may be inclined to carry your activities to such extremes that other people get scared. But you do not scare easily, and you don’t want to miss a thing.
Sun Square Ascendant
The problem you will have to resolve is that if you pursue what you want in life, you may not be able to get along with others. Others may seem to resist your every effort, so that to get ahead you have to cut yourself off from relationships. You may either withdraw into yourself or strive to have a significant career. Either way, you will have some difficulty relating your personal needs to those of others.
Sun Opposition Midheaven
You are very concerned with your inner personal world and less influenced by others’ ideals and expectations that most people. You are “inner directed” to an unusual extent, and you rate the importance of matters in your world to very personal reactions. All of your life, you will be more subjective than most people.
Moon Inconjunct Mars
Until you learn to handle your feelings, you are likely to get angry easily, have temper tantrums and be touchy about what is yours and what is not. You may feel you have to defend yourself against imagined threats. The problem here is that you are likely to become too emotionally involved with ideas, opinions or even objects without knowing it until someone threatens them. Then you react as if you were being personally threatened or attacked. You have to realize that it is possible to change your opinions and attitudes without damaging your worth as a person.
Moon Trine Jupiter
As you get older, you will have great respect for honor and honesty, and you may develop a fairly strong interest in religion. Your faith will not be a limited, puritanical kind, but one based on kindness and the desire to help people grow and move forward in their lives.
Moon Trine Saturn
You may be shy about your feelings and reluctant to express them unless you trust the people you are with completely. Even more likely, you feel that it is not proper to show your feelings. In your mind is the ideal of being calm and cool at all times. As a result you will seem more serious and sober that most people.
Moon Sextile Pluto
Your feelings are very strong, and you are quite sensitive to other people’s feelings as well. You get quite involved in your emotions, playing out drama in your head in which you are the villain, the hero or whatever role you prefer. You love mysteries and may spend hours reading stories of mystery or the supernatural. You even seek out mysteries in the real world, trying to find out what is going on behind the scenes in the lives of your friends and neighbors.
Moon Square Ascendant
Your feelings are quite changeable, and they influence how you feel about people. One day you really like someone, but on another day, you feel completely different. You may find it very difficult to treat others the same way all the time. You may also feel that people make demands on you that force you to hide your feelings. You believe that showing your feelings clearly to someone will hurt your relationship. This can make you feel very tense when you are with someone you like.
Moon Conjunct Midheaven
Your emotions are very powerful, and you are quite sensitive to the feelings of others as well. Your mother may have more to do with the career you choose than your father. If your relationship with your mother is not good, it could cause psychological problems throughout your life that would affect your work and your goals in life very badly. You need her emotional support very well.
Mercury Sextile Venus
You are very sociable and enjoy having a good time with friends. You try to avoid anything unpleasant, even if it is a necessary part of life. However, you are an amusing and witty person, probably quite popular at parties and in groups. You should have little trouble making people like you.
Mercury Square Neptune
Sometimes your fantasies seem so real that you forget they are just fantasies and that they are not real to anyone else. This aspect is likely to bring real confusion into your everyday dealings with others. You will find it difficult to make yourself understood and to understand others, unless you learn to control your mind…
Venus Square Uranus
Your close relationships may be changeable and unstable in that they form and break up quite rapidly. Even when you were young, you were very independent and preferred not to be involved in a close, committed friendship. When you choose, you can be quite charming to others, but only on your own terms, Certainly it is better to express your desire for freedom than to make commitments that you cannot keep.
Jupiter Conjunct Saturn
Throughout your life you will make plans and try to organize your affairs with care and discipline. You do not want to go too far too fast, and you want to have a structure that will regulate your life and keep it moving forward in the best possible manner. However, the discipline structure that you adopted must not keep you from growing, because you developed a strong sense of objectives early in life, and you rebel against anything that interferes with your progress toward your goals.
Jupiter Opposition Pluto
You are very impatient to make immediate changes in your world. You want very much to have the power to control others so that they will do what you think is right. If you are not given this power, you may work behind the scenes to bring about the changes you want, in spite of opposition from everyone. You may be unwilling to let anyone else make suggestions, for you feel that you have all the answers, that you are totally right. This aspect can signify fanatical ideals of righteousness, rigid notions of justice, and the feeling that everyone else must be forced to follow whatever you consider right. However, if you can be somewhat humble about your ideals and respect others’ beliefs, this aspect can bring you great success and achievement. Others will be inspired by your strong convictions.
Saturn Opposition Pluto
This aspect occurs only once every thirty-three years. The main problem signified by this aspect is in your relationships with other people or with external circumstances. You may feel that the external world demands that you change when you do not want to change, or that it forces you to stay where you are when you do want to change. Because of this feeling, you may become antagonistic toward others or toward the world in general, because it does not seem to want to let you be yourself. You may adopt a cold or hostile attitude toward others. Watch very carefully to see whether some subtle attitude on your part is setting others against you when you don’t intend any harm. Make sure that others understand your position.
Uranus Trine Neptune
This aspect signifies a generation that was willing to experiment with consciousness, in ways that other generations would have found rather frightening, but the result has been a rebirth of concern with spiritual matters and human consciousness. This generation challenged the materialistic premises of the older culture and did more to generate the new age of consciousness than any other group. However, as with all Uranus-Neptune aspects, there has been a problem in putting these realizations to work at a practical level.
Uranus Opposition Pluto
This is another aspect indicating great changes in the lives of people born under it. It signifies impatience with any kind of established order or convention.
Neptune Trine Midheaven
You are very idealistic in your attitudes toward the world, and you want to be as free as possible of values and possessions that limit you or prevent you from encountering the world. Besides, you value emotions, ideals and other immaterial concerns more than possessions.
Very early in life you showed how unselfish and giving you were, especially to people in need. You liked taking care of people or animals and trying to make them better. As you got older you had a strong need to be of service to others, putting spiritual and moral ideals above personal gain.
You are very sensitive to other people, so you are a bit reserved and shy until you know you can trust them. Your feelings are easily hurt, and a misplace gruff word can make you very unhappy. Your family should try to understand this and treat you a bit more gently. They should realize that they will be rewarded with your devotion.
Even while quite young, you were fascinated by the mysterious and supernatural. You find the worlds of fantasy stories and fairy tales more interesting and alive than this world, which is so full of dull concerns and mundane preoccupations. Of course, you must learn to relate to this world, anyway, and you should try to see the mystery that is inherent even in the everyday world.