From Chastity to Chaz Bono
This is purely speculative on my part: I wanted to see if the aspects in a birth chart can give us a clue as to why someone would decide to change gender. Seems I guessed right.
There are three sets of planetary pairs which speak very loudly to me: Mars and Neptune conjunct (but in different signs) in the 12th House; Venus and Saturn conjunct in Aries in the 4th House; and Jupiter and Uranus conjunct in Libra in the 10th House.
Mars (in Sagittarius)/Neptune (in Scorpio)
The main problem with this aspect is that you tend to get discouraged. You do not have as much energy as other people, usually not because you are physically weak but because you are too easily discourage by opposition from persons or circumstances. You are not a very aggressive person. It is not that you are especially shy or reluctant to assert yourself, but you feel sure that in a direct confrontation with someone, you will lose. More than most people, you need abundant support and encouragement from your parents. If they are excessively critical or unsupportive, it will have a very negative effect on you.
The danger is that if this tendency to be discouraged is not checked, you may develop a defeatist attitude toward life. Or what is worse, you may assert yourself in underhanded ways so that no one can see what you are doing and try to stop you.
(My assessment: this combination happened before birth, when the decision to be male [Mars] was muddied up [Neptune] by the fact that the genetics were for a female body.)
Venus Conjunct Saturn (both in Aries)
This aspect usually means that you don’t feel that it is proper to show affection very openly. You feel affectionate, but you don’t show it outwardly. Unfortunately, you may think that you are unworthy of being loved, so you hold your feelings in to keep from being hurt by someone who rejects you. It is very important for your growth that your parents be very loving and warm.
This aspect usually means that you are more serious than other people of your age. It is hard for you to let go and just have a good time. You are quiet, restrained and rather shy, and you may prefer being with older people. Later, when you have relationships with the opposite sex, this pattern may cause you to seek out older persons, as if you are looking for a parent figure.
(My assessment: the confusion of being daddy’s little girl and still needing her mother’s love may have doubled when daddy and mommy divorced. Then the roles reversed.)
Jupiter Conjunct Uranus (both in Libra)
You have a great need to be free, and you hate to be restricted in any way. This can create problems in school if you don’t want to go by the required program. At the same time, you have an advantage in that your mind is quick and eager for new knowledge and a greater range of experience.
At the same time you are quite willing to let others do what they want, as long as they do not try to control you. In fact, as you get older, you will be unusually tolerant of points of view that are different from your own. According to your liberal temperament, everyone should be allowed to be themselves.
(My assessment: liberal thinking and fundamental change go hand-in-hand with this combination, and because they are in Libra, a balance of energies must be maintained.)
Other Astrological Factors
The Moon is very pivotal to the whole chart. The Moon represents Mother. There’s a T-square involving the Moon, the Sun and the Ascendant. That’s a powerful motivator. And the Moon inconjunct Mercury brings a (not-so) subtle effect on his/her thinking.
At the same time, the Venus/Saturn conjunction is inconjunct to Pluto. If ever there was a way to shake things up, Pluto would overturn everything to make its effect felt.
This is the birth chart for when Chaz Bono became a legal entity. There’s one Yod, pointing at Neptune in Aquarius. So it really was Neptune (here conjunct with the Moon) in the end. Let’s look at the transition by combining these two charts, now.
The ‘event’ Mercury is now the apex of a Yod whose inconjuncts are ‘natal’ Mars and ‘natal’ Jupiter/Uranus conjunct. (Note the recurrence of a Jupiter/Uranus conjunction, this time in Pisces with Saturn opposed to them both.) Everything comes when it should. Even the ‘natal’ Part of Fortune is conjunct the ‘event’ Venus, which is opposite the ‘natal’ Ascendant. Chaz must be very pleased with the result.
They say that one cannot understand another person unless they have walked a mile in their moccasins. This is a perfect example of the maxim:
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.