E. wants to know:
I’m interested in knowing more about First Meeting Charts. I met a man last year on May 31st at 9:30 p.m. here in New York. I’m wondering what the first meeting chart might say about our relationship? [submitted via Ask Jeff a Question on 1/9/2008]
You asked this exact same question over at Moonkissd by Jessica, and Jessica looked at your composite chart using NY, NY as the “birth” place. So it appears you want a second opinion.
Every moment in time has its own archetypal quality, ripe with meaning and possibilities. If you throw coins to consult the I-Ching or lay out a Tarot card spread, you are essentially looking at the forces that are in play at that very moment, and hoping to divine how these energies relate to your question.
In horary astrology — which I am not using to answer this question — one looks at the location of the planets at the moment the astrologer understands a querent’s question. For example, an astrologer could look at the moment you wrote to Jessica, when you were wondering about the import of your first meeting with this man. What was your real question? Was it “What does the first meeting chart say about our relationship?” or “Where are things going with this guy? How come our relationship isn’t holding true to the intense, fated quality of our first contact?” I don’t know what the real question is. Perhaps you can tell us in the comments section.
The First Meeting Chart
You met this guy at the Sagittarius Full Moon. It was above the eastern horizon, in the 12th House of Secrets. Pluto was rising, closely conjunct the Sagittarius Ascendant. The ruler of the chart, Jupiter, was also in the 12th House, conjunct the Full Moon.
The chart suggests a moment of intensity. Pluto, the driving force of evolution, is powerfully placed on an angle. If someone were born at this moment, she’d be a combination of Sag Rising (outgoing, enthusiastic) and Pluto Rising (intense, mysterious, secretive, powerful). So this moment felt full of possibilities — exotic, even — as well as potentially transformative.
Contributing to the intensity is the Full Moon, a moment of culmination when energy has built up to a climax point. The Moon shines her light on the emotional need for adventure, meaning, expansion of the scope of one’s life. Her conjunction to Jupiter, ruling planet of Sagittarius, only exaggerates this feeling of optimism about life.
It also suggests one’s feelings going overboard, that emotions are larger than life.
Falling in the 12th House, there’s a quality of secretiveness or the need to be hidden … that you can’t be public about your feelings. Freedom-loving Sagittarius is not the best sign for commitment, and the need to keep things hush does not set the best conditions to build a relationship. (Or maybe it just felt like a spiritually meaningful connection, as the 12th House also relates to mysticism.)
Meanwhile, Venus in Cancer was making an exact sesquisquare (135 degree angle) to the Moon. Like the square, this is an aspect of tension. The love planet was looking for security in the sign ruled by the Moon, and was in the out-in-the-open Seventh House, conflicting with the feelings of the moment.
So, E., does the above ring true?