Jesus Christ – Birth Chart
September 11th 3BC, 6.15 pm, Bethlehem, Israel
Pisces Ascendant - Neptune in the 8th House
This conversion was for Lewis the end result of years of debate with his University colleagues which notably included his good friend J. R. R. Tolkien. Lewis went on to write many books and articles with spiritual themes and was obsessed with the concept of a 'universal morality', of which he believed Jesus Christ understood implicitly.
Christ is regarded as a 'Neptunian master' with his teachings emphasising the core elements of the Piscean character - compassion, empathy and self-sacrifice. As such it is appropriate that Christ's Ascendant be Piscean and that he should be the one to herald the Age of Pisces.
In the proposed birth chart the Ascendant ruler Neptune is placed in the profound sign of Scorpio in its natural house which is conducive to opening up the psyche and to providing comfort and inspiration for those in crisis. Neptune's sensitivity is optimised in this position and its sextile angle with Mars (Capricorn) in the 10th house approaching the 11th, indicates self will and a passionately empathic concern for social fairness.
Christ's thought processes and teachings are intertwined with the subliminal 'knowing' of Neptune via a sextile angle with Mercury - Mercury being in the practical and detail oriented sign of Virgo in the 6th house where it is the charts Final Dispositor. The 6th house has a connection with health and healing and its worth noting that the origin of the word Jesus means ‘healer’ and his surname Christ translates as the ‘anointed one’. The spiritual septile angle from Neptune to Scorpio's ruler Pluto and the Descendant, further emphasise the profound positioning of Neptune.
In such an intense position Neptune could easily lose touch with reality and cause the native to make wild pronouncements such as ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’, but it is doubtful that a practically oriented Virgoan with a stellium of Sun, Mercury,Venus and Pluto would make such a statement unless he had studied it and believe it. Seminary Professor Howard Hendricks makes the observation ‘There was no identity crisis in the life of Jesus Christ. He knew who he was. He knew where he had come from, and why he was here. And he knew where he was going. And when you are that liberated, then you can serve.’
'...night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me...I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.'
Christ's essential self is Virgoan in nature and it is in Virgo that the ephemeral world of Pisces and beyond is concretised by a critical analysis of both material and social spheres. Virgoans pay attention to the smallest detail and aspire to perfect order with an emphasis on functionality.
Pluto conjunct the Sun produces a powerful persona (albeit modestly expressed in Virgo) with a penetrating insight that is publicly directed through its 7th house placement. As a result of Virgo's application to the task and Pluto's 7th house use of relatedness as a catalyst for personal growth and transformation, Christ's Sun conjunct Pluto would ultimately lead to a supreme understanding of complex relationship matters and an effectivness in the management of personal crisis which would complement the Sun's 6th house affinity with wellbeing.
There is much to be said for the rulership of Virgo being other than airy Mercury and the two main contenders for that duty in this chart are significantly aspected to the Sun and Pluto - with Ceres placed sextile in the 8th house and Vesta square on the IC. Ceres positioning enhances Christ's affinity for experiencing and nurturing spiritual and psychic phenomena, while the square from Vesta challenges Christ to generate profound public transformation without endangering family, friends and followers.
Virgo Sun conjunct Pluto - 6/7th Houses
Regardless of whether Mercury 'owns' Virgo it does never-the-less sit well in Virgo and is traditionally defined as a Final Dipositor with the effect of funnelling all experience into understanding with the 6th house being well positioned for the cognitive transfer of conscious experience. Mercury's conjunction with Venus adds a benevolent tone and emphasises the necessity and duty of Christ's love for his fellow man.
Mercury is eight degrees from the Sun and emphasises the 6th more so than the Sun which is more related to the 7th. But regardless of their greater influences these four planets are linked together in a stellium which intensifies the relatedness of Venus - with the 7th house being its natural house, and deepens the cognitive processes of the already profoundly positioned Mercury - with Mars adding further energy by its trine relationship dissecting the stellium at the midpoint of Sun and Mercury.
It was the logic of Christ's parables and ministery in general which has drawn many people to adopt Christianity. As was the case for C. S. Lewis who - in his autobiographical 'Surprised by Joy' - states (while studying at Oxford University):
Mercury and Venus in Virgo - 6th House
1st House Uranus conjunct Pisces Ascendant
Intuitive wisdom and visionary ideals directed towards the service of humanity are an essential part of the placement of Uranus in Pisces. Normally this is a generational effect but with Uranus conjunct the Ascendant it's inclinations become the environment in which Christs's life is immersed.
Within this environment - and with access to ancestral wisdom as indicated by Uranus's rulership of the 12th house and emphasised by the North Node on the 12th cusp - Christ is seen as an individual secure in his own self-awareness which arouses admiration for his strength of character and his friendly non-critical acceptance which flows from his understanding of a higher consciousness.
The Ascendant and Descendant are natural polar opposites with spontaneous assertiveness springing from the 1st house cusp to be balanced by Libra's natural rulership of the 7th house. This position is made more profound in Christs's birth chart by the attendance of powerful outer planets on each end of the horizon. Any negative tendencies of Uranus on the Ascendant would eventually be resolved through supreme logic with Virgoan Mercury as a Final Dispositor arbitrating right action through it's association with Venus, Sun, and Pluto.
But Christ's chart doesn't rely purely on logic. The Uranus-Pluto opposition is mitigated by two trine/sextile aspects. Firstly the trine from Uranus to Ceres in the 8th which provides a profound awareness of relatedness and an unconditional feeling of motherly love. And secondly by the sextile angle from Uranus to Saturn in the 2nd which provides the ability to take on the challenges of a material world and successfully replace avarice with a value structure that is more truely aligned with the hopes and wishes of the collective for a happier more fullfilling existence (Saturn ruling the 11th house and itself being ruled by Venus).
Saturn in Taurus - 2nd House
Saturn in the 2nd house tends to a frugal material nature with possessions restricted to essentials, and the development of perserverence and patience in acquiring that which is of true value, while it's rulership of the 11th house indicates responsibility towards groups of people. Being in the sign of Taurus trine to the Sun there is a need of establishing firm foundations early in life - something to act as an anchor and whose love will allay any insecurity. To Christ this influence must be that of his professed Father.
Saturn represents the zenith of material existence and can only be mastered by cautious, careful, thinking, planning and perserverence. Christ's Virgoan stellium would be of great assistance in attaining these virtues but Christ's material experience of life cannot be complete until Saturn has returned to its natal position. In Christ's chart this would be sometime prior to the baptism which marks the commencement of his ministry.
As would be expected Christ's Saturn Return chart is quite profound with the chart ruler Venus conjunct Mercury and Sun in the 8th house with Pluto opposite the Sun emphasising the 8th house transformation of thought (Gemini) processes. Uranus on the MC announces a shake-up of familiar ways (in Cancer) while opposite Jupiter on the IC shows the growth in understanding of the material world with its ruler Saturn trine to Neptune in the 3rd house of communications. This chart indicates a readiness to commence his ministry.
The superimposing of transits at the Saturn Return over the natal chart is also notable.
Saturn is in a Kite formation with transiting Neptune, natal Pluto and natal Uranus forecasting a shake-up in concepts of Heaven and Earth. Transiting Sun in the natal 3rd house opposite transiting Pluto is square natal Venus indicating communications related to changing attitudes in human relatedness. Transiting Venus and Mercury form a Grand Trine with Natal Moon and North Node emphasising the deliverence of a divine message while transiting Mars conjunct natal Neptune sextile natal Mercury provides impetus.
Moon in Libra - 7th House
What better indicator of a friendly loving person than Moon in Libra in the 7th house ruling the 5th house with a protective fondness for children and an emotional enjoyment of nurturing activities. Pallas/Athene closely alongside adds emotional understanding and encourages support of the oppressed and with these two placed close to the Black Moon point the implication is that Christ's nurturing instincts come from deep within and reflect his soul's yearning.
Jupiter in Leo - 5th House
The 5th house relates to personal creativity and when Jupiter is in the 5th the creativity knows no bounds - with honest intent required by its Leo sign placement and Sun ruler residing in an intense stellium of acute awareness in the 6th house of responsible duty.
Jupiter also rules the 10th house such that fullfillment is gained through public recognition and although Jupiter is not well aspected to the rest of the chart it does provide a platform for presenting the multiple profound aspects of Christ's make-up. Jupiter is grounded by a understanding of material reality through its Quintile aspect to Saturn in the 2nd and its midpoint position between the Sun and Vesta.
Interesting to note Howard Sasportas interpretation of Jupiter in the 5th house:
...those with Jupiter in the 5th step into something more spacious, perhaps replicating in their own creativity a sense of Divine creation itself. In other words, by being creative they find 'God' in themselves.
The proposed chart for the birth time of Jesus Christ as given, describes a super-human being with access to profound influences that are directed towards cajoling humanity to accept divinity. He does this without thought of self - he does it purely because there is no other way for him to live his life.
There would no doubt be others born at the same time as Jesus Christ, perhaps even in Bethlehem, but Jesus Christ is the one chosen by the Wise Men and it is his name that lives on two millennium later. Its a big jump to make a pronouncement that this chart is that of the Son of God - but this chart does clearly present a character of enormous integrity who might well have been the living expression of perfection. As such Jesus Christ offered the human race a chance of salvation through the understanding of his being which would seem to go beyond physical reality - as evidenced in literature which records his performance of miracles and his transcendence of material existence.
In his posthumous book Phenomenom of Man, the famous French philosopher, paleontologist and Jesuit Priest - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote:
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
So perhaps when Christ says ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' What he means is that by being true to the 'universal morality' inside of us we may obtain an understanding of the life force he refers to as God the Father.