Recently on the boards there was a question about one of astro.com’s extended chart offerings, the persona chart. This is not something I had looked into before but I thought I ought to at least figure out what it is. During the first year of life the transiting Sun goes around the natal wheel one revolution and back to its original position (which is the first solar return). As it goes forward, about one degree a day, it conjuncts each of the planets in the natal chart. A persona chart is a chart for the exact conjunction of the transiting Sun to a natal planet.
I read a bit about the suggested use of these charts and frankly it just doesn’t fill a need for me, as far as my personal arsenal of astrology tools goes, at least for now. However, I do have a separate interest in developmental psychology and this seems like a perfect bridge between these two areas.
The Moon persona chart is a chart of the transiting Sun exact on the natal Moon. That’s a person’s very first personal new moon! It is the first time the Sun activated or illuminated a person’s emotional nature. It occurs to me that early influences on the natal Moon are sure to have a profound effect on how one develops their feeling nature in conjunction to the outer world. It looks to me like a hot-button indicator of one of developmental psych’s big issues, the development of attachment and trust.
The personal new Moon chart (persona chart of the Moon) shows the transiting energies of the day at a moment of importance for emotional development. We often talk about new moons as an opportunity for setting intentions. I can see this chart as a unique view into a person’s very first illumination of their early emotional world.
Early childhood experiences impact the development of personality and the ability to form relationships. Can you see ways in which your astrology impacted your childhood experience?