By Jade Emory
Oahu Island News, July 2004

Beyond Sun Signs

One of this writer’s favorite swim-sisters at the Windward YMCA recently asked a test question, typical of many people inexperienced with legitimate astrology: “What can you tell me about someone born on May 25?”

“First and foremost, we are so much more than our sun sign,” I said. “May 25 is a Gemini sun, and its attributes are… .” And I described all the well-known qualities distinctive to that sign, ending again with the reminder, “Remember, we are so much more than merely our sun sign.”

Not surprisingly, she said, “That doesn’t sound like my mother at all!”

And now you know why I became a professional astrologer. There is no professionally responsible way to view our astrological potentials in a superficial manner.

I interpret all the planets from the Sun outward to Pluto, 19 asteroids, Hailey’s comet, two planetoids, eight planets beyond Pluto’s orbit, and two suns beyond our solar system. Somewhere in there, we would find her mother’s true personality, as well as her soul’s mission on Earth during this incarnation, her personal inner growth, her roles as daughter, mother, wife, sibling and friend.

We would have insight into her health needs, how she could prosper, whether this life has a spiritual orientation, where her talents lie, what lessons she would have to work on, her hobbies, educational needs and psychological development.

Thus, a birth chart is a blueprint of lots of potentials. If a person wants to make changes, the chart shows choices, not a narrow, one-dimensional answer.

Progressions and transits update the chart by viewing current stimuli, so that no one is ever doomed to struggle indefinitely with any issue, once its repercussions become evident. This is called “timing of empowerment.” For example, imagine that a person has not found his true calling in life, what is sometimes referred to in the Hawaiian language as one’s true “kuleana.” He may earn a living in a job or even a career, for which he may have trained for many years in university. But he may not feel a sense of rightness, of greatness or meaning in the work. The chart shows which activities could be emphasized at various times in life.

There are many kinds of astrology. I am predominantly a psychological astrologer, but often addresses mundane and esoteric concerns. So whether the question is career choice or soul infusion, the chart holds the key.

Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at

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