“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.”
On Children– Kahlil Gibran
Sometimes — indeed often — an actor walks on to the world stage who embodies an archetype quite distinctly. In politics, we have several “tricksters” currently prestidigitating. The Queen of England is the archetypal “wise old woman” — a Saturnian archetype.
In CG Jung’s thinking, archetypes are characters, events or ideas that are already within the collective unconscious. These would be, for example, the flood, birth, marriage, the mentor, the trickster.
With her babyface and the clarity of her ideas, eco-activist Greta Thunberg currently embodies the archetype of the “wise child”. There are other recent examples: Malala Yousoufzai, the survivors of the Parkland shooting. Perhaps, wise adolescent might be more accurate.
So Thunberg’s chart has a signature associated with “wise children” — those who are old before their time. This is the Moon in Capricorn. You often find this in the charts of people who have looked after others when they were children, who have had to shoulder a lot of responsibility.
We don’t have her birth-time, but she was born on the day of the New Moon, and this is part of a strong stellium in Capricorn. The New Moon can give a person a kind of innocence, the kind necessary for courage — and a clarity of vision, but in Capricorn, this is never going to be a foolish innocence, but something wiser and deeper.
Her Sun is in a close conjunction with Chiron — the wounded healer — and without doubt she has taken on an enormous responsibility to try to heal the relationship between humans and Mother Nature.
The other element of the Capricorn stellium is that stubborn Mercury Retrograde. You can guarantee her ideas are her own, reached through her own cogitation — and therefore held most firmly.
Her Chiron and her Sun were right in the crosshairs of the brutal Uranus-Pluto square that dominated the years 2012-2015. She must have experienced a kind of transformative awakening at that time. At the age of 11, in 2012, she “became depressed and stopped speaking for a while”, according to Wikipedia. She’d been hearing about climate change for three years, but no one seemed to be doing anything about it — depressing.
In fact, it was not until 2018 that Thunberg started to take action. This would have been around the time Uranus squared her Mercury Retrograde. By progression, her natal Mercury Rx makes a conjunction with her natal Chiron for the next four years. There’s a voice for the wounded earth.
Her Mars in Scorpio is, at home, as it should be for a fighter. Mars in Scorpio is brave and strong, but does not expend its energy unwisely.
Thunberg’s mission is simple: to make the grown-ups stop climate change. She’s doing this by refusing to carry on as if everything’s normal. I write this just after an Easter weekend that was dreamlike in its awesome beauty, a beauty created by global warming — and London was occupied by grown-up climate change protestors galvanised by Greta.
Greta’s method is also simple: state the obvious: “You are stealing our future”. With Saturn in Gemini, she’s a student of facts, an organiser of information. She’s one of the Aquarians – the generation with Uranus and Neptune in the sign of the water bearer – the true digital natives, of course, but also many of this generation have an easy grasp of science; for them, the idea of disputing climate change is just stupid, especially considering predictions so far have turned out to be horribly accurate. In her case, the goddess of wisdom, Pallas, is also in Aquarius.
This latter is very interesting, as Pallas can be visionary, a Joan of Arc, a Cassandra. She has taken it upon herself to speak for her generation — perfect for Pallas conjunct Uranus. She sees the pattern of the future unfolding. Her Pallas also makes a tight trine to Saturn in Gemini, and squares her Venus in Scorpio. That latter is another warrior aspect — a woman who wears armour.
Her blunt simple, language — Mercury Rx in Cap qq Saturn in Gemini opp Pluto — is really powerful. With the North Node in Gemini, she is fulfilling her destiny as a spokesperson. It’s so interesting to see how important the voice is for Thunberg — from her elective muteness to today, when she is talking to political leaders in Britain. But this language is making the future seem real, it’s bringing the future more sharply into focus. This may be a gift of that Aquarian generation.
It was on 20 August 2018 that Thunberg decided not to go to school, but to protest outside the Swedish parliament instead. Mars Rx was exactly on that Mercury Rx — both at 28° Capricorn. She dug in her heels.
Saturn had just begun his two year and a half year journey through Capricorn — a period of great personal growth for her. Today, Saturn (Father Time) is at 20° Capricorn making a conjunction to the South Node (the Waste Disposer). These two powerful astrological points will be together the whole summer — and they are probably somewhere around Thunberg’s Moon.
And that is her message: time is running out.