April 2010

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Autism Addendum II
The Saturn/Pluto Autistic Child
by Sandra Weidner
Previous Work
October, 2012: I just found out I had calculated this child's charts incorrectly. As it turns out, the correct calculations provide an even clearer illustration that the saturn-pluto significators promote what we know as autism. Accordingly, the 1st and 3rd charts shown below are the corrected ones.
That main paper on autism entitled, Developmental Astrology: The Message in Autism, Five Autistic Children, was written in October of 2000. It contains a description of autism and includes a biographical example from a mother's book about her autistic chiild. It identifies the astrological significators for autism and illustrates why they fit the condition. It must be read before this paper will make sense. A later paper includes astrological examples from seven more autistic children. Links to both papers are given above, where links to other, smaller papers are also given.

This paper is written to confirm—one by one because that is all the data available—that autism, free from other mental and emotional disorders, essentially involves saturn and pluto influencing an Angle and 3rd house in the 1st and 3rd charts.

Below is a short summary of the areas of life covered by the three charts involved :

The 1st chart is a chart which describes the identity we formed in childhood and some of its somatic consequences—allergies and asthma, for two examples. It may contain information on physical brain disorders.
The 3rd chart shows intellectual talents and inclinations as well as various pathologies.
The 7th chart, the main chart of this method, contains a great deal of information about our lives. Theoretically, it is concerned only with matters pertaining to the 7th house, such as our relations with significant others, including marriage and business partners and close friends. However, it, too, contains information about health as well as our mind. It is always a good idea to check the 7th chart even when it is not a significator site.

Links to two papers discussing the astrological method used here are at the bottom of this page.

In my main paper on autism, my description of the behavior of an autistic child came from the book entitled The Siege (1967) by Mrs. Clara Claiborne Park. Mrs. Park was a keen and highly interested observer of her daughter, Elly’s, behavior. Her book gave us lengthy descriptions taken from her own daily notes. From these, and from what I had found so far in the astrology of autism, I then believed Elly’s autism to be “saturn/pluto” autism, that is, pure autism, without admixture of other pathologies. The problem was, with Elly I had the description, but not her birth data, so I could not confirm that Elly’s autism was saturn/pluto autism. I did have birth data on five children who had been diagnosed “autistic,” but that data lacked a description of their behavior.

The number of professionals who have the legal right to diagnose some one as autistic is likely far more than the number of individuals actually qualified to do so. That being the case, any research on birth data of autistic children has a good possibility of being research on the astrology of autism plus whatever other pathology slipped though with the diagnosis. So, I have all along been interested in establishing the correct astrological significators for “autism only.”

Here, with this paper, at last I have birth data for an autistic child which includes a description of his autism. It resembles the description given by Mrs. Park. It resembles the autism in early literature on the subject. For instance, it resembles the autism described by Bruno Bettelheim in his monograph about “Joey, the Mechanical Boy” which I read when I was a teenager. All of them describe “autistics” as children making little to no eye contact, as lacking speech (having lost it after several years if they did start developing it normally), as showing extreme withdrawal, as exhibiting total self- as opposed to other-directedness, and as showing powerful focus on some reality that was “not here” wherever it was. For the most part, unless interfered with, they were able to exist peacefully in their world for hours and hours at a time. All described normal early development up to between two and three years of age followed by nearly total regression.

That description suggests saturn and pluto as the main planets in the significator for autism. (See the main paper for the explanation.)

There isn’t much question that present descriptions of autistic children, garnered from our “epidemic of autism,” include other conditions besides autism. Almost all the charts of autistic children I have examined have included the significators saturn/pluto. But, some of them have also included significators which have nothing to do with the description of autism presented above. Their astrology shows some autism, some mental imbalance like nascent schizophrenia, some retardation, some anxiety disorders, and even some allergic conditions Sometimes so much is going on it is hard to separate one condition from another, so it is not surprising some diagnoses correctly include other pathologies.

So, all present day children classified as autistic are not behaviorally the same. Some exhibit more fear and anxiety. Some, more difficult and objectionable behavior. Some are violent. Some have health problems. Some appear somewhat schizophrenic at least some times. Indeed, at first some professionals diagnosed autism as childhood schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a distinct astrological disorder, specifically spelled out in my paper on that disorder (see “Paranoid Schizophrenia and John Hinckley, Jr.” at the Home Page) and further elucidated with the astrology of the four individuals in the Woolf paper (link on Home Page). I have a relatively large file on schizophrenia, including some, like Hinckley, showing schizophrenic conditions astrologically only during the period his disorder was greatest--when he tried to assassinate the President.

Schizophrenia involves the astrological indicators neptune (or Pisces) in the harmonic chart for the 3rd house (aka, the 3rd chart), and needs certain types of afflictions to the 1st chart to manifest. Paranoid schizophrenia involves neptune (or Pisces) plus mars.

Present literature on autism also brings mental retardation into some behaviors of autism. This site includes a paper on mental retardation (see “Mental Retardation and Astrology’s Ancient Malefics, Mars and Saturn,” link on Home Page.) An autistic child could be mentally retarded. A mentally retarded child might also be autistic. Astrologically, however, the two conditions are separable and distinct.

Retardation involves the astrological indicators mars and saturn influencing an Angle and 3rd house in the harmonic charts for the 1st and 3rd houses.

I have written a paper on asthma, a form of auto-immune disease, which shares some significators with schizophrenia. I understand some children diagnosed autistic have been treated successfully for food and environmental sensitivities. A child with saturn/pluto autism would likely not be helped by such a regimen because he lacks the significators for that kind of sensitivity. Those autistic children, however, who, in addition to their autism, have significators like those for asthma or environmental sensitivities, might well be helped by such methods. How much would be a function of how much of their problem, astrologically, was autistic and how much immune.

There is, of course, no astrological reason why an autistic child could not also suffer from some other condition. Life does not come in such discrete categories that everything is always just one thing or the other. The only and ultimate limit of manifestation of all kinds of difficult and even scary astrology is whether or not the chart actually supports life.

Our Autistic Boy, DF Jr., Biographical Data
Below is the description given by Astrodatabank for this autistic boy. His parents are famous. The boy himself is now a man about 18 years. So, I have removed material which identifies who they are:

American noted family, the son of DF, 35, (1998), perhaps the X Football League's greatest player ever. A beautiful boy, happy and affectionate, he has a vocabulary of maybe four words at age six; he is autistic. At 2 1/2, he was speaking in full sentences and was perfectly normal; a year later, he totally regressed. He would go into a corner and stop speaking to anyone. He is strong and healthy, but does not understand how to play with a toy. His only symptom of autism [?] is twirling whatever he has in hand, whether it's a potato chip or a ball.

DF Jr. goes to a special-needs school. He has few functioning skills, not so much as being able to feed himself.

We can now move on to presentation of his pertinent charts.

DF, Jr., The Charts for Autism
The 1st and 3rd charts are primary in defining autism. At least, that was the case until we got to a few individuals who were ASD, that is, a high-functioning autistic and some one with Asperger’s syndrome. Then the 7th chart became important as part of the significator. But this child is autistic, so we are only going to look at his 1st and 3rd charts. We start with the 1st chart.

DF, Jr.
Partial Harmonic Chart for the 1st House

Placidus: c11—14Tau, c12—19Gem, c2—10Leo, c3—5Vir b11—7Vir, b12—3Lib, b2—23Sco, b3—29Sag

Sets (1) and (2) above are very simple.

Set (1) shows C MC in the same set with both saturns, which are in b 3rd house, with b saturn co-ruling (30 of 36°) b 3rd house.

Set (2) shows C Asc in the same set with both harmonic plutos.

This 1st chart shows an Angle/saturn plus and Angle/pluto, with the Angle/saturn influencing a 3rd house within the chart.

DF, Jr.
Partial Harmonic Chart for 3rd House

Placidus: c11—14Tau, c12—19Gem, c2—10Leo, c3—5Vir b11—7Vir, b12—3Lib, b2—23Sco, b3—29Sag

Once again, the set is rather simple. Set (3) above shows C MC in the same set with saturn/saturn/pluto, with the MC acting as the light. B saturn co-rules (30 of 36°) b 3rd house.

Significators for autism for the 3rd chart, including light/saturn/pluto influencing an Angle and a 3rd house, are complete.

We have DF's birth time given to the minute, and we also know the year he started regressing His biography, above, states he was still developing normally at age 2-1/2 and by 3-1/2 was fully autistic. Below are progressions for his 3rd birthday. :

Set (4)pb3 saturn11 Libra 16co-ruler (30 of 33°) of b 3rd house
b3 pluto11 Libra 33
progressed C MC11 Aries 18

This autistic child's astrology shows Angle/saturn/pluto/3rd in 1st and 3rd charts to be the significator for his autism, showing that these significators promote the autism described as Elly's in my first paper on autism. These, in turn, make more probable that this is the significator for autism, while admixtures of mars and neptune into the signature(s) imply other pathologies of the mind.

Star Flower, a rare 7-petaled flower
From Wildflowers of Michigan Field Guide, by Stan Tekiela

Data Acknowledgements
Data are in order of presentation. Letters following each name show Rodden rating for reliability of birth time.

DF, Jr. (AA)
Birth: 11/29/1991, 5:22 a.m. EST, Natick, MA. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Frances McEvoy quotes the birth certificate. Even though this bio stated that this child was autistic, this data was not listed among the autistic children. I owe Faith McInerney for letting me know this individual was autistic.
Conception:2/15/1991, 11:02:43 a.m. EST, Natick, MA.

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