Have you ever taken a close look at your birth chart?
I have to confess that I have often found it to be a very confusing map of clues. I have looked at mine a lot of times, and read lots of information, over the years, about what it all means, but I always end up overwhelmed.
But I heard something, recently, that was so interesting to me that I decided I better take another look. I ended up being glad that I did.
I was listening to a podcast, and on it, Tenae Stewart suggested that when things are going wrong in your life, it may be because you are not living in harmony with your birth chart.
I had never thought of that before. Had you?
That would make our birth chart more than just an explanation, it also would be a lifestyle guide.
And if you’re meant to live in harmony with it, that suggests that you are meant to be exactly who you are, rather than being a fixer-upper who shows promise!
She gave eight examples of what you can know by paying close attention to your birth chart, including feeling lost about what your soul purpose is, and finding it hard to feel joy. And then, she connected each one to corresponding parts of your birth chart, and said to look there for answers.
She pointed out that if you understand, for example, the combination of the energies of your sun sign and the house it’s in, you will know what to do to create more joy.
Once we identify the way each planet and sign work together, we look to the houses to discover exactly where that energy is manifesting. -Allure Astrology
How to Create Joy
After hearing that recipe for finding out how to create joy, I wanted to find out if that would be true for me. And here’s what I came up with for creating joy in my own life...
My sun sign is Gemini and it is in the 4th house, which Tenae said normally connects with Cancer.
And I discovered that that means I blend the offerings of both signs to maximize the possibility of joy in my life. Which means my home needs to be nurturing and that I need to get clear on what I need, or what feels nurturing to me, and then focus on creating that in my reality.
By creating a home, we create a sanctuary, a meeting place, and a sacred place to return to for ourselves and other people. The domestic space we create serves to keep us safe, nurture us, and provide comfort.
The article I read in Allure Astrology says that depending on which planet comes along for the ride, with your sun sign in the 4th house, you might see an impact on the way you look at home and family. And see encouragement to create private, nurturing places for yourself, within your home.
Plus, it suggests a focus on deep, meaningful interactions with family, rather than surface ones. And a focus on intellectual stimulation and the need to have a place dedicated to learning, curiosity and study. Interesting!
I have Jupiter in the 4th house, which, apparently, suggests having a sense of family and connection to it is important to me, but comfort and leisure at home, are equally important, and I am likely to focus a lot of time, attention and energy on creating the home I want.
Ding, ding, ding! That is totally right about me.
One need that the people with the Sun in the fourth house have, has to do with soul growth or inner development. For some, this need for inner growth will actually supersede the trappings of success that so many of us perceive to be necessary in the exterior world.
That is the story of my life, right there in that quote. It explains why I have never been very ambitious when it comes to creating success, but have made it my mission to figure out how to be happy.
Adding it all together, I came up with this joy wish list…
(1) Maximize coziness and comfort & make time for self-care
(2) Simple, everyday pleasures and indulgences
(3)Journaling, blogging and meaningful conversations with others
(4) Carry on with my devotion to creating the home I want.
(5) Create and sustain daily rituals that elevate all of those experiences listed above.
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, hygge lifestyle blogger & connoisseur of delight writing about how to create a hygge lifestyle, with hearthcraft, comfy capsule wardrobe tips and cozy home decorating ideas. More here.