The Sacred Mother-Daughter Bond:  The Moon & its Nodes


By Sister Ray the Astrologer



© Gail Lawson Clough 2014



As originally published in the February, 2015 issue of Dell Horoscope, The World's Leading Astrology Magazine


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Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli

Janet Leigh and Jamie Leigh Curtis

Cher and Chaz Bono f/k/a Chastity Bono


Double Headers:  When There is More Than One Daughter

Judy Garland and Lorna Luft

Janet Leigh and Kelly Curtis

Ingrid Bergman and Isabella and Isotta Rossellini

The Three Princesses of Monaco:

Princess Grace and Princesses Caroline and Stéphanie


The most important relationship in society besides the marriage relationship is that between parent and child, especially mother and child.  It is often said that being a mother is the hardest job in the world.  After all, babies don't come with a manual and every one is different.  Despite the fact that it is a full-time job, 24/7, there is no vacation, sick time or personal days for mothers.  The responsibility of caring for an infant through adulthood can be overwhelming, but mothers are the glue that holds society together.  There is something almost sacred about the bond between mother and child, especially between mothers and their daughters.  Astrology holds the key to understanding the dynamics of the mother/daughter relationship.  Motherhood is ruled by the Moon and the Zodiac sign, Cancer.  As the following examples will show, the disposition of the Moon and her Nodes can provide much insight into the mother/daughter relationship and whether it will be contentious or harmonious. 



Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli:  Moons/Nodes:  No Connection


One of the most famous mother/daughter combinations in show business history is that of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli.  Born on June 10, 1922 at 6:00 a.m. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Frances Ethel Gumm was a child star, performing with her sisters in a vaudeville act.  While still a teenager, she was signed by MGM and went on to become international acting and recording star Judy Garland.  She was beloved not only for her movie classics like The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade, and A Star is Born, but also for her live performances, which showcased her powerful and poignant singing voice.  James Mason as Norman Maine in A Star is Born put it well when he said, "I have never heard anyone sing like you -- you sing like a prizefighter."  She was like the American Edith Piaf -- among other things, both singers had stormy lives; both had a unique style of singing; and both died at age 47.  Life's road would not be an easy one for Judy Garland and it is reflected in her complex horoscope.


Judy Garland's horoscope is as complicated as her life.  She had a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, ten squares, six trines, five oppositions and disruptive Uranus right on her Midheaven.  She had a fire Grand Trine and four T-Squares.  Her life was filled with turmoil, symbolized by the four crippling T-squares, which do not quite form a Grand Square.  It is a magnificent triumph of the human spirit that she achieved so much despite so much pain.  Perhaps she was driven by her pain -- maybe it grounded her, making up for the lack of the Earth element in her horoscope.  With her Moon in Sagittarius, Judy must have found great joy in motherhood, at least in the early stages, but as the years passed, the restrictions of motherhood would likely have dampened this enthusiasm.  To complicate matters, Judy's Moon is afflicted with two squares and three oppositions, which could cause chaos in her emotional life.  In short, although she must have initially adored being the mother of her first-born, Liza Minnelli, the endless labor of child-rearing was probably ultimately overwhelming.  From Liza's perspective, being the first-born child of Judy Garland could not have been easy! 


Liza May Minnelli was born to Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli on March 12, 1946 at 7:58 a.m. in Los Angeles, California.  She inherited her mother's powerful voice and had her own successful film career.  Liza adored her mother and her mother adored her -- Judy's Venus is conjunct Liza's Moon/Mars/Saturn.  Judy and Liza would seem to be compatible in many ways because both had important Cancer points in their horoscopes:  Judy had Cancer rising and Mercury, Venus and Pluto in Cancer; Liza has Cancer on the Nadir and the Moon, Mars and Saturn in Cancer.  Unfortunately, Judy's Cancer Pluto clashed with all of Liza's Cancer points.  Moreover, Liza's needy Cancer Moon on her Nadir in T-Square formation with Mercury and Neptune would smother her mother's freedom-loving Sagittarius Moon.  Judy would have limited patience with Liza's emotional fugues because she had her own problems with her four T-Squares, five oppositions and ten squares.  Mutable fire sign Sagittarius combined with cardinal water sign Cancer make steam; communications would be foggy between these two women, with likely misunderstandings due to Liza's Aries Mercury overpowering Judy's Cancer Mercury.  Moreover, Liza has Saturn conjunct her Moon, both on the Nadir.  Depression would be a lifelong problem for Liza, and this would be oppressive for her mother, who also suffered from depression.  Finally, Liza's South Node is three degrees from Judy's Moon, suggesting the possibility of a sense of karmic entitlement on her part.  Judy's Nodes set off Liza's T-Square, particularly the Mercury-Neptune opposition.  Perhaps Liza expected a closer relationship with her mother, but fate ruled otherwise.  There were likely issues between this mother and daughter that went beyond lunar incompatibility and had roots in a past life or lives.  To understand karmic relationships between people, look to the Moon's Nodes, the karmic traffic lights in the horoscope.


In this case, the Moon's Nodes are 99-degrees apart, too far apart in orb to be in aspect.  There was very little common ground between Judy and Liza.  They were far apart emotionally and probably did not get along very well as adults.  Judy's North Node falls in Liza's sixth house of work and health and it is only two degrees from Liza's Neptune; Liza's North Node falls in Judy's twelfth house of secret enemies and things that are hidden.  Although Judy nurtured Liza's career, there was intense competition between them, which escalated (and may have grown into disillusionment) as they both grew older.  Imagine trying to compete with Judy Garland?  This was probably not a healthy choice, especially with Liza's South Node in Judy's sixth house of work.  It is not unreasonable to think that there may have been unhealthy competition between these two famous women, perhaps bordering on enmity.  This mother/daughter relationship would be a unique and rewarding one, but it would also be a mine field at times.  Another famous mother/daughter relationship that had its share of difficulties would have a very different disposition, that between Janet Leigh and Jamie Leigh Curtis.  Like Judy, Janet has an afflicted Moon with two squares and two oppositions.  Motherhood would be rewarding, but with the Moon square the Sun and Pluto and opposing Jupiter and Uranus, it would test the limits of Janet's patience and fortitude.



Janet Leigh and Jamie Leigh Curtis:  Moons in Opposition; Nodes Trine


Janet Leigh was born Jeanette Helen Morrison on July 6, 1927 at 14:15 PST in Merced, California.  She will always be known for her role as Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.  Her cool, elegant beauty belied the violence of the iconic shower scene that made her famous.  One of the most memorable scenes in film history, the shower scene in Psycho gave women everywhere nightmares.  The scene was so traumatic for Ms. Leigh, it is reputed that she would never again in her life take a shower!  With her Scorpio Ascendant and fire Grand Trine, she sizzled up the screen with her smoldering performance in Psycho and also married one of the most desirable men in Hollywood, Tony Curtis.  Together, they had two daughters, one of whom is the effervescent Jamie Leigh Curtis.  With her Sun in Cancer and her Moon in Libra, Janet would seem a natural candidate for motherhood, however, the situation is complicated by the Sun conjunct Pluto in T-Square formation with the Moon opposing Jupiter, which is exactly conjunct Uranus at three-degrees Aries.  The opposite sign of Aries, Libra, is the sign of balance, harmony and relationships.  Janet's Libra Moon would constantly attempt to balance the demands of career and motherhood, as well as the three most important relationships in her life.  This must have taken a tremendous amount of work, which, in turn, caused her plenty of pain and suffering (her sixth house of work is in Aries with Chiron in residence).  Both of Janet's daughters were a handful, especially her younger daughter.


Jamie Leigh Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 at 8:37 PST in Los Angeles, California.  She inherited her mother's fire Grand Trine, and has a Scorpio Sun to harmonize with her mother's Ascendant.  Like her mother, she became famous as a horror movie star, starring in not only one, but many horror movies, among them, the iconic Halloween series. Always unpredictable, her Leo Uranus set off her mother's Venus/Mars/Neptune Stellium:  She must have been a delightful child, but surely a spitfire!  Their Moon's were opposite each other, with Janet's in Libra and Jamie's in Aries, but sometimes (such as in this case) opposites attract.  Jamie's Moon in Aries separating from her mother's Jupiter/Uranus conjunction must have created fireworks, which must have been uplifting, once the smoke from the fireworks cleared!  The powerful fire at work here both illuminated and burned.  At times, they clashed -- one can only imagine what the fiery Jamie Leigh was like as a teenager (she also has a Grand Cross) -- but there was a deep spiritual bond between them, symbolized by their fire contacts.  Their Nodes are widely trine in fire and air signs, with Janet's NN in Gemini and Jamie's in Libra, so Jamie's North Node is in the same sign as her mother's Moon.  There would appear to be a deep and harmonious karmic bond between them.  Indeed, Jamie took her mother's side when her mother's marriage fell apart.  Although they had their differences, this appears to have been a supportive, satisfying and exciting relationship with never a dull moment. 



Cher and Chaz Bono:  Moons Trine; Nodes in Partnership


One of the most cherished entertainers alive today, Cherilyn Sarkisian, "Cher," was born on May 20, 1946 at 7:25 p.m. PST in El Centro, California.  The only singer to have had a number one hit in each of the past six decades, she is not only a popular song hit-maker, television and movie star, she is also a symbol of feminine empowerment.  Early in her career, she was often criticized by feminists for her sexy, outlandish costumes and apparent dependence on men, but she has fought ageism, sexism and homophobia, turning the tables on her critics.  Among the many roles she has played in her life (who can forget her as Loretta Castorini in Moonstruck?), her most serious role is probably that of being a mother.  Motherhood is one of life's biggest challenges, and Cher's role as a mother is complicated by the fact that her Moon is in Yod formation.  (Note:  In most cases, only a three-degree orb is allowed for the three aspects in the Yod, however in some cases, an exception must be made.  In Cher's case, it would be irresponsible to ignore the possibility of a Yod when bad boys Mars/Pluto and Uranus are the legs.) 


A Moon Yod-Bearer with a painful Jupiter/Chiron T-Square to the Moon opposing Saturn, Cher has had many ups and downs in her life and career, but always seems to come back better than before.  Most Yod Bearers have a "before" and "after" in their lives, but Cher has had many!  She has evolved beautifully as an artist and human being, bravely facing (and conquering) the many challenges of motherhood.  With her Capricorn Moon, she would likely attempt to handle motherhood like an administrator, but her Moon Yod opposing Saturn in Cancer would undermine her efforts, always judging her.  Moreover, Saturn in Cancer is separating from the Yod A.P. and would be a constant thorn in her side.  Fortunately, the stress of the Moon Yod is mitigated by two trines to the Sun and Mercury, both in Taurus, which helps to stabilize the Yod and mitigate the pain of the T-Square.  Undoubtedly, some of Cher's most difficult experiences in life have involved her role as a mother.  Being a mother is said to be the hardest job in the world, and Cher's two children have not made it easy for her.


The only child of Sonny and Cher, Chaz Salvatore Bono was born Chastity Sun Bono under a barely waning Full Moon on March 4, 1969 at 0:55 PST in Los Angeles, California.  There is gender ambiguity throughout Chaz's horoscope, from Mars in Sagittarius conjunct Neptune in Scorpio; Venus exactly conjunct Saturn in Aries; and Jupiter closely conjunct Uranus in Venus-ruled Libra.  Aries, Libra and Sagittarius are masculine signs, and even though Chaz has the Sun and Moon in feminine signs, his Saturn and Jupiter conjunctions overpower the Sun and Moon.  Furthermore, Chaz has a powerful, dominant Uranus.  It is angular in a masculine sign conjunct Jupiter and close to the MC.  Uranus is the planet of homosexuality -- Chastity came out in her late teens, one of the first steps in her search for identity that would ultimately end in a gender change.  This must have been difficult for Cher, but with her practical Capricorn Moon, she would find a way to deal with it.  This seems like a relationship full of turmoil, but there is a deep spiritual compatibility that goes beyond the surface.  Their Moons are trine in Earth; they both have Libra Stellia, including Jupiter; both have Mars in fire; and both also have a Mars conjunction with one of the outer planets.  With their Moons trine in Capricorn and Virgo, theirs is a supportive relationship most of the time. 


It's All in the Nodes


While at first glance, the Nodes are not related by degree (they are eighty degrees apart), the element and especially the house positions are revealing.  They occur in fire and air - air feeds fire and vice versa - indicating that these two souls are feeding off each other (like Janet and Jamie) and probably teaching/learning from each other in a mutually beneficial partnership.  Below is a table summary of the Nodal house interaction between Cher and Chaz.



NN Sign & House Position

SN Sign & House Position


20 Gemini

12th house

20 Sagittarius

6th house


0 Aries conjunct Chiron

4th house

0 Libra conjunct Uranus

10th house








Cher's Nodes fall in Chaz's first and seventh houses of self and partnerships.  This indicates to me that Cher's karmic mission involves helping her child find himself and establish partnerships, which would be a normal goal for any parent, but in this case, it goes deeper because Chaz has delved into the issue of personal identity much further than most people.  The Nodal relationship between Cher and Chaz gets even more interesting when you look at how Chaz's Nodes relate to Cher's horoscope by house position.  His Nodes, both of which have painful conjunctions, fall in his fourth and tenth houses, as well as Cher's fourth and tenth houses:  Chaz's fourth house NN in Aries conjunct Chiron falls in Cher's tenth house; his tenth house SN in Libra conjunct Uranus falls in Cher's fourth house.  The issues of home/motherhood v. career/position in society resonate deeply in this relationship.  How did Cher's role as an international superstar affect her role as a single mother?  She has always been a good, caring mother, taking her children on tour with her and looking after their business interests.  Her relationship with Chaz has been much better than that with her other child.  Chaz's SN of karma that needs to be cleansed falls in Cher's fourth house, so perhaps Chaz is repaying a debt to Cher in his role as her child.  This relationship goes beyond the boundaries of mother/child and appears to extend into a gestalt where these two souls are teaching and learning from each other, with Cher teaching her child to grow into maturity and Chaz teaching his mother to cope with a child who experiences both genders in the same lifetime!  This is surely a major learning experience and challenge for both individuals, and could be a test for both as well. 


Not only is there meaningful interaction between the Nodes and the Houses, there are also multiple connections between the Nodes and the planets.  Chaz's Aries North Node is conjunct Chiron and opposite Cher's Neptune; his Libra South Node is conjunct Jupiter/Uranus and applying to Cher's Libra Neptune-Chiron-Jupiter.  Chaz's decision to change gender was painful (Chiron) and must have caused his mother despair and disillusionment (Neptune), but from a karmic perspective, maybe the karmic push of his Aries NN was driving him to it.  There is a close partnership between these two souls, who have many things in common astrologically.  Both Cher and Chaz have fourth house Chiron conjunctions, indicating suffering in childhood:  Cher's is conjunct Jupiter and Chaz's is conjunct the NN.  Cher had an unstable childhood and once spent time in an orphanage; Chaz lived much of his early life on the road with his mother, which is a gypsy-like lifestyle with no permanent home.  The experience of an unsettled childhood is a bond that Cher and Chaz share.  It is mitigated by Jupiter conjunctions, Cher's in the fourth and Chaz's in the tenth (the houses that traditionally signify the parents).  There is an intricate and complex relationship going on between the Nodes, the houses and Jupiter.  It is indicative of a deep and lasting partnership between these two souls that likely transcends the boundaries of time.


Their relationship would weather its greatest storm when Chastity decided to become Chaz.  Between 2008 and 2010, Chastity decided to change her life by changing her gender, becoming Chaz Salvatore.  This was probably as difficult for Cher to accept emotionally as it was for Chastity to permanently change her body.  What mother wouldn't be challenged and worried by such a drastic decision?  Both mother and child would suffer (Chiron) from Chastity's decision, but Cher would once again defend and support her child, just like she did when Chastity "came out."  Cher said, "It's a strange thing for a mother to go through . . . [but] we're creating memories now and we've actually had the most fun together lately than we've had in forever."  She calls Chaz, "a success story," and says he is "happier than ever."  Cher's North Node in Gemini right between Uranus and Venus in the twelfth house represents the good karma she has created by promoting an attitude of tolerance towards  LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) human beings, beginning with her precious, first-born child.  It has been a roller-coaster ride for Cher and Chaz, and the ride is still in progress!  All blessings and love to them!


Double Headers:  When There is More Than One Daughter


Having not one, but two, daughters can complicate the mother/daughter relationship exponentially.  Now, there are two daughters competing for the Mother's attention.  This can undermine or enrich the mother/daughter relationship (or both); and it can also build bridges or create walls, depending on whether the parties cooperate or compete.  These types of situations can also occur intermittently between mothers and daughters at various times during their lives, i.e., they trade places in their roles as supporter or adversary.  Further complicating the mother/daughters triad is the issue of taking sides.  For example, one daughter takes her father's side, the other her mother's; the mother prefers one daughter at one developmental stage, and the other at a later stage.  There are many possible combinations here.  When there is more than one daughter, the Moon's Nodes become increasingly important as a diagnostic tool in analyzing the relationships. 


Cher had only one daughter, but Janet and Judy both had two.  What effect(s) do the Moon and her Nodes have on Judy's and Janet's relationships with the other daughter?



Judy Garland and Lorna Luft:  Moons are Side-by-Side; Nodes are Cooperating


Lorna Luft was born to Judy Garland and Sidney Luft on November 21, 1952 at 15:53 PST in Santa Monica, California.  An accomplished stage star for more than 30 years, she was only 16 when her mother died.  Only two years before, she had joined the family act in a month-long summer tour, which included her mother's final appearance at New York's Palace Theatre.  In her June 27, 2001 interview with Larry King on CNN, she complemented the famous star as being a "very good mother" who was a victim herself with no real family or emotional support.  From an astrological perspective, Lorna is very sympathetic to her mother:  Their Moons are side-by-side in Sagittarius and Capricorn; and their Nodes are cooperating in air/fire signs Aquarius/Leo and Aries/Libra.  Lorna's Capricorn Moon would be supportive of Judy's Sagittarius Moon (earth supports fire); and they are of similar intent spiritually with their air/fire Nodes.  Fire is the element that symbolizes spirit and there was a strong spiritual and karmic bond between this mother and daughter.


Judy's North Node in Libra falls in Lorna's sixth house, the same position as Liza's (interestingly, both sisters have the same signs on their cardinal points).  Just as Judy helped her first-born advance in her career, she would do the same thing for her younger daughter.  Judy's South Node in Aries in Lorna's twelfth house had a similar effect to that of Liza - both sisters would be haunted by their mother's ghost and would likely always feel that they walked in her shadow.  Being the child of such a famous, talented and emotionally charged superstar must have been a daunting challenge.  According to the respective Node dispositions, apparently Lorna adjusted to her mother's moods with greater ease than Liza.  Lorna's North Node in Aquarius falls in Judy's eighth house of death and the occult and is applying to her mother's Chiron in a sextile aspect.  This says to me:  "Mommy, I'll save you!"  The eighth house is also the house of taxes, insurance and legacies.  Lorna's laudable attempt to pay tribute to her mother's legacy fits right in with her North Node in Judy's eighth house.  Lorna's Leo South Node falls in her mother's second house and is conjunct Judy's Neptune.  Perhaps Lorna feels driven to preserve her mother's memory because of a bond in a past life that drove her to satisfy a debt she felt that she owed.  This would likely be happening on the subconscious level.  On a conscious level, Judy probably relied on Lorna's solid Capricorn Moon for emotional support (remember, Judy had no Earth points in her horoscope).



The Moons here are both heavily aspected, which can undermine the relationship, however, there is a special exception that modifies the Moon's disposition in this mother/daughter relationship.  Lorna Luft is a Mercury Yod Bearer.  Her Mercury is retrograde in Sagittarius and applying to her mother's Sagittarius Moon.  It is conjunct Judy's Mars and a source of pain (as well as enlightenment) for both.  Lorna would openly speak her mind to her mother and be an important source of insight for Judy, the one person who would not be afraid to speak the truth to her.  Lorna admits to being intimidated by her mother's legacy, and in the Larry King interview, said:  "It took a long time to be friends with the ghost and to be able to say thank you."  Yod Bearers have a special purpose, and perhaps Lorna's is that of being the witness to, and keeping the flame of, her mother's legacy.  Her 2007 CD, Songs My Mother Taught Me, is an expression of her Yod Bearer special purpose to pay tribute and bear witness.  After all, Lorna has insight like no other, and probably understood her mother better than anyone else.  Her Sagittarius Mercury Yod Fulcrum to Jupiter rising in Taurus and Uranus in Cancer would prove to be a surprising source of inspiration to Judy's MC water Pisces Uranus.  Cancer is the sign of home, family and the mother, and Lorna would have a special understanding of her mother.  The story of the complex relationship between Judy Garland and her daughters is a psychological and astrological treasure that deserves its own article!  Like Judy, Janet Leigh had a closer relationship with her second daughter than she did with the first, and it is spelled out in their stars.



Janet Leigh and Kelly Curtis:  Moons in the Same Sign; Nodes in Opposite Signs


Kelly Lee Curtis was the first-born child of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, entering the world on June 17, 1956 at 14:14 PDT in Santa Monica, California.  Both Janet and Kelly have the Moon in Libra, but, interestingly, even though they share the same Moon and Node signs, their Nodes are opposite each other, and their Moons are far apart.  Kelly's Moon at 25-degrees Libra is much closer to her father's Moon at 26-degrees Libra than it is to her mother's Moon at 12-degrees Libra.  Further complicating what should be an obviously compatible mother/daughter relationship is Kelly's Mercury widely conjunct her South Node (which is in the same sign as her mother's North Node, Gemini) and in out-of-sign opposition with Saturn in Scorpio.  People with Saturn in Scorpio are powerful forces in the world around them, and tend to easily dominate others.  Kelly's Scorpio Saturn would have likely dominated, and even oppressed, her mother's Scorpio Ascendant (and the relationship).     


Kelly has a testy Leo Jupiter/Pluto T-Square to Gemini Mercury in out-of-sign opposition with Saturn in Scorpio, which clashed with her mother's Midheaven Leo Stellium.  Leo likes being the center of attention, but only one person can stand in the spotlight at a time.  Kelly appears to have been closer to her father than her mother.  After her parents divorced in 1963, Kelly chose to stay with her father, which alienated both her famous mother and her famous younger sister.  Each daughter took sides, which happens so often in families.  Even though Kelly inherited her mother's Grand Trine, it is out-of-sign in air and water, and not strong enough to stand up to her mother's and younger sister's fire Grand Trines.  She favored her double Yod Bearer father with her South Node conjunct his Sun (which is also indicative of a karmic bond).  Admirably, she would use her considerable influence to try to save her father from alcohol and cocaine addiction, and he credits her for his recovery, calling her  "the most encouraging and understanding woman I've ever known."  They both have Saturn in Scorpio!  Surely, it must have rankled Janet when Kelly went to live with her father.   Kelly was her first-born:  The first birth is said to be special to the mother, a soul-searing, unforgettable experience bordering on the divine.  Perhaps at times, Janet felt like King Lear when he said, "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!"  Children can bring the greatest joy, but they can also bring much sorrow.  Having more than one daughter would be a challenge to any mother, but what happens when the two daughters are twins?



Ingrid Bergman and Isabella and Isotta Rossellini: 
Moons are Side-by-Side; Nodes are Conjunct


Ingrid Bergman is ranked as the fourth greatest American female in film history by the American Film Institute.  She is beloved for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Cabablanca; the Grand Duchess Anastasia in Anastasia; and Golda Meir in A Woman Called Golda.  Her ethereal beauty is symbolized by Venus conjunct the Sun in Virgo in the first house.  Like her fellow Sun Virgo Swedish predecessor, Greta Garbo, Ingrid was very strong-willed, influenced by her most elevated planet, the Moon in Aries in the ninth house.  The ninth house is the house of foreign travel, and Ingrid would spend several years in exile after she married Italian director, Roberto Rossellini in 1950.  They had fallen in love while working on the film, Stromboli, despite the fact that both were married to other people.  Ingrid had a Stellium in Cancer, the sign of motherhood.  It occurred in the eleventh house between three forbidding planets, Mars, Saturn and Pluto all of which are opposite the fifth house of children.  Sadly, the birth of her first, and only, son would put a temporary end to her Hollywood movie career.  The birth of Robertino occurred days before Ingrid and Roberto were married.  She became a social outcast (eleventh house) because she had a child (fifth house) out of wedlock (empty seventh house ruled by Uranus).  In 1950's America, the McCarthy Era (1950-56), this was considered a social and moral outrage.  In fact, Ingrid was denounced in 1950 in the United States Senate by Colorado Senator Edwin C. Johnson for having had an extra-marital affair and a child out of wedlock (in 1972, an apology was entered into the Congressional Record by Senator Charles H. Percy of Illinois).  Ingrid Bergman had four children:  Pia Lindstrom, Robertino Rossellini; and the twins, Isabella and Isotta Rossellini.


Born on June 18, 1952 in Rome, Italy, Isabella (18:07 p.m.) and Isotta (18:41 p.m.) are fraternal twins, who are very different from each other, both in temperament and appearance.  Isabella looks just like her mother.  She is also an international movie star and was the face of Lancôme for over a decade.  Also like her mother, she was married to an influential director, Martin Scorsese, and had a long-term relationship with another famous film director, David Lynch.  Under his direction, she starred in the notorious Blue Velvet and appeared in the 1990 Cannes Film Fest best picture winner, Wild At Heart.  Her sister, Isotta, chose a career in academia and wrote a book about the Italian poet and scholar, Petrarch.  Isotta Rossellini is a professor, teaching literature at Harvard, Princeton, NYU and Columbia.  Unlike Isabella, she is reputed to be very shy and avoids the limelight.  Like most twins, they are close to each other, but there are many differences between them, including in their horoscopes.  For one thing, Isotta has a double conjunction (Sun/Venus and Mercury/Uranus) in her 7th house, which is a big influence on her, however, the main astrological difference between the sisters is their Midheaven/Nadir axis:  Isabella's is in Virgo/Pisces and Isotta's is in Libra/Aries.  One would expect Isabella to be the shy one! 


Certainly, Ingrid's independent, headstrong Aries Moon must have eventually chafed at the restrictions of motherhood, especially after the birth of the twins.  She must have had her hands full raising two gifted girls at the same time.  At least she could tell them apart, an advantage which  many mothers of twins do not share!  Is it likely that Ingrid would have favored her outgoing, look-alike daughter, Isabella over the shy, intellectual Isotta?  Ingrid's Sun/Venus in Virgo would have surely felt an affinity with Isabella's Virgo Midheaven.  Ingrid's Aries Moon was in the same sign as Isotta's Nadir, and fell in Isotta's fourth house of mother and early childhood.  Aries is a fire sign, ruled by Mars the warrior, and is not a nurturing sign.  Ingrid's Moon at 25-degrees Aries falls right on Isabella's fifth house cusp; the fifth house rules children, another factor that may have influenced Ingrid to feel slightly more empathy for Isabella -- slightly, because there is a high degree of celestial compatibility between this mother/twin daughter combination.  Their Moons are side-by-side, with the mother's in Aries; and the daughters' in Taurus.  Like Lorna Luft's Capricorn Moon provided a stable base for her mother's Sagittarius Moon, the twins did the same thing for their famous mother.  Fixed Earth Taurus provides stability for Cardinal Fire Aries; earth supports fire (it can also put out fire, which comes in handy when dealing with the tempestuous Aries temperament).  Reinforcing the stabilizing element of the daughters on the mother is the proximity of the Nodal axis:  Only six degrees apart, the Moon's Nodes for all three women are Leo/Aquarius, fixed fire and air.  The twins' Moons are square the mother's Nodes, meaning at times they squared off emotionally, but at other times, they provided support and stability to each other.  These three beautiful, talented and intelligent women were on the same wave length spiritually, complementing each other and the bringing joy to the world around them.   


The Three Princesses of Monaco:
Princess Grace and Princesses Caroline and Stéphanie


Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 at 5:31 EST in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Her father was a wealthy construction company owner and Olympic gold medal winner who did not approve of his daughter's choice of acting as a profession.  Nevertheless, she got her way.  Her big break came when director Stanley Kramer offered her a role as Gary Cooper's co-star in the classic film noir western, High Noon.  Next, director John Ford admired her patrician elegance and cast her opposite Clark Gable in Mogambo.  The next director to fall under her spell was Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in two cinema classics, Dial M for Murder and Rear Window.  Kelly went from High Noon to High Society in 1955 when, as a delegate at the Cannes International Film Fest she met His Royal Highness, Prince Rainier III of Monaco at a photo shoot at the Palace of Monaco.  He was smitten, and they married in the Wedding of the Century on April 19, 1956.  She is reputed to have worn her actual engagement ring from the Prince while completing her final Hollywood film, High Society, an American musical treasure with Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.



The late Princess Grace of Monaco had a fascinating and forceful horoscope.  She was a super Scorpio with a sensitive Pisces Moon trine her Scorpio Sun.  She also had Scorpio rising with Mercury, the Moon's South Node and the Sun conjunct Mars, all in Scorpio.  Driving her horoscope was her Scorpio Mercury Yod to retrograde Jupiter in Gemini and retrograde Uranus in Aries.  This is an exciting, but dangerous Yod, hauntingly similar to that of another beautiful and charismatic, but ill-fated Princess:  Her Royal Highness, Diana, Princess of Wales.  Princess Grace's Yod is reminiscent of Princess Diana's retrograde Aquarius Jupiter Yod to retrograde Mercury in Cancer and Pluto conjunct Mars in Virgo.  There are some uncanny parallels in the lives and horoscopes of these two women, and a brief diversion is highly educational from an astrological standpoint.  (1) Both Princesses had Yods; (2) both had Mercury and Jupiter in their Yods; (3) both had a Yod Leg in the eighth house:  Princess Grace had a retrograde Gemini Jupiter Yod Leg in the eighth house; Princess Diana had a Virgo Pluto/Mars Yod Leg in the eighth house; (4) both married royalty;  (5) both had difficult seventh houses; (6) both passed the Yod on to their sons; and (7) both died in motor vehicle accidents.  Uranus can be a deadly force in the horoscope, and both women had Uranus in a destructive position:  With Grace, Uranus in the fifth house of love and children would taint her love for the Prince, who ended her fun life and film career; with Diana, Uranus in the eighth house of death opposite her Moon and its South Node sealed her fate in the deadly power game she played as mother of the future monarch.  It is a fascinating exercise to compare the two lethal Yods of these two doomed Princesses, both of whom were devoted mothers.  Interestingly, although neither of Princess Grace's daughters inherited the Yod, there was a dramatic contrast in her relationship with each of them.



Princess Grace and Princess Caroline:  Moons in Water; Nodes in the Same Sign


Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi was the first child born to Princess Consort Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco on January 23, 1957 at 9:27 CET in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco, is the heiress presumptive to the Kingdom of Monaco (until her brother produces a legitimate heir) and a patrilineal descendant of the Dukes of Polignac.  Royalty is an anachronism in the modern world, but it is a connection with the historical past.  Royals are living history, and thus a subject of interest to many.  Princess Caroline has the sang royal from her father, and astrological synchronicity with her mother.  Princess Grace's Moon in Pisces was in the same sign as Caroline's Ascendant; and their Nodes were also in the same sign, although in reverse.  Caroline's Scorpio North Node is conjunct her mother's Mars.  Princess Caroline's Scorpio Moon/Neptune complemented her mother's Scorpio Sun and Ascendant; and supported her mother's Scorpio Mercury Yod.  The Sun in one person's chart conjunct the Moon in another's (or vice versa) is said to be the sign of two soul mates.  There was a deep astrological affinity between these two women.  In performing the research for this article, many photos of the two mother/daughter Princesses were examined -- Grace and Caroline appeared to have a close relationship and often look more like sisters than mother/daughter!  In all likelihood, this was a close and supportive relationship.



Princess Grace and Princess Stéphanie:  Moons Side-by-Side; Nodal Showdown


Princess Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth Grimaldi entered the world on February 1, 1965 at 6:25 p.m. CET in Monte Carlo, Monaco, the last child born to Princess Grace and Prince Rainier.  Her mother is reputed to have referred to Stéphanie as her enfant terrible ("wild child").  Known for her scandalous love affairs, Stéphanie is a born non-conformist.  She has the Sun conjunct the Moon in rebellious, Uranus-ruled Aquarius and Uranus conjunct Pluto in Virgo.  She also has Mercury conjunct Venus in cardinal Earth sign Capricorn, reinforcing her willful Sun/Moon and Uranus/Pluto conjunctions.  Impulsive in love (Mars is trine the Mercury/Venus conjunction), she has had difficulty finding the right marriage partner, despite having a Jupiter-ruled fifth house with Jupiter in Venus-ruled Taurus on the Midheaven.  In this case, Jupiter's influence combined with Venus may have led to excess and overindulgence.  Princess Stéphanie has seemingly matured with age and works for a number of charities, but one must wonder whether she will always be haunted by the tragic death of her mother. 


On September 13, 1982 Princesses Grace and Stéphanie were involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident.  Both were seriously injured, and Princess Grace died the next day.  The circumstances of the accident are unclear, but a look at Princess Grace's transits on the day of the accident confirm that she was in grave danger.  Transiting Saturn conjunct Transiting Pluto was applying closely to Natal Venus in Libra in the twelfth house; Transiting Jupiter in Scorpio was applying by two degrees to Grace's Mercury Yod Fulcrum; and the trigger, Transiting Mars in Scorpio, was exactly conjunct Natal Mars in Scorpio, with Uranus only six degrees away at one degree Sagittarius.  The fateful accident that took one Princess's life and scarred the other for life was symptomatic of a possibly toxic relationship.  When the mother/daughter relationship is a harmonious one, it is a source of emotional support and nourishment.  Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that mothers and daughters are going to get along, particularly when their horoscopes are not in harmony.  Was the rebellious tomboy Stéphanie a source of vexation to her mother?


Princess Grace and her younger daughter probably did not get along very well.  Grace's Pisces Moon was likely demoralized and oppressed by Stéphanie's Saturn and Chiron in Pisces.  Although both of Grace's daughters had the Sun in Aquarius, Stéphanie also had the Moon in Aquarius, which is square her mother's Sun.  Ruled by Uranus, Aquarius is a fixed air sign, arguably the most stubborn and capricious of all the signs of the Zodiac.  Experience has shown that the behavior of Aquarians can be inexplicable, unpredictable and unforgiving.  Stéphanie's Aquarius Moon overwhelmed her mother's Pisces Moon, and squared off with her mother's Sun and South Node.  It is possible that Stéphanie felt overwhelmed by her glamorous mother and did not know how to communicate with her.  This mother/daughter relationship was challenging, with possible karmic reverberations.


Princess Grace's North Node was exactly conjunct Stéphanie's Midheaven:  This could indicate a karmic settlement of some kind between these two souls, the satisfaction of an obligation.  This is reinforced by Princess Grace's Moon at 21-degrees Pisces square Stéphanie's NN at 21-degrees Gemini.  They squared off against each other, perhaps over a karmic debt.  Their Soul Choices are very different.  Soul Choices are the choices made by the eternal soul between incarnations and are measured in the fifth, ninth and twelfth houses.  Princess Grace had complex soul choice planning in her life:  Her Soul Choice houses all have occupants, and the fifth house of choosing the path has the Moon in Pisces and Uranus in Aries resident.  Motherhood was certainly a key issue in her life, and her children were very important to her, particularly her son, Albert, who inherited the Yod.  Stéphanie might have been her big challenge in life.  Stéphanie's Soul Choice houses are empty, except for the fifth house.  In it is the Moon's South Node in Sagittarius, the sign of Grace's Saturn, Lord of Karma.  Was there a karmic battle going on behind the scenes between mother and daughter?  Their cardinal points cross each other.  Their Moons and their Nodes are side-by-side, like two ships passing in the night.  Their stormy relationship ended in the mother's tragic death, an event that must have scarred Princess Stéphanie for life.  Losing one's mother is hard enough when it happens due to natural causes, but to lose one's mother in a violent and tragic accident must be unbearably painful.  Who can imagine how much Princess Stéphanie has suffered over the tragic loss of her mother?  May Princess Grace and Princess Stéphanie find peace with each other.




The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how useful astrology is in understanding the mother/daughter relationship and its disposition.  Not only is this prime relationship the foundation of society, it is also often fertile ground for working out karmic issues.  The ties that bind us to our parents go beyond the blood that flows through our veins, extending to planetary heredity and, beyond that, to the pull of karma.  Under optimal circumstances, we choose our parents between lifetimes when we are making decisions about the course of the soul's evolution.  Karmic attraction can be a powerful influence in the circumstances of birth, and its secrets are locked within the Moon's Nodes, the karmic signal lights in the horoscope.  To fully understand the relationship between mothers and daughters (and all mother/child relationships), careful attention must be given to the Moon's sign, position, aspect disposition, and especially her Nodes.



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