In genetics, it is said that you inherit directly from your Mum and Dad, as well as from their genetic ancestry. In astrology, however, the patterns that make up your birth chart are not merely from your Mum and Dad’s line. Not only do you have your own unique signatures that no-one in your tribe will have, if you look more closely at a chart you will ‘see’ signatures in your chart ‘appearing’ in those who inform and guide your life, be they a step-parent, a nephew or niece, a spiritual teacher, an inspiring singer/ author/ writer, a friend, a lover, an ‘enemy’, another sentient being (extant or extinct!).
The patterns you share bind you together for a specific purpose and create a bond of connection and learning, even if the other is not aware of your existence (as is the case of those mentors you have never met or cannot never meet (in this physical plane at this physical time!)). Those patterns act as an attractor, drawing into your life those who can help and support you, and create the affinity you feel for another, even if that affinity or support is to descend into the dark to face your shadow!
Often, we will see signatures in our chart that are directly related to those who are shaping our early life, even if they have nothing to do with ‘creating’ us. I am a step-dad and have more astrological signatures in common with my daughter, Sarah, than her biological father, Paul. That does not mean I am more important to her than her father, with whom she has a strong and active relationship. It just means that perhaps I have more scripts and patterns in common with her and therefore have been drawn into her life to parent her in a specific way that her father cannot provide.
If this is something you are interested in, we can meet and discuss the astrology of inheritance during a consultation, so that you can better understand what you have inherited from who and what you have in affinity with and with whom!
In the school of astrology I run with my wife, Karen Morgan, we will be running a workshop on these signatures in the coming academic year (2018/19) and also on the retreat we are hosting in Malta in May 2019, so do look out for that update.