“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.”
Why is it that some children sail through school with no problem at all, while others find it a difficult or unhappy experience? And why do some children develop behavioural problems while others don’t? Cornelia Hansen believes that each child is unique and needs special management in order to thrive.
While working on a Master’s Degree in Child Development, Cornelia was introduced to a longitudinal study done in the Fifties on temperament in children. At the time, she was also studying astrology and the idea came to her that she might be able to connect the child development study to astrology. After all, hadn’t the concept of temperament been with us from ancient times? Isn’t it still part of analyzing someone’s natal chart?
The modern concept of temperament as being the cause of individual differences which appear at birth and continue over time has been widely accepted in the field of child development and appears in every child development textbook. In this pioneering study of temperament in children and young people, Cornelia examines copious case histories from her experience as a marriage, family and child therapist; with the welfare of the child firmly at the heart of the chart, she searches for ways to help parents understand their offspring better – and thus achieve a good outcome for everyone. Ideal for anyone working with children in the classroom, or in any capacity, this book will help parents, carers and teachers to discern the individual needs of a child that will enable them to flourish in the classroom and beyond.
Raising Children: A Parents Guide to the Unknown is another possible title and I can think of several others. You won’t know until you get a copy of this book. The point is that Cornelia Hansen has crafted a book that includes the many facets of a child’s astrological chart, and the deep research she has done that reveals the various aspects of a child’s behavior, temperament, as well as the parental issues in raising children.
It is important to know the author’s background to appreciate the depth and scope of her work. Cornelia Hansen, while working on a Master’s Degree in Child Development in the 1970s, was introduced to a longitudinal study done in the Fifties on temperament in children. She has worked as a teacher for the Los Angeles Early Education Centers, and completed a second Masters degree in Clinical Psychology for Antioch University. She is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child therapist. Her background as a therapist has continued giving her insight into family dynamics.
What also impressed me was the fact she is a mother of four children!
Her astrological training and experience includes study with Joan McEvers, Marion March, and the Aquarius Workshops in the Los Angeles .area. This is something this reviewer has done as well.
Let’s get back to the book. First, Kidwheels is an excellent example of astrological research and design. For those of you who want to do astrological research, this is one of the best examples I have seen. The author creates her own temperament model, parent questionnaires, several worksheets, and trait matrixes. Of course, charts of children are also charts of future adults. The complexity of a child’s chart influences the parents and the child. The reverse is also true. This book studies and gives examples of at least thirty charts of children.
The scope of the areas of study, research, and explanations are shown in the book’s Table of Contents:
Temperament and Quality of Mood
Approach/Withdrawal, and Adaptability
Intensity of Reaction and Threshold of Response
Distractibility and Persistence
Goodness of Fit and the Parental Axis
Hansen presents a very strong academic approach in an easy to understand writing style. This reviewer found that the material presents an important understanding of evolving adults (children) and the influences they and their parents’ experience. I especially recommend this book for astrologers who teach or work with children and parents in any capacity.
ISAR International Astrologer August 2021
Astrology was the psychological system of the ancient world. In fact it went even further – right up to the 20 century – until the advent of Freud and his disciples. So modern psychology is a relative “newbie” on the block. Only used in the past 100 or so years – an insignificant time in terms of historical periods.
So merging the ancient system of astrology with modern psychology seems a natural fit. It has good and bad points. In this work the author applies astrological insights to child psychology. Basically she is translating the language of the Horoscope into the prevailing psychological language. Many parents wonder how their children can be so different each from the other. I get this all the time in my practice. “After all” they say “they have the same genes, the same DNA, the same parents, the same basic upbringing”. How can this be? The Horoscope is the answer. Each has a different Horoscope and thus a different nature and different destiny. Each has to be handled differently based on this. A book like this is perfect for such people, especially if they are students of either astrology or psychology.
It is well written, well documented, and suitable even for beginners in astrology.
The work seems especially geared towards younger children – but I think a lot of this would be useful for older children too – even adult children. Using astrology she classifies them by temperament – quality of mood, approach/withdrawal, adaptability, intensity of reaction, threshold of response, persistence, distractability and many more categories. She even has worksheets where an astrologer (even a beginner) can take a child’s chart and determine the child’s temperament. Then she gives strategies for dealing with each type.
The astrology was very sound. But I’m not sure how or why she arrived at her point system. Every chart is graded by points for every aspect of temperament. But why does she assign one factor x amount and another y amount? This isn’t explained.
I liked the way she brings the parents into the picture too – chapter 7. Through astrology we can see how the child relates to the parents – how the child deals with authority and the kind of nurturance he or she receives. She also likes to look at the Horoscopes of the parents and relates it to the child. This is very important. Many conundrums can be explained by this analysis – and even healed.
We live in a psychological time. This is the modern approach to things. So I can see many people finding this useful. I can see it eventually coming into the psychology mainstream. When it does, this book will be one of the reasons.
Highly recommendable – especially for those with young children.
Joe Polansky Diamond Fire Magazine
Kidwheels takes on a major issue for parents who are into astrology – the challenge of translating what is found in a birth chart from astrological symbolism into language the rest of the world can understand. While those into astrology know that astrological symbolism is far more powerful and accurate than anything psychology has come up with, much of this information is lost unless it can be expressed and communicated in terms that are in common use. That is exactly what the author does and it is done in the context of a methodical study which makes it credible. There is no metaphysical speculation here, just the observations of social science and the astronomical data found in a birth chart.
Individual temperament and mood are the main topic of the book and the author presents a method of using this information practically that takes data from a birth chart, comes up with a score and then connects it with standard categories used by child psychologists and educators. Starting with a child’s birth chart and attaching numerical scores to basic astrological information such as elements, signs and planetary prominence, information about that child’s behavior in categories such as approach/withdrawal, intensity of response, distractibility and persistence, etc., are easily found. Using many real examples, the author’s method is demonstrated and discussed. I believe this author’s approach to be on target, though with more testing I’m sure it could become even more accurate and become the basis of an important astrological study.
This is an important book for parents of young children. It is exactly the type of book that is needed to bridge the gap between the isolated world of astrology and the world of early childhood behavior and development. Some knowledge of astrology is necessary to get the most out of this book though much of the astrological data needed for temperament scores is instantly produced by modern astrology software.