As I look over his chart now, a thought that comes to mind for me is, if Shawn were still able-bodied...
If you look at my chart, you'll see I am all about getting upclose and personal. If this drives you crazy, let me know, and I'll delete anything you like.
But if not...
I've been looking at Shawn's chart, thinking about this topic of "if Shawn were still able-bodied..."
Long ago, during my Liz Kelly (the elderly psychic) days, a young man/boy came to her meditation group, with his mother. This kid (age 13 or so) had suddenly gone catatonic! According to his mother, he'd been perfectly (?) normal until one day, suddenly, he stopped being responsive, and now he was practically an invalid. She just took him with her everywhere. He came, he followed, but he wasn't present. That's the only way I can describe it. (I didn't exactly examine him -- I wasn't a doctor and he was, after all, with his mom...).
Anyway, she asked Liz for any help she could offer -- read Tarot cards, tell her when this would end or if it would end, pray for him -- anything.
I was giving Liz yoga lessons at the time, so we saw each other frequently, so I did the kid's chart and mentioned to Liz what I had seen. The boy's progressed Moon was conjuncting outer planet after outer planet on his progressed chart, ending with an opposition between his progressed Moon and his natal Moon. I certainly wasn't going to make any large statements about his astrological chart to this mother who was in such pain, but I wanted to share it with someone.
The mother telephoned while I was at Liz's home. Liz stepped away from the phone, asked me when those progressions were going to end, then went back to the phone and told the woman the boy's problems would end on such-and-such a day.
Actually, they did. Damnedest thing.
I would think, if a person, such as your autistic brother, doesn't communicate much, it might be helpful to "view" his life. In that spirit, I'll tell you what I noticed.
March 6-2006 through Dec. 2006 - Uranus conjunct his Ascendant. Right now he's going through some kind of very important combination of things -- his transiting Uranus is also conjuncting his natal Ascendant
. Then, here's an important progression that will be exact in Dec. 2006: His progressed Ascendant
will conjunct his natal Mercury (right in the middle of Aries).
Progressed Mercury can act like transiting Uranus. Each of them really shakes up the person's way of handling whatever is being touched -- radically changes it. Since Shawn is not much of a communicator, from what you said, it seems like a conjunction to Mercury of any kind would be important. I'm afraid I can't burst out with anything wildly specific about what will occur, but I would think some kind of change in his approach to things -- ? -- to some extent or in some manner -- ?
These types of transits would sort of rattle a person's teeth -- make them see things very differently from the way they saw them before, but the "rattling" -- well, that might not be very pleasant. Someone who is autistic either gets overstimulated or needs a lot of stimulation. If he's easily overstimulated, this transit might signal a difficult passage for him.
May 2008 - Progresseed Sun enters Gemini -- making him shape his life to some extent more around change and communication . Sun is still in the 2nd house, so he's still got some of that Taurus energy, but maybe not quite so much.
Aug. 2008 - Progressed Venus will enter Cancer, (more significant for a Taurus, because Taurus is ruled by Venus) where it will be for 20 or so years. In some subtle way, his attitude about love and affection will be altered in some way -- instead of thinking of love as something he gets from his brain, it will likely become something which comes to him from a deeper place of nurturing. I can't say whether this will be a happy thing or an unhappy thing, at least in the beginning stages, because less than six months after this change, in ...
Jan. 2009 - Progressed Moon will conjunct Pluto and he will experience the ending of something important , and, this will occur in his progressed 7th house, which suggests that even for Shawn, it could involve the area of his affections.
May 2009-- Mercury also enters Gemini -- which would make him more of a communicator, I would think -- or it could simply hail a change of thinking, in some way.
Feb. 2010 - progressed Mercury and progressed Sun , both in Gemini in the 2nd house, will conjunct, which should cause some sort of shake-up in his way of expressing himself or in his overall life.
SEPT 2010-- Progressed Mercury will conjunct his natal Venus -- some kind of important shift in attitude about love and affection (which one would think is a much-needed type of lesson for him, so this is good). then, a year later ...
SEPT 2011 -- Progressed Sun conjunct Venus. I know someone who had Sun conjunct Venus during her youth and she received an allergy medication that helped her and made her life much more happy. Normally, you would say this is a time when the person might fall in love or have some significant event related to money (or self-esteem), which could be very important for a Taurus Sun person. On Shawn's chart, since his chart says he shuns contact with most people and his Venus supports the idea that he has a severe reaction to intimacy, I would think this Venus event would be very important. I didn't try to check out all the transits, etc., which will coincide with the timing of this event (trying not to obsess, here). The Mercury/ Venus thing sort of sets the stage for the next step, the Sun/Venus event. the Mercury/Venus conjunction should change Shawn's feelings (-- again, to some degree, I don't know how big a degree -- that's what free will is about...) about intimacy.
So I just thought you might find value in exploring your brother's chart. In a way, it's sort of like he defines you or creates some kind of outline around you just as my notorious parent defined me when I was young. Maybe that explains why I want to offer my help.