This fellow sounds bright on the telephone,
yet I sense that down deep he is really depressed. His chart suggests
a tremendous tension in relationships. But I can't get past this
or make specific inroads about what the difficulty might be. What
can I look forward to to help him?
The Sun-Moon blend in this horoscope promises
lots of intelligence and innovation, keen communication, extreme people-sensitivity.
It's the intelligence best used for a social cause. But there are
some strong 'short-circuits' in development.
First, whenever the ruler of the Ascendant
is retrograde or under heavy developmental tension, we can expect difficulty
in identity development. Here is such a case with the Ascendant ruled
by Saturn retrograde. To top it off, this Saturn is conjunct the
Nodal Axis, suggesting a powerhouse mother who rules all, somehow by default
from the father. This would leave the man in limbo with regard to
appropriate parental modeling and supportive, loving interaction in the
This is reinforced by the fact that Pluto,
ruling the parental 10th, is square to the Sun in the fourth!
Whenever Pluto is square, conjunct, or opposed the Sun, the open-sesame
phrase for client discussions, "A pattern here in the horoscope suggests
that there's a blanket over your hand-grenade!" This sounds bizarre,
but for people with this natal aspect, it is tremendously meaningful.
It saves a thousand words of discussion and it gets right into the salient
There is even further corroboration of
all this through the Uranus opposition with the Moon and the Northern orientation
of the horoscope, unfinished business in the early home.
The parental profile is a mess, and this
is going to be projected, obviously, into relationships: the Moon, ruler
of the 7th, is opposed by Uranus in the 7th; the Sun, co-ruler of the 7th
is squared by Pluto in the 7th.
Then, there is Neptune squared to the Saturn-Nodal
axis, suggesting the maternal influence is bizarre, strange to an extreme,
and dominating. Note that this Neptune rules the man's 2nd House,
the House of self-worth. So much anxiety must be taken on there through
the parental situation, focused mainly on the mother, debilitating the
Additionally, Ascendant=Venus/Saturn suggests
a fear of not being accepted. Jupiter, ruler of the 11th, love received,
hoped for, assumed, needed, is opposed by Pluto, and the need to feel lovable
is jeopardized too.
This is a very difficult set of affairs
that has to be explored in consultation, perhaps with a referral to a psychotherapist.
[In reality: the client was very talkative
and, with keen intelligence, understood, indeed anticipated, the creative
connections made in the cursory analysis. The father and mother were
extremely neurotic, the mother exceedingly hyperactive. He was subjected
to much verbal abuse from his parents. All of this was extended into his
own personal relationships: he said, "it's creepy how my fiancée
reminds me of my mother, who has been the conductor of my life."
[The client had already enrolled in a support
group -- the "Men's Council" -- working to 'heal wounds.' In his
career as an actor, he did brilliant work portraying someone else; in his
private life he was totally dependent on parental molding or maternal surrogates.
His understanding of this and the Support Group discussions were the first
major steps to recovery.]