MERCURY. SHAMANISM, FOXES and FOXY TRICKSTER ARCHETYPES © Copyright to Dr Hilary Bond. All rights reserved.

“ Only the sharpest eye, the keenest nose, the quickest wit, or the fleetest toes can ever outfox the Fox!

Only the stoutest arm, the bravest heart, with a magic charm and a good head start can ever outfox the Fox!

Only the sprightliest sprite, the nimblest elf, the wickedest witch, or the devil himself can ever outfox the Fox!”

Lyrics from the Court Jester (movie) sung by Danny Kaye.


In some myths the Greek God Hermes (the Roman God Mercury) is a trickster, and outwits other gods for his own satisfaction or the sake of humankind. As the planet of language, Mercury is both a magician and a trickster. There’s magic in his words. He is a great conman. Mercury people or creatures, like foxes and coyotes can be busy setting all sorts of traps when we’re gullible. So to be a good trickster or criminal who specialises in fraud we must have a gift with words. Mercury also can beguile us and sneak words into our mouths that can make us look the fool or be the fool, which reminds us that everyone will play the fool.

I collect fox stories because I love foxes. Quite a few of my Facebook friends put up fox pictures, yesterday one of my Australian Facebook friends , JG, told me yesterday: “I once saw a silver fox, it ran across the road in front of my car, my husband said that they go grey in old age just like humans. it looked beautiful but sadly foxes are not popular around here, they broke into our chook house one night and killed 80 of our point of lay pullets and another time, I had been searching for a special rooster for ages, paid $50 for him, introduced him to his girls only to find the very next morning with his head no longer attached to his body. I still don’t know how the fox got in to the house.”

Then she added, “This fox didn’t dig its way in, (the wire is set in concrete about a foot down), it bit a hole in the chicken wire fencing!! They must have VERY strong teeth, that’s all I can say about that. An old farmer warned that foxes were known to do that, and to tell the truth, I didn’t believe it, but I do now.”

A few months ago my sister wrote to me. Right at the beginning of her email she told me that because of their extreme winter a fox was coming into her garden to find food scraps. Her major topic told me of her research trying to uncover the hidden secrets of our paternal family in southern England, Gibraltar and Scotland. I wonder if a fox spirit had come to help her uncover some secrets.

In this article I’m hypothesising about fox stories, folklore and connected vibrational essences and colour remedies. I’ll examine and analyse some mythology and related astrology and world shamanic lore and come to some conclusions and an over-riding thesis about those who love foxes.

I am rehashing this article that I originally put on another page on my site and no one took much notice.


Male foxes are known as dogs, tods or reynards, females as vixens, and young as cubs, pups, or kits. A group of foxes is referred to as a skulk, leash, troop, or earth. Foxes are alert omnivorous mammals belonging to the Canidae family. Foxes are slightly smaller than a medium-size domestic dog. The red fox has an auburn pelt and the bushy tail normally ending with white marking.

There are only 12 species of foxes which belong to the Vulpes genus of “true foxes”. The most common and widespread species of fox is the red fox (Vulpes vulpes.) In the wild, foxes can live for up to 10 years, but most foxes only live for 2 to 3 years due to hunting, road accidents and diseases. The hunting of foxes with packs of hounds, long an established pursuit in Europe, especially the British Isles, was exported by European settlers to various parts of the New World. Fox hunting is an activity that originated in the United Kingdom in the 16th century. Hunting with dogs is now banned in the United Kingdom though hunting without dogs is still permitted. It is practiced as recreation in several other countries including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia and the United States.

Foxes live in small family groups, and are opportunistic feeders that hunt live prey, especially rodents. Like huskies they have a pouncing technique practiced from an early age, they are usually able to kill their prey quickly. Foxes also gather a wide variety of other foods ranging from grasshoppers to fruit and berries. The grey fox is one of only two canine species known to climb trees; the other is the raccoon dog.

Foxes are normally extremely wary of humans, but are being kept more and more as pets. The silver fox was successfully domesticated in Russia after a 45-year selective breeding program. This selective breeding also resulted in physical and behavioural traits appearing that are frequently seen in domestic cats, dogs, and other animals, such as pigmentation changes, floppy ears, and curly tails.

Beatrix Potter wrote about animals to amuse the children in her family and she wrote one about Mr Tod the Fox who was very bad and the Story of Jemima Puddle Duck. It was one of my favourite stories as a child. Jemima is a domestic duck, whose eggs are routinely confiscated by the farmer’s wife. Jemima searches for a place away from the farm where she can hatch her eggs without human interference, and naively confides her woes to a suave fox, Mr Fox, the trickster, who invites her to nest in a shed at his home. Jemima accepts his invitation, little realizing her danger: the fox plans to kill and roast her. Kep, a heroic collie on the farm, discovers Jemima’s whereabouts and rescues her just in time from the crafty fox. Crafty and murderous he might have been, but in real life I still loved foxes.


I looked at the chart of Peter Foster who has been a conman since 1982 when he started rigging boxing matches. He conned Cherie Blair, the wife of the British Prime Minister; the movie star Samantha Fox (yes, I’m serious) and Sarah Ferguson the ex-wife of Prince Andrew of Britain. He was born on 26 September, 1962; yes the year of the Tiger. I have no birth time unfortunately. Mercury shows up significantly in his chart. Mercury in Libra (yes, he is charming) squares his Mars in Cancer. His Moon in Virgo conjuncts his Uranus and Pluto so he is quite clever and quite manipulating. His Sun is in Libra and it conjuncts Lilith. The ruler of his Sun, Venus conjuncts Neptune so woman flock to him. It is claimed that Peter Foster is a smooth talker whom women love. In February there was an Internet Alert for Peter Foster for contempt of court charges.

I have also found an interesting story about a Swedish con- woman who gained a royal pension by claiming to be the secret daughter of Swedish king Gustav IV and his wife Frederica of Baden after they divorced. Again Mercury looms large. She has a Sun 13 degrees in Virgo square to her Moon three degrees in Gemini. Both are ruled by Mercury. Her Mercury two degrees conjuncted Venus ten degrees. Both were in Libra and both were retrograde. They both opposed Chiron and squared Saturn. Her Moon trined Venus conjunct Mercury so she must have been very believable, very charming and she must have been an excellent sweet -talker. Again Mars is in a challenging aspect, which makes sense, because one would have to be aggressive to be a criminal. Her Mars in Pluto opposed Pluto. Like Peter Foster her Lilith is prominent. It conjuncts her North Node in Gemini. So seeing her Saturn at 3 Capricorn conjuncted her South Node in Sagittarius had she been a criminal in a past life and cooked up grand schemes with extravagant stories.

This is her story which in hindsight is amazing and fantastic (such Neptunian words), but because many believed it she gained the pension until she was uncovered. The exiled Gustav IV and Frederica of Baden had divorced in 1812, but Helga de la Brache claimed that they had married again, secretly, “in a convent in Germany”, which resulted in her birth in Lausanne in 1820. She was later sent to be raised by her alleged father’s aunt, Princess Sophia Albertine of Sweden. When the Princess died in 1829, she was taken to the Vadstena asylum, so that the secret of her birth would be concealed as she would be thought to be insane. She was saved in 1834 and taken to her family in Baden, where she was placed under house arrest. In 1837, upon seeing the news of her father’s death in the paper, she forgot to hide her grief. She returned to Sweden, were she was again put in an asylum to prevent the secret of her birth to be revealed. She managed to escape from the asylum, and was taken under the care of charitable people, who supported her despite persecution, and soon, she was given a pension of 6,000 § from her mother’s family in Germany. In 1850, the pension had ceased coming, and she was unable to continue the standard of life to which she of birth had been accustomed – and she was also forced to support her many faithful friends, who stood by her during her years of persecution: No smaller pension than 5,000 or 6,000 would be sufficient.

Now for the true story. In 1876–77, it was proved that she was born in Stockholm as Aurora Florentina Magnusson to the custom caretaker Anders Magnusson (died 1826). In 1835, she was a maid to a book-keeper named Hedman, where the family said that she always had the mind to “rise above her status”. In 1838, she was employed by a wealthy family, whose daughter became deeply devoted to her, dressed her in elegant clothes and left her family for her; it was she who later became her companion and accomplice in the fraud. The trial in 1876–77 draws much attention both from the public and the royal family and was much reported in the papers. It led to the loss of the pension, but “Princess Helga de la Brache” spent her last years in an apartment in Klara norra with her companion, seemingly paid for by a supporter. Helga was described as a nice old woman. In 1884, however, the two women were observed in the gardens of Drottningholm Palace by King Oscar II, who ordered them to be escorted from the park. If she had not embezzled so much money I would have laughed.

Steven Jay Russell (born September 14, 1957) is a U.S. con artist known for escaping from prison multiple times. A film about his life and crimes was produced in 2009, named I Love You Phillip Morris. In 2011, his crimes were featured on the TV show I Almost Got Away with It in the episode “Got a Boyfriend to Support.”. He is known to be the only con artist in the world serving a life sentence (since he is sentenced to 140 years). A documentary about his crimes was aired on TV in 2005 On The Run episode “King of Cons” on Discovery Channel. A film about his life and crimes was produced in 2009, named I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey as Steven Jay Russell[5] and Ewan McGregor as his boyfriend Phillip Morris. Russell claimed his life of crime started in the early 1990s when he was fired from his job as an executive of a food service company after his employers found out he was homosexual. If this is true his history from then is really very sad. He was later arrested for fraud for faking a slip-and-fall accident, and was sentenced to six months in prison. Like Princess Helga he has a Virgo Sun, which at 21 degrees is widely conjunct his Mercury retrograde 12 degrees. Like Helga his Mercury squares Saturn and is in challenging aspect to Chiron (a quincunx.) His Venus is conjunct Neptune like Peter Foster.

My favourite conman story is the one of Natwarlal, but the tragedy is there is no birthdate. But this is his story and like Hermes stories of stealing his brother’s cattle, it is hilarious. Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava, better known as Natwarlal (1912-2009), was a noted Indian con man known for having repeatedly “sold” the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort, and the Rashtrapati Bhavan and also the Parliament House of India along with its 545 sitting members. He was a living-legend in his lifetime and a legend even after his death.

Carlo Ponzi who was born on March 3, 1882, was an Italian businessman and con artist in the U.S. and Canada. Born in Italy, he became known in the early 1920s as a swindler in North America for his money making scheme. Charles Ponzi promised clients a 50% profit within 45 days, or 100% profit within 90 days, by buying discounted postal reply coupons in other countries and redeeming them at face value in the United States as a form of arbitrage In reality, Ponzi was paying early investors using the investments of later investors. This type of scheme is now known as a “Ponzi scheme”. His scheme ran for over a year before it collapsed, costing his “investors” $20 million. Ponzi has Moon in Leo 27 conjunct Lilith. His Mercury is in Aquarius at 25 degrees and is quincunx his Moon. His Sun in Pisces. 1t is 12 degrees and conjunct Venus and Eris. Eris seems to figure highly in the charts of criminals, but also writers of crime novels and actors who play the parts of detectives or lawyers in criminal cases. It is also a dominant planet in those people who have been murdered. Ponzi’s Mercury is square his Pluto at 27 Taurus, then Jupiter at 20 degrees and Chiron at 18 degrees. Mercury seems to oppose or square all the charts I have done of confidence tricksters so far. Mars at 1 degree Cancer is quincunx Mercury.

One more.

Amazingly Frank William Abagnale, Jr. is free. He was born April 27, 1948 and is an American security consultant known for his history as a former confidence trickster, check forger, and impostor. He became one of the most famous impostors ever, claiming to have assumed no fewer than eight identities as an airline pilot, a doctor, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons agent, and a lawyer. He escaped from police custody twice (once from a taxiing airliner and once from a U.S. federal penitentiary), before he was 21 years old. He served less than five years in prison before starting to work for the federal government. He was convicted of fraud, forgery, and swindling and the penalty was 12 months in French prison (about 6 months served); 6 months in Swedish prison and 12 years in US prison (4 years served. ) Now for the truly bizarre part. He established his own security business and hunted down con-man and women. He is currently a consultant and lecturer for the FBI academy and field offices. His life story provided the inspiration for the feature film Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo Dicaprio as Abagnale. So let’s look at his horoscope.

This con man turned hunter of conman is a very good looking man so it is not a surprise that he has a Taurus Sun at 7 degrees conjunct Mercury at 7 degrees conjunct North Node at 14 degrees. His Sun, Mercury and North Node square Pluto conjunct Saturn in Leo. His Sun inconjuncts Neptune so there is the illusion that changes continually like a revolving hall of mirrors. Fancy being called Frank. What a joke, but his Moon conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius suggests brutal tactlessness and exaggeration rather than frankness. Last, he has Venus in Gemini conjunct Uranus. Mmmm. Not someone who is steadfast in relationships. Would you trust your mother with this man?


You will notice that the most prominent planet that features in all five charts of conmen/women I have discussed is Mercury. Steven Russell’s Sun and Mars are in Virgo ruled by Mercury; Mercury is in challenging aspect to Saturn, Chiron and Mars often. Mercury conjuncts Sun and Venus often. Interestingly Venus conjuncts Neptune and Lilith is prominent in the charts.

So let’s look at the myths of Hermes and Lilith. One of Hermes (Mercury’s) roles derived from his function as the god of cattle, was thievery. A major form of banditry in ancient Greece was cattle-hustling. We hear in Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes 14 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) : “She [Maia] bare a son [Hermes], of many shifts, blandly cunning, a robber, a cattle rustler, a bringer of dreams, a watcher by night, a thief at the gates.”

And in Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes 282 ff : “[Apollon to the infant Hermes:] ‘O rogue, deceiver, crafty in heart . . . I most surely believe that you have broken into many a well-built house and stripped more than one poor wretch bare this night, gathering his goods together all over the house without noise. You will plague many a lonely herdsman in mountain glades, when you come on herds and thick-fleeced sheep, and have a hankering after flesh . . . you comrade of dark night. Surely hereafter this shall be your title amongst the deathless gods, to be called the prince of robbers continually.’”

As well as writing, Hermes-Mercury presided over eloquence and persuasion, skills employed by those under his patronage: heralds, merchants, thieves and conmen. Similarly he was the god of crafty thoughts and wiles, and the use of persuasive deception and trickery. We here from Hesiod and Homer that Hermes is crafty and cunning in speech and deeds and can make others that way. In Hesiod, Works and Days 80 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or 7th B.C.) we hear: “Also the Guide, Argeiphontes [Hermes], contrived within her [Pandora, the first woman] lies and crafty words and a deceitful nature at the will of loud thundering Zeus, and the Herald of the gods [Hermes] put speech in her.” And in the Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes 4 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) : “She [Maia] bare a son [Hermes], of many shifts, blandly cunning.”

So from what I can see Lilith added to negative Mars and negative Mercury creates a very bad person; not a murderer, but a person one may call in the vernacular a scammer who is addicted to fraudulence. The Dead Sea Scrolls contain one indisputable reference to Lilith in Songs of the Sage (4Q510-511) fragment 1: And I, the Instructor, proclaim His glorious splendour so as to frighten and to te[rrify] all the spirits of the destroying angels, spirits of the bastards, demons, Lilith, howlers, and [desert dwellers…] and those which fall upon men without warning to lead them astray from a spirit of understanding and to make their heart and their […] desolate during the present dominion of wickedness and predetermined time of humiliations for the sons of lig[ht], by the guilt of the ages of [those] smitten by iniquity – not for eternal destruction, [bu]t for an era of humiliation for transgression.”

Now this is the Christian version of Lilith, but in the beginning of human existence Great Goddess was the Earth and Earth was our mother and in some of the northern clans of Aboriginal Australia the Great Mother is still the earth. The Goddess ruled for hundreds of thousands of years. In the course of time, the Mother-Goddess was overthrown and driven under, and the triumph of the most patriarchal of archetypes; Jahwe, God the Father, Allah held sway in the Judaic, Christian and Moslem worlds. It was only in the tamed form of Mary, Mother of God, that some aspects of the Mother Goddess were permitted to survive. Thus Lilith as a form of the Great mother became an evil demon. Aquarian Essence at suggests that “Lilith Dark Moon will confront us with where love and desire has become twisted and has been used to shame, control or punish.”

Phew! This is all so heavy. Let’s shift to lighter subject.


I have two fox stories I want to tell you. Do you have a fox story? I’d love to hear it.

My first fox story is about a journey by a car on a dark night on dirt roads through the Australian outback. My Dad and Mum, my sister and brother and I were going to a party about ten miles to the west. Dad drove slowly because our dirt roads had many sharp rocks that could puncture a tyre , not to mention deep creek beds we had to drive down and then somehow drive up again, skidding on loose rocks as we drove up uneven banks of loose dirt. I must have been around eight years old. There was no moon and the car lights shone murkily through all the dust in the air. In all that dust I saw a set of eyes. Dad saw them too. He stopped the car and got out his 22 calibre rifle. I saw the fox that he was aiming at. It was hunched, terrified and cowering, paralysed by the car lights. I knocked Dad’s rifle out of his hands and out of the corner of my eyes I saw the fox run as fast as its small legs could carry it. I had heard Dad’s stories about the “evil vermin” [foxes] who ripped the throats out of lambs, but I had never seen this, nor had I seen a sole fox before on our 50,000 acre property. I made an instantaneous decision then that I would continue to protect foxes forever.

My second fox story is about two foxes, who lived near my grandparent’s house in Brisbane, right on the Brisbane river, near the ferry house and the park where we often played. In the nineteen-sixties there was still a great deal of bush and wild places in Brisbane and people were allowed to grow their own vegetable patch; have their own water tanks and fruit trees and have chickens that laid eggs in their back yards or gardens. Of course foxes are renowned for stealing eggs and eating chickens. A fox family lived at the back of Granny and Grandad’s place just over the fence, in an overgrown block, where the lawn was never mown. There was a quaint little house nestled in amongst the biggest fig trees I have ever seen and a mass of passionfruit vines. There always seemed to be an abundance of figs and passionfruit. To this day I love both fruit. All sorts of flowers bloomed all year round: chrysanthemums, agapanthus, hydrangeas, cassias, nasturtiums, dahlias and all sorts of lovely flowering trees. It was a child’s delight.

A very kind, little, old man called Mr Munro, lived there in the small, quaint house and we were always welcome. He seemed frozen in time, perpetually sitting at a red laminex 1950s table in the kitchen and he was always surrounded by all sorts of iced and un-iced wedding cakes. On the table where he sat were cigarette butts in overflowing ashtrays, piles of novels and piles of racing forms from the back of the Brisbane newspaper. Mr Munro had a croaky voice with a thick Irish accent. He coughed a lot and when he stood up he ducked to avoid the yellow fly paper hanging from the ceiling. A Valiant car was often there parked among the fruit trees. It was a pale green station wagon. Sometimes we went in it up to the mountains where the owner of the green valient had beehives and horses. Oh the excitement of it all. Sometimes there was a rusty old trailer in the yard too. It blended with the long, lush, green grass.

Uncle Snow Fox owned all the scaffolding in the long grass, because he was a builder and Aunt Cath Fox, Mr Munro’s daughter, made wedding cakes professionally. Some were fruit cakes and some were sponge cakes. Occasionally we were allowed to have a slice of cake, but even if we didn’t Aunt Cath always had other delicious things to eat. Aunt Cath Fox was full of hugs and love and she laughed a great deal. She had hair the colour of fox fur. It was long and thick and even though it was pinned up in a bun on her head, bits often escaped and created a tail at the back of her head. Uncle Snow had a red face and very fair hair. He often took us swimming to the beach in his Valiant and he drove us up to the Mount Nebo area where the bee hives were and the most wonderful horses running free. It was deliciously lovely to go with him. To me these caring Foxes encapsulated joy and playfulness.


In ancient Greece, thirteen hundred years an epic was written in the Homerica called “The Alopekos Teuesios.” The actual Alopekos Teumesios was a gigantic fox which sent by the gods to the countryside of Thebes. The Homerica maintains that the fox was sent by the gods to punish the descendants of Kadmos, and that the Thebans therefore excluded those of the house of Kadmos from the kingship. Kreon, the then Regent of Thebes, set Amphitryon the impossible task of destroying the beast, which was impossible because the gods meant the fox never to be caught. The hero discovered a solution to the problem by setting the magical dog Lailaps to the hunt, an animal which was destined always to catch its quarry.

Zeus [Jupiter] faced with a contradiction in fate (an uncatchable fox being pursued by an unavoidable dog) turned the pair of beasts to stone or perhaps placed them amongst the stars as the Constellations Canis Major (Lailaps) and Canis Minor or Lepus (the Fox). Their contest was in this way either frozen or set to play out for eternity.


It is well known that the ancient Celtic people like many Indigenous people watched and analysed every shade of meaning of animals, birds, trees, amphibians and insects that moved in their environment. Like Mars in the Roman pantheon, the fox symbolized passion, play and action because of its beautiful fiery red fur. Thus the Celts believed that if a fox crossed your path in dreams or in daily life it was time to act passionately in regard to your goals, needs and wants. It was also time to lighten up and be playful and have fun. With their amazing flame-red brush or tail running foxes resemble a comet blazing across the sky or an arrow flashing towards its target. Thus in modern life foxes coming into our life mean we need to make goals; daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and yearly goals that ignite our passions and joy with laser-like aim. Thus the Celtic symbolism of fox suggests that you aim for the targets of your dreams with all your loving and impassioned life force! Aim for what you love, not luke-warm needs, but for what you really want with all your heart!

The Celtic Ogham symbol for the fox is the alder Tree which is the 18th March to 14th April. Alder has associations with weapons and shields and reminded the ancient Celts that the way of the warrior lies in knowing when to take up the shield and when to take up the sword or knife. An alder forged shield will protect you and give you courage, but the most important aspect of a warrior is his or her intention. Intention is the key to success or failure. Alder also tells us when to blend strength and courage with compassion and generosity of spirit. Thus there is a time to challenge and a time to keep quiet and in this light the fox and alder teach us discrimination and a firm foundation of inner confidence and the need to see beneath the surface of situations.” (Gifford. p.46.) Jane Gifford also suggests that fox-alder deities are Bran, Apollo, Arianrhod, Lugh, King Arthur and Odin and that in kinesiology the essence of alder is the principle of release. Thus in releasing stress, nervousness and anxiety we regain strength. (p.47.)


Huli jing (Chinese: 狐狸精; pinyin: húli jīng; literally “fox spirit”) in Chinese mythology are fox spirits that are akin to European fairies or Celtic sidhe. Huli jing can be either good spirits or bad spirits. In Chinese legends, it is believed that all things can take on human forms, magical powers, and immortality, provided that they receive sufficient energy, in such forms as human breath or essence from the moon and the sun. In other words like many Indigenous cultures foxes in ancient China could be anthropomorphic. Although the ancient Ainu people are the Indigenous people of Japan, as a generalisation China effected Japanese philosophy and lifestyle greatly.

A kitsune (狐) is a mythical fox from Japanese folklore. The word “kitsune” indicates generic foxes in the Japanese language, while in English the word kitsune represents only the folkloric variation. The name Kyūbi-no-kitsune (九尾の妖狐) is the Japanese name for the folkloric kitsunes. So foxes are often portrayed as intelligent beings, which have magical abilities that can increase with their age and wisdom. The more tails a kitsune has, in fact they may have nine tails, the older, wiser, and more powerful the fox is. Generically kitsune are portrayed as tricksters, but some stories depict them as faithful guardians, friends, wives and lovers. Kitsune have an amazing capability to assume a human appearance.

One of the oldest surviving kitsune tales provides a widely known folk etymology of the word kitsune. Unlike most tales of kitsune who become human and marry human males, this one does not end tragically:
Ono, an inhabitant of Mino (says an ancient Japanese legend of A.D. 545), spent the seasons longing for his ideal of female beauty. He met her one evening on a vast moor and married her. Simultaneously with the birth of their son, Ono’s dog was delivered of a pup which as it grew up became more and more hostile to the lady of the moors. She begged her husband to kill it, but he refused. At last one day the dog attacked her so furiously that she lost courage, resumed vulpine shape, leaped over a fence and fled. “You may be a fox,” Ono called after her, “but you are the mother of my son and I love you. Come back when you please; you will always be welcome.” So every evening she stole back and slept in his arms.
(Hamel. 2003. p.89 & Goff, 1997. “Foxes”. Japan Quarterly 44:2.)

Because the fox returns to her husband each night as a woman but leaves each morning as a fox, she is called Kitsune. In classical Japanese, kitsu-ne means come and sleep, and ki-tsune means “always comes”. (Smyers. 1999. p.72. ) But sadly, in contemporary Chinese life, the word “huli jing” is often used to describe a mistress negatively in an extramarital affair.

So they are anthropomorphic creatures, like many other anthropomorphic tricksters in Indigenous cultures. It is widely agreed that many fox myths in Japan can be traced to China, Korea, or India. Chinese folk tales tell of fox spirits called huli jing that may have up to nine tails, or Hồ Li Tinh in Vietnamese.

Due to the ancient Japanese Ainu people living near foxes, many folklore stories and legends arose. Inari, a Shinto kami (spirit), is closely associated with kitsunes and kitsunes often act as its messengers. This has reinforced their supernatural significance. Many treat kitsunes as deities and even make offerings to them.


Similarly to European and colonial folklore, in classical Arabic and Persian literature the fox is a symbol of craftiness and deceit as well as cowardice, as well as a helper. These stereotypes of the fox have been directly reflected in folklore and folk-belief. Although most types of folk tales in which the fox appears portray the animal as crafty and cunning, it is also portrayed as the helper or donor figure in some stories.

This stereotype of deviousness and guile appear also in attitudes about physiognomy and body language in Persian and Middle Eastern philosophy and folklore. Those who believe in physiognomy and body language interpret a fox-like visage as an indication of an evil and fraudulent personality, while dream interpretation texts consider the fox to be a symbol of a cunning and immoral man or a faithless, unreliable woman. And yet ancient folklore practice in Khorasan still prescribes that a bridegroom who is unable to consummate his marriage should leave the wedding party for the desert in the hope of hearing a fox howl. Once he hears the call of the beast, he can return to try again (Šakūrzāda, p. 204).

Yet, in pre-Islamic Iran, the fox was considered as one of the ten varieties of dog created against a demon. The fox is considered medicinally useful, and possessed of a fair amount of medical knowledge. It can, for instance, cure its own illnesses by feeding on certain roots and bulbs (Dānešpažūh, ed., p. 406; Qazvīnī, II, p. 108).


In many cultures, the fox appears in folklore as a symbol of cunning and trickery, or as a familiar animal possessed of magic powers. In Dogon mythology, the pale fox is the trickster god of the desert, who embodies chaos. The Medieval Norman adventurer Robert Guiscard was nicknamed “Robert the Fox” as well as the resourceful, the cunning, and the wily behaviour of foxes. And “to outfox” means “to beat in a competition of wits”, the synonym of “outguess”, “outsmart” or “outwit”. In Finnish mythology, the fox is depicted usually a cunning trickster, but seldom evil. The fox, while weaker, in the end outsmarts both the evil and voracious wolf and the strong but not-so-cunning bear. It symbolizes the victory of intelligence over both malevolence and brute strength.

All of these characteristics: cunning, resourcefulness, wiliness, trickery, wittiness and intelligence are characteristics of the god Hermes (Mercury), the son of Zeus (Jupiter) and bother of Apollo (Sun.) As these characteristics symbolise Mercury in his characteristics of intelligence and cunning, the fox is also a symbol of a person who has a strong third house in astrology.

Astrid Wallner’s (1998) astute summing up of the fox as “a symbol of gods, like for example, as a symbol of the god of vegetation or as a symbol of forest- and mountain-spirits.” This was a pre-Christian attitude. Wallner continues and maintains that this belief changed “in Christian Times, from where on the fox was seen as a demonic creature. The fox is a very famous figure in fables and usually is described as greedy, dishonest and tricky.” Thus in Christian times especially in the rabid, emotional plague times of witch burning foxes are also fall into the archetype of negative Mercury-Saturn. In the Middle Ages and even into the Renaissance, foxes, which were associated with wiliness and fraudulent behaviour, were sometimes burned as symbols of the Devil. The Bible’s Song of Solomon (2:15) includes a well-known verse “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” which had been given many interpretations over the centuries by Jewish and Christian Bible commentators.

The Saturnian or Senex characteristic is seen when fox is a spirit animal or spiritual guide to a child or adult. The fox can be a teacher providing guidance on swiftly finding your way around obstacles. If you follow the spiritual wisdom of a fox , you may be called to use or develop quick thinking and adaptability. Responsive, sometimes cunning, this power animal is a great guide when you are facing tricky situations.

We have a third fox archetype; that of the helpful fox. Fox is said the helpful to be the most helpful animal in fairy tales. Most fables tell about how the fox tricks other animals to get food, but no legends or fairy tales have been found telling about the fox attacking humans. In early Mesopotamian mythology, the fox is one of the sacred animals of the goddess Ninhursag. The fox acts as her messenger. In the Shinto religion of Japan, kitsune (he fox spirit) sometimes helps people as an errand of their deity, Inari.

A fourth archetype is that of the warrior who uses his wits. This is similar to the Celtic beliefs about the powers of the alder tree The Moche people of ancient Peru worshiped animals and believed the fox to be a warrior that would use his mind to fight. The fox would not ever use physical attack, only mental. During World War II, the German commander in North Africa, Erwin Rommel, was nicknamed the “Desert Fox” by his British adversaries, as a tribute to his cunning and skill in battle.

A fifth archetype is one made famous by Jimi Hendrix’s song “Foxy Lady.” The words “fox” or “foxy” have become slang in English-speaking societies for an individual (most often female) with sex appeal. The word “vixen”, which is normally the common name for a female fox, is also used to describe an attractive woman. Albeit, in the case of humans, “vixen” tends to imply that the woman in question has a few nasty qualities. The term “foxy” in English is defined as meaning “attractive” and “sexy”, as well as “red-haired”.

And following the Mercurial archetype the fox is often connected to transformation in European and East Asian folklore and literature. There are four major types of fox stories:
• The word shenanigan (a deceitful confidence trick, or mischief) is considered to be derived from the Irish expression sionnachuighim, meaning “I play the fox.”
• Description of life of more or less realistic animals
• Stories about anthropomorphic animals imbued with human characteristics
• Tales of fox transformations into humans and vice versa

Arthur Koestler notes in his autobiography that when he attended the University of Vienna in the 1920s, Freshman students were known as “Füchse” (German for “Foxes”) and had their own distinct organization within the student fraternities, presided over by the “Head Fox”. All this was derived from centuries-old student traditions and lives on in the so-called Studentenverbindung, such as the German Student Corps. I note, too, the similar Mercurial connotations of Fox television.


The fox is known for sneaking into homes and getting away without being caught. Because of this ability we might look for the archetype of Mercury in Cancer or the 4th house, with a challenging Neptune aspect. This could give an ancestor who was actually a thief, a remittance man, or a criminal of some kind. In Australia many of us have convict and Indigenous ancestors who survived by thieving, lying and escaping throughout their lives. The alternative was death. I had three and I have done shamanic work to alter their lives and delete their heartbreak and hardship. The 1903 to mid 1915 generation also had Neptune in Cancer. This generation lived through World War I, the Great Depression and World War II. If these people had Neptune was in the 3rd house in those years or in challenging aspect to Mercury the trickster fox archetype could emerge. So we see this generation as those who were survivors who learned to live with little food and few possessions like foxes in the night. Thus if you have a Cancer fourth house with Neptune in it and Mercury aspecting it you may be living out the life of a Neptunian-Cancer ancestor.


So let’s look at the fox spirit. Why would this guide come to you?

• A Mercury-Neptune warning that you are being or could be deceived.

• A warning that you need to be more discerning .

• A Pluto type guide who gives you the ability to blend in and be invisible and yet

• If fox is your major ancestral totem or major medicine or power animal Lynx Graywolf suggests calling in a balancing energy of Fox such as Wolf, Dog or Coyote for whom Foxes are prey, because people who have Fox as a primary totem find their business is unsuccessful because they are invisible.

• A gift of being a great researcher, detective or shamanic practitioners ( who does psychopomp work, depossession from sneaky spirits or curse unravelling) who can shapeshift.

• A gift for those who feel they must hide their true selves from ” the workaday world”. Saint Germain gives the same ability of being invisible.

• A gift from fox to protect and shield you. Lynx Graywolf suggests that for those children or adults who are abused or subject to domestic violence (unending criticism is part of this), not being noticed means that no one can get close enough to really hurt you in some way. People in abusive situations, under enemy interrogation, torture or in a war zone need to be “hidden”in order to survive. Children who were abused, physically, emotionally, or sexually may grow into adults whose Fox medicine has stepped up and is running their lives. Please see an experienced shamanic practitioner if this is the case.

• People who have Fox medicine may feel hunted, stalked or preyed upon by others. When they are noticed by others, they seem to have something that “everyone else wants” and rarely does the person feel liked or even loved for who they are as individuals but as a therapist, counsellor or healer who people believe they can get something from free or solve their problems for free.

• Sometimes teachers or lecturers or famous people who have the Fox medicine will be or feel “stalked” by others, thus contributing to over active Fox medicine gaining the upper hand. If these people are therapists and their boundaries are being invaded constantly this becomes draining and exhausting and may lead to burn out. This is a Mercury-Neptune or Mars- Neptune in the 3rd house or Gemini problem or even a Mercury-Venus-Neptune problem. This indeed can be a problem of being vampired.

• Fox medicine is very Neptunian and as such, it is also very easy for others to project what they wish to see about who you are no matter how strongly one tries to assert their own true self. Fox people often do then come away from many encounters with others feeling as though they are never really seen or heard. This can result in the Fox person acting out in exaggerated ways, doing things they may not normally have done was the need to assert their true selves not being ignored by those around them. Fox children especially may behave in this way. Lynx Graywolf warns here that it is important for Fox people to look in the mirror frequently and ask themselves “who am I?” For people with strong Fox medicine it becomes a matter of anchoring their true selves into their lives and clearing the projections of others, otherwise they may live out their lives vicariously for their parents or partners and be like a cork bobbing in the ocean.

• I have had the experience of having a client for both astrological work and shamanic work who had Sun square Neptune, Mercury square Neptune, Mars inconjunct Neptune and Sun inconjunct Pluto. Did you work it out? Yes, her father totally dominated her and compared her endlessly and negatively with her two sisters. He expected her to achieve to perfection in the fields he wanted. She had little energy because she was living someone else’s dream. Yes, this woman had fox medicine. When she was eight her mother died and her Grandfather trained a Collie dog for her because she had no sense of direction and she wandered. When she was nine years old her grandfather died and her father poisoned the dog. Strangely her companion most of the time in real life was a dog, a wolf dog.

• Shamanic practitioners, mediums, clairvoyants and holistic therapists fox people may feel most energised around twilight or dusk and daybreak. Shaman Tom Cowan calls these times “betwixt and between times” (1996, p. 94.) He maintains these are the times when we can reach out to other realms, where we can change and transform and be transformed. These are the “thin” times when the doorways to other realms are most easily opened. They are especially vibrant if we use these times in “thin” places. Many Fox people find that they can meditate, journey most easily or receive important guidance at these times. The short time between consciousness and sleep is also especially important to Fox people. It is during that time-space right before one drifts off to sleep that dreams can be most easily incubated for the Fox person. These are great times to set intentions and excellent times for these people to connect with their own personal Fox totem and to ask for its assistance.

• I am a fox person and I have often felt my thick hair is like an antennae. People have said, “You are a Leo. You have a mane.” But what they are missing is that Fox people often have very thick hair and hair acts as an antenna for psychic and intuitive information. As a fox person you can wear their hair long hair to shield from others and because they feel it does indeed help them to connect with the unseen realms. Fox people must take especially good care of their hair, especially if they feel foggy a wash your hair, so your abilities to connect with other realms is clear. Like Samson longer hair strengthens one.

• For many Fox people, it is helpful for them to study the placement of Neptune by sign, house and aspect in their natal charts. Many Fox people have Neptune prominent in their charts, especially rising and further study of Neptune can give the Fox person greater understanding as to their mission and purpose in life though the entire chart, as always, must also be taken into consideration. Fox people may also find that this triggers an even greater enhancement of their own intuitive and psychic abilities, as well as learning how to properly harness that energy.


Deborah at Anwen Essences has created a range of essences she has named the Warrior’s Tools collection for all those on the path of self-awareness; light-workers, therapists, healers, shamans and more! At this time of much change, as we learn to truly become one with the energy of all that is, shedding that which holds us back, embracing every aspect of ourselves and our lives, we intend to be truly conscious of ourselves in every moment. These special essences are designed to support & inspire. Her Loki spray mist is very fox-like in it’s archetypal energy. Deborah tells us it is “a powerful trickster teacher, for finding knowledge deep within, knowing own mind, and truly trusting in this.”

Lynx Graywolf from Morningstar Flower & Vibrational Essences creates Coyote Mint Flower Essence as helping those who feel they are stuck in a pattern of always being taken in by others, or “Played the fool” and yet the next time the trickster comes round again, these folks fall for the confidence man’s lies all over again hook, line and sinker. This essence helps these folks to spot the Trickster coming so they are not taken in yet again by the other person’s clever patter. The affirmation for the Coyote Mint Flower Essence is “ I Learn From My Mistakes The First Time Around!”

Lynx Graywolf from Morningstar Flower & Vibrational Essences also has created Coyote Willow Flower Essence to find the playfulness of the fox spirit within us. She says, “This essence helps us to lighten up, attract more playfulness into our lives and through that we can release the cares, worries and tensions of the day. Sometimes we all find ourselves in situations that feel intolerable because they have dragged on for so long and we may even feel near the breaking point. This essence helps us to keep going when we need to, but also be able to see the humour in a given situation. Even though we may feel more like crying than laughing, there is always a way of looking at things that helps us to see the absurd. And once we see that, its often a short hop, skip and jump to something much better. When we bow to what is, we can move through it with greater ease and Joy. Resisting what is tends to keep it stuck in place, exactly what we don’t want! Being able to laugh at things breaks up the tensions, eases the stress, releases the endorphins so we can relax and then we can hear our Inner Guidance which has the perfect solution/resolution. Changes happen quickly with this essence so do be prepared to find yourself tacking and turning as the winds of your life begin moving you along to a much happier and higher space!” The affirmation for this essence is “Through laughter and joy I can bend without breaking!”


So, what are my conclusions? First it is obvious that after mankind crowded themselves into cities or became settled, rather than being nomadic, foxes were and are regarded as a threat to sheep, hens, eggs; all those smaller creatures than mankind wanted to keep as food and covering (wool and feathers) in small enclosures. In some countries, foxes are major predators of rabbits and hens and mankind eats both. Thus foxes were stereotyped as cunning, wily, treacherous and sly because they were in competition with mankind for food. People kept dogs to hunt the foxes and protect their precious hens and sheep. Thus the archetype of trickster came about.

Secondly, as a protective guide the fox spirit brings a sense of playfulness and fun to abused and lonely children. As the fox is one of the most hunted creatures on earth, we as therapists need to be aware that a person who complains of bullying, stalking and worn down by other people may have an out of control fox spirit. Fox people are also obvious by their thick and often long hair which could have a red tinge to it. Because foxes need to sneak to get what they want fox people need courage and directness. So they need to learn to be assertive and straightforward. Fox people in business need dog or wolf as a power animal as well to help people see them.

Prominent Mercury, Neptune, Pluto and Lilith are good signposts in charts to help flush out a fox person. Challenging Mars-Neptune or Mercury-Neptune are also signs that a person may have foxy tendencies. And it is possible that if you are rectifiying a chart and think a person may have a Leo ascendant they may just be a fox person. Finally, Coyote Willow and Coyote Mint Flower Essences, Alder essence and Loki Spray are a good companion remedy for fox people.

If you are a fox person I’d love to hear your comment. I only make them public if you want a public answer.

I wish you endless good fortune and many happy days.
~ Hilary ~`


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Regarding the Scorpionic path, my dear friend, esoteric astrologer, Adele Barger Wilson recently suggested to me:

“… The goal of Scorpio as an astrological sign exemplifies raising one’s consciousness to a higher level in very deep and profound way that involves energy transformation. Matter and energy are really the same. Matter is energy at its densest level of vibration. Thus Scorpio archetypally typifies energy exchange, energy transmutation and energy degeneration.”

The physical body is run by the gross life force called prana, chi or life force energy. This life force permeates our physical, the astral, our mental body and our spiritual subtle bodies. In humans, the life force is connected at the seven major centres of consciousness known as chakras. The seven major chakras in the etheric correspond to the endocrine glands of the body and run upward along the spinal cord. A healthy Saturn equates to a healthy Root Chakra. Thus we must work daily on our body, our emotional, mental and creative health to find peace.
~ Ambika Wauters. The Book of Chakras ~
“When we have strong roots we affirm our right to be present, as well as making choices for our health and wellbeing.”
(Ambika Waters. The Book of Chakras, p. 44.)


With transiting Saturn in Scorpio, the people who belong to the Saturn in Scorpio generation are having their first or second Saturn return. There will be a few people who around the age of 86 to 90 will have a third Saturn return. I have met quite a few people lately who are having a second Saturn return and they are not happy. Many have health problems: arthritis; cavities in their teeth, problems with their knees; prostate problems and of course the famous one; complaints about their sex life. So I am going to look at a basic understanding of Saturn; then Scorpio and then in part two how to love being a Saturn in Scorpio person. Of course there are four generations I am looking at that are alive here with Saturn in Scorpio; the 1926 generation; the 1955 generation; the 1984 generation and the babies that have just been born; the 2014 generation. I will include the 1896 generation of Saturn in Scorpio, because some Baby Boomers will have their beloved grandparents (the 1896 Saturn in Scorpio generation) as spiritual guides who watch over them and motivate them. (By spiritual guides I am not talking about ghosts, but advanced souls who may have passed on in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s and then come back as advanced souls or members of a person’s Council of Elders. Please see Dr Michael Newton’s “Journey of Souls” series of books.)


During our life and even before our lifetime; from past lives; foetal and ancestral problems we build up emotional blockages that cause physical problems. We may also manifest physical blockages when we are born in the form of foetal damage and accidents that damage our body. Later on in this article I will talk about the people with schizoid characters and schizoid defences: those people whose mothers were hostile in pregnancy and babyhood were damaged in pregnancy, by electroconvulsive therapy or drugs; being born into a battleground; or being ignored during babyhood by being taken away from their mummies and put in hospital. Basically these people dissociate or try to escape their bodies at all costs. We all know an empty house can be taken over by squatters so I include my friend, a wonderful shamanic practioner and homeopath, Eileen Nauman’s erudite suggestions on making sure or astral body and physical body are one.

Saturn, Pluto and the Moon’s South Node are the two major planets and the point that bring in old patterns that have not been dealt with into our life, thus those of us with Saturn in Scorpio are dealing with a lot of karma and we choose to do so. Those people with prominent Saturn in Scorpio (i.e. people with Sun, Moon or the inner planets, ascendant, Medium Coeli or the Moon’s Nodes in Capricorn or Aquarius) are those who are lucky enough to have the choice to be able to deal with their repressed emotions and blockages. Thus they will be able to regenerate and evolve rather than degenerate and devolve.

It is worth recalling that when we become upset; even ill and go through unbearable segments of our life we may even blame and complain of Saturn’s role in these painful parts of our life. Yet it is the Great Senex or Master Teacher Saturn tells us, “You have chosen to work with and through this life in order to achieve a higher rung on the ladder of spiritual awareness.” Many people will become so angry when I hear this. I did. I became very angry and avoidant, and then I heard it in three separate “life between life regressions.” I heard about my lazy, irresponsible past life, where I mucked up badly and that I came back to this life and repeated my previous lifetime mistakes in another form early in this life. It was a daunting and shameful regression. But what was sad, was there was no healing. After that I accepted responsibility and turned my life around, but putting my feet on the ground like a good Saturn in Scorpio person with a Capricorn Sun. By a daily affirmation of our Root Chakra virtues and grounding exercises we are healing our Saturnian self and our karma.

So Saturn may tell you, “The sufferings and frustrations I bring can serve a purpose, which will in the long run be recognized as worth all the hard work and trauma of life.” Thus Saturn is that part of the archetypal birth process which oppresses and alienates, and yet slowly and gradually, often unnoticed, moulds and structures, and, in the end, guides us into a new vibration and chapter in our life.

“Garbage”, many people will say. They may even keep on doing what they have done in the past, but I have learned the hard way that what I didn’t do properly before I was 28 /29 or what I was irresponsible and lazy about, at that time comes back to hit me in the face. We really can’t escape responsibility for our actions by being Neptunian and running away and being all spacey and ungrounded. According to Newton’s Third Law of Motion we can expect an equal action to our initial action or lack of action later in this life. Formally stated, Newton’s third law is: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object. The direction of the force on the first object is opposite to the direction of the force on the second object. Forces always come in pairs – equal and opposite action-reaction force pairs. Let us look at a bird’s ability to fly which is a “motion” or force or energy. A bird uses its wings to fly. The wings push air downwards. Because forces result from mutual interactions, the air must also be pushing the bird upwards. The size of the force on the air equals the size of the force on the bird; the direction of the force on the air (downwards) is opposite the direction of the force on the bird (upwards). For every action, there is an equal (in size) and opposite (in direction) reaction. Action-reaction force pairs make it possible for birds to fly.

So in my case the actions I took around my last Saturn return came back and hit me in the face in the Saturn return. . The things, and issues I avoided before and during my first Saturn return also came back in full force later in life, so one’s second Saturn return is just the tip of the iceberg. Please do not be disillusioned though. There is light at the end of the tunnel that isn’t a train and I do make some suggestions.


Scorpio is one of the most intense, passionate positions in the medley of astrological archetypes. Saturn is also a barren, binding, cold, dry, hard, defensive and secretive planet. It’s very stressful being secretive, defensive, intense, cold yet passionate about everything. The natural movement of Mother Earth is for joy, so to be so repressed, yet so impassioned must create huge stress.

So here is a quick trick that will reduce your stress in under a minute. Try this exercise:

“Inhale deeply and as you do, raise your shoulders toward your ears.
As you exhale slowly, push your shoulders down. Repeat that 5 times. According to stress management experts, incorporating a shoulder shrug into deep breathing releases the tension we hold in our neck, shoulders and upper back. It also increases the output of endorphins, which cancel out stress hormones. And the deep breathing reduces heart rate and blood pressure. So combine it all and you’ll shrug off your stress in less than 60 seconds.”


Where Saturn is we have slow and lasting actions, so Saturn rules productive use of wisdom, tradition, organization, discipline, responsibility, organisation, patience and timing. We can see Saturn as dominant in the building of Roman roads and aqueducts, European cathedrals, structures like Stonehenge, the huge castles that were built in the United Kingdom and the pyramids in Egypt. With the solid, safe, deep, true and secure principles of Saturn we can see an opposing archetype to the illusions of Neptune and the revolutionary chaos of Uranus.

Saturn people and things are also builders and protectors of status, conventionality, responsibility, definitions, scientific laws, boundaries, orthodoxy and authority. Saturn as a principle rules groundedness, reality, control, careers, theories, and older persons. Saturn also represents security, form, but also contraction, inhibition, fear, limitations, restrictions, sorrow, delays, contradiction, ageing and death.

If we add these SCORPIO KEYWORDS we can alchemise into the Saturn in Scorpio archetype:

• Deep
• Dark
• frightening depths lying below the surface
• Attracted or repelled by power
• Not superficial
• Creative or destructive
• Private
• volcanic
• Intense,
• Loyal,
• Passionate,
• Resourceful,
• Observant,
• Dynamic,
• Jealous,
• Obsessive,
• Suspicious,
• Manipulative,
• Unyielding


We must also remember that Scorpio is a fixed and therefore stubborn sign. Anybody with strong and negative Scorpio archetype is impossible to change.

So if we look at combining Saturn plus Scorpio keywords we might produce people or processes that are:

• Deeply protective
• Obsessive about what they perceive as truth;
• Intense about their career
• Observing strict boundaries
• Jealously protecting our status
• Passionate about traditions
• Obsessive about time
• So unyielding that they produce delays or dis-ease
• Patient about aging and reverent about older people
• Great at gardening and working with the earth because they make great compost ( Plutonic putrefaction through Saturn time )
• Wonderful alchemists because they can change lead (Saturn) into gold or manure (Pluto) into rich earth (Saturn) to make money (Saturn)

Saturn in Scorpio in Scorpio people are passionate, intense, hardworking, demanding, and impatient but determined when it comes to achieving their goals and are tantalisingly clever with business deals. They have high expectations from other people as well as themselves and are energetic and vital. But their toxic side becomes apparent when they are resentful, unforgiving, because they feel they have been hit with injustice; fear and rejection. They also can be jealous, yet hate feeling inadequate in any way. They can also overcompensate if they feel inferior to something and can be secretive and hide their true intentions.


Positive Saturn people are very earthed, and physical and if you want to be healthy you need to be grounded and in your body. So many people I am talking to lately with either Saturn in their 8th house or Saturn in Scorpio are not healthy and are not in their body and therefore not grounded.

What is grounded? It is being body aware; especially being aware of our feet and legs and aware of all your senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. I think our senses are exciting! How about you? Grounding is also having healthy finances; being good with money. It means having a strong root chakra that gives us stability, inner strength and a sense of true inner worth. Grounding and a strong root chakra give us patience, independence, structure, security and the ability to be organised; manifest our dreams and finish our projects. Grounding and a strong sense of Saturn is the ability to persevere and find trust in a place of despair. Archangel Michael is the archangel who will keep chaos and evil far from our door and encourage us to have the patience and presence to focus on shelter and sustenance and see our dreams come true. The elephant is the animal who symbolises the Saturnian root chakra. In India he is called Ganesh and he is the bringer of good fortune, good health and happiness. Knowing we have a right to joy, happiness and health and a creative existence is fundamental to life. We heal the root chakra and become grounded every time we affirm the life we want.

AN AFFIRMATION FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA from Ambika Wauters “The Book of Chakras” page 44.

Repeat this affirmation once every morning and every evening to connect to the root chakra.
• “I live from my integrity
• I love from my heart.
• I am connected to life in all its glory.
• I know who I am and make choices based on who I am and what is right for me.
• I affirm my right to the life I choose.
• I confirm my right to belong and be part of something greater than myself.
• I know I am truly good.
• I live from the depths of my soul longing to express itself in the world.
• I stand for justice, truth and love.
• I am supported in life through all my choices to do well and share the light of love.
• My body supports me in a creative and happy life.
• I am open to the spirit of life which carries me far beyond my original limits to a higher and more creative space.
• I am thankful for all the opportunities for growth and development that have come my way.
• I am grateful for the challenges that have taught me who I truly am.
• I am truly grateful to life and I love who I am.”

A GROUNDING EXERCISE FROM EILEEN NAUMAN. (From GROUND YOURSELF–HOW TO DO IT by Eileen Nauman. Copyright 1997 Eileen Nauman. All Rights Reserved. The web site is

Eileen highlights that, “The importance of GROUNDING cannot be over stated.”

She gives hints that your astral body is floating above your head, which are:
• Spaciness
• Being vacuous
• Feeling and behaving ungrounded
• You can’t focus
• You feel floaty
• be undisciplined,
• be disorganized,
• are unable to concentrate
• Unable to perform menial 3rd dimensional tasks like driving or cutting up an onion (without slicing your finger open with the paring knife.)

And I will add you will run into walls and trip over your own feet. This is a very Piscean and Neptunian thing to do. For the 1991, 1992, 1993 generation of people who are now in their early twenties, their Neptune was in Capricorn and while they are brilliant at technology I noticed (as a teacher of these young people from when they were age three to age 19) and mother that they were very ungrounded. The many that had Pisces ascendants at least had Jupiter in Virgo which at least grounded them in some ways. The earthiness went into work and a love of technology so they always had money coming in. But as a generation they were accident prone from the extremes of cutting their fingers on paper to being foolhardy in cars and smashing the cars into fences.

I will give an example of a totally ungrounded person. Today I drove to the corner shop. There is a large car park. In Australia we drive on the left side of the road. I came around the corner and driving on the wrong side of the road was a woman driving a car. She had a baby and four children in the car. Every one stared at her. I tooted my horn. She didn’t see or hear. She veered in front of me into a parking space narrowly missing me and another car by inches. It was obvious that her astral body was not in her physical body. No one was home.

But I return to Eileen Nauman’s wisdom where she speaks from the standpoint of a wise shamanic practitioner: “If your astral body (your emotional body) is floating above your body you aren’t going to get the support or be able to manifest what you want. You can have all the aphorisms in the world but if you aren’t “locked in” to your physical body, nothing is going to happen in your life.”

Thus what Eileen is saying is that all “The Secret” law of attraction New Age hype and Doreen Virtue affirmations will just float off you with no effect if your astral body is up around your head and you are a space cadet.

Eileen states firmly and irrevocably in her article on grounding: “If you aren’t “home” you are disorganized, undisciplined, can’t finish what you start and don’t have the endurance or tenacity to see anything in your life to fruition.”

Eileen accentuates that people with no protection from their astral body have less energy than others, are easily exhausted and have little confidence, so they become depressed victims easily.

This is because they have had shock, violence, abuse and trauma in their life, especially early in life and while their mother has been pregnant with them. Therefore Eileen states boldly, “Ungrounded, spacey people are “‘hanging out’ of their head. Clairvoyants see an unlocked astral body as a brightly coloured sac that is half full floating around the person’s head.” So Eileen makes it clear that, “The reason WHY the Astral Body wants to escape is because the astral body or emotional body is our mother board for all our emotions and feelings.” When a person has been really wounded, in shock or totally traumatized, the Astral Body will escape out of the top of our head.”

Psychologists call this dissociation because, “There are no emotions or few emotions if the Astral Body has unlocked. Any person who grew up in an abusive or very dysfunctional childhood will feel so threatened off and on (or all the time, depending upon the situation) that the Astral Body continues to unlock and escape so as not to feel the continued emotional pain. ”

This is such important information because many mothers up until the 1980s were told by experts (nurses and doctors) that babies needed to learn to sleep on a regular schedule and that picking them up and holding them whenever they cried would only teach them to cry more and not to sleep through the night. Mothers were told to feed their children on a regular schedule, and that they should not pick them up, kiss them, or hug them, because that would not prepare them to be strong and independent individuals in a harsh world. So the 1926 and 1955 generations of Saturn in Scorpio people came into a harsh world where babies were not the centre of attention and children were to “be seen and not heard.”

My friend Leandra grew up in a powerful upper middle class family and she told me recently when we were talking about the schizoid character: “I remember my son throwing a tantrum in 1983. He was tired and needed my attention. My Grandmother was a stern old lady with a ramrod straight back. She was the matriarch of our family. On Christmas day 1983 she stood up and spoke imperiously and angrily: “Who is going to give that naughty child the whipping of his life!” She laughed but said sadly, “No one dared say a word. No one volunteered to give the poor little soul the whipping of his life and I took my son to the bedroom and soothed him and he went to sleep in my arms. Needless to say it was obvious my father who was born in 1928 had been given many whippings and I in turn who was born at the end of the 1950s Saturn in Scorpio was also given many whippings.” Leandra is one of the Saturn in Scorpio generation and she has a schizoid character.

In Queensland [Australia] corporal punishment (beatings) was banned in government schools under ministerial guidelines or local educational policy, but remains lawful in private schools and the law regarding home use of corporal punishment still is equivocal. Many children I know who went to right wing religious schools in the 1980s and 1990s were badly beaten including Leandra’s son.

What is my point? Violence in pregnancy and babyhood produces what is known as the schizoid character. According to psychologist Stephen M Johnson (Character Styles) and aura healer, and physicist Barbara Brennan PhD (Hands of Light and Light Emerging pp. 206-216) the schizoid character has had many lives in physical pain and trauma and have often experienced death by torture for having certain spiritual beliefs. The way the schizoid character used to escape torture was to escape their body and given such a past, which is still encapsulated in their body thus there are programmed to expect hostility from humans. They have weak boundaries because their astral will float above their head; weak and sensitive bodies and weak spines and they are very fearful. Because of vacating their body and twisting their spine continually that can develop very painful arthritis and spinal problems.

As a result they need to be in their body; they need to be safe and they need to be here!


What Eileen Nauman warns about being dissociated constantly is that, “ Sooner or later, if the Astral body does not come back and lock in fully every day, this toxic emotional scrapheap is going to turn into DISEASE. All this can be prevented if your Astral body is RE-TRAINED TO REMAIN FULLY IN YOUR BODY DURING YOUR WAKING HOURS. This is why we say people are “cut off at the neck.” It means the person lives their life in their head and mental realm, but due to the Astral body being unlocked, they are unable to connect with or access their brilliant array of positive and negative emotions. Once locked back in and retrained, you can work through your woundings quickly and get on with the rewards afterward and it will also free you to be all of who you are. “

Eileen also emphatically tells us that, “When we suppress/repress our toxic emotions that have caused us excruciating pain into the depths of our Unconscious, they are DISEASE just waiting to happen.”

The Astral body contains and makes manifest our desires, fears, hopes, and dreams. So the Astral body is our DESIRE body. BUT we only attract or manifest what we desire IF WE ARE GROUNDED, with our astral body surrounding our physical body right down to our feet. “

Eileen continues, “I usually see one’s ‘astral feet’ (which are in the shape of our physical feet) sticking out at a person’s knee cap area, or just below the knees. We need this panic energy [life force energy] to live down here, not just survive. Being grounded, you can thrive and have the maximum amount of prana you need to get things done, feel vital, have energy and manifest your dreams and desires.

Eileen warns that many, many people are in this state of astral dissociation because it is too painful for them to be completely “in” their physical body because they don’t want to feel their own emotions of rage, anger, fear, and anxiety, even grief. That is why so many sensitive, gentle people, especially those with Moon conjunct Neptune in the Saturn in Scorpio generations say they don’t feel angry.


A practical exercise to bring your astral body back into your physical body:

“1. Lie down in a quiet room for 20 minutes.

2. Close your eyes and uncross hands and legs. Take a deep breath into your nose, into abdomen and then release that breath through your mouth slowly. Do this three times.

3. See your rainbow astral body floating above your head.
4. Move your astral body slowly up and out of the top of your head until your astral ‘feet’ are hovering about six inches above your physical head.

6. Then, slowly push your astral body, with your willpower into your physical body. The astral feet will slide down through the opening in the top of your head and the rest of the body will slide down too.

7. Keep watching your the astral feet moving down through your chest, your waist, your hips, down through your thighs, past your knees, into your calves until finally, the astral feet LOCK into place with your physical feet. Imagine a ‘locking in’ sensation. See the latches on the astral feet wrapping around and strapping in to your physical feet.

8. As your astral feet lock in to your physical feet, the rest of your astral body is already locking into place with your hands, arms, fingers and rest of your body.

9. At the top of your head, imagine that there is a circular ‘lid’ that is open and has allowed your astral body to slip back in fully into your physical body. Close the ‘lid’ slowly and tightly and securely over the top of your head.

10. Open your eyes and take your time.”

Do this four or five times a day if necessary.


Barbara Brennan on page 217 of “Light Emerging suggests that you use the words “I am bringing my consciousness and astral body” down through your head, ears, throat, shoulders, thymus, shoulder blades, heart, elbows, solar plexus, wrists, hands, waist, digestive system, sexual areas, hips, upper legs, knees, ankles and feet and into the earth and then strap the astral into your feet and lock that in making sure that the astral body is locked into each part of your body.

In Leandra’s case she has a hearing challenge so when she engages with her ears she will say silently, “My astral and consciousness is locking into my right outer ear; my right middle ear; my astral body is locking into my right cochlear system and the nerves of my right ear that connect to my brain. My astral body is locking into my right limbic system; the hippocampus and amygdala and the right side of my brain. I can hear better every day because my astral body is locked into this auditory area. Now, I am locking my astral body into my outer ear, middle ear, my cochlear, my ear nerves and my left limbic system and the left side of my brain. My astral body is now totally locked into my ears. I feel safe and I am here.”


Before I end PART ONE of my article on Saturn in Scorpio returns, I will write a cameo of a lady who is just having her second Saturn in Scorpio return. I will call her Margaretta. For all Margaretta has been through she is such a thoroughly, nice person, which I think is her is her Neptune conjunct Mercury in Libra conjunct Moon and loving, fun Moon and Venus in the 5th house. The chart has every planet in the northern part of her chart; in the 1st, second, fourth and fifth house. Chiron sits on the descendant and Eris sits like sentinel up on the MC. Even with Uranus in her first house and Eris on her MC Margaretta has a lovely gentle, soft, non-abrasive energy, which also probably comes from her Cancer Ascendant and Moon in the fourth house, loving Great Mother Energy. Her self-awareness and calm is also undoubtedly is also the result of her four years of intense psychotherapy and her steely determination to improve her life. Margaretta is just about to start having soul retrievals and past life healings on her second Saturn Return and making sure her astral body is firmly ensconced in her physical body. Yay for Margaretta.


This is what Margaretta says: “The sciatica began in 1994, a single episode, but as I got older, it became more frequent. By 2003 I was diagnosed with arthritis concentrated around the lower back. The pain usually travels down my right thigh and leg.” Notice she doesn’t say, “My sciatica or my pain.” Good to keep it as a foreign object that can be dismissed.

I was trying to find out what caused this and asked, “What happened in 1994?”

I told Margaretta, “Transiting Pluto conjuncted your Sun and Saturn so you probably had to face up to the real you and probably make a new start. Seeing Pluto is the ruler of your natal Sun, Saturn, Mercury and Moon, all in Scorpio, transiting Pluto and natal Pluto are very important. With transiting Pluto hitting your Mars which was already raw there must have been severe stress; maybe a transformation; remorseless evolution and with transiting Pluto conjuncting your Saturn some old karma coming back.”

“Transiting Saturn also conjuncted your natal Pluto in 1980 and then in 2007. Clare Martin in her book on mapping the Psyche suggests that as a result of your childhood you may see your body as dark or corrupt or unacceptable in some way. Is it possible for you to listen to your body and question if it needs to be punished the way it inevitably was as a child. The other thing with natal Pluto that could be happening in a cycle; especially a Saturn cycle to Pluto is that repeated purging, purification and survival issues may emerge. Many people with this position may amass huge wealth and then lose it. This also relates to what Eileen Nauman says about an astral body that floats above the head. If no one is at home; i.e. your astral is not embedded in your body you cannot manifest your hopes or dreams and this; the second house is a house of wealth; self-esteem, money, resources. You have no natal earth in your chart, so I’d suggest doing the astral body exercise that Eileen has put on the Internet.”

Transiting Pluto had been going through your 4th house of roots since 1978. At first it hit natal Mars (probably the anger at home childhood abuse), so you may have reacted to that and become angry or obsessive. Mars also rules your Sun so memories of an angry father must have surfaced then. Then transiting Pluto conjuncted your natal Neptune. Neptune in the 4th relates to a fractured family where a sensitive probably schizoid parent was either absent, preoccupied and very confusing. We can’t really say that mother or father is in the fourth but seeing you have four planets there your roots, or family were running your subconscious until transiting Pluto came along like a bushfire and drove all these subconscious events into the light of day. In 1992 Pluto hit your Sun. Mercury and then you Moon in Scorpio. Saturn in 1994 was going through your 8th and squaring your Venus so this has to do with a broken heart or aloneness and a big hint that your health and the schizoid character pattern is an ancestral one.”

Margaretta replied, “In 1978 I was trying to leave the sex industry. I had been a prostitute from 1975 till March 1978, but continued to work in a legal “grey area” of hustling and working in clubs and met my ex that year. He was a bouncer I met. My father was a permanently enraged alcoholic and from when I was tiny he called me names like ‘whore’ and ‘Jezzebel’. It seemed they came true. ”

In 1984 at her first Saturn return Pluto was in her first house having just conjuncted her natal Neptune and just about to conjunct her Mercury. Uranus had just conjuncted Margaretta’s Venus in the 5th house and Neptune was in her 6th house.

In late 1992 I went to rehab for substance abuse. It was a 6 month residential I left my husband, was a practicing addict and temporarily lost my son. The following April I moved into a half- way house for 6 months and went back to work doing body work and massage and moved out late 1993, got my son back in the beginning of ’94. Meanwhile the ex –husband had worked his way back into my life, but it was never the same. I left him again in late 2003 and moved away. In 2007 he contacted me, said he was dying from Hep C. I tried to care take, but I lost my job, my apartment and the bottom fell out of my world with anxiety & depression. In 2008 I started therapy with a wonderful woman for 4 yrs. In 2009 I got 5 year restraining order and in June 2011 I moved again, so he couldn’t find me. He passed away in early 2013, maybe March.

Oh another thing that happen in 1994. during a summer session I went back to school (again). I took Psychology, abnormal psychology, counselling and everything else that goes there. I became “busy” with work, school, did an internship with a non- profit organisation, my home and son; the , 12 Step Program with lots of activity and service. I made it “look good” on the outside and I lost track of the “relationship” with the ex. I have always felt karmically tangled with my ex, but I believe that my son is an old soul & recognized this immediately upon his birth. I believe we also have a past together.

Margaretta had decided that it would be a good idea to have a number of Soul Retrievals. When I asked Margaretta if she realised she may have schizoid personality disorder which could make her dissociated she replied, “Yes, I hold a lot of my tension in my neck and between my shoulders. My mother was distant and ineffectual and my father abusive. I have Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Dissociative Identity Disorder; Manic Depressive Disorder; Anxiety and Panic Disorders. She added, “I used to disassociate as a coping skill; you know, checking out.” She obviously knew all about dissociation and the astral body, as she told me: “I have had astral, dream- walk dreams. When being tattooed or pierce I become all floaty & outside/ above myself. I use Mugwort to encourage enhanced dreaming. You can burn it, put it in tea, or the bath. It only enhances at the level of the dreamer. If you can barely remember the dreams Mugwort will help you begin to remember the. If you have out of body, astral travel, dreaming you can go further.”

Without judging Margaretta one of the major defences of a schizoid character is to start talking about being psychic or clairvoyant or being “holier than thou” or having a great intellect with many academic qualifications. So if someone does that don’t be angry or feel threatened, when they feel less threatened that will stop. So please open up your heart and solar plexus and be warm and friendly if you meet a schizoid person who is feeling threatened.

Margaretta’s diagnosis of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is very serious as it results more from chronic repetitive stress from which there is little chance of escape. These ties in with Barbara Ann Brennan’s suggestion that schizoid people have been tortured in many past lives and for that matter they may be tortured in this life. They are often the subject of domestic violence and are beaten badly and subject to horrors in their childhood. To work on combatting CPTSD one could use a shamanic past life regression to find the core life where one has been tortured and bring back the lost soul piece and then bring back the soul pieces from this life and the foetal stage and baby stage in a series of shamanic Soul Retrievals and extractions. If they are huge soul pieces maybe just bring back two at a time as this subject will be subject to “overwhelm.” Also teach Eileen Nauman’s “astral grounding” technique with a promise elicited that this person does the grounding technique twice a day for a year.


I’ll discuss CPTSD to let you know what it is. So hang on tight. Dr. Allan Schwartz and Sarah Tate at ( state that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can result from single events or short term exposure to extreme stress or trauma. Therefore a soldier returning from intense battle may be likely to show PTSD symptoms, but a kidnapped prisoner of war who was held for several years may show additional symptoms of Complex PTSD.

COMPLEX POST TRAUMATIC STRESS can manifest in the victim(s) over time as:
• Rage turned inward: eating disorders, depression, substance abuse, promiscuity, co-dependence, doormat syndrome.
• Learned hyper vigilance,
• clouded perception or blinkers about others (especially romantic partners); seeking positions of power and control;
• choosing occupations or recreational outlets which may put oneself in physical danger or choosing to become a “fixer” a therapist or mediator.
• Avoidance: the practice of withdrawing from relationships with other people as a defensive measure to reduce the risk of rejection, accountability, criticism or exposure.
• Blaming: the practice of identifying a person or people responsible for creating a problem, rather than identifying ways of dealing with the problem.
• Catastrophizing: the habit of automatically assuming a “worst case scenario” and inappropriately characterizing minor or moderate problems or issues as catastrophic events.
• “Control-Me” Syndrome: a tendency which some people have to foster relationships with people who have a controlling narcissistic, antisocial or “acting-out” nature.
• Denial: believing or imagining that some painful or traumatic circumstance, event or memory does not exist or did not happen.
• Dependency: inappropriate and chronic reliance by an adult individual on another individual for their health, subsistence, decision making or personal and emotional well-being.
• Depression: when you feel sadder than your circumstances dictate, for longer than your circumstances last, but still can’t seem to break out of it.
• Escape to Fantasy: taking an imaginary excursion to a happier, more hopeful place.
• Fear of Abandonment: belief that one is imminent danger of being personally rejected, discarded or replaced based on this happening in the past.
• Hyper Vigilance: maintaining an unhealthy level of interest in the behaviours, comments, thoughts and interests of others.
• Learned Helplessness: when a person begins to believe that they have no control over a situation, even when they do.
• Low Self-Esteem: common name for a negatively-distorted self-view which is inconsistent with reality.
• Panic Attacks: short intense episodes of fear or anxiety, often accompanied by physical symptoms, such as hyperventilating, shaking, sweating and chills.
• Perfectionism – The maladaptive practice of holding oneself or others to an unrealistic, unattainable or unsustainable standard of organization, order, or accomplishment in one particular area of living, while sometimes neglecting common standards of organization, order or accomplishment in other areas of living.
Self-Loathing: extreme hatred of one’s owns self, actions or one’s ethnic or demographic background.
Tunnel Vision: tendency to focus on a single concern, while neglecting or ignoring other important priorities.

C-PTSD is caused by a prolonged or sustained exposure to emotional trauma or abuse from which no short-term means of escape is available or apparent to the victim.
Little has been done in clinical studies of treatment of C-PTSD. However, in general the following is recommended:
1. Removal of and protection from the source of the trauma and abuse.
2. Acknowledgement of the trauma as real, important and undeserved.
3. Acknowledge that the trauma came from something that was stronger than the victim and therefore could not be avoided.
4. Acknowledgement of the “complex” nature of C-PTSD – that responses to earlier traumas may have led to decisions that brought on additional, undeserved trauma.
5. Acknowledgement that recovery from the trauma is not trivial and will require significant time and effort.
6. Separation of residual problems into those that the victim can resolve (such as personal improvement goals) and those that the victim cannot resolve (such as the behaviour of a disordered family member)
7. Mourning for what has been lost and cannot be recovered.
8. Identification of what has been lost and can be recovered.
9. Program of recovery with focus on what can be improved in an individual’s life that is under their own control.
10. Placement in a supportive environment where the victim can discover they are not alone and can receive validation for their successes and support through their struggles.
11. As necessary, personal therapy to promote self-discovery.


I had fully intended to make this a light-hearted, short article, but as the nature of Saturn in Scorpio is serious, passionate, deep and intense I guess the structure of this article suits the ambience of what I have written. I don’t have to say, “I hope you will find this helpful,” because I know you will and having finished this on a special transiting Jupiter trine Uranus day I feel really optimistic about anyone having a Saturn return right now.

So, joy to you.

~ Hilary ~


For TOO LONG you have allowed the past to affect you!
For TOO LONG you have taken personally what others say about you!
For TOO LONG you have stood on the sidelines watching others thrive!
For TOO MANY NIGHTS you have gone to bed worrying about what may be.
For TOO LONG you have held a fear in your heart.
For TOO LONG you have settled for second best!!

NOW is the time to awaken!
NOW is the time to shine!
NOW is the time to ACCEPT that you are DIVINE!!
You always had the power!

This is my message for you. Allow it to touch the deepest parts of your being to help you awaken to the truth that you do deserve to live a great life!

~ Lee-Anne Peters ~

Before we start make a promise to yourself:
“ I will take several deep breaths, every day when I wake up and before I go to sleep, then exhale slowly to waken my energy for the day and for my dreams and to release old patterns and declutter toxic beliefs. When I take these breaths I will feel grateful for my life. ”


In this article I will summarise persistent 8th house themes so people who are having their first or second Saturn returns may see if there is an area that they need to concentrate on and heal. I include a number of case studies of well-known people with Saturn in their 8th house. This article is written for both professional astrologers and people learning astrology.

While I am writing about any Saturn return that falls in the eighth house it is the second Saturn return that people are feeling particularly anxious about. I have a lot of people lately tell me how much difficulty they had with their second Saturn return. At the age of 28 or the first Saturn return, our heart chakra seeks to expand as it longs for love. At this age our heart is ready for real love, peace, unity, brotherhood and sisterhood, joy and a penetrating awareness of the sacredness of all things. But at our second Saturn return we have been through our first Saturn return and our Pluto square Pluto, as well as a Uranus opposition Uranus; a Chiron return maybe a divorce or more than one marriage or partnership breakup; death of a parent; loss of a marital home and now a second Saturn return. The question is have you dealt with everything that happened to you in the last twenty eight years and for that matter have you dealt with everything in the last 58 years?

I too am going through a Saturn return and Saturn has just been through my eighth house. I have found the following maxims or approaches very helpful rather than being stuck in anxiety or rage.

• How big is your heart at your second Saturn return or have you closed it down totally? I went to see therapists who could help me open my heart and see a light at the end of the tunnel.
• Inner Peace comes from remembering that only love and compassion are real rather than fear. I worked on laughter, rather than tears through meditation, mindfulness, yoga, gardening, lots of exercise and being with loved ones, including my dog.
• When you soften your heart and reframe, with respect to situations (crises, traumas, people) whom or which you have deigned black and white or irredeemable, compassion and understanding come in place of labelling of others and self-denigration. Reading up on and working through characterological-developmental models through Stephen Johnson’s (Character Styles) model and Barbara Ann Brennan’s model and a lot of therapy which included massage, shamanic journeys and homeopathy has made a massive difference to my life and bought inner peace.
• Then we may resolve or move on instead of being stuck.

What I suggest is that if you really are concerned about your life is that you do not just go over and over the areas you see as negative and obsess about the difficulties that you see as insurmountable. There is always someone to talk to. In Australia we have free services with a psychologist for six sessions. We can see doctors for free. We have all sorts of social clubs and sporting clubs where one can join for free. We have legal aid offices where all you need to do to get help from a social worker or solicitor for a number of sessions is give a small donation. We have free libraries where were you can have free internet for an hour a day.

Always seek advice and be open. If by some stroke of bad luck you strike a difficult doctor or difficult psychologist there will always be a nice one the next day. You can also join Facebook and make friends with some very nice people. I have met some delightful people in Facebook. Yes, I am aware that one of the big stumbling blocks here is a total lack of trust. We actually can take homeopathic remedies and have shamanic healing to unlock the issue of “not trusting” when we have trauma between the ages of 6 and 13.


Where Saturn falls in your chart is probably the area you take the most seriously. It is where you may overcompensate in your urge for security, but where Saturn is, is where we have the determination to build solid long lasting success through hard work. Saturn’s domain is probably the area where you seek your career, but also where delays and limitations appear. It is a gritting of your teeth place. Lessons learned through Saturn are lessons you will never forget. But most of all the people who contact me about Saturn especially in the 8th house are where they feel that there is something really wrong with them. And this is why I am writing this article: to let you know that the 8th house actually has many lovely areas; deep areas, but fascinating areas. There is always a rainbow in every storm and as you read this I want you to remember that.


Basically the 8th house includes:
• Inheritance, including the inheritance of skills and talents and behaviours from ancestors.
• A partner’s death or disappearance,
• Death,
• Regeneration,
• Taxes, insurance.
• Sex,
• Other people’s money,
• The occult,
• The shadows of the psyche,
• Defences
• Crises
• Emotional intensity,
• Sexuality,
• Secrets,
• Taxes.
• Joint finances,
• Death,
• Passion
• Intuition,
• Healing


Well here we are with Saturn in its own sign. It is happy here. I have taken this example from another of my articles and I love it. This person has been both a long-time friend and client. I will call him Horatio. His Moon opposition Saturn in the 8th indicated ancestors who were beaten down, bitter and angry and there were generations and generations of them to heal, but Horatio endured. Perhaps I could say he put up with it for the sake of clearing the clutter from his heart chakra.

Erin Sullivan in her book on “The Astrology of Family Dynamics” suggests that Saturn in the 8th house people are afraid of death and the dark (p. 193) , but this man faces death regularly in the dangerous world he works in and does shift work so he is wake all night and he mostly works in the dark. He has an uncanny ability to see in the dark too. Erin Sullivan also sees people with this Saturn as skeptics and he certainly was and came from a family of skeptics and atheists. When I met him he hated anything that smacked of spirituality or religion, but now he is a man of faith and compassion and he actually can do hands on healing. Erin Sullivan also suggests 8th house people are highly ritualistic and he is, but he does have Sun opposite Pluto in Virgo and a Virgo MC. He could not survive in the remote construction camps he works in without obeying all the rules and regulations and daily rituals out there and yes, that is very Saturn-Pluto-Mars.

His Pisces planets (Mercury and Venus) meant he only went to natural therapists. Gradually I recommended shamanic practitioner friends and then began to work with him myself. Horatio’s past life regression healings were full of skirmishes and battles, where he had been killed in and battles him had been maimed. I would say he has had at least forty shamanic healings. He never gives up. But this man is a success story now. He is well, and strong, honest and kinder in his speech, but still eats sparingly. He is an example of the best side of the 8th house Saturn. Erin Sullivan suggests that Saturn in the 8th house people must “Undergo a complete dissolution of the boundary between the ego and the Deep transcendent self before [he] is allowed to take on the power which lies in the realm of the ancestors” (p. 193) and over a period of eleven years Horatio has faced his dragons and won.

When we finally reached that stage we found that Horatio had been a druid in in past lives and his ancestors a long way back had been shamanic practitioners and wise Elders, he was so happy. He is now a man at peace with himself with human friends. He chats happily with people and although he still works in engineering fields he teaches exercises to men, does shamanic healing occasionally and grows herbs. Miracle! Needless to say he does not go near toxic people.


The 8th house is known by many as the most difficult of the houses, but whether this is a fact is debatable. It could be a belief and a belief is simply a habit of the mind that can be changed by a little discipline (Saturn.) So let us keep an open mind as we look at the 8th house.

It is the stelliums in the 8th house that can make it difficult. I have had clients who were born in late 1947 who have a stellium of Mars, Saturn and Pluto in Leo in the 8th house, and I have also met the cohort with Saturn, Mars and Pluto in Libra from 1982 and 1981. Then there is the 1979 cohort with Virgo in Saturn, Mars and Jupiter in the 8th house.

I’m going to look at an 8th house archetype: EMOTONAL INTENSITY first.
JOHN BELUSHI’s character is probably one of the symbols of the emotional intensity of the Baby Boomer generation. He was one of Robin William’s friends and will forever be remembered for his part in the film The Blue’s Brothers with Dan Acroyd. The movie is an unforgettable comedy: Jake and Elwood Blues, two blues singers and petty criminals, must stage a concert to save the orphanage in which they grew up.

My favourite scene which is pure Saturn in the 8th. Can I dare say it: A spoof on overcoming dramas of financial entanglements; emotional isolation; fear of the unknown; sexual problems; trait of withholding, disappointments in love.

“Mystery Woman starts shooting at Elwood and Jake.
Elwood: “Who is that girl?”
Mystery Woman: “Well, Jake, you look just fine down there, slithering in the mud like vermin.”
Jake: “No problem.”
Mystery Woman: “You’re not gonna get away from me this time.”
[Mystery Woman recklessly fires around the tunnel, causing pipes to leak and water to burst out]
Jake: [gets up, his suit ruined by the mud] “I t’s good to see you, sweetheart.”
Mystery Woman: “You contemptible pig! I remained celibate for you. I stood at the back of a cathedral, waiting, in celibacy, for you, with three hundred friends and relatives in attendance. My uncle hired the best Romanian caterers in the state. To obtain the seven limousines for the wedding party, my father used up his last favour with Mad Pete Trullo. So for me, for my mother, my grandmother, my father, my uncle, and for the common good, I must now kill you, and your brother.”
[Jake walks forward a few steps and falls to his knees]Jake: “Oh, please, don’t kill us. Please, please don’t kill us. You know I love you, baby. I wouldn’t leave ya. It wasn’t my fault.”
Mystery Woman: “You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this? You betrayed me.
Jake: No I didn’t. Honest… I ran out of gas! I–I had a flat tire! I didn’t have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!!!”
[Elwood covers his head in anticipation of more gunfire. Jake removes his sunglasses to make a wordless appeal, and the Mystery Woman visibly softens]
Mystery Woman: “Oh, Jake… Jake, honey…” [Jake embraces the Mystery Woman and they kiss]
Jake: [to Elwood] “Let’s go.”[He drops the Mystery Woman and walks off]
Elwood: [to the Mystery Woman as he steps past her] “Take it easy.”

John Belushi was known as being “wired”, probably because of his Mercury conjunct Mars in his first house in Aquarius. To use the Baby Boomer vernacular he was “pretty way out.” His Saturn was in Virgo in the 8th house and it quinunxed his Sun in Aquarius. How do you put those two together, except for the fact that Saturn rules Aquarius? Eek!

On March 5, 1982 he died (not long after his first Saturn return. ) He was only 33 years old. The cause of death was an overdose of cocaine and heroin, a drug combination also known as a speedball. In the early morning hours on the day of his death, he was visited separately by friends Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, each of whom left the premises; leaving Belushi in the company of assorted others, one of whom administered the fatal dose. He is remembered on the Belushi family stone marking his mother’s grave. This stone reads, “HE GAVE US LAUGHTER.” A meticulous account of John Belushi’s life is written in the 1984 biography “Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi” by Bob Woodward. The book was adapted into a film in which Belushi was played by Michael Chiklis.

Even though Robin Williams did not have Saturn in the 8th house, his recent death and friendship with John Belushi seems to indicate that he belongs here. Robin Williams had Lilith in Cancer and Uranus, Mars and Sun all in his 8th house in Leo in his 8th house. He was born in 1951. And the world now knows of his continual depression, substance abuse and substance abuse alters our serotonin and GABA levels radically. Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain; a chemical messenger which aids in relaxation and sleep and regulates anxiety. The alternative medicine valerian root supposedly helps GABA regulation. Continual inner turmoil and tension is often seen with challenging planets like Mars, Uranus, Saturn and Pluto in the 8th house. It would seem though that the threat of Parkinson’s disease was the final straw that pushed Robin Williams to suicide. There is so much material that looks at a person’s childhood as being the foundation of inherent disturbances in our character, and Robin William’s parents were not there for him during his childhood. But like John Belushi he made us laugh with his emotional intensity.

Let’s look at PHILLIP now, someone who had a far worse childhood, but has endured to have a third Saturn return. Phillip, a former World War II hero and veteran and finally navy commander had a rotten upbringing. He had Saturn and Jupiter conjunct in Virgo in his eighth and a Capricorn ascendant. Because of threats to his parents he moved from country to country in Europe from when he was one. His deaf mother was eventually sent to an insane asylum when he was ten years of age and his father abandoned Phillip in favour of gambling and love affairs. His beloved aunts and uncles were killed and died when he was still a teenager and he was sent to a harsh school. With his Sun conjunct Mars and Moon in Leo he was known as “rough and boisterous, but always polite and charming.” Later in life he was known to be cantankerous and renowned for his lack of tact. He was married to an important woman who had been in love with him for seven years just before his Saturn return and promoted to commander around his first Saturn return and at that time had his second child. The year after he was forced to resign from the navy due to family pressures. Two years after his wife became Queen of England. Philip is patron of some 800 organisations, particularly focused on the environment, industry, sport, and education. He served as UK President of the World Wildlife Fund from 1961 to 1982 and his second Saturn return was in late 1979. It was also a time when he was concerned that his son Charles had not made any commitment to marriage when he was over 30. On his third Saturn return in 2009 he had been quite ill, but has refused to give up his royal duties even though he is now 93. He is one of the rare people I have been able to find with a third Saturn return.

Even though he has had to perform royal duties virtually every day of his life since he has never had the anxiety of not having enough money or fighting to exist. He in fact is a millionaire. His wife has adored him since she was 13 and so have his family. He hasn’t substance abused or been a smoker. He has only been married once. So my conclusion is here that it is every day that counts and apart from financial anxiety we can impose our own stress. This guy did have to have faith that it would all turn out because he could have been killed quite easily from the time he was one year of age and everyone around him died, but he does not ever seem to have taken that on. So faith and knowledge that we will survive and gratefulness and joy are important traits for a Saturn in the 8th house person. Be grateful for what you have. I always am and this attitude helps me when things are difficult.

Secrets are 8th house phenomena and yes, Phillip Mountbatten had a pile of family secrets, but they do not seem to affect him. His sister Sophie’s husband was an Oberfuhrer in the Nazi regime. She then married a son of Wilhelm II of Germany even though the Queen’s father forbade this. Sophie visited Prince Phillip and his family frequently until her death in 2001. Her three other sisters’ husbands were also Nazis. Phillip’s mother who was deaf and was diagnosed as a schizophrenic until she set up a religious home in Athens. At the end of her life she lived with Phillip and his family.

For everyone concerned “other people’s money” sure made everything easier. It sure beats being homeless.


INHERITANCE. Our inheritance may be money inherited from our parents, family or those who cared about us, but it may also be talents and gifts we inherited through family and ancestors. Inheritance may include behaviours which are passed down through one’s lineage. The behaviours may include good fortune or seeming bad luck; positive or negative beliefs; abuse or great love and caring from one’s ancestors. Erin Sullivan in her book The Astrology of Family Dynamics states that in her experience this house may speak of family lineage through symbols, ciphers and metaphors. Ciphers by the way are secret or disguised way of writing; codes. We see codes, symbols and metaphors used a great deal in espionage work and in The Da Vinci Code film. But these can come through ancestors leaving diaries; or coming through to you in dreams. I have even read lately of ancestral patchwork quilts that became the focus of a wonderful career. Your ancestors may come through in many voices and languages. The voices may also be cultural ancestors and past lives. With Saturn here you may become an expert in these areas; a shamanic practitioner; an interpreter of dreams or a family constellation therapist. You may wish to investigate a book called Invisible Loyalties by Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy and G.M. Spark which is all about ancestors speaking to their descendants. We can investigate all of this through shamanic journeys; past life healing; ancestral regression and healing or learn how to do this. It is a long journey, but a wonderfully rewarding one and generally we have been priestesses, nuns, priests, doctors or healers of some kind before in past lives and have had had ancestors who have been in the medical profession or religious orders I have a family full of both.

GEORGE HARRISON AND INHERITANCE. In regard to inheritance I am going to talk about George Harrison who began his musical career at age 15 as one of the Beatles. He inherited his love of Indian music and culture from his mother who played Indian mystical music while she was pregnant with George to make sure he was calm and happy. While pregnant with George, she often listened to the weekly broadcast Radio India and apparently every Sunday she tuned in to mystical sounds evoked by sitars and tablas, hoping that the exotic music would bring peace and calm to the baby George. George Harrison interest in non-Western instrumentation became more and more evident when he played swarmandal on “Strawberry Fields Forever”. By late 1966 fans could see he was obviously influenced by Eastern gurus and religious leaders and his the album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 reflected this. His sole composition on the album was the Indian-inspired “Within You Without You”, to which no other Beatle contributed. George Harrison’s playing on Abbey Road, and in particular on “Something”, shows a varied range of influences, incorporating the styles of Indian gamakas.

His first Saturn return was tied to Indian music and strangely taxes came into the events of that time. Responding to a request from Ravi Shankar, George Harrison organised a charity event, the Concert for Bangladesh, which took place on 1 August 1971, drawing over 40,000 people to two shows in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Ravi Shankar and George Harrison planned the event to raise money to aid starving refugees during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Ravi Shankar opened the show, and famous musicians such as Dylan, Clapton, Leon Russell, Badfinger, Preston and Ringo Starr played. A triple album, The Concert for Bangladesh, was released by Apple Corps that year, followed by a concert film in 1972. Tax troubles and questionable expenses later tied up many of the proceeds, but George Harrison stated that, “The main thing was, we spread the word and helped get the war ended.”

George Harrison died on his second Saturn return of throat cancer. On 12 November, he met for lunch with Paul and Ringo for the last time at Harrison’s hotel in New York for lunch. He died on 29 November 2001, aged 58, from metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. His cremated ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers near Varanasi, India, by his close family in a private ceremony according to Hindu tradition. He left almost £100 million in his will. When George’s Harrison’s final album, the posthumously released Brainwashed (2002), was completed the inside liner of the album had a quotation from the Bhagavad Gita: “There never was a time when you or I did not exist. Nor will there be any future when we shall cease to be.” Such was his inheritance from his mother and Indian music and religion.

THE OCCULT means hidden or esoteric. We expect the occult to mean things relating to mystical, supernatural, or having magical powers, practices, or phenomena. Occult mysteries may be communicated only to the initiated. The occult includes the paranormal, psychic, necromantic, preternatural, and transcendental. But the occult includes all that is secret, dark, concealed, veiled, invisible, obscure, recondite, cryptic, arcane, abstruse, esoteric, cabbalistic; inexplicable, unexplainable, unfathomable, incomprehensible, impenetrable, unrevealed, puzzling, perplexing, mystifying, mysterious, enigmatic, and hermetic.

ERICH VON DANIKEN was one of the pioneers of the 1960s and 1970s who wrote about things that had previously not discussed. We did have Dennis Wheatly who talked about Devil worship and Arthur Upfield in Australian books who talked about Indigenous black magic, but along with Lobsang Rampa, Colin Wilson and Edgar Cayce Erich von Daniken was a pioneer in the fields of obscure and puzzling areas of life. Von Daniken, who was born on April 14, 1945, had Saturn in Pisces in his 8th house. This was opposite Moon conjunct Neptune in Virgo in the second house and square Chiron. I see Chiron here as a bridge and von Daniken certainly bridged time. He is a Swiss author of several books which make controversial claims about extra-terrestrial influences on early human culture, including the best-selling Chariots of the Gods, published in 1968. The general claim of Däniken over several published books, starting with Chariots of the Gods in 1968, is that extraterrestrials or “ancient astronauts” visited Earth and influenced early human culture. 1968 was slightly after von Daniken’s first Saturn return. Däniken suggest that constructions such as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, and the statues of Easter Island represent higher technological knowledge than is acknowledged to have existed at the times they were built. Von Daniken wrote about worldwide ancient artwork revealing astronauts, air and space vehicles, extraterrestrials, and complex machinery. Von Däniken further suggests that our religions may have originated as contacts with extraterrestrials. What is disturbing is that while von Däniken was writing his first book, scientists Carl Sagan and I. S. Shklovskii wrote about extra-terrestrial visitation claims in one chapter of their book Intelligent Life in the Universe. Carl Sagan wrote in the Foreword to The Space Gods Revealed, “That writing as careless as von Daniken’s, whose principal thesis is that our ancestors were dummies, should be so popular is a sober commentary on the credulousness and despair of our times.” At the time of his second Saturn return Erich von Daniken was still writing and he published The Eyes of the Sphinx: The Newest Evidence of Extra-terrestrial Contact (Berkley Publishing Corporation, 1996.)

We could also enter von Daniken into the 8th house Saturn arena of crime and dirty deeds. In 1968 he was arrested for fraud, after falsifying hotel records and credit references in order to take out loans for $130,000 over a period of twelve years. He used the money for foreign travel to research his book. In 1970 he was convicted for “repeated and sustained” embezzlement, fraud and forgery. In 1970 he was sentenced to three and a half years. Liz Greene suggest that Saturn square Chiron which he has, is bitterness, but with a square between Pisces, ruled by Neptune and Gemini I would say bending the truth and fraudulence are on the cards. The god Hermes was well known for being a liar and thief from the moment he was born.


It would take me a book to outline all the parts of dark psychology, crime, bad karma, and defences and psychoses and neuroses so I will just do a couple here. I suggest you read Liz Greene’s two books: “Barriers and Boundaries” and “The Dark of the Soul” and even “The Astrology of Fate.” After all Liz Greene who is also enigmatic has Saturn in the 8th house. So I’ll just look briefly at the anal defence and paranoid personality disorder as typical of the 8th house. But right now I am going to look at Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.

Here I wholeheartedly agree with someone who has analysed the Yorkshire Ripper’s chart. A person who has previously researched Peter Sutcliffe’s chart is Capricorn Astrology Research and he or she wisely suggests: “It’s always difficult to discuss the charts of serial killers or individuals who are so obviously seriously mentally disturbed. One problem is that people might look at such a chart and presume that this is the astrological signature for a psychotic mass murderer and possibly look for similarities amongst their friends, relatives, neighbours or more likely enemies.”
Whilst the 8th house is connected with passion and crime and death but this does not mean that people with Pluto, Mars and the Moon here will be a murderer or even violent. But Peter Sutcliffe’s horoscope has an exact conjunction of the Moon with Saturn the principle of restriction. This conjunction indicates a deep witholdment or repression (Saturn) of intense and powerful emotions (Cancer) and this can cause very bitter feelings psychologically. Apparently Peter Sutcliffe was demoralised by his father’s aggressive masculinity which according to Liz Greene was typical of an eighth house Saturn. Add this to his Pluto conjunct Mars you could possibly have a violent, enraged person, but you would have to look at the whole chart. Natal Pluto is a fundamental planet in his natal 8th house stellium and the first transit that Pluto made to a member of that group was the square to Venus from autumn 1975 to Summer 77. This serial killer had his Saturn return around his birthday in 1975 which is when he killed his first victim, Wilma McCann. He actually murdered her on October 30th 1975, and by June 1977 he had killed 5 times. The turning point in his life was when Pluto made a square to the Moon conjunct Saturn, a square in 1980 – 1981. Peter Sutcliffe was arrested in January 1981, and sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 13 women and trying to murder another seven women, in July of the same year. The High Court dismissed an appeal by Peter Sutcliffe in 2010, and said that the Yorkshire Ripper would never be released from prison.

He met his wife in 1967 and they married on 10 August 1974. His wife suffered several miscarriages and the couple were informed that she would not be able to have children. She resumed a teacher training course, during which time she had an affair. When she completed the course in 1977 and began teaching, they used her salary to buy a house in Heaton, Bradford, where they moved on 26 September 1977, and where they lived at the time of Sutcliffe’s arrest. 1977 seems to be a vital year where he felt emasculated. Sutcliffe had regularly used street-walkers in Leeds and Bradford. His outbreak of violence towards them seems to have originated with an argument over payment, but he later claimed to have been sent on a mission to kill prostitutes by the voice of God. At his trial, he pleaded not guilty to murder on grounds of diminished responsibility, owing to a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, but this defence was rejected by a majority of the jury. Sutcliffe appeared to be living a normal, happily married life and friends and family were sceptical that the man they thought they knew so well was guilty for such depraved crimes. I wonder whether this has anything to do with Neptune, the planet of illusion in Libra being on his MC. Venus the ruler of Libra is in his 8th house. Venus also rules prostitutes and the women he killed were prostitutes. I can only imagine how horrified his wife was.

In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, in order to deal with conflict and problems in life, Freud stated that the ego employs a range of defence mechanisms. Defence mechanisms operate at an unconscious level and help ward off unpleasant feelings (i.e. anxiety) or make good things feel better for the individual. Behaviours associated with regression can vary greatly depending upon which stage the person is fixated at: An individual fixated at the oral stage might begin eating or smoking excessively, or might become very verbally aggressive. A fixation at the anal stage might result in excessive tidiness or messiness.

The anal stage is from 1 to 3 years and I am suggesting this because the bowels of faeces are ruled by Pluto and Pluto rules the 8th house. During the anal stage, Freud believed that the primary focus of the libido was on controlling bladder and bowel movements. The major conflict at this stage is toilet training in which the toddler learns to control his or her bodily needs. Developing this control leads to a sense of accomplishment and independence. Parents who utilize praise and rewards for using the toilet at the appropriate time encourage positive outcomes and help children feel capable and productive. Positive experiences during this stage served as the basis for people to become competent, productive and creative adults.

But parents, who punish, ridicule or shame a child for accidents can result in negative outcomes. If parents take an approach that is too lenient, an anal-expulsive personality could develop in which the individual has a messy, wasteful or destructive personality. If parents are too strict or begin toilet training too early, an anal-retentive personality develops in which the individual is stringent, orderly, rigid and obsessive. Note all the 8th house terms.

Liz Greene in her book “Barriers and Boundaries” sees anal defences as Saturn or Capricorn in the 8th house. Anal defences make a person mean; hoarding; emotionally mean, ungenerous and emotionally petty; nit-picking; humiliating, critical and controlling. It sounds very Virgoish too doesn’t it? “The urge to humiliate or pick apart”, says Liz Greene, “is in effect to reduce that person to shit” (page 15). And she adds it is a compulsive controlling need to control one’s environment because they feel like shit themselves; impotent, powerless and self-loathing. It seems they never have recovered from being humiliated themselves by an authoritarian, critical and manipulating parent. But Greene states if it is out of control it can blight your life; but positively, if it is in control it can make you self-sufficient, tenacious and self-controlled. We can see Prince Phillip here with his Saturn in Virgo in the 8th and a Capricorn ascendant.

I also know a very successful woman with Saturn in Scorpio and with Moon conjunct Pluto conjunct Jupiter in Virgo who has this defence. She has parts of the good and negative of this defence. As a baby at the anal stage around two she was found one night by her mother after she had painted her cot and the wall next to it, and herself with her own faeces. She looked at her mother and said, “Do you think it’s going to rain?”


We think of Howard Hughes, Stalin, Sadam Hussein or Richard Nixon here, but they do not, surprisingly enough have Saturn in the 8th house. One of the real problems that people with Saturn or Pluto in the 8th house might have is lack of trust, which may emerge from trauma from ages 6 to 13. No, I am not saying always, because everyone is different and I really believe that if our life is not full of joy, friends, lots of money and peace paranoia can get much, much worse. We can see that Prince Phillip could have easily become a person with little trust and incipient paranoia, but everything turned out rosy. He also has not turned to substance abuse, which in my experience makes potential paranoia much worse.

Psych Central Staff ( suggest that, “People with paranoid personality disorder are generally characterized by having a long-standing pattern of pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others.” For any counselling astrologers I suggest that from experience I can say that it is well-nigh impossible to do astrological counselling for these people without them exploding into some sort of accusations which may go on obsessively, for five separate emails about one issue, so this person is right, with a capital R and you are wrong. Since the paranoid beliefs are delusion and not based in reality, arguing them from a rational point of view is useless. Challenging the beliefs is also likely to result in more frustration on both the part of the therapist and client, too. Subtle jokes are often lost on them and allusions to information about the client not received directly from the client’s mouth will raise a great deal of suspicion. Over a number of years I have seen the same behaviour. I have worked with this archetype in astrological counselling; in psychotherapy and in shamanic healing and I have seen two in shamanic healing reject the healing because they do not like certain words. Because of their lack of trust in the world many will be atheists, agnostics, nihilists or pagans who have a hatred of what they call “Christian Gods” such as Jesus, Archangel Michael and Mother Mary.

Often this type of client, with Mars-Jupiter or Saturn-Mars in the eighth house, will tell you that you have no idea what you are talking about and any statements you have made will be distorted. I have found that clients seem to trust what is told to them in a document, but not in an email. I warn against saying a word because this will only increase the number of emails sent to you questioning your authority and telling you how you have betrayed them (the client) and how you cannot be trusted. Because Saturn is in the 8th house you will find that Aquarius or Saturn is on the Ascendant. But I have seen Saturn conjunct Mars conjunct Pluto represented here or Uranus-Pluto-Venus in Virgo or Mars-Jupiter-Saturn in Virgo. I have also seen Saturn –Mercury-Jupiter-Pluto conjunct Sun. Jupiter seems to expand the lack of trust. If you know that your client has this 8th house configuration is an ex-soldier or ex-criminal do not for safety’s sake does not take this person on as a client as they are vindictive. You cannot save the world.

In this regard Psych Central state: “It is likely that a therapy which emphasizes a simple supportive, client-cantered approach will be most effective. Rapport-building with a person, who has this disorder will be much more difficult than usual because of the paranoia associated with the disorder. Early termination, therefore, is common. As the therapy progresses, the patient will likely begin to trust the clinician more and more. The client then will likely begin disclosing some of his or her more bizarre paranoid ideation. The therapist must be careful to balance being objective in therapy and with regards to these thoughts, and of raising the suspicions of the client that he or she is not trusted. It is a difficult balance to maintain, even after a good working rapport has been established.”

We may see a paranoid or untrusting state if the client has Mars conjuncting Saturn in the 8th house in Libra or if they have Saturn in Aries in the 8th house they are never indifferent to the feelings of others, but can become angry when others try to interfere with them. Note that Libra and Aries and each sign will often act out the same behaviour because a polarity. With the Saturn-Mars energy in your 8th house, a person who is not used to having their plans questioned, and can launch malicious criticisms and possible dramas against those who they perceive to be their rivals.

With transiting Uranus in Aries conjuncting this archetype it is a great time to root out your hidden problems as with Uranus effecting a Saturn in Aries in the 8th house because physical violence or physical trauma can occur as a projection of pent up anger and frustration, as many of my clients can attest to.

A person with paranoid personality disorder will nearly always believe that other people’s motives are suspect or even malevolent. Individuals with this disorder assume that other people will exploit, harm, or deceive them, even if no evidence exists to support this expectation and their lack of trust may pervade virtually every professional and personal relationship they have. Therefore they drive people away. Individuals with Paranoid Personality Disorder are generally difficult to get along with at work and as a friend or lover and often have problems with close relationships. Their excessive suspiciousness and hostility may be expressed in overt argumentativeness, in recurrent complaining, or by quiet, apparently hostile aloofness. Because individuals with Paranoid Personality Disorder lack trust in others, they have an excessive need to be self-sufficient and a strong sense of autonomy. They also need to have a high degree of control over those around them. They are often rigid, critical of others, and unable to collaborate, and they have great difficulty accepting criticism.

Paranoid personality disorder usually begins in early life and may present in a variety of contexts, and the person with this personality disorder generally has four (or more) of the following indicators:
•Suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her
•Is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates
•Is reluctant to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her
•Reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events
•Persistently bears grudges (i.e., is unforgiving of insults, injuries, or slights)
•Perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others, and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack
•Has recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding fidelity of spouse or sexual partner
From a mainstream point of view long-term prognosis for this disorder is not good. Individuals who suffer from this disorder often remain afflicted with prominent symptoms of it throughout their lifetime.

First of all get a good shamanic practitioner. I do not promise that one session can cure this but in my experience over time paranoia can be alleviated by a number of soul retrievals.

ASPEN BACH FLOWER REMEDY helps alleviate unknown and irrational fears, because paranoia is based on fear and lack of faith in anyone and anything. Aspen is a remedy for anxiety and apprehension. It frees the paranoid mind to be open to experiences and life adventures. It eases adult’s and children’s nightmares. Aspen calms psychic influences, allowing a clearer reception of intuitive information.


•inner strength
•spiritual awareness

GREY SPIDER FLOWER is an Essence to deal with extreme terror, especially terror experienced in life-threatening situations or psychic attack. It deals with panic and nightmares. The Essence will restore faith and trust. Interestingly enough every time I picked this flower to make the Essence I came across a spider. There is a theory that spiders are an archetypal image for primordial fear.
Negative Condition:
•fear of supernatural and psychic attack
Positive Outcome:

The flower essence remedy Holly is particularly used to cure pessimistic or hostile emotions or thinking. Holly is basically a cure for exasperations; the feelings that wear away the soul, such emotions that fill the thoughts of an individual with a craving for vengeance. People who are said to be in the Holly state are without any love and their feelings are founded on powerful pessimistic emotions that are directed at destroying and debasing other people.

Any individual who is in the Holly state of mind sees their anguish or troubles as risks to their calm as well as happiness? So Holly people become oversensitive even to trivial happenings that would have otherwise left most individuals in peace. So their angry mind is set upon a negative response even to the extent of harming others. It is said that the Holly state is actually the attitude of a disturbed and antagonistic person and this condition is articulated by means of words or gesticulations or merely held within the individual, while provoked emotions seize the individual to fury and often revenge. They see others as a risk for them and they might be inclined to turn out to be unreasonable owing to misgivings, covetousness, rage, vengeance as well as injured pride. This will happen very quickly. In the case of persecutory or paranoid fantasies there may be resentments against the imaginary danger from other people. In the case of problems accompanied by impulse management, when anger is severe and unrestrained, therapy with Holly can help to reinstate the essential internal control. The Holly state of the mind is often a condition of fatigue, weary nerves and peaceful and calm environments are needed here. This intensity of emotions is very 8th house.

RED AURA SOMA POMANDER is for everyday protection. It balances one’s energies; helps overcome negative influences like frustration, resentment, and hatred. It diminishes shyness, and balances the passionate temperament. It restores harmony after lots of sex or intense thinking about sex. It helps overcome aggression, especially when this has to do with a lack of grounding. For any energy work in relation to the Earth.

Shamanic practitioners; holographic kinetic kinesiologist; intuitive healer or Barbara Ann Brennan practitioners may be able to help these clients, but note I say might. Much of the “might” has to do with how desperate the client is to change.

Character structure is a term that many body psychotherapists use to describe certain types of people. William Reich concluded that most of the people he treated could be fitted into five major categories because he found that people with similar childhood experiences had similar bodies and people with similar bodies had similar psychological dynamics (Barbara Ann Brennan; Hands of Light, p. 109.) This would take me pages to explain so I will speak more about it in a later article. But I would suggest reading Hands of light.

SHADOWS OF THE PSYCHE: NEUROSES. Neuroses are relatively mild mental illnesses (that are not caused by organic disease Ie liver disease; heart disease, kidney problems, pancreatic failure ) , involving symptoms of stress, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviour, hypochondria, but not a radical loss of touch with reality. Neuroses also include indecision and a degree of social or interpersonal maladjustment. Neurosis can also involve: anger, irritability, mental confusion, low sense of self-worth, and behavioural symptoms such as phobic avoidance, vigilance, impulsive and compulsive acts, lethargy and cognitive problems such as unpleasant or disturbing thoughts, repetition of thoughts and obsession, habitual fantasizing, negativity and cynicism, as well as interpersonal dependency, aggressiveness, perfectionism, schizoid isolation, and other personality disorders such as some personality disorders: paranoid, schizotypal, borderline, histrionic, and avoidant behaviour . Neuroses also include socio-culturally inappropriate behaviours. Do not forget that neuroses are so define by psychiatrists and in terms of shamanism they may symptoms of soul loss or dissociation from trauma and these symptoms can be alleviated by soul retrieval. Neurosis is a class of functional mental disorders involving distress but neither delusions nor hallucinations, whereby behaviour is not outside socially acceptable norms. The name was originally coined in the 1700s to mean nervy.

The shadows of the psyche may include jealousy, primal entanglements and these all need serious struggling with the heart or foundations with these shadows to untangle. What are dangerously unconscious plays out in the eighth house, and that can include power struggles with others. It’s the life sphere of emotional-soul stability, and that takes great courage to tackle. The courage is needed to face fears, like getting to the bottom of control issues. The healing comes from deep probing into the underlying currents that feed a personal demon, and being liberated from it.

TRANSFORMATION The eighth house involves the soul-level change we go through in a lifetime. Your many deaths of transformation are colored by the sign on the cusp, and the planetary action here. In the area of transformation I will include MARTIN LUTHER KING as he was responsible for transforming the Negro people of the USA from a pitiful situation in society to equality. Martin Luther King was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. As a child Martin was beaten horrifically by his father to the age of fifteen. As a result of this and the treatment of his people he suffered depression all his life. He tried suicide by jumping out of a second storey building window at the age of 12 when his maternal grandmother died. By a miracle he survived. At his first Saturn return in 1959 he was inspired by the non-violent resistance of Ghandi and he travelled to India. And in 1958 he published his first book: “Stride towards Freedom.” We should not be surprised that he was a pastor and gained a PhD doctorate in theology as he had Saturn in Sagittarius and Sagittarius on his eighth house cusp. He died at the age of 39 when he was shot. It was found that his heart was the heart of a man of sixty because he has gone through so much stress. Stress is a typical response to an eighth house Saturn.


Those who are new to astrology see it as the house of sex and taxes and other people’s money. But it is also a house of the unconscious mind and the maladies of the unconscious mind. Today I would like to analyse Sigmund Freud’s contribution to what we know about sex. Freud was the originator of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a client and a psychoanalyst. Freud discovered transference (the process in which patients displace on to their analysts feelings derived from the sexual experiences and fantasies of their childhood), establishing its central role in the analytic process. Freud’s classification of sexuality was new for his time and still is influential. It included its infantile forms led him to formulate the fundamental principle of psychoanalytical theory, the Oedipus complex. Freud’s analysis of dreams as wish-fulfilments provided him with models for the clinical analysis of how medical are created and how and why we repress parts of our life and character. His analysis of dreams also created an elaboration of his theory of the unconscious as an agency disruptive of conscious states of mind.

On Freud’s first Saturn return he was appointed a university lecturer in neuropathology in 1885. Part of his first Saturn return was his study with Jean-Martin Charcot, a renowned neurologist who was conducting scientific research into hypnosis. Freud saw this stay as catalytic in turning him toward the practice of medical psychopathology. We see that both his Moon and Saturn are in Gemini and his eighth house cusp is Gemini. This is a sign of learning and is ruled by Mercury which is conjunct his Uranus and Sun in Taurus, the sign of sex. Uranus and Mercury conjunct usually indicate genius.

Freud’s second Saturn return seemed to coincide with his public break with his associate Carl Jung. In 1912, Jung published “Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido” (published in English in 1916 as Psychology of the Unconscious) making it clear that his views were taking a direction quite different from those of Freud. To distinguish his system from psychoanalysis, Jung called it analytical psychology. His second Saturn return was during the years of WWI when he was aged 58. Just before that he wrote “Totem and Taboo: Resemblances between the Psychic Lives of Savages and Neurotics” and in the next year he began two years of Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis. Freud influenced a great number of people including Fritz Perls in Gestalt and William Reich in his sexual theory and Orgone theory.

I am writing about intuition in a book I am writing on faeries. There are many reasons why a person can be intuitive on some level: clairvoyant, clairsentient; clairaudient. One is inheritance because one’s parents or ancestors have been fey. Another is training over a lifetime and Neptune transits to one’s Sun. Another may be a Pisces Moon or Ascendant. Another still can be planets in the 8th house: Moon and other planets. We also may have an aura type that emerges from an arrested development before or at birth with a hostile mother known by Barbara Ann Brennan as a Schizoid Character Structure which is very intuitive primarily because the spend so much time outside their body when they are anxious.

TERESA OF AVILA born on March 28, 1515 had Saturn in the 8th house in Sagittarius. This trined her Venus in Pisces in her twelfth house and opposed her Mars conjunction Jupiter in her second house. Teresa was a mystic and was persecuted most of her life for her devotion to her mysticism. The kernel of Teresa’s mystical thought throughout all her writings is the ascent of the soul in four stages of prayer (The Autobiography Chapters 10-22). The first, or “mental prayer”, is that of devout contemplation or concentration, the withdrawal of the soul from without and especially the devout observance of the passion of Christ and penitence. The fourth is the “devotion of ecstasy or rapture,” a passive state, in which the feeling of being in the body disappears. It is interesting with her Saturn opposition Mars in Virgo that she constantly sought to escape her body rather than value it. Teresa is one of the foremost writers on mental prayer, and her position among writers on mystical theology is unique. In all her writings on this subject she deals with her personal experiences. Saint Teresa was someone who believed in miracles and they happened. Against much opposition from the Catholic Church she began the Carmelite Nuns who still operate in Australia. They live in silence and pray for the lives of people who are dying. I have a relation whose life was saved by the prayer of Carmelite nuns.

JOINT FINANCES. This is not the same as a Libran marital partnership although it may include this. It may include wills and trust accounts and people who not related going into a business partnership when separately they do not have enough money to buy a business. It can also include money laundering. VALENTINO, one of the world’s leading fashion designers with Saturn in Aquarius inconjunct Venus in the 12th and Neptune in Virgo in the 3rd, so Saturn was the apex of a yod. He is is a great example of entrepreneurial genius with inherited wealth.

DEATH. I do not need to expand on death, but this house may also signify the type of death. The sixth house is physical illnesses and the 12th house mental illnesses and institutionalisation.

Here I would like to look at Rajneesh who died on his second return of an HIV infection, diabetes and chronic stress. At the age of approximately 30 Rajneesh, an Indian man gained his PhD and became a professor at Jabalpur University. He began a number of meditation centers in 1962. He is notorious for his sexual liberation programs with his cult of the Orange People. He seemed to have gained his ideas from William Reich and DH Lawrence. He moved to America and with a number of criminals he descended into paranoia and poisoning people to gain his ends. His criminality and Second Saturn return death were a sad end for a once brilliant man.

A Saturn return may involve a major healing, especially between the age of 56 and 60 when people are desperate compared to age 28. Robert Downey Jnr is a good example.

His father was a drug addict who began Robert with marijuana at age six. He was addicted to drugs since the age of eight. Robert was a hard worker and studied classical ballet from age ten, sports and performing arts. That included violin and tennis. Robert has Pisces on the eight house cusp and Saturn conjunct Chiron in the 8th house. Naturally we see his father as Neptune in his fourth house. Robert has a Mars-Uranus –Pluto conjunction in Virgo opposing his Saturn. In cosmobiology these would be seen as a conjunction with Saturn. The stellium of Mars-Uranus-Pluto is in his 2nd house of resources. Luckily for him, Jupiter, one of the rulers of his Pisces Saturn is conjunct his Taurus Moon in the tenth house. This conjunction plus his stellium in the second at least would represent fierce determination to work and his creativity. His Venus conjuncts his Sun in the ninth house. At his first Saturn return he began to be successful as an actor, but he was arrested many times and jailed between 1996 and 20001 for drug possession. He married a second time on his Uranus opposition and his wife and friend Mel Gibson supported him to be free of drugs. He also his success to be drug free on Kung Fu, yoga, meditation, therapy, mediation and the twelve step recovery program.
Like many 8th house people he has great self-control, great perception and irresistible personal charisma.


Basically because Saturn returns are really the result the work you have done on yourself you can expect each Saturn return to be the effect part of cause and effect. They are your karma and sometimes just good or bad luck.

My answer to the people who have stated that their second Saturn return has been difficult is that I agree. A couple of years ago I was talking to a doctor from China who may have been in his mid-forties. He saw the date of my birth and launched into a diatribe about the selfish “baby boomers.” Those of us who do have Saturn in Scorpio which is very similar to Saturn in the 8th and are just having our second Saturn return are having a comparatively difficult return to the first one. But this time transiting Pluto and Uranus are in square; the world is in turmoil and we have had that dreadful Saturn inconjunct Uranus this year when the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down over the Ukraine killing everyone aboard. In 1983-1984 at the time of my first Saturn return in Scorpio life was easy, it was easy to get work; get loans, make money; go to university free; we were younger; more positive; more attractive; the list goes on. Whatever the lessons, we need to seek our own security, and develop emotional stability with Saturn in the 8th house. With Pluto favourably influencing a chart, the results can be very beneficial indeed. It gives a person an amazing ability to focus themselves on whatever they set their mind to do and reach their goals without any self-sabotage. I hope this article has given you a few ideas and helped you.

Many blessings to you from,

This website is published, edited and designed by Hilary J. M. Bond PhD , Master of Education (Counselling); Diploma Psychological Astrology; FAA Practitioners Certificate in Astrology; Certificate in Mathematics and Astronomy of Astrology, ;Advanced Certificate Aura Soma Colour Therapy; Advanced Certificate Holographic Kinetics Dreamtime Australian Aboriginal Healing; Certificate in Intuitive Energy Healing; Certificate in Introductory Core Shamanism, Certificate in Shamanic Extraction and Psychopomp Shamanic Work; Attendance Certificate in Soul Retrieval (Four Winds.). This article and website reflects only Dr Bond’s personal views and opinions in her individual (non-medical) capacity. The information available at this website is not intended directly or by implication to either diagnose or treat any medical, emotional, or psychological condition or disorder. It is also not intended to create a physician-patient relationship between you and me. The information here is not a substitute for advice and treatment provided by your physician or by another healthcare professional. It is always recommended that consultation with local healthcare providers be obtained for any of your specific health or medical concerns.



“In order to be happy we have to let go of the strings that allow us to praise or blame.”
~Robert Puff PhD ~

“One common behavioural pattern I have seen over and over again among people who are unable to lose weight or otherwise manage their health is the ‘People Pleaser.’”
~ Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D. ~


Transiting Pluto soon digs out old habits, or even addictions that we don’t even realise that are harming our inner core. One of those habits which inevitably stem from a childhood that had moments of unhappiness is people pleasing. People with luminaries or major points in Libra can have quite a battle living life without being a people pleaser, even if the person they are unconsciously trying to please died long ago. Transiting Pluto shines a light on dark spots that are harming us by not allowing us to live our own path and if your Daddy long ago said , “You are not nearly as smart as your sister and you are still pushing yourself being an intellectual when you are really an artist you are being a people pleaser. The moment of realisation is the first step, so let’s read about how to stop being a people pleaser.

People pleasing is another name for enabling. Enabling is another name for co-dependency. Enabling and co-dependency are synonyms for disempowering others. They are actions that people pleasers often take. People with their Moon, Sun or Ascendant in Libra are often people pleasers. In particular if transiting Pluto is aspecting your Moon in Libra there is a possibility that Pluto, the remorseless archetype of the underworld will destroy or reform your old emotional safety , habits, patterns, mothering urges and reflex actions. A year ago in July, 2013 I wrote “NEPTUNE & PISCES AS PLAYERS IN THE ARCHETYPE CODEPENDENCY : AN EXPLORATION & HELPFUL HINTS” and this article concentrated on people who had a strong focus on Neptune and Pisces in their charts, but today I am writing on a similar phenomenon with a Libra or Venusian focus. Often people pleasers or co-dependent people have strong Libra and Neptune/Pisces in their charts.


If you have planets, luminaries or an ascendant or MCin Libra, they will, between December 2008 and November 2024, be squared by Pluto in Capricorn and your old habits, fears, phobias, obsessions and unconscious needs will become exposed to the light of day and rooted out. The path isn’t easy. It will be full on, intense and regenerative. Pluto does rule the powers of the sexual chakra and anal chakra and strangely the nasal cavity so if you have constipation and sinus you can be sure you need a spiritual and restorative overhall. So a Pluto transit will empower you to get some fire in your belly and be yourself. Let’s see what transiting Pluto does and says will we.

Wherever Pluto touches, especially with challenging transits, remorsefully forces us to analyse, search, investigate and seek healing for our unconscious and shadow areas of ourself more deeply. Transiting Pluto pushes and pushes us to investigate and dig deeply into unknown parts of ourself that we have ignored or pushed aside. Pluto is a truth seeker and is a great search light into the darkest recesses of our self. In Celtic Faery Shamanism, Volume II Catrin James talks about our “deep dark self”, a part that is often seen as an animal in fairy tales. The beast in Beauty and the Beast is an example of the “Deep Dark Self.” I would suggest you read this book carefully and volume One as they both shed light on the darker sides of humans that can be bought to light. I must say that for me I have learned such in depth and very extensive shamanic areas since Pluto first entered Capricorn.

An astrologer friend of mine once compared Pluto transits to pulling the chain or pressing the full flush button on the toilet. It may be a disgusting analogy, but Pluto rules faeces, sewage, waste, recycling and compost, so when transiting Pluto comes along you can pull the chain and nice clean water flushes away the waste so that it is recycled into nice clean products. Do expect a stink at first. If we pretend that the Plutonian process is easy and not painful we really are fooling ourselves. Believe it or not after flushing the detritus the water becomes clean enough to drink or is used to water plants; the manure is used as fertiliser for growing flourishing flowers, fruit trees, feed lots and vegetables. This is how Pluto works in your unconscious, old dark parts of you are recycled and become treasure.

With a Pluto transit shallowness and being trite is not acceptable. Pluto transits urge us to go deeply into core issues, in fact our core reason for being on earth and to fully empower ourselves. Pluto also rules sex. Negative Pluto is not open and loving, but a Pluto transit can bring refreshed levels of intimacy, with us, and with others.
Transiting Pluto is not easy. It will usually bring a great deal of pain, rage, anger, even body pain and screaming, because it is remorseless, but it does bring intensity and focus to our lives. It breaks through illusions, so if you do have Moon or Sun or Ascendant conjunct Neptune in Libra you will find genuineness and facts. If you are a romantic don’t expect frills, but you will get accuracy. Transiting Pluto offers us the chance to evolve and to rebirth, so it does not bring Saturnian mundane or material truths. Pluto totally declutters and strips away what is unnecessary or superficial in our lives. Pluto does get rid of things that are not working for us, whether they are thought processes, people or lifestyles. Pluto transits create a letting go of things that are holding us back from a truly soulful, deep and meaningful experience on earth. We are no longer what our family wanted us to become or society or our old friends, when Pluto transits we become ourselves.
Phobias and fear of the most intense type can reveal itself at the beginning of a challenging Pluto transit. We then have no choice but to confront our “dark” side, which means the raw, primal, and instinctive sides of ourself that we do not want others to see. Resisting this process can cause us to externalize or project these parts of ourselves.

I had a friend who was always nice: Moon in Libra; Venus in Pisces and she had a series of people scream at her and viciously, verbally attack her while transiting Pluto squared her Moon. She became terrified that someone had cursed her. She had past life healings; then she saw a shaman who specialised in heart centred depossession. While the attacks became less, finally she had to face a split in her persona and integrate it. She owned up to her anger, rage and her blame and her life became a lot more peaceful.

You see the theory is that Pluto’s energy has to go somewhere, thus we may attract Pluto in our lives in the guise of jealous, manipulative, and controlling people or situations. We might see a psychotherapist, a homeopath, a shamanic practitioner, but we still have to do the inner work ourselves and we have to change our behaviours.
I have a lot of friends whose Sun or Moon were transitted by Pluto and yes, the old spiel about irrevocable separation and deaths, did happen; but also new relationships, births, and new beginnings in general and that includes relationships that people thought were dead and buried.

As I have two planets in Libra and have friends and family with planets and ascendants in Libra I have witnessed and felt myself transiting Pluto causing great healing psychologically, spiritually and physically personally and in relationships. I have seen myself an increase in the energy in my solar plexus so I have felt more empowered. I have seen family members transformed into new and dynamic people after years of depressing circumstances.


Libra people want balance, beauty, harmony, cooperation, companionship, peace, refinement, diplomacy, diplomacy, people to be sociable; an artistic environment and for people to be well mannered, suave and civilised. They want a nice relationship; a delightful partnership or a charming marriage and peace at any price. They want harmony and they want to be loved. Often to get the love and companionship they want they become people pleasers. But they sure won’t get peace that way. By the way have a look at where Venus is too. What sign is it in? What house is it in? What aspects does it have?

Let’s say your Moon in Libra is in your 8th house of shared resources and you have a husband who likes you to stay at home and make the house look pretty. You are depending on his money and his charity. Your Venus is in the tenth house and you sure as hell want your own career, respect and your own money. Your Venus is in Sagittarius. You are independent and you like to play sport and even study for your career. Your Venus is conjunct Pallas Athene and deep down you are a warrior woman. You really want to please your Daddy and show him you have a career. Let’s say your Moon is 11 degrees Then you had better sort yourself out because transiting Pluto squaring that Moon is not going to leave things how they were. If you are trying to please a husband, a father, an inner self and Pluto is actually transiting your house of friends, there are going to be a lot of demands from your people pleasing and the biggest one will be transiting Pluto. One thing I forgot to say was that with a stressed point or planet look at the polarity. For Venus in Sagittarius it will be Gemini, so if your shoulders start hurting and your arms and hands begin to be wobbly look at the stress you are under and search back to the core issue. The core issue is “Where is my passion?”

So for the Libra people who like life to be a bed of roses without thorns do not kid yourselves. Recently I spoke to someone I barely knew; well I had never met them before on a long train journey. I always have my ephemeris with me and it turned out they had both South Node in Cancer at 6 degrees and Moon in Libra at 10 degrees. They were taking the train ride to deal with burn out and rage. They had been forced to look after an aging aunt, because they and their sisters wanted to inherit the aunts money. The lady on the train was the only one not working full time. She was a writer. The aunt had turned out to be a manipulative and mentally ill woman. After a year the woman had to give up. Her sisters were furious with her, but she had become very ill. She didn’t believe in shamanism or homeopathy but she did see a psychologist and she at last was cured her of people pleasing. The old aunt is still alive and brow-beating another carer.


A “People Pleaser” is one of the nicest and most helpful people you know. They never say “no.” You can always count on them for a favour. In fact, they spend a great deal of time doing things for other people. They get their work done, help others with their work, make all the plans, and are always there for family members and friends.
People pleasers are often people who have been abused as children, so that they fear failure and they fear rejection. They are Cinderella people.

SUSAN THE PEOPLE PLEASER: A TRUE STORY. Susan had a Libra Moon. Susan’s parents were very rich. Her mother was too busy going to parties to look after Susan so she asked her husband to install a nanny. Susan’s father was a workaholic and had standards that were impossibly high. He was a genius and he had little spare time. He became tired of Susan’s lazy mother and fell in love with the nanny who soon had the household working like clockwork. Susan’s parents resembled each other. They looked like brother and sister. When Susan was six they parted but continued comparing Susan to their ex-partner in disparaging terms. Susan could not win whatever she did. She began to become ill and at 15 had glandular fever and chronic fatigue syndrome. Her father was too busy to notice; the nanny slapped her consistently because she thought Susan was being lazy. Her mother eventually took her to the doctor. The doctor was alarmed and summonsed the father and nanny. The father threatened the doctor. By some bizarre coincidence the doctor died. Susan became terrified of what her father could do. As a result of her profound unconscious fear trapped way back in her childhood Susan became a people pleaser until Pluto squared her Moon in Libra when she was in late middle age.

People pleasers have a chronic fear of rejection. Their belief is: “If I don’t do everything I can to make this person happy they might leave or stop caring for me.” This phobic belief may stem from early relationships in which love was conditional or in which the people pleaser was rejected or abandoned by an important person in your life. Maybe a parent left or was emotionally unavailable or inconsistently available. People pleasers also have a consistent fear of failure. They really believe that, “If I make a mistake, I will disappoint people and be punished or at least disliked.” This phobia of failure may also stem from early experiences of severe punishment for even minute mistakes.
People who had highly critical parents may develop a people-pleasing pattern. Childhood experiences with harsh criticism or punishment can lead to significant anxiety upon attempting a task and this may develop into psychosomatic illness, especially headaches and digestive problems when there is a repeat of the early rejection or criticism. The caregiver who condemned, nit-picked and disparaged the people pleaser may be dead or absent, anxiety is an emotion that can live on for a very long time. To deal with that anxiety, people pleasers do everything they can consciously think of to finish the job, make sure everybody is happy and to be successful.

Regardless of the genesis, consistently putting others needs above their own and this can develop into some really negative outcomes.

1. People Pleasers neglect themselves and devote very little time to taking care of their own health. Their efforts towards taking care of others takes up the time they need to be active, de-stress, plan healthy meals and exercise, plus often look after their own family. Therefore they may be more prone to health problems. A balance is needed. Imagine you are driving an ambulance taking ill patients to hospital. If the driver (the people pleaser) does not stop to refuel the vehicle, eventually the vehicle will break down helping no one. Think of the time placed in exercise, de-stressing, and eating healthy food, having fun, as your fuel stops.

2. People pleasers always have passive aggression, blame, judgement and resentment. They are often silently angry at the people in their life. Their desire to be kind will suppress that anger but unexpressed anger often turns into passive aggression. If they are being passive aggressive, they will make sharp or vicious comments; maybe sarcastic jokes, or make subtle actions that let a little of our negative feelings seep out. Mounting resentment is the biggest destroyer of relationships. People pleasers must communicate their feelings to avoid resentment. It might be that the other person will be unhappy to hear that you are upset or they may not take responsibility for what has upset you. The outcome doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you spoke up for yourself. Speaking up or being assertive also alerts people to the fact that they have done something that has upset you. This alone can make people tread more lightly.

3. People pleasing reduces the ability to enjoy other people and activities. When we are so busy doing things for others our family and loved ones suffer. What messages do we give loved ones by being present but disengaged? You can easily see your children growing up without you.

4. People pleasers become stressed and depressed. The definition of stress is having more demands than you can handle. People Pleasing can turn into a vicious cycle of chronic stress and unhealthy behaviours. If you have the constant feeling like you are too busy and doing everything for everyone else but yourself, you might be stuck in this cycle and burned out. Stress and depression can be medicated but that won’t break the cycle. If pulling out of the cycle seems overwhelming, identify one small thing you can do to stop, but the big deal is recognising that you are a people pleaser. Identify one responsibility you have taken on that you can cancel for time for yourself. Go and see a psychotherapist or find one person in your life to share your plan with and ask them to help you implement your plan.

5. People pleasers are often taken advantage of. Because people pleasers have an unfortunate habit of saying yes to requests for favours, people may begin to take advantage of your kindness by asking for more than is reasonable. They may become the target of exploitive and sociopathic people because they will quickly see that people pleasers can’t say no and take as much as they can from you. Unfortunately even people who not users may take advantage because they don’t realize that you are overtaxing yourself and have difficulty understanding where your boundaries are because you have set none. So you may burn out because requests from other people become overwhelming. There is a general law of the universe that we teach people how to treat us by the behaviour we accept or reject from them. Teaching different means setting boundaries about what you can and cannot do, and what you will and will not accept. Once you have established this, sticking to it is important. The other challenge is that if everyone is used to you saying yes, they may feel disappointed or angry when you begin to say, “No.” Again it is so important to be conscious of all of this. It is extremely important to ignore feelings of guilt or aloneness. You deserve to take care of yourself; it is nothing to ever feel guilty about. Keep reminding yourself of the ambulance vehicle.


I found that J. Korentayer suggested in “Staphysagria, State of Mind: Fibromyalgia, Healthy Emotional Expression, Inside The Consult Room” at that Staphysagria people have the qualities of people pleasers.

Apparently the core theme of the phenotype Staphysagria centres on victimization. (The genotype–phenotype distinction is drawn in genetics. “Genotype” is an organism’s full hereditary information. “Phenotype” is an organism’s actual observed properties, such as morphology, development, or behaviour. This distinction is fundamental in the study of inheritance of traits and their evolution. )

Staphysagria homeopathic archetypes are the type who gets caught up in cycles of abuse where they are unable to say “no”, or assert a necessary boundary, but they immediately regret and resent their own lack of voice, along with the actions of their abuser. Even in non-chronic abuse situations, Staphysagria results from anger which is ‘swallowed’ rather than expressed, therefore burning out the throat chakra. There is a core feeling of injustice or of life being “unfair”, and being at the mercy of the whims and actions of others.

The classic physical symptoms of Staphysagria revolve around the bladder and kidneys. These symptoms are the physical embodiment of the unexpressed emotion of feeling “pissed off”, which have to come out in one way or another, if the natural avenue of expression wasn’t taken. Many digestive issues, including chronic irritable bowel syndrome can also result from this suppressed energy. Any medical condition which first began after an incident of suppressed anger or humiliation can be reversed with this remedy.

Someone who has taken on the long-term personality of Staphysagria as their phenotype will be extremely sweet in character, who almost never expresses or even allows themselves to feel anger or any dark emotions. There may often be cultural or religious forces which encourage such unhealthy suppression of one’s true feelings. When a patient insists to me that they “never feel angry”, a big red flag goes up in my mind, and this becomes a strong consideration for treatment of this phenotype. Despite all the suppression, this is a state where much energy continually builds up, and occasionally “bursts out” in one form or another, which may often include throwing something, whether a physical object or a tantrum. They find it next to impossible to initiate a confrontation, even when it is necessary in a given situation, which tends to reinforce the vicious cycle of their state of victimhood.


A year ago I wrote an article on co-dependency and I am going to plagiarise some of my own article to add to this article so:


Co-dependency is a type of behaviour where a person places the wellbeing of other people before their own self-interests. We can immediately see that a co-dependent person is a people pleaser. The co-dependent person takes care of another because deep down they harbor a belief that if they don’t they are “not a good person.” They may themselves be giving from an “empty cup” and constantly be exhausted, resentful, and feeling guilty for desiring time to themself. Eventually their health will suffer from the constant hypervigilence, and anger. They may adopt a mentality of martyrdom and feel proud of their suffering for others, and being “of service to mankind”, but this is not soulful. This is the result of determining that you will be disowned, unloved, or sinful if you put your own needs on an equal priority with the needs of others. Being co-dependent means you worry what other people, your family, and even friends or peers, may think and feel about you. Thus a co-dependent person is excessively sensitive to the emotions of other people. So we see this archetype a great deal in the Neptune in Libra generation. These people may have Moon conjunct Neptune and they become obsessive people pleasers when transiting Pluto comes along, therefore a good astrologer will be able to see the obsession and give the right advice to stop this behaviour.

This extremely sensitive behaviour is generally the result of growing up with instability in your family. Co-dependency will generally occur if you were bought up or dragged up in a family where there was physical or sexual abuse, where parents were too tired and overworked, too busy or where a parent was chronically and severely physically or mentally ill. A person may be co-dependent when their parent was a single parent or one parent committed suicide, or the parent was a gambler or promiscuous. Co-dependency may occur where you had to look after Grandma and her illness controlled the entire family or if your sibling was a drug addict, had cancer or was mentally ill. Co-dependency may occur if you were beaten and screamed at regularly and you were told you were a burden to the family. Most often eldest children bear the brunt of the constant responsibility of “badness; not being perfect; causing problems in the family when you were born unwanted into a family who couldn’t afford you. The term “co-dependency” originally derived from the field of chemical dependency and has been applied to families and “significant others” of alcoholics and addicts.

These people may have many co-dependent relationships until they feel they have been burned enough. They may work long, poorly paid hours in service fields like astrology, being medical intuitive, counsellor, teacher, therapist of any kind , where they may play the role of rescuer and where they may feel wanted and needed. The co-dependent adults, will like working in the service fields, because the grown up, who is still a child emotionally, has always been treated like Cinderella before the Prince whisked her away. The co-dependent person has been expected to work hard as a child to pay their way, or constantly look after younger siblings, often step brothers and sisters, because the eldest child was not wanted, not expected and was told constantly they are a “burden.” Hence they go into service fields. It is a habit from being brainwashed as a child and having neurological abnormality in your ways of thinking and behaviour from living in constant fear of neglect and physical and emotional abandonment.

So co-dependent people react to the manipulation of other people and take on any toxic guilt and blame from siblings, parents, your children, and your partner, even so called friends who may emotionally manipulate them. As a result of constant manipulation, abandonment whilst young, and abuse co-dependent people are generally in denial, and have low self-esteem. They have excessive compliance, and have a great need to be in control because they never knew what to expect next during their childhood. Dysfunctional families are not predictable or dependable in their patterns of behaviour: a child could be slapped and screamed at one minute and hugged the next. Co-dependency can occur in any type of relationship, including in families, at work, in friendships, and also in romantic, peer or community relationships.

Astrologer Donna Cunningham suggests that it is an obsession with trying to help or change people, especially partners and often it is a way of controlling others, so the co-dependent person will feel safe, but generally they have no idea of this until they read about it or go for therapy. Melody Beattie, in her best-seller, Co-dependent No More, defined it in this way: “A co-dependent is one who has let another person’s behaviour affect him or her, and who is obsessed with controlling that person’s behaviour.” There’s nothing wrong with service, but when it’s compulsive and driven by co-dependent needs, it means this person needs to see a psychologist or counsellor. Co-dependency can exist at any stage of life when you love someone who has a severe physical or emotional problem.
Co-dependency is not a stand-alone diagnosis in the DSM-IV; however, co-dependency may be related to the diagnosis of 301.6 Dependent Personality Disorder.


Dependent Personality is marked by a pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clinging behaviour and fears of separation, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

1. INDECISIVE: has difficulty making everyday decisions without an excessive amount of advice and reassurance from others.

2. HAS PROBLEMS WITH RESPONSIBILITY: needs others to assume responsibility for most major areas of his or her life.

3. CONFLICT: has difficulty expressing disagreement with others because of fear of loss of support or approval, but does not include realistic fears of retribution [which is domestic violence.]

4. STANDING ALONE: has difficulty initiating projects or doing things on his or her own (because of a lack of self-confidence in judgment or abilities rather than a lack of motivation or energy.)

5. NEED FOR NURTURANCE: goes to excessive lengths to obtain nurturance and support from others, to the point of volunteering to do things that are unpleasant.

6. CAN’T BE ALONE: feels uncomfortable or helpless when alone because of exaggerated fears of being unable to care for him or her.

7. ENDLESS RELATIONSHIPS urgently seeks another relationship as a source of care and support when a close relationship ends.

8. UNABLE TO COPE ALONE is unrealistically preoccupied with fears of being left to take care of him or herself.

I agree with Duncan, Miller and Sparks (2004) in their text for counsellors, called The Heroic Client, that “Diagnoses brand people with labels that carry blame, hopelessness and helplessness” and this was a constant theme by my mentoring Professor, David Ainge, when I studied a Masters of Educational Counselling and Guidance. However, now-days good counselling psychologists will be able to help a person wade through the behaviours of co-dependency when they have some sort of goal and list of behaviours.


Untreated co-dependents can be extremely controlling, and be subtle and gifted at manipulation. Pluto rules manipulation. So the worst cases of co-dependency may appear with Moon conjunct Pluto in Libra. Sometimes if people don’t do what they say co-dependent people become agitated, enraged, or vindictive. They can even frighten clients or friends by dumping guilt, shame, calling on their divine connection, scaring clients about their Pluto transits, or threatening clients with illness cancer if they don’t straighten out their way of thinking. Similarly, there can be agitation and even rage when clients don’t change in the way the co-dependent tells them to. Again if the co-dependent person has no university qualifications in counselling or psychology or human welfare or social work a client could take legal action around these issues. If you believe you are co-dependent it is ethical to go for psychotherapy. If we have difficulty around intimacy or anger, can we teach clients how to have healthy relationships or be positive role models for them?
If you know you have a problem with co-dependency and you are practising as an astrologer, New Age therapist, clairvoyant, tarot reader or medical intuitive forget it until you see a psychologist or experienced counsellor about your co-dependency. Why? Because out of unresolved anger toward our own parents, you might encourage clients to behave in anger against their parents, partners or bosses. You might encourage clients in unrealistic career plans, instead of taking a grounded and realistic approach to career astrology. If you have a relationship you are not happy with you may stir up trouble in other people’s marriages.


Basically a Pluto transit to an inner planet or Ascendant, especially Moon or Sun means get real orange peel or you can run put you can’t hide. I am so lucky that I have a wonderful mentor who is astrologer, homeopath, shaman and wise counseller, plus a fun and loving friend. She will always lovingly tell me if I need correction. So if you are not listening or looking and your life is being shredded when Pluto comes along I would seriously suggest you do go and see someone you can trust who is an experienced shamanic practitioner, psychotherapist, homeopath or just wise friend. But don’t go and see a people pleaser. Many thanks to my friend Eileen Nauman for inspiring this article.

Much joy and freedom from all that is cluttering your life to you,
From Hilary.