HYGEIA IN YODS AND INCONNJUNCTS by Hilary Bond PhD
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Articles on the yod constellation and the quincunx aspect and the astrological goddess Hygeia are the two areas of astrology that most people read on my website so today I am writing about people who have yods or quincunxes that contain Hygeia.
I see Chiron as firstly, the astrological symbol of holistic healing and secondly, in your horoscope, Chiron symbolises the Rainbow Bridge which links earthly reality and the transcendent realms leading to a healthy whole. Like Chiron Hygeia is, firstly, the feminine symbol of holistic health and secondly she links the divine to healing. Hygeia is the goddess of hygiene, health, sanitation, wisdom, purity, soundness of mentality and spirituality and holistic well-being. The asteroid Hygeia’s placement in an astrological chart signifies purification, as well as meanings associated with health issues, sickness, cures and the moral and physical wholeness that are implicit in ideas of good health or good order. Thus Hyegia is similar to the rune Ansuz which also means good order as a manifestation of pure “spirit” and I have found lately that if Hygiea’s placement in a horoscope is challenging (squares, difficult conjunctions, oppositions and quincunxes) this may sometimes indicate an unclean (or unsanitised) mentality or psychiatric problems. Wherever Hygeia is in the horoscope, she ideally tries to cleanse and sanitise behaviours, but in Ted Bundy’s horoscope, which I analyse in this article Hygeia’s presence points to a very unclean mind.
I’ll use Ted Bundy’s yod in the following explanation of yoddish energies. What Karen Hamaker-Zondag states in her “Yod Book” is that:
1. Clarity is lacking in a yod,
2. Because the three planets or points come from such different backgrounds of element, sign and house (1. Hygeia retrograde, fire, Aries, 9th house; 2. Venus retrograde water, Scorpio, in a 6 planet stellium, in the 4th house and 3. Uranus retrograde, air, Gemini in the 10th house) all kinds of tensions and ambiguities arise. (Ted Bundy also had a second yod in which his Venusian ruler, Pluto, took over. Apex Athena in Capricorn, earth in the 5th house quincunxed Pluto fire, in Leo in the 12th house and Uranus air, Gemini in the 10th house.)
3. Why do tensions and ambiguities arise in yods? Because one of the planets (planet 1 Hygeia) wants to intervene with planet 2 (Venus) and planet 2 loses some of its energy in this altercation.
4. Then planet 3 (Uranus) joins in with all their beliefs and basic assumptions.
5. “The result is an ambiguous ball of emotions, feelings, turbulence, feeling of incapacity and a chain reaction that creates a lack of direction”.
6. Although yoddish people may be full of extreme emotions, practical advice from an astrologer should be to retain integrity at all costs, not be radical, not be pompous or egotistical regardless of insecurity and be grounded, mindful and rational, in all circumstances, rather than escaping into another reality or losing your grip on your true path.
7. Vitally, we must look at the pattern of attachment the yoddish child received. Karen Hamaker-Zondag maintains that “only when children with a yod have received safe guidance in their childhood can a form of orientation and real direction develop.”
8. Yod people can end up in totally unforeseen circumstances, especially when yoddish people fall in love with a partner who drags them into a problematic world.
9. Yoddish people may hold a lot of ‘old business’ that belongs to their parent’s generation or a family shadow (a repression of a particular theme that has happened over several generations.)
10. Yoddish people may be endlessly searching for the right career, the right relationship, the right path, the right place, the right direction,
11. But yoddish people are unique and they travel a unique road in life.
12. And often the second half of the life of a yoddish person will be very different to the first half and this may be the result of unforeseen circumstances.
13. In yoddish people lives an unexpected event (the hand of God) can offer a turning point.
Sometimes the abstractness of a horoscope can make astrology difficult to understand, so let us look at Hygeia in common sense terms, because in this article Hygeia is part of every yod and yods are difficult to understand. Hygeia is a goddess of spas, springs, wells and oases where water comes up out of the ground. In ancient times water was vital for people and all creatures, so a spring or oasis was an important camping spot. As springs, oases or soaks attracted not only humans, animals, birdlife and reptiles also were part of a spring ecosystem. So in the indigenous, tribal world of Europe springs became first, a totemic fertility place or a place of plenty and safety in the otherwise harsh environment. As time went on springs became a place of the Great Mother and they were places of healing as sacred water, especially thermal mineralised can cleanse, sanitise and heal everything. Hygeia was a Greek goddess of healing springs. Other healing spring goddesses were Sirona, Hygeia, Isis, Hathor, Sulis, Coventina, Brigantia-Bridget, Minerva or Athena and in time Mother Mary. Sirona was a Celtic European goddess of healing springs and Sulis, Coventina and Brigantia were British goddesses of healing springs. So the goddess Hygeia became a symbol of therapeutic abilities in a horoscope and the ability to sanitise ourselves mentally and physically. To understand the astrological symbolism of Hygeia we need to remember that Hygeia’s temple of healing became a sleep temple which also included dream work, dream oracles, a gymnasium, a hospital and spas. These temples were like today’s health resorts or alternate therapy centres where you can see a transpersonal psychologist, an osteopath, a Bowen therapist, a naturopath, an acupuncturist or a kinesiologist and maybe even have a vegetarian lunch. Thus we see Hygeia as a goddess of holistic healing, where people with a strong Hygeia may be drawn to health resorts in the country side, shamanic healing, acupuncture, naturopathy, dream therapy, exercise regimes, meditation and sound therapy.
We associate the 8th house with surgery and psychology and we associate the 6th house with health. The 6th House is traditionally called the “House of Health”, because of its vast importance to your general well-being. Lyn Koiner states that the esoteric 6th house Sixth House creates healers who help others to change negative patterns in their lives in order to improve overall health and well-being. Lyn maintains that spiritually, this House rules health and human services, healing services and nutrition. A planet in the 6th House does not necessarily lead to an illness or other health issue, but it increases the risk of it – simply because the planet increases the activity of that house. The 6th House ingredients are normally ones of strength and capacity, but when work stress accumulates one’s strength and capacity for good health become exhausted and thereby cause lasting health issues. The twelfth house of spirituality heals quietly in quiet environments such as retreats. Meditation, hypnosis, dream therapy, water therapy and sound therapy would be 12th house healing. Lyn Koiner, who is a wonderful medical astrologer, says that second house is a healing house and it rules body movements that sustain the body such as yoga, aerobics and bioenergetics. She states that the second house is the most compulsive house and planets here behave compulsively. Lyn states that spiritually, the esoteric second house is for sharing what we have with others, fair trade organizations (with the 4th House) and agriculture in under-developed areas of the world. This is a medical house tending to the physical body, body movements and techniques for its maintenance. I love Lyn Koiner’s definition of the esoteric 8th house. She suggests that this is a major healing house for healing those who are totally out of control. I can see that this would include lunatic asylums and health retreats. Healing can be physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, economic and even technological (x-rays, CT scans). It has great power for transformation and rejuvenation. Neptune here rules a spiritual guide of someone we knew in our youth. With the 4th and 12th houses the 8th house rules our connection with our soul group. When there are strong afflictions between the 4th and 12th Houses, this often indicates a violent death in the past life. This can be part of the trauma. It rules psychic dreams, out of body experiences, life after life studies, near death experiences (inconjunct to ruler) and a connection with spirit guides. It can help others make transitions. What sign or house do we associate Hygeia with? I would say the second, sixth, eighth and houses.
We must remember that Hygeia is a goddess of sanit-ation and hygiene. In ancient Greece and Mycenae many people believed that mental disorders or in-sanity came from the gods. The gods made the mind unclean. And in a world where many important phenomena such as mental illness were not readily explicable, the whims of the gods were the fall-back explanation. Physicians and others fought against this idea from an early date (600 B.C.), giving physiological explanations instead. Many people sought magical-religious remedies such as going to spend the night in a temple of the healing god Asclepius and his daughter Hygeia, in the hope that he would work a cure or tell you how to get cured, while physicians sought mainly medical ones. No one thought that it was the duty of the state to care for the insane. Either their families looked after them, or they ended up on the street. Ascelepion temples allowed the poor in their temples. So a Hygeian type of health includes sanitation, as well as sanity and hygiene. Hygeia obviously included a hygienic soul, body, mind and spirit. I have included the worst (murderers) and best people who have Hygeia as part of an astrological yod in this article.
Now let us look at yods and then we will combine Hygeia with a yod. Yod Bearers are the seekers of the Zodiac. When you have a yod, you have mountains to climb. The Yod is indeed a challenging aspect, but challenges are a gift to help us learn and grow. We remember from my previous articles that yods and inconjuncts produce people who may have health problems that stem from a lack of focus on the mechanisms of one’s body. Second, you can tell where the illness may be by looking at the apex planet. The build up from emotional dross in yod or inconjunct people can develop and explode and this is a major reason for illness. So psychologically and physically and we would assume spiritually a yod or inconjunct person lacks awareness about themselves. They are quite inept at identifying internal psychological, repressed or supressed emotions or physical needs that may be perfectly clear to more aware people. So we who watch this or read about it can see that this is an aspect that produces a block in awareness, so a Uranian transit could well open it up so the person at least sees a psychological astrologer, a good counsellor or psychologist or perhaps a long suffering and empathic friend.
How do I know? Firstly, I understand yod and inconjunct energy because I have two yods and I have been through all the stages, from total lack of awareness to complete awareness of my own personality. I am the result of a great number of past life healings, ancestral healings, soul retrievals that have returned dissociated and traumatised parts of myself. Uranian transits at various times in my life, especially after all the therapy I have had have really opened my eyes to the possibilities in my life.
Secondly, I know because I have had many clients in different states of awareness. I love dealing with clients who want to evolve. I look at Ted Bundy in this article who really was at the bottom of the yoddish woodpile. As a shamanic practitioner and counsellor I would say that even as a child he was very dissociated and to have begun his career as a serial killer he was certainly insane. Sanity is definitely a major province of Hygeia the goddess of sanitation.
I have three people, who have Hygeia as part of a yod, to analyse in this article. Two have been clients. I also have some challenging person who has Hygeia in his horoscope as part of a yod. This is Ted Bundy, a serial murderer. In part two I will look at other Hygeia yods.
THE ORB FOR INCONJUNCT ASPECTS
Inconjuncts can be semi-sextiles (30 degrees) or quincunxes (150 degrees) and yods are an astrological configuration of two quincunxes forming an isosceles triangle with a sextile as the base of the triangle. If you go back to my previous four “yod” articles you will remember that the interaction between your two planets or planet and asteroid or planet and point is in two dissimilar signs. The orb I use will only be around four degrees. Karen Hamaker-Zondag suggests in her Yod Book that she uses up to 3.5 degrees in her orbs.
BALANCING INCOMPATIBLE QUINCUNX ENERGY
So how on earth do we balance the dissonant quincunx-inconjunct planetary energy? The key attitudes and actions to balance the inharmonious energy of a quincunx are:
• Adjustment between your semi-sextiling planets
• Trade-offs between your quincunxing planets
• Compromising between your internal energies
• Modification of your attitudes
• Re-evaluating your behaviour and thoughts
• Reviewing your life and cycles
• Perceiving one’s lack of moderation
• Recognising a need to prove ones-self
• Negotiation between one’s psychological attitudes and behaviours
• Recognising excessiveness or inhibition
• Describing the energy to one’s self and others, brainstorming then trying to solve this problem through thinking outside the square
• Gestalt mediation or counselling so one turns each planet into a person who performs a psychodrama
• And the most important one. Does the person with the yod really want to evolve, move on or get better, because I have met a number of people who come to me to “fix” yods, but as soon as we begin a dialogue they go into denial and they may also heartily need to blame someone, in fact anyone, and the astrological transits that could have moved them on have been and gone.
Thus the first step to “fix” a yod or quincunx is the balancing of a desired need or wish for a practical outcome. This requires finding a balance between wish fulfilment and responsibility. It usually manifests as an attitude towards oneself and the world and in the end one must limit one’s self. So there is a feeling that you must surrender something. And this would cause resentment and frustration. So rather than feel resentful, blaming and frustrated or totally avoiding the issue or procrastinating there has to be a compromise, a change of attitude or an “aha” moment that, “I really need to look at myself quietly and seriously”. I also suggest soul retrievals for this life or past life healing. Mary’s yoddish life was radically changed when she began studying soul retrieval in South America.
Joan Kellog suggests another way of unlocking yods. Let us look at this. Joan suggests that the apex be called the “foot” and the way out she calls the activation point. Joan Kellog (page 4) states that the activation point is the midpoint between the sextile of the two quincunxes that emerge from the apex of the yod. Joan suggests that the midpoint and apex is what she calls the axis of awareness.
So as we move from horoscope to horoscope look at murderer Ted Bundy’s astrological-psychological graph we see that according to Joan Kellog’s book
1. Ted Bundy’s axis of yodal Hygeian awareness is 20 degrees Taurus in the 10th house, as the activation point, opposite his Venus retrograde in the sign of Scorpio in the 4th house.
2. Mary’s axis of awareness in her yod is 21 degrees Hygeia in the sign of Taurus in the 8th house opposite 22 degrees Scorpio on the 2nd-3rd house cusp, as the activation point. conjunct Hygeia.
3. Finbar’s axis of yodal awareness is 2.5 degrees Scorpio 1st -2nd house cusp, as activation point, opposite his Admetos 5 degrees Taurus conjunct Hygeia Taurus on the 7th-8th house cusp. Finbar’s Admetos conjunct Hygiea quincunxes Pluto.
CASE ONE: TED BUNDY–APEX VENUS retrograde quincunx URANUS retrograde quincunx HYGIEIA retrograde.
Ted died aged 42 by execution via electrocution. He had five pseudonyms and convictions for aggravated kidnapping, attempted murder, burglary, murder and killings. He had 30 plus victims whom he killed over 16 years in Washington, Utah, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho and California. He was actually a serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, burglar and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls. Bundy was regarded by many of his young female victims as handsome and charismatic, traits that he exploited to win their trust. He typically approached them in public places, feigning injury or disability, or impersonating an authority figure, before overpowering and assaulting them at more secluded locations. He sometimes revisited his secondary crime scenes for hours at a time, grooming and performing sexual acts with the decomposing corpses until putrefaction and destruction by wild animals made further interaction impossible. He decapitated at least 12 of his victims, and kept some of the severed heads in his apartment for a period of time as mementos. On a few occasions, he simply broke into dwellings at night and bludgeoned his victims as they slept. Bundy confided in Special Agent William Hagmaier of the FBI Behavioural Analysis Unit. Hagmaier was struck by the “deep, almost mystical satisfaction” that Bundy took in murder. “Hagmaier related that, “After a while, murder is not just a crime of lust or violence, it becomes possession. They are part of you … [the victim] becomes a part of you, and you [two] are forever one … and the grounds where you kill them or leave them become sacred to you, and you will always be drawn back to them.” Bundy told Hagmaier that he considered himself to be an “amateur”, an “impulsive” killer in his early years, before moving into what he termed his “prime” or “predator” phase at about the time of Lynda Healy’s murder in 1974. Biographer Ann Rule described him as “a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after”. Attorney Polly Nelson, a member of his last defence team, wrote, Ted “was the very definition of heartless evil.”
Firstly, we note Karen Hamaker-Zondag’s advice to astrologers regarding people with a yod or in the case of Ted Bundy, two yods. She maintains that although yoddish people may be full of extreme emotions, practical advice from an astrologer should be to retain integrity at all costs, not be radical, not be pompous or egotistical regardless of insecurity and be grounded, mindful and rational, in all circumstances, rather than escaping into another reality or losing your grip on your true path. Ted had Uranus I the 10th house inconjunct his Venus conjunct Mercury in Scorpio so he was by nature rebellious, easily irritate and unconventional so, as Ted was given up at birth by an unwed mother to his extremely religious grandparents, his Uranian traits and his grandparents extreme religion were not cohesive with a healthy attachment pattern or keeping a grip on reality. But you can make up your mind about this case as you read this article.
Note that Hygeia is in Aries in the 9th house of the divine or scared (ruled by Mars in Sagittarius conjunct the Moon) and Hygeia quincunxes Venus in Scorpio retrograde. Venus is ruled by Pluto in the 12th house of the mystical. Hygeia in Aries also trines Pluto in Leo retrograde in the 12th trine Moon in Sagittarius (which is part of a six planets, Juno and South Node stellium).
Pluto in the 12th house is part of two yod’s in Ted Bundy’s chart and importantly it is the ruler of his Venus in Scorpio. In the words that Robert Phoenix, an astute and insightful astrologer, who writes about Pluto in the 12th house, it is easy to see Ted Bundy. Robert Phoenix states, “I can … predict that something dark, painful and often tragic has occurred in the lives of these folks. It’s often a secret pain that they carry throughout the course of their lives. Pluto plants a dark seed there and it blooms into … Rimbaud’s ‘Flowers of Hell.’ In many instances, the placement of natal, 12th House Pluto leads to careers in hospitals, mortuaries, and hospices”. Here I shivered as Ted Bundy made a career of death. Robert continued, “Pluto can also represent something much more ominous, on a supernatural plane. Pluto is power. Pluto in the 12th, without surrender to the shadow which becomes illuminated, is a form of obsession, compulsion and even possession”. Isn’t that amazing.
Now we look at Ted Bundy’s Pluto in another light. Nancy B Detweiller maintains on her Pathway to Ascension astrological retrogrades website that, “Pluto retrograde in this grand trine indicates a carry-over of psychic powers from previous lifetimes and these powers are supposed to be used in constructive ways only. A karmic debt is owned to humanity stemming from the age indicated by the sign in which Pluto is located. This debt is to be paid through selfless service to humanity”. This is the time of the Babylonian and Egyptian civilizations. Nancy also suggests that Pluto retrograde people may have, “Tremendous possible spiritual growth and you have the opportunity to rise above the karma of the human race and step off the wheel of rebirth”. Rather than this high vibration Pluto in this chart as the ruler of the yod apex (Venus in Scorpio) is only attracted by an obsession about rape, kidnapping, necrophilia, murder and total degeneration. This is the bottom rung of the Pluto archetype. Here Hygeia in Aries manifests as brain damage or neurocognitive dysfunction, a core feature of schizophrenia, which is thought to contribute to the impulsive violent aggression manifested by some homicidal individuals. So the grand trine with Hygeia, Moon and Pluto manifests as manic (stellium with six planets) aggressive emotional need (Mars conjunct Moon) for self-seeking thrills (Hygeia in Aries in the 9th) via perverted (Uranus) intense, obsessive, sexual acts which include murder, kidnapping and necrophilia (Venus in Scorpio. Alan Epstein in his book on “Understanding Aspects: The Inconjunct” states that Uranus quincunx people are rebellious and may carry high levels of anxiety, rage and unpredictable behaviour. They love to shock. And he certainly did.
Venus, Mercury, Hygeia and Uranus in this yod are retrograde. When a planet is retrograde, its energies are turned inward and become more subjective. The energy is slower manifesting in the external world, partly because the individual with retrograde planets tends to think more deeply about the energies involved. According to Martin Schulman, in his Karmic Astrology: Retrogrades & Reincarnation, Vol. II, retrograde planets tend to break the time barrier. The individual brings memories of prior lifetimes into the present incarnation. There may be feelings of a “blending of lifetimes” characterized by the person attempting to resolve issues that still appear to be unfinished. The memories can be so vivid that the person does not recognize them as “memories.” The individual keeps re-living the experiences that relate to the particular retrograde planet which could create schizophrenic behaviour in someone like murderer Ted Bundy. Jeremy Neal in his article “Hygeia, Virgo and the 6th” suggests that Hygeia is a principle of cleanliness, clean-living, of washing, eating well and looking after you. Jeremy maintains that Hygeia fits neatly with the 6th house and with principles of right-living, in a near Buddhist sense; right livelihood, right intention, right speech, taking care that our habits are conducive to a good state of mind and a healthy outlook. This could not be further from the truth for Ted Bundy’s bizarre state of mind and behaviour. Jeremy also maintains that, “If we are burning the candle at both ends, drinking too much, eating junk food and not washing enough we are offending Hygeia, and her judgement will be handed down in the form of degeneration and habitual instability”. I am quite sure that Ted Bundy was far too busy carrying out his degenerate habits to know about Hygeia in his horoscope. Jeremy emphasises that, “Anyone with a stressed, angular or debilitated Hygeia probably has quite chaotic lifestyle habits.” And yes, Ted Bundy took the cake for being chaotic, evil and totally anti-Hygeia.
Ted Bundy has Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto all retrograde. Oh, and I forgot Hygeia. Retrogrades operate through multiple dimensions at the same time. Nancy B Detweiller states that “Venus retrograde indicates difficulty in expressing freely one’s love and affection for others. You may feel that you lack emotional fulfilment and tend to interpret life’s events through the lens of ‘how much am I loved or deprived of love?’” She continues, “Emotionally based relationships can be difficult because you tend to internalize and thereby exaggerate hurts. Venus retrograde people may have soul memories of past life painful relationships and a great misunderstanding about the nature of love.” And that was an understatement with Ted Bundy. The prior life intense emotional pain may result in a present tendency to cut yourself off from fully experiencing the richness of love out of fear of being hurt once more. Ted Bundy was an illegitimate child who had no known father and he was raised by his grandparents. His early conditioning and attachment problems must have had a severe effect on his emotional growth.
After graduating from high school in 1965, Bundy spent a year at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) before transferring to the University of Washington (UW). In 1967 he became romantically involved with a UW classmate Stephanie Brooks. In early 1968 he dropped out of college. Shortly after Brooks ended their relationship, frustrated by what she described as Bundy’s immaturity and lack of ambition. In this year to 18 months transiting Neptune was conjuncting Bundy’s natal Venus, the apex of his Hygeian yod. As Venus is in his fourth house transiting Neptune would have been evoking all sorts of delusional thoughts and feelings. With natal Venus and Moon in his 4th house his memories of his mother would have been mixed with his whole romantic then crushing experience and obviously something snapped. At the same time transiting Chiron, Pluto, Uranus and Saturn are all squaring Bundy’s natal Uranus which quincunxed his Venus, Mercury and Juno. While he was enchanted with Brooks some unconscious reactions were taking place.
Psychiatrist Dorothy Lewis would later pinpoint this crisis as “probably the pivotal time in his development”. Ted Bundy was totally devastated by Brooks’s rejection enrolled for one semester at Temple University. In mid 1970, he re-enrolled at UW, this time as a psychology major. He became an honours student, well regarded by his professors. In 1971 he took a job at Seattle’s Suicide Hotline crisis center. There he met and worked alongside Ann Rule, a former Seattle police officer and aspiring crime writer who would later write one of the definitive Bundy biographies, “The Stranger Beside Me”. Rule saw nothing disturbing in Bundy’s personality at the time, describing him as “kind, solicitous, and empathetic”. During a trip to California on Republican Party business in the summer of 1973, Bundy rekindled his relationship with Brooks, who was amazed that he now was a serious, dedicated professional seemingly on the cusp of a distinguished legal and political career. In the fall of 1973 Bundy matriculated at UPS Law School and continued courting Brooks. They discussed marriage. In January 1974, however, he abruptly broke off all contact; her phone calls and letters went unreturned. Finally reaching him by phone a month later, Brooks demanded to know why Bundy had ended their relationship without explanation. In a flat, calm voice, he replied, “Stephanie, I have no idea what you mean” and hung up. He later explained, “I just wanted to prove to myself that I could have married her”; but Brooks concluded in retrospect that he had deliberately planned the entire courtship and rejection in advance as vengeance for the breakup she initiated in 1968. By then, Bundy had begun skipping classes at law school; by April, he had stopped attending entirely as young women began to disappear in the Pacific Northwest. The devastating experience with Stephanie Brooks may well have been an echo of his relationship with his mother and it clearly describes his Venus retrograde apex Hygiea behaviour. Allan Epstein describes a Venus quincunx person as one who is vulnerable to manipulation through the withholding of love (page 35). His victims all resembled Stephanie Brooks. With Venus in Scorpio quincunx Uranus in Gemini he needed to take an ethical path as learning to release the past suggests allowing the release of relationships that have not worked. Learning to be flexible rather than intense, unforgiving, obsessive and vengeful means allowing yourself to move on without emotional turmoil so you will grow and evolve rather than stultify or devolve.
What makes Bundy’s quincunxes worse is they are all retrogrades. Uranus Retrograde may be in a Groundhog Day situation where you are rerunning previous lifetimes. Uranus retrograde suggests that you are a free spirit and cannot be bound by seeking to have others understand what you are about. Your path may be long and crooked, but you can know extreme [but perverted] happiness while traveling it. Uranus retrograde relates to karmic family and societal difficulties. You may have difficulty with relationships because of your changeability. Your mental and emotional bodies may struggle with each other, as you know you need to do one thing while feeling that you need to do another”. Well that is enough about one baddie. Now I write about an amazing Hygeia woman who is totally the opposite of evil Ted.
HYGEIAN YOD CASE TWO
MARY –APEX HYGEIA Quincunx SATURN retrograde and Quincunx JUPITER retrograde
Mary, who personifies the goddess Hygeia, came to me as a client a number of years ago. I performed with my divine guides some soul retrievals for her. She had just trained as a shamanic healer and she had been a masseur who works brilliantly with patients whose bodies have an invasion of cancer.
Many astrologers note the yod’s three facets: the first house, the sixth house and the eighth house. As a compassionate woman, shamanic practitioner and mother Mary addresses people’s personality and soul (as the Ascendant first house is in esoteric astrology. As a masseuse who works with oncological clients Mary looks at health issues and diet. As a shamanic practitioner- energy healer Mary works with the eighth house subconscious behaviours that result, first, on a psychological level from not being aware of oneself. Second, Mary would also be aware of ancestral or intergenerational shadow patterns that surface in yoddish people, whom, at a soul level, volunteer to take on a mediation-catalyst role for the family shadow. Unconsciously or consciously thoughts may eventually turn into invasive life threatening cancers. A shamanic practitioner can extract or remove these etheric forms.
This is one of her posts on Facebook and it speaks highly of Mary: The pinkification of breast cancer does very little to raise actual practical awareness. Instead, I’m offering some more practical tips from Sarah Johnston-Knight:
* Check the ingredients in your deodorant. We have very important lymph glands in those armpits and their job is to expel toxins. Chemicals on the skin just makes them have to work much harder. Find a natural more caring brand, have a day off from wearing any at all every now and again. And if you have to wear it, made sure it isn’t an antiperspirant! If your diet is good you shouldn’t smell too bad anyway. If you do smell bad, your body is doing its job, it is expelling toxins.
* Use natural skin care products
*Detox your home of harmful chemicals and go for organic, low allergy products – anything that touches your skin you should investigate the ingredients, including washing and dish washing products.
*Stop eating sugar; it’s one of the most toxic substances in the modern diet and leads to many health issues.
* When you are relaxing at home take your bra off, those straps and wires restrict the flow of the lymphatic fluid that is working really hard to remove toxins from your body. If you can, find a comfortable wire free bra if you really have to wear one during the day.
* If you consume animal products please try to switch to the organic variety, you really don’t want all those added hormones floating around in your body playing havoc with your endocrine system. Butter, milk and soup bones are the easiest (and least expensive) place to start switching to organic.
* If you have unresolved emotions, talk to someone, get some counselling or talk to someone who you trust. Thoughts can be toxic too and grief can lead to dis-ease.
* Drink lots of water, move your body, massage yourself (or get someone else to) and really invest in your health, it is the most important thing you have.
*Get out in the morning or late afternoon sun, exercise, walk, laugh & have fun.
* Do what you love – being trapped in a job you hate or even a relationship that isn’t supportive is denying the nurturing and love your body needs. Follow your heart and your passion.
Mary has two yods with Hygeia as part of the yod. In her first yod she has Hygeia as the apex of a yod. Hygeia is in Taurus on the 8th/9th house cusp. Hygeia quincunxes Saturn in Sagittarius retrograde in the 3rd house. Hygeia also quincunxes Jupiter in Libra in the 1st house in Libra. Jupiter is retrograde too. The second yod has Saturn as the apex of the yod with Hygeia and Juno in Cancer quincunxing Saturn. The third yod she has Juno in the tenth house as the apex and Saturn and Chiron in Aquarius in the fifth house quincunxing Juno. Mary’s Hygeia is in the 8th house so her psychological, mental, spiritual and physical health depends on de-traumatising her challenging past lives and ancestral lives both of which are revealed in her 8th house and in her 9th house of travel and moving to a foreign country. Mary’s ancestors came from Europe and even her daughter’s past lives cantered around the ancestral country. Usually one’s nodal axis reinforces the newly aware yoddish person and Mars’s North Node is in Scorpio. Her Neptune retrograde conjuncts the North Node.
Marys’ Hygeia quincunxes Saturn retrograde and Jupiter retrograde. And this is why I suggest to all my clients with yods that we do some healing of their past lives. Probably three–quarters of my clients are happy to clear past lives. Retrogrades operate through multiple dimensions at the same time. Schulman states that the person may “be either behind or ahead of himself in this life while still another part of self is not yet in this life at all. In addition to this lack of synchronization with chronological time, which in itself would be enough to upset most individuals, he also experiences on still another plane, a rather unique orientation in space.” I always suggest that the client buy a copy of Barbara Hand Clow’s book “The Eye of the Centaur” as this describes the author before she worked with a psychologist-hypnotherapist who helped her see all her past lives which were plaguing her. Again quoting Schulman: “The Retrograde planet, with its powerful karmic lessons being brought forward in this life tends to emphasize the matter or form side of life, throwing man into the more primitive parts of himself where his struggle for survival amid the conditions and people around him becomes predominant over the fulfillment of his Soul”. And this strange state is where the clients in denial about their yoddish behaviour are stuck.
Schulman maintains this potential schizophrenia becomes even more heightened in the case of the personal retrogrades (Mercury, Venus, & Mars) through which man deals with the very same intimate, personal, and private parts of himself which he has been struggling with since his beginning in time.” It is comforting and encouraging to know “that soul and spirit are above the laws of karma” and all difficulties can be resolved with determination and self-awareness. Much spiritual growth can take place through the overcoming of the difficulties involved with retrograde planets and yods and quincunx aspects.
Mary has Saturn retrograde. Her Saturn and Jupiter are both retrograde or they were stuck in another time and both quincunx her Hygiea. Saturn is the planet of self-discipline, and it helps us bear our karma and successfully pass our tests. Until we willingly accept self-discipline, we experience Saturn as feelings of limitation, deprivation, delay, and disappointment and therefore there is denial and blame if they are not ready to evolve. This is exactly how Mary felt. Those that harbour these negative feelings seem unable to see that Saturn’s real need is to grant us wisdom and compassion. Saturn retrograde indicates a second chance at perfecting a botched life, so some may feel the burden of dealing with two lifetimes at once. So Mary, before we healed the Saturn lifetime, experienced inner doubts about her self-worth and her ability to overcome difficulties. The good news is that her soul knew she had achieved the spiritual maturity required to re-do successfully a lifetime, but only after she had embarked on her shamanic healer training. Before that she was a very unhappy person . She had in prior lifetimes advanced through great personal struggles and sacrifices. Now, as she learned to flow with Saturn’s discipline, she will be rewarded with enormous wisdom. Saturn in retrograde develops the capacity to tap into all of her past life wisdom and talents, so it is obvious that Saturn retrograde is a sign of an old soul who has advanced far on the spiritual path. They have come back for one last time to perfect what they have learned.
Certainly the depressed Mary I met years ago before she began learning shamanism and I enlisted the help of my divine guides to clear her toxic past lives no longer exists. The beautiful woman who works with patients to either save them from death (Hygeia in the 8th) and ease their journey through death fully encapsulates the bountiful (Jupiter) reality (Saturn) of Hygeia (holistic health and joyful living is now larger than life itself.
CASE THREE :FINBAR. HYGEIA in TAURUS in the 7th house conjunct ADMETOS quincunx NEPTUNE in Sagittarius & quincunx PLUTO in LIBRA
Finbar’s yod activation point is widely conjunct his first house Moon conjunct Cupido. Eileen Nauman in her excellent article on Cupido states that: “On a spiritual level, Cupido can connect the person with their divineness, which means they could bring back incredible skills from former lifetimes and utilize them in this incarnation. This only happens when the person aligns themselves with their own, inner core of who they are in this lifetime.” Eileen also suggest that Cupido people (Finbar’s Cupido sextiles his Sun too) are in a present lifetime that revolves around issues of love, being loved, how to be loving and how to receive love from others. Finbar’s heart chakra is very important as, first, he has a Libra ascendant which is ruled by Venus, the mother of Cupido and second, here Cupido is in Taurus which is ruled by Venus. Cupido people learn the levels of love and move upward into a state of continual compassion. Hygeia here is midpoint Chiron in Aries and Cupido which suggests to me that Hygeia is cleaning and making whole a wound that indicates you may not feel loved and your self-esteem may need polishing. This is echoed by Moon conjunct Uranus which indicates a mother who seemed cold but really did love you. Eileen Nauman maintains that Cupido people are always optimistic about life and no matter how difficult their life is, they always see the positive side of it. They are very optimistic people, generally speaking. They see beauty in everything and every one. But this may also suggest a “caregiver” archetype where you are the chief ‘mother’ to your spouse, children or family. And along with Moon-Uranus trauma the stress from always watching that you must ‘look after’ creates immune system problems and you may get burned out, fatigued, used up and exhausted. This is echoes by your ‘motherly’ and ‘very responsible’ Sun conjunct Saturn conjunct Mercury mental attitude. It also echoes your Ceres conjunct Juno conjunct Jupiter in Pisces in your fifth house. This small stellium suggests a huge motherly-wifely caring behaviour, which brings you great joy but puts others first and you last.
Now let’s look at Hygeia midpoint Admetos–Chiron as the apex of Finbar’s yod. Hygeia here is ready to clean out this wound and bring healing. What are the wounds? Well first they centre around partnership (7th house Chiron-Hygeia) and he money of the partner (8th house Admetos) as apex or the foot of the yod. Admetos according to Eileen Nauman can indication suffocation around feeling of anxious because of a partnership, a stultifying, a meaningless job, or physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually suffocated by family or circumstances. Autism, where one has a deep inner life but no outlet to the real world, is also under the rulership of Admetos. Silent people who enjoy quiet time are Admetos people. Give them the mountains, hiking, camping, fishing, riding and they’re happy. They do not like crowds. Being alone recharges their battery. This again is echoed by Pluto conjunct Ascendant. Every Admetos person has mother (Moon) issues. The more hard aspect to the person’s Moon will stamp the Admetos person heavily and scar them for life. Not every woman is capable of cuddly mothering, so Admetos may search all of his life for sustenance, life quenching, life giving experiences through people, places and things.
But says Eileen Nauman, regardless of the cold mother, no one has more ideas than Admetos. They can tap into the world of archetypal symbols, past and present, so the treasure chest of all knowledge from all times and cultures becomes available to them. They write or talk or teach on a wide, broad canvas that few people can match or imitate. They are a seed of all possibilities from all times or eras and often Admetos people are inventors, who love all the ancient sciences. At the highest level, Admetos people are hooked into the fractal world and reflect completely new theories and concepts. And although there are negatives in their life that first eighteen years, Admetos draws in mentors, experiences and situations that allows Admetos to bloom over a long period of time. So Finbar with his Admetos-Hygeia apex in his yod is a “late bloomer”, but when he blooms it’s an ongoing, amazing process that leaves people in awe.
But Eileen Nauman suggests that the Admetos people need to check for high cortisol levels if they have come out of a dysfunctional family, a family where abuse of any type was practiced and or suffered some type of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and they still have it. High cortisol is caused by PTSD. It is a ‘hidden’ element and hormone that can make a person feel like a monster is inside of them (the PTSD reactions) and they struggle to suppress or repress it by looking and behaving ‘normally’ but they don’t feel normal. My acupuncturist gives me a herbal mixture of dong quai and bipleurum that strips out the cortisol and calms my nerves. Forgiveness for the childhood wounds is vital for Chiron-Hygeia-Admetos. If Admetos can not work through the wounds and give them ‘life’ or ‘voice,’ then they will attract a dis-ease. If they can release the bitterness of their childhood, make peace with their mother, then their health will improve remarkably. This is so important for the two quincunxing aspects to the Hygiea-Admetos aspect.
Careers for Admetos people can be :
• Working with jewelry; gemstones, gem essences, faceting and being a “rock hound” or rock hobbyist.
• Real estate work/job/career.
• Artist of any type.
• Psychologist or detective.
• Police person.
• Song writer.
• Visionary who makes physical manifestation occur.
• Meditation is very necessary for the Admetos person. Because they are fully tapped into the Cosmic Treasure chest, this ‘time out’ is like a car filling up with gas. Only, for Admetos, it renews their energy and helps them to move back into balance.
Finbar is much more in touch with the cosmos than the material world and he knows far more than you can express in words. He may tend not to trust his intuition, even though you are highly intuitive. Please practice listening to your intuition. Neptune quincunxing Admetos and Hygeia makes the issue of being obligated to one’s partner (Hygeia in the 7th) and their money (Admetos in the 8th ) even more of a burden. Hygiea rules mental health and Finbar needs to use a high pressure hose to cleanse the whole idea of self-sacrifice. He also needs to sanitise the idea of unrealistic ideals that lead to disillusionment and clean out problems of self-doubt, uncertainty and allowing others to use your vulnerable, compassionate nature. Solitude and more superficiality (Venus in Gemini as ruler of Hygeia) instead of intensity will nurture your inner nature and allow you to breathe. Travelling, dancing, photography and art or creativity of some kind with really help.
The other leg or side of the yodal triangle is Pluto in Libra in the 12th house. Pluto rules elimination so here old, useless, obsessive, over-analytical, manipulating, controlling and stuck ideas, especially from one’s childhood needs to be cleansed and sanitised (Hygeia) so you can be mentally and physically healthy. Spontaneity and letting go and letting God allow you to breath and relax.
Finbar needs to develop an appreciation of his own skills and talents. This goes hand in hand with developing a sense of self-worth. With an eighth house aspect you may value the work and talents of others more than your own. A sense of personal values will be born out of inner fears, risks, personal morality and ethics. As Hygeia is in the 7th house the activating point here is the first house and here this whole life time emphasis is about the development of a strong sense of self, which with a Libra Moon and Ascendant is very difficult. Rather than assimilate the partner’s mannerism, ideas, values, outlook and perceptions one must develop one’s own ideas, values and career. In past incarnations a sense of self-responsibility has not been developed. We must have a strong sense of self-awareness to be spiritually aware and to be able to grow.
Both Hygeia and Pluto in quincunx indicate cleansing or eliminating all that will not bring health of mind, body and soul. So Finbar may have to work very hard at letting go of old ideas so he can assimilate new ideas. This placement may be obsessive about sexual love to increase situations of certainty and security in his life. Along with Neptune-Hygeia the Hygeia in Taurus-7th house and Pluto in Libra in this yod, he is very romantic and idealistic and he needs to utilise his Venusian-Neptunian-12th house creativity into a career so music, photography, dancing, the ocean or waterways, a study of earthquakes and or volcanoes or tsunamis, poetry, mystical visions , fantasy, travel or entertainment is incorporated into his path in life. Finbar, your Part of Fortune is in your fourth house of home family and roots, and you have Sun, Mercury and Saturn in Cancer, so please go back to your childhood and see what gifts and talents you were born with have that been swept under your proverbial carpet and then look at your family shadow and see whether you can utilise any repressed family talents.
Best Wishes to Mary and Finbar and best wishes to all who read this article.
~ Hilary at Starcounsell~
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