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Dear Ralfee:

Astrology Horoscope: S.D.I have been experiencing depression and extreme anxiety. It seems to be centered in my home. I am afraid of fire, of things stopping working and just general anxiety. I also have a great fear concerning my husband. I am afraid when he leaves and I die with anxiety until he is home again safely. I find myself trying to go with him so I will know he is safe. I have suffered anxiety problems in my life but this seems way out of control. Do you have any suggestions other than going to a psychiatrist? I was born October 24, 1939, at 7:12 am in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Any insight you could give me would be helpful.

Thanks, S.D.

Dear S.D.:

One of the gifts of living in the modern world is the ability to draw from the well of many remedies. Acute anxiety and/or depression are terribly debilitating. I don't know why you wouldn't want to go to a psychiatrist. A good, sensitive doctor could prescribe the appropriate medication. Alternative treatments can also work and do offer assistance. But there's neither blame nor shame in getting immediate relief from Western medicine. A good anti-anxiety drug takes the edge off. It's like taking a deep psychic breath and feeling your feet touch solid ground. What's more, the proper medication could clear a pathway for delving beneath the symptoms and exploring the deeper issues. I realize you feel strongly about seeing a doctor, but what you may need, first, is a medical respite from your suffering.

From an astrological perspective, several factors in your birth chart indicate a tendency toward depression and anxiety.

Let's start with your natal Saturn-Sun opposition. Your Sun is in Scorpio, in your Twelfth House. The Sun is our essential self and represents our internal ground of being. The waters of Scorpio run deep. A Scorpio comes into this world sensing the many unspoken undercurrents of motivation and intention. A difficult childhood can turn this innate sensitivity into a suspicious nature. As an adult, it is likely to turn into the need for control.

The Twelfth House is the sector of the chart that holds the 90 percent of the brain we're not actively using. It's the home of the unconscious. And it's a secluded house. When we have a planet or planets in the Twelfth House, we feel cut off from the full throttle of that planet's energy. So it's quite likely you often feel like you can't access your full power.

What's more, your Saturn-Sun opposition further inhibits the Sun's rays from shining brightly. Saturn opposed the Sun is apt to manifest as constrained vitality and a critical nature. In your chart, this opposition spells brooding. You can chew on words, events and circumstances just like a dog chews on a bone. Scorpio doesn't let go easily. And neither does Saturn.

This Saturn-Sun opposition also signals a difficult relationship with your father. He could have been highly critical of you, or pessimistic and paranoid about life. He, too, may have suffered from depression. Often, difficult Saturn-Sun aspects indicate a stern father who withdraws or punishes.

Your natal Pluto, in the Ninth House, exacerbates this severe energy as it squares both your Sun and Saturn. This t-square is another factor in your inclination toward depression and anxiety. Pluto square the Sun points toward power issues with your father. And Pluto square your Saturn indicates those struggles could turn cruel. T-squares create tremendous tension. This t-square needs an outlet through open, honest communication and intimacy. If you're afraid of what you feel, that could be a problem.

But that's not all. Your natal Moon in Pisces, in your Fourth House of home life, makes you exceptionally sensitive to an unkind environment. Again, as a child, you would have been highly susceptible to your surroundings. What's more, Neptune, the planet of fantasy, opposes your Moon in Pisces, amplifying the power of your imagination. A harsh word can be just as damaging as physical abuse to a deeply sensitive little girl.

And there's more. Your North Node, in Libra, is also conjunct your Sun in the Twelfth House. Put simply, the North Node is what we are reaching toward. This placement is an invitation to make your unconscious user-friendly. But it's important to search for these treasures with proven tools. Exploring your childhood through a sound psychological framework could expand your understanding of the how and why of your depression and anxiety.

Again, from an astrological viewpoint, it's no surprise you're currently in an extreme state of anxiety. Transiting Uranus is positioned at the very bottom of your chart, or the I.C. The I.C. (Imum Coeli) is the floor of the psychic pond, and buried in the mud are the earliest imprints of childhood. When Uranus sits on this point, it catalyzes our earliest themes. Uranus is a highly volatile energy, closely associated with the nervous system. So when it disturbs the I.C., childhood fears, often pre-verbal and unconscious, rise to the surface of daily life. If we are unaware of what needs to shift, this energy can translate into unspecified anxiety and restlessness.

Transiting Uranus is also squaring your natal Uranus in your Seventh House of marriage. This may well be the reason your anxiety is focused on your husband and his safety. There's a sense during Uranus transits that anything can happen. Your innate sensitivity would be hyper-alert to the possibility of startling events. But what you might be doing is projecting your unresolved childhood fears for your own safety onto your husband.

Delving into your family-of-origin dynamics, with the resolve to get to the cause of your anxiety and depression would be the wisest course of action. But this journey can't be done alone. Finding the missing pieces of our personal puzzle and working through the pain of those memories is too complex and overwhelming for anyone to accomplish alone. Even the strongest and most optimistic of souls needs assistance along this path of healing.

There's no reason to shy away from good, sound psychological help. At best, it provides the tools for understanding the causal level of your suffering. Uncovering the roots of your anxiety and depression through therapy will help you come into greater peace and calm. If you've had bad experiences with therapists, keep interviewing candidates until you find a good one. Fear isn't fun—ever. My best advice is to search for a guide—someone with a lot of experience, a very big heart and a trustworthy nature.




Ralfee Finn is the creator of The Aquarium Age, a weekly and monthly astrology column published nationwide and featured at Committed to compassion, knowledge and growth, Ralfee brings the gifts of clarity and common sense to the often confusing waters of metaphysics and new age philosophy.

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