Repeated Themes in Your Horoscope (Natal Analysis)

Maritha Pottenger

continued from previous issue

This material is used in a report called the Compact Profile (available for $7.95 from ACS; 5521 Ruffin Rd.; San Diego, CA 92123; 619/492-9919 or 800/888-9983). To produce the report, the computer does a twelve-letter alphabet analysis of the chart by scoring everything in the chart: planets in aspects, planets in houses, planets in signs, rulership relationships, midpoints, etc. using a weighting system which gives more significance to planets, then houses, then signs.


Motifs of nurturing, nesting, security, emotional attachment, roots, home, family, and protection are in focus.

You may have a strong urge to nurture others, caring for them, protecting, cherishing, nourishing and looking after them. Providing emotional (and perhaps physical as well) security could become a way of life. Building a home, establishing roots, and feeling a positive connection to the past matter. Your family (especially your nurturing parent—usually mother or mother figure) probably had a profound impact on your life. (The impact may have been positive or negative, but you are apt to still be reacting to some of those early imprints.) If you are not playing the role of protector and provider, you may be unconsciously seeking someone else to supply the sense of safety and security which you desire. You may feel vulnerable, unsure, and be attracted by people who seem to be warm, helpful, and supportive. Emotional attachments are probably quite important in your life. Family, children, or those who share your domestic environment may be central. Food, land, a nest, security, and a private space could be important in your life. Your challenge is to keep a balance between nurturing and being nurtured; between being vulnerable, open and being the caretaker. You need emotional ties—to pets, plants, family, etc. You are fed by getting close.


This combination ties together emotional security needs/ sensitivity/ rootedness/ nesting urges and creative needs/ love/ generosity/ ego expansion.

You may exhibit incredible warmth, natural nurturance, and a great capacity to love and be loved. Your home of origin probably had a profound impact on your self-esteem and ability to shine. Your early environment (and usually nurturing parent) may have fed your charisma, excitement and love of life—or been overpowering in a self-centered, childish, or arrogant manner. You are likely to have a strong desire for home, family, and emotional attachments or else a need to perform, to garner attention and the public eye. Caring is accentuated in this combination. Feelings may tend to win over logic, but there is a push/ pull between protective silence (for the sake of your feelings or the feelings of others) versus extroversion and moving into center stage. You need to be able to pour out as well as to explore within. Love relationships are likely to be a major focus in your life, especially children. If you do not have a family of your own, nurturing people’s self-esteem is probable. You may be a good cheerleader, helping people accent the positive and develop their strengths. Your creative efforts might center around home, family and loved ones—or be applied to the public. You could retain a childlike freshness and fun-lovingness that is a joy to share. Your ability to sway people emotionally can be valuable in promotional fields. When you love, you commit deeply. Security in love is vital for you.


This combination joins security/ home/ protection/ nurturance with competence/ productivity/ service/ restraint.

You can be very steady and dependable, and are likely to seek regularity in your domestic life. If the practical “fix-it” focus is carried too far, criticism and nit-picking could be a problem in your home (from you toward others or others toward you). Repairing the physical home is one thing, but trying to “make over” the other inhabitants of your home is rarely a good idea. You probably learned about work and productivity at a young age. Your home of origin may have emphasized practicality, had an ill parent, a parent who worked very hard, a family business, or simply a culture that emphasized being grounded and doing what needed to be done. In extremes, you may have missed out on essential nurturing. This combination highlights supportiveness and caretaking instincts. Avoid the extremes of either doing too much for other people (over-”serving” them) or allowing others to do too much for you. Providing security could be an important talent. This can range from making useful objects for the home to supplying basic resources to the public. Your work could involve land, real estate, women, the public, your family, assisting people, providing basic needs or be performed from the home. You may also work at improving your home/ domestic life: minor repairs, improvements in efficiency, a focus on cleanliness, a talent for creating order, etc.


This combination suggests a need to integrate absorption/ dependency/ nurturance/ parenting issues with equality/ partnership/ harmony/ balance.

You may experience some inner tension between desire for an enveloping, encompassing relationship versus the desire for an equalitarian, sharing relationship with some space. On a mundane level, this can be the tension between devoting time and energy to a partner versus devoting time and energy to children or your domestic duties. Nurturing themes are mixed with relationships which might indicate an equalitarian relationship with your mother or mother figure; a partnership (ongoing interaction as an adult) with a parent; or competitive exchanges with a parent. A parent (usually nurturing) may be a role model (positive or negative) for partners; you might be parental toward partners (i.e., “mother” them); or you could attract partners who strive to mother you. Taking turns being supportive with a partner is probably most advisable. You could also turn your kids into partners, treating them as equals, and building teamwork. You may have skills in making a more beautiful home environment and could be quite responsive to the surrounding atmosphere. Empathy is often strong and you may easily “tune in” to others.


This combination unites emotional closeness/ nurturing themes/ home/ protection and desire for a mate/ passion/ regeneration/ self-mastery.

This combination suggests an intense, emotional nature with very deep feelings. You may have much going on beneath the surface that will not be revealed to the world. Unconscious themes could be important, so delving into your inner depths and figuring out roots and possibly hidden motives is valuable. Early experiences of nurturing (or lack of) may influence current patterns of relating, sexuality and sharing. Your mother (or mother figure) probably had a profound impact on your emotional nature and intimacy instincts. She might have seemed overwhelming, and intrusive; or powerful, and focused; or insecure, withdrawing, and withholding. Family connections could be carried into adulthood, with sharing of resources or lots of interaction as adults. Beware lest mate relationships slip into parent/child exchanges. Focus on developing interdependence with a partner, rather than one of you parenting the other. If intimacy and emotional vulnerability seem too threatening, you may choose the hermit route. Security needs are implied, and you might have a talent for handling finances. With a double emphasis on water, you could be intuitive, with a sensitivity of perception and the ability to “read” other people.


This combination seeks to mix the home/ family/ emotional attachments/ dependency with travel/ urge to reach further/ ethics/ ideals.

You may experience an inner struggle between the desire for roots, security and a nest versus the pull to explore the world, seek answers, and broaden your horizons. Do both somehow! You could bring your home into the world (feeling at home in all cultures, with a trailer, etc.) or bring the world into your home (philosophical discussions, interesting people visiting from other backgrounds, books and active intellectual discussions, etc.). You could idealize mothering, nurturing or the home, but might expect more than is reasonable from your home, your family (particularly mother or mother figure), or your own capacity to nurture. Family (especially the parent who was more supportive) could have had a strong impact on your beliefs, values, and world view. Family taught you (positively or negatively) about independence, far horizons, education, and the quest for meaning in life. Until freedom needs are integrated with closeness instincts, you may get hot/ cold or push/ pull experiences with family members. Practice commitment with openness. You are likely to nurture intellectual expansion and also place a high value on home, family, emotional security, and nurturing.


This combination points to a natural polarity and the need to blend mother/ compassion/ protection/ home with father/ realism/ rules and regulations/ career.

You are likely to feel a sense of inner tension between time/ energy commitments to home and family versus career and success in the outside world; dominance versus dependency; control and authority versus support and empathy; emotional needs versus physical needs. You may feel torn between coming across as a warm, loving, supportive person versus a stern authority figure with certain basic expectations. You are working on the balance between unconditional support and discipline which teaches limits. Your parents gave you a (positive or negative) model of learning to balance this polarity and they may have shared roles in some way, or one parent could have been like both mother and father. You might turn family or caretaking into a career—or work in a family business, with the public, in assisting fields, with basic commodities (food, shelter, clothing, real estate), roots (history, genealogy), or work out of your home. You are likely to be very serious about emotional commitments; when you dedicate yourself to someone, you expect it to last. Sometimes, you may take on too much in terms of family burdens, and end up feeling overloaded or restricted. Conscientiousness is accented. You’re quite responsible toward family. You know how to build security.


This combination seeks to mix emotional ties/ roots/ family/ feelings with independence/ the future/ humanity/ detached intellect.

You are learning to balance freedom needs with the desire for emotional attachment. This may have manifested as ambivalence in your relationship with your family (especially mother figure) with one of you wanting more closeness and the other pulling away. Your mother (figure) was probably an important role model (positive or negative) for handling freedom, change, intellectual stimulation, detachment, and the unusual. Your early home might have been erratic, unconventional, changeable (moves, etc.) or unusual in some fashion. You may feel ambivalent about being “tied down” by nurturing or a family. Vulnerability could seem a threat to your independence or the desire for space and individuality could seem a threat to your need for attachment and emotional security. Safety instincts could compete with your risk-taking side, and your “collector/ saver” side might vie with your “out with the old, in with the new” thrust toward the future. You probably encourage family members to be independent, partially to guard your own liberty. If balance is lacking, those near to you may overdo freedom and separation—or carry clinging closeness to an extreme. Ideally, friends become as close as family and family are treated as friends—unique and individual. You can come to nurture friends, the intellect, progress, and anything on the cutting edge. You can be tolerant, open-minded, and objective with those closest to you.


This combination unites caring instincts/ supportiveness/ protection/ emotions with sensitivity/ compassion/ idealism/ quest for Union.

You are likely to be sensitive, naturally empathic, and quite possibly intuitive. You may tend to take things deeply to heart and could be easily hurt. You tend to keep feelings inside, but be wary of burying emotions too deeply (until they rule from the unconscious). The mother/ savior quality highlighted here can be very nurturing of others or seek someone to be all-caring for the self. High ideals are likely for home, mothering and motherhood—ranging from a significant focus on beauty and grace, to savior/ victim exchanges (alcoholism, chronic invalidism, fantasy, etc.), to escapism, to rose-colored glasses, to seeing the best and the brightest. You understand things not just through your rational mind, and feelings can be as important to you as logic. Silence is often valued as you are protective of yourself and others. You also need some time alone to do inner processing, preferably in a sheltered, attractive environment. Your nest should be a sanctuary: a place of beauty, grace and serenity where you can seek transcendence. You can be a channel for cosmic nurturing; you easily tune in to your own inner wisdom. You nurture, protect and cherish beauty, compassion, and idealism. You can feed people’s highest potentials.

To be continued

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