Astrology is a wonderful tool and an exceptional science when looking into the physical, emotional, and mental bodies and their analysis. There are no set rules when discerning an individual’s natal chart for strengths or weaknesses because the entire “organism” must be brought into focus first. So, this method cannot, nor should it be expected to deliver a diagnosis through ill considered speculation.
As a Medical Astrologer in San Luis Obispo I have learned to pay attention to certain patterns or measurements within the natal chart when a person suspects a friend or family member to be predisposed to alcohol and or other drug addictions. Of course Neptune should always be at the forefront when investigating drug and alcohol problems but it is only a “symptom” or rather a clue.
Midpoints too play a very important role when sleuthing through the natal chart for suspected addiction but again, they are only one part to the whole of this story. I am still amazed by the patent refusal to use Midpoints by other Astrologers in my area, it is either out of ignorance or laziness that they do not use this very powerful tool. So having said that I will not mention any of the specific Midpoints, but rest assured that they are an important part of my practice.
Alcoholics and drug addicts often come from homes where either a parent(s) drank or used, or a strong familial theme reared its head through associated interaction with cousins, aunts or uncles. The lack of a stable home often dictates a lack of structure, affection and self worth. It is through these early experiences that a young child will feel the need to “medicate” their young mind/body so that they do not have to “feel” what it is they are feeling.
Depression is often a result of feeling helpless, unwanted or unloved with the sense of not being useful or valuable. It is here that a viscous circle of depression and alcohol or drug use is formed. When the individual is feeling down and unloved, drugs or alcohol are used as an attempt to mollify these emotions. Depression is a cruel opponent and often the winner when the user finds himself at the mercy of a debilitated physical system only furthering the deep drop and cycle of depression through the use of drugs and or alcohol.
Again, and as I began this article with the planet Neptune, it is highlighted in the natal charts of alcoholics and drug addicts. An angular Neptune, a Sun/Moon Neptune conjunction or other hard aspects, a strong 12th house and or planets in the sign of Pisces are all red flags for the alcoholic/drug user. Hard aspects between the Moon and Neptune shows a sensitive nature with a lack of clarity in dealing with emotional problems. Hard aspects between Saturn and Neptune are also present such as in the case of the recently charged former NFL player Aaron Hernandez. In a majority of those who have addictions hard aspects between Jupiter and Neptune are also prevalent.
Exercise and Diet:
As time goes by many of the essential vitamins, minerals, and hormones in the body are destroyed. The need for the drug becomes even greater until the correct nutritional balance is restored. Excessive drinking often leads to deficiencies of the B vitamins, especially B6 as well as magnesium. There are a number of dietary recommendations for both the drug addict and the alcoholic but these must be determined on an individual basis.
Exercise is also an invaluable tool to regain one’s health but should be used in conjunction with a healthy dietary regime and also psychological counseling. It is imperative that the addictive personality have someone to discuss their feelings of inadequacy, depression, and self loathing as well as tools in helping the individual to build healthy partnerships with other healthy adults. The addict must also have the tools to help keep them on the straight and narrow until they can oversee their own lives when they are once again healthy.
To make an appointment for a comprehensive psychological and physical analysis through your Astrological chart please contact Medical Astrologer Curtis Williams by phone (805-234-7615) or e-mail (Curtis@astrologyreiki.com).
Curtis Williams MA, A.P.D., CRTM