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In this article I look into some dimensions of the Moon archetype from an evolutionary perspective, using the birth chart of Charles Darwin’s as an example.

Moon Archetype – Case study – Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin had the Moon in the 2nd House in Capricorn ruling Cancer on the 8th House cusp. The Sign on the 4th House cusp is Aries, ruled by Mars in the 10th House in Libra forming a Crescent square to the Moon.

The observed evolutionary condition of Charles Darwin’s Soul was the 3rd stage of the Individuated state.

This is the birth chart of Charles Darwin:

Darwin - birthchart

These symbols reflect an emotional nature which comes into the current life fundamentally repressed, and an egocentric structure or personality which is not in contact with the inner emotional states existing within the Soul. There is a prior defense to emotional pain, in which the Soul has chosen to build barriers in order to avoid the impact of intense emotions including pain, grief, guilt, anger and disillusionment. The Moon in Capricorn and the 4th House ruler being in the 10th House reflect an inner state of mourning originating in experiences of loss within family relationships and also specifically children, defining how the individual inwardly feels and its overall tone and patterns of relatedness with self and others- Moon 2nd House, Mars Libra 10th House. The conscious self or ego – Moon – is permeated by feelings of guilt. Guilt correlates with Capricorn, and Capricorn correlates to natural guilt originating in transgression of natural laws, and to induced or artificial guilt, originating in judgement or persecution in name of manmade laws or morals. There are various reasons for natural guilt in Darwin’s Soul, coming from prior lifetimes into the current life. Some of the most important reasons or basis for natural guilt in the birth chart include:

* Guilt based on being away from the family home because of travels the individual desired to make in prior lifetimes. His Soul would have felt that those lengthy travels were very important. When coming back home he would have found that things had gone pretty bad while he was away, sometimes even finding that a loved one, a child, had died. This is reflected in Virgo in the 9th House, Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Pisces, SN in the 5th House square Chiron in the 2nd House, with the SN of Chiron in the 4th House Aries square the Moon in the 2nd House Capricorn; also the Moon forms a biseptile to its own SN in the 5th House, and a septile to Pluto;  Ceres in Pisces is conjunct Pluto and Mercury, and Mercury is the ruler of the Pluto polarity point in the 9th House; Neptune/Saturn 12th House Sagittarius inconjunct the SN.

Travelling was connected with the natural desires in Darwin’s Soul to expand the horizon of knowledge. However, those desires were compounded with various other desires of egocentric or narcissistic nature, including self-interested desires for acclaim or recognition of his own felt specialness-SN in the 5th House Taurus, Venus in Aries; or a delusive feeling of being given a mission ‘from on high’ in connection with knowledge that justified his privileges – Lucifer in the 9th House in Virgo opposed by Mercury/Pluto and Ceres in Pisces, and trine to the SN.

On another level, these types of crises and traumas were based on or conditioned by a consciousness that looks for knowledge or information outside the self, in contrast to what could be an orientation to look for answers in the inner world or through inner pondering. This can be seen in the SN ruler, Venus, being in the 3rd House in Aries, Pluto being in the 3rd House, with the stellium of planets in the 3rd House, and Mars in the 10th House with the Moon in Capricorn.

Charles and his wife Emma had ten children, and two of them died in infancy, recreating loss as a means to access the unresolved inner mourning that defined the current life personality and the inner states experienced on an ongoing basis-Moon.

* Guilt connected to other types of personal loss in experiences of collective trauma involving the death of groups of people through plague or disease. This is reflected in the NN/Uranus conjunction in Scorpio 11th House, Chiron 2nd House Aquarius square the Moon’s Nodes, the Moon in the 2nd House in Capricorn. Guilt originates in Soul desires to be a healer or to help other people heal, but inwardly felt that he did not have necessary knowledge in order to be of help to the group or community. The guilt is based on the feeling of limitation of the knowledge, and all the inner reasons that had prevented the Soul from having more knowledge or actualized capacities.

* Guilt existing in the Soul for sexual reasons. There are various dynamics that are a source of guilt coming from prior lifetimes that are connected to sexuality, based on a dominant sexual nature at an instinctive, basic level, with a predominant masturbatory orientation, and how the Soul’s sexuality has been conditioned by patriarchy. Synthesizing, these dynamics include:

(i) Dynamics involving a lack of discrimination about whom to be sexual with and whom not, relative to the actual reality of people involved. In this dynamic ‘consequences’ are not fully considered because of being carried away by glamourized instinctual attractions-Venus in the 3rd House Aries, as the ruler of the SN in the 5th House Taurus, Mars in the 10th House Libra;

(ii) A chapter of its own about guilt originating in incestuous unions, and within this, incestuous unions that resulted in children being conceived or born. This resulted in trauma for the offspring and the mother, because of judgement, projection or degrees of exclusion by patriarchal society. This can be seen in many symbols in the birth chart but to me the essential symbols to consider are the Mars/Moon square with Mars in the 10th House Libra, ruled by Venus in Aries 3rd House conjunct Vesta in Aries in the 4th House – Venus being the ruler of the SN 5th House Taurus, Uranus in Scorpio conjunct the NN, and also Saturn/Neptune Sagittarius 12th House inconjunct the South Node. Incestuous dynamics with daughters in prior lifetimes can be seen also in these same symbols, and the psychological consequences for development of those daughters in those lifetimes. Incest with sisters can also be seen in Venus in the 3rd House in Aries conjunct Vesta. In essence many of these dynamics involved a narcissistic lack of concern about the actual person to be sexual with, and a feeling of omnipotence or not acknowledging natural limits to the own desires. This is of course the SN in the 5th House Taurus, ruled by Venus in Aries, that inconjuncts NN/Uranus in Scorpio. Love exists in many of these attractions, even deep love in some cases, however, it is expressed through a narcissistic structure based on a wounded ‘inner child’ that continues to seek recognition or acclaim, and that is totally subjective.

(iii) Because of the intensity of sexual repression, coexisting extreme desires for sexual liberation have also created experiences of intense immersion into profane and consuming forms of sexuality in some lives. Further, there is a pre-existing orientation to what is called “dark Eros”, or forms of being sexual, sexual desires to explore that which has been repressed, or is forbidden or taboo from the point of view of society. This is symbolized in Mars 10th House, ruler of Venus in Aries that in turn rules the SN in Taurus, Uranus in Scorpio, Lilith Rx Taurus 5th House conjunct SN, and Capricorn in the 2nd House cusp.

In connection with the sexual nature of the individual, and the sexual dynamics that are a source of natural guilt, a core underlying dynamic has been one of projection of unresolved emotional needs, and affects and feelings that have been repressed and/or dissociated – Moon Capricorn 2nd House ruled by Saturn/Neptune 12th House Sagittarius trine to Venus. These symbols correlate with basic emotional needs that have not been met in childhood creating intense inner states of insecurity that have been repressed. Prior traumatic experiences of loss have induced a response of dissociation. Affects and feelings that have been dissociated in connection with mother figures have been projected or displaced into relationships or attractions to women. Thus, the emergence of the repressed/dissociated sexual and emotional energy, that is accessed through anima figures in Jungian terms, has produced perceptual distortions and glamourized images, fantasies and thoughts that have fueled the attractions. Many times the connections with women have involved shared memories from prior lifetimes at a subconscious level, including very deep and permeating mutual imprint from more ancient lifetimes. There is a traceable story in the types of relationships with women from natural times that then continued to meet in patriarchal times, many times involving a series of unresolved issues and intense conflicts. Patriarchal sexuality, and patriarchal family structure, have nothing to do with natural sexuality and natural family structure. In Darwin’s life, it appears that he was more or less totally committed to his wife and family, and after he married he was always at home. It appears he had an active sex life with his wife for eighteen years or more. Since Darwin married his first cousin Emma, one manifestation of the karmic theme of incest were Darwin’s intense or even excruciating inner questionings about the biological inconveniences of incest or inbreeding, whenever one of the children was sick. Again, Emma and Charles had ten children, and two of them died in infancy.

* Guilt connected with distortions of truth, or lies, or biases in the orientation to knowledge or to how knowledge is communicated, and with the use of words or language and thought forms in general. This has been based, on one side, on beliefs the Soul had which represented much meaning and security, and on the other side, on self-interest or a need to preserve a sense or position of authority, or in order to obtain something he wanted from a subjective, egocentric, point of view. This is reflected in Pluto 3rd House, Pluto polarity point 9th House Virgo, SN 5th House Taurus, and it is confirmed in many ways in the chart. Jupiter and Mercury are also in the 3rd House, both conjunct Pluto in Pisces, Venus 3rd House Aries rules the SN. Thus, an element of personal delusion, a delusory sense of self-importance or grandeur, or a glamourized self-image have allowed, in the past of the Soul, inaccuracies in the narrative and self-narrative in self-serving ways, relative to the individual’s need system. The thinking process has operated in these dynamics as a means to satisfy instinctive needs or egocentric drives.

* Guilt based on a psychological state of futility, which in some lifetimes has prevented doing necessary efforts for the Soul to evolve in the ways intended, through procrastination, self-undermining behavior, and dynamics of avoidance or denial. This is reflected in the Pluto polarity point in Virgo with the Moon in Capricorn in the 2nd House, the South Node in Taurus inconjunct Saturn/Neptune, Mars in the 10th House in Libra. The futility originates ultimately in the unresolved states of mourning, the inner wounding of the Soul resulting from many prior lives traumas, confusion about the causal connections between choices and outcomes – Pluto in Pisces 3rd House square Saturn/Neptune 12th House – and the fixity of the desire nature and the ego structure equaling resistance to necessary change. The futility is part of a psychological state of depression with ruminative self-reproach – Moon 2nd House Capricorn conjunct SNs of Venus and Mercury, with Venus and Mercury in the 3rd House, etc.

Together with the reasons for natural guilt within the Soul, there is also induced or artificial guilt, based on repressive morals, doctrines or religions, coming from the consensus of the society of birth, and the family of birth, which have intensified the feelings of guilt.

We know that the underlying inner causative dynamics of the guilt patterns have been repressed – Capricorn. However, these dynamics, and associated memories, have been erupting into conscious awareness during a series of recent prior lifetimes. This is symbolized by Uranus in Scorpio conjunct the NN within the New phase.

Intense unresolved states of mourning and unresolved PTS exist within the Soul, coming from many prior lifetimes, originating in trauma of loss of family relationships, and children. This is also symbolized by Uranus conjunct the NN in Scorpio, with the Moon in Capricorn in the 2nd House, and is restated by the Moon conjunct asteroid Orpheus, and asteroid Proserpina being Rx in the 8th House at 3° Leo, conjunct Isis, both squaring the Moon’s nodes. In his current life as Charles Darwin the Soul re-experienced emotional loss, including the devastating death of a beloved daughter when she was ten. Darwin wrote in a personal memoir “We have lost the joy of the household, and the solace of our old age”. Darwin had also gone through the loss of a baby son. Darwin’s mother Susannah died when Charles was eight.

The Moon being in Capricorn in the 2nd House square to Mars in the 10th House reflects that the Soul chose to be born through a family defined by consensus values and beliefs in which his emotional needs as a child would go unmet, and where, instead, he would receive the impact of judgments including religious judgments, and a disciplinarian education, all this as an outer reflection of the inner state of emotional repression. The reasons why Darwin’s Soul would choose to be born in this type of family are compound. On one hand, the emotional repression of that type of family would resonate with the inner state of repression and repressed mourning within Darwin’s Soul. Further, there is an evolutionary need to minimize emotional expectations from other people or any external source, as reflected by Cancer on the 8th House cusp ruled by the Moon in Capricorn 2nd House. Also, being born in a wealthy and educated English family allowed the young Darwin to access types of knowledge and experience, including having the right social contacts and funding capacity for his voyage on the Beagle. This was in some way necessary in light of what the Soul intended to accomplish in terms of delivering a message or a book to the Victorian society and to the world at large that would deeply and massively impact on fundamental collective belief structures. This demanded from the Soul’s point of view, to be able to validate the ideas to be presented from the point of view of formal consensus disciplines, as a means to be ‘readable’ but also to appeal to the scientific communities. In turn this demanded having the right type of education, credentials and relationships. Delivering the outcome of many lifetimes of observation of Nature was a pressing issue within Darwin’s Soul. In this sense, choosing his family in that lifetime served in that way for those intentions. This is reflected basically in Pluto in the 3rd House with Mars, its lower octave, in the 10th House Libra, Mars being square to the Moon in the 2nd House in Capricorn.

The mother would have been more or less emotionally and sexually repressed, controlled, emotionally unavailable and not nurturing for the child at a physical and emotional level. Susannah Darwin, or Wedgwood, was already forty-three or forty-four when Charles was born. “She breed doves at their home, and she explained plants and flowers to Charles when he was young. But her health had never been good, and through the years of the marriage she became increasingly weak, and withdrawn from the young children”. It appears that the cause of the mother’s death when Charles was eight related to “gastrointestinal symptoms that were probably a sign of either a severe ulcer or stomach cancer” – Charles’ Moon square Mars, Moon conjunct the SN of Pluto in Capricorn – and also Charles would manifest severe gastrointestinal symptoms, within a series of health issues Darwin faced during his life.

At the time of the mother’s death transiting Ceres was Rx conjunct Charles’ natal Moon; the transiting SN of Ceres was conjunct the natal Saturn, ruler of the Capricorn Moon, within the natal 12th House. Transiting Mars was conjunct the natal, Lunar SN, and most important, transiting Pluto was still in Pisces, within the 3rd House, forming an exact inconjunct to natal Mars in the 10th House which is the ruler of the 4th and 5th Houses. The transiting Nodes were at 25° Taurus and Scorpio, forming a square to Charles’ natal Sun in Aquarius. These symbols reflect that intense emotional insecurity would be triggered within the Soul through the crisis involved in the loss of the mother which in turn would trigger associated memories of prior-lives traumas.

However, with the natal Moon being in the 2nd House, in Capricorn, a need or desire has been in place to control or repress his own sensibility and to restrict the focus of the egocentric consciousness, and to ‘shut down’. Darwin wrote in his Autobiography “My mother died in July 1817, when I was a little over eight years old, and it is odd that I can remember hardly anything about her except her death-bed, her black velvet gown, and her curiously constructed work-table”. In his “Autobiographical fragments” written much earlier, he wrote: “when my mother died I was 8 ½ years old and Catherine one year less, yet she remembers all particulars and events of each day whilst I scarcely recollect anything (and so with very many other cases) except being sent for, the memory of going into her room, my father meeting me – crying afterwards. I recollect my mother’s gown and scarcely anything of her appearance, except one or two walks with her. I have no distinct remembrance of any conversation, and those only of a very trivial nature. I remember her saying “if she did ask me to do something”, which I said she had, “it was solely for my good”.

In Darwin’s chart, Cancer on the 8th House cusp reflects the intensity of the inner states that have been repressed, and the overall intention to metamorphose the egocentric structure, which would need to occur through cyclic experiences of death and rebirth. The need for such intensity of experiences has been created by the fixity of past egocentric orientation. The fixity of past egocentric orientation is symbolized by the SN in the 5th House in Taurus and the Moon in the 2nd House in Capricorn, and Cancer on the 8th House cusp. This has been a causal factor for repressing the emotional states in order to keep heading toward the ego defined goals despite experiencing emotional pain. Uranus conjunct the NN in the 11th House reflects the Soul created need to experience traumatic levels of intensity in order to unlock the emotional states existing within the Soul, and allow the egocentric structure to restructure itself in a new way.

Cancer being in the 8th House cusp, the SN being in the 5th House Taurus, ruled by Venus in Aries, Mars in the 10th House being the ruler of both the 4th and the 5th Houses, and the Moon being in Capricorn in the 2nd House, reflect the intensity of desires for the mother that is denied access by the law of the father. With ‘law of the father’, I mean the patriarchal family structure and sexual regulation thereof, correlating with the Capricorn archetype. It is internalized and reproduced since it constitutes a fundamental basis of patriarchal social structure. It is a sexual economy, since it tells where sexual desire can be placed, and where it cannot be placed, relative to the family structure in which any individual is born, despite the natural affective and sexual nature of the child. This includes of course the prohibition and taboo of incest with the mother. This is what Freud called the Oedipus complex. Patriarchal regulation of family and sexual desire frustrates to some degree the child’s capacity for joy. There is anger at the father because the father archetypically represents norms. Anger against the father is repressed for the sake of maintaining and reproducing the social order. In Darwin’s chart, the crescent square between the Moon and Mars demonstrates the internalization of the law of the father leading to being defined by a state of lack that is symbolized by the Moon in the 2nd House being in Capricorn. Given that the SN ruler Venus is conjunct Vesta in Aries in the 4th House, and the Moon in the 2nd House is conjunct the SN Vesta, both in Capricorn, natural sexual desire for the communal mothers in pre-patriarchal times now became desire for ‘this’ woman who happens to be ‘my’ mother. Because the communal ‘mother’ became a nuclear family ‘mother’, the word “mother” originally referring to a series of women, became a word referring to a specific individual female in each case. Thus, sexual desire was placed in the conflict of either desiring the mother against the law of the father, or accepting the law of the father and repressing sexual desires for the mother.

With the NN of the Moon being in the 11th House Scorpio conjunct Uranus and Chaos, ruled by Pluto in Pisces in the 3rd House, the Soul has already attempted to metamorphose and subvert the prior limitations of the ego structure by totally revolutionizing its existing organization on all levels. Given that the Sun is in Aquarius in the 2nd House, and the Uranus/NN conjunction occurs within the New phase, the intention to revolutionize self continues to be in place for the current lifetime. Why then, did the Soul of Darwin need to create for that lifetime the ‘controlled’ or ‘repressed’ and ‘depressed’ type of ego structure or personality symbolized by the Capricorn Moon? In a few words, I would say a reason lies in the Soul’s need to proceed with extreme caution and prudence. This requirement seems to be a consequence of the level of repression and conditioning, as it coexists with the intensity of desires for liberation. The intensity of the desires to metamorphose, and to disorganize prior personality dynamics, implies a danger of totally destroying the individual’s sense of self. This could translate potentially, for example, in personality disorganization, disassociation or psychosis, as reflected in Uranus Scorpio conjunct NN ruled by Pluto in Pisces with all the Pisces stellium. It is only by means of extreme caution that the Soul can become aware of what needs to change at a personal level, and effect the transformation. The Moon in Capricorn in the 2nd House ruling the 8th House Cancer, relative to the NN in Scorpio in the 11th House implies a Soul commitment to emotional transformation translating into a restricted sense of experience in which self-awareness is limited or confined to that which needs to decay and ultimately die in the personality on a moment to moment basis.

The potential for levels of disorganization or disassociation is implied because of the Soul desires to discover the universe within, and to evolve the egocentric structure. Bottom line Soul desires to discover the inner universe are reflected in the Pisces Pluto and stellium. In Darwin’s life, this would manifest in the ongoing internalization of consciousness from a perception of variety in the phenomenal and natural world, to the inductive and intuitive grasping of very general patterns and laws about how species have come to exist. It is further reflected in the necessary use of imagination and fantasy by Darwin to generate models that led to the evolutionary theory. Also, and in direct connection with the Moon in the 2nd House in Capricorn, these desires manifested within the mourning state as desires to inwardly communicate with the Souls of those who had departed too soon. “We have lost the joy of the household and the solace of our old age,” wrote Darwin, days after the death of her beloved daughter Annie. “Oh that she could now know how deeply, how tenderly we still do and ever shall love her dear joyous face.” Given the symbols in the chart, Darwin may have had dreams in the astral plane based on those Soul desires.

Because of the Mercury/Pluto conjunction in Pisces, 3rd House, is Balsamic, and given that Uranus is conjunct the North Node, the ongoing process of formulating his theory, must have involved cyclic intellectual crises in the organization of the material, needing to start over and over again, and experiencing confusion as a result. Because of the underlying dynamics of futility and self-defeat, the temptation existed at every point to leave the task unfulfilled, and to abandon himself to confusion and futility. The sense of personal identity can be affected through the impact of the subconscious material that is erupting into consciousness that may leave the individual unintegrated and disassociated. Thus, we can see the type of ego structure represented by the Moon in Capricorn 2nd House as a means chosen by the Soul to restrict the focus of conscious consciousness, to ground the sense of self in the embodied experience, even by means of physical pain. A type of ego structure that does not allow much for escapism, avoidance or alienation, because it is inwardly in contact with very uncomfortable issues, dynamics and states, that threaten to create chaos or trauma at every turn. This results in a type of ego that desires to be actively involved in its life or that desires to be responsible for its life and its ongoing inner states. This is quite different than living in a world of pure theory or scientific exploration. However, Darwin did in fact postpone much inner exploration ‘in the name’ of science and his focus in his career – Capricorn – based on his sense of having special mission to accomplish. While doing so, he was all along the way confronted by his own inner darkness, and his own limitations, and called back to himself by the bodily experience of illness. Capricorn correlates with reflection, and in time, reflection allows for understanding. Again, reflection involves higher cognitive functions and promotes impulse control. The embodied experience, and the experience of physical and emotional pain, was being used by the Soul to create a type of ego that allows the Soul for a more realistic consciousness, relative to the potential embodied and concrete outcomes of every choice or action, in connection with the causal inner dynamics. Also, a type of ego that could be determined and persistent in face of seemingly unsurmountable difficulties – at least from his subjective point of view – and that would live a very simple life most of its lifetime at home, in order to concentrate the efforts in both family and career.


.. fragment of an upcoming book ..

(…) In some cases, Mercury in the 7th House or Libra reflects the evolutionary intention to create an intellectual basis of understanding allowing the individual to integrate with other people as an equal, demanding that he or she learn to identify the needs of other people in general, and of others with whom the individual relates on personal terms. This creates an archetypical paradox in which, on the one hand, the individual needs to listen to others, and communicate with others in ways which can be understood by others from their own points of view and according to their own intellectual constructions. This can require the individual to use the linguistic forms of other people. On the other hand, a need exists for the individual to preserve its own intellectual constructions and points of view, and more generally, its own way of being, which is a basis of how the individual can share itself with others. The need to listen to others and to adapt to the intellectual patterns and overall ways of being of other people can create the feeling for the individual that its own nature or essence is lost. On the other hand, the need to preserve its own nature or essence, and the individual ways of thinking and communicating, threatens to alienate others who can also feel their own individuality, or their own ways of looking at things, are lost or absorbed through the relationship of exchange. The manifestations of this paradox will be different in each case, depending on the evolutionary situation of the individual, reflected on the general signature of the birthchart, and the evolutionary axis specifically, relative to the existing evolutionary condition. In general terms, several temptations can originate from this paradox. One temptation is for the individual to totally preserve its own constructions and to impose its ways of thinking and communicating on other people. A second temptation is to become totally absorbed in the thought forms of others, and to lose sight of the own point of view. A variation of this can be to create a duplicity in which the own point of view is concealed, or an apparent agreement or commonality of points of view for different reasons. A third temptation is to settle in terms which are not satisfying for either the individual or the other party. We can see an example of the first dynamic in the birthchart of Sigmund Freud, who had Mercury in the 7th House in Taurus.

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

Freud developed a talking cure he called psychoanalysis, in which he would silently or passively listen to the communication flow of the clients. In turn, he would then project his own subjective intellectual constructions on the clients, based on his pre-existing associations of meaning relative to sexuality as a primary or exclusive focus, which were based on his own unresolved sexual issues: Pluto in Taurus in the 6th House, conjunct Venus in Aries in the 6th House, Venus being the ruler of the South Node, and Pluto being the ruler of the 1st House cusp. Thus, he actually heard and gave meaning to what his clients said by means of projecting and giving a universal scope to his own issues and interpretations of these issues-Mercury is the ruler of the 8th and the 11th Houses, and Mercury is conjunct Uranus, while Capricorn in the 3rd House cusp is ruled by Saturn in the 8th House, in Gemini, square Mars Rx in Libra in the 11th House, Mars being the ruler of the 6th House cusp and being inconjunct Pluto-thus, a need to force his own intellectual arrangements on others and to obtain confirmation by means of a generalized projection of his own feelings of impurity and guilt about his sexual nature.


In turn, this projection and rationalization served as a device to prevent him from really penetrating the core of his own unresolved issues, even to a point in which he would change the direction of his investigations when they threatened to expose some of his own dynamics-we have to remember that Freud postulated the need for repression in order for culture to exist. We can see a manifestation of this dynamic in Freud’s abandonment of his ‘seduction theory’. Based on his initial work with hypnosis in hysteria, Freud had proposed that hysteria originated in a situation of sexual abuse or seduction of some kind which had been traumatic, and which had been repressed. We can see in these very symbols in Freud’s birthchart pre-existing dynamics of sexual seduction: Pluto conjunct Vesta in Taurus, and Balsamic conjunct Venus in Aries, with Venus ruling the South Node in Libra in the 12th House. Pluto is the ruler of the 1st House in Scorpio, and Jupiter in Pisces in the 5th House, ruler of the 2nd House, is conjunct Neptune in Pisces in the 5th House, Neptune and Jupiter squaring Saturn in Gemini in the 8th House which squares Mars in Libra in the 11th House. These symbols correlate with glamourized and fantasized attractions which are combined with a strong sexual nature of masturbatory orientation, to a point of sexual addiction, and lo ‘love of the phallus’, which however have been repressed and detached from for different reasons, including patriarchal judgments relative to the sexual nature-Pluto, the ruler of the 1st House, is in the 6th House in Taurus, and inconjunct Mars, Jupiter, ruler of the 2nd House, is in Pisces and squares Saturn in Gemini in the 8th House; Venus in Aries is in the 6th House. These dynamics have coexisted with a fundamental need to be free in order to explore different ways to be in relationships: the ruler of the South Node in Libra is Venus, and Venus is in Aries conjunct Pluto; Mars, ruler of the North Node in Aries, is Rx in the 11th House, in Libra, in mutual reception with Venus in Aries. In this context, Mercury in the 7th House in Taurus trine Mars in Libra and being ruled by Venus in Aries, further confirmed by the Moon in the 8th House in Gemini square Neptune in the 5th House, reflects a dynamic of using language forms to attract, ‘hook’, and seduce other people for sexual reasons, however without consciously acknowledging the existing motives-since the sexual desires have been negatively judged in first place, and thus, have been avoided, repressed, and projected. With the 7th House Mercury being conjunct the Sun and Uranus also in the 7th House, this of course lead to a series of affairs with women who were his own clients, and others. Natal Pluto in Taurus being conjunct the North Node in Aries and Venus, all in the 6th House, with the North Node ruler Mars being in the 11th House, reflect the bottom line evolutionary intention of Freud’s Soul to analyze and objectify the nature of his own sexual desires, and the pre-existing orientation to relationships. Objectivity about himself was a prerequisite for objectivity about other people, allowing to listening and understanding other’s reality, and sexual reality, as it existed for others. However, after Freud had embraced the theory of a repressed sexual seduction based on the material produced by women labeled as hysterical, Freud recoiled and gave up this theory. On a letter sent to his friend Fliess on 21 September 1897, Freud exposed he thought the hypothesis of seduction had to be abandoned, because the recovered memories of seduction and abuse his clients had provided could be just fantasies, and further, because many cases of seduction or abuse did not result in hysteria or neurosis. He postulated in turn, as opposed to the seduction theory, that infantile sexuality was inherently polymorphous and perverse, and the types of psychological sexual conflicts he had previously uncovered were now thought to be inherent to the human desire nature before being properly ordered and repressed through education and culture. At the time of Freud’s letter to Fliess, transiting Pluto was Rx exactly conjuncting the natal Moon in the 8th House in Gemini, the transiting Moon’s nodes were exactly squaring natal Pluto, from the 9th House Leo to the 3rd House Aquarius, while transiting Uranus and Saturn were conjunct in Scorpio, in the natal 1st House, opposing natal Mercury, and transiting Mercury was Rx conjunct the natal Mars. No doubt this was a critical point in his Soul’s evolution, in which the intention that was unfolding was to metamorphose dynamics of rationalization leading to duplicity, by means of penetrating the own psychological and sexual dynamics in order to gain a bottom line objectify that would in turn allow for a deeper understanding of the psychological issues of his clients, thus serving to give his clients what they needed in order to heal. On the contrary, the change of the intellectual course which had been directly suggested by the information received by the clients, ie. the seduction hypothesis, to the theory of infantile perversity, reflects a response based on evolutionary resistance and fear to face the own shadow, translating in a fixity in the information he continued to provide his clients about their sexuality.


… part of a chapter of an upcoming book ..

Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo reflects an individual who has desired or needed to create an intense mental focus of an analytical nature. The mental function of the individual with Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo is focused in that which needs to become better or to be repaired, within inner or external reality. Thus, the thought function will be highly critical, and will be oriented to point at and asses that which is not perfect or good enough, in him or herself, in other people, or in whatever aspect of reality in which the individual is focused. At the same time, Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo reflects the desire or need to become better in intellectual terms, to think and communicate in more clear, correct or accurate ways. Many times this desire or need is based on past errors, mistakes or indiscretions, or situations in which the individual has not correctly determined relevant priorities, or has failed to discriminate between what is real and what is not real, and this has had different types of consequences. These types of consequences have been the source of desires to think and communicate in better ways. Many times, feelings of guilt and desires to atone have also resulted from these consequences.

In some cases, Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo reflects an individual who has been conditioned in his or her ways of thinking by opinions or by beliefs of religious nature which emphasize the idea of an imperfect or fallen nature, or that promote a psychology of atonement as a necessary means to become better and ‘purge’ the imperfection.

Because of these types of reasons, Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo is constantly creating thoughts of imperfection or inadequacy, of not being good enough, or of not being prepared to do what he feels or knows that he or she needs to do. Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo tends to override instinct and to override intuition, choosing to be lead by deductive and analytic reasoning. This implies that the natural desire to know the truth about anything can be subjected to logical procedures and methodologies, which is based on the desire to be correct and to avoid error.

The inner vibration of doubt, insecurity, and incorrectness that the critical nature of these thought patterns creates can be projected to external situations and people. In turn, this vibration will serve to attract other people who are also critical with the individual with Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo, and who reflect and reinforce his or her inner criticism. This can translate into an individual who feels persecuted, or who is actually persecuted, by other people who mirror his own inner criticism.

The intense criticism of this mental orientation, unceasingly demanding correction and accuracy, can be highly undermining. In some cases, this can lead to a relative state of paralysis in which the individual feels unable to do what he inwardly feels he or she needs to do, because he or she can always doubt whether his or her understanding or thoughts are right or wrong, or relevant or irrelevant, or whether the individual is good enough to do what it desires or needs to do. Many times, though, an archetypical intention exists for Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo, to create doubt about the validity or accuracy of intellectual constructions, in order for the individual to embrace other dynamics and orientations, including other orientations and approaches to knowledge, and other dimensions of Soul reality. While this is part of the inherent nature of the Mercury archetype itself, which can manifest when Mercury is within any House or Sign, this dimension of the archetype is emphasized when Mercury is in the 6th House or in Virgo. As an example, Carl Jung had Mercury is in the 6th House in Cancer, squaring the nodal axis, with the South Node in the 8th House in Libra, ruled by Venus which is in the 6th House in Cancer conjunct Mercury, and the North Node in the 2nd House in Aries, ruled by Mars in the 11th House in Sagittarius. Pluto is in the 3rd House in Taurus, ruled by the 6th House Venus which conjuncts Mercury, and Pluto is conjunct the Moon, which rules Mercury and Venus in Cancer.

Carl Jung

Carl Jung

The 8th House, Scorpio and Pluto, correlates with symbols. Thus, with Mercury in the 6th House square the South Node in the 8th House, Jung embarked since he was child in an analysis of religious symbols in which he contrasted the knowledge of religion existing in his family and early social environment, and the deeper meanings he felt were associated with these symbols as revealed to him in his dreams. He felt alienated from the understanding of God existing in consensus and his own family -his father was a rural pastor- and needed to separate himself and to adopt some degree of criticism in relation with consensus religion.

Carl Jung

The 6th House Mercury being square the North Node in Aries in the 2nd House, the necessary criticism and discrimination, and the feelings of not fitting in the prevailing Christian religious understanding in his society, promoted a need to think for himself, serving as a vehicle for individuation-the North Node ruler being Mars in the 11th House, that in the end, allowed for a deep understanding of natural laws of the psyche-Mars in Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter in the 9th House, and the polarity point of Pluto being in the 9th House in Scorpio-a bottom line evolutionary intention of Jung’s Soul. Because Mercury in the 6th House is square to the South Node, with Pluto being in the 3rd House-a Mercury House-and further, with Mercury being square to the 9th House Jupiter within the Disseminating phase which correlates with social forms, Jung inwardly knew that there was still something relevant and meaningful within the knowledge and symbolic forms existing in consensus religions, despite the fact their deeper meaning was not really being grasped or perceived by modern common people in Jung´s point of view. The 6th House Mercury in Cancer reflects the analysis of knowledge forms and symbols- Mercury is the ruler of the 8th House cusp-existing in his own home and the roots of his culture, such as fairy tales, and religion. Thus, his desire was not to totally dismiss the symbolic knowledge contained in existing traditions and pursue knowledge by some other means, but rather to extract the knowledge contained in these traditions by means of understanding the language of the symbols in religion, tales, myths, and dreams, etc. Along this process, within Jung’s Soul intellectual enquiry, his Soul was motivated by bottom line desires to embrace a larger truth (the polarity point of Pluto being in the 9th House cusp in Scorpio, and Pluto is in the 3rd House in Taurus). Because Pluto is in Taurus in the 3rd House, and the Moon’s nodes are in the 8th House/2nd House axis, from Libra to Aries, it is obvious that the bottom line evolutionary intentions of the Pluto polarity point in the 9th House in Scorpio imply embracing a natural understanding of sexuality and gender. The Venus/Mercury conjunction in the 6th House in Cancer being square the nodes, with Venus being the planetary ruler of the South Node in Libra, demonstrate that prior understanding has been conditioned by patriarchal ideas and beliefs which devaluate and humiliate the role of women, and the feminine. Jung relates in his memories the fear he experienced during his childhood toward his mother, which represented a source of deep mystery, of something he felt unable to understand. Later in his life he gravitated to ever deeper religious symbols from his own and other cultures that related to the ancient cults of the Goddess, and postulated the principle of “quaternity”, which he thought about as a missing piece within psychic totality, of a feminine nature. He further proposed, at the point of his intellectual separation from Sigmund Freud, the need to embrace the natural incestuous desires for the mother in order for integration of the personality to occur. Jung used analysis and criticism in order to separate from prevailing understanding of culture and the psyche, and as a means to give meaning and order to the inner experience, which allowed him, and his clients, to connect with deeper sources of inner knowledge, thus using analysis as a means for healing.

In some cases, the focus on imperfection or incorrectness of Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo can create such proliferation of thoughts that the individual is unable to access his or her own core of feelings and emotions, or which prevent the individual from perceiving the larger patterns of any situation or experience in ways which would allow for understanding or resolution. Mercury in this House or Sign position tends to override intuition, and even when the individual has a direct intuition, he or she will normally prefer to follow a linear or deductive procedure to check the rationally defined possibilities. Most of the times, Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo is focused in the parts or details, rather than the whole, and can create all types of intellectualizations that block the perception of that which is in the base of any situation or problem. Again, there will always be reasons why the individual has needed to create this analytic and deductive orientation. Of course individual factors in the birthchart can result in a different approach. In general terms, the archetype of Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo reflects an evolution that ranges from a pre-existing need to become analytic and accurate, to a need to purge an excessive orientation of intellectual, self-critical nature.

Many times, the individual with Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo has created crises, and can continue to create crises, because of being disconnected or not giving enough attention to its immediate circumstances. From Mercury’s point of view, the intention of these crises has been to induce an adjustment of how the individual linear understands and relates to the immediate circumstances of his or her life, in ways that promote a betterment of these circumstances, versus being caught and paralyzed by the thoughts of imperfection or futility. From the point of view of the archetype, this demands learning to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done, versus procrastinating or evading the work at hand because of not feeling prepared to do it. Some times, these types of crises will be induced by episodes of mental exhaustion of breakdown, in which the individual simply cannot go on thinking, and that are created because of the enormous investment that has existed in thoughts of incorrectness or inadequacy, translating in an impossibility of the thought function to work properly because of operating against itself, and fueled by self-doubt.  This dynamic only perpetuates the disconnection of the individual from its circumstances and life.

In some cases, the inner and outer disconection of the individual can manifest through the body, in ‘psychosomatic’ ways, implying that is the body itself that ‘speaks’ in order to reflect the inner reality the individual is alienated from or has been reluctant to address.

Thus, many times, Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo reflects the individual need to linearly understand-to talk about-why he or she has needed to create crises as a means for self-knowledge to occur, in order that this dynamic can be resolved and healed.  Also many times the individual needs to understand and relate to his feelings of futility, guilt, shame, or inadequacy, and the existing desires to become better, and the reasons for these feelings and desires. It is quite common that this themes need to be talked about with client. While this type of information is needed by the individual, it can also have an emotional impact that creates some level of crisis or which reinforces the very same feelings of futility or guilt.  The birthchart needs to be accurately analyzed in order to determine in the most exact possible way, what information needs to be delivered to the client, and how, and what information should not be delivered, when answering the client’s questions. Many times it is necessary to give the client, in the same session, other types of information that reinforce other aspects in which the individual can feel to be ‘good’ enough or well oriented, which counteract the reasons for guilt or inadequacy. When the feelings of guilt or inadequacy are based on religious or cultural conditioning from this or other lifetimes, ie. induced guilt, the information needs to be delivered in ways which allow to understand the impact of this conditioning on the individual way of thinking.

In some cases, Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo reflect that an evolutionary need has existed to ‘humilate’ the intellect, and to purge prior security associations that were based on an overly intellectual orientation, or in manmade opinions. The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had Mercury in the 6th House in Taurus and his writings reflect an ongoing need to limit the power of intellectual certainty. In his birthchart, Pluto is in the 7th House in Gemini, with the South Node in the 2nd House Capricorn conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn in the 2nd House, ruled by Saturn in the 9th House in Leo.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Thus, his Soul came into the current life with a feeling of intellectual and philosophical superiority, which were based on consensus ways of thinking, creating a limitation in his patterns of relatedness with other people, and integration with society in general-Uranus Rx in the 11th House in Libra squaring the nodes. He was born through a consensus family, his father being one of the wealthiest men in Europe at that time, and was educated catholic and according to exacting consensus standards.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

In order to evolve, his Soul needed to create inner confrontations-North Node in the 8th House-that would trigger insecurity-the ruler of the North Node, the Moon, in the 4th House in Pisces, as needed to allow a progressive discovery of his personal truth beyond intellectual associations-Pluto polarity point in the 1st House in Sagittarius. In turn, embracing the own personal truth demanded a progressive integration of the emotional body-North Node in the 8th House in Cancer, the Moon in the 4th House in Pisces. This intention was triggered trough the authoritarian early education and family environment in which natural emotional needs he had as a child were not met-South Node in Capricorn, and also specifically, through the impact of such emotional orientation in his siblings, which lead three of his five brothers to commit suicide-Pluto conjunct Neptune in the 7th House in Gemini, North Node in the 8th House Cancer, Moon in Pisces in the 4th House, Uranus in Libra square the Nodes. Because his Soul has been overly defined by consensus philosophical perspectives and dogmatic ways of looking at life, intellectual crises were needed in order to allow new value associations beyond socially constructed ‘truth’ and opinions-Mercury in the 6th House, relative to Pluto in Gemini, Jupiter conjunct the South Node in Capricorn in the 2nd House, ruled by Saturn in the 9th House. The intensity of the crises with consensus and family values is reflected in first place in Pluto being square the 10th and 4th House cusps, Pluto being ruled by Mercury in the 6th House, within a stellium of planets in the 6th House Taurus. He in fact at some point renounced to the family inheritance, because of this alienation from the values of his family, and the intensity of the conflict with his father. The need for these crises was also based on a conflict, based on consensus, patriarchal conditioning, with the life of the senses, and sexuality-Mercury in the 6th House in Taurus-also because of his Soul bisexual desires. In order to advance in the intention to liberate from prior intellectual security associations, Wittgenstein turned the intellect against itself, using the linear reasoning to demonstrate that the logical basis of language forms that serve to construe veritable propositions are based on assumptions which are not verified from a logical point of view, but rather, are part of the context in which the language propositions are used which determine or explain the meaning of words and propositions. Thus, he could write “when one writes that such and such a proposition can’t be proved, of course that does not mean it can’t be derived from other ones. But they may be no more certain than it is itself” or “from its seeming to me –or to everyone-to be so, it doesn´t follow that it is so. What we can ask is whether it can make sense to doubt it”.

In some cases, Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo reflects the evolutionary intention to understand the nature of the inner void or emptiness. Some individuals with this natal Mercury position can experience deep feelings of emptiness, which though, can trigger a desire to fill the emptiness though an unceasing creation of thoughts or search for information, or by means of keeping itself always busy, or always ‘working’, so to speak. Through this dynamic, the individual avoids being in contact with the inner feelings of emptiness. In these cases the intention is for the individual to create a type of order in its life allowing to be in contact with the inner experience on a regular basis.

In general terms, Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo needs to understand that whatever it desires to improve, can only become better in a progressive way, step by step.

In order to promote its evolution, Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo needs to embrace its polarity: the 12th House or Pisces. This means creating a counterpoint for the intellectual function which is focused in the total reality, instead of being always focused on parts or details. It implies a need to discriminate between that which the individual can progressively improve, and that which needs to be simply accepted by the individual because he or she cannot change it.  It implies an expansion of the focus of awareness in order to include other factors and acting forces that exist in any situation beyond the limits of the individual. The Pisces polarity further allows the individual to contact the inner emptiness, by means of being receptive to what can manifest from within, through this inner emptiness, beneath the layers of intellectualization or thinking. For this to occur, the individual needs to create an order in the reality of its life in which there is time for work, and time for not work, ie. time in which the individual is not busy in which the inner experience can be expanded. This orientation will allow for a progressive or at least momentary dissolution of the feelings of futility, imperfection or inadequacy, and will promote inspiration, which in turn will allow to think in ways which are focused on solutions, and in ways in which advancement is possible, versus being paralyzed because each prospective way to follow seems paved with difficulties.

In general terms, the Pisces polarity will allow the individual, on a progressive basis, to guide its intellectual function by the continuum of experience, instead of constructing a fragmentary and shortcut experience which is guided by the linear reasoning. Further, many times the Pisces polarity demands to understand that the idea of perfection is a manmade idea, that reality is in itself imperfect, as the Source from which everything emanates is in Itself imperfect: an energy/consciousness in its own evolutionary quest. Thus, the individual with Mercury in the 6th House or Virgo will be able or willing to accept imperfection in him or herself.

Famous people with Mercury in the 6th House

Jane of Arc

Kurt Cobain

Georg Trakl

Michael Jackson

Augustine of Hippo