Astrological Remedies To Fight Depression

Depression is very common now a day. Everyone experiences depression and stress in his life. But we soon come out from this state due to our thinking process and efforts. It becomes a serious matter if depression punches very often and we become the victim of it. Tendency of getting depression can also be located in a horoscope. First house in a horoscope is called ascendant and it represents brain and the manner in which brain thinks and works. Moon plays very important role in our life as it governs our emotions. Fourth house is the house of mental peace, happiness and comforts. Astrologically speaking, a person will suffer from depression in the following conditions:
1. If Moon is badly placed in his horoscope i.e. in 6th, 8th or 12th house;

2. If Moon is in conjunction with the malefic planets;

3. If malefic planets like Dragon's Head (Rahu) , Dragon's Tail (Ketu) and Saturn aspect Moon;

4. If Moon is hemmed between two malefic planets;

5. If Moon is placed alone in a House with no other planets on either side of it;

6. If Moon is posited with Sun. In this case Moon looses its power and fails to give desired results;

7. If along with Moon, ascendant is badly affected either with placement or with aspect of malefic planets;

8. If 4th House is imperfect i.e. it has no power. If the 4th House or its Lord is under the influence of malefic planets, the native will usually suffer from depression and stressful life.

There are four astrological signs which are inherently prone to depression . Capricorn favors depression because it serves its inherent sense of guilt. It is the mortality of the world that Capricorn sees . . Because of this particular way of responding to life. remedies to strengthen 4th house should be undertaken. Ascendant and its Lord should be given more power by wearing stones.Venus/Saturn for many years.If proper remedies are performed. he can avoid the depression of a Moon/Pluto . Sagittarius perceives life through the lenses of Jupiter-Zeus. The following is a compilation of astrological planetary configurations that are symbolic of an individual's propensity towards depression and his survival instincts.Scorpio.Above placement in a horoscope indicate depression and stress. These signs tend to express their problems through the symbol of depression in their own particular mode. If Moon is weak and badly placed. 2. Capricorn. ~Scorpio . 8. 5.the higher purpose. he will focus selectively on the meaningfulness of those experiences . 3. The following remedies should be carried out: 1. 6. there is often a big backlog of difficult of emotions tucked away in the subconscious of the Sagittarian's psyche. perform remedies of Moon and wear Pearl or Moon Stone with the consultation of an astrologer. Given the enormous range of experiences available in life. However. It is not predisposed to see a world full of inherent meaning pointing toward some profound spiritual goal. a person can feel relief from stressful life. and the extreme vulnerability of the human animal. its inherent struggle.Capricorn~ ~Gemini . 4. 9. Worshipping Lord Shiva or offering water to Shiva Linga has always shown favourable results. the fragile nature of life. If 4th House is weak or its Lord is under the influence of malefic planets.its limitations. He will often not deal with the immediate negative feelings which a bad experience provokes as the negative feeling would cloud the intuitive perception of the meaning. Gemini and Sagittarius.Sagittarius~ 7.

and the differences between brief versus prolonged episodic instability. By determining the activations and timing factors through observing the transits. as listed below. familiarize yourself with the planets. and overall mental health states in a natal chart. rather it registers the experience as confirmation of the human condition. By studying the Panchamsa (DV). and/or ourselves. Gemini . and bhuktis in effect. The trigger for Scorpio's depression is loneliness and separation.) 12. 10. depression. main periods. our friends. loss. rather than the intuition is the primary tool of adaptation and adjustment. we can prepare our clients. affecting long term and short term mental states. we can then see more clearly the complex but contributing long term or short term factors leading to the destabilization of mental health. Long term mental and emotional instability issues are shown by weakness of and/or affliction to significant natal planets. .(Splitting is also characteristic of Gemini and Sagittarius. By understanding through case studies. Unlike Sagittarius. life is hard and one must work and struggle. and the dilemmas of human relationship because the god who stands behind this sign is the Great Mother. it does not register the inner meaning of an experience. Crowther CVA First.One cannot expect grace from heaven.and also. and signs that address anxiety. Capricorn's innate depression is neither pathological nor curable because it is part and parcel of the individual's vision of life. They will usually project the darkness outside onto other people or society or onto the body. depression keeps others out. what areas of the natal chart are weak with respect to mental health both in the natal chart and in transit. The Scorpio personality always seeks to merge with what he /she loves. that may trigger an alert to upcoming tensions. It is an embrace of immediate experience rather than an intuition of the implications of the experience and the sensation function. while at the same time fearing the loss of power which accompanies such merging. we can further assess planetary strengths and weaknesses. The roots of Scorpio's depression are separation. Scorpio favors depression because it is an excellent and effective form of expressing vindictive anger while remaining relatively blameless in in the eyes of others . The short-term problemsare exposed by the malefic transit influences over significant weak natal planets. for possible trying times with respect to mental and/or emotional instability or difficulty. who represents the unity and life-preserving drives of all instinctual life. houses. 11. Astrology of Mental Health by Sandy L.

and consequently bring upon the native anything from anxiety and depression. such as mental retardation. houses. fifth. can result in severe mental handicaps. and depression. Happiness. Significant capabilities Houses: controlled The fourth by and the the brain. and/or both the Moon and Mercury. depending upon the severity of affliction and weakness. and insomnia. the third house and Mars rule initiatives. and the fifth houses. and the contributing nature of any influential contacts. which also factors into consideration For when Divisional assessing Analysis determinants we for anxiety. The third house and Mercury rule mental growth.) The overall natal weakness and/or affliction of the planets connected with the third. and signs can cause the psychiatric difficulties and emotional problems to be active for long durations. Significators:       Depression: the fifth house Emotional Peace: the fifth and Moon Mental Peace: the fourth and Moon Nervous Control: the sixth and Mercury General Karaka (significator) for the fifth: Jupiter General Karaka (significator) for the fourth: Moon and Venus Points to Remember: Mercury. Mercury rules nerves and communication 2. and general disposition are ruled by the first house.Significators of Psychiatric Problems: 1. and are additionally factored in. Significant Signs:Cancer and Leo. when badly placed or under the severe affliction of the most malefic planet equal bhava madhya (midpoint). hypertension. Both the sixth house and Mercury rule nervous control. Divisional Emotional transit Chart afflictions can relate to short-term for Depression: Divisional fifth: Health disturbances. the fourth. causes unmanageable anxiety leading to depression. to full blown manic episodes. (Although beyond the scope of this discussion. 3. emotional peace of mind. may result in mental deficiencies for the native. Panchamsa. the fourth house rules the power of basic comprehension. the fourth. and without any contact of benefic offsetting influences. along with both the Moon and Mercury. inabilities to cope. nervous breakdowns. severe natal weakness and/or affliction of the planets connected with the third. Natal afflictions to the significator planets. and the fifth houses. study: . where 4. health. and the fifth house rules intelligence. ruling the analytical abilities. Significant Planets: Significator of the mind is the Moon.

only we base our evaluation on the horoscope. as often times they become the saving grace for those clients experiencing depression.. So to look at the primary significations for a person’s general. especially with respect to something as delicate as states of mental health.” To elaborate on the above a bit. aspects. and to get that. Cancer’s may experience ups and down more frequently on account of being ruled by the fast moving Moon. as many aspects of the behavior criteria. The prescriptions we recommend are remedial measures with propitiation of the malefics. and emotional health is certainly mandatory and a big part of the astrological synthesizing process. fifth) significator. anxiety. Often times these prescription intentions are met with unsuccessful results when it comes to finding the magic pill for behavior modification or relief. karaka for emotions and mental peace. we need to include all the influences. Condition of lagna and lagna lord certainly play a role in mental health. and general disposition are ruled by the first house. and motivational aspects of the patient must be thoroughly evaluated for appropriate medical diagnosis. For example. such as Psychiatrists and Psychologists. This is often not an easy task. because mental and emotional states of mind are based on so many internal and external personal experiences. physical. does lagna/lagna lord play any role in mental health?Thanks for your kind words. Every individual horoscope is a woven pattern of unique energy at play. Often times the psychiatric medical diagnosis is followed by lengthy and diversified experimentation in medication. and then we are in a position to better determine what influences appear to pre- . where I stated “Every individual horoscope is a woven pattern of unique energy at play. and mood disorders. And the lord(s) of the particular significant/relevant houses in the rashi chart. its strength. and this energy must be thoroughly synthesized and integrated before a conclusion can be drawn. We ALL have bad days – some people just have bad days more frequently than others. Note: Diagnosing states of Mental Health can be a lengthy process for Professionals in the medical field. especially with respect to something as delicate as states of mental health. 3. Yes. where I stated (albeit briefly) that “Happiness. occupants. I would like to know. Moon. The strength The of the lord of the ascendant for for the the appropriate divisional divisional.1. 2. while other personality types are better equipped for a pre-disposition for taking things in stride.. background. many of which remain a mystery to all but the patient. the condition of the first house.Questions & Answers:It is really a very good article given on mental health. while minimizing side effects. I advise all astrologers to become very familiar with remedial measures.” Then in the last paragraph. Astrologer’s encounters similar experiences and investigations in their search. because we need a full evaluation of the entire chart picture. and it’s lord/karaka are all very important for determining the tone and nature of the personality in general. some are pre-disposed to consistent emotional and/or mental turmoil. Please see under “Points to Remember”. Although beyond the scope of this article. and synthesizing and integrating the entire chart is key. with the physician searching for the appropriate medicinal prescriptive relief for that particular patient. But analysis by planetary piecemeal without synthesis will never give the entire picture. and this energy must be thoroughly synthesized and integrated before a conclusion can be drawn. health. The (Jupiter 4.

un-afflicted. He was medically diagnosed with ADHD. may just result in a weakened planet being the most influential planet in the chart….dominate. no afflictions to houses. Moon was weak. and no planetary afflictions – but the client was consistently having a severe impairment to his long-term coping mechanisms because of multiple planetary weakness.It happens… So isn’t Jyotish the most wonderful exercise in mental aerobics we have on the planet? . and aspects its own MT house or is aspected by benefics. I have seen charts with no natal nodal afflictions. That includes a complete comprehension of the planetary weaknesses present in the chart – as well as the afflictions – as both cause difficulty. Jupiter was combust. resulting in a pre-disposition to excesses. as was Mercury. On the other hand. we also need to consider that when a benefic weak planet is wellplaced. His lagna was Sagittarius. it still retains some capacity for beneficence…the question then becomes how much power does it retain? So a careful weighing and evaluation of all planetary influences.

Aspects and the Birth Chart: I have always understood that a planetary aspect (or indeed a difficultly placed planet) represents a challenge that can manifest in many different ways. aspects indicate as to whether certain parts of the personality are working in harmony with the other parts. The planets relationships to one another represent an inner dialogue and whilst certain parts of the chart. This is the ‘final conflict’ if you like and provides us with an opportunity to become consciously aware of t he innermost conflicts present within our psyche. then the vibrational rate of that particular planetary configuration can move ‘upstream’ and can be experienced on a more harmoniously integrated level. (ME/CFS). by looking into our habitual emotional responses. However if this is not achieved. as shown by the planets involved. For example. I felt that there must be a key here. pain and depression. Specific Aspects in the Birth Charts of ME/CFS Sufferers: It was with this aim in mind that I began to examine the birth charts of sufferers. a pattern that could be unravelled and consequently explored. I became increasingly convinced that there has to be an answer and having studied astrology for many years I began to examine birth charts of sufferers specifically with regard to this problem. the majority of which responded to particular planetary patterns. then I believe the ultimate manifestation of any unresolved aspect energy is physical illness. On a basic level. Firstly I examined how the planets ‘behaved’ and the energies that they manifested on a . This creates blockages and conflicts that manifest as life events. in order that they are able to ‘shout’ at us until we hear them and respond accordingly. or whether these debilitating conditions originate from a weakened or damaged psyche. these patterns before they manifest as illness. If we can understand and mitigate. This state of disharmony will continue to exist until we face what is happening to us and adjust our behaviour accordingly. In my understanding it is the way that the inner conflicts within all of us attempt to resolve themselves . or help resolve. may be communicating well and working together towards harmony and success. then we must face the challenge alone and cannot escape or avoid its consequences. in whatever form. We must take full responsibility and it is then so much harder to transfer or project the blame onto life itself or others around us. that the planets ‘responsible’ for the external manifestation of the trauma and turmoil of their younger years were also those that directly affected the immune system and health in general. Once illness occurs. I wanted to help others understand what it is that creates this cycle of illness. or by readdressing our thought processes and internal dialogues. others may not be communicating constructively and may well be at loggerheads with one another. it may show itself as a psychological imbalance. the effects of which are projected into the body. When I began to study the birth charts of other sufferers. are enigmas to both the medical profession and sufferers alike. then wemay be able to prevent further internal discord. or personal life-experiences. There is much controversy as to whether these syndromes are a weakness of the physical immune system. These manifestations bring to us the opportunity to tackle them as a tangible and real issue. I was interested not only in the planetary placings. will redirect itself toward another area of life. or indeed as physical illness. An aspect may manifest itself in many ways. In whichever way it chooses to express itself. what I initially saw was. as certain planetary connections were very prevalent in the majority of the charts. this gives us an opportunity to recognise the difficulty and confront and deal with the underlying issues. Once we have achieved this difficult task. Experience has taught me that if an aspect is not resolved on one level.if we do not respond to their initial whisper. I have for the past few years been very interested in these conditions – having known many CFS sufferers I’ve learned just how restrictive and frustrating it can be. either by addressing our physical well-being and learning to respect and trust in our body and its functions. then the effects of the aspect. inherent within the individual and exacerbated by stress and modern living. of course. or the personality. or whether perhaps there is evidence of conflict.Medical Astrology Introduction: Myalgic Encephalitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. relationship conflicts. but the aspects themselves. I wanted to understand why some individuals developed ME/CFS and not other physical conditions or illnesses. then they will begin to shift their position and becoming more potent.

that may resonate for some sufferers and which may therefore prove to be helpful. it gives us our ability to fight. I understood how these planets initially functioned on an early life experience level. but these did not seem to be especially relevant. It is directly affected by our emotional experiences which are stored as memories. through Mercury. We therefore feel that we are able to succeed and are deserving of success. I could see that the planet Mars is. However. or planetary connections. Neptune afflicting the Sun. Saturn. It inhibits and restricts that which it influences and seems. in these particular charts. But perhaps there may be something here. As vulnerable children we are at the mercy of life. our emotions in the physical form of aggression or passionate responses to life. process and sort our experiences into a more structured form. It is through this method that we shape the thought patterns that stay with us throughout adulthood. This planet on a physical level can be indicative of a ‘leaky aura’ or inability to erect firm boundaries within relationships. of course. to negatively influence Mars very strongly. that seem to lead to the manifestation of these conditions. My aim is help and to hopefully bring some light to these difficult conditions. it is the part of us where we return to for reassurance when under stress or are threatened in some way. I am not for a moment assuming that all individuals with ME/CFS will find the following psychological patterns familiar. this core forms in the early years and is very much about the energies of the Moon and our need for security and nurturing. a complete inability to assert ourselves. circumstance and. was also extremely prevalent. or at the other end of the scale. bringing a heightened nervous sensitivity or slight internal instability/changeability – although this is a slightly less common influence than the others mentioned. or outwardly manifest. I believe there are many different personality types and factors that ‘cause’ these conditions. not just ME/CFS sufferers. Those authoritarian Saturn characters. Please understand that I am not judging. when functioning in a challenging manner. I also examined the parallel and contra-parallel aspects. sense of identity and personal power (as shown by our Sun. is connected with the expression of aggression and violence. bringing trauma. This planet governs childhood developmental processes and the intellect. can ‘take away’ our personal power and make us less definite as individuals. which show themselves to be either a positive or challenging influence in our lives affect us on a deep level. I began to see a pattern emerging. We all have a ‘core self’ – that part of ourselves that is formed in childhood. lovable. These aspects are of course very common and in isolation cannot predispose an individual to ME/CFS.general level. As young children or adults. especially when in direct conflict with the Sun. very influential. For everyone. This governs our emotional responses to life and is developed at a very early age. of harshness and also difficulties in the development of positive belief systems. as I know first hand how this condition instils fear and intense frustration within the sufferer and I certainly don’t wish to cause anyone any discomfo rt. strong. The limbic system is governed by the Moon. When we are able to defend ourselves effectively we can protect ourselves physically – to ensure our survival. It supports our genuine. authentic self and the expression of our deepest needs. So. emotional stress and power-orientated conflict with others. or in a Saturn sign (Capricorn or Aquarius). However. to assert ourselves and to survive – to look after number one. We need a positive sense of self as this helps us develop our Mars energy. This connection is indicative of the repression of joy and faith. The Emotional and Psychological Responses of the ME/CFS Sufferer: When examining the birth charts. Uranus also seems to have some influence. our emotional self. I wanted to understand the psychological makeup of those individuals that corresponded to this initial pattern. people who feel comfortable in the outside world. This planet when afflicted can manifest as physical sensitivity and also may bring a sense of powerlessness. Neptune also plays an important role. the adults that we encounter. Moon and Mars) is stable and intact. We need a sense of personal power to feel defined and certain of our needs. The energy of Mars is affected by the Moon. I also could see how the planets involved bought about anxiety. But before examining these areas. our ego. What is detailed below is simply my interpretation regarding some of the personalities that I have studied. depression and difficulties with self-expression and the ability to feel ‘heard’. Moon or Ascendant. We then. it is the combination of these factors. as it is through Mars that we express. Mars or the Ascendant. afflicted. When it is used constructively. hardship. This planet can. bring harsh and spiritually depleting experiences. at its lowest form. the engine that . also featured very strongly. Mercury and an emphasis upon Virgo is very much part of the pattern shown in the charts. Jupiter in conflict with Saturn. When this stage of our life is positively nurturing it provides us with an innate sense of security. This planet. of course. Moon. even a tiny part of the following. I needed to understand how those planets had affected the sufferers on a physical and systematic level. Examining the charts. If we are lucky enough to be given positive reinforcement as to who we are – that we are good. As young people we absorb through the influence of our Moon what life shows us.

our drive is working in harmony with our personal expression. thus inhibiting our personal expression. and their condition. They becoming rigid. vulnerable and above all. both verbally and somatically. at its root. then we are alone and that is very frightening. as a result of this early trauma or lack of support. it is no wonder that these individuals find it hard to even consider that their illness may be psychologically based. we are not so lucky and we are not given the inner nourishment. Thus begins a very hard task – Saturn and Mars dictate that they must work hard. We feel that we have failed ourselves and others and develop a highly sensitive and imbalanced response to responsibility. After all. Simply put. With societal pressure upon all of us to be mentally sound and psychologically balanced. being perfectionists and resolutely tenacious in nature – they just push harder to keep up – until they collapse. means that their already over developed sense of responsibility and inner fear of inadequacy has to take on even more and an acute sense of failure is experienced. the belief is this . negatively and try to find a reason for their illness. The Saturn qualities within us then gain a negative hold over the personality and begin to bring about a sense of failure. ME/CFS sufferers are primarily perfectionist with a great fear of failure – which is why the ME occurs. powerless. unassertive. So instead of riding easily and comfortably inside a safe vehicle they have to manually push it over the hills using sheer determination and true grit. we are gently assertive and comfortable with success and personal power. To understand and accept that ME/CFS is not. a Saturn channel. The energies as shown by the birth chart finally manifest as CFS/ME when the mind and body cannot cope any longer with the stress of the conflicts experienced. of keeping the other person away from the fragile and vulnerable core proves too much and they shy away. that we need. Any activity/potential . or exert themselves further in the projection of what they see as the lovable acceptable and successful self. usually emotionally complex. through either their behaviour or achievements.fuels our way into adulthood and provides us with the belief that we have the right to defend ourselves and therefore protect ourselves from harm. The fear that drove them to over-achieve then transfers to the ME – becoming a fear of weakness. They struggle with society judging them. In essence. They hide that part of them that feels unacceptable and unlovable. highly intelligent and sensitive individuals.if they are not loved for who they really are then they must recreate themselves and gain acceptance and approval from the outside world somehow. nervous. Saturn. respond by creating an external persona as protection. some individuals. many levels). This is why so many people with ME/chronic fatigue have problems with intimate relationships. The core self has for too long been working against the outer external false self – casting its shadow upon the achievements of the individual. The inner self has no harmonious outlet – it is stifled and kept under wraps for fear of not being good enough to be loved and accepted and so the true emotions are not give expression. which of course brings on more exhaustion and consequent illnesses. worthless. When the body finally ‘crashes’ -‘I cannot cope with this any longer’ is the familiar cry of the CFS/ME personality. that their body will let them down and they will consequently fail. The Mars/Saturn and Mercury/Virgo influence drives them on and they desperately try to find a coping mechanism to overcome these very difficult feelings and perceptions. Consequently. If this matures healthily. or anything externally that gives a sense of power and achievement that is lacking internally. Nothing is good enough and so more effort must be expended. They pour their energies into keeping up this façade. then the natural response is to feel rejected. one which they find too painful to bear. The effort of maintaining the façade continuously at close proximity. They cut off because of fear of rejection. overly responsible and fearful and also carry a strong sense of disempowerment. If. They may focus on the career. If they do not do achieve then the option is to give up and accept that those responsible for supporting them were right to treat them as they did and that they are as powerless as they really feel. However. These individuals obviously cannot keep up with those in competition – they are at a severe disadvantage. not by faith. It’s not a case of blame – it’s not anyone’s fault that these individuals early response to stress and trauma p roves not to be effective. to present to the world what they feel is acceptable in order to gain a sense of self from others’ approval. This ultimately proves to be exhausting – like a car without fuel they can roll down the hill. Mercury and Mars are then expressing their qualities at their most challenging. on a psychological level. but it is almost impossible to climb mountains without the engine working properly. love or self-belief (positive Jupiter qualities) and this response allows the Saturn ‘sub -personality’ to negatively respond to life. however. with that part of ourselves that expresses our needs and desires to the outer world. This need to achieve is driven by fear. For those that develop ME/CF. physical (although obviously the continuous effort expended affects the physical body on many. if those responsible for us do not take care of us. of not being able to cope. afraid. even to the point of overwork and subsequent ‘burnout’. ME/CF sufferers are in essence fighters and are also often perfectionists. The actual manifestation of ME is the soul/body crying out that the inner is not working in harmony with the outer. that the coping mechanism erected at an early age is not a good long-term technique. This response to relationships creates the strong sense of isolation of which many sufferers complain.

creating a false and temporary sense of power and confidence. They become reliant upon others who perhaps lack integrity and are. and this affects coordination and muscular response. Mars also governs adrenaline. Those who have fully recovered from these debilitating conditions have indeed found self-empowerment therapies to be incredibly helpful.the challenging energies of Saturn and Mars responding and gaining a hold over the sufferer. rather than being solely responsible for any particularly specific imbalances.achievement is avoided for fear of failure – or of being punished for trying . the blood. Uranus governs neurotransmitters generally and when this planet was examined in the subject charts. I was particularly interested in dopamine. how we assert ourselves and how we express anger and our more intense feelings. to bring what we feel and what we desire into physical reality. it seemed not to have a predictable effect upon the natives of the charts. which are both connected to Mars. With regards to the charts studied. I am not for a minute suggesting that seeking help and support from outside sources is not constructive. as mentioned above. sensitising the neurotransmitter levels and consequently the nervous system. no hope. A form of dopamine is administered to sufferers to help alleviate symptoms. Of course one must seek help for illness and difficulties and many. The sign placing of Mars itself seemed initially not to be relevant when looking at the charts. It is as if the individual gives away their personal power (Mars) and the responsibility for their well-being to a ‘higher’ authority. However further study showed a very high prevalence of Mercurial influences. This is an external manifestation of their inner fears and feelings of helplessness. Dopamine is also found to be deficient in sufferers of Parkinson’s. It is interesting that Saturn. Dopamine: The neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin are both found to be low in CFS/ME sufferers. Rather than finding their own sense of inner stability. This planet gives us our drive. the muscles. in essence. of which dopamine is a precursor. it governs the immune system. is given to patients who suffer from low blood pressure . They give their power completely to those whom they believe are stronger and more powerful and this can lead to these sensitive souls being mislead by some ‘healers’ or ‘gurus’ . It governs our ability to utilise our personal power. as this chemical governs the drive. This indicates that the . (i. to help them find a ‘cure’. the passion and thrill-seeking elements of the personality – that fearless Mars energy. a cure for their illness. often those who offer help under the umbrella of ‘alternative therapies’. as they are also very much part of our expression of power. either by sign or aspect to Mars. Many recreational drugs stimulate this particular neurotransmitter. instils a combination of fear and awe with regards to authoritarian figures. Looking at the effects of dopamine itself. of course. to release fear and embrace life once again. Therefore this supports the fact that the immune system is deficient in sufferers – which is a physical manifestation of the sense of powerlessness and inability to defend themselves effectively. when not functioning healthily. It is a mark of their extreme determination and strength that despite these fears and the negative messages they are receiving from others they continue to seek an answer.e. in a form that can cross the blood brain barrier. Mars also governs the immune system which gives us our ability to fight illness. This planet’s energy when afflic ted is restrictive in nature. I wanted to understand how the astrological imbalances shown in the natal chart could possibly be connected to the general health. It also is indicative of how our sexual energies work. Neurotransmitters – the Chemical Messengers and ME/CFS: Moving onto a deeper level. a negative manifestation of Neptune. This is not surprising considering its essential nature! It seemed to be a contributory factor on various levels.which again corresponds to the energy of Mars and its connection with the blood. it is likely then that this chemical messenger is governed then by the planet Mars. courage. th ey refer to the external world for help. also the energy centres of the red blood cells and. many therapies are incredibly effective and have cured many people – it is the extent to which some ME/CFS sufferers rely on others to find the answer. (Saturn). it enables our feelings and desires to become physical. The message here is that they will be let down by their own bodies and that the safest bet is to do nothing – to withdraw and avoid anything that requires a response. Therapies need to be focused upon self-empowerment and the development of inner faith and confidence. dopamine is necessary to create adrenaline). Also dopamine. the bodily systems and specifically some of the neurotransmitters or ‘chemical messengers’. this planet is often blocked by Saturn. We need to find a way to re-empower the sufferers of these conditions – to give them back their power – to release Saturn and increase the energy of Mars. the chemical which gives us or ‘fight or flight’ mechanism. the ability to confront or avoid danger. I began to look at the connection between the emotional responses of these individuals and the physical manifestations of CFS/ME. This is reflected in some sufferers relying upon others. Often sufferers will be told by others that there is no cure. On a physical level.

but certainly corresponds with the Saturn energy of repression and inhibition. The use of SSRIs causes anxiety levels to be reduced. Also Saturn inhibits and restricts and brings a fear of loss of control and of allowing life to be experienced fully. but that they felt unable to admit this ‘weakness’ due to male stereotyping and social pressure. SSRIs have been used with some success on CFS/ME sufferers.physical body in sufferers is sensitised by the energies of this planet and that nervous energy will be constantly utilised by the demands of Mars. Traditionally. it is the act of orgasm that stimulates the production of dopamine. Genital massage was performed on the patients. Despite this fact. It was believed by certain very prominent therapists at that time that this condition was. dopamine levels in the brain are carefully balanced and when serotonin is elevated. but unfortunately motivation and passion are also depleted – both emotionally and sexually (Mars). the serotonin. What I find is very interesting is that low dopamine. I am sure that if the Neurasthenia subject’s charts were studied we would find the Saturn. It seems that ME/CFS sufferers are likely to have either a natural deficiency of dopamine. embraced and welcomed without barriers. a fact that some medical historians have already considered may be true. The majority of the charts studied showed stressful aspects between all three planets – Mercury. a condition very similar with regards to the symptoms of ME/CFS was often referred to as Neurasthenia and nervous exhaustion was believed to be one cause of this phenomenon. ME/CFS and the Neurasthenia Link: Historically. This group of antidepressants slows the brains absorption of serotonin and so enables the brain to make better use of the serotonin available. (SSRIs). it may be useful to consider how best dopamine levels can be safely and acceptably raised in patients who correspond to the neurasthenia-ME/CFS psychological and astrological patterns – to release the Mars energy and to stabilise Mercury. to be trusted. So the SSRIs seem to address part of the problem. The majority of the charts I studied corresponded very much to the symptoms of Neurasthenia and I think these conditions (ME/CFS and Neurasthenia) are one and the same. This condition was also referred to as ‘Hysteria’ and was believed to be a primarily female complaint. Interestingly. Although the treatment described above may be considered very basic and also generally socially unacceptable today. anxiety disorders and a generally ‘nervous temperament’. all had stressful aspects between Mercury and Saturn – which restricts the mental energies and at the same time can create a mental state that drives itself beyond its energetic capacity. Mercury energies link strongly with that of Mars. at its root. This neurotransmitter is used by the body to metabolise stress hormones and so this type of antidepressant is particularly useful in treating anxiety disorders. even those who do not directly display signs of depression. sexual in nature and that an attributable factor was the inability to orgasm fully. Mars and Saturn . I am sure that men also suffered from these problems. Examining the charts of the ME/CFS sufferers. Conversely. which is deficient in ME/CFS patients. So perhaps this very basic (and somewhat controversial) therapy was indeed effective in raising the levels of this neurotransmitter and therefore helpful to relieving the symptoms of fatigue and stress caused by the Neurasthenia. I began . those charts that were free from Mercury influences to Mars. The word hysteria is derived from the Greek word for womb because it was believed that only women suffered from this problem. Serotonin and Melatonin: Interestingly the neurotransmitter serotonin also seems to be deficient in many sufferers of ME/CFS and many CFS/ME sufferers respond to the use of antidepressants and specifically to the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. affects the sexual drive and ability to orgasm. so boosting the immune system perhaps reduces the (Mercury) anxiety. but are not the whole answer. (Mercury). present in the body. along with the stress and build up of tension that is experienced with sensitised Mercury. Mercury under this kind of stress will most certainly gives rise to hyperactivity. in order to help relieve the condition. then the dopamine levels drop. There was a very interesting therapy practiced both by doctors and midwives for women suffering from this condition. therefore relieving some of the pressure on the physical body (Mars). Research has shown that use of this medication can actually increase the killer cells that help destroy infection. Mercury afflicted in a Saturn sign is indicative of Neurasthenia. This sounds very strange. The adrenals must constantly be overworked and therefore possibly depleting the dopamine resources present.creating a combination of physical and mental stresses. The result being mental exhaustion and stress which consequently will affect the bodily functions. especially regarding the dopamine deficiency. This particular chemical calms and relaxes the individual and brings about a feeling of general well-being. I still felt that serotonin levels were a very important factor to consider and I wanted to know if a natural serotonin deficiency could be found in the birth charts. However. or perhaps it is that the levels of this chemical are especially sensitised to stress in these individuals and are easily depleted by excess activity or a natural inherent tendency toward nervous tension.

(serotonin is the precursor of melatonin) is somehow disturbed. This is another externalisation of a sense of powerlessness and lack of self-belief – the ‘leaky aura syndrome’ allowing negative energy to enter the auric field on both an emotional and physical level. this shows us that the levels of serotonin in ME/CFS sufferers are deficient and that the SSRIs are certainly helpful in addressing this particular imbalance. Neptune also featured in the charts to a large extent and this is a relevant planet as when under stress it can increase physical and emotional sensitivity and deplete the vitality somewhat. Research has shown that very low levels of electromagnetic energy can stimulate the bodily systems and in particular the brain cells. their attitudes and perspective of life. It is likely that the neurotransmitter levels in the brain are stimulated by the trauma of birth and are then permanently ‘set’ at those levels. it follows that if an individual has a difficult. when functioning at a challenging level. via life experiences. Neptune is about letting go. the levels of which may already be affected by the weakened pineal gland. Therefore. Astrologically speaking. producing adrenaline – (rules by Mars) to restore equilibrium and homeostasis to the bodily systems. this is why SSRIs are helpful in the treatment of ME/CFS insomnia – they increase the amount of serotonin available that can then be converted to melatonin. If my findings are correct. This chemical not only relaxes and calms the effects of an imbalanced Mercury. As Neptune is said to rule the pineal gland. as indicated by the afflicted Neptune energies.the Birth Chart and the Transiting Planets: This research into neurotransmitters and their astrological connections is still in its infancy and I certainly am not presuming that I’m an expert in these matters. but also the perspective may be distorted and therefore the external life will reflect back to the individual concerned. both incline the individual to react to life in a narrowminded and pessimistic way. together with a desire to explore and experience existence without fear or cynicism – all in all a wholly Jupiterian effect. Glycogen is stored in the liver and the muscles . Perhaps then. or Jupiter itself was in the sign of Capricorn. glycogen is governed by Jupiter and is released when the body is under stress. then perhaps that level is permanently set and is then a part of the individuals brain chemistry balance. Serotonin restores faith in life. Neurotransmitters . it can incline us to develop allergies or be vulnerable to viral infections. drive or the general energy levels of the individual concerned.serotonin regulates this form of glucose. Moon. Birth one of the most stressful experiences that we will ever encounter and our body chemistry must be extremely vulnerable at this point. brings a sense of enjoyment.e. When I examined the charts in question I found that almost every case had either a challenging connection between Jupiter and Saturn. Presumably. Fear and a negative mental attitude lea d to a ‘closing off’ from that which is seen as unfamiliar and life is perceived as frightening. calming and soothing the mind. birth then the brain chemistry levels may well be permanently imbalanced and this will be indicated in the birth chart. Saturn is surely blocking the Jupiter energies and challenging the faith of the individual. When conjunct or adversely affecting the Sun. Mercury and Saturn. trusting and releasing the self into the unknown and when it is challenged then this energy is dispersed and becomes ineffective and unfocused. Consequently these chemical imbalances will lead not only to difficulties responding to life in a harmonious manner. There are many other neurotransmit ters that need to be examined more closely and I would welcome any input/ideas from readers that have specialised knowledge of neurotransmitters. i. thus affecting their personal characteristics and. the conflicts and discord present on an internal level. If Neptune is afflicted in the birth chart. The planets themselves emit various levels of electromagnetic energy which resonate with and so affect all of us in various ways. this planet may rule this particular chemical messenger – which is what enables us to experience restful sleep. which produces the neurotransmitter melatonin. is that the idea that we can look at levels of neurotransmitters present in any given individual by examining the birth chart and the planetary influences present at the moment of birth opens up a huge subject and one that is very exciting. If a certain planetary electromagnetic frequency stimulates a part of the brain that produces a particular neurotransmitter at the moment of birth. is that the Saturn restrictions shown to be affecting Jupiter in almost all of the charts studied affect and limit the serotonin levels and so there is simply not enough available to be converted to melatonin. What I do feel. Jupiter/Neptune conflicts are indicative of those sufferers that have difficulty getting restful sleep – the Jupiter restlessness heightening the already weakened and energetically dispersed Neptune. though. A more likely theory however. on a systematic level. Therefore it may be that Jupiter governs the neurotransmitter serotonin. Ascendant or Mars. but do not help bring up motivation. or traumatic. importantly. which is why so many sufferer’s symptoms are exacerbated by insomnia. which of course can manifest as physical .to look specifically at the connection with serotonin. but also helps counteract the repressive and restrictive Saturn energies. then possibly the transformation from serotonin to melatonin.

he may make rash decisions without considering the possible consequences. which directly affects a certain characteristic or part of ourselves. creating a temporary state of over-optimism and even laziness.but again much more research     . Therefore if each planet. to a large extent. then the birth chart is in effect a map of the brain and the planetary placings can potentially us how the chemical messengers are working for any particular individual. then this will perhaps help to stabilise the individual’s serotonin levels bringing clear perspective and a practical and common -sense approach to life and its issues. this may be any illness and most certainly includes ME or CFS. As this may well temporarily alter the dopamine/serotonin balance. It is possible that with the first breath and our first cry as we enter this world. If. There are. Certain neurotransmitters may correspond to the electro-magnetic energies of specific planets. trauma and difficult early life experiences manifest as physical illness . It is interesting that Mercury governs the mind. we are setting up the brain/mind chemicals that ultimately define who we are on both a cerebral and personal level. Using the same example. transiting Jupiter makes a conflicting aspect to this individuals natal Jupiter. Also there is more research to be carried out regarding the transiting planets and crucial life/time phases in the lives of sufferers. have a clear understanding of the need to guard against risks. on a very basic level. Some of the neurotransmitters are possibly deficient or out of balance in ME/CFS patients. The chemical messengers in our brains determine. The charts studied that show the aforementioned patterns seem to be show symptoms similar to the condition of Neurasthenia and this indicates that it is possible that they are in fact one and the same condition The neurotransmitter levels may be ‘set’ at birth and a difficult birth chart may indicate an imbalance in the neurotransmitters. however. It is also possible therefore that any imbalance regarding the neurotransmitters may manifest itself as a physical illness. which may affect the birth chart and so define the personality and its reactions to life .in these cases these systematic imbalances are expressed specifically as ME/CFS. (Interestingly. rather than governing one particular chemical. Therefore. is associated with a particular neurotransmitter. someone with a well placed Jupiter will have ample serotonin and therefore will be able to relate to life with ease and a positive attitude. or a specific planetary combination. Conclusion: So. as this planet seems to cover the brain chemicals on a general level) So it may be that the planets at birth ‘set’ our neurotransmitter levels and the transiting planets stimulate the levels present in or brains causing our personalities to be adjusted slightly for a certain time period and so altering the way in which we perceive reality. in conclusion I feel that –  There seems to be a definite pattern in the birth charts of some sufferers that indicates that in certain personality types. if this time transiting Saturn creates a positive aspect to the natal Jupiter. For example. the breath and the voice. They will be able to balance work and play and generally manage the stresses and strains of life quite well. This would therefore provide opportunities for progress on many levels. during this time period. taking the previous example into consideration.illness. This is similar to Uranus. Working with this theory. we also have to examine as to how the transiting planets affect the neurotransmitter levels. then it is possible that their serotonin levels may ‘over-respond’. we can see how a person’s perspective of life and its events are coloured by examining the levels of particular neurotransmitters. Saturn seems to either stabilise or deplete neurotransmitters. our ‘personalities’ or instinctive responses to life and its experiences.one that affects many of the bodily systems . other ‘types’ of ME/CFS sufferers who respond to different planetary patterns – these have yet to be investigated. motivation may be decreased and the individual may encounter difficulties due to the fact that he does not. This alteration in perception is responsible for the effect that we have upon external events – the inner reflecting the outer. However.

needs to be carried out to confirm this theory. .