FATHER CONCERNS IN A HOROSCOPE
The importance of a strong, loving father to provide loving guidance in the formative years of development cannot be over-emphasized. When this is lacking in the home, it gives rise to all kinds of behaviors that often manifest either as a superiority complex hiding an inferiority complex or an inferiority complex. A father syndrome can be like that one aching tooth in the mouth. The only difference is that you cannot go to the dentist to have the tooth extracted or fixed. It can be a lifelong ache in many different ways. If you are a parent, mother or father, and the father is in the home, it is important to know what the astrological symbolisms are of father concerns.
First and foremost is Saturn retrograde. Its presence in a horoscope is frequently the most important symbolism in a horoscope because of all that it symbolizes regarding the psychology behind an absent or unfulfilling father relationship. This is especially so if Capricorn is on the cusps of an Angle, intercepted in an Angle and particularly if it rules the 2nd House. In the latter case, we would be seeing a powerful relationship between self esteem concerns and the father relationship.
The above concerns can also be expected, to somewhat lesser degrees, when Saturn aspects the Sun by conjunction, square, quindecile or opposition. When it is an opposition, Saturn will always be retrograde. In these oppositions, there is a direct awareness of the person’s life energy with the father syndrome.
Chelsea’s father concerns are known to all. Her very public figure father was a womanizer, causing shame and embarrassment to her and her mother, peaking with the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Chelsea’s horoscope has many symbols of parental tension: the Sun, ruler of the 10th, is opposed by Mars and Jupiter from the 4th to the 10th. Mercury, in the 4th, is opposed by Saturn Rx, which puts the father syndrome in direct awareness of her need to think sensitively, idealistically and compassionately. What’s more, that 4th House Sun receives a quindecile from that Saturn! There can be no doubt, not only about the father concern but of a problem between the parents. This is all corroborated by the lower hemisphere emphasis, always a huge suggestion of dysfunctional parental business in the formative years of one’s life
Marilyn Monroe’s story is well documented and has been presented on this blog probably a dozen times. Marilyn was born as the result of a one-night stand that her mother had. Marilyn sought her father out when she got older and was instantly denied by him. She spent the rest of her life trying to replace what she missed in him through marriages and relationships, all of which failed.
Marilyn’s horoscope shows the dominant Saturn Rx in the 4th, as kind of a bucket handle, meaning is dominates. It is also part of a T-square to the opposition between Neptune to Moon-Jupiter. That means that the formation of identity and relationships are affected deeply by the father concern. This will spill over into matters having to do with the giving of love (5th House), cooperating with others on their terms, especially at work (she was notoriously difficult on movie sets), and that the whole thing was confining (12th House) for her.
Unaspected planets are of extreme importance in a horoscope. They dominate. They rule. The Houses that these planets rule become dominant factors in one’s life. Here, Uranus is unaspected and is at the Aries Point. Echoing the Moon in Aquarus, this suggests a unique, individualistic presentation of Self to others. The rulership of the 7th House confirms what we already know, that relationship concerns ran amuck (further confirmed by Jupiter’s quindecile to the Ascendant from the 7th).
Pluto is also unaspected, a signature of prominence potential. Its rulership of the 4th House corroborates what we already know about the home situation.
Lastly, Saturn Rx is quindecile Mercury, suggesting a mind that was obsessed with the father syndrome.
If you are a parent, it is super important, if any of the aforementioned symbolisms are in the horoscope of a child of yours, that the father be extra expressive emotionally. There must be displays that show love and pride in the child’s existence. Being autocratic or weak exacerbate the problem suggested by the symbolism. There must be firm, LOVING guidance that leaves no doubt about where your child stands. You otherwise open the door for a world of psychodynamic concerns for your child as an adult.
My oldest brother has Saturn Rx. My next oldest brother has Saturn conjunct Sun and I have Saturn square Sun. Our father was always there but was very autocratic, critical, and was dealing with the reality of having lost his mother because of his birth. There was never a handshake, a compliment, or anything beyond structure and autocracy….no hug and no handshake regardless of how well you did in school or whatever achievement that you had in life and my brothers and I have done a lot of things to make a parent proud. Because I know astrology, I understood my father’s psychology but your child probably doesn’t know astrology. You do!