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Bacchus - Amor - Hidalgo - Hebe - Pandora

1. BACCHUS: Were you raised in an alcoholic family (Bacchus and/or Dionysius)? What has (Bacchus) "addiction" meant in your life? If you don't Let's add a couple more to the mix, beginning with: drink, smoke, sniff or mainline, what form of "denial" is operative? Are you "overly preoccupied" (with points in the Bacchus pattern) as a way of avoiding difficult feelings? What substitutes do you use to ease emotional reactivity? How does Bacchus' configuration show you things about emotional immaturity and control needs? Be sure to think of Bacchus too as what Nietzsche called "the intoxication of the spirit"-- as a way to learn "the high" and the rapture....

2. AMOR. When we start with Bacchus, that leads to Amor because families in which the addiction cycle is strong causes Amor to also be important. Amor is "boundaries." How are yours? Are you able to say "No" and stand up for yourself? Do others "step on your toes" (or stamp on 'em with steel-toed boots)? Do you ever question yourself as to what's acceptable from another person? Amor is also about unconditional love. You see in the gylph "a divided heart." One half keeps the faith about "an utter love, one that is an eternal embrace, without question, withoutexception." The other half says, "Yeah, but this is planet earth, and here, conditions are necessary." So Amor feels this struggle. And what about your self-acceptance? What do you have to do or be to "get" love and acceptance? (...and, yes, we all KNOW that you don't have to do and be anything; Love simply IS. But... there is that level at which you have forgotten that, so look to the sign of Amor--and the aspects, to detail your answer.) And add the idea of "important conditions exist" to any point in the axis or pattern with Amor.

3. HIDALGO. In, for instance, alcoholic families, lots of stuff never gets said. So we include Hidalgo here. While it can refer to Spanish,Mexican or Latin influences in mundane work, it also represents "monitored or circumspect disclosure." Under stressful aspect, it says LESS than all that's on its mind. So, okay, how does the sign of Hidalgo in your chart color that caution? What don't you want to tell-- and why? (And what do the aspects say about that?) Even when Hidalgo appears to be candid, there are things left unsaid. Sometimes there are things Hidalgo doesn't want to fully articulate to itself-- are there things ya' just don't want to say aloud or "in words" (even in your own head)? How come?

4. HEBE. Since we're on "the addiction syndrome" (even in the absence of actual substance abuse,) we want to include the asteroid, Hebe. This Cupbearer to the Gods has morphed into the modern "co-dependent." Sure, Hebe is: service personnel, waitresses, assistants, secretaries, etc (and interns.... check Hebe in Clinton's chart!) but behaviorally, it's about "accepting the unacceptable," about doing too much (and expecting too little.) You can see it's natural link to Amor; there are similar themes here.

5. PANDORA. In charts, Pandora shows "the unexpected;" it's crisis and dealing with unwanted or unanticipated consequences. It's being caught off-guard; it's present when someone says, "But I didn't know THAT would happen." It's the "opps" in your life. And, naturally, it can be wonderful. Pandora can "open new doors;" sometimes giving you "more than you bargained for" is a genuine gift. So, okay, stare at your chart. Where and how have you been surprised? Why? In what ways do you "surprise" others? How do you react when you weren't prepared for something to happen? What kinds of reactions and defenses have you established to handle "crisis"? What's in Pandora's Box when it pops open in your chart? (Aside from a least a small bauble of hope!)