We like to think we are sensible beings who base our actions on conscious decisions. The fact is, all of us are subject to the occasional irrational impulse, the "wild hair" that surprises us and those around us. Usually, this is not a big problem in fact, it can act as a safety valve for our creative abilities and a check against unnecessary self-restriction.
But it's not so healthy when we find ourselves driven by compulsions and obsessions that seem to take over our lives and consume our attention and energy. How can we discover the origins of these forces? Can we turn them into something constructive?
Astrology provides a key to these questions in the quindecile. This newly researched 165-degree aspect of hidden driving forces is thoroughly explored in these pages by an experienced astrologer and mental health professional. Numerous chart examples support the analysis of the quindecile in natal, transit, progressed, and synastry horoscopes. A full set of delineations and interpretations lets you quickly add this illuminating factor to your understanding of any chart. In these pages, you will explore:
* The psychological dynamics of obsession-compulsion
* Planetary dynamics by sign, element, and triplicity
* The quindecile in natals, progressions, transits, and synastry
* A full reference section of interpretations and delineations
* Numerous chart examples of well-known people
You will find that The Quindecile not only points out the nature of inner compulsions, but also suggests ways to transform them into constructive, creative activities and projects.
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About the Author
(Michigan) teaches astrology and lectures throughout North America. She has worked in the field of mental health, addictions, and recovery for more than ten years. She is a graduate of Noel Tyl's Master's Program in astrology.
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The Psychology of Obsession Understanding the dynamics of obsession and compulsion has been a tireless pursuit of mine for many years now, not because of any great work that I wanted to do with other people, but in an attempt to understand the part of my own personality that frequently appears to get out of control. How do I know that it gets out of control? Mostly, because other people tell me it does. Left to my own means, I would stay focused (obsessed) with whatever project I am involved with for days, weeks, or even months at a time. Now, I must tell you, to me this is not a problem, but for those who love and care about me, it very definitely is a problem. They have to sit by and watch me run myself into the ground, again and again, in a continual effort to prove myself to the rest of the world.
In my pursuit of understanding this aspect of my personality, since I do not have a degree in psychology and have never been formally educated in understanding the human psyche, I did the next best thing. I went to work in the mental health and addictions field for many years, spent many years delving into my own psyche with the help of trained professionals, and surrounded myself with family and friends who had the knowledge I so desperately sought. It is the accumulated understanding and realizations gained through these processes that I share with you now.
Obsession is a byproduct of accumulated anxiety. It is the mind's way of focusing itself in order to defend itself against painful emotions connected with trauma or wounds sustained in early development. Compulsion is the action taken to release this accumulated anxiety.
In the clinical diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder, the anxiety that produces obsession is of an ongoing duration, and the compulsion that relieves the anxiety is normally short-lived and must be repeated often. This can be demonstrated in activities such as repetitive hand washing, checking and rechecking lights and locks, and so on. It is not this category of obsessive-compulsive behavior to which I am referring in this book. A disorder of this magnitude must be dealt with by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.
For the rest of us, however, who have obsessive-compulsive tendencies and behaviors of a nonclinical nature, there are other forms of help. In this instance, I am referring to behaviors such as codependency, alcoholism, drug abuse, workaholism, shopping, gambling, eating disorders, sexual addictions, perfectionism, idealism, and the use of manipulation and/or control. Consciously working on these issues, perhaps with the aid of a counselor or therapist, helps us gain awareness into our behaviors. This process not only offers us an opportunity to heal those wounded parts of ourselves that influence our actions and reactions, but also allows us the opportunity to redirect those energies, resulting in amazing outcomes.
These behaviors are centered around an attempt to maintain control of our emotional lives. When we unconsciously or subconsciously avoid dealing with our feelings, because of fear and anxiety, we will naturally gravitate toward whatever will offer us relief. Whatever that thought, deed, or action may be, it will provide us with some form of comfort at the time.
One of the benefits experienced during times of obsession is that we are granted a momentary escape from feeling the emotional pain connected with fear, disappointment, anger, low self-esteem, difficult memories, and so on. This escape can become addictive. It can be used like a drug or alcohol, providing us with relief at a moment's notice. It can become our means of coping with the inner stress that perhaps we can't deal with, don't want to deal with, or simply don't have the tools to deal with.
All of us have become obsessive-compulsive at some time about something in our lives. Maybe it was simply about how our hair looked, about always being on time, about cleaning the house, about being available when someone needed us, or about beating the blankety-blank computer at solitaire. These behaviors easily become a part of our normal routine. This is why it is so hard for us to recognize some of these tendencies and behaviors in ourselves. As in my case, it frequently takes an outside observer to point out that there is a problem. What we need to ask ourselves is why this particular behavior is such an important and integral part of our lives. The answer to this will always be that we are fearful or avoiding something else.
Take the situation of a woman who obsesses about how her hair looks every morning before going to work. Society would say that this is appropriate. After all, shouldn't we try to put our best foot forward whenever we go into the work world? Isn't our physical appearance part of how we are judged in that arena? Surely, this woman is only doing her best to feel confident and self-assured. While this may be true, if she is unable to be comfortable with herself simply because her hair isn't perfect, then the issue is more than what it appears to be. This behavior does not seriously challenge the structure of her life. Therefore we must ask, why does perfect hair give her a feeling of self-assurance or confidence that should really come from a healthy self-esteem? It is normal to have a "bad hair day," but when having one affects the function and feeling of how that day will go, then the hair issue is actually a cover-up for a deeper problem.
The Psychological Dynamics of Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
Life Development Factors That Influence Obsession and Compulsion
The wounds of early childhood create tears in our emotional structure. These tears create holes, and the more tears we experience, the larger the holes may become. These holes in our emotional structure impact us mentally, physically, and spiritually. We then use behaviors, actions, and attitudes in an attempt to fill the holes so that we no longer feel the pain and emptiness they contain.
Childhood wounding may be the result of abusive parents, dysfunctional families, difficulty with siblings, the death of a loved one, early difficulties in school, incessant teasing or bullying by other young children, moving away from a familiar and secure environment to a new and therefore frightening place . . . the list could go on and on. A good friend of mine once told me that the severity of a wound that is inflicted is not about the force of the instrument used to wound the individual. It is always about how sensitive the skin is that receives the wound. Therefore the issue of whether or not the wounding was intentional is of less consequence than how the wound was felt by the individual receiving it. The perception of the wound is as real as the wound itself.
For example, if we come from an early environment where we did not receive the amount or kind of nurturing that we felt we needed, it is probable that the obsession and compulsion will manifest in the form of relationship issues. When satisfactory emotional nurturing is not present during early development, it can easily become the focus of adult life. Attaining that which was lacking or absent in childhood can be a primary motivator of behavior. As an adult, even if we become involved in a nurturing relationship, it is possible that we will not recognize it as such because it does not feel familiar. Knowledge, through memory, of how being nurtured feels is not readily available. Therefore, we may not know when or if we have found it. The idea of what nurturing should feel like is very often different from the reality.
Until we take steps to go back into the often distressing reality of what we perceived was missing or painful during our early lives, we will never heal from those wounds. We will continually seek ways to "fill the hole" or bandage the wound because the anxiety surrounding the memories of those times is so uncomfortable. We will be drawn to use whatever reassures and comforts us for the moment, again and again.
If we accept the challenge of doing the work necessary to deal with those parts of our emotional selves that have been damaged, we have the opportunity to heal ourselves. This process then allows for a renewed source of energy that can then be directed and focused into positive, productive parts of our lives.
The Many Ways Obsession and Compulsion Are Demonstrated in Today's Society
In these days of expected and accepted overdoing, obsessive-compulsive tendencies are continually presented to us as the "norm." The pressure that is present in our current society to "keep up with the Jones" promotes an inner belief that if we don't have the house, car, clothes, body, and lifestyle that we are fed by the advertising world and the media, then there must be something wrong with us. We are constantly bombarded with images of affluence, romance, adventure, and success. We take these images and compare them to the reality of our lives and most often come up feeling that we are lacking in some way. What do we do with these feelings of inadequacy? We try harder, work longer, spend more, and still end up trying to hide away those parts of ourselves that don't fit within that societal image.
The most prominent obsessive-compulsive behavior in society today has to do with body image. As a nation, we focus on the physical body more than any other country in the world. Not only do we spend millions of dollars on diet products and memberships in health clubs, but whatever we can't manage to "fix" ourselves we take to a cosmetic surgeon for a tuck, reduction, lift, or augmentation. Americans have become obsessed with looking young forever and spend a fortune trying to accomplish just that. Our society has little room, or acceptance, for the natural aging process. "Young and fit" has become synonymous with intelligent and competent.
The second most prominent obsessive-compulsive behavior in our society today is workaholism. This is not just because of the emotional relief found in that particular behavior, but it is also because of the financial pressure under which we live. The cost of our "standard of living" requires at least two incomes in order to live the life that we are told is "normal." After putting eight hours a day into the workplace, we still need to spend time keeping up the home and attempting to maintain a positive family life. The standards by which our society measures us require us to be like Wonder Woman and Superman.
Another rampant example of obsessive-compulsive behavior is the use of drugs and alcohol. This particular behavior is not only widespread, it is almost a mandate within all classes of society. Again, the media bombards us with images of how cool we will be with a tall, icy cold . . . , and how irresistible we are to the opposite sex as long as we have a wine spritzer in our hands. Such behavior is now the acceptable way to relax after a hard day's work and is a prerequisite at almost all social gatherings.
Codependency is yet another obsessive-compulsive behavior that has permeated our society. If we can't or don't want to "fix" ourselves, then we need only find another human being to make us okay. Instead of learning how to love and appreciate ourselves, it is far easier to seek affirmation continually through relationships. Then all we have to be is exactly whatever that other person wants us to be, and we will receive from them all that we are unable to give ourselves. This is perhaps the biggest fantasy of all.
We have come to believe that as long as we can function in society, we are okay. Even our insurance companies, when paying for psychological or therapeutic services, now focus on only getting the individual functional enough to get back to work. For the most part, in-depth therapy is a thing of the past. Instead of probing to identify the origin of the problem and healing that part of the psyche, the mandate is to deal with the immediate problem at hand and forget the rest. Consequently, the defenses and manipulations that we have continually used in order to remain functional then become our most treasured possessions.
Obsession and Compulsion as Opportunity versus Difficulty
Redirecting Difficult Behaviors into Potential Positive Manifestation
In my opinion, there is enough energy contained in obsessive-compulsive tendencies to blast off the next space shuttle. It is astounding how much time, energy, and focus we put into these behaviors. They become habit and often do not manifest to the point of obliterating our entire lives, so we continually fall back on them because they are familiar and comforting.
When tendencies, impulses, or behaviors are unconscious, they are driven by a perceived unfulfilled need. Awareness provides us with opportunities to meet that need through many different ways; however, as long as the need remains undefined, alternative solutions also remain undefined. We then have no option but to continue to quiet our anxiety through whatever means we have found to work in the past.
The anxiety produced by unfulfilled needs is somewhat like the monster in the dark that scared us at night as a child. Once the lights were turned on, we could see the monster for exactly what it was, and proceed to remove the toy, chair, doll, or whatever else it was that had created the monster. Magically, the monster then disappeared and we were able to sleep. So, the first step in being able to redirect obsessive-compulsive tendencies is to identify what unfulfilled need is attached to the anxiety masked by the behavior being demonstrated.
In my case, my unfulfilled need is about feeling valued. This relates back to early childhood difficulties and massively affects my self-esteem. This issue disguises itself as a need to prove myself constantly to the rest of the world. This push is then focused into whatever I am working on at the time. In this way I can prove to you that I am valuable and worthwhile, and then maybe you will love me. Boy, was that hard to put on paper! When I strip it down to the bones, the bottom line is an unfulfilled need for self-approval. Bingo! I now have the necessary information to reduce my anxiety and subsequently redirect my behavior. Instead of working so hard to prove myself to you, I need to put the same amount of energy into feeling good about me. I need to work toward being the person I want to be, instead of the person I think you want me to be.
When we identify our unfulfilled need, we can then look for ways to fill that need ourselves. By taking steps (redirecting the energy) to accomplish this, we are being proactive in creating and maintaining a healthy emotional life. Just keep in mind that if the steps you take become as obsessive-compulsive as your previous behavior, then you are probably trapped back in old habits. Stop, look at your behavior, and be open to talking about it with others. Then begin working with these principles again.
Table of Contents
|List of Horoscopes||xi|
|Part I||The Psychology of Obsession||1|
|Chapter 1||The Psychological Dynamics of Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior||5|
|Life Development Factors That Influence Obsession and Compulsion||5|
|The Many Ways Obsession and Compulsion Are Demonstrated in Today's Society||6|
|Chapter 2||Obsession and Compulsion as Opportunity versus Difficulty||9|
|Redirecting Difficult Behaviors into Potential Positive Manifestation||9|
|Part II||An Astrological Overview of the Quindecile||11|
|Chapter 3||The History of the Quindecile||13|
|Chapter 4||Technical Information About the Quindecile||17|
|Identifying the Quindecile in a Chart||17|
|Understanding the 24th-Harmonic Aspect||19|
|Chapter 5||Dynamics of Analysis of the Quindecile||23|
|Understanding the Placement of 165[degree]||23|
|The Sign Possibilities by Both Element and Modality||26|
|Expression of the Quindecile Aspect||31|
|Planet Quindecile the Angles||32|
|Planet Quindecile the Ascendant||32|
|Planet Quindecile the Midheaven||36|
|Planet Quindecile the Sun and Moon||40|
|The Sun and Moon||46|
|Personal Planet Quindecile Personal Planet||49|
|Societal or Generational Planet Quindecile Personal Planet||53|
|Outer Planet Quindecile Outer Planet||62|
|Uranus Quindecile Neptune||63|
|Uranus Quindecile Pluto||64|
|Neptune Quindecile Pluto||65|
|Planet Quindecile the North Node||65|
|Expression of the Quindecile Through the Traditional Role of the North Node||66|
|Expression of the Quindecile Through Recognition and Renown||69|
|Expression of the Quindecile Through the Maternal Relationship||72|
|Part III||Astrological Analysis of the Quindecile||77|
|The Jupiter Factor||77|
|Chapter 6||Dynamics of Natal Interpretation||79|
|Chapter 7||Activation Through Progression and Transit||105|
|Times of Obsession and Compulsion||105|
|Repetition Factor Through Solar Arc Directions||107|
|Progression and Transit Examples||108|
|Part IV||Index of Quindecile Delineations||125|
|1.||Leonardo da Vinci||14|
|3.||General George S. Patton, Jr.||34|
|4.||Dr. Norman Vincent Peale||38|
|14.||John F. Kennedy, Jr.||73|
|15.||General George S. Patton, Jr. (supporting alignments)||81|
|16.||Oprah Winfrey (supporting alignments)||84|
|24.||Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton||120|
|25.||Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky||122|