Substance abuse plays a key role in many relationship breakdowns – either visibly or invisibly! Either way, over time it can corrode even the strongest relationship, if left unaddressed!
Astrologically Neptune and Pisces in the natal and the Composite chart are often present when there are addictions in relationships. As the analyst Marion Woodman said in a workshop I attended at Pacifica a few years ago: “ the search for spirit in the bottle, is often a search for Spirit.” (As in higher power/divine) This latter search describes the most expansive expression of Piscean and Neptunian energies in our chart! Jupiter and Sagittarius can also be visible when substance abuse is present. Unlike Neptunian energies, these fiery energies are more descriptive of an assumption that the individual is exempt from becoming addicted, because they are specially favored by the gods!
(Having a very Neptunian or Jupiterian chart does not imply that there is a problem with addiction – but these planetary energies are often present when there is!)
With Neptunian charts, addictions can be challenging to grasp and deal with in an ongoing committed way, as they are often cloaked in a Piscean fog of confusion and denial. With Jupiterian charts, the challenge is for the individual concerned to acknowledge that their use of substances is a problem for the relationship, as this would involve accountability.
As consulting relationship astrologers, the misuse of substances within a relationship is always worth exploring. This clearly requires some careful consideration first and foremost, of our own attitudes and history around the use of substances, as well as education around the difference between use, misuse and abuse. Informing ourselves of the potential effects related to misuse of the main drugs/alcohol currently available, is also helpful. For anyone working within a local community rather than solely long distance online, it can be helpful to have a directory of local counselling and substance abuse support resources to give clients. For more information on Astrology and addictions I suggest you read the excellent work of our colleague Linda Furiate! https://ofuniversalmind.wordpress.com/what-is-astrology/
This is also an interesting article on relationships and substance abuse:
MG July 2017
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