What Planet is Your Family From? Uranus or Neptune?

Written by Nancy R. Fenn

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

This is one ofrepparttar most famous opening lines ever written. The author is a man consumed by horror and fascination with families and family life, a man who had 12 children and an intense relationship with his much younger wife, and whose own parents and older brother died when he was quite young.

The book is "Anna Karenina". The author is Leo Tolstoy.

Many of Tolstoy's novels concern families and family life issues. In "The Kreutzer Sonata", a husband murders his wife in a fit of jealous passion.

Tolstoy's family life was far from perfect and yetrepparttar 122358 profundity of family life consumed him for a lifetime. He asked to be buried near "the green stick", a legendary place his older brother told him about when they were kids.

What about you? Does your Family Tree bearrepparttar 122359 fruits of pain or perfection? What aboutrepparttar 122360 family you’re creating or plan to create? And your spouse’s family?

Do your people fitrepparttar 122361 Normal Rockwell stereotype? The Partridge Family? How aboutrepparttar 122362 Royal Tannenbaums? Were you raised by a single parent? Relatives? Foster homes? "Where do I come from?" is an important question at some time in our lives and especially when we have Saturn inrepparttar 122363 4th, 8th and 12th houses ofrepparttar 122364 chart.

For all of us, really knowing ourselves means knowing aboutrepparttar 122365 families we come from. This isrepparttar 122366 great mystery ofrepparttar 122367 bottom ofrepparttar 122368 chart,repparttar 122369 IC,repparttar 122370 Imum Coeli. Translated literally this meansrepparttar 122371 deepest most part ofrepparttar 122372 Heavens. This isrepparttar 122373 4th house.

Erin Sullivan has written a very interesting seminal work on family chart interpretation in her latest book, "The Astrology of Family Dynamics." She thinks families come in two different types: Uranian and Neptunian. Let's take a closer look at this.

So, what's it like to come from Uranus? Uranus isrepparttar 122374 planet that rules individuality, freedom andrepparttar 122375 ability to stand alone against insurmountable obstacles. There is a Promethean heroism inrepparttar 122376 basic Uranian character. As you recall, Prometheus stole fire fromrepparttar 122377 gods and gave it to humans. For this willful act of transgression, he was chained to a rock for all eternity. Every day an eagle (the bird of Zeus, his tormenter) eats out his liver. And every night it grows back. Many an Aquarian soul will identify withrepparttar 122378 agony andrepparttar 122379 ecstasy of this myth. Uranus isrepparttar 122380 ruler of Aquarians and astrologers. Sometimesrepparttar 122381 truths we bring are not welcome though they are spectacularly life sustaining.

Uranus isrepparttar 122382 planet that gives usrepparttar 122383 will to stand up and breakrepparttar 122384 chains that bind us. Uranus rules revolutions such asrepparttar 122385 French Revolution andrepparttar 122386 American Revolution. When it's time for a revolutionary change inrepparttar 122387 status quo, in rides Aquarius onrepparttar 122388 hurricane winds of change. (Aquarius is an air sign.)

The mythological Uranus, some might remember, ate his own children because he thought they were ugly. Still he and Gaea createdrepparttar 122389 protogods ofrepparttar 122390 Greek pantheon.

What on earth does this tell us about family dynamics? Well,repparttar 122391 reason Uranus thought his children were ugly is an important consideration. It was because they didn't fit his ideal. The Uranian personality can be consumed with a vision so pure that it dreadfully devalues any tangible reality.

Families adoptingrepparttar 122392 Uranian model will be comprised of strong individuals who are encouraged to think for themselves as soon and have opinions of their own as soon as they can talk. The family is seldom at home because their family ideal is to contribute to society. The members of these families are serving on committees to preserve ethnic folk dances, getting elected to school boards, organizing fund raisers to pay for a neighborhood child's prosthesis or starting a group like MADD.

The children in Uranian homes are escorted torepparttar 122393 door at 18 or 21 and out in torepparttar 122394 world they go, never looking back. These are notrepparttar 122395 kids who are expected to call home every Sunday afternoon at 6 pm. For some readers this is sounding like a horror story but for some, it should be oddly consoling and even quite highly amusing. You are thinking, "At last, someone is describing a family like mine."

The siblings in Uranian families, not to mentionrepparttar 122396 parents, often go for years without talking to one another. It is always interesting to discover what brings them back into contact. (If you know a family like this, be sure and ask.) Needless to say, in these families, everyone isrepparttar 122397 black sheep!

The Uranian family has few traditions since they don't value tradition. Family reunions are rare. Maybe they read about each other inrepparttar 122398 newspaper!

Because every Uranian is at heart living in a future which doesn't exist yet, images from science fictions books and films come to mind. Stanley Kubrick is a quintessential Uranian type. Here's a world view quote:

"The most terrifying fact aboutrepparttar 122399 universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms withrepparttar 122400 indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vastrepparttar 122401 darkness, we must supply our own light."

- Stanley Kubrick

Many astrologers and metaphysicians, myself included, would agree with Kubrick; however this description is sure to strike terror inrepparttar 122402 hearts of Neptunians everywhere. Indifference? Yikes!

Uranians meditate on pure energy and rarely see images but if they do, it is likely to be very abstract (and “indifferent”) such as light spirals, galactic cosmos starry nights or extra terrestrials. Neptunians onrepparttar 122403 other hand can conjure angels, fairies, auras,repparttar 122404 Divine Mother and her Suffering Son. Medicine Men, Shamans, Isis … beings with faces and eyes that connect and beckon kindly.

Which one is better? That’s not a question to ask in a paradigm like astrology that presentsrepparttar 122405 world fundamentally in polarities as do many ofrepparttar 122406 world’s great religions. Uranians:Neptunians as yang:yin as air/fire:water/earth.

Who are the best drivers? Who are the worst? And why?

Written by Nancy R. Fenn

Please don’t shootrepparttar messenger, but Suncorp Metway, Ltd., a multi-faceted Australian Financial Service, ranked car accident claimants by sun sign last year in a study of 160,000 accident claims overrepparttar 122357 previous three year period. This is what they found.

The number one worst drivers were Geminis, “typically described as restless, easily bored and frustrated by things moving slowly,” explained Warren Duke, Suncorp’s national manager of personal insurance. “They had more car accidents than any other sign.”

No astrologer would argue with that description ofrepparttar 122358 twins sign and probably this isn't very surprising news. But what aboutrepparttar 122359 other signs?

According to a news release dated February 10, 2002 @ http://corporate.suncorpmetway.com.au/news/news0142.asp , Duke saidrepparttar 122360 study was carried out as part of Suncorp’s annual review of claims but there was no intention to use astrology to factor an individual's motor insurance premium.

"We always look for trends in claims to see if there are ways to reduce our pricing, but there is no intention to introduce astrology as a rating factor for motor insurance," he said.

Second and third place holders for this dubious honor are Taurus and Pisces. “Taureans were thought to be obstinate and inflexible, “said Duke, “while Pisceans could be risk-takers and dare devils.”

Your personal astrologer would offer other explanations. First Taurus. Yes, Taureans can be obstinate and inflexible. But they are alsorepparttar 122361 most introverted and self absorbed of allrepparttar 122362 signs. Their natural path in life is to think about their own body -- its immediate comfort and needs -- and to deal with onlyrepparttar 122363 most tangible and immediate of realities. Their thinking as drivers may run like this. My stomach is full,repparttar 122364 temperature inrepparttar 122365 car is pretty good,repparttar 122366 noise level is good, I’m riding right at 60, I don’t have to userepparttar 122367 bathroom for at least another hour and there’s plenty of gas inrepparttar 122368 tank. At a very fundamental level,repparttar 122369 world outsiderepparttar 122370 chassis of their car may not exist at all. Since freeway driving requires spatial perception and processing of much abstract information (speed, flow and distance), this is counter to their natural way of processingrepparttar 122371 world around them.

Pisces, inrepparttar 122372 number three position, isrepparttar 122373 other sign that lives in a world of its own. Duke describes them as potential risk takers and daredevils. However, there are other signs we would nominate much more readily for a description like this.

Pisceans arerepparttar 122374 gentle dreamers ofrepparttar 122375 zodiac. They may spend many hours a day in fantasy worlds, escapingrepparttar 122376 painful realities of life onrepparttar 122377 physical plane and more often than notrepparttar 122378 pain of being in a physical body. They often experiencerepparttar 122379 whole manifest world as an illusion and their presence in it as temporary and of little importance.

This Piscean detachment fromrepparttar 122380 physical can lead to unconscious feelings of invulnerability or invincibility, also to unconscious feelings of victimization and sacrifice. If you are momentarily deluded into thinking you don’t have physical limits, and that your life is but a fleeting moment inrepparttar 122381 eternal life ofrepparttar 122382 soul, you can respond to situations of physical danger in illogical ways. Or, atrepparttar 122383 very least, be slow onrepparttar 122384 uptake.

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