Addiction in the Natal Chart
An astrology chart reveals indicators of several possibilities of potential problems or places of self sabotage; one which can imply addiction or addiction concerns.
What planets reveal addiction problems?
Many astrologers will look to Neptune as the culprit, as Neptune is given the rulership over alcohol and drugs yet Neptune is not the only mischief maker when it comes to addiction problems.
There may be a prominent Neptune in your chart, which would be Neptune connected to your Sun, Moon, or ascendant. That signature can play out in many ways, compassion, the artist, the con artist, the savior, the martyr, or the person that gets lost in escapism, one way can be through drugs and alcohol.
You may not have a prominent Neptune and you still may be cursed with addiction issues. If you are open with your astrologer concerning your addiction the more understanding you will receive in understanding the various manifestations of your astrology symbols and coping with your compulsions. If you have strong Scorpio in your chart you will be driven to be obsessive and it is imperative you find a positive form to channel this obsessive energy. Scorpio is about control, and you can fool yourself that you have control over the alcohol or drug of choice. Yet it is your destiny to understand that you are not all controlling and that there are factors in your life you do not have control over; such as when you become the addict, the drug has more control over you than you over it.
When Saturn is the culprit, it stems from burden, guilt, and feeling oppressed. A strong Saturn in the chart when not positively expressed in life can pull a person to drink to cover deep feelings of depression or sadness.
The other factor to look at is if you have a strong Uranus. Uranus is the planet of freedom and playing life by your own rules. As you can imagine this indicator in teenagers contributes to the rebellious streak of striking out on their own and doing what they want, not what they are told to do or told not to do. This includes smoking, drinking, and using drugs. Uranus is not generally considered a factor in addiction problems, yet anyone can become addicted if they abuse drugs or alcohol long enough. The problem with treating an addict with strong Uranus energy is they adopt an attitude of being above everyone and the laws and rules that govern the ordinary, therefore are not compliant with following procedures that will help them get clean and sober. It has been my experience as an astrologer that the Uranian individuals die the youngest from addiction and abuse problems.
The other planet involved with addiction and substance abuse is Jupiter. Strong Jupiter in your astrology chart indicates loving life and having a good time. With a prominent Jupiter the thought of getting trapped in addiction is off the radar. Not me, would cry the Jupiter person, I am just having fun. Yet once again if you put enough narcotics in the body prolonged abuse will lead to the body being addicted. Once the Jupiter person gets they have a problem they can lead and teach others about the perils of thinking it will never happen to them.
Pluto goes hand in hand with Scorpio tendencies. A person whose Pluto is prominent and is an addict believes they have life under control when in fact the drugs or alcohol has gotten control of them.
Addiction in the Astrology Chart
If someone you care about or are deeply involved with has a drug or alcohol abuse problem, then one of the best ways you can help them is through focusing on your own personal care and self development. It goes back to the old adage that when the oxygen masks drop down in the airplane, first secure yours then help others. Your chart reveals much about personal dynamics in romantic and other types of relationships (siblings, children etc). Understanding your own self, and perhaps what has been the root cause of a co dependent dynamic, or other chaotic dynamics brings an awareness that leads to change. And when you change, the energy shifts and those around you feel it. They may choose to change or not, however the same old pattern no longer works. The universe is always whispering in our ear for how to navigate through rough times. Learn more about a personal in-depth consultation here
Your astrology chart can help you understand how you could be caught in the destructive pattern with drugs or alcohol. If you ask your astrologer or learn astrology you will also be able to see if those that you love and care have the astrological indicators of abuse or addiction. Looking at the chart from a holistic perspective helps understand that there are many indicators for the same problem, it is the perspective and the way the individual adapts and believes about the problem that is unique.