Astrology of Depression and Suicide
The suicide of Robin Williams shocked many people, and brings to the attention once again that many people, although may look fine from the public view, suffer deeply privately. This is a reminder that life is tenuous and even in the midst of such great accomplishment and wealth someone can be so desperately lonely, depressed and in pain that their solution is to take their own life.
As an astrologer, it saddens me deeply every time I hear of suicide and know that if only they understood their chart, which is a cosmic instruction book for living our life to the fullest, they would have seen or known what was happening and why and be able to move through the hard times. Of course knowing something is only one piece of awareness, following the messages and taking action to overcome the problematic points in the chart is another step.
If you or someone you love has a lot of water in their chart, they can be prone to sadness, depression or worse if they do not find a way to release and let go.
Robin Williams chart has much water in it, a sign of emotional sensitivity and whose fate was the task to understand the role of emotions. Robin Williams was born with his Sun in Cancer, his Moon in Pisces, and a Scorpio ascendant, the 3 water signs. In the Cancer monthly astrology workshop, we always go over the importance that in the Cancer cycle one must clear out the emotional body, or emotional baggage that has accumulated through any trials and tribulations in life. Grief, sadness, anger, hurt, frustration, all of the emotions that get lodged from situations that occur in life and stuck in one’s memory. You can say that he was born in a Cancer cycle, and his life path was to learn to heal his emotional body as his Sun was in Cancer. Of course there are many elements to any chart that point to depression in life and there are other characteristics in his chart that explain the inner conflict.
All of the water signs have different lessons to cope with yet they all carry feelings deep within. Think of throwing a rock into water, it sinks to the bottom and can stay below the surface. That is what happens with water people when they are hurt or angry. Furthermore they can be very sensitive to outside emotional influences and feel the pain or rage of others and unknowingly pick it up and experience it themselves.
The lesson of Cancer is to let go; many times it is more about letting go of bad memories than physical places or even people. The lesson of Scorpio is to know what you can control and that which you can’t and accept that you can’t control everything. The lesson of Pisces is to accept that things happen that are unfair, and in a perfect world would be different, yet to have belief and faith that when you do your part in life, however small it might be, that is enough. There is a higher plan from a force or power greater than us and even if we do not the pain and chaos of a situation there is a deeper purpose that exists.
In astrology, understanding your chart and how you are wired helps to accept oneself with love and compassion. With a strong water chart, such as Robin Williams has, one must recognize that yes, you have emotions, and sometimes deep sad emotions, but you are not your emotions. There is a being behind the emotions and to catch oneself when the force of the water chart starts pulling in its current down a deep emotional drain.
Robin Williams suicide coincided with the super full moon which was on his Pluto, co ruler of the chart, digging up a solution in his mind that death, (one of Plutos subjects) was the way out of his pain. (The August astrology sun sign videos explain why this full moon was complicated) Yet there were many astrological influences that led up to this decision that were in force for the last couple of years.
If you or someone you know goes into deep depression more than likely there is a strong water element (with Saturn or Pluto) that can be seen in the chart. Know that they can get so identified with how they feel that it carries them away to dark places contemplating suicide. Learning and having an ah ha moment that they are not their emotions, even though they have emotions, and to learn to shift emotional responses will allow them to find joy of living life, even when there is something in them that feels sad. Odd but true.
Helpful ides of what to do when your emotional body feel out of balance.
1) Take a long shower or bath and imagine the water washing away the negative feelings.
2) Go to a place in nature close to water, have a picnic with nourishing food.
3) Drink plenty of pure water.
4) Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT for short or tapping.
5) Get a massage to help release the stuck emotions in the physical body.
6) Chakra cleansing exercise and imagine all the negative emotions being washed away.
7) Let go of physical objects that when you look at them remind you of a time when you were not happy.
8) EMDR, a technique that helps shift emotional trauma, don’t judge your trauma, if it feels bad and makes you sad it is a trauma for you.
9) Move, when you begin to spiral down, get up and go do something different.
10)Breathe in deep while imagining all things pure and happy, let it fill every space within and breathe out all sadness, exhale completely.