©2-18-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Yesterday’s post, The Incredible Vulnerability a Stellium Creates, started a remarkable share-a-thon in the comment section. As of 9:00 AM today, there were already 80 comments, and more come in all the time. I asked readers who had stelliums in various houses what that concentration of energy meant to them, and particularly what it was like when transits triggered a meltdown.
The result was a deep and insightful sharing of experiences, and since many who will read that article in the future won’t look at the comments, I’d like to reprint some of them here. We all owe thanks to the readers who so bravely offered their take on the meaning their stelliums have had for them.
Leslee said: “I have a stellium of Mercury, Venus and Pluto in the 1st house, with an unrelated conjunction of Moon, Ascendant and Uranus. Lots of 1st house emphasis! Great for self-reliance, but has been very lonely at periods in my life, and off-putting to others. With my North Node in Libra, I work at sharing and relationship. Uranus is just inside the 12th and Pluto in the 1st, so I’d really like to hide so much and can’t! Always felt so utterly exposed. A key has been eccentric and accepting friends.”
Nanette describes her 2nd house stellium: “Saturn, Mercury & Venus in Scorpio. What I value is not necessarily what others in my life value and are therefore not thought of as important enough and usually thought of as trivial in those times of push comes to shove. Not being supported or not having my values respected or acknowledged and me left to the wayside makes me feel as though I am not important enough to those who are important to me, I get depressed and withdraw. When the sky clears, the criticisms stop and tensions are gone I feel like a great weight has been lifted.”
Kachina, who shares her insights so courageously on her blog, says of the stellium in her 3rd clustered around her IC: “I was often punished early in life if I shared my perceptions, and due to this I repressed myself to the extreme in much of my adulthood until just a few years past. I cannot count the times someone I loved told me that I ‘intimidated’ them even though I had no idea how that was possible. Yet with all of these placements it was my nature to want to share with those closest to me and to express that stellium, and still is.
“I have always ‘invited’ others to consider what I share, yet even so, meet often with the anger produced by deep discomfort in others when I show them something (intentionally at times, though usually just by going about my life), they wish not to see. Reading what you shared set off all the right lights…and I am feeling such a lightening of heart taking place.”
Ellen had happiness with her 5th house stellium, but also a balanced outlook: “I have five planets in the 5th. Oh, joy, romance, a loving child are part of my life. Yes. All the time. Creativity has been harder to come by, but I feel I should be special with a gift to offer, in fact I feel compelled by it. When Pluto crossed through that house and hit Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Mercury, and Venus – well you can imagine. On second thought, don’t.
A mother shares about her adult son: “My son’s Moon in Cancer squares three of the planets in his 6th house stellium (Venus, Jupiter and Saturn). He will stop eating and make himself sick if he has an emotional challenge. As a child, he cried every day he went to school. The big news of the day with the other children was always if he cried that day or not. Unfortunately, he built up a “wall” (a Capricorn shell to protect his soft Cancer heart).”
Karen creates a vivid picture of her 7th house stellium: “I have a stellium in Virgo (Sun conjunct my Dsc, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn) in the 7th, as well as Pluto in Libra there. So, relationships are at the core of my life. I’ve met a lot of very different people from different cultures and different countries, and I’ve had a lot of fun with them. Yet, natal Pluto in the 7th taught me that it didn’t matter how many pals you had or whether you were in a relationship… in the end, you were on your own and nobody could reach you. Transiting Pluto in Sagittarius just proved that… over and over again, until I felt just like what you wrote Donna, far from everything and everybody, an total alien. It’s not the nicest feeling to experiment with an overcrowded 7th house. But well… that’s life.”
A Pluto veteran, Barb gives us a long-range perspective: “I have an 8th house stellium of Mars, Pluto Sun, and Mercury in Scorpio’s house. They are part of a Yod that exits in my 2nd house Moon. There have been many endings in my life. I am now almost 70 and have learned how to live with all this energy, and use it in a helpful, peaceful way. It took me 40 years to get it right, though.”
The House Stelliums and What They Struggle with
We can’t include the experiences of all 12 houses, or we’ll be here all day, but mimiof the mimitabby blog took the time to ponder readers’ comments and to come up with an excellent summary of what readers said about the pitfalls of stelliums in all the houses. Here’s what she found:
- Stelliums in Houses
1 Self reliance, loneliness, off-putting to others, no one understands me
2 Values different things from others in their life, feels judged, hidden talents, acquires things.
3 Difficulty with siblings/ communication so important, publishing
4 Difficult to share a home with others who find her intimidating
work with Mother Nature, training in family counseling, stagnating at home
5 Hard to be creative, doesn’t have friends – wants deep friendships, too self involved,
6 Health issues, pets, career confusion, artistic talent? Workaholic, eating disorder
7 Relationships important, met people from all different cultures, do not require someone else to complete yourself
8 Intense emotional person, death and money, endings
9 Writer – when things gets bad, write
10 No private life, very career focused, mission driven.
11 Focus on friends, perhaps no family or children, friends more important than family
- 12 Second sight – already know stuff, old before their time
The Stellium Handbook is designed to help you bring out the best potentials of these configurations by understanding the sign, house, and planets involved and learning to use them effectively. If you, one of your loved ones, or an astrology client has this feature, you’re doubtlessly wondering what it means and how to get the most out of it.
This astrology/self help book from Moon Maven Publications will give you a greater understanding of stelliums and multiple conjunctions and provide you with tools to channel their immense potential. It comes in the form of 2 PDF files and is $20.
If you have a stellium and can tell us more about what life is like for you in that area of life, by all means write about it in the comment section.