©2-19-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
UPDATE 11/11/13: My new astrology/self help book, The Stellium Handbook: An Owner’s Manual for People with Stelliums or Triple Conjunctions is finally available. Read about it here: Finally, The Stellium Handbook is Here!
We started a dialogue a few days ago with The Incredible Vulnerability a Stellium Creates. Then I couldn’t resist sharing what was going on in the comment section with Readers’ Insights into their own Stelliums. That was supposed to be the end of it, but the new insights we’re coming up with as readers continue to share their experiences are too important not to preserve.
This, folks, is the way you really learn astrology—from direct observation of people who have the chart features you want to know more about. And you never stop learning, not even if you’re an astrologer for many, many years, because you keep running into more people with those chart features, all expressed in different ways. So here are a few more delectable tidbits about stelliums from readers’ comments.
Ellen Longo of http://astro4business.com made an especially astute observation: “Those planets outside the stelliums remind me of the angry fairy godmother in Sleeping Beauty, the forgotten one that caused all the trouble while everyone was oohing and ahhing over the baby. Now you’ve got me thinking about this in terms of stelliums and the planets that are outside – perhaps these parts of ourselves may make more trouble because they feel left out!”
Stelliums in the Rest of the Houses
We covered eight of the house stelliums in Readers’ Insights into their own Stelliums. As the comments continued to accumulate (100 as of this morning), people with the four other houses emphasized were heard from. Here’s what they had to say:
Leo summarizes his stellium this way: “The stellium shows up in my 4th house, with Venus, Saturn, Moon, and Mercury. What’s more the grouping forms the base of my bowl, while leaving houses 1 & 7-12 empty. Talk about ‘all the eggs in one basket’! This has brought joy in my work with Mother Nature, training in family counseling, etc. The challenges, well, those emerge in the same areas above!”
Natalie, a fellow writer, portrays her stellium vividly: “I have a stellium in the 9th house (Virgo): Uranus, Sun, Pluto And Moon. Opposite Jupiter conjunct Chiron in third. I find the stellium hard to grasp. Which planet is the stronger, which is the dominant – all four are powerful planets – It’s easy to get lost in the details.
“I’m a writer – very 9th – and despite all my published books have not had a real breakthrough. Everything I do is focused on writing and getting published. It’s all I ever wanted and with a strong Pluto there’s lots of ambition, but with a Virgo heart, there’s also lots of worries. And every time I get a rejection, I have to ask the same question: what if I fail? What do I do instead? And every time it’s the same answer: There’s nothing else to do.”
Suzanne explains her 10th house stellium this way: “In the 10th , I’ve got Sun, North Node, and Venus in the late degrees of Cancer, and Pluto and Mercury conjunct in Leo. ALL my planets are contained within an exact trine between Gemini Uranus conj. Moon in the 9th and my Ascendant in Libra. So I have 8 empty houses! No wonder I’m so mission driven and focused, I guess. For a long time, I didn’t have a private life at all. I didn’t even own clothes I could relax and hang out in. BTW, I’m a nonprofit/NGO kind of gal, never worked for a corporation. But leisure? What’s that?”
And, finally, mysticskye talks about the final house of the chart, the all-too-easily ignored 12th: “I have a stellium of Mars, Sun, Mercury, Uranus, and North Node all in Scorpio the 12th house, starting with mars conjunct my ascendant. I have always been highly emotional and I view my emotions as a gift. Not everyone can tune into others so easily. I have a lifelong fascination with the occult which actually arose out of catholic school. I had my first tarot deck and Ouija Board before most kids knew what that kind of stuff was; all of my friends were not into that stuff anyway.
“This is where the negative side plays out. I have always been anxious and have had many periods where I had to take time to rest and find my center. Periods of isolation, in various manners, have been a part of my life since childhood. I have also had to deal with increasing restrictions, both psychological and physical, as I have a square of the Sun and Mars to Saturn in Leo in the 9th house. I have had existential meltdowns concerning my changing (Scorpio) abilities and where I can provide something concrete to the world, not just empathy.”
Stelliums in Signs—Scorpio Unveiled
There were several people with Scorpio stelliums, and what they had to say was quite revealing. We haven’t talked much about effect of the sign a stellium is placed in, but it’s fully as important as the house. We could spend a whole other week talking about that subject, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll stick with Scorpio.
Molly was able to articulate those qualities best: “I have Venus, Jupiter, and Moon all conjunct with a side of Chiron in Scorpio in the 6th. It can be a major nightmare from hell….esp. when ol’ Mr. Pluto rode through in 1991….Never mind how intense it makes me seem to others….and “different “….instead of taking most things personally (Scorpio) I take Everything personally.
“I lose perspective frequently on things and fixate on one thing till I have whipped it to death….I frequently wonder “Am I the only one who sees this going on? Do others pick up the vibes I am getting?”….it’s like your nerve endings have nerve endings and on and on…..
“On the plus side – I have had an amazing amount of work in the live
music /entertainment industry….Sometimes I can just put it out there that I need an extra $400….and ZAPPO …up comes a job for that exact amount. Scorpio Moon is a passionate, crazed, deep, deep, well of a Moon…and it enables me to ‘bring it’ to my audiences….Venus and Jupiter add to the mixture.”
One Final Discovery about a Stellium
The last discovery I’ve made in this exploration is one about myself. I’ve always focused on my Gemini stellium—been quite proud of it, truthfully. But what I didn’t realize until we started looking at stelliums on this blog this week is that I actually have two stelliums. How, you may wonder, could I possibly miss a stellium?
Well, it’s because it involves Chiron, and in my early days as an astrology student back in the late 1960s, Chiron hadn’t been discovered—not until I’d been involved with astrology for 10 years. Yep, that’s how long I’ve been around. So what I’ve discovered this week is that I not only have an 11th house stellium in Gemini, I also have a 1st house stellium in Leo. The Ascendant, Pluto, Mars, and Chiron are all conjunct within 10°.
What does that do? It brings a lot of attention my way—people tend to remark that I have Presence. It may even have made me famous. But, you see, I never wanted to be famous and, in fact, heartily wish I wasn’t. It just happened as a by-product of my writing.
I spent years hiding in my room at astrology conferences because I was so painfully self-conscious, I couldn’t handle the attention. Oh, I’m way better now. My Leo can rise, and I can put on quite a show when it’s called for, but my most abiding wish still is for a cloak of invisibility. How come Harry Potter got one and I didn’t?
To get more of reader’s insights about stelliums, read the first two posts in this series:
- The Incredible Vulnerability a Stellium Creates.
- Readers’ Insights into their own Stelliums
- And many articles about individual houses here: Houses of the Horoscope.
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