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« Reply #15 on: Dec 12, 2014, 03:37 PM »

Hi everyone, just want you to know i'll be away till Monday in case anyone posts between now and then.
With love,
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 29, 2014, 02:05 PM »

Hi Ari,

I wanted just to briefly comment on some basic physiology/anatomy aspects of the medical condition in the chart you posted about.

Cat, and moderators, I understood that no further comments were required because of the clarity of the EA analysis, so I’m not posting any further about psychological or Soul dynamics, but solely a bit about the medical correlations at brain level that are also reflected in the EA signature. However, iIf you still feel it is not convenient to post any further, please feel free to remove it.  

This is a very basic overview of potential systems involved in the hormonal imbalances Rad talked about. Pluto and Scorpio correlate with hormones. Thus, the first House Pluto and South Node in Scorpio with the Sun/Saturn being Scorpio conjunct the South Node in the 1st House, we can see a signature of potential hormonal imbalances, which actually exists in this case.

Because of the Sun/Saturn conjunction to the South Node, in Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, hormonal imbalances existed in the prior lifetime, coming into the current lifetime as unresolved states right from the existing conditions when the prior life ended.

Hormonal imbalances of course create physiological and emotional states which have been extremely intense. With the Sun conjunct the South Node direct correlation with giving birth, and the Moon in the 9th House squaring Pluto, balance of key hormonal/neurotransmitters involve levels of OXYTOCIN, and prolactin. Because of Pluto and the South Node with Saturn being in the 1st House, other key hormones could be EPINEPHRINE, NOREPINEPHRINE, and CORTISOL. Also, Saturn directly relates with SEROTONIN, which acts as a neurotransmitter and a neuromodulator which helps ‘balance’ and give stability to many other neurotransmitters.

In order to understand the emotional intensity involved in the current and prior life conditions relating to postpartum psychosis, and postpartum depression –Saturn/Sun Scorpio conjunct the South Node- which also seems to be an underlying state because of the unresolved mourning, it can be helpful to understand the role of these substances from a biological point of view.  

OXYTOCIN is a key hormone which is very connected with reproduction, birthing and bonding between mother and child. Oxytocin is also specifically connected with sexuality and sexual response-a biological fact that sheds light on the inherent connection between sexuality and emotion/nurturing, ie. the natural trine between Scorpio and Cancer. Oxytocin is involved in sexual arousal, sexual receptivity in females when its release is preceded by increased levels of estrogen-which creates a proliferation of oxytocin receptor neurons in the female brain, specifically in the medial hypothalamus and in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. Its levels are highly increased during courting, copulation and during birth labor. Oxytocin promotes a state of ‘calm nurturance’ and ‘nurturant behavior’ and thus ‘encourages mother and/or father to take care of the offspring’. ‘Primitive areas of all mammalian brains contain affective systems designed to assure that males and females seek each other’s companionship (…) these same chemical systems also appear to establish attachment bonds between mother and child, and they may also cement love, friendship and social preferences (Panksepp)’. The effect of oxytocin in mother-child bonding is increased through breastfeeding, and oxytocin contained in milk serves to alleviate separation distress when it exists. Of course each of these functions and processes are mediated by several other hormones/neurotransmitters, like prolactin, opioids and vasopressin, and other brain circuitries (connecting with the ventral tegmental area, the preoptic area, the periaqueductal gray, the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, the habenula, the septal area, the hippocampus and the olfactory bulb). In turn, oxytocin is involved in many other emotional states and circuits. However, it appears to be well established that oxytocin plays a fundamental role in biological, instinctive regulation of bonding through inducing affective/emotional caring and natural states of pleasure and joy, brain dynamics which become intensely emphasized during intimacy, reproduction, gestation, birthing and raising of the offspring. During pregnancy, ESTROGEN levels remain low, and rapidly increases as birthing nears. PROGESTERONE, which has been high during pregnancy, begins to drop at high speed. And there is a dramatic increase in PROLACTIN, in order to induce the production of milk. Increased sensitivity of the brain oxytocin circuits occurs in this context, though the increase of oxytocin receptors in various brain areas, and the increase of hypothalamic neurons that produce this substance. Then, during lactation, oxytocin cells communicate with each other and develop ‘gap junctions’ that allow precise synchronization of their firing. Same time, oxytocin secretion by the pituitary is induced by the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN), which is stimulated by the suckling reflex acting at the PVN, for milk production and secretion, and sustainment of a maternal mood, at least during initial stages of raising (since it is thought that once oxytocin has induced the mothering behavior and it has become socially/cognitively supported dependence on regular high levels of this neuropeptide decreases).

If we keep in mind that the biological family for the human species is communal in nature, it is easy to perceive that the oxytocin system in the brain is directly connected with promotion of social bonds: it naturally promotes feelings of belonging, empathy and social acceptance within the natural biological design for the species and again, makes parenting behavior pleasurable (directly and my inducing sensitivity to endogenous opioids and decreasing development of tolerance to opioid reward).

With Pluto and South Node being in the 1st House, relative to the prior life context discussed, we are also looking at extremely intense emotional states of rage and anger, and also states of fear, which would interphase with the soft nurturing emotions associated with mothering.

Which would be the neurochemical sources of these states? Probably, different systems and brain dynamics would be operating, fueling the energy of aggression against the captors. With Pluto in Scorpio square the Moon and ruling the South Node in Scorpio in the 1st House, one correlation is the amigdala.
One of the systems would involve changes in OXYTOCIN neurons circuits and patterns, through connections of the oxytocin circuits with the medial amygdala, which research has found related with maternal aggression intended to protect the offspring from aversive intruders. It is quite amazing that this maternal behavior is also mediated by oxytocin, as part of a series of programmed behaviors and physiological emotional states which are instinctual, recorded in the emotional brain and that display within motherhood. Of course in the human species there are connections with the pre-frontal cortex that can exert varying degrees of control on the behavioral response to the emotional, through ‘learning’ as an example, however, the brain systems create physiological states and behavioral orientation that have been demonstrated evolutionarily to serve survival needs, and which operate without conscious decision.

Also connecting with the medial amygdala is the stress system or hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, which can also induce social aggression. It should be noted that oxytocin induced maternal aggression through connections from the medial hypothalamus to the medial amygdala involves low or inexistent levels of anxiety, while the aggression energy coming from the stress response system, and its mutual or both-sided connections with the medial amygdala, can combine both anger and fear or anxiety. Low levels of anxiety in oxytocin mediated aggression is based on oxytocin action in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus that inhibits the brain corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) system. In turn, aggression mediated by the HPA system tends to involve high levels of stress, anxiety and fear.

Sustained stress involving the adrenal axis depletes brain serotonin which is a stabilizing neuromodulator that contributes to emotional control and socialization, thus setting the stage for other chemical imbalances to manifest involving more primary emotional dynamics.

DOPAMINE systems also seem to be involved in the picture because of the 1st House Pluto and South Node, Sun, etc., with the Sun trine the Moon in the 9th House, reflects a psychology of motivation or seeking, which operates through dopamine circuits. The basal ganglia correlate with Jupiter, and Venus is conjunct Neptune in Sagittarius-Venus is the North Node ruler-and they are inconjunct to the 9th House Moon. Also Uranus/Mercury are in Sagittarius within the 2nd House. Venus is the 12th House ruler and conjuncts Neptune, and Neptune correlates with DOPAMINE, that is liberated in the basal ganglia. Also, dopamine initial stages of synthesis occurs in the adrenal glands-also correlating with Venus and Mars, 1st and 2nd Houses. Further, dopamine is later synthesized into NOREPINEPHRINE-Mars, Saturn, Pluto- which is then converted into EPINEPHRINE-Mars, Pluto. So, this looks like dopamine systems, involving the basal ganglia, and within this, the ventral tegmental area, the nucleus accumbens and other structures, and various connections including connections to frontal cortex, could be part of the hormonal imbalances in some relevant way. Dopamine has been found to be part with oxytocin in behaviors oriented to seeking or reward, and also has been found to play a role within aggression and rage, when aggression/rage are connected to frustrating factors that are perceived to prevent the seeking or the coming of reward-which can be seen in the north node ruler Venus being in Capricorn conjunct Neptune in the 2nd House, relative to the Scorpio 1st House bottom line energy. DOPAMINE imbalances have been found to directly with depression and with psychotic states, and it can create psychotic states (and other which are not psychotic in nature) when serotonin is very low or has been depleted or inhibited. So, motivation or seeking dynamics could  have been extremely aroused in the neural functioning of the Soul, first in the nature of the journey to a new and better life before the atrocious captivity, and later as desires to find a way out of captivity.

Other hormonal factor could be TESTOSTERONE which women also produce, correlating with Mars, and which contributes to aggression and rage.

Surely there are other hormonal factors and various correlations, and relationships between the ones I referred to.

In combination all of these hormones/neurotransmitters imply various balances and counterbalances, and degrees of conflict because of the extreme emotional conditions the Soul faced in that past lifetime experience.

Rad’s indication quoted summarizes this clearly when he says:

“right now by intentionally telling herself what the nature of this life is, her husband, her friends, her baby, all that is good and right in her life, will allow the physiology of the brain itself to change which in direct proportion to the natural balances of the various hormones in play now to return.”

And my feeling is that, like Cat said, that is the essence of what neuroplasticity is about: to use voluntary thinking process to create new connections in the brain that will involve the prefrontal cortex in order to promote changes in how deeper parts of the brain are operating.

God Bless, Gonzalo
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 30, 2014, 12:50 AM »

...Phenomenal post, Gonzalo!  Thank you for going into such detail about the function and operation, the anatomy and chemistry supporting the signatures you pointed out.  I would hope that it inspires others learning astrology to take a look at the underpinnings of psychological analysis and see the supporting factors at a medical level. (A great reminder for me to do so.) 
That said, moderators, I request that this post ( http://schoolofevolutionaryastrology.com/forum/index.php?topic=1047.msg34952#msg34952 ) not be censored in any way, let alone deleted.

God bless,

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« Reply #18 on: Dec 30, 2014, 08:26 AM »

Hi Gonzalo,

Thanks for posting the incredibly detailed and correct medical correlations that you have. This is EA at it's very best.

God Bless, Rad
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 30, 2014, 04:40 PM »

Gonzalo, thank you for sharing your analysis! What a beautiful and useful contribution brother. I'm going to really sit with it and take my time to absorb it. If it feels right I may also have some questions for my friend about her medications, what they are and what chemical purposes they serve.
With love,
Ari Moshe
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« Reply #20 on: Dec 30, 2014, 04:50 PM »

Gonzalo and Ari: 

It is always such a pleasure reading your advanced EA techniques here on the message board.

Just amazing!!!   You are the true GIVERS .... thank you!

Linda   Kiss
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