Nature versus Nurture & Unaspected Subpersonalities in Psychodynamic Astrology

In my Astrology Readings, and also in both my Vedic astrology Course and my western course, I combine western Astrology and Vedic Astrology, and I then also use psychosynthesis and ‘Nature versus Nurture’ Analysis.

So, what this blog shares is a bit about a facet of psychosynthesis: namely ‘subpersonalities’, and indeed: ‘Unaspected subpersonalities’!

And it also shares the importance of bringing a ‘Nature versus Nurture’ dimension to your understanding of this facet of your life and your destiny.


Please note that this presentation uses the same person’s chart as shown as the case example in two other related blog posts that I’m publishing over the next few days, namely: ‘Predictive Age Points in psychodynamic Astrology’  and  ‘Use of Avasthas to declare the standing of your planets in your Birth Chart’
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So, to start with our study of Nature versus Nurture and Unaspected Subpersonalities, here’s some detail just to let you know a bit of terminology:

Zodiacs: The Sidereal Zodiac of Vedic Astrology has a destiny unfoldment focus, whereas the Tropical Zodiac of Western Astrology is focussed on our psychological identity and unfoldment.
Note that crucially Important features of Vedic Astrology are destroyed and lost if you use the Tropical Zodiac for it.

Psychosynthesis is getting to know and understand the different parts of our personality – our sub-personalities (this is our egoic personality that I’m talking about).
This perception is good to develop with a view to creating Individuation. Individuation is the process of knowing and managing the fullness of our Self (our egoic self), and indeed bringing the crucial and totally needed spiritual dimension of understanding to this.
Of course, note that our egoic personality that all this material describes is a facet of our incarnational life purpose that we incarnated to work with this time. Our real self is the self that existed before this world was made, our superconscious self, our higher self.

Subpersonalities: I trained in psychosynthesis Astrology Method which creates the western birth chart so as to show subpersonalities. And crucially note that sometimes those subpersonalities may be Unaspected.

Unaspection: Unaspected planets or planet groups means that they do not connect with the other planets; they do not connect with the aspectation lines of the rest of the chart. The astrology program Megastar is very good for this declaration.

Unaspected Subpersonality: So if you have an Unaspected Subpersonality, what stands out in your chart, is that you will notice that one or more of the planets in your natal chart forms no aspect with any of the other planets in your chart. There are no aspect lines running from it to the other planets in your chart. Having an Unaspected sub-personality means that sometimes you may come over over-powerfully with that energy to other people, and yet have no real idea of how powerfully you are coming across with those characteristics; you might feel you are being too weak – or vice versa. At other times you will be unable to access and connect to its energy at all.

But it also means that that energy-principle is unconnected to the rest of you. It is an Unaspected sub-personality. You will find it difficult to assess. It could be the tail that wags the dog.

In Psychosynthesis, the challenge is to become aware of all the parts of our personality, so as to integrate them and achieve individuation.

Here’s a Case Example with charts:

I teach all this in my Astrology Courses and use it in my Astrology Readings, but this is a basic statement of the material and how it works.

The Birth Chart (Radix): So here is the sample western astrology birth chart using Astrocalc, the western astrology program that I love:














Next, here’s the sample western astrology birth chart using Megastar, the western astrology program which is invaluable for psychodynamic astrology:













Unaspected Sub-Personality: So, what stands out is that this person has an ‘Unaspected Venus-Neptune subpersonality’. Venus Neptune, the impossible ideal in love, the divine in nature or is it the Pied Piper????

This could activate powerfully and even practically take over, when Venus and Neptune are activated by transits or psychodynamic age points. And the person’s challenge would then be not to lose the wonderful potential of this subpersonality once the activation ceases, not to live a life cut off from their own Venus-Neptune!!!!

Nature versus Nurture: Now, next I bring into this presentation, a statement of the effect of ‘Nature versus Nurture’. Are we the result of our inherited nature? Or are we the result of our Nurture? Nurture is our environment, especially our earliest environment!!!

The Dynamic Counting Table: So, now, working from the birth chart, the Megastar psychodynamic astrology program then offers a ‘Nature v. Nurture’ statement, called the ‘Dynamic Counting Table’: Planets in Signs are our Nature; planets in Houses are our Nurture (obviously, the Houses represent environment). So here is the Dynamic Counting Table, the Nature versus Nurture statement, for this case example:



Notice that the Dynamic Counting Table assesses the Nature with reference to ‘planets in Signs’, and it assesses the effect of the Nurture using ‘Planets in Houses’ and to assess the effect of Nurture on Nature, it uses the Modalities and Elements (These are defined below). I teach all this if you enrol on one of my astrology courses: western or Vedic. So, looking at the Dynamic Counting Table, above, this is the Table which shows the effect of your Nurture (most especially your earliest upbringing) on your nature (your inherited makeup).

Case Example Modalities Analysis: So, looking at the above example chart in terms of Modalities, you can easily see that this person’s upbringing or nurture made them far more Cardinal than they were actually born to be. In other words, they were stressed to get noticed and fill the gap in love and attention. Mother did not notice them, nor appreciate the real ‘them’. Their Cardinality was artificially increased from 41 points to 68 points, a huge increase which will distort the way the person lives and stress them out and cause pressure on the adrenals.

Case Example Elements Analysis: And looking at the above chart example in terms of Elements, you can easily see that his Fire was put out and his Water greatly increased. In other words, his Fire = will and action, and this had a cold deathly wet hand put on it, but his Water = intuition and sensitivity was greatly increased as he tried to work out and understand what on earth were the distorting pressures he had been born into.

So, notice that his overall signature in terms of his Nature is: Cardinal Fire (in other words an Arian, a ‘must have it now’ Action Man).
But his earliest Nurture/Upbringing made him an equal balance of Cardinal Earth (= Capricorn) and Cardinal Water (= Cancer, mothering and caring, sensitive, clinging).

The House Chart of Nurture: Now I am bringing in, as the final facet of this whistle-stop example of ‘Unaspected Subpersonalities’ and ‘Nature versus Nurture‘, the fact that Megastar actually uses a ‘House Chart’ to depict the effect of Nurture. So here is the House Chart for this example case study person:







In the House Chart, note that the Houses are created of equal size, as opposed to the usual practice in the Radix or birth chart/natal chart where the Signs are shown of equal size. So, let’s look at some of the differences in the life scripts created by Nurture as opposed to his Nature? OK, let’s focus on just a couple:

First Planet Example: Venus:
Venus in the Birth Chart: You can see that in his Radix or natal chart, that Venus is in an Unaspected subpersonality: Venus aspects only Neptune. This gives a Venus principle of love that is sensitive and idealistic and visionary, only ‘the perfect’ is really good enough. It’s an Unaspected subpersonality because the Venus – Neptune aspect (the green semi-sextile line) does not connect to any of the other planets in his birth chart. So, this means that sometimes he might just inhabit this sub-personality, whereas other times he might live in the rest of his chart and be out of touch with his love principle.
In fact, notice that the Venus-Neptune subpersonality is even actually cut off from the rest of the chart by the super-hardworking and detailed Mars square Saturn (the red square aspect line). Hard work puts him out of touch even more with his love principle (until he learns about this destiny and alters his way of life).
But compare this to Venus in the House Chart of Nurture: The House Chart shows the effect of his Nurture. Here you can see that, now, Venus is severed from the idealistic visionary principle of Neptune. Instead Venus is in a constantly driven square aspect (the red line) to spasmodic, impatient Uranus.
Venus Uranus is wired and always wanting the new. It’s so at odds with the mystical Venus-Neptune aspect that is his Love Nature.
Notice that Neptune now becomes in the House Chart an opposition aspect to his Moon, making him ever unsure about what he really feels, ever deluded or confused, until he learns to disentangle the effects of his upbringing. ‘What on earth is my mother about???’ he asks.
Second Example planet – Pluto:
Pluto in the Birth Chart: Notice that in his birth chart or Radix, Pluto is a virtually Unaspected subpersonality in his first house, giving a person who is very intense. But because Pluto is unconnected with the rest of the chart, he won’t always realise how intensely he is coming over. To have Unaspected Pluto is someone who can sometimes be over-powerful, but at other times be completely out of touch with his own power, even abused. To have Pluto in 1st House is the person whose whole life is an endless series of death and rebirth experiences, and who has a deep tectonic intuitive knowing the moment he enters a room.
Pluto in the House Chart of Nurture: But in the House Chart of his Nurture, notice that Pluto is now caught up in an angry red T-Square aspect to his Sun – Moon opposition (he was born at Full Moon). This shows that his Nurture made him acutely aware of the opposition nature of his parents; of the Head versus heart opposition in his life and he will be ever driven to reconcile the two.
So, this is but a small taster of what the psychodynamic western astrology House Chart has to offer in unravelling scripts of Nature v Nurture in your life.
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It shows this effect in terms of the balances of your modalities and elements. Refer to the interview recording for the meaning of this information. So please note that Nature and Nurture are assessed in astrology in terms of modalities and elements. Modalities are ways of going about things; elements are qualities of being. Here is more information on these:
Cardinal energy is extrovert, initiatory, working and doing
Fixed energy is stabilizing, security, seeking and acquisitive
Mutable energy is restless, reflective, seeking and changeable
Fire is vitality spontaneity, intuitive faith in one’s own abilities
Earth is practical, efficient, realistic, sensual and security-conscious
Air is communicative, rational, thinking, emotionally detached
Water is feeling, sensitive, emotional, instinctive