Out of bounds Mars – fight or flight of aces too high   Leave a comment

Adverse childhood experiences that put us in a situation of continuous threat, especially domestic abuse and violence lead to being perpetually stuck in a state of fight or flight.  This leads to being over vigilant and this constant state makes those with this aspect more sensitive to perceived threats, more likely to develop anxiety / panic attacks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Children born during wars etc where they are bombarded by high stress hormones in the womb may also have OB Mars.  In childhood and adulthood we have periods called windows of opportunity where we make developmental progress such as learning to walk, at these periods we are particularly sensitive to trauma and can easily regress to previous stage.

Jackie Chan whose parents escaped to Hong Kong during the Chinese Civil War, used his hyper vigilance and energy to great effect in his film career. Judy Garland another OB Mars, suffered a nervous breakdown and attempted suicide several times.   

“All I could see ahead was more confusion,” Judy Garland later said of this suicide attempt. “I wanted to black out the future as well as the past. I wanted to hurt myself and everyone who had hurt me.” 

As a child, Stephen Spielberg (OB Mars) faced difficulty reconciling being an Orthodox Jew with the perception of him by other children he played with. “It isn’t something I enjoy admitting,” he once said, “but when I was seven, eight, nine years old, God forgive me, I was embarrassed because we were Orthodox Jews. I was embarrassed by the outward perception of my parents’ Jewish practices. I was never really ashamed to be Jewish, but I was uneasy at times. My grandfather always wore a long black coat, black hat and long white beard. I was embarrassed to invite my friends over to the house, because he might be in a corner davening [praying], and I wouldn’t know how to explain this to my WASP friends.” Spielberg also said he suffered from acts of antisemitic prejudice and bullying in his early life: he later said, “In high school, I got smacked and kicked around. Two bloody noses. It was horrible.”

The most persistent theme throughout his films is tension in parent-child relationships. Parents (often fathers) are reluctant, absent or ignorant. Peter Banning in Hook starts off in the beginning of the film as a reluctant married-to-his-work parent who through the course of his film regains the respect of his children. The notable absence of Elliott’s father in E.T., is the most famous example of this theme. Stephen Spielberg himself was affected by his parents’ divorce as a child and by the absence of his father.

With this aspect there is a need to develop some control over hyper vigilance.  There is a sensitivity to stimulants in particular and as hard as it may be decaffeinated coffee or water is best if you have this aspect.  Activities which involve focus such as martial arts, yoga and meditation often help regulate the hyper vigilance and bring awareness of the positives of this aspect.

It may also be important to recognise when these systems are out of control we may feel a strong urge for flight or become more aggressive in our responses.  Our hyper vigilance magnifies the slightest possibility of danger into a real and present threat, at these times it is important to step out of our feelings of danger for a moment if possible and realise that these fears and dangers are created by our hyper-activated amygdala rather than being a real and present threat.


Posted May 20, 2014 by neptune's Aura Astrology in planets astrology

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