Mars, Sun and Galactic Centre in the Natal chart   Leave a comment

Mars in the natal chart represents our Id, it is the primitive and instinctive component of personality. It consists of all the inherited (i.e. biological) components of personality, including the sex (life) instinct –Eros (which contains the libido), and the aggressive (death) instinct – Thanatos. The id is the impulsive (and unconscious) part of our psyche which responds directly and immediately to the instincts. The personality of the newborn child is all id and only later does it develop an ego and super-ego. The Id demands instant gratification and is not affected by the reality and logic of the situation. Where Mars lies in the chart is how we are likely to express this need for instant gratification our Libido and survival instincts.

Sun in the natal chart represents our ego, Initially the ego is ‘that part of the id which has been modified by the direct influence of the external world‘ (Freud 1923).  The ego develops in order to mediate between the unrealistic id and the external real world. It is the decision-making component of personality. Ideally the ego works by reason whereas the id is chaotic and totally unreasonable.  The ego operates according to the reality principle, working out realistic ways of satisfying the id’s demands, often compromising or postponing satisfaction to avoid negative consequences of society. The ego considers social realities and norms, etiquette and rules in deciding how to behave.  Like the id, the ego seeks pleasure and avoids pain but unlike the id the ego is concerned with devising a realistic strategy to obtain pleasure. Freud made the analogy of the id being a horse while the ego is the rider. The ego is ‘like a man on horseback, who has to hold in check the superior strength of the horse‘ (Freud, 1923, p.15).  Often the ego is weak relative to the head-strong id and the best the ego can do is stay on, pointing the id in the right direction and claiming some credit at the end as if the action were its own.  The ego has no concept of right or wrong; something is good simply if it achieves its end of satisfying without causing harm to itself or to the id. It engages in secondary process thinking, which is rational, realistic, and orientated towards problem solving. The Sun in the natal chart will show how the person is mostly to fulfil the strategies of the ego and the Sun in aspect to Mars will show how the relationship between the Id and the ego is likely to play out in the long run.

The Galactic centre in the natal chart 26 degrees Sagittarius represents our superego, the superego’s function is to control the id’s impulses, especially those which society forbids, such as sex and aggression. It also has the function of persuading the ego to turn to moralistic goals rather than simply realistic ones and to strive for perfection.  The superego consists of two systems: The conscience and the ideal self. The conscience can punish the ego through causing feelings of guilt. For example, if the ego gives in to the id’s demands, the superego may make the person feel bad through guilt. The ideal self (or ego-ideal) is an imaginary picture of how you ought to be, and represents career aspirations, how to treat other people, and how to behave as a member of society.  Behavior which falls short of the ideal self may be punished by the superego through guilt. The super-ego can also reward us through the ideal self when we behave ‘properly’ by making us feel proud.  If a person’s ideal self is too high a standard, then whatever the person does will represent failure. The ideal self and conscience are largely determined in childhood from parental values and how you were brought up. The House where the galactic centre lies in the natal chart will show how the person is most likely to view their ideal self as well as planets conjunct it. Aspects between the galactic centre the Sun and Mars show how these aspects of the personality are likely to be experienced.

©neptunes aura astrology



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