challenges and difficulties
Emily McLaughlin has a critical, cynical attitude towards many religions and philosophies. Without realizing it, she prevents herself from appreciating new viewpoints and attitudes. McLaughlin is more rigid and dogmatic than she realizes. Her approach may also be too intellectual or moralistic. Emily McLaughlin takes her own political beliefs and spiritual philosophy very seriously, worrying and fretting if she is not 100% clear about some ideology or theory.
Her childhood or her relationship with her parents was restrictive, unloving or unhappy in ways that may prevent Emily from allowing other people to get close to her in later life. Emily McLaughlin feels that she was deprived in one form or another, regardless of whether she actually was or not. Her early life - at least as McLaughlin remembers it - may have been marked by emotional separation or repression of her needs and feelings. Forgiving her parents and/or letting go of any resentments she has about the limitations that she experienced early in her life is crucial. Also, Emily McLaughlin needs to build her own solid foundation, and investing time and energy into her home, domestic relationships, and inner life can help Emily accomplish this task.
Emily McLaughlin tends to be her own worst enemy, demanding inhuman perfection of herself and harshly criticizing or persecuting herself when she does not measure up. Perhaps circumstances or relationships in her life have been extremely difficult and demanding, reinforcing Emily's belief that she must struggle alone.
She is capable of tremendous effort and of overcoming great odds and handicaps. Through these efforts Emily McLaughlin develops her power and inner strength. However, Emily McLaughlin should not make life harder than it is. She must give herself permission to let up sometimes, and to realize that she is only human.
Now we will discuss patterns of behavior which Emily McLaughlin instinctively and habitually reverts to when under stress - a mostly subconscious process that she is apt to over indulge in because it is so familiar and hence easy for her. The direction Emily McLaughlin needs to follow in order to develop balance, greater awareness, and wholeness is also described.
Emily McLaughlin needs to take what she has learned (either through formal education or her own questing and life experience) and share it with others, communicate it or express it in a way that can benefit others. Knowledge and understanding, which does not enhance either Emily's quality of life or that of persons in her world, is of little real value. Putting McLaughlin's understanding, philosophy, and convictions into practice in her daily relationships, and in the multiple choices she makes every day, will enable Emily McLaughlin to really test her belief system and discover more about life.
When under stress, Emily McLaughlin is apt to seek refuge in imagining that the grass is greener elsewhere, rather than working with what is at hand. Emily McLaughlin needs to cultivate her ability to live in the present!
It is in fostering a personal vision or philosophy of life, whether through religious or philosophical studies, education or the wisdom of distant lands or cultures that Emily McLaughlin is most likely to wrestle with these issues. Emily McLaughlin needs to cultivate the qualities described above in this endeavor. Long distance communication and involvement with foreigners is likely to be significant to McLaughlin.
The specific habits which are likely to hold Emily McLaughlin back, or which she is prone to overdo, especially during stressful periods, include:
Excessive thinking, rationalizing or talking, the overuse or misuse of McLaughlin's intellectual abilities and the tendency to allow her energy to be dissipated in trivial activities.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn in Sagittarius
Saturn in 4th house
Saturn Quincunx Pluto
N. Node in Gemini
N. Node in 9th house
N. Node Opposition Mercury