challenges and difficulties
Ted Hughes has a great capacity for self-denial in the pursuit of a long-range goal. Ted is capable of hard work and persistent labor, but he may lack joyfulness and the ability to play. Ted Hughes often feels burdened by life's demands and responsibilities, and may envy those who seem to attract what they want in life without a great deal of personal effort.
There is a very judgmental, stern, and uncompromising side of Hughes' which may inhibit him a great deal. Ted Hughes must avoid becoming heavy and cynical, or becoming a rather callous, sophisticated adult whose practicality and realism squeeze out the playful, imaginative side of life.
Ted Hughes takes his commitments to others very seriously, especially in close one-to-one relationships. His strong sense of responsibility to the other person makes Hughes a trustworthy and dedicated partner, but he often feels that marriage or any binding commitment between him and another person is too restrictive and burdensome, and thus seeks to avoid it. Close relationships may be more work than pleasure for Ted Hughes and it may seem that he is always "working on" his marriage rather than enjoying it. However, Hughes will persevere and ultimately grow through the process.
Ted could find it difficult to express himself and consequently he feels inhibited and lonely at times. He tends to isolate himself from others and his relationships seem strained. Conditions in Ted Hughes' parental home may be oppressive and constrained.
He is not afraid of hard work and leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of his objectives. Ted Hughes has a strong desire to overcome any difficulties or obstacles in his way and will do this at all cost, even if it means having to use force.
He is inclined to be quite reserved and cautious in his relationships with others. But Ted may also have an exaggerated regard for other peoples views and could give them more credence than they are worth.
Now we will discuss patterns of behavior which Ted Hughes instinctively and habitually reverts to when under stress - a mostly subconscious process that he is apt to over indulge in because it is so familiar and hence easy for him. The direction Ted Hughes needs to follow in order to develop balance, greater awareness, and wholeness is also described.
Seeking harmonious interpersonal relationships, cooperation, and togetherness, as well as the desire to please or appease other people, are drives that come very naturally to Ted Hughes - so much so that he seeks them out at his own expense. When he is under stress, Hughes tends to look outside himself for approval or answers, and he leans on others too much. Therefore, developing self-reliance, and the courage to look inwardly for answers and forge his own path through life is a key factor in his self-development.
Ted Hughes is often tempted to be less than completely straightforward about his intentions or desires, and he can become enmeshed in a quagmire of "little white lies". Stark honesty - both inward and toward others - is the only way out! This, however, leads to the need to confront some of Hughes' most deeply ingrained fears, such as "what if they do not like me?" and "what if I have to go through this alone?".
Ted Hughes needs to cultivate his ability to be assertive, take initiative and act on his own behalf. Directness and self-reliance are imperative.
It is in any involvements he has with teams, clubs, organizations, networks, and the like that Ted Hughes is most likely to wrestle with these issues. The qualities described above need to be channeled into some sort of group effort or experience, or have some impact on society at large.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn in Capricorn
Saturn in 7th house
Saturn Opposition Sun/Moon
Saturn Opposition Mars/Pluto
Saturn Opposition Jupiter/Asc.
N. Node in Aries
N. Node in 11th house