Weight Loss and the Transformational Process

“Sometime in your life you will go on a journey.
It will be the longest journey you have ever
taken. It is the journey to find yourself.”

This is my personal story. It is a story of change and transformation and, with this transformation, I no longer need to weigh over 250 pounds in order to cope with life. This article will discuss the astrological aspects that contributed to my weight problem and the astrological configurations that allowed me to take control of my addiction to food. I have heard people say that they lost weight under a good Uranus transit or a nice Saturn transit or Saturn crossing the Ascendant— but did they keep it off for the rest of their lives or did it creep back on after a few months? To under go the massive change required to lose a large amount of weight and to keep it off for the rest of your life requires major transformational transits.

When I give my lectures on this topic, almost immediately I begin to hear the excuses— I can’t lose weight because I am menopausal, I can’t lose weight because I have a thyroid problem, I can’t lose weight because I am older and my metabolism is slower or I hardly eat anything and I still cannot lose weight. I do not want to hear any of these excuses because this is all that they are, Excuses! As Dr. Phil always says, “You cannot change what you do not acknowledge!” I lost 125 pounds under all of these conditions! There is one excuse that I will accept— “It is just too hard and I do not think I am ready to lose the weight at this time.” It is hard and we are not always ready to make those massive life style changes that support a smaller body size. To lose weight and function at a normal size requires the greatest courage, the courage to face life unprotected, unprotected by the layers of fat. In a past life, you could have put on your chain mael suit of armor. Today, we must resort to the physiological layers of fat for protection.

Why is it difficult to make the decision to lose weight? Because to lose weight and to keep it off is the most monumental decision that you can ever make— that decision to totally change yourself and to never go back to being the Old Familiar Self, familiar to you as well as others— the passive self, the care-taking self, the angry, enraged and embittered self, the wounded self, the fearful self, all unhappy yet comfortable patterns of being with the old eating and the old behavioral patterns. Another major hurtle to surmount if you make that monumental decision— the alienation and the sabotaging tactics of friends and family who do not want you to change. This means that you may very well be fighting this battle alone. You are worth it! These destructive relationships are not.

Have I ever advised anyone not to lose the weight? Ironically, I have. When someone’s current life situation and its responsibilities would not support a normal weight, an unprotected weight, I advise the individual not to think about losing weight but rather to simply eat healthy— just make healthy food choices without considering the number of calories consumed.

There is no shame in knowing little or nothing about a subject
but it is a crime if that subject is you!

There is no single signature of obesity. After all, 64.5% of Americans are over-weight! I have been over-weight my entire life and the weight gain started when I began to go to school at the age of 6. My mother held on to me, she did not want to let me go so I never went to nursery school or kindergarten, pre-schooling that assists in social adaptation. I was an only child who grew up on a farm, totally isolated and insulated from the real world. My mother did not want to let me go in other ways— she needed an eating buddy. And, it was easier for her to complain about my weight issues than address her own. When I was very young, my mother took me to the doctor about my weight. He gave me a diet program— I was 8 years old— and my mother would tell me to follow it, while she prepared mashed potatoes and gravy and ate ice cream at night.

The food addiction signs are CANCER and VIRGO. These signs seek food as a release from perfectionist demands that the individual feels that he or she cannot possibly fulfill— setting up a boundary of fat for protection and distancing— and as a release from ever feeling one’s buried emotions. These signs are more inclined to turn to some “substance” when stressful feelings are not addressed, to bury them or to drown them. The individual develops the “Sara Lee Surrogate Mother Syndrome”— Sara always nurtures and loves us and she never, ever criticizes.

The culprit for addiction is Neptune with its boundary issues, a lack of psychological boundaries between self and others, between self and the parents initially. Later, the individual creates the physical boundaries of fat. While at the hairdressers, I read an article stating that research had been conducted on over-weight adults with a lifetime pattern of obesity. The most common pattern was a parent who invaded boundaries by going through the child’s belongings, by reading the child’s diary and listening in on telephone conversations. Bingo! This is exactly what my childhood was like— from the age of 14, when my mother encouraged me to start keeping a diary, she read every page until I moved away. Even then, I could not get away from her. She left my father and moved in with me! Finally, after 3 months, my parents went for pastoral counseling and she moved out. For years, she never forgave me for not wanting her to stay with me.

While I never experienced sexual abuse, this too is a boundary issue. That parent who inappropriately touches or caresses a child has invaded that child’s boundaries and trust. The weight acquired serves to keep a distance from others who may invade, hurt or betray.

Neptune acts as a culprit through its sabotaging effect. It constantly sabotages our energies and independence. With strong Neptune aspects, especially the Mars-Neptune aspect (and I use very wide orbs), the individual often had a parent who did not want them to grow up or grow away, sabotaging their initiative at every turn, talking them out of doing and, as an adult, they talk themselves out of doing, doing what they want for themselves. A parent who “sacrifices so much” for the child is in reality siphoning off that child’s energies. Later on, you will attract people into your life who sabotage your efforts, keeping you busy with their problems and talking you out of doing something that would take you away from their needs, talking you out of doing, doing for yourself and not them.

Neptune sabotages through Ambivalence. It is through ambivalence that we talk ourselves out of doing what we need to do for ourselves— “Oh well, I can diet tomorrow” and tomorrow never comes; “I can buy these cookies and I will eat just one” but we can never just eat one. It is the procrastination that puts off dieting and exercising until it is too late in the day and then we can just do it tomorrow… but tomorrow never comes.

Neptune sabotages through Denial and Excuses! This first manifests through denying how inappropriate the parent’s behavior is— a parent who was wonderful, who sacrificed, who worked so hard for the family— how can I possibly be angry at them. Neptune provides an opportunity to tune out and deny anything unpleasant in the life. In this way, Mars becomes suppressed, another issue with food addiction. In my lectures, the first defense of the compulsive over-eater to hearing my message is to feel compelled to tell me their excuses. You cannot change what you do not acknowledge and what you refuse to acknowledge will be the ‘shadow self’ that always controls you. You will always be in the grips of the addiction-– until you stop making excuses. This pattern of denial distorts our conception of how much food we eat and the reasons for our obesity. Healing our addiction can only occur when we replace delusion with truth!

Neptune sabotages by crippling our ability to say NO— to define boundaries for others and ourselves. How can you possibly say NO to Sara Lee if you cannot say NO to a parent, a child or your friends? At this point, unable to establish effective boundaries for yourself and others, you need to protect yourself with another layer of fat and comfort your depression with something soothing to eat.


I started to observe the very thin people that I knew. I observed them to see why they are thin and I am not. I saw that, whenever they feel anything-– anger, fear, frustration, and enthusiasm— they immediately act upon these feelings. They have to DO SOMETHING, take immediate action, speak up but definitely not run to the refrigerator! Our bodies are really like a computer. With the thin people, their “computer” only has RAM with no hard drive for storing. Mars is often strong, encouraging them to act rather than to store. They have the ability to utilize their Mars on their own behalf; the compulsive over-eater cannot.

The compulsive over-eater develops a huge hard drive onto which they store most of their feelings, specifically the unpleasant emotions of stress, boredom, loneliness, fear and filling a void. Ideally, we can store our feelings but we eventually need to review these stored emotions. The compulsive over-eater never does… until that day when they begin to lose weight. These stored emotions will come off in layers, like peeling the layers of an onion.

Removing the layers of stored emotions should be done gradually or, as I have observed many times, the individual will panic and binge. As these repressed and stored emotions begin to surface, we must slowly allow ourselves to honor these feelings, seeing them for what they are, and then release them. This can really only be done when we lose weight slowly.

These layers are often in this order:

1) Sexual Energy— this is a very powerful energy that seems to ‘steam’ off of the individual losing weight. There is no controlling it. This newly released energy is very magnetic, regardless of the body size. When a compulsive over-eater has a lot of fears around sexuality, this fear, unprocessed, can drive him or her back to eating.

2) Anger— there can be anger from childhood experiences and there can be anger connected to having been treated differently when over-weight. I felt very angry when I knew that I was being treated very differently as a normal sized person. If the anger is not addressed, old eating patterns will return.

3) Vulnerability— at this point, the individual no longer has the protection of the body fat and, in order to succeed in the transformational process, strength must come from within. The individual must learn to protect self in other ways besides eating.

To get in touch with the layers of fear, ask this question: “What was happening in my life the last time I was thin?” This may provide insight into the repressed fear. The goal of the Transformational Process is to become whole and integrated, to be your own person, regardless of what others expect, not absorbing their criticism, learning to trust others and, most important, learning to trust yourself.

“We must travel in the direction of our fear.”
—John Berryman


The Moon rules the first and most obvious type. This is the nurturing type who cannot define boundaries— nurturing to everyone but themselves. The excess weight becomes the boundary that cannot be established psychologically. This type of compulsive over-eater has learned to gain approval through servitude, care taking and giving value to others over themselves.

I have observed many women who feel frustrated and unfulfilled by their domestic responsibilities. Their identity becomes trapped by the role of wife, mother and caretaker. Rather than address their needs for independence and the fears associated with living a life of their own, they push down these feelings with food. Rather than express the anger or resentment that they feel, they experience a safe feeling substitute, depression— and then they eat. Remember, if you cannot say NO to your family, how can you possibly say NO to food?!

In addressing these fears, ask yourself the following questions:

1) What would be the worst thing that could happen if you expressed your anger or dissatisfaction?

2) What would happen if you told your family that you would be less available to them?

3) What would happen if you began living life on your own terms rather than subjugating yourself to others? What would be the worst thing that could happen? Is it really that bad?


1) Get away from the environment of the Old Self, the environment where you nurture others and not yourself. Take classes, attend lectures, and join action groups that hike, dance or travel.

2) Practice the Art of Living by having afternoon or evening tea, drinking from an expensive tea cup, going to a beautiful café for espresso or an expensive hotel just for coffee, visit art galleries… activities that add quality to your life.

3) Pamper yourself as best you can afford. Give yourself massages, give yourself a make-over at a quality department store, buy some expensive perfume, buy the best food that you can afford in order to make eating pleasurable and, most important in self-nurturing, say NO to the demands of others.

“Deliberately seeking solitude—quality time spent away from family and friends—may seem selfish.
It is not.
Solitude is as necessary for our creative spirits to develop and flourish as are sleep and food for our bodies.”
—Sarah Ban Breathnach

Mars and Pluto rule the second personality type. Both the Mars and Pluto types are storing a tremendous amount of anger, rage and resentment. They hold onto the weight as a storage space for their angry emotions— specifically, anger that they are very unwilling to release. This anger is used as a barrier to closeness. Anger drives people away, although these individuals are rarely aware of how angry they really are and the mixed messages they are sending out. If you cannot let go of the anger, if you cannot let go of any of these emotions, you cannot let go of the layers of fat on which to store that anger— those feelings that, through Neptune, you wish to escape. These become stored like gigabytes on a big old hard drive. The real lesson here is to let go and learn to trust one’s fellow man. Emotional abuse and sexual abuse can be a factor with Mars/Pluto. It is a pattern of abuse that triggers the rage. Albeit, justified, it must be processed, not stored.

The Pluto types have strong control issues and eating becomes the one way that they can be out of control. I have observed individuals who have grown very comfortable with the limitations of their weight. The limitation of their physical body gives them a lot of control, control that is highly resistant to change. And, change is something that they cannot control1.

The lesson here is that they need to empower themselves with others. In doing so, it will make it easier for them to let go of the protection, physical and psychological, provided by the chain mael armor of stored fat. These individuals must learn to trust themselves, trust that they can protect themselves directly or that they really do not need to protect themselves in most situations— only then can they come to the point of trusting others. Once they learn that they can assert themselves with others effectively (not defensively), there will come a renewed confidence that allows them to remove the psychological barriers and live life unprotected by body size— rather, protected safely by one’s own inner resources.

Emotions have Calories
Unprocessed Emotions = Fat


The Moon and its aspects show how we deal with our emotions due to the emotional patterns cultivated during our formative years. The Moon also represents habits and habitual behaviors that influence addiction.

Moon-Mars: Pennsylvania astrologer, Amanda Owen, conducted a research project and she discovered that people with strong Moon-Mars aspects often wanted their food quickly and they were fast eaters. My own research has substantiated this pattern. This can be a contributing problem for the compulsive over-eater who eats quickly without enjoying the food and often grabbing at the quickest food to eat, not necessarily the healthiest. When you eat fast, you cannot register that you are full2.

Moon-Jupiter: This is the “quick fix” aspect that seeks emotional substitutes. Instead of dealing with unpleasant emotions— stress, frustration, boredom or loneliness— they eat, go shopping, anything that provides immediate gratification. This often stems from a mother, unable to deal with her own unhappy emotions, who gives some thing as a substitute for emotional connectedness. This aspect shows a pattern of emotional role playing, playing a role rather than feel one’s feelings.

Moon-Saturn: Hard aspects between the Moon and Saturn often indicate arguing and tension at the dinner table. Food allergies often occur as a result of this stressful eating environment. Wheat, corn, potatoes, sugar and dairy products are often not tolerated and they actually contribute to the addiction when eaten.

Moon-Uranus: This aspect is less common with food addiction but weight can be a barrier of rebellion, to rebel against the demands and expectations of a parent. A parent may have had a model of beauty to which the child rebels. Whenever they set up a structure of eating for themselves, they rebel and compulsively over-eat.

Moon-Neptune: This is the aspect that creates the boundary flaw to which weight is used as a substitute boundary. Often, it represents a preoccupied mother and a pattern of disillusion and dissatisfaction through the mother not fulfilling her dearest hopes and wishes. With an eating disorder, a preoccupied parent could leave the child feeling unprotected.

Moon-Pluto: When associated with food addiction, this aspect indicates a child who felt controlled by a parent, learning to stuff the resentment with food. The individual rebels against the control by being out of control with eating.

Moon-Transpluto: Growing up in a critical, perfectionist environment, the individual experiences perfectionist demands that he or she cannot possibly fulfill. With a food addiction, the individual sets up a boundary of fat for protection and distancing— and as a release from ever feeling the painful emotions of rejection, guilt and shame.


The psychological pattern of a suppressed Mars is to stuff the anger— and to stuff it with food. This generates a false boundary of eating with its accompanying isolation and an attempt to turn off the assertiveness of Mars, that is, asserting on one’s own behalf. Sedentary patterns may be established as a means of tuning out from life.

Mars-Saturn: These planets are associated with Will and the Throat Chakra. When the patterns of stuffing one’s feelings is prolonged, this chakra and the thyroid gland will be affected. This often leads to a health problem called Wilson’s Syndrome. Initially, through the stress of repression and anxiety, the adrenals are taxed. Later, this adrenal stress pulls on the thyroid gland. The body temperature drops, often to around 97°. Fatigue and exhaustion further prevent the individual from ever asserting self for one’s self. In talking to people with an under-active thyroid, they frequently complain that they do not feel alive.

Physically, this can be addressed through adrenal supplementation, thyroid support and even taking organic, cold pressed coconut oil that quickly raises the body temperature and energy level. However, the psychological patterns that contribute to obesity are more difficult to change.

Mars-Neptune: This is the aspect that tells me that there was a parent who did not want the child to grow up or grow away. Later, these individuals sabotage their own efforts by talking themselves out of doing, especially doing something for themselves. These people often feel that they never scored a victory in expressing their anger, their Mars. Often, when they feel anger, they become quit tired and even depressed. This aspect is actually best suited for fighting for an ideal, something greater than themselves, but not directly for themselves.

Mars-Pluto: With the compulsive over-eater, this combination can indicate abuse. The rage and resentment are suppressed through eating. They often fear the rage within. They fear that they could kill someone— so they eat instead, killing themselves with the health issues that arise through obesity.


1) Take natural adrenal and thyroid supplements. The thyroid condition must be addressed with a physician. Solaray Adrenal Caps can be obtained at a health food store. An alternative for the thyroid condition would be taking 1 tablespoon daily of organic coconut oil to raise the body temperature and the energy level. This seems to work for a lot of people. But, do consult with a physician, especially a doctor who understands Wilson’s Syndrome (

2) Participate in activities that encourage asserting one’s energies. Dance puts you in touch with your body. Contra dancing is an excellent aerobic form of body movement and you do not have to worry about a partner. I personally enjoy kickboxing classes at Gold’s Gym. Long walks are excellent and easy on the body.

3) Come to terms with your past. The past is the past. Deal with it, embrace it and its pain, and let it go. You cannot change the past but you can change your future.

4) Learn to speak your truth in a new, effective, non-defensive way. More important, learn to speak from your heart. Activate your Mars so that you can break through the glass barrier of Neptune! After the death of my mother in 2002, I joined a support group. One of the disciplines was to write a poem about the lost parent. These words suddenly came to me— words so true about my mother and I have vowed not to let this pattern continue with me…

Play the Part
Play the Role
So no one knows
Your Heart and Soul.


If you only have 10 or 20 pounds to lose, that extra weight that has crept on slowly over the years, then a nice Uranus transit or any Pluto transit will motivate you to make changes in your diet and physical activities. For the compulsive over-eater, a major lifestyle change is required to get that weight off and keep it off— forever! I have observed a pattern of transformational astrological indicators in the horoscopes of individuals who transformed their addictive patterns with food or alcohol.

1) Transpluto transits represent a 4-year process, moving the individual towards wholeness and integration whereby that individual can act without being distracted by a concern for the approval of others or a fear of their criticism and rejection. Transpluto transits heal an addiction through a process that elevates the individual to a level of inner self-sufficiency that makes this possible. Transpluto rules the process through which we put the fragmented pieces of our personality back together in a way that we want to be— our version of Wholeness, not someone else’s. These transits can be obtained from the Solar Fire and WinStar astrological programs.

2) The Progressed Moon at Maximum South Declination. While this can be determined by examining the declination of the progressed Moon, this can easily be calculated on Solar Fire as a 30-degree graphic ephemeris. Carolyn Egan kindly showed me how to set up this graphic and I was amazed to find that all of my example charts for people who stopped drinking, smoking or lost a lot of weight occurred when the progressed Moon was at maximum south latitude. The graphic below shows 2 periods in my life when the progressed Moon was a maximum south and also out of bounds, beyond 23°27’ of declination. These were periods of my greatest transformations. This period or cycle lasts for several years. The cycle that occurred in the early 1960s marked the time when I made the courageous decision to leave Catholic schools and attend public schools. The second cycle occurred when I made the courageous decision to live life as a normal sized person.

Progressed Moon graph
(click for the full-sized image)

You can find more graphs with information, description and examples of well known people at Carolyn Egan’s website These examples give the clear definition of people’s turning points as well as business charts.

3) Progressed Jupiter or Jupiter Transiting the Ascendant. This may be a bit of a surprise but Jupiter can be involved with massive weight loss. As demonstrated in my progressed wheel for November 1990, the beginning of my transformational cycle, the progressed Jupiter was exactly on my progressed Ascendant. By the autumn of 1991, the transiting Jupiter crossed my natal Ascendant and I actually began my weight loss program. What happened during this cycle? I discovered new ways of expanding besides gaining weight! I began my travels to Eastern Europe, a time when I left the persona of the Old Lynn behind. Later, I started taking dance lessons.

4) Pluto Transits and Progressed Personal Planet moving into Scorpio. A planet progressing into the sign of Scorpio can portend a greater sense of resolve that is supportive of the transformational process. Any Pluto transit but more potently the conjunction, square or opposition from Pluto can bring the individual to the point of taking control of any out-of-control habits. Initially, the transiting Pluto in hard aspect to a natal planet will make the individual feel overwhelmed and out of control with their life situation. This will extend into the eating pattern. During the Transformational Process, the individual will take control of their life and their addiction. Tired of feeling out of control, something snaps internally and they take charge.


a) Clean out your living space. Closets represent your inner space, the basement represents your subconscious and your car represents your body in general. Compulsive over-eaters have chaos and disorder in their personal environments. Take a look at the inside of the car of a compulsive over-eater.

b) Keep you car a Food Free Zone. Never eat in the car. Put all groceries in the trunk.

c) Clean out your refrigerator. Give yourself permission to throw out problem foods. Define boundaries with your family and tell them that problem foods are not allowed in the house. If not locked up, they will be thrown out! And, remember, the grocery store, to the compulsive over-eater, is a War Zone! Take a friend grocery shopping.

5) The Transiting Neptune dissolves all that is not real in your life, including the false boundaries created as substitutes for true inner structuring which would allow you to set boundaries for yourself and others. Initially, Neptune can encourage over-eating to make us feel more grounded. I find that the Bach Flower Remedy, Clematis, is a powerful cure for this feeling of disconnectedness. Later, often through some disappointment or disillusion, the individual can actually move beyond their self-created boundaries. If I had known what it would be like to travel through Eastern Europe alone and for the first time, I would never have gone. Under Neptune, I had no sense of what I was doing or where I was going, as if God had put a brown paper bag over my head.

6) The Transiting Uranus brings change depending upon the nature of the transit. The favorable aspects comfortably expand our vision, allowing us to explore new options of diet, exercise, and lifestyle patterns. With the hard aspects, these can initially stimulate compulsive over-eating because you feel like your fingers are stuck in an electrical outlet. It generates a type of nervous electrical energy for which food seems to ground and soothe. This very uncomfortable feeling ends only when we end something in our lives that we have outgrown. Ending a bad relationship or frustrating job can take 10 pounds off in a week!

This is my story and my observations of the Transformational Process. It is not an easy process. But, anyone who is willing to walk down this path must know that it is truly a Hero’s Journey.

“When you become authentic,
you become greater than you ever thought you could be,
and this greatness allows you to heal yourself,
your family, and your world.”
—Sarah Ban Breathnach

NOTE: If anyone would like a copy of the astrological chronology of my weight loss from 1989 through 2002, contact me by e-mail.

1 In my research, I have observed that anorexics have the opposite pattern-– their external situation is so out of control that the only control they have is over their eating, or not eating.

2 I have also researched the astrological patterns for slow eaters. They often have Taurus-Gemini combinations. The astrological aspects are Mercury and/or Mars in hard aspect to Saturn and/or Pluto. If the sign of Cancer is involved, there can be some digestive sensitivity that contributes to the slowness in eating. Pluto and the 5th House can be associated with attention needs and controlling others and their time through eating very slowly.

  1. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Readers – I received this e-mail privately but I have permission by the writer to post an edited version of her request on this website. The NOTE/notation is by me, Lynn Koiner. I will add an additional answer to these questions later.

    To Lynn:
    I wondered about having a consult with you as to how I should go about weight loss.

    I’m halfway through reading the longer piece you wrote on your weight loss, about having to change the persona and take some risks. Since Saturn is in my 12th house now, it will be hitting Jupiter and my Ascendant in less than two years. I am feeling more and more that I need to gain better insight into why I can’t seem to lose any weight. I know what I have to do, I have the information, but I’m not doing it. I keep resisting.

    NOTE: Saturn transiting the 12th House (and the 1st House too) is an excellent time to commence a major personality transformation. It is always a time of letting go of the old persona. This does make us feel more vulnerable (“who am I and where an I going in life”) and sometimes, when we do not initiate some changes, we can eat more. BUT, it is an excellent time to initiate the lifestyle changes that go with weight loss. I have observed people lose weight, stop smoking, go into therapy all during this transit through the 12th House. Erin Sullivan has an excellent book on Saturn and its transits through the Houses.

    A hypnotherapist said that I consciously want to lose weight, but my unconscious does not want to lose weight, but she did not know why.

    NOTE: I am horrified when a therapist makes such a statement. It offers no help and it only serves to give excuses. With Neptune on the ASC and Mars in Pisces, this empathic and psychically sensitive individual absorbs such discouragement and excuses.

    Right now I’m doing some acupressure treatments with chiropractor for allergies and associated arthritis. I told him today that I don’t know why I just can’t make myself get on any restricted diet.

    NOTE: The chiropractor recommended a 2 week liver cleanse. I really like the effect of a liver cleanse but 2 weeks is oppressive. I use a modified Hulda Clarke cleanse that takes 1 day to flush out all of the gall stones and cholesterol. I always have a lot of energy after this…until I eat sugar and then the energy is gone. I have given up refined sugar!

    He also recommended a very restricting diet of eating mostly vegetables for 2 weeks. Skinny people often make such recommendations. If she could even do this for 2 weeks, the first response on day 15 would be to binge – I am a compulsive over-eater so I know this from personal experience. This is the way of all diets. It is easier to just start making new eating choices, slowly eliminating the “bad” foods and incorporating “good” foods. I do like the South Beach diet but the rebellious dieter (and most of us are) knows that they are DIETING and a resistance to limitation and control can set up the individual for failure. I started writing a book about 12 years ago but never finished. While it is still not finished, I can post when I have written on this website.

    The allergy problem is the next issue. The acupressure treatments do help, especially for the arthritis, but they are expensive since not covered by insurance, and I can’t keep them up..

    NOTE: Allergies are caused by afflictions to the Moon, Mars and Neptune. The Food Addiction signs are Cancer and Virgo. This chart has Virgo rising, an afflicted Saturn in Cancer, Neptune in the 1st House and Mars in Pisces. The Moon in Libra afflicted Mercury-Venus-Saturn.

    Chiron is on the ASC in Virgo Chiron rules health issues that are always with us. It is also where we can give to others what we need ourselves. I use the asteroid, Hygiea, as a health indicator. Hygiea in Aquarius in the 5th House forms a Grand Air Trine with the Moon in Libra and Uranus in Gemini. Health is affected by Hygiea when our life gets out of balance in some way. The 5th House rules the Chakras. Healing in the life in general can come through creative education for others. AIR signs work best at a mental realm. While I will discuss this later, this individual has the Sun in Taurus in the 8th House square Pluto. These people always resist change, specifically externally initiated change – someone telling them what to do. They often to not do well with hypnosis since they resist anyone trying to put thoughts into their head (I am very Uranian and I definitely rebel against this – but I can do self-hypnosis). The interesting fact about 8th House people is that they can totally transform their lives in a heart beat, almost over night, but only as a result of their own decision to do so. They often find something outside themselves worth the effort of transformation.
  2. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Reply to Writer – birth data withheld for privacy

    I have seen charts similar to your own (strong 8th House) and I have also seen them go through a major life transformation and lose weight. Yet, all have a personality profile that resists this.

    Read the Mars-Pluto section of my Weight Loss article….lots of anger issues in your layers of emotions (like an onion) and your Neptune rising does not want to deal with this.

    The fear is that something totally beyond your control could happen. This is connected with your Sun in Taurus in the 8th House square Pluto. Was there a death in your family, maybe when you were almost 3? I know the issues of “holding on” and resisting change began around this time.

    There were other triggers – one impacting your attitude towards relationships around the age of 10-11 years.
    The tendency of the 8th House is to dig in and resist any external change. It is a way that you learned to protect yourself – so be patient and gentle with yourself.

    Another BIG problem is that you are extremely psychic and psychically sensitive – Neptune R rising is so empathetic, absorbing energies (good and bad) like a sponge. Your etheric body was not fully developed during gestation and later during the nurturing stage – it has leaks like a colander. White Angelica Oil often heals this but there are other therapies that might help seal the leaks, even stroking your own energy field can help.

    Remember, you always resist any suggestions from outside yourself – it was a means to protect yourself as a child but now it is counter-productive.

    Remember, the good news is that I have seen people just like yourself who have lost weight – I confess they still have a passive-aggressive resistance but they have altered enough to change.
    How did they change? When I first wrote about weight loss (I started a book on techniques but then I realized that Dr. Phil said it better), I said that one needed to make a major lifestyle change and to find something outside one’s self that was more fun than eating. I took up country dancing (no one would dance with such a bad dancer so I paid my teacher just to dance with me for 1 hour). Then, I did what I really love…hiking. This is only what I liked. Your “likes” will be different.

    Now, how have 8th House people changed? First, 8th House people have an ability to change in a heart beat – they resist, resist and then one day … BOOM! … the metamorphosis happened.

    What triggered it? Being an 8th House person with Virgo strong, you have natural healing ability. You are a natural healer but you have to find YOUR way of healing others. 8th House people need to go outside themselves because, on their own, they obsess about themselves. Virgos do this as well – I should know, I have a Virgo Sun and Asc.

    All of my 8th House people with weight issues started out going to all kinds of healers to heal themselves….then, something happened, and they decided they wanted to do something themselves with healing…and they discovered what fit them best….then the weight came off. In “taking control” of the lives of others, they were able to let go of controlling themselves (yet, with eating, they were out of control, hiding what they feared to address).

    There is one well known healer who might be able to help you address your issues in a way that YOU YOURSELF give you the answers. A client who just sold her publishing house went to this woman and it was life altering for her. I do not know the name of the technique but your body gives you the answers…and you really only need to go once! The technique requires that the “healer” be extremely psychic. She goes over the body and senses a block. She stimulates the block and thoughts race into your head. She asks you what you were thinking….with your answer, she can tell if your body likes what you are thinking.

    For example, when a block was stimulated, my friend thought about taking time of from everything…not even writing a book. The body loved this idea and reacted with an explosion of energy. When she commented upon taking a workshop, the body shut down in fear (of using a lot of energy that she did not have).

    Now, remember, there are all types of healing – physical, mental, emotional, past life, dream analysis, spiritual, economic, technological (like with computers)…you need to find the type of healing that would suit your personality.

    From Judy: Melissa McCulloch 301 681 8168 (Kensington MD)
    “She is a nurse during the day. Only does healing work on weekends. Very lovely – - a pure soul.”

    Looking at your Moon, you do have food allergies (started around 11.5 – 13.5 years). These need to be identified. Some are due to poor internal bacteria and some are emotionally based. I find that NAET technique works very well for letting go of the emotional type. Foods that are really bad for you, like sugar, will not be affected by NAET – this is MY opinion.

    A friend in Germany gave me this technique for histamines. I can tolerate chocolate but not sugar…some things are just bad for everyone. Mold allergies are the worst for me and I find that taking HerbPharm, Nettles Blend, really helps but you have to take it for at least 3 weeks before you notice a different and you must always take it. These allergies make you feel tired but they do not keep you from losing weight. Only people who have food issues know what you are experiencing. Most doctors and skinny people have no clue.

    I wish there was a “skinny pill” – where you pop a pill, skip a meal and wake up skinny. I have not found one yet

  3. Lynn Koiner Says:

    REPLY FROM WRITER to my comments:

    Wow—that was very interesting.
    You did bring up things from the unconscious. For instance, there was a death in the family around age 3—my maternal grandfather died and we lived in the same house (they were in the upstairs apartment). Yet, I don’t remember him.

    However, his death must have had a tremendous impact on both my mother and my maternal grandmother. I’ll bet there was a lot of wailing going on, and so it must have frightened me and made me feel insecure. My brother tells me he was very warm, lively, and fun-loving.

    I can’t think of anything around age 10-11 regarding relationships, except for my brain concussion from a bicycle accident when my best friend and I were racing down a steep hill on our bikes. Maybe it was her idea to race down that hill. I was unconscious for 24 hours in the hospital, so there’s another unconscious link.

    Personally, I don’t think Dr. Phil says it better about weight loss. Whereas, I could relate to your story. It’s true that evening eating has become a major “hobby” of mine. This week, I mysteriously got some kind of burst of energy, changed my evening routine and started writing again.
    My food allergies started much earlier, around age 5 my mother told me, rather than age 12 or so. From eating so many apples as a child, I developed childhood eczema. Molds are my biggest problem.

    t’s funny – I always saw the 8th house as a house of transformation and not of resisting it! But I guess the Taurus sun, and the square to Pluto both cause the resistance, until some major destructive event forces a disruptive change..

    In the meantime, here are two interesting teas with health benefits:

    1. Ron Teeguarden’s Spring Dragon Longevity Tea, Gynostemma based. $9 for box of 20. (No caffeine, tastes like tea, calming, an adaptogen)
    Dragon Herbs, 315 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, Tel. 888-55-TONIC

    2. Zanzibar Chai (passion flower, basil, ginger, vanilla, allspice, hibiscus, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, orange peel, etc.) It’s delicious!
    San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Co. , Fremont, CA, Tel. 510-770-1215 $7.50 plus $10.00 for a package of 220, or $1.50 plus $10.00 for 24.
    (This is a wholesaler, but for an extra $10.00 fee, they will send it to you at the wholesale price).

  4. Heather Kaelber Says:

    Lynn, again you have given me great information! I have been seriously overweight for years! Everything said about Moon and Neptune fit me. I knew the weight I had was for boundaries and to keep people out of my life. Last year (2006) when there were a cluster of planets transiting Scorpio, Uranus had just stationed direct on my ASC, I decided it was time to lose weight. I had never considered going on a diet before. I started the 1st of December. I lost 85 pounds. I made it through Christmas without one single cookie. I went from 337 to 262. Interestingly enough, I bought a new car, cleaned out my closets and ofcourse bought a whole new wardrobe:) I stopped the “diet” in March but have continued to eat healthier and watch my sugar and so far have kept the weight off. I would like to lose more but can’t seem to get my head into it. I am happy with where I am at now so this may take awhile to accomplish more weight loss.
    Thanks again for all of your work and study and for sharing your knowledge.

  5. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MONIKA – Could you be so kind and help me with calculation the Progressed Moon at Maximum South Declination in my horoscope? I don’t have any special astrologist program and I don’t know how to do that. I was born on 09th October 1969, 13.10 in Lodz (Poland) and live in Poland. Could you write me how to set up this graphic?
    Now I have problems with my weight and I try to lose many kgs (pounds) but unsuccessfully so far… Your article inspired me very much.

    LYNN – While this can be calculated using the Solar Fire astrology program, it can also be determined (if you understand progressions) if you have an ephemeris with the declinations. Using the declinations, you can see when the progressed Moon goes into Maximum North and South Declination (going passed 23 degrees 26 minutes North or South).

    While I never give personal readings from my website, I do find that some charts are good examples for teaching my techniques and this is one of them.

    In Monika’s chart, the Progressed Moon has passed Maximum South. It will cross 0 degrees in 2010, another turning point aspect. This marks a time when people both enter and leave the life for various reasons. It is a great transitional cycle.

    When I first visited Poland in 1990, I thought the Polish people were the skinniest people who I had ever seen. But, after the fall of communism, the bad western foods started coming into this country. That Kit Kat candy bar looked so small — how could it cause so much weight gain! Western junk foods cropped up everywhere as did Gyms and Health Clubs. The Polish people were no longer skinny!

    I cannot tell if someone has weight issues by just looking at the horoscope. I cannot tell HOW they are using the energies in the chart. Monika has a lot of Virgo planets — Virgo and Cancer are the food addiction signs. The asteroid, Hygeia, at 13 Gemini, is squaring the Virgo planets. This asteroid causes health issues when our life gets “out of balance.” We are out of balance when our energies are given away to others rather than for ourselves. Monika has many planets on the Right or Occidental side of the chart — the needs and emergencies of others come before herself. Events beyond her control have strongly influenced her life (ocidental but above the horizon).

    When I look at a horoscope, I look for the main issues that, if blocked or frustrated (difficult aspects), could cause health issues. In this chart, Mars and Chiron are the main afflictors.
    Pluto, while not afflicted, represents a theme. With the stellium in the 8th House, there are a lot of Control Issues and fears surrounding being out of control. possibly occurring between 2 and 6 years of age.

    Chiron rules wounds and even health issues with which we have to live untile we can transform this area of our life. The transits of Chiron indicate when we need to follow our heart rather than doing what is expected. When we “play a role” to please others (Sun-Jupiter in Libra), then we compensate with a substitute…and this can be food.

    Mars is very strong and, actually, a positive influence in this chart as it conjucnts the ASC in Capricorn. When Mars’ energy is frustrated by trying to please others, the anger issues become internalized and this affects the health. Eating is a substitute for addressing the anger issues. Stuffing one’s words and Will slows the thyroid gland, ruled by Saturn, Taurus and the 3rd House. Saturn is Retrograde in Taurus in the 3rd House. A blood test is a poor way to determine the thyroid function. Only a low body temperature and a Hormone Saliva Test can show this correctly.

    Pluto and the 8th House indicate control issues. The more control Monika feels the more the rebellion of the strong Uranus will rebel by being out of control is another area — eating. The good news about the 8th House is that these people can change their bad habits instantly, once they make this decision.

    The 8th House is the most obsessive House in the chart (the 2nd being the most compulsive). 8th House people NEED obsessions in their lives – they are extremely creative, they have a dysfucntion around the Solar Plexus (fear) and they need something other than themselves to obsess over.

    With Neptune in the 10th and Chiron in the 2nd, I feel that they great block and frustration in the life is around fulfilling and meaningful work. Virgo needs to feel truly useful (as you can probably tell, I am a Virgo). It needs work that is fulfilling rather than frustrating. And, the 8th House needs for that is both a passion and an obsession.

    When I look at this chart, it has strong energies for a healer. Virgo, the 8th House and Capricorn are the medical indicators in the chart. This type of career would also be very empowering – to Monika and to her patients. Some area of alternative healing would be helpful.

    There is a need for an outlet for the anger. Mars in Capricorn in the First House are great fighters — not for themselves but for others. Some activity in a politcal arena could be an outlet for Mars, especially while Uranus in Pisces is opposing her Virgo planets. I drove my local politicians crazy when Uranus squared my Gemini planets but I won my cases each time!

    There are aspects of transformation in this chart. The transiting Uranus is opposing Virgo. This is an excellent time to rebel against the menial tasks and servitude in the life. Uranus will eat and eat until it makes a radical change in the life.

    The Solar Arc Neptune is crossing the ASC in early 2009. Neptune dissolves one’s boundaries. The SA ASC was crossing my Neptune when I reached beyond my boundaries and traveled to Europe for the first time to see the Berlin Wall coming down. This was no easy venture for me. The SA Jupiter is also crossing her Neptune as well.

    The SA Venus is changing signs. This helps us to change.
    We tend to change most under the difficult aspects, rarely the easy aspects.

  6. lily Says:

    Hello Lynn, i love your site for me everything you write is really interesting, for the past few years i am struggle with my weight, iam piscis born, in 180357,i try to loose weight but i can’t win the battle, i do not what to do, i am not craving for food,could you please help me in this battle, i will appreciate your advice. thank you for your time.

  7. Pamela Semmens Says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I burst out laughing when reading you story, I myself am now 61 and I have also had to walk through a simliar path, and seeing myself through your eyes, the resason why I burst out laughing, as we know it is a very difficult path to walk and when you do the ‘spiritual healing’, everything is thrown at you to overcome yourself, heal others while healing yourself. I took on the cosmic name and it stems back to the movie Peter Pan and Tinkerbell the fairy was my hero when I was 8 years old, I thought it was wonderful that, when the fairy dust was spread around that peter pan and his friends could fly in the cosmic sky, the fairy dust changed the energy and that is what I do with the work as an acupuncturist. Never thinking when I started to study at age 40 my whole life was about to change, I can’t begin to tell you in 21 years how it has changed, six years ago I was faced with abnormal cells on the cervix, the stress of leaving the 34 year old marriage then brought on a stroke and shingles in the right side of the face. I fixed myself up, I have a morgage and that kept me moving forward as no money to fall back on, cancerian star sign 13th July 1949

  8. Maija Says:

    What an amazing article. Thank you so much. I was wondering how long the south moon declination effect usually lasts. My was at the southern-most point OOB in Dec 2008 (progressed) and it was a time of huge change for me – but internal and subtle. I am now trying to use that strong internal change and let it show on the outside. I have battled ED since my Saturn return and I am now ready for it to change.
    Could you please speak a bit more about Transpluto and transits to it natally. I have a Saturn sextile taking place right now.
    Thank you again.

  9. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MAIJA: The progressed Moon can stay OOB for about 4-5 years. I have Solar Fire Astrology program and it calculates the graph for me…so I can see how long.

    Detailed information on Transpluto is on this website — a chapter from a book that I wrote with Noel Tyl and a summary that I give clients. The summary is best but the chapter is more detailed.

  10. Al Says:

    I lost about 40 pounds when Neptune squared my natal 6th house Sun. :)

  11. Marielle Says:

    Lynn …amazing! You hit it right on the ‘nose’.

    I recently started taking some thyroid supplementation as well as adrenal support due to a cardinal T square (Mars/Saturn/Neptune) being triggered by Pluto and Uranus and s/s associated with ‘burn out’. I came across your article while looking for astrological research on timing the start of a weight loss program.

    Thank you for an excellent article. I am on my way to losing the extra 30 lbs.

    I am a registered Nurse working in the intensive care unit and newly appointed treasurer for the Astrology Association of St Petersburg.

    Medical astrology always has fascinated me and I plan on taking some of your classes. Who knows you may even come to Florida to speak to our membership one of these days?

    Again…thank you for your dedication and sharing of your knowledge.

    Marielle ~~~
    Birth data: 05/12/1945, 02:48 AM, Hearst, Ontario, Canada

  12. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MARIELLE (8-2012): Do not forget that the adrenal supplements need to be taken in waves — 2 weeks on and a week off. Nurses in Chicago told me this. The body easily become accustomed to adrenal supplements. Then, you would have to stay off for several months before they would start working again. This happened to me

    I have lectured in Florida on 2 different occasions but it was in the 1990s.

  13. Marielle Says:


    Thank you for sharing that information as I was not aware that adrenal supplementation had to be taken in wave…

    Marielle ~~~

  14. Rita Says:

    My birthdate info is 2/19/61 1:12am Peoria, IL.

    I have been struggling w/my weight since 2005 (menopause and breast cancer).

    Please let me know if you have any wisdom to offer.


  15. Neeru Khanna Says:

    Dear LYNN.This is a wonderful article.You have identified the phychological aspects of weight gain very well.please help me, I have put on a lot of weight, as a result I find it very difficult to walk also. My date of birth is- 31-08 1955 Time-7-45 am Place-Amritsar,Punjab India Thank You
    Neeru Khanna

  16. Lynn Koiner Says:

    READERS (8-2012): Many of your are writing asking for help but I do not know exactly what you want me to do. Please tell me this.
    Obesity is a disease of isolation and the core issue, besides the planetary issues, is A FEAR OF LIFE and A FEAR OF INTIMACY.

    As a disease of isolation, you cannot do this alone. I do not find that Over-Eaters Anonymous works. But, there are other weight loss groups.
    Losing weight requires a major life style change. You can no longer be who you are now and lose weight.
    If you have trouble walking, at least in the U.S., there are hospitals that offer weight loss programs. My neighbor is doing a hospital program and this has been helpful for her. When she leaves the hospital program and tries to lose on her own, it does not work. She gains weight so she stays with the hospital program

    Remember, you cannot do this alone. I had the support for friends who exercised with me, took me to dance lessons and I began traveling and walking.

    Also know, there are people around you do not want you to lose weight. They will begin to criticize and judge when you are no longer the same person. Tune them out or end the relationship.

    I cannot give you a good date to start a diet. It is not about dieting but eating healthy. No date will work unless you are willing to let the Old Self die!

    To Rita – menopause has nothing to do with weight loss. I lost 125 after menopause! It is just more difficult to psychologically change after menopause unless there is some motivation. Actually, I have many friends my age who have lost weight (born 1945).

  17. Lynn Koiner Says:


    by Lynn Koiner

    People who never knew life without the Berlin Wall thought that it would never fall.

    Those who have never known the Light cannot imagine a world without Darkness.

    If you do not seek the Light, you will forever live in Darkness.

    As I lived a lifetime as a compulsive over-eater, I could never imagine another way. It was like living in a box, all colored inside with the motion pictures of my life, my environment. One day I lifted up the lid and realized that there was so much more to life than the box in which I had spent my entire life. I sought the Light and moved out of the Dark, never to return to the box from whence I had come. I hope that I can show a way out for at least some of you who have been living in the dark so long that you cannot imagine a life without “The Wall,” the wall of Obesity.

    But, I can only help you to leave your box “if and when” you are willing to leave it behind!

    Any addiction is caused by 1) A Fear of Life and 2) A Fear of People/Intimacy. It is safer to live in fear than to experience life, the unknown. You must learn to perceive the unknown as simply that which is NOT YET known. And, most important, you must have the “Courage to Live Life Unprotected by the Body but rather by Spirit.”


    Following your heart, taking risks, letting go of control (controlling everything except your eating) and anger, enjoying life’s simple pleasures, and simply allowing yourself to agree that you are willing to take risks, opens the self up the energy of CHANGE!

    The word “CAN’T” closes the door. Often we talk ourselves out of living life – we come up with various reasons, culture, society, as to why we can’t and “can’t” always shuts the door.

    There is no shame in knowing little or nothing about a subject – but it is a crime if that subject is YOU!

    You cannot change what you do not acknowledge.

    Why is it difficult to make the decision to lose weight?

    Because to lose weight and to keep it off is the most

    MONUMENTAL decision that you can ever make – that decision to totally change yourself and never go back – never to go back to being the Old Familiar Self – familiar to you as well as to others – the passive self, the care-taking self, the angry, enraged and embittered self, the wounded self, the fearful self, all unhappy yet comfortable patterns of being with the old eating and old behavioral patterns.

    To the body and to the ego, it is indeed Death.

    But Death is merely a transformation, a sacrificing of the lesser for the greater.

    It is a frightening decision – do not kid yourself. And, it requires all of the courage and faith in yourself and the future that you can muster. If it was an easy decision, we would all be at our goal weight.

    Change – and change that involves a transformation – is scarey.

    When the time is right, when the Planets have prepared you, you CAN do it!

    IT IS A CHOICE – but the choice must be yours and only when you are ready

  18. Neeru Khanna Says:

    Dear lynn.
    Please see my birth chart and tell me what planets are causing the weight gain. In the past I have managed to loose weight easily, but now the weight is just piling on.
    My birth details;
    07-45 am
    place- Amritsar – Punjab- India Thank You
    Neeru Khanna

  19. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NEERU (8-2012): Planets in Virgo (and Cancer) are the food addictions signs; afflicted Moon, esp. in Aquarius (out of touch with emotions “eating” away at you; Pluto – excessive control issues cause one to be out of control in some other area, such as eating.

  20. Neeru Khanna Says:

    Thank you for the analaysis. I think u are right about the emotional and controll issues. How can i rectify the planetary food addictions.
    Thank You

  21. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NEERU (8-2012): There is little more that I can tell you than what I wrote in #17.
    It is NOT really the planets but YOU that is the source of the problems. It is always about ourselves. The planets only show us what our problems are.

    People who are over-weight are so because they maintain a lifestyle that supports maintaining the excess weight. Until you decide to change this, little can be done.

    Yes, I know this is very, very difficult. I have been where you are so I know.

    I keep telling people that you cannot make these changes on your own — you need to find support. In the U.S., we have hospitals (our health insurance helps with the cost for the obese), Weight Watchers, Nutri-System etc. for support with a group. I never found Over-Eaters Anonymous to help me at all.

  22. lynne morgan Says:

    I dont know why i read ur blog but it seemed so appropriate for my alcoholic husband and myself (recovered codependant).
    I cured myself and now he is going through his second relationship in a year since he left me. the first with an overweight alcoholic family who did everything for him including leaving him a fourpack of beer by his bed every morning. No sex.
    when that finished after half a year we saw each other for a few sober weeks but I stood my ground still and now he’s hanging out with another woman who is an alcoholic too. she walked in with a large bag of beer, I walked out that evening. He pleaded with me not to go.
    He has pluto transiting his asc which sextiles his moon and semisextiles my sun, sextiles my chiron. I have chiron return and pluto transiting my vertex when this new lady turned up. uranus transiting my fourth house moon. My mars has turned direct by progression last year and challenged his mars sun conjunction in aries. he’s a fire horse.
    I no longer hide away at home and am now on the stage. He’s fallen from grace as an infamous singer guitarist and has been sitting on a bench for a number of years pretending the alcohol is still his best friend. He’s also desperate to give up.This new lady is very similar to him, like a mirror. He’s bringing out an album soon. It’s like the ‘emperors clothes’.
    I asked him for a divorce last week but he wants to talk.
    My life is beautiful now and I’m shining.
    everytime I try to let him go he keeps turning up. I think its really funnyI just have a strange feeling its going to work out fine and my higher self says ‘stay cool Lynne, get on with your life. He’ll work it out’…..!!

  23. Laura Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Can Saturn transiting the 8th house opposite natal Mars in 2nd house trigger slimming?

    I am a textbook example of obesity conditions – Mars in 2nd house opposite Neptune in 8th house as a natal aspect.

    In 1985 Saturn transited my 8th house and opposed Mars (and subsequent conjunction with Neptune). I lost all my extra weight, it was a miracle. I found the energy to do it and it did feel like I was someone else. It did not last as I was 17 and living at home.

    Now I am adult and hope I’ll learn the lesson.

    Question is – was it Saturn first time or was it something else?

    Many thanks!

  24. Lynn Koiner Says:

    LAURA (11-2013): If you read the article, you will see that it was Neptune transits and Jupiter entering my 1st House. At this time, Neptune allowed me to expand beyond my boundaries and, with Jupiter, I found new ways of expanding besides eating.

    Saturn was not involved. Saturn can give some structure but it is not a weight loss planet.

  25. Maris Says:

    Really fascinating. I’m in this oddly stuck place with weight. I’ve plateaued after losing half of it, but still need to lose another 60lbs. Birth data: 4/1/65 @ 2:36pm in San Francisco California.
    So much about the rebellion you mentioned resonated with me as I had that sort of relationship with my mother. The last decade of my life has been about finding my “separateness” and my wholeness on my terms. I went back to school and am earning my doctorate, yes, in a healing art. (8th house stuff…)
    I also have an utterly dysfunctional thyroid, but am in a good doctor’s hands (extremely recent) and am working on establishing a healthy thyroid level. Any insight as to this particular plateau would be appreciated. I can share that I am typically, very low energy (my doctor is astonished I can accomplish my current clinical and academic tasks) ridiculously low blood pressure (have to be careful upon getting up) and while I’m getting it all done I’ve had to stretch the program an extra year, so I should be finishing up in two years.
    Otherwise, the decade has also been about “cleaning house” re: relationships, etc. Confronting limitations, and being more able to be with my anger. Thanks for this!

  26. Patricia Says:

    I am a Leo who shed 20 pounds over the last two years. It took a lot of effort. Now, I see that Jupiter is moving into my first house. People warn me of weight gain. Ugh! Really? Got any advice?
    Many thanks,

  27. Lynn Koiner Says:

    PATRICIA (6-2014): First, the people who give these warnings are NOT your friends!! I lost weight when Jupiter entered my 1st House but I found new ways of expanding besides eating — traveling, country dancing and contra dancing — expanding social activities but not eating. Good luck and avoid these people — at least, prove them wrong!

  28. Tammy Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    My name is Tammy and I’m wondering if I would be able to generate the moon delineation chart for free on If not,
    then where?


    P.S. Lynn is my middle name by the way. :)

  29. Nicole Says:

    I have Uranus conjunct my asc, trine my Gemini moon in the 9th and square Mars in Capricorn in the 3rd. I would deny myself food when I felt bad about something or if I felt I made a mistake. It was like a form of punishment.

    Transiting Neptune in Pisces is entering my 5th house (I have the Sun-Venus-Mercury all in Pisces) and I’ve lost quite a bit of weight. I really do feel as though I’m dissolving.

  30. Yolanda Williamson Says:

    How long Jupiter’s transit is going to last? I’m really watching my intake.

  31. Dominique Says:

    I just cleaned out car after reading this. It’s soooo true about the rebellion to change until I decide myself. Its almost a reverse psychology effect: when someone is easy going about something then I want to compromise more but when they are pressuring—- I pressure away (maybe the dominate or be dominated complex in the sun square pluto). I have a sun leo 5th house square pluto scorpio in 8th house, I am realizing I’m a compulsive eater, but when I cook for others, when I have others over I only offer the best! I only offer the healthiest: others are crucial in keeping me accountable. Lynn, you are such a wise woman! I really appreciate your almost-too-close-to-home comments in this article; it helped me acknowledge some fears of mine. Namaste.

  32. Kim Says:

    Thank you so much for such an in depth look into this problem!

    Looking at my chart for the first time, I always thought it was weird that I would have weight problems. Moon, rising and south node in aries with mars in the 9th house. It seems like a very strong maritian chart which is emphasized in most descriptions of my birth chart. In theory, I should have a very strong mars, its my chart ruler and its exalted at critical 00 degrees capricorn. Even besides that, I’m extremely fire dominant so you would think that I would have the opposite problem of trouble gaining weight with all the action based assertive energy that I should have. But unfortunately, it’s the opposite. I’ve always been more of a shy and reserved person and I kinda relied on my mom to do the confronting for me. And there was a lot of it to be done… apparently, I always had trouble with teachers and friends in school so my mom was always defending me. I guess even though I wasn’t aware of it, my mars was seeping out in passive-aggressive ways. That bit about being angry without even realizing it really resonated with me because I have been told that in the past especially at the breaking point of many friendships.

    I know that I must be suppressing and perhaps projecting my mars qualities, I just have no clue which belief/experience of mine led me to do it. The only evidence is my 12th house aries moon (square venus-mars conjunction, trine pluto-sun-mercury conjunction) and my 8th house planets (pluto, sun and mercury). My birth time is 1 dec. 1995, 2:30pm, mona (or kingston), jamaica.

  33. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KIM (8-2015): I cannot tell from the chart if someone will have weight issues. Mars is strong but debilitated and heavily afflicted, using my wide orbs. There are many anger issues here that get sublimated because Mars is at the vulnerable 0 degrees.

    From my Beginning and Ending Planets manual: BEGINNING MARS: A Beginning Mars indicates lessons needed in learning to initiate energies and actions in an appropriate manner. Invariably, these people need to have some pressure applied to get them started or, when they do initiate, they come off like a “bull in a china shop.” People who have problems initiating usually have problems with anger. Some have commented that they bottle their anger and then it comes out inappropriately. Energy can run either high or low. When the energy level was low, one individual commented that she knew instinctively that she needed to taper off and recycle herself.

    One type of Beginning Mars may sometimes fear anger and confrontations. These types can often have health issues associated with anger – high blood pressure (Pluto and Jupiter afflictions), low blood pressure (Neptune affliction), arthritis or any “-itis” or inflammation in the body, addictions and some auto-immune diseases.

    There is another type, the “bull in the china shop” type, often with strong Fire placements, who has no difficulty starting or rather jumping into new projects. They do have problems regulating their energies. They can jump into a commitment, then think twice, and reverse their decision. This makes them seem irresponsible to others. Acting impulsively without thinking can get them into trouble. There can also be problems regulating the sex drive, especially if Mars is in a Fire sign. One older friend with a Beginning Mars in Sagittarius ran off to get married when she was only 16 years old so that she could have sex (another generation than the current one). This was the biggest disappointment of her life but she was stuck with a husband.

    An anomaly to the general difficulty in starting projects occurred with a man who had Mars at 0 ̊ Pisces in the 12th opposing Neptune. This man had strong Cardinal placements in his chart so that he attracted lots of challenges into his life. This man courageously started many projects during the course of his life but he added that he needed to feel the pressure of his emotions to propel him into action.

    ✮ One student gave a very telling comment about herself and her anomaly Mars – “I have trouble starting but it is always something that I do not want to do anyway.” This may be a psychological key behind the Beginning Mars. “If I really want to do something, I do it!”

    ✮ One individual with Mars in Libra felt that she was indecisive in starting any new activity. Because she weighed too much, she needed to be rushed or pushed in a forceful manner in order to get started. Of course, even though she needed the pressure, being rushed caused her to feel angry. A Mars in Gemini individual commented that she wasted a lot of time getting started. She changed her mind too much. Another Mars in Gemini commented that she started too many things at one time and this was problematic to completions.
    ✮ One woman with a Beginning Mars Retrograde said that she has no clue when she is angry until it is too late. She finds feedback from others very helpful.

    When I teach my workshop on this topic, I am always looking for feedback and looking for that anomaly that does not appear to fit the traditional mold of interpretation. One student felt that her husband, with Mars at 1 ̊ Scorpio was a self-starter and always completed what he started. That night, they discussed this and she obtained some interesting observations and comments by her husband:
    ✮ “I expressed that I’ve always known him to take the initiative, to look for the job, tear apart a kitchen, make the calls – to be a self-starter. After much thinking, he agreed but he confided he has trouble ‘pulling the trigger.’ That is, he will tear apart the kitchen but not put it back with the idea(s) that he originally had in mind. He will look for the job, send out resumes, but not necessarily jump ship for the new adventure or new line of work.” “Now the interesting thing here is that Mars rules his 4th and 11th Houses. While he does keep old friends for a long time, he expressed much difficulty in making new friends. It is, however, in the 4th house that we really see the Beginning Mars play out: For as long as I have known him, he will tear down something, tear apart kitchens, cabinets, wallpaper BUT not finish it until he HAS to, i.e., sell it (there’s the motivation). He will say it’s because of the financial commitments, because these improvements always cost money, but now I see it as the Beginning Mars. I have seen him dig up the roots of a single tree for 2—3 days, loving the activity, but take several months to replace the gapping hole, until selling the house made it necessary. Yes, the tree replacement would cost a couple hundred dollars, but c’mon…. I used to think that it was his
    Sag/Gemini going on to the next thing.”

    “We have observed that many people, who are not rolling in the dough, tend to get their kitchens done, trees planted, and cabinets refinished. We have both talked about our parental units not providing ‘blueprints’ on how to be a householder — his Mars in 10th, ruling 4th.” “It seems we’ve both chosen lifetimes to work on a lot of these issues ourselves without much help from the outside or from the parental.”

    This is an excellent example of a Beginning Planet not learning how to use the planet from the parents. The energy and using the energy must be self-taught!

    She added, “My husband will help anyone finish their kitchens, plant a tree, or fix a roof. It’s the cobbler’s children with no shoes. Since his Beginning Mars is in the 10th house, her husband confided that he also had trouble ‘pulling the trigger’ at work. He has the idea, knows what to do, gets it started but sometimes without the follow through or without the momentum. Now in the workplace — bosses can often provide the ‘motivation’ necessary.”

    There is so much that I could say but too long for this column. Primarily, you need to activate your Mars – activism or physical activity — I love boxing.

    There is too much NO, DON’T, CAN’T from your childhood that limits you and you drown it with food. You must overcome these limitations that are ancestral in origin…dating from the mid-1960s with your parents and grandparents that fear/distrust authority.

  34. burka Says:

    I’m really surprised reading this article
    as I too have some bad afflictions of mars moon and neptune.
    My aries mars in 2nd squares both moon in cancer in 6th and neptune in capricorn in 12th. I also have a neptune -moon opposition (12th-6th axis) and uranus-moon opposition (11th-6th axis). I really am not an oversized person which only has to do with my quick metabolism I suppose, and I do practice some phisical activity from time to time. Nevertheless I can really relate to using the food as a comfort really often. Especially when feeling depressed or nervous I usually eat a lot of chocolate. I do not eat enything other but chocolate, but I really do eat it in large amounts. I also noticed I have some sort of boundary issues when it comes to contorling the amount of food I eat when it comes to food I really enjoy, like chocolate or even drinking coffee. I realized it is far more difficult for me to take healty little dozes from time to time then to not take it at all. When I found out that drinking a lot of coffe had a negative affect on my body, it was somehow easier for me to control myself from not drinking it at all, than to just drink one cup a day. The same with the chocolate – so I usually do not buy this food at all any more. These are my observations. Even though I do not have overweight problems (I did have a short period of being slightly overweight, but nothing drastic, in my teen’s years), I really can see a connection with my eating habits and feeling of being stressed out, feeling lonely or depresed, or nervous. I also have a virgo in 8th house, but no planets there. I’m a cap with cap ASC, and I have sun and mercury conjunction on my ASC. Pluto is in 9th house, and I also have Saturn (11th) square Jupiter (2nd).

  35. Lynn Koiner Says:

    BURKA (8-2015): Mars-Neptune indicates that mother did not want you to grow and grow away. Being empathetic with family, you need some distance between yourself and mom.

    People who crave chocolate may have a magnesium deficiency, when the cravings occur. Pop 500 mg of magnesium when you feel such a craving coming on.

  36. Kim Says:

    Thanks so much for your reply Lynn. I can definitely see myself in the situations of those other people with beginning mars. I was always under the wrong impression that having a planet in a cardinal sign at 00 degrees somehow made it critical and strengthened it.
    I do have a lot of trouble starting things, its always like an internal frenzy and panic when I finally have to face something after putting it off for as long as possible. Especially when it comes to applying for something where I have to compete, I often just talk myself out of it. When I do initiate things, I try to do it as quickly as possible and not think about it, otherwise I’ll get overwhelmed and panic.
    I think I’m starting to see where my anger is seeping out… it tends to flow out through tears. I never realize it because my emotional responses to situations are extremely delayed. I often have sudden wailing sessions (more like tantrums) out of no where and I can never pin point what it is I’m even crying about. The only times that I have a automatic emotional response is when talking to my parents. I find that I let all my raw anger out on them in so many arguments and I do blame them way more than I should.

  37. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KIM: Crying is excellent. I have trouble expressing mine so I watch movies that evoke great emotion. People who repress emotions either get ill or get fat! Crying is GOOD!

    Beginning Mars’ often attract people with ending Mars’ as they can get things started but do not like to finish.

    Take up boxing – all exercises are only 15 seconds long and I can do anything for 15 seconds!

  38. Penny Says:

    I set out to lose a few pounds this month and have succeeded (but will keep going) and I have saturn transiting my ascendant right now. I believe it’s helping me stay disciplined and focused because Saturn likes discipline and focus. I’ve completely cut out alcohol, desserts, anything fried, egg yolks, cheese, meat and have cut down on carbs and sugars (only natural ones like agave, brown sugar in minimal amounts). Smaller portions too and working out a reasonable amount of times a week (2-3) and taking stairs more often. I would strongly recommend this transit period for weight loss (or eradicating any negative habit like smoking or drinking).

  39. Lynn Koiner Says:

    PENNY (1-2016): Congratulations! Another trick is to park your car a long way from a store or mall – this makes you walk more.

    Brown sugar is not natural – it is processed sugar with molasses added. Agave is the worse! It is like eating corn syrup. Stevia, which I grow myself, is really the only natural sweetener. It does not work well in coffee as I find it makes coffee bitter if I use the store bought type.

    Saturn indeed does help one develop new supportive structures. Socializing is important – yes, with thin friends, but even walking around the mall is social. I got to lectures and events in my community. Even the movies (no popcorn please) gets one out of the house and the refrigerator.

    Meat is good, except red meat. You need the protein and protein burns fat off faster. Goat cheese is absorbed better than other cheeses. Very dark chocolate (85%) stimulates Dopamine but Lindt is the best as most other chocolates made in the U.S. contains small amounts of Cadmium (you do not want this).

    Also, the yolk of an egg contains anti-cholesterol nutrients so there is no need to eliminate these. Even my doctor said that eggs in moderation were good. Good luck.

  40. Karin Says:

    We also eat in orther to feel like we melt together with the eternal mother, with the eternal emotional warmth of the mother.

    Because when we have been breastfeeded that warm milk was given by us through the breasts of the mother.

    This releases oxytocin in the mother and the baby because they are skin on skin.

    So your brain has an unconscious emotional association between food and emotional warmth and intimacy.

  41. Kruti Says:

    Birth details -
    DOB 3april 1990
    Place – Pune, Maharashtra, India
    Time – 3.19 am
    I cant understand why am I gaining lot of weight. Can you please guide

  42. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KRUTI (3-2018): Your Moon is in one of the Food Addiction signs, Cancer, so you need to stay on an anti-inflammatory diet and non-allergy triggering diet. You avoid the foods to which you are intolerant and this triggers more eating. Sugar and bad carbohydrate foods trigger addictions.

    There is probably high cortisol (use holy basil and lemon balm herbs) that triggers a need for comfort foods.

    And, access your life style that contributes to weight gain — I know this all to well myself.

  43. JT Says:

    Hi Lynn, thanks for such an intriguing and informative article. I’ve been following the comments too. I am just beginning to learn astrology, certainly I do not seem to have an affinity, but still try to understand.

    I just finished watching Lada’s video on progressions and transits which was also informative. She mentioned about how Pisces sun (and progressed sun) have a tendancy to gain weight for protection. Your comments are also on point. My asc is sag 22 and sun sag 10 in 12, and has progressed to Pisces. There was a lot of emotional stuff/betrayal/etc in 2017 and yes there are protective layers now. I’m trying to figure out how to deal with it all, putting in personal boundaries and not letting close family yell at me or be otherwise emotionally abusive – husband gaslights constantly. My middle daughter just went through some major health scares in the last year with diabetes, but I’m hoping she’s on track now.

    Last year in prep for a move that was both emotionally satisfying and damaging I did major clean out of the house. I’m really trying to address these emotional things, but for some reason I can not cry. I start to cry and it just dries up within minutes. I’ve started hot yoga, which I try to go to 3 times a week, but (I hate the but’s) I’m fired up the night before but when it comes down to going the next day, I back off.

    Thoughts? Any direction or piece of the puzzle I am missing?

    Dec 2 62 925 am calgary ab mountain standard time. I now live in victoria bc.

  44. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JT (3-2018): The Moon in Aquarius compartmentalizes emotions. I have a Jewish friend with Moon in Aquarius and he watches sappy Christmas stories to get himself to cry. I, on the other hand, watch Holocaust films and documentaries to force me to cry (Moon in Gemini conjunct Uranus).

    This Moon is conjunct Saturn opposing Mars — denoting a trauma occurring around the age of 7 years when you learned to repress emotions, fear and anger.


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