Nurturing and Creating a Home
Nurturing. Mothering. These experiences are associated with womanliness, but are not the
sole definers of your womanhood. Although women are the only ones who can become
mothers, it is not necessary to be a mother to become an exceptional nurturer! Nurturing is a
natural expression for women - but the manner in which it is done is very individualized.
Whether with children, lovers, partners, friends - or even with your own parents - you have
ample opportunities to nurture others. The person who needs your nurturing most, however, is
YOU. Although caring for others can fill a special place in your soul, the way you care for
yourself is especially important. You may derive nourishment from developing your talents and
skills, or through your work. Study or travel can be nourishing. And something as simple as a
long soak in the tub can refill your spirit. Part of nourishing yourself is physical, part emotional
and part is definitely environmental: what you create in a home. In exploring these factors
together, you can begin to see the link between these different levels of personal fulfillment.
Yet another facet of your Moon beyond what you've already explored, is what your Moon
shows about your deepest needs. You can only feel whole when these needs are answered and
fulfilled. Although it is tempting to look outside, your wisdom tells you that a great part of the
responsibility for nourishment comes from within yourself.
With your Moon in Scorpio your intense emotionality needs opportunities for release.
Although you may spend time lending your energy to others through your work or taking care
of family, you may not find it easy to take care of yourself without feeling guilty. Oh, but you
do dream about it. Since you tend to protect your emotional vulnerability, you may find it
difficult to open up in just any situation, but your desire to let everything go and experience true
ecstasy is definitely there. A passionate sexual relationship can be quite delicious and may seem
to be the best nurturance of all. There are also other ways to fill yourself which reside in your
creative expression. When you pour your heart into your creativity, you are free. It also feels
absolutely wonderful when you tear into a project, restore an old piece of furniture, rebuild a
house or bring a tired garden into its full vitality. You may find the greatest nourishment of all
when you surrender to your needs to find the depth of your soul. Activities such as a spiritual
retreat intensive, a vision quest, or self- renewing rituals during the full moons call forth a
joining of your soul and spirit and nourish you at the most profound level.
Saturn also plays a positive role in nurturance. Despite the bad rap Saturn sometimes
receives, this energy is necessary to your stability and growth. Through Saturn, you learn to
take responsibility for yourself and your actions. Saturn also seems to be the repository of your
fears, and it's important to understand and deal with these emotions in order to be whole. Trying
to repress such feelings blocks your ability to feel the positive, supportive energy that life has to
offer. In many respects, the energy of Saturn is played out in your life by your experience with
authority figures. Your mother and father, extended family and teachers were your primary
Saturnian influences when you were a young girl, and their direction and guidance still whisper
in the way you approach establishing your personal security. As an adult woman, you express
Saturn through the manner in which you take responsibility for yourself and your needs for
stability and security.
Your interest in restoration permeates every part of your life, and is strongly influenced by
your Saturn in Scorpio. Even if you sometimes fall short, you understand the importance of
making the most of your life and its resources. Your influence upon others who cannot see the
value in something on the surface can be immense, because you are the master of removing the
crust and exposing the jewel at the core. You may also know when there's nothing there to
expose, in which instance you can take what is useless or outworn and recycle it in the best
possible manner. This attitude may be especially emphasized since you are a woman and
experience the variations related to the cyclical changes within your own body. You can learn
to make the use of the different levels of energy which occur at different times to become more
productive, more secure and more confident in the natural order of things.
Your 4th House illuminates what you need in a home environment, where you will feel
most comfortable and how you like to live. It is here that you create a feeling of safety, where
you can let your hair down and be yourself.
Libra's influence on the cusp of your 4th House adds a sense of style and refinement to your
home environment. You love being surrounded by beautiful things and may have a wonderful
eye for color and design. Your home may feature works of art and fine decor, and you can be
somewhat meticulous about making sure that everything seems to create a sense of balance.
The energy of Venus is associated with this house in your chart, influencing an inviting
atmosphere and friendly home environment which probably draws your friends and family.
You may love entertaining and may be quite gracious to your guests, although you do
appreciate them most when they observe proper rules of behavior and don't mar the furniture!
Family and home are exceptionally important needs for you with your Moon in the 4th
House. Regardless of your other priorities and responsibilities, you may always operate with an
underlying consideration for the needs of your family. The influences of your parents were
probably very powerful when you were a young girl, and you may still feel quite close to them
or be deeply influenced by their responses to the way you meet your own needs. This placement
can also stimulate a desire to create your own family, and whether you have children or not,
your nurturant qualities may be quite apparent to anyone who is close to you. You need a home
space which provides a true feeling of comfort and support, and may not feel at home unless
you have your special things around you. Those things usually considered domestic, like
cooking, may be rather enjoyable for you, and can provide a sense of stability and fulfillment.
But most importantly, you need a nesting place.
Your home needs to be a place of foundation and safety, but you may feel that you have to
create it yourself with the energy of Saturn in your 4th House. Living a simple life may make
more sense than striving for excess, and learning to live in cooperation with nature and the
environment can be both rewarding and stabilizing. You may have issues with your parents or
family, although getting beyond those issues can be much more difficult than it seems. Hanging
onto the past seems to provide a stability which arises from familiarity, but can inhibit your
growth. If you are to truly break free, you may have to relinquish your old attachments and
strike out on your own. Creating your own sense of home and family allows you to recreate the
fulfillment of your needs which may have been ignored or stifled when you were a little girl. Be
careful that you are conscious about the way you parent your own children and nourish your
own family. There's a temptation to repeat the patterns buried in your subconscious mind
instead of defining a new paradigm.
Neptune's energy in your 4th House adds a need for a home space which is almost
otherworldly. Your home needs to be an escape from the everyday, a place where you can
exercise your fantasies and open to your dreams. As a little girl your home life may have been
unsettling, particularly if there was illness or some type of family scandal. Uncovering family
secrets may, in fact, be the key to freeing your soul of some of those feelings of inadequacy or
insecurity. In the process you must also learn true forgiveness while avoiding tendencies to
martyr or sacrifice yourself for the good of protecting the family illusion. By opening to your
inner self through meditation, creative expression and spiritual development, you can finally
achieve the connection to a spiritual home which has called to you since your childhood.
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