I would like to start by observing the axis of the houses in question to make some "digressions": axis 2a / 8a, co-signifier of the signs Taurus / Scorpio, with the planets placed according to the domification of Lisa Morpurgo, or X(Proserpina)-Jupiter-Venus and Pluto-Mercury-Mars.
I have been able to report several times as the houses, and especially the axes, are closely related to childhood stages, to what evolutionary psychology indicates as crucial steps in individual development; I am referring in particular to Margaret Malher's school, still considered today a fundamental cornerstone in the field of evolutionary psychology. The injuries on the axes represent problems that have arisen in the corresponding infantile phase and that bring a series of themes and psychological dynamics in that specific sector of life, creating situations that are in any case related by symbolic association to the corresponding infantile phase.
The deepest foundations of the self are laid on the 2a / 8a axis, those that will allow us to develop security and participation. Freudian psychology has postulated that in a child there are desires and impulses that are represented in a completely unconscious form., however he did not explain how the newborn (this axis starts from 40-50 days of life and ends around the first year) can then give an organization to all this mass of sensations that initially has no coherence, in order to form something complete that comes to represent a desire, a desire or an intention.
It is proven that Freud, working almost exclusively with adults, he had no way of observing how these foundations could be created in infants; now instead, thanks to studies in the field of evolutionary psychology, we can know the fundamentals of cognitive thinking (ASSE 3A / 9A) they come to life and form from a sensory apparatus capable of transforming experiences - during the first year of life - first into wishes-intentions and then into thoughts.
The child, in the 2nd house phase (until 6 months of life approx) learn to organize the sensations of life and the responses of the body. Starting from sounds, smells, visual and tactile perceptions begins to organize a series of sensations: sounds will become rhythms and visual perceptions will become recognizable images. We can say that the most elementary security derives from the ability to decipher the sensations to then arrive at planning actions..
From the exchange of sensations with the reference figure (that psychology defines "container") begins to discover the emotion of the pleasure that comes from being contained and nourished (two of the symbols par excellence of Proserpina which has as its basic archetype that of the Great Mother, Goddess of Nature with the task of ensuring life). The mother offers not only joy and pleasure, but also relief from anguish and fear and is experienced by the child as a safe haven.
This phase represents how we find our ground, how we take root in our territory: if we have not been sufficiently held and touched, we will never be sure of ourselves, of the ground on which we are, as we will not have achieved confidence in the ability to be supported, first by others and then by ourselves. To all effects, at this stage the newborn is in a uterus outside the uterus, is in a phase of psychic gestation e, through the environment, the territory and the mother that contains it, makes the first experience of Self. If the mother is enveloping, tender and sweet, the infant will perceive itself in the exact same way, if the mother is cold, absent and the environment is painful, the first experience of the Self will be colored with negativity.
Since the newborn does not yet have an ego, being in a pre-ego stage, it is absolutely necessary that there is a continuity between inside and outside which are still fused (they will only split on the 3a / 9a axis), since it will be precisely this fusional state that will give the child the opportunity to develop the first rudiments of the ego when he has sufficient awareness and motor development to begin to separate (house phase 8a). If the child fails to have their needs met and recognized, he will grow up with a feeling of distrust in the external world that will lead him to a dissociation from his own internal world.
I would like to make an aside here to explain how important the domification of X-Proserpina is here since it is precisely from this containment, from this sense of symbiosis and incorporation and from being able to depend on a soft and comfortable ground that the child can connect inside and outside (house 9a where again we find the X-Proserpina who at this point has become the symbol of the representation of the world: Equation Mother = World). If the mother was welcoming, the world will be a place where the child can enter with confidence and it is from this equation that the theory of Fromm that the mother's love provides confidence in life in general and the idea that there is a precise meaning in everything. In fact, at this stage, there is no distinction between internal and external, it is the mother who acts as a filter, and it is she who will lead him through an infinite number of stimuli to meet the outside world. A mother who is unable to take care of her baby will offer few stimuli and the baby may not even manage to divert attention from himself to turn it towards the world.
In the second house there are also two other very important foundations: those of future cognitive development - which starts from the ability to interpret and organize sensations (Jupiter) - and the possibility of relating - which originates from having been loved and desired (Venere). These two planets lay the building blocks for the future interpretation of the world and for the ability to cooperate by relating with others..
The child, even if at the beginning he is unable to focus on sensory experiences perfectly, however it is extremely open to emotional relationships; indeed, while not yet having a Self capable of the will to act, however, it is able to respond to the environment in a global and complete way. For this reason, his affections are fundamental: the joy is as immense as the anger and frustration are immense. Who suffered serious shortages, inattention or worse still trauma at this stage, he was denied the possibility of taking root in the environment as well as having a good relationship with his own body; will not be able to put together that combination of "culture and nature", capable of bringing us to a sense of balance between outside and inside of us; he will have a number of needs to fill and will constantly feel his foundation as insecure, unable to sustain, and this will in turn render him unable to face the difficulties that life will present him with.
When a newborn is in a situation of abandonment or neglect, it is as if he is obliged to dissociate himself from what he feels and therefore inevitably disconnects from his own feelings, from your body and physicality; all of this will have a major impact on his sense of survival, other key word of the house 2a. This is also the attachment phase, necessary condition to be able to create a sense of internal stability. Moreover, in this phase - and in the complementary one which we will discuss shortly - the so-called dual "code" is formed through which the child labels everything both for its physical properties and for its emotional qualities. This cross-check will allow him to archive experiences in a "file" including phenomena and feelings that can be recalled whenever necessary. It is from this code that the child records, for example, that the "feeding" phenomenon is also linked to the emotion "it feels good close to the mother". In this way he begins to organize sensory experiences by linking them to emotions and this will allow him to quickly access the development of logic that will then give meaning and relevance to the experiences..
All psychological architecture therefore originates from what the child receives and develops in the 2nd house with the help of these three planets that represent:
- the containment and the possibility of insertion in an environment through the main reference figure who modulates and accompanies his insertion into the world (X-Proserpina);
- the chance to develop, through care, the attention and affection, the ability to relate to another object (Venere);
- the nourishment, which is not just food, since while being breastfed the baby also assimilates mentality, tongue, culture and finds its own particular adaptation (Jupiter).
But that's not all yet. Through the relationship with the mother, the environment and the affection it receives, the child in the 2nd house begins to form a sense of personal worth, fundamental for achieving self-esteem and the consequent possibility of giving value to others, but also fundamental to establish a scale of personal values on the basis of which he can make conscious choices capable of fully satisfying his sense of self.
Those who have failed to achieve the goals of this childhood phase will have an unsatisfactory attachment that will lead them to the continuous need to possess things or affections that can compensate for insecurity and a low sense of personal worth. On the relational level he will develop a dependence on security that will be sought in others, and this is due to insufficient self-esteem that feeds the feeling of possessing nothing and of having no resources if others do not confirm them.
Lastly, to sum up, the second house starts the organization of the sense of self that can arise from being contained, loved and enjoyed a period of dependence and attachment necessary to create a sense of internal security based on one's resources and on the idea of possessing personal value (from the sense of value and from the possibility of having personal goods originates the symbolism that links the 2nd to money and property; however, the first property of the child is his body, from which originates the primitive sense of self - defined here as corporeal - accompanied by the riches represented by internal resources).
In house 8a, period that goes from 6 months to about a year, a second level of awareness begins to develop intimacy and a sense of limitation and personal power.
The sensation of having a body - which can be verified by the possibility of exploring it when you want - directly inserts the child into the awareness that there is an "other" with whom he feels pleasure in entering into intimacy. At this stage, the child and the adult fall in love with each other - it is the phase in which he re-acts on everything that happens around him - however, without an adult who remains entranced in front of him and reflects an image of himself, all this cannot develop. It is from this first "communion" that the ability to empathize and come into intimate contact with another will blossom., different from itself; and it is in this period that he can experience different levels of closeness between the various people and therefore learn to perceive that there are different ways of intimacy and relationship. However, he is not yet able to fully distinguish between himself and others. The emotions, especially happiness and anger, they acquire different degrees of intensity.
During this time the child begins to organize and make sense of his emotions and all this based on how the mother reacts to her emotional states which are becoming much more varied and multifaceted. Here he begins to share something on an emotional level; if too much frustration and rejection is experienced at this stage, then he will defend himself from emotions, trying to block or control them. Entry into the eighth house must pass through a profound "exchange"; in fact there is the exaltation of Mercury which indicates that here the child's self begins to be glimpsed through the exchange and relationship with the other. In this intimate relationship he begins to be aware of the sharing of pleasure and joy, but also of loss and despair, especially when the adult does not reciprocate his approaches. There is another very important thing that the child acquires at this stage: the possibility of expressing one's will and beginning to manifest one's intentions (Mars). The child begins to make people understand what he wants, he holds out his hands when he wants to be held, he gets angry and shouts when you want him to do what he doesn't like; however, he also carefully notes all the reactions of others. With the multiplication of purposeful interactions he begins to put together some fragments of his own Self (Pluto) that is being born and all this happens well before he learns to use symbols and language. It is the second birth of the baby, that defined as "psychological" which occurs approximately 6-7 months after the physical one (In this regard, the transparent domiciliation of the Sun is interesting, indicator of a birth of identity and individuality - in the sign of Scorpio, co-signifier of the eighth house).
Interactive exchange leads quickly to another psychological ability, that of defining the border that separates it from the others and realizing that it occupies only a part of the world, and everything else is full of "other" ... different from oneself. He begins to understand that his actions can provoke very different reactions in others and that, in addition to the sensations, personal emotions and desires there is a reality quite distinct from him that is not always subject to his will. Everything that has been learned in these first months will serve as a foundation for subsequent human relationships and for the basis of personal identity and, throughout life, we will deal with relationships by filtering them through the same signals, simple but subtle, that they defined and that we developed in our first interactions. A mother who refuses or has difficulties in empathic communication with her baby will create an effect of indifference that will deprive him of the possibility of establishing valid boundaries for his nascent self., channeling it towards a fear of intimacy that it will try to compensate in particular ways. Moreover, if you have been deprived of adequate responses you can lose interest in the exchange and remain disorganized because you are unable to interpret emotions and non-verbal language.
In these crucial months, voluntary interactions lead to the formation of an intentional self and a sense of "separation" that will allow the child to perceive himself as a distinct and separate entity. Even if he does not yet possess a whole and organized self, he is already perfectly capable of distinguishing himself from the rest of the world. He has desires and intentions and begins to want and do: a rudimentary ego begins to manifest itself that wants to specify its limits; the self and the different-from-self separate (transparency of the Sun and Saturn). Individuality is born.
This sense of Self, which will begin to define itself through an ego, it does not yet exist in the abstract and still needs others, however the nervous system begins to be mature enough to allow the child to show emotions and to perceive others' emotions clearly, initiating real exchanges, now volunteers. Looking at the initiatives and responses of the other, the child begins to experience initiatives and responses within himself. He is very attentive to his own actions and the reactions of others.
Towards i 7-8 months begins to develop an "interactive self" which is based on the physical ability to interact. If he lives in an environment that responds to his approaches, this will encourage him to make use of this new power, represented by the discovery of motor possibilities.
Which is why the first psychological boundaries between the child and the world, the first demarcation of an independent self is placed between the child's impulsive actions and the adult's reactions. The child is now able to connect sensations, intentional emotions and actions and will easily pass to the stage of presymbolic communication which will help him - through language - to orient himself in the social world.
In house 8a he explores territories unknown to him that lead him to the most important emotional goal of life and this happens well before he learns to speak. I know, But, every time she approaches her mother, she gets nervous or withdraws into herself because she can't deal with her baby's emotions, he will find no gratification or stimulation in the condition of intimacy, on the contrary, it will associate intimacy with fear and frustration. Growing up, he may react with anger or aggression whenever he feels sadness, rejection and loss, since it will associate them with the vulnerability of that period and the sense of helplessness felt in that situation; however, he could also react by totally ignoring what is around him and this to defend himself from the sense of sadness and abandonment: will apply in each of the two ways a lesson learned in the 8a house phase.
The first traces of family relationship life will imprint the ways of reacting to all future intimate relationships: the more there have been fears and repressions, the more there will be room for problems in adult relationships. For some indeed, intimacy always leads to escape, to fear, to anxiety, to separation or control through detachment.
Throughout life, this period will help decipher the social universe, helping us to form those tacit impressions that give us the first (and often the right one) evaluation of the feelings and intentions of others, thanks to which we can go far beyond the contents of words, but we discover the emotional significance of each encounter. The ability to understand exchanges, to accept affective cues long before they are verbalized and to perceive their meaning, over time it will become a kind of "supersense" organ that, making use of all the stimuli that came to us from others, it allows us to make instant assessments and make those unconscious adjustments to our reactions; all this baggage - acquired on axis 2a / 8a - will allow the child to face the 3a home phase, in which he will venture into the jungle of social relations and intellectual exchanges.
On axis 2a-8a, the child develops the fundamental ability that will allow him to absorb values, norms and attitudes of the culture to which it belongs, long before he could read symbolic language. Then using his own "supersense" he will observe those around him and learn to read all the emotional reactions, deciphering even non-obvious meanings.
Adult behavior allows the child to understand acceptance, I decline, approval, disapproval, anger, happiness, good and evil, long before language can define these emotions.
Finally, he will learn how much you can feel good or bad within an intimate relationship, he will understand what it means to be in a situation of helplessness and will begin to experience the power of his will and his strength.
In the eighth house, feelings and emotions are linked to intentions and thoughts. The emotions though, In this sentence, they take root at the somatic level and are biochemically anchored to the musculature, beyond the control of the conscious self as we are still in a preverbal phase. This is why the language of emotions is programmed at this stage for sympathy and mirroring.
The tasks of this evolutionary phase serve to create a sensitive interaction between the external world and the internal world and build a bridge between one's own emotions and those of others.: they create a supportive link for both closeness and separation, they establish a feeling of pleasure and bond with the body e, through the stimulation of the senses, they allow the awakening of the egoic consciousness.
If anything went wrong at this stage, it is as if the cord between body and mind is being cut, between the external world and the internal world, between me and others, e, finally, between Matter and Spirit. If the child fails at this stage, he will not know how to set solid boundaries between himself and others and will always have problems with intimacy, because it will oscillate dangerously between the idea that being in an intimate relationship with someone means abandoning and giving up one's identity, living with terror the idea of incorporation, or he will be obsessed with the idea of having to maintain control over himself and others in order not to get lost and to avoid indulging. In both cases, relationships will always be a tragedy and in fact those with the 2nd / 8th axis often play issues of fear of abandonment and escape and enter into "paradoxical" relationships, in which, absurdly, being with the other means not being able to have an identity, and being separated from the other means having no one who reflects one's identity. In any case, there will always be frustration and anxiety.
This is a very small summary of a lesson by Lidia Fassio taken from her seminar: “The astrological houses” – Axis 2a – 8a