For most people Nessus symbolizes abuse, excessive lust and manipulation. Although, it cannot be denied that it is associated with these qualities, it is unnatural to associate it solely with these things. I have read excessively disturbing interpretations of Nessus on the internet. I really cannot understand why some astrologers have a prejudice against some asteroids and planets.
In this article, I will try to clear the air about Nessus and will give an insight about reading him in your chart and synastry. To begin with, Nessus is a centaur of Pluto. So, associating him with darkness, manipulation, obsession, possessiveness and excessive lust is understandable. Nessus is an uncontrolled unevolved Pluto. When he has hard aspects natally, then he shows his dark side but when he has good aspects then he can be a problem solver. Good aspects are aspects from Saturn, Jupiter and Chiron. Most astrologers over the internet want to paint a gruesome picture of Nessus. However, I believe through my observation Nessus is the place where we "let go" ourselves.
Nessus in the houses and signs:
In the 1st house/Aries:
This is the scary Nessus. If he is not controlled by good aspects from Chiron or Saturn then this Nessus is an uncontrolled, indolent child who wants to fight to get things his way. He is the bully who won't let you have it your way. He is the control freak in a relationship. Somebody who also suffers from absolute obsession over "my way of highway policy". In a good sense, he is the leader of the pack, moving in the direction with absolute passion. Using all possible methods to reach his goal. He can be the match winner in sports needing lot of Physical energy. In love, he is the alpha male even when in a woman's chart!
If someone's Nessus falls in your first house, he will appear to you as a control freak, actually he will be the control freak for you. This is especially true if there are conjunctions.
In the 2nd house/Taurus:
This Nessus is the one who suffers from an OCD of earning wealth and looking beautiful. This will be the Nessus who will buy all the top cosmetics to beautify the face. A broke condition even if temporary does not go well with this Nessus. Beg, borrow or steal is the motto of this Nessus. When positively expressed, will be an ambitious individual who will go from rags to riches. Using his genius as an example for others. In love this Nessus seeks a rich partner who can buy best perfumes, cosmetics, garments for him. In a woman's chart such women can make excellent fashion models. However, if such a woman marries below her status then husband will suffer from constant abuse.
In the 3rd house/Gemini:
This is the verbal Nessus that may use his communication abilities to manipulate. A compulsive, opinionated journalist with an "uncontrolled pen or tongue" is this Nessus. He can be the bully in the house who manipulates his siblings by gossiping to get things his way. Blackmailing by using his writing skills, investigative journalist, crime journalist using pen for fulfilling his desire is this Nessus. When controlled positively by Saturn and Chiron, this Nessus can bring in much desired change in the society through their passionate verbal and writing skills. In love, this Nessus is a creative manipulator who talks his way through arguments. He doesn't fight, he negotiates smartly but compulsively to earn his partner's faith.
In the 4th house/Cancer:
This is the mothering Nessus who can get more than obsessive with her nurturing. The person with this Nessus has OCD about his family, country, culture and anyone whom he takes under his wings. A person having this Nessus is the most feared/respected person in the family and is the den mother. His word is the final word and anyone who tries to go against this person is immediately brought down. He is the bully in the family that may prey on any weakness shown by anyone. In fact, anyone who tries to go against this Nessus will be cut to size with his sheer emotional force. When positively expressed, this is the most nurturing Nessus who can take care and protect those who seek his protection. In love relationships, this Nessus can smother the partner by being over protective, possessive and patronizing. He may try to instill his fear in the partner for gaining control over partner's emotions.
In the 5th house/Leo:
This is the self-obsessed Nessus that wants to be on the center stage at all times. A politician that can kill, murder or do almost anything to win the coveted chair. An actor who wants to have the spotlight always on him and who go to any length to get it. This is a self-centered Nessus who wants to be worshiped at all costs. He manipulates followers can even buy them to promote his superiority. An actor who commands attention, has a powerful personality. Known for his ego and pride, this Nessus is insanely generous to his followers and yes-men. When this Nessus is positively influenced by Saturn and Chiron, he can be the hero of dreams. He can be a great King for his subjects. Win Oscars, take his country to the top most position in the world as the leader. In love, this Nessus wants to be treated as royalty and will not tolerate a partner who does anything less than that. May always want partner to behave "up to the mark" and have high expectations from him/her.
In the 6th house/Virgo:
This is the cleanliness and neatness obsessed Nessus, the one who cares too much for hygiene. Nessus is this place is a doctor that washes his hands till the time real color fades away. A person with this Nessus is fanatically obsessed with his diet, health and work. This Nessus works too much and expects the same from everyone else. This can also be the Nessus that as a doctor can manipulate patients to get things his way. He can prey on the fear of his patients and employers. When positively expressed this Nessus can create most dedicated healers, doctors and employees who go to extra lengths to please. In love, this Nessus will obsess about their partner's health and well-being. They can be extra critical regarding hygiene and following diet and exercise routines. People with this Nessus have a tendency to nag uncontrollably if their partner does not adhere to their "guidelines".
In the 7th house/Libra:
This is the peace loving Nessus who is obsessed about maintaining peace, harmony and equilibrium at costs. This Nessus suffers from OCD when it comes justice and playing it fair. Justice is obviously on the side in which he is, a person with this placement will go to any extent for getting it. Using manipulation and preying on the weakness of the opposition, this Nessus gets it his way. A passionate lawyer who gets wins at all costs for his client. He is the most "dreaded" lawyer and deploys any method to win. When expressed positively, this person can win battles for those without a voice. He can restore faith in the judiciary. He can be the best peace ambassador for the country. Resolve conflicts and create harmony. In love, this is the Nessus that will strive to maintain peace at all costs and expect the same response from his partner. If the partner does not support him in this approach then there will obsessive arguments that can go out of control. He can manipulate partner to get things his way, preying on the weakness. Commitment is an issue with this Nessus but once commitment break-up can become a big one.
This Nessus is also the abuser or obssessive partner in the relationship. He will want absolute control of the relationship and may excessively bully his/her partner. If someones Nessus falls in your 7th house then that person will show the above qualities.
In the 8th house/Scorpio:
This is the Nessus at home. Being centaur of Pluto, Nessus shows the dark side of the god of the underworld. But even then this Nessus has the biggest potential of becoming a healer. In fact, the most powerful healer. Some of the astrologers on the internet have this Nessus and they keep "propagating" that Nessus is about being sexually abused in childhood. I can only say to them that they suffer from "OCD" which is a peculiar Nessus quality and they are "astrologers" or "occultists" which is the Nessus in the 8th house/Scorpio theme. Having Nessus with this placement does not mean that you are "abused". Remember, Nessus is the aggressor and not a victim. Victim is Dejanira who shows are biggest weakness and struggle for support. So, abuse can apply to Deja in 8th/Scorpio and it need not be childhood abuse, it can be a victimization within the theme of the placement. Whereas, Nessus here, is the mafia, drug dealer, tantric yogi, black magician who uses spirits to bring him power. He is the "bad magician" from Aladdin's story who is running after the lamp for power. This Nessus has an obsessive and uncontrolled desire to gain power. He wants wealth at all costs and use darkest themes to get it. His greed is endless be it for sex, power or money. He holds his victim captive like the Devil card in tarot. When positively expressed, he is powerful yogi like Lord Shiva who heals victims of various ailments. He is the one who gives life to the dying through power obtained by controlling the kundalini energy. In love this is most manipulative Nessus who can do anything to gain control of the relationship. He will use all methods to hold his lover captive.
In the 9th house/Sagittarius:
This again a real manifestation of the Nessus theme as he was also a centaur. Nessus, here, has an obsessive desire for traveling, adventure, spirituality and learning. This is also the Nessus who has an uncontrolled desire to teach and be a know-it-all. He uses his sense of humor, knowledge and experience for manipulation. A person with this Nessus can never sit still and will always be on a move. Stillness or stagnancy of any kind frustrates him and turns him into his abusive best. He wants to go hiking, mountaineering and running in all possible directions. He is the car racer, fast bowler, biker or horse rider who wants to win at all costs. He is feared by the opponents and preys on their weakness. He uses his knowledge, experience and sense of humor to demoralize his victims. When controlled by Saturn and Chiron, this Nessus opens you up for a breath of fresh air. He amazes with his vast treasure chest of knowledge and takes you on a adventure of a lifetime with him. In love, he is the lover on the move, always riding in his camper-van for fulfilling his zest for life. He wants a partner who can come with him with the same gusto. A partner who can learn from him "how to live an adventure".
On the other side, he may forget to take you on an adventure if you appear to be stuck in a rut. He is riding to his own rhythm and lacks patience, In synastry, if someone places his Nessus in your ninth house expect the above behavior.
In the 10th house/Capricorn:
This is the corporate Nessus who will do anything to keep his reputation. He has a OCD for maintaining his high status and public image. This Nessus can never "compromise" on that. In fact, his hunger to keep growing that reputation never stops. For that purpose, he will make everyone work and no excuses will work for this "boss". He manipulates his employees by sheer power of his disciplined approach. He has obsession for discipline, order and structure and will use all tactics to get it from those under him. In fact, anybody whom he knows and who knows his ambitions become his employees who must work in tandem to help him reach his goals. This is a slave driving Nessus who gets annoyed and abusive if his word is not adhered to. He will cut anyone to size who tries to play with his reputation and will take more than extra care to maintain a sparkling white reputation. When controlled by Saturn and Chiron, this is the most respected person in the family who is the father figure. He has an extended family and provides shelter to the frightened eyes and old people. In love, he is the provider and you better be "AWARE". Nobody other than him will provide and he will expect you to be his support system, even if you are a man and Nessus is a woman. It will always be about his public image and his reputation.
In the 11th house/Aquarius:
This is the Nessus who is always "active", he can't live without having a cause to fight for. He will be the initiator of an innovative NGO and will start movements against those in authority. He is a social media freak who starts movements by making use of the latest gadgets. In fact, some of them might be his own inventions in public interest. This Nessus has an OCD for innovation, activism, groupism, breaking laws and traditions. He uses his social skills and friends for manipulation. Preys on the weakness of the authorities, traditions, laws and old technology. When expressed positively, he can be a leader whom the world will thank for centuries to come. He will be the scientist that will come up with a breakthrough for deadly diseases, energy shortage and climate change. A friend who stand by a weak friend and start a successful campaign for him to give him his rights. In love, this is the most erratic and eccentric Nessus who is like a gypsy with a OCD with "hippism". He would expect his partner to have similar traits or he will disappear in thin air after turning on his abusive best that is.
In the 12th house/Pisces:
This is the Nessus who is obsessed with spirituality, oldage homes, hospitals, photography, painting, art, nomadic lifestyle, dreams, healing, reiki and being a mystic living on mountain. This Nessus will be excessively fond of water and living besides it. Like the Nessus in Sag/9th house, he also is a compulsive traveler but of a mystic sort. He is a compulsive painter, photographer that is obsessive about capturing every single detail. He runs behind the mysteries of the Cosmos and keeps himself occupied with it. He has a compulsive desire to learn healing crafts like pranic healing and reiki. He can use these to manipulate his disciples, patients and followers. A guru who talks to spirits of the ancestors. He prefers living life his way avoiding bondage of any kind, slipping out of the hands like a fish. A person who avoids responsibility of any kind. When expressed positively, this is the "Adi Yogi" avatar of Lord Shiva who can cure with compassion, the world's first reiki master who can heal and turn "prana or chi" in the positive channels. He is also the alchemist. A dream interpreter, spirit medium, spiritual guru and master artist like Leonardo Da Vinci, is this Nessus. In love, he is detached, free from bondage and a nomad moving from place to place discovering the secrets of cosmos. He is intuitive, magician, mystic and tuned to the spirit world. He will need
plenty of space.
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