both Freud and Jung had their Sun in the 7th house, and both worked extensively throughout their lives with their clients in significant and committed one-to-one relationships, out of which each developed his own particular ideas and schools of psychological thought. If the Ascendant describes our personal interface with the world around us, the Descendant, which lies directly opposite the Ascendant and marks the western horizon, describes how we meet ‘the other’. The Descendant describes the quality of our one-to-one relationships, and it is here that we are challenged to engage in the balancing act of compromise and adjustment. The 7th house almost always describes what we project, and all relationships inevitably catalyse some form of projection, which can be both positive and negative.
Audience: Does that mean that both Freud and Jung met themselves through all their clients and patients?
Clare: Yes, that’s a good point and certainly true. Freud’s Ascendant/Descendant axis was Scorpio/Taurus, with his Sun in Taurus in the 7th house. Jung’s axis was Aquarius/Leo, with his Sun in Leo in the 7th house. It is no accident, therefore, that, broadly speaking, Freud’s work centred around sexuality and the buried emotions which can have such a powerful effect on the body, and Jung’s work centred around the discovery of the Self, and the relationship of the individual to the collective.