Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Highly Sensitive Persons -- Are You One?

With the last Solar Eclipse in watery Cancer and Neptune heading towards mystical Pisces, it seems timely to write about high sensitivity. If other people's moods affect you, if you are aware of subtleties in your environment or are easily overwhelmed, then you may be a highly sensitive person (or HSP). HSPs make up about 15-20% of the population, according to Elaine Aron, a psychologist who has written several books on this subject. You can take the test on her website to find out if you fall in this category. I think her website is www.hsperson.com or you can google her name. Finding out that I am an HSP really changed my life. Just knowing that there were other folks who were as sensitive as I am gave me great hope and still does.

A natal chart featuring a prominent Neptune or many water signs may be a likely candidate for this trait. I can usually make a fairly good guess upon meeting someone and seeing their chart if they are likely to have this trait. It does present challenges to be an HSP in our world, but there are ways to work with the difficulties and also to be able to appreciate the many talents and gifts of being an HSP. HSPs resonate well with alternative and energy therapies, such as homeopathy, flower essences, yoga, reiki, polarity healing, etc. As the earth's frequencies intensify, I think that there will be even more HSPs in the near future.


  1. I am a HSP person, too. I agree with you on the water signs being key in making an astrological diagnosis of this. I think planets in the water houses - 4,8,12 can also behave the same way. And I have found Taurus to be sensitive, too, mostly to vibratory energy from objects - psychometry is a skill many Taurus have without knowing it.

    Do you think HSPs are transmuters for the earth in any way? I think HSPs may have a specific assignment in these times to transmute, or step down, intense energy. It can be hard sometimes for a HSP to live a "normal" life but I have a sneaking suspicion that HSP's help keep the earth in balance so the majority do have "normal" lives.

  2. Thanks for your comments. Always good to hear from another HSP! I've never thought about HSPs being transmuters for earth energies, although I think it is an interesting idea and will have to contemplate it some more. Though I don't think HSPs should suffer any consequences from doing this service. I wouldn't want to think of us as self-sacrificing or martyrs. Sometimes it is hard enough to keep ourselves in balance, let alone the earth and its residents!

    I once did a survey of HSPs from a local group and also found many had a prominent Saturn. I think this would go along with their being conscientious, a trait identified by Elaine Aron.

    Are you a professional astrologer? I'd love to trade more ideas on how HSP traits might show up in astrological charts. Also, any other astrologers are welcome to join this discussion.