Horoscope Signatures of Abandonment Issues

horoscope signature of abandonment Childhood Scenarios of Abandonment

In her book “The Journey from Abandonment to Healing”, author-therapist Susan Anderson lists several scenarios in which a child experiences the feeling of being abandoned:

  • Illness of one of your parents
  • Death of a close family member, one you counted on for attention and emotional support
  • Loss of a beloved grandparent
  • Parents preoccupied with fighting, bickering, or their divorce
  • An earthquake in your family structure – your father or mother moving out
  • Older sibling leaving home – one who had been your champion, role model, or supporter
  • Workaholism in one or both parents
  • Alcoholism in the family system
  • Chaotic family – sometimes when you most needed them, one or both of your parents weren’t available
  • Moving – breaking social ties, being new kid on the block over and over
  • Parents dealing with prolonged conflict or grief; they emotionally withdrew from you
  • Depression, mental illness in the family
  • Birth of other siblings, relegating you to an emotional back burner
  • Death or illness of a sibling, which absorbed your parents’ full attention
  • Parents whose behavior is defined as self centered, narcissistic, or insensitive

Astrologically, each of these scenarios will have a correlating measurement, both natally and through transit or Solar arc.

Legacy of Abandonment Wound

The psychological effects of abandonment during childhood vary – and some children are more resilient than others (usually owing to the help of a remediating, supporting figure coming to the rescue of the child’s self concept.)  In general, repeated experience of abandonment will be internalized as beliefs that sound something like: “I’m not worthy of love/I’m unlovable/There is something wrong with me/I cause other people to reject or leave me.”

As adults we usually get over these beliefs to one extent or other, but these old feelings may resurface when we’re faced with fresh rejection or abandonment.

Some of us repeat the pattern of abandonment in our adult relationships through choosing emotionally unavailable partners.  It’s as if we’re unconsciously hoping to cure the original wound through playing out the same scenario again and again, hoping for an alternate outcome.

Abandonment and Anxiety Toward New Life Experience

Study suggests that survivors of childhood abandonment tend to respond to new situations in life with worry and anxiety rather than excitement– thus they tend to be hesitant to try new activities or seek out new relationships.

Possible Horoscope Signatures of Abandonment

Astrologically, the planet Neptune and the 12th house have been linked with abandonment issues.   When Neptune is in hard aspect with the natal Moon, Venus, Saturn or the Angles (Ascendant or Midheaven) or with key midpoints such as the Sun/Moon midpoint, there could be a seed of insecurity from feeling abandoned and rejected as a child.

Similarly, when the 12th house ruler is strongly placed in a natal chart, or the inner planet is located in the natal 12th house, there could be a legacy of childhood abandonment, subtly undermining the present relationships.

Working with Abandonment Issues

Abandonment wound is characterized by a sense of emotional hunger.  When feeling such hunger, you may find that your craving for instant gratification increases, in the form of food, drink, sex or any other behaviors that serve to temporary shut off the pain.

Perhaps Neptunians’ susceptibility for escapist, addictive behaviors originate from not being able to bear the pain of abandonment they suffered.

Like any other Neptunian disorder, abandonment issues need to be healed through emotional and spiritual work (there may even be a support group for abandonment survivors in your city.)   Most of us benefit from having others that can support us in the healing process.

Many of the healing methods focus on being in the moment (another facet of Neptunian experience), and being present to our own pain in a compassionate way.  Others focus on using our power of visualization in a positive way (another Neptunian activity), through reawakening the old, broken dreams and taking positive actions to pursue them.

It takes true courage to work through the insidious effect of severe abandonment trauma, but we become more empowered by choosing to do the healing work, and learning to celebrate our individuality rather than perpetually mourning over the separation.

Did you experience abandonment as a child, and if so, how do you think it affects your attitude today toward relationships?  Does your horoscope reflect it?  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

You can contact Hiroki via email at: Hiroki@hniizato.com or schedule a consultation.


  1. Great article, and yes. 4th house Neptune and frequent moves. Glad I found this.

  2. Hi thank you for your eloquent way of writing. I am currently having transit Neptune oppose natal Moon in Virgo – also squaring natal (Sag) asc/desc at the same time. How can this impact the emotional mind as well as other issues? Thank you!

  3. maylene arana says

    I have had neither mother or father in this life. My Taurus moon is in the 12th house and it conjucts my sun, my ascendant, chiron, and algol. My mother was in jails or institutions my whole life and I grew up a foster kid.
    My sun however falls into house one and it conjuncts my asc exactly. Not sure the meaning of why no father? He doesn’t even know I exist. I’m 38. Crazy.

    • Hi Maylene, that is quite a difficult situation you had to live through.. Regarding your question about the father, it could be that Saturn’s condition will reflect his situation somehow.

  4. I have Venus conjunct Saturn (& ac) in my 12th house in a t square to Uranus opposed Chiron, Mars, Jupiter, MC. Venus, Chiron & Uranus are 0orb. My abandonment issues come from being a survivor of the 60’s scoop. This was insightful.

  5. I have experienced lots of these.. Especially emotional coldness of parent and parent death and frequent travelling..

    I’m an Aquarius rising with a rather Saturnian disposition (Capricorn rules my 12th house).. I also have 3 yods in my chart..All of them involving my 4th house Jupiter (4 degrees away from the Nadir) so, maybe a family/roots theme?
    I choose to be happy but since a kid I’ve had to chase away ominous feelings of dying young and my parents dying (my father died indeed at a street we had once driven through and I had felt horrible about)
    Do you think yods could point to such seemingly fated events? How can we deal with abandonment issues when we’ve experienced a childhood friend’s death, classmate’s death, parent death or other close people’s?

    My yods are:
    Yod 1)
    Jupiter in 6° Gemini
    Pluto in 10° Scorpio
    Neptune in 7° Capricorn
    Yod 2)
    Neptune in 7° Capricorn
    Jupiter in 6° Gemini
    Venus in 12° Leo
    Yod 3)
    Pluto in 10° Scorpio
    Jupiter in 6° Gemini
    Mars in 7° Aries

    • Hi Rita, thank you for sharing your experience. With so many experiences related to loss of people close to you, you may well be traumatized by shocks. This is a serious concern, perhaps more suited to therapeutic (counseling, hypnotherapy etc) help. However, if you’d like to explore these themes astrologically, please consider scheduling a private consultation.

  6. I want to thank you for writing this. I just made a connection with an old friend today and she has Neptune square Moon. I have Moon conjunct Uranus in the 12th house. We talked about our abandonment fears and how we like to keep things that were given to us by the people we loved who passed away. I had a series of abandonment as a child. My older sibling left and my Dad had to go away. There was mental illness, fighting and other things happening in the family and i cried for years. I couldn’t stop crying. Later in life, I had delusions that my friends or loved ones or boyfriend would leave me or didn’t love me anymore. Eventually I got help and realized this was only a fear, but it was paralyzing. I tried to escape from the pain in various ways but it only made it worse. After I did the work, I was blessed by a friend who told me that we don’t really have to let people go when they leave, or pass away. They will always be in our hearts with their memories. All we have to do is think of their light, their smile or what we loved and let ourselves feel it and appreciate it. This helps me have healthier relationships now, and talk about my fears when I have them. The fear only gets worse if we don’t treat it and can turn into paranoia or isolation, can manifest in a variety of ways, which doesn’t have to be. Thank you so much for clarifying that Neptune and the 12th house are responsible for these fears in certain conditions, how they affect us and why. You write amazing content. Please keep writing and bless you!

  7. I have Moon Virgo square Neptune Sag and Neptune Sag square Pisces Midheaven.
    I was unwanted by my real father.
    My stepfather was mentally ill and left my mother then returned multiple times during my childhood, then after raising me, more or less for 12-13 years he just suddenly left with no word to me. He never contacted me after that either. My mother was mentally ill as well and tended to be a unstable figure in my life as well, especially emotionally.
    Thank you for your interesting and thought provoking article. :-)

  8. Hi! Love this idea. My parents divorced when I was 3, and my father moved out of the house, and remarried a few years after, and started a new family. My mother and I moved out of state at the same time. Even though my father is actually a very nice person, I never really had a relationship with him, and have continued to have a “hole” that I can’t seem to fill (interesting what you said about trying to fill the hole through food, sex, fame, etc…so true in my experience). Likewise, my mother was also very loving but impulsive…initiated the divorce, then moved us to New York City on our own…very overwhelming to me as a young child.

    Interestingly, I finally had my chart read by an astrologer this year, and she guessed a lot of this just by looking at my chart! I have Saturn-Mars conjunct (11th house) square my moon (3rd house), and also Chiron (8th house). Also Uranus in tight conjunction to my moon (doesn’t that represent the mother?). And yes, Neptune in 4th house Sagittarius, as part of a yod.

    But the good news is that at almost 40 I am able to bring a lot of awareness and compassion to these childhood wounds…they are still present but directing my life a a lot less than they used to!

    Warmly, Cecelia

  9. KAREN Martelli says

    It’s my birthday today,phew.how hectic.uranus opposes sun. higher octave of love. unconditional. so many realizations. there’s gold in them there hills.the answer is in the now.complete.I have been waiting for this moment all my life.so I realised today.after surviving the uranus,pluto square,this is refreshing.yes my body is at times vibrating at higher frequency.I love,your writings.just found your website.touche:-)

  10. Chris hansen says

    i experience sever abandonment issues. I’m reluctant to allow people into my life and like to keep very few very authentic friendships. I’d say I’m detached emotionally from the people I do let in.

    My mother told me once when I was young I’d become very upset when anyone would leave our home. Like I wanted them to be part of the family and was sad when they left.

    I have Saturn and Sun conjunct exactly at the 12th degree of Libra with Jupiter (18 degrees) and Pluto (23rd) also joining the conjunction.

    My Venus is 26degrees Scorpio with Uranus at the 27th degree in the third house.

    And Neptune is my 7th house ruler found within one degree of my IC in be fourth. And a fourth house Capricorn moon.

    As a result I am basically a loner. Why invest time in superficial relationships that will end when someone finds out something they don’t like about me?

    I’ve decided that who I am is who I am and I don’t hide it from people for the sake of maintaining relationships.

    The Lord God saved my life. He is my savior. I know He is always with me and pleased with what I do because He leads me and I obey Him. He is my Lord.

    I don’t wish to marry because I’d rather read the Bible and preach the gospel and pray and serve God. Id also rather avoid possibility of divorce my mother being remarried a fourth time by my 15 year never did have a less than highly dysfunctional relationship and still doesn’t except with her job being a workaholic.

    I often wonder how to deal with abandonment issues as I do not like to be alone but it is hard to find people to relate with who will accept me for me since I don’t make an effort not to displease others by what I do or say. I just do things.

    I certainly identify with feelings from my younger years of it being my fault I was abandoned.

    To deal with these I refuse to accept responsibility for other people’s reactions to me. If they reject or accept me has to do with them and not me I say. If they don’t wish to partake in my life then I say they are the ones missing out since there are always other people to relate to.

    • Hello Chris, thank you for sharing your experience with natal Neptune opposite MC (conjunct IC). This measurement certainly seems to fit your experience of abandonment at home, and then the importance of spirituality.

  11. thankyou for this timely and erudite site….your qualifications are impressive and much appreciated. abandonment haunts me still at 50. saturn,chiron 1st house Aquarius saturn square moon,neptune transiting 1 now, stelliun in 8….you see where im going
    father alcoholic physician, narcistic personality disorder mother brother/sister 14/7 years older than me….divorce then husband took traveling job leaving me home with 4 year old and newborn brought all memories back in brutal way…currently estranged from father for 20 years, sister died 3 years ago,.brother died 6 mo ago……escaping in addiction….still I rise. will contact you for consult..thank you again

  12. wow, what a topic!
    My chlidhood was complete abandonement from my parents – dad left family when I was 1, lived with mother alcoholic, raised by grandmother who, on one hand gave me home, food, on the other was very authorative and hard personality. Age 17 started relationship with abusive guy, relationship lasted for 17 years. Now it all is over, I have divorced, yet I am still struggling with my self-esteem, self-confidence, but at least I believe I am on recovery path. My awareness of situation started 5 years ago, so it took quite a time to open eyes and start healing. One of the tools are books (psychology) and astrology (self learning), yoga, ….
    Looking in my natal chart – there is
    Saturn/North node conj in 12th house in Virgo, sqaring MC.
    Neptune retrograde in 4th/Saggitarius sq Asc/Virgo.
    On top of that I have Sun sq Pluto. Isn’t it nice:)

  13. Thank you for dealing with abandonment issues! The greatest challenge for me to accept and start healing them was, ironically, the fact that i have always thought (due to very strong saturn i guess) that living a childhood full of abandonment is a norm ( and i can easily relate to half of the list of situations of abandonment you give above as my father, my mother, my beloved grandmother and uncle then my elder brother “droped out” of my life for some time or forever for different reasons). I think looking back at it now I became a kind of autist while everybody just used to see me as a well behaved and shy girl. I have got saturn square neptune in the 8th and conjunt mars and moon in the 5th house. And i have got several addiction problems as well controllable (saturn maybe again helping here) but persistent. Thank you Hiroki for this great post and amazing website!

  14. Hello..

    I was wondering why there is no mention of Chiron, Chiron contacts to Lights, angles and nodes tend to bring with them experiences of abandonment too.

  15. Thank you, Hiroki. Very enlightening for a 12th house moon conjunct my North Node in Taurus with opposition of Neptune in Scorpio. Oh, and Neptune is also trine my Saturn and Chiron conjunction in Pisces….My father stopped contact when I was 6, and my mother was what she called “nervous”, and took a lot of valium. A substitute for all of the alcohol the rest of her family consumed at astronomical rates. I was her only child, she never married or even had many boyfriends. I was forced into adulthood before I could even realize what childhood was; cleaning house, doing laundry and rubbing my mom’s back when she came home from work to heat up my TV dinner. Abandonment issues indeed.

    I’m hoping with all of the activity in Scorpio lately and Chiron going direct in Pisces will help me process and heal from a lot of past issues so that I can move on. Thanks again.

  16. Stephane says

    Hiroki, I discovered your blog today and I can already say this is becoming my favorite, not only for the quality of the posts but because I can feel a true motivation to help your readers to disentangle their aspects and better their lives. Thank you…

    I (Sun-Moon SAG, ASC CAP) jcan definitely relate to issues of abandonment (Neptune in Sag XII) and isolation (sextile Saturn conjunct MC, chart ruler and final depositor). When I was a teenager I remember having a word to describe the feeling of my family and that was ‘dissolution’ (Neptune ruler of III in PISC). Father left when I was 11 and was continuously “escaping” from my attempts to have a relation with him, brother left when I was 4 and sister when I was 8. I was spending much of my childhood with an emotionally absent mum, in a big vacant house, with a lot of abandoned rooms and was fond of going in the attic in search of past memories and objects which would help me to make sense of the fragments of my ephemeral inheritance. A lot of the suffering that I then endured was connected with the intangibility of my roots and family history, as if every member had been lobotomised and had just forgotten it, leaving me with silences and confusion. That was definitely not OK for my Mercury in SCO… :-) which pushed me to delve into my XII to find past treasuries of occultism and other related hidden sciences as a teenager and restore a deep faith in spiritual paths. It seems indeed that it is only by connecting more deeply with my pain with unconditional love that this vacuous existential suffering dissolves into a blessing and a feeling that the universe is my family.


    • Hi Stephane,

      Thank you for sharing your experience and the kind comments about the blog. That’s a lot of 12th house there, which certainly shares the Neptunian flavor of dissolving the old self and rebuilding a new one.

  17. Hiroki,

    I’m really enjoying reading your blog!

    Reading this aticle about Abandonment makes me realize that this is an issue I need to deal with in my life. We moved around alot when I was growing up (Uranus in the 4th). I was also the oldest, so parental concern was always for my younger brothers and sisters. My Neptune is the midpoint for my Sun/Moon. It also rules my 12th. It also squares that Uranus in the 4th, so I understand the connection with unsettled early home life.

    My track record with romantic relationships is terrible, and I pretty much have given up on them ever working out. This has given me food for thought to perhaps reconsider. Thanks!


  18. Just found your website. Thank you for addressing abandonment issues. I have Neptune in my first house, conjunct Saturn close to ASC, square MC and opposed my retrograde Venus and sun. My 12H ruler, Mercury is midpoint Sun and Moon. When I was four months old, my whole family, Dad, Mom, 3 sisters moved from Indiana to Georgia. There were eight more moves by the time I was a sophomore in high school. I felt the absence of both parents at one time or another for extended times, for several reasons which I won’t go into now. Anywho, I am still alive and still struggle with abandonment issues too often. I’ve recovered enough to know I want to be successful, get published, sell my art. Yet struggle with low self confidence and with relationships. I’ve been using positive affirmations, and have seen a difference, but still struggle with recurrent passivity, which tends to sabotage any goals I do strive for. At times, I feel extremely ambitious and motivated. Could being overly ambitious just be another way of escaping painful memories? I am trying hard to balance the different parts of me, and make something of myself, but I seem to be going nowhere.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience. You’ve articulated the issue quite well – I think you can see how healing work in this area would positively impact your vocational expression.

  19. Hiroki,
    I really enjoy reading your posts and articles, they are so informative !! I am a beginner in learning and understanding astrology, can you please provide me with some basic information on how to look for abandonment in my natal chart? I was adopted at birth, when I was 17 (one month prior to my high school graduation) my parents literally “dropped me off and enrolled me” in a “scared straight” drug rehab program 900 miles away from my home., where I stayed for a year and a half. I drank, like typical teenagers do ( I didn’t and have never used any other substances) and my parents decided that this was the only solution. 4 years ago, my now ex-husband, left our home, he needed a “few days of space,” he never returned. I would appreciate it if you could help me understand the abandonment issues.
    Thank you,

    • Hi Dede,

      In a natal chart we can look at Neptune or Pisces emphasis to consider abandonment issues. If the natal chart suggests abandonment issues, sometimes strong Neptune transit or Solar Arc could reawaken the abandonment issue even in adult life – looks like this may be a part of what happened for you. My view is that addiction of any kind is a coping mechanism to avoid the primal pain/fear of abandonment. Naturally, it’s much healthier and more empowering to feel the pain and heal from it.

  20. Jeanne B says

    Correction to my previous post: I meant my Venus în Taurus opposite Neptune in Scorpio…

  21. Jeanne B says

    I thought this post was very interesting. My father -who was my nurturing parent- died accidentally when I was 13. I could see how this was reflected in my natal chart – Sun at 28°33′ Gemini quincunx Saturn at 28°33′ Capricorn (how’s that for precise!), with Saturn ruling the 12 house and in the 12th house, retrograde.
    What I didn’t know was that my Venus-Scorpio opposition came and emphasized this sense of abandonment.
    And yes, my mother turned to drink after my father died, yes she remarried so we moved abroad – more separations – and then as I grew up I had to face all of my own issues around addiction and chronic loneliness.
    Then again, I’ve come to understand that this feeling of being separate is also very much part of the issues of being a Gemini (the twin searching for its missing half).

    • Hiroki Niizato says

      Dear Jeanne,
      Thank you for sharing your experience with your father. The measurements you shared are quite telling – I’d be interested to know what degree your Ascendant is at (checking Solar Arc from Saturn to Ascendant.)

  22. Anonymous says

    hello – I really am digging and liking your blog very much :-)

    I have been abandoned by my father before I was born, I only saw him for the first time when I was 9 yrs old- we never were close and it is obvious because we did not live together.

    from your post- I would vouch for;
    – trying to replay the issue and hoping for a different outcome – that happened to me, or rather maybe I did that sometime back

    -Neptune and Moon- YES
    I have Moon in 12th house and it is in a wide square (11 degree) with Neptune in 3rd.

    additional note:
    with Virgo rising, gemini is MC- so Mercury is ruler of the chart, and Neptune is ruler of 7th house. Mercury and Neptune are very tightly conjunct in 3rd house. … I wonder if that is the reason I think a lot about the meaning of such incidents of what I do and why, or maybe it is a life saver.. :) .. atleast I try to find some rational answer to such questions.

    abandonment issue linger deeper and longer, and act like a thorn in side. I tend to attach to men who have a disciplined side- thinking back, ONE time when I loved my BF the most is when I see him dealing with clients and his managers and he was sitting on his highback chair and giving orders and solving problems of his managers. I was sitting quietly on side and I knew I am loved and I am protected. .. strange feeling to describe.


  23. Sandro69 says

    My wife has Jupiter and Neptune sets together in the 12th house in Sagittarius and oposition with Saturn in the 6th house . Sagittarius is her Asc too. Sun in Libra in the 11th house.

    When she was twelve years old, she went to live with a aunt, and left her parents, sisters and brothers. It was a form of abandonment, because she didn't want leave, but her mother insisted e her father didn't do nothing to prevent it.

  24. indian astrology says

    A new window of thought has opened nice article

  25. Hiroki Niizato says

    Thank you for sharing your experience and corroborating the Neptune emphasis.

  26. Mars on ascendent in Leo square Neptune in the 4th house in Scorpio. Constant moving due to military upbringing. I am 50 and have yet to truly marry. Which is sad – I have Jupiter in Aquarius conjunct my descendent. I have been involved in the last two years with someone who is unavailable.


  27. Hiroki Niizato says

    Thanks Sara,

    Good point. In humanistic astrology, Nodal axis involvement suggests a strong, often problematic, connection with the mother. So we could definitely expect this symbolism to tie in with the abandonment issue.

    Much appreciated,

  28. Sara VIctoria says

    Good post – thanks. For sure 12th house & Neptune indicated wounding can reflect abandonment – I'd add these in connection w/the nodal signature as an interesting template to consider w/this in mind. Also reflects on the legacy in larger terms than this one, discreet incarnation..

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