It’s a very interesting dynamic I have with my 8 year’s older sister. I have shared about our relationship on here a lot before about how the close loving bond I hoped for from her never seemed to be there and I wonder how much of it comes out of fear on my part, because of all the family members she carries a lot of my Mum’s perfectionism and wariness or shyness around people. My Mum lost her own father at 7 and had to fend a lot for herself, there was just no protective parent there to care for her as her mother had to work. My oldest sister who died in 2014 and had the brain trauma was born when Mum was only 22, Mum was 30 when my living sister was born and 38 when I was born, so we have large gaps in ages and I know that when my two sisters were born life was very different for both parents. My two older sisters also got to have relationships with my mother’s parents in a way I did not as my mother’s step father who married her Mum when she was 14 died when I was only one year old. An astrologer told me years ago that as the sensitive baby I had absorbed and lot of that sadness. As Poppa lay dying they would take me to the hospital to sit on end of his bed in my basinette. Was it any wonder I was called ‘the tissue queen’, as I am reading sensitive kids are born with acute radar and are absorbers.
Anyway my older sis was more involved with me as Mum went out to work all the time leaving me alone, she looked at me with eyes of love. My second sister got to be the good girl who was the one who geared herself around helping the family to function in its business drive which consumed most of every day. She was not happy to have to take care of me after school a lot of the time and at times I got bullied. I still longed for my sister’s love and I have realised yesterday though she sometimes says she loves me I don’t feel it and I wonder why? As a perfectionist also when she comes over to my house I cannot but help feel she is casing the place and she told me the other day my dog is fat while another friend told me she feels he is a good weight. I told this to my therapist yesterday and we smiling over how people’s perceptions can vary. At the same time she was kind enough to come over unannounced on Sunday with an easter bunny for me which really touched me but when I see her walking down the drive my first reaction is fear.
Thinking about it astrologically my sister has the Moon in Virgo which is where my Mum’s Venus was. Mum’s Venus was triggered by retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius back in December when all the trauma occurred that led to her death. This was hitting the aspects that hit my older sister’s Mercury in Sag being triggered by Neptune at the time of her cerebral bleed. As some of you know my grand niece (her granddaughter and my Mum’s great granddaughter) ended up having a seizure during that visit while at my mother’s house and that precipitated a chain of events that led to my mother’s death 7 days later following a fall. I know it’s all interconnected really. My grand niece is a very sensitive little girl and I cannot help but feel she picked up on something. After some time on medication following my Mum’s death my nephew now tells me she is fine, no more medication and no seizures which makes me realise the family unconscious is such a powerful thing and Neptune which rules the collective unconscious was opposing my grand nieces Mars in Virgo back in December during the visit and seizure time last year.
Anyway I digressed or followed a flow here as I started to write about how lately I am becoming aware of what my sister who still lives is carrying of my Mum, how it has in some way kept her a prisoner and how she longs to be more free. This was made clear by comments she made while having a cup of tea here with me on Sunday. I started crying while she was here and my therapist seems to think that due to the fact my sister’s emotions are repressed with medications, as a sensitive person I am picking up on her sadness. I am not sure whether it’s that or that she just triggers my own wound when she comes around and I start to feel that carried familial anxiety and trauma. Even when she was hospitalised several times for depression when I visited I would often cry while with her and the last time was just after my older sister died and Mum and had to clear her room from the care home alone due to lack of any other help. We then went to visit my sister whose family decided she was too ‘ill’ to attend her older sisters’ funeral… so sad….:(
With her strong Pisces I also feel my sister carries some multigenerational pain of the ancestors as her birth date is the death date of one of my great great grandmother’s baby siblings two of which had the same name Eliza Jane and died in infancy. My sister also has a lung condition that I have felt for a long time goes back to the trauma to his lungs my grandfather suffered during his time being gassed during World War I. I cannot prove this but intuitively I know it and Mark Wolynns’ work on ancestral trauma being carried multigenerationally shows how epigenetics affects ancestral descendents cells. I have written several posts about his work which I will link to below later.
Anyway what prompted me to write this blog was reading the following excerpt in a Jungian book on the archetypal mother
the queen has divided her mother’s image into good and bad and kept the good parts for herself. Everything that was unpleasant about that relationship she plans to give her sister, whom she already detests. Her rejection of the bad mother is so complete, the queen even forgets to take that piece along on her trip.
It made me wonder how much of the bad mother I often project onto my own sister when I feel unseen by her and unwanted. Is what I think I see and feel true or not, does it come out of my own psychology. Most certainly my sister keeps her emotions close to her chest and doesn’t display them readily. I don’t really ever remember seeing her cry. Or could it be that it is true what I am reading about in my book on high sensitivity, that as the feeling child I do give expressions to emotions my sister finds hard to feel. My therapist was quick to point out to me yesterday how loving I am about family members even when they hurt or ignore me or sideline my feelings. As the baby I always longed for their love but what I am learning is that no one else can help me understand my own self or heal my hurting places but me. I dont want to make my older sister all bad because she has good parts its just that a lot of her is repressed due to the trauma she underwent through several hospitalizations and harsh shock treatment. I treat her tenderly as I have seen all she went through and at times it really, really breaks my heart but is this sorrow mine to carry?