I came across a book recently that made the claim that about 80% of childhood mental illness shows up in just 20% of the population. The children who struggled were called orchids, while the children who didn’t were called either tulips or dandelions.
The idea is basically that most people have a good sense of resilience and are able to cope with adverse conditions. They may struggle at times, but are basically fine. Those people are tulips.
Then there are people who cope exceptionally well, often failing to even show signs of grief during serious trauma, simply because they don’t need to. They can thrive just about anywhere, making them dandelions.
And then there are the people who struggle the most with mental health, needing specific conditions in order to thrive. But in those conditions, they can be incredibly high-achieving. These people are called orchids.
But what isn’t as obvious is that the orchids have a secret power. See, there is other research showing that people who struggle with mental health in average conditions actually feel much better in incredibly adverse circumstances, like natural disasters, war, etc. They find their grit and a sense of purpose when things are as dark as they can get.
This puts me in the mind of dignified or debilitated planets. Planets that are dignified, either in their home sign or in the sign of their exaltation, are great at functioning normally. They do exactly what they are meant to do under normal conditions, and they do it damn well. Those planets are like dandelions. And then we have peregrine planets, which is the state of most planets most of the time. This just means that they’re neither strengthened nor weakened by their sign. They are just…fine. Those planets are tulips.
And then we have the planets that are in the sign of their detriment or fall. They have trouble functioning in the way they’re “supposed to.” They just work differently. But when the entire world is upside down, things finally make sense. Nothing is normal, so there’s no standard to live up to. There is simply survival, support, and community. And those are things that give people purpose, no matter how “differently” they do things.
In the context of mental health, I would imagine this has a strong connection to the condition of the Moon, though Mercury is also a contender. But really, I think it can apply to any planet because this principle can apply to any aspect of our lives. Sometimes we struggle, sometimes we coast, and sometimes we thrive, no matter the odds. And our charts can tell us exactly why.
What do you think of this? Are you a dandelion, tulip, or orchid? Can you tie in the astrology?