Jung wrote that Schizophrenia (loss of contact with reality) develops in people with a well developed unconscious and a weak ego. The psychiatrist believed that the only difference between a’ normal person’ and a person with extreme mental illness is that the split-off psychic fragments of the unconscious overtake consciousness completely.
In this case, and taking the psychologist’s view of this illness into consideration, astrologers would need to examine a powerfully aspected Neptune in the chart and/or 12th house planets where the sense of self is dissolved. Moreover, Jung concluded that mental illness is a loss of will, and he would often send his patients home in the hopes that by throwing them into the swimming pool they would learn how to swim. In an article published by Astrology Considerations the effects of outer-planetary energy – Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto – in the lives of Schizophrenics is very pronounced: The rebelliousness, bizarre behavior, and the visual and auditory hallucinations, poor self-image, drug and alcohol use, suicide attempts and all the self-undoing techniques along with manipulative and controlling behavior.
The study stated that Pisces or Neptune are usually linked to the Ascendant, and that Schizophrenia is usually found in those with high IQ’s, and that they are often diabolically clever. The Schizophrenic John Hinkley’s psychiatrist told his parents that John was “crazy not stupid.” A series of transits from the outer planets —Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are what trigger the disorder rather than a single difficult or a long-lasting aspect. All observations mentioned by Caroline Caufman are based on 15 charts.
If mental illness, like Jung suggests, is controlled by the unconscious then it is likened to being asleep with loved ones desperately trying to get the individual to wake up, and it can be a living nightmare for everyone involved. In astrology, Neptune, Pisces and the twelfth house rule oversleep, the unconscious, hypnosis, trances, and escaping reality. In any individual chart, it is related to self-undoing or bondage, and the unacknowledged aspects of ourselves.
Hospitals, asylums, areas of isolation have always been connected to the twelfth house. People are brought here for recovery and healing and it is an aid for those suffering from mental disorders, substance abuse, suicidal feelings. R.D. Lang, The Divided Self, hypothesized that schizophrenics are society’s mouthpieces: they enact our madness for us while we perpetuate the illusion that we are sane.