What does love for animals imply as a symptom? A love for all forms of life, including animals, could be seen as a sign of good health; but when it becomes a symptom, something pathological, then of necessity it implies a lack of balance. As a symptom, it must state that other species have in some way become a substitute for the self and/or other members of the same species – that people whose love for animals has become excessive are unable to give love to, or receive love from, themselves and other humans.
The lack of health inherent in the expression as a symptom can often be seen – people who love animals to excess often treat them with an apparent lack of true respect for the animal’s own nature and needs. But the expression is centuries old. Old enough for (particularly Western) societies to have ‘created’ many subspecies of animals who have themselves lost almost all connection with their wild ancestors and an independent mode of living. They are as inextricably bound up with us as we are with them. Their very existence is dependent on their relationship with us – they collude wholeheartedly in our delusion. Our pets are anthropomorphised, treated as a substitute human infants, controlled, caged. (No wonder that cancer is so rife in domesticated animals.) Their naked dependency on their ‘owner’ will, no matter how unconsciously, satisfy some aspect of the ‘owner’s’ inner needs; whether this is a manifestation of a deficiency of self-worth, a profound need to express love and care, a desire for unchallenging and uncomplaining companionship, an over-identification with (literally!) the underdog, or, more insidiously, to redress an inner feeling of powerlessness in the face of the rest of seemingly powerful humanity.
The symptom is complex and there may be many issues and many polarities underlying its expression. Predominantly, however, it would appear to be linked to solar plexus (worth/self-worth) and heart (love/self-love) chakra issues which are both, of themselves, intimately connected. Intolerance of milk is a fundamental expression of difficulties in the meeting of basic needs – solar plexus issues – and all the four remedies in this differentiation appear in the rubric GENERALITIES; FOOD and drinks, milk, aversion. The solar plexus chakra also relates to the ego. According to many esoteric viewpoints, it is the acquisition of ego which differentiates us from animals. Imbalances in the solar plexus chakra can therefore lead to confusion in our relationship to the animal in us, projected onto the environment in our relationship with animals. If this idea has substance, we would expect to find evidence in the four remedy pictures of the polarity of love of animals. Carcinosin, Natrum muriaticum and Phosphorus appear in FEAR, animals, of, and, if Sankaran’s Aethusa case is taken into account (see below), the polarity is also manifest in this remedy. (Of the other remedies that appear in the rubric LOVE, animals, for, Medorrhinum and Sulphur also appear in FEAR, animals, of, while Calc-phos has dreams of animals. Nuphar luteum – a very small proving of only 201 rubrics – has only love and great sympathy for suffering animals, while Psorinum appears only in love for animals. Sulphur and Calc-phos have aversion to milk and Psorinum has aggravation from milk. Medorrhinum and Nuphar have no symptoms in connection with milk.)