Lac delphinum has a very distinct energy in women (I have seen
no male cases).
Th ere is a combination of innocence, warmth, and sensuality that
tends to be irresistible to men.
Th e most obvious example of this energy is Marilyn Monroe. A sex
kitten, not a cat. Th e combination of child-like vulnerability and sexuality
is very typical of Lac delphinum. Her helplessness makes her seem even
more desirable. And yet a man who falls for her fi nds he has taken on
more than he bargained for. She can be very demanding of his attention.
She needs constant reassurance that he loves her and fi nds her attractive,
and she is so moody and volatile that he runs away from her.
I have found that Lac delphinum women lack many of the defence
mechanisms that help other Lac people to cope with grief and loneliness.
In this sense they resemble Lac caninum. Th ey are more open emotionally,
less analytical, and more in touch with their feelings. As a result, they
are so sensitive that they easily feel overwhelmed by their own emotions.
Fear is the emotion which dominates Lac delphinum. She has
many fears, but the most important are fears of attack and fears of
abandonment. Lac delphinum is both psychic and highly imaginative.
Th is works against her, as she can imagine hidden dangers, particularly
at night. She senses attackers in the shadows, or ghosts by
her bed. Some such women are terrifi ed by horror stories, yet also attracted. Th ey watch horror movies, then feel terrifi ed and haunted
Lac delphinum has a peculiar relationship to danger. She seeks
dangerous situations, and feels calm in them. For example, she will
drink too much, and then drive. Th is can be compared to the dolphin
who is always aware of sharks nearby, yet is not threatened. Dolphins
will chase sharks away from the pod, and it is only sick and young
who fall victim to sharks. Yet dolphins are very aware of the danger
from sharks. Several Lac delphinum women reported dreams of being
stabbed by sharp objects such as spears of knives, which may represent
the shark’s teeth.
Relationships and Sexuality
Whereas many Lac individuals complain chiefl y about their relationship
with their mother, Lac delphinum tends to struggle especially
with her relationships with men. She knows she is sexually attractive,
and may use her sexuality to hook a man, from whom she seeks
security. Lac delphinum is often clingy and dependent in relationships,
and this tends to push partners away. She very easily goes into
a helpless, childlike mode, where she expects to be looked after. She
is also moody in relationships, because she easily feels neglected, hurt
and indignant. As a result she is prone to brief and stormy relationships.
She will also push men away deliberately, because she easily
Another pattern I have seen in Lac delphinum is a tendency to
attract older men, who become father fi gures. Th ey provide security
for Lac delphinum, but are seldom sensitive enough for her. Hence she pouts and fi ghts with them, and eventually leaves them. Often in the
process she becomes a single mother.
Sexuality is a prominent feature in the proving of Lac delphinum.
Most of my patients who responded to the remedy had a high sex
drive and a strongly sensual feel. Yet many also reported problems
with sexuality. Th e most common complaint was that they could
not connect sexuality with their heart. Th ey either felt love, or sexual,
but not both at the same time. Often there was an inability to reach
orgasm during intercourse, part of a general inability to let go during
sex. And some reported fear during sex, as if they were being raped.
Th e same women felt some masochistic desire to be raped by their
partner, and some also felt violent themselves during sex. It appears
these symptoms relate to the fact that male dolphins are very aggressive
when mating. Several males will chase a female and eff ectively
gang rape her.
Heart-centred and Dreamy
Lac delphinum has a very warm heart. Th is is part of her attractiveness.
She feels great empathy for almost everyone, and will give
and give when she feels needed. As a mother she tends to be a natural,
exuding maternal warmth whilst dreamily fl oating through the early
stages of being a parent. Very often motherhood is the one stable
element of her life, the one relationship she can count on to endure.
She is generally a permissive mother, who delights in every aspect of
Although Lac delphinum often has a sharp intellect, she is
frequently unable to focus. She is particularly liable to space out when
she is anxious. Her boundaries are not strong, and she easily feels overwhelmed by pressure. She then panics and goes into a fugue-like
state, where she feels dreamy and cannot think straight. Indecision is
a keynote symptom of Lac delphinum. She fears making a mistake,
and hence will not decide. Perhaps this also relates to the life and
death situations that dolphins face with regard to sharks.
Lac delphinum’s dreaminess is an essential characteristic of the
remedy. It is there even when she is not stressed. She will laugh easily,
and seem unable to take problems seriously. She has a child-like giggle,
reminiscent of Ignatia and Pulsatilla, and she likes to fool around
and make others laugh.
Play, Escape and Magical Th inking
Playfulness is another keynote of Lac delphinum, closely tied to
her dreaminess. Dolphins are famous for their playfulness. I feel it
is more than coincidence that dolphins are so often used in New Age
images of spirituality. Th ose New Agers who are attracted to the dolphin
image often share characteristics with Lac delphinum, including
innocence, dreaminess and unrealistic optimism. I have found that
Lac delphinum people are attracted to using aphorisms to attract what
they want, and to ward off trouble. It is a kind of magical thinking that
can be seen as an escapist or immature form of spirituality, associated
not only with dolphins, but also fairies, unicorns and angels.
Lac delphinum is a very escapist type. One way she will escape
is to bury her head in the sand. She simply will not look at diffi cult
issues, and so she can feel quite slippery when she seeks psychological
help. Instead of responding when asked a question that touches on a
painful issue, she may laugh, or stay silent, or change the subject.
Another way Lac delphinum escapes is by taking drugs. It is a
very addictive type, particularly to alcohol and sedatives like valium
Lac delphinum is prone to depressive illness. Her life is very
often chaotic, and lacking in support. She is extremely sensitive to
the world’s harshness, and she easily feels overwhelmed, and then
sinks into depression. When depressed she is very tearful, and full
of self-pity and self-loathing. She is also prone to anxiety when she
is depressed. At such times she isolates herself, though she can also
behave in a clinging way if she trusts someone. A depressed Lac delphinum
usually appears lost and hopeless, and has little idea how
to help herself. She tends to feel extremely disconnected from other
people, and hence very lonely.
Lac delphinum has many characteristics in common with China.
In particular, both types tend to be dreamy and psychic, and both
types are prone to panic. Th ey also share the same defence mechanism.
Both can be very stubborn and defi ant, particularly with men.
One Lac delphinum patient told me that she studied astrophysics at
university, just so that she could beat her father at something. She was
beautiful and sensual and dreamy, the kind of woman you would only
expect to be an astrophysicist in Hollywood movies.
As children, Lac delphinum are shy, sensitive and dreamy. Th ey
tend to live in an imaginary world, and are easily frightened. As with
other Lac types, sibling rivalry is often strong.
From Goddess Alchemy -
On Pluto and Dolphin's Milk
I find myself constantly dying in my life. At times, everything feels like death to me, including my body, my heart, my soul. I really feel I am dying, or at least I want to.
Everything is over. dead. bleak. There is no joy, no feeling, just emptiness. And this means it is time to go to the underworld, where Persephone (see blog on her in the goddess archetype section) lives in meditation, to be reborn, with her consort, co-ruler of the Underworld, Hades (Pluto).
So I have come to realize that these deaths always bring forth some sort of rebirth in myself.
This is the work of Pluto, the planet of not only destruction, but transmutation (also known as alchemy, which is why I called this site goddess alchemy, the feminine side of transmutation). Pluto is the great transformer. It destroys, only to rebuild again. Pluto is where the word “plutonium” comes from; think nuclear war…
Pluto is associated with the Greek God/Archetype of Hades, ruler of the Underworld. It is known astrologically as a dark planet because it may destroy, but it also rules change, transformation, death of the old, birth, and rebirth…where a situation or belief is no longer needed, Pluto will transform it.
However, it is not like Uranus that comes along unexpectedly and jars things harshly; Pluto works subtly and affects the roots of our being.
I have Pluto in my 12th house, the house of the hidden unconscious, and it is conjunct ketu (my south node, which gives liberation, but through great suffering), which is extremely intense. Lots of death and transformation all the time, at a deep soul level. There is constant upheaval coming up from my subconscious and exploding on me, so it forces me to do inner work.
Luckily, life has given me amazing tools to deal with the constant upheaval. Today I just took the most amazing remedy called Lac Delfinum, or Dolphin’s milk. I have various homeopaths that I work with, some who specialize in sequential homeopathy, and one who is a genius of classical homeopathy: Danny Murphy. His genius never ceases to amaze me. He is Irish and British and totally charming and irritating at the same time (who ever knew I could love a gemini so much??? mind you, i did have a few fights with him to get through to the love…!)
I was so agitated and upset and even paranoid in the last while. And even my usual daily meditation practice wasn’t releasing this agitated, distrustful, angry state of mind. Then I had a horrible nightmare where I was trying to save a dolphin, taking it to a spiritual ashram, but they were cooking the dolphins..yes, that is why it was a horrendous nightmare. I had to take the dolphin out to the ocean. My heart hurts so much at how the animals suffer on this earth. Humans have not yet developed the empathy to FEEL other beings, like animals (or children). It is extremely tragic, and the one issue I wish I could change on earth. I pray so much for the innocent animals and children, who have no voice.
Well, Danny gave me the homeopathic remedy of dolphin’s milk, and I could swear someone drugged me. Danny explained that this remedy is deeply calm and tranquil (under all the mistrust and other emotions), and I honestly feel so calm at a soul level. I only yearn to sit in silence and meditate, which is my favorite state of being
Meditation is my bliss, my ecstasy, my love, and my passion…so I am grateful to have remedies that can wipe out deeply disturbed states of mind and bring me back to blissful meditation which i love to do for hours on end <3
So, I think it is important to remember that when you feel that everything is falling apart, being destroyed, dying…remember that Pluto is doing his job and the old is being released so that rebirth can occur…
And here are more notes on the rubrics of this fabulous remedy. Generally you want to consult a professional homeopath to help you match your exact symptoms with the remedy…but I find these remedies so totally fascinating that i love the idea of sharing them here…
Remember, we can see our nature reflected in the plants, animals, and mineral realm, and when we find our match, we take that substance in an energetic/potentized form to heal ourselves…I love that Danny now calls me a little dolphin!
calmness within. tranquility.
*picks jaw up off floor* Well. That sounds more familiar than I like to admit. :/ I suppose I am somewhere between Elven and Merfolk, but this sounds very eerily familiar.
What is strange is that I do not have that fear of men, but of women. Rooted in early childhood trauma. I have that same exact frantic distrust around (mostly older) women, men are automatic comrades and friends. William Mistele did mention most mermaids are unloved by their mothers, though.