Planets at the very bottom of the chart symbolize who you are on a deep deep deep down level, and this is inevitably tied to early life experiences. This is also true for the sign that is at the bottom of the chart (even if there is no planet).
Let’s take a look at the chart of Sophia Loren.
Sophia has Uranus at the bottom of the chart, in Taurus. Uranus is intense. It’s like a bolt of lightning. Just a glance at this chart brings about the question: what is the intensity absorbed from early childhood that is so at the root of who she is deep down?
Sophia grew up in extreme poverty and violence during World War 2 in the little Italian town of Puzzuoli. Her father was married to another woman when Sophia was born and even though he fathered a second daughter with her, still refused to marry. He was an aristocrat and ignored them and the fact that they often had to beg for food. Her mother, a beauty herself who looked like Greta Garbo, raised them at their grandparents house where Sophia often had to share a bed with 8 people. They lived on rationed bread and hid from air raids in rat-infested tunnels.
About her difficult childhood she says “You learn the facts of life fast. You are street-wise, people-wise, self-wise. The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty. As a result, I appreciate life more.”
This is Saturn wisdom. It comes from learning through struggle. It installs a sense of self-reliance. It is also connected to the father’s influence. Sophia has her Saturn conjunct her Aquarian Moon. The need to be unique is tied into this kind of difficult learning. Uranus rules Aquarius, and her second house (where her Moon is). The second house is all about values. There is a direct connection here to her traumatic early life and the values that she lives by. These values will be of the utmost emotional importance to her (Moon in the second).
Humble perfectionist solar energy (Virgo Sun) fueling a need to be unique and special (Aquarian Moon). Exquisite and ethereal beauty (Neptune conjunct Venus) that is valued and cherished by others (in the 8th). Marriage being a powerful link to international success (Pluto in the 7th square Jupiter in the 9th).. These are just a few other astrological shades of this enigmatic woman.
What is the sign at the bottom of your chart? Is there a planet there? If not where is the planet that rules that sign at the bottom? All of these answers can help to get you in touch with some deep truths about yourself that are inevitably linked to your upbringing.