I come today to the sixth genotype, which is Pulsatilla. The remedy is made from the wind flower, and this is an apt image for this personality type, which is, on the one hand, flexible enough to blow backward and forward in the breeze, but on the other, possibly lacking in decisiveness from one moment to the next. They are highly impressionable, and easily influenced.
The Pulsatilla constitutional type represents the emotional mind, or gut mind, in complete opposition to Lycopodium’s intellectual mind. The emotional mind works through multiple connections and associations, rather than the linear A-B-C thinking of the intellect. Pulsatillas are very warm, both in personality as well as body temperature, and seek out deep and genuine connection. They can be extremely sweet in temperament and very affectionate and nurturing. They are of a shy nature, which is best represented by the word “coy”, and as adults will be sweetly seductive. The image of a small child peeking out at a stranger from behind mother’s skirt comes to mind. The “look at me, no don’t!” dynamic of the game “peekaboo” captures this feeling.
The key question both child and adult Pulsatilla asks either implicitly or explicitly is “do you love me?”, and will go to great lengths to either secure or hold onto a relationship, even holding on, unfortunately, to unhealthy or abusive ones.
Inside the consult room, they are extremely forthcoming with their feelings, and form a strong bond with the therapist. They weep easily, and elicit a feeling of sympathy. They feel better from any form of consolation, as opposed to some of the other constitutional types who prefer to process feelings on their own.
As the wind flower easily blows back and forth in the breeze, all aspects of Pulsatilla are highly changeable, whether in terms of their mood, or the nature or location of physical symptoms which seem to wander at will.
Physically, they can have a tendency to illness related to the reproductive organs, such as uterine fibroids in women, or prostate cancer in men. Generally, they have a tendency to become overheated, and have a need for getting outdoors into the fresh air, or at least having a window open.
Similarly to Lycopodium, they are very socially adept and adabtable, and are very natural networkers and connectors. They are usually fairly organized, and good at working on highly detailed projects. A good receptionist, for example, fulfills their role well the more they posses the healthy qualities of Pulsatilla. They are extremely loving parents, and always give a lot back to their closest family members and friends.