Oct 22, 2022

Say Hello to Siegfried I, Count of Luxembourg!


Don't Let His Scowl Fool Ya - He's Happy To Meet Anyone At All These Days!

by Jude Cowell

Well, it's Thanks once again to my paternal Strickland grandmother, for I find that Siegfried I, Count of Luxembourg, is my 30th great-grandfather. Not close enough to do me or mine any harm but there he is way back in the family 'woodpile' all the same! On Wikipedia, he is known as Sigfried, Count of the Ardennes, another of his titles, and we should note that Siegfried was a 6th-generation descendant of the much-lauded Charlemagne , my 35th great-grandfather. A hoary bunch, aren't they? Well, I'm growing somewhat gray around the muzzle myself these days!

Now as you know, Charlemagne is aka, Carolus 'Magnus', Rex Francorum and Imperator Romanum (April 2, 747--January 28, 814). And from his title we can deduce that he was a very busy ruler with a lot on his plate, as we say today. But so was our Siegfried who, around year 950, married Hedwig of Nordgau, a Saxon lady though apparently nothing is known of her parentage which makes Hedwig one of my mystery grandmamas! Because when you venture this far back into ancient family lineages you're bound to find a few mysterious relatives of which little is known. And annoyingly, they're usually of the feminine persuasion.

Meanwhile, here's the geni dot com bio page of Siegfried I if you wish to view his family members including his parental units and Hedwig. (You won't find me there because I'm not signed in to geni at the moment.)

A Bit of Astrology for Siegfried I

As for Siegfried's personality blend of conscious and unconscious energies, that's revealed by his Sun Leo-Moon Aries combo, with Moon in Mars-ruled Aries for the 24-hour period of his birthdate (August 15, 922, as noted). This energetic double Fire blend reveals a man of adventure, courage, and self-dramatization. Add to this a self-centered nature yet with a social conscience, powers of persuasion, and tendencies toward recklessness, unconventionality, grandiosity, and vanity.

He may have been prone to hero-worship so a mentor that he looked up to and emulated may have been part of his life, at least during his early years. And he probably tended to over-estimate himself as double Fire personalities sometimes do. Maybe he used the 'no risk, no gain' way of accomplishing things.

And so in closing, perhaps the "Image for Integration" (of conscious and unconscious energies - combine for best results) provided by the Harveys for the Sun Leo-Moon Aries blend describes something about Siegfried I, Count of Luxembourg. See what you think:

"A knight errant dedicates his next grand adventure to the mistress of his heart, and then rides off into the sunset in a cloud of dust." (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, by Charles and Suzi Harvey #ad). This sounds about right for an super-charged 10th-century ruler to me, how about you?

So there's your astro-introduction to Siegfried I, Count of Luxembourg. If you're on friendly terms with him already, then kudos to you, and if not, Thanks for taking this meander down Luxembourg Lane with me and one of my very ancient great-granddads!

Oct 9, 2022

Minerva: The Goddess and the Asteroid

Among the Capitoline Triad of Jupiter and Juno nestles Minerva, often with a wreath of laurel upon her brow. Yet I confess that years ago when I depicted in pencil 'Owl of Minerva' (displayed above) I knew very little of the mythical goddess, and had paid little if any attention to the position of asteroid Minerva in my natal horoscope - in other words, the Zodiacal position where Minerva was hanging about on the evening I entered the Earthly flux.

Why, Minerva even has her own Wikipedia bio page with a list of her impressive attributes which include wisdom, strategy, the arts, craftsmanship, protection, city state, family, and justice. Anyone familiar with Athena or Pallas Athena, sees the similarities, for one is a Roman goddess, the other Greek, but the concepts are basically the same.

As for Minerva in natal horoscopes, I tend to apply her position as relating to the potential for "being accomplished" with further clues contained within her natal degree, sign, house position, and aspects, along with information found within the Sabian (or other symbol) for the asteroid's natal degree!

Yet there is a sinister connotation which may attach to Minerva due to negative occult associations between her animal, the owl, and the idolatry of ancient, evil "gods," such as during ritual ceremonies carried out at Bohemian Grove festivities in California each summer. But that's a bizarre topic way beyond the scope of this modest Minerval post, so if you're curious and daring, a Google would be my best advice.

Sep 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II: her Natal and Passing Horoscopes

September 8, 2022

By now the world has heard the news of the passing today of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, age 96, and on the throne for 70 years. Therefore, son Charles Prince of Wales is now King Charles III. Both mother and son are distant cousins of mine yet perhaps it's too soon to publish the following bi-wheel that I'm about to post, below, yet it seems I'm about to display it anyway. Offended readers, please turn away!

Official reports have been rather general - that the Queen died "peacefully" in the afternoon at Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland so the outer horoscope had to be timed somehow. For this I chose a speculative time of 1:33:34 pm BST based on today's exact conjunction of Moon and Saturn Rx (20AQ08) for the pair relate to health and loss, and at this degree they conjunct her natal Mars (20AQ51) in her 1st house (Self; Physical Body) which also links to her Jupiter-Neptune opposition (22AQ/Leo30).

The Queen's natal Mars-Jupiter conjunction denotes the enormous energy level she enjoyed all through her life, plus, her longevity at age 96. However, timekeeper Saturn, karmic planet of loss, endings, and separations (and Saturn Angular in her natal chart, a signifier of her longstanding rulership), had already hit natal Mars (energy, action, motivation) on March 19, 2022 and again more recently on August 28, 2022; a third hit would have occurred on December 14, 2022, suggesting failing vitality made more serious due to her advanced age, and aggravating any medical conditions she was experiencing.

So with wounded Chiron (15Ari23 Rx today), the Christ archetype in Astrology, conjunct today's Mars-Saturn midpoint (the 'death axis', says Reinhold Ebertin), and conjunct the star Alpheratz, I'm about to type something which may seem erroneous to some: that, because of the presence of Alpheratz, and after 70 years on the throne doing her duty, the chained woman has finally been freed. So there it is.

Oh, and two more things: today Mercury (8Lib47) in the 8th house conjuncts another star, royal Diadem whose keywords are quite appropriate as perhaps you may agree: the crown that comes with a price. Meanshile, urge-to-merge planet Neptune (24Pis16 Rx) of the Divine Source today casts a veil over the position of a very notable asteroid in relation to the royal family: Diana, whose namesake was killed 25 years plus a few days ago on August 31, 1997.

Yes, there are other indicators of significance, some of loss and of illness penned upon the chart (please print or enlarge the image for better viewing) for those who care to have a look, but for now, I'll simply send my deep condolescences to the family and to the people of the United Kingdom who have today lost a mother figure (asteroid Ceres the mother @20Leo52 is opposed by Saturn and Moon), and a sincere wish for Queen Elizabeth II that she may R.I.P. after a dedicated job well done.

Aug 10, 2022

Secondary, Tertiary, and Minor Progressions: David Cochrane explains

Want to Know Thyself? Astrology Can Help

One of the more intriguing techniques in Astrology for timing purposes and otherwise is Secondary Progressions especially when studied along with Tertiary and Minor Progressions, the 27-13-1 ratio with '1' representing Secondary Progressions, or the physical plane. But before I garble it up for you, you'll do better to check out expert astrologer David Cochrane's presentation concerning this valuable technique:

Aug 5, 2022

Charles Jayne and a Case of Cosmic Time Links

An Attempt to Catch Up with Pioneering Astrologer Charles Jayne

by Jude Cowell

Early this morning as I followed certain interests via a favorite podcast (see link, below) my attention landed upon pioneering astrologer Charles Jayne (Oct 9, 1911 - Dec 31, 1985) whose natal horoscope, sparse biographical details, and a variety of rectified times of his birth (including his own efforts) may be viewed at astro.com. However, it turns out that this morning's podcast episode features not a relative of master astrologer Charles Jayne, but takes an intriguing look at Julian Jaynes, author of The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.

Check out Josh's and Chuck's August 4th episode Thrill to the Stunning Bicameral Mind Hypothesis if you find yourself having 49 minutes to spare! You won't be disappointed.

Now Back to Charles Jayne

A master of rectification, Charles Jayne was associated with the Church of Light and counseled that astrologers should study Astronomy. You'll find an article about him written by Bill Meridian on the Urania Trust website. In fact, his natal asteroid Urania is interesting to me for his Urania @4Sco08 conjuncts his and my South Node!

Surrounding his natal chart, above, you see the horoscope of the moment that I opened my Solar Fire astrology program at 10:42:40 am edt, Raleigh, North Carolina (with transit Pluto Rx @26Cap57 still hanging out upon my natal Mercury). Multiple planetary contacts from 2022 to 1911 are circled, most are conjunctions but with a couple of oppositions as well - and naturally, you may spot other contacts not listed here:

Venus conjunct Neptune and opposite his Uranus casts a favorable (photogenic?) light upon Jayne's Uranus-Neptune opposition of higher consciousness and mystical-occult interests and talents; the negative side back in 1911 would be delusion on a mass scale, muddled thinking, confusion within society, and/or ill-fated social movements (A. Oken). As you know, the First World War was soon to be waged. As for August 5, 2022, Venus to Neptune is an elusive, mystical influence favorable for abstract thinking (a la Julian Jaynes) and spiritual pursuits, while Venus opposite Uranus suggests that his and my values clash in a generational way, probably in the realms of relationships and/or financially, and with a potential for judge-iness (on my part!).

This morning's Sun-Moon midpoint 29Vir07 conjunct his IC hints lightly at possible ancestral connections but probably more of an in-law situation, if at all. Since he doesn't seem to be in the geni dot com database, I can't check him out there to see if we share kinship so perhaps astrological interests are all we share - and I was in my mid-30s when he passed on in 1985 and didn't begin my full-time astrological studies until 1996.

Moon and Osiris conjunct his Jupiter tends to be a happy cosmic link whenever we see Moon-Jupiter contacts and can also suggest religious vibrations and/or a business link (via Astrology? Jayne was a master, I'm only a novice making very little income from the venerable craft, but okay!).

Pluto activates Jayne's Uranus-Neptune opposition so it's actually today's aligning Venus-Pluto opposition doing some heavy astro-lifting. Actually, I'm going to call Venus-Pluto on behalf of creativity and add that Pluto opposite his Neptune is another generational contact suggesting differences in outlook, even social or political ones; additionally, Pluto conjunct his Uranus has the potential for technological advancements by which we in 2022 benefit. Mr. Jaynes, not so much. Plus for me, a certain startling quality is added to today's path of discovery because writing anything at all about the legendary Charles Jayne was nowhere on my list of things to do. Yet it was a surprise to see how many planetary and Angular cosmic time links there are.

Ascendant conjunct his Mercury-and-Osiris which makes two contacts involving Osiris - here, rising in my consciousness if not yours - plus, messenger planet Mercury is integral to all studies and practices including Astrology. Asteroid Osiris and its archetype suggest many possible meanings such as unity or re-uniting, devotion, fertility, death and resurrection (as Egyptian god of the underworld), indecisiveness, fitting the pieces together, and dual personality. And with Mercury the 'tofu planet' (soaking up whatever it touches), I'll venture to say that his thinking was melded with the Osiris archetype. So perhaps this morning's contacts to Jayne's natal planets are meant to spotlight in a timely fashion his obvious mystical and astrological talents since I've never researched him or his work as fully as I should have. This can be corrected!

Jupiter opposite his Mercury, another contact spotlighting his Mercury, planet of thought processes (a la Julian Jaynes's work!), and communication (as I'm attempting to do now via typing this at you - but obviously, his writings are indicated). Notably, Reinhold Ebertin gives Mercury in Libra as, "creative thinking within patterns already in existence," which may be a reference to Jayne's work as explored by a novice astrologer such as myself. And in general, we know that a Jupiter-opposite-Mercury transit can signal the acquisition of too much information to handle well, or, of information presented that is discounted by readers such as yourself. Finding time to further an exploration of Charles Jayne's writings will be a time-related issue for me - and mention should be made that another function of Mercury is sight.

Chiron Rx opposite his Sun-Sisyphus conjunction: no notes here on Chiron for we've covered the centaur's meanings and archetypes in multiple posts, but Jayne's hero's journey or goal in life involved the Sisyphus archetype of dogged determination, repeating his tasks over and over again. This is often the case for dutiful people who must work very hard in order to accomplish what they feel the Cosmos requires of them. Perhaps most revealing is that in general, a Sun-Chiron opposition denotes a mentor relationship with one acting as a psychopomp, (Initiator), or a guide (R. Nolle).

Uranus-conjunct-North-Node conjunct his Saturn Rx: this is quite a karmic trio indicating circumstances in which restriction (his death) receives some measure of freedom or alteration in some way. My take is that his creative work in Saturnian form is being activated technologically (online) by an astrologer (Uranus) if I may presume to say so. It is, however, a reference that contains old vs new vibrations while his Taurean Saturn suggests preservation of tradition. No, I'm not a traditional astrologer, but I am a Saturnian one. Meanwhile, North Node denotes encounters, and his astrological work and horoscope (Father Time Saturn, traditional ruler of Astrology) have been encountered by yours truly this very day.

Neptune conjunct Midheaven ('MC'), the Goal Point, with Neptune strong in its own sign of mystical Pisces, (the sign of my natal Moon), a transit that tends to reveal public relations issues, and perhaps a need to carefully consider my future direction in relation to Charles Jayne and his fabled career. Well, at this point, my direction is pointing toward locating the books of Charles Jayne that are available, particularly his book on Progressions and Directions which is now on order!

Jul 27, 2022

Gustave Courbet: Desperate for Freedom

Gustave Courbet, Public domain, The Desperate Man via Wikimedia Commons

Saturn-Pluto and the Father of Realism: Gustave Courbet

by Jude Cowell

As you may have noticed, many of the boundary-breaking paintings of Gustave Courbet can be viewed on his Wikipedia page along with biographical details regarding his life, career, loves, controversies, and scandals. One of my favorites is his self-portrait, shown above.

Imprisoned and held responsible for suggesting the destruction of Napoleon I's Vendome Column, Courbet was assessed more francs than he could possibly pay for the Column's rebuilding, so an installment plan was set up for him once his prison term ended on March 2, 1877 (age 53).

However, on December 31, 1877, the day before the first payment was due, Courbet died of liver disease aggravated by alcoholism at La Tour-de-Peliz, Switzerland (Neptune-Pluto square), age 58. Tragically, this was his final escape toward freedom from all persecution, may he R.I.P.

So astrologically, perhaps we might look to Courbet's quirky Sun-Uranus opposition to explain at least partially his objective (Sun) of gaining freedom and independence (Uranus) - although such compulsions seldom contribute to lasting close relationships. Plus, Uranus in Sagittarius tends to cling to strange ideas and far-reaching plans, rebels against tradition (via his controversial paintings, legal quarrels, marriage), and has a restless desire for adventure (R. Ebertin). In addition, disruptive Uranus leads a BOWL shape of planets suggesting one with a mission but with limited experience in many realms of life. Ideally, the planets in the untenanted half of the chart can be reconciled with those posited within the other half resulting in a more balanced personality.

And for such a task, Courbet's horoscope does show indications of higher consciousness and/or mysticism or occult interests but I'm uncertain that his relatively early age at death gave him enough time for such reconciliation. And it seems that he chose Neptunian alcohol to escape his troubles rather than facing issues with a goal of self-improvement - and with his 10th house Jupiter relating to others via the detached sign of Aquarius - and retrograde at that - being on his own may have been his preferred state for the purposes of his ambition (Capricorn Moon) and art career. However, it's true that Jupiter in Aquarius can profit from a humanitarian bent (ex: his father's largesse made his career possible) but the placement can also indicate a person with a very strong will, and one with a social conscience which can be seen through many of his paintings' subject matters. Naturally, The Stone Breakers comes to mind (with Saturn, ruler of stones, and powerful Pluto involved in transformation).

Meanwhile, creative, receptive Neptune in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius adds an overactive imagination and a potential for self-deception via a lack of discrimination (R.E.). Let's just say that, like many of us, the fellow made some foolish decisions during his life.

And we can see tragedy and misfortune through Pluto conjunct Scheat, the star of extreme misfortune, plus, a wide but apparently strong influence of tragedy and suffering from his Sun-Uranus-Pluto trio. Now on its own, karmic Saturn is the planet of reality and form, but as if "on steroids", Courbet was born under the heavy influences of a stark, compressive, hyper-realistic Saturn-Pluto Conjunction in creative Pisces. Then artful Venus, strong in her own sign of Taurus, added structural and patterning talents to the picture, and an artist was born.

So here you see my notated version of Gustave Corbet's natal horoscope: born June 10, 1819 3:00 pm LMT in Ornans, France (RR: AA for accuracy). To view his unmarked natal chart with aspect grid, visit astro.com.

Please see my study notes penned upon the chart, upper right and top center, and a few notes concerning the only applying aspect made by chart-ruler Venus, lower left corner, with the square between the two money planets revealing how things proceeded in his life: foremost is his masterful artwork, receiving financial support from his father, wastefulness, overindulgent living which led to disease, and tricky legalisms resulting in imprisonment.

Now using the Placidus house system for Courbet's natal horoscope, above, we find a full 12th house of imprisonment populated by the karmic North Node @18Ari29 (bossy when in Mars-ruled Aries!), Mars @00Tau19 (00Taurus = "powerful in combining old principles in new applications": DeVore), Venus @16Tau39 (will be hit by the November 8, 2022 Lunar Eclipse conjunct radical Uranus), and his rising Mercury @27Tau04 conjunct fixed star Alcyone (something to cry about). Yes, messenger Mercury rises with a 'sense of form' when in Taurus and suggests Courbet's paintings that reveal social issues of his day, but art-lover Venus rules the chart and the man. And in the greedy, possessive sign of Taurus, beautiful Venus taps into money interests along with a love of luxury and precious gems.

An Arrogant, Self-Centered, Narcissist with an Artistic Sense of Form

Prominent in the 1st house of Self is Courbet's natal Sun (ego; essence; goals) in Mercury-ruled Gemini conjunct two fixed stars, Bellatrix and Capella. Therefore, success via the shadow (see his dark paintings!), plus a love of freedom of movement are cosmically yoked with his solar journey in life. The harsh Saturn-Pluto Conjunction at a critical-crisis 29th degree (11th house of Groups and Associations) with the wounded healer centaur Chiron (also a signature of a blindspot) wedged between them, suggests a cosmic picture of incarceration, victimization, and the persecution that led to his prison sentence. At a restrictive time and place, Courbet strived for freedom of expression through the subjects of his paintings (and some them of massive size, which was also controversial); his relocation to Switzerland was probably an attempt to gain a sense of physical freedom as well.

All in all, Gustave Courbet was a complex man and a brilliant, pioneering artist. The multiple planetary factors found in his intriguing natal chart and psyche that are and are not mentioned here may hopefully inspire you, dear reader, to investigate Courbet and his prolific artwork further! jc

Jul 16, 2022

The Mercurial Eclipse of Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kurt_Vonnegut_1972.jpg

Once I watched the Kurt Vonnegut interview on His Life and Career (1983) on YouTube, I became curious about the popular science fiction author's natal planets with an emphasis on his natal Mercury, the writer's planet, plus, I had a quick glance at the Solar Eclipse Saros Series he'd been born into on November 11, 1922 with Sun in Scorpio and Moon in Leo (RR:AA), a blend of fixed energies of a driven workaholic determined to 'be somebody' in the world.

Now as you know, themes of our PEs 'run in the background' of our lives, becoming more prominent approximately every 18.6 years when an eclipse in the same series cyclically repeats, themes, planetary aspects and all. Of course, transiting and progressed planets conjunct and oppose a person's particular eclipse degree at various times in life, thus activating the related eclipse themes for a period of time - a briefer period if by transit, or longer if by progression. Naturally, exceptions are the slower outer planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, all considered karmic due to the duration of their orbits. Yet we know that all eclipses are Uranian with energies that disrupt earthly events and possibly trigger a change of direction in our lives - in similar fashion to planet Uranus. 'Cosmc blink' and 'wild card of the Universe' are commmonly used descriptions for eclipses.

Now discovering that Kurt Vonnegut as a young man had served in WWII since 1943 and been taken prisoner in 1945 by the Third Reich, the satire in his works, especially that of Slaughterhouse Five which was informed in part by his witnessing the Bombing of Dresden, makes more sense to yours truly for I'd had only a passing familiarity with his novels through school years and beyond, with Cat's Cradle (1963) being the one I remember most favorably. Of interest is that Kurt Vonnegut's natal Ascendant was in practical Virgo (5:49) while his natal Midheaven, the Career and Public Status Point, was in detail-oriented Gemini (1:49).

Meanwhile, Natal Mercury in Scorpio!

As for his natal Mercury, a close conjunction with expansive, knowledge-seeking Jupiter, both @3Scorpio21/33, in his 3rd house of Communications, tells of vast literary talent and reveals Mr. V to be The Philsopher (A. Oken). Plus, Uranus in creative Pisces, the planet of originality and novelty trined the conjunction! Then happily, deep-thinking, sometimes brooding Scorpio is a beneficial sign for the conjunction's placement for it identifies one who can see both the larger and smaller issues at work within humanity, as evidenced in his writings. Compassionate insight and great intellectual capacity are also indicated. And with Mercury in Scorpio, his expressions of skepticism and sarcasm are shown - and increased by the presence of Jupiter. Of course, Scorpio also relates to dark topics such as death (ex: his war experiences), and to sexual matters. He could be quite raunchy, you know!

A Total Prenatal Eclipse in Virgo

Now the reason this post refers to Vonnegut's "Mercurial" Eclipse is that, besides being a prolific writer, his 15 North Prenatal Solar Eclipse ('PE') manifested @27Virgo24 on September 21, 1922 - in Virgo, one of the two signs ruled by chatty Mercury, the messenger. Of course, Virgo signifies the book author and critic, while Gemini is more of a short story or article writer. Virgo deals in facts, while Gemini prefers to skim surfaces and make it quick. Either way, with both signs Angular and prominent in his natal chart and psyche, Vonnegut also expressed his Virgo and Gemini talents through his work as a journalist early on, then as a professor later in life.

His associations with darker issues are also shown by his solar eclipse having a dynamic T-Square with a violence-prone Mars-Pluto opposition at its base pointing toward an apex Saturn (exalted in Libra). We don't see this pattern in his natal chart, but these planets in T-Square formation suggest a hard-driving, forceful personality, and this must have aided him during his military service (he was awarded a Purple Heart for valor), and later may have provided him the additional energy and determination to succeed in his endeavors, as we know he did.

When in Virgo, a solar eclipse concerns issues such as doing one's duty (ex: WWII service), dedication, and discernment. In an Earth sign such as Virgo, a solar eclipse tends to involve physical demands while Virgo itself suggests a need for an analytical approach to problems (but avoid nitpicking!), and the importance of paying attention to both work and health conditions (R. Lineman). Actually, being born into the 15 North Saros Series isn't so bad! Because its Theme is 'joy through commitment' (B. Brady) with having children being possibly the best example of such joy - so it's no surprise that Mr. V. was a good and loving father to several children!

Kurt Vonnegut November 11, 1922 - April 11, 2007: may he R.I.P.

And so in closing, I must recommend a not-to-be-missed video for those who may never have seen Kurt Vonnegut in orating mode: Kurt Vonnegut Lecture at Case Western Reserve in 2004. Enjoy!

Jul 5, 2022

On The Persecution of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau; circa 1753, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Jean-Jacques Rousseau b. June 28, 1712 w/ a Moon-Neptune Conjunction

by Jude Cowell

Perhaps you've read The Guardian's excellent 2006 article on Jean-Jacques Rousseau which contains an overview of the Geneva-born novelist-philosopher's life and times including Rousseau's friends-turned-enemies relationship with David Hume (1711-1776) whom Rousseau came to believe was at the center of a dangerous plot against him.

Persecution - or a Persecution Complex?

Long considered to be paranoid, Rousseau's natal Moon-Neptune Conjunction in the early degrees of Libra (sign of relationships and Art) could certainly have inclined him toward such beliefs, including paranoia, delusions, fantasies, and hallucinations (which he apparently suffered from). Born under the wispy influences of a Moon-Neptune Conjunction suggests one who feels that the freedom to explore any avenue of self-expression is a natural right (so restraints would have been resented), but the pair's illusory vibrations can also indicate being "persecuted by existing moral codes." Not simply feeling that way - but actually being that way. Perhaps we can agree that freely expressing oneself in ways that challenge the moral or ethical standards of society can be dangerous in most any age.

Now it's true that Rousseau had both musical and literary talents, and we also know that creative Moon-Neptune folk can be visionaries - great for the writing of novels and operas - but they can also be prone to escapism (A. Oken). As a refugee and exile over several years, escapism certainly seems to have been a major feature of his life, as he attempted to escape persecution. An example involves the controversy and condemnation of his radical tract The Social Contract which he opened with, "Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains,". Plus, his writings threatened the French Catholic Church for he advocated for denying the clergy a role in the education of young people in his treatise, Emile, or On Education. From the vantage point of hindsight, such denial seems a great idea to me, but of course, I'm a Protestant in America. My suspicion is that since Rousseau's books were burned and an arrest warrant issued, he would naturally feel persecuted - because he was. In danger? I would say so, although you may disagree.

Rousseau's Death July 2, 1778 "around 11:30 am" with hot-natured Mars @2Cancer Angular and conjunct his 'Death Eclipse' = rash actions and/or violence; Eclipse in Cancer = emotional extremes

Of course, another avenue that his enemies might have pursued involved Rousseau's love life. His natal Mercury conjoined asteroid Eros, and curiously enough, both his final Solar Return of 1778 and his final Mercury Return (his Ascendant and Midheaven ruler) show that in 1778, transit Eros opposed his natal Mercury, and in fact, he was born with a Mercury-Eros Conjunction. (This conjunction can possibly indicate a tendency to go after underaged amours, but I know of no evidence of this; besides, what was the age of consent in Europe in 1778?) His novel Julie, or The New Heloise was written in the form of letters between two lovers (his natal Venus-Mars = Mercury: thinking and writing about love and sexual unions).

And so it seems significant to me that his final months in 1778 (until July 2nd) were influenced by an Eros-opposite-natal-Eros transit, and besides "the piercing" by Eros with his arrows of love, the asteroid can also represent the life force - and an opposition is an external challenge. Yet this may only reveal that he was persecuted for his writings and ideas, with Mercury being the planet of writers, communications, and thought processes, and/or that the death of his life force, from whatever cause, is indicated.

Yet notably, Rousseau's final Solar Return of June 28, 1778 shows a YOD pattern of crisis and turning point between Mars-North-Node and Mars-ASC = Pluto Rx @1AQ11 (with planet of death Pluto, though as-yet undiscovered, opposing SR Venus @1Leo42). These pictures suggest violent, intense relationships, jealousy, envy, a potential for taking revenge, and/or possible drug use. Reading the YOD planets as midpoint pictures we have potentials for quarrels, anger, passion, and/or violent separations (N. Tyl; R. Ebertin). Obviously, an apoplexic stroke could have been the result.

Well, dear reader, there's my astro-portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, may he R.I.P.

If you wish, leave your courteous, on-topic comments with this post if you're registered with Google! Jude