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

Jun 25, 2022

John Dee and Welsh Mystic Edward Kelley

Image: John Dee and Edward Kelley By Ebenezer Sibley (The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons...raising the dead?

Keely, Kelly, Kelley! Welsh mystic Edward Kelley's surname turns up here and there under a variety of spellings (some of which these days may be simple typos), plus, in his day he also went by the name 'Talbot'. One thing is known for certain--Kelley was a hired as a "skryer"--a crystal gazer--by Queen Elizabeth I's favorite astrologer (and probably her spy), John Dee who, with Kelley, sailed for Poland looking for patrons of their work.

While there, it was rumored that they were engaged in the practice of necromancy which may have been the rumor (or one of them) that put Queen Elizabeth off John Dee--and curiously, necromancy seems to be the subject of the above image.

For more information, check out a fascinating page at 'English Historical Fiction Authors' The Strange Life of Edward Kelley whose association with famous astrologer and polymath John Dee (Dee's horoscope shown) earns the obscure Kelley a few links in Google searches these days. Now the information may not droop down to the level of necromancy but in our modern times, it might suffice.

Then if you're curious, you may wish to view a photo of John Dee's crystal ball now housed in the British Museum. Or last I heard, that's where it continues to glimmer!

Jun 6, 2022

Outlaw Robin Hood and the Eclipses of 1226

Louis Rhead (1857--1926), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Traumatic Transformation: How to Become an Outlaw in 1226

by Jude Cowell

Have you ever checked out the Wikipedia page of Robin Hood? One of the most well-loved heroes of legend, as everyone knows, but such long-ago days natually limit what can be known for certain. Is Robin Hood (or, 'Robin Hod') only a myth, although perhaps a myth based on a real person? That's my pesonal feeling about his origins but of course, you'll decide for yourself, dear reader.

Intriguing possibilities (ex: was there more than one such outlaw by that name?) are shown in a World History Timeline documentary (48m46s), Robin Hood: The Truth Behind the Legend hosted by actor-presenter-activist Tony Robinson ("Robin's son"!), aka, Sir Anthony Robinson.

So! If you check out Robin Hood's Wikipedia bio, you'll find mention of a fellow named Robin Hod whose 'goods' were confiscated, and thus he resorted to becoming an outlaw. My guess is that taking revenge and a basic need for survival were at stake. Well, apparently the earliest mention of Mr. Hod dates back to the year 1226 and the York assizes. Could losing everything turn a person into a lawless character acting against society? Back in the 13th century, what were the options?

Of interest may be a Timeline of York which shows no events in 1236 but a biggie in 1237 when on September 25th the Treaty of York was signed between King Henry III and his brother-in-law Alexander II of Scotland. Full disclosure: according to geni dot com, via my paternal Strickland grandmother, Henry III (1207--1272) is my 24th great-grandfather, and Alexander II (The Peaceful; 1198--1249) is my 25th great-uncle. Actually, a multitude of people descend from them, even we of an American persuasion!

Please note that there are multiple candidates for the historical role of Robin Hood as noted in the documentary linked, above, but such a wide scope is beyond the limited purview of this post which focuses on Robin Hod and the year 1226. Because otherwise, this effort would turn into an e-book, not a blog post!

Cosmic Influences of the Two Solar Eclipses of 1226

Now neither of the two partial Solar Eclipses of 1226 can be the Prenatal Eclipse of Robin Hod/Hood into which he was born since he had to have been an adult in 1226 for the seizure of his possessions (including any land holdings, one assumes) to have taken place. However, the following eclipses, their Saros Series, signs, and key planets in aspect, along with their themes reveal the cosmic energies that were running in the background of society during that year. Perhaps a clue or two lurks within so return with me to 1226!

February 28, 1226 3 North @16Pis03 opposed by Pluto Rx @14Vir03: Eclipses in mystical Pisces suggest those who are nearing the highest level of spiritual attainment as long as Piscean illusions do not blind them or lead them into spiritual escapism. (Yes, such escapism may have been a feature of the 13th century - see the Paganism video linked, below) and a Pisces Eclipse would have amped up or focused such tendencies toward the delirious side for those susceptible to its influence.) Having the as-yet-undiscovered planet Pluto in opposition denotes higher spiritual attainment, as noted, or a slide into animalism. Could such debasement of character have influenced Robin Hod once he'd lost his possessions so that he turned scofflaw? Did 'Robin' begin robbing?

Here are the themes of all 3 North Eclipses for your consideration in relation to our subject for a 3 North manifested in 1226 and its initial eclipse occurred on October 10, 991 @22Gem06: 'News involving a young person or that transforms a situation; an over-excessive series with news that causes worry and obsession; fulfilling large plans is a positive reaction as long as people don't carried away'. (Note that 3 North @00Cancer is the Prenatal Eclipse series of the 9/11/01 attacks; the last 3 North Eclipse occurred on July 2, 2019 @11Cancer, betwixt America's 1776 planets in Cancer.)

Then on August 24, 1226 came a partial 3 South Eclipse @7Vir47 conjunct Venus in Virgo. As you know, Mercurial Virgo is the sign of health, work, analysis, categorizing, criticism, and relates to goddess worship as does planet Venus with 13th century paganism not to be discounted. To our modern sensibilities, an eclipse conjunct Venus brings in potentials for materialism, the value of items, beautiful possessions, plus, issues of dedication (taxes for a King's coffers?), discernment, and a strong sense of duty. Karmic ties with family members such as aunts or uncles are also suggested (R. Lineman).

The initial 3 South eclipse perfected @27Leo10 on August 13, 1208 (then came 3 South's second manifestation in 1226!) conjunct Mercury Rx which suggests the importance of logic and mental dexterity if karmic progress is to be made. One prominent factor with this 3 South manifestation is that the Eclipse arose that day in 1226 with fixed star Denebola and I think the star's key phrases apply: "to go against society" and "against the mainstream". As you know, eclipses that conjunct fixed stars are particularly strong. Turning outlaw, for whatever reason, could be certainly described by Denebola's implications. And could emotional trauma be part of the picture? Well...

3 South Themes: 'Sudden endings of relationships, possibly with a younger person; with Pluto involved (@10Leo15 conjunct the karmic Nodal Axis) there's a deep emotional component and a sense of traumatic transformation which comes through news received or short journeys undertaken'. Notably, 3 South is the series of a Solar Eclipse I've previously termed The Covid Eclipse of 2019 with its influences going into 2020. The post displays the Horoscope of the initial 3 South of 1208 and links to my post concerning the December 26, 2019 3 South Eclipse @4Capricorn which brought society the "traumatic transformation" caused by the introduction and continuation of the Covid-19 virus.

And of course, all eclipses are known as "cosmic blinks" from Above, or as "wild cards of the Universe" for in similar fashion to planet Uranus, they tend to disrupt earthly events and often reveal what's previously been hidden. Why, complete changes of direction may result!

Now to close this post concerning Robin Hood, I've curated a related video in case you've never seen it, Anglo-Saxon Paganism: Gods.

(Note: Theme info is paraphrased from Brady's Predictive Astrology #ad.)

May 7, 2022

Jamestown Colony Solar Eclipse 1607 a mystery

Matoaka, 'Pocahontas at Jamestown' statue erected 1922; wife of Capt. John Rolfe

Approximately two weeks prior to the founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia, a Total Solar Eclipse in Saros #114 perfected @7Pis24 on February 26, 1607. This is the Colony's Prenatal Solar Eclipse ('PE') in the 5 Old South series which influenced the early adventurers who landed and established their claim on May 14, 1607.

Details concerning the Virginia Company are available such as Capt. John Smith decreeing Capt. Gosnold (Gosnoll) the "prime mover" of the Colony. (Bartholomew Gosnold (1571--August 22, 1607).) Yet as you see, Bartholemew didn't last long once in Jamestown, Virginia and is interred there to this day inside what once was Fort James.

Other occurrences of Saros #114 Solar Eclipses include May 3, 1715 (NS; April 22, 1715 OS; @12Tau14) when Edmond Halley successfully predicted the (Total) eclipse and its path of Totality which lasted 3 minutes 33 seconds in the city of London. This 1715 manifestation of a Saros #114 eclipse is famously known as Halley's Eclipse (follow the link for details) and perfected during a Saturn-Uranus conjunction @17Virgo+. Of course, erratic Uranus of the lightening bolt wasn't discovered until about 70 years later by William Herschel.

Regretfully, I have no eclipse themes to divulge here for the 5 Old South series of eclipses (including that of 1607) ended on September 12, 1931 @18Virgo so its themes are not listed in Brady's Predictive Astrology (#ad).

Of course, there are ways to glean information even without eclipse themes such as Sabian Symbols ('word pictures') within the eclipse horoscope, planetary aspects, links to the charts of individuals or concurrent events, the initial eclipse in the series, the key planet of the eclipse, the Zodiacal sign in which an eclipes occurs, and by searching for historical events which occurred during the years that an eclipse manifested in the particular series--here, the 114, and the founding of Jamestown(e) Colony under a Piscean influence which suggests oceanic voyages, resulting illnesses, spiritual realms, various mysteries and hidden agendas. Yet we know that the founding of Jamestown was a new beginning if it was nothing else, of Old World to New World proportions, along with the expectation of gold discoveries and gaining wealth.

The Virgo-Pisces Axis

When a solar eclipse manifests in mystical Pisces, spiritual awareness is important for karmic progress to be made and the next evolutionary level reached. Plus, karmic relationships and significant family ties tend to be involved. We find this at times when researching Jamestown colonists and trying to ascertain who was related to whom, possibly prior to their journey across the Atlantic.

When a solar eclipse perfects in the Mercury-ruled sign of Virgo (the virgin, and other goddess references which also include nurturance and mothering), a strong sense of duty and 'work ethic' are implied along with traits such as discrimination, discernment, and dedication. Analysis and keen observance are also suggested but a tendency toward perfectionsim and criticism may be involved with eclipses in Virgo. Yet if such tendencies are under a reasonable amount of self-control, they may be more positive than negative (perhaps with maturity).

Enter The Intriguing Princess Pocahontas

Then as you know, health problems are associated with Virgo and eclipses in Virgo and I'm sorry to say that within that particular realm, Pocahontas, aka, "Rebecca" Rolfe, wife of Captain John Rolfe (with whom geni dot com informs me I have in-law connections through my Strickland and Bolling lines) died on March 21, 1617, age 21, as she and family began the journey from Gravesend, England back to America. Possible cause or causes of her death: pneumonia and/or tuberculosis; may she R.I.P.

Pocahontas passed away under the influence of a 16 North Solar Eclipse @17Pisces (opposite Virgo, the victim-savior axis with Pisces, sign of contagion) with its initial eclipse's transpersonal Uranus-Neptune content. Additionally, a Total Lunar Eclipse had occurred @2Virgo on February 20, 1617 so there were lots of Virgo-Pisces energies affecting the environment, an environment she had never been in before.

So! When it comes to the Prenatal Solar Eclipse in Pisces of the Founding of Jamestown Colony, we can note that a list of 114 eclipses is handily located here. Examples of 114 eclipses include: July 23, 651 (@2Leo: "An Epidemic of Mumps" = the initial eclipse), March 28, 1066 @13Ari24 (as you know, William I's year of Conquest, and surprisingly enough, William I is my 28th great-grandfather), the Jamestown PE of 1607 as noted, Halley's Eclipse of 1715, and 5 Old South's final manifestation in Virgo on September 12, 1931 with karmic Saturn strong in its own sign of Capricorn and an imaginative, if deceptive Mercury-Neptune conjunction early in the sign of - Virgo.