Dec 7, 2021

An Astro-Tribute to Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

"Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,

And men below, and saints above;

For love is heaven, and heaven is love."

(from The Lay of the Last Minstrel, 1805)

- Sir Walter Scott

Image: The Tomb of Sir Walter Scott, Dryburgh Abbey, Melrose, The Borders, Scotland

An Astrological Tribute to Sir Walter Scott

by Jude Cowell

Fittingly for a man fascinated with the past, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott amid the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey is described via text and evocative images and the page is well worth a look if you're curious. For at Dryburgh Abbey there lies an illustrious Scotsman of letters, deeply mourned and well honored unlike some current public figures of our day whose 'illustriousness' exists only within their own minds (perhaps an audience of mourners can be rented from an actors' agency to sniffle and moan on cue). Be that as it may, paid mourners were definitely not an issue for Sir Walter Scott, his family, and his countrymen and women, as the historical record clearly details in the article linked, above.

Born August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, Walter Scott (later made 1st Baronet, hence the 'Sir') entered the earthly flux with Sun @22Leo and Moon in either Libra or Scorpio.

Lover of Ancestral Ballads, Inventor of the Romantic Novel

A sickly child, Walter Scott was sent North for his health to The Borders where he eventually went on ballad-hunting expeditions which inspired his poetry with mythical, mystical qualities. Working as a lawyer all his life, Scott was widely known for his literary works by the age of 40.

And although his natal horoscope is untimed (RR: X), a view of his birth chart may be of interest to the curious reader. (Of course, you know that untimed charts are often set for 'noon'.)

For example: planet of authors, Mercury, is exalted in its own sign of Virgo and conjuncts imaginative Neptune from 6 to 12 Virgo and there's a major Earth Grand Trine of talent involving his powerful Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, plus, Uranus in Taurus, and Neptune in Virgo, sign of book writers (Gemini, sign of writers of shorter works). Adding strength and determination to the Grand Trine (which can denote laziness, as you know) is the fact that Scott's natal Uranus, planet of new and novel ideas, invention, and inspiration, leads a Locomotive shape of his planets, ambitiously focused upon success. His legendary reputation as brilliant author and poet is well supported by the bottomless pit of creativity revealed through his natal planets.

And actually, his Jupiter-Neptune trine all by itself is quite impressive on both a romantic and creative level! Yet we may also see evidence of the Locomotive influence with inventive Uranus as the engine - by the fact that Scott is said to have left poetry and begun to write historical and romantic novels in a bid to outpace English poet Lord Byron who, younger and sexier, had been stealing some of the Scotsman's literary thunder. Scott's series of Waverley Novels resulted, including Ivanhoe which was a totally different type of novel for its day (Uranian novelty!). Improvement to his literary stature and popularity soon followed and has continued to this day.

Because in case you didn't know, 2021 brought celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott's Birth!

What About the Solar Eclipse Themes of Sir Walter Scott?

Born under the influence of a Solar Eclipse @23Tau31 in the 7 South Saros Series (aka, his Prenatal Solar Eclipse, or 'PE'), revealed are the themes that ran in the background of his life and were highlighted approximately every 19 years when another 7 North eclipse manifested. 7 South Themes: 'immense power and anger supplied by the initial 7 South Eclipse (@8Can03; June 22, 1248 with a Mars-Pluto square); huge obstacles suddenly and easily clear, or, a pending potential crisis moves rapidly through the life' (paraphrasing Brady's Predictive Astrology #ad.) Karmically speaking, Prenatal Solar Eclipses in earthy, practical Taurus require expression of the positive traits of the sign such as patience, endurance, steadiness, and reliability for best results.

And if we wish to guess Scott's Moon sign - either Libra or Scorpio - by using his Sun-Moon personality blend, I'm leaning toward a Venus-ruled Libra Moon to pair with his dramatic Leo Sun. Because for one thing, a Fire-Air combo suggests a 'live wire' personality full of ideas, one who can be "carried away by his own rhetoric and eloquence." Plus, in Sun Sign-Moon Sign (#ad), the Harveys' provide an appropriate 'Image for Integration' for Sun Leo-Moon Libra which quite closely resembles an event that occurred in the life of Sir Walter Scott, "A monarch discusses poetry with a visiting diplomat."

Then the death of Sir Walter Scott on September 2, 1832 (age 61) from thyphus fever, may be seen through various planetary contacts but the most succinct one has to be a particular midpoint picture - infectious Mars-Neptune conjunct Saturn, planet of karma, loss, and endings = 'an epidemic'; 'toxins in the body' (R. Ebertin).

And thus closed the final chapter of the Life of literary giant Sir Walter Scott, author of classic novels. May he R.I.P. near the peaceful ruins of Dryburgh Abbey.

Note: YouTube can show you several videos concerning Sir Walter; the one I'll recommend to you in closing is, Sir Walter Scott - "The Wizard of The North" - BBC Omnibus - which honors "his magical powers of invention"!

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