The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Mars = 100
Pluto = 111
Neptune = 202
Moon = 220
Mercury = 310
Venus = 311
Saturn = 400
Sun = 412
I wrung the blood from the bottom of my clothing before I could sleep.
–Clara Barton, describing her Civil War experiences.
She felt a drive, unrelieved through a lifetime of ninety-one years, to move ahead, to do more, to achieve, to prove herself.
–Astrologer Lois M. Rodden, on Clara Barton.
Clarissa Harlowe Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was born in Oxford, Massachusetts, in the center of a wide Transcendental Midpoint-Field extending from her Primary Mars to her Secondary Transcendental, Pluto. After working as a schoolteacher and becoming the first female clerk in the U.S. Patent Office, Barton organized a relief agency for soldiers wounded in the Civil War. Known as the “angel of the battlefield,” she braved enemy fire to personally deliver food and supplies.
As we can see in her astrocartography, Primary Mars sets over the Confederate South, where some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War occurred. Mars is, of course, the planet of war, of the battlefield, of military aggression, of violence, of the wounding of the flesh and of the senseless spilling of blood that ensues. Barton’s description of her wartime work succinctly describes the nature of her Primary Mars: “I wrung the blood from the bottom of my clothing before I could sleep.”
Another location of importance in Barton’s life is highlighted by the Primary Mars / Secondary Pluto Transcendental Midpoint-Field that extends from western France, where Primary Mars is positioned in its vertical, midnight line, to eastern Europe, where Secondary Pluto runs in a vertical, Transcendental Midheaven position. Barton’s visit to Europe (1869-70) unexpectedly coincided with the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War; again, she delivered supplies and served as a nurse. For her efforts there, she was decorated with the German Iron Cross. Her “courageous personal involvement / in wars involving such large-scale social upheaval and change” (Primary Mars / Secondary Pluto) reflects the Mars / Pluto planetary symbolism. Her European experience included work with the International Red Cross, which led to her creation of the American National Red Cross, in 1881.
As noted in my study on the secession of South Carolina (see below), when the vote for secession was cast, the Primary Transcendental for that moment was Mars, the Secondary Transcendental, Pluto: again, a pairing exemplifying “militarily directed / social and political upheaval” (Mars / Pluto). Oddly enough this decisive historic event, which signaled the Civil War, reflected the same Transcendental pairing as Barton’s natal horoscope.
Barton served as president of the American Red Cross for twenty-two years, resigning in 1904. The author of several books, her publications include History of the Red Cross (1898) and The Red Cross in Peace and War (1899).
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
Role of the Least-aspected Planet in Astrocartography
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IV. Psychic inflation - Summary of Planetary Symbolism - Transcendental Planets
V. Nodes / the Triple-zero Transcendental | Appendices: Orbs / References / Data
Additional Maps | Notes | Bibliography | FAQ
I. Interview in Astrolore | II. Transcendental Nations | III. American Presidents & LAP Saturn
IV. World Events | V. Numinous Consciousness
VI. The LAP as a metaphor of the soul | VII.
Zones of Intensity |
VIII. Complete Index of Names and Events
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