The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Neptune = 021
Pluto = 041
Saturn = 100
Venus = 101
Uranus = 120
Mercury = 121
Moon = 211
Mars = 221
Jupiter = 230
Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, directly under the rising position of Tertiary Saturn and slightly east of Primary Neptune, which rises north of Scotland. Under this narrowly focused Neptune / Saturn Transcendental Midpoint-Field, he attended the University of Edinburgh and continued his education at University College, London, where his father, Alexander Melville Bell, lectured on the science of teaching the deaf to speak. The elder Melville was widely recognized for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of those who were unable to hear: in particular, for his design of a visual language that represented the sounds of the human voice. Bell’s grandfather, Alexander Bell, had founded an elocution school, in London, where he helped clients to overcome speech problems, such as stuttering. Like his father and grandfather, Alexander Graham Bell dedicated his life to developing a “practical / and compassionate means of assisting those in need”: a classic equation exemplifying the Saturn / Neptune Transcendental symbolism. (His interest in such matters was also influenced by personal experience, as his mother had been unable to hear since her childhood.)
Because of health problems caused by family- and work-related stress (specifically, the death of his older brother), in 1870 Alexander Graham Bell relocated with his family to Brantford, Ontario, where he quickly recovered his sense of well-being. The following year he became professor of vocal physiology at Boston University and, in 1872, he established his own school in Boston, where he continued to promote his father’s “Visible Speech” system.
As we can see in his astrocartography, Boston is near the center of a midpoint-field formed between Bell’s Secondary Pluto, which runs in a vertical, Midheaven position through Nova Scotia, and his notably underaspected neutral or Intermediary planet, Uranus, which is positioned over Ontario in a vertical, midnight line. In this Secondary Pluto / Intermediary Uranus Midpoint-Field–one that symbolized “revolutionary / inventions” (Pluto / Uranus)–Bell devised an “electronic means” (Intermediary Uranus) of transmitting speech: the telephone. Other inventions created in this region include the audiometer, the induction balance, the photophone, and the wax cylinders used to record sound in the early phonographs. Typical of Uranus, which rules “accidents” and “inventions,” Bell’s discovery was made fortuitously. While testing another invention (the harmonic telegraph), he had inadvertently discovered a means of transmitting sound electronically. That night, he wrote: “I accidentally made a discovery of the very greatest importance.” While Uranus rules inventions in general, the “very greatest importance” noted by Bell highlights the symbolism of his Secondary Pluto, as the telephone would “revolutionize” society and lead to “irrevocable change”1 and “social transformation affecting the masses” for decades to come.
In 1885, Bell purchased land on Cape Breton Island, where he constructed research facilities and a summer home that he called Beinn Bhreagh. This location placed him precisely under his Secondary Pluto. Here, Bell conducted “research and investigation” (Pluto) into sonar detection, solar distillation, and the tetrahedron. He designed a hydrofoil “craft” (Primary Neptune) that weighed more than 10,000 pounds and which set a record in 1919 for traveling at seventy miles per hour.
Bell’s biography illustrates how the focal point of his ambition–the “compassionate, empathic urge to help those in need”–was symbolized by his Primary Transcendental, Neptune. Besides ruling “victimization,” Neptune rules “emotional sensitivity”2 and “compassion toward those in need”3: qualities that made him especially suited to assist those whose experience of reality differed so substantially from those in the mainstream world. This sensibility was combined with a “pragmatic approach to achievement” (Tertiary Saturn) that was handed down to him by his father and grandfather: a “paternalistic apprenticeship” ruled by Tertiary Saturn. In addition, his relocation to North America brought him to the vicinity of his Secondary Pluto: an energy to which Bell had not been previously exposed. Here, he “unraveled fundamental mysteries” in his “research” (Secondary Pluto) “into electronic invention” (Intermediary Uranus). Transcendental Pluto combined with the “inventive genius” of Intermediary Uranus to produce the invention of the telephone, a “collectively transformative / innovation” (Secondary Pluto / Uranus).
1. Sakoian and Acker, “Keywords for Transiting Pluto,” Transits Simplified, p. 213.
2. Ibid., p. 196.
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
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