The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Mars = 020
Pluto = 100
Sun = 112
Saturn = 121
Mercury = 201
Jupiter = 210
Uranus = 211
Venus = 221
Moon = 311
Neptune = 400
[Least-aspected Mars] [Pluto]
If I can but succeed in reconciling the two parties ... it will be something; and if not, why, we must go over to the Morea with the Western Greeks–who are the bravest, and at present the strongest, now that they have beaten back the Turks–and try the effect of a little physical advice, should they persist in rejecting moral persuasion.
–Lord Byron, in a letter to Douglas Kinnaird written on October 23, 1823, before embarking for Missolonghi, Greece.
The political role of Byron ... was always significant.
–Peter Ackroyd, reviewing a Byron biography in the Times, February 13, 1997.
The English poet Lord George Gordon Byron was born in London, almost precisely under the rising position of his Primary Mars. This location falls within the tip of a narrow–and therefore highly charged–Transcendental Midpoint-Field, extending from Byron’s Primary Mars to his Secondary Transcendental, Pluto, which runs in a vertical, Midheaven position west of Ireland. These two planets, describing the “burning of desire” (Primary Mars) and the “desire to transcend and transform the mere ego-identity” (Secondary Pluto) aptly define the Byronic quest (in literature and in Byron’s personal life).
The son of the libertine Captain “Mad Jack” Byron, Lord Byron’s early life was renowned for its “wild” (Primary Mars) dissipation. After distinguishing himself at “sports” (Mars) at Harrow, he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he formed, in his own words, “a violent ... passion” (Mars) for a chorister, John Edleston. Such “intense interpersonal male friendship” (to put it in the euphemistic language of the day) is a typical manifestation of Mars symbolism.
After taking his seat in the House of Lords, Byron commenced his travels (1809-1811) through Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and Greece: locations along the border of his Primary Mars (Turkey and Greece) and Secondary Pluto (Spain and Portugal) Transcendental Midpoint-Field. During this time, he wrote the first two cantos of Child Harold’s Pilgrimage (which describe a pilgrimage through Portugal, Spain, Albania, and Greece). Its publication upon his return (1812) catapulted Byron into fame. The cantos exemplify the Mars / Pluto Transcendental symbolism, as the literary “Byronic hero” possessed “stormy, unruly emotions” (Mars) and was burdened by the “mysterious” (Pluto) sins of his earlier life and the need to undergo a “metamorphosis” in order to “transcend” (Pluto) the imperfect human condition.
After leaving England (due to scandal) in 1816, Byron faithfully followed his Primary Mars line, settling first in Switzerland, then in Venice (1817), and, finally, in Missolonghi, Greece (38N21; 21E17), in 1824, where he died of a “fever” (Mars) on April 19, 1824.
While in Switzerland, Byron developed a close friendship with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, had a brief affair with Claire Clairmont (Mary Shelley’s stepsister), finished the third canto of Child Harold, and began Manfred. During his residence in Italy (Mars sets over the entire length of the boot of Italy), he wrote Beppo (1818)–one of his most accomplished satiric poems–and he worked on what is generally regarded as his “unfinished” masterpiece, Don Juan (1819-1824). Byron’s Roman experiences inspired him to depict scenes of vividly rendered Roman ruins in the fourth canto of Child Harold’s Pilgrimage. In this canto, which was completed in Italy, he sought to depict the transcendence of what he called the “fleshy chain” (Mars) through a creative inner “metamorphosis” signified as “bodiless thought” (Pluto).
Byron was involved in a number of “intensely passionate affairs” (Primary Mars) while in Italy, including liaisons with Countess Albrizzi, Marianna Segati, Margarita Cogni (the “gentle tigress” of Venice), and Teresa Guiccioli, a twenty-year-old girl from Ravenna. Through his association with Teresa (who became his lifelong mistress), he became involved with the “martial activities / and plots of a secret society” (Primary Mars / Secondary Pluto): the Carbonari, who tried, in vain, to “overthrow” the “repressive dominance” (Pluto) of Austrian rule in Italy.
Toward the end of his life, Byron’s “involvement in a violent attempt / to effect social upheaval and to overthrow a political regime” (Mars / Pluto) occurred when he worked as a “political agent” (Pluto) for the Greek insurgents at Missolonghi, who were fighting to “gain control” over Turkish “political domination” (Pluto). In July 1823, sailing with money and supplies, he landed at Metaxata (on the island of Cephalonia). He worked closely with Prince Alexander Mavrocordato at Missolonghi, where he organized a regiment, donated 4,000 English pounds to refit the Greek fleet, and was made “commander in chief” (Mars) of the revolutionary forces. After his death on April 19, 1824, a statue of Byron was erected in Missolonghi’s “Garden of the Heroes” to commemorate his role in Greek “military / and political activities” (Mars / Pluto).
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
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