The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Uranus = 120
Venus = 131
Moon = 211
Saturn = 230
Neptune = 411
Sun = 421
Mercury = 510
Jupiter = 512
Pluto = 601
Mars = 621
“How did the idea of your so-called new style ever come to you?”
“Through the metro! ... through the metro, Colonel! […]
“I ship all my friends off on the metro, correction! I take everybody, willy-nilly, with me! ... charge along! ... the emotive subway, mine in a dream! no drawbacks, nor congestion! ... never a stop, nowhere! ... straight through! destination! in emotion! ... powered with emotion! only goal in sight: full emotion ... start to finish!
”How’s that again?
”Thanks to my streamlined rails! my streamlined style!”
”Yes! ... yes! ...”
”Streamlined on purpose! ... special!
–Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Conversations with Professor Y.1
Me, whose head is brimming with innovation!
–Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Fable for Another Time.2
Louis Ferdinand Céline
The extensive travels of the confessional novelist Louis-Ferdinand Céline are chronicled in each of his major works: Journey to the End of the Night; Death on the Installment Plan; and the trilogy, Castle to Castle; North; and Rigadoon. These include vivid descriptions of his childhood and coming-of-age experiences in Paris, his trek through an apocalyptic Germany–in flames at the end of World War II–and his imprisonment in Denmark (which may have spared his life from the scapegoat-driven mob justice of postwar France).
These locations are all framed within Céline’s Transcendental Midpoint-Field, which extends from his Primary Uranus, rising over eastern Europe, to his Secondary Venus, setting over western France and western England. Céline’s “original / artistic style,” “innovative / portrayals of beauty,” and “rebellious independence, especially in matters of art and love” are keynote qualities of the Primary Uranus / Secondary Venus Transcendental pairing. Considered the James Joyce of the French language1 for his “stylistic / experimentation and for his invention” (Secondary Venus / Primary Uranus) of words, Céline’s “frenetic, high-paced visionary / creations” (Primary Uranus / Secondary Venus), his “quirky manner / of portraying physical beauty” (Uranus / Venus), his “revolutionary / revaluation / of the primacy of emotion,”3 (Uranus / Venus / Moon), and his “original portraits of eccentric characters,” including an obsession with portraying “kooky inventors” (Uranus), exemplify the symbolism of his Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Transcendentals. In his own words, he was the “great liberator / of style” (Primary Uranus / Secondary Venus) who captured “all the emotion” (Tertiary Moon) of the spoken word. Even the critics wrote glowingly of his “stylistic liberation” and of the “expressive immediacy of the emotive rendering”4 (Venus / Uranus / Moon). Because of his “cranky, eccentric, and distorted views” (Uranus) on race and politics, however, which he published just before the Occupation, he was later branded a collaborator, his literary reputation suffering accordingly. (For a balanced evaluation of this complex and often contradictory man, see Frederic Vitoux, Céline: A Biography.)
1. Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Conversations with Professor Y, pp. 93-95.
2. Fable for Another Time, p. 106.
3. “What Joyce did for the English language, which remains a phenomenal laboratory experiment, what the surrealists attempted to do for the French language, Céline achieved effortlessly and on a vast scale.” Maurice Nadeau, Litterature presente, as cited in Frederic Vitoux’s Céline, p. 531.
4. “Writing in trances, a hurricane of hues, Nord, it seems, is a further progression on the road to stylistic liberation, to the expressive immediacy of the emotive rendering, the precise reverberation of vertigo.” L’Express critic Jean-Louis Bory (writing in a typically French hyperintellectual and hyperbolic style), as cited in Frederic Vitoux’s Céline, p.552.
Revised & updated:
5 May 2007
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