The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Saturn = 021
Venus = 110
Mars = 201
Uranus = 210
Pluto = 211
Jupiter = 221
Mercury = 230
Moon = 321
She never ceased to hope one day her cage door would open, her prison door unlock, her coffin lid rise.
–Professor Ruth Miller, on Emily Dickinson.
I do not cross my father’s ground to any house or town.
Emily Dickinson was born almost precisely under the vertical, Midheaven line of her Primary Saturn, in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she lived for most of her “reclusive” and “solitary” (Primary Saturn) life. One of the most important poets of modern times, she was also known for her “self-imposed lifestyle of solitude and deprivation” (Saturn).
Emily was the daughter of Edward Dickinson, a lawyer known for his “austere” and “remote” nature (Primary Saturn), who was said to have laughed only once in his life and whose heart Emily called “pure and terrible.” Her mother, Emily Norcross Dickinson, was also characterized as “emotionally distant” (Saturn). In addition, Emily had to contend with her family’s “strict, post-Calvinist Puritanism”1 (Saturn).
Despite what biographers have referred to as the “limitations of her personal life and restricted education”2 (Saturn), her work–some 1,775 poems and numerous letters–has exerted a tremendous influence on modern poetry, foreshadowing the Imagist movement and much subsequent modern American verse. Yet during her lifetime, despite an “all-consuming ambition to succeed / as an artist” (Primary Saturn / Secondary Venus), she published only seven poems and grew increasingly “isolated and withdrawn” (Saturn).
Between 1860 and 1862, she suffered from some unspecified “traumatic experience” (Saturn). “Withdrawing” to her father’s house, she spent her last seventeen years in nearly complete “isolation” (Saturn). Hiding from visitors, “working with unstinting effort and discipline” (Saturn), and propelled by an ambitious and singular belief in her importance as a poet, the “Queen Recluse” (in the words of her acquaintance, Samuel Bowles) penned some of her most “accomplished” (Saturn) verse, exploring subjects such as “affliction,” “ultimate patience,” and “the solitary self”3: all classic Saturnian themes.
1. Introduction to American Poetry and Prose, edited by Foerster; Grabo; Nye; Carlisle; Falk, p. 754.
3. “Her poems talk of affliction and gradual healing and ultimate patience; they render the solitary self as a conscious choice ...” From “Emily Dickinson” by Ruth Miller, Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 1, p. 36.
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5 August 2005
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