The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Pluto = 010
Uranus = 021
Sun = 032
Jupiter = 111
Moon = 141
Mercury = 300
Venus = 310
Neptune = 311
Mars = 321
[Least-aspected Saturn- Pluto]
He thought of the Riviera, as it was then before it had all been built up, with the lovely stretches of blue sea and the sand beaches and the stretches of pine woods and the mountains of Esterel going out into the sea.
–Ernest Hemingway on F. Scott Fitzgerald, from A Moveable Feast.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lost Generation luminary Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, a location untouched by any planetary lines. Minnesota is about midway between Fitzgerald’s two equally underaspected Primary Transcendentals: Saturn, which runs in a vertical, Midheaven position over the western United States, and Pluto, which runs in a vertical, midnight position along the East Coast.
Fitzgerald relocated east to attend the Newman School and Princeton University, each located in New Jersey, just several degrees east of his Primary Pluto. Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), is set in Princeton: its central theme is the morally and spiritually “corrupt” (Primary Pluto) postwar generation who revel in the glitter and hoopla of the frenetic Jazz Age.
Following its publication, Francis married Zelda Sayre in 1920 and moved to New York, where they commenced their notoriously “decadent” (Pluto) lifestyle: one not completely dissimilar to the one imagined in Paradise. Indeed, his next novel, The Beautiful and the Damned (1922), chronicles the “self-annihilating” (Primary Pluto) lifestyle of an artist and his wife, which ultimately leads to their “destruction” (Pluto).
Fitzgerald expatriated to France in 1924 in order to write what many consider his most successful work, The Great Gatsby.1 His association with Ernest Hemingway and with other expatriates who formed the “Lost Generation” in Paris is particularly notable in that his Primary Pluto rises directly over France, crosses the French Riviera (where he and his wife lived for several years, in the Pyrenees), and continues over Paris and across the northern French coast. (His friendship with Hemingway is chronicled–somewhat disparagingly–in the latter’s A Moveable Feast and in numerous other literary biographies.) Therefore, Fitzgerald, who was not born in a Primary Location, traveled near his Primary Pluto in New Jersey and then continued to follow this Primary line when he traveled to Europe.
With the completion of The Great Gatsby in 1925–the story of a man who “achieves great material success” (Primary Saturn) but who “destroys himself and others in the process” (Primary Pluto)–Fitzgerald’s “place in the pantheon” (Saturn) of American novelists was secured. Yet, Gatsby eerily foretells of a man’s path to “self-annihilation / after achieving his professional goals” (Pluto / Saturn).
Fitzgerald’s final years were difficult ones: suffering from an extreme case “alcoholism” (symbolized by his second most aspected or Leading Planet, Neptune),2 and falling increasingly into debt, he moved to Hollywood (a location bereft of Transcendental lines), where he worked as a scriptwriter. In 1940, when he was only forty-four years old, he suffered a fatal heart attack.
1. In his autobiography, H. L. Mencken writes that Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise (1920) was “one of the best first novels ever done by an American,” but he adds that The Great Gatsby (1925), while “a book full of faults, … [was] still enormously better than anything he had done before.” In Mencken’s view, Gatsby was Fitzgerald’s most notable accomplishment. He called Tender Is the Night (1934; one of Fitzgerald’s last major works) “poor stuff indeed.” This critique was in accord with other contemporary reviewers, whose criticism of the work was so harsh that the author became estranged from the literary world.
According to Mencken, “Fitz and Zelda remained in Paris, save for a brief trip to Brussels and a stay at Juan-les-Pins, through 1925 and most of 1926.” H. L. Mencken, My Life As Author and Editor, as excerpted in Current Books magazine, vol. 1, no. 4, Summer 1993, p. 38, 40.
2. “Even Ernest Boyd, himself one of the heaviest drinkers of modern times, came back from a visit [to the Fitzgeralds] with the report that the pace was too hot for him.” “Most of my news of [Fitzgerald] came from the young Johns Hopkins doctors who attended him in succession … He was constantly on the verge of delirium tremens, and would often call up his current doctor in the middle of the night, demanding immediate help. Before the appeal of the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect he always accompanied these demands with suggestions–added as apparent afterthoughts–that the doctor bring him a bottle of gin. […] His physical deterioration had gone so far by the time he got to Hollywood that there was no hope of amelioration, even by the most rigorous abstention. The liver disease [cirrhosis of the liver] that beset him was completely incurable, and his heavy drinking for so many years hurried it on.” Ibid.
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
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