The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Venus = 101
Uranus = 102
Mercury = 110
Neptune = 111
Moon = 112
Jupiter = 130
Saturn = 210
Pluto = 220
Sun = 231
[Least-aspected Venus] [Uranus]
Dorothy Parker: “Exactly what do you mean by ‘guts’?”
Hemingway: “I mean, grace under pressure.”
–Ernest Hemingway, in an interview in the New Yorker.1
Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois, directly under the vertical, Midheaven position of his Secondary Uranus. Besides being an important “writer” (Tertiary Mercury), Hemingway is remembered as one of the most influential “stylistic innovators / of modern / literature” (Primary Venus / Secondary Uranus / Tertiary Mercury). His “novel use / of journalistic” (Uranus / Mercury) minimalism “revolutionized / the art / of the short story” (Uranus / Venus / Mercury).
Hemingway biographers have written at length about his mother’s peculiar habit of dressing the young Hemingway in girl’s clothing until a late period in childhood, of dressing his sister in boy’s clothing, and of how this affected his development. In the context of Hemingway’s exaggerated affectation of machismo, such speculations are all the more relevant. Traditionally, “role reversals in sexual identity” and the “transsexualism” that this may result in are related in various ways to the symbolism of Uranus (especially when coupled with Venus). The posthumous publication of The Garden of Eden–an unfinished novel that remained unpublished until 1986–has offered researchers an opportunity to further explore such themes, as the work subtly examines the phenomenon of sexual “role reversal.”2
Hemingway traveled extensively in Africa and Europe: locations that host Primary Venus (Venus sets over the coast of eastern Africa) and Tertiary Mercury (Mercury is positioned in a vertical, Midheaven position over eastern Spain, western France, and western Africa). Such locations would later appear as settings in novels and stories such as “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” (1938); Green Hills of Africa (1935); “A Clean Well Lighted Place” (1926); and The Sun Also Rises (1926).
The Transcendental pairing of Venus and Mercury–the classic “creative / writing” (Venus / Mercury) symbols–also appears in the biographies of T.S. Eliot, Herman Melville, and Bertrand Russell.
1. New Yorker, November 30, 1929.
2. Hemingway was horrified to learn that his son, Gregory, had developed a fetish for cross-dressing. Gregory later had a sex-change operation. He died in prison (sequestered in the women’s section) shortly after his arrest for public exhibitionism.
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
Role of the Least-aspected Planet in Astrocartography
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