The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Neptune = 110
Mars = 111
Uranus = 130
Mercury = 202
Moon = 221
Jupiter = 311
Pluto = 321
Saturn = 401
Victor-Marie Hugo was born in Besançon, France, and relocated with his mother to Paris–a city he called the “birthplace” of his soul–when he was only two years old. Because of his father’s position as a general in Napoleon’s imperial army, as a child Hugo traveled frequently to Elba, Naples, and Madrid. As we can see in his astrocartography, these locations are under his Primary Neptune / Secondary Mars Transcendental Midpoint-Field, which extends from Primary Neptune, which rises over the western Mediterranean, near Elba and Naples, to Secondary Mars, which runs in a vertical, midnight position almost precisely over Madrid; the westernmost tip of France; western England; and directly over Guernsey, where Hugo lived in exile for almost twenty years and created his most “imaginative / and dynamic” (Primary Neptune / Secondary Mars) writing.
Evoking a tone at times “virulent, urgent, forceful” (Secondary Mars), at times “metaphysical, visionary, and spiritually inspired” (Primary Neptune), under this location the “hard working and prolific” (Mars) Hugo completed Les Chatiments (Punishments, 1853); Les Contemplations (1856); and the “Petites épopées” (epics) of La Legende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages, 1859-1883)–a masterpiece noted for its “spiritual power” (Neptune) and “dramatic strength” (Mars). Once called “the most powerful mind of the Romantic movement,” Hugo is best remembered for Notre Dame de Paris (1831; The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1833), written during his earlier years in Paris,1 near the Mars region of this Transcendental Midpoint-Field, and for Les Misérables (1862; trans. 1862), a novel completed directly under his Secondary Mars line during his exile in Guernsey. Its publication resulted in broadening Hugo’s popularity in France and in catapulting him to international fame.
1. Hugo’s “energetic intensity” (Secondary Mars) displayed itself in some rather “imaginative” (Primary Neptune), “quirky, and anxiety ridden” (Tertiary Uranus) manners. During my first visit to Paris, I toured Hugo’s house. A chair bearing his tooth marks was on prominent display. According to my Foder’s Guide, Hugo would often bite into it, gnawing it like a beast.
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5 August 2005
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