The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Moon = 020
Neptune = 100
Uranus = 101
Jupiter = 110
Venus = 112
Saturn = 120
Pluto = 121
Mercury = 201
Mars = 220
Sun = 221
Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, almost precisely under the vertical, Midheaven position of her Tertiary Uranus. This location is framed by her Transcendental Midpoint-Field, which extends from Tertiary Uranus to Primary Moon, which runs in its vertical, midnight position along the East Coast of the United States.
Because of an illness which left her “sightless and unable to hear” (Secondary Neptune), at the age of nineteen months she also lost the ability to speak. Thus “victimized” (Secondary Neptune) and feeling lost in the “formlessness” of an inner-world characterized by “ego-deprivation, confusion, and intense subjectivity” (Neptune), Helen’s tempestuous behavior expressed the emotional turbulence that this “sensitive child” (Primary Moon), who bore such great intellectual potential, experienced in a profoundly painful manner.
Helen’s parents turned to Alexander Graham Bell for help, as Bell was renowned for his “compassionate, humanitarian efforts” (Neptune) on behalf of those who were unable to hear. As discussed in my essay on Bell (below), Bell’s Primary Transcendental was Neptune: the planet symbolizing work involving “empathy, self-sacrifice, and compassionate efforts on behalf on those in need.” After a meeting with Bell, who was then located in Boston, Helen began instruction with Anne Mansfield Sullivan, in Boston, on March 2, 1887. Using techniques designed by Bell, Helen learned to speak by pressing her fingers against Sullivan’s larynx, “hearing” the vibrations by distinguishing them with her tactile sense. She also learned the names of various objects by pressing her hands on a manual alphabet. After additional instruction at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf, in Boston, and the Wright-Humason Oral School, in New York, Helen learned Braille and, in 1904, graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As we can see in her astrocartography, her Primary Moon, running vertically along the East Coast, is the planetary symbol closest to the New York / Massachusetts area: a location of singular importance in her remarkable life.
The “sudden and unexpected reversal” which she experienced as a child, the “innovative techniques” that helped her to emerge from her isolated world, and the “complete reversal” of her existential condition are all keynotes of her Tertiary Transcendental, Uranus. By relocating to her Primary Moon line, Keller was able to use such “unusual techniques” (Uranus) to “reprogram early childhood imprinting” by developing an “extraordinary sensitivity to external stimulus” (Primary Moon). Thus, Keller’s biography provides a classic example of harnessing of the positive aspects of the Moon / Uranus energy.
The terrifying sense of “ego-dissolution” (Secondary Neptune) experienced by Helen in her early life1 was superseded by a more positive aspect of the Neptune energy in her later life. Kindling a newfound sense of hope and meaning, she traveled around the world with the goal of “helping others” (Secondary Neptune) who were unable to hear or to see, primarily by calling attention to the need to “reform” (Tertiary Uranus) educational programs and by establishing the Helen Keller Endowment Fund. Her struggle to emerge from an intense inner isolation was dramatized in William Gibson’s play, The Miracle Worker, which opened in New York on October 19, 1959, and which was later made into a major motion picture (1962). Her books include The Story of My Life (1902) and Helen Keller’s Journal (1938).
1. Neptune rules “all states in which ordinary categories of perception break down.” Jean-Louis Brau, Helen Weaver, and Allan Edmands, Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology, p. 200.
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
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