The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Robert Couteau.
All text © Copyright 2005, 2012 Rob Couteau
Saturn = 020
Jupiter = 101
Mars = 111
Venus = 120
Sun = 131
Moon = 151
Pluto = 211
Neptune = 220
Mercury = 300
[Least-aspected Saturn] [Jupiter]
People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality […] People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous.… Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they're wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It's all in how you carry it. That's what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you're letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.
When you make your peace with authority, you become an authority.
Let’s just say I was testing the bounds of reality.
–Two of the most celebrated aphorisms of Jim Morrison.
Jim Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida, and later relocated to the University of California at Los Angeles to study film. In the late 1960s his group, the Doors, became one of the pop music bands (along with Jefferson Airplane and singer Janis Joplin) to dominate the West Coast music scene. Morrison’s Primary Saturn sets over California, where he briefly relocated as a child (in Los Altos, Claremont, and Alameda) and where he “achieved professional success” after “working hard” (Primary Saturn) to hone his skills in various clubs and concert halls. (Although certain biographers have noted his “authoritarian personality” (Saturn), the “hard working and ambitious” aspect of Morrison’s character is often ignored in more sensationalist accounts–such as in Oliver Stone’s Rabelaisian portrayal in the film, The Doors.) Morrison’s “ability to give concrete form” (Saturn) to the lucid visions he experienced during experiments with the “mind expanding” drug, LSD (Secondary Jupiter) exemplifies this Saturn / Jupiter theme. The ability to “crystallize / a vision born of the higher mind” is a classic Saturn / Jupiter equation. Indeed, Morrison claimed to have “heard” some of his early musical compositions while living in an abandoned building in Venice, California, while under the influence of hallucinogens1: “I just started hearing songs ... [a] kind of mythic concert ... with a band and singing and an audience–a large audience.” Unschooled in musical notation, he devised a method of remembering melody lines so that the songs could be “brought to completion” (Primary Saturn) later on, in record albums such as The Doors and Strange Days.
Morrison exhibited a lifelong tendency to mood swings, alternating between “episodes of severe melancholy” (Saturn) to “expansive celebrations of joy” (Jupiter). This repeated pattern of “depression / and ecstasy” is echoed in a statement concerning the nature of his music:
I’d like to do a song or a piece of music that’s just a pure expression of joy, like a celebration of a sunrise or the coming of spring or some pure unbounded joy [Jupiter]. I don’t think we’ve ever done that ... The mood I get from most of them is kind of a heavy, kind of a sort of gloomy feeling [Saturn].
His “alcoholism,” symbolized by his second most aspected planet, Neptune, led to his steady decline. He frequently attempted to perform while “unmanageably drunk” (Secondary Leader, Neptune), and his provocative, “drunken / banter” (Secondary Leader Neptune / Leading Mercury) finally resulted in a warrant for his arrest on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, and the use of profanity during a performance in Miami on March 1, 1969. Morrison’s “physical and psychological self-victimization,” enhanced by the “abuse of alcohol” (Secondary Leader, Neptune), continued to wreak its damage even after his relocation to Paris on March 16, 1971. It may have been a contributing factor (along with another Neptune-ruled substance that he might have dabbled with: heroin) that resulted in his death, on July 3, 1971.
1. “And then you have the shamanic experience of the Northern peoples, the Siberians, and down in South America. And what it’s associated with in the North and the Americas is the song. Every shaman has his song that takes him away. There have been descriptions of how a person first hears his or her song, walking along a seashore or being in a forest. There’s this experience and from then on he’s overtaken.” Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey, pp. 61-62.
Revised & updated: 5 August 2005
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