The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Venus = 012
Sun = 100
Uranus = 111
Neptune = 131
Saturn = 211
Mercury = 301
Pluto = 310
Moon = 311
I didn’t play drums to make money. I played drums because I loved them ... My soul is that of a drummer ... I didn’t do it to become rich and famous, I did it because it was the love of my life.
–Ringo, from Max Weinberg’s The Big Beat.
Ringo has influenced drummers more than they will ever realize or admit. Ringo laid down the fundamental rock beat that drummers are playing today and they probably don’t even realize it.
Ringo always approached the song more like a songwriter than a drummer. He always served the music.
–Kenny Arnoff, Modern Drummer magazine, October and December 1987.
Ringo Starr, né Richard Starkey, was born in Liverpool, England, almost precisely under the vertical, Midheaven position of his Primary Venus. He joined the Beatles in Liverpool on August 16, 1962, and he traveled with the group to the United States on February 7, 1964. In Ringo’s astrocartography, New York is precisely under the setting position of Primary Venus.
Ringo’s astrocartography was ideally suited to the secret plans then in the works to secure the Beatles’ “rise to fame” (Secondary Sun). In November 1963, the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, had flown to New York to negotiate “top billing” (Secondary Sun) for the group on The Ed Sullivan Show. In preparation for their arrival, Capitol Records had invested what was then considered an unusually high sum for a pop band that was virtually unknown in the United States–$50,000–in “prepublicity promotion” (Sun). The British-based record company had wisely concentrated most of their “publicity efforts” in the media capital of New York, where AM-radio disc jockeys continually pushed what became the Beatles’ first big American hit: “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”1 Landing at JFK International Airport in February, the Beatles disembarked before a crowd of 10,000 screaming, “media-blitzed” (Sun) fans.
After their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, their “celebrity success” (Sun) seemed to know no bounds. (At the time, Ringo, in his typically understated and “diplomatic” (Venus) manner, commented: “Over in the States, I know I went over well.”) Even before airplay, Beatles recordings were guaranteed to sell a million or more copies; once, the top four songs on the “Top 100” were all by the Beatles. “Beatlemania” would continue well past August 1965, when they played to 56,000 screeching fans at New York’s Shea Stadium, setting a record for the largest outdoor music performance of that period. A bootleg recording of the event, The Beatles Live at Shea Stadium, documents a relentless–and nearly hysterical–collective scream that eclipsed the halfhearted attempt of the Fab Four to perform in what was to become their last large-scale public show.
The symbolism associated with Ringo’s Primary Venus is particularly appropriate: his soft-spoken “charm” and unassuming “grace” (Venus) endeared him to many, and he was the band member many regarded as the “most lovable” (Venus). Secondary Sun, which places the native in the “limelight” or “public eye,” rules “publicity and self-promotion”: things that can augment one’s career, especially when “gracefully combined with diplomacy, tact, and charisma” (Venus). The Venus / Sun Transcendental pairing also reflects the “will to pursue / a creative profession” (Sun / Venus): an apt description of Ringo’s lifelong commitment to “creating / and performing” (Venus / Sun) popular music.
(Note: Biographical studies of each of the Beatles are included here, with the exception of Paul McCartney; an accurate record of his birth was not available at the time of this writing.)
1. McCabe, Peter, and Robert D Schonfeld. Apple to the Core. The Unmaking of the Beatles. pp. 48-49.
Revised & updated: 1 January 2012
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