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The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Robert Couteau.
All text © Copyright 2005 Rob Couteau
Venus = 110
Saturn = 111
Mars = 130
Mercury = 200
Pluto = 301
Moon = 310
Sun = 401
Neptune = 412
Jupiter = 502
Sir Richard Burton
The British explorer Sir Richard Burton was particularly renowned for his travels through east-central Africa, where he and John Speke became the first Europeans to discover Lake Tanganyika (1858): the world’s second-deepest freshwater lake. As we can see in his astrocartography, Lake Tanganyika lies directly under the vertical, midnight position of his Primary Venus.
Several years earlier, in 1853, Burton had disguised himself as a Muslim and traveled through Cairo, the Suez, and Medina, finally entering the “forbidden city” (Secondary Saturn) of Mecca: a tale recounted in his three-volume Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Mecca (1855).
All this occurred in the center of a Primary Venus / Secondary Saturn Transcendental Midpoint-Field, which extends from his Primary Venus, in east-central Africa, to his Secondary Saturn, which runs in a vertical, midnight position over the eastern corner of Saudi Arabia. (Tertiary Mars, running just east and parallel to Venus, is also involved in this field.) Under this Transcendental Midpoint-Field, Burton became the first European to enter the forbidden city of Harer without being captured and killed: another harrowing exploit that he narrates in First Footsteps in East Africa (1856).
Besides this “colorful” life of “adventuresome expeditions” (Tertiary Mars), Burton’s other great passion was his love of the ancient Eastern “erotic arts” (Primary Venus). Hoping to introduce the East’s “sexual wisdom” (Venus) to the rather “puritanical and repressed” (Secondary Saturn) Western culture of his day, Burton bravely took it upon himself to translate and publish–at the risk of imprisonment–the Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana (1883), Ananga Ranga (1885), and The Perfumed Garden of the Cheikh Nefzaoui (1886). Speaking “forcefully and openly” (Tertiary Mars) against what he called the “immodest modesty” of the times, his still unsurpassed Arabian Nights (1885-88) is chock-full of essays and annotations on sexuality, pornography, and the “erotic education of women” (Mars / Venus), all of it penned with a notable “directness” and “masculine vigor” (Tertiary Mars).
By the time of his death on October 20, 1890, the “hard working, / self-disciplined” (Tertiary Mars / Secondary Saturn), “Rabelaisian / adventurer” (Primary Venus / Tertiary Mars) had published forty-three volumes on his explorations and nearly thirty volumes of translations (his travels resulted in his learning twenty-five languages and a total of forty languages and dialects). After his death, Burton’s ill-advised wife, Lady Isabel Burton–fearful of promoting his already scandalous reputation–burned Burton’s diaries and journals: a “prolific” (Mars) unpublished collection of “erotic” (Venus) “and “adventuresome” (Mars) writing spanning a period of over forty years.
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5 August 2005
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