The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Uranus = 020
And the high gods took in hand
Fire, and the falling of tears,
And a measure of sliding sand
From under the feet of the years;
And froth and drift of the sea;
And dust of the labouring earth;
And bodies of things to be
In the houses of death and of birth;
And wrought with weeping and laughter,
And fashioned with loathing and love,
With life before and after
And death beneath and above,
For a day and a night and a morrow,
That his strength might endure for a span
With travail and heavy sorrow,
The holy spirit of man.
-- A.C. Swinburne, Atalanta in Calydon; a tragedy (1865).
The poet Algernon Swinburne was born in London, just east of his Primary Uranus and in the center of a narrowly focused Transcendental Midpoint-Field extending from Uranus, which rises over western England, to Tertiary Venus, which rises a few degrees east of England. His Secondary Transcendental, Saturn, sets over eastern Europe.
The Transcendental combination of Uranus / Saturn / Venus was expressed in Swinburne’s first “artistic / success” (Venus / Saturn): the play Atalanta in Calydon (1865). Here, he combined the traditional form of Greek drama and the choral “structuring” (Secondary Saturn) of poetic meter with an “avant-garde, individualistic, and revolutionary” (Primary Uranus) message of “iconoclasm” (Uranus): revolt against the divine will. The following year, his Poems and Ballads (1878), with its “uninhibited spirit / of erotic sensuality” (Primary Uranus / Tertiary Venus), proved to be even more “shocking” (Uranus) to the staid puritanism of the age. In their simplest denomination, Swinburne’s Transcendentals denote mastery of “structure” (Saturn), “sensitivity to beauty” (Venus), and “ingenious, avant-guard inspiration” (Uranus). His travels across Europe, which occurred under a wide Transcendental Midpoint-Field involving each of these planets, led to an early association with influential writers, such as Victor Hugo and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
As with certain other subjects born with Saturn as a Primary or Secondary Transcendental (e.g., John F. Kennedy), Swinburne suffered from a chronic and debilitating illness. As a result of his long-term suffering, for the last thirty years of his life he submitted himself to the “supervised and highly structured care” (Saturn) of his friend, Theodore Watts-Dunton. His “chronic / epilepsy” is symbolized by the Saturn / Uranus pairing, which rules “unusual neural / structuring” (Uranus / Saturn) and “constraints / due to unpredictable circumstances” (Saturn / Uranus).
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
Role of the Least-aspected Planet in Astrocartography
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