The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Saturn = 121
Neptune = 151
Moon = 210
Pluto = 211
Mercury = 212
Jupiter = 230
Mars = 242
Uranus = 311
Sun = 340
[Least-aspected Saturn] [Neptune]
Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth president of the United States (1913-1917; 1917-1921) was born in Staunton, Virginia. When he was one year old, his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, just several degrees east of the vertical, Midheaven position of his Primary Saturn. In 1882 he began his law practice in Atlanta, and in June 1885 he married Ellen Louise Axson, of Savannah, Georgia.
Like many other American presidents born with Saturn as a key Transcendental (see my essay on the prevalence of Primary Saturn in U.S. presidential horoscopes, below), in fulfilling his presidential duties, Wilson experienced one of the most burdensome forms of “responsibility to society” (Saturn).
After his election in 1912, unstable conditions in Latin America and Europe forced Wilson to devote much of his attention to foreign affairs. Following the Mexican revolution of February 1913, he refused to recognize the presidency of Victoriano Huerta and, after a period of so-called watchful waiting, U.S. Marines were sent to Veracruz after the arrest of American sailors in Tampico. War with Mexico was narrowly averted, but, after Huerta’s fall from power, additional conflicts arose, including Pancho Villa’s raid across the border and John J. Pershing’s punitive expedition into Mexico. As we can see in his astrocartography, Mexico lies directly under Wilson’s Primary Saturn / Secondary Neptune Transcendental Midpoint-Field, extending from Primary Saturn, which runs in a vertical, Midheaven position over the Gulf of Mexico and Central America, to the setting position of Secondary Neptune, which curves over northwestern Mexico.
During Wilson’s second presidential term, much of his attention was focused on Europe, another geopolitical region completely framed by his Saturn / Neptune Transcendental Midpoint-Field. On April 6, 1917, Congress approved his declaration of war on Germany, and the U.S. mobilized its resources to assist the Allies. Following the Allied victory, Wilson enumerated his historic “Fourteen Points” of peace before the Congress on January 8, 1918: terms that lured the Germans into negotiating and that led to the armistice of November 11, 1918. Within this European midpoint-field, Wilson was met with an enthusiastic reception by the people (if not by the leaders) of Europe when he made the unprecedented presidential decision to travel outside of the U.S. to attend the Paris Peace Conference.
Wilson’s most aspected or Leading Planets symbolically reflect his unsuccessful attempt to create a “new global order.” His “vision of a global society” (second most aspected or Secondary Leader, Uranus) governed by the “self-determination” (Leading Sun) of the people was “far ahead of its time” (Secondary Leader, Uranus). So, too, was his creation of the ill-fated League of Nations, which in many ways was a “precursor” (Secondary Leader, Uranus) of the United Nations.
Wilson’s “innovative plans to organize a global league” (Secondary Leader, Uranus) represent a classic attempt to integrate a most aspected energy with the goals symbolized by the least aspected or Transcendental Planets. In his case, it signified a spiritual need to create a “suitable organization for the enduring / expression of idealistic beliefs and for the protection of the disenfranchised” (Primary Saturn / Secondary Neptune). The ill-fated history of these attempts attests to the hyperactive yet frequently unproductive nature of the Leading Planets, especially when contrasted with the more durable, dynamic, and creative expression of the Transcendentals.
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
Role of the Least-aspected Planet in Astrocartography
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