The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Mercury = 002
Neptune = 121
Uranus = 231
Jupiter = 300
Saturn = 311
Pluto = 320
Moon = 410
Sun = 431
[Least-aspected Mercury] [Neptune]
William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats, the highly acclaimed “writer / and mystic” (Primary Mercury / Secondary Neptune), was born in Sandymount, Ireland, precisely under the vertical, midnight position of his Primary Mercury. Most of his formative and professional activities occurred near this Primary Location. His childhood was spent near Dublin and summer vacationing in Sligo (54N10; 8W40): locations that appear frequently in his writing. When he was nine the Yeats family briefly relocated to London, but in 1880 they returned to Howth, Ireland (53N23; 6W04; near Sandymount), where Yeats attended high school. He studied art in Dublin from 1884 to 1886, but the need to develop his literary talent soon emerged, especially following publication of Mosada (1885): a lyric poem that first appeared in The Dublin University Review.
Typical Neptune / Mercury keynotes include: “inspiration [...] for artistic expression,” “creative literary expression,” “stimulation of intuitive and creative mental processes,” and “creative writing and poetry.”1 Indeed, two preoccupations dominate Yeats’s work: “literary exploration / of occult, mystic, or spiritual themes” (Primary Mercury / Secondary Neptune) and the promulgation of Irish nationalism through the medium of “literary / propaganda” (Mercury / Neptune). “Mystic and occult imagery” (Neptune) occurs throughout his oeuvre; examples include the appearance of “magic” in Mosada, the “overt mysticism” of The Celtic Twilight (1893), and the “spiritualism” of A Vision (1937).
The classic Neptune / Mercury theme of “pleasure ... in mystic [/] group activities”2 found an early expression in Yeats’s life when, shortly after the publication of Mosada, he founded the Dublin Hermetic Society. Later, when Yeats was fifty-two years old, he married the twenty-five-year-old Georgie Hyde-Lees, who practiced “automatic / writing,” another typical Neptune / Mercury activity. Yeats and his young wife shared an enduring interest in “research / into the occult.” A Vision, privately published in 1926, was influenced largely by Georgie’s automatic writing, and it reflected many of their mutual spiritual concerns.
Yeats’s earlier encounter with the political agitator Maud Gonne had inspired his interest in nationalistic literature. He also assisted in the founding of the Irish Literary Theatre, to which he contributed numerous dramatic works. The production of his Cathleen ni Houlihan (starring Maud Gonne) is often credited with provoking the Easter Rebellion of 1916. He was the leader of the Irish literary revival at the turn of the century and received a Civic List pension in 1910 for his continued involvement in politics. His participation in such activities was primarily as a “literary voice promulgating / an idealistic, mystical belief in the national soul” (Primary Mercury / Secondary Neptune).
One of the most important writers of the twentieth century, Yeats was considered Ireland’s greatest English-language poet and was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923.
1. Sakoian and Acker, Transits Simplified, pp. 83, 91.
2. Ibid., p. 91.
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