Tolstoy and Saturn opposing Uranus
My old Astrology friend, Philip Brown, has updated his excellent article on Leo Tolstoy and the Saturn-Uranus opposition.
Philip relates the opposition of 1828, the year of Tolstoy’s birth, with US ‘reform president’ Andrew Jackson, who was elected during the shattering (Uranus) of the old social order (Saturn) of 1828’s opposition of Saturn (form; tradition) and Uranus (disruption; rebellion; revolution.)
Count Leo Tolstoy, best known for his novel ‘War and Peace’, was quite the system breaker during his lifetime preferring the peasant class to his own aristocratic status. Or perhaps he just didn’t care for oppression wherever he saw it.
So it’s: War (Uranian revolution) vs Peace (Saturnian stability) and a man with the concentration to stick with a novel that details, among other things of his time, Napoleon and his army’s defeat in Russia.
The Natal Astrology of the Count:
Tolstoy’s birth data is conflicting so AstroDataBank gives it as DD for ‘Dirty Data.” Even the date is in dispute due to different calendars, but the version Philip has used (click link to see the natal chart) is:
Sept 9, 1828; 10:52 pm; Tula, Russia. The alternate date is August 28, 1828.
I shall go with ‘Sept 9, 1828’ as well which gives Count Tolstoy Sun Virgo-Moon Virgo, a double-Earth blend of practicality with much concern for material well-being and health.
Double-Earth’s deepest, darkest fear is of chaos, so there we see his Saturn-Uranus opposition in play. This personality blend is a stable and well-grounded combination, a master of whatever medium it chooses. Tolstoy-the-author is an excellent example of this.
Sun Vir-Moon Vir: a perfectionist who identifies with work; utilitarian; precise and analytical; concerned and conscientious; efficient and good with details; synthesizes knowledge and uses it; a thinker and a doer; worships the intellect; approaches creativity with a scientific mind; concerned with health and service; modest and may have an inferiority complex.
SunVir-Moon Vir in relationships:
Kind-hearted, sentimental, and hates to offend anyone in any way. The motto is: ‘actions speak louder than words’; discreet in love matters; devoted but feels hurt if unappreciated; may be prone to remaining in an unsatsfactory long-term relationship due to a love of moral beauty and to a difficulty in breaking established routines.
There is a tendency for high standards to inspire finicky fault-finding, and an ‘old-maidish’ style may become evident.
“Images for Integration: A well-oiled printing machine hums away, producing perfectly bound copies of ‘The Layman’s Guide to Essential Nutrients’…A ballerina practises alone in a room of mirrors and, sensing her imperfections, focuses on her flaws and begins again.”
(From ‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ by Charles and Suzi Harvey, who also use Sept 9, 1828 for Tolstoy’s birth.)
And here’s a quote from the Saturnian-Uranian author himself:
“The happiness of man consists in life. And life is labour…The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.”
Sounds exactly like a double Virgo, sign of the book author (Gemini’s shorter attention span tends toward writing articles), and Tolstoy’s ‘writer’s planet’ — Mercury — is in Virgo as well!
Check out Philip Brown’s article here:
September 20, 2013 Update: unfortunately I don’t think the article remains available but you can try.
Written by Jude Cowell
January 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm
Tagged with AstroFutureTrends, astrology, Count Tolstoy, Historical Horoscopes, Leo Tolstoy, Philip Brown, President Andrew Jackson, Sep 9 1828, shattering of the old social order, Sun Virgo-Moon Virgo, Tolstoy's natal chart, Tolstoy's Saturn-Uranus opposition
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