Here you see the natal chart of the Great Emancipator, President Abraham Lincoln, born Feb 12, 1809, with the planetary placements for the time (about 10 pm LMT on April 14, 1865) that hot tempered John Wilkes Booth shot him in the back of the head at Washington’s Ford Theater. And Booth actually believed he’d be celebrated for it!
Update 2.2.09: you may wish to read Byron King’s fascinating assessment of John Wilkes Booth, his beef against Pres. Lincoln, and the night in question. Did you know that Booth’s father, Junius Brutus, was named after one of the assassins of Julius Caesar? Odd how that relates to Booth’s cry in Latin after the shooting.
The Booth family being anti-monarchical points a finger toward the goals of certain secret societies! Check it out:
~:~Returning you to my original post:
In pink I have highlighted the Mystic Rectangle (a pattern of ‘practical mysticism’) which had formed in the sky as Lincoln was shot, and remained over him as he lay dying.
Jupiter 29Sag01 is at retrograde station degree precisely–29:01–and went Rx at 4:16 am–the next morning just prior to Lincoln’s passing at 5:23 am. Jupiter is an astrological significator for father-king-leader-lawyer-judge and we lost a good one that morning in my estimation. (Not the ‘king’ part, except on an archetypal level.)
At his moment of death, transiting Moon 9Sag05, conjoined his natal MC, with an angular Moon often present in cases of death (and an angular Jupiter is often involved as well); natal Neptune in 9th house with Saturn 3Sag09 adds to a picture of loss and grief.
Moon/Saturn = depression; Moon/Neptune = exposed to peculiar and strange influences, or being exploited by others; instability, weakness, crisis.
His natal Sun-Moon midpoint was there as well (natal Sun-Moon = Chiron, part of his health and depression problems with Jupiter’s liver associations involved (producing moodiness or quick changes of feelings)–click chart to enlarge and you may read the one midpoint picture which I believe affected his health.)
And having a natal Saturn conj Neptune gives a morbid bent which was aggravated for Lincoln by his birth during the Balsamic (darkened) phase of the Moon. This is the ‘endings and partings’ phase and you probably know that he lost siblings at early ages, as well as suffering the worst loss of them all–loss of children.
The spiritualism of the age–contacting the dearly departed bwo seance–was an unfortunate and bogus direction for this depressive energy to go (I’m trying to avoid using the word, “channel”!) As the Scriptures say, ‘the dead are unconscious and know nothing and have no part in anything under the Sun.’ I often wonder: how much clearer could it be?
So, the transiting Moon with natal Neptune forms a midpoint and was at Mc, too. Ebertin, in his “The Combination of Stellar Influences,” gives this midpoint pair biologically as ‘a paralyzed blood circulation’ or ‘an over-accumulation of water in body tissues.’ Also, ‘eye problems’–the bullet had lodged behind the president’s right eye. That would have to be considered a problem.
The Moon-Neptune pair has possible intimations of other realms within subconscious stirrings, and I doubt that Mary Lincoln had an easy time giving up her husband to death in such a horrible way. I don’t know if “seances” continued at her request–but I wouldn’t be surprised after seeing these charts.
At the moment of the shooting, the emotionally touchy Moon-Mars midpoint was culminating so we have two midpoint pictures:
Moon-Mars = Mc: self-promotion; getting things off the ground; a forceful and purposeful nature; ego-consciousness.
Moon-Mars = US n Neptune: weaving a spell for personal gain; duplicity; emotional magic; a negative attitude or character; misdirection of energy; grief; renunciation; weakness of will.
As you may know, whenever death is the issue, the astrology of the matter most often shows Moon/ASC and Jupiter links to planets, house cusps and especially to chart angles. Mars (energy) is always involved, of course, and the Sun (vitality) must be roped into the picture bwo harsh transits, progressions, and aspects.
That evening’s Sun and Neptune were in Aries–the sign ruling the head–with the racist, oppressive Pluto-Chiron midpoint 14Ari42–conj Lincoln’s natal Pallas 14Ari41. Pallas’ keywords are: ‘wisdom’ and ‘strategy’…and Booth didn’t care for Lincoln’s in the least.
The revolutionary combo of Mars and Uranus, the sneaky and possibly death-dealing pairing of Neptune and Pluto–indicate activists, instigators, assassins, spies and saboteurs–all having their parts to play: plus I’ve included Pluto and Chiron although they were unknown at the time.
Here you see transiting Moon/ASC at Lincoln’s Midheaven, effectively ending his life’s aspirations and very breath.
And the Mc of the shooting chart itself (22Vir42) is conjunct America’s natal Neptune to the degree–representing our nation’s ideals and other nebulous things (such as the Secret Service which Lincoln created), esp when blended with Pluto and his invisible helmet. Neptune veils and obscures which makes me believe that the reasons (Mc = WHY?) for Lincoln’s assassination have never been fully revealed. Jupiter is also “money”…a paid assassin? Knights of the Golden Circle, a Klan forerunner?
Then of course there’s the theory that Lincoln was killed because he had made noises about reforming the world banking system (as did JFK.) This would certainly keep “assassination Jupiter” in the running as part of the plot.
The first moment when Jupiter made his standstill 29Sag01 at 4:17 am (in order to turn Rx) was one hour 7 minutes before Lincoln passed away and at that minute this significator of the Republican Party was at tr Midheaven 28Sag00 over Washington DC.
These factors are all to be compared with the natal (birth) chart, progressed charts, Solar Arc Directions, Return charts, etc, along with the transits for the time of death–and in this case, of the shooting of the president, an act which Booth hoped would take the south back into war.
A popular actor, Booth was a racist of the most heinous kind, and as a southerner, I can say that he never spoke or acted for me. In fact, my father had a maiden aunt who remembered Lincoln and his murder, as the newspapers termed it. A $50,000 reward (later $100,000) was offered for the capture of John Wilkes Booth, while $25,000 each was offered for (some of ?) the other conspirators.
Well, I have Booth’s chart, too, and the chart for his death–he was tracked down and shot in the neck (Taurus) with Sun and Pluto in Taurus rising which gives this picture:
Sun-Pluto = ASC: a crisis of self-preservation.
The crisis applies to the assassin but perhaps to the nation as well–or at least Booth hoped it would make great changes.Abraham Lincoln’s was our first presidential assassination and we can only imagine the horror, shock, and grief the nation experienced–yes, the South, too, for the most part. Because the war was finally over though some diehard southern soldiers refused to stop fighting (like idiots, imho.)
Paralyzed from the neck down after being shot, Booth is said to have whispered to tell his mother that he “did it for his country.” Guess that’s the kind of illusion one must be under to go violently against one’s fellow man–or to willingly be under the sway of voices in the head, or to act for blood money from outer sources–or even for what one imagines is a hallowed ’cause’.
Well, perhaps I’ll add more on Booth here but my main focus is on Abraham Lincoln whose Two-Hundredth Anniversary of birth is Feb 12, 2009. I will update this Page as time permits and inspires.
Below is a link to one source in case you’d like to refresh yourself on those difficult days, and I would be open to taking questions on the matter which may be checked with the applicable charts.
You may leave a comment/query on this blog or you’re welcome to contact me @: judecowell at gmail dot com, but no spam, please–I never read it and always delete it, so you’d be wasting your time and effort, m’friend.
For more info, check out Wikipedia’s Lincoln Assassination page.
And here’s a link to the same charts as posted above in case they display better for you on Blogger:
Edited for clarity’s sake: October 1, 2011. After watching History2 channel’s program ‘The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth’, I find a different time for Lincoln’s death: 7:22 am LMT. But considering this chart’s angular Moon in particular, I must investigate before making any changes to the assassination chart you see here. jc