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Jude Cowell, always the reluctant astrologer
If you enlarge the image of the natal horoscope of literary character Sherlock Holmes, with the ‘birth date’ based on first publication, you’ll see a few notes penned upon it including a midpoint picture (center) which describes why I chose ‘8:12 am GMT’ to time the chart. This is, of course, speculative, since a publication date rarely includes a particular hour. For astrologers this is inconvenient when setting up a ‘natal chart’ for a well beloved character so several methods of determining a ‘birth hour’ may be utilized.
Neptune: Planet of Masks, Deception, Illusion, Disguise, and Theater
As you can see, the midpoint picture of Neptune-Midheaven (Mc) = Sun (personality) reveals one who uses ‘physical disguises’, one of Mr. Holmes’s favorite ways to investigate by secretly spying on people when necessary. Of course, sunrise, noon, or other hours may be experimented with when sleuthing for the birth time of Sherlock Holmes but here I use 8:12 am GMT, January 6, 1854 (London, England, naturally) for the reason stated:
Oh, and did I mention that 8:12 am GMT in London on that date gives a sunrise (solar) horoscope? Such a solar chart relates to career and as we’ll find from the Sun Capricorn-Moon Aries personality blend of this very famous consulting detective, a materialistic view and an over emphasis on career matters are indicated by this Earth-Fire combination of energies, here with a Saturn-Mars influence. And in the many celluloid portrayals of his personal traits, emotionalism is not a strong suit, just as in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. Objectivity, not subjectivity, is his goal in all things though more recent portrayals tend to soften him up a bit to be more pleasing to a modern audience. Still, his Sun Cap-Moon Aries blend identifies Sherlock as shrewd, obsessive, tenacious, courageous, and self-motivated; he’s an astute thinker with high standards and powerful leadership qualities. Insensitivity to others is shown via a brusque manner and an irritable moodiness when things don’t go his way–ask his favorite nemesis, Moriarty–Sherlock Holmes is a very sore loser!
Yet Mr. Holmes is honest and has a deep sense of responsibility along with a constant desire for excitement, for as you know, boredom and trivialities simply won’t do. Having Neptune in its own sign of Pisces figures into his use of drugs but 19th century drug use is a little beyond the scope of this post. Actually my primary goal is to provide the dates of what is called a Neptune Return for, as you see, Sherlock’s natal Neptune at 11 Pisces 30 is basically the slow moving planet’s recent and current sign and degree in the Tropical Zodiac. Due to retrogradation, Neptune’s return to its 1854 degree of 11Pis30 occurs five times, one of which has already occurred (and see the link, below, for the latest news on Season 4 which went into production Spring 2016 and will most likely air in January 2017 or thereabouts). Intriguingly, natal Neptune conjoins one of the sleuth’s natal asteroids and you’ll never guess which one —Nemesis!
The astrological keywords for Nemesis are ‘divine retribution’ and ‘the unbeatable foe’ and I suspect you agree that Doyle’s Moriarty character perfectly.fits those descriptions. This makes me wonder if Conan Doyle was aware of the Neptune-Nemesis synchronicity in early January 1854 especially since he dabbled in spiritualism and other esoteric subjects long studied by secret societies such as the Freemasons. At the least, I think he knew of the Fates and Nemesis as the Greek goddess of divine retribution since Greek Mythology was a hot topic in the 19th century–and one’s destiny and karma (reaping what was sown) are universal laws at the heart of many Sherlock Holmes tales, are they not?
Here’s the theatrical Neptune of Sherlock Holmes returning for another bow:
- April 29, 2016
- July 30, 2016
- February 24, 2017
- November 11, 2017
- December 3, 2017
Prominently, the July 30, 2016 Neptune Return chart shows a major and exact transit to the character’s natal Sun (15Cap45) in the form of a visit from creepy Pluto, planet of power, transformation, mystery, hidden wealth, and death. Pluto-to-Sun denotes a time of intense self-awareness when a desire for recognition is uppermost and courageous actions are taken by those with the determination to do so. However, we may see Sherlock retreating even more than usual as he deepens his methods of investigation and makes some sort of new start, or takes things in a new direction. Fear may also be in the script with is considerable ego as a driving force, plus, ghosts from the past will weigh heavily upon his present actions, as noted in the update linked here:
Now that’s a strong emphasis on Pluto though we must also tip our deerstalkers to natal Mars at 16 Virgo38 as the handle of a Bucket planetary pattern (which would be labeled a Bowl were it not for its handle, Mars in scientifically minded Virgo, the sign of categorizing, organizing, tidiness, attention to details, and dedication to work. Discriminating Virgo with Mars, planet of motivation, action, and energy, describes Sherlock Holmes perfectly with his magnifying glass and microscope at-the-ready for detecting minute details of any mystery. And as Bucket handle, Mars in fussy Virgo is the main channel for his natal planets’ energies to express (confirmed bachelor as he is and devoted to finding the truth) and as the handle planet melds the two halves of his horoscope and psyche into a whole person (or, a whole character in this case.)
His Mars-Neptune opposition is prominent and relates to his drug use and his ability to play roles by disguising himself, but also to the way in which some characters tend to distrust Sherlock Holmes and think he’s a sham and not a ‘real detective’ at all! But let us continue…
Neptune-Nemesis, Pluto-to-Sun in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, and Mars in Virgo. Neglected so far are his Mercury in Sagittarius, sign of The Seeker. Mercury rules the thinking and reasoning processes and style of communication (and siblings such as Mycroft!) and in Sagittarius denotes the philosopher with manifold interests–a deep thinker wh0 strives for justice and truth (Ebertin), and is pre-occupied with problems, puzzles, and mysteries. Perhaps this chart’s Scorpio Midheaven isn’t far off since Scorpio loves a mystery, can be quite morbid, and Midheaven is the Goal Point of any chart. Solving mysteries fits Scorpio well yet oddly enough there are no planets in the sign though there are three in opposing Taurus (see below).
Rising as you see are his Chiron in Capricorn conjoining natal Sun. Chiron is the blindspot but also The Key in a chart and is often described as The Wounded Healer, or Christ consciousness. Does Sherlock play the role of the healer who needs healing himself? Does he come close to martyrdom during his life-and-death struggles, perhaps? I would say so though you may disagree if you wish. Coupled with natal Sun, Chiron denotes one for whom pride and power lie in ambush (Nolle) and through Chiron-Sun we see this unique character’s innate sense of destiny played out across Neptune’s silver screen as Sherlock burns with purpose within his (imaginary!) existence that, as noted previously, cannot be trivial but must be larger than life.
Nearby is Jupiter at 8Cap06, the planet of success. Jupiter precisely conjoins his Syzygy Moon (8Cap32), the last lunation (a New Moon) prior to January 6, 1854. The sign of Jupiter indicates that Sherlock relates to others as an authority (Capricorn) and of course we can all agree to that. A New Moon prior adds to the novel and unique quality of Doyle’s then-popular character of a ‘consulting detective’. Additionally, the Pre-Natal Solar Eclipse of his birth date is the 18 South Saros Series which happens to be our current series with themes of separations, partings, and endings but with positive outcomes (Brady). 18 South last manifested on March 9, 2016 at 18Pis55.
Sherlock’s Jupiter-Chiron brings in a crusader quality (knighthood) and possibly adds more secret society vibes to his chart as Mycroft sends him off on secret missions for Crown and country. Or tries to.
His North Node in Mercury-ruled Gemini hints at the character’s many associations and contacts and the seeking of stimulating ideas and new projects though communication may remain on a superficial level with all but the chosen few.
Then there is lady Venus, planet of the attraction principle, love, beauty, diplomacy, and relationships, in very early Pisces, the sign of her exaltation. Since Sherlock tends to prefer freedom to union, we may assume that his love of music and the violin is described here with his Sun-Moon personality (yes, the Moon remained in Aries the entire 24-hour day) already noted for an avoidance of the emotionalism that Venusian romance would require. Also note that the agent ‘Irene Adler’ character-The Woman, as he called her–may be indicated by Venus in Pisces, a sign of mystery and subterfuge. Plus, the condition of loving a woman who is elsewhere, be it in death or otherwise, can be enough to satisfy an ethereal Venus in Pisces.
Now as you see, there is quite a lot of Taurus the Bull in the chart–Saturn Rx, Uranus Rx, and Pluto Rx. Suffice to say that a tendency toward materialism is supported here though eccentric Uranus in Taurus adds a flair for taking risks and a resourcefulness in seeking out finances. A certain inertia may be noticed with Saturn in stubborn, sometimes lazy or indolent Taurus while Pluto in this sign of wealth denotes one who is obsessed with gaining possessions in a way which may affect his destiny.
And yes, there are many other chart factors of note in this speculative natal horoscope for Sherlock Holmes but to mention them all would put you, dear reader, in serious danger of reading a rather verbose book rather than a WordPress article! So I’ll sign off by sending Good Wishes to cast and crew as fans such as myself await an exciting new season of Benedict Cumberbatch (Mars in Virgo) and Martin Freeman (Sun in Virgo) in their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson airing on Masterpiece Theater in 2017!
For more info on personality blends, see Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles and Suzi Harvey.
Lucifer: Fallen Angels, Demons, Karma, and a Royal Star of Persia
by Jude Cowell
On the evening of January 25, 2016 Lucifer premiered on FOX TV at 9:00 pm est. Rising in New York City (NYC to represent the East Coast USA) at that moment were transiting Jupiter (an actors’ planet) and North Node of the Moon (public contact), traveling in tandem at 22 Virgo and bestowing good fortune where appropriate. Not everyone was thrilled with such existential topics being aired as part of a racy dramatic endeavor, and critics became somewhat mild in their appraisals. Fans of the comic character ‘Lucifer’, created by Neil Gaiman, were for the most part less than impressed. But the ladies–well, they were quite a different matter, thanks to Mr. Ellis and the cast.
A magnetic effect seems to be centered upon the show’s leading actor, Tom Ellis, born November 17, 1978, hour unknown, in Bangor, UK (Wales) with Sun, attracter Venus, and intense Uranus in Scorpio. Or allow me to be specific: the magnetism seems to be centered upon the hypnotic effect of Mr. Ellis’s dark, Scorpio-looking eyes. TV technical effects add to the impression as ‘Lucifer Morningstar’ threatens miscreants with black eyes that turn…well, check them out if you haven’t. Hopefully, the following video won’t be spirited away due to infringement rights though it probably will be–and soon:
Now back to January 25, 2016 9:00 pm est when the Sun was clocking in at 5 Aquarius 31. Round up the degree to 6 Aquarius and you have a solar spotlight directed at the natal (birth) asteroid ‘Lucifer’ in the natal horoscope of Tom Ellis. His natal Moon (either in the last third of Gemini or in very early Cancer–details, below) is in 10th house of Career and Public Status and conjunct Midheaven, a signature for major publicity (Moon) on the world stage (MC.) His natal Mercury-Neptune conjunction at 17 Sagittarius+ is very much the signature of a thespian and holds a fount of creativity within. If memory serves, he became active in the profession at age 17, plus, natal Uranus at 17 Scorpio joins Venus (9Sco53 Rx) and his Sun in the mystical, dark sign of Scorpio.
And if we consider the Sun’s ’25 Scorpio’ Sabian Symbol, we find “An X-Ray” which seems to relate the those magnetic, hypnotic eyes we discussed a moment ago. X-ray vision comes to mind–you know, like in comic books back in the day?
As for major success, there’s the pilot episode premiering during a planetary Locomotive pattern with the publicity seeking Moon in the lead to guarantee popularity. And with the Moon (the public) at 29 Leo05–precisely conjoining the 12th house cusp (29:05 at 9:00 pm est) and also reflecting a certain Royal Star of Persia, Regulus (keywords: success if revenge is avoided). Of course, Regulus has a long history of affecting events and people on Earth, is mentioned in the Bible, and is aka, The Watcher of the North–an angel. The King or The Kingmaker are also roles that Regulus may play yet it’s doubtful that any characterization of the devil could represent him truthfully if he didn’t take revenge on the guilty. Punishment, TV’s Lucifer says, is what he does. Or used to.
However, when planets are linked with Regulus, who ruled as king in long ago golden days, there comes a caution: that revenge is his nemesis and if he takes it, he will ultimately lose all his power and success. The desire for revenge is a desire to which he must not succumb. As you may agree, few human beings manage to withstand such a warning even while knowing that natural laws ensnare us all within the universal net of karma and we must reap what we’ve sown.
Now I doubt that the scriptwriters of Lucifer have any such plot in mind but that’s part of one version of the myth associated with Regulus, and on at least one level Tom Ellis’ Lucifer, fallen from grace as he is, seems to be following a Regulus pattern of behavior by succumbing regularly for if you really want to do something you should do it, Lucifer advises.
Of course, none of the above mentions the pure fun the program provides as a brilliant Welsh actor embodies for us God’s fallen offspring playing and romancing in the form of an L.A. nightclub owner. Lucifer is, some say, his Father’s favorite son but he strongly disagrees. The good news for #Lucifans is that Lucifer is renewed for a second season so everyone will have future opportunities to enjoy the show’s intoxicating blend of sophistication and humor mixed with sophomoric innuendo and the lightest touch possible in a story full of temptation, pride, angel wings, and featuring the epitome of the rebellious son who refuses to swallow his overwhelming pride and return to his Father.
Now if Tom Ellis was born on November 17, 1978 between the hours of 8:16 pm GMT and midnight, his Moon is in tribal, self-protective, home-loving Cancer. Chances are better that his Moon is in Mercury-ruled Gemini which adds a light touch to his intense Scorpio Sun, so here are the ‘Images for Integration’ for this conscious-unconscious combination of energies as provided by the Harveys in their book, Sun Sign-Moon Sign:
“Trivial Pursuits goes macabre…A virtuoso violinist touches the hearts of her audience” (or in this case, pianist!) “…The mystery of life in a strip cartoon…Rodin’s The Kiss, Hands.”
Yes, Rodin was born under the influence of Sun Scorpio-Moon Gemini as was Dostoyevsky who appropriately informs us that,
“If the devil doesn’t exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.”
And on Mondays 9:00 pm on FOX TV, that image looks a lot like Tom Ellis.
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Say hello to the asteroid that in Astrology is known for nurturing, motherly, and food related qualities as one of the feminine goddesses, in the role of the archetype, ‘The Mother’:
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Image: Evangeline Adams February 8, 1868 8:30 am LMT Jersey city, New Jersey; please enlarge to read a few basic chart factors messily penned on.
Above you see the natal horoscope of famed American astrologer Evangeline Smith Adams. However, its accuracy is in question with a Rodden Rating of DD for ‘Dirty Data’ yet it is the data she herself gave in her book, The Bowl of Heaven and has been used by many astrologers through the years.
Since one of the books I am currently reading is Foreseeing the Future: Evangeline Adams and Astrology in America by Karen Christino, I naturally wanted a look at her natal chart and noticed that Evangeline Adams is in process of a Saturn Return! And with Saturn being the traditional ruler of the ancient art of Astrology, I wanted to post her chart as a tribute to her pioneering work of the 19th century when she reportedly served a client list of 100,000! Adams established herself as an independent woman of business when that sort of thing was very rarely done.
And even non-astrologers have heard the tale of one of her most famous clients (and students), J. P. Morgan, and his revealing quote that, “Millionaires don’t use Astrology, billionaires do.” One must assume that this remains the case for both Financial Markets and Astrology are based on cycles within cycles so why not pay heed to the excellent timing advantage one has through the use of astrological principles?
Well, this post is not meant to be a major study of the natal chart of Ms. Adams though more info may be published later. Let’s do make note of the three dates of her current Saturn Return/s–a ‘three-fer’ due to Saturn’s retrogradation though her natal Saturn @4Sag40 is Direct as you see which emphasizes the third and final conjunction of transiting Saturn to 4Sag40 (1. denial; 2. acceptance; 3. resolution):
1. February 25, 2015;
2. March 31, 2015; and
3. November 6, 2015 which is yet to come as of this posting.
Now her Mercury-North Node opposition denotes her Mercury conjunct South Node (ideas before her time; others pilfer and use her ideas without giving her credit) and the opposition points toward her natal Saturn in the 9th house of Philosophy, Religion, Higher Education, and Foreign Lands. Legal Matters may also be found in the 9th house expecially involving Higher Courts such as SCOTUS.
(Enlarge chart to read Mercury-NN = Saturn potentials, upper right.)
As the ruler of Capricorn (government, law, and business), Saturn is one of the karmic planets acting as our celestial time keeper and lesson bringer who demands that what is reaped must be sown (as a Saturnian astrologer I don’t ‘do’ past lives, just heredity and DNA). No one escapes this natural law–not even big bankers, Wall Street gentry, or government officials (with warmongers and mass murderers definitely included.)
So! Will the 2015 Saturn Return of Evangeline Adams affect current events (beyond this post!) in a karmic way? Perhaps not. But now that her chart and Return dates are noted and spotlighted we’ll have to see if the famous 19th century prognosticator of cycles somehow imprints upon current events once again.
For details on the life of Evangeline Adams astro.com is recommended.
The Wikipedia page and bio for Walt Disney’s most famous cartoon character Mickey Mouse reveals that his public debut in film short Steamboat Willy occurred on November 18, 1928 in New York City.
Wondering what makes Mickey tick, I set up a horoscope for this date and place though an exact hour of the first showing remains a mystery. Steamboat Willy played prior to the main feature and ran for two weeks, netting Disney $500 per week. Quite a sum in 1928 and launching a lucrative career in cartoon animation.
On November 18, 1928, the Moon remained in Aquarius (natal sign of America’s Moon–July 4, 1776) and of course the Sun was in intense Scorpio, ruled by Mars and sub-ruled by Pluto. I contend that the Sun sign relates to Mickey’s creator, Walt Disney, who was not the jolly artist we kids saw on TV but a dark, driven, and profane man.
In fact, the debut of Mickey Mouse had a Pre-Natal Solar Eclipse in the 2 South Saros Series with themes of ‘joining unusual groups through which a great deal is gained’ (Brady) and given the ability of secret societies to provide aid to their members’ careers, this may be what catapulted Steamboat Willy into such a plum position. Success in New York was on Disney’s schedule for you know what the song says, “If you can make it there you can make it anywhere.”
Not that Mr. Disney wasn’t born ready for fame and fortune! His birth date of December 5, 1901 shows that he entered the earthly plane during a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction period in work-loving Capricorn so he had the determination to work toward the achievement promised by the societal planets, Jupiter and Saturn. His Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Libra are Jupiter and Venus ruled, two of the money planets.
Interestingly, Walt Disney’s natal Moon will be eclipsed on April 4, 2015 by a Lunar Eclipse and of course the Moon’s realm includes publicity and public contact–though eclipses are considered ‘wild cards’ and may dredge up secrets and spotlight scandals. His Sun Sag-Moon Libra combination of Fire and Air denotes optimism, great and fiery communication skills, a dramatic streak, and a chivalrous, prophetic character.
Natal Neptune at 00 Cancer is on one of the four Cardinal Points of fame, fortune, recognition, and prominence and of course Neptune’s realms include illusion, art, images, photography, and the silver screen.
The intensity of Scorpio is seen in Walt Disney’s natal Mercury (28 Scorpio) with Mercury the planet of thinking processes, communication, and commerce–so Disney’s natal Mercury conjoins Mickey Mouse’s natal Sun identifying Mickey as Walt’s ‘brainchild’.
As for Mickey, his Sun Sco-Moon AQ identifies him as an ‘impenetrable enigma’ yet a ‘wide-eyed and open-armed friend of the people’ (Harvey.) This blend denotes a capacity for the regeneration (Sco) of social structures (AQ), and one who sees what needs to be done and simply does it.
An observer of life, Mickey’s intent on relieving the suffering of others through his humorous antics in that comedy-tragedy way of traditional thespianism. The Sco-AQ combo of energies gives him a magnetic quality which continues to attract children to the present day.
Hot Dog! Mickey insists on finding the truth which he does regularly on his current TV show, The Micky Mouse Clubhouse–which you already know if you watch it with a 3-year old as I do–treasure hunts and all!
The character Mickey Mouse shares his natal Sun Sco-Moon AQ personality blend with the illustrious Voltaire, Albert Camus, Dylan Thomas, economist Jean Monnet (architect of the European Community), and the modern ‘new world order’ as timed by the third of three conjunctions of Enlightenment planets, Uranus and Neptune on October 24, 1993 at 18 Capricorn…”POLITICAL POWER”.
Yes, the field of Entertainment is one of the most successful diversions for distracting the public from real issues while power elite architects set up their Utopian ‘new world order’!