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Poet Francis Thompson and a Foreshadowing Lunar Eclipse

In my recent article concerning poet Francis Thompson as a possible Jack the Ripper suspect, I included a speculative, symbolic natal horoscope for him, born December 16, 1859 in Preston, England. With no known birth hour for setting up a natal chart I used the exact moment that the Moon (often used as a timer in astrological work) opposed Neptune in its own sign of Pisces, a signature of paranoia, dreaminess, drugs, otherworldliness, the Collective, and deep creativity. The Moon represents, among other things: mother, family, women, emotions, childhood, the Unconscious, and the native’s ‘reigning need’ (Tyl.)

Francis Thompson’s reigning need is described by the sign of Mercury-ruled Virgo, the Virgin, with its purification, cleanliness, orderliness, and discernment issues.

Since posting the previous article, I am now reading Richard Patterson’s book Francis Thompson and the Ripper Paradox which is chocked full of information on the poet and on the Ripper cases thanks to Patterson’s 20 years of research. The book also cites and quotes several other sources and has informed me that Thompson’s occult interests (as mentioned in my previous article) also included the ancient art of Astrology.

I have also learned that Thompson’s mother, Mary Morton Thompson, died on the poet’s 21st birthday, a tragically lousy birthday gift for anyone to bear–having your mother ‘eclipsed’ from earthly life by an eclipse on that particular day. The image you see below is the Lunar Eclipse which manifested on Thompson’s 21st birthday.

>>Dec 5, 2015 Update: in my subsequent readings on Francis Thompson and the crimes of 1888 since posting this chart and article, I find that some sources give December 18, 1859 as the poet’s birth date. There may also be some conflict as to which date his mother actually died on–possibly the day after his birthday. None of the dates (within 2 or 3 days of one another) affect the influence of the Lunar Eclipse you see here–still a picture of a ‘mother’ ‘eclipsed’ by death. Thompson could still have been aware of the eclipse, its tragic meaning, and its degree at the time or later on.

Speaking as one whose mother also died under the auspices of a Lunar Eclipse which conjoined my natal Moon (which conjoined my mother’s natal Moon in Pisces!), I belatedly sympathize with the poet’s bereavement on that day and suspect that he was at some point completely aware of the Lunar (mother) Eclipse after, if not before, it occurred on December 16, 1880 @25Gemini08 which placed the Sun conjunct his natal Sun in Sagittarius since it was his birthday. Also note that the eclipse degree of 25Gemini squared Thompson’s natal Neptune @24Pisces (loss) and perhaps squared his natal Moon in Virgo if the two are within orb of opposition (180 degrees, a Full Moon of awareness, relationship, and culmination or ending) and which relates specifically to the poetic and mystical talents he inherited from his mother Mary via Moon-Neptune:

Gemini Lunar Eclipse Dec 16, 1880

Gemini Lunar Eclipse Dec 16, 1880

That the eclipse manifested in Gemini, sign of The Twins, seems significant as well since Francis had a twin who died at birth. Death doubled! You see the Moon rising in Preston with Luna’s own South Node, a Saturnian point of separation. His father Dr. Charles Thompson and he quarreled over what I’m learning was dad’s plan to remarry (Sun conjunct North Node, a Jupiterian point of encounters, new associations, and future direction.) Afterwards, Francis left the family home for London and a life of opiate use and homelessness on the city streets, suffering which abated in Autumn 1888 when some of his poems and essays were published in the magazine ‘Merry England’ — but then his prostitute ‘girlfriend’ broke off their relationship and used his expectant fame as a poet as justification, if memory serves correctly.

Now as I go further into Richard Patterson’s book (it’s quite long!) there will be discussion of the five Whitechapel murders of Autumn 1888 and their correlation with certain dates on the Catholic calendar; plus, the ancient concept of ‘Holy Ground’ seems to have applied as far as the killer was concerned. As a Protestant I shall have to depend on such sources in this but one thing I do know and plan to further investigate are correlations between planets and the dates of the murders (August 31 — November 9, 1888) beginning with the Lunar Eclipse you see here. Why? Because the Ripper’s first victim, Mary Ann Nichols (‘Polly’) was found at 3:40 am on August 31, 1888–with the Moon @25Gem14! Mother Mary and Mary murder victim–did astrology user Francis Thompson realize this precise correlation from the heavens to earth? I would say probably so for As Above, So Below is a first principle of the ancient art.

Additionally, Mary Ann Nichols was born on August 26, 1845 when the Moon was in Gemini and her Sun in early Virgo which echos her murder’s Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini blend of energies which describe the atmosphere of August 31, 1888. This Sun-Moon blend may tell us something about the crime and the killer. You may even agree that the following traits describe Francis Thompson, the eternal youth and puppet master who was never self-sufficient in his life!

Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini: a perennial student with mental ingenuity, a thinker; youthful; moody; analyser of minutiae; detached observer; nervous; a worrier; quick-witted; emotionally superficial and fickle; a romantic but not emotionally available; writer, linguist, teacher, journalist; shrewd and clever; critical; an organizer; a pessimist.

And my favorite for Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini: a jack of all trades!

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Astrology source: Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles and Suzi Harvey; Thompson source: Francis Thompson and the Ripper Paradox by Richard Patterson.

Updated Nov 30, 2015 9:15 pm est

Where is Niobe tonight?

Mythogical Niobe is known to astrologers as Niobe, the grieving mother archetype, and she tonight ranges at 26Ari12 as the announcement extending the mission in Afghanistan for America’s warriors an extra month has come and is, one assumes, part of Bush’s desire to increase US troop numbers in the country we’ve given back to the Taliban as if the Soviets never learned anything in that stark region of the globe.

Niobe in Aries, sign of the god of war, Ares – or as we call him these days: Mars.

Here are two Martians on the world stage we’ve learned to suspect:

‘Gaze into my eyes…comrade’….Bush and Putin played disputin’ cousins on TV and yet…the US undermined the Soviets in Afghanistan and you know how that turned out for Russian soldiers, massacred as they retreat…that 25,000 captives were kidnapped is hardly ever mentioned–thus Russia has their “separatists” to fight and commit false flag ops upon when it suits the Kremlin’s purposes.

Ahhh, true motives! We’re in the final weeks of the Feb 7 2008 ‘Unmasking Eclipse’…”18AQ” season so hidden motivations are apt to be revealed once again…at least until Aug 1 or so, when the next Solar Eclipse Series occurs.

Bush’s ignore-Aghanistan military faux pas is a good example of this administration’s tendency toward misdirected energy applications. Yet with aims and motives beyond the ordinary (and which are kept secret from the mere mortal masses)  I continue to assert that the Bush Gang is not as shoot-themselves-in-the-foot as the Yosemite Sams they portray. Being touted as incompetent, stupid and/or forgetful by your media enablers and minions has been a half-decent cover for the varmints, I suppose.

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You may wish to read about some possible election scenarios…pre- or during (or in December as in Travesty 2000)…for the upcoming US prez and other elections plus other brilliant articles by Morgan Wolf of Morgan’s Musings:

http://morgansmusings.wordpress.com/

Saturn opposite Uranus–past vs future/the Middle East ~ esp Israel vs Palestine/new methods vs traditional ways)…November promises to turn up the heat under a cauldron simmering with bubbles of sulphur and ash in time for Jan 2009, and with forces of nature not to be left off the list, sad to say.

Plus, we always think of the sign Scorpio when autumn rolls around…with sign-ruler the lusty, testosterone-infused Mars rushing in (often foolishly) and dark puppet-string yanking Pluto rumbling in the background, the secret hand  hiding buried treasures of untold wealth, and a web of associates whose secret motives are fast becoming impossible – or unnecessary – to disguise.

Financially the upcoming August Eclipses–Solar Aug 1, Lunar Aug 16–may affect markets worldwide but are esp focused in America considering that her ‘pals’ abroad–Barclays Capital, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Fortis–are in process of deserting us…which is, I protest, part of their plans all along.

You’ll find August Eclipse articles in my Pages list, if you haven’t checked them out yet…you may was well consider possibilities for as J.P. Morgan said:

“Millionaires don’t use Astrology, billionaires do.” Yuh. It’s all about cycles.

Therefore, it’s hardly possible that Wall Street gentry and others haven’t planned the current meltdown for their own domination-of-the-world purposes. A New Order has been called for by certain social tinkerers (my ‘nice’ name for them) these last several decades. Too bad most people never paid it any mind until now as the financial train wreck approaches in the rearview mirror.

For financial articles and analyses with a global perspective, go here (sans Astrology):

http://augustreview.com/

And here’s an article esp related to my financial Eclipse fuss above:

http://www.augustreview.com/news_commentary/global_banking/imminent_financial_crisis?_2008070394/

~:~ So now I’m sending out wishes for a Happy 232nd Independence Day, America! in case WordPress and my tech gremlins tussle wildly tomorrow and I can’t return as soon as I’d like…

Lunar Eclipse, high seas may prevent shoot down of spysat

Moonlighter from Dreamyfish Art (c) 2008 

Moonlighter, by jude cowell (c) Dreamyfish Art 2008 Use by express permission only

The Pentagon is saying that tonight’s Naval shootdown of their wayward spy satellite by missile may be postponed due to bad weather and high seas…so the Pentagon may be trumped by Earth’s satellite, the Moon.

Plans may go forward if the weather clears in the North Pacific, but tonight’s Lunar Eclipse may have other ideas…and everyone knows that Moon cycles affect earthly oceans. (I thought this was bad timing on their part!)

Astrologically the Moon rules Cancer, sign of the crab that crawled out of the primordial ooze of the sea, and since the sea in our dreams represents the Unconscious, the astrological Moon signifies our past and heredity, our Sub- and Unconciousness, and mama’s nurturing.

Yes, even the mighty Pentagon can’t triumph over the Moon’s deep forces!

~*~Eclipse begins partially at 8:43 pm est, Totality starts at 10:01 pm, and perfects at 10:30:27 pm est over the White House.

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