WHO WERE YOU BEFORE YOU WERE YOU?
Jan Warren Allen
Many years ago, as a college music education student, I visited Austria during the famous Salzburg Summer Music Festival, where I toured the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most endearingly popular classical composers. While walking through his house, I remember thinking how it reminded me of the house I grew up in; both a series of long, narrow rooms. Later as an astrological student, I realized that we were both musicians that shared the same birthday and I wondered if there could be some kind of connection between an ordinary musician, like myself, and this musical genius. My curiosity propelled me into wanting to know more about him. I read that when Mozart was very young, he listened to his older sister play the piano and then could play what he heard. I could relate to that, as at a very young age, I would listen to my older brother play the piano and sit down and play what I heard by ear also.
So then, I began to wonder if there could be anything to the Eastern philosophy of reincarnation and/or if there was even more of an astrological tie between us. With that in mind, I looked further and researched Mozart' chart. He was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria at 8:00 PM. His ascendant at 12 Virgo 41 was so close to my Neptune at 11 Virgo 53R, his 3rd house cusp was one degree shy of my 5th house cusp, reflecting that all I ever wanted to do since childhood was to play music. The tight Neptune connection is also a bond that refers to music. He wrote his first symphony at his Mercury (8 degrees of Aquarius) age..8 years old. He died when he was 35 years old, which ties into his 2nd and 8th house house of life and death) cusps at 5 degrees, as to get to the middle years in a life, you simply add 30 to the original degree sign. So, 5 + 30 = 35. This is connected to there being 30 degrees in a sign. Mozart was involved in the music of his day, while I have always been passionate about American music; jazz, the music of my day. So improvisation was my thing! With my N. Node in Aquarius, the sign that rules astrology, and as I grew older, my interest in music (S. Node in Leo) which rules being on stage was been there, done that) gave way to devoting my time to astrology! Being intrigued with the idea of astrological connections, I decided to go through the rest of the signs to see if I could find other match ups, and indeed I did. We have covered the sign of Aquarius, so I will start with Aries and address the other signs.
Samuel Hinds: Actor: born April 4th, 1875. Hinds was a Hollywood lawyer until the 1929 stock market crash, when he lost most of his money. At that point, at age 54, Hinds, decided to embark on an acting career. The tall, dignified-looking Hinds appeared in 214 films, characterizing men in military office--politicians, and such. His two most notable appearances were in "Destry Rides Again", and "It's a Wonderful Life." Other films were "The Egg and I", and "The Boy with the Green Hair." He also appeared on stage during this time and continued working until his death in 1948.
Robert Downey Jr.: Actor: born April 4th, 1965. After a series of well-reviewed Hollywood performances and becoming known during the 1980s-90s, Downey was an Academy Award nominee for "Chaplin" and a Golden Globe Award winner for "Ally McBeal." More recent films include supporting and lead film roles in "Good Night and Good Luck" and "Iron Man."
Both actors share a 14° Aries Sun. But another astrological connection is that Hind's Uranus at 11 Leo 13 R, the sign of entertainment, conjoins Downey's Transpluto at 11 Leo 29 R. Transpluto is a hypothetical planet, which on the level of daily life, seems to suggest the personal and cultural background on which our sense of destiny is based. Suppressed, this energy can generate disaster in the life. When released and acknowledged however, this energy provides the force and direction for the highest fulfillment and realization. Uranus worked in Hind’s life, as he was in another line of work during the Great Depression, but unexpectedly lost everything. So he reinvented himself as an actor, and became very successful at it.
In Downey’s case, after finding early success, his life spiraled down toward total disaster because of his drug addiction in the late 1990s. While growing up, he lived with his father who was the iconoclastic director of movies like "Putney Swope" and a flamboyant drug user in the 1960s and 1970s. Robert once said that his father gave him Marijuana when he was eight years old. The negative effect his father had on him is shown in Robert's chart by his Saturn (father) in the sign of drugs at 11 Pisces 59, opposed to his Mars at 10 Virgo 12 Rx, and Uranus at 11 Virgo 30 Rx. So by those degree numbered ages (10 and 11 years old), likely he was well on his way to developing a serious health problem. However, in tapping into the transformative power of his Transpluto energy, he has dealt with his problem successfully, and has come to the top of his game again!
Rudolph Valentino: Silent film actor: born May 6th, 1895 in Castellaneta, Italy. Though the phrase, Latin Lover, has been applied to many actors, to some film buffs, the designation truly fits only one individual: Rudolph Valentino. From early on, Rudolph wanted to leave Italy. At 18 years old, (his Uranus degree), his mother scraped up enough money to send him to America. After working at odd jobs, learning to dance and speak English, he finally found success in the movie, "The Sheik", wherein Valentino's magnetic personality firmly established him as a first rank star. He lived in Beverly Hills mansion called Falcon Lair, which was recently on the market for $7.95 million. At the tender age of 31, he was hospitalized with a perforated ulcer and died August 23rd, 1926. Almost immediately, the Valentino death cult entrenched itself; nearly 80,000 hysterical women crowded into the New York funeral parlor and several devotees committed suicide.
George Clooney: Actor: Born May 6th, 1961, Lexington Manor, KY, 2:58 A.M. George is a romantic heartthrob. In this lifetime, he has a fabulous voice, and was voted the sexiest man alive by People Magazine in 2006. He is an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning actor, who gained fame as one of the lead doctors in the long-running television drama,"ER" (1994-99). Although George came from a family of performers, he found his own success by climbing the ladder from the bottom up. One of his biggies is "Ocean's Eleven", a remake of the 1960s Rat Pack of the same name.
Both men have their Sun at 15° Taurus. But an added connection between Valentino and Clooney is especially interesting, since we have a timed chart for Clooney. Valentino's nodes were at 19 Pisces -Virgo 12 which form a T-square to George’s 4th and 10th house cusps at 19 Gemini-Pisces 52. That connects to the fact that Valentino couldn't wait to get out of Italy. He lived in a mansion in Hollywood, while Clooney chooses to live in Italy, even though he is of Irish and German descent. Valentino came from southern Italy, while Clooney lives in northern Italy. Moreover, with the Gemini duality involved, Clooney has not one, but two Italian villas. Set in the tranquil beauty of Italy's Lake Como, Clooney fell in love with the 18th century Villa Oleandra and paid $7 million for it. Clooney has shown himself determined to be accepted into his new community, and is learning to speak Italian from language CDs, which he laughingly says will "take an eternity, and it's embarrassing to live in a country where you don't know the language."
Sir Edward Elgar: Musical Composer: born June 2nd, 1857 in Worcester, England. Sir Elgar was a prolific and famous English musical composer, whose works stimulated a renaissance of English music. Elgar came from a family of modest means; his father was an organist and piano tuner and had a music shop. Edward had the advantage of growing up in a practical musical atmosphere and taught himself to play a wide variety of instruments. It is a remarkable too, that Elgar was very largely self-taught as a composer, evidence of the strong determination behind his genius. His best known work is "Pomp and Circumstance." It was first played in 1905 at Yale University, and soon became the American graduation traditional march.
Marvin Hamlisch: Musical Composer: Born June 2nd, 1944 in New York City. Hamlisch also came from a family of modest means, and his father played the accordion. A child prodigy, he, unlike Elgar, had the opportunity for formal music education, as he was accepted by the Julliard School of Music at the age of seven. By his 21st birthday, he had written the pop hit "Sunshine, Lollipops" and "Rainbows" while the 1970s became his most spectacular decade. In 1973 he won two Oscars for his work on the Robert Redford-Barbra Streisand film, "The Way We Were", and a third for the Redford-Paul Newman film, "The Sting." In 1975 he wrote the score to "A Chorus Line", the legendary smash that won a Pulitzer Prize and was on Broadway for 15 years. In later years, he conducted various pops orchestras and continued to score films and television shows.
Elgar and Hamlisch not only shared having the Sun at 12°Gemini, but both men had the Moon in Libra. Moreover, Elgar’s Mercury at 9° Gemini Rx conjoined Hamlisch's Uranus. Elgar's retrograde Mercury might explain why his long struggle to establish himself as a pore-eminent composer of his older years, however, his Mercury turned his interest to the new field of recording, which he enthusiastically immersed himself. On the other hand, by the time that Hamlisch entered the scene, recording music had made great strides and television was now on the scene. Because he was witty and cheerful, his Uranus (television) in Gemini allowed him to regularly appear on the TV talk circuit. Hamlisch had three planets, plus the N. Node in Leo, so his choice of writing and performing in the entertainment field was where he found his success.
John Paul Jones: Born July 6, 1747, in Aberdeen Scotland. He was born into a family of modest means, and had little education. At the age of 13 (his Sun degree age) he signed for a seven-year seaman's apprenticeship. Jones often found himself in trouble because of his reckless behavior. In 1766 he sailed on a slave ship that had 77 Africans on it. It must have been a terrible voyage, as he turned away from the slave traffic in disgust calling it an abominable trade. When the American Revolution was brewing, Jones, letters revealed a strong colonist siding; then as Congress formed a Continental Navy, Jones offered his services and was commissioned. As lieutenant of the Alfred and later a captain of the Providence, Jones gained experience of naval warfare, later advising Congress on the development of Navy regulations. In 1777, he sailed on the Ranger for France, where he struck up a rapport with the American Commissioner in Paris, Benjamin Franklin. At Quiberon, he forced the French to salute the American flag the first time it had been hoisted in a foreign harbor. He became famous in the United States as the "Father of the American Navy", and his words "I have not yet begun to fight" are well remembered! In America he was considered to be a patriot, but in England, he was thought of as a pirate!
George W. Bush: President of the United States: born July 6, 1946, in New Haven Connecticut. He, unlike Jones, came from a privileged family and had the best formal education. He is a patriot as well, and is sympathetic to African-American issues. He is also adventurous and reckless. When he jumped into war with Iraq so easily, his motto might also have been I have not yet begun to fight. Jones was assigned to the newly constructed ship named Ranger (an 80-gun frigate); on June 14, 1777 (the same day the new Stars and Stripes flag was adopted). George Bush was the owner of the baseball team, the Texas Rangers before he got into politics.
Besides sharing a 13° Cancer Sun, Jones¿ having Venus and Saturn in Cancer, Bush was always close to his mother, and as the oldest of five children, stood in for his father, who was away much of the time. The other side of him, with his ascendant, plus his Mercury, Pluto and Venus in Leo also fit into his early adult party years, as well as his interest in baseball. Bush's Sun trines his Part of Fortune at 10 Scorpio 02 in the 4th house, explaining his fortunate family background. Their vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine is surrounded by water, and taking visiting dignitaries out fishing is a favorite pastime of his.
On the other hand, Jones's Sun opposes his natal Jupiter at 12 Capricorn 37 Rx which verifies that his formal education ended about that age (12). His Mars at 5° Scorpio and his Pluto at 24° Scorpio testify to his earlier troubled reputation, and his "prickly personality," as a family friend described it. John Paul Jones was the "Father of the American Navy", and George Bush was our former "Commander in Chief."
Oliver Perry Morton: American politician, born August 4th, 1823 in Salisbury IN. First an attorney, then a judge, Morton was eventually elected as Indiana’s Governor in 1862 and re-elected in 1864, right in the midst of the Civil War. Morton displayed an unusual resourcefulness in thwarting the secessionist schemes in neighboring Kentucky and from the secret societies of Southern sympathizers. In 1863 the legislature sought to deprive him of militia control; failing in this, it adjourned without making the necessary appropriations. Morton appointed a bureau of finance and appealed for financial aid from private individuals, bankers, and the Federal government. The response was so prompt that he was able to conduct affairs practically single-handed until 1865, when a legislature assembled more favorable to his policies. That same year, when Morton had a paralytic stroke and went to Europe for treatment, the President entrusted him with a confidential mission to Napoleon III concerning the withdrawal of the French troops from Mexico. In 1867, Morton accepted a seat in the U.S. Senate. He was one of the leaders of the radical wing of his party, voting in favor of Andrew' Johnson's impeachment, and was active on behalf of Negro suffrage. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination in 1876 although it went to Rutherford B. Hayes. That election became one of the most contentious in American history.
Barack Hussein Obama: Born August 4th, 1961 at 7:24 PM in Honolulu, Hawaii. Obama was the junior United States Senator from Illinois. He won the presidential election in 2008 and is now our current president. Born to a Kenyan father and an American mother, he spent most of his early life in Honolulu, Hawaii. A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Obama worked as a community organizer, university lecturer, and civil rights lawyer before running for public office and serving in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. After an unsuccessful bid for a US House of Representatives seat in 2000, he announced his campaign to run for the US Senate and was elected in 2004. While still a state legislator, Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. As Senator, he co-sponsored bipartisan legislation for controlling conventional weapons and greater public accountability in the use of federal funds. In the current Congress, he sponsored legislation on lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and military personnel care. Since announcing his presidential campaign, Obama has emphasized ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence, and providing universal health care as three priorities.
Obama's Sun is at 12 Leo 18. Morton's Sun at 11:59 PM reaches 11 Leo 57, but I think that is a close enough connection, especially since Morton's Jupiter at 01°+ Cancer conjoins Obama's Venus. In addition, Morton's Venus at 27°+ Virgo conjoins Obama's progressed Sun in his political 11th house which trines Obama's progressed Jupiter at 27 Virgo 20 Rx in his 3rd of communication. Although one Senator was a Republican, while the other is a Democrat, it is interesting that financial issues and withdrawing troops from a war were part of both men's agenda!
Many years ago, I became acquainted with a Navy Captain, who later became an Admiral. His birthday was September 9th, 1933, 5:47 AM at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Another mental light flashed on in my brain when I discovered this was the same birthday as Captain Bligh, who also went on to become an admiral. He is best known for the book and movie, "Mutiny on the Bounty." The mutiny was against his command, and he is well remembered for the remarkable voyage he made to Timor. His mentor was Captain James Cook who picked him for the position of Sailing Master on the Resolution, and he accompanied Captain Cook in July 1776 on Cook's third and fatal voyage to the Pacific. The Bounty's log shows that Bligh resorted to punishments relatively sparingly. He scolded when other captains would have whipped, and when other captains would have hanged. Educated and deeply interested in science, he was convinced that good diet and sanitation were necessary for the welfare of his crew. He also took great interest in his crew's exercise and his ship's cleanliness and tried to check the spread of venereal disease among his men; all very positive Virgo qualities.
Fast forward to our era when science has made many important advances, and we see that my friend, the Admiral also had a mentor; one Admiral Hymen Rickover, who was known as the Father of the Nuclear Navy. Rickover's substantial legacy of technical achievements includes the United States Navy's continuing record of zero reactor accidents; as defined by the uncontrolled release of fission products subsequent to reactor core damage. My Admiral friend was his protégé, and his interest in science also propelled him to get a Master of Science degree from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School. After retiring in the 1980's, he put his Virgo traits to work into solving problems in the non-military world with commercial reactors. With his no-nonsense attitude, and perfectionist approach, he was able to clean house at the Boston Edison's Pilgrim reactor, which was closed for more than two years for management problems. An outside evaluation of the changes, made by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was positive, and in late 1989 the commission gave Pilgrim permission to reopen. Interestingly enough, a further connection occurred when I calculated Bligh's rectified chart, we find an opposition with my Admiral friend's Uranus at 26 Aries 52 Rx opposes Bligh's Venus at 26 Libra 52. Besides that, that calculation puts 11 Virgo on his ascendant, which is the same for both men's ascendant.
Ned Turner: Born October 2nd, 1800 in Southampton, Missouri. Turner was an American slave and leader of the Southampton Insurrection. Deeply religious from childhood, Turner was a preacher and was influential among local slaves. Apparently believing himself divinely appointed to lead fellow slaves to freedom, he plotted a revolt with 60 followers. After killing the family of Turner's owner, the band ravaged the neighborhood, killing in two days 55 whites, mostly women and children. The revolt was soon crushed, and 13 slaves and three free blacks were hanged. Turner escaped, but was later captured and hanged also. The abortive uprising was by far the bloodiest and most serious in the history of slavery in the US and led to more stringent slave laws in the South and an end of the organized abolition movement. Over the years, Turner became a figure of controversy, seen by some as a vicious fanatic and by others as a hero of black resistance.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: Born October 2nd, 1869. Mahatma Gandhi was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of Satyagraha, a philosophy concerned with truth and resistance to evil through active, non-violent resistance which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi first employed peaceful civil disobedience in South Africa. Then assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns against poverty, for liberation of women, brotherhood amongst different religious and ethnic groups, an end to untouchability caste discrimination, and independence of India from foreign domination. Gandhi led in the disobedience of the British salt tax with the 250-mile march in 1930, and in a call for the British to quit India in 1942. He was imprisoned for many years on numerous occasions in both South Africa and India.
Both men had the Sun at 9° Libra, but besides that, Gandhi’s Neptune at 18° Aries conjoined Turner's N. Node. With their Libra Sun, both men were trying to create a free and more equitable balance among them (or the moral of the story) would seem to be that after Turner's controversial, violent methods failed to get results, Gandhi chose another path, that of nonviolence to achieve the same type of goals.
General Jean-Baptiste Eugène Estienne: Born on November 7, 1860 in Condé-en-Barrois in the Meuse valley in France. In 1882, Estienne placed first in the national mathematics competition, and was always interested in dealing with mathematical and philosophical problems, but his passion was Greek Antiquity. Estienne was reputed to be one of the most competent and progressive French officers, one of the founders of modern artillery and the artillery school in Grenoble. When the French aviation service was created and since the main task of aircraft was seen as directing artillery, Estienne was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and became one of the founders of French Military aviation, commanding the 5th Aviation Group at Lyon for a short time. But he was recalled to the arsenal of Vincennes to continue his technical work, though he couldn't resist founding new artillery aviation, rising to the rank of General in World War 1.
General David Praeteus: Born on November 7, 1952 in Cornwall, N. Y.. Petraeus graduated from West Point in 1974 and began his military career with to a light infantry unit. Shortly afterward, he assumed command of the19th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized) and ever since, light infantry has been at the core of his career, punctuated by assignments to mechanized units. After earning the General George C. Marshall Award as the top graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983, he returned to the military academy, earning an MPA in 1985 and a P.H.D. in international relations in 1987 from Princeton. In 1988-1989, he served as operations officer to the 3rd Infantry Division and in 1993-94, Petraeus continued his long association with the 101st Airborne Division as its Assistant Chief of Staff, and installation Director of Plans, Training and Mobilization. During a civilian skydiving jump, his parachute collapsed at low altitude due to a hook turn, resulting in a hard landing that broke his pelvis. General Petraeus was the commanding general in Iraq, and is now involved with Afghanistan . Before leaving for Iraq, Petraeus recruited a number of highly educated military officers, nicknamed, Petraeus guys, or designated thinkers.
Both men have their Sun at 15° Scorpio. But more interestingly, when I adjust their time of births, with Estienne's at 9:59 AM and Praetheus's at 4:34 PM they both have Mercury at 8 Sagittarius 07, which is fitting with their superior intellects. Furthermore, Petraeus’s Moon at 26 Cancer 19 conjoins Estenne's S Node at 26 Cancer 20 Rx. True to their Scorpio Sun signs, Petraeus is described as a high energy individual who likes to lead from the front, in any field he is going into, and Estenne was reputed to be one of the most competent and progressive officers in France. One other thing that struck me was, although Praeteus's father came from the Netherlands, that name seems to be of Greek origin.
Jonathon Swift: Writer, born November 30th, 1667 at 1:08 AM in Dublin Ireland. Swift was an Anglo-Irish cleric, Dean of St. Patrick's in Dublin, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs, then for Tories), and poet. Swift received his M.A. from Hertford College, Oxford University in 1692 and is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, but less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published his works under pseudonyms, such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff M.B. Drapier- or anonymously. Although there were many others, "Gulliver's Travels" is Swift's best known full-length work. It is a classic of English literature that became tremendously popular as soon as it was published, so that "it is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery"; likely it has never been out of print since then.
Mark Twain: Writer, born November 30th, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. Twain's real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, but was better known by his pen name. He was an American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer and known for his quotations. Twain is most noted for his novels, adventures of "Huckleberry Finn" (the Great American Novel) and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Twain incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists and European royalty. American author William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature."
There was an interesting connection between the two men. Not only did they share their Sun at 7° Sagittarius, Swift's S. Node at the same degree tied them both together. Swift's Mercury at 22° Sagittarius conjoined Twain’s Venus. It is interesting how they both used their Sagittarian energy. Swift had three Sagittarian planets, the S. Node and Transpluto. Not only was he well-educated, he became a priest; and he wrote about travelers tales, a literary sub-genre. Mark Twain traveled extensively (very Sagittarian), and during his tour of Europe and the Middle East, he wrote a collection of travel letters, compiled as "The Innocents Abroad." Unlike Swift, Twain educated himself in public libraries, finding wider sources of information than at a conventional school. In his political views, Twain was an adamant supporter of emancipation, and wrote glowingly about unions, in the river boating industry in "Life on the Mississippi." On the other hand, Swift embraced religion (very Sagittarian), Christianity, through his later life.
Benjamin Franklin: Born January 17th, 1706 in Boston Massachusetts; politician, and one of the Founding Fathers of the US. When he was young, Franklin educated himself by being a voracious reader. Later, as a scientist he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, and bifocals, among other things. His interest was in reading and sharing a lending library in America. He played a major role in establishing the University of Pennsylvania and the Franklin and Marshall College. Franklin was also Postmaster General under the Continental Congress. In 1753, both Harvard and Yale awarded him honorary degrees. In 1759, the University of St. Andrews awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Newton Minnow: Born January 17th, 1926 in Milwaukee, WI at 8:35 PM. Minnow is an influential attorney, concerning telecommunications law and is active in many non-profit, civic, and educational institutions. Minow campaigned for Kennedy to Chair the Federal Communications from early on, was persuading Congress to pass legislation clearing the way for communications satellites. "When I toured the space program with Kennedy, I told him communications satellites will be much more important than sending man into space because they will send ideas into space. Ideas last longer than men." Minnow was on the Board of Governors of the Public Broadcasting Service and its predecessor, National Educational Television. He is a recent past-president of the Carnegie Corporation, the original funder of Sesame Street, a professor emeritus at Northwestern University, and the author of four books and numerous journal and magazine articles. Minow has supported and written about the Digital Promise Project, designed to fulfill the Internet's educational potential.
Both men have their Sun at 27° Capricorn, which allowed them to run large organizations, and both men have their Moon in Pisces. Franklin’s Transpluto at 25 Capricorn 13 conjoins Minnow’s S Node at 25 Capricorn 24. Franklin's Jupiter at 24 Cancer 20 Rx conjoins Minnows Transpluto at 24 Cancer 52. Both men have their Mars in Sagittarius, the sign of higher intelligence and education. However, in Minnow's era, his Jupiter and Venus in Aquarius, which rules television allowed him to open new educational vistas to the world. Franklin's Mars was in Aquarius also, which links his interest to electricity (Aquarius ruled), and what was happening in the heavens to Minnow's involvement was also what was happening in the heavens; but on a whole different plane. Minnow has taken Franklin's interest and involvement with books and communication to a much higher level, literally! And lastly, I noticed that in the picture that is shown of Minnow in the Wikipedia website, he is wearing glasses; with, no doubt, Franklin's bifocals!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Writer, born February 27th, 1807 in Portland, ME. Longfellow was an American poet whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha", and "Evangeline" and was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. Longfellow predominantly wrote lyric poetry, known for its melody-like musicality, which often presented stories of mythology and legend. Longfellow rarely wrote on current subjects and seemed detached from contemporary American concerns. He became the most popular American poet of the 19th century and also found success overseas. In fact, the rapidity with which American readers embraced Longfellow was unparalleled in US publishing history.
John Steinbeck: Writer, born February 27th, 1902 in Salinas, CA. He is one of the best-known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century. He wrote what is called a series of California novels and Dust Bowl fiction, set among common people during the Great Depression. These included "In Dubious Battle" in 1936, "Of Mice and Men" in 1937 and “The Grapes of Wrath in 1939, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize. In all, he wrote 25 books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories. In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Unlike Longfellow, Steinbeck wrote about contemporary social issues. His Of Mice and Men about the dreams of a pair of migrant laborers working the California soil was critically acclaimed. Seventeen of his works, including "Cannery Row, The Pearl, and East of Eden", went on to become Hollywood films and continue on as remakes.
Both men had their Sun at 8° of artistic Pisces. Longfellow had four planets in Pisces; hence his writing took on a more fanciful, emotional and musical turn. Whereas Steinbeck had three planets in Aquarius, so writing about how he experienced social and humanitarian concerns was where his writing led him. When I calculated Steinbeck's chart for 12:48 PM, his Moon at 10 Scorpio 24 conjoins Longfellow’s retrograde Saturn. So perhaps he had to come back to report on the serious and troubling times our country went through in the 1900's.
So, in going through all of the signs, these were my findings. In closing, I would like to ask again: "WHO WERE YOU BEFORE YOU WERE YOU?"
A few weeks ago, I posted an article about the important transits that were coming up in the U.S. chart I follow: the one for the signing of the ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION, show above. I felt that Jupiter would represent Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
As transiting Jupiter at 21 Scorpio was forming a T-square to the 1st and 7th house cusps, as well as being reinforced by progressed U.S. Venus, he was under tremendous criticism and unpopular. The transiting Moon (women) then in Leo was at the midpoint of the U.S. and progressed Jupiter: explaining the opposition of many groups of protesting women. The transiting Sun was at 12 Libra was squaring the U.S. natal Mars at 12 Capricorn, showing that the much of the public was opposed to group who was in power (Capricorn).
However, as I pointed out, as soon as transiting Jupiter passed that and came up to trine the U.S. 6th house cusp and the progressed U.S. Sun at 21 & 22 Cancer, the tide turned in the Judge's favor and he received enough votes on Oct. 5th, and was confirmed today, October 6th: as transiting Jupiter reached 23 degrees of Scorpio to conjunct the U.S. Sun in the 9th house.