Astrology Musings: The ‘Divine’, Extraordinary Sarah Bernhardt

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It would seem famous French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt had little going for her when she was born. Her mother, a courtesan, wasn’t married and it’s said she never knew the identity of her father; Sarah was educated in a convent, where she learned the etiquette which would equip her for life.

She was clearly determined to become an actress – and how. Despite being small and skinny, she more than made up for her obvious disadvantages through sheer will power and ambition.

With Cancer rising her ruling ‘planet’ is the Moon, which is involved in the most important feature of the chart.

She has the Moon exactly conjunct Uranus in Aries in the 10th house of career, exactly opposite Mars. Here symbolised is her emotionally intense, dramatic, fiery, at times explosive nature, plus her sheer determination to succeed, whatever the odds – an implacable ambition, plus a great deal of outspokenness, I should imagine.

Saturn, the planet of patience and work, is well aspected to this configuration, hinting that the vast amount of energy from the opposition was offset into painstaking hard work.

Another interesting feature is her Venus conjunct Chiron in Virgo in the 3rd house of the mind, education and communication. This to me indicates her early life in particular, the strict convent schooling which would have been both difficult and character defining.

Venus can stand for femininity and in Virgo it is very particular, functional, precise. Chiron’s presence here shows how difficult this training was for her, but also reveals her life as an example to others, to make the best of a difficult start to life.

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Source: Astro-Databank

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Astrology Musings: The brilliant Jean Cocteau

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The remarkable, unconventional, eclectic, multi-faceted brilliance of French artist, writer, designer and producer Jean Cocteau, ought to be shown in his birth chart.

For me the most remarkable feature is his Sun, Chiron (the ‘Wounded Healer’) and the Moon’s north node very close together in Cancer in the 3rd house, with Mars nearby too.

Although this feature would have been common to individuals born around this day, it seems to be particularly personalised in Cocteau’s case by the Moon’s rulership of the 3rd house and the 5th house Moon being in good aspect to the chart ruler Venus conjunct the ascending degree in Taurus. Complicated but remarkable – I will try to explain.

A wounded self esteem

Chiron so close to the Sun in Cancer in the 3rd house indicates that his own self esteem suffered greatly early on in his life. His father (Sun) committed suicide when he was 9 and Jean was to travel about (3rd house) Europe with his mother (Cancer). Though difficult, he was clearly to learn and grow from this.

The strong 3rd house is all about communication, travel, mainly shorter distances. During WW1 he was an ambulance driver, also very 3rd house.

The north node’s inclusion in all of this hints of karmic influences playing a role too; he was meant to immerse himself in the milieu of communication, whether by everyday short distance travel, or writing, rather than through his more natural propensity for longer distance travel and philosophy, as shown by the south node in 9th house.

Saturn in the 4th house also shows difficulties, restrictions in the family, at home and harsh lessons to learn.

Practical and artistic

Taurus rising with Venus close to the ascending degree underlines the artistic practicality required to produces results from the 3rd house communicative potential; Cocteau was a brilliant stage and screen designer as well as artist and writer.

This position for Venus also indicates an attractive individual. However, Neptune is also quite close to Venus and whilst this would have introduced inspiration and a certain alluring changeable quality, which he was noted for, it’s also interesting to note that he did become addicted to opium. A prominent Neptune, although inspiring, can often also show a strong potential for drug taking and addiction – need to escape.

Another indication of constant change is his Mercury in Gemini in the 2nd house in challenging aspect to his Virgo Moon in the 5th house. Here we see a constant readjustment and probably a strong fastidious tendency in practical and creative areas.

His 4th house Saturn, ruler of 10th house of career, in good aspect to the 6th house Uranus, reveals the hard work and unconventional approach he had.

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Astrology Musings: Leonardo di Ser Piero da Vinci

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Finding that Leonardo da Vinci was born with Sagittarius rising is no surprise.

The mutable fire sign is ruled by Jupiter, is wide ranging, restless, multi-faceted, all of which are qualities that Leonardo used in his approach to life. He travelled extensively and was gifted several creative and scientific fields.

His ruler, Jupiter, was found in conjunction with the Moon in Pisces in his 4th house. He was sensitive, imaginative, quite private really, though quite generous I would imagine, as indeed stories about him testify.

Nevertheless, his Sun was in Taurus in the 6th house, along with Venus in good aspect to revolutionary Uranus and challenging aspect to prolific Jupiter.

Practical and inspirational

This means he was also totally practical, workmanlike, as well as creatively inspirational. Here was no idle dreamer, in other words, he wanted practical solutions.

This is clearly evident from his art, which produced such enduring masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, to his endless quixotic quests into the functioning of the human body and his ability to invent things which were centuries ahead of their time, like the helicopter and other military solutions for those rulers who gave him patronage. Such patrons included the Medici, Ludovico Sforza, Cesare Borgia and King Francis I of France.

Chiron’s position in the 7th house is an indication that relationships were difficult for him, yet he also developed an ability to help others in theirs.

North node in the 2nd house underlines his task to be practically resourceful in his life – a task which he achieved, considering the voluminous amount and variety of work he got through.

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source: Astro-Databank

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Personal Astrology Report – An Example Chart – Price Reduced

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Example of birth chart drawing, individually created.

Here is a sample of one of my Personal Astrology Reports, now reduced to £25 until 2020.

If you would like one of these reports, either for yourself, a family member or a friend, contact me at leoftanner@gmail.com. I need the time, date and place of birth of the individual.

*Note: In a ‘live’ instance, this report will be sent out to the client in the form of a PDF via email, containing 1500+ words of analysis.

The name and birth data of ‘Ellen’ are protected.

Above is the birth chart drawing, based on older styles from the medieval and Renaissance periods. I do not include the ‘outer planets’, not because I think they are unimportant, but in the interests of simplicity. If the ‘outer planets’ are prominent by position or aspect, then they are included in the analysis:

‘Ellen’

Personal Astrological Analysis

At the time you were born the

Rising sign or ascendant was in Gemini
Sun was in Virgo
Moon was in Libra
Mercury was in Virgo
Venus was in Libra
Mars was in Virgo
Jupiter was in Scorpio
Saturn was in Taurus
Uranus was in Libra
Neptune was in Scorpio
Pluto was in Virgo

Introduction

Astrology is based on the idea of what is seen above in the sky is reflected in our world below: as above, so below.
In astrology, the path of the Sun, called the ecliptic, is divided into twelve zones of 30 degrees, called signs. Twelve is a natural division.

The Signs – what are they?

The signs of the zodiac and their qualities in order are:

Aries, the Ram. Cardinal Fire. Ruler Mars
Taurus, the Bull. Fixed Earth. Ruler Venus
Gemini, the Twins. Mutable Air. Ruler Mercury
Cancer, the Crab. Cardinal Water. Ruler the Moon
Leo, the Lion. Fixed Fire. Ruler the Sun
Virgo, the Virgin. Mutable Earth. Ruler Mercury
Libra, the Balance. Cardinal Air. Ruler Venus
Scorpio, the Scorpion. Fixed Water. Ruler Mars
Sagittarius, the Archer. Mutable Fire. Ruler Jupiter
Capricorn, the Goat. Cardinal Earth. Ruler Saturn
Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Fixed Air. Ruler Saturn
Pisces, the Fishes. Mutable Water. Ruler Jupiter

What are the Houses for?

In astrology there are also the houses. These are based on the signs, the same qualities projected out into the environment of the individual.
For instance, Aries, the first sign is fiery, enterprising. The corresponding house is the first house, which reveals how the individual projects him or herself out into the world, depending on the sign and planets (if any) contained in it.

First house: Appearance, personality
Second house: Finance, security
Third house: Communication, neighbours, siblings
Fourth house: Home, family
Fifth house: Creativity, children
Sixth house: Work, efficiency, health
Seventh house: Relationships
Eight house: Partner’s finance, inheritance
Ninth house: Long distance communication, philosophy
Tenth house: Career, status
Eleventh house: Friendship, association, groups
Twelfth house: Inner life, psychology

According to the data given me, the mutable air sign of Gemini was rising on the eastern horizon when you were born.
The ascendant marks the beginning of the houses, the everyday equivalents of the zodiacal signs.
The ascendant or rising sign is a pointer to our approach to life, what we project more obviously in to the world. It may have something to do with our physical appearance too. We must always bear in mind, however, the positions of the Sun and Moon as well. It is this blend of Sun, Moon, Ascendant, plus any other strong features in the chart which will represent your character.

Versatile

Ellen, when you were born the mutable air sign of Gemini was rising, your ascendant.
This indicates that you have a versatile, sociable, communicative approach to life. You probably like to keep busy, to have a variety of tasks to perform, as well as plenty of places and people to visit and chat with in and around your community.
Your ruling planet is Mercury, ruler of Gemini. When you were born it was found in Virgo, strongly in connection to (conjunct) Pluto in your fourth house of home and family matters.

Efficiency

I think this augments your Geminian character somewhat, giving you a greater need for efficiency and practicality, essentially bringing down to earth your innate need to do things. You like to busy in functional ways.
You probably don’t like to waste time, not only fill your day with activity, but you like to apportion your time to get the most out of it. You might make lots of lists, or be an avid collector of certain items, like stamps, for instance.

Grasp of Detail

You are likely to have a very good grasp of detail, too, perhaps especially relating to home or family concerns. You should also have very good concentration, taking away any tendency for you to dissipate your energy.
If you were to partake in any activity, like research, for instance, you would be able to give it 100%. You are, despite outward appearances perhaps, a very concentrated person mentally, able to break down ideas and things into their minutest parts and put them back together. And you are likely to insist on a very tidy, well organised home to match the qualities of your mind.

Efficient, Practical

If we now move to your sun sign, Virgo, this of course is the one factor you are already aware of. The combination of your Gemini ascendant and Sun in Virgo (both ruled by Mercury) only increases your potential for communication at practical levels.
You probably have a strong interest in being efficient and so therefore health is absolutely key for you. You probably watch your diet closely and have a fitness regime you stick to. Work too is paramount to your well being – you appear to have a strong need to be busy.

Nervous Energy

Your Mars is also in Virgo and this will only increase the energy you put into practical detail, perhaps most particularly in the home.
However, just bear in mind that you do need to rest periodically. Your nerves, perhaps more than most people’s, could have a tendency to get fraught because of the demands you may put on yourself. It might be tendency of yours at times to feel overwhelmed with the amount of work and tasks you set out to do.

Pleasantness

We now come to the Moon, the third most important factor in your make up.
Your Moon was in Libra when you were born, in the 5th house of creativity and children.
I think this will blend very well with above mentioned factors of your chart. Moon in Libra will add an instinctive charm to your personality, some very personable qualities. You should be quite pleasant to meet, because you like balance emotionally and in the home.
In other words, despite your busy, efficient, work oriented character, you will nevertheless be pleasant to meet socially, in creative activities and with your children.

Beautiful Pursuits

Venus in Libra also in your fifth house further indicates your love of creative pursuits and possessions, such as art, clothes, music, just beautiful things, which you probably love to share with others and your children.
So when it comes to your career, we have to bear in mind all the above said potential. We spoke your liking to communicate, both mentally and physically, to be busy, versatile, practical, to have variety in your life and work but not waste your time doing it.

Career Flexibility

The emphasis on communication could have led you in to many types of career.
You might have good linguistic skills too; maybe you can speak one or more foreign languages well – you seem to have the potential for that. This would obviously have opened the door to several careers, from teaching, local government, to diplomatic arenas.
Then there’s the everyday variety and flexibility of something like being a shopkeeper, to delivering goods (where every day will be different), and to being a journalist, out and about covering a wide variety of local, perhaps national stories.
As you have a grasp of detail, plus good concentration, research and investigative work might be particularly suitable for you. This brings to mind investigative journalism and police or legal work.

Behind the Scenes

To add to this, you may also prefer to work busily behind the scenes, in a practical role, that might in some senses resemble a home.
This brings to mind larger institutions, where you will have scope for practical, detailed, concentrative work, which you would excel at – hospitals, or charities for instance. Your pleasant manner of response (Moon in Libra) will help you in these areas too.
The latter is important for you, I think. You may realise you need to develop a career to take you ‘out of yourself’ so to speak, even if it is largely behind the scenes work, away from too much involvement in home and family life, where it is so ‘natural’ for you to function.
In many ways the latter would tend to bring together all the different strands of your character, potentially leading the way to greater self fulfilment.

This brings to an end the general analysis of your birth chart. If you would like more details, or perhaps an in depth discussion about your chart, please don’t hesitate contact me.

Many thanks and kind regards

Leofwine Tanner 2017

Email: leoftanner@gmail.com

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2020 Vision: Astrology Musings

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Much has been made of the up and coming conjunction between Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, exact on January 12 2020 – and rightly so.

Jupiter ‘joins the party’ in 2020 too, to finally form its 19+ year or so ‘great conjunction’ with Saturn at the very beginning of Aquarius on December 21 next year. Mars too will be involved in the spring, probably ruffling a few feathers and possibly causing some serious conflict along the way.

There are other things I could mention but these are mere musings. So what does it all mean and why all the fuss?

Rare astrological line ups

Well, ‘meetings’ of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are pretty rare, the last one being nearly four thousand years ago (as far as I can see), but we can’t say for sure what was happening then.

Capricorn is a pretty important sign for us all. It’s all about structure, the political and to some extent economic structure of the world and in our own lives. Capricorn is pretty important to certain countries to, the UK and China, for example, so all this activity is likely to affect these countries especially.

Saturn is very powerful in his own sign (he rules the Goat) and wants to set things straight. He’s fairly conservative, strict, maybe cruel at times, but usually fair. There may be a ‘karmic’ side to him, presenting us with what we have reaped, so to speak.

Sword of Damocles

Pluto, on the other hand, is the very slow moving ‘minor’ planet, with the big impact. He is at best transformative, which is probably an overused word. He brings change, sometimes drastic change and can present the truth to us, warts and all, dragging up stuff some people you’d rather not see or know about. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 doing exactly this kind of thing and it hasn’t been pretty.

Put Saturn and Pluto together, as they are now and will be throughout most of next year, and you get a Sword of Damocles situation, where those in power seem to face imminent ruin, replacement or both.

The upsurge in alternative politics and perhaps in ‘right wing’ parties too, is probably a symptom of this, like a return to some form of fundamentalist belief which necessarily wants to clear the ground and start again… though this might well interest the ‘left’ as well. I think we are entering a period in history in which the old labels of left and right are becoming meaningless.

January 12 2020, hold on to your hats?

So whether we are to expect some crystallising event around January 12 2020, which might encapsulate all that which is deemed ‘wrong’ in the political/economic world, I’m not sure.

Some think we may see a huge economic crash (Uranus is in Taurus as well, indicating financial change), or another big political scandal which could envelope more than one country. It’s always difficult to predict such things and I’m not into prediction. Suffice it to say that we are likely to see more of the same political shenanigans but with the heat cranked up to eleven.

After this we have Mars (in the spring especially) and Jupiter joining the fray. Mars entering the stage in an already volatile situation is not a good sign, and at worst could lead to some kind of conflict, quite possibly arising (or used as an excuse) from a very serious political and economic situation.

Crisis brings opportunity

However, I think Jupiter’s involvement in Capricorn next year is key. Jupiter is fundamentally expansive and may represent a real opportunity amid scenes of potential panic in places like stock exchanges and governments.

It’s difficult to see what this might be, but perhaps a few years down the line, we might see that some ‘organisation’ founded next year as a result of the chaos begins to play a clearer and more beneficial role in steering us forward.

What is more, by the end of the year 2020, namely on December 21, both Jupiter and Saturn shake hands in early Aquarius. This is the so called ‘great conjunction’, a meeting of the two so called planetary giants, symbolising some kind of course correction, or minor reset which we go through every twenty years.

Silver lining

I might be wrong but I can’t help but see this as a possible silver lining of the year, a year which might go down as a whole as one of the most momentous in all our lives.

When I was a child there was much talk of the Age of Aquarius and this is (apart from a brief conjunction in Libra in 1980/81) the first time it has occurred in air since the late middle ages, a long time ago.

This begins an extended run of great conjunctions in air signs for the next century or more, following on from a period of well over a century with the great conjunctions occurring in earth signs. So what am I saying?

A less materialistic era?

Whilst this may not be the inception of the Age of Aquarius, what it does symbolise is the end of a particularly materialistic age and the true inauguration of a more rational, even more ‘spiritual’ age, where there will be a free flow of information and huge leaps in thought – maybe a new ‘renaissance’ of some kind.

So that’s my take on it. 2020 is likely going to be difficult, but we’re used to that. Yet, by the year’s end the light at the end of that long tunnel we’ve been travelling along, may be just that little bit brighter.

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Poem: The Blank Page

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The white cat in a snow storm
is staring at me
though there’s no sign of its face
and those glaring eyes

I had soon better come up
with something
or it will soon morph into black
and hide in the coal house

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Dynamic Robert Devereux Earl of Essex, Elizabeth I’s Controversial Favourite – Astrology Musings

There were few more dynamic and controversial figures during the reign of Elizabeth I than the daring, swashbuckling, and, some might say, reckless Robert Devereux, the second Earl of Essex.

Having arrived at court in the 1580s, he soon became a favourite of the Queen due to his charm, wit and dashing, distinctive good looks, eventually replacing the Earl of Leicester as Master of the Horse in 1587. He went on to capture Cadiz 1596, an achievement which sealed his reputation as a military commander.

Abortive campaign

He was made Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1599, but led an abortive campaign against the Irish Rebellion. Two years later he was executed for treason for leading an attempted coup d’etat, despite Elizabeth’s painful indecision over her former favourite.

So what made this larger than life man tick astrologically?

To begin with, he had Sagittarius on the ascendant, with Uranus close to the ascending degree. His ruling planet, Jupiter, is in Libra just beyond the MC or midheaven and loosely conjunct Venus.

Larger than life personality

Here is an expansive, confident, magnanimous and very ambitious personality and with Uranus involved, he would display a certain amount of eccentricity, probably manifesting like a loose canon at times, stemming perhaps from a certain confident belief in his own infallibility.

However, also involved with his angular Uranus are Pluto, Neptune and Saturn, making a loose grand cross. The involvement of all three ‘transpersonal’ planets here suggests that here is a man who believed, despite continual challenges, that he had a destiny, and much of his subsequent behaviour only confirmed this.

This grand cross in mutable (changeable) signs, though fluid by nature, would have brought him serious problems in key areas of his life, challenges and crises within himself, his relationships, his home life and in his career. Yet his indomitable belief in himself remained, even though at times he must have felt as if his ultimate destiny was being thwarted.

Hugely resourceful

Moving on, he had a lot of activity in Scorpio, with the Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury and Venus (plus the north node) in house 12.

So beneath the bravado and charisma of his personality, he had the intense power, determination and resourcefulness of Scorpio to back it up, mentally, physically and emotionally.

The Sun conjunct Mars in Scorpio is a very powerful vibration, revealing the deep, forceful intensity of his being. Here is a brave man, willing to put himself in danger, almost relishing it at times. The Sun and Mars rule houses 5, 9 and 12, showing that he was a great speculator, a purposeful and brave traveller in mind as well as body.

Great depth of feeling

His Scorpio Moon is also exactly conjunct the Moon in Scorpio in house 12. He had a deeply emotional mentality and though he was probably quite secretive, once he expressed himself verbally, few could match him for feeling. Like many, he was also a competent poet and writer.

I come out of this actually admiring his character. There is something endearing about someone with an implacable spirit, who is loyal to his followers, who had this incredible sense of adventure about him.

Even so, his life perhaps epitomises the ultimate tragedy of the pursuit of power, particularly in that most iconic Elizabethan age, which still manages to capture our imagination.

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