Thursday, March 22, 2012

Aries & Astrologers

Four well-known astrologers with natal Sun in Aries, from Wikipedia's list:

Linda Goodman born 9 April 1925 American astrologer best-known for her book Linda Goodman's Sun Signs (1968), first astrology book ever to earn a spot on the New York Times Bestseller List. There's an Aries signature - "first": Aries the initiator! It was a must read for any fans of astrology. Mine went missing after lending it to countless workmates. I put the book's success down to 80% entertaining writing style, 20% astrological assistance, because as we all know (don't we?) Sun signs are but the tip of the iceberg that is astrology. All credit to Linda Goodman, though, for getting so many people interested.
Natal chart at Astrodatabank Her Moon was in Libra, Mars in Gemini, adding that seemingly essential Airy input which aids the mentally-oriented understanding needed to "pierce the shell" of astrology.

Joan Quigley, born 10 April 1927 Was the American astrologer who was called on by First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1981 to advise the president on astrological matters, after an assassination attempt. She remained as White House astrologer in secret until 1988 when she was "outed" by a former chief of staff. Here's another "first" - perhaps not the first astrologer in history to advise a president, but the first to be known about by The People.
Natal Chart at Astrodatabank Mercury/Jupiter conjoined in Pisces, on the descendant angle aids intuition.

Dane Rudhyar, born 23 March 1895, French/American pioneer of modern transpersonal astrology - another "first" - a classic pioneering Sun in Aries.
Natal chart at Astrodatabank
Mercury in Pisces, Moon in Aquarius. Mars/Neptune/Pluto in Gemini. With those additional Airy attributes from Aquarius & Gemini, and communications planet in intuitive Pisces, Mr Rudhyar had best of all astrological worlds!

Maurice Woodruff, born 2 April 1916 was an English astrologer and clairvoyant. He was known for his accurate predictions, delivered via TV and newspapers. He predicted the death of President John F. Kennedy and the end of the Vietnam War. His list of "celebrity" clients was said to include Lionel Bart, Diana Dors and Peter Sellers.

There's no entry for Mr. Woodruff at Astrodatabank - here's a 12noon chart for him:

He was possibly the most emphatically Aries-type of the four! And there was even more Fire there with Mars in show-bizzy Leo in harmonious trine to the Aries planets.
Neptune, Saturn and Pluto in sensitive Cancer, one of the Water signs, likely source of his alleged psychic abilities.

Three of the four astrologers are no longer with us - I'm not sure about Joan Quigley, she'll be 85 this year; there's no note of her death online.

Aries, in general, represents all that's bright, fresh, energetic, warm, enthusiastic and full of potential. That's the essence of Aries. The essence can get pretty mashed up and diluted though, when it becomes a part of that peculiar life-form known as a human being.

There is no such creature as "an Aries". It's convenient shorthand, I use it myself. I should stop doing so!

The beauty and individuality of Aries, and of any other zodiac sign, is in the way it blends with the rest of the chart's contents. How does a hint of impulsiveness, a little impatience, a yen for leadership, or a habit of walking and doing most things quickly and with enthusiasm, mix with and match other chart ingredients?

If Sun, Moon and rising sign were all grouped in Aries, there'd be an outside chance of encountering a near-stereotype - but even then, a stray Mercury in Taurus would slow it down. Venus in Pisces would soften it. All manner of combinations could get to work on the Aries essence to modify it. The result: something unique.


Anonymous said...

GP: You really have a knack to understand Aries. Will read this post probably a few times! So much good you're saying about us, and especially fo your Aries Husband, I presume.

Special thoughts to him, with such an exceptional stellium at the beginning of Aries today!

Twilight said...

Anonymous/Gian Paul ~~
I like Aries, as a sign, and when mixed with other stuff, as a person. ;-)

Thanks, on his behalf GP - we are going out of town, shortly, to celebrate his b'day, but have scheduled posts for a couple of days.....hope the Blogger thingie works!

Anonymous said...

GP: Looking up more on Aries: Wernher von Braun 23 April, 1912, inventor of rockets for Hitler (and the Kennedys). Mars is well expressed there, for the better and the worse.

Anonymous said...

GP: Error,sorry. should read 23 MARCH, of course, for von Braun.