In this clip, I discuss an interesting common factor between the solar return charts of three key figures in American history.
Recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.
Here is a video I made to promote my non-fiction graphic novel, URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World. It is about the discovery of Uranus and the founding of the first government of the United States of America.
Recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.
The second oldest of eight surviving children, Napoleon landed on the shore of Calvi, France in June 1793 with his mother and siblings, having escaped the wrath of a rival Corsican political faction.
Hotheaded younger brother Lucien had publicly denounced the island’s reigning political boss, Pasquale Paoli, for being in league with the British instead of with revolutionary France. Lucien’s bombast put the entire Bonaparte family in jeopardy, and they barely escaped with their lives when they sailed for France on the night of June 10-11.
Responsibility for his family’s safety and survival in France was a key motivator behind the early military exploits that ultimately positioned him for his rendezvous with destiny.
Napoleon had grown up with a chip on his shoulder regarding France, both for their conquest of his native Corsica in 1868—the year prior to his birth—and because of his lonely and difficult experiences as a young student in a French military academy.
However, with his family’s forced exile from Corsica, and their desperate circumstances in revolutionary France, Napoleon’s perspective shifted out of necessity, and so began his meteoric ascension to power that would culminate with his self-crowning as the Emperor of France on December 2, 1804.
Transiting Uranus was conjunct Napoleon’s natal Sun in tropical Leo during the years 1792-1793, a period during which Napoleon spent a year trying in vain to secure his place in Corsican politics.
The conjunction transit of Uranus to an individual’s natal Sun coincides with a period in their life when they are suddenly compelled to see the world in an entirely new way. This often happens as a result of changes in the external landscape that in turn alter the individual’s perspective.
Napoleon was born one day before transiting Uranus made a retrograde station—an annual phase of its cycle where it appears to stop and change direction, moving backward in zodiacal order. Slow-moving or stationary planets have more weight in a given natal chart than they would otherwise have, as though they were stopping to speak or demonstrate themselves.
At the time of the Bonaparte’s exile, transiting Saturn was conjunct Napoleon’s natal Uranus in tropical Taurus, reflecting the outcome of the Uranus conjunction transit to his natal Sun.
Lucien Bonaparte, the instigator of his family’s banishment from Corsica, was born with a Sun-Uranus conjunction in tropical Gemini. It is very common, at the time of a given planetary transit, to have someone with a natal aspect between the same planets involved in the experience of that transit.
While the entire Bonaparte clan was affected by Lucien’s actions, it was Napoleon whose life would be the most affected by the outcome.
Lucien, with the natal Sun-Uranus conjunction, instigated the situation. Napoleon, with the Uranus conjunction transit to his natal Sun, went from being a loyal France-hating Corsican to being an officer in the French army.
At last, the print edition of URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World is on sale. Pre-sale copies will ship early this week, and new sales will be processed immediately. Please note the $27 price includes shipping costs for U.S. and Canada. I am working on making the book available internationally, stay tuned.
Here is the first in a series of promo videos I will be posting in the coming days.
My new (and first) book, URANU.S.A. is now available in ebook format.
URANU.S.A. covers the three periods in American history that coincide with the seven-year passage of the planet Uranus through tropical Gemini, which occurs once every eighty-four years. These periods happen to include the American Revolution, the American Civil War, and U.S. participation in World War II.
The book examines the story and astrology behind crucial events and the lives of central figures from these three periods, including Thomas Paine, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and others.
From the introduction:
“Uranus was found by William and Caroline Herschel, using a telescope in Bath, England, on the night of March 13, 1781 – 220 days before the British surrender at Yorktown, and 352 days before British parliament voted to end the war against the American colonies.
“The new country that emerged from revolution became what is today the oldest democratic republic in the world, a concept of government then unknown in European societies since Ancient Rome.
“The new planet was the first new orbiting body ever found in our solar system. Until the discovery of Uranus, Saturn had always marked the outermost known wandering perimeter of our universe.”
Not to be immodest, but it has to be among the top three finest non-fiction graphic novels on American history ever written by a Canadian astrologer, if I do say so myself. A fun read for astrology enthusiasts and haters alike. Dig in.
I will be visiting thirteen west coast cities this March-April to promote my new graphic novel, URANU.S.A.
I have a storytelling/slideshow that I will be doing at various types of venues. In most cities, I will be presenting What’s Up, Uranus? Follow the Yellow Brick Tropical Zodiac, a study of Uranus transits through the twelve signs of the tropical zodiac.
In select cities, I will also be presenting The Repentagram: Stories of the Venus Synodic Cycle, which is based on material I will be publishing in another graphic novel down the road.
Whether you are passionately interested in astrology, or want to see it forever eradicated from public discourse, you don’t want to miss this!
Thu March 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sat March 9, daytime
Sat March 16, 2:00-3:20 p.m. (presentation), 3:30-4:45 p.m. (panel)
Thu March 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Fri April 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat Apr 13, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Fri April 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Sat Apr 20, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Wed May 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
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