A fun spin on serious cosmic stuff! Wendell C. Perry has 40 years experience studying astrology and how it impacts personalities & relationships. He's written two books & published articles in astrology magazines. He's happy to share this website so that you, too, can have fun with astrology to help you in everyday life!
In my last entry I wrote about how the discovery of Neptune coincided with a rise in alternate belief systems. This movement was part of a general return the emotional and non-rational that is labeled in visual art and literature as Romanticism. It is seen a reaction to the rationalism of the Enlightenment, which is associated by astrologers with the discovery of Uranus.
Like Neptune, Uranus seeks to transcend the ordinary, the parochial; only Uranus does this intellectually, using logic and science. I sometimes think it odd that astrologers associate themselves with Uranus, but at the time that the planet was discovered (1781) astrologers felt themselves more closely aligned with the rationalist and scientists than with dogma of conventional religion.
I associate the discovery of Neptune in 1846 with the rise of unorthodox belief systems like Theosophy and of occult and magical groups like The Order of the Golden Dawn that emerged in the last half of the 19th Century. Neptune represents spirituality that transcends tradition and dogma, and these systems and groups separated belief from the conventions of traditional religion and applied it ways that were often more inclusive and spiritual.
Of course, many of these systems of belief were also controversial. Neptune also rules deception and illusions, and many of the people associated with this new Neptunian kind of belief, such Helena Blavatsky and Aleister Crowley, have been labeled charlatans. This phenomenon has continued through the 20th Century and into the present day, with a long string of cults, gurus and spiritual advisors who have taken advantage of believers.
At the same time, Neptune’s influence has broadened our acceptance of different belief systems. It is now considered bad form, particularly in the West, to criticize another person’s religion or faith. We think of belief as a private matter, and reserve our criticism of systems different from our own to those that are obviously destructive or flagrantly illegal. And then there are other beliefs that we might not consider dangerous, but laugh off as silly and irrational.
A recent article in Timemagazine proposes that Vice-President Elect Mike Pence could be the antidote to Trumpitis; that Pence’s prior service in Congress and his knowledge of the workings of government could make up for the glaring deficiencies Donald Trump has in these areas. This inspired me to take another look at Pence’s chart.
We don’t have a time of birth for Mike Pence, so we have to make do with a chart done for noon on his birthday. (Click on Mike Pence to see the horoscope.) One thing that strikes me right away is the fact that Pence is, like Trump, a Gemini by Sun sign, and that his Mercury aligns perfectly with Trump’s natal Sun. Pence has had no trouble playing the role of Trump’s “mouthpiece” (Mercury rules communication) even though they disagree on many things with regard to policy.
For a child born into fame and affluence, (the daughter of an iconic Hollywood star and a famous singer) Carrie Fisher’s life has by no means been a smooth ride. Famous for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, she has also been a successful author, screenwriter and playwright, but at the same time she has struggled with drug addiction, alcoholism and mental illness.
Fisher’s horoscope (click on Carrie Fisher to see the chart) shows a classic aspect for addictive personalities. Her Sun in Libra is conjunct her Neptune, a planet strongly associated with escapism. Neptune is particularly prominent in the chart because it is in the Ninth House and is an almost exact sextile with Pluto. I always pay close attention to the closest aspects in a person’s chart and this sextile is separated by only four minutes of the arc.