Astrology is certainly a divine language, as the symbols it uses are universal and all-pervading, describing every corner of the Universe and events within it. Astrology gives answers to questions we raise and, most importantly, it describes the laws by which all things come into existence.
Once you know this language, which is the law, you gradually come to know that you are able to see through the apparent phenomenal forms and reach the underlying intelligence at the basis of everything. Astrology enables you to be in contact with that knowledge and the events which are seemingly invisible. You can literally watch a new, huge Universe unfold in front of you, something of which most people are simply not aware.
SYMBOLISM IN THE HOROSCOPE OF AN ASTROLOGER:
In the horoscope of an astrologer, astrological symbolism is represented by Uranus (the main indicator of symbols or language through which astrology sees). In the case of my horoscope, Uranus is in the third house (the way of thinking) and in addition it is sextile Neptune in the fifth house. As the fifth house represents love, entertainment and art in general, Neptune positioned here speaks about love (the fifth house) of film (Neptune), and its sextile with Uranus (astrology) in the third house (the way of thinking). This combination reflects the ability to enjoy the translation of events unfolding in film into astrological symbols. The most fascinating thing is that when I use one aspect to describe an event in the film, then all the other events connected with those planets start to fit perfectly in the whole story, as if it was a real life situation and not the creation of the director, completely conceived by a human mind.
THE WRITING TABLE: A FILM
The film takes place in the present time. At the beginning of the movie, the leading actor comes across an antiquity shop while walking with his girlfriend. In the shop, he discovers an old writing table from the 19th century. The writing table strongly attracts his attention and he decides to buy it. For some reason, the table is so fascinating to him, he even wakes up in the middle of the night and starts polishing it. While arranging the table, he discovers a secret compartment and several love letters in it, written long ago and not read by anyone until now. He reads them and understands that they were written by a girl to whom the writing table belonged 150 years ago. She was writing them to an imagined lover, giving him her heart, and grieving over a marriage in the near future to a man she does not love, but whom her father thinks to be appropriate for her…
At this point I began to create a picture of planetary aspects necessary in the life of a man who came in touch with the writing table containing secret love letters. Of course, it is logical to suppose Venus (love) to be in conjunction with Mercury (letters), especially so in the twelfth house (secrets), but in a sign which could indicate a table. The sign could be Virgo (office table), Libra (flat table or lady's table) but also Gemini, which represent the tables of all kinds. In this particular case, Gemini would strongly emphasize letters and communication. I still can't decide between conjunction of Venus and Mercury in Virgo or Gemini…
The next scene solves the dilemma: Scott (the name of the young man in the movie) visits his mother the next day and tells her what he had found in the table. He does not tell it to his girlfriend, but only to his mother. Interesting! His mother is youthful and cheerful. She is learning foreign languages. From their conversation we find out her origin is Italian… She tells him, by the way, that instead of having a big wedding, he could spend the money for a trip around the world with his fiance Deborah.
"But I do not want to travel around the world", he says.
This sentence removes the last doubt: he is certainly a Cancer Ascendant, as this statement shows typical Cancerian need for home and lack of desire to travel (Cancer – home, house, family…). His confession to his mother (Cancer) only strengthens this concept. This confirms my hypothesis that his twelfth house is Gemini, with Venus (love) and Mercury (letters) in conjunction.
"Of course", I conclude, "Mercury and Venus in the 12th house are secret, hidden letters, which are in the table (Gemini), and furthermore in the compartment of the table (Gemini additionally represents compartments). The letters had been left there long ago, from an age that has passed (Gemini should be intercepted: that is, the cusp of the twelfth house should begin in Taurus, so that no house begins in Gemini).
That means the Ascendant should be in the beginning of Cancer so that Gemini could be intercepted at the latitude where he was born (Boston, Massachusetts because the action of the movie is unfolding there). "In that case", I calculate quickly in my mind, "the fourth house should begin somewhere in Virgo, which would also represent his mother, and the ruler of that house would be Mercury, which we already know is placed in the twelfth in conjunction with the Venus.
Yes, of course. His mother is of an Italian origin (the ruler of the fourth house, representing the mother, is Mercury, positioned in Gemini (and the larger part of Italy is ruled by Gemini). Mercury (that is, the ruler of mother in this case) is conjunct Venus (he tells her about the love letters), and she herself likes traveling (Mercury in Gemini with Venus). This is why she suggests an idea to him about how to organize his wedding traveling (Mercury conjunct Venus). "No doubt – that is it!" I infer with certainty now, with the feeling every painter has when he makes his first steady strokes of the picture.
"Why don’t you try to answer her letters", said the mother in a cheerful voice. "I think it would be great, if it worked out!" Only a mother represented by such a merry combination of planets (Mercury conjunct Venus in Gemini) could suggest such an odd thing to do (the planets are in the twelfth house of slightly odd ideas).
In the next scene, she gets him some old stamps and old ink, so that he can use this particular ink to write the letter and send it with the stamps that were used in those times. Stamps are ruled by Mercury, but old stamps should be connected with a Saturn somehow. I reject the possibility of Saturn being in conjunction with Mercury and Venus, because this would indicate that Scott is depressed, and the mother would not be that cheerful either. In addition, the ink she gets for him indicates that Mercury must be connected with Neptune, so this gives me two new elements which should be introduced into the whole picture.
I think to myself, if he really plans to answer her, then Neptune must be in the third house (unusual ideas), sextiling the conjunction in the twelfth house, and Saturn can be only in the fifth, trining Mercury and Venus, and also sextiling Neptune in the third (Saturn in the third house would not inspire him to do this "weird'' thing, but Neptune would). Therefore, old ink (Neptune sextile Saturn) and old stamps (Mercury trine Saturn) have introduced two new players on the scene who must perfectly fit with all other events. Saturn in the fifth trining Mercury and Venus tells us about the antique shop (Saturn) in which he found the table (Mercury) and old love letters (Mercury and Venus trining Saturn that itself is in the fifth house of love).
In order to find out the address to which he should send the letters, he calls the antique shop owner (Saturn) and asks him for the address from where the table had been obtained (Mercury trine Saturn), and of course he gets it (trine). In addition, his mother suggests he should send the letters from the only post office in town that was built before the civil war and which is placed at the outskirts of the city. She tells him to send the letters by night (Mercury in the 12th). "I don't know why, but I think it is better that way!" she explains.
The old post office again corresponds to the symbolism of Mercury and Saturn. I don't yet realize the significance of the "just before the civil war" part of the equation, so I leave that for later. So far, I have the following outline in my mind, confirmed through a number of details:
REAL PERSON FROM 1923.
Hmm… If the conjunction of Mercury and Venus is in Gemini, then Neptune should be in Leo, and Saturn should be in the middle of Libra in the fifth house ("old" love, fiance). "Has there been any such a combination in the past?" went through my mind as I was watching the film. I stopped the VCR and opened the ephemeris, resolved to find out if there was some correspondence. I knew that Neptune was in Leo somewhere around the Twenties of last century. I was not completely sure about Saturn, but after some searching I found that in 1923, Saturn was in Libra, Neptune in Leo, and in the month of June, Mercury and Venus were conjunct in Gemini. Incredible! It has surpassed anything I could expect! The combination I thought of to describe the action in the movie turned out to be real, and not just the fiction of a director. Excited, I looked at the position of other planets. It struck me immediately that the Sun was at 29° of Gemini on June 22, 1923. "Of course, the Sun is at 29° and also in the twelfth house, I thought. It really indicates openness towards "paranormal" events. This degree gives pronounced intuition, spirituality, even clairvoyance. On the material level it usually indictes loss through the symbolism of the planet positioned there. In this case, it is the Sun, which could indicate a loss of a father. Because the father is never mentioned throughout the film, it is not difficult to guess that the lead character indeed does not have a father (Sun in the 12th, at the 29°). I am calculating a horoscope of a person supposedly born in Boston, the place where the action in the movie takes place, so that Ascendant would fall at early Cancer degrees and Gemini would be intercepted in the twelfth house. After some calculation, I got the time of 4 hours and 27 minutes, which produces an Ascendant of 3° Cancer (where there is a fixed star Tejat, which itself has the nature of Venus and Mercury). This degree really gives a tendency for living in the past. The ruler of the Ascendant, the Moon, is at 6° Libra, a degree which regularly brings unusual events in life. It is sometimes called a degree of life and death.
Scott – main male role
Apart from being at 29°, the Sun is also on the fixed star Menkalinan, a dangerous star belonging to constellation of Auriga, the Coachman. "The Sun at this degree of Gemini could represent a post office", I deduce, above all because the post office is an institution (Sun), it is at the outskirts of the city (29°), and it was built just before the civil war (29° of Gemini, just one degree from the sign of Cancer where we find a Pluto/Mars conjunction, describing a civil war very strongly).
In the next scene our hero writes a letter with the pen and ink, goes by night to the post office that was built before the civil war, and drops the letter in the mail box. And while I was still thinking about the position of the Sun on the fixed star Menkalinan from the constellation of Coachman, a scene appears on the screen showing a postman driving a coach and delivering a letter to our heroine who lived some 150 years ago. Is it really possible for symbolism to get through to such deep levels? The post office and the postman, who does not go by foot, but by a coach, are represented by the star belonging to the constellation of the Coachman! Because I know that the star is dangerous and indicates calamity, I suspected that an accident would happen with the Sun on the 29°. Besides, the Sun is a ruler of Scott's third house, and therefore in the twelfth it has to speak of "unusual communication" and all possible paranormal experiences. His third house can also represent a post office, so the Sun (as the ruler of 3rd) at 29° of Gemini tells about a "timeless" post-office, but on the objective level it brings a real danger (29° is a sign of loss on the objective plane).
We'll see as the film unfolds…
To be continue…