Elisabeth Witcomb is the name of a girl who lived in 1863. She wrote letters and some poetry. Although romantic, she is a very determined girl and of quite liberal outlook for the age in which she lives. The postman delivers her a letter, she opens it and, of course she almost faints away! She got an answer to letters she wrote to her completely abstract and secret lover. She finds out from the letter that he does not live in her times, but almost 150 years later. After the first shock, she decides to answer and puts the letter in the secret compartment of her table (which is his in the modern age). In the next scene he is equally surprised by finding her new letter in the same secret compartment of the table. Thus begins their communication that breaks the time barrier through the table and a post office built before the civil war.
The action unfolds simultaneously in the movie. In the present day, our hero Scott is gradually falling in love with the woman who lived long ago. I the past, Elisabeth Witcomb is completely in love with her secret non-existent lover, and she also writes poems. She is courted by her suitor, Mr. Rigl, who is a much older, conservative gentleman and art reviewer by profession (just try to imagine how a conservative critic would look in those times!).
During their correspondence, Elisabeth and Scott even exchange photographs – Scott sends his own in color, and she sends him one of the erliest photographic plates. Of course, Neptune sextile Mercury must indicate a photograph (Neptune) sent via letter (Mercury), additional proof of validity of this aspect.
On another note, Scott likes cycling. In one scene while cycling though woods, he comes across an obstacle, falls down and loses consciousness. The significator of the bicycle is primarily Uranus because cycling requires the ability to maintain balance. In addition, we can use Mercury and also the third house. The woods are represented by the twelfth house and also by the sign of Pisces and the planet Neptune. Scott has this energy in the form of Uranus in Pisces (driving bicycle through the woods) quincunx Neptune in the third house, which indicates the obstacle and the loss of consciousness (Neptune). There is Mercury in the twelfth, as noted earlier, which once again describes cycling through the woods. He is brought to the hospital, where he spends about ten days in coma, and his fiancÃ©e is beside his bed the entire time (Venus in the twelfth) talking to him (in conjunction with Mercury) although he is in coma (twelfth house).
In the meantime, while he lies in the hospital unconscious, Elisabeth Witcomb, a hundred and fifty years away, meets a military officer incredibly similar to Scott. She falls passionately in love with him. She writes to Scott about this, but for several days she does not get an answer, because he is in the coma. She mentions the name of the officer in the letter and explains to Scott that through this officer she feels closer to him than ever. The civil war in America is going on and her officer is to go to battle soon.
THE SUN AT 29° OF GEMINI:
After about ten days, Scott recovers and, through the letters she sent to him, learns about recent developments. He is very happy about her meeting the officer, but he worries about the officer's fate in the war. Searching the historical data about the civil war on Internet, he discovers that her lover dies in just the battle he is about to go to. He quickly writes to Elisabeth, asking her to stop her officer from going to the battle, and he goes to the post-office to send the letter. However, as he is approaching the post-office he sees the building in flames. With difficulty he gets through the back entrance to send the letter as he has done so many times before. He manages to send it at the last minute, and the letter gets to Elisabeth through the postman in the coach.
It is now clear to me about the danger associated with the Sun conjunct Menkalinan at 29° of Gemini. The post-office, which was their bridge through eternity (29°), burned down. Elisabeth received her last letter from Scott. The officer had already left to the battle, so she collected all of her strength to try to reach him, in order to save him. Explosions, gunfire, wounded soldiers and dead ones were all part of the scenes she saw as she looked for her lover. When she finally found him, he had been already heavily wounded, and he then died in her arms.
At this very moment, Scott is telling to his fiancée Deborah about his "love affair" with Elisabeth, letting her know that what he feels for Elisabeth he will never feel for her (Deborah), whom he is to marry. Of course, the romance breaks down. Saturn, which is in his fifth house trining Venus, is naturally a strong sign for a long romance and fiancée, but the square of Mars to Saturn indicates breaks.
" I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN"
In the next scene, Scott leaves for Elisabeth's old house, which still exists in the woods out of the town (his Venus/Mercury in 12th). He discovers there that she never married, and that she has been remembered as quite unusual person for the age in which she lived. She wrote poems and worked as a professor in the school. He finds out where she was buried and goes to visit her grave.
The cemetery represented by the eighth house. The ruler of the eighth is Saturn and it is in the fifth house, in a trine with Mercury and Venus, as discussed previously. Can you guess what happens to him at the cemetery? First he finds a love message on the tomb-stone of the beloved one (Saturn the ruler of the eight, also signifying stone, is in the fifth… in trine with Venus and Mercury) saying: "I have never forgotten." This is indicative of Mercury trine Saturn with the Moon trining Mercury, which tells us about memory. Of course, it had to be a line of that kind.
However, because Saturn (ruler of the 8th) is in the fifth, he finds his love in the cemetery! Just at that very moment, a girl walking with her dog appears (Saturn is in trine with Venus (girl) and Mercury (a pet). The girl, incredibly, looks just like Elisabeth Witcomb, though she looks more modern. They recognize each other at first sight, and the movie ends.
THE HOROSCOPE OF ELIZABETH WITCOMB:
While our hero was looking at the message written on the tomb-stone, I noticed the date of birth, which is usually inscribed on the stone. It read Elisabeth Witcomb, 23. March 1834. Although the time of birth was not inscribed, I decided to make a horoscope for that day at noon in Boston. As I already knew some events connected to her life, it was not very difficult to determine the exact time of birth by rectification. I found out that she was born at 7.20 a.m. This time places Jupiter, the ruler of the 9, in the first house (she was a professor). The rulers of the 7th were Mars and Pluto. With Mars in Aquarius conjunct Uranus, what can better indicate that she lived freely, unmarried? Pluto is in the 12th house, suggesting the lack of a partner, or a partner from another time. Besides, the Moon is in Virgo, which often indicates widows and spinsters. She wrote poems (conjunction of Mercury and Venus) of which Mr. Rigl, the art critic, spoke as being too full of passion (Mercury and Venus in Aries) and too revolutionary for her time (Mars, the dispositor of Mercury and Venus, is in Aquarius in conjunct Uranus). This critic of her poems is Saturn in Libra (an elderly man criticizing, and at the same time offering her a marriage, again Libra). Saturn opposes Mercury (criticizing), but also opposes Venus, so she remains unmarried (more so as Venus is in the 12th).
Where in the chart do we see her correspondence with "the man from other times"? Of course it comes from the same picture we can see in the horoscope of our main hero: Mercury conjunct Venus in the 12th, intercepted in Aries.
Elizabeth Witcomb – main female role
The ruler of the third house is Mercury (writing), and it conjuncts Venus (love) in the twelfth (secret, out of time). The conjunction of Mercury and Pluto reflects the fact that her letters have found "time holes" and traveled to a completely different age. It also reflects the fact that she learned from Scott’s letter that her officer might die in the upcoming battle (Mercury conjunct with Pluto, news of death). The officer she loved and his calamity can be seen from the fifth house (pre-marriage love affairs). Leo on the cusp of the house suggests a striking, handsome man. The Sun, ruler of the fifth, is in her twelfth, which is the eighth house (war, death) from the fifth (lover). I conclude that he is an officer because the Sun is in Aries in the eighth house from the fifth (officer going to war). She loves him (Sun conjunct Venus), but he dies (eight house from the fifth, which speaks of difficulties for loved one). Venus also opposes Saturn; Mars, the dispositor of Venus, is conjunct Uranus (explosion). He dies in her arms (Venus, her signifier, and the Sun, his signifier, are conjunct in his eighth house!).
Does the chart say why she does not arrive in time to save him? This we see from the next picture: when she got the news that her beloved one will die (Mercury in conjunction with Pluto), she (Venus) quickly (Aries) runs to the battlefield (Venus is moving toward conjunctions with Mercury and Pluto (where people die). Before Venus reaches this conjunction, however, she receives the exact opposition of Saturn (Venus is at 6°, and Saturn is on 7°, so Venus enters the opposition). The opposition suggests an obstacle, which tells us she will arrive late. On another level, the situation certainly relates to history (Saturn) too, which rebels against the change of the course of events and especially of those historically recorded (that the officer had died in the battle).
CONFIRMATION THROUGH PREDICTIONS:
Now comes the best part: completely fascinated by the incredible intelligence underlying every story (however fictional it may appear), I decided to check the thing through predictions. On the basis of a date written at the heading of her first letter which Scott found in the table (16-04-1863) it is clear she was 29 when she wrote it, and that date marked the beginning of incredible events in her life. According to directions, her Moon at her 29 years of age (one year = one degree) comes to 6 degrees of Libra, and that is the degree where our hero has his Moon. This is so real, I simply could not believe it!
Also, her Venus from the twelfth house moved to conjunct her Ascendant (a further confirmation of the exactness of the Ascendant), which indicates a strong love (secret, out of time, because Venus is in the 12th in the intercepted sign) unfolding in that particular year.
On the other hand, her Jupiter, according to the very same direction, is in the exact sextile with Venus (the greatest love). Yet, in that year a person she loves (the officer) dies, and this is clearly seen from the position of the directed Sun. In her 29th year, the Sun has moved to 1° of Taurus. The Sun is the natural ruler of the fifth house (her lover) and by direction is in exact square with Neptune, the ruler of the eighth house from the fifth (the ruler of death of her lover).
Although it is not my desire to do a comparative analysis of their horoscopes, I cannot avoid noting that their Parts of Fortune are absolutely on the same degree: Elisabeth’s is at 10° 05' Libra, and Scott’s is at 10° 07' Libra. By the way, this is the degree of the star Kaphir, which has a Mercury-Venus nature. Does this combination remind you of something? I should also mention that a horoscope made for the date of her first letter (April 16, 1863) gives Moon/Neptune conjunction in her twelfth house at 4 degrees of Aries, which is in the exact midpoint between her Sun and Venus in the twelfth. Everything matches everything else to the minutest detail, as if the event really happened.
CONCLUSION: CONTACT WITH THE SPIRIT
All these calculations and combinations could be further confirmed. Astrology reveals the authenticity of a story, seemingly invented, yet not merely "invented". In every story conceived, in every work of art, and in every creation there is a strong Intelligence weaving its own inner story, a kind of warp and woof in which all events are logically set. Why is that? Has some spirit from 1923 influenced the writer of this work to create such a story, telling us about a great love who lived in some other time?
I am completely convinced that the whole atmosphere is full of intelligent beings (some would call them spirits), who are in constant contact with us below the threshold of our conscious existence. Every story an artist tells about the moment of inspiration while creating a work of art includes a story of some spirit or some intelligence "conveying" it to him or her. This is true of every artistic work.
I know that I spontaneously translate every film and every situation I encounter into the language of astrological symbols. I do this because astrology is my way of thinking (Uranus in the 3rd house). Yet, this is the first time I made full horoscopes for both of the main characters in a movie, the first time I became so strongly interested in the characters and the plot. And why is it so?
Again I look at the horoscope of Scott, the main hero. It dawns to me as I look at the chart that he has Uranus (the planet of the astrologer) at 17° Pisces, in the very degree of my Sun, my Ascendant ruler! I am profoundly connected to his story, and it has been given to me to see it quite clearly. In the horoscope of Elisabeth Witcomb, I find Uranus at 24° Aquarius, in the exact degree Uranus occupies in the present time when I am exploring the film characters with astrological tools. Both horoscopes are connected with Uranus via my own horoscope and via the very moment of their discovery.
I admire life — it is so lively, it is so true!
FILM TITLE: "Love Letters" by Dan Curtis
Main Actors: Campbell Scott and Jennifer Jason Light