Sep 22, 2015

Andrew Roberts: "Napoleon: A Life" - John Batchelor Show 18/6/15 (Astrology added)

Recently I heard the following fascinating interview on the radio (yes, an actual radio!) and thought you might be interested in hearing it about a new biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, a man who was yet another in a long line of 'world-order-creator' wannabes. The Little Dictator was a fascinating personality, of course, and such a topic seems particularly intriguing these days to me for the model of a new global order, the European Union, is in process of being dissolved right before our eyes:

As for Napoleon I's natal horoscope, I've shied away for years, outstanding though it is, because I'd read that he lied about his age to get into the army and thus his birth data was conflicting. However, it seems that Lois Rodden collected his data and rated it 'A' (from memory) so here it is in case you don't have it: (nee) Napoleone di Buonaparte August 15, 1769 11:30 am LMT Ajaccio, France. View his natal chart here.

Napoleon's Sun Leo (22:46, where the recent Venus-Jupiter conjunction occurred) and Moon @26Cap56 (conjunct US natal Pluto, planet of power and manipulation) identifies his personality as Fire-Earth, a 'volcano of action' combo of energies, in a word, a bulldozer full of an enormous amount of self-belief and certainty, a good manager and politician. Intense Scorpio (life is a battle!) was on the horizon (6Sco21) as baby Napoleon entered the earthly flux along with exploring, expansive Jupiter @15Sco01, something of a description of his discoveries (Jupiter) in Egypt (Scorpio.) He thought, planned, and communicated as a dramatic Leo with Mercury @6Leo09; warrior Mars conjoined Neptune in Virgo (where transit Jupiter now roams) showing an intuitive strategist who was unwilling to accept responsibility for the results of his actions inspired though they may have sometimes been.

Pluto in Capricorn represents on one level the dictator and curiously, Napoleon I is now in process of a Pluto Return with natal Pluto @13Cap34 Rx and we find that an enlightened Uranus-Neptune-Pluto Grand Trine in practical Earth signs, and a high-flying Kite pattern is formed if we include Jupiter opposing Uranus. This closed circuit of planets supports his grand visions of global conquest and expansion of territory and power. And since Pluto is also a planet of publishing, Andrew Roberts' new biography of Napoleon may enjoy quite a bit of publicity and brisk sales before the corpulent chanteuse sings for as you know, a person's natal planets continue to be triggered long after they're gone. Perhaps his Capricorn Pluto, planet of transformation, is now activated in relation to Europe through the tragic, ongoing refugee crisis which has resulted from the West attempting to take over the East via war and its destructive forces these last years. Refugees in exile from their homelands--is this not a similar fate suffered by Napoleon?

Napoleon's Sun Leo-Moon Capricorn

More specifically, a temperamental, authoritative Sun Leo-Moon Cap blend provided him with great vitality and a sense of adventure, perfect attributes for a world conqueror and self-crowned emperor. His somber Capricorn Moon supplied the stability and perseverance needed to stick to his Leonine plans for shining on the world stage, taking charge, and directing all focus upon his ultimate goals. A practical intellect combined with the vanity, conceit, and arrogance which added to his downfall in spite of great courage and ambition. Defeated in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon had managed to take over most of continental Europe and he died in exile of stomach cancer (partially described by natal Saturn in Cancer) on the isle of St. Helena on May 5, 1821.

For more Sun-Moon info, see Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles & Suzi Harvey where you'll also find two famous quotes from Napoleon himself:

"We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him." And, "Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet." He obviously did not consider himself common... or, one supposes, religious.

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