Dec 7, 2016

The February 2017 Eclipse, Alexander Hamilton, and Aaron Burr

Recently The Mountain Astrologer published an excellent article by Kate Plumb concerning the (rectified) natal and progressed charts of Sun Capricorn Alexander Hamilton along with the Opening Night horoscope of the very popular Broadway show Hamilton. With Hamilton's natal chart progressed to Opening Night (August 6, 2015), we see modern influences upon a posthumous chart where its long deceased owner's life and reputation are now cast in the very bright spotlight of a Broadway stage. Fascinating!

Note: these notes concern the 'rectified by Regulus' natal chart though conflict remains since Hamilton may have been been born, not in 1755, but 1757, according to some historians. There are brief notes on the conflict and a view of his bio and natal chart (X-rated; no time) at astrodatabank.

In the rectified version of Hamilton's natal chart set for January 11, 1755 1:23:37 am LMT Charlestown, Saint Kitts-Nevis, one immediately notices the several placements including Sun and Moon, in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, sign of business, law, government, and gilt-edged stocks and bonds. In fact, the Harveys, in their book Sun Sign-Moon Sign give the Sun Cap-Moon Cap combination of energies a very Saturnian Image for Integration: "A hoary old grandfather sits in his chair with his grandson on his knee. He gives him a gift for his seventh birthday - a first edition of The Pilgrim's Progress." (Note: the boy's seventh birthday resonates with old man Saturn's 28-30 year cycle through the Zodiac and the first square occurring around seven, the typical age when baby teeth begin to fall out!)

As for modern planetary transits to Alexander Hamilton's 1755 natal chart, I refer to these:

Transit Neptune now conjoins natal Uranus 8Pis41 (changes in society cause confusion, disorientation, unrealistic expectations), transit Jupiter will soon conjoin and spotlight his Prenatal Eclipse degree (22Lib35) in the New North Saros Series, and the February 26, 2017 Solar Eclipse @8Pis12 will 'hit' his natal Uranus with its Uranian 'cosmic blink' vibes which may have either positive or negative influence--or a mixture of both--for his reputation and perhaps for his namesake Broadway show. And of course, transit Pluto's ongoing plod through Tropical Capricorn has and will lend power and the gift of transformation to his many Capricorn planets: Mercury 1:42, (Chiron 3:27), Moon 11:12, and on to Saturn 20:01 (a critical degree), Sun 21:17, and Venus 25:50 Rx. This Capricorn line-up is preceded in his horoscope by natal Pluto 15Sag03 and Mars 29Sag06, another critical degree (being the 29th--and anxious to enter Capricorn).

Hamilton's Prenatal Eclipse Series (PE), the 9 New North, initially manifested on August 21, 1664 @28Leo50 with warrior Mars 20Lib54 conjunct the explosive, revolutionary Uranus-Pluto midpoint which suggests potentials for fanaticism, violence, and a tendency to force ideas upon others. Hamilton was, as you know, an officer in the American Revolution, an aide to General Washington, if memory serves, and America's first Treasury Secretary. So it is through a solar Leo lens that his Libra PE may be viewed and thus involves cautions against egoism, pride, arrogance, and vainglory. And considering the themes of 9 New North, I must wonder if his fatal duel with Aaron Burr is on some level a part of the Sun-Venus eclipse influence because 9 New North themes are: violence, accidents, great physical effort, and a sudden physical event.

Naturally, there are several accounts of the Hamilton-Burr duel of August 11, 1804 and its sad aftermath and Eye Witness to History has one of them. And perhaps you may agree that the Prenatal Solar Eclipse of the duel, the 4 North @21AQ36 which perfected on February 11, 1804, contains sadly appropriate themes: separation, restraint, inhibition, restriction, illusions, events that seem to block the individual which causes a tendency to misjudge strength or the situation (paraphrasing Brady's Predictive Astrology).

Now here are some brief notes on five transits of the July 11, 1804 duel which greatly affected the 1755 natal planets of Alexander Hamilton and noting that squares (90 degrees) = blockages and obstacles, and inconjuncts (150 degrees) can indicate health crises--in this case, via bullet:

1. 1804 Jupiter square natal Venus: confused values and priorities, a victim of shameless social climbing, alliances and joint ventures suffer snags and difficulties.

2. 1804 Venus inconjunct natal Saturn: criticism, resentment, overreaction, envy, intolerance, retaliation.

3. 1804 Saturn square natal Mars: impatience over rules and regulations, thwarted physical actions, quarrels about who is right and who is wrong, anger, very unpleasant situations, authority figures resent aggressive actions, physical injuries.

4. 1804 Pluto conjunct natal Uranus: a generational challenge between power and anarchic forces and indicating extreme violence and destruction.

5. 1804 Mars inconjunct natal Mars (29Tau to 29Sag): a picture of the duel itself with fighting Mars off-kilter from Hamilton's natal Mars which hints at his decision to fire but miss his opponent; a negative health indicator.

So that is my brief astrological assessment of Hamilton, Burr, and their tragic duel, with certain Solar Eclipses added. Yet since we know there must be more to the story that so favors the victim, Alexander Hamilton, let's close with a revealing quote from Jefferson's Vice President Burr himself from the controversial biography Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg:

"In a Day or two will be published another pamphlet in which you...are to {be} proven part{y} to certain imaginary intrigues of mine. This knot of knaves cannot long hold together--they begin already to call each other lyars--the only truth they have uttered." Aaron Burr to Pierpont Edwards, 1802.

A 'knot of knaves'! And soon, in New York City's one Republican newspaper and elsewhere, the "sleazy insinuations and crude insults" followed and eventually the goal of his enemies was achieved--to destroy the political career of Aaron Burr. Hmmm...sounds a lot like the crude, vulgar, insulting 2016 Campaign, doesn't it?


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