A Brief Astro-Peek at Mark Twain with quotes
by Jude Cowell
"Those who don't read the news are uninformed, those who do are misinformed."
Thus spoke Mark Twain, writer and humorist, and my favorite journalist of all time, if I had to choose.
Though the birth details of Mr. Twain (born Samuel Clemens) aren't 100% verified, the following birth data seems to be most prevalently used everywhere I've looked:
November 30, 1835 4:45 am LMT Florida, Missouri: ASC 10Scorpio; Hour of Venus 21Sag42, Sun conjunct Mars in Sagittarius, Moon in mid-Aries conjunct Pluto Rx; Saturn SQ Neptune (creative yet often depressed--there are other indications of his "black dog" of depression as well), Jupiter SQ Pluto with Jup/Pluto = NN: cooperation becomes important; easily breaking ties with others once they've been used; increased need to be the center of attention; also, Moon/Jupiter = NN enhanced attraction to the "right" people.
And of course, North Node of the Moon indicates contacts or encounters with the public.
Fortunately, Twain's Moon remained in Aries for the 24-hour period of his birth so we may confidently consider the Pre-Natal Eclipse Series (PE) in which he was born, for we only need a birth date for that.
His personality blend of Fire-Fire (creative, dramatic, and inspired!), Sun Sag/Moon Ari, gave him a vivid inner vision that could be insensitive to others; pessimism could rear its depressive head when the expected glory wasn't forthcoming, or when things didn't go as planned.
Sag/Aries is a 'big talking' blend, easily seen with his literary output and public speaking talents, an adventurer who is blunt and sincere, morally upright, hopeful, and irreverant. Plain-speaking was his specialty (similar to humorist Will Rogers, another fave of mine!) and he expressed himself as the 'firebrand' he was. Although a natural egoist, he wanted to make the world a better place and was courageous enough to do so. Yet a tart temper was a weak spot as were intimate relationships due to the insensivity and egoism already mentioned, plus, there was often exhibited a testy impatience with others' weaknesses (as if he had none of his own!)
Sun Sag/Moon Aries' "Images for Integration: He who would be King postpones the coronation for a trek through the Himalayas...A mature student discovers her political convictions and debating talents through confronting the corruption of academia."
Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey.
Well, given what's gone wrong in America today, anyone intent on "confronting the corruption of academia" better get started several decades ago because they're way behind.
'Mark Twain' was born into the 18 South Saros Series ten days after a Total Solar Eclipse (November 20, 1835) @ 27Sco26, conjunct his natal South Node, a separative point. 18S's themes and influences include: partings, separations, endings, grief, and anguish, and he definitely had his share of such difficulties in his life. Yet with 18S, new circumstances thus created may be quite positive.
18S last manifested in 1998 and will do so again in 2016. It is also the PE of Marilyn Monroe (1926), Sirhan Sirhan (1944), TV's Craig Ferguson (1962), Piet Mondrian (1872), and Cornwallis' Surrender to George Washington (@ an astrologically chosen hour of 11:00 am LMT in 1781, the year Uranus, America's 'totem planet', was discovered @ 25Gemini after moving beyond US natal Uranus' position of 8Gem55, 1776.)
(18S details from Brady's Predictive Astrology.)
So why not close with another quote from the fiery yet instructive Mr. Mark Twain?
"Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
There's an official Mark Twain website where you can read his biography and more, if and as you wish!
Word pictures from Midpoints: Unleashing the Power of the Planets, Michael Munkasey.
Inspiration for this post came from the excellent independent news source Information Clearing House. Support non-corporate media so that Mark Twain's first quote above won't resemble you!