Who Dares Out Mr. Jefferson?
by Jude Cowell
Seventeen days after the Solar Eclipse of November 13, 2012 manifested in Scorpio, an op-ed appeared in the New York Times, written by Paul Finkelman and titled, The Monster of Monticello.
With perhaps thousands of opinions expressed upon our American icon through the decades in books, articles, and essays (most of which cast a rosy halo 'round his presidential noggin), Mr. Finkelman's work is nowhere near as worshipful as most Americans have come to expect concerning the author of the Declaration of Independence, our 3rd president, and Founding Father. Mr. Jefferson's primary sin is, of course, the owning and selling of slaves as human chattel even though he had enthralled the world with his exalted rhetoric: All men are created equal.
This is a major personality flaw common in the 18th century and I personally and vehemently decry it as most people do even though some of the bloom may then be snatched from the iconic American rose. However, for balance we have Jon Meacham's view of Jefferson in his wildly popular book Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power which was published on November 13, 2012--the day of the Solar Eclipse!
Well, for some Americans an assessment of Jefferson's true character and dealings has been more realistic for some time yet I admit to a small sense of astonishment at the article's sentiments, linked above. And it seems synchronicitous to this astrologer that the November 13, 2012 Solar Eclipse @21Sco56 manifested upon the Midheaven of Mr. Jefferson (22:02), thus 'eclipsing' his public reputation (Midheaven = Public Standing in the World) with a serious critique of his flaws published in a globally recognized newspaper.
Plus, between Jefferson's Pluto and MC lurks his natal South Node @18Sco57, a Saturnian point of separation, and thus indicating a falling back on inherited power which on one level points to an early American economic system embedded with slave labor. Pluto-SN also denotes a generation when large social events such as war and revolution make personal regeneration a do-or-die proposition.
As you know, Solar and Lunar Eclipses are often called 'wild cards of the Universe' and they tend in sudden Uranian fashion to reveal and shed light upon squirmy hidden things. Even discarded character traits long thought to be cast aside or buried may come back to haunt us under the rays (or non-rays) of an eclipse especially when its degree contacts one's natal planets or chart angles, as here in Mr. Jefferson's case.
A Career of Power: Jefferson's Most Elevated Natal Planet: Pluto
You're correct: Pluto wasn't discovered until 1930 so America's Founding generation were most likely unaware of it--the discovery of revolutionary Uranus in 1781 was as far as their telescopes were aimed, I suppose. Yet modern astrologers often use outer planets to make current-day analyses. Is this fair to the dearly departed? Results say, yes, for the information revealed once outer planets are placed into Historical Horoscopes can be profoundly enlightening including the outer planets blended with the native's personal planets by way of aspects, midpoint pictures, etc.
And given the unconscious nature of both Neptune and Pluto, we may possibly glean deeper levels for understanding their psyches than their contemporaries could!
As for Mr. Jefferson's 9th house Pluto @15Sco49 Rx (the Eagle Point), regenerative toward philosophical and legal systems and profound insights into humanity's future, yes, but also implicated in the recent public 'outings' he's had concerning his treatment of slaves--beatings, breaking up families by selling as a punishment, not freeing but seven yet holding approximately six hundred during his lifetime, fathering babies with Sally Hemmings (his wife's half-sister, some say), etc.
So with his 9th house planet of power 6 degrees from Jefferson's natal MC, the most visible point in any chart, his plutonic activities may be partially discovered through powerful manipulator Pluto in Mars-Pluto-ruled Scorpio, sign of sex, domination, regeneration, and, as Mr. Jefferson's descendants are now rightfully able through DNA results to assert: reproduction.
Related post: Horoscope: Solar Eclipse November 13, 2012.
My favorite headline of Monday December 3, 2012 has to be from Mother Jones: Koch Brothers: It's Only a Flesh Wound!.