intellectual ancestor

My mind is my own church.  – Thomas Paine

Sun, Mercury, Jupiter in Aquarius
Saturn, Neptune in Gemini
Venus exalted in Pisces

 Grand trine: Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto

Thomas Paine was an 18th century activist, a British expat who was called the “Father of the American Revolution” because of his anonymously published, pro-independence pamphlet Common Sense.  He was suppressed by the British, sought asylum in France, and was later released from a French prison (with the help of President Monroe) and moved to the U.S.

Paine became notorious because of his progressive, free-thinking writings.  In his book, The Age of Reason, he argues against institutionalized religion.  He later introduced the concept of minimum wage in Agrarian Justice, as well as old age pension (social security).  Paine was strongly influenced by his time spent with the Iroquois, who lived in harmony with nature and each other by tribal (democratic) law.
Though there is no evidence he was himself a Freemason, Paine also wrote “An Essay on the Origin of Free-Masonry” (1803–1805), about the Bible being allegorical myth describing astrology:

The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.
Liberals, libertarians, feminists, democratic socialists, social democrats, anarchists, freethinkers, and progressives often claim him as an intellectual ancestor.  (wiki)

Now I do as well ~ very Aquarian !

 Shocking writings for his time, fascinating free-thinker, yes ?

“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794.