“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.” Noam Chomsky
Described as ‘”the father of modern linguistics”, and one of the world’s top public intellectuals Noam is also an: analytical philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator/activist. He has authored over 100 books, is currently Professor Emeritus at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology),Pandemoniumfromamerica, is dedicated to him.
I have long been a fan, the first time I heard him speak, I was blown away. Noam is absolutely brilliant, deftly cutting through media bias and cultural subterfuge with unequalled power and grace.Propaganda and the Public Mind: listen here.
Noam has a shining Sagittarius stellium: Mercury, Lilith. Sun, Saturn all conjunct ASC, with the whole she-bang trine Uranus Rx in Aries. Obviously he’s a very inspirational and creative thinker with a truckload of Mars backing the brains.
His ruler, Jupiter Rx in Taurus trines Neptune Rx elevated in Virgo – his 9th house of higher education and philosophies. Neptune squares his 6th house Gemini North Node within a degree. Noam has a very spiritual higher mind that seeks union through blowing the barn doors off grandiose, over-bearing, idiotic boundary-making in the name of power/profit.
With a strong Venusian energy, (including Jupiter conjunct Chiron Rx in Taurus) Noam is an intellectual healer leveling the playing field between all people, globally. Moon ruled Pluto quintile Venus ruled Chiron supports, indicates same. Venus in Capricorn in exact square to Moon in Libra (10) and in opposition to Pluto in Cancer, drive his desire to balance relationships between the powerful haves and the powerless have-nots.
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Leonardo da Vinci was an amazing Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. and that is just scratching the surface…
He conceptualized a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull and outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics, and drew one of the first scientific drawings of a fetus in utero. (wiki)
Taurus Sun with Toro Venus in applying trine to Neptune in Libra at MC, genius creative expression ! Sagittarius rising – expressive and expansive – Jupiter is in Pisces 3rd of learning conjunct Moon.
Aquarius Mars trine Saturn exalted in Libra 10th: Leonardo was an idea machine – invent, conceptualize, research, sketch, design and build futuristic machinery.
The illustration below seemed appropriate for the Uranus, Pluto, Venus T-square.
Freaky drawing of coffin contraption with gyroscope ! ? Dunno, is weird and fascinating whatever it is.
Eighth house Pluto and Uranus – highly observant – he learned anatomy in detail through dissecting cadavers (Venus quintile Pluto). He drew detailed bone studies, and the pregnancy drawing you see above, as well as detailed drawings of architecture, water devices, animals, faces of rage, deformities, and machines of his own design.
Saturn in 10 wants to know how everything works, Neptune at MC absorbs the world like a sponge. Neptune and Saturn in 10 are both opposite Aries Mercury in 4. Mercury trines Leo Pluto – he certainly changed the world through creative expression.
Curiously, most of Leonardo’s writings are in mirror-image cursive, perhaps it was easier because he was left-handed, or maybe it was for reasons of secrecy, perhaps both, no one knows.
As you can see, his drawings and sketches were extremely detailed and highly researched – Virgo precision at MC and Aries Mercury in trine to Pluto in Leo.
The animation above delineates the sacred geometry of the golden rectangle, which is more easily seen in colored portions below. Da Vinci and others (including the architect Palladio) helped to revive this knowledge of sacred geometry and its application after the so-called “Dark Ages.”
Apart from the monks in Ireland, most of the older knowledge was preserved by Arabic culture that translated older Greek and Roman works into Arabic. These works were retranslated back into Latin and other European languages by scholars working in cross-cultural universities in renaissance Spain.
You can see above the geometry da Vinci applied to sketching human faces. Obviously mirror image writing and building with polarities (Uranus sextile Venus in 6th) appealed with Mars in Aquarius in trine to Saturn in the tenth of achievement.
This mathematical precision (sacred geometry) is applied to Mona Lisa below, I am sure there is another for the Last Supper floating around as well. I will look, pop into comments.
Which brings me to the point of this post.
Mercury is numbers, counting, perceptions.
Saturn is mathematics.
(traditional ruler of the fixed sign Aquarius)
is form and matter – the building blocks – earth plane..
Uranus is the higher octave of numbers, counting and perceptions.
Uranus is spirals.
The geometric electrical energy grid that connects all life on earth.
Which leads me to believe Uranus rules sacred geometry as well as Saturn.
Thoughts . . .?
A fun morph.
Leonardo isasteroid 3000.
Da Vinci has it exact conjunct North Node in Capricorn.
Consider Leonardo your renaissance point !
Currently Leonardo is at 10 Cancer.
Dark Moon in Cancer is at 10 degrees as I write this ! Interesting it is dovetailing into the renaissance T- Square Action, yes ?
Venus will soon follow to conjunct – she is at 6 Cancer.
Just in case I haven’t pitched you enough science yet…
If you want some supercalifragilisticsciencesacredgeometry
to chew on awhile – here’s a porterhouse steak, pack a blade – it’s a biggie !
Music is the only religion that delivers the goods. – Frank Zappa
The world always needs more Frank. Frank was a flat-out genius musician, an outspoken intellectual known for cutting straight thorough BS mass media rhetoric and speaking the truth. No great surprise he was a Sagittarius rising with a 29 degree Sagittarius Sun, chart ruler Jupiter in the creative 5th house.
Frank released more than 60 albums, counting both his solo work and his work with the Mothers of Invention. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
His lyrics—often humorously—reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship. (wiki)
First things first.
When I learned astrology, I went looking for oddballs (compliment) and their aspects. I dig music, so Frank was at the top of my must know list. When I saw Frank’s 5th house, I immediately thought brilliant ! auraltextures !
Frank was a master of layered sounds. Once you hear Frank Zappa, there is no mistaking why musicians were lining up to collaborate with him. Aside from the fact that you knew you could count on artistic genius – everything else – tempos, lyrics and the range of sounds were completely unpredictable and wild. Each moment was totally up for creative theatrical grabs, each piece, rich with sensual crescendos and assaults.
Zappa considered soloing as the equivalent of forming “air sculptures”,and developed an eclectic, innovative and highly personal style.(wiki)
Frank’s music and philosophical vision was a cosmic wake up call to both musicians and the public. (Uranus trine Moon – Neptune conjunction at MC) He inspired artists around the globe (North Node of Destiny in Libra 10 conjunct MC) to do their own thing and do it well. (Leo Pluto trine Sagittarius Venus)
To the delight of music fans everywhere, Frank went to bat against Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center in 1985. He testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee. He was brilliantly succinct* and fair in his assessment of the proposed PMRC labelling music ‘sexually explicit’ or ‘satanic’ :“…in this context, the PMRC’s demands are the equivalent of treating dandruff by decapitation … The establishment of a rating system, voluntary or otherwise, opens the door to an endless parade of moral quality control programs “.(wiki)
For the record, when Frank testified, tr. Uranus was coming to conjunct his Sagittarius ascendant; tr. Sun and Mercury were conjunct his Virgo Neptune – Moon conjunction at MC*, and tr. Moon and Saturn were conjunct his Scorpio Mars. haha take that PMRC !
Sun at the 29th degree of culmination in Sagittarius is visionary, trine his chart ruler Jupiter in conjunction with Saturn in 5th and we have precise execution of expansive philosophies made manifest on the earth plane. Frank shunned the typical excesses of the late 60’s (hallucinogens) and instead turned his Jupiter in sensate Taurus to crafting sonic masterpieces – 30 years worth of musical innovation (Uranus quintile Leo Pluto which trines Venus). One thing about (long-term career-driven) Saturn conjunct Jupiter – especially in Taurus – it is work and lots of it. Ok, one more thing – hairy + that is one crazy head of hair with Uranus in 5th. Check out this quote:“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” Perfect for his 5th, yes..? haha This conjunction falls in his 5th, so Frank’s work was actually a labor of love and tons of fun. personal aside: I must admit, I am growing fond of Jupiter conjunct Saturn folks – they are strict, but fair. They are honest and they cut to the chase already – soOo refreshing !
Mercury as leading planet (oriental), conjunct Ascendant in Sagittarius 1st house is strongly intellectual, articulate and vocal regarding opinions and philosophies – in square (along with Sun) to Moon (public) and Neptune in Virgo; insightful, detailed and precise, bucking the national trend of delusion. Frank was well-known as a family man with a strict work ethic who was quite vocal about his viewpoints. He ended up a spokesperson, though this role likely did not set too well with him (Sun square Moon) – what he really wanted was everyone (Jupiter – Saturn conjunction square the Plutonian masses) to collectively get with the program and get politically involved.
How appropriate that Frank has an asteroid named after him – and that it is in his Neptune ruled 3rd house. (Gemini and Mercury naturally rule and they equal names) Indeed with natal (Mercury-ruled) Virgo Neptune conjunct Moon and MC: the Internet campaign to name the asteroid, which apparently was the first worldwide on-line petition, involved Zappa fans in 22 countries and produced the most people supporting an asteroid’s name, according to the International Astronomical Union (IAU). (source)Zappa is exactly conjunct my Uranus in Virgo. cool.
Frank also had Vesta or what I call the ‘fire in the belly’, (the passionate torch carried within) – at the saturation degree of creative Leo in trine to his powerful Sun in 1st. Sun rules Leo, so this is obviously beneficial. Melpomene, the Muse of Music also breathes fire into his Leo creativity. Chiron the centaur philosopher healer conjunct metamorph Pluto in Leo which trine Venus and Mars – Frank worked a charm on artists and showed them the way to actively create art for arts sake alone – not solely for profit ! (Venus in Sagittarius 12th) North Node in Libra 10, and Frank was here to learn and project fairness, balance and creativity to the whole world. Well done, sir.
Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE * is an English actor. He has won multiple Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, and five Emmy Award nominations. His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is known for film roles such as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Magneto in the X-Men films, and as Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code.
McKellen was made a * Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, was knighted in 1991 for services to the performing arts,and was made a * Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality, in the 2008 New Year Honours.(wiki) ~~~~~~~~~~~~ I will start by saying Sir Ian is so sweet and kind, with a Gemini twinkle in his eye, quite a lovely flirt, really. He’s fabulous — so fabulous I named my singing toad after him. Yes, I knighted my toad ! Sir Toadie was recorded in one of the most acoustically perfect halls in the country. true story. I knew when eclipse toad showed up good things were coming … Sir Ian is a May 25th Gemini, so I am writing & posting tonight – he is in the future in New Zealand and I want this up for his solar return YaY !
Gandalf and Magneto and a Knight Seriously ! How cool is That ?!
* Happy Birthday Sir Ian ! *
Look how cool ! A moth showed up, right on time. Precisely when he meant to..!
When times grew desperate, Gandalf contacted Gwaihir, Lord of the Eagles, by means of a small moth. It was Radagast the Brown who told the eagles that Gandalf had visited with Saruman in the books; in the movie, Gandalf is seen speaking with the moth. (LotR wiki) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Moth totem: sensitivity to vibrations, awareness, transition and metamorphosis. Lunar light and instinctual adjusting of the course, allure in love, camouflage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ian is a Gemini Sun, Virgo Moon, Sagittarius rising, making Jupiter his chart ruler. Aries Jupiter (is Mars powered) is in the 3rd (communication) house trine 29 degree (culmination degree) Pluto in Cancer, 8th house. Pluto (inner energy, transformative experiences) rules the 8th, is strong, yet fluctuating (Moon ruled house, opposite Mars).
Gemini Sun trines Mars in Aquarius, making Ian a revolutionary (Aquarius) communicator through art and film (Mars trine Neptune at mid-heaven).
Pluto and Mars (Mars is most highly aspected, strong) both square Venus in Taurus, and are opposite each other, which forms a T-Square with Venus as the focal planet. Venus, the planet of art, love and money is strong in Taurus, the sign it rules. Venus as focal planet, means it will be forced to metamorph the very powerful energies of Mars and Pluto into artwork, beauty and works of love.
Pluto points to a strong desire nature with opposition to Mars (outward bound energies) in Aquarius, as well as the square (inner tension) to Venus in possessive Taurus. Pluto in the last degree of Moon-ruled Cancer is a nod to the metamorphic effect Ian has on the public (Moon rules public), through his natural ability to teach and lead by example (Virgo 9th house) through the arts (Neptune [rules film, inspired art] at mid-heaven) and film.
I find it interesting that outward bound Mars is in a sign of polarities (Aquarius), Plutonian inner power is fluctuating in Cancer, and Ian has Mercury (dual perceptions) conjunct Uranus (polarities, magnetics) in artistic Taurus. Ian is very adept at seeing both sides of any given situation. He uses this instinctual observation, this intuitive sense (Taurus rules the senses) of dualities to in turn enrich his portrayal of character.
He feels and senses the depth and rich undertones (Pluto Cancer 8 / Venus, Uranus, Mercury in creative 5th house) in humanity and conveys them through artistic means. (Stellium in creative 5th house/ Mercury conj Uranus trine Neptune at mid-heaven.)
Moon is conjunct Part of Fortune in duty bound Virgo; both trine Saturn in Aries and Venus in Taurus. Long term (Saturn rules time and work) artistic career (Venus) in the public eye (Moon).
Ian has Mercury quintile (special talents) Pluto, making him a powerfully magnetic ( ! ) communicator, capable of captivating the public (Pluto in moon-ruled Cancer).
He also has Saturn and Neptune quintile Chiron, meaning his work is a powerful healing force to help others.
Ian has one planet retrograde, Neptune – which indicates his work and career in the arts will continue to flourish as he ages. Retrogrades signify planetary energies that are expressed inwardly while young, until an outside event forces them to be expressed outwardly when older. At which time, the energy is focused, channeled, and better directed in life.
Melin ceni hin lîn síla i ‘eladhach Garo arad-o-onnad ‘elir ! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Namárië Mellonea Saesa omentien lle, Diola lle Ná Elbereth veria le, ná elenath dín síla erin rád o chuil lín. gneissmoonastrology.net