In the sign of Sagittarius lies much of the nature of the horse and of the deer; timid, delicate, proud, courageous, and swift. Only the suddenness of its action in any way resembles the typical Uranus force; but the sign itself, if Its lord, Jupiter, be happily aspected, may have much power to overcome that which seems hard and cold in the planet. Cold, for the cruelty of Uranus is calculated and deliberate, for the achievement of spiritual good to the native, while that of Mars is the hot cruelty of far more human passion. But Sagittarius never fails to give liveliness to the temperament; it is as Celtic on the Ascendant as Leo or Pisces; more so, in fact, than the latter; therefore, we here find in the planet what one might whimsically call a “reformed” Uranus; etherealized and sublimized. But, of course, bad aspects and an inharmonious Ascendant will weaken and corrupt these qualities. For example, the horoscope of Queen Victoria shows arrogance and petulance; impatience of contradiction. Gemini is rising, the opposition sign of Sagittarius, and Neptune in the eighth house, within five degrees of Uranus in the seventh house. Saturn squares both; but, fortunately, Venus is trine, otherwise her temperament would have been impossible. Mercury is in the twelfth house, and not particularly strong; it is very evident that the temperament plays a much larger part than the personality. George Eliot has Scorpio in the Ascendant, and the Sun, Venus,, Mercury, Uranus, and Neptune all in the east, not far helow the horizon. Uranus in conjunction with Neptune is squared by Saturn. Mars is in Leo, trine to Venus, but opposed by Jupiter and the Moon. The result is naturally a highly confused problem, from which it is difficult to resolve one separate, true resultant. A stormy life, and a mixed career of joy, sorrow, failure, and triumph are the visible effects of this complicated chain of causes. Now, let us consider the horoscope of Shakespeare, with Virgo rising. Mercury, lord of the Ascendant, is in Aries, trine to Uranus and sextile to Neptune. There is no planet ascending; Uranus is in the fourth house in opposition to Neptune and Venus, a tremendous aspect; and Venus is also sextile to a conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter. Here, then, we see a wonderful temperament, and a negligible personality. Another master-mind is that of Herbert Spencer. Uranus is on the exact cusp of the Ascendant, twenty-eight degrees of Sagittarius, with Neptune in close conjunction, again a tremendous aspect. Hence the epoch-mating character of his philosophy. The man himself was retiring (Jupiter, the lord of the Ascendant being in Pisces softened by the square of Venus), but there is no conflict of any kind indicated between the temperament and the personality. He was, therefore, free to work out the splendid promise of his remarkable horoscope. Bismarck has the Sun, lord of his Ascendant Leo, squared by the Moon and in trine to Uranus, who is himself trine to the Ascendant. Here is, again, an excellent harmony, save that the Moon in Capricorn gives some brusquerie. On the whole, it is a disposition certain to afford the best results, from the standpoint of a career. Still more earth-shaking is the colossal Luther. Leo is rising once more, this sign, of course, being in trine to Sagittarius and therefore sympathetic with it. The Sun, Saturn and Mercury are in conjunction, sextile to the Moon and semi-sextile to Neptune; Uranus is sextile to a conjunction of Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Thus both personality and temperament are exceedingly strong, and harmonize one with the other. The result we know. A far calmer figure Is that of Cornelius Agrlppa. Virgo Is rising, and Mercury, its lord, is not especially strong in the second house. Uranus is near the square of the Sun, and within nine degrees of the opposition of Mars. Here we find indicated scholarship and deep thought, without any greater manifestation than some books, more curious than revolutionary, and the acquisition of a great, If not very well-deserved, reputation as a magician. An interesting example of temperament stronger than personality is seen in Nell Gwyn, with Capricorn rising and its lord Saturn afflicted. But Uranus is exactly conjoined with Neptune on the cusp of the eleventh house, giving the temperament an extraordinary force to work through favoritism. As the Lord of the Ascendant, Saturn, is trine to the Sun, she had also the force of character to make use of her power mainly for good. Courtesan though she was, she was probably the best influence in the life of Charles II and a consistent friend to the common people. William III of England has the Moon rising in Leo, trine to Mercury, with the Sun In conjunction with Jupiter. Uranus and Neptune are exactly conjoined this, by the way, often stands for great and unexpected opportunities, as is seen, indeed, in the preceding case, and the whole figure Is very favorable, so that, from a petty princeling of another country, he became King of England through the apparent accident of the abdication of his wife’s father. Mars is square to the Neptune-Uranus position, a testimony that it was through no charm of temperament that he came to win such a position.
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