©1-25-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Years ago, I read that Carl Jung’s wife and daughter were astrologers and that every year on his birthday, they did his progressions for the year. They felt that the progressed aspects correlated with the unfolding of Jungian psychology as a field and constituted his legacy.
Curious, I began looking at the charts of dead notables when something about them hit the news. Sometimes it was a scandalous revelation, sometimes an honor bestowed on them years after their death, but whatever it was, it seemed to show up in the chart in ways that made sense astrologically. In this article and one to follow, I’ll present some recent examples, with links to their charts and bios on AstroDataBank.
Case #1: Amelia Earhart—Found at Last?
Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was a media darling in the 1930s. She achieved a number of aviation records:
- first woman to fly across the Atlantic
- first woman to fly across the US nonstop
- first woman to win the distinguished Flying Cross
- second person to fly solo across the Atlantic, in 1932
- first person to solo from Hawaii to California, in 1935
She has remained an intriguing figure ever since her disappearance on July 2, 1937 during an attempt to be the first to fly clear around the globe. More than 70 years after her mysterious end, she again became newsworthy. In 2009, she was the subject of a biographical movie, Amelia, starring Hillary Swank and Richard Gere.
In 2010, there were a series of announcements about bones and artifacts including a compact and aviation equipment found on Nikumaroro, a small, remote island in the Pacific. The discoveries have led scientist to believe they may have found her at last. They are trying to extract DNA from the bones and match them with the DNA donated by members of the Earhart family.
See her chart above and her bio on AstroDataBank here: Earhart, Amelia. It is an altogether fascinating chart, with a multiple conjunction of four planets in the mutable air sign Gemini—the Moon, Pluto, Venus, and Neptune, all within 10°.
Conjunctions dominate her chart. She has them in Gemini, Leo, Virgo, and Scorpio–including a stellium of four planets in Geminni. The Sun-Mercury conjunction in Leo gave her star quality. Her Mars-Jupiter conjunction attests to her courage, and some might say her foolhardiness.
What really made her an aviation pioneer, I believe, was her Uranus-Saturn conjunction, for Uranus rules scientific innovations and would be the planet most associated with aviation. It was in Scorpio and, unfortunately, showed that she died pursuing her passion.
And it was that conjunction that was most highlighted in her chart by transits. The important transiting Uranus-Saturn opposition from Virgo to Pisces of 2009-10 formed trines and sextiles to her natal conjunction. When an aspect in the birth chart is repeated in some form by transit, it often brings events and situations related to the natal position.
It will be interesting to see whether DNA testing finally solves this mystery. My feeling is that it’s going to take some time—scientists are a cautious bunch. It would be more likely to be proven or disproven when Pluto in Capricorn trines her Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Virgo in 2013.
(For more information and pictures of this iconic figure, see The Official Website of Amelia Earhart and a video about the bone’s discovery here: Bones Found on Island Might Be Amelia Earhart’s – ABC News.)
UPDATE, 7/2/2013: A reader reminded me that I’d predicted more conclusive evidence in 2013, and it came to pass. Amelia Earhart Fans: A Closer Birth Time and New Evidence about Her Crash
New evidence includes some old, lost photos of the possible wreckage and also a jar of freckle cream on the deserted island in the Pacific. The freckle cream seems conclusive to me, because it’s known that she hated her freckles and was always using the cream. The odds of any other woman with freckles crashing on that island are really low.
The reader also mentioned that Earhart herself said her birth time could have been half and hour either way, and that half an hour earlier gives Aries rising rather than Taurus. Aries is much more likely for a courageous pioneer like herself. Here’s a link to further recent information: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/8834138/Photos-may-solve-Earhart-mystery.
What about you, Readers? Do you have any cases in your files of charts that showed events long after the person’s death? Share them with us in the comment section.
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