24 Aug 2007

Richard Dawkins

One of the comments I received following my last post says:

“Unfortunately, Dawkins will claim that it is impossible for you to observe his chart in an objective, scientific kind of way because you already know things about him. And you've made judgements about him in response to the programme of his that you have commented on! Therefore, your analysis will only add fuel to the fire of his argument, I fear! Ah well.”

Ah well indeed, and to quote comedian Catherine Tate’s “Lauren the school girl” character, “Am I bovvered?” No I’m not. Dawkins was born on 26.3.1941 in Nairobi, Kenya (no time of birth available so I’ve set it for noon) and I’m going to approach his chart straight, as though it belongs to Mr. A. N. Other and not to Professor Richard Dawkins of Oxford University, who I know little about anyway, apart from what I’ve observed of him in the recent TV programme.
In the chart of A. N. Other, indications are that this individual has an inner drive and motivation to be flexible and go with the flow of life. This approach to life will dominate, but is likely to be offset by the need this person has to feel secure and enjoy the fruits of their labour. The balance of colour (indicating inner motivation) in the chart is 4 red: 1 green: 8 blue aspects, giving a strong emphasis to the possibility of Fixed behaviour and the need to maintain the status quo. So alongside the ability to adapt, there is also a strong drive to keep things as they are.

The lack of green aspects in the chart ( there is only one) and its dominant red/blue appearance suggests a polarised, black and white approach to life. There is a strong possibility of viewing life through a lens of on/off, right/wrong, with little space allowed for shades of grey.

There is a Large Talent triangle ( all blue aspects), with pinning planets in Earth Signs, so his talent, skill, ability may be associated with practicality/reality of some kind. The planets involved, which would be a part of this inherent talent, are interesting: Uranus, Mars and Neptune. This conjures up pictures of creative thinking and ideas (Uranus), sensitivity or confusion (Neptune) depending upon the level of awareness at which this planet might be operating, and strong assertiveness (Mars). The talent embedded within this figure, however, may not be fully expressed if the individual is not using it consciously.

There are also 2 Single Ambivalence figures (red/blue triangles) which include all of the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) and 2 of the ego planets, Sun (mind) and Moon (feelings). The red opposition aspects stretching across the chart indicate where work can be done and energy expended; the pinning planets will be involved in this endeavour. But the planets at the all-blue corners of these 2 aspect patterns will suggest where the person might go to escape the drive and need to work: in A. N. Other’s case these are the transpersonal planets Uranus and Pluto, neither of them particularly enticing or easy as an “escape” route, unless our subject is keen on creative ideas and thinking (Uranus) and power/transformation (Pluto).

With no time of birth, there is no way of knowing which Houses or areas of life the striking red oppositions would point to, but wherever it is, there would be a strong chance of internal conflict involving the psychological drives concerned (as signified by the planets involved - Sun, Venus, Moon, Neptune). It’s noted that the Sun is opposite the Moon’s North Node, and therefore conjunct the South Node. This could indicate that moving outside of a familiar comfort zone might be too difficult, too challenging a task to contemplate, so it may be safer to stay put with what is known, tried and tested in terms of self, mind, ideas, creativity, self-knowledge, self-awareness, responsibility and the use of the personal will.

It’s possible that A. N. Other has a fair amount of charm and charisma, with Sun in Aries conjunct Venus. However, Sun and Venus are both weak by Sign, so it’s possible that the energies and drives related to Saturn and Jupiter could dominate. These planets are strong by Sign and may work together like a “push me pull you”, Jupiter encouraging a wider vision and broader horizons, with Saturn reining things in tightly, always adhering to the rules, requiring a safe structure and being reluctant to relinquish anything (note, they are both in Taurus!). With no time of birth there is no way of knowing the orientation of the chart, nor whether these planets would be strongly or weakly placed to express themselves in the outside world.

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