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Aleister Crowley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sat May 13, 2017 1:42 pm

Aleister Crowley originally gave his birthtime as "between 11 PM and midnight." The best practice is to start with 11:30 PM and go from there. (The horoscope he gave in Equinox of the Gods, though self-flattering, isn't within the originally stated time and shouldn't be taken seriously.)

Based on events in his life, I suspect the actual time is about 7 minutes later than this chart - but I give it here without molestation.

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Notice that the most important (closest) aspect structure is the exact Saturn-Uranus opposition trine-sextile the Sun (which is the only planet on an angle). In crude terms, just as Jupiter-Uranus gives a need to be "uniquely good," Saturn-Uranus gives a need to be "uniquely bad" - and here that was tied into his primary ego-structure. So, barring such later life developments as, say, psychological maturity, we'd expect a self-centered egoist with an ego-investment in being uniquely bad. :twisted: (Obviously there's more to it than that!)

Actually, there's another angular planet - Jupiter squares the Ascendant, i.e., is on the true Nadir of the chart. But if his time is a little later, this may affect that a bit (while bringing the Sun closer to the angle).
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Horoscope of Aleister Crowley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sat May 13, 2017 1:43 pm

Here is the chart for what I believe is the single most important minute in Aleister Crowley's life: the minute that the dictation of his channeled work, Liber Legis finished. In other words, it is the moment that The Book of the Law was complete.

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This might be worth study in its own right as the birth chart of Liber L. I'm more interested, at the moment, in looking at the impact of the event on Crowley. Having already identified his Saturn-Uranus opposition )(and its trine-sextile to the Sun) as the most important structure in his horoscope, note that transiting Saturn (25 Cap 32) on this event had just entered the 1° orb of conjunction with natal Saturn (26 Cap 31) - it was formally his Saturn return! (One day earlier, it wasn't yet in orb.) This would be expected to be the stage of life when this entire pattern is set off (not to mention other maturations arising out of the Saturn Return).

Then, the Sun had reached 26 Pis 45 - April 10 was the day of Sun opposite natal Sun (his Demi-Solar Return) and doing its share of triggering the whole event. In other words (Saturn having alraedy set the general period of life), this identifies the day when the key aspect structure of his horoscope would be set off.

Finally, transitting Moon had reached 26 Cap 27 conjunct his natal Saturn within 4' of arc (8 minutes of time) and completing the entire pattern to the hour (and nearly the minute).

The only way the timing could have been more finely chissled would be if the climax came 36 minutes later (at 1:36 PM) when the Moon-Saturn conjunction reached the Descendant (and, therefore, his natal Uranus was rising opposite his natal Saturn on the Descendant). Who knows how those 36 minutes were spent? Likely they weren't inconsequential. One wishes for a more careful post-game interview to see exactly what was going on 36 minutes later.

In any case... this one event triggers the key part of Crowley's horoscope to the season, the day, and the hour - and nearly the minute. Whatever he was doing, it was in man respects the most significant hour of his life.

There are some other interesting aspects. The Book itself was born with a Mercury-Mars conjunction in Aries at the Midheaven. Pluto was 0°00' from exact trine to Saturn in that hour. The Midheaven opposed Crowley's Jupiter the minute the Book was completed (which may have been the exact timing detail for him). Mars exactly conjoined Crowley's natal Neptune, a psychologically inflaming (actually, a bit hysterial-making!) for the last day's dictation when his mind was flooded with the Vision of Horus that admittedly blew him the {bonk} away.

For Secondary Progressions, the most important thing is probably that progressed Jupiter - moving bare minutes of arc per year - was only 0°01' from exact conjunction with natal Mercury - not bad for getting the most important book of one's life.
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Re: Aleister Crowley

Post by Danica » Thu Sep 30, 2021 3:58 pm

Jim, do you know what is the source of info (is there a recorded such from the time that we have available) for A.C.'s time zone of birth?

I've noticed the chart that Solar Fire shows and the one printed in V&V are different - and far from negligibly so!

SF (v 9.0.26)
AC 13*45' Can
MC 21*30' Pis
Moon 29*43' Aqu

book
AC 14*50' Can
MC 23*09' Pis
Moon 29*47' Aqu

The time zone you give in the book is LMT, and what SF uses is GMT (+0:00).
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Re: Aleister Crowley

Post by Jim Eshelman » Thu Sep 30, 2021 4:08 pm

That's not very far apart - a degree or two in the angles.

In the Confessions, AC gave his birth as between 11 AM and midnight. This would, therefore, be Class A data with a plus-minus 30 minute range, that normally would be displayed for 11:30 pm. I did some light rectification work and think it's about 11:35. I don't remember which of the two I put in V&V.

He gave a different chart in Equinox of the Gods, something IIRC between 10:30 and 11:30. I'm sure it was him shoving the time back to give the TZ Leo Asc he wanted, since it's later than Confessions, excessive precise for a time known to the hour, and shows off his solar-beastly self-image. (Too bad he didn't live in a time when people knew that simply having Sun on IC was enough to give those traits.He could have merely celebrated that the Sun of midnight is ever the Sun.)
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Re: Aleister Crowley

Post by Danica » Tue Feb 08, 2022 2:24 pm

Holy Nuit!!!!!

Haven't been looking into A.C.'s Soli-Lunars till this very night - and after checking the SL Moon for the April 8-10th 1904 event, went on to see what's there, if anything, for the December 1909.
- Looking only at the progressed SL Moon, not knowing the location on that March 14th when the SL has set.

Decided to simply first see what's happening on 12/3/1909 at Noon (Biskra, Algeria), for general reference, and because this is the date of the Aethyr's 15th Vision received - important threshold.

So, here's the picture for Dec 3rd, 1909, Noon, Biskra

p SL Mo 00*20' Sa
p SL Pl 00*20' Ge
p SL Su 00*27' Pi

AND:
p SL Er 01*47' Pi

--- so, I went to check where was this Moon on 12/20 at 21h:
00*57' Sag

Okay, so it entered orb to Eris at some point before this - when?

Not sooner than: Dec 16th, when the Vision of 4th Aethyr started being received!!!

at 9:00 AM on the day:
p SL Mo 00*48' Sa
p SL Er 01*47' Pi
(SL Er 01*46' Pi, but there came a few days of break, from Dec 13th, when the 5th Aethyr was finished, until this exact morning of Dec 16th, when the 4th commenced)
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Re: Aleister Crowley

Post by Danica » Tue Feb 08, 2022 11:03 pm

This was written with the thought in mind that anyone familiar with the content of these visions will understand the import of the fine-tuned timing of these exact progressions.
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Re: Aleister Crowley

Post by Danica » Mon Jul 25, 2022 3:21 pm

I have just seen this tonight - leaving a note on it here, potentially of informational value for people from the Thelemic community, who also are studying astrology:


SL 1907
SL Moon's aspects (chart set on 3/14/1907):
sq SL Ju 05' A
oct SL Chi 36' S
cnj SL Me 1*52' S
cnj r Se 1*06' A


Reception of the H.B.:

--> 10/29 (23h) L7
--> 10/30-11/3 L65
--> 11/25 L66

--> 12/5-6 Arcanorum

--> 12/12 Porta Lucis
--> 12/13 Liber TAV
--> 12/14 Trigrammaton


Progression of the SL Moon during the time:

10/29 (23:00h)
p SL Moon 16*20' Pis
p SL Neptune 16*24' Gem
p SL Sedna 16*17' Pis
r N.Node 15*26' Pis
(left orb to r Node on 11/2)

11/25
p SL Moon 17*17' Pis
p SL Sedna 16*17' Pis
(final day of in-orb w Se, stayed further with Ne only)

12/5-6
p SL Moon
between SL Ne and Ur,
not in orb to either, while going exact with their direct Midpoint

12/8 (23:00h)
p SL Moon 17*46' Pis
SL Uranus 18*46' Sag
(= time it entered orb to Ur)
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