The email news from NASA began, “Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, passed away Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla., on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing.” Those words, “on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing” were what got me, and I knew I had to write a proper farewell. “Gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and planet from which I had come,” he said, “I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious.”
How much more fitting can it get from the man who founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences to investigate relationships between science and spirituality. after he left the astronaut corps?
“Mitchell joined Apollo 14 commander Alan Shephard, Jr., the first American in space, in the lunar module Antares, which touched down Feb. 5, 1971, in the Fra Mauro highlands,” NASA wrote in its press release today. “Shepard and Mitchell were assigned to traverse the lunar surface to deploy scientific instruments and perform a communications test on the surface, as well as photograph the lunar surface and any deep space phenomena. It was Mitchell’s only spaceflight.”
But what a spaceflight and important mission it was! Mitchell helped to collect 94 pounds of lunar rock and soil samples which were then shipped to 187 scientific teams in 15 nations, including the United States, for analysis.
If he was simply seeking the limelight with that Leo rising, Mitchell could have stayed with NASA, of course: So many others had and achieved stardom in a number of ways. Yet he had different ideas in mind. With an abundance (8) of planets and luminaries (both the Sun and the Moon) in the Eastern horizon, both the 1st and 4th quadrants were dominant while the horizon evenly shared the weight above and below. He was independent and perhaps even somewhat selfish if we’re to draw any conclusions based on his having had three wives, the last one of whom apparently launched a paternity suit against him before marrying him five years later!
Take note of Chiron’s conjunction to the Midheaven (MC). It’s especially important since Chiron and the MC both form undecaquartisextiles (UQSXT) to the Part of Fortune. I hadn’t considered the Part of Fortune in any of the UQSXT patterns until now. But Mitchell’s chart offers some incredibly unique aspects I hadn’t spotted in any of the charts before, opening a whole marvelous opportunity to explore–including this Arabian Part which offers a glimpse of the Ascendant, the Moon and the Sun in the calculation of this very sensitive point.
Around the time I had been engrossed in developing the 2015 Solar Returns for India and Pakistan, last July, John Davenport and I were also discussing timings for events he was noticing. So we began to test his progressions against my work with Solar and Lunar Returns and their progressions, and we saw patterns unfolding that seemed to be extending what we had originally thought were quindeciles. This was inconsistent, however, with additional research I had done as a result of conversations with Philip Graves and Robert Wilkinson since the two of them, both of whom I highly respect, had stated quite clearly that the quindecile was 24°.
I covered a lot of the conversation and interactions that led to the 165° aspect mathematically and therefore more accurately called the undecaquartisextile (UQSXT) and two additional aspects I called the Blooming UQSXT and the UQSXT Shadow Yod in the Pluto – Full On series, parts 1, 2 and 3; but the more I have continued to observe this aspect and its potentials, the more I’ve had the feeling I was staring into “240,000 miles of space toward the stars and” the planets Mitchell had seen.
I smiled to myself as I realized I too was stepping into space but the astrological kind of space as I spotted the semisextile between the North Node (NN) and the MC. On one hand, I already had recognized the validity and equal importance of the angles in the UQSXT aspects; on the other, while I had also recognized the validity of the NN, I hadn’t yet accepted the thought that I could or would use a MC/NN semisextile! I can’t, however, disagree with the relevance here in Mitchell’s chart especially when the midpoint of the MC and NN falls at 8 Taurus 35, opposed to both the Part of Fortune and Venus midpoint at 8 Scorpio 38!
Nietzsche quote from “Thus Spoke Zarathustra.” The full line reads, “I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say unto you: you still have chaos in yourselves.” http://www.theperspectivesofnietzsche.com/nietzsche/nuber.html
This wasn’t a simple Blooming Undecaquartisextile. It was a complex Blooming UQSXT comprised of twodistinct Blooming UQSXT patterns within one! The second one forms with the midpoint of Chiron and the NN at 6 Taurus 20 in a 54-minute partile opposition to the Part of Fortune.
Obviously, this alone has me quite excited, but it gets better. What I’m telling you, and you’ll see it if you follow along with the chart and me, is we have a Blooming UQSXT to Venus with a second Blooming UQSXT to the Part of Fortune from inside that first semisextile with all of the midpoints in partile oppositions! We’re looking at a double Blooming UQSXT!
John Davenport and I discussed it a bit today (Okay, yesterday already!). “I sometimes see these things using antiscia; but spot on,” he said.
John also pointed to the midpoint of the Ascendant (ASC) and Pluto, at 8 Leo 59 while the midpoint of Mars and Neptune falls at 8 Leo 07, forming a 52-minute partile conjunction here too! “In Koch,” John added with a marvelous touch of imagery, “the Node is on the 9th cusp, with Neptune’s antiscion conjunct–the mystical starry heavens. In Koch, the antiscion of Mercury sits on the 8th house cusp, and [Edgar Mitchell’s] Uranus is at one of those degrees which quincunx themselves; the latter really intrigue me, especially the cerebral planets.”
Here, of course, I’ll remind the reader that John uses the Koch house system while I favor Placidus. One isn’t more right than the other. Koch fits his needs, Placidus fits mine. Astrologers as individuals go with the house system(s) that feel right for them. I’d urge the student to take time in deciding which house system s/he prefers and even which s/he prefers for what purpose. You aren’t going to be wrong. It’s based on what “speaks” to you best.
“That Uranus square to the Jupiter/Pluto midpoint intrigues me,” said John. “Pluto’s antiscion [falls] around the USA’s Uranus, and Uranus [comes in] at the antiscion of Mercury’s exaltation.” I have to admit, this is magic to me as well: Pluto was within orb of opposing itself now, thanks to that transiting opposition to Jupiter in the Mars-Moon-Jupiter-Pluto 11th house stellium and Neptune was opposed to itself. [To top it off, Mitchell] had just experienced his Uranus return!
John rounded out the discussion, noting, “With antiscia, the midpoint [of the] MC/Chiron midpoint comes together at the natal ASC/Pluto midpoint (8 Leo 59), the Mars/Neptune midpoint (8 Leo 07) and squares the Part of Fortune/Venus midpoint (8 Scorpio 38), and the MC/North Node midpoint at 8 Taurus 35! It may be too refined but the antiscia of the ASC/MC midpoint completes a [Blooming UQSXT] with Saturn and Pluto, equals the natal ASC/Pluto and Mars/Neptune, and then squares the Part of Fortune and so on.” (Ahhh there’s the pièce de résistance, I tell myself.)
Now this may seem almost moot at this point with all of these connections we see in Edgar Mitchell’s natal chart. Certainly for an astronaut, this kind of chart speaks volumes. But remember, Mitchell was also the founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. It seems to me that this made his chart come alive in ways we rarely see taking place. Dr. (He was, after all, a Ph.D.) Mitchell died around 10:00 pm on Thursday night, the 4th of February. So while I took the liberty of creating the chart based on that rounded time, I’ll leave it for you to consider how all of the pieces come together in this additional chart laid against his natal.
In this fascinating world of astrology with charts like Edgar Mitchell’s, we have the opportunity to explore some of that chaos not only in his soul but in each of our own. Perhap then, we are all giving birth to dancing stars. On the other hand, somewhere out there now, there’s one of the brightest dancing stars of them all–and we can be proud to say, “That is Edgar Mitchell who paved these paths for many of us!”