Whether or not you were a baseball fan when he was playing, most of us knew the huge names like Hank Aaron‘s. I didn’t know the number, 755, but I knew he broke a record with that one, now know it represents the number of hits he made in his career and held it until 2007. I don’t even know that much about Babe Ruth and a little more for Jackie Robinson‘s fame in baseball and civil rights.
Hank Aaron’s natal chart reveals a Western, 2nd quadrant, below-the-horizon dominance, which makes sense to me. It could explain why I know more details about Jackie Robinson than I did at least about Hank Aaron. Aaron was more private, more introspective than Jackie Robinson. Jackie’s chart, like Hank’s, was Western with a 2nd quadrant dominance; but Jackie’s showed a Northern-Southern hemispheric balance in contrast to Aaron’s.
Jackie’s chart, IMO, showed more of an ability to balance response to the world and his need to reflect. Like Hank, Jackie had an Aquarius Sun; but unlike Hank, he had a Leo rising not Virgo. Jackie seemed to shine and gain inner strength and courage while Hank seemed quieter, perhaps feeling somewhat out of his milieu. But then it seemed to me there was baseball Hank Aaron, and then there was civil rights Hank Aaron, and that’s literally about all I know other than my looking at his chart now.
Hank had a 5th house Venus Rx-Sun-Saturn stellium, quite significant for one who apparently was a born athlete. While his Mars in Pisces in his 6th house was certainly another tip that he was capable of holding his own in sports, his partile squares in each point of the T-square–from the 2nd house Jupiter in Libra forming a 47-minute partile opposition to Uranus in the 8th to the arm of the T-square with Pluto Rx, revealing the largest partile at 48 minutes between Pluto and Uranus and the smallest partile at 1-minute between Jupiter and Pluto.
This particular T-square offers us an opportunity to remember that no hard aspect is an automatic one-thought delineation, and all of us at one time or another are leveled by that one-thought thinking at one time or another. For me, that trap was conflicts with authorities from the most minute points of getting a traffic ticket to the most serious when one is involved with the “wrong people”. Robert Hand reminds us this square can also be where we see the heightened “ambition to achieve great things,” and certainly Hank Aaron did that!
But we can also see other levels of this square alone in following the passions Aaron had in his life, and that includes not only baseball but his focus on civil rights and doing his part for the good of all . Here too, we can thank that 1-minute Jupiter-Pluto partile square for assisting in his seeing the need for him to step up to the plate with humility in serving the community in this way. Virgo rising certainly offers the opportunity to do just that–serve the community with humility.
But I would expect his mother, revealed through his 2nd house Moon in the first degree of Scorpio at the (25-minute partile) antiscion of Mercury, instilled him with strong values that fortified what we saw in his need to serve. His Moon, according to Dane Rudhyar’s An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolic Phases, sits at the Actional First Level, Phase 211 (Scorpio 1°): “A Crowded Sightseeing Bus on a City Street” with a keynote that reads, “The fundamental human eagerness to expand collective achievements and new ways of life.” This alone points to the depth and breadth of experience he attained by broadening his horizons through baseball and the American Civil Rights movement. Yet this Sabian Symbol and that of Mercury at Phase 239 (Scorpio 29°): “An Indian Squaw Pleading to the Chief for the Lives of Her Children” appear to apply to both of these planetary bodies’ antiscia to each other.
The Mercury Sabian Symbol sits at the Individual and Mental Third Level with a keynote of “Love as a principle of redemption.” Rudhyar writes of the soul’s responsiveness to the experience of unity in this symbol and closes his thoughts with the words, “This is the fourth symbol of the forty-eighth sequence. It presents us with the value of prayer. The principle of wholeness in man–the soul–acts to offset or attenuate the dictates of karma. In a religious sense, Mary, the Mother, is seen as the Mediatrix, in constant acts of Intercession for the sake of waylaid individuals.” Whether or not readers adopt these thoughts to their own, it’s important for us to remember these were Rudhyar’s thoughts to consider in relation to the degree and the chart as it may fit.
Rounding out all of this? His 12th house Neptune in Virgo! Whether or not it points to his intuitive abilities is not relevant to me in this conversation. Neptune in the 12th, specifically, does point to his spirituality. Just as I know next to nothing about his career and life, it seems to me he was inspired from the spiritual sense and philosophical perspective of his religious faith through that wide opposition between Mars and Neptune. One might question Mars and its orb to Neptune (10°09′); but remember Mars is placed in Pisces, and Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces. The mutual influence is established here.
Tennis great and global civil rights fighter Arthur Ashe came to mind as I wrote about our loss of Hank Aaron today. Dates often stick in my mind longer than I need them to. I remembered Ashe had died on February 6 as a result of his having contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion during heart surgery. Ironically, Ashe’s death on February 6, 1993 was the day after Aaron’s 59th birthday. More significant to me, however, was what I discovered in writing this article: Jackie Robinson had a Leo rising and 12th house Neptune in Leo; Hank Aaron had a Virgo rising and 12th house Neptune in Virgo, and Arthur Ashe had a Libra rising and 12th house Neptune in Virgo. Their common bonds through respective careers in sports enabled them to open people’s eyes to civil rights. They stood on the community stage and touched people in the United States and around the world.
Rest in peace, Hank Aaron, You too will be missed by so many.