There is no set way to practice or teach astrology, everyone that does so has their own birth chart and they will look at the subject through the lens of that chart. There is no such thing as objectivity, however much we try our approach to astrology will be conditioned by our own personality. The only advantage that astrologers have in this respect is an understanding of their own subjectivity. The greatest gift astrology can give anyone is to see that there are a multitude of different ways of looking at the world and each one is of as much value as any other. So hopefully the astrologer can see that their own way of looking at their subject is not the only way.
Capricorn is a sign that is practical and pragmatic, it’s chief concern is whether something works. The sign’s approach to astrology would be to have relatively little interest in personality ( other signs might suggest that’s because Capricorns don’t have one ) but to be more interested in the events of a person’s life.
Anyone who reads these articles and compares them to others on astrology will see this emphasis clearly. The main aim of Capricorn Research is to provide proof that astrology works rather than to give an insight into the personalities being discussed. The problem with discussion of personalities is that it is ultimately subjective and open to different interpretations. Events are indisputable, so these pages have a much greater focus on aspects and on transits of planets that trigger events than there might be on other astrology websites.
There is also a much stronger focus on the transits of Pluto because these are more likely to result in recognisable turning points in the life. Transits of Neptune for example would probably have more to do with internal changes that may bring about different events but Pluto is a significantly greater external power. A Pluto transit is something that happens to you rather than inside you.
For these reasons, Capricorn Research’s favourite aspect is the T Square. The T Square has an air of compulsion. Whatever the individual’s personality which would be mainly attributed to the sign placings of their Sun, Moon and Ascendant, a T Square will give a clear indication of the direction that they have to go in life. The apex planet of the T Square will say more about this direction than any other would.
The Moon and Ascendant will tell you a lot about where a person comes from but if you have a good understanding of the apex planet in terms of its own sign and house position you will see what that person has to become in this life.
Pluto would make only one transit to a T Square in most people’s lives, and this would mark that person’s destiny in a much more powerful and profound way than any other transit of any other planet.
An extremely good example of this is the chart of Edith Cavell.
Edith Cavell had the Sun in Sagittarius, the Moon in Cancer and Ascendant in Libra, but since the main interest is in events rather than personalities we will not bother too much with the Sun and Ascendant. We are interested in the Moon however, because it is in an important place in her T Square.
The Moon in Cancer is the symbol of the mother, it is sensitive, protective, supportive and nourishing. It responds to life through the feelings and emotions rather than through thinking and logic. It’s children are the most important thing and will protect and look after its family as if its life depended on it. The one criticism of this placing might be a tendency towards a narrow, insecure view of the world, thinking in terms of us and them, of who is part of the family and who is not. Family members would have to be protected from everyone else who could in theory pose a threat.
Edith Cavell is not this type of Moon in Cancer. For one thing her Moon is in the 9th house of foreign travel so the narrow borders that a Cancer Moon would normally set up are widened exponentially. People with a strong Moon in Cancer will be likely to stay in the same area that they were brought up in but people with a 9th house Moon will travel much further afield.
This is emphasised by the fact that the Moon is opposite Mercury and particularly Jupiter which expands the horizons considerably through travel. As Mercury and Jupiter are in another house of travel ( the 3rd ), Cavell’s life will be mainly lived abroad.
With the Moon opposite Jupiter, her own personal sense of family would be widened to include many more people. This is enhanced by the Moon’s conjunction with Uranus. This placing gives the ability to instinctively relate to people from all kinds of different backgrounds.
The opposition aspect in a T Square will usually indicate the reasons for that person’s actions in life. It always points to a challenge that the individual feels most acutely. Edith Cavell’s Moon in Cancer conjunct Uranus opposite Mercury and Jupiter would create a person who would think of the whole world as her family and all the people in it needing her care and support.
The opposition in a T Square focuses onto another planet that is in square aspect to both ends of it. This is the apex planet and the challenges of the opposition force the person to act in a way indicated by this planet.
Cavell’s apex planet is Neptune. Neptune is the planet of spirituality and of compassion. It’s role is in letting go of the individual self, sacrificing the self for the greater good or whole. People with an apex Neptune will look to lose themselves in something greater. This can be a form of escapism through drink or drugs or it can be through meditation and religion or through acts of selflessness and service to others.
As Neptune is a planet that moves very slowly, it will stay in a sign for about 10 to 15 years so we can’t read much into the fact that it is in Aries. Its house position is relevant, however. Edith Cavell’s apex Neptune is in the 6th house of health.
Given the nature of Cavell’s Moon / Uranus / Mercury / Jupiter opposition the most likely expression of Neptune would be in terms of self sacrifice and service to others. This would be in the area of health and of course it would be abroad.
Edith Cavell was a British nurse who organized a School of Nursing in Brussels becoming a great heroine and martyr during World War 1.
She had lived a colorless life as a governess before age 30. In 1895 her dad took ill and she returned home to nurse him through his declining years and death. This was the turning point in her life as Pluto was opposite her Sun between 1894 and 97. She became inspired to pursue a nursing career.
During the First World War, the Allied Forces had to retreat in 1915. Edith Cavell was asked to treat and shelter two wounded British soldiers. During the next nine months, 200 soldiers passed through her clinic in their flight to freedom via Holland, all under the noses of the German occupation forces. In the end her secret was broken and she was arrested. She refused to flee and when arrested she refused to deny her role and she was sentenced to death. She was executed in October 1915.
Pluto made the only transit of her life to the T Square, conjunct her Moon / Uranus, opposite Mercury / Jupiter and square to Neptune in 1915.
Edith Cavell was able to respond to the most pure of Neptune’s qualities. At the very highest level Neptune is about dissolving all of the barriers between people. Not only was she prepared to sacrifice her own life to help and treat the soldiers in her care, she also refused to condemn the enemy even though they executed her. “I know now that patriotism is not enough; I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”
Edith Cavell had an apex Neptune, when Pluto aspected it by transit she made the ultimate sacrifice.