Whatever Happened to Leon Trotsky ?

He got an ice pick apparently, although he did get a nice long holiday in Mexico thrown in.

But the question raised by the Stranglers memorable single ” No More Heroes ” is an important one for Capricorn Research, because Leon Trotsky was one of  the many heroes of history who, through no fault of their own were born, lived and died at a time when Pluto made no major transits at all to their Sun, Moon or Ascendant.

The reason for this is that Pluto moves very slowly, taking 250 years to get around the Zodiac and it also has a very eccentric orbit so there are times when it is moving so slowly that it misses people out altogether.

Trotsky was born in 1879 and died in 1940, a period of 60 years during which Pluto only managed to move 2 and a bit signs from late Taurus to early Leo.

Leon Trotsky


As we can see from his chart, Trotsky had the Sun, Moon and Ascendant all contained within a 7 degree band of the Fixed signs with the Sun at 15 Scorpio, Ascendant at 19 Leo and Moon at 22 Leo.

So Pluto could make no conjunction, opposition or square aspect to any of them before his Mexican holiday ended.

So how to find out what happened to Leon Trotsky ? We will find out later on in the article.

At least he wasn’t alone, exactly the same set of circumstances prevail during the life of the other great leader of the Russian Revolution Vladimir Lenin.

Nicolai Lenin

Lenin was born in 1870 with Pluto at 17 degrees Taurus and died in 1924 by which time it had moved to 10 degrees of Cancer.

Like Trotsky, Lenin had the Sun, Moon and Ascendant in Fixed signs with the Sun at 2 degrees Taurus, Moon at 3 Aquarius and Ascendant at 20 Scorpio. So discounting Pluto’s opposition to his Ascendant which he was born with, there were also no major connections with the big three in Lenin’s chart.

At this point some readers might be asking what are Fixed signs. There are two ways of grouping the 12 signs, by element into Fire, Earth, Air and Water, and also by Quadruplicity into Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable.

Each season has one of each of the Quadruplicities. The Cardinal sign is at the start of the season and is all about the beginnings. Cardinal signs have an assertive energy and are good at starting things. The Fixed sign follows on from the Cardinal and its job is to preserve, maintain and build on the start made by the Cardinal sign. The Mutable sign’s job is to break up and disperse the energy of the Fixed sign to prepare for a change of season.

So how come the two great leaders of the most important political revolution in the history of mankind had the Sun, Moon, Ascendant and 3 other planets in Fixed signs ? Surely this grouping would create a conservative type of figure, averse to change.

This way of thinking comes from a misunderstanding of Fixed signs. Fixed signs are very consistent characters, they have tremendous staying power and the ability to turn ideas into practical realities. They may be quite conventional in terms of their character but this does not mean they would be in terms of their politics.

With Fixed signs, whatever they believe they will hold to those beliefs with unshakeable determination and will do whatever it takes to bring their ideas to fruition. They have great stability in themselves and will not change their minds under any circumstances.

Both Trotsky and Lenin shared a number of astrological features.

They both had a Mars / Neptune conjunction. This combines the idealism of Neptune with the action and assertiveness of Mars, it is a perfect conjunction for a freedom fighter.

They also both had Mercury / Pluto aspects, Lenin the conjunction, Trotsky the opposition. This is the aspect of revolutionary theorist. Lenin’s conjunction was in Taurus, Trotsky’s opposition was from Scorpio to Taurus.

But perhaps most significantly they both had the Sun square Moon aspect in Fixed signs.

These signs were very different however, Lenin had the Sun in Taurus and Moon in Aquarius, while Trotsky had the Sun in Scorpio and Moon in Leo.

The two men united for the Bolshevik revolution but they actually disagreed for much of their political life.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Lenin and his supporters, the Bolsheviks, argued for a smaller but highly organized party while , the Mensheviks, including Trotsky argued for a larger and less disciplined party. Trotsky left the Mensheviks in September 1904 over their insistence on an alliance with Russian liberals and their opposition to a reconciliation with Lenin and the Bolsheviks.

But up until 1917, Trotsky described himself as a “non-factional social democrat” and spent much of his time trying to reconcile different groups within the party, which resulted in many clashes with Lenin. Lenin denounced Trotsky as a “Judas”, a “scoundrel” and a “swine”.

Eventually Trotsky concluded that unity between the Mensheviks and Bolsheviks was impossible, and joined the Bolsheviks. Trotsky played a leading role with Lenin in the revolution.

Trotsky played no part in the March Revolution but returned to Russia in May 1917 when the Provisional Government was in power.

Lenin played the senior role in orchestrating the October Revolution in 1917, which led to the overthrow of the Provisional Government and the establishment of the Soviet Republic, the world’s first constitutionally socialist state. Trotsky’s organisational skills were quickly recognised and during the actual revolution, he organised the Red Guards in what was essentially a bloodless takeover of Petrograd.

Both were very strong willed idealists whose very different Fixed sign combinations often brought disagreement about direction. But the important point about their charts was that their Suns and Moons were not actually in conflicting aspect. Lenin’s combination was at 2 – 3 degrees, and Trotsky’s was between 15 and 22.

One connecting aspect that they did have was a conjunction between Trotsky’s Sun at 15 Scorpio and Lenin’s Ascendant at 20 degrees of the same sign. That they came together just in time for the October Revolution is quite appropriate, because the moment that the Bolsheviks took power and therefore the chart for Soviet Russia has the Sun at 16 Scorpio.

Soviet Russia

The revolution was obviously the turning point in both of their lives, particularly for Lenin as he became Soviet leader.

As was pointed out at the beginning of this article, no major Pluto transits occurred to either Trotsky or Lenin during their life. In this case we have to look at the next level down.

Lenin had the sextile 60 degree aspect between Pluto and his Sun throughout 1917. Trotsky had Pluto square his Venus for the same year.

But if Pluto isn’t able to make a major aspect, then we would look at some of the other slow moving planets. During the October revolution, Lenin had extremely powerful transits from Neptune, Uranus and Saturn.

Neptune and Saturn were both square his Sun and opposite his Moon in 1917. Uranus was conjunct his Ascendant.

So if Pluto can’t make a major aspect for astronomical reasons, all the others have to step up to the plate.

For Trotsky Uranus was opposite his Moon and square his Mars in 1917.

Lenin was the Premier of the Soviet Union until his death in 1924. He died with Saturn opposite his Sun and square his Moon.

Trotsky’s first post in the new government was as foreign commissar, where he found himself negotiating peace terms with Germany. He was then made war commissar and in this capacity, built up the Red Army which prevailed against the White Russian forces in the civil war. Trotsky, untrained as a military commander, excelled in his job. Though the Whites were hopelessly disunited, there were numerous armies that had to be defeated. The Red Army was successful and the leadership provided by Trotsky cannot be undervalued.Thus Trotsky played a crucial role in keeping the Bolshevik regime alive. He saw himself as Lenin’s heir-apparent. That he did not achieve this goal was down to a number of factors in his own chart.

Whereas Lenin’s chart was mostly concentrated in one half of the Zodiac and had no opposition aspects, Trotsky had 5. He was constantly pulled in many different directions throughout his life. With this type of chart it would be very difficult to focus on one path without it being disrupted by events and other people.

The thing that really stopped him getting the top job was his Sun’s opposition to a powerful Mars / Neptune / Pluto conjunction in the 10th house of career. This conjunction would convince him that he would inevitably take over from Lenin, but its opposition to the Sun meant that he would always be drawn away from it.

He would be outmanoeuvred by one man in particular.

Joseph Stalin

The main connection between Stalin’s chart and Trotsky’s was that while Trotsky had a Mars / Pluto conjunction, Stalin had the two planets in opposition. These are both fighters but Stalin’s Mars in Scorpio gave him a much greater ruthlessness.

Stalin’s Mars was conjunct Trotsky’s Sun and opposite his Mars in the 10th showing that Stalin’s actions ( Mars ) would be responsible for denying Trotsky’s ascension to the top job ( Sun opposite Mars in the 10th ).

The other point was that unlike Lenin and Trotsky, Stalin did have some major Pluto transits during his lifetime, significantly its square to his Moon between 1923 and 27.

Stalin had played a decisive role in the 1921 Red Army invasion of Georgia, following which he adopted particularly hardline, centralist policies towards Soviet Georgia which created a rift with Lenin, who believed that all the Soviet states should stand equal.

Lenin nonetheless considered Stalin to be a loyal ally, and when he got mired in squabbles with Trotsky and other politicians, he decided to give Stalin more power. With the help of Lev Kamenev, Lenin had Stalin appointed General Secretary in 1922. This post enabled Stalin to appoint many of his allies to government positions.

Lenin suffered a stroke in 1922, forcing him into semi-retirement. Stalin visited him often but the pair quarreled and their relationship deteriorated. Lenin criticized Stalin’s political views, rude manners, and excessive power and ambition, and suggested that Stalin should be removed from the position of general secretary. During Lenin’s semi-retirement, Stalin forged an alliance with Kamenev and Grigory Zinoviev against Trotsky. Following Lenin’s death in 1924, a power struggle began, which involved seven Politburo members Bukharin, Kamenev, Rykov, Stalin, Tomsky, Trotsky and Zinoviev.

Trotsky, Kamenev and Zinoviev grew increasingly isolated, and were eventually ejected from the Central Committee and then from the Party itself. Kamenev and Zinoviev were later readmitted, but Trotsky was exiled from the Soviet Union. By 1927 Stalin was in complete control.

Trotsky’s politics differed sharply from those of Stalinism, as he opposed the idea of Socialism in One Country. Trotsky still supported proletarian internationalism, and a dictatorship of the proletariat based on working-class self-emancipation and mass democracy. He did not believe in the unaccountable bureaucracy developed under Stalin after Lenin’s death.

One of the oppositions in Trotsky’s chart was between Venus and Saturn in Aries in the 9th house. When he was assassinated in 1940 on Stalin’s orders, the transiting Saturn was opposite his Sun ( the same transit that Lenin had when he died ).

The 9th house rules travel abroad. Saturn is the planet that rules the end of things and is often prominent when someone dies. It also is connected with the cold and mountains ( through its rulership of Capricorn ). Trotsky was killed by an mountaineer’s ice pick, the symbol for Aries even looks like an ice pick.

Uranus was also conjunct Trotsky’s Mars and square his Moon in 1940.

Joseph Stalin’s leadership of the Soviet Union was characterised by brutal repression and a ruthless way of dealing with political enemies. This comes from two aspects in his chart. The Sun is in square to a rising Saturn which creates a rigidly authoritarian approach to life.

His Mars / Pluto opposition shows his violent disposition. That Mars is in the 8th house in Scorpio accounts for the many people put to death or sent to labour camps under his regime.

It also accounted for his own death in 1953, when Pluto transited to create a T Square, in square to his Mars and to its own natal position.

So while Pluto was not around for the turning points in Trotsky and Lenin’s life which meant the other planets had to come out in force, it made a big contribution to Stalin’s life. And Stalin’s Pluto caused most of the trouble in Trotsky’s life.

Whatever happened to Leon Trotsky, he got a Saturn in Aries in the 9th house, it made his ears burn.


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