“The New England Historic Genealogical Society traced the family trees of the three major presidential candidates. US presidential hopeful Barack Obama is a distant relative not only of President George W Bush but also of wartime British prime minister Winston Churchill according to US researchers.”
– ABC News, March 26th, 2008
“We do not want war. We have done everything within our power to reach a peaceful solution. Even though the international community refuses to understand our rightful aims, we are willing to take strong and determined measures to release an oppressed nation from the shackles of tyranny and to remove the threat that is aimed against us. History will show that justice followed the success of our arms.”
– Adolf Hitler, before the outbreak of World War II
“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.”
– Winston Churchill, before, during and after World War II
The placement of the planet Mercury in my birth chart is quite curious. Mercury is the planet that oversees human communications of every kind, speech in its countless variations of style, and the processes of the rational mind, overall. At the time of my birth, Mercury was in retrograde motion, another way of saying the closest planet orbiting the Sun from the perspective of Earth appeared to be going in backwards motion. This planetary positioning translates to a person having a proclivity to look to the Past before moving forward. This is especially so when considering at the time of my birth Mercury was in retrograde motion in the sign that gives the most credence to the Past being a potent force of influence, Cancer. But at the same time my Mercury was placed in the Aquarian or 11th house, a place in one’s birth chart where only the Future matters.
As I see it, having a sense of history is imperative if there is to be any hope of a future for myself, my country, or the world at large.
Unfortunately, most Americans’ idea of history stretches as far back as September 11th, 2001. Anything before that is all mashed together, kind of like that experimental stuffing you swore you’d perfect next Thanksgiving. For now at least, the solidified goop of historical mish-mash made up of hacked off chunks from the American Revolution, World War II (definitely NOT World War I) along with a few random battles thrown in by default remain stored in that area of your rational mind that keeps historical fact and significance much like a frayed Tupperware container with a scribbled label placed on top that reads: “Old stuff no one cares about”.
Most Americans (and Brits for that matter) aren’t aware that if it weren’t for a predominantly choice few factors, we’d all be speaking German with a required semi- knowledge of either Italian Propaganda Verbs or Militant Japanese Commands.
The most significant of those factors being a Sagittarius named Winston Churchill.
A man who in his own optimistic way changed the course of history as all of us know it today.
America’s Historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, in her Pulitzer Prize winning account of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt’s lives during the Second World War, “No Ordinary Time” states that in May of 1940, the fate of the Western World was for the most part lost to the overwhelming forces of Nazi aggression. However, this grim state of affairs altered significantly due to the most miraculous of minute margins. The Allies were able to recover from the reeling confusion of the Third Reich’s fast approaching tsunami of well-equipped and well trained military due to a few key blunders stemming from Hitler’s foolish pride. Blunders, which in turn translated to last minute luck along with multiple actions of lightning speed by the British troops at Dunkirk.
Last minute luck and multiple lightning speed actions, by the way, are two staples of living a person born beneath the sign of the Centaur will often tap in to in order to optimally function. The two usually jump start the Sagittarian’s inborn sense of Jupiterian good fortune to work at maximum potential resulting in them not only avoiding the flames of annihilation but having the laurels of victory land in their lucky laps.
It was after this “miracle at Dunkirk” that Churchill would transform the “happy go lucky”, laid back attitude of his natural Sagittarian self into the solitary voice of optimism, faith and futuristic hope for the fighters of Freedom against Fascist oppression. Through his uplifting speeches of fiery foresight, Winston Churchill would prove to be the only beacon of light the British people would see as they clamored for their lives in the blinding darkness during the Nazi Blitzkrieg in the summer of 1940.
Ms. Goodwin’s text emphasizes the influence Churchill’s optimistic words had on the entire world when he delivered his first speeches after Dunkirk, which in every way reflect his Sagittarian temperament:
“Churchill’s rousing words bestowed a mythical meaning on Dunkirk that would live in the hearts of Englishmen for generations to come. “So hypnotic was the force of his words,” British philosopher (a Sagittarian occupation) Isaiah Berlin has written, “so strong his FAITH (a domain of Sagittarius’ 9th house) , that by the sheer intensity of his eloquence he bound his spell upon the British people until it seemed to them that he was indeed speaking what was IN their hearts and minds.” If they possessed the courage (a trait belonging to fire signs at large) and determination he perpetually saw in them, it was because he had helped to create it by the intensity of his belief (trait of the evolved Sagittarian) in their qualities. “They conceived a new idea of themselves. They went forward into battle transformed by his words.”
– “No Ordinary Time”, page 63
A comic from the Evening Standard in 1940. The caption has the train officer saying to a depressed-looking passenger: “No, Sir, only ‘Confident Smilers’ this end. ‘All is lost Brigade’ right at the back.”
Even as London smoldered from the flames of the Blitzkrieg bombs being dropped relentlessly night after night in July of 1940 resulting in many of his countrymen wanting to surrender to the Germans, Churchill did not falter to constantly inspire his people to not only hope for victory but to envision themselves in a future where they had defeated the Nazis. Being the action oriented fire sign, Churchill brought this vision of a victorious future home by constantly waving a “V” with his fingers whenever appearing in public and doing so until the Second World War was finally brought to a victorious conclusion with the Allies overcoming the forces of Fascist oppression .
They say history repeats itself. The clouds of change may not currently be darkened by the threat of Fascist tyranny but Americans appear not to be nearly as motivated with American pride as they were in times past. The world view at large has been tinged with fearful caution by a global economy brought close the brink of peril on more than one occasion as of late. Added to that the simultaneous presence of other “Hope Killers” such as tsunamis that rock the Earth off of its axis, an ever growing awareness of terrorism on the world’s stage, mass shootings regularly taking place on American soil, natural disasters made more effusive and deadly by global warming, and antibiotic resistant- pandemic viruses, just to name a few.
As my Cancerian 11th house Mercury sees it, survival of this planet depends on every individual, and not just world leaders, to get seriously Sagittarian in only the most positive sense of the word by embracing an evolved Sagittarian philosophy of hope best said by Sir Winston himself, when he implored the Free World to:
Dedicated to the memory of my uncle, Edward Naylor, Sagittarian & decorated World War II Military Hero.
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