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Bonepart, or Emperor Napoleon 1 as we was later known, returned from exile and raised an army to free France and annex land now known as Belgium. As his army advanced from Paris, an army led by the British Duke of Wellington was approaching him. They met in an area called Waterloo. Wellington stopped at a ridge line overlooking a valley. Among the hills and villages on the other side of the valley were the French forces of Emperor Napoleon 1. A road led along the top of the ridge line, with thick hedges lining the road at the drop-off of land to the vallley below. Wellington placed his artillery behind the road and below it where it would be safe from counter-fire and yet able to easily bombard the area in front. The foot-soldiers were hid among the thicket overlooking the valley, and out of sight of the French. Let us look at Napoleon’s Sun-to-Moon Return for June 12, 1815, six days before the long one-day battle.
Above is Napoleon’s natal chart, cast for August 15, 1769 at 11:00 AM, Ajaccio, France as it appears on the StarFisher screen. The chart can also be displayed as black lines on a white field, or as colored lines on a black field. Planets and aspect lines can be colored as the user wishes. Note Mercury-MC; one who can articulate his goals and vision in life. There are three oppositions in the chart; Moon-Saturn, Jupiter-Uranus, and Venus-Pluto. Moon-opp-Saturn suggests he is a person who will re-make his identity as often as it is required. After being banished from France, he returned and made himself Emperor. Jupiter-opp-Uranus indicates one who seizes opportunity as it suits his needs. Venus-Pluto points to an intense passion, in this case his love for France and his place within it as Emperor. We will leave this brief and incomplete look at his natal chart and examine his t/Moon-to-n/Sun Return for June 12, 1815, six days before the h
This is a 2nd house t/Moon-to-n/Sun Return, a theme that focuses upon pride, self-esteem and personal values. As always, transits are inside, natal positions outside. I have neglected to show n/Chiron at 23 Pisces, conjoined by t/Mars (20 Pisces) and t/Pluto (22 Pisces). Napoleon had continuing problems with hemorrhoids and urinary tract infections. At this time the n/Chiron-t/Mars-t/Pluto combined to bring these off-on issues into a debilitating condition which became worse with each passing day. He had t/Venus-Asc. opp. n/Moon; he was popular. t/Part of Fortune squared t/Moon-n/Sun; the balance of his life’s efforts was in a make-or-break mode. Let us take a peek at the Advanced chart for June 18, 1815.
Sun-square-t/Mars, t/Pluto; Napoleon’s vitality is hampered by his medical condition. t/Moon-n/Jupiter opposes n/Uranus, squares t/Saturn; Napoleon wants very much to grab this opportunity to defeat the allied army led by Wellington. Yet, unexpected events make this a challenge for him. We have to turn our attention back to battlefield on that eventful day.
Wellington had chosen the ridge overlooking the valley for his place to fight from. He was waiting for Napoleon to advance to him. It took several days for the large French army to move along narrow roads and one-lane bridges to the hills on the other side of the valley. Napoleon had given orders to his Marshals. An artillery attack began, causing a great amount of smoke which blocked the view from the hills on the French side. It was not easy to direct a battle from the safety of a vantage point. Troops advanced across the valley and up the hill. The farmland was wet with rain, thick with mud, and planted with Rye which was tall by mid-June. The advance was slow. Then, the musket fire from the ridge, and the shells from the cannon made their impact on the troops. Those that made it to the top of the ridge couldn’t get through the thicket and were shot a close range. The first of many retreats followed. The horsemen followed, churning up the planted fields and mud, and ended up being repulsed at the top of the ridge line. Then the French cannon took up the cause with more success. The shells that didn’t land and explode among the troops rolled across the ridge line and down the rear-slope, exploding among the English cannon. The day witnessed waves of fighting and dreadful amounts of dying and wounded. The English forces gradually became thin and battle-weary.
Yet, Napoleon’s medical condition had him so turned inward that he couldn’t care less about the battle. At last the pleading of the field commanders prevailed upon him to release the French Garde, the elite of his army. Marching en-mass in column formation, they were watched by the English and their allies. A virtual river of troops were marching forward in column formation. Impressive, but foolish. As this mass of troops crossed the valley, the slogging soldiers had difficulty with the mud. As the troops in front slowed, the troops behind piled up, broke ranks, spread out. As they advanced up the hill, their situation became worse. Only the few in front of the thousands behind them could fire. They were also the ones who were hit, fell and died. The confusion increased, the order broke down. The retreat began. The battle was over.
So, does this chart work as a definition of Napoleon’s loss? t/Saturn-Desc. points to constraints in working with others. Instead of working with Saturn’s ‘discipline’ he chose to work with Saturn’s constraint and depression. His n/Asc. was in the fourth house of starts and endings. His n/MC-Mercury opposed t/Saturn; his goals were constrained. To assess this chart relative to a battle, we will need to look at Wellington’s chart. That will be done in the next posting.
Meanwhile, this illustrates the recently-introduced StarFisher astrological software that is available for any to download and use for the purposes of not only creating Sun-Moon Returns, but for most other astrological charting practices. Dave
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