Last fall I posted an analysis of the chart for the 1963 film The Great Escape. A Cancer Sun, Sagittarius Moon, the film was based on the true story of 76 Allied airmen who escaped from the Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp in Nazi occupied Poland. Out of curiosity I looked up the chart for the actual Great Escape, which begun at 10:30 PM on March 24th 1944 just outside of Sagan, Poland. (See Chart) It turns out the escape was launched the evening of a new moon at 4 degrees Aries, a fitting time to launch such a daring operation for reasons both environmental (low light makes it easier to escape) and astrological. New moons represent tremendous outpourings of energy while Aries (the Warrior) represents the spirit of courage, confrontation, and self-preservation. In nature, Aries is the energy of a plant bursting through the soil during springtime. Take a look at the first 45 seconds of this documentary on the escape for a powerful example of humans expressing Aries energy:
Aries, like all signs, has 30 degrees (0-29) to it, with each degree corresponding to a slightly different sub-type of that sign. The Sabian Symbol for 4 degrees Aries is an uncannily accurate approximation of the escape from Stalag Luft III:
“In the darkness of the sky, lightning strikes show the silhouette of a strong man who climbs up to top of a mountain, unafraid of the storm.”
Ambitious, tenacious, and enterprising character. [Facing] nearly insurmountable obstacles . . . one goes through many perilous adventures and achieves many conquests owing to one’s perseverance and courage. (Source)
Just substitute a “man who climbs to the top of a mountain, unafraid of the storm” with “a man who escapes into the forest, unafraid of the stormtroopers” and the Sabian Symbol for 4 degrees Aries offers a near perfect summary of World War II’s most famous prison break, one that just so happened to occur the night of a new moon at 4 degrees Aries.
The escape’s ascendent (external appearance) is in Scorpio – the sign of spycraft and sorcery, shadows and underworlds, covert operations and subterranean dealings. People with Scorpio ascendants have the capacity to go stealth when they interact with the world. It’s thus the ideal ascendant for an escape operation launched under the cover of darkness and based around a secret network of subterranean tunnels.
The 2012 film The Hunger Games, whose plot is not all together different from the real life events of the great escape from Stalag Luft III, is also an Aries Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart)
Actress Lucy Lawless, best known as the sword wielding star of the television show Xena: Warrior Princess, is also an Aries Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart)
Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel Casino Royale was published April 13th, 1953, making the James Bond character an Aries Sun, Aries Moon as well. (Chart) Sean Connery, the first actor to portray James Bond, has his North Node (destiny) in Aries. (Chart) Daniel Craig, the current James Bond and widely considered second only to Sean Connery in terms of Bondian authenticity, has Mars, Saturn, Moon, and North Node all in Aries. (Chart)
Aries Sun, Aries Moon individuals aren’t literally “licensed to kill” but they sure are licensed to demonstrate the Aries qualities of courage, confrontation, and self-preservation. Some, like Lucy Lawless and Daniel Craig, will project those qualities into the imaginal world of film. Others, like the 76 Great Escapers, will utilize them amid real life circumstances so terrifying that no Hollywood film could ever do them justice.
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Copyright Matthew David Savinar, 2012