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Astro-Databank: Susan Butcher
« on: 24.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
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Susan Butcher, born 26 December 1954 at 7:20 PM in Boston MA
 
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Susan Butcher was a wonderful example of someone who followed her heart. Although she wasn't the first woman to finish the grueling Iditarod, her record is awe-inspiring. Her achievements and personality helped raise the profile of the race, and she is credited with revolutionizing the sport. Although she enjoyed being reclusive, an Iditarod spokesperson said that she also had a wonderful ability to connect with people. Her husband said of her, "She lived more in 51 years than some people do in 100." Let's look at her chart for the astrological factors that might correspond with some of her talents and accomplishments.
  • Butcher was born the day after a north node solar eclipse. What events, accomplishments or traits in her life might correspond to her having been an eclipse baby? How would your interpretation differ if she had been born just after a south node solar eclipse?
  • What significance does her powerful 12<sup>th</sup> house Jupiter-Uranus conjunction play in her choice of lifestyle and ambitions? How might you factor in the fact that the two planets are retrograde, in opposition to her 6th house moon?
  • Butcher said "I do not know the word "quit." Either I never did, or I have abolished it." Where in the chart do you see the great adventurer who had the necessary stamina, endurance, and prowess to accomplish such great feats under such tough conditions and who didn't know the word "quit"?
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #1 - on: 24.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Bronwyn Elko
 
Buthcher's life aptly reflects the hermetic best of her Capricorn dominated chart: reclusive, stubbornly persistent in pursuing her own path, which embodied America's most revered traditional values (pioneer explorer and homesteader) and independant living, blazing trails over mountains with courage, patience and fortitude.  
1. With the North Node conjoined Sun and Mercury in the 5th house with Leo rising, Butcher's growth as an individual was keyed to manifesting and articulating her own unique personality. Leo/5th house placements correlate with the transcendent power of the ego shining forth like a star. North Node with the Sun MUST embody what Jung called 'the path of the solar hero', which is always fraught with tests of endurance that prompt the discovery of the individual's strengths, weaknesses and gifts. Combined with Capricorn, Butcher's heroic path constituted solitude in Nature, self-chosen physical hardships which lead to the development of her gifts with animals and as a spokesperson for the compassionate treatment of working dogs -- a huge issue in the North, of which I know personally from my own Yukon adventures. (More on this strange connection between myself and Butcher at end of post.) South Node opposite the Sun, in the 11th, likely would have precipitated whole other dynamics: the individual may find the development of their indentity pulled more toward group interactions rather than in being an independent maverick (I see 5th house planets as absolute monarchs, beholden to their own idiosyncratic values.)
2. Butcher found personal freedom (Uranus) and a personal philosophy (Jupiter) via living in self-imposed seclusion (12th house). Her philosophy of living a simple monastic lifestyle at One with Nature also points to a spiritual attitude toward life, which she found not in scriptures but in the actual day-to-day 'worship' of the wilderness. The retrograde aspect of Uranus/Jupiter in the 12th opposite Moon/Chiron in the 6th indicates, among other things, a deep wound concerning her relationship to her peers and the cultural mores affecting her life. The health issues also stem from these configurations.
3. Leo Rising with Pluto in the 1st, Angular Saturn/Venus in Scorpio, many points in Capricorn and Mars in the 8th, all point to Butcher's incredible tenacity, courage and strength when dealing with harsh conditions.  
There is a lot more I could say about her chart, but I wish instead to share with you a remarkable coincidence which any student of astrology will apprecicate.
I am also a mega-Capricorn, born Jan 11, 1954, with Pluto in Leo Rising. But my Saturn in Scorpio is conjoined Mars on the 4th house cusp; my Capricon Sun, Mercury, Venus are in the 5th. My North Node and Chiron are in the 6th. Moon in Aries in the 9th.
Like Bucther, at age 18, I went to Boulder, CO, then Manitou Springs, where I lived six months in a teepee 11,000 feet up Pike's Peak with a group of friends who all wound up going to Alaska in the spring of 1974. That summer I hitchhiked with my girlfriend from Manitou to California, then up the Alkan highway to Whitehorse, Yukon. Got stuck there for various reasons (met my Canadian husband in a hostel) for the summer after the bridges north and south of the city washed out.
December of 1975 my husband and I move permanently to the Yukon. 1978 I live in cabins in the bush, mush dogs and travel around the subarctic rim, hunting, fishing, hauling water and choppin wood for the next 10 years. Nearest neighbor from the Oglivie River cabin was 100 miles away. 1982 through '85 I homesteaded 44 acres 17 miles south of Whitehorse on Yukon river -- clear several acres by myself, with a swede saw and an axe. More hauling water, this time up a 100 foot cliff.  
I also have a keen passion for animals, and cannot stand seeing them abused. Racing dogs often suffer abuse, and I recall having several arguments with a horribly abusive man named 'Cowboy' from Dawson City who also raced in the Iditarod and nearly won twice. Cowboy believed that to win the race you had to beat your dogs.  
I find the Capricorn connections between Butcher's life and mine extremely interesting. It seems a profound testimony to the power of the stars.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #2 - on: 24.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User lucia
 
in addition to Elko's fine post; Susan found herself in stark contrast to the present, (12hs/cancer/uranus/jupiter/conq -- opp-- 6thhs/capricorn/moon/chiron/conq, that for mental& physical well being she needed to break away, an egg placed in the wrong nest as soon as the bird flew, she did.  
4th hs scorpio/Saturn/conq/venus ---trine---pisces/mars is a person who's home is castle, solitary work station, seperate, safe, longed for, perfect, a world of her own. Likes physical challanges, needs to live near and travel over water. hidden strength.
3rdhs/neptune/--square --6thhs/moon/chrion; she can't fore see what is happening to her physical body, denial of problems. Can't comprehend, words lack meaning, friends keep truth from her. lacked ease of communication with siblings. A desire to face problems alone while longing for rescue.  
Longs for a message, from far away, the answer to her prayers...T square pointing at 9th hs. last/hs/moon/jupiter--square neptune---moon/conq.chiron  
5thhs/sun/conq/NN/mercury dynamic person, risktaker, driven to show-off her talent/drives her 'dogs' as symbol of personal drive to achieve. A woman apart. New-moon personality needs space, quiet...time alone...hates/fears crowds.
Complications arise when susan marries and finds herself ill, in the confinement of family life, as a young person she left in desperation. Unreconcilable Capricorn, overly awaire of duty, cannot face the most difficult challange of raising children and cannot run away. Life on the trail easier than at home and she cannot out run cancer.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #3 - on: 24.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Zart
 
Great choice ADB!
What stands out to me is the Uranus/Jupiter conj. in Cancer 12th. In fact her 12th house seems the most promanent to me. Mars in Picses and Jupiter natural ruler of the 12th dignified by placement.
The idea of breaking trail in -40°F would take innovative tenacity at a very deep level of the psyche. Her Moon (opposite Jup/Ura) and Sun (chart ruler) in practical Capricorn enabled her to find a sense of purpose in what she wrapped her mind around. It also gave her the ability to find a sensible approach to what she did. Her love for her dogs was sincere but realistic. (Sag./5th Cap/6th) Living in near isolation often they were her family but with dog mushing breeding and selecting culling are part and parcel of the deal. She loved her team appreciating their usefulness (Saturn sign ruler in 4th/Moon in Cap). Never taking them for granted. That quality is what enabled her to really change the mushing sport by introducing demonstrable respectful affection towards the mushing team as a winning technique. Her outward aloofness towards her own species Moon/Cap square Neptune enabled her to live for long periods of time secluded and find disaplined mental and physical strength through asceticism Mars in 9th Pisces.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #4 - on: 25.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User lucia
 
Susan's last challange was her cancer. She wasn't able to make up her own mind, Cap/sun/NN/mercury/conq. wants to face it alone,with singleness of mind....BUT doesn't, can't, with 6th/hs/capricorn/moon emotionally taking control. Emotionally she wanted the attention and desired modern medicine, practical approaches while 12/hs/cancer/uranus/jupiter/conq probably had knowledge from the past of herbal cures. Her instincts pulled in 2 actually 3 directions from libra/neptune's 3rd/hs/T square, (points to 9th/hs.) She wasn't able to process information or think, the longed for, yet unattainable cure wasn't realized.
She actually died from poor results of a stem cell transplant and not the cancer itself. She let her guard down, allowed medical instrument/modern science take over her body. It cost her life.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #5 - on: 25.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Jotown
 
<b>1.) </b> " What events, accomplishments or traits in her life might correspond to her having been an eclipse baby?"
I don't see her as a true "eclipse baby" because she was actually born a couple of days after the eclipse. However being a New Moon baby with her Capricorn Sun conjunct her North Node and Mercury along with a Cap Moon as well you get a very mentally focused (Mercury tightly conjunct Sun) very organized (Cap Sun/Moon/Mercury) person who put immense pressure on herself to succeed (Capricorn planets trine the MC)
Also with the new Moon and almost Kazami Sun/Mercury you get a very self directed and very self referential person who is looking for a new opportunity to maker their mark in the world. In fact her Sun/Mercury are in an unaspected duet. When you add the North node to this combination you get a pioneer who lives in her own very structured (Capricorn) inner world. One with a very subjective approach and who is able to tune out the world around her and focus on her own personal vision.
<b>2.) </b> " What significance does her powerful 12th house Jupiter-Uranus conjunction play in her choice of lifestyle and ambitions? How might you factor in the fact that the two planets are retrograde, in opposition to her 6th house moon? "
The 12th house Jupiter/Uranus conjunction shows how she could live in isolation and work behind the scenes for so long. There is a T-Square with Moon opp Jupiter/Uranus with Neptune as the focal planet. The Moon also disposits the 12th house planets. This shows one who could very tenaciously (Cancer) and with much idealistic (Neptune/Jupiter square) belief in own abilities (Jupiter) shut down her emotions (Cap Moon opposite 12 house planets) and pursue her own inner ambition (Unaspected Capricorn Sun/Mercury)
Regarding the planets being retrograde; I find it more important that they are in the 12th house. This shows her inner (hidden) reserves of energy (Uranus) and inspiration (Jupiter) especially as Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and disposited by the Moon.
<b>3.) </b> " Butcher said "I do not know the word "quit." Either I never did, or I have abolished it." Where in the chart do you see the great adventurer who had the necessary stamina, endurance, and prowess to accomplish such great feats under such tough conditions and who didn't know the word "quit"? "
Much of this has been already covered with the comments about her unaspected Capricorn Sun/Mercury duet conjunct the North Node and trine the MC. But the addition of her Mars/Saturn trine - especially since her Sun/Mercury/N. Node and Moon are disposited by Saturn and that Saturn in turn is disposited by Mars - gives the added strength, stamina and endurance that made her a champion.
Pluto in Leo in the First house (disposited by the Sun) further intensifies this theme of one who "didn't know the word quit." Also; Capricorns are always in it for the long haul.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #6 - on: 26.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Stands Pat with Full House
 
Neptune is the closest to an angle, and it is actually Neptune-square-Jupiter/Uranus. Since this is the first big clue, it suggests an unusual and perhaps bizarre fate. Until you check the remainder of the chart, you might wonder about religion.
Jupiter/Neptune
"people with these connections, close, can suffer from mystery-illnesses"
<center>--Martin Seymour-Smith</center>
I think both the dyslexia and the rare lukemia might figure in this.
Mercury/Node
"exploits animals by such activities as show-jumping"
<center>--Martin Seymour-Smith</center>
Sun/Mercury/Node is the next big clue because it is a stellium of the Sun trining MC.
Venus/Saturn-trine-Mars is relentless and harshly disciplined; "roughing it". Able to function without the pleasantries of life. Will either forgo relationships or thrive on one or two very serious relationships. Very tough but cold.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #7 - on: 27.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User LWood
 
Jotown, have you, or others, ever noted that Pluto in 1st seems to want to conquer its enviroment? I realize the common definition is "manipulative" but is often done to dominate the enviroment. Likewise I've noted a few, who upon realizing they could not dominate an immediate enviroment, just moves on.
Another theme I see at work is her idealism. Believe it or not, many Capricorns are idealistic. I think Susan was looking for an unadulterated, idyllic enviroment which fit her ideal of ruggedness and offered the necessary isolation her Jupt/Uran needed. You might correlate that Jupt/Uran sqr Nept is too idealistic but I don't see that as the inner drive. She has Venus leading the Sun which is one who acts on inner drives and visons more than what is socially expected (Venus in Morning Star phase).
What I'm trying to discern in her chart is her competitive nature. Moon opp Jupt/Uran? (Ouranos)
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #8 - on: 27.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Jotown
 
Ouranus: Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are the signs most associated with idealism/utopianism. Jupiter's idealism is based on philosophy and principle. The idealism of Uranus is more social and utopian. Neptunian idealism is more spiritual and mystical. Needless to say this is a very idealistic chart.
When you put these three planets together in harsh aspect to each other and in harsh aspect to the Moon you get an extremely idealistic person. One whose idealism is so strongly felt (Moon in Cap in its detriment) as to be very easily irritated. Irritated enough to move to Alaska and live with dogs rather than people.
Something else I just didn't mention in my previous post is that Susan has a true quintile from her Sun/N. Node/Mercury to Mars, and a true septile from her Moon to Mars. This shows her innate talent and athleticism and her almost mystical relationship with her animals.
This chart has 8 planets in feminine signs - 5 in water. This, along with Neptune conjunct the IC gives her chart a very mystical (psychic/intuitive) color. Her style of training and working with dogs is something she was very renowned for. I have experienced many people in my life who had a hard time dealing with humans yet had an almost mystical/psychic relationship with animals.
I believe she was such a person. She used love and spiritual communication with her animals rather than force and punishment. Saturn - which rules the 6th house of pets and small animals - is conjunct Venus in Scorpio and trine Mars in Pisces. She was a very special kind of athlete/trainer with a definitely mystical orientation (although she may not have called it that).
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #9 - on: 27.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
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Now that Pluto has been downgraded to a dwarf planet as a scientific reality what will be the astrological reality to this?  
Some of the heat generated by astrologers to the characteristics of this icy sphere will have to be re-invented for too long it has been given just too much authority.  
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #10 - on: 27.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Jotown
 
Anyone who has seriously studied the Saturn/Pluto cycle throughout history knows what Pluto can do. Astronomers deciding it is not longer a planet will not change that.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #11 - on: 28.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Stands Pat with Full House
 
I am old enough to remember the lag and hesitation of astrology in adopting Pluto in the first place. In the sixties, when I first started studying, few astrologers had anything cogent to offer on Pluto. In the seventies, there were few daring souls who were interpreting what Pluto in aspect or Pluto in the houses meant.
I have decades experience with it now, and Pluto has a very definite and characteristic contribution. The only exception is a tendency, also noticed by others, for some subjects to seem to somewhat unresponsive to it. While I am familiar with this report from others, I rarely see such things myself.
Because of Pluto's eccentricity of orbit, there may be some difficulty timing transits exactly. See Hororscope Symbols by Robert Hand for his suggestions on the matter.
Check out Plutonic people like Dr. E. Kubler-Ross and check out the transits and directions of Plutonic events if you have doubts.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #12 - on: 29.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User cebella
 
Stands Pat with Full House, thanks for sharing your personal experience of Pluto's history and effects. That was very interesting and informative.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #13 - on: 29.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Stands Pat with Full House
 
Correction, I think it was Essays on Astrology by Robert Hand where he discussed timing with Pluto.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #14 - on: 29.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User cynthia
 
Ouranos the competitive nature is simply the Sun with NN. Notice how tightly the dragon's head grabs the Sun. That's a signature of drive: The ability to block out the obstacles and focus solely on the goal. Fortunately for her and her beloved dogs she has Venus with her Saturn: their love and endurance. cynthia
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #15 - on: 29.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
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by the way, in Vedic astrology the 6th house is your pets. Her Sun NN (Rahu) Merucry union falls in her 6th, which is ruled by Jupiter conjoined her ASC. Very strong physical conection with her animals cynthia
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #16 - on: 29.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Penelope
 
Hi Cynthia - The 6th house in tropical also rules pets. I believe the 12th has rulership over larger animals such as horses.
I'm still working on my GC project, but I noticed that Butcher has a good number of GC aspects in her chart. What some of my initial research has revealed is that the GC adds energy to the planet it is aspecting in whatever way the aspect normally operates. This was a very energized person and strong in her beliefs.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #17 - on: 31.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
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>>>>>>"the GC adds energy to the planet it is aspecting in whatever way the aspect normally operates. This was a very energized person and strong in her beliefs."<<<<<<<
what exactly does that mean?
and energized as compared to what? (confused?)
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #18 - on: 31.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Penelope
 
Please read the entire sentence to answer your question. Aspects to the GC give extra oomph - the energy of the planet and it's placement becomes more intense. This is a theory I'm working on.
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re: Susan Butcher
« Reply #19 - on: 31.08.2006 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Penelope
 
My last post is a perfect example of the GC energizing an aspect - it is square Mercury in my chart - and looking back on your question, you did read the entire sentence and posted it as well! Taking that a step further, my Mercury is essentially unaspected (quincunx to Jupiter, but not one of the major aspects that's used when considering an unaspected planet). The square of the GC tends to speed up and bring out the nature of this condition. I am notorious for completing other people's sentences (often to their chagrin).  
With Butcher, the GC contacts made her even stronger in her convictions and her determination to do things her way, particularly with the dogs. Although pets are most commonly read as 6th house, they can also be seen as a 12th house issue. In this instance, they were trained for a specific task and became more than pets, so the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction quincunx the GC would bring even more emphasis to the team dog issue.  
As I said, this is a study in its infancy and I'm going by a limited amount of data right now - I have completed a rough draft of the questionnaire and it will be available this weekend for anyone interested in participating.
Thanks for the opportunity to pursue it further here.
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