Bertrand Russell, the famous philosopher, mathematician, logician, historian and social critic who lived life full with years [died in his 98th year of life], filled with controversies and conflicts with different social leaders and governments.
His chart is of a B rating on astrodatabank, but I found some accurate correlations between his life and the chart as it is given there. I will make note of those in this post.
For the purpose of getting to know him at least a bit, let me quote from his book “The Conquest of Happiness”:
I was not born happy. As a child, my favourite hymn was:
‘Weary of earth and laden with my sin’. At the age of five, I reflected that, if I should live to be seventy, I had only endured, so far, a fourteenth part of my whole life, and I felt the long spread-out boredom ahead of me to be almost unendurable. In adolescence, I hated life and was continually on the verge of suicide, from which, however, I was restrained by the desire to know more mathematics.
Now, on the contrary, I enjoy life; I might almost say that with every year that passes
I enjoy it more. This is due partly to having discovered what were the things that I
most desired and having gradually acquired many of these things. Partly it is due to having successfully dismissed certain objects of desire – such as the acquisition of indubitable knowledge about something or other – as essentially unattainable. But very largely it is due to a diminishing preoccupation with myself. Like others who had a Puritan education, I had the habit of meditating on my sins, follies, and shortcomings.
I seemed to myself – no doubt justly – a miserable specimen.
Gradually I learned to be indifferent to myself and my deficiencies; I came to centre my attention increasingly upon external objects: the state of the world, various branches of knowledge, individuals for whom I felt affection. [The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell, p.5-6, 1930 London: George Allen & Unwin.]
Let us consider this part of the quote: “In adolescence, I hated life and was continually on the verge of suicide…”
He is born with Scorpio on the East and Mars as its Lord is in the domicile opposite to this one in the setting sign under the Sun’s beams. Here’s what Valens has to say about this configuration:
Malefics setting while out of their own signs cause suicides.[Anthologies p.29]
Look the end of Russell’s sentence:
“…from which, however, I was restrained by the desire to know more mathematics.”
Benefics [in the setting sign] make men with much experience and those who are fortunate in old age.
Mercury is the true calculus, the mathamatician and is aspecting the ascendant most closely from opposition. Mercury is in its own decan and visible astronomically. It is in concourse (inside 15°) with Venus in her own sign and she is giving him reception (by sign). It is most likely that this (and as we can see later on, the elevated Jupiter) saved the young Bertrand from taking off his life at a young age.
Let us examine his time line.
(1874) Death of mother and sister. He is 2 years old. We can see at this period Saturn transiting the IC. In natal Saturn is ruling the 3rd and is found in 3rd himself [the house of sisters]. The IC symbolizes the ends and is one of the wicked houses. I do not have a lot of information right now on to when and how exactly they died. If it was after May the 18th in 1874, then by profection his ascendant would came into the third sign and would handing over to Saturn.
(1876) Death of father; Russell’s grandfather, Lord John Russell (the former Prime Minister), and grandmother succeed in overturning Russell’s father’s will to win custody of Russell and his brother.
Bertrand is now in Sun/Mercury or Sun/Moon Firdaria. If the death of the father took place prior august 1876, then the Sun/Mercury sequence would make sense because Sun naturally rules the father (especially in a day chart) and Mercury rules the 8th from 4th (the death of the father). Moon is also in the 8th from the 4th, so both can give similar indication.
Additionally, Mercury rules the Lot of Father at 28° Gemini, falling at the 8th house of death.
(1878) Death of grandfather; Russell’s grandmother, Lady Russell, supervises Russell’s upbringing.
Most likely under Sun/Saturn firdaria. Saturn rules the ancestors here by ruling the 4th in Aquarius, but also, Saturn naturally represents the old people.
Next important event in his life is entering the college:
(1890) Enters Trinity College, Cambridge; meets Whitehead.
You will notice that this correlates with Mercury taking over the years on a general level through Firdaria. Mercury is, as we said, strongly angular, visible astronomically, and in its own decan.
(1893) Awarded first-class B.A. in Mathematics.
This is under Mercury/Moon. Moon rules the 9th of higher education and is in the 11th house of Good Spirit (though in 12th sign). Mercury himself rules the Good Spirit (both by sign and division).
(1894) marries Alys Pearsall Smith.
Most likely under Mercury/Saturn. Mercury is determined toward marriage by the mere position in the 7th. Saturn rules the Lot of Marriage in Aquarius. Mercury is also Lord of the Year which doubles and accentuates its role and importance for the year.
(1896) travels to the United States.
This is under Mercury/Jupiter. We can see the exalted Jupiter in 9th of travel overseas, quite clearly shows the picture.
He got quite a success under Mercury’s Firdaria. Let’s now consider the Moon general rulership over the Firdaria.
(1907) Runs for parliament and is defeated.
Under Moon/Mars. Moon is in the house of Good Spirit by division, but the house of Bad Spirit by sign, quite a double sided. She posses at least a dignity of Decan in Libra. It is strong by quantity (in succedent by division) but ends up in the hands of Saturn who is even though receiving her in its exaltation in Libra, it is retrograde and is in the detriment of the Moon. If he is in 12th sign profection, then Venus would be LOY and she in 7th house of the opponents, in her own sign, can show quite powerful opponents, while his ruler Mars in 7th in detriment and USB, can show that he has little power over his opponents or open enemies. Now, this is one of the explanations and rather a quick one. If one thinks it through, some other analogies may arise.
(1908) Elected Fellow of the Royal Society.
If he is under Moon/Sun Firdaria, then this is quite interesting because Sun as Lord of 10th (Kings, Royalties, Authorities and Profession) has Mars as L1 applying toward it. It was said by the ancients that if there is an application between these two, there can be benefits from the Kings.
Let us now consider the Saturn Firdaria.
(1916) Fined 100 pounds and dismissed from Trinity College as a result of anti-war writings; denied a passport and so unable to lecture at Harvard.
This is under Saturn/Mars. When the two malefics rule the time, little good there can be expected. By virtue of opposing the 9th from the 3rd, Saturn has something to do with teaching, colleges and similar. Mars in 7th is controversial enough, as it is with its state. Saturn is in 3rd and retrograde and as opposing the 9th, can give controversions toward the subjects of the 9th too (as much as the other religions and cults were controversial to the monotheistic religions). Mars in 7th has something to do with exiles too. So here we have quite a good picture of what happened during these times.
(1918) Imprisoned for five months as a result of anti-war writings.
If this is under Saturn/Venus we again have a picture. Venus rules the 12th of imprisonment. It is in the 7th of open enemies. 7th as we said is one of the wicked houses, so planets here even though in a good state, can symbolize controversial things too, especially when as this Venus, they rule the 12th house of Bad Spirit.
(1921) Divorce from Alys and marriage to Dora Black.
This is most likely under Saturn/Mercury. If you remember, he married under Mercury/Saturn. Now again both planets rule the times.
(1922) Runs for parliament and is defeated.
Again defeat. And again when Moon is involved in ruling the times.
Let us now consider the Jupiter firdaria.
This is the time when he wrote one of his finest philosophical works. Jupiter is exalted, of the sect in favor, in the house of philosophy and ruling the 5th of Good Fortune and Creativity. Jupiter is also Lord of the Fortune.
If benefics happen to be in this [9th] Place and have been assigned the Ascendant or Fortune, the native will be blessed, reverent, a prophet of the great god; in fact he will be obeyed like a god. [p.28]
(1927) Opens experimental school with Dora
Quite appropriate for Jupiter in 9th.
Let us now consider the Mars’ Firdaria.
(1935) Divorce from Dora.
As soon as he entered Mars’ Firdaria, we find divorce as an event. We already described Mars’ state. We find him in the house of marriage and divorce. This Mars is most likely to seek divorce then marriage, as it can be judged by his state and position. Although, he married in the next year for the 3rd time. He will marry for the 4th time later on (as there are 4 planets in the 7th sign).
His life story goes on but my time is short. As you can see by this demonstration here, by using Firdaria one can very quickly make a short biographical sketch of a person, even in a short time-span of an hour (as it took me to write this article).
Try it, investigate it, experiment with this amazing technique from the buried treasures of the ancient astrology.
Learn, Study, and have fun with your life!