Hello again Rad and group,
In Evolutionary Astrology, the significance of Mars as being a lower octave of Pluto is profound, as Mars is therefore considered to be the leading edge of the Soul’s evolutionary development. As Rad described, the Mars archetype in EA correlates to a need for an impulsive freedom to act upon Soul desires without a lot of forethought, in order to gain knowledge of how others react to this action initiated from desire. More specifically, Mars can also correlate to the sexual desires of the Soul on its evolutionary journey, and in combination with Venus and Pluto, further connects to how one projects sexual needs and expectations onto others, and how others then project their own sexual needs and expectations back to the individual. As we have discussed, Darwin has a Soul history of searching for and researching ultimate meaning and knowledge (Pisces Pluto in 3rd House balsamic conjunct Mercury and Ceres) with a sense of an entitled special destiny in pursuit of this knowledge (South Node of the Moon in Taurus in 5th; ruled by Aries Venus conjunct Aries Vesta conjunct IC; Aquarius Chiron in 2nd square the lunar nodes) and with a soul purpose to throw off and liberate consensus belief from conditioned thoughts and beliefs associated with religious dogma and other sources of societal conditioning that are not in alignment with the actual truth of reality (Aquarius Sun in 2nd House in trine to Libra Mars; Capricorn Moon in 2nd in square to Libra Mars; Sagitarius Saturn-Neptune in 12th in square to Pisces Pluto in 3rd; Pisces Jupiter in third).
Darwin’s Libra Mars in his 10th House is close to a disseminating sesquiquadrate to his Pisces Pluto, but still in the full phase. Isolating the Libra and 10th House aspects of his Mars, part of his Soul’s intention to have this Mars placement was to have the ability to establish a wide variety of relationships that would help him further develop and then disseminate his intellectual theories and knowledge, as well as having the authority to take on a major public role in authorship and expression of these ideas, to such a high level that his very identity would become associated eternally with his Pisces third house mental explorations and discoveries. In addition, his Mars in Libra would initiate relationships with a wide variety of people possessing a wide variety of beliefs and values, meaning he would receive a lot of feedback relative to his development of meaning associated with his Pisces Pluto through the reaction he would receive from his relationships to his thoughts, conversations, and behavior. Darwin’s Libra Mars being in his 10th House also means it is a highly conditioned Mars, and so part of his intention through creating his Libra relationships would be to help him break out of this past conditioning, through making him more aware of his deep-rooted emotional issues connected with his past societal conditioning (Libra Mars square Capricorn Moon in 2nd that is conjunct a stellium of South Nodes of plantets). A further intention of him having a Libra Mars in the 10th would therefore be the fact that it is so conditioned, and so at the same time he would have a natural instinct for the rules and regulations of consensus reality, and possess the ability to move within the hierarchical structures of growing up inside the World Empire of the United Kingdom in the 19th Century. This connects to the full sesquiquadrate aspect between his Libra Mars (10th) initiation of Pisces Pluto (3rd) desires through the necessity of Darwin understanding the rules, laws, and traditions of the dominant culture of his birth so that he would be able to carry out his sense of a special destiny to transform consensus beliefs operating within this same culture.
In connection to the evolutionary journey of his Soul, Darwin’s major “skipped step” is his Aquarius Chiron in his 2nd House squaring his nodes. This connects to the brilliant and unorthodox mind of this Soul in past incarnations who could develop liberating and radical thought throwing off limitations of consensus thought and reality. In line with a Chiron in Aquarius, however, this brilliant mental ability could have led him to become ungrounded and a Soul issue of being able to survive and prosper on a material level through this mental ability (2nd House skipped step) or perhaps more accurately that the value system his radical intellectual ability would have been rooted in, would not have been supported in a material fashion by the powers-that-be, the status quo in control of material resources in the society his Soul incarnated into. In his Soul’s previous incarnation as William Dampier, the fact he was essentially a free-ranging pirate who was at the same time developing intellectual theories and research relevant to the natural environment he was navigating through in his journeys, goes along with this evolutionary Soul wound in the sense that by existing in an isolated context on the high seas, his Soul would have resisted the confines of consensus reality found in a more grounded community-oriented existence.
However, in the incarnation of Charles Darwin, his Soul now has the intention to take this radical mental ability and integrate it into not only a status quo societal context of the dominant culture (the United Kingdom of the 19th Century) but also through a personal establishment of a family dynamic to live from (as we have discussed, symbolized in part by the ruler of his South Node, a Venus Aries, being at the end of his 3rd house and on the edge of his 4th House cusp). In contrast to his past life identity of Dampier, who was very willful and assertive in actualizing his own evolutionary intentions, in the lifetime as Darwin this Soul intended to modify and align it’s strong sense of purpose with the structures of the social environment (Mars in 10th) in part through the formation of important relationships to facilitate this integration (Mars in Libra). In addition, Darwin's Libra Mars in the 10th signified that he would have the intention to form relationships with a diverse group of people through not only his world travels as he did in his incarnation as Dampier, but also through his daily life and interactions as part of society. As a result he would be able to gain a better sense of how to fit his brilliant mental theories into a form that could be understood by a wide variety of people in society through the reactions he would receive through his relationships. If particular thoughts of his would generate a discordant response, for example, he would have the opportunity to reformulate how to communicate the idea in a manner that may generate a response indicating a greater level of comprehension in the future. Or if someone had an argument with something he said, he would have the opportunity to re-conceptualize and possibly expand his original thought to take in a broader perspective.
Chiron being a skipped step brings in some interesting aspects of the Chiron archetype. In myth, Chiron is from a region of Greece associated more with the indigenous people of the region, and as centaurs and Sagitarius can be associated with direct experience and knowledge of Natural Law, so can Chiron in a profound manner. Chiron was an intellectual giant in the sense of an intellect deeply rooted in Nature and Source, as opposed to a disconnected and overly rational intellect that Charles Darwin would have been associated with in the England of the 19th Century. Chiron knew the connection between the patterns in the stars above and the plants growing underneath his feet that held medicinal properties, and the divine origins and interconnection of all aspects of the material realm. The Soul of Darwin holds this ulitmate knowledge of ultimate meaning somewhere deep inside (Pisces Pluto in balsamic conjunction to Pisces Ceres and Mercury), but through lifetimes of becoming involved with organized religion and repercussions of organized religious dogma (Sagitarius Saturn and Neptune in 12th in last quarter square to Pisces Pluto) the Soul of Darwin had at some point become disconnected from this more wholistic perspective on Nature and Source that is associated with Chiron. In the previous incarnation of William Dampier, his Soul took to the high seas in a manner that led him into contact with many aspects of Nature that his Soul was able to analyze with the rational intellectual perspective it had developed. In the lifetime of Darwin, he had the evolutionary opportunity to work to further resolve the split between the actual truth of ultimate meaning versus the consensus-held beliefs about ultimate meaning that were not in alignment with ultimate meaning and so would result in Souls like Darwin’s having experienced profound disillusionment in their past and present incarnations. In order to liberate consensus beliefs from religious dogma, Darwin in his incarnation had a focus that was more rooted in expression through a scientific method than a spiritual method. His powerful third house (Pisces Pluto, Mercury, Ceres, and Jupiter plus his Aries Venus that rules his South Node of the Moon) was therefore focused upon academic and scientific research and argument in order to liberate consensus belief from oppressive aspects of religious dogma. His 10th House Libra Mars acted from a heavily conditioned background, therefore, in part to help liberate himself in the end from this same conditioning.
Thus, although a Libra Mars in 10th acting from a Pisces Pluto in 3rd and in trine to an Aquarius Sun in the 2nd would have the ultimate intention of breaking free from conditioning, at the same time his every impulse in the moment would have felt the weight of past conditioning, similar to his Capricorn Moon in the 2nd that is in a crescent square to his Libra Mars. His sexual nature as a result would also be deeply conditioned, as well as all other aspects of his expression of Soul desire. However, through enacting this Soul desire into the world and initiating reactions from others, the crescent square to his Capricorn Moon would have ultimately helped him in the objectification and liberation brought on an evolutionary level from the trine between his Aquarius Sun in the 2nd back to this same Libra Mars. Furthermore, the ancient conditioning that is so deep it had become completely unconscious (to such an extent as manifesting as various illnesses that Darwin constantly sufferred from) can be seen in that his Libra Mars is in a tight square to the South Nodes of his Saturn, Venus, Vesta, and Mercury, and that his Capricorn Moon is also conjunct the South Nodes of his Jupiter and Pluto. His Capricorn Moon and South Nodes of Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, Venus, Vesta, and Mercury are all ruled in his natal chart by his Sagitarius Saturn conjunct Neptune in his 12th that is square to his Pisces Pluto. Therefore, the very same religious and cultural dogma his Soul feels the intellectual destiny to overturn is the very same dogma that has heavily conditioned and oppressed his Soul in past incarnations. Another sign of this being a “crisis in consciousness” for this Soul on an evolutionary level is that the North Nodes of his Saturn and Pluto are also in a square to his Libra Mars from the sign of Cancer on the cusp of this 7th and 8th Houses, nodes that are also ruled by his Capricorn Moon that is in square to his Mars.
As a result, Darwin’s Libra Mars in his 10th House was an important aspect of this evolutionary intent to help objectify and throw off some of the conditioned beliefs involved in widespread conditioning of his time (Libra Mars in trine to Aquarius Sun in 2nd) as well as the history of thought, belief, and philosophy that led to the current reality of consensus belief he found himself inside of in the 19th Century in England. His Libra Mars is an important initiator with regards to the evolutionary journey of his Soul because it is ruled by his Aries Venus that is also the ruler of the South Node of his Moon in Taurus in his 5th House. However, because again his Mars is in square to his Capricorn Moon and all those South Nodes (Pluto, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Vesta, Mercury) the re-adjustment of his Soul’s desires to the rules and regulations of society (Mars in full sesquiquadrate to Pluto) could be especially humiliating and wounding to this Soul’s deep intrinsic nature and instincts. And yet, because his Soul carries such a burning sense of special destiny (Aries Venus conjunct Vesta conjunct IC) he would have pushed through nonetheless. So, for example, although it took him some time to figure out how to form the specific relationships that would get him to where he wanted to ultimately go on a Soul level, in the end he did so. As I and others have written previously, this can be shown in how at first he formed relationships with people that would set him up in more of a religious role, but ultimately through financial resources of his biological father as well as the family he married into, and various other associations he formed, he was able to set himself up financially so that he could have the personal freedom to focus on his scientific research and writing. The Aries Venus at the end of the third, in connection with the Pisces Pluto in the third, also connect to the idea that he would have formed relationships primarily with the purpose to help further his own intellectual work. I’m sure he would have gained some personal and emotional meaning from his relationships, but his attraction often would have been based upon more of a mental aspect and how the person would assist him in some way, either through agreement or debate, with his special sense of destiny in scientific theory.
Although Darwin’s 10th house placement of Mars that also square his 2nd House Capricorn Moon indicates heavy conditioning and some difficult emotions surrounding how he initiated his special sense of Soul destiny, the disseminating trine between his Libra Mars and his Aquarius Sun in his 2nd House shows that he had the ability to take his understanding of how society operates and draw upon it in order to actualize his groundbreaking and radical Aquarian theories into the mainstream of academia and consensus reality without the same extreme level of persecution that his Soul would have experienced in past incarnations for expressing more radical viewpoints (Aquarius Chiron square nodes, with Scorpio Uranus conjunct the North Node of the Moon in the 11th). He could also draw upon his past evolutionary development toward the 11th house concept of being one of many “stars” instead of his entitled sense of needing to be the star in control (5th House South Node ruled by Aries Venus), through forming alliances with other individuals doing groundbreaking work such as Alfred Wallace, instead of entering into open competition with them in a manner that would prevent them from receiving validation for their own work. In the past, he could have been in more open conflict with people he would have viewed more as competitor’s on his sense of special destiny instead of as potential collaborators (Scorpio Uranus conjunct North Node square Aquarius Chiron in 2nd). Bringing in the archetype of Chiron again as his skipped step, it is interesting that in myth Chiron was a recluse who lived in a cave in part because of being an outcast not accepted by his parents, and that he transformed this status by fostering and nurturing many youth who had been abandoned by parents into individuals who could step into heroic status as adults. Similarly, I feel that Darwin had past lives in which he identified with being a reclusive outcast, somewhat like Dampier for example, but that in his lifetime as Darwin he would have been operating at the higher evolutionary level of his Libra Mars in the 10th by supporting the work of other groundbreaking theorists like Wallace and helping to bring them into more prominence than they would have on their own. And yet, there were still shades left of Darwin’s past soul history of obsessional sense of destiny revealed at times like when he decided to finally rush to publish his work upon realizing that there were other people out there like Wallace working on similar ideas and theories. Yet by deciding to work with other scientists who were developing theories that were similar in some aspects and different in other aspects to his own ideas, he was able in the end to expand his own vision and understanding than if he had dismissed the idea of collaborating with others from the outset. With his Libra Mars ruled by his Aries Venus, however, in the end he was still more about working on his own concerning h is own ideas.
The archetypal theme of Darwin having a soul history connected in some way to the archetype of Chiron, centaurs, and Natural Law can also be seen in the South Node of his Mars being in Sagitarius (22’2’’) conjunct the South Node of Uranus (15’45’’) in his 1st House. Since the South Node of his Mars and Uranus in Sagitarius is in square to his Pisces Jupiter in his third house, I feel the Soul history of his Mars is similar to the signature represented by his Sagitarius Saturn and Neptune being in square to his Pisces Pluto. Darwin has a soul history of developing a strong belief system that could become dogmatic at times, or conditioned by the dogma of his culture, that in turn would lead him to experiencing extreme disillusionment upon discovering that the actual truth of his reality did not align with those beliefs, as well as the ultimate meaning of reality that his conditioned beliefs had led him to feel he had gained a sense of. As a result, in his incarnation as Darwin, his natal Mars being in Libra in the 10th was drawn from his Pisces Pluto third house purpose of developing a scientific method of process that he could feel more secure regarding because of the fact that it was supposed to lead toward greater objectivity through following the guidelines of the scientific method.
In contrast, the North Node of his Mars is in Aries in his 4th House conjunct his IC and his Aries Venus and Vesta. This again connects to the idea of Darwin having an evolutionary purpose to create a family in this lifetime, an evolution from past life identities like as Dampier in which his Soul avoided a family dynamic. In addition, the North Node of Mars being connected to his Aries Venus and Vesta, a Venus that also rules his South Node of the Moon, further intensifies the burning sense of special destiny he would feel in acting upon his Pisces Pluto (3rd house) soul desires connected to developing scientific theories in greater alignment with ultimate understanding than currently existed. Again, the role of conditioning is very important here, as his North Node of Mars is also in square to his Capricorn Moon and his stellium of South Nodes of planets, particularly his South Nodes of Jupiter and Pluto. This again brings up the example of how he was sick so often, a sign of how much his being was triggered on a deep unconscious level by stressful aspects of pursuing his evolutionary purpose in science.
Sexually, as Rad has already described, his Aries Venus as the ruler of his Libra Mars would lend itself to him having a sexuality that was very much about him meeting his own needs, including masturbation as a primary outlet. This outlet would also connect with the heavily conditioned nature of his Mars, and how he probably had sexual desires that would not be acceptable to his “conditioned self,” and so he would have a more “secret self” possessing sexual desires he could express through masturbation and an active sexual fantasy life. With his strong planetary energy in his second house as well as south nodes of planets there, he also would have a strong association with sex as being about procreation and producing children.
The fact that he ended up marrying and having children with his cousin is another re-live aspect of his Mars, as having a Mars in the 10th with a north node of Mars in 4th, plus Mars ruler Aries Venus at the end of the third conjunct the 4th House, all together could indicate a soul history of having been romantically involved with brothers, sisters, cousins, basically romantic partners from the same biological family background. Since Darwin also has a Scorpio Uranus conjunct his North Node of the Moon, this could also be part of his evolutionary soul history with taboo aspects of society and conditioning. In his life as Darwin, at one point he questioned his decision to marry his cousin from the fearful perspective that it could have impacted the immune system of his children in a negative manner. In any case, since his Mars is in square to his Capricorn Moon and south nodes of planets, there would have been a lot of conditioning he would have had to work through in order to access his sexuality, and by impulsively acting upon his sexual desire he would have triggered the conditioning dynamics of his soul history relevant to his incarnation as Darwin.
With regards to the sexual needs and magnetism of Darwin, how he would project his sexuality and how it would be projected back to him, I feel it would also connect to the aspects we have covered connected to his Aries Venus in which he would often form relationships for mental or intellectual reasons, and perhaps at times there was at least some sort of unconscious sexual undertone to some of these relationships. He was passionate about his mental pursuits and so he would have formed relationships with people who would support the development of his mental work, and he would have projected this need on others. With the Aquarius Sun trine to his Libra Mars, it would suggest an intention with his sexual dynamics with others would have been to help liberate him from past conditioning around sexuality, however, it also unclear to me from historical records just how much liberation around sexuality Darwin actually would have experienced. It seems he may have been so wounded in past lifetimes that in his incarnation as Darwin he was very frigid with respect to his past conditioning. With a Libra Mars in the 10th that is square to his Capricorn Moon in the 2nd, perhaps the main emotional and sexual projection Darwin made came from a very repressed place, and so he may have in turn magnetized a repressive emotional and sexual projection from others toward him. As a result there could have been a lot of unconscious tension and stress, even pent up anger and frustration at times, occurring in his relationships due mostly to a repressed sexual and emotional aspect. Since he had a Mars square Moon aspect, Darwin himself could have become very angry at times in relationship with others, and also could have in turn been on the receiving end of a lot of anger.
I feel there is much more that could be found related to Darwin’s sexuality in connection with his Libra Mars than I am covering here, but this is all I have for now.