Hi Rad, and group
This post is about Dampier's Mercury, and some of Darwin's. I could add some more, but it would take too long and would be mostly a repetition of ideas that have been posted before. I do hope this now fits the context of the Soul. Thanks so much Rad for your unwavering support.
God Bless, Gonzalo
William Dampier had Mercury in the 8th House in Cancer, conjunct Saturn, both in the 8th House Cancer, squaring the nodal axis. Mercury rules Pluto in Gemini in the 7th House. Mercury is in mutual reception with the Moon in Virgo intercepted in the 9th House. Aquarius is on the 3rd House cusp, ruled by Uranus Rx in the 1st House conjunct Neptune Rx in Sagittarius, and Neptune/Uranus oppose Pluto and form a square to Chiron in the 9th House in Virgo, Chiron being the focal point of a T-square with Neptune/Uranus and Pluto. The 6th House cusp is Taurus, ruled by Venus in the 6th House. Venus is the ruler of the South Node in the 11th House Libra, and is inconjunct the South Node.
With Pluto in Gemini in the 7th House, ruled by Mercury/Saturn in the 8th House in Cancer square the nodes from the 11th House to the 5th House, and the Pluto opposition by Neptune/Uranus in Sagittarius in the 1st House-Uranus is the 3rd House ruler- there is a deep crisis –square- relating to the Soul’s orientation to knowledge and the impact in this orientation of the transition between natural times and the patriarchal. Pluto in Gemini, Mercury in the 8th House, reflect a bottom-line evolutionary intention to metamorphose orientation to knowledge and resulting intellectual constructions which have created a limitation, and a fixity, in the Soul’s knowledge processing. There are repressed or unconscious memories from natural times, which have also been a reason for an overall conflict and instinctual opposition to manmade ways of thinking and overall types of ‘civilized’ socialization -7th House Pluto opposition to Uranus/Neptune in Sagittarius- with a variety of responses to this conflict. The massive crises in socialization also includes personal and intimate relationships because Gemini and Pluto are in the 7th House-Venus is in the 6th House-a natural Mercury house-relating to a crisis within relationships, in Taurus, with himself, and with others in general – Pluto 7th House, South Node in Libra, ruled by the Venus, and Mercury/Saturn in the 8th Cancer is also specific to marriages, and family relationships. Thus, these symbols relate to intellectual crises that have fully impacted and are rooted on the emotional body, and how emotional and psychological insecurity has conditioned the orientation to truth or knowledge in general. There are inner feelings and unresolved emotional states of overwhelming loss and separation, which are not integrated, which have conditioned a series of responses, and extreme responses, to the conflict between being in relationships, or being alone and independent as ways to find and process knowledge, including giving knowledge to others. We have posted before on how this conflict manifested in Darwin’s chart, in connection with his Mars in Libra in the 10th House square the nodes of Pluto and Saturn, and the different responses and resulting types of experiences including Darwin’s Uranus North Node conjunction. We have also posted on the themes in Darwin’s Soul’s evolution of unresolved loss and mourning coming from the times of transition from matriarchy to patriarchy, connecting to the loss of the connection with the mother, types of traumas which have been recreated in many lifetimes as loss of family members or loss of children-Pluto Pisces, Moon in Capricorn 2nd House conjunct the south nodes of Pluto, Saturn and others, with the Moon ruling the 8th House Cancer in Darwin’s chart. In Dampier we see these themes in the Saturn 8th House square to the nodes; also in the South Node of the Moon being in the 11th House, with the Moon in Virgo 9th House square Uranus/Ceres in the 1st House, ie. mother figures or families which are detached and alienated from. Persephone is conjunct the south nodes of Pluto/Saturn and is opposed to Saturn; asteroid Orpheus is exactly conjunct the South Node, with Euridike conjuncting the Moon in the 9th House Virgo, and so on. The Saturn/Mercury square to the nodes of course are a symbol of unresolved mourning.
As in Darwin’s chart, there are symbols in Dampier’s chart of having experienced deep communion in natural times, and of being initiated in natural sexual rituals, in the natural ways-Pluto 7th House in Gemini ruled by Mercury in the 8th House in Cancer, square the nodes, the South Node in the 11th Aquarian House, ruled by Venus in Taurus 6th House which forms a Grand trine with Pallas in the 2nd House Capricorn and the Moon in the 9th House Virgo. Venus is also in a Full phase sesquicuad with Mars, ie. social role of the rituals in the times when authority, and intellectual authority, were being transferred from the women to men, and guilt within the Soul, and of course there has been a variety of responses to these because of the overall conflict and direct or indirect rebellion against the ‘system’. Because Pluto is Gemini, 7th House, and the South Node is Libra in the 11th House, the nature of the rebellion within the Individuated stages has been oriented to a variety of types of relationships both personal and intimate and relationships with society as such: Pluto 7th House trine Mars in the 10th House Libra, Saturn square the nodes; also Venus, ruler of the South Node is in the 6th House of work and service, and rules the 10th House Libra and Mars/Vesta in Libra in the 10th House. Pluto being Gemini, opposed by Neptune/Uranus Sagittarius, and Mercury being square the nodes, demonstrate that some of the rebellions have been specifically connected with belief systems, and further, with types of relationships that have confronted the ‘beliefs’ and opinions of the consensus. We have seen in Darwin’s chart the symbols which refer to prior lifetimes in the context of communities, and religious based communities: Uranus/South Node in the 11th House Scorpio, ruled by Pluto in Pisces. We can also consider within these Darwin’s symbols the possibility of such communities having confronted larger forces, and being persecuted for religious reasons. In Dampier’s chart, same types of prior lives dynamics are reflected in the South Node in the 11th House, ruled by Venus in the 6th House, and Mercury/Saturn squaring the nodes in the 8th House, in turn ruled by the Moon in the 9th House in Virgo, relative to Pluto Gemini and its opposition to the 1st House Sagittarius Neptune/Uranus: collective trauma of these communities.
There is an overall intention and need to bring these emotional memories into conscious awareness for processing and resolution-Mercury square the nodes in the 8th House, South Node in the 11th House. However the potential for alienation, and necessary alienation as we shall see, is reflected in these very symbols, and in Mercury/Saturn being ruled by the Moon in the 9th House, in Virgo, ie. alienation coexisting with guilt, resulting in sarcasm. Now in Dampier’s birthchart this is a lifetime which is quite focused on relationship issues, or imbalances within relationships, based on relationship patterns coming from prior lifetimes –Pluto in the 7th House, South Node in Libra. There are and have been a variety of dynamics and karmic themes within relationships, and wives, and families. There are deep fears of intimacy, which coexist with intense projected expectations of emotional nature within the relationships. Many resulting issues have involved levels of honesty, knowledge of motives, promises, duplicity and concealment, and many partings and separations-the Pluto 7th House opposition to Neptune/Uranus 1st House, and the South node in the 11th House Libra-detachment from relationships. That these have created crises is indicated by Venus, the South Node ruler, being in the 6th, Virgo House, and forming a trine with the Virgo Moon in the 9th House, and being inconjunct to the North Node. Again, this is a reflection of the earlier traumas of loss of the connection with the mother, and the resulting inner devastation and weariness-the same Moon and Venus and the Grand trine with Pallas Rx in the 2nd House Capricorn, which is opposed to Mercury, and is also in a square to the nodal axis. And the Mercury/Saturn square to the nodes further correlate with an inner state of depression and melancholia, which is a result of the unresolved grief and mourning.
Same time, there has been an element of lack in relationships, emotional security that is missing or has been denied from an external source because of the individual’s need to become self-secure in independent ways-North Node in Aries in the 5th House, Pluto polarity point in the 1st House-note that the North Node is the resolution node for the Saturn/Mercury skipped steps. The Saturn/Mercury square the nodes in the 8th House reflects also ongoing inner and outer confrontations with larger forces of social or metaphysical nature-death.
Because Venus is in the 6th House, ruling the South Node in Libra in the 11th House, prior lifetimes of the Soul manifested duality and duplicity –Pluto Gemini 7th House, Mercury in the 8th House, in various ways. The duplicity is inherently based on the unresolved loss and mourning –Saturn/Mercury Cancer square the nodes, and how the loss, separation and absence, have been dealt with within relationships and how they have impacted on intellectual orientation and organization –Pluto Gemini 7th House. There have been potentially a variety of manifestations of these symbols, which can be seen as variations or elaborations of the loss. There are intellectual patterns which have operated in relationships which are part of unintegrated shadow -8th House, and Saturn-which however has been projected in relationships, and karmic relationships with women and family members. We can see here, as in Darwin’s birthchart, obvious symbols of rebellion against patriarchal regulation of family and kinship-same Mercury/Saturn Cancer square the South Node in the 11th House, Pluto in the 7th in Gemini, correlating with siblings (in Darwin’s chart, North Node conjunct Uranus in the 11th House Scorpio, ruled by Pluto in the 3rd House, Venus in Aries 3rd House ruled by Mars in the 10th House, etc.). These symbols demonstrate the Soul’s inner refusal to acknowledge that matriarchy was over, and that relationships, sex, children, and families, create consequences for him and other people that are relative to a patriarchally conditioned reality.
We know this is a Soul that is inwardly defined by a compelling instinctual need for independent discovery, and self-discovery-Neptune/Uranus in Sagittarius in the 1st House opposing Pluto, North Node in Aries 5th House ruled by Mars trine to Pluto-this is a man who circumnavigated Earth three times. So, the Pluto in the 7th House reflects extremes in the orientation to relationships, which have resulted from the conflicting desires to be in relationships, and the need for independent exploration and discovery. And because Pluto is Gemini, there have been dynamics of duplicity. What types of duplicity? There have been a variety of situations which, at their core, are based on the unresolved emotional states, and how these unresolved states have impacted on the Soul’s objectivity about reality in general, and about self and others within relationships specifically, ie. the Soul’s ability to discriminate between what is real and what is not real - reality and illusion- in the object or the perceived ‘other’-Pluto 7th House Gemini rules the 12th House Scorpio, Pluto is opposed by Neptune, Mercury squares the nodes. The inability to discriminate is based on what could be called a duplication of the lost object.
Within relationships, some of the manifestations have been:
* An orientation to a variety of relationships in which Dampier’s Soul has lacked discrimination about whom to get involved with, and whom not: Pluto 7th House Gemini, South Node Libra 11th House, its ruler, Venus, in the 6th House; Mercury square the nodes. This of course includes many relationships which have been sexual in nature-Pluto, 8th House. There have been many relationships with women who were prostitutes: the South Node ruler is Venus in the 6th House, in Taurus, ruling Mars/Vesta in the 10th House Libra.
* An orientation to detach from wanting to be in relationships: Libra in the 11th House, Pluto 7th House opposed by Uranus 1st House, Pluto ruled by Mercury square the nodes, in order to be totally free to expand the horizon of understanding
* Within the desires to be in relationships, an underlying dynamic has existed of projection of ideals, an idealization of women who have been perceived as an embodiment of ‘perfection’ or the so: Scorpio on the 12th House cusp, ruled by Pluto in the 7th House opposed by Neptune- leading to wanting to ‘believe’ in whatever ways these women would chose to present themselves, without having their reality checked in any ways, or rather, having the desires to ‘believe’ or to maintain the ideals imposed on the observed reality-Mercury/Saturn squaring the nodes.
* A dynamic of wanting to depend emotionally, or even materially, from the relationships-Pluto 7th House, South Node Libra, Saturn being the 2nd House ruler and squaring the nodes from the 8th House of marriage, in Cancer. This has been based both on the unresolved emotional expectations and unresolved traumas of emotional loss, and the impact of these patterns, and the guilt patterns, on the Soul desires and needs for personal actualization-the Saturn/mercury square the nodes relative to the North Node in Aries in the 5th House; the South Node ruler, Venus, in Taurus-money- being in the 6th, Virgo House.
* Of course the dynamics of wanting to be dependent on relationships, and the dynamics of projection of ideals, have also been compounded by desires for personal humiliation or atonement-the Venus in the 6th House-for the reasons talked about already. A vehicle for such types of humiliation have been experiences of fundamental disillusionment, as required to induce actual knowledge.
* Within the rebelliousness against consensus standards about how to be in relationship, I see the potential for some specific types of relationships that combine several of the above dynamics. An example or model of such types of relationships could be the ‘courtly love’ ideology and the ideals of the Provençal troubadours which flourished in Occitan in the 11th century. I wonder his Soul in some prior lifetime perhaps even composed romantic poetry/songs-Pluto Gemini 7th House, South Node Libra conjunct Orpheus, ruled by Venus conjunct Erato. While it can seem strange that a man who on a later life as Darwin wrote, when pondering the reasons to marry or not marry, that the company of a woman was better than the company of a dog … it is plausible in that the symbols commented reflect the potential to use thought/language forms within relationships, or in order to attract relationships/sex, as a vehicle to not really know about the actual other, who thus remains idealized and serves to project the unresolved emotional expectations and overall subconscious dynamics coming from the early experiences of loss. And, same time, true intimacy is thus avoided based on the fears of abandonment and loss, and in order to preserve the inner world of images in which the original mourning is still unresolved/denied. Courtly love serves as a model or example for this orientation to relationships in that it combines several of the dynamics:
- rebellion against social institutions, ie. marriage. Courtly love was essentially extra-marital love, or in other words, love for a woman who was married, reflecting women’s desires to liberate from patriarchal marriage. In Dampier’s chart, the Mercury/Saturn 8th House, relative to Pluto 7th House Gemini, South Node in Libra in the 11th House, Moon in the 9th House Virgo;
- necessary rejection by the woman, and submission to the woman’s will (in a way, as historians elaborate, a transference of the relationship with a land-lord): the South Node ruler being in the 6th House.
- Rejection by the woman and submission to the woman’s will sets in motion the need for adventures, feats and endeavors that would prove the lover’s obedience to the lady, and his worth. In this the courtly love is linked with the ideals of chivalry. Venus in the 6th House; Mars, ruler of the North Node in Aries, in the 10th House, and the oppositions to Pluto from the 1st House, which are ruled by Jupiter in the 12th House Sagittarius.
- Idealization of the lady, connected with the absence of true knowledge and intimacy, and, further, this serving to keep the ‘split’ in the object in which the idealized desires coexist with the most basic and unresolved, repressed sexual urges-both types of topics are tied together in the verses of Provençal poets. In Dampier’s chart, Pluto 7th House ruling the 12th House, Pluto Gemini ruled by Mercury/Saturn in the 8th House with Saturn ruling the 2nd House, Venus Taurus 6th House, Mars in the 10th House.
- Of course, the proliferation of inner thoughts and language forms devoted to the lady … which serves to preserve the idealized inner object, and to deny the perceived reality whatever it may be: Pluto Gemini 7th House, Mercury square the nodes, the 3rd House rulers being Neptune/Uranus opposing Pluto; Orpheus conjunct the Libra South Node, Cupido conjunct Mercury-and Cupid opposing Mercury-Cupido being conjunct asteroid Don Quixote, and both being conjunct the south node of Venus, and both the Black Moon Lilith and the Dark Moon; and asteroid Dulcinea .. being conjunct the Venus, in the 6th House, in Taurus. (e.e. cummings had Pluto/Neptune Gemini 1st House, conjunct Dulcinea, ruled by Mercury in the 6th House Scorpio conjunct Uranus, Vesta and Juno all Scorpio 6th House; the South Node is Libra, 5th House, ruled by Venus, which rules Libra on the 6th House cusp, and Venus is conjunct Don Q. ; his 8th House ruler is Jupiter, which is in Cancer, squaring the nodes: “somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond any experience, your eyes have their silence … nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility … nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands”).
(It is interesting to further consider that the courtly love ideology is intimately connected with the Cathars, and some of the collective trauma talked about traceable in both Dampier’s and Darwin’s charts, and the prior lives in communities and religious communities, could potentially be related to Catharism. Other of the links would be the dualistic types of though, and gnosticism-Pluto Gemini ruling the 12th House Pluto 3rd House Pisces in Darwin’s, etc.).
What is the essence or root of these types of relatedness patterns? Obviously it is something based on inner dynamics implying a duality or duplicity originating in the traumas of loss, and the unresolved mourning, and a split or fragmentation thereof-Pluto Gemini, ruled by Mercury/Saturn square the South Node in the 11th House, Pluto/Uranus in opposition. The inner workings that create this situation are quite difficult to understand precisely for me. Freud talked about this in his essay on Mourning and Melancholy, based on ideas coming from Abraham, and he proposed some interesting things there, perhaps more interesting in what relates to melancholia or unresolved mourning, than his thoughts on ‘normal’ mourning. However, he later changed his views on this in his essay about the Ego and the Id, and he came to acknowledge that he didn’t understand the topic completely. This topic has also been dealt with by Melanie Klein I think, and later, by Lacan, among others within psychoanalysis. I wonder whether Jung talked about this from a more transpersonal point of view. I’m adding just some few thoughts I have about what the essence of this situation can be, in Dampier’s Soul:
First, one very basic fact to consider is that whatever object, or person, we perceive, creates an inner image within the Soul, which is a ‘copy’ or image of the actual object or person: an inner object. Because of Pluto being Gemini, and Mercury being square the nodes, this is an intensified dynamic in Dampier´s Soul: Mercury correlates with the creation or construction of objects. It is because of this duplication of reality in the inner world that we can use imagination or fantasy, as in dreams, in which we can relate to such images, as if they were the actual object or image, without necessarily interfacing with reality after the image has been ‘captured’ or internalized. That Dampier’s imagination and fantasy was quite active can be seen in Pluto ruling the 12th House and being opposed to Neptune 1st House, and Pisces being in the 3rd House. When loss of a loved one is experienced, the actual embodied person is not here any longer; however, the inner object continues to exist, and it continues to constellate the affects, feelings and emotions that existed for the person before the loss. The psyche can become overly invested in the inner object that ‘represents’ the loved one that has been lost. The overinvestment of these inner objects In Dampier´s chart is reflected in Mercury/Saturn square the nodes, being in the 8th House, and of course, in Pluto being Gemini. One situation that leads to such over-investment of the inner object, are unresolved emotions or conflicts that pre-exist to the loss; thus, the inner relation with the inner object constellates the nature of the conflict. Has this been the case in some of the mourning experiences coming into Dampier’s life from his Soul’s evolutionary past? Yes, because, as we have seen in Dampier´s, and in Darwin’s chart, the Soul has been inwardly defined by a conflict between going on his own, and being in relationships, in which relationships, and family ties, have been experienced as a limitation to the freedom to explore and actualize the Soul’s felt special destiny. Prior to these types of loss, a conflict existed in relation with mother figures during the transition from matriarchy to patriarchy, because of the existing desires to be validated from a social point of view, which implied a Soul’s betrayal to the mother or feminine authorities and the knowledge they represented. This has been talked about in more detail in prior posts about Darwin; in Dampier’s chart, this correlates with the Saturn/Mercury in Cancer squaring the nodes in the 8th House, with the South Node in the 11th Aquarian House, etc. Freud postulated that ‘pathological mourning’ originated in an inner identification with the lost object, ie. identification with someone who is dead, which prevented a release of the psychic energy invested on the lost object. I think Freud was wrong in this point. My shot would be that, at least in some cases, it is quite the contrary. It is the resistance to identify with the lost object, ie. the preexisting conflict with the object or an overall emotional detachment or repression, that the mourner fails to experience its own death or necessary transformation that is demanded by the loss-and by the relationship itself. Thus, the inner object is preserved, and the emotions originating in the loss are not fully experienced. In turn, preservation of the inner object intensifies a ‘conflict with reality’, to a point that can become psychotic to some level, in that the pathological mourner or melancholic does not end to assume the loss, and the conflict with the object remains unresolved. In Dampier’s chart, Mercury/Saturn squaring the nodes, in Cancer in the 8th House, being the background which creates the extremity between wanting relationships, or not, and the variety of responses discussed.
These are also symbols of weariness, and acedia, which have impacted on relationships. Relative to Pluto 7th House, Mercury/Saturn square the nodes correlate with wanting the fruit, but not the path to the fruit. It is not lack of love, it is an intensified desire for the object which, though, complicates its path to the object desired, to a point in which the desired object is simultaneously rejected because it seems too difficult to attain-such as the demands of a wife-especially if the choice of the wife has been unwise; or, alternatively-Mercury is very dual-it is so concerned with the cares or the path that lead to the desired object, that it becomes incapable to enjoy the fruit when it is available.
Because of these types of prior dynamics, the Soul of Dampier has created quite a big deal of complications in its patterns of relatedness in this series of lifetimes, as a means to recreate many times dynamics of loss and mourning, and guilt and atonement. The resulting weariness and futility in Dampier´s Soul has thus created a relative paralysis in these relationship oriented lifetimes-Mercury/Saturn square the nodes-equaling a resistance to give the necessary steps that would progressively serve to actualize its desires for knowledge and discovery. This has also created a series of complications in the actualization of its career, work, or social role through independent actualization. This is why the Mercury/Saturn square to the nodes resolves through the North Node in the 5th House Aries, ruled by Mars in the 10th House conjunct Vesta, relative to the Pluto polarity point in the 1st House Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter in the 12th House. And thus, because of choices made in his life as Dampier, he in fact did quite a bit of exploration through his career as a pirate, naturalist and cartographer, and navigated around the world three times.
It seems that little is known by historians about Dampier’s sentimental life. It is known though, that he once married a woman called Judith, the year 1678. It seems he had no offspring from this marriage. I haven’t found the date of the marriage, nor any information about Judith, other than she worked at some court. That year, though, transiting Mars and Venus conjuncted at 25° Taurus, within minutes before the exact natal Venus of Dampier. I don’t know what happened in this marriage. However, that same year Dampier sailed to sea again, and it is not known (or I don’t know) if he ever returned to the married life. Perhaps he became quickly aware that he needed the freedom he couldn’t have within the marital life; perhaps he sailed to sea in order to accomplish feats for his lady. Did Dampier continue to engage in relationships with prostitutes? It is very possible that the answer is yes, based on the symbols already commented. Apart from prostitutes, would he try to manage to have sex with women who were slaves that were traded aboard his ship? Some HIStorians state that Dampier-and other English pirates-treated women slaves very well. This can mean several things. With Mercury 8th House, ruling the 7th House Gemini with Pluto Gemini-Mercury conjunct the 2nd House ruler, and ruled by the Moon in the 9th House, and further, Mars/Vesta in the 10th House Libra ruled by Venus in the 6th House-both the 8th and the 6th House correlating with slavery, it seems to me that he would have desired to have sex with some of these women.
Very briefly, we can see in Darwin’s chart that some of the complications in personal and intimate relationships, and its implication with criteria about reality within relationships, have been resolved at least to some degree, resulting from choices made in the prior life as Dampier. Not totally resolved, because Mercury Pisces, Balsamic to Pluto in the 3rd House, is still the ruler of Gemini on the 7th House cusp (also, Dulcinea/Black Moon are in the 7th House, with Don Quixote squaring the nodes from the 8th House), and the Mars in Libra square to the planetary nodes in House 1st and 7th correlating with stress within socialization of knowledge, and the adjustment of sexuality to socially valid parameters. However, Mercury is no longer squaring the nodes, and is now culminating a cycle. It seems that Darwin made a wise and realistic choice when marrying his second cousin Emma- despite his fears about incest, and did spend quite happy times with the family he had with her-even though, as we know, they did experience intense grief and mourning through recreating experiences of loss of children. On the overall, in this lifetime as Darwin there is no such intense intellectual complication about relationships issues, which allowed to create an intense focus on knowledge of Nature itself. Since I didn’t mention this before, the stress in socialization of knowledge within parameters versus freedom to ‘know’ and discover, is also a very intense dynamic in the prior lifetime as Dampier. In Dampier’s birthchart, this is symbolized too in the Mars 10th House Libra square to the nodes of Pluto, and by Pluto 7th House being Gemini, opposing Neptune/Uranus in the 1st House Sagittarius, and ruled by Mercury/Saturn square the nodes. Because Pluto Gemini is ruled by Mercury square the nodes, ruling the 7th House and the intercepted Virgo in the 9th House, and because Venus is in the 6th House, Dampier would feel that he didn’t know or understand enough, and would inwardly feel to be less than honest if trying to present his scientific or philosophical views to the public. Thus, the focus of that lifetime was more about travelling and making observations, and writing about his journeying rather than a general theoretical elaboration (Mercury in the 8th House in Cancer suggests that an intellectual system was being gestated). Darwin continued doing travelling when he was young, but with the Pisces Mercury Balsamic to Pluto/Jupiter, now it was rather about culminating the need for observation, and more about giving form, order and classifications, and further, intuiting the general patterns within an enormous amount of information already collected, ie. to articulate an overall theory, as we know. Now the Soul is deeply reflective and inwardly attuned in order to create a progressive, linear order of materials already collected. It would be as if the early travelling he did had the intention of picking the ‘examples’ –Mercury- that his Soul knew would serve to prove the patterns he had been elaborating along prior lifetimes, including the life as Dampier, on which he would be elaborating along several years to come until the Origin of Species. It is very interesting that, because the need for external exploration was now more or less completed in this cycle, and the intellectual focus was directed to the inner world of knowledge that needed to be given a concrete form, this by itself allowed for a type of life that was also more emotionally sound. Not totally, of course, because there was still many unresolved issues, and stress about how to present the material in the way it needed to, in order to fulfill the social role his Soul had. But, this could be done in the context of a family life, as Darwin did-something that perhaps Dampier was not able to put together. And this, in turn, implied a lifetime in which the unresolved mourning and traumas would manifest and be recreated in more direct, conscious ways (Mercury/Ceres/Pluto Balsamic conjunct, trine Uranus conjunt the North Node). And, because Pluto/Jupiter are New phase within the 3rd House Pisces, while Pluto/Mercury are Balsamic, the creation of a linear order, serving to demonstrate the general patterns or natural laws (Virgo intercepted in the 9th House, Jupiter/Mercury Balsamic), would in turn promote or trigger a new cycle in which the Soul of Darwin would desire to intuit patterns behind the patterns, laws behind the laws, leading to an inner pondering about the Creator of all things, thus beginning to emotionally open to what could ultimately address the unresolved mourning issues-Soul and ultimate meaning of life, beyond the temporal and finite.