Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and Ellen DeGeneres (Jan 26, 1958)
I used to scoff at these photos of doppelgangers. But, no longer. In truth, these two couldn’t be more dissimilar in other ways, but their looks seem identical. That’s a sign of reincarnation.
Thoreau had a distinctive appearance, with a nose that he called his “most prominent feature”. Of his appearance and disposition, Ellery Channing wrote:Wikipedia
His face, once seen, could not be forgotten. The features were quite marked: the nose aquiline or very Roman, like one of the portraits of Caesar (more like a beak, as was said); large overhanging brows above the deepest set blue eyes that could be seen, in certain lights, and in others gray,—eyes expressive of all shades of feeling, but never weak or near-sighted; the forehead not unusually broad or high, full of concentrated energy and purpose; the mouth with prominent lips, pursed up with meaning and thought when silent, and giving out when open with the most varied and unusual instructive sayings.Walter Harding – The Days of Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau‘s birth chart is completely randomized. The resulting Yod must be taken with a pinch of salt, but it is intriguing, is it not? The other inconjuncts are not time-dependent, so they may be the true measure of the man.
Sun Inconjunct Neptune
You are very sensitive to your environment and to the people around you. On one level of your being, you feel what is going on very acutely. Unfortunately your understanding often comes in terms that are very difficult to communicate to others, because their meaning is not clear in your own mind.
Moon Inconjunct Jupiter
This aspect indicates that you have a positive, optimistic outlook on life, and you enjoy socializing with good friends. However, there are some dangers with this aspect. First, it can be a sign that you are self-indulgent and possibly even selfish, although this is not likely to happen if you have a good, strong relationship with your mother. However, if you feel emotionally secure and accepted, you will be able to give others the support that you would otherwise have been seeking for yourself.
Mercury Inconjunct Jupiter
You like to think big, and you have great ambitions, but you don’t always make sure that your thinking is clear or careful. Don’t try to take on more than you can handle and make sure not to overlook details, for that could hurt what you are trying to do.
Moon Conjunct Mercury
How well you think depends very much upon your feelings. If you are at all emotionally involved in a situation, as you often are, you can’t think about it clearly.
His death chart has been set for noon on the day he passed. As you can see, those inconjuncts have been totally conquered, and his passing was (supposedly) very peaceful.
Aware he was dying, Thoreau’s last words were “Now comes good sailing”, followed by two lone words, “moose” and “Indian”.Wikipedia
But to Return as Ellen DeGeneres: What’s that About?
Ellen DeGeneres needs no introduction. To say she is a gender rule breaker and social icon is to underestimate her impact on modern womanhood in the United States. But, a philosopher? Not so much. Her birth chart contains but one inconjunct:
Uranus Inconjunct Ascendant
Your need for freedom may interfere with your close relationships. When you are with others, even those you like, you feel very restless but you can’t get up and leave because you want to be with them. This is typical of the ambiguity that comes with this transit. Certainly, the more others try to restrict your freedom of movement, the more you try to get away.
So, Let’s Look at These Two Individuals over Time
At first glance, I thought that there were no clear indications of a past life connection, and then I looked again, more closely, especially of the North and South Nodes.
Ellen’s Mars/Saturn conjunction (in her 10th House of Career) is conjunct Thoreau’s ‘fatal’ Saturn and his natal Neptune. (Oh-ho, says I, to myself). At the other side of the divide (meaning in opposition to Ellen’s Mars/Saturn conjunction) sits Thoreau’s Moon/Mercury conjunction (and his ‘fatal’ South Node).
So, then I looked at Ellen’s natal South Node, and wouldn’t you know it, it is conjunct Thoreau’s ‘fatal’ Pluto and his natal Mars. Even Ellen’s Part of Fortune gets in on the act by being conjunct to Thoreau’s natal North Node. And, for good measure, Ellen’s Uranus (which is opposite her Sun/Mercury conjunction) is conjunct Thoreau’s ‘fatal’ Moon.
Alright, I give in: these two ARE related reincarnationally.
There, Universe, are you happy now? Ellen is a philosopher…