Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury
This is one of my favourite cathedrals in all of England. I’ve been here many times. The very first time was in March 1985, with my Miller family, soon after moving to the UK.
I’m partial to cathedrals, as you may have noticed over the years. But this one is special, no doubt because of what happened there in late December 1170.
This chart is timed for Vespers (usually sung at 6:00 pm). Thomas’ birth chart has an interactive Yod, and so does this ‘death’ chart. It implies a purposeful event in history.
Both Yods are time sensitive, and that makes sense in the larger scheme of things.
Moon Inconjunct Venus
You need to be loved, even more than most people, particularly by your mother or another woman who takes the place of your mother. This need for love will be the force behind many of your actions. If you don’t find the love you are looking for, you will develop an insecure hunger for love from everyone you meet. However, you may express this in very strange ways, such as a desire for food, especially sweets, which unconsciously represent love to you.
Moon Inconjunct Midheaven
With this aspect you must learn to make your emotional needs and desires for pleasure fit in with your growth and development in the world. It is possible that these problems could make it difficult for you to choose a profession or a course that would give your life a sense of purpose. Or you may be unable to follow one path consistently. In other words, your emotional needs may be in conflict with your long-term goals. You may know what you have to do, but not feel much like doing it. Or your feelings may actually color your perception so much that you really do not see what has to be done. Try not to form bad habits, because they are especially likely to create difficulties of this sort.
Mercury Inconjunct Ascendant
You are likely to have some problems, but not serious ones, in communicating with others. The problem is that people’s first impression of you may not fit in with what you say or your manner of thinking and speaking. People tend to hear what they expect to hear, and they may not listen to you as carefully as they should. So you will have to be as clear as possible and insist that others listen to what you are really saying. If others do not understand you, it is up to you to set them straight.
Saturn Inconjunct Ascendant
With this aspect you probably have a rather serious attitude toward life and other people. It may be quite difficult for you to simply go out and have a good time. You want to be serious and to spend all your time performing significant tasks. This attitude may have developed because you were discouraged from enjoying yourself when you were younger. You may have been made to feel that only work is important, that play serves no useful purpose.
As reported by contemporary biographer Edward Grim, this is what Henry II said:
“What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished and brought up in my household, who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric?”Assassination (from Wikipedia)
Thomas Becket (December 21, 1118[?] – December 29, 1170)
Thomas birth chart could be ‘wrong’ as the year is uncertain. One astrology website even chose 12:30 am for his birth time, so I’ve decided to stick with that. What the hey…
Looking at the aspects, I can only surmise that Thomas’ murder was part of the plan. But which plan? Reading between the lines of the ‘murder’ chart, it would appear to be more about Henry, than Thomas.
Can we reconcile this strange turn of events? Probably not.
Here’s where Thomas was murdered by Henry’s men.
The scene was very effectively portrayed in “Becket”: