From Where Exactly Did the OO7 Designation Originate?

Ian Fleming (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964)

I knew I’d get around to this individual eventually. His story reads like a spy novel, full of twists and turns, and unexpected resolutions, including James Bond’s number.

I have rectified this birth chart to recognize the age (9) when Ian’s father (Saturn) was killed in the Great War (1917). By the time, Ian was ready to get his schooling (starting at Eton), his mother (Moon) was in charge of all his decision making. She engineered most of the steps it took to get him into the Admiralty as an adult. She even broke up some of his relationships as being unsuitable: an unmovable force in his life, for sure.

Venus Inconjunct Ascendant

You often feel that you haven’t any right to ask much of those whom you love. You feel that you must do favors for them instead of asking for their help. For you, love is an act of service, not self-gratification. Also, through relationships with others, you try to learn more about your own and other people’s inner workings. For this reason your relationships are more deep and profound than most people’s. But they are somewhat difficult, too. Your close friends and loved ones discover that you are quite different in a close relationship than you appear at first. It is not that you are dishonest, but that you show a side of yourself to your friends that you usually keep hidden, often because you are not entirely confident in that role. You may feel unsure that others will like you or accept your affection. This is one reason why you express your love by doing nice things for people. You are trying to win them over.

(Have you ever wondered why James Bond, his avatar, loved them and left them? I think Ian Fleming was trying to exercise his shortcomings.)

About that OO7 Designation

Illustration from a book in John Dee’s library

Oo.iii. It’s something and nothing to most observers. But the occultists recognize it as a way to impart sacred numbers secretly.

Dee often corresponded with the queen on confidential matters. He took to signing his letters “007” to designate letters for the queen’s eyes only. The zeroes represented eyes, and the seven was thought to be a lucky number that offered protection. Many scholars believe that Dee was one of Elizabeth’s spies, and that his travels throughout Europe were not for “spiritual conferences,” but rather to gather intelligence. It’s known that Elizabeth employed a number of spies, especially after the Pope declared her an illegitimate ruler in 1570. She was constantly threatened by conspiracy plots, all of which were quashed by her secret service. Dee would have been a formidable member of this team; his reputation for magic preceded him, and he was obviously well connected through his position at court.

The First James Bond?

So, let’s be clear about this, since there are skeptical readers everywhere who doubt it: ‘For your eyes only’ is a phrase we now associate with the British Secret Services. “Oo” is the short form for that phrase. Dee wouldn’t have written 7, though; he would have written ‘vii’. Are we clear, here? For all intents and purposes it looks like a Latin word.

And note that it has always been spoken as ‘Double-O seven’, not ‘zero-zero-7’ (007).

The full picture of that Life cover

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to cdsmiller17@gmail.com
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1 Response to From Where Exactly Did the OO7 Designation Originate?

  1. cdsmiller17 says:

    Evidently, Queen Elizabeth I would sign letters back to Dee with an “M”, probably meaning “Majesty”. But the implication is definitely interesting.

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