The Firebrand of the Reformed Church of Scotland

John Knox (1514 – November 24, 1572)

Courtesy of Wikipedia

In the film “Mary Queen of Scots”, this minister was played by David Tennant. It was as if the firebrand was allowed to vent his venomous speech at the shameless goings-on in the modern era. (I can only imagine how upset he would be, if he were alive today.)

I wish I could share his birth chart with you, but alas his birth date is not known. However, his peaceful death date is known, and I’ve set the clock for noon, just to capture the mood of the day.

As ‘luck’ would have it, there is an obvious Yod pointing at Neptune, completely independent of the time of day. Let’s explore that, shall we? (The other two inconjuncts are less significant, in my opinion.)

Mercury Inconjunct Neptune

The challenge of this aspect is to make your thinking and communication with others more clear. Your rational mind is strongly influenced by your sensitivity, imagination and ideals, although you aren’t always sure how this happens. You tend to spend too much time in your own imaginary world that no one else can share, and this confuses your dealings with others. You will have to learn to face reality, so that you can at least communicate with people. Otherwise you will have a very lonely life.

Mars Inconjunct Neptune

With this aspect you must learn to stand up for yourself and demand your rights forthrightly and directly. Often you feel that you don’t have enough energy to assert yourself or that any such effort would be futile. Unfortunately, some people with this energy learn to work behind the scenes or dishonestly. Others simply give up or take a defeatist attitude toward life.

You should get regular exercise to build up your body. Watch your diet carefully and get enough sleep. Stay away from any foods that your body does not handle well.

Advice to His Future Self

You may wonder why I would delineate the inconjunct aspects for a man on his death bed. Isn’t it obvious? He was imprinting a message for his reincarnated being. (A belief in reincarnation is not required: it will happen whether you want it or not.)

Take this stained glass image, for example:

This looks like ‘just’ an image from the past. But what if I told you that I witnessed in this present life a similar set up? (But I won’t share the details here, due to privacy concerns.) Needless to say, it’s “interesting”.

One last thing, on Knox’ passing he wanted the Bible read to him (by his young wife, no less): the passage? Probably 1 Corinthians 13…now, how would I know that?

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 (And, in case you are also interested, I have an extensive list of celebrity birth and death details if you wish to 'confirm' what you suspect may be a past-life experience of yours.) Bless.
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5 Responses to The Firebrand of the Reformed Church of Scotland

  1. captmccoy says:

    I have a question. When doing historical charts before the switch from the Julien calendar to the Gregorian calendar how do I know if I need to convert the date or not? Is the convention of historians to use the date or to convert it to Gregorian?


  2. cdsmiller17 says:

    Because the computer program I use instantly recognizes the date as ‘old style’ when I put it in, I’m asked whether I want to convert it to ‘new style’. I always do, which is why the date changes from the historical one to an astrological one. Other astrologers use the option to leave it as Julian. I suspect it’s a personal choice, and not a convention.

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  3. captmccoy says:

    If I look up a recent date it will show the NS or Gregorian date. If I look up a date between 1582 and 1923 (depending on the country) it should show the OS and NS dates. Prior to that is it the convention to show the Julien date or a date converted to Gregorian?


  4. captmccoy says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve been intimidated by this for so long I have refrained from doing charts from the far past. I really appreciate your help.


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