Étienne Brûlé (March 15, 1592 – June 30, 1633)
OK. This post is going to be mostly speculative. Even Étienne Brûlé‘s birth and death details are sketchy, but as I’ve learned during this process of research into the past, there are accidental hints that can be found. Here’s one:
So, here’s his randomized birth chart:
I’m not sure of the precise meaning of that ‘exact’ Venus conjunction with the Part of Fortune @ 20° Aquarius 19′ in the 5th House. My guess is that he fell in love with the idea of exploring the Great Lakes and living as a free man with the Huron. Or maybe he just fell in love, period.*
Part of Fortune in Aquarius
Here the individual experiences his greatest happiness by flowing with the energies of awareness and enlightenment. Unfettered by the bonds set by society, unlimited by the confines of predictable expectation, he is able to experience all that exists outside of the limits of established society. He seeks to know all — about man, the world, the universe. He wants to know how so many apparently different aspects of life manage to fit together.(Karmic Astrology III: Joy and the Part of Fortune pages 79-80)
There are three inconjuncts, but all of them could be speculative:
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 o face reality, so that you can at least communicate with people. Otherwise you will have a lonely life.
Mars Inconjunct Jupiter
With this aspect you probably are quite active, with abundant energy for anything you want to do. But you must learn to control your energies rather than have them control you. You may be inclined to take excessive risks, to try out things that you are not sure you can do. But be careful, because with this aspect the energies of Mars and Jupiter do not work very smoothly together. If you overextend yourself and try to do more than you are physically capable of, you may have an accident. Also you may be clumsy when you take up a new activity until you learn to control your physical body better.
Pluto Inconjunct Ascendant
This can be an indication that through experiences with others, you will be forced to undergo many significant changes in life. At times the crises may be quite unpleasant, but for the most part the results will be very positive, although for some people, they may be less constructive. But you must be very careful about the kind of people you get involved with. Choose your friends with great care and try to find people who have a healthy outlook on life and who seem reasonably well balanced. People who are driven to extreme behavior or who act compulsively, as if they could not plan anything in advance, are not very good for you. They will get you into difficult situations that you do not need.
No Man’s Brother (1984)
From the back of the paperback 1st edition (Avon Publishing, February 1984)
“A spectacular saga of adventure and wilderness war, of honor, valor and love, and a man’s unconquerable passion for a magnificent land and a noble race.
“The Huron waited for French guns to fight the Iroquois. But when the French returned to Québec , they brought only priests and farmers to subjugate the land.
“Stalwart young adventurer Etienne Brûlé came with the great explorer Champlain. Sent among the Huron to learn their ways, he was the first white man to penetrate the majestic Canadian continent. Tested by Indian torture and the savage wilds, he won his manhood among the mighty Huron, fought their enemies, loved their women, and stood against the jealous hatred of a fierce warrior chieftain. And as England and France did battle for the new world, he turned against his own kind to defend the proud people whose fate was now his.”
The Author Explains His Ideas
Scholars of history unite in praising Brûlé’s bravery and ability as an explorer. The patterns of his life and explorations set out in the novel is accurate. Brûlé, at seventeen, without knowledge of the native tongues, was the first white man to travel up the Ottawa River and live among the Huron and Algonquin Indians. From then on his life was a procession of “firsts.” He was the first white man to discover all the Great Lakes (with the possible exception of Lake Michigan); the first white man to travel the Susquehanna River to its outfall in Chesapeake Bay. Brûlé’s trip to Carantouan and his capture and torture by the Seneca Indians follow closely the details of these events that he gave Gabriel Sagard to record.
His detractors are less generous in describing Brûlé’s character. In the eyes of his contemporary Frenchmen he had three faults. First, as Sagard wrote: “He was much addicted to women.” Brûlé’s sexual activity horrified some of his contemporaries and may shock modern readers; but it is my hope that this book shows why, to Brûlé, permissible sexuality was not such a heinous sin. Sexual freedom was an accepted standard in the world he knew from the time he was seventeen. The Huron were simply not as jealous or possessive about a mate or a spouse as white societies have tended to be.
The second complaint was Brûlé’s wholesale adoption of Indian dress and manners. He refused to adhere to European ways. Yet, because of his ability to adapt, all admit that whether he went among the Huron, Algonquin, Iroquois, or Neutrals, peace and a willingness to trade in peace followed in his wake.
The third major failing attributed to Brûlé was that in the end he proved to be a traitor. Special care has been taken to set out the circumstances in Québec before the Kirkes’ advent. It has been suggested that Brûlé sold out Champlain and France for reasons of greed and personal gain, yet four years earlier Brûlé willingly offered his friend Louis Hébert an interest-free loan of one thousand crowns. Clearly by this act he demonstrated both a generous character and a lack of interest in the wealth he already possessed. In retrospect, whatever one chooses to believe about Brûlé’s motives, the fact remains that he did save the inhabitants of Québec.Afterword (pages 307-308)
No doubt this may come across as sour grapes, but I wish I’d written this man’s story. I live near where most of the important events happened. And my past life as Radisson echoes through my memory banks. But then a new thought occurs to me: could I have been Étienne Brûlé before returning as Pierre-Esprit Radisson? The timing of the first man’s death is about three years before the second man’s birth so it is entirely possible. Radisson’s linguistic abilities and his knowledge of the Native Canadians seem to hint at this. And his jumping ship to the English side can now be understood within the context of history. He was just continuing the journey that he had already started previously!
[*And just to make the reincarnational point: my natal Sun at 20° Aquarius is a direct tie-in…]