Surrender of Quebec (July 20, 1629)
Oh dear. This is the moment when a permanent stain was placed on Étienne (Stephen) Brûlé’s memory. As a background movement, he may have been instrumental in the Kirkes’ capture of Quebec, but history doesn’t record his version of events.
It was Gabriel Sagard who, in 1624, discredited Brûlé in Champlain’s eyes. The Récollet friar denounced the wandering adventurer’s loose morals, and disclosed moreover that Brûlé was playing a double game: he was working at the same time for the administration of New France and for the fur merchants, who were opponents of Champlain.
Brûlé’s reputation was blackened for ever in 1629. Champlain had capitulated to the Kirke brothers, and most of the French in the colony had returned to their homeland. At Tadoussac, Brûlé and his fellow interpreter Nicolas Marsolet admitted it was their intention to remain in New France. “We have been taken by force,” was their excuse to Champlain, “and we know very well that if we were held in France we would be hung.”History Museum
“We have been taken by force…” Well, not really.
I set the clock for noon on this fateful day, just to see what the energies were. I was not the least surprised to see Neptune conjunct the Ascendant @ 28° Libra. The rumours of Brûlé’s involvement may have been true after all, in my opinion. Check out the inconjuncts.
Moon Inconjunct Pluto
This aspect means that your emotions are very intense and not always easy to deal with. Often your feelings make you want to do or say something, without knowing why.
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. When you make any kind of plan, be careful.
Mars Inconjunct Neptune
With this aspect you must learn to stand up for yourself and demand your rights forthrightly and directly. Unfortunately, some people with this aspect learn to work behind the scenes or dishonestly.
Mars Inconjunct Ascendant
The difficulty with this aspect is to find a balance between getting what you want in life and getting along with others. More than most people, you will have to learn the necessity of compromising to ge along with people, especially because you often seem more aggressive than you are.
“We Would Be Hung”
That sound like an admission of guilt, doesn’t it? It is difficult to separate fact from fiction, especially when almost 400 years have passed since the event. But astrology never lies.
By combining these two charts I hope to show that Brûlé’s astrological fingerprints were all over it. I think the facts speak for themselves: his Moon is conjunct the event Uranus; his Jupiter is conjunct the event Moon; his Neptune is conjunct the event Sun; and their North Nodes are just 2° apart. So, with the almost exactness of the conjunctions, I can only conclude that this event gave Brûlé the freedom from France that he was seeking. Champlain was locked up for three years and Quebec was under English control during that same time. Unfortunately the war between England and France was already over by the time Chaplain was ‘tricked’ into surrendering, which made the whole transaction illegal.
A whole lot of faking had been going on…