Yesterday in History XI

Pony Express (April 3, 1860)

On this day in 1860: The Pony Express mail service makes its first run between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

This mail service only lasted 18 months, but it lives on as a memory of the Old West, no doubt perpetuated by thousands of westerns. I’m curious about what its ‘event’ chart looks like.

April 3, 1860 was a Tuesday. That is why I have chosen 7:15 PM as the time, although the July 1, 1861 poster shows Wednesday and Saturday @ 11:00 PM as setting off times, while suggesting these are new times. I’m sticking with the way I originally raised the chart (and it is confirmed on Wikipedia):

St. Joseph Mayor M. Jeff Thompson, William H. Russell, and Alexander Majors gave speeches before the mochila was handed off. The ride began at about 7:15 pm. The St. Joseph Gazette was the only newspaper included in the bag.

So, with the accuracy of the timing confirmed, here are the inconjuncts that show up: one Yod pointing at the Ascendant; and one inconjunct between Mars and Uranus.

Venus Inconjunct Ascendant

You should realize that others will respect you if you stand up for yourself and ask for a reasonable return in a relationship. If you constantly seem to be apologizing for who and what you are, people begin to wonder if they have overlooked something that is wrong with you, and they begin to lose confidence in you. Thus you may bring about the criticism that you are afraid of. You are as good and as worthy of being loved as anyone. Be yourself with others, and many people will love you.

Neptune Inconjunct Ascendant

This aspect can be a sign that you feel you must give way to others in order to get along with them. This can take two forms, both of which will be difficult to handle while you are young. The less positive form is simply yielding to all outside pressure and always giving in to others’ desires. This will produce unconscious feelings of resentment that you can’t express, but that make your relationships with others rather difficult.

But the other, more positive, way of dealing with this energy is by giving freely before others try to take it from you. In the highest expression of this aspect, what you gain for yourself will not mean as much as what you gain for others, which is the effect you should work for.

Mars Inconjunct Uranus

You have a tendency to be rash and impulsive, which may get in your way. If matters proceed too slowly, you are likely to make a sudden move that upsets the whole situation and forces you to start over again. You must learn to be patient if you want to achieve your objectives.

The energy may also be expressed as a hot temper, especially when you have to endure restriction or limitation. You have a rebellious streak that needs to be disciplined, because everyone has to endure some restrictions, and it takes so little to trigger your temper.

We’ve come a long way in 162 years. Overseas airmail takes about the same 10 days, but email allows us to deliver our message in about 10 seconds. Now that the real Pony Express!

The Yesterday in History post.

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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