SHAKESPEARE THE CHEAT
I wish, alas, I’d never read and didn’t know the latest about Shakespeare. It is going to stick with me more than pornography sticks with some. And although I hope it’s wrong, I’m rather afraid it’s true.
New research would have it Shakespeare was not just dishonest, a regular tax dodger often before the courts, but a wealthy landowner who enriched himself hoarding supplies in times of known shortages and famine when the government was trying to support the people, selling food at inflated prices, and harrying the poor struggling under burdens of debt. See for example the news at:
The man it seems was plain dishonest in line with lit crit observations that have long wondered why a lot of the plays, especially the tragedies, seem to hinge upon lies and their effect. And then there’s Coriolanus about the conservative fanatic who’s ready to deny the poor bread. Was this perhaps a literary recognition rather than a moral admission of guilt round a serious personal deficiency?
As the reports that research has uncovered refer to legal cases around the Warwickshire region, we are looking at the Stratford Shakespeare. This person’s identity and origins have long been contested by marginal scholarship on weak grounds, evidence which however more people may now want to believe because these new revelations leave such a nasty taste in the mouth. They do so rather as the great Wagner appals us with his fatally influential anti-Semitism and willingness to make love to the wives even of patrons and supporters. “Trust not in princes”…add great artists to that dictum!
TELL TALE SIGNS OF THE BARD’S DISHONESTY
I have long maintained I possess the true and working chart of Shakespeare, set for 23 April (Julian) 1564 at around 11.20 am with 19 or 20 degrees of theatrical Leo rising. This chart works for the life and it works now, making an awful lot of plausible sense of chart features one might not otherwise comment too closely if they raised questions.
Saturn in Scorpio this Easter has been loosely opposite (at 10 degrees) Shakespeare’s natal Taurus sun at 12 degrees. The last solar eclipse fell at 21 Scorpio afflicting by square to Shakespeare’s ascendant affecting how we see him. The next solar eclipse at 19 Taurus, due next month, will square this point more exactly. The last lunar eclipse in November was on 6 degrees of Gemini. This means it was almost to the minute of a degree at 6.47 Gemini on Shakespeare’s career/reputation sector Neptune, a promise that within 6 months we might see his reputation and career differently. We do.
This same Neptune rules Shakespeare’s eighth house of shared resources and taxes. It contains a Pluto (often present in the eighth sector of wealthy persons) and in affliction to his career section and Taurus sun’s ruling Venus (any immediate cash flow).
The eclipsed Neptune is natally almost perfectly opposite Uranus in Shakespeare’s fourth sector of family and background. Apart from saying, as we know is the case, that there could be something odd about the Bard’s last home or resting place which is something else covered by the fourth, it contains a promise that one day people might well have shocks about his background including about his father. John Shakespeare is not believed to have been particularly honest in local politics.
Shakespeare’s genius like that of many geniuses owes something to Gemini. His Neptune and Venus are both in that sign widely conjunct. But add to his more artistic, moralistic but also rather materialistic Taurus sun the magic of this Gemini conjunction, a conjunction in a sign with such a flair for words, and then throw in his Mercury (actual writing) in rapid Aries and you have someone who can pour out verbal magic without blotting a line as Ben Jonson noted.
But Gemini is light and dark like even Christianity born under the sign and which has produced saints and sinners to the max. Gemini is clever but has a touch of the trickster, criminal and the torturer about it -it’s the sign of the Marquis de Sade (Recall Shakespeare’s gory early Titus Andronicus)
Anything Libra tends to get entangled with law. Shakespeare with his Mars afflicted Moon in Libra seems to have done that on cue at the same time as his moon in Libra tends to hold up a mirror to reflect all he observes. Life and people just passed by and through the Bard and he reflected them exquisitely but he didn’t necessarily feel with them as much as he should. Plainly he could be just cold and ruthless.
AVE ATQUE VALE
I feel really disappointed, even sickened by these new and special revelations. Things that over the centuries moralists have questioned like affairs with dark ladies or young men have been safely disregarded, reasonably enough relegated to the life of artists. But taking bread from people’s mouths? ‘Tis damnable. How shall these hands be clean?
Shakespeare, I hope it’s all wrong and I’m wrong about you; but otherwise, frankly, I can only say I think you’re detestable. Genius isn’t enough and not all the perfumes of Arabia can save you. You’re a smooth talking, charming, wily, hypocrite. You didn’t just cheat the peasants, you have hoodwinked the world. You aren’t as bad as Jimmy Savile, of course, but you aren’t hugely better either. Away with you! You left your wife your second best bed, you denied your daughter education and you even wished to curse us in Jesus’ name if we dared so much as to look inside your tomb. But what else in God’s name might we find out about you?….What else might you be hiding?! (You even have asteroid LIE conjunct the rising at your birth! And it’s conjunct the theatrical Leo ascendant. Did your first known critic Robert Greene have it right about you right from the start when he accused you of being “a Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde”?).
I’m just glad that at this Easter time my mind has been more occupied with a poetic genius who was a Gemini and Gemini marked but who was poorer, far more honest and worthy of our respect, namely Dante. My next article this month will be about him. And next month, around mid May when Dan Brown’s Inferno is due to appear, I will have certain Dante linked revelations and surprises that go well beyond just the astrological. You might be very surprised. I hope you wouldn’t be disappointed because if so, I might want to know why.