Archive for April 30th, 2009
“Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we inquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find that, as force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded, and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments as well as to the most free and most popular.”
– David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian, “Of the First Principles of Government” 1758.
Quote compliments of Information Clearing House; following Sun-Moon details courtesy of moi…
David Hume was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on Thursday, April 26, 1711 (OS) during a Great Conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in the late degrees of Leo.
The Uranus/Pluto combo is about revolution and reform; it describes those who are out of the ordinary and are endowed with universal genius (Ebertin.) Seems 1711 was good year for brilliant intellect!
Pioneers, explorers, and those who bring new things into existence correspond to this blend of electric, original Uranian and deep, rich Plutonian energies.
Certainly the Scottish philosopher, economist, and historian, Hume, the ‘Scottish skeptic,’ may be considered one of these.
One of his several works, ‘The History of Great Britain’ in 6 volumes was published from 1754 to 1762. It was a bestseller in his lifetime and was used well into the 19th century as a standard of British history.
It traces events from the Saxons to the Glorious Revolution (anti-Catholic revolt against James II, which climaxed after Protestant William III’s landing in England on Nov 5, 1688. Robert Hieronimus, in his book, ‘The Secret History of the West,’ states that the Glorious Revolution was sinister and had its roots in the time of the Restoration of Charles II and Richard Cromwell, Oliver’s son. Charles II was restored to the throne by the Templars – and from there it gets complicated.)
David Hume’s Earth-Earth Sun-Moon blend is Taurus-Capricorn, giving him a shrewd pragmatism, a natural sense of authority, and a tendency toward bossiness.
Possessive and stubborn, this blend knows what it wants and is quite demanding in relationships – perhaps part of the reason he never married.
A desire for recognition and security is usually achieved with Sun Tau-Moon Cap, and with Hume, people still write about him and read his works. If an 18th century man can be true to type (as we tend to see things) he was a self-restrained yet approachable fellow who had what we would now call an old-fashioned sense of honor.
This blend indicates a paternal concern for the needy, yet it may have a fixity on established routines, and be overmaterialistic.
Noel Tyl says this blend has organizing energy and a strong desire for influence; idealism and realism work hand in hand, usually for a materialistic structure. (‘Synthesis and Counseling in Astrology’, Tyl.)
Famous folk who share this natal Sun-Moon blend are: Adolf Hitler, Cher, Jimmie Stewart, David Byrne, Willie Mays, Yehudi Menuhin, and ‘Peter Pan’ author, James Barrie, who wrote:
“You’ve forgotten the grandest moral attribute of a Scotsman, Maggie, that he’ll do nothing which might damage his career.”
Sun Tau-Moon Cap has one ‘Image for Integration’:
‘A royal banquet honours the longest-serving headmistress of the oldest and most prestigious school in the land.’ (‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign,’ Charles and Suzi Harvey.)
Hume is associated with the Scottish Enlightenment and his contemporary list of friends included Adam Smith, John Locke, and George Berkeley.
There are those who now regard him as the first ‘conservative philosopher’ but the term ‘conservative’ in today’s usage of the word isn’t strictly accurate compared to its use in the 1700s.
David Hume showed in his essays the importance of ‘Moderation in Politics’ and you and I can both think of many modern politicians who could use an indepth study of the work and an embracing of the concept.
Having just discovered a very thoughtful post concerning the ongoing conjunction of Neptune and Chiron, now with expansive Jupiter in tow, I want to be sure you discover it at Astrology by Kingsley for a cosmic, world health approach to this difficult-to-diagnose trio.
It’s a bit after 11 pm edt and I turned the TV to FOX News Atlanta and heard their stark announcement (repeated a few times in the first 3 minutes) that the current outbreak of Swine Flu will be coming to my home state of Georgia and will ‘lead to death.’
Now the virus isn’t here yet as far as anyone knows or has admitted, but FOX wants us to know that death is on its way. It’s their lead ‘story’ – something that hasn’t happened yet but it’s only a matter of time, they assert.
And you do know that the GOP overtook Georgia decades ago and won’t let go. If promoting Swine Flu can torpedo the local economies of this state (and elsewhere, although you may disagree) the Rs can blame the Ds – especially a popular president – and here we go again..all talk, no action from Washington.
Say, you didn’t want affordable health care with your dying breath, did ya?
Then you should have been a pocket-lining politician.