Synchronicity hooked me up with Frederick Gustavus Burnaby.
This portrait instantly made me think “Pisces”, so i checked him out and he was.
He was a soldier and journalist who travelled all over the place by hot-air balloon and/or horse.
But do you also think that this portrait vibes Pisceanl?? It’s like the painter has captured how some Pisces men try to seem languid and self-contained but cannot conceal their other-worldly dreams.
Prospect magazine explains that Burnaby was one of the most celebrated people of the Victorian era:
“…Burnaby is almost totally forgotten, but in his day he was so famous that the Queen reportedly fainted at news of his death. The Times gave him a 5000-word obituary. Grown men broke down and wept in the street.
…It is easy to see why. Burnaby’s exploits make Rambo look wet. Few people have survived frostbite, typhus, an exploding air balloon, and poisoning with arsenic; explored Uzbekistan (where it was so cold, his beard froze solid and snapped off), led the household cavalry, stood for parliament, could speak seven languages, crossed the channel by hot air balloon, written a string of bestsellers, commanded the Turkish army, and founded Vanity Fair; all before his early death aged 42.
Immensely strong, with a 48-inch chest, Burnaby could break a horseshoe apart with his bare hands. His party trick was to bend a poker double round a dull dinner guest’s neck. Most famously, when fellow officers coaxed a pair of ponies into his room for a jape, Burnaby simply picked them up—one under each arm—and carried them downstairs “as if they had been cats.”…”
I could not find his chart anyplace so i whipped it up: Sun-Mercury-Venus-Uranus all in Pisces with Mars-Pluto conjunct in Aries square Jupiter-Saturn in Capricorn.
So you see, all his inner planets are conjunct great big honking heavy-hitting outer planets. And Moon in Sagg square all the Pisces stuff. He’s got loads of squares – never freak out if you have heaps of so-called “adverse” aspects. Most successful people are riddled with them. I find him weirdly inspirational.
Image: James Tissot