Frederick Gustavus Burnaby did a damn good job of it though. He had the Sun, Mercury Retrograde, Venus and Uranus in Pisces. That sort of a concentration in one sign is called a stellium, and it amplifies everything.
Burnaby amped the Pisces eccentricity to the max. A soldier and journalist, he traveled everywhere by foot, hot-air balloon or horse.
A Life Lived In Hyper-Flux
“…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.”…
If you know any Multiple Conjunct Pisces people, perhaps this surreal example of a life lived in hyper-flux will help you understand them.
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