Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the chief of a network of tributary tribal nations in the Tidewater region of Virginia. In a well-known historical anecdote, she is said to have saved the life of an Indian captive, Englishman John Smith, in 1607 by placing her head upon his own when her father raised his war club to execute him.
Pocahontas was captured by the English during Anglo-Indian hostilities in 1613, and held for ransom. During her captivity, she converted to Christianity and took the name Rebecca. When the opportunity arose for her to return to her people, she chose to remain with the English. In April 1614, she married tobacco planter John Rolfe, and in January 1615, bore him a son, Thomas Rolfe. Pocahontas’s marriage to Rolfe was the first recorded interracial marriage in American history.
In 1616, the Rolfes traveled to London. Pocahontas was presented to English society as an example of the civilized “savage” in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement. She became something of a celebrity, was elegantly fêted, and attended a masque at Whitehall Palace. In 1617, the Rolfes set sail for home, but Pocahontas died at Gravesend of unknown causes. She was buried in a church in Gravesend, but the exact location of her grave is unknown.
So sad. I mean, it seems like so little is know of how she actually felt and thought re all this. There is a Disney adaptation, there is a case of bickering historians and am i hormonal or was there not a really dodgy film with Mel Gibson as her love interest?
BUT Note two vital things here. We don’t know her date of birth but we DO know that Pocohontas has Percival Lowell as one of her descendants – THE DISCOVER OF PLUTO. I found this poignant. In fact, because i am clearly bats and this is the kind of schizz i do, i did his chart AND Percy Lowell had Pluto Rising + the asteroid Pocohontas is conjunct his Moon-Midheaven. It’s interesting, as i once read a feminist analysis of Pocohontas (can’t remember who, sorry) and it ran as a story of abduction and half lives, super-Plutonic.
AND she is also an asteroid – number 4487 – currently conjunct the SUN in VIRGO. And trine, you know, Pluto. As with all the funky asteroids, you can throw Pocohontas into your chart via Astrodienst and see where she influences YOU. She is conjunct my IC in Taurus. The cusp of my home sector. The base of my life. I need to do some thinking on this.
Obviously, i would love to say that the placement of Asteroid Pocohontas in your chart is where you paddle your own canoe a la the beautiful picture. BUT i don’t think our lady ever got to do that. I mean, honestly w.t.f, WHY would the grave of such a feted creature be non-official?
Remember, the asteroids have very loose interpretations – we are kind of gathering our data here and having fun with the topic. See the Asteroids Category for previous asteroid bingles.
* To look up an asteroid in Astrodienst, just go for Extended Chart Options and enter the number of the asteroid to make it show up in your chart.
Image: Edward Eggleston
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